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BJ’s donates to Southington Bread for Life

August 24, 2015
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BJ’s wholesale club representatives present a ceremonial check on July 14 to Southington Bread for Life. From left are, Bread for Life treasurer David Donnelly, BJ’s employee Eric Gagner, BJ’s supervisor Shari Stary, Bread for Life Executive Director Eldon Hafford, BJ’s Operations Manager Bill Kearns.

Representatives of the local BJ’s wholesale club recently presented a ceremonial check and gift cards totaling $1,700 to Southington Bread for Life. Shari Stary, damaged defective returns supervisor, said in a press release from Bread for Life that BJ’s holds a commitment to supporting local organizations and services that help the underserved population. Employees play…

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Durocher receives leadership award from Kappa Delta

August 24, 2015
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Emily Durocher received the Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award from the Delta Kappa sorority.

Southington resident Emily Durocher was recently awarded Kappa Delta’s “Corre Anding Stegall Collegiate Leadership Award.” The award is presented annually to the top echelon of Kappa Delta student leaders. It is based upon high academic performance, exemplary leadership within the chapter, on campus, and in the community. The distinction of being named a “Corre Girl,”…

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Ford receives Thomson scholarship

August 23, 2015
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Comm - Jacqueline Ford wins the Thomson Continuing Education  Memorial Scholarship

Jacqueline Ford, center, accepts a check for $3,500 from the Rotary Club of Southington as the 2015 Thomson Continuing Education Memorial Scholarship Award winner.

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A walk in the park: 2,000 miles in 4 months

August 21, 2015
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SO 6 Mark Silva on the cliff

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The first thing you see when you enter the home of Steve and Nicole Silva is a floor-to-ceiling map of the Appalachian Trail. Around the corner, a sign hangs on the wall reading “adventure is out there”—an adventure that Steve Silva recently spent four months seeking. Just a few months after the…

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BOE candidates named for November election: Registrar will hold public lottery on Aug. 26 to decide order of names on ballot

August 21, 2015
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Southington Politics

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington Republicans and Democrats have announced their candidates for the Board of Education (BOE) for this November’s election. The BOE will see five Republicans, Brian Goralski, Colleen Clark, Patricia Queen, Terry Lombardi, and Terri Carmody run for re-election, alongside Democrat incumbents Dave J. Derynoski, Patricia P. Johnson and Zaya G. Oshana Jr.…

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Local pageant winner is headed for Hollywood: Kylie Watson will compete at NAM nationals

August 21, 2015
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Kylie Watson, a first grader at Plantsville Elementary School, is heading to Hollywood for the National American Miss pageant.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR A Southington girl is headed to Hollywood, Calif., where she dreams of winning the big crown. Kylie Watson, a first grader at Plantsville Elementary School, was crowned Miss Southern New England Miss Princess Queen at the 2015 National American Miss (NAM) state pageant in Springfield, Mass. from July 25 to 27. Kylie,…

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Enjoying summer on Southington’s rail trail

August 20, 2015
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Rails to Trails- (4)

Photos By TAMMI NAUDUS Summer vacation is winding down, but these local boys are making the most of their final days on Southington’s rails-to-trails path. The local linear park has become a destination that spans generations as locals walk, bike, and skate their way across town.

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Community Cookout to benefit SCS food pantry

August 20, 2015
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Southington Community Services
91 Norton St, Plantsville, CT 06479
(860) 628-3761

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A community cookout will provide an afternoon of healthy grilling, live music, and entertainment for all in support of Southington Community Services. Sponsored by FitLife 24/7, the Aug. 22 fundraiser will bring the community together around a good cause, raising funds for the many services provided by SCS. The event will feature…

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Finance Board announces 2015 budget surplus

August 20, 2015
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Budget

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance met on July 29 to assess the town’s current financial state. Town Manager Garry Brumback applauded the finance department, who he said “managed the budget very, very, well all year long.” Finance Director Emilia Portelinha explained that, according to projections, the town spent less than they planned. The…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Former Queen Alyssa Pappas organizes the hostesses

August 20, 2015
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Former Apple Harvest Queen Alyssa Pappas mentors another crop of hostesses as the Apple Harvest Festival Hostess Chair.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. This year’s festival (Oct. 2 to Oct 4 and Oct. 9 to Oct. 11) will include everything that visitors have come to expect, from a parade and road race on the first weekend to the…

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