Monday, September 26, 2016

Have some of the finest soups in Southington at Bread for Life's Annual Soup Nite

Select photos of the Bread for Life Soup Nite October 21, 2015
Hundreds attended. Were you there?

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Southington Community Civic Show Case - A First

A Sacred Moment with Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation

The Rededication of a treasured Holocaust-Rescued Torah and Memorial Scrolls Trust Torah Reunion will be celebrated on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Meeting House of the First Congregational Church of Southington who share space with GSJC.  The community is invited to bear witness to the next chapter in the life of the restored scroll which came from the repository for saved scrolls in Westminster Synagogue, London, England. It had been recorded and collected from the Jewish Museum in Prague as having been collected from the municipalities of Caslav and Golcuv-Jenikov, Czech Republic.  Refreshments. RSVP/Info: Kevin Anderson 860-276-9113 or

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·   Community Civic Showcase - a first-time event. Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 at 1 to 3 pm at American Legion Hall 
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·   A sacred moment and celebration at Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation -Sunday, Sep 18 at 3 pm
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     Two Days Left of Friends Book Story Annual Half Price Sale.  Friday and Saturday, Sep 16-17.  Don't miss great bargains on a wide inventory of wonderful books in great condition.

      Best Reason to Read a Book?  Read books, live longer, scientists say.        Read full story [The Denver Post]
·   The Growth Mindset: Key to Success - Presented by St. Dominic POTF Education Committee, Monday, Sep 19th at 7:00 to 8:30 pm
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The Human Experience - An extraordinary documentary film of the journey of a lifetime - Sunday Sep 25th at 2 pm only at St. Dominic Church Geraghty Parish Center in Southington. (Complimentary).  Read story and Wikipedia review      
    The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington's Kindergarten
Readiness Workshop series in October.
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Don't wait 'til tomorrow to give someone you love a smile and a hug today! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Highlights and Review of Latest News

15th Anniversary of 9/11 Memorial Service

Sunday, September 11, 2016 at precisely 8:46 am the people of Southington will gather with members of the Fire and Police Departments as well as public officials, the Knights of Columbus Color Guard, the American Legion, other veterans’ groups and leaders of civic and community service groups for a brief service honoring those who lost their lives on that most tragic day of September 11, 2001 fifteen years ago. Music and sound to be provided by local DJ Jerry Limmer. Flowers will be placed at the site The public is invited. The memorial monument, designed to represent the World Trade Center, is a pair of twin granite tablets installed by Mathieu Monuments of Southington. Remember this never to be forgotten moment in our history at the Rails to Trails crossing on W. Main Stree to honor the memory of almost 3,000 innocent citizens, including Fire, Police and other first responders who lost their lives in NYC, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania through the evil actions of terrorists. Arrival suggested by 8:30am to ensure parking space. 

Knights of Columbus Youth Soccer Challenge 

To be held Sunday, September 11th at Field # 3 at Southington Recreation Park off of South End Ave in Plantsville.It's an exciting day for all boys and girls, 9 to 13, participating. Rolling registration starts promptly at 1 pm.  Read full story for details

Friends' Book Sale Enriches Our Community

The Southington Public Library's Friends Book Store is running its annual big book sale with everything in the store at Half Price.  
Learn what the Friends of the Library have been doing for over twenty years for our Public Library to enhance and supplement its programs for the benefit of library members of all ages.  Read the full story. 

Growth Mindset: A Key to Success

Will be the September presentation of the St. Dominic POTF Educational Program committee on Monday, Sep. 19th at the St. Dominic Community Learning Center from 7 to 8:30 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.  Based on the book, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success", by author, speaker and Standford University professor of social psychology, Dr. Carol S. Dweck, this presentation by Ann Marie Spinelli, educational consultant and adjunct professor of mathematics at Central Connecticut State University will explore exciting new approaches to your personal relationships at work, school, friends, family and the business and professional world while opening your mind to powerful possibilities for you.   
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Growth Mindset: A Key to Success

The Saint Dominic Parish of the Future (POTF) Education Committee will present a positive program as its first presentation of the 2016-2017 school year on Monday, September 19th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

The goals of the growth mindset research of  Dr. Carol Ann Dweck, a world- renowned professor of psychology at Stanford University, are to help individuals start the school year on a positive note to develop improved interpersonal relationships at work, among friends, with classmates and family.  The Growth Mindset offers the discovery f a new outlook to approaching goals and building the resilience that many successful parents, teachers, CEOs and have already come to experience.

