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All day kindergarten implemented; School board cuts the SOAR program

May 31, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education managed to save its proposed all-day kindergarten program despite reductions made during the budget process, but at a price that left the officials uneasy. The decisions made by the Board of Finance and the Town Council left the school board with about $84.2 million to work…

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We’re having a heat wave, says Accuweater

May 30, 2013
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We’re having a heat wave, says Accuweater

It’s stating the obvious, but it’s hot outside. And it will continue to be hot, says Accuweather. AccuWeather.com reports midsummer heat is arriving just a few days after the unofficial start of the season. After shivering cold over the Memorial Day weekend, record-challenging heat will build in some areas of the Great Lakes and the…

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Relay to take place at Southington High

May 30, 2013
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Relay to take place at Southington High

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer This year’s Relay for Life will look a little different, but organizers are planning on delivering the same hopeful experience for the huge crowd who will attend. The annual fundraiser has been held at the Southington High School football field for over a decade and this year the new artificial…

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Memorial Day remembrance

May 29, 2013
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Southington held its annual Memorial Day festivities Monday, with a parade and remembrance ceremony on the town green. Here are a few photos from the events. Photos by Tammi Naudus

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Southington Residents in Service

May 27, 2013
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Southington Residents in Service

The following Southington residents are currently serving in the United States military. To have your loved one added to the list, please contact Leonard Marcheselle at the Southington Elks.   Name: Nicholas J. Augelli Rank: S/SGT Branch: ANG Duty Station: Afghanistan   Name: Aden Baume Rank: Capt Branch: ANG Duty Station: Camp Niantic   Name:…

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Foundation offers chance to be a philanthropist

May 26, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain is kicking off another year of its Catalyst Fund on Tuesday, June 18 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. This initiative is designed to give community members a chance to contribute to charitable efforts without having to give huge amounts of time or…

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Students warned of distracted driving

May 25, 2013
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Students warned of distracted driving

By Rob Glidden Staff  Writer Southington High School’s senior class was given a dire warning about the dangers of distracted driving, during an assembly that was put together by community volunteers. Usually done shortly before the senior prom, warning students about the risks of drunk driving is something of a tradition at high schools. However,…

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Train depot to have new life as museum

May 24, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff  Writer The railroad line that once guided trains through Southington is now the popular Rails to Trails corridor, but the Milldale train depot is a reminder of the area’s past. Officials and volunteers hope to refurbish it and create an attraction for the many walkers who now use the trail. The…

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Residents to save $4 in taxes; Board of Finance slightly lowers mill rate

May 23, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Finance approved a mill rate for the next fiscal year that will result in a tiny tax reduction for residents. After its $129 million proposed budget was approved without changes by the Town Council, the BOF officially set the next mill rate at 27.46, a drop from…

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What to expect from the weather this Memorial Day weekend

May 22, 2013
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What to expect from the weather this Memorial Day weekend

Northeast Memorial Day Weekend to Start Wet, Chilly                                  State College, Pa. — 22 May 2013 — AccuWeather.com reports the Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic. The storm system…

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