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*Update Kennedy Middle School evacuated due to gas odor

February 26, 2014
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*Updated Students have returned to the school after it was deemed that the odor was not emanating from the school. According to officials, the gas leak was found to originate on Werking Street. Original Story Kennedy Middle School is currently being evacuated due to a gas order. The students are being placed on busses to…

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Students to compete in the Science Bowl

February 21, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kennedy Middle School in Southington is one of over a dozen other schools in the state facing off in the National Science Bowl regional this weekend. A team of four students from Kennedy will compete on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, answering a variety of…

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Veterans Committee adopts mission statement

February 8, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the Southington Board of Education voting unanimously to adopt an official mission statement for the Veterans Committee, the school district has reaffirmed to “never forget” the sacrifices of military service members from the past and present. “I see tonight as the exemplar for this entire country at every local…

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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

February 7, 2014
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Youth grows giant cabbage and wins scholarship

By Ed Harris Editor A St. Dominic School fourth grader was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship for growing a 10 pound cabbage as part of a national program. Last year, Vincent Rappoccio’s third grade class participated in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. The school’s entire third grade class participated in the program, which was…

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Best Buddies receives donation

February 6, 2014
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Best Buddies receives donation

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Best Buddies Club at Southington High School fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities. From bowling and mini golf to holiday parties and dances to athletic events, members of the Best Buddies Club at the high School take part in a variety of different activities with…

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Fifth graders take over Talcott Mountain

February 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer From weather patterns, to cell mutation to great white sharks, fifth graders identified as gifted and talented in the Southington school district have currently worked on a variety of projects in partnership with Talcott Mountain Science Center. Established toward the end of last year with the help of a $15,000…

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Superintendent search begins, Smith interim

February 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the resignation of Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi, the Board of Education has announced that Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith will serve as “interim superintendent” in April. “We have asked her to consider serving as our Interim Superintendent on April 11,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, adding…

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School board approves $87.1 million budget request

January 31, 2014
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By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Board of Education voted unanimously in approval of adopting a budget of $87,072,005, an increase of 3.37 percent from the current budget. The adopted budget for this current year is $84,233,204. During a recent Board of Education meeting, board members revisited four items in the proposed budget of…

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$87.3 million school board budget proposed

January 24, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi presented his proposed budget before the Board of Education during a recent budget workshop. According to the Superintendent’s Operating Budget report, the proposed budget for 2014-2015 is $87,259, 873—an increase of 3.59 percent over this current year adopted budget. The adopted budget for this…

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Beecher Street property up for sale again

January 18, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council voted unanimously for a proposal to put the Beecher Street property up for bid again—this time with restrictions. Based on his conversations with the Planning and Zoning Commission, Town Attorney Mark Sciota said the 100-year-old property will have two potential uses: residential or office use. If…

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