Letter: Markley speaks out about unfunded state mandates

April 30, 2016
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To the editor: Your excellent editorial last week—“Show Me the Money”—might better have been titled, “Show Me the Freedom.” As you point out, what matters most is our power to run our town in the way that makes sense to us. The state should give communities all possible latitude to manage their own affairs. Let…

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Lake Compounce seeks summer workers

April 30, 2016
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Lake Compounce logo (2015)

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is seeking approximately 500 additional individuals to join their team for this summer season. Positions that are available include food and beverage, games, rides, retail, admissions, maintenance, grounds, housekeeping, as well as at Bear Creek Campground. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and be available to work…

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The show will go on: Downtown festivals get waiver from state

April 29, 2016
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Downtown festivals

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR It’s been almost two months since Town Councilors Tom Lombardi (R) and Victoria Triano joined State Representatives David Zoni and Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz in front of the Public Safety and Security Committee in Hartford to speak in favor of a House Bill, sponsored by Zoni, that would give towns a waiver against…

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Obituary: Ann Testa, 78

April 29, 2016
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Obit - Ann Testa

Ann Testa, 78, of Bristol, left this Earth to be with her Heavenly Father on April 28, 2016 at the Ingraham Manor in Bristol. She was born June 3, 1937 in Island Pond, VT, the daughter of the late Gerard and Mary (O’Leary) Castonguay. She had retired from Waldbaums Food Mart and also worked for…

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Powder Puff training at Foresi

April 29, 2016
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SP Brief - Football at Foresi

Foresi’s Individualized Training and Sports Performance Center at 122 Spring St. Unit D4 hosted a four week, town-wide football program for the Southington Valley Midget Football League from April 3-24 which attracted over 20 girls. The program’s aim was to introduce powder puff flag football to girls, aged 8-14.

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SACA honored at Juried Art Show

April 29, 2016
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"Hillside Olive Grove" by Neil Scollan received the Best in Show award.

Southington residents were honored recently during the Southington Arts and Crafts Association  Juried Art Show opening reception at Gallery 53 in Meriden. Neil Scollan received the Best in Show award for his painting “Hillside Olive Grove.” Other awards were presented to Patricia Corett (Best in Oil); Heidy Kaine (Best in Acrylic); Sandra Fries (Best in…

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‘Matilda’ full of magic

April 29, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Walking into The Bushnell for “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” I really didn’t know what I was getting into. Although I read Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,” and “James and the Giant Peach” when I was in elementary school, “Matilda” was one of…

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Transforming the flower girl into a lady

April 29, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Taking a common lump of coal and polishing it into a precious diamond is a common plot in literature and film. Think about how Cyrano de Bergerac, who polishes up the young Christian and tutors the lad so that he may be more palatable to the fair Roxane. Or think…

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Math-A-Thon sees most successful year

April 29, 2016
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Students at Urbin T. Kelley Elementary School have found a unique way to celebrate their fundraising success this year – by taping their principal to the wall. The “Tape Mrs. Kahl to the Wall” event will wrap up the 29th successful season of raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Every year, Kelley participates…

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