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DePaolo holiday concert

December 24, 2014
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Schools DePaolo Holiday Concert-Jazz Band (3)

On Thursday, Dec. 18, DePaolo Middle School held its annual holiday concert. Music was provided by the stringed orchestra, the concert choir, and the jazz band.

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Senators want wider distribution of flu vaccine

December 24, 2014
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MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are urging the Centers for Disease Control and prevention to increase distribution of a certain flu vaccine manufactured in the state. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy were scheduled to appear Tuesday morning at Protein Sciences in Meriden to make their case for a wider distribution of…

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Lawmakers voice support to cap electric bill fee

December 24, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A group of Connecticut lawmakers say they support a proposal that would cap fixed residential charges imposed by the state’s largest electric utilities. Monday’s announcement comes after state regulators said Connecticut Light & Power could increase the current $16 a month charge to $19.25. The company originally sought a $25.50 charge,…

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Woman drives car through house of estranged husband

December 24, 2014
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Jennifer Luisi

A Southington woman was arrested Tuesday night after she drove her car through the Paul Heights home of her estranged husband, reported Southington police. Jennifer Luisi, 31, of Southington was charged with criminal violation of a protective Order, reckless endangerment first degree, criminal mischief first degree, breach of peace second degree, and driving under the…

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Irate customers confront Frontier over service

December 24, 2014
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Frontier Communications officials have told utility regulators in Connecticut that they underestimated the need for more trained customer service employees after they took over AT&T’s phone, Internet and UVerse networks in October. Kathleen Abernathy, executive vice president of regulatory and government affairs for the Stamford-based company, told the Public Utilities…

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Arrest made for bomb threat at SHS

December 24, 2014
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Benjamin Egan

The Southington Police Department announced an arrest in connection with the Dec. 22 bomb threat at Southington High School. Benjamin Egan, 18, of Southington was arrested at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and charged with threatening in the first degree and breach of peace in the second degree. In a press release, the Police…

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Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

December 23, 2014
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By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for one of his final hearings before his January trial in the 2013 killing of semi-professional…

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Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

December 23, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A board that recommends how Connecticut should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies is urging state lawmakers not to become complacent about combating smoking, insisting that declining rates don’t tell the full story. The annual report from the Tobacco and Health Trust…

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Proposal to cap electric charge to be discussed

December 23, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A key Connecticut lawmaker is joining a coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups to discuss a legislative proposal to place a cap on the residential fixed charge imposed by the state’s largest electric utility, Connecticut Light and Power. Rep. Lonnie Reed, a Branford Democrat, was scheduled to appear Monday at…

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BOE names Olander as new technology director

December 21, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education has appointed Jamie Olander as the new director of technology for the Southington Public Schools. Olander has served as the executive director of institutional data for the Hartford Public Schools since 2012. Prior to that, he worked in analytics, information, and marketing at The Hartford, an…

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