Spring Street closed by fire and downed line

February 5, 2016
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A downed power line during today's storm caused a fire that temporarily shut down Spring Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A fire sparked on Spring Street this morning when heavy snowfall brought down a power line. A main line beside The Step Saver building at 213 Spring St., home to The Observer, came down just before 11 a.m. The fire melted a long line of snow alongside the building, and held a…

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Obituary: Audrey ‘Dee’ A. Tomasko, 67

February 5, 2016
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Audrey “Dee” A. Tomasko, 67, died on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

Audrey “Dee” A. (Toomey) Tomasko, 67, of Southington, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at her home. She was the loving wife of Dave Tomasko for 44 years. Born on January 31, 1949 in Bridgeport to the late Frederick and Dorothy (Delaney) Toomey, she had been a longtime Milford…

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Parking ban in effect

February 5, 2016
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Due to the ongoing snowfall and attempts to clear the roadways of snow, the Town of Southington and the Southington Police Department will be implementing a parking ban on all streets effective immediately.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice. At Midnight the normal winter month’s overnight parking ban will go into effect.

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Mardi Gras: When masks are a legal requirement

February 5, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Just think of it as following the letter of the law. When you think of Mardi Gras, which this year is Feb. 9, you think of masks. After all, it is the tradition. But there is a reason why, according to the official website of New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebrations,…

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Keeping that fitness New Year’s resolution alive

February 5, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Heading into the winter holidays, gyms can be lonely places with few people getting their fitness fix as they prepare to indulge in those big holiday meals. But once New Year’s Day rolls around, the New Year’s resolution bug kicks in and the gyms become packed with the newly converted…

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Southington receives $500,000 for local roads

February 5, 2016
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More than $500,000 will be put toward repairing Southington roads this year. On Feb. 1, Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced the release of $30 million for transportation needs across the state. The funds are the second installment in a $60 million investment toward statewide support of the Town Aid Road program. The $30 million in…

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Healthy Family FunFest teaches families about healthy living

February 4, 2016
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Children play in the ball pit during last year’s Healthy Family Fun Fest. The annual event is designed to teach families about health living.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Hartford HealthCare and the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA will be supplying a Sunday afternoon full of healthy activities for the whole family this month. The 7th annual Healthy Family FunFest will be held at The Aqua Turf on Feb. 28, providing five hours of free entertainment and information for all ages. The event…

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Foundation has scholarship applications available

February 4, 2016
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Application deadlines are fast approaching for more than $200,000 in 2016 scholarship dollars available through funds managed by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Scholarships are available to 2016 high school senior class students in New Britain, Berlin, Plainville and Southington, with select scholarships available to students in Farmington, Newington and Wethersfield. Several scholarships…

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Students encouraged to enter CHET Dream Big! competition

February 4, 2016
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Local elementary and middle school students are encouraged to enter the 2016 CHET Dream Big! Competition, a statewide drawing and essay contest aimed at getting Connecticut students in kindergarten through eighth grade to think about their education and careers. Now in its ninth year, the Dream Big! Competition will award a total of $26,000 in CHET…

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