Rotary donates to SCS

March 24, 2016
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On March 3, Southington Rotary Club president Steve Giudice presented a $3,000 grant to Janet Mellon and John Fazzolari of Southington Commuinity Services. From left, Fazzolari, Victoria Triano, Joanne Alfieri, Mellon, and Giudice.

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Talent at Hatton

March 24, 2016
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Etta Rocco strums the guitar on March 18 during the Hatton Elementary School student talent show. Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS   Click to enlarge

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Open hearing continues for Loper Street plans

March 24, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Residents lined up to speak at a March 15 public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC). The topic of conversation was a 72-lot subdivision planned for Loper Street. Residents were asked to voice their opinions about the two types of subdivisions being considered for the area—a conventional subdivision, with homes…

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United Way celebrates Hometown heroes

March 24, 2016
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At their annual meeting at the Aqua Turf on March 17, the United Way of Southington honored three local residents as Hometown Heroes. From left, Kate Sirignano, Dave Salvatore, and Melissa Sheffy.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Some people were still milling around the auction tables at the back of the Aqua Turf and others were finishing their meals when United Way President Jack Eisenmann stepped to the stage to quiet the room. On Thursday, March 17, most of the world was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in various ways, but…

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Residents gather for ‘Peace Rally’ to protest hate flyers

March 24, 2016
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Local residents, clergy, and town officials, left and above, gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church to protest the recent discovery of racial propaganda  on fliers in Southington.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The chant rang out from a group of more than 50 people gathered on the steps of the First Congregational Church. “No place for hate,” they began to chant, and their cries quickly drowned out the hum of nearby traffic. On Saturday, March 19, a small crowd of local residents and clergy huddled…

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Town considers inexpensive repairs for residential roads

March 23, 2016
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Cracks in the pavement are still evident on Meander Lane, above, after the recent chip seal repairs were made to the street. Town Manager Garry Brumback is expected to support a different treatment on Pattonwood Lane when he presents his findings from three test sites at Pattonwood Lane, Meander Lane/Little Fawn Road, and Hilltop Drive.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In an attempt to repair cracking roads throughout Southington, the town tried out three types of “chipseal” as part of a pilot project for pavement preservation. Chipseal is a pavement surface treatment that combines asphalt and aggregate to repair roads. After testing three options, Town Manager Gary Brumback said his top choice…

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Swimmers battle into the state open

March 23, 2016
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Austin Bull cuts through the water during the breaststroke competition at the Class LL final meet. Bull was a member of one of the two Southington relays to advance, and he qualified as an alternate for the state open championship.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER With two relays and an alternate at the state open championship and a diver that clawed his way to the Class LL finals, the Blue Knight swimming and diving team rallied for one of their best winters under Coach Evan Tuttle. When he took over the the boys swimming and diving…

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Council approves policy for alcohol on town property

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted at their last meeting to approve a new policy for alcohol on municipal property. In an 8-1 vote, with Democrat Chris Palmieri opposing, the council approved the sale and consumption of wine and beer at the library, the Barnes Museum, the Calendar House, Gura Building Arts Complex, and…

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Grand List increased by 1.92 percent

March 23, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When totaling up this year’s Grand List, Southington completed a reassessment of the entire town in addition to evaluating new construction. Adding up real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property assessments, the town released a grand net total of $3.9 billion in taxable assets. The Department of Assessments used the Grand List…

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