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Southington trio honored by Howley Group

March 28, 2016
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Three Southington Panera Bread employees were honored by one of Panera’s foremost franchisees, the Howley Bread Group, at its Leadership Meeting held recently at the Holiday Inn Hartford in East Hartford. The Howley Bread Group owns and operates 28 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Greater Hartford/Eastern Connecticut, Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets.

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Free Social Security forum at Manor Inn on April 26

March 26, 2016
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The former Social Security Administration’s regional communications director, Kurt Czarnowski, will discuss strategies for maximizing Social Security benefits at a free seminar sponsored by the Southington Economic Development Department in conjunction with the Southington Chamber of Commerce. The event is the second installment of a four-part business series. On Tuesday, April 26, Czarnowski will lead…

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The Rocket Summer lets the muse take its time

March 25, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Three-and-a-half years have passed since The Rocket Summer released its last album. But as Bryce Avary, who in the studio is The Rocket Summer but gathers musicians for his live act, explained in a phone interview, he didn’t spend all of that time idle before releasing the new album, dubbed…

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Creativity that you can wear

March 25, 2016
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Fashion, like ceramics, lays somewhere between the realms of utility and art. Fashion is something we wear to fulfill a function, whether it’s modesty or to protect us from the elements. It can be pretty or cool, but the bottom line, this kind of fashion has function. But fashion can fulfill its author’s sense of…

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Program on sleep problems presented Monday

March 24, 2016
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Grace Lutheran Church of Plainville will hold its Health Ministry program on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. The topic is “Sleep-Just for the Health Of It,” presented by Nancy Cosgrove BS, RGSPT, RRT. She will describe normal sleep and abnormal sleep problems as well as the treatment of common sleep disorders. Cosgrove has lectured…

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Talent at Hatton

March 24, 2016
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Etta Rocco strums the guitar on March 18 during the Hatton Elementary School student talent show. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS   Click to enlarge

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Open hearing continues for Loper Street plans

March 24, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Residents lined up to speak at a March 15 public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The topic of conversation was a 72-lot subdivision planned for Loper Street. Residents were asked to voice their opinions about the two types of subdivisions being considered for the area—a conventional subdivision, with homes…

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United Way celebrates Hometown heroes

March 24, 2016
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At their annual meeting at the Aqua Turf on March 17, the United Way of Southington honored three local residents as Hometown Heroes. From left, Kate Sirignano, Dave Salvatore, and Melissa Sheffy.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Some people were still milling around the auction tables at the back of the Aqua Turf and others were finishing their meals when United Way President Jack Eisenmann stepped to the stage to quiet the room. On Thursday, March 17, most of the world was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in various ways, but…

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Residents gather for ‘Peace Rally’ to protest hate flyers

March 24, 2016
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Local residents, clergy, and town officials, left and above, gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church to protest the recent discovery of racial propaganda  on fliers in Southington.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The chant rang out from a group of more than 50 people gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church. “No place for hate,” they began to chant, and their cries quickly drowned out the hum of nearby traffic. On Saturday, March 19, a small crowd of local residents and clergy huddled…

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Town considers inexpensive repairs for residential roads

March 23, 2016
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Cracks in the pavement are still evident on Meander Lane, above, after the recent chip seal repairs were made to the street. Town Manager Garry Brumback is expected to support a different treatment on Pattonwood Lane when he presents his findings from three test sites at Pattonwood Lane, Meander Lane/Little Fawn Road, and Hilltop Drive.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an attempt to repair cracking roads throughout Southington, the town tried out three types of “chipseal” as part of a pilot project for pavement preservation. Chipseal is a pavement surface treatment that combines asphalt and aggregate to repair roads. After testing three options, Town Manager Gary Brumback said his top choice…

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