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Zoning meeting on YMCA expansion draws numerous residents concerned about the Olney House

December 5, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A Planning & Zoning Commission public hearing about the YMCA’s proposed expansion drew numerous residents concerned about the fate of a nearby historic house. The expansion includes additions on two sides of the YMCA’s main building and an increase of about 30 parking spaces. While preparing for the project, the…

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Author chronicles Southington during the war years

December 1, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor Local author and historian Liz Kopec has chronicled Southington during the war years in her new book for Arcadia Publishing. “Southington, “The War Years,” available Dec. 3. This is Kopec’s second book for the “Images of America” series. Several years ago she compiled hundreds of old photos, with historical captions, depicting…

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Blue jeans and a Compass Award

December 1, 2012
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The Southington Community YMCA has honoredDolores and Joe LaPorte at its annual Forever in Blue Jeans gala on Friday Nov. 16, at the Aqua Turf. The Laportes are the Y’s 2012 Compass Award winners for their work in staying true to the YMCA focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The LaPortes are…

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Theater production to help fund a new boiler

November 30, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington Community Theater is presenting “Score” this Saturday evening, a variety show meant to entertain guests and raise money to help the group. The community theater group is run entirely by volunteers and has been active in Southington for decades. Their rehearsals are in the Marion firehouse, an antique building…

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Festival nets over $12,000; Volunteers credited with Apple Harvest success

November 30, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s Apple Harvest Festival made a profit of over $12,000, according to preliminary financial reports presented to the Town Council Monday night. The detailed breakdown was presented by Councilor Chris Palmieri, who is also the head of the festival’s supervisory committee. He stressed that there was still some updated…

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Police to collect toys for the holidays

November 28, 2012
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On Saturday, Dec. 1, members of the Southington Police Department will be at the Walmart Store, located at 235 Queen Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officers from the Southington Police department will be collecting toys and other needed gifts for the holidays. Everything that is collected will go directly to needy families in…

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Officer Gallo receives award

November 28, 2012
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By Ed Harris Southington Police Officer Tom Gallo was recently awarded a statewide safety award. Gallo, a 22 year veteran of the force, received the Safe Kids Advocacy Award at the Safe Kids Connecticut injury prevention Conference. The award is for those that go above and beyond in the area of child safety. “I think…

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Area establishments back Small Business Saturday

November 23, 2012
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer Area businesses are hoping that Small Business Saturday, a concept designed as a counterweight to the more famous Black Friday, will continue to catch on and bring in customers during Thanksgiving weekend. The idea was devised by American Express in 2010 and the company has gone to great lengths to…

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Officials look at all-day kindergarten; Parents, school board weigh in on topic

November 23, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer School administrators have made a detailed proposal for all-day kindergarten in Southington, and now the Board of Education will ponder the issue in the months leading up to its budget season. Before the board’s meeting, parents were invited to another forum to hear a summary of the proposal. The district…

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ESPN helps with Thanksgiving event

November 22, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Volunteers from ESPN returned to Camp Sloper to assist with the Community Services Department’s Thanksgiving event, a collaboration which is an annual tradition. Under the pavilion at Sloper, the workers spent Monday morning sorting out the truckloads of food donated by numerous Southington businesses and civic groups. Later in the…

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