Overheated HVAC unit causes evacuation at DePaolo Middle School

January 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor An overheated HVAC unit at DePaolo Middle School caused a minor evacuation Tuesday, after it started smoking, triggering the school’s fire alarm. Southington Fire Chief Harold “Buddy” Clark said the department was dispatched to the school due to an unknown odor. The students were in the process of evacuating when the…

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Man charged with robbery, holding pocket knife to throat

January 9, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Police have arrested a Southington man after he allegedly held a pocket knife to the throat of an acquaintance while demanding money. Alexander Derisi, 21,  of 56 Sun Valley Drive, was taken into custody by police at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus. He was charged with first degree robbery,…

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Southington jurist named to high court

January 8, 2013
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By Paul Hughes Special to The Observer HARTFORD – Carmen Espinosa is poised to achieve another first as a Hispanic jurist in Connecticut – appointment to the state Supreme Court. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday announced that he is nominating the 63-year-old judge from Southington to replace retiring Justice C. Ian McLachlan on the…

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Warm up expected then here comes the brutal cold

January 7, 2013
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Warm up expected then here comes the brutal cold

 Accuweather.com reported the following weather update… State College, Pa. — 7 January 2013 — AccuWeather reports temperatures will surge over much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation this week into the weekend of Jan. 12-13, 2013, before the advance of arctic air. Steering winds, known as the jet stream, will retreat northward from the Rockies…

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Police make arrest in Dec. 3 robbery at Farmington Savings Bank

January 7, 2013
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The Southington Police Department has made an arrest in relation to the December 3 robbery at Farmington Savings Bank. Earlier this morning, Robert Armstrong, 35, of 22 Dunham Drive, Berlin, turned himself into police after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with third degree robbery and fifth degree larceny. Bond was…

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DePaolo’s Palmieri named 2013 CAS Middle School Principal of the Year

January 6, 2013
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DePaolo’s Palmieri named 2013 CAS Middle School Principal of the Year

Christopher Palmieri, assistant principal of DePaolo Middle School, was selected as the 2013 CAS Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year. DePaolo Principal Frank Pepe, who nominated Palmieri for the award, describes Palmieri as “a rarity of both knowledge and leadership who gives 100% all the time.” Palmieri, now in his eighth year as assistant…

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Girls Basketball rebounds from loss; Knights dominate Suffield at year’s end

January 5, 2013
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Girls Basketball rebounds from loss; Knights dominate Suffield at year’s end

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last season, a lopsided loss to Suffield gave the Lady Knights a lot to think about at the turn of the calendar. It spiraled the team below .500 for the first time that season. It capped a three game losing streak at the end of the year that set the…

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Crystal ball; Looking into the new year

January 5, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington officials are proud of the town’s accomplishments over the last year and hope that 2013 will bring more progress, but a tough economy is expected to bring difficulties. “There’s a whole slate of items we’re looking at,” said Town Council Chairman John Dobbins. “It’s going to be more difficult…

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Town hopes 2013 brings phosphorous answers

January 4, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer After years of wondering how Southington could manage the difficult and expensive task of managing phosphorous in the town’s wastewater, officials say 2013 could begin with some more progress on this issue. The town has been nervous about the phosphorous question since 2009, when officials learned of the mandate, conceived…

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