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Ordinance taking STEPS; Youth Council brings proposals to Town Council

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer Matt Garry of DePaolo Middle School was just one of over a dozen students from the  STEPS Youth Council who stepped up to the podium Monday night before the Southington Town Council, proposing an ordinance that would prevent convenience stores from displaying tobacco or nicotine products in areas where underage…

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School board approves $87.1 million budget request

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education voted unanimously in approval of adopting a budget of $87,072,005, an increase of 3.37 percent from the current budget. The adopted budget for this current year is $84,233,204. During a recent Board of Education meeting, board members revisited four items in the proposed budget of…

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Heating bills might get a break, says AccuWeather

January 29, 2014
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Heating bills might get a break, says AccuWeather

Warmth is coming, but at a prices, says AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports there is good news for folks hoping for a little break on heating bills and hoping to clean up the ice and snow that has accumulated in the Midwest, East and South. However, the pattern change may eventually evolve into storms that bring heavy precipitation.…

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Sick of winter? AccuWeather pulls out its crystal ball

January 29, 2014
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Sick of winter? AccuWeather pulls out its crystal ball

In advance of Groundhog Day, Accuweather has offered its outlook for the remaining winter. AccuWeather.com reports though Phil has a few more days to prognosticate the next six weeks, the AccuWeather.com long-range forecasting team already predicts that the nation will be split in half: cold and snow will linger in the Northern states, while spring will…

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Area gymnasts to compete at XL Center this weekend

January 29, 2014
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HARTFORD – One of the most prestigious and one of the biggest co-ed New England regional youth gymnastics events will be held in Connecticut as American Gymnastics of Southington will host the 21st annual American Invitational at the XL Center’s Exhibition Hall  in a two-day event on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. There…

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Commentary from all over regarding the State of the Union

January 29, 2014
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Emails came in fast and furious from politicians, think tanks, etc. following President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Here are a selection of press releases that arrived at the Observer… Congressman John B. Larson released the following statement today on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address: “The strength of…

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Congressman offering up forum after State of the Union

January 28, 2014
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On Wednesday, Jan, 29, U.S. Rep. John B. Larson will host a community forum at BristolCity Hall. Scheduled the day after President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Address, Larson will discuss the economy and priorities for the federal legislature for 2014. Larson also will discuss the local Social Security Office following last week’s announcement…

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State keeping eye on those affected by severe cold

January 28, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a press release, today announced he will keep the activation of the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol in place in anticipation of bitter cold temperatures expected to continue over the next few days. While activated, the release explained, Severe Cold Weather Protocol directs the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security…

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Bristol Rotary offers scholarships to area students

January 28, 2014
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The Bristol Rotary Scholarship Fund, Inc. has a scholarship program available to seniors residing and attending high school in Burlington, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth, and Southington. The scholarship program was funded by the late Karl J. Schwartz, a former Rotarian and Bristol native. This year, the scholarship program will award six scholarships of $5,000 each, renewable…

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Here comes the cold… again

January 27, 2014
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Here comes the cold… again

AccuWeather is saying that the nation may experience even colder weather in the coming week. AccuWeather.com reports a blast of frigid air will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States through Wednesday and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in some communities. The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid…

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