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Residents pitch in for holiday help at SCS

January 6, 2016
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Photo by TAMMI NAUDUS

Southington Social Services survived another holiday gift blitz with the help of volunteers like Bob Konfala, Carol Sheffs, Judy Cutler, and Nick Cutler, above from the Army National Guard Armory on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Each year, Social Services provides holiday support for over 1,500 residents each years through their “adoption” program.

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Time to take ‘the plunge’

January 6, 2016
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YMCA logo (2011 - Blue and Purple)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER If you’ve ever had the desire to go jump in a lake—in the middle of winter—now is your chance. The YMCA will be hosting their 11th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Camp Sloper, raising funds to help send local kids to the camp this summer. Just under 200 people…

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40 years of Southington news coverage (Part Two): 2000 to the present

January 6, 2016
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Southington Observer

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR At the turn of the 20th century, Southington residents numbered just 5,890. But the town swelled into a bustling town during the 1900s as the population exploded to almost 40,000 for Y2K. Last week, we took a look at the early days of the Observer, from 1975 to 2000. Now, let’s look…

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Mount Southington opens for the season

January 6, 2016
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Mount Southington Ski Area
396 Mt Vernon Rd, Plantsville, CT 06479
(860) 628-0954

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Mount Southington opened its ski area to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 5 from 3pm to 10pm. Just three trails (Northstar, Boomerang, and Avalanche) and two lifts were opened, but Dom’s Way is scheduled to open, along with other trails and lifts on Wednesday, as long as the weather stays cold…

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Connecticut groups say they’re ready for more refugees

January 5, 2016
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Connecticut groups say they’re ready for more refugees

By ALAINE GRIFFIN Hartford Courant HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Amid growing debate over the country’s immigration policies in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks, Connecticut is preparing for a new wave of refugees who will arrive here in 2016. “There’s been overwhelming support recently from churches, mosques, individuals, people calling saying, `We want to help…

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Libertarian Party sues Connecticut over ballot petition laws

January 5, 2016
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Libertarian Party sues Connecticut over ballot petition laws

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Libertarian Party is suing the state of Connecticut in federal court, challenging laws regarding the rules for petitioning candidates to appear on the election ballot. The party specifically objects to a provision requiring Connecticut residents to gather the necessary signatures. Dan Barrett, legal director for the ACLU of Connecticut, told the…

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Connecticut State Police release New Year’s enforcement data

January 5, 2016
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Connecticut State Police release New Year’s enforcement data

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut State Police responded to more accidents and issued more tickets for distracted driving and speeding over this year’s New Year’s holiday than during the same period in 2015. Increased enforcement began Thursday on the state’s roadways and ended at midnight on Sunday. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, state police say…

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Hot off the press: The Observer boasts 1 of 5 presses left in the state

December 31, 2015
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Production Manager of The Observer's press room Kevin Smalley inspects a machine while printing copies of a local publication.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Back in 1975, The Southington Observer became a source for local news in Southington, and it has enjoyed its distinction as the only local paper published and printed in town with Southington employees. For 40 years, the Observer has been rolling off the presses on Spring Street. Today, as one of the…

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Still focused on the community

December 31, 2015
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Southington Observer

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER For 40-years, The Observer has provided its readers with news of local sports, politics, education, and day-to-day life in the town of Southington. While other news sources have come and gone, The Observer has survived for four decades as a valued source of information and an important part of the community. Begun…

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The Urillos: The Observer’s first family

December 31, 2015
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Observer co-founders Anthony L. Urillo and Jennie Urillo review the first edition of the Southington Observer in Dec. 1975.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Sitting around the kitchen table in their childhood home, Susan, Marta, and Robert Urillo browsed through a stack of black and white photos from the early days of The Southington Observer. The community weekly newspaper celebrated its anniversary in December, celebrating 40 years since the first Observer rolled off the Southington presses…

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