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Back to school and back to wellness at Westfarms

August 21, 2013
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FARMINGTON, Conn. – Ready. Set. School! As summer winds down, and the kids head back to school, you can make back-to-school shopping an adventure for your kids. This year, take part in the “Ready. Set. School! Scavenger Hunt,” enjoying Wellness at Westfarms while having some fun. Parents and students, grades K-5, will have the chance…

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Middle schools ready for students during construction

August 20, 2013
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Middle schools ready for students during construction

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The first phase of the middle school renovations has been completed, and now both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are ready to start on time. Past environmental tests found traces of asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools. The remediation process was able to be…

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Flat Stanley inspires new children’s program at Southington Library

August 19, 2013
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Flat Stanley inspires new children’s program at Southington Library

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The library has a new mascot: Mr. Bear—better known as “Flat Bear,” to the children who are members of the annual summer reading program. Dressed as a cowboy with a fanny pack, “Flat Bear” is a laminated library tool that children can check out for two weeks.  Cindy Wall, head…

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Just in time for Back to School shopping, sales tax free week

August 18, 2013
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy last week, according to a press release from his office, reminded Connecticut residents about the state’s upcoming sales tax-free week – an annual holiday that allows shoppers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.  This year’s tax-free week…

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Reverse 9-1-1 system approved; Council gives go ahead for Everbridge system

August 17, 2013
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer Town officials have decided to upgrade a reverse 9-1-1 system that could help deliver alerts during emergencies or send wide reminders for important events. During Monday’s Town Council meeting, all council members voted in approval of the project, which would cost about $15,000 initially and $10,000 a year later.  The…

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Food, music at Taste of Southington

August 16, 2013
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Food, music at Taste of Southington

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The 12th annual Taste of Southington event brought a piece of the town’s history to life on the grounds of the Barnes Museum, along with food and live music. More than a dozen restaurants from town stood outside the historical homestead, including CC Carvers Gourmet Sandwiches, Moe’s Southwest Grill and…

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Officials reflect on last fiscal year

August 16, 2013
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer Fiscal year 2013 ended in a surplus for the town’s budget, reported Town Manager Garry Brumback. Brumback said the town had a little more than $600K in expenditures and a similar amount of surplus in revenues. “We budgeted under a certain set of assumptions that the state was not going…

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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

August 16, 2013
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The full court press; Jim Senich championed the Knights with his pen and his golden voice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Senich still remembers the nun’s comments when he delivered his oral report to his sixth grade class. “Someday you’re going to be a radio announcer,” she said, and the velvety-voiced youngster slid back into his seat with a satisfied grin. Some boys practice last second shots in their driveways…

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Lincoln College hires Stokes; Bristol Eastern assistant named as women’s hoops coach

August 13, 2013
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by Michael Letendre Staff Writer Bristol Eastern girls basketball assistant coach Mike Stokes has been a big part of the Lancers’ program since the late 1990s. Stokes have been head coach Tony Floyd’s right hand man for years now but the career assistant was looking for a bigger challenge and a team of his own.…

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Local girls lend over a dozen hands to those in need

August 12, 2013
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Local girls lend over a dozen hands to those in need

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer About 50 families in need walk through the doors of Southington Community Services on a daily basis to receive bags of food and other donations, according to Assistant Mark Fasarrelli. In response to this growing need, The Giving Back Girls, a local community involvement group, decided to lend more than…

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