Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

December 23, 2014
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By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) _ The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for one of his final hearings before his January trial in the 2013 killing of semi-professional…

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Reminder about state services available to cope with holiday depression

December 23, 2014
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Reminder about state services available to cope with holiday depression

During this holiday season, marked by many as a time of joy and excitement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in a press release, reminded residents that 2-1-1 is available to help during the holidays to assist with referrals for services for symptoms of depression and anxiety.  “We want to remind Connecticut residents that there are resources…

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Tobacco settlement board warns against complacency

December 23, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A board that recommends how Connecticut should spend part of its legal settlement with major tobacco companies is urging state lawmakers not to become complacent about combating smoking, insisting that declining rates don’t tell the full story. The annual report from the Tobacco and Health Trust…

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Proposal to cap electric charge to be discussed

December 23, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A key Connecticut lawmaker is joining a coalition of labor, religious and environmental groups to discuss a legislative proposal to place a cap on the residential fixed charge imposed by the state’s largest electric utility, Connecticut Light and Power. Rep. Lonnie Reed, a Branford Democrat, was scheduled to appear Monday at…

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Bomb threat called into SHS; kids sent home early

December 22, 2014
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Police reported that today, at about 2 p.m., a bomb threat to the Southington High school was posted on the social media website (YIK YAK). Police said the threat was discovered near the schools’ dismissal time, so all students were dismissed early, all after school activities were cancelled, and the school building was evacuated. Police…

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BOE names Olander as new technology director

December 21, 2014
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education has appointed Jamie Olander as the new director of technology for the Southington Public Schools. Olander has served as the executive director of institutional data for the Hartford Public Schools since 2012. Prior to that, he worked in analytics, information, and marketing at The Hartford, an…

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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

December 21, 2014
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‘Legends in Concert’ continues to be a cut above

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR One of the aspects of the “Legends in Concert” franchise that I have always enjoyed is that the performers never hold back. When the performers step up on stage as Elvis, Michael Jackson, etc., the audience never gets a paint-by-numbers tribute performance. The performers don’t just stand up, offer up…

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Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

December 21, 2014
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Chuckling holiday stress away with Burlesque-A-Pades

by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR For the standing room audience at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville last Friday, the stresses of the holiday melted away. And it was all thanks to Burlesque-A-Pades’ “Christmas Shimmy,” featuring Angie Pontani, Helen Pontani, the Maine Attraction, Albert Cadabra, and special Connecticut guest Dot Mitzvah. I, for one, didn’t stop…

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SVMFL competes for the food pantry

December 21, 2014
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The Buccaneers collected over 200 pounds of food during their game-day food drive.

The Southington Valley Midget Football League’s recent food drive raised hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food for Southington Community Services during a week-long contest on the sidelines of league games. The Redskins won the contest, collecting over 489 pounds of food for the local food bank. The Buccaneers finished second with 207 pounds of food.…

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