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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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Top it off: Barnes gets new roof

August 3, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Reporter After 175 years of standing up to weather and wear, the roof at the Barnes Museum is currently being replaced. “It’s a good feeling to know that they are up there,” said curator Marie Secondo. “The roof is looking great.” The homestead was built in 1836 and was home to…

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Looking at library expansion

August 3, 2012
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Looking at library expansion

By Rob Glidden Staff Reporter Inside the town’s new capital improvement plan is a small $30,000 expense that may have a major impact on Southington. A planned architectural study will examine the possibility of expanding the Southington Library, which has had to find more and more ways to fit a large amount of regular visitors…

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New year means new focus on fitness for some

January 4, 2012
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New year means new focus on fitness for some

By ROB GLIDDEN STAFF WRITER Local gyms are preparing for an influx of new customers to coincide with the New Year and are hoping they can keep everyone committed to a healthier lifestyle. “The New Year is always the busiest time for us,” said Elisabeth Roberge, owner of Fitness XPlosion in Plainville. “Everyone wants to…

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April 1, 2010
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