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Turning over a new leaf: Greenleaf Stables has a new face, new leadership, same old values

January 15, 2016
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Greenleaf Stables barn manager, Lynette Piers, attends to one of the stable’s horses.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT When ownership of Greenleaf Stables was passed on to Paul and Rick Greenleaf in 2013, Lynette Piers was just a boarder, with two horses, living behind the property on Laning Street. The stable was originally purchased by the Greenleaf brothers’ grandfather, Paul Waszkiewicz, in 1932, but the brothers were faced with a choice…

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Middle schoolers explore STEM at SHS

January 14, 2016
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STEM Department Chair Justin Mirante demonstrates an engineering display during a STEM tour for local middle school students.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), labs at Southington High School (SHS) aren’t your typical “shop” classes. Using 3D printers and CAD computer programs, students learn to design everything from wind turbines, to model homes, to go-karts. More than 25 course options give students the opportunity to learn STEM fundamentals, discover…

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CyberKnights prepare to storm the castle: Team 195 launches the season at a FIRST kick-off event

January 14, 2016
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Members of the CyberKnights react to this year’s game challenge during a worldwide kick-off to the 2016 season. (Photo by John Goralski)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington High School Cyber Knights (Team 195) launched their 2016 season in a worldwide kickoff last weekend. At 10a.m. on Jan. 8, FIRST robotics launched the international robotics season with the announcement of their Stronghold game. The Stronghold game is the annual challenge that each team faces in competition. The game’s…

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Expect trailside retail and dining along the rail-trail

January 13, 2016
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An architect’s rendering of a proposed retail village to be built alongside Southington’s rail-trail near the Ideal Forging site.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington will have a new downtown destination, with plans moving forward for a new retail and dining center along the rails-to-trails downtown project. Modeled after The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) heard plans last week for the seven-building and 80-parking space destination. Kathy…

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Barnes Trust announces $325K for local healthcare

January 13, 2016
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Main Street Community Foundation (WEB)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Barnes Memorial Trust announced more than $300,000 in grants to non-profits last month, and the trust is looking to contribute even more to organizations that seek to promote health and wellbeing for Southington residents. After announcing funding for three first-time recipients, and continuing funding for two organizations given grants in 2014,…

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Southington Catholic holding open house Jan. 24

January 13, 2016
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On Sunday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southington Catholic, the newest school in Southington, an open house review of the impressive educational accomplishments of the school’s K to eighth grade students in the first half of the 2015-2016 school year will be held. Students, faculty, administrators, school board members, and parents…

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Gov., lt. gov. react to news GE moving headquarters out of Fairfield

January 13, 2016
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Gov., lt. gov. react to news GE moving headquarters out of Fairfield

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today released the following statements regarding General Electric:   Governor Malloy said, “Today’s decision is a clear signal that Connecticut must continue to adapt to a changing business climate.  Businesses care about transportation infrastructure, and we will continue to make new investments to create a more…

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Council approves $1 million purchase of Hawk’s Landing CC

January 13, 2016
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Hawks Landing CC

The Town Council approved nearly $1 million in spending for the purchase of development rights on the Hawk’s Landing Country Club property. In a 6-2 vote, Republicans supported a $990, 000 purchase to avoid future residential development in the area. The purchase of the development rights will allow the council to prevent a 25-property lot…

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PSHD celebrates Radon Awareness Month with free test kits

January 12, 2016
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You can’t see radon and you can’t smell it or taste it. But it can be a problem in your home. Radon can be found in the air and can enter homes and buildings through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations. Radon can also be found in well water. Radon is a significant health threat…

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Students encouraged to show off their energy knowledge in contest

January 12, 2016
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Eversource and The United Illuminating Company, as partners of the Energize Connecticut initiative, are now accepting entries for the 12th annual eesmarts Student Contest. The contest encourages students to demonstrate their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability by completing grade-specific assignments. The deadline for entries is April 1. The eesmarts Student Contest is…

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