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Scholarships offered; grants offered to local nonprofits

February 19, 2015
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Main Street Community Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications from local students as well as grant applications from area nonprofit organizations through its General Grant Cycle and the Plainville Community Fund. All guidelines, eligibility criteria and the applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.mainstreetfoundation.org. A total of 60 scholarships are being offered this year…

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Bristol seniors schedule bus trips; general public welcome

February 19, 2015
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The Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave., has announced its schedule of trips in 2015. All trips are open to the general public as well as Senior Center members.   April 21: Neil Sedaka-Mohegan Sun – premium seating, $102 May 3-10 : Music City Tours: Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans, $2,649 May 7: Westchester Theater,…

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The very young at heart

February 19, 2015
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Thalberg-teacher-Amy Stino, Dawn Rose, Keith O'Brien, and Kim Angelillo

By TAMMI NAUDUS STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER On Thursday, Feb. 12, Southington schools celebrated the 100th day of school for the academic year. For the past three years, Thalberg School first graders have been celebrating this day by dressing up as 100-year-old men and women. “It’s just something fun to do,” explained first grader teacher Amy Stino. The…

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Town revisits sidewalk ordinance due to liability issues

February 19, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Town Attorney Mark Sciota sought the approval of the Town Council to adjust the language in the town’s sidewalk maintenance ordinance. His request was in response to a recent decision from the Connecticut Supreme Court to hold the town of Enfield responsible for a slip-and-fall incident on private property instead…

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Council selects a Commodity manager to fight energy costs

February 19, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Town Council has approved to hire Titan Energy as a commodity manager to evaluate the town’s energy expenses, and this position will be equally funded by the Board of Education (BOE) and Board of Finance (BOF). As the commodity manager, Town Manager Garry Brumback said that the company will…

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Valentine’s gifts from STEPS

February 18, 2015
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Valentine’s gifts from STEPS

Mark Meade, left, and Samantha Martins, right, hand out Valentine’s Day gifts on Friday, Feb. 13 as part of a STEPS initiative. A number of STEPS members distributed lollipops with a mix of anti-drug slogans and other positive messages to SHS freshman during lunch periods at the high school. Photo by JOHN GORALSKI

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Nicole Baker returns from research project in South Africa

February 15, 2015
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WORCESTER, Mass.—Nicole Baker of Southington, a junior majoring in biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in South Africa. The project was titled WaSH-UP Sustainable Livelihoods and Business Operations. At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to…

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Kennedy Middle School announces January students of the month

February 14, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School has announced the students of the month for January. Front, from left, Olivia Walling, Greta Panke, Gianna Perugini, Hannah Platt, Faith Auletta, and Landon Carmody. Back, Mr. Steven Madancy, Anthony Picone, Adam Green, Christopher Taylor, Leah Zaslavsky, Mia Sullivan, Heather Martin, and Mrs. Susanne Vitcavage.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its January students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Landon Carmody, Greta Panke, Anthony Picone, and Leah Zaslavsky. Landon is a dedicated…

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Legion crowns speech winners

February 14, 2015
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SO Oratory Contestants and American Legion

American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 championed four local youth in their annual oratorical contest on Thursday, Feb. 5. The four anonymous contestants, above, pose with the Legionnaires after the contest.

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Ideal Forging demolition information meeting

February 13, 2015
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Ideal Forging on Center Street. (File photo)

On Thursday Feb. 26, officials from Stantec will be holding an informational public meeting at the Municipal Center at 196 North Main Street to discuss the upcoming demolition project for the Ideal Forging property on Center Street. Stantec is a professional consulting company that specializes in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental…

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