Connecticut sees 8th month of job gains in October

November 22, 2014
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut employers added 3,600 jobs last month, the eighth monthly gain this year as the state recovers from the worst recession in decades, the state Labor Department announced Thursday. However, the unemployment rate of 6.4 percent in October was unchanged from September. That’s higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.8…

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Malloy trims $54.6 million from state agencies

November 22, 2014
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday he is seeking to trim $54.6 million in funding from numerous state agencies to help balance Connecticut’s $20 billion budget. The list of cuts came a day before Malloy’s budget director was scheduled to brief the legislature’s budget- and tax-writing…

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Newtown shooter’s history reviewed in new report

November 22, 2014
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention.…

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Police blotter for Nov. 21

November 22, 2014
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Southington police reported the following arrests: •Daniel F. Soule Jr., 26, of 1476 Meriden Waterbury Rd., Plantsville, was arrested on Nov. 10 and charged with second degree failure to appear. •David V. Divalentino, 51, of 15 South Rd., Southington, was arrested on Nov. 11 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under suspension. He was…

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Thalberg robotics team ready to rumble this weekend

November 21, 2014
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The Thalberg Elementary School Red Eagle Robotics Team.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER LEGOs are more than just blocks these days. For children growing up today, LEGOs offer a whole new educational experience unlike the way they were used among previous generations. The opportunity to participate in this new educational activity has risen for 10 fifth graders at Thalberg Elementary School. The Red…

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Donor knows value of YMCA’s LIVESTRONG program

November 21, 2014
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Mike Pelletier and his wife Sharon.

Ask Mike Pelletier and wife Sharon why they have donated to the LIVESTRONG Program at the YMCA, and the long-time Southington residents answer is short and sweet. “It was the best way we knew how to say thanks,” Pelletier said, according to a YMCA press release. Mike retired in 2012, after 30 years of service…

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Macy’s parade will march to Southington drummer

November 21, 2014
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Bryson Teel, a Southington High School graduate, will be performing with the Madison Scouts Drum Corps in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER A recent Southington High School graduate will be participating in New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Bryson Teel, a 2013 graduate, will be marching with Drum Corp International. Teel started drumming when he was 9, but really began to take marching band seriously when he joined the marching band…

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Back to the Open: Matthews advances to state open; Lady Knights finish 10th at Class LL

November 21, 2014
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Marisa Matthews swims the 100 breaststroke at the state open championships in New Haven on Saturday, Nov. 15.

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER A small group of Southington swimmers burst out in giggles between races at the CT state open, and Marisa Matthews joined in the lighthearted laughter. At times, the Southington girls dragged Matthews into the halls of the Yale facility. At other times, they cheered the championship heats, but they never…

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The brink of perfection: Knights blast South Windsor; Cheshire is next

November 21, 2014
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Jasen Rose stays steady in the pocket as Southington receivers scramble to get open. Rose completed 10 of 14 passes for 191 yards and five scores during a 48-0 win over South Windsor.

By JOHN GORALSKI SPORTS WRITER Kyle Borawski ripped the ball from the air and surveyed the field in front of him as his teammates shifted into position like an army of chessmen preparing to strike. Austin Morin stumbled out of the backfield to throw the first block. Matt Maxwell swept another defenseman out of the…

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