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Read author speaks to residents

March 29, 2013
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Read author speaks to residents

by Kellie Lambert McGuire Correspondent Charlotte Rogan may have late blooming success for a writer, but her popularity was worth the wait. More than 350 people came out March 20 to hear the writer talk about her debut novel, “The Lifeboat,” during the 2013 Southington Reads event at The Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Rogan said…

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Walk showcases downtown issues

March 28, 2013
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Walk showcases downtown issues

By Ed Harris Editor A recent downtown Southington walkthrough, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce’s Central Business Alliance (CBA), highlighted some of the cosmetic work that is needed in the area. “There’s a lot more problems than you realize,” said Chamber of Commerce President Art Secondo. Some of the work cited included the repainting and…

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Judge rules in favor of Manzo in Smoron issue

March 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor A Hartford Superior Court Judge has ruled that longtime caretaker Samuel Manzo is the rightful heir to the Smoron estate. Valley Spring Farm was owned by the Smoron family for decades and ownership has been in dispute since the death of Josephine Smoron in 2009. In the 1990s, Josephine Smoron had…

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Opening the charter; Commission formed by party vote

March 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Town Council has decided to open the charter, establishing a new Charter Revision Commission, following a strict party line vote Monday night. All six Republicans voted in favor of the commission, while the Council’s three Democrats voted against it. Five people were named to the commission, three Republicans and two…

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Youth leads way for prom fashion show fund raiser

March 26, 2013
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Just in time for prom season, 16-year-old Alyscia Talbot of Bristol, the Junior Grange of Wolcott chairperson and the Wolcott Grange are teaming up with Kristen’s Kloset of Southington to help spread the word and get affordable prom dresses to girls in the area who otherwise might not be able to afford a gorgeous gown.…

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Accuweather says brace yourself for cooler spring

March 26, 2013
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Accuweather says brace yourself for cooler spring

Midwest, Northeast to Endure Cold Waves Well into April   State College, Pa. — 26 March 2013 — AccuWeather.com reports while April will not be as cold as March, thanks to the strengthening sun, pockets of cold air will continue their invasion from the northern Plains to the Midwest and Northeast into the first half…

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Calendar listings for the week of March 22

March 25, 2013
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Music listings   FRIDAY, MARCH 22 BRISTOL THE RUINS. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Gateway Café, 211 Riverside Ave., Bristol. (860) 516-4601.   SICK SINSE SUNDAY. Downtown Café, 118 Main St., Bristol. DowntownCafeCT.com   OTHER KARAOKE AND DANCE PARTY DJ. Free pool. No cover before 8 p.m. Illusions Dance Club and Restaurant, 1639 Wolcott Rd.,…

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Election reform forum held by congressional reps in Farmington

March 25, 2013
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The Observer received the following press release: TUESDAY: LARSON, ESTY TO HOST FORUM ON ELECTION REFORM   (Hartford) – Tuesday, March 26th, Congressman John B. Larson, Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will host a forum on Election Reform. Currently, corporations and special interests have the ability to spend…

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Southington Education Foundation partners with HQ Dumpsters

March 25, 2013
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Southington’s own HQ Dumpsters & Recycling has partnered with the Southington Education Foundation (SEF) to help fund creative educational programming in our community’s classrooms. HQ Dumpsters & Recycling will donate $25 to the Southington Education Foundation for each new residential account it acquires over the next six months – up to $25,000. In addition, homeowners…

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State legislators talk mandates with Town Council

March 24, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Most of Southington’s state legislators recently met with the Town Council and unfunded mandates, the possible elimination of the car tax and the MORE commission were the main topics of discussion. The state and town officials had planned on having this meeting earlier in the year, when the legislative session had…

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