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Camp RISE offers new summer opportunity for local kids with special needs

June 1, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington students with special needs now have the opportunity to spend their summer at a camp specially designed for children with physical, intellectual, and developmental impairments. The Town of Southington Recreation Department is launching their new day camp for a summer of Recreation Integrated into Social Experiences (RISE). Camp RISE will be…

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Nobody can rain on our parade: Locals come out to remember the fallen

June 1, 2016
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Towns throughout the Connecticut were forced to cancel Memorial Day activities and parades when rain swept through the state on Monday morning, but members of the Marine Corps League, above, along with members of the American Legion, the town council, and dozens of residents turned out for all of the planned memorial ceremonies, flag raisings, and an unofficial parade. Locals braved the weather to ensure that Southington still honored its fallen heroes.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Although expected rains washed out plans for the annual Memorial Day parade, members of the American Legion, Marine Corps League and the Southington Town Council came out to walk the parade route on Monday morning. Dozens of Southington residents lined Main Street, waving American flags and showing their gratitude for our nation’s…

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Trocchi picked as new CEO at Wheeler

June 1, 2016
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Sabrina Trocchi, Ph.D. Candidate, MPA, was named Wheeler’s chief operating officer. In this role, she is responsible for implementing a systemic approach to the development and execution of organizational strategy and administering and managing the organization’s service and quality operations. She joined Wheeler in 2014 as chief strategy officer and implemented strategic initiatives, partnerships, ventures…

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Veterans can sign up for free dental care on June 25, courtesy Aspen Dental

June 1, 2016
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On Saturday, June 25, dentists and team members from nearly 400 Aspen Dental practices across the country will open their doors to provide a day of free dental care for thousands of veterans across the country. Starting now, local veterans can call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment in advance at a participating office in the…

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Southington Catholic School welcomes new principal

May 28, 2016
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Southington Catholic School
133 Bristol St, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 628-2485

The grand experiment is coming to an end with great success, and Southington Catholic School is preparing to take the school to the next level. Co-Pastors Father Ronald May and Father Nicholas Melo recently announced the appointment of Eileen Sampiere as the new school principal. She is currently the principal of Corpus Christi School in…

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Town to honor fallen soldiers during Memorial Day services

May 28, 2016
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WWII veteran William Kelley (center) raises an American flag alongside American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 Commander Steve McCarty (right) and son James Kelley (left,) outside the Southington Care Center on Memorial Day.

American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 has announced the schedule for Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30, including the annual Memorial Day parade and services at local cemeteries. The Legion will be conducting their annual Memorial Day services at the following locations in Southington on Monday, May 30: 7:30 a.m., Panthorn Park on Burritt Street…

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Relay for Life is just around the corner

May 27, 2016
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Walkers at last year’s event, above, carry street signs to honor their loved ones. This year’s event begins on Friday, June 4 at 4 p.m.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 700 Southington residents have signed up to participate in this year’s Relay for Life to help fundraise for the American Cancer Society. This year’s event will take place from June 3 to June 4 on the Southington High School athletic field. Walkers will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, and…

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Magaro graduates from Naval Academy

May 26, 2016
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School - Colin Magaro US Naval Academy

Colin Magaro successfully completed four years of challenging academic, physical, and professional military training, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy on May 27 with a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering and a commission as a U.S. Navy Ensign. At the academy, Magaro was Battalion Commander in charge of roughly 800 midshipmen. Following graduation, Ensign Magaro…

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Southington Police earn state accreditation

May 26, 2016
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The Southington Police Department
69 Lazy Ln, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 378-1600

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington Police Department (SPD) has earned a Tier I accreditation from the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC). This achievement is the first step in a three-tier review of police standards in the areas of liability, professionalism, and general management. At a May 12 meeting of the POSTC, the…

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State Incumbents and challengers poised for November

May 25, 2016
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Southington Politics

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER State conventions have already been held, and Connecticut’s political parties are scrambling for the June 7 deadline for endorsing candidates for state and district offices. For Southington voters, that means three state senate races and two state representative races are coming into focus for the November election. Southington has four legislators currently…

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