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Fire company gets new thermal camera

December 23, 2013
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Fire company gets new thermal camera

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Fire Department, Company 2 in Plantsville, has a new thermal imaging camera that will help immensely on emergency calls. The new thermal camera, an Eagle Attack, replaces an older thermal camera, the Eagle X, that the fire company has had for close to five years. The Eagle X is…

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Library to offer Children’s Theatre group in January

December 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Children in third grade through age 12 will have a chance to show off their dramatic side in January with the Southington Library’s Theater Games, an annual program that helps youngsters develop their acting skills. The program will take place Monday, Jan. 6 and Monday, Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.…

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Snow shovelers give back to community

December 21, 2013
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Snow shovelers give back to community

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer What started out as a snow day last Tuesday for a group of children in Plantsville turned into a day of giving back. Nine-year-old Jamie Baden and her six-year-old sister Kylie joined their friends and peers in shoveling their neighbors’ driveways during their day off from school. When they made…

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New windows for town hall bring energy efficiency

December 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Town Hall has now sported a new look while increasing energy efficiency. The building recently underwent a complete window renovation, which helped improve Town Hall’s insulation in the winter as well as energy costs. Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said the building needed the makeover. “These windows are much…

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Winter wonderland takes shape

December 20, 2013
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Winter wonderland takes shape

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Local artist Mary DeCroce walked down Center Street recently with a sigh of relief and a sense of pride as she glanced at the ten windows of vacant buildings decorated with winter art, including the building that once housed Mainely Seafood. DeCroce started the winter art project several weeks ago…

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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

December 20, 2013
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YMCA tree gives back to South Dakota

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer A crowd of families gathered together at the Southington YMCA’s 29th annual Giving Tree ceremony last week, celebrating the spirit of the holiday season while remembering loved ones who have passed on. This year the ceremony at featured a large tree in front of the entrance, which also lit up…

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Planning for technology; School district continues to plan long term

December 20, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Over the past six to seven months, a group of educators and administrators of the Technology Long Term Planning Committee banded together to revolutionize the way Southington Public Schools addresses and provides professional development for technology. During a Board of Education meeting last week, Chris Richter, an eighth grade teacher…

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School district welcomes two new educators

December 19, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington Public Schools welcomed two new educators to the district during a Board of Education meeting last week. The Board of Education appointed Susanne Vitcavage to the position of Assistant Principal at John F. Kennedy Middle School and John Duffy to the position of Pre-K-Grade 12 Science Coordinator. Duffy has…

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CL&P issues warning about scam

December 18, 2013
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Scams targeting utility customers nationally continue to affect Connecticut Light & Power customers, with the most recent version targeting Spanish-speaking customers, reports a press release from the utility. The scam involves prepaid “Green Dot” VISA credit cards, said the release. Callers claiming to represent CL&P may contact customers, telling them their service is scheduled to…

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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

December 18, 2013
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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

Kennedy Middle School students were sent home early today, following a morning gas leak at the school. According to police, the construction crew handling the renovations at the school ruptured a gas line. Students were evacuated and were placed on busses to keep them warm.  The students were transported from the school to the Aqua…

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