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Prepare for things to get cold, says Accuweather

January 18, 2013
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Northern US: Cold Waves and Canadian Storms State College, Pa. — 18 January 2013 — AccuWeather reports the weather pattern over the next couple of weeks will favor waves of cold air and Canadian storms, known as Alberta Clippers, from the northern Plains to the Northeast. Each blast of cold air will vary in magnitude,…

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Overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo causes evacuation

January 18, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor An overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo Middle School caused a minor evacuation early last week, after it started smoking, triggering the school’s fire alarm. Southington Fire Chief Harold “Buddy” Clark said the department was dispatched to the school due to an unknown odor on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The students were in…

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EPA provides verbal confirmation; Decision will save millions in PCB clean up

January 18, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The middle schools renovation project is poised to clear a major hurdle, after officials received verbal confirmation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the cheaper plan for the remediation of hazardous materials will likely be approved. The news came during an evening when the plan to renovate Kennedy and…

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Health officials: No need to panic over the flu

January 17, 2013
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s flu season has been unusually potent, but representatives of the Southington-Plainville Health District said there was no need for panic. The spread of flu is common during the winter months, but recent reports have indicated a season more severe than normal. The city of Boston even declared a…

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SouthingtonSOS: Successful in creating a dialogue

January 16, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor SouthingtonSOS believes it was successful in encouraging families to discuss the type of videogames played within the households, a dialogue the group hopes continues. Earlier this month the group announced a local violent videogame return initiative that garnered national attention. Last week the group canceled the program, saying that it had…

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Erardi proposes $86 million school budget

January 16, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi has presented a proposed budget of $86.4 million, an increase of 4.87 percent that is intended to help the district keep pace with changing state standards. The final budget approved last year for the BOE was about $82 million. The Board of Education examined…

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Southington YMCA teen dodgeball tournament returns

January 13, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw later this month. The tournament, now in its third year, is broken up into tow divisions, middle school and high school. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “In the past two years we’ve had some success with…

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Town benefit set for Sandy Hook

January 12, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Dance City and the Arts is teaming up with Southington’s United Way to hold a fundraising event for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The community has been invited to Derynoski Elementary School on Saturday, January 26 to watch performances by the students of Dance City, the area band J.J.…

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Dive into the Polar Plunge

January 11, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Every year, Mark Pooler is often the last man to leave the frigid waters of Sloper Pond during the YMCA’s annual Polar Plunge. For the past seven years, Pooler has spent approx. 75 seconds in the water, racking up the donations. “We pledge by seconds,” said Pooler, the Outdoor Center director…

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Accuweather.com says warm up coming then blast of Arctic air

January 10, 2013
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Accuweather issued the following forecast… State College, Pa. — 10 January 2013 — AccuWeather reports as forecast, warmth will expand and peak into this weekend in the East. Waves of cold air with the potential of major arctic outbreaks may follow beginning during the third week of January and continuing beyond. Warmth After a storm…

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