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United Way honors four hometown heroes at dinner

March 22, 2013
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United Way honors four hometown heroes at dinner

By Vanessa Stevens Corresponden A large crowd showed up Thursday at the Aqua Turf Club to support and honor four hometown heroes of Southington: Erin Gibney of the Giving Back Girls,  Paula Knight, Steve Daniels and Walter Hushak. The award, given by United Way of Southington, honors those who have made a difference in town.…

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Chamber award winners named

March 22, 2013
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Chamber award winners named

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Chamber of Commerce has recently released the names of its service awards recipients, who will be honored at the organization’s annual dinner next month. The honorees include Vinny Nanfito, recipient of the Riccio Brothers Business Person of the Year, Jerry Brick, receiving the Chamber’s Gail DePaolo Community Spirit honor…

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School board votes to bring ABA program in house

March 21, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Board of Education has voted unanimously to bring its Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program in-house, a decision that has left some parents worried that the program could face a decline. The program is currently run by the CapitQal Region Education Council (CREC). Over the course of the last several school…

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Physically Active Classroom earns grant

March 21, 2013
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Physically Active Classroom earns grant

By Ed Harris Editor Schools in Southington will get a little more active thanks to a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The insurance company bestowed the school system with a $24,000 grant that will be used to help combat childhood obesity through the Physically Active Classrooms program. The program is a collaboration…

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Twice is just as nice; Middle school renovations pass again

March 20, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The middle school renovations past for a second time at Tuesday’s referendum. The renovations were overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2011, but the renovations were sent back to referendum after it was discovered that the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) would significantly drive up cost estimates. This is the first time…

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ESPN will continue to cover Big East sports

March 20, 2013
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ESPN and the current Big East Conference, soon to be renamed, will continue their relationship of more than three decades with a multiyear, multimedia rights agreement. The agreement grants ESPN exclusive worldwide distribution rights across all media and will continue ESPN’s coverage of the conference’s football, basketball and more through 2019-20. In addition, video subscribers…

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Middle school referendum is still a go, despite wet, snowy start to the day

March 19, 2013
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Today’s middle school referendum is still on, despite a wet, snowy start to the day. Town officials said Derynoski School was plowed and that there was a resident was resident waiting to vote when the polls opened at 6 a.m. The polls, only at Derynoski Elementary School, are open until 8 p.m. tonight. Southington school…

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Runners start season at Shamrock Run

March 19, 2013
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By Kaitllyn Naples Staff Writer Runners and walkers are gearing up for the 11th annual Shamrock Run and Walk next weekend, which is a fundraiser for three causes this year. For the last 11 years, the run has donated over $100,000 to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Patrick Collins, event director, said. St. Vincent DePaul…

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Old Man Winter ready to appear again

March 18, 2013
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Old Man Winter ready to appear again

The first day of spring is Wednesday. But Mother Nature is not ready to give up on winter this week with more snow in the forecast. This is the latest update from Accuweather.com State College, Pa. — 18 March 2013 — AccuWeather.com reports the heavy snow invading the Northeast Monday will graze the Interstate 95…

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Youth group puts goodwill plan into action

March 18, 2013
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The STEPS Youth Committee has had to cancel their “STEPPIN’ for a Cause” Dance-a-thon Event.  The cancellation is due to lack of participation. By Margaret Waage Correspondent The STEPS Youth Committee is excited to announce plans for its fundraiser “Steppin” for a Cause,” a Dance-A-Thon event that will benefit the Newtown Prevention Council. The idea…

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