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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

June 13, 2014
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Joyce McAloon honored for volunteer work

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In 2007, breast cancer survivor Joyce McAloon started volunteering for the Southington Relay for Life. At the time, McAloon began her role as a school liaison, speaking with the members of district-wide PTOs about forming teams to help support Relay for Life. Since then, McAloon has made it her mission…

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Foundation hands out more grants

June 13, 2014
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Foundation hands out more grants

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) celebrated its tenth round of grants last week, during a presentation made by several teachers who received funding for different STEM-related projects. The SEF gave grants to first grade teacher Ellen Bellinger and Food Services Manager Marion Virello of South End School, who created an…

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The plans are set for I-84 bridge closure

June 13, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the I-84 bridge project over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. During a recent public information meeting, officials of ConnDOT and the Southington Police Department provided an overview of the project and how traffic will be handled. The…

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Council addresses graffiti; Issue came up during recent vandalism forum

June 13, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to accept a policy that establishes a partnership between local government and local property owners to eliminate graffiti in Southington. “We’ve been talking about some of the challenges we’ve had getting rid of the graffiti, particularly in the downtown,” said Town Manager Garry Brumback…

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Apple Harvest Festival is looking for hostesses

June 11, 2014
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The Apple Harvest Committee is looking for Hostesses for the upcoming 46th annual Apple Harvest Festival.  The hostess must be a Southington resident and will be a High School Senior for the upcoming ‘14-‘15 year.  A hostess should be able to interact with the community and have the time it takes to dedicate to the…

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Planning and Zoning Commission approves Turning Earth

June 11, 2014
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Planning and Zoning voted recently to approve the special permit application of Turning Earth, an organics recycling company partnering with Covanta Energy to build a new, $20 million state-of-the-art facility in Southington. The facility, which will be located in an industrial zone at 111 Spring Street, will be the first integrated high solids anaerobic digestion…

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Health listings for June 13

June 10, 2014
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MONDAY, JUNE 16 SOUTHINGTON FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC. Held by Central Connecticut Senior Health Services. 10 to 11 a.m. Price Chopper, 410 Queen St., Southington.   ONGOING BRISTOL POWER YOGA. Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Will cover basic postures and flow them together to bring up your heart rate. All levels welcome…

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Police department evacuated Sunday due to mortar shell fuse

June 9, 2014
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The Southington Police Department was briefly evacuated Sunday and a portion of Lazy Lane was blocked off after a resident brought a mortar shell fuse to the building. On Sunday, June 8, a Southington resident went to the police department with an M-86 fuse, which was used in World War II era mortar shells. The…

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Education foundation unveils virtual STEM

June 9, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Innovative, creative and experiential are three words described by the Southington Education Foundation (SEF) when reflecting on the lessons that over a dozen teachers in the district created for Virtual STEM University (VSU). Last week, nine teachers unveiled their projects during a launch event held at South End School where…

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Hearing set for sale of Beecher Street

June 8, 2014
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A public hearing has been set for the sale of 49 Beecher Street—the former home of the school system’s administrative offices. During a recent meeting, the Town Council unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing for Monday, June 23, at 7 p.m. The hearing will take place during the Town Council meeting at the municipal…

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