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Community ice rink is back for another season

December 20, 2012
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By Ed Harris Editor The ice rink is returning for its second year and is set up on the Water Department property on Mill Street, just across from the Rails to Trails. The rink, which is open throughout the winter months, made the move downtown from Memorial Park, where it was set up last year.…

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Southington Gathers Together in Remembrance

December 19, 2012
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Southington Gathers Together in Remembrance

Sunday, December 16th The First Congregational Church, in Southington, held a prayer vigil to morn the losses and pay tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementry School attack.  Parishioners from the town of Southington gathered together to lead the service.  Those in attendance reflected on scripture passages, poetry, moments of silence, and music. …

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Schools look to improve safety after Newtown

December 19, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Area school districts are working to restore some stability in the classrooms and reassure parents about safety, in the wake of a devastating mass shooting in Newtown. “We spent the weekend preparing for the return of students,” said Plainville Superintendent Jeff Kitching. “The sooner we could get them back to…

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United Way establishes Sandy Hook School Support Fund

December 19, 2012
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Following the tragedy in Newtown, the United Way of Southington is collecting funds to help provide resources to the community throughout the coming weeks and months. The “Sandy Hook School Support fund” will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected. Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy…

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Sikh temple to host candlelight vigil to honor Newtown victims Friday night

December 19, 2012
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Southington’s Sikh temple will host a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting Friday night. The vigil will take place at the temple, 1610 West Street, at 7 p.m. Speakers will include state Senator Joe Markley. Candles will be provided. For more information, email Amandeep Samra at…

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Camp Sloper Celebrates with Santa

December 17, 2012
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Camp Sloper Celebrates with Santa

Santa and Mrs Claus visited YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday December 8th.  Families visited the camp for  family oriented activities.  Toys were collected by the Mill Foundation For Kids.  Fox Glove Farm provided horse and carriage rides.  Southington Brass entertained the crowd with holiday favorites.  Crafts projects were provided.  Hot chocolate and cookies were served…

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First Congregational Church to hold service for Newtown victims

December 16, 2012
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First  Congregational Church of Southington is holding a special prayer service for the entire community to come in support and prayer for the victims of the tragedy in Newtown. The service will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the meetinghouse, and will include prayer, sacred readings, candle lighting, quiet music and silence.  Clergy…

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Home Depot work helps Plainville food pantry

December 15, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Volunteers from Home Depot in Southington spent a recent Friday at Plainville’s Food Pantry helping the organization meet its maintenance and construction needs. There are two branches in Home Depot within in Southington – this one is on the southern side of town in the Milldale section– and tries to…

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Observing the Arts: Back in Black, Mark Twain House hosts Michael Ian Black

December 14, 2012
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Comedian Michael Ian Black will weave witty tales at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on Tuesday. Black was a founder of the sketch comedy troupe The State while he was at New York University. He has gone on to do many other projects, including contributing to VH1’s “I Love” series, chronicling the decades of…

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Teachers showcase projects to SEF

December 14, 2012
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Teachers showcase projects to SEF

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) listened to several past grant recipients talk about how their projects were successful and how they were received by students during a recent meeting. Seven teachers, encompassing five different grants, told the foundation how the grants impacted the classroom, whether it met the desired objectives and…

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