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Sewer Committee clears up concerns

December 3, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Sewer Committee has opened bids for the $5 million sludge thickening and odor control project for the Southington Water Pollution Control Facility, which was approved by voters through a referendum question on the November ballot. “I take it very seriously, the sewer committee, because there is so much money…

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John Goralski named as Southington Observer editor

December 2, 2014
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John Goralski named as Southington Observer editor

John Goralski has been named as the next editor of the Southington Observer. Goralski, a graduate of Southington High School, has been a sports reporter and photographer for the Southington Observer since 2004. Goralski earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Connecticut and worked for over a decade in the insurance…

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State regulators challenge CL&P’s proposed rate increase

December 2, 2014
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HARTFORD—State regulators have announced cutbacks to a proposed rate increase from Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). The proposed rate increases have been reduced from $221.1 Million to $130.2 Million. “I’m pleased the state regulators sought to keep the rate increase low,” State Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) said in a press release. “This is a step…

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New law would strengthen skiing rules

December 2, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The first snow on the ground is a reminder that the ski season is getting started in Connecticut. A bill approved by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this year seeks to strengthen enforcement of existing safety regulations at ski areas in the state. The measure came in…

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Open houses planned for new Connecticut bus lane

December 2, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut transportation officials are holding open houses over the coming weeks to help educate commuters about the new, soon-to-open central Connecticut bus-only corridor. The first open houses for CTfasttrack are planned in Hartford on Tuesday at the Hartford Public Library and on Thursday at the Old State House. Others are scheduled…

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Connecticut hearing to focus on Ebola response

December 2, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers have scheduled a hearing to learn more about the state’s protocols for handling any future Ebola cases. The legislature’s Public Health Committee is meeting Monday to get information from the Department Public Health, the Connecticut Hospital Association and others about policies currently in place to deal with any suspected…

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State promotes major changes in social studies

December 2, 2014
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut education officials are considering the biggest change in social studies lessons in more than 15 years as teachers try to navigate for their students a vast and growing sea of cultural information and current events on social media, websites and other sources. Social studies teachers…

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‘Holidays Lights’ arrive at Compounce

November 30, 2014
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  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR BRISTOL/SOUTHINGTON — In the Winter Wonderland Starlight Theatre at Lake Compounce, a voice came over the PA. “It’s Santa! I know him!” And out walked the jolly old elf himself on to the stage, which was surrounded by brightly lit Christmas trees in a myriad of colors. A line…

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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

November 29, 2014
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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is a tendency when creative people take on the job of remaking a classic children’s tale to modernize things. They feel the need to reinvent the story and, often, in the process inject a bit of modern-day cynicism into the final product. “The Grinch” comes to mind, first. The…

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State provides $1 million to expand, renovate library

November 28, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Town councilor and chairman of the state Library Board John Barry announced that the State Library has awarded Southington Public Library with a construction grant for $1 million to expand and renovate the library. “As many of you know, the grant application can be very competitive and challenging,” said Barry,…

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