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Zoning tables Bread for Life decision; Parents upset with proposed location

September 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over a dozen parents flocked to a Planning and Zoning meeting last week to voice their concerns over Bread for Life’s potential new home across from Derynoski Elementary School. Bread for Life, a non profit organization that provides hot meals to people in need five days a week, has proposed…

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Southington Library will celebrate the freedom to read with event

September 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Library welcomes the local community to join them in celebration of Banned Books Week during its second annual Freedom to Read Event. Although Banned Books Week runs from September 22 to September 28, Freedom to Read will take place in the library’s cafe Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:30…

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Affordable Care Act brings changes to coverage in state

September 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” come changes to Connecticut’s health insurance system, starting October 1. Connecticut has a new health insurance marketplace, or exchange, called, “Access Health CT,” which provides health care coverage options for individuals, families and small employers. Access Health…

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Drive-in wraps up its summer season

September 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the fall nearly in full-swing, the Southington Drive-in has started to wrap-up its fourth season. Dawn Miceli, a member of the Drive-in Committee, reported that during the summer, the committee raised $1,250 for each civic group that hosted a movie night. She said a total of 13 different civic…

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Politicians and officials gather at Crocodile Club

September 20, 2013
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Politicians and officials gather at Crocodile Club

By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer Politicians, local and state officials, and anyone interested in a lamb dinner and good laugh attended the annual end of summer event at the Lake Compounce ballroom last week. The Crocodile Club held its annual meeting last Friday, bringing in politicians from both sides of the aisle, to come together…

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Shredding event set for Oct. 5

September 19, 2013
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The City of Bristol will host a Tunxis Recycling Document Shredding Event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. (or until the truck is full). The event is open to residents of Bristol, Berlin, Burlington, Meriden, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Southington and Wolcott. Identification is required. It will be held in the…

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T.A.G.! Teens are it at the library

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Public Library is in search of local teenagers interested in becoming participants of its new Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G). T.A.G offers teens ages 13 to 18 an opportunity to share ideas about activities, materials and improvements to help transform the library into a better place for young adults.…

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Schools offer new enrichment program; Like Learners to offer new opportunities

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the lost of the SOAR program last May due to budget cuts, the Southington School District decided to devote its time over the summer to creating a new enrichment opportunity for gifted and talented students in all eight elementary schools and the two middle schools. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi…

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Tombstone with Sloper ties found in Meriden

September 18, 2013
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Tombstone with Sloper ties found in Meriden

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a cleanup day in a basement turned into an excavation site for Meriden resident Shawn Hard. About four years ago, Hard was cleaning up the basement of his home on Reservoir Avenue one day when he came across a tombstone with a name familiar to Southington:…

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Ride for Justice is coming through

September 17, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer On the last Sunday of the month, between 900 and 1,200 motorcycles are expected to drive from Bristol, through Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, Plantsville, and Cheshire, for the fourth annual Ride for Justice. This annual ride, which brings out close to 3,000 people every year, benefits the Petit Family Foundation,…

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