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Andre Dubus III is the Southington Reads author

December 27, 2013
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Andre Dubus III is the Southington Reads author

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When award-winning writer Andre Dubus III became the 2014 Southington Reads Author for the library, he said that he felt honored. As an author of six books, all published in more than 25 different languages, Dubus never takes pride in rewriting everything he composes, feeling like his work is never…

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Santa’s coming, are you ready: NORAD tracking St. Nick’s path

December 24, 2013
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If you’re wondering where Santa is, the government’s NORAD is keeping tabs on the Jolly Ol’ Fella. For details, check out NORAD’s special website. http://www.noradsanta.org/

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Breaking records: Warm enough for you?

December 23, 2013
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Breaking records: Warm enough for you?

 AccuWeather.com reports while the Midwest dug out from heavy snow, ice brought down trees and power lines from Michigan to Maine, much of the East Coast experienced temperatures representative of September or May this past weekend. Some locations tied or broke all-time high temperature records for the month of December, while some spots broke daily…

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Fire company gets new thermal camera

December 23, 2013
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Fire company gets new thermal camera

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Fire Department, Company 2 in Plantsville, has a new thermal imaging camera that will help immensely on emergency calls. The new thermal camera, an Eagle Attack, replaces an older thermal camera, the Eagle X, that the fire company has had for close to five years. The Eagle X is…

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Library to offer Children’s Theatre group in January

December 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Children in third grade through age 12 will have a chance to show off their dramatic side in January with the Southington Library’s Theater Games, an annual program that helps youngsters develop their acting skills. The program will take place Monday, Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.…

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Snow shovelers give back to community

December 21, 2013
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Snow shovelers give back to community

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a snow day last Tuesday for a group of children in Plantsville turned into a day of giving back. Nine-year-old Jamie Baden and her six-year-old sister Kylie joined their friends and peers in shoveling their neighbors’ driveways during their day off from school. When they made…

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New windows for town hall bring energy efficiency

December 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Town Hall has now sported a new look while increasing energy efficiency. The building recently underwent a complete window renovation, which helped improve Town Hall’s insulation in the winter as well as energy costs. Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the building needed the makeover. “These windows are much…

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Winter wonderland takes shape

December 20, 2013
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Winter wonderland takes shape

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Local artist Mary DeCroce walked down Center Street recently with a sigh of relief and a sense of pride as she glanced at the ten windows of vacant buildings decorated with winter art, including the building that once housed Mainely Seafood. DeCroce started the winter art project several weeks ago…

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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

December 20, 2013
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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A crowd of families gathered together at the Southington YMCA’s 29th annual Giving Tree ceremony last week, celebrating the spirit of the holiday season while remembering loved ones who have passed on. This year the ceremony at featured a large tree in front of the entrance, which also lit up…

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Planning for technology; School district continues to plan long term

December 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over the past six to seven months, a group of educators and administrators of the Technology Long Term Planning Committee banded together to revolutionize the way Southington Public Schools addresses and provides professional development for technology. During a Board of Education meeting last week, Chris Richter, an eighth grade teacher…

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