Bus-only corridor to open after 18 years of study and debate

March 29, 2015
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By STEPHEN SINGER Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Eighteen years, three governors and $567 million after a study was commissioned to come up with a way to improve public transportation in central Connecticut, a bus-only corridor is about to open, promising to overtake motorists sitting on traffic-clogged Interstate 84. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, state…

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Aaron Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun at murder trial

March 29, 2015
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By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial. Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by…

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State Regents raise tuition, fees at colleges, universities

March 28, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state Board of Regents has increased tuition and fees by 4.8 percent at Connecticut’s community colleges and regional state universities. Gregory Gray, president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, said Thursday his staff discussed “40 or 50 scenarios” to grapple with a $48.6 million budget gap next year…

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Parole board changes mind, won’t free cop killer amid outcry

March 28, 2015
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By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A parole board panel that had earlier approved the release of a convicted cop killer without any input from the officer’s family rescinded that decision Wednesday after an outcry from the victim’s relatives, prosecutors and police officers. The panel voted 3-0 to revoke the parole it…

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State: Frigid, snowy February led to Connecticut job losses

March 28, 2015
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The string of snow storms and bitter cold in February cost Connecticut jobs, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. The state lost 3,700 nonfarm jobs in February, snapping a seven-month streak of rising employment. State labor economists blamed business closings and work interruptions for the jobs downturn. The unemployment rate ticked…

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‘Finding the Poet in You’ at the Southington Library

March 28, 2015
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This two-session poetry workshop is designed as an introduction to the joyful abundance of poetry in our lives, so that we may all benefit from the beauty around us and within us, and realize the beauty we create ourselves. Beginning with an introduction to famous poets and poems and the tools utilized in the craft…

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April Vacation camp at YMCA Camp Sloper

March 28, 2015
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YMCA Camp Sloper in Southington will be running an April Vacation Camp the week of April 6-10 featuring five separate camps: Movie Making Camp, Horseback Riding Camp, Rocket Science Camp, Adventure Camp, and Traditional Camp. The Adventure and Rocket Science Camps are available for campers in grades 2-5. Horseback Riding Camp is available for campers…

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Calendar House April calendar

March 28, 2015
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Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington, CT 06489

Calendar House at 388 Pleasant St. has announced some April events. Registration for Summer Computer Session, Monday, April 6 and Monday, April 13, 10 a.m., in the Perry Room. Applications are handed out in the order of arrival. Sessions begin in early May. Early arrival is suggested for choice classes. Classes offered this session are:…

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Preparing for a princess’s arrival

March 27, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On April 19, fairy tale royalty will converge on the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. That’s when the Junior Miss Southington Organization will hold its annual Princess Meet and Greet. The Observer caught up with one of these “Once Upon A Time” royals, her highness Princess K., via email to talk…

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