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UNICO honors the Top 25 students at Southington High

June 11, 2015
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On Wednesday, June 30, UNICO celebrate the Top 25 students at Southington High School at a dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Front, from left, Tyler Hanna, Jessica Goralski, Kathleen Spagnoletti, Erin Cova, Margaret Mellitt, Ryann Snodgrass, Julia Granato, and Benjamin Herms. Back, Matthew Torrisi, James Hoder (Valedictorian), Victoria Swartz, Meghan Kelley, Bailey Potter, Erik Bergland, Cassidy Race, Julie Falk, Nicole Ricker, Ryan Padden, Priya Patel, Caitlin Young (essayist), Matthew Duszak (slightly behind), Julia Reilly, Kevin Drexler, and Michael Taylor. Not pictured is Jessica Lee. Photo by TAMMI NAUDUS

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s UNICO honored the Top 25 students in Southington High School’s senior class, recognizing just five percent of the soon-to-be graduates. The annual UNICO Top 25 dinner is a 70 year tradition at Southington High School. With more than 500 students set to cross the stage next week and become the high…

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Officials pull weeds, point out progress during downtown walk

June 11, 2015
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Town Manager Garry Brumback studies  a cracked curb on Center Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER It has become an annual tradition for town officials to gather for a walk through downtown, a hands-on way to see what progress has been made, and what improvements are still needed. Sponsored by the Central Business Alliance, a group within the Chamber of Commerce that oversees the downtown areas of Southington…

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Generosity and kindness celebrated at Hatton

June 11, 2015
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SO Celebration of Kindness-Allie Bechillo and Matthew  Rodrigues spraying Marcia Phelps' hair green (2)

On Friday, June 5, Allie Bechillo and Matthew  Rodrigues spray a cloud of green dye at their gym teacher, Marcia Phelps, during the Celebration of Kindness and Generosity at Hatton Elementary School. The “Town Meeting” event was the culmination of the school’s year-long commitment to the #bekindchallenge sponsored by Ben’s Bells, an organization dedictated to…

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St. Paul grads nostalgic but anticipate future

June 11, 2015
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Class president Jose Silva Jr., of Southington, gives his farewell adress. Silva will be attending the US Air Force Academy next year.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR For the graduates of St. Paul Catholic High School, it was a night filled with hope for the future but also a sense of nostalgia for what they will be leaving behind. Over 100 seniors became graduates as the local parochial school held its commencement exercises at the Cathedral of St. Joseph…

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Four locals honored at Tunxis

June 11, 2015
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Four Southington students were among the list of over 90 award and scholarship recipients at the 32nd Annual “Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony,” held on May 21 at Tunxis Community College, Farmington. Two locals won Tunxis Foundation scholarships and awards provided by the Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board, Inc. Megan Fazzino earned the EBM-Pabst…

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Carousel Museum participating in open house day, June 13

June 10, 2015
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Connecticut residents are invited to discover – and rediscover – the state’s arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities during the 11th Annual Open House Day on Saturday, June 13. The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol will…

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Southington Care nurses help edit palliative care nursing guide

June 9, 2015
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Ann Minor, left, and Esther Rankine display the “Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Assistant” for CNAs. The two women served on the editorial board for the third edition.

Two Southington Care Center employees recently served on the editorial board for the third edition of the “Core Curriculum for the Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Assistant” guide published by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Ann Minor, RN-BC, HN-BC, CHPN®, board-certified hospice nurse and holistic care coordinator at the care center and Jerome…

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Program aimed at navigating middle school at DePaolo on June 11

June 8, 2015
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The Southington Drug Task Force is presenting a program to help guide students and parents through the challenging middle school years. The program is aimed at students in grades 4 to 7, along with parents and family members. The discussion will be held at DePaolo Middle School on Thursday, June 11. Activities will start at…

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SHS announces more 3Q honor roll students

June 7, 2015
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Southington High School announced more students for their third quarter honor roll. Grade 12 Lauren Elizabeth Carney and Madison Lin Chapman earned first honors. Grade 11 Kayla Ann Judd earned first honors. Erin Nicole Sullivan earned second honors. Grade 10 Matthew James Dominello earned first honors. Payton Mary Courtmanche and Gabrielle Sophie Veilleux earned second…

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Kennedy Middle School announced May students of the month

June 7, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School announced May students of the month. Front, from left, Michael Gurzenda, Dylan Sandow, Evelyn Micacci, and Victoria Sousa. Middle, Michaela Blumetti, Kayley Benson, Nicole Hatheway, and Ricky McBride. Back, Assistant Principal Susanne Vitcavage, James Olender, Elijah Rodriguez, Kiley Cristman, Jianella Zegarra, and Principal Steven Madancy.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its May students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Kiley Cristman, Ricky McBride, and Dylan Sandow. An excellent student, Kiley has an…

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