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Museum offers up an artistic love letter to Andy Warhol

December 24, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When renowned artist Andy Warhol’s name pops up, many times thoughts will turn to his famous day-glo screen prints of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. But, typically, you don’t think of cats and dogs or pencil sketches. But the new exhibit at the Mattatuck Museum offers up a new dimension…

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Review of judges caused worry at just sold Las Vegas paper; publisher of Bristol Press, New Britain Herald at center of questions

December 24, 2015
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By BRADY McCOMBS and KEN RITTER Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) _ The reporting assignment was odd, mostly because it came from the owners of Las Vegas’ main newspaper: Take three reporters off their beats and have them closely follow three judges. The decision generated chatter in the newsroom, but that turned into open concern…

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SHS students awarded Superintendents Awards

December 24, 2015
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Jessica Howe (left) and Alexander Statkevich (center) are presented with the Board of Education Certificate of Excellence by BOE Chairman Brian Goralski (right) on Dec. 10. The two students were awarded the 2015-2016 Superintendents Awards.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Two Southington High School (SHS) students were awarded the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents Student Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. On Dec. 10, Alexander Statkevich and Jessica Howe were recognized by Superintendent Timothy Connellan and the Board of Education (BOE) for their academic success and extracurricular and athletic involvement in…

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Cub Scout Pack 33 sends supplies to troops overseas

December 24, 2015
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Cub Scouts from Southington Pack 33 tape up a box of supplies to be sent to the US troops overseas. The holiday packages were sent on Dec. 17 in a joint project with American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 and included toiletries, snacks, basic medical supplies, and stuffed animals. (Photo by Catherine Boyce)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Holiday packages will make their way from Southington to Kosovo this season, packed by local Boy Scout Troop 33. More than 100 soldiers from a Connecticut based troop will receive boxes full of toiletries, snacks, basic medical supplies, and stuffed animals to distribute to local children. On Dec. 17, 30 Boy Scouts…

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Southington’s first town historian dies at 59 year old

December 23, 2015
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Ken DiMauro

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Former Town Historian Ken DiMauro passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 16. He was 59. Southington’s first official Town Historian, DiMauro was active in the town and worked as a journalist for several local publications, including the Southington Observer. “Ken was a wealth of knowledge regarding the history of…

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Music to our ears; Derynoski donates to vets

December 23, 2015
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Derynosky- Hailey Zaczynski and Aiden Rand with the 20  ipods

Derynosky students raised $300 through a collection of spare change spearheaded by Aiden Rand and Hailey Zaczynski, above, during a recent school fundraiser, and American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 matched those funds. Together, they were able to purchase 20 iPod shuffles to be used in the music and memory program at the Rocky Hill veterans…

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Giving the gift of reading at Kelley School

December 23, 2015
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Joshua Bonefant, 5, reads to Kelley Elementary School custodian Larry LaComb during a special reading exercise with the school's kindergarteners. Bonefant selected LaComb as his reading partner.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER After ending a unit on the power of reading, Rose Risser’s kindergarten class at Kelley Elementary School chose staff members for a chance to share their new skill. “We were giving the gift of reading to special teachers in our school,” said Risser, whose class of five and six-year-olds spent the morning…

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Tunxis holding enrollment ‘blitz’ Jan. 9

December 22, 2015
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Tunxis Community College will hold a Super Saturday Enrollment Blitz on Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Founders Hall to help students choose courses and register for spring semester. The “Super Saturday Enrollment Blitz” at Tunxis will offer one-stop assistance in the registration process and with class schedules, course selection, financial aid, placement…

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Two women get Christmas gift at pageant in Southington

December 22, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR SOUTHINGTON — Two women received an early holiday gift on Sunday afternoon. Alexandra Giannelli of Watertown was crowned Miss Waterbury and Erika Farrell of Wolcott was crowned Miss Brass City as the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization held “A Christmas Pageant” at Derynoski School in Southington. The pageant in Southington was…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for December

December 21, 2015
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DePaolo Middle School announced their December Students of the Month. Front, from left, Andrew Bafuma, Sammi Bray, Amela Dishnica, Emily Goulet, Sarah Sisto, and Connor Bouffard. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Mason Simons, Emelie Brady, Taylor Collar, Steven DellaFerra, Carlie Kubisek, Dan Yu, and Principal Frank Pepe.

DePaolo Middle School announced their December Students of the Month. Front, from left, Andrew Bafuma, Sammi Bray, Amela Dishnica, Emily Goulet, Sarah Sisto, and Connor Bouffard. Back, Asst. Principal Chris Palmieri, Mason Simons, Emelie Brady, Taylor Collar, Steven DellaFerra, Carlie Kubisek, Dan Yu, and Principal Frank Pepe. DePaolo Middle School announced their Students of the…

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