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Apprenticeship, Extension courses for adult ed. registering

August 27, 2013
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Apprenticeship and Extension Courses for the State of Connecticut Adult Education Evening School Division at BristolTechnicalEducationCenter will be starting the week of Sept. 16. Registration dates are Aug. 28, 29, Sept. 3, 4, 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 431 Minor St., Bristol. Courses offered include apprenticeship training in HVAC/R, sheet metal, welding, construction…

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Classrooms burst with life with new themes

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER As the new school year approaches, teachers of all eight elementary schools have brought their classrooms to life with distinct themes and decorations. Third grade teacher Sarah Turci from South End Elementary School knew without a doubt that “the beach” would be her classroom theme. Every year, her family stays…

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Art provides local teen with his own voice

August 23, 2013
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Art provides local teen with his own voice

By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From the time Southington resident Daniel Gagnier was 12 years old, accomplishing tasks that involve the use of his fine motor skills and speech became difficult. At the age of eight, doctors diagnosed the teen with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, a rare disease that involves constant seizures, loss of motor skills, and…

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Make it or break it for SCT

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER When local residents Amanda Savio and Heidi Bass-Lamberto are not taking care of their children at home or at work, they act, direct, or produce shows at Southington Community Theater. Heidi also serves as president for the non-profit organization while Amanda serves as the publicity chair for the group. Although…

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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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