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Junior Miss Plantsville raises money for CT Children’s Medical Center

September 7, 2013
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Junior Miss Plantsville raises money for CT Children’s Medical Center

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Junior Miss Plantsville Aurianna Monteiro, along with Plantsville Outstanding teen Katerina Belales, held a walk-a-thon recently to raise money for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Aurianna wanted to raise money for the medical center to say thank you for all their care and support when her sister three-year-old sister Ayva was…

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ESPN gives media look inside new digital center

September 6, 2013
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ESPN gives media look inside new digital center

By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer Last Wednesday, ESPN opened its doors to members of the media from around the country with a full day of discussions and tours of the campus, in particular, the network’s new digital center. The digital center is nearly 200,000 square feet and is the 19th building in the Bristol campus,…

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West Street business zone approved; Zoning works to protect homeowners

September 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the approval of plans for the West Street business zone development at a recent meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission has assured the public that it will continue to protect homeowners in the residential area while still working to bring in new businesses. “We tried to make this a…

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Local teens bring books to life

September 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A group of local tweens and teens, under the instruction of Mary DeCroce, a local artist, created a mural that brings children’s books to life. Six middle school and high school girls created the multimedia collage using painted faux finishes, paper and art objects on a pressed board during a…

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Bookstore helps Southington Library

September 6, 2013
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Bookstore helps Southington Library

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From teen drama to biographies to children’s series, the Friends of Southington Library Book Store sells a variety of used books to local residents and non-residents of the town. Located in the basement of Southington Public Library, the bookstore offers high-quality used books, all organized by author and genre. Doris…

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Open house set for superfund site

September 5, 2013
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There is an open house scheduled for the SRSNE superfund site at 90 Lazy Lane, across the street from the police station. The open house is set for Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include EPA, CTDEEP and representatives of the potentially responsible parties’ group will present information and answer questions…

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YMCA expansion includes parking lot and other buildings

September 5, 2013
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YMCA expansion includes parking lot and other buildings

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Members of the Southington YMCA may have more parking spots to choose from by the end of September, as construction of the lots is near completion. Director of Operations Tony Palmieri said there will be 99 additional parking spaces in front of the building alone, bringing the total number of…

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Connecticut Dept. of Transportation to work on traffic signals

September 4, 2013
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The Connecticut Department of Transportation is replacing traffic signal LED’s at various intersections within Southington. An Alternating One Way Traffic Pattern Using Traffic Control Will Be Utilized On A Daily Basis To Perform The Construction Work. The Contractor Will Not Be Allowed To Interfere With Traffic Between 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6…

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Local woman collecting candy for St. Jude’s Hospital

September 4, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor A local woman is collecting candy for St. Jude’s Hospital. Allyson Genovese began the St. Jude’s Candy Drive several years ago after learning that her stepdaughter’s mother, who works at St. Jude, would bring in Halloween candy for the kids at the hospital. The first year Genovese was able to collect…

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School district announces launch of new STEM resource

September 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Board of Education announced the launch of its “Virtual STEM University,” a web-based educational resource for teachers that will provide easy access to lesson design plans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM University is a partnership between The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) and the Board…

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