YMCA to use $900,000 grant to renovate its pool

June 5, 2014
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From left, Tony Palmieri, Director of Operations, Southington YMCA,  Dave Donnelly, Board Member, Bread for Life, Southington State Repre-sentative David Zoni, Governor Dannel P. Malloy, John Myers, executive director, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs, Melissa Sheffy, president, Southington – Cheshire Community YMCAs’ Board of Directors, and Donna Ayer, director of Community Development, Southington YMCA, receive a $900,000 grant-in-aid to the town of Southington to finance renovations and improvements to the Southington YMCA.

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington YMCA will use a $900,000 grant from the State Bond Commission to renovate its pool. Since its installation in 1968, the pool has only received minimal renovations, funded from the YMCA reserves. “This is such a critical resource for our community,” YMCA Executive Director John Myers said about the…

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Foreign language approved at South End

June 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The first World Language Pilot Program will begin this fall at South End School after the Board of Education unanimously approved the curriculum. “It’s an exciting opportunity for our kids to be enriched,” said Board of Education Chairman Brian Goralski, during a recent meeting. “That’s an opportunity that didn’t exist…

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I-84 bridge project moved to June 27

June 4, 2014
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Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and Southington officials have prepared for the replacement of the bridges carrying I-84 East and West over Marion Avenue, which will begin June 27. Built in 1963, each bridge carries three lanes of traffic, carrying an average of 81,800 vehicles daily as of 2012, according to ConnDOT. The bridge superstructures…

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Winterberry promotes sustainability through garden practices

June 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco
Sebby Milano, head grower at Winterberry Gardens, holds one of the plants he has helped to grow.

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When head grower Sebby Milano began working at Winterberry Gardens in 2003, he remembers how the garden center began with one greenhouse. Eleven years later, Winterberry has “grown” into a total of three state-of-the-art greenhouses, all equipped with annuals, perennials, and a variety of fresh produce. “Our plants are very…

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Town applies for grants to fix bridges

June 1, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Town Council voted unanimously to approve grant applications for the deck replacements of both the West Center Street and the Spring Street bridges. Town Manager Garry Brumback said the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) inspects town bridges over 20-feet in length every two years. ConnDOT recently conducted inspections of…

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Sloper skatepark will only open one Saturday a month this season

May 31, 2014
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By Ed Harris Editor The skatepark at YMCA Camp Sloper is open only once a month this year, due to budget issues. “Being the sole funder, we are assuming all the maintenance and staff costs for the program, which has limited our ability to be open more,” said Mark Pooler, Camp Sloper director. The skatepark…

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Youth helps at the dog pound to earn Girl Scout award

May 31, 2014
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Kayla Sica, pictured here with Animal Control Officer Dave Ireland and one of the three current dogs up for adoption, is finishing up a project at the Southington Dog Pound that will not only help the dogs, but also earn her the Girl Scout’s Gold Award.

By Ed Harris Editor Kayla Sica, a Senior Girl Scout, is working to earn her Gold Award by undertaking a project called Success at the Dog Pound. As part of the project, Kayla is looking to bring awareness to the Southington Dog Pound, its adoptions and creating a permanent donation program that will help collect…

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The measuring stick; Boys Lacrosse almost topples the Tomahawks

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Chris Gamber tries to make a move around a Glastonbury defender on Tuesday, May 20.

By John Goralski Sports Writer It took the Glastonbury defenseman a herculean effort to free himself in the waning minutes of the first half, but he looked upfield to see a streaking attackman sprint across the 50-yard line. The pass was perfect. The timing was well-rehearsed, but a Southington player seemed to materialize out of…

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Rain spoils the fun; Senior night celebration is cut short

May 30, 2014
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By John Goralski
Susan Murphy returns a volley at the net during her No. 1 doubles match on May 23. Murphy is Southington’s only senior player.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Robin Thompson eyed the gathering clouds with contempts as her team hurried to complete their matches. The win was secured. All but one match went the distance before the deluge began. Thompson wasn’t worried about the win. Her focus was on the No. 1 doubles team where Southington’s only senior,…

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