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Southington lights up for the holidays

December 12, 2013
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Southington lights up for the holidays

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Four-year-old Jack Brinker of Southington widened his eyes and jumped for joy when he saw Santa Claus during the 25th annual Christmas in the Village in Plantsville. After whispering what he wanted this year in Santa’s ear, Jack said he loves toy airplanes, and he hopes to receive one for…

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Jo-Ann Fabrics to open in Southington

December 11, 2013
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Jo-Ann Fabrics to open in Southington

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Queen Street will soon welcome Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, making the national franchise the last business to occupy the Shop Rite Plaza. The new Jo-Anne store will serve as a one-stop creative destination for sewing and crafting lovers in the community, carrying a variety of crafting, floral and seasonal…

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After the snow, AccuWeather says watch out for the cold

December 10, 2013
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After the snow, AccuWeather says watch out for the cold

Once the region clears out the snow, AccuWeather says the region from New York City to Boston should be prepare for Arctic like temperatures. AccuWeather.com reports yet another blast of Arctic air will roll southeastward this week over the Midwest and will reach the Northeast. The air will be the coldest of the season so…

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Snow creeping into region

December 8, 2013
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Snow creeping into region

AccuWeather.com is predicting that the Monday commute in New England could be messy with snow and ice a possibility. AccuWeather.com reports accumulating snow and an icy mix are pushing toward the Northeast to end the weekend. As Sunday progresses, slippery conditions from snow and ice will continue spreading from Kentucky to Virginia and Pennsylvania. During…

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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

December 8, 2013
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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington high school teacher John “Brian” Durbin, serving in the military has become a family theme. Durbin, who goes by his middle name, “Brian,” is a retired infantryman who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His father, uncle and a first cousin also served in the military.…

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Volunteer tutors help to improve literacy in the state

December 7, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Dennis Kies of Southington knew he wanted to make a difference when he became a tutor for The Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut (LVCC), which provides one-on-one English literacy tutoring to hundreds of adults each year. As a literacy tutor, Kies meets with a mother who struggles to communicate with…

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Flu season: Tips on staying healthy

December 7, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Flu activity has started to increase in Connecticut, classified as geographically “sporadic,” according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH). As more reports of influenza outbreaks take off, the Plainville-Southington Regional Health District has tips for local residents to ensure that protect themselves and their loved ones from the…

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Barnes decorated for the holidays

December 6, 2013
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Barnes decorated for the holidays

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Magic lanterns, ice skates, ferris wheels and tool chests were just a few of the Barnes’ family favorite things they received as Christmas gifts. This year the Barnes Museum will feature these antique items, as well as other gifts during the 31st Annual Open House on Friday, Dec. 6 from…

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Knights split Powder Puff; Offense surges in Game 2; Defense anchors the series

December 6, 2013
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Knights split Powder Puff; Offense surges in Game 2; Defense anchors the series

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kayla Nati turned the corner, and burst into the open field. Then, it was off to the races… On Monday, Dec. 2, the Lady Knights concluded the annual powder puff two-game series with a 21-12 win over Cheshire. Rains postponed the original schedule. Thanksgiving came and went. Temperatures continue to…

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Looking to lend a hand; Community Services stocks up for holidays

December 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the holiday season and colder weather in full-swing, Southington Community Services has stocked up on gifts and donations for residents in need. Community Services has recently kicked off its annual “Adopt a Family” for Christmas, with over 50 volunteers and growing. Mark Fazzolari, the assistant director at Community Services,…

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