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Health officials: US well-equipped to stop Ebola

October 5, 2014
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By LOLITA C. BALDOR and LAURAN NEERGAARD Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Obama administration is seeking to allay fear about the single confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, saying that despite some initial missteps the health care system is doing what needs to be done to prevent an outbreak. “Our health care…

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Annual donation drive has begun

October 5, 2014
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Annual donation drive has begun

By Ed Harris Editor The fifth annual toy, coat and non-perishable food drive for the town starts this week and runs through the end of the month. The drive, originally started in 1999 by Nicole Roy of Hot Tans Salon, has grown every year. “The first two years was just us,” Roy said. Now, 23…

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Malloy, Foley fight over arrests, investigation

October 5, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s hotly contested rematch for governor got personal Thursday night, with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bringing up Republican businessman Tom Foley’s decades-old arrests and Foley resurrecting a 2004-05 corruption investigation into Malloy. The hour-long debate, aired live on FoxCT, started off with the typical fight…

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Despite rules, nursing homes still lack sprinklers

October 5, 2014
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By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press Tens of thousands of the country’s most vulnerable people are living in nursing homes without adequate sprinklers or that are missing them altogether, according to government data. Despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year lead-up to an August 2013 deadline to install sprinklers, 385 facilities in…

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Apple Harvest Festival shut down due to weather

October 4, 2014
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  Officials have decided to close the Apple Harvest Festival today, due to inclement weather. The officials will decide by 2 p.m. if the festival is too open this evening, at 5 p.m. Tonight’s scheduled fireworks are rescheduled for next Saturday. Today’s bed races, set to make their return following a hiatus, will be rescheduled…

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Wolves are returning to Southington

October 4, 2014
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Wolves are returning to Southington

By Ed Harris Editor The wolves are returning to Southington later this month and it could be one of the final times they visit the area. The wolves are part of the Ambassador Wolf Program. “This is their retirement tour,” said Ruth Stanley, a local volunteer with the group. Stanley said that Mission: Wolf, the…

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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

October 3, 2014
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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After opening on Broadway 35 years ago in 1979, Evita has been one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows…

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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

October 3, 2014
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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

UPDATE: Due to the rain, the church has postponed the screening of ‘Frozen’ until Oct. 18. by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This Saturday, unless Mother Nature comes calling and wants to spoil the show, the First Congregational Church was slated to continue its October tradition of screening family-friendly movies on an outdoor screen in their…

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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

October 3, 2014
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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor Janet Mellon, the director of Community Services for the town, hopes others will follow in the footsteps of Miss Southington Pre-Teen Haley Derwin. Haley, 11, a sixth grader at Kennedy Middle School, recently donated a bundle of children’s toys to community services for distribution during the upcoming holidays. The money…

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Senior listings for Oct. 3

October 3, 2014
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MONDAY, OCT. 6 BRISTOL CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET. 1:30 p.m. All candidates running in November who are Bristol residents can vote for are invited to participate. Meet and greet is designed to be a casual gathering with each candidate allotted three minutes to introduce themselves to those in attendance. Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave.,…

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