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Police seek armed robbery suspect

August 29, 2013
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Southington police are asking for the public’s help in an investigation into an armed robbery at Sam’s Quick Mart on Meriden-Waterbury Road. On Thursday, August 22, at 9 p.m., a store clerk reported that a black male suspect entered the store and walked behind the counter. The suspect then pointed a handgun at the clerk…

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Teachers prep for the new school year

August 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Faculty and staff members of the Southington school district kicked off the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a theme of “many firsts” and “change” on Monday. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith, along with board members and other educators, recognized this theme throughout the celebration by welcoming more than 50…

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Looking ahead, weather-wise, to the three-day weekend

August 28, 2013
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Looking ahead, weather-wise, to the three-day weekend

As plans are made for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer, Accuweather says the weather will be conducive to a slew of activities but thunderstorms could pop up here and there.     Northeast Labor Day Weekend: Warmth, Storms           State College, Pa. — 28 August 2013…

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Festival seeks bed race contestants

August 28, 2013
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The annual Apple Harvest Festival Bed Race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2p.m.  The Kiwanis Club of Southington is once again chairing and organizing the “racing of the beds.” If you belong to a civic group, or a church group officials ask you to get your volunteers together and enter the bed…

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Apple Harvest photo contest is back

August 28, 2013
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The Apple Harvest Festival is once again hosting a photo contest. All winning and submitted photos will be displayed during the festival. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. There are no age categories or entry fees. The theme of the photos should have something to do with apples or the harvesting of apples.…

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Bread for Life to host movie at the Southington Drive-in

August 28, 2013
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Bread for Life is the non-profit organization that will benefit from the Saturday, Aug. 31 showing of “The Incredible Hulk” at the Southington Drive-in. “The Hulk” will be on hand for photo opportunities and will also lead a parade line around the cars before the movie. Children are encouraged to dress in costume as their…

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Titans hold free softball clinic

August 27, 2013
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The Ct Titans Softball program will be hosting a free Softball Clinic for girls ages 6 to 18 years of age at PlainvilleHigh School on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a non – perishable item when registering on the day of the event. All donations will benefit the Plainville…

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Apprenticeship, Extension courses for adult ed. registering

August 27, 2013
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Apprenticeship and Extension Courses for the State of Connecticut Adult Education Evening School Division at BristolTechnicalEducationCenter will be starting the week of Sept. 16. Registration dates are Aug. 28, 29, Sept. 3, 4, 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 431 Minor St., Bristol. Courses offered include apprenticeship training in HVAC/R, sheet metal, welding, construction…

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Classrooms burst with life with new themes

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER As the new school year approaches, teachers of all eight elementary schools have brought their classrooms to life with distinct themes and decorations. Third grade teacher Sarah Turci from South End Elementary School knew without a doubt that “the beach” would be her classroom theme. Every year, her family stays…

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Art provides local teen with his own voice

August 23, 2013
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Art provides local teen with his own voice

By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From the time Southington resident Daniel Gagnier was 12 years old, accomplishing tasks that involve the use of his fine motor skills and speech became difficult. At the age of eight, doctors diagnosed the teen with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, a rare disease that involves constant seizures, loss of motor skills, and…

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