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Jason Vallee (Patch Staff)

Jason Vallee

I have covered a variety of news topics and beats in the greater Southington and Greater Meriden areas since 2006 with both the New Britain Herald and Meriden Record-Journal. I moved to Southington at the start of 2011 after previously living in New Britain. A 2005 graduate from the University of Hartford with a bachelors degree in journalism and media broadcasting, I immediately joined the New Britain Herald and was assigned to cover all things news in Newington. Within six months, I was assisting in a number of area towns, including Southington, Berlin and New Britain. In 2007, I joined the staff at the Record-Journal and was immediately assigned the Southington beat before moving to cover police, court and fire news in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire. I was involved in providing live coverage at the trial of Steve Hayes, who was given a death sentence in November for his role in a deadly 2007 triple homicide in Cheshire. I grew up in Ashburnham, Mass., a small town on the New Hampshire border about an hour outside Boston and 45 minutes from Worcester. I attended Oakmont Regional High School and was a 2001 graduate, playing on the varsity baseball, soccer and basketball teams during my time there. I am an avid MLB fan with a heart that lives and dies with the Boston Red Sox, although as a baseball fan growing up I am proud to say that one of my favorite players was Tino Martinez. I wished him and the Yankees success – provided that success is no more than the Red Sox have. When I find free time, I enjoy spending my days playing baseball or softball. I like cooking and generally just enjoy being social with friends and family. I also love meeting new people and hearing their stories, so please tell me about yourself if you see me. At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license to inject beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that our beliefs are on the record will cause us to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know. I am registered as unaffiliated and often lean towards liberal policies, although I remain fiscally conservative and like to keep an eye on government spending. I was raised Roman Catholic but have since found myself drifting away from the church. I hold general Christian morals and beliefs but also feel that every situation is different and a spiritual connection with God is more important than practicing every Sunday. Contact Information Cell, 860-256-1714, Email, Jason.Vallee AT patch.com, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SouthingtonPatch, Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/SouthngtnPatch

Recent Contributions

Southington Schools Unveil Mission, Expands Veterans Partnership

Southington Schools Unveil Mission, Expands Veterans Partnership

The district took a step towards being "an exemplar for entire country to pay attention to, take notice of and do what’s right," School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr.
Strike Two: Southington Considering Security Options After Second Vandalism at Ice Rink

Strike Two: Southington Considering Security Options After Second Vandalism at Ice Rink

Officials on Tuesday walked the linear trail and area around the public ice skating rink, the first step in a new effort to curb thefts and vandalism along the public space.
Coaches Unite in Effort to Address Concerns, Letter Says

Coaches Unite in Effort to Address Concerns, Letter Says

A letter from the town's coaches indicate various concerns over the past several years, one they hope a union will serve to address.
Now Hiring! Berlin Seeking Certified Police Officer to Join Department

Now Hiring! Berlin Seeking Certified Police Officer to Join Department

Berlin police are looking for a certified officer to fill an opening within the department, but act fast because the job will only be posted a short time.
Berlin Obituaries: Brown, Gray, Handler, Mitchell, Rivera

Berlin Obituaries: Brown, Gray, Handler, Mitchell, Rivera

The most recent obituaries for those from Berlin and those with family in Berlin.
Southington Obituaries: Brown, Buckley, Martin, Moon, Plawecki, Queen, Salerno, Strachel, Testa

Southington Obituaries: Brown, Buckley, Martin, Moon, Plawecki, Queen, Salerno, Strachel, Testa

The most recent obituaries for those from Southington and those with family in Southington.
Southington Police: Bristol Woman Charged in Burglary

Southington Police: Bristol Woman Charged in Burglary

The following arrest information was provided by the Southington Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
A Done Deal! Berlin Closes on Sale of Depot Crossing

A Done Deal! Berlin Closes on Sale of Depot Crossing

A new era is about to begin along Farmington Avenue after the town last week closed on the sale of the Depot Crossing property, marking the start of a multimillion renovation that will bring
Down in the Dump: Council Mulling New Policy for Private Condominium Trash Removal

Down in the Dump: Council Mulling New Policy for Private Condominium Trash Removal

After residents along Quarry Lane pleaded for help due to language in existing ordinances that left them ineligible for trash collection or rebate, members of the Berlin Town Council took ac
Berlin Police: DUI, Disorderly Case and Failure to Pay/Plead Round Out Week

Berlin Police: DUI, Disorderly Case and Failure to Pay/Plead Round Out Week

The following arrest information was provided by the Berlin Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Southington Man Charged in Connection with Illegal Prescription Drug Sales

Southington Man Charged in Connection with Illegal Prescription Drug Sales

Police said an investigation revealed that between late 2013 and early 2014, 34-year-old Michael Henderson had been collecting and selling prescription pain killers in Southington.
Southington Police: Arrests Put Drug Dealers on Notice

Southington Police: Arrests Put Drug Dealers on Notice

The following arrest information was provided by the Southington Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Seeking Work? Teachers, Paraprofessionals Wanted! (Sales and Techs Too!)

Seeking Work? Teachers, Paraprofessionals Wanted! (Sales and Techs Too!)

A look at some of the job listings from the past week in and around the Southington area.
Seeking a Job? Teachers Wanted! (Tech and Sales Jobs Too!)

Seeking a Job? Teachers Wanted! (Tech and Sales Jobs Too!)

A look at some of the job listings from the past week in and around the Berlin area.
This Week in Berlin: Council Business ang January Ends

This Week in Berlin: Council Business ang January Ends

Take a look at what's ahead this week in Berlin for meetings, events and more.
This Week in Southington: Chocolate Festival and Council Business

This Week in Southington: Chocolate Festival and Council Business

Take a look at what's ahead this week in Southington for meetings, events and more.
Visions for Vacancies: Building Around Lake Compounce and ESPN

Visions for Vacancies: Building Around Lake Compounce and ESPN

There's a lot of space open for development and while rumors have included hotels, restaurants and more, what would you like to see built?
Visions for Vacancies: Bringing New Ownership to the Berlin Turnpike

Visions for Vacancies: Bringing New Ownership to the Berlin Turnpike

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades building is a ready-to-go warehouse and office space, but is that the best use? What would you propose for the area?
Snow Business: More Game Management from Seirus

Snow Business: More Game Management from Seirus

Company owner Mike Carey is an NFL referee.
Snow Business: More Game Management from Seirus

Snow Business: More Game Management from Seirus

Company owner Mike Carey is an NFL referee.