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Local pools open for the season

June 18, 2014
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Southington’s two public pools are open for the season. The pools, at Recreation Park and Veterans Memorial Park, are open to Southington residents only. However, one out of town guest is allowed. Pool hours are subject to change. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 860-276-6219. Recreation Park Pool, Maxwell Noble Dr.,…

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Third man charged with 2008 break-in at storage facility

June 17, 2014
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Third man charged with 2008 break-in at storage facility

The Southington Police Department has made a third arrest in connection to the November 2008 break-in at the Southington Public Storage facility. According to police, Ted Bishop and Charles and Richard Soto broke into 131 units at the storage facility on Spring Street on or about November 16, stealing over $15,000 in property. A search…

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Chakulla performs family friendly concert in Bristol June 25; food donations collected toward admission

June 17, 2014
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Artist Tree Tea House in Bristol will host a family-friendly concert on Wednesday, June 25 with Chakulla, a Folk/World/Jazz/American artist, performing. He will be on his way from performing at the Clearwater Festival in New York State (made famous by Pete Seeger’s involvement), to a performance at Newport Rocks the Fort in Fort Adams, Newport, RI…

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New laws spur colleges to step up fight against rape

June 15, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the majority of women, becoming a victim of rape and sexual assault happens even before they hit age 24. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 80 percent of female victims were raped before age 25. On college campuses, one in five women has experienced sexual…

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Chamber Women celebrate a decade within Southington chamber

June 14, 2014
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Chamber Women celebrate a decade within Southington chamber

By Ed Harris Editor The Chamber Women’s group, an association within the Southington Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating ten years as a business and social organization and other chambers are looking to the group as role models. “It’s not typical for chambers to necessarily have a women’s group, but we have seen the number increase,”…

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Town to fly flag at half-mast in honor of Joe Angelillo

June 13, 2014
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The town’s flag will fly at half-mast on Tuesday, June 17, to commemorate the life of Joe Angelillo. Angelillo passed away at the age of 91, on Wednesday, June 11. “It is very rare [to fly the flag at half-mast],” said Town Manager Garry Brumback. Brumback said the flag is only flown at half-mast for…

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Kelley School continues Art for a Cause project

June 13, 2014
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Kelley School continues Art for a Cause project

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Murals depicting a tropical landscape, a butterfly and abstract flower remain on display at Southington Public Library as part of the Kelley Elementary School Art Club’s cause to continue its outreach to the community. Throughout the month of June, the library will display five murals in the gallery to benefit…

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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

June 13, 2014
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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 2007, breast cancer survivor Joyce McAloon started volunteering for the Southington Relay for Life. At the time, McAloon began her role as a school liaison, speaking with the members of district-wide PTOs about forming teams to help support Relay for Life. Since then, McAloon has made it her mission…

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Foundation hands out more grants

June 13, 2014
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Foundation hands out more grants

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) celebrated its tenth round of grants last week, during a presentation made by several teachers who received funding for different STEM-related projects. The SEF gave grants to first grade teacher Ellen Bellinger and Food Services Manager Marion Virello of South End School, who created an…

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The plans are set for I-84 bridge closure

June 13, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the I-84 bridge project over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. During a recent public information meeting, officials of ConnDOT and the Southington Police Department provided an overview of the project and how traffic will be handled. The…

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