Ann Marie Spinelli, Education Consultant andAdjunct Professor of Mathematics Education at CCSU, will share strategies on how we learn to fulfill our true potential to reach goals through a growth mindset. “With a few simple ideas, each of us can discover how to create a love for learning as the root of great accomplishments using our unique, God-given talents in our academic, personal and professional pursuits. Don’t miss this opportunity to change your outlook and discover how to be a positive force that God calls us to be.” Spinelli said.  

The event will be held at the St. Dominic naCommunity Learning Center located on the former School Campus behind the church at 1050 Flanders Rd, at the corner of Laning St. in Southington.  

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“Friends of the Library”
 Annual Half Price Sale

Friends Bookstore at the Southington Pubic Library is running its annual ‘Half Price’ book sale from
Sep. 12th thru 17th.  This is a great opportunity to add choice books to your home, classroom or business library from a wide selection of popular Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction, War History, Art, Literature, Young Adult and Children’s books, CDs & DVDs.  Paperbacks, regularly priced at $.50, and hard cover books, priced at $1 & up, offer a genuinely good deal.
Friends Bookstore is located on the lower level of the Southington Public Library. Books are in excellent condition and shelved for easy-browsing. It’s The Place to go in Southington for quality used books of widely diverse interests.  Bookstore hours: Mon. and Thurs. 2 to 5 pm; Tue. 2 to 8:30 pm: Wed. 2-6 pm; Fri. 10 am to 4:30 pm and Sat. 10 am to 1 pm. 
Proceeds of the year-round operation of the Friends Bookstore are used to support the needs of Library programs above its operating budget, making it a great advantage to library members and to Bookstore regulars.  

Doris LaRese, president and Virginia Siton, vice-president
of Southington Friends of the Library
For an in-depth story with special insights about the Friends of the Library, (Friends), we interviewed Doris LaRese and Virginia Siton whose combined volunteer efforts total four decades of service. LaRese serves as president with Siton as vice president of the Friends’ executive board along with treasurer, Kaye Davis; assistant treasurer, Judy Krafick; and Secretary, Pat Kucinkas, who manage the business of the Friends Bookstore with a host of other volunteers ready to help in its many tasks.  Traditional friends of the library have been volunteering since 1988, according to LaRese. Friends was legally incorporated as a 501c(3) non-profit enterprise in September 1996 with the stated purpose of “promoting interest in the Southington Public Library as a cultural and educational asset to the Town of Southington, to stimulate the use of the library's facilities for the community, and to support the Freedom to Read as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights."  

LaRese and Siton noted that the Friends 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget, allocated $25,000 to help fund a variety of library programs, e.g., funds to buy books to support the Southington Reads program and the honorarium paid to the presenting author. Southington Reads is an annual event held at the Aqua Turf, who provide the hall for the program, plus ‘coffee and’. The author selected in 2016 was Anita Diamant based on her book "The Boston Girl". Over 700 attended.  Also funded by Friends this year are: 1,000 books for pre-school readers; Tween and Teen Summer Reading; BYKI Transparent Language (a personal language-learning program designed to advance language proficiency that expands individual vocabulary reservoir while tracking everything learned, then presenting additional material to move forward. ( Other programs funded include Universal Class, a variety of on line classes for expanded adult education; Constant Contact which enables library email blasts to subscribing members; and Hoopla which enables members to borrow digital movies, music, e-books and more by registering with your library card.

Not until you see the long-term contributions of the Friends Bookstore do you realize the magnitude of its positive impact on the community.  LaRese’s records going back to 1996 show that in the last 20 years, Friends have sold a total of over a half million books, averaging 25,000 per year through the Bookstore with aggregate revenues of more than $300,000, all donated to programs of the Southington Public Library.

Siton said, “The annual book sale is extremely popular. People always ask us when we’re running our next sale.”  LaRese said, “Donated books may be delivered to the Bookstore or placed in the gray Drop Box in the rear parking lot, Meriden Ave. side. Used books in good condition are always welcome. Each donation is treasured.” 

Southington freelance writer, Dick Fortunato, writes his weekly column, Appleseed, published in the Southington Citizen.  Comments welcome below at the  bottom of this blog post or via email at