Wednesday, November 30, 2016

White Christmas in the Community Celebration throughout Southington

Premier Christmas Celebration Scheduled for Dec. 2nd 

For the first time in Southington’s history the town’s two annual holiday events, which are coordinated by the Merchants of Downtown Southington and the Village of Plantsville Association, will take place on the same evening.

White Christmas in the Community will be held Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in both Downtown Southington and in the Village of Plantsville. Both events will feature transportation to enable families and visitors to travel back and forth between the two locales.

The goal of the combined event is to create a sense of community while showcasing the various businesses that are located within the two sections of town. All property owners and retail establishments that are situated within proximity of the event are asked to display white lights in windows, storefronts, trees, etc. to help make the evening special.

While both the Village and Downtown groups will have their usual array of activities and programs as they have in the past, the evening will also feature some combined events, such as hay rides along the Linear Trail, a trolley running up and down Main Street and a family Christmas ornament craft station at both locations.

Sponsors are currently being sought to help fund this premier combined event. Minimum donations of $100 may be made to: White Christmas in the Community and sent in care of Liberty Bank, 60 North Main St, Southington, CT 06489. For more information, please contact Dawn Miceli at 860.681.8006 or Rob Flood at 860. 609.4620. 

Southington Education Foundation partners with Just For You Country Gifts - on December 3, 2016

The Southington Education Foundation (SEF) is pleased to partner with  
Just For You Country Gifts
On December 3, 2016
Just in time for your holiday shopping!
If you love beautiful things, casual no pressure shopping, and a warm friendly atmosphere, bring this flyer* to Just For You Country Gifts on Saturday, December 3rd between 10am and 5pm and 20% of your purchase will be donated to SEF!
Rated Southington’s #1 gift shop in the Citizens Reader’s Poll, Just For You carries everything from home d├ęcor, jewelry, greeting cards, women’s apparel, baby gifts, candles, and bath soaps/lotions.  Owner Flo Legat is committed to providing a wide range of unique products and excellent customer service like only a local, small business owner can.   
Come join the SEF on December 3rd to make your purchases for the holidays or upcoming special occasion while supporting innovative educational opportunities for Southington’s youth.  We are certain you will find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  
For further information in how you can support the SEF, please contact Michelle LeBrun-Griffin at or 860-877-1058.
979 Meriden-Waterbury Road, Plantsville

(located in the plaza next to the Southington Drive-in)  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Southington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Tuesday, November 22nd - All are welcome

The Southington community’s annual tradition of an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Southington Interfaith Clergy Association, (SICA), will take place on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 pm. 

The service will be hosted this year by First Congregational Church at 37 Main Street in Southington. 

Clergy and members of our community’s diverse faith congregations will be represented. 

Free will donations of monetary and non-perishable food items will be gratefully accepted for distribution by Southington Community Services and Bread for Life to those in our midst who might otherwise go without. 

Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall. 

What a great time it is for unity in Thanksgiving; unity to share and celebrate our diverse honored traditions as one; unity to heal differences; unity as Americans of faith in God and genuine love of one another.  

Won't you join your neighbors and friends of many faith beliefs, customs, and traditions. . 

"The First Thanksgiving"
byJennifer August Brownscombe 1914
Plymouth Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Southington Voters: A Critically important Question on your Election Ballot next Tuesday, November 8th.

On Tuesday, November 8th, there is one question at the top of the ballot that asks voters for a Yes or No as to the proposed major upgrade to the Town of Southington’s Water Pollution Control Plant at a total cost of $57,100,000.

What is at stake for the Town and its Citizens?

This report will answer that question. But voters should really view this video presentation of Town Manager Garry Brumback and key department heads.  

With approval of voters, the project can move forward and qualify the Town for Clean Water Fund grants of $17,168,000. This would reduce Southington’s actual cost of the project to $39,932,000.  The Town would also be eligible for a low 2% loan rate to finance that net balance.

Approval of the project would enable the Town to proceed with final design and award of contracts by the July 2019 deadline for the plant to comply with the new strict DEEP phosphorous limits in discharged clean water by 2022.  Failure to meet the stated deadline and the new clean water standards would result in (a) disqualification of the Town for the Clear Water grants (b) along with the low 2% finance rate for the balance of the cost and (c) expose the Town of Southington to non-compliance fines of $37,500 per day, (accumulating to $13,687,500 per year).  

See Video of  Sewage Treatment Plant and the Town Manager and other town professionals

Plant History:  Constructed in 1958, with a last major upgrade in the early 1980’s, the town added a Denitrification Facility in 2008 to remove nitrogen from the wastewater thus meeting the DEEP discharge requirements at that time. Financial benefits were also impressive: denitrification ended the State mandated purchase of nitrogen credits, costing the Town a total of $2.2 million from 2003-2010 while enabling the Town to sell nitrogen credits, thereby producing about $250,000 in new revenue, from 2011-2016.   

To meet the new standard limits of sewage discharge, the plant needs to be overhauled to replace old and inefficient equipment and pumps. Replacement parts for a sixty-year-old plant are increasingly difficult to obtain or no longer available. The Town engaged the services of professional consultants, Tighe and Bond to evaluate the facility’s condition, recommend required equipment repairs and replacements, and design a new phosphorous removal system. Working with Town management, department heads, specialists and the Town Council, the consultant has arrived at a viable plan to be proposed for referendum. With approval of the voters Tuesday, anticipated completion of the project is three years which will enable the town to meet the 2019 deadline.

“Southington processes a daily average of 4.5 million gallons of sewage. The water is discharged into the Quinnipiac River as clean and disinfected water, better than the quality of the river’s water, effectively improving the safety and health standards of the water.” said Director of Public Works, Keith Hayden. 

Project upgrades include: New phosphorous removal system; Bar screen to remove incoming debris that can clog piping and damage pumps; Covering raw sewage tanks (aerated grit chamber and two primary settling tanks) to eliminate odors for the nearby residents, ball fields, and South End elementary school; Odor control units to filter odorous air; Replacing electric motors with smaller efficient units to reduce electricity costs; Relocating critical disinfection equipment above the 100 year flood elevation; Repairing deteriorated and cracked concrete tanks; Computer control and alarm system to monitor equipment and flows, detect issues and notify plant operators of problems. 

Open the Video now or go to News at and scroll down to the link to the Water Treatment Plant.   

Author’s Note:  The facts presented above are based on three years of personal investigation, tracking the town’s progress in studying of options in the matter of our Water Pollution Control Facility, discussions with town officials, personal visits to the plant, including walk-throughs of the multiple processes in a complex system of processing operations of an enormous volume of sewage that is discharged into the Quinnipiac River as clean and disinfected water.