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Ice rink to open on Mill Street

December 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the winter season just around the corner, the ice skating rink will kick off its third year the week of December 8 on Mill Street, just across from the Rails to Trails. Open throughout the entire winter months, the rink moved downtown from Memorial Park last year. Town Councilor…

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Center Street to have Winter Wonderland theme

December 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the holiday season approaching, the windows of vacant buildings on Center Street will soon show off their festive side with art work created by local artist Mary DeCroce and other artists. The idea originated from Economic Development Coordinator Lou Perillo, who wanted to showcase the vacant buildings to prospective…

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Chamber hosts eighth annual Wing Fest

November 30, 2013
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Chamber hosts eighth annual Wing Fest

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Wing lovers filled Cadillac Ranch Restaurant last week to celebrate the eighth annual Wing Fest competition, hosted by the Southington Chamber of Commerce. The event featured 11 local restaurants competing for several categories. Jennie B of All Smiles Entertainment provided live music. The event benefited the Chamber’s Adopt-A-Family project, collecting…

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C’mon down to gov’s house for holidays

November 29, 2013
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The following press release arrived from the governor. Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy are inviting Connecticut residents to attend the annual open house and tour of the Governor’s Residence, located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, which will be decorated for the holiday season and open to the public.   This…

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Compass Award winners honored

November 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Community YMCA honored its two 2013 Compass Award recipients last week for their commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. During the Forever in Blue Jeans gala, the YMCA recognized Mike and Teresa Soltys, a couple who has lived in Southington for the past 18 years.…

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Arts campaign at halfway mark; Council approves grant for Gura Building

November 29, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) halfway into its 18-month capital campaign to turn the old Gura Building into an arts center, the Town Council voted in approval of a DECD Grant worth $500,000 Monday night. During its meeting, the Southington Town Council voted 8 to 1 to accept…

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ESPN lends a hand for Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013
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ESPN lends a hand for Thanksgiving

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Volunteers from ESPN continued their tradition of giving back by assisting Southington Community Services’ Thanksgiving event, held at the Drive-in Pavilion on Monday. Under the pavilion, volunteers spent the morning sorting and organizing boxes of food for residents who are in need. By noon, residents lined up to bring home…

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Library brings back popular Food for Fines program

November 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The annual Food for Fines program has returned to the Southington Library. In existence for more than a dozen years, the program will run through December 31. “The library started with the Mitten Tree then expanded to collecting non-perishable food items for Community Services,” said Southington Library Publicist Jeanne D. Chmielewski.…

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Holding a benefit dinner for a friend

November 26, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington native Brian McKernan had just started training for a new season of races this past September. One day he was running outside near his home in Lynbrook, Long Island when suddenly a car struck him. McKernan has suffered near-fatal injuries, including a blood clot in the brain, which has…

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Local Southington resident is named 2014 Teacher of the year

November 25, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Since the seventh grade, Southington resident John Mastroianni knew he wanted to become a professional musician and a music teacher. By time he reached high school, Mastroianni never doubted he wanted to have an impact on students similar to the way his own music teachers influenced him. “I never wanted…

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