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Lt. Governor honors Yarde Metals for hiring record with veterans

September 7, 2016
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Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, right, meets with employees of Yarde Metals on Aug. 23.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, along with Dept. of Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, Dept. of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith, and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly, paid a visit to Yarde Metals on Tuesday, Aug. 23. They met with Yarde Metals’ employees who are veterans to honor…

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Meet the 2016 Apple Harvest Committee: Hostess chair Alyssa Pappas knows the work that goes into it

September 2, 2016
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Former Apple Harvest hostess and queen Alyssa Pappas, above center, has been assisting hostesses ever since her reign ended.

The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2016 event runs from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Forestville woman has role in new series thriller on Crackle

September 2, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the new web television series, “StartUp,” the tension and mood begins to crank up right after the opening credits of the first episode. And as the series unfolds over the first episode and the next, the intensity doesn’t let up. The main characters are introduced one by one. Their…

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Bees seek 6th straight win

September 1, 2016
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Bees seek 6th straight win

In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees look to sweep the Skeeters tonight and extend their winning streak to six games! First pitch 8:05PM! Series: The Bees have won each of the first three games of this series with the Skeeters and now hold a 12-7 lead in the season series entering tonight’s game, which…

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Jewish congregation to re-dedicate centuries-old Torah Sept. 18

September 1, 2016
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to join them in a special ceremony to re-dedicate a hundreds’ year old Torah that survived the Holocaust. This dedication, to be held Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House of the First Congregational Church in Southington comes at the conclusion of a lengthy restoration…

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Broadway dance star kicks off Apogee boot camp

August 31, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Apogee Dance Academy enjoyed the company of many noteworthy individuals during their “2016 Intensive Week,” a boot camp to kick off the year for local dancers. Each year, the academy opens the season with different guests to teach the students in the teens and seniors group (ages 12-16). The boot…

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Sign ups for Cub Scouts on Sept. 14

August 30, 2016
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The Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday, Sept. 14 will be holding sign-ups for the Cub Scouts in a number of locations across the state of Connecticut. To find a unit near you visit http://www.ctrivers.org/Join or call at 860-913-2700. Cub Scouting is for boys in kindergarten through fifth grade. The program combines outdoor activities, sports,…

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Time running short to register for Mum Parade

August 29, 2016
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The annual Mum Parade is less than a month away, and groups looking to march in this year’s parade are asked to submit their applications as soon as possible to ensure their spot. The due date for applications is Sept. 1. The parade will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, and this year’s theme is “Bristol…

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Scholarship awarded for late SPD officer

August 29, 2016
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  Spencer McManus, a recent graduate from Xavier High School in Middletown, was recently awarded the inaugural Michael Shanley Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named for the late Lt. Michael “Mike” Shanley, a 29-year veteran of the Southington Police Department who died after a 22-month battle with a brain tumor. The scholarship, which will be presented…

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Cosmetology school brings in renowned stylist Ted Gibson for graduation

August 26, 2016
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On Oct. 2 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, the International Institute of Cosmetology will be hosting its 13th graduation ceremony and fashion show for the 130 graduates for cosmetology, aesthetics, and makeup. World renowned hairstylist Ted Gibson will be delivering the commencement speech for graduates and guests. Press materials from IIC explained, “Celebrity…

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