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Southington’s report card; Rallying behind early childhood education

November 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington parent Prajakta Dravid, preparing her four-year-old child for kindergarten is on her top priority list. She sends Atharva to preschool five days a week, receiving daily assessments of his language skills among other skills he must start developing before kindergarten. Although early childhood educators play a role in…

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Riccio to chair Town Council

November 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington Town Council were sworn in last Tuesday, appointing Republican Michael Riccio as the new chairman, and appointing Cheryl Lounsbury as Vice Chairperson. Riccio, who previously served on the Council in 2007, said he looks forward to serving as chairman. “I really look forward to two strong…

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Survey questions concern parents

November 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington parents expressed their concern to the Board of Education last week about a survey administered by the Southington Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) to middle school and high school students. Three parents confronted the board about the content of the survey, disappointed that they did not have the…

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Town reaches out to victims in Philippines

November 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Southington community has banded together to help out the hundreds of thousands of victims affected by the devastation. SouthingtonSOS, an ad hoc humanitarian service committee of leaders of charity organizations, churches, temples, and community-minded volunteers representing all sectors of town,…

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Attempted car break-in leads to two arrests

November 19, 2013
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Attempted car break-in leads to two arrests

Two local men were arrested by police after one of the men allegedly tried to break into an occupied car. According to police, an investigation shows that Alexander Arroyo, 22, was in the area of Eden Avenue when he attempted to pick the lock of a vehicle that was parked in a driveway. At the…

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Man arrested for sexual assault on a pregnant woman

November 19, 2013
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Man arrested for sexual assault on a pregnant woman

A local man surrendered to police after learning of an arrest warrant that included sexual assault charges on a pregnant woman. James Monahan, 29, of 50 Berlin Ave., was charged on Nov. 18 with first degree sexual assault, third degree assault, third degree assault on a pregnant person, first degree reckless endangerment and first degree…

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Chamber Wing Fest set for November 20

November 18, 2013
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Chamber Wing Fest set for November 20

The Southington Chamber of Commerce will hold its eighth annual Wing Fest competition on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Cadillac Ranch to benefit its holiday adopt-a-family project. The event features a host of area restaurants serving several wings to each patron who will later select the best wings in three categories. A panel of independent…

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Students start candy drive for uncle overseas

November 18, 2013
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Students start candy drive for uncle overseas

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Besides participating in a Veteran’s Day celebration last week, students at Kelley Elementary School worked together to create a candy care package for three local platoons serving in Afghanistan. With the help and support of faculty and staff, students Colton and Analeigh Thorpe spread the word about their uncle’s deployment…

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Cyber Knights have new practice home

November 17, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington High School robotics team will have a new practice space thanks to Mohawk Northeast. The engineering company, based in Plantsville, recently stepped forward to provide the team a place to practice after it lost its former space at Saucier Mechanical, an issue that the team had an agreement on…

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Emergency personnel honored; Elks host Public Safety Awards dinner

November 15, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington honored three law enforcement officials last week during the 26th annual Public Safety Awards dinner in recognition of their long history of contributions to the town. Hosted by the Southington Elks Lodge, the event honored Master Sergeant Jay Suski of the Southington Police Department, retired Southington firefighter Robert Upson…

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