‘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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Super Bowl party at the Sons of Italy

January 28, 2015
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The Sons of Italy, located at 139 Center Street in Southington will he having a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 1. The event kicks off from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with a Super Bowl Sunday brunch buffet. Cost is $3 per person. Then, at 4 p.m., the Super Bowl Party begins. Visitors are asked to…

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Travel ban lifts at 2 p.m. today; implemented last night at 9 p.m. as storm loomed

January 27, 2015
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced this afternoon that he has lifted the statewide travel ban as of 2 p.m. today, according to a press release from his office. “I want to thank the residents of Connecticut for heeding the warnings and staying off the road.  We were able to reduce accidents on the highways and…

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Jewish congregation announces Jan. 30 services

January 27, 2015
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Friday night religious services at Southington’s Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation (Reform) are scheduled for Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Chapel of the First Congregational Church, 37 Main Street. Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker will lead the services and will speak on a contemporary issue using the weekly Torah portion, B’shalach (Exodus 13:17 –…

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Gov. declare state of emergency; roads shut down 9 p.m. tonight

January 26, 2015
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy has declared a State of Emergency in preparation for the coming blizzard, which is anticipated to heavily impact the state tonight through Tuesday.  In addition, the Governor announced that a travel ban for all roads is in effect beginning at 9 p.m. tonight.   “People need to take this storm seriously,”…

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Southington prepares for winter blizzard

January 26, 2015
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Town Manager Garry Brumback announced that the town is prepared for today’s winter storm. Forecasts are calling for 22”-32″ of snow over a 36 hour period with significant winds and difficult driving conditions. In a press release, Brumback asked Southington residents that any non-emergency travel after midnight tonight be eliminated. “The Highway Department has already…

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