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Gov. urges caution during weekend storm

December 13, 2013
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a press release urged residents to avoid travel during the first significant snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Watches for most of the state from tomorrow afternoon until Sunday morning. “Although this does not appear to be a major storm, it does have the potential to…

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Flags to fly at half to honor Newtown victims; bells to ring Saturday a.m.

December 13, 2013
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman today directed U.S. and Connecticut flags to half-staff on Saturday, Dec. 14 in honor of the 20 children and six adults who were killed on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Flags should fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Dec.…

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Bread for Life withdraws application, still seeking a new site

December 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the ongoing search for a new home, Bread for Life has withdrawn its application with the Southington Planning and Zoning Commission in order to add more time to look. During a Planning and Zoning meeting last week, the civic group decided to reapply for a new facility, hoping to…

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Connecting the trails; Town looks to partner with Plainville

December 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted in approval Monday night to hire an engineering firm with the town of Plainville for the design of the Rails to Trails pathway, which is part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Currently, a nine mile gap exists from northern Southington through Plainville into southern…

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District implements safety precautions

December 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 children and six educators dead on December 14, 2012, the Southington school district implemented additional security measures to enhance safety throughout the district in response to the tragedy. Brian Goralski, the chairman of the Board of Education, said board members…

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Southington lights up for the holidays

December 12, 2013
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Southington lights up for the holidays

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Four-year-old Jack Brinker of Southington widened his eyes and jumped for joy when he saw Santa Claus during the 25th annual Christmas in the Village in Plantsville. After whispering what he wanted this year in Santa’s ear, Jack said he loves toy airplanes, and he hopes to receive one for…

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Jo-Ann Fabrics to open in Southington

December 11, 2013
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Jo-Ann Fabrics to open in Southington

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Queen Street will soon welcome Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, making the national franchise the last business to occupy the Shop Rite Plaza. The new Jo-Anne store will serve as a one-stop creative destination for sewing and crafting lovers in the community, carrying a variety of crafting, floral and seasonal…

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After the snow, AccuWeather says watch out for the cold

December 10, 2013
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After the snow, AccuWeather says watch out for the cold

Once the region clears out the snow, AccuWeather says the region from New York City to Boston should be prepare for Arctic like temperatures. AccuWeather.com reports yet another blast of Arctic air will roll southeastward this week over the Midwest and will reach the Northeast. The air will be the coldest of the season so…

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Snow creeping into region

December 8, 2013
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Snow creeping into region

AccuWeather.com is predicting that the Monday commute in New England could be messy with snow and ice a possibility. AccuWeather.com reports accumulating snow and an icy mix are pushing toward the Northeast to end the weekend. As Sunday progresses, slippery conditions from snow and ice will continue spreading from Kentucky to Virginia and Pennsylvania. During…

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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

December 8, 2013
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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington high school teacher John “Brian” Durbin, serving in the military has become a family theme. Durbin, who goes by his middle name, “Brian,” is a retired infantryman who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His father, uncle and a first cousin also served in the military.…

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