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New names set for Wall of Honor

October 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School will soon induct four local individuals from different walks of life into its Wall of Honor. Two of the honorees are Rosemary and James Champagne, who remain active in local community service projects including Relay for Life. When the Champagnes found out that the Wall of Honor…

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School board against BFL proposal

October 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Citing safety concerns, the Board of Education has gone on record against the Bread for Life proposal to establish a new home next to Derynoski Elementary School. “We do not support the proposal,” Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said at last week’s school board meeting. “Our priority will always be…

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Apple Valley AARP named 2013 Chapter of the Year

October 4, 2013
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Apple Valley AARP named 2013 Chapter of the Year

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From collecting donations for the Rocky Hill Veterans Home and troops overseas to donating used books to the American Legion Auxiliary to funding two annual $500 scholarships for local graduating seniors, the Apple Valley Southington Chapter of AARP Connecticut has served all members of the community, young and old. The…

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Bobcats sighted around Southington

October 4, 2013
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Bobcats sighted around Southington

By Ed Harris Editor Several residents have reported seeing a bobcat prowling around town the last few weeks. Michelle Allaire was on the phone with her sister when she noticed the animal sitting in the garden at her Lazy Lane home. “The bobcat was just sitting there, blending right in as if it belonged there,”…

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Working on the phosphorus issue; Brumback chairs coordinating committee

October 4, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) met with Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback and other municipal water pollution control authorities of surrounding communities on Monday to take the next step in reducing phosphorus levels of non-tidal surface waters from municipal wastewater treatment plant discharges. This collaborative approach stems…

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Council creates Beecher Street subcommittee

October 3, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In response to the public outcries against the proposed selling of the Beecher Street property during a public hearing last month, the Southington Town Council created a bi-partisan “ad hoc” subcommittee to obtain additional information before making a final decision on the former home of the school system’s administrative offices.…

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Chamber hosts Town Council candidate debate

October 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Republicans and Democrats running for Town Council came face-to-face last week during the first Q&A session, hosted by the Southington Chamber of Commerce. Both parties addressed key issues of the town, including property taxes, open space and the environmental cleanup of superfund sites. However, Republican and Democratic candidates shared opposing…

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Dogs support cancer research with Bark for Life

September 30, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The American Cancer Society welcomes all dog lovers and their canine friends to the annual Southington Bark for Life next month. Bark for Life gives dog owners an opportunity to raise money for the fight against cancer since Relay for Life prohibits dogs from participating in the walkathon. The event…

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Preschool children walk to raise funds for MS

September 29, 2013
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Preschool children walk to raise funds for MS

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Preschool children and staff members of Giggles and Grins Child Care Center held a walkathon last week to support and raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). About 20 children and seven staff members gathered together with their orange shirts, walking a mile around the neighborhood with flags bearing the sign,…

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Paranormal research group to present at library

September 28, 2013
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Paranormal research group to present at library

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Nicole and Angel Ortiz, conversations about spirits and the afterlife do not just take place on Halloween. They think about the afterlife nearly 24/7 because they are the members and founders of CT Soul Seekers, a paranormal investigation and research group based in Naugatuck. “It is a huge part…

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