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Fashions: The Miss Connecticut contestants show their elegance in evening gown

June 27, 2015
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by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The evening gowns chosen by the contestants for Miss Connecticut is often a closely guarded secret until the night of preliminaries. So the preliminary event is the first chance anyone outside of the contestants closest confidantes have seen the gowns. The preliminary competition was held Friday night at the Mohegan…

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And they’re off…

June 23, 2015
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Thursday night begins competition for this year’s Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. The event will be held at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret Theater in Uncasville. Finals for the teens will be held Saturday afternoon and the Misses Saturday night. On Tuesday afternoon, the Bristol and Southington local representatives gathered at Memorial…

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CHESLA student loan rates drop

June 20, 2015
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Student Loans

State Representative David Zoni (D-Southington) is welcoming the recent announcement by the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority (CHESLA) that it will offer a fixed interest rate of 4.95 percent for new student loans, down from its current rate of 6.75 percent. “This new rate announced by CHESLA is certainly great news for students and their parents,”…

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Help End Hunger Walk

June 19, 2015
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Help End Hunger- Chef Dan Carano of LEAF and Cheryl Trovato

Photos by Tammi Naudus Local residents swarmed to the Southington rail-trail to take part in the Help End Hunger Walk on Saturday, June 13. This event is a collaborative effort between Bread for Life, Southington Community YMCA, LEAF CT, Activate Southington and Bobby Sprocket bike shop.  

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Plantsville displays its talent

June 19, 2015
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Plantsville School Talent Show-Griffin O'Neill karate

  Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS On Thursday, June 11, the audience at Plantsville Elementary School was treated to an amazing display of music, singing, hoola hooping, marshal arts, and dancing during the school’s annual talent show.

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Kennedy Middle School celebrates 50 years of education

June 19, 2015
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John F. Kennedy Middle School staff member and alumna Emily Dickson and her children, Spencer Dickson, 7, and Molly Dickson, 4, hand out "Happy Birthday" party hats during the JFK birthday party on June 11, celebrating the school's 50th anniversary.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There is no better way to celebrate turning 50 than with a birthday party—even for a building. John F. Kennedy Middle School reached its half-century mark on June 11, a milestone that assistant principal Susanne Vitcavage knew had to be celebrated. “We wanted to celebrate 50 years of excellence in education,” said…

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SoCCA hires Margaret Bodell as administrator

June 19, 2015
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Community Cultural Arts

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER With their Fall 2015 opening fast approaching, the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) organization has hired its very first staff member, administrator Margaret Bodell. Bodell has worked in the arts center consulting and building industry for over 30 years and is the current director of the Uarts Chapel in New Haven, a…

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87-year-old crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry

June 19, 2015
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87-year-old crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A tall tiara sparkled atop the curly, white hair of Terry Kaelin on Thursday afternoon, when the 87-year-old was crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry. In the sixth annual beauty contest held at the Mulberry Gardens of Southington, 10 women from the Southington program and Marian Heights Adult Day Center in New Britain competed…

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Southington officials salute enlisted grads

June 18, 2015
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Thirteen graduating Southington High School seniors were honored on Tuesday afternon for their enlistment in the United States military. The students were recognized at a luncheon on June 10, when families, local veterans, school administrators and town officials gathered in their honor.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER School officials saluted 13 Southington High School seniors at a special ceremony to aknowledge their enlistment in the United States military. Following their graduation from Southington High School, the students will serve in the Army National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and U.S. Navy, with one student attending the U.S. Naval Academy…

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Parent volunteers recognized by Board of Ed

June 18, 2015
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Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan speaks during the parent volunteer recognition luncheon at Hawk's Landing Country Club on June, 16.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As the season of award ceremonies and end-of-the-year banquets winds down, the Southington Board of Education held one last luncheon this week, to recognize the parent volunteers who have helped plan, organize, and promote the many events and activities held throughout the school year. Nearly 100 parents, faculty members, administrators, and Board…

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