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Skate rink is waiting on Mother Nature

January 24, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Town officials are hoping that the recent snap of cold weather in recent days was enough to get the ice rink up and running. “We need Mother Nature to cooperate,” said Town Councilor and rink organizer Dawn Miceli. Warmer temperatures this winter have not allowed ice to form, causing the closing…

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Dealing with the cold weather

January 24, 2013
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The Southington Police Department, along with the Connecticut Department of Health, have released the following tips to deal with the recent snap of cold weather. Winter in New England can bring very cold weather. With cold temperatures and winds, it can sometimes feel well below zero degrees. In these extreme cold temperatures, exposed skin can become…

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Taking a charitable dip in Sloper Pond

January 24, 2013
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Taking a charitable dip in Sloper Pond

By Rob Glidden Staff Wrter The annual YMCA Polar Plunge pulled in $24,000 worth of donations, which were given by the community to sponsor the roughly 80 participants who jumped into the frigid waters of Sloper’s Pond. In the eight years since it was first held in Southington, the event has grown into one of…

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Accuweather says potential is there for snow and wintry mix late in week

January 23, 2013
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Accuweather says potential is there for snow and wintry mix late in week

State College, Pa. — 23 January 2013 — AccuWeather reports the combination of lingering arctic air and two merging storms has the potential to spread a large swath of snow, wintry mix and slippery travel from the Midwest to the part of the South and Atlantic Coast at the end of the week. As with…

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Governor issues warning about severe cold

January 22, 2013
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Gov. Dannel Malloy issued the following statement about the frigid temperatures tonight. (HARTFORD, CT) – With bitter winter cold temperatures expected over the next several days, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today directed the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction…

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Senator Markley named to Sandy Hook Task Force

January 22, 2013
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Hartford, CT – Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) has been named to a special bipartisan task force to consider legislation in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  As ranking member of the Human Services Committee, Markley will be part of the working group focused on mental health programs. “I am honored…

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Young actress earns TV role

January 19, 2013
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Abigail Friend

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR When the Jan. 11 episode of the CBS hit show “Blue Bloods” with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg aired, central Connecticut residents may have seen a familiar face on the screen. Abigail Friend, a 6-year-old from Connecticut, and the reigning Little Miss Sunshine Southington, appeared in the episode “Front Page…

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School board honors Palmieri’s recognition

January 19, 2013
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School board honors Palmieri’s recognition

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education honored Chris Palmieri with a proclamation during its last meeting, in recognition of his selection as the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year for 2013. Palmieri, who holds that position at DePaolo Middle School, was nominated by the school’s principal,…

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Prepare for things to get cold, says Accuweather

January 18, 2013
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Northern US: Cold Waves and Canadian Storms State College, Pa. — 18 January 2013 — AccuWeather reports the weather pattern over the next couple of weeks will favor waves of cold air and Canadian storms, known as Alberta Clippers, from the northern Plains to the Northeast. Each blast of cold air will vary in magnitude,…

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Overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo causes evacuation

January 18, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor An overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo Middle School caused a minor evacuation early last week, after it started smoking, triggering the school’s fire alarm. Southington Fire Chief Harold “Buddy” Clark said the department was dispatched to the school due to an unknown odor on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The students were in…

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