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Parents and kids learn internet safety

June 7, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor Derynoski Elementary School recently invited members of the Southington Police Department into the school to speak with students and parents about internet safety. Last week, school officials held two presentations, one for the students and another geared specifically for the parents. Officers Tom Gallo and Chad Butler hosted the seminars. “They…

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Mural to ask the question, before I die I…

June 7, 2014
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Mural to ask the question, before I die I…

By Ed Harris Editor A local man is hoping walkers along the linear trail will want to share the things they hope to do before they die. With a little help, Joe Kleszcz is establishing a Before I Die wall along the Southington Rails to Trails. The 48 foot by 8 foot wall will resemble…

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Community plan unveiled for Southington children

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Seeing all Southington children have their early care and education needs met is a result that the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) aims to achieve through its community plan, which the group unveiled last week, for the first time. “I am excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about…

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Council approves horse farm purchase

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve a $935,000 bond ordinance for the purchase of Pleasant View Stables. Located at 427 Pleasant Street, on seven acres, the horse farm is adjacent to DePaolo Middle School and across the street from the Calendar House. Both the Planning and Zoning Commission and…

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Council hires energy contractor; Investigating possible sites for solar power

June 6, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve an energy company looking to install solar panels on several sites in Southington. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the project would take advantage of some sites currently not being used to generate power with the hopes of saving utility costs. During a recent…

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Zoni looks to retain seat in 81st district;

June 6, 2014
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Zoni looks to retain seat in 81st district;

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A lifelong resident of Southington, State Representative Dave Zoni plans to continue serving the community he spends time in each week. Whether meeting with town officials at a council meeting or speaking with parents and teachers about the importance of early childhood education, Zoni said he has enjoyed representing Southington…

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Southington relay celebrates heroes

June 6, 2014
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Southington relay celebrates heroes

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Jean Rose, being a hero means helping other people. A breast cancer survivor of 12 years, Rose found strength from the friends and family who supported her during her diagnosis. “Anybody that helps anyone else is a hero,” said Rose. “Helping others is what it’s all about.” During the…

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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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Foreign language approved at South End

June 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The first World Language Pilot Program will begin this fall at South End School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the curriculum. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our kids to be enriched,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, during a recent meeting. “That’s an opportunity that didn’t exist…

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I-84 bridge project moved to June 27

June 4, 2014
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Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the replacement of the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, carrying an average of 81,800 vehicles daily as of 2012, according to ConnDOT. The bridge superstructures…

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