Swimmers improve to 6-0

January 30, 2015
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Swimmers improve to 6-0

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER PLAINVILLE—The Southington boys swimming team continued on their quest for the perfect season at Friday’s meet against the Plainville Blue Devils. The Blue Knights clinched the meet by the 200 freestyle relay and remained unbeaten with a 92-61 victory over the Blue Devils at Plainville High School, moving to 6-0 on…

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BOE approves $90 million budget

January 29, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Board of Education (BOE) finalized the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, and the board unanimously approved spending $90,197,401 with a 3.59 percent increase from last year’s budget. Director of Business and Finance Sherri DiNello presented the budget, which she crafted along with school administrators based on the year…

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Finance board heralds bond sale

January 29, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Town of Southington’s Department of Finance released the results of the town’s recent bond sale and sale of bond anticipation notes (BANs). The $26.92 million bond sale and $12 million sale of bond anticipation notes attracted several bidders, which town officials believe is based on the town’s good performance…

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Commentary: Tips for college seniors from a recent graduate

January 29, 2015
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Commentary: Tips for college seniors from a recent graduate

Last year during this time of year, I had just returned from a winter term study abroad trip in January and was just starting my last semester of college. I had no idea what I was going to be doing after graduation; I was just trying to get there. I was overwhelmed with thoughts about…

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Connecticut population decreases for 1st time since 2008

January 29, 2015
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s population decreased slightly from July 2013 to July 2014 as about 26,000 more people moved out of state than moved in, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The overall population drop of 2,664 people during that period, which includes births, deaths and international migration, was the first time Connecticut’s population…

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‘State children’s flower’ to honor victim of home invasion

January 29, 2015
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Document Viewer HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A flower favored by the youngest victim of the 2007 deadly home invasion in Cheshire would become Connecticut’s official children’s state flower in proposed state legislation. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/1C5Qd0m0 Republican state Rep. Al Adinolfi of Cheshire is sponsoring legislation that would designate four-o’clocks the official “children’s state…

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Report: Employers in state added 4,800 jobs in December

January 29, 2015
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut employers added 4,800 jobs in December, helping push down the unemployment rate a notch, to 6.4 percent, the state Department of Labor announced Monday. Connecticut’s employment increased by 26,700 jobs since December 2013, to nearly 1.7 million. And the unemployment rate ticked down from 6.5 percent in November. The jobless…

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Anita Siarkowski earns CMSA December spotlight

January 28, 2015
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Anita Siarkowski is in the CMSA December spotlight.

The Case Management Society of America’s (CMSA) December spotlight fell on Anita Siarkowski of Plantsville, a registered nurse and St. Mary’s Hospital graduate. Siarkowski joined CMSA when she was certified in case management in 1997 and was promoted to the Board of Directors in 2012. Her nursing career encompasses hospital-long term facility staffing, private duty,…

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Obituaries for Jan. 30

January 28, 2015
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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: William Gioia, 92 of Honolulu, Hawaii, originally of Southington, died on Saturday, Jan. 17. John James Galayda Sr., 91, of Southington died at home on Thursday, Jan. 22. He had been the husband of the…

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