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Cleaning Ideal Forging; Environmental cleanup done at site

August 9, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The former property of Ideal Forging is one step closer to redevelopment as environmental cleaning took place during the past several weeks at the abandoned property. Meridian Development Partners reported that a variety of manufacturing chemicals and oils were removed along with hundreds of fluorescent light ballasts that were left…

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Schools prepare for full-day kindergarten

August 8, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the new school year just around the corner, all eight elementary schools are ready to welcome new students to the first full-day kindergarten program. Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith said all school administrators and staff members are excited for the first year of the program to begin on August 29,…

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Kennedy announces fourth quarter honor roll

August 8, 2013
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Kennedy Middle School recently announced its honor roll for the fourth marking period. Sixth grade, first honors: David Ackerman, Emma Agli, Ethan Agli, Kristen Angeli, Ashley Anglis, Aparna Athreya, Celia Bajrami, Reilly Baker, Kylin Banks, Abigail Barbour, Connor Baston, Evan Belcourt, Kylie Benton, Domenic Bernard, Mary Bilodeau, Karla Blake, Michaela Blumetti, Seth Bogoslofski, Taylor Borla,…

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Young ladies to paint mural at Southington Library

August 5, 2013
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Young ladies to paint mural at Southington Library

By Ed Harris Editor A small group of young ladies has begun brainstorming a mural that will hang in the Southington Library. The mural is possible thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of New Britain. This is another part of the grant that allowed the library to recently purchase a 3D printer. “We…

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Connecticut Icon competition to hold auditions on Sept. 21

August 4, 2013
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The search has begun for the next Connecticut Icon. Auditions begin on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Derynoski School, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twelve finalists will be selected. All auditions will be in A cappella. This is the fifth year of the singing competition, which is open to state residents ages 9 and up.…

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Festival brings food and memories

August 2, 2013
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Festival brings food and memories

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Broccoli rabe, gelato, a tribute to Elvis Presley and a saint procession brought a crowd to Southington’s ninth annual Italian American Festival last weekend. But the festival also brought a crowd to relive the memories of Italian heritage and traditions. Eating a bowl of sufrite under the UNICO tent, Bill…

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Library looks to expand; Hopes to pursue a grant next year

August 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Since the launch of its new 3-D printer earlier this year, the Southington Library has been expanding its technological services. But now there is a growing demand to expand the library itself in an effort to create more space for residents and educational programs. Built in 1974, the library is…

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Event to offer a Taste of Southington

August 1, 2013
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Event to offer a Taste of Southington

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Barnes Museum has been gearing up for its 12th annual Taste of Southington, an event full of food, live music and a tour of the historical homestead which dates back to 1836. More than a dozen restaurants in Southington including Smokin’ With Chris, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Machiavelli’s will…

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Zoning allows A-frame sign program to elapse

August 1, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Planning & Zoning Commission has recently decided to let a six-month pilot program on A-frame signs elapse. Business owners are no longer allowed to use the signs along the roadway, though it is still legal to use them in places away from the road, like internal sidewalks. “We felt that…

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Jr. Grange reaching out to youth

July 31, 2013
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On Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Wolcott Junior Grange chairperson Alyscia Talbot of Bristol has invited children ages 5 to 14 to join her for a free ice cream social to be held at the Grange, 313 Bound Line Rd., Wolcott. “We want to introduce our amazing Junior Grange program to…

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