Dental duo broadens ‘Horizon’

By Brenda Maguire

SOUTHINGTON — Sandeep Jagini and Nick Modi have been friends since they attended dental school in India together in 1998. After working as doctors in India for a few years, they both moved to the United States where they were college roommates at Boston University.

Now, in 2011, Jagini and Modi are opening up Horizon Dental, a new dental office located at 685 Queen St. in Southington, on Dec. 22.

“We wanted to have our own place and not be dependent on an employer,” Jagini said.

Jagini and Modi are both comfortable with treating patients of any age and can do procedures ranging from root canals to cosmetic bonding to teeth extractions.

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Malloy visits CCSU seeking ways to improve education

By Brenda Maguire

NEW BRITAIN — The state Department of Education is in a phase of “exploration” and “investigation” to determine how to improve education in public schools, faculty members and others were told Monday at Central Connecticut State University.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor met with a group of about 20 faculty members in the Bellen Gallery in CCSU’s student center to discuss what needs to be changed, covering a range of concerns that included state regulations, the placement of student teachers and how to draw top students into the teaching field.

“We are a state that others look up to,” Pryor said. “But in education we’re stagnant.”

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Fruitful shopping can be found at Wojtusik’s Nursery and Garden

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By Brenda Maguire

Looking for shopping deals that will also prove fruitful when decorating for the holiday season?

Then look no further than your local greenhouse or gardening shop.

For instance, Wojtusik’s Nursery and Garden, at 750 Terryville Ave. in Bristol, has all of the fixings for the perfect Christmas tree at affordable prices.

Select artificial trees are on sale for 25 percent off. Owner Peter Wojtusik said many people look for artificial trees because of allergies or because they can keep them up longer without the trees drying out.

“They’re a high-end artificial tree that comes pre-lit,” he said.

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Tops are tops at Fashion Bug

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By Brenda Maguire

If women’s clothing is on the shopping list, then the Fashion Bug in Bristol Commons on Farmington Avenue in Bristol is an ideal stop.

This Black Friday, Fashion Bug, which is opening earlier than usual at 8 a.m., will have 40 percent off the entire store and all tops will be buy one get one free.

“You could get a cardigan. You could get a button up. You could get a turtle neck,” said Jackie Vigue, a store manager.

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Jewelry always atop holiday gift lists

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By Brenda Maguire

With the holiday season upon us, there are deals to be found for the discerning shopper, even when it comes to such disparate gifts as diamonds versus toy train sets.

If jewelry is on the gift list, head over to Polumbo’s Jewelers at 438 East St. in New Britain.

“We are selling a lot of sterling silver,” said owner Fred Dibattista, noting that gold jewelry sales are down.

New items this holiday season will include what Dibattista described as “interesting handbags” and “interesting pearl jewelry,” which would make great gifts for a wife, girlfriend or daughter.

“Those are the big things,” Dibattista said.

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Mitch’s doesn’t break the bank

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By Brenda Maguire

It’s that time of year again. The one your credit card and bank account have been dreading: It’s time for holiday shopping. Luckily, local businesses are offering great deals on gifts this year that won’t break the bank.

Mitch’s Place, a warehouse surplus store located at 227 Main St. in downtown New Britain, will have competitive sales during the holiday season.

The liquidation store sale, as it’s called, includes all clothing priced at $5 with jackets priced at $20. Mitch’s Place will also have 20 percent off houseware and Christmas decorations and $49.95 blu-ray players.
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Already open nearly a year, Hartford County Tattoo invites public to their Plantsville shop

By Brenda Maguire

SOUTHINGTON — Although the tattoo parlor at 991 South Main St. in Plantsville has been open for a few months, Hartford County Tattoo will be holding an open house Sunday to celebrate its new location.

“We opened last February, so it’s been coming on a year almost,” said Chad Lockhart, owner of Hartford County Tattoo. “We never had a grand opening because we were busy when we opened.”

During the event there will be live acoustic music from Kevin Oulette, a friend of Lockhart’s from Bristol.

Prizes such as sweatshirts and T-shirts will be given out and there will be raffles to win $100 gift certificates for a tattoo.

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