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Comments sought on public retirement plan

October 14, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials are seeking public comment on a proposed state-run retirement savings plan for private sector workers in Connecticut. Created earlier this year by the General Assembly, the new Connecticut Retirement Security Board is required to conduct a market feasibility study for the new retirement plan. The group must report its…

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Rosemary Champagne hits half century mark in hair care

October 12, 2014
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Rosemary Champagne hits half century mark in hair care

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington hairdresser Rosemary Champagne celebrated 50 years in her profession with family, close friends and clients at her salon, Hair Expo, on Friday, Sept. 26. “It feels wonderful,” said Champagne. The salon was crowded with guests in almost every chair eating and sharing stories of their local hairdresser. Collages of…

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Spooky Kingdom teams up with drive-in for Halloween event

October 12, 2014
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Spooky Kingdom teams up with drive-in for Halloween event

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Drive-in’s Halloween extravaganza will get a little spookier this year, thanks to the addition of Spooky Kingdom. “I am so excited to be partnering with them,” said Dawn Miceli, a town councilor and member of the Drive-in Committee. Howard and Bonnie Burke began running Spooky Kingdom at their Lovely…

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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

October 11, 2014
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Plantsville Nursery School celebrates 60 years

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer In 1955, the Mother’s Club of Plantsville Congregational United Church of Christ saw a need for a nursery school and successfully opened it during a time when most mothers stayed home with their children. Now, Plantsville Community Nursery School is going on 60 years of teaching three and four year…

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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

October 10, 2014
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Youth’s Zombie Zone fights Crohn’s disease; now open

The Pelletier Family of Bristol has had its fair share of scares, namely those related to their youngest son, Andre’, being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 11. Crohn’s disease, along with ulcerative colitis, are painful, debilitating, chronic digestive diseases impacting over 1.4 million American adults and children, with as many as 150,000…

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Miscellaneous listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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Miscellaneous listings for Oct. 10

FRIDAY, OCT. 10 BRISTOL AN EVENING OF FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY. 6 p.m. Held by the Salvation Army. Bristol Fire Department, Fire truck demonstration and exploration, free activity bags. The Salvation Army, 19 Stearns St., Bristol. (860) 583-4651. OTHER ‘DIAMOND RUFF.’ 7 p.m. Film by local artist Joe Young. Q&A follows. The Wadsworth Atheneum, 600…

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Senior listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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Senior listings for Oct. 10

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 SOUTHINGTON MULBERRY GARDENS OF SOUTHINGTON OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assisted living, adult day and memory care community. Mulberry Gardens of Southington, 58 Mulberry St., Plantsville. RSVP. (860) 276-1020. THE ORCHARDS AT SOUTHINGTON OPEN HOUSE. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Independent and assisted living community. The Orchards at Southington, 34…

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Support group listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15 OTHER CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Arbor Rose at Rose at Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain. RSVP. (860) 229-3707. ONGOING SOUTHINGTON OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS SUPPORT GROUP. Do you suspect food rules your life? Overeaters Anonymous may be the answer for you. It is not a diet club, but a…

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Kids listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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Kids listings for Oct. 10

SATURDAY, OCT. 11 BRISTOL GLOBAL CARDBOARD CHALLENGE. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A celebration of child creativity and the role of communities in fostering imaginative play inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade.” www.CainesArcade.com. Cardboard and a variety mechanics will be provided. Children and families can collaborate to design and build original creations using their imaginations.…

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Dining listings for Oct. 10

October 10, 2014
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Dining listings for Oct. 10

OCT. 11-12 OTHER CONNECTICUT GARLIC AND HARVEST FESTIVAL. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cooking demos. Food talks. Lessons. Buy farm-fresh garlic. Bethlehem Fairgrounds, Route 61, Bethlehem. $7, adults. Under 12, $1. GarlicFest.com. SUNDAY, OCT. 12 PLAINVILLE COMMUNION BREAKFAST. Held by the Plainville Knights of Columbus. All members and Catholic men are invited to gather for…

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