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DeCroce to be honored at Leading Ladies lunch

October 10, 2014
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DeCroce to be honored at Leading Ladies lunch

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Mary DeCroce will be honored as the 2014 Leading Ladies Award Receipt at their annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Aqua Turf Club. Donna Ayer, from the Leading Ladies, said that DeCroce’s success as president of the Southington Community Cultural Arts in securing the Gura Building for a…

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Board of Park Commissioners looking at potential smoking ban

October 10, 2014
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Board of Park Commissioners looking at potential smoking ban

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Board of Park Commissioners recently listened to members of the community regarding a potential smoking ban for parks in town, as a way to protect children. “It’s a better way to go for the children to try to keep tobacco products away from them,” said board Chairman Michael Fasulo.…

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Conn. shares national $105 million AT&T settlement

October 10, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ State officials say Connecticut will receive $268,252 as part of $20 million in penalties in national settlement with telecom giant AT&T. Attorney General George Jepsen and state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein announced on Wednesday that Connecticut with other states resolved allegations that the company participated in a…

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Governor-Connecticut-Poll – With race a dead heat, Foley renews call for truce

October 10, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley renewed his call for a truce with Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday, the same day a new poll revealed the governor’s race was a dead heat. The Quinnipiac University poll conducted early this month showed 43 percent of likely voters said they’d vote for…

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STEPS secures five more years of funding

October 9, 2014
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STEPS secures five more years of funding

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Southington’s Town-wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) has received another five years of funding from The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, through the Drug Free Community Grant. STEPS Advisory Board members and town officials stood on the steps of…

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New England schools face rash of bomb threats

October 8, 2014
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By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) _ School and law enforcement officials in New England are concerned about a recent rash of bomb threats that have forced schools to cancel classes. Nearly a dozen schools and colleges in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut have received the threats, forcing evacuations and cancellations in the past…

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GOP accuses Malloy of circumventing campaign law

October 8, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Republican legislative leaders are accusing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the Democrats of trying to circumvent Connecticut’s campaign finance laws and spend restricted contributions from state contractors. The claim lodged by the GOP Tuesday comes after the a lawyer representing the party sought an advisory opinion…

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Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners set the pace for record crowds

October 8, 2014
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Apple Harvest Road Race; Local runners set the pace for record crowds

By John Goralski Sports Writer The church bells in the center of town seemed to ring as the first runner as Nick Garcia materialized at the far end of the Town Green. Nobody else was even close at the front of the 5K event, and the former Blue Knight bounded down the street in rhythm…

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Rain puts small damper on apple festival

October 8, 2014
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Rain puts small damper on apple festival

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The first weekend of the Apple Harvest Festival brought in crowds for Family Night on Friday and the parade on Sunday, despite the rain showers that caused the event’s cancellation on Saturday. Between the opening ceremonies and Family Night, the festival was packed on Friday. Families and friends chowed down…

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Sen. Blumenthal issues warning about scams

October 7, 2014
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Sen. Blumenthal issues warning about scams

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, this week warned Connecticut residents to beware of a large-scale Internal Revenue Service impersonation scam in which a caller purporting to be from the IRS threatens imminent arrest if a large sum of money is not sent via reloadable debit card. According to…

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