Author: mchaiken

BC overcome errors to win

By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER PLAINVILLE – When you make mistakes on the volleyball court, good teams can overcome such obstacles. Take Bristol Central’s match against pesky Plainville from the Ivan Wood Gymnasium on Monday, Sept. 23 for example. The…

Not your grandfather’s United Way

By DONNA OSUCH UNITED WAY OF WEST CENTRAL CONNECTICUT Over a decade ago, the United Way of West Central Connecticut, which serves the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth/Terryville, decided to change how we do business. Through this transformation…

Community service drives Democrat

by KAITLYN NAPLES STAFF WRITER After 30 years of public service, and 10 years on the Board of Education, Democrat Chris Wilson has decided to run for mayor in the upcoming November election. “My family lives here, my adult children…

Prevention Council seek proposals to prevent use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs

The Local Prevention Council of Bristol (LPC) is requesting proposals from organizations serving the Bristol community to implement programs or initiatives that prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco products, and other drugs. Proposals shall address one of the…

Up from the underground and onto a Nutmeg screen

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR The underground of cinema is opening up in Connecticut this Saturday. And locally-generated filmmakers are making some noise. Meriden