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Strong jumps rope to help Mill Foundation

April 19, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Students at Strong Elementary School ended a fundraiser for The Mill Foundation for Kids with a “jumpathon,” the latest in a series of collaborations between the school and the organization. Beginning with first-graders, students in different grades filled the school’s gym and divided into smaller groups. In each group, one…

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School board frustrated with demands; New teacher evaluation requirement approved

April 19, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education recently approved a new plan for evaluating teachers as required by recent state legislation, although many members expressed frustration with the increasing demand placed on local districts by state and federal decisions. To meet these new requirements, a new plan for teacher evaluations was developed by…

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Bristol man in serious condition following early morning crash

April 17, 2013
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*Update April 16 The Southington Police Department was informed that Michael Carlone of Bristol,  died at St. Mary’s Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on April 10. No further details were released due to the active nature of this investigation. The accident is being investigated by the Southington Police…

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Walk Like MADD event to take place in town this Saturday

April 17, 2013
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By Ed HarrisEditor   Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a Walk Like MADD event originating at the town green this weekend. The walk is a 5K event that raises funds for victim services and awareness of drunk driving. This is the second year the event will take place in town. “Our walk in…

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Local scouts to help at Great Gull Island

April 15, 2013
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By Vanessa Stevens   On Saturday April 20, Southington’s Boy Scout Troop #32 will leave Niantic at 8 am for a work trip to Great Gull Island on Long Island, NY. The 9 mile journey, led by thirteen year scout leader Dan Greer, will start and end on a 42’ steam boat towards the eastern…

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Deal reached on phosphorus discharge

April 14, 2013
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By Lauresha Xhihani Special to The Observer   Three towns on the Quinnipiac River have won a partial victory in their effort to avoid steep costs of removing phosphorus discharges from their sewage plants. Meriden, Wallingford and Southington, whose sewage treatment plants discharge into the Quinnipiac River, have successfully negotiated with the Department of Energy…

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New website helps Southington Serve

April 13, 2013
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By Ed HarrisEditor   Southington Town Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) has developed a new website to help people, especially the youth in town, to find community service opportunities. Preparation for Southington Serves began in December, with the help of the STEPS Youth Council. The site went live last month and can be found…

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SEF spells fundraiser with bee

April 13, 2013
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SEF spells fundraiser with bee

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Education Foundation has its first two time champion as the Bee-lievers from Plantsville Congregational Church won the title for the second time in three years. “We’re very pleased,” said team member Susan Koenig, after the team was the only remaining team to spell millennium correctly. Her other team members,…

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Meridian moves ahead; Council backs interlocal agreement

April 11, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Greenway Commons project has secured the approval of both town and state officials for a “tax increment financing district” around the former Ideal Forging property, and now Meridian Development hopes their long-awaited work on the property can move forward by this summer. The plan to remediate the contaminated property…

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Charter commission starts out hot

April 10, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Education Foundation has its first two time champion as the Bee-lievers from Plantsville Congregational Church won the title for the second time in three years. “We’re very pleased,” said team member Susan Koenig, after the team was the only remaining team to spell millennium correctly. Her other team members,…

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