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Shredding event set for Oct. 5

September 19, 2013
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The City of Bristol will host a Tunxis Recycling Document Shredding Event on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. (or until the truck is full). The event is open to residents of Bristol, Berlin, Burlington, Meriden, New Britain, Plainville, Plymouth, Prospect, Southington and Wolcott. Identification is required. It will be held in the…

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T.A.G.! Teens are it at the library

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Public Library is in search of local teenagers interested in becoming participants of its new Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G). T.A.G offers teens ages 13 to 18 an opportunity to share ideas about activities, materials and improvements to help transform the library into a better place for young adults.…

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Schools offer new enrichment program; Like Learners to offer new opportunities

September 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the lost of the SOAR program last May due to budget cuts, the Southington School District decided to devote its time over the summer to creating a new enrichment opportunity for gifted and talented students in all eight elementary schools and the two middle schools. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Erardi…

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Tombstone with Sloper ties found in Meriden

September 18, 2013
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Tombstone with Sloper ties found in Meriden

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a cleanup day in a basement turned into an excavation site for Meriden resident Shawn Hard. About four years ago, Hard was cleaning up the basement of his home on Reservoir Avenue one day when he came across a tombstone with a name familiar to Southington:…

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Ride for Justice is coming through

September 17, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer On the last Sunday of the month, between 900 and 1,200 motorcycles are expected to drive from Bristol, through Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, Plantsville, and Cheshire, for the fourth annual Ride for Justice. This annual ride, which brings out close to 3,000 people every year, benefits the Petit Family Foundation,…

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Sliders takes home trophy at wings festival

September 16, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Sliders Grill & Bar has more than just chicken wings to share with local customers—the restaurant now has a trophy it won from the twelfth Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival. Held at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, New York, the festival invited 32 restaurants nationwide to participate in the event. The…

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Youth’s lemonade stand raises money for hospital

September 15, 2013
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Youth’s lemonade stand raises money for hospital

By Ed Harris Editor A local youth recently raised more than $600, in only two hours, to help out the NICU at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Skylar Prinzhorn, 8, recently held her second annual Skylar’s Stand to raise money for the medical center on behalf of her younger sister Madelyn, 3. Madelyn, born three months…

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Connecticut Icon returns to the stage

September 14, 2013
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Connecticut Icon returns to the stage

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington will soon start the search for its next music star. Auditions for the next Connecticut Icon will take place Saturday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Derynoski Elementary School. All auditions will be in the form of A cappella. Formerly known as Southington Icon, the competition…

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Furniture fundraiser for SCCA, Gura building

September 13, 2013
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Furniture fundraiser for SCCA, Gura building

By Lisa Cappobianco Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) will hold a raffle at Pilgrim Furniture City in an effort to raise money to turn the old Gura Building into an arts center. Mary DeCroce, chairperson of SCCA, said the winners will receive $25,000 worth of furniture. The raffle will begin September 15 and…

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High school senior urges the town to consider fuel cells

September 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco
Jack McCarthy

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the past three years of Jack McCarthy’s high school career, the senior has passed by polluted brownfield and superfund sites during his bus route. As his eyes viewed the details of the plots of land not used as residential areas, a light bulb flashed: the town can use the…

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