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School board candidates debate budget cuts and student growth

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Democratic and Republican school board candidates tackled key issues on student growth, the new teacher evaluation system and budget cuts at a recent Board of Education debate. The debate was hosted by the Southington Education Association. With the implementation of the new teacher and administration evaluation systems in the state,…

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Looking for a new home; Bread for Life looks to relocate its proposal

October 17, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After accepting an offer from Southington school officials, Bread for Life has asked the Planning and Zoning Commission for a 60-day continuance for its application to build a new facility across from Derynoski Elementary School, according to a press release. Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski announced during last week’s…

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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

October 11, 2013
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Timber demonstration at Crescent Lake

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town employees and members of the Board of Education, along with UConn Professor Thomas Worthley, put on their boots and hard hats to take part in a timber harvest at Crescent Lake last week. Prof. Worthley from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources cut down at least five ash…

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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

October 7, 2013
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Tailgate and fundraise at the SEF gala

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation welcomes the public to its fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala on Friday, Oct. 25. With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” the event gives attendees an opportunity to dress in their favorite sports gear and apparel while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees. The…

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New names set for Wall of Honor

October 6, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington High School will soon induct four local individuals from different walks of life into its Wall of Honor. Two of the honorees are Rosemary and James Champagne, who remain active in local community service projects including Relay for Life. When the Champagnes found out that the Wall of Honor…

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School board against BFL proposal

October 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Citing safety concerns, the Board of Education has gone on record against the Bread for Life proposal to establish a new home next to Derynoski Elementary School. “We do not support the proposal,” Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski said at last week’s school board meeting. “Our priority will always be…

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Council creates Beecher Street subcommittee

October 3, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer In response to the public outcries against the proposed selling of the Beecher Street property during a public hearing last month, the Southington Town Council created a bi-partisan “ad hoc” subcommittee to obtain additional information before making a final decision on the former home of the school system’s administrative offices.…

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Southington school receives state grant money

September 26, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi is appreciative of a recently announced state grant that will allow for better security at ALTA, but he was hoping to receive enough grant money to increase security measures at all of the schools in the district. He is hoping further funding comes from a…

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Soldier returns home, surprises children

September 26, 2013
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Soldier returns home, surprises children

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Madison Howes, a third grade student at Flanders Elementary School, took part in a reading celebration with her classmates and teachers on Monday. This was one of many reading celebrations in which students share their favorite books with a reading buddy. When one of the reading teachers chose Madison to…

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Y Cup returns to Apple road race

September 24, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington’s 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival plans to continue one of its new additions to the road race for youngsters: the Y Cup. The Y Cup is a relay for fourth and fifth graders of all eight elementary schools to participate in the 5 K (3.1 miles) race on Sunday,…

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