Obituaries for Jan. 2

December 31, 2014
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Southington Observer. For more information, look to Friday’s print or e-editions. Steven J. Hillgrove, 56, of Plainville died Dec. 11. Ernestine (Levesque) Violette, 93, of Southington died on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Southington Care Center. She was the wife of the late Aurel Violette. Ghislaine…

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St. Paul HS schedules open house, entrance exam

December 30, 2014
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St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol will host an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. to welcome prospective students and their parents. A Placement Examination for prospective grade 9 and grade 10 students will be held on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8:00 a.m. Pre-registration for these events is suggested, but not required.…

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Senior class registration begins next Wednesday

December 30, 2014
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On Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 9 a.m., the Bristol Senior Center will begin its class registration for classes that will be held at the Senior Center. The following classes will be held: Tai Chi (Beginners and Experienced); One Stroke Painting; Strength and Tone Exercise; Tap dance for seniors; Ladies Exercise; Advanced Quilting; Beginners Quilting; Chair…

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Minimum wage goes up Jan. 1

December 30, 2014
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a press release, reminded residents that Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase effective Jan. 1, 2015 from the current rate of $8.70 an hour to $9.15 per hour. The increase is the result of a new law Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of modest increases…

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‘Refuse to Be a Victim’ course to be offered Jan. 10

December 30, 2014
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“Refuse to Be a Victim” once again will be presented by Michael Ptaszynski, MD, a certified facilitator, regional training counselor. The program will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Protect yourself and your family from today’s criminal. Refuse To Be A Victim crime prevention and personal safety seminar provides the…

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Brownbag Art showcased at the library in January

December 30, 2014
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Four BrownBag artists will be featured as the Library's January Artist of the Month.

Brownbag is a collective of local Southington artists that explore art in every medium from landscapes, cartoons, and portraits to abstract art. In 2013, the movement began promoting their “Brownbag Art” online and in public displays throughout town. The Southington Public Library will feature four Brownbag artists in January. Kevin Curtis (marbling), Cody Lord (landscapes),…

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Interest grows in Connecticut DMV mobile app

December 30, 2014
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says a growing number of people are using the agency’s new mobile app to learn about real-time waits at DMV offices, get information about DMV services and conduct practice tests. First introduced in mid-September, the agency said about 2,165 users downloaded the app in the…

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Refunds available for Connecticut T-Mobile users

December 30, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will discuss how Connecticut customers of T-Mobile can claim refunds from a settlement reached between federal agencies over unauthorized charges. The Democrat is scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with Federal Communication Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the steps consumers can take.…

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Discover your Italian roots with the Genealogical Society

December 29, 2014
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On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Southington Genealogical Society kicks off the New Year with a prerecorded webinar, Researching Your Italian Ancestors by Ruth Lapioli Merriman with permission from Legacy Family Tree Webinars and Ruth Lapioli Merriman.  The webinar was originally presented on August 27, 2014. The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington…

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