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Emergency personnel honored; Elks host Public Safety Awards dinner

November 15, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington honored three law enforcement officials last week during the 26th annual Public Safety Awards dinner in recognition of their long history of contributions to the town. Hosted by the Southington Elks Lodge, the event honored Master Sergeant Jay Suski of the Southington Police Department, retired Southington firefighter Robert Upson…

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Southington YMCA announces 2014 award recipients

November 14, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Wrtier Southington resident Lisa Carroll has spent the past 25 years instilling her love of theater into local youth. Between serving as the director of Southington Community Youth Theater program and serving as a musical theater teacher at Dance City and the Arts, Carroll’s passion for the arts has shined through…

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Schools honor area veterans

November 13, 2013
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Schools honor area veterans

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Students throughout the Southington school district expressed their patriotism and appreciation for military men and women through Veterans Day celebrations, welcoming family members and friends who have served in the past and present. During a ceremony at Derynoski Elementary School, fifth graders took the stage to honor veterans through a…

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What are you going to do GivingTuesday

November 12, 2013
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For the second year, GivingTuesday, a campaign for a national day of giving to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations, will take place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving – Dec. 3. To recognize GivingTuesday and the end of the year, many people give back to their community in ways that are meaningful to…

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Access Health center opens in N.B.

November 12, 2013
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 Access Health CT unveiled the nation’s first health care enrollment center last week in New Britain. The enrollment center offers in-person assistance to guide consumers through the process of enrolling for health care coverage, and individual computer work stations where individuals can shop for options and enroll in the plan of their choice.  “Our goal…

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Residents in service

November 11, 2013
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Residents in service

The following Southington residents are currently serving in the United States military. To have your loved one added to the list, please contact Leonard Marcheselle at the Southington Elks.   Name: Nicholas J. Augelli Rank: S/SGT Branch: ANG Duty Station: Afghanistan   Name: Aden Baume Rank: Capt Branch: ANG Duty Station: Camp Niantic   Name:…

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Koi fish come to life on Center Street

November 9, 2013
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Koi fish come to life on Center Street

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When Jo Rapisarda, the owner of , wanted to incorporate the arts into the side of her business wall outdoors on Center Street, she did not know how she would approach the project at first. “The wall was vacant, and I wanted to incorporate the arts into the community,” said…

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Bridge named in honor of a local man

November 9, 2013
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Bridge named in honor of a local man

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The town unveiled a sign named in honor of Southington resident John Dolan, who served in the Connecticut State Police for 12 years. The Route 10 bridge over Interstate 84 eastbound is now called the “John A. Dolan Memorial Bridge” in his honor, according to a press release from the…

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Bottom Line: Parents continue drug education with new company

November 8, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When North Haven resident Joanne Hoffman learned that her daughter had a problem with drug use in 2009, she turned to Mary Marcuccio, the founder of Parents for a Change (P4AC). “Mary saved my daughter’s life,” said Hoffman, calling Marcuccio a good friend. “She was with me every step of…

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Town to hold milling demonstration for public

November 7, 2013
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Town to hold milling demonstration for public

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer During the past year, the Southington Open Space Committee has collaborated with students and faculty from the University of Connecticut to start a forestry management plan and assessment at Crescent Lake, with the goal of maintaining the health and productivity of the forest. This project caught the attention of Chris…

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