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New hairdressers told to be proud of profession

October 30, 2015
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New hairdressers told to be proud of profession

By MIKE CHAIKEN STAFF WRITER The class of 2015 at the International Institute of Cosmetology were told to be proud of their careers as hairdressers as the students graduated in a ceremony Sunday. The graduation was a mix of awards presentation and fashion show. Students were honored for completing their course work at the school,…

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Plantsville School pageant winner collects toys for children’s hospital

October 30, 2015
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Kylie Watson displays the gifts collected during a recent toy drive  to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR The shoppers at Stop and Shop in Southington and Walmart in Bristol surprised—in a good way—Kylie Watson. Kylie, 6, is the reigning 2015 National American Miss Southern New England Princess. And the first grader at Plantsville Elementary School recently held a toy drive to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Kylie stood…

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Boy Scout re-dedicates Rochambeau monument

October 29, 2015
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James Brino, center, unveils the renovated Rochambeau monument on Marion Avenue during a re-dedication ceremony on Oct. 25. Brino painstakingly restored the monument for his Eagle project.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR It seemed fitting that the First Company Governor’s Foot Guard presented the colors before marching down the newly renovated stairs for a solemn procession down Marion Avenue. For those in attendance, it mirrored a similar scene during the Revolutionary War when the foot guard escorted the Compte de Rochambeau to Hartford for…

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Simms resigns as Ethics Board Chair

October 29, 2015
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Town of Southington

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Craig Simms, former Chairman of the Board of Ethics (BOE), resigned from his position on Wednesday after the Town Council voted to vacate a recent decision made by the board. Simms (R) voted with Democrats Phillip Pomposi and James Sinclair in a majority opinion on Sept. 15 that found Town Councilor Tom…

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Leaf pick-up schedule has changed

October 29, 2015
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Autumn Leaves 1

The Town of Southington has altered the leaf pick-up schedule due to the later than usual leaf drop this season. Town crews will be spot-picking leaves in heavy sections throughout Town beginning on Monday, Nov. 2. The regular service the following week. Residents in Zone 1 will need to have their leaves curbside no later…

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Town awarded $312,000 open space grant

October 29, 2015
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State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) announced in a departmenpress release that Southington has been awarded a $312,000 open space grant that will help preserve a 17-acre parcel of local land. Southington was among 17 communities included in a program administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced earlier this month by…

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Flanders unveils new, entirely recycled playground

October 29, 2015
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Students at Flanders play on the new school playscape that is made entirely from recycled dental supplies. The playscape was won during the TerraCycle Recycled Playground Challenge.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER On Oct. 21, school administrators and local officials gathered with students from Flanders Elementary School to unveil the school’s new playground, made entirely from recycled toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and floss containers. The school earned the playground after winning the TerraCycle Recycled Playground Challenge earlier this year. Flanders joined schools from across the…

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Town files another motion to dismiss Hatton Meadow case

October 29, 2015
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Solar Panel

The defendants in the case of Panek vs. Town of Southington filed a second motion to dismiss on Oct. 20. The Town of Southington, Greenskies Renewable Energy, LLC, and GRE 344 Southington HES LLC, have requested that the court dismiss the complaint due to a lack of subject matter jurisdiction. In a memorandum to support…

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Election 2015: Voter information, ballot, referendum items, and polling places

October 28, 2015
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Southington Politics

When polls open on Tuesday, Nov. 3, local voters will be casting ballots for six Town Council candidates, six Board of Education candidates, four Board of Finance candidates, three Planning and Zoning Commission candidates, and three Water Commission candidates. In addition, there are two referendum questions on the ballot. The first question asks voters if…

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Arrest made for threat against a SHS staff member

October 28, 2015
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Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT 06489

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington resident Gregory R. Daly was arrested on Oct. 20, after threats made to a Southington High School (SHS) staff member led four schools to be placed under “secure school status” on Tuesday morning. The Southington police Department received reports at 8:15a.m., that a SHS staff member had been threatened. As a…

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