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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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EPA provides verbal confirmation; Decision will save millions in PCB clean up

January 18, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The middle schools renovation project is poised to clear a major hurdle, after officials received verbal confirmation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the cheaper plan for the remediation of hazardous materials will likely be approved. The news came during an evening when the plan to renovate Kennedy and…

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Health officials: No need to panic over the flu

January 17, 2013
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by Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s flu season has been unusually potent, but representatives of the Southington-Plainville Health District said there was no need for panic. The spread of flu is common during the winter months, but recent reports have indicated a season more severe than normal. The city of Boston even declared a…

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SouthingtonSOS: Successful in creating a dialogue

January 16, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor SouthingtonSOS believes it was successful in encouraging families to discuss the type of videogames played within the households, a dialogue the group hopes continues. Earlier this month the group announced a local violent videogame return initiative that garnered national attention. Last week the group canceled the program, saying that it had…

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Erardi proposes $86 million school budget

January 16, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi has presented a proposed budget of $86.4 million, an increase of 4.87 percent that is intended to help the district keep pace with changing state standards. The final budget approved last year for the BOE was about $82 million. The Board of Education examined…

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Southington YMCA teen dodgeball tournament returns

January 13, 2013
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Dodgeball

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA’s annual Teen Dodgeball Tournament returns for another throw later this month. The tournament, now in its third year, is broken up into tow divisions, middle school and high school. There is a maximum of 16 teams per division. “In the past two years we’ve had some success with…

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