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SEF awards $2,500 grant to SHS book club

February 26, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER A group of Southington High School students who participate in book clubs shared their experiences with Southington Education Foundation (SEF) board members during a reception to celebrate a $2,500 SEF grant for the book club programs. “My guidance counselor recommended me to join book club to increase my reading and to…

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Secondo roasted at chamber event

February 26, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Officials parked Art Secondo on a make-shift stage, armed him with an array of protest signs, and began the insults. On Friday, Feb. 20, Secondo took center stage for the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural roast. State representatives and town councilors from both sides of the aisle joined ranks with community members,…

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Cops: Credit union boss strapped with possible bomb in plot

February 26, 2015
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Two robbers wearing ski masks and goggles strapped what looked like a bomb onto a credit union executive and ordered him to withdraw money from one of his company’s branches while they stayed at his home with his mother, police said Tuesday. Authorities released more details…

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Malloy official admits to mistake in Connecticut budget plan

February 26, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief is apologizing for a mistake in the Democrat’s proposed state budget, which miscalculated whether the plan is below Connecticut’s constitutional cap on state spending. Ben Barnes acknowledged Tuesday Malloy’s budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 exceeds the cap by about $55 million.…

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Bus-only corridor to operate free of charge in first 9 days

February 26, 2015
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NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) _ Central Connecticut’s bus-only corridor will offer free rides to passengers in its first nine days in operation when it begins service March 28. Michael Sanders, the state Department of Transportation’s transit administrator, told The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/1Dp5TtF ) that officials believe that will help give passengers a chance to try out…

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Generators and courtyard upgrades added to MS project

February 26, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER The Middle School Building Committee and construction companies working on the middle school renovation projects are seeking to add generators and courtyard upgrades to the existing projects. The Board of Education has approved the preliminary drawings and specifics for the middle school renovation projects. Now, the  BOE has recommended sending representatives…

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SHS principal leaving the district to become Plymouth superintendent

February 26, 2015
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SHS Principal Martin Semmel has been named as the new Plymouth superintendent.

By LINDSAY CAREYSTAFF WRITER Back-to-back state football championships, a state marching band championship, a nationally-recognized robotics team, and an increase in students taking AP classes are just a few of the accomplishments Southington High School (SHS) principal Martin Semmel is proud to have been a part of. Semmel reflected on the success Southington High School…

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2014 Apple Harvest Festival generated $5,000 for SCS

February 25, 2015
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After another successful Apple Harvest Festival, members of the Festival Supervisory Committee voted unanimously to donate $5,000 to Southington Community Services. Front, from left, Melissa Ericksen, Victoria Triano, and Denise Lewicki. Back, Dave Lapreay, Tom Lombardi, SCS Director Janet Mellon, Chris Palmieri, Mark Sciota, Judy Miceli.

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Surround Sound 7 tickets are on sale now

February 24, 2015
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The Southington High School music department will present “Surround Sound 7” on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. with a third performance on Sunday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at the Southington High School auditorium. Surround Sound is a unique musical theater production of choreographed percussion, brass, colorguard, movement and marching…

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Flanders School wins the SOUPER Bowl

February 23, 2015
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Students at Flanders Elementary had their annual SOUPER Bowl Competition in late January. Volunteers collected over 400 cans of soup for Southington Community Services food pantry. From left, Flanders Principal Patricia Mazzarella, Emily Taylor, Ryan Whitehead, and third grade teacher Kimberly Padroff.

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