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Catholic school summit discusses upcoming changes

February 12, 2015
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St. Dominic Principal Patricia Tiezzi, left, and St. Thomas Principal Mary Wirkus, right, discuss the merger of their schools for next year.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A town hall meeting for parents and parishioners from local Catholic churches was held at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Plantsville on Thursday, Feb. 5. It offered an opportunity to discuss the merging of St. Dominic and St. Thomas schools at the St. Thomas campus for the 2015-2016 school…

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Sikorsky Aircraft lands at Derynoski School

February 12, 2015
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Process Engineer Rick DiMauro demonstrates a wind tunnel for Gavin Anderson, left, and Ben Gorr, right, in the school auditorium.

Representatives from Sikorsky Aircraft tried to inspire young engineers at Derynoski Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The hands-on program for students in kindergarten through grade 5 ran throughout the day. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS

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Historical Society to present story of Rhoda Feb. 21

February 10, 2015
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A Cheshire historian will share the story of Rhoda, a Connecticut child born free in 1741 then sold into slavery, and her descendants, who were among the earliest settlers of a community on the Southington-Plainville border. On Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m., Christine Pittsley, a third-generation Cheshire resident, will share what she’s learned about…

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Good times flashing back to the ‘80s

February 10, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The world was a dangerous place in the 1980s. We were worried about nuclear (and neutron) bombs. We were worried about the Soviets. The economy wasn’t the most stable. And our social fabric was tearing apart as changes were underway. But as unsettled as the world at large was, the…

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Gov. urging caution during Monday’s storm

February 8, 2015
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With another winter storm bearing down on the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging everyone to take it slow and allow for extra time to get to and from destinations on Monday, said a press release from the governor’s office Sunday night. Nonessential state employees are to report to work at their normally scheduled…

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BlumShapiro Announces New Partner

February 8, 2015
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Thomas Blumetti has been named partner at BlumShapiro.

WEST HARTFORD—BlumShapiro, the largest regional accounting and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has announced the election of a new partner, Thomas M. Blumetti, CPA. Blumetti is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a resident of Southington.…

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Elks Club celebrates veterans

February 7, 2015
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Peggy LaLonde, a leader of Girl Scout Troop 64099, pins a flower on Vietnam veteran David Togninalli.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, local veterans were invited to the Elks Lodge for a Military Appreciation Dinner. Photos by Tammi Naudus

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Valvoline joins the chamber

February 6, 2015
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The Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador & Welcoming committee recently greeted Valvoline Instant Oil Change at 86 Queen Street. Paul Armor prepares to award a “Thank You” certificate  to owner Michael Ferri. Also pictured are Manager Matt Farino, Asst. Manager Brian Buszka, Service  Technician Steve Schilling, Certified Tec Kyle Moore, Techncian Will Windecker, and…

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Eat ice cream and help Drew Fowler

February 6, 2015
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On Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dunphy’s Ice Cream Parlor in Bristol will celebrate “Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day” in honor of Drew Fowler, a 6-year-old Terryville resident diagnosed with an optic nerve glioma brain tumor. The event is open to the public, and will serve as a fundraiser. The…

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Miscellaneous listings for Feb. 6

February 6, 2015
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FRIDAY, FEB. 6 SOUTHINGTON SAINT THOMAS SCHOOL WINTER GALA. 6 p.m. to midnight. Throwback to the 1980s with musical guest Marty Q. State Senator Joseph Markley will be the guest MC. Open bar, sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle prizes, and dancing. $70. Checks are payable to Saint Thomas School, attention Gala Committee. Open…

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