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Southington Police Officer named Officer of the Year

July 18, 2013
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Southington Police Officer named Officer of the Year

By Vanessa Stevens Contributor A Southington Police officer and two members of the Southington American Legion won awards at the recent Connecticut American Legion annual convention. The awards were presented to Southington Police Sergeant Keith Egan, Post Adjutant Dennis Bureaugard and Post Chaplain Hank Lucas. Founded by Congress in 1919, the veteran’s organization now has…

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Summer Youth Theatre program announces schedule

July 18, 2013
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The Southington Parks and Recreation Department has announced the season for the 2013 Summer Youth Theater program. The Spotlights program will present The Wiz on July 18, 19 and 20 at Southington High School.  The Wiz is a musical based on L. Frank Baum’s THE WIZARD OF OZ.  The film of the show featured Diana…

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Town seeks to upgrade its emergency response system

July 18, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Town officials are considering upgrading an  emergency response system that could help get word out during emergencies or issue town wide reminders for important events. At a recent Town Council meeting Town Manager Garry Brumback announced that the town was looking into purchasing an Everbridge system. Brumback said the purchase would…

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First Tour-de-Southington bike race set for Saturday

July 17, 2013
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By Alexa Gorman Correspondent The Southington Lions Club is sponsoring its first-annual “Tour-de-Southington” bicycle race this Saturday, July 20. Proceeds will be donated to the local food pantries and the Bread for Life program, which serves lunch daily. The races will start and end at YMCA’s Camp Sloper, on East Street. Riders can compete in…

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Plainville man to head new Planning and Community Development position

July 17, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer After five-and-a-half years as Plainville’s Director of Planning and Economic Development, Mark DeVoe is headed to Southington to take the lead as director of Planning and Community Development. “The position is basically responsible for taking development from the cradle to the grave,” Southington Town Manager Gary Brumback said, adding that…

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Festival planning is year round effort

July 8, 2013
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By Vannessa Stevens Contributor Planning is underway for Southington’s 45th Apple Harvest Festival. The annual event will take place Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13. The downtown Southington festival attracts anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 people every year. It offers food, fun, and live entertainment. It also provides a showcase for local…

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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

July 6, 2013
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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

By Ed Harris Editor Downtown Plantsville business owners appear to be in favor of eliminating on the street parking in the area, a major proposal of the planned Plantsville Renaissance. The on-street parking on the already narrow streets in the area has been a consistent safety concern, and many officials and merchants have expressed a…

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Compounce hosts fireworks tonight

July 5, 2013
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Looking for fireworks for the post-Independence celebrations. Lake Compounce Amusement Park on the Southington/ Bristol town line, presents its annual display tonight, July 5. They are scheduled to launch at 10 p.m.

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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

July 5, 2013
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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

By Ed Harris Editor There was just one question on the minds of a group of Southington High School seniors as they opened a time capsule held in storage at South End Elementary School since 2006: Do you think the Twinkies are still edible? It is a South End School tradition to “bury” a time…

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SCCA receives state bond;$500,000 to help with Gura Building

July 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is well into its fundraising efforts to turn the old Gura Building into an arts hub, thanks to $500,000 from the State Bond Commission. “I want to thank former State Representative Zeke Zalaski and current State Representative Dave Zoni for their passionate advocacy in support of…

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