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Senator Blumenthal talks partisan gridlock

June 12, 2013
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Senator Blumenthal talks partisan gridlock

By Ed Harris Editor Senator Richard Blumenthal discussed the sequester and partisan gridlock, amongst other topics, during an appearance at a recent Southington Chamber of Commerce Celebrity Breakfast. Blumenthal argued that there are cuts that are needed, but argued that the sequester was taking a toll on the economy. “All of these cuts have an…

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Board dismisses ethics complaints against councilors

June 12, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Ethics has dismissed ethics complaints against two Democratic Town Councilors. During the Town Council vote on the Board of Education budget allotment last month, resident Art Cyr publicly declared that he was going to file ethics complaints against Councilors John Barry and Chris Palmieri for conflict of interest.…

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Relay seeks the ‘beauty in the world’

June 12, 2013
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Relay seeks the ‘beauty in the world’

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s Relay for Life encouraged its huge crowd of attendees to see the “beauty in the world” as they gathered to celebrate the conclusion of another season of fundraising for cancer research. The worldwide event has been represented in Southington for over a dozen years with the high school track…

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Students are at the top of the class

June 12, 2013
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Students are at the top of the class

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s top three students at Southington High School learned a great deal about time management skills over the last four years, as they balanced their school work with numerous extra-curricular and community activities. Valedictorian Bryan Davis, Salutatorian Jonathan La Follette and Essayist Molly Potter are all pursuing careers related…

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Management change permanent; Town manager to keep authority over Calendar House

June 12, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council made a permanent change to how the Calendar House senior center will be managed after a test period yielded mostly positive feedback from members. Last year, the council’s ordinance subcommittee made a proposal to give the Town Manager more direct authority over the senior center. In the…

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Southington Walks for a Cause

June 5, 2013
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Southington Walks for a Cause

   Southington hosted another successful Relay for Life on May 31st and June 1st at Southington High School.  This yearly event draws in many people who are in support of finding a cure for cancer, as well as raising funds for continued treatments for patients.  Many team members came together to walk for this cause. …

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Southington resident named St. Paul salutatorian

June 2, 2013
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KAITLYN NAPLES Staff Writer Another school year has come to an end at St. Paul Catholic High School, and the seniors will be graduating on June 7 and preparing for their future. The top two students were announced last week, with Southington’s Matt Santovasi earning the number two slot as salutatorian. As he prepared for…

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Group uses bike art to raise funds

June 1, 2013
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Group uses bike art to raise funds

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is matching up artists with local businesses to decorate bikes that will eventually be on display in the Apple Harvest Festival parade. The organization is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise enough funds to convert the vacant Gura Building into a new…

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All day kindergarten implemented; School board cuts the SOAR program

May 31, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education managed to save its proposed all-day kindergarten program despite reductions made during the budget process, but at a price that left the officials uneasy. The decisions made by the Board of Finance and the Town Council left the school board with about $84.2 million to work…

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We’re having a heat wave, says Accuweater

May 30, 2013
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We’re having a heat wave, says Accuweater

It’s stating the obvious, but it’s hot outside. And it will continue to be hot, says Accuweather. AccuWeather.com reports midsummer heat is arriving just a few days after the unofficial start of the season. After shivering cold over the Memorial Day weekend, record-challenging heat will build in some areas of the Great Lakes and the…

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