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Testing new standardized tests

March 29, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools are preparing for the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) “Field Test” scheduled to take place this spring. SBAC measures student progress toward college and career-readiness, working to develop next-generation assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to the…

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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

March 28, 2014
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Cyber Knights take crown at FIRST event

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Cyber Knights won the New England FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) District event held at the high school this past weekend, for the first time, bringing home a winning banner for the fourth year in a row. After a fierce competition against 32 teams…

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Men’s Club gives donations

March 28, 2014
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Men’s Club gives donations

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Several local organizations and two local Catholic schools received donations from the Men’s Club of the Immaculate Conception Church in recognition of their contributions to the community. The Men’s Club honored the Arc of Southington, Bread for Life, St. Thomas School and St. Dominic School with donations of $250 each.…

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Possible new cell tower; Verizon looks to East Street

March 28, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously Monday night in approval of a referral to Planning and Zoning for a possible cell tower on East Street. During the council meeting, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said that if the zoning approves, a Verizon cell tower will be located on East Street, which…

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Info session for Junior Miss Southington pageant April 9

March 27, 2014
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The Junior Miss Southington Scholarship Organization will hold its first informational meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Southington Town Hall, Lower Level, Main Street, Southington. The pageant will be held May 18 at the Aqua Turf in Southington. This is an open pageant for ages 5 to 16. For more information,…

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Schools briefly locked down due to police situation

March 27, 2014
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Southington High School, Flanders Elementary School, Derynoski Elementary School and Plantsville Elementary School were briefly placed into an exterior lockdown on Tuesday, March 25, following a reported disturbance near Bristol Street. “There was an external threat of a domestic dispute reported to us by the police department that prompted the lockdown,” Southington School Supt. Dr.…

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Wonx Spring Road subdivision approved

March 26, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Planning and Zoning Commission has voted unanimously to approve the application a 19-lot residential subdivision on Wonx Spring Road. After months of lawsuits and concerns from local residents, the commission approved the residential subdivision, which will sit on a 33-acre property once owned by manufacturing company Square D.…

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Southington YMCA holds campaign kick-off breakfast

March 26, 2014
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Southington YMCA holds campaign kick-off breakfast

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA held its Annual Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast last week, with speakers highlighting the good that the YMCA has done in their lives. Albert Stavidlo shared his story on how YMCA staff helped save his life earlier this year. Stavidlo, 39, went to the YMCA on Tuesday, Jan. 14 expecting…

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Winter was cold, snowy, says AccuWeather

March 25, 2014
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Winter was cold, snowy, says AccuWeather

As if you didn’t realize it, AccuWeather says this past winter was one of the coldest and snowiest on record. AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 25 March 2014 – AccuWeather.com reports despite the arrival of spring, the icy grip of winter still retains a stranglehold on much of the Midwest and Northeast. The 2013-14 winter season is…

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Senior listings for March 28

March 25, 2014
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MARCH 28, APRIL 4 PLAINVILLE FREE BEGINNERS’ COMPUTER WORKSHOP FOR WINDOWS 7. Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Take the mystery out of computers, learn how to use hardware and software, how to use a mouse, and learn what your computer has to offer. Free. PlainvilleSeniorCenter, 200 East St., Plainville. Sign up underway. (860) 747-5728.  …

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