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School district welcomes two new educators

December 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools welcomed two new educators to the district during a Board of Education meeting last week. The Board of Education appointed Susanne Vitcavage to the position of Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School and John Duffy to the position of Pre-K-Grade 12 Science Coordinator. Duffy has…

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CL&P issues warning about scam

December 18, 2013
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Scams targeting utility customers nationally continue to affect Connecticut Light & Power customers, with the most recent version targeting Spanish-speaking customers, reports a press release from the utility. The scam involves prepaid “Green Dot” VISA credit cards, said the release. Callers claiming to represent CL&P may contact customers, telling them their service is scheduled to…

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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

December 18, 2013
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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

Kennedy Middle School students were sent home early today, following a morning gas leak at the school. According to police, the construction crew handling the renovations at the school ruptured a gas line. Students were evacuated and were placed on busses to keep them warm.  The students were transported from the school to the Aqua…

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Registration open for Tunxis winter session

December 17, 2013
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TunxisCommunity College is offering accelerated credit courses during a Winter Session, which runs Dec. 30 to Jan. 17. Registration is currently under way and will be accepted through Dec. 30 until 4:30 p.m., prior to the registrant’s first scheduled class. Three-credit courses meet Monday through Friday during the two weeks at a very accelerated pace.…

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Red Cross, Walmart team up on training for entry-level healthcare careers

December 17, 2013
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The American Red Cross will help 2,500 students across the U.S. receive training for entry-level healthcare careers through the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training (NAT) program thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The program is available in Bethel, Bridgeport, East Hartford, Waterbury, New Haven and more than 100 other locations in…

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After the snow, break out the shorts

December 17, 2013
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After the snow, break out the shorts

After this week’s snow, AccuWeather is reporting the region should expect record breaking warm temperatures this coming weekend. AccuWeather.com reports a brief, but major shift in the weather pattern will send warm air northward and will produce a zone of heavy rain in a large part of the eastern half of the nation this weekend.…

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Malloy partially activates Emergency Operations Center; Urges caution for p.m. commute

December 17, 2013
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will partially activate the state’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 1:00PM today to monitor storm conditions across the state heading into the afternoon rush hour. “After talking with my emergency management officials and assessing the situation, we will be partially activating the State Emergency Operations Center at 1 p.m. today,” said Governor…

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Expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, AccuWeather says

December 17, 2013
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Expect 3 to 6 inches of snow, AccuWeather says

    Snowstorm Targets New York City to Boston     AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 17 December 2013 – AccuWeather.com reports after a snowstorm dropped as much as 14 inches of snow in New England this weekend, another round is on the way. A system that started in the Midwest on Monday will track…

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Robert Phillips is new town planner

December 15, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington has a new town planner. Robert Phillips, who has several years experience in the position, began last week. Phillips worked as town manager in Farmington for a few months and spent eight years in Ellington prior to that. Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said Phillips was one of the top…

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New owner takes over restaurant on Center Street

December 14, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza on Center Street now has a new owner and a new name. Frank LaRosa, a restaurant broker and specialist, recently took over ownership of Randy’s Wooster Street pizza on 131 Center Street, across from Paul Gregory’s. He changed the name to Brixx Pizza Kitchen, adding a…

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