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Kennedy Middle School announces January students of the month

February 14, 2015
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Kennedy Middle School has announced the students of the month for January. Front, from left, Olivia Walling, Greta Panke, Gianna Perugini, Hannah Platt, Faith Auletta, and Landon Carmody. Back, Mr. Steven Madancy, Anthony Picone, Adam Green, Christopher Taylor, Leah Zaslavsky, Mia Sullivan, Heather Martin, and Mrs. Susanne Vitcavage.

John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plantsville recently announced the names of its January students of the month. Teachers nominated these students for their academic improvement on performance, exemplary citizenship, and/or participation in extracurricular activities. Sixth grade students of the month are Landon Carmody, Greta Panke, Anthony Picone, and Leah Zaslavsky. Landon is a dedicated…

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Legion crowns speech winners

February 14, 2015
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SO Oratory Contestants and American Legion

American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 championed four local youth in their annual oratorical contest on Thursday, Feb. 5. The four anonymous contestants, above, pose with the Legionnaires after the contest.

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BOE holds legislative breakfast for hot topic issues

February 13, 2015
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Southington Public Schools Director of Business and Finance Sherri DiNello addresses a question to Southington’s state legislators at a Board of Education breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 5.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Southington Board of Education, along with State Senator Joe Markley, State Rep. Leader Joe Aresimowicz, State Rep. Rob Sampson and State Rep. Dave Zoni, sat down with students, teachers, administrators, and members of the community on Thursday, Feb. 5 for the Southington Legislative Breakfast to discuss public policy priorities…

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Blue Knight trio sign NCAA Division I Football Letters of Intent

February 12, 2015
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Blue Knight trio sign NCAA Division I Football Letters of Intent

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Click. Click. Flash. Flash. Cameras snapped pictures, capturing the smiles that filled the room. Audio recorders surrounded the blue helmet with the big “S” that sat on the table next to a football. The pens were out and they were ready to sign. Wednesday, Feb. 4 was the NCAA’s initial signing…

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Catholic school summit discusses upcoming changes

February 12, 2015
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St. Dominic Principal Patricia Tiezzi, left, and St. Thomas Principal Mary Wirkus, right, discuss the merger of their schools for next year.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A town hall meeting for parents and parishioners from local Catholic churches was held at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Plantsville on Thursday, Feb. 5. It offered an opportunity to discuss the merging of St. Dominic and St. Thomas schools at the St. Thomas campus for the 2015-2016 school…

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Sikorsky Aircraft lands at Derynoski School

February 12, 2015
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Process Engineer Rick DiMauro demonstrates a wind tunnel for Gavin Anderson, left, and Ben Gorr, right, in the school auditorium.

Representatives from Sikorsky Aircraft tried to inspire young engineers at Derynoski Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The hands-on program for students in kindergarten through grade 5 ran throughout the day. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS

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SHS offers seminar for navigating the college admission process

February 2, 2015
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The Southington High School counseling department is offering a seminar aimed at high school juniors and their families. The informational session “Navigating the College Process” is designed to help families form a plan for future college students. A power point presentation about college admission requirements and admission processes will be the main focus of the program.…

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SHS band celebrates 6th state title

January 31, 2015
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SHS band celebrates 6th state title

On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Southington High School marching band was honored at the Southington Board of Education meeting for winning the 2014 state championship. The Blue Knight program earned state titles in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2014. Photo by Lindsay Carey

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The State of the Town: Leaders discuss progress at chamber event

January 30, 2015
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Bailey Kahl launches himself toward the pit during the long jump competition on Jan. 24.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Town Councilors spoke about the changes in town government and on their special committees within the last year at the Chamber Legislative Committee 6th annual State of the Town dinner. Seven of the nine town councilors spoke about recent accomplishments and concerns on projects in town. Chairman Michael Riccio praised…

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BOE approves $90 million budget

January 29, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education (BOE) finalized the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, and the board unanimously approved spending $90,197,401 with a 3.59 percent increase from last year’s budget. Director of Business and Finance Sherri DiNello presented the budget, which she crafted along with school administrators based on the year…

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