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Court orders injunction on Olney home; YMCA is barred from demolishing the building

August 22, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor The New Britain Superior Court has issued a temporary injunction barring the Southington YMCA from demolishing the Olney house on North Main Street as part of a plan to add additional parking at the facility. The injunction, secured by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will protect the Olney house through…

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Southington Sikh temple holds vigil

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington’s Sikh temple, Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, hosted a candlelight vigil in the wake of a violent shooting at a temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The tight-knit Sikh community in Connecticut, along with others across the nation, has been deeply disturbed and shaken by the incident on Sunday, August 5,…

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Residents enjoy Taste of Southington

August 22, 2012
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Residents enjoy Taste of Southington

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Residents swarmed the grounds of the Barnes Museum for the 11th annual Taste of Southington for a chance to sample foods from numerous local restaurants. The event has enjoyed a steady increase in popularity over the years, even as tough economic times limited the amount of funds available to maintain…

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Controversial Gura plan; Democrats, SCCA upset with Republican proposal

August 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Town Council once again tabled their decision on the proposal by the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) group to turn the Gura Building into an arts center, after a plan presented by the Republicans led to a heated argument. For several months, the SCCA has been seeking approval from…

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Candlelight vigil held for Aurora victims

August 8, 2012
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Candlelight vigil held for Aurora victims

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A large crowd of residents gathered for a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Aurora, Colorado shooting on the steps of the First Congregational Church. Twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured in Aurora after James Holmes opened fire on a crowded theater during a midnight screening…

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Rex Forge oil spill was contained

August 8, 2012
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Rex Forge oil spill was contained

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The devastating fire at Rex Forge and the subsequent oil spill into the nearby Quinnipiac River was contained by state and local officials by the next day. The July 31 fire started shortly before 8 a.m. T he first fire units arrived to find a heavy fire engulfing a portion…

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Questioning the Gura building

August 8, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Members of the Southington Community Cultural Arts group plan to respond in detail to questions raised by officials about their plans for the Gura Building at Monday’s Town Council meeting. A two-page analysis of the SCCA’s preliminary construction budget written by Town Council Vice-Chairman Peter Romano was unexpectedly made public…

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Town departments make the move to North Center

August 3, 2012
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Town departments make the move to North Center

Rob Glidden Staff Writer The construction work at the new North Center municipal building is still in full swing, but several town departments have completed the move into the new facility with others planning to join them within the next month. After a series of delays, the Engineering, Planning, Building and Economic Development departments became…

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West crowned Miss Teen USA

August 3, 2012
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West crowned Miss Teen USA

Connecticut, and Southington in particular, can now lay claim to another national celebrity. On Saturday night, at a competition held in the Bahamas, Logan West of Southington was crowned the 2012 Miss Teen USA. The national pageant is described in press materials as “a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, (which) is a…

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Happy with the test scores; Students fare well on CMT and CAPT

August 3, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington school officials are delighted with the district’s scores on the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for the 2011-2012 school year, and are preparing to adapt when the test goes through significant changes in future years. The CMTs, which evaluate student skills in reading,…

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