State promotes major changes in social studies

December 2, 2014
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut education officials are considering the biggest change in social studies lessons in more than 15 years as teachers try to navigate for their students a vast and growing sea of cultural information and current events on social media, websites and other sources. Social studies teachers…

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Tickets are available for Class LL football semifinals

December 1, 2014
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Tickets are available for the Class LL-Large school semifinal between top-seeded Southington High School (10-0) and No. 4 Glastonbury (8-3). The game is scheduled to kick-off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 on Fontana Field in Southington. Tickets are $10 for adults ($5 for students and seniors). Advance tickets are available for purchase at http://ciacsports.ticketleap.com.

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‘Holidays Lights’ arrive at Compounce

November 30, 2014
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  by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR BRISTOL/SOUTHINGTON — In the Winter Wonderland Starlight Theatre at Lake Compounce, a voice came over the PA. “It’s Santa! I know him!” And out walked the jolly old elf himself on to the stage, which was surrounded by brightly lit Christmas trees in a myriad of colors. A line…

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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

November 29, 2014
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‘Rudolph…’ is a sweet tale that stays true to original

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR There is a tendency when creative people take on the job of remaking a classic children’s tale to modernize things. They feel the need to reinvent the story and, often, in the process inject a bit of modern-day cynicism into the final product. “The Grinch” comes to mind, first. The…

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State provides $1 million to expand, renovate library

November 28, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Town councilor and chairman of the state Library Board John Barry announced that the State Library has awarded Southington Public Library with a construction grant for $1 million to expand and renovate the library. “As many of you know, the grant application can be very competitive and challenging,” said Barry,…

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40 years of Barnes to be celebrated at Hospitality Night

November 28, 2014
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40 years of Barnes to be celebrated at Hospitality Night

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Barnes Museum first opened its doors to the public during Hospitality Night in 1974. This year’s Downtown Merchants Association Hospitality Night on Friday, Dec. 5 will mark the 40th anniversary of the old Barnes family home being a museum. “Bradley knew what he had acquired was a vast amount…

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Obituaries for Nov. 28

November 28, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Observer. For more information, to Friday’s print or e-editions. Mary (Knapp) Folcik, 94, of Southington, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Sheriden Woods Health Care Center in Bristol. She was widow of the late Edward Folcik. Maureen Platt, 72, of Southington, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19…

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Anthony Jacks hosts Literacy Volunteers fundraiser

November 28, 2014
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Anthony Jacks Wood Fire Grill, 30 Center Street in downtown Southington, is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. A portion of all dinner proceeds will be donated to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury (LVGW) in celebration of 40 years of community service. The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury is…

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SHS gearing up to present ‘Father of the Bride,’ starting Dec. 12

November 28, 2014
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This December, the Southington High School Drama Club will present its first-semester production, Caroline Francke’s “Father of the Bride.” Perhaps best known as the inspiration for the 1991 movie starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton, a press release from Southington High explained, the play was actually inspired by the 1948 novel by Edward Streeter and…

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