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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

December 18, 2013
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*Update: Kennedy students dismissed early following gas leak

Kennedy Middle School students were sent home early today, following a morning gas leak at the school. According to police, the construction crew handling the renovations at the school ruptured a gas line. Students were evacuated and were placed on busses to keep them warm.  The students were transported from the school to the Aqua…

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District implements safety precautions

December 13, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 children and six educators dead on December 14, 2012, the Southington school district implemented additional security measures to enhance safety throughout the district in response to the tragedy. Brian Goralski, the chairman of the Board of Education, said board members…

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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

December 8, 2013
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Author uses book to help Wounded Warriors

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington high school teacher John “Brian” Durbin, serving in the military has become a family theme. Durbin, who goes by his middle name, “Brian,” is a retired infantryman who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. His father, uncle and a first cousin also served in the military.…

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Kennedy announces first period honor roll

December 5, 2013
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Kenendy Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period. Sixth grade, first honors: Keegan Allister, Lexi Almeida, Morgan Barnum, Ryan Barretta, Jessica Bartsch, Dean Bauchiero, Hailey Becquey, Dion Beerbaum, Mischelle Beerbaum, Nashita Begum, Cameron Beidler, Alexander Belanger, Kayley Benson, Sahiti Bhyravavajhala, Faith Breen, Caleb Brick, Mary-Claire Brick, Tara Brock, Evan Brown,…

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DePaolo announces first period honor roll

December 4, 2013
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DePaolo Middle School has announced its honor roll for the first marking period. Grade 6, First Honors: Elizabeth Abrahamson, Abigail Abram, Emma Angelillo, Ryan Asido, Jordan Beaudoin, Patrick Bennett, Kelly Bergland, Julliette Bicknell, Emily Biscoglio, Matthew Biscoglio, Jordan Bishman, Samuel Bouchard, Joshua Brilla, Gabrielle Cantoni, Trinity Cardillo, Eric Carrier, Francesca Casale, Alexa Chaltas, Christopher Chaplinsky,…

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Local Southington resident is named 2014 Teacher of the year

November 25, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Since the seventh grade, Southington resident John Mastroianni knew he wanted to become a professional musician and a music teacher. By time he reached high school, Mastroianni never doubted he wanted to have an impact on students similar to the way his own music teachers influenced him. “I never wanted…

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Schools receive security grant funding

November 22, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington has received more grant money from the state to better safeguard the schools. Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently announced that an additional 75 school districts, covering 435 schools, will receive funds as part of the School Security Grant Program, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act. An…

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Southington’s report card; Rallying behind early childhood education

November 22, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington parent Prajakta Dravid, preparing her four-year-old child for kindergarten is on her top priority list. She sends Atharva to preschool five days a week, receiving daily assessments of his language skills among other skills he must start developing before kindergarten. Although early childhood educators play a role in…

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Survey questions concern parents

November 21, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington parents expressed their concern to the Board of Education last week about a survey administered by the Southington Town-Wide Effort to Promote Success (STEPS) to middle school and high school students. Three parents confronted the board about the content of the survey, disappointed that they did not have the…

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Students start candy drive for uncle overseas

November 18, 2013
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Students start candy drive for uncle overseas

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Besides participating in a Veteran’s Day celebration last week, students at Kelley Elementary School worked together to create a candy care package for three local platoons serving in Afghanistan. With the help and support of faculty and staff, students Colton and Analeigh Thorpe spread the word about their uncle’s deployment…

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