Quite turnout thus far for the municipal election

November 5, 2013
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By Observer staff Voter turnout at the polls has been a bit slow, officials said, but there is hope that the turnout will increase as people get out of work. “It’s kind of slow overall,” said Town Clerk Leslie Cotton. Cotton said she expected things to pick up this evening. She anticipated that about 30…

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Naugatuck teen wins Connecticut Icon competition

November 3, 2013
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Naugatuck teen wins Connecticut Icon competition

By Luke Marshall Special to the Observer NAUGATUCK — This year’s Connecticut Icon hails from Naugatuck. Alexandra Hernandez, 17, won the Connecticut Icon competition during Southington’s annual Apple Harvest Festival. She won the top prize of $1,000 and the ability to record a song at a professional studio. The competition began Sept. 21 when over…

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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

November 2, 2013
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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Oct. 25, Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz stood, stunned, at the bench while his team swarmed the center of the court in celebration. The single number etched across the gym wall for senior night festivities drove home the point that Southington is still a young and up-and-coming…

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Tax abatement approved for Lake Compounce

November 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Southington Town Council recently voted to approve a five-year, 50 percent tax abatement for Lake Compounce amusement park, reducing the costs of adding new rides and attractions. During a recent council meeting, members of the Town Council all voted in favor of the tax abatement worth $4.2 million, stating…

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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

November 2, 2013
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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kindergarten teacher Franca Imme of Plantsville Elementary School recently counted down from ten as her students lined up one by one to make their way to the all-purpose room where they participated in Apple Day, an event full of fun and educational activities. All 15 students gathered their backpacks together…

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Southington Council chooses to go with CRCOG

November 2, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the consolidation of regional planning agencies in the state, the Town Council voted Monday night in approval to join Hartford’s Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG), as suggested by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which is responsible for all state staff planning. “It was not an easy…

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November 1, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Lauren Perkowski elbowed her way up the final hill at Wickham Park at the end of the front group of runners. As the sophomore neared the finish line, a crowd of blue jerseys appeared at the bottom of the hill. In 2010, the Southington girls limped into finish line in…

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Councilors say their farewells; Four Republicans not seeking re-election

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With Election Day just around the corner, four town councilors not seeking re-election said goodbye to their colleagues Monday night, thanking them for several years of teamwork and commitment to Southington. Four of the six incumbent Republican councilors, Louis Martocchio, Peter Romano, Dr. Al Natelli and John Dobbins, decided not…

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School board candidates debate budget cuts and student growth

November 1, 2013
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Democratic and Republican school board candidates tackled key issues on student growth, the new teacher evaluation system and budget cuts at a recent Board of Education debate. The debate was hosted by the Southington Education Association. With the implementation of the new teacher and administration evaluation systems in the state,…

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