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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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Support the turf field with engraved bricks

March 24, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington High School sports fans will literally be able to stamp their support for the Blue Knights with an engraved brick paver. The pavers will be displayed in a combined patio and walkway adjacent to the newly installed turf field. The Turf Committee is offering the bricks to help support the…

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Microgrid project finalist is from Southington

March 23, 2013
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By Marc Silvestrini Special to The Observer Twenty-seven potential microgrid projects from across the state, including three in area towns, have advanced to a final round of evaluation for funding, state officials said earlier this month. The 27 projects were among 36 the state received in response to a Request for Proposals under its new…

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Starbucks reopens following early morning bomb threat

March 22, 2013
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By Ed Harris   The Starbucks on Queen Street is back open, following an early morning bomb threat. Police responded to Starbucks just before 8 a.m., following a telephone threat. Five employees and 20 customers were evacuated from the premises. “The threat was they were going to blow up the establishment,” said Police Spokesman Sgt.…

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United Way honors four hometown heroes at dinner

March 22, 2013
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United Way honors four hometown heroes at dinner

By Vanessa Stevens Corresponden A large crowd showed up Thursday at the Aqua Turf Club to support and honor four hometown heroes of Southington: Erin Gibney of the Giving Back Girls,  Paula Knight, Steve Daniels and Walter Hushak. The award, given by United Way of Southington, honors those who have made a difference in town.…

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Chamber award winners named

March 22, 2013
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Chamber award winners named

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Chamber of Commerce has recently released the names of its service awards recipients, who will be honored at the organization’s annual dinner next month. The honorees include Vinny Nanfito, recipient of the Riccio Brothers Business Person of the Year, Jerry Brick, receiving the Chamber’s Gail DePaolo Community Spirit honor…

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School board votes to bring ABA program in house

March 21, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Education has voted unanimously to bring its Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program in-house, a decision that has left some parents worried that the program could face a decline. The program is currently run by the CapitQal Region Education Council (CREC). Over the course of the last several school…

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Physically Active Classroom earns grant

March 21, 2013
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Physically Active Classroom earns grant

By Ed Harris Editor Schools in Southington will get a little more active thanks to a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The insurance company bestowed the school system with a $24,000 grant that will be used to help combat childhood obesity through the Physically Active Classrooms program. The program is a collaboration…

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Twice is just as nice; Middle school renovations pass again

March 20, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The middle school renovations past for a second time at Tuesday’s referendum. The renovations were overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2011, but the renovations were sent back to referendum after it was discovered that the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) would significantly drive up cost estimates. This is the first time…

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