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To the editor: My name is Jacqueline Ford, and I recently completed my Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in the Girl Scout program (equivalent to Eagle Scout). Each girl identifies an issue in the community and develops a take-action project. The Girl Scout leads others in the implementation of this project, which is designed to continue to serve the community. It is a great honor to achieve this award. Nationwide, approximately 5.4 percent of eligible Girl Scouts ages 14 to 18 earn their Gold Award. My Gold Award project, entitled “Sing Out Together,” comprised of two “subprojects,” which targeted
the issue of supporting the arts community. The crux of the project dealt with supporting the Southington arts community through the refurbishing of the Southington High School green room and dressing room. The other component of the project included a warmup and workshop book entitled Front and Center: a Warm-Up and Workshop Book for Performing at Your Best. Copies of the books were given to the department head of local drama departments including the Southington High School Drama Club, the John F. Kennedy/Joseph A. DePaolo middle schools drama club, and the Southington Community Theatre. Also, copies were sent to the drama departments at select schools located in New Haven, Meri-
den, Waterbury, and Philadelphia. The project started July 21and ended Sept. 8. I would like to thank the many people who donated their time and services to “Sing Out Together.” Specifically, I would like to thank my Gold Award mentor, Joan Piercey, my family, and the countless businesses who donated items and services. The biggest lesson I have learned from this project is that if you see an issue in the community, don’t wait for someone else to fix it. To quote Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let your voice be heard. Jacqueline Ford Southington
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Tuesday, Oct. 9 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 Board of finance, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Senior Citizens Commission, Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 Board of police commissioners, Southington Police Department Community Room, 69 Lazy Lane, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 Planning and zoning, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 18 Board of fire commissioners, fire headquarters, 310 N. Main St., 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 Town council, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 Zoning board of appeals, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Board of water commission, 605 W. Queen St., 6 p.m. Conservation Commission, town hall council chambers, 7 p.m.
The Southington Citizen Friday, October 5, 2012
Southington Briefs Top attorney Southington resident Jeffrey Crown of Trustlawyer LLC in Rocky Hill has been listed in the July issue of Hartford Magazine as one of the top estate and trust lawyers in Hartford Country. Crown graduated UConn law school in 1973, and received the Jurisprudence Award for being top of his class in estate planning. He continued graduate study in tax law at New York University.
Campaign notes Sept. 26 – State Sen. Joe Markley announced he has been endorsed for reelection by the National Federation of Independent Business. Sept. 27 – U.S. Senate candidate Chris Murphy was a guest of honor at Southington Chamber of Commerce’s Celebrity Breakfast.
Hazardous waste collection Residents of Southington and other towns in the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee region will be able to bring household hazardous waste to any of the three collection events. The events are on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Bristol Public Works Garage, 95 Vincent P. Kelly Road, off Route 229, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, Oct.
20, Residential Recycling Center, 642 Christian Lane, Berlin, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items to be accepted include pesticides and poisons, herbicides and weedkillers, oil-based paint, paint thinners, varnish, household batteries, hobby and photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, household cleaners and disinfectants, antifreeze, waste oil, gasoline, fertilizers, fluorescent bulbs, and mercury thermostats. Items that cannot be accepted are latex paint, tires, propane tanks, computers and electronic equipment, explosives, smoke detectors, medical waste, fire extinguishers, empty containers, and waste from any business.
Red Ribbon Rally The Southington Drug Task Force will hold its 22nd annual Red Ribbon Rally on Monday, Oct. 15, on the Town Green from 6 to 7:15 p.m. If it rains it will be held at Derynoski Elementary School, 240 Main St. The theme will be “I vote to do….(instead of drugs).” Students participating in the poster contest can drop off posters at the Drug Task Force table opposite the stage. Theme for the poster contest is “Your Vote Does Count! Say No to Drugs and Alcohol.”
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10-05-2012 The Southington Citizen