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Students recognized as inventors at competition

May 16, 2014
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Students recognized as inventors at competition

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Nine Southington students became “recognized inventors” during the 31st Annual Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC). The fourth and fifth graders who recently competed in the CIC at UConn came home with awards.  A total of 20 students from the Southington school district competed during the CIC, which is an internationally recognized…

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High school students learn the dangers of distracted driving

May 16, 2014
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High school students learn the dangers of distracted driving

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A damaged van parked outside Southington High School last week served as a reminder for students about the consequences of distracted driving. The van, which was actually involved in a texting and driving incident, served as one part of a presentation that has become a tradition at Southington High: the…

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Wheeler Clinic helps to take STEPS against underage drinking

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over the past four years, a group of Southington parents have volunteered their time to help promote a safe and drug-free community for all children and families. Last week, the STEPS coalition celebrated the work of these volunteers, who form The Southington Parents Raising Healthy Teens Committee, also known as…

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Budget passed following debate

May 16, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council passed the budget Monday night, after hours of debate on the general government side. The school board budget passed unanimously, as presented. During the meeting, council members voted along party lines, 5 to 3, in favor of accepting the governmental budget as presented, which is a total…

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Board of Finance sets new mill rate

May 15, 2014
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The Board of Finance voted unanimously to set the mill rate for the new fiscal year that will result in a tax increase of 3.3 percent. During a meeting Wednesday night, the finance board approved a mill rate of 28.36 mills, an increase of .9 over the adopted mill rate of 27.46 mills. Last year,…

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New superintendent named; Timothy Connellan coming from Oxford

May 15, 2014
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New superintendent named; Timothy Connellan coming from Oxford

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After several months of a comprehensive search process, the Southington school system now has a new superintendent. The Board of Education appointed Timothy Connellan as the new superitendent Monday night. Serving as Superintendent of Oxford Schools since 2012, Connellan accepted a three-year contract with the district, and will begin his…

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Town implements vandalism tip line

May 14, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington officials are hoping that residents are ready to ACT against vandalism. Officials recently unveiled the Active Community Tip Line (ACT), a way for callers to anonymously report vandalism related information. The tip line number is 860-276-1234. A rewards program was also established for callers who provide reliable information to police.…

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Business owner organizes fund raiser to help ailing youth

May 14, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Amy Stedman of Southington has known her friend Carrie Cameron of Bristol for at least 30 years. Both attended junior high school together in Southington and Stedman said she knew that Cameron would always show her support. However, she never imagined how her long-time friend would give back to her…

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McDonald’s, Telemundo team up for singing competition

May 13, 2014
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McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts have once again partnered with Telemundo to host a local singing competition, “Solo Tu Voz.” This is the fourth year of the local talent search, where participants audition in front of Telemundo cameras at various McDonald’s restaurants. Audition videos are posted on holaciudad.com where visitors can vote for…

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Bank hosts home buyer seminar Thursday

May 13, 2014
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Farmington Bank will host a Home Buyer Seminar on Thursday, May 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Plainville Public Library, located at 156 East Main St. The seminar will offer information concerning all aspects of purchasing a home, including flexible loan programs, getting pre-approved, home inspection and the home closing process. Leading the…

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