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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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

November 1, 2013
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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

By John Goralski Sports Writer Officials signaled the end of the contest, and the Southington girls soccer team scrambled onto the field in celebration. Sal Penta let out a sigh of relief, shook his head, and smiled. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t his team’s best game of the season, but the 3-0 win over New…

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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

October 31, 2013
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Conard pays the price; Knights rebound from loss with a 49-point surge against Conard in the opening half

By John Goralski Sports Writer For seven days, the Knights stewed about the little mistakes that cost them a perfect season. They boiled about the blown coverages. They steamed about the missed opportunities. In the week of practices since losing to Hall, the Knights grew more and more angry, more and more dissatisfied, and more…

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Residents get spooky for Plantsville Halloween

October 31, 2013
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Residents get spooky for Plantsville Halloween

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Lions, tigers, and other kinds of animals and creatures paraded in downtown Plantsville for its annual Halloween event. Children, teens and even adults showed off their costumes while lining up for candy during the 17th annual Halloween in Plantsville. Co-sponsored by the Village of Plantsville Association and the Southington Parks…

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