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YMCA unveils their new Fryer Family Natatorium

October 22, 2015
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The YMCA opened their new pool on Oct. 14, renaming it to the Fryer Family Natatorium.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Seven members of the YMCA took a plunge into the newly renovated pool on Wednesday morning, cutting the ribbon on the updated facility. The lengthy construction project included improvements to the pool, deck and shower areas, new lighting and roof installations, more storage space, and an office for the aquatics director, among…

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Red Ribbon Rally pledges a drug free community

October 22, 2015
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Students gather at the town green to sign the red ribbon during the annual Red Ribbon Rally on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The 25th Annual Red Ribbon Rally was held on the town green last week, giving dozens of Southington students an opportunity to pledge their commitment to clean and sober living. More than 300 residents crowded downtown to show their support for the pledge, which was made by 19 student groups on Wednesday…

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Saucier honored with Laura T. Brown Achievement Award

October 22, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When Susan Saucier celebrated her 35th anniversary with Southington Youth Services (SYS) in September, she had no idea that she would be celebrating another major milestone before the end of the year. But just this month, Saucier was awarded the Laura T. Brown Career Achievement award at the Connecticut Youth Services Association…

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‘Crazy Brew Bash’ REACHes Mt. Southington

October 21, 2015
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Brew Fest- Jessica Rubin (of Bristols Firefly Hollow) serves Jim Ferro and Mike Smith (of Bristol)

Jessica Rubin of Firefly Hollow in Bristol serves Jim Ferro and Mike Smith at the Crazy Brew Bash at Mount Southington on Saturday, Oct. 17. Visitors were able to enjoy an open beer tasting, accompanied by live music, lawn game tournaments, and a variety of food truck vendors. Proceeds for the event will benefit the…

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Meet the 2015 Board of Education candidates

October 21, 2015
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Southington Politics

We asked Southington Board of Education candidates the following questions: 1) What was the most important challenge or issue faced by the Board of Education over the last term? How did you handle it or how would you have handled it? 2) What is the most important issue ahead of us, and how will you…

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Arrest made for threat against SHS staff member

October 21, 2015
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Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT 06489

The Southington Police Department announced an arrest after yesterday’s incident in Southington schools that resulted in four local schools being place on secure school status. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, police received a report at approximately 8:15 a.m. that a Southington High School staff member received a threat from someone outside of the school. As a…

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Southington Schools placed on secure school status

October 20, 2015
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Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT 06489

Four Southington schools in the Pleasant Street region have been placed on secure school status until further notice as a precaution. Southington High School, DePaolo Middle School, Hatton Elementary School, and Flanders Elementary School have temporarily suspended outside activities after someone threatened a staff member. An alert was sent to parents from Southington’s Superintendant of…

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Lincoln College partners with funeral directors

October 18, 2015
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The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), in partnership with Lincoln College of New England’s (LCNE) Mortuary Science program, presented two educational seminars on Wednesday, Oct. 7. LCNE students were offered an opportunity to take the seminar classes and meet future potential Funeral Directors. Seminar topics included “Distracted Driving; It happens in the blink of an…

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Center for Healthy Aging releases the Dementia Caregiver Resource Guide

October 17, 2015
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To assist individuals and families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging (CCHA) has published the free Dementia Caregiver Resource Guide. “This is a great resource for caregivers, created by experts in the field with years of experience of helping families and caregivers manage the dementia…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for October

October 16, 2015
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DePaolo Middle School announced their students of the month for October. Front, from left, Micaela Potamis, Sera Altomari, Shane DiPietro-Bean, Mercy Adekola, Katie Kubisek, and Ryan Parent. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Sophia Swain, Andrew Brino, Rylee LeClair, Livvy Pizzitola, Heather Landino, Principal Frank Pepe. Missing from photo: Ryan DelMonte.

Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School recently announced the names of its October students of the month. In sixth grade Sophia Swain, Andrew Brino, and Ryan DelMonte were selected by their teams. Sophia is the daughter of Jeff and Pamela Swain and received the Presidential Award last year at Thalberg. She received a certificate of achievement…

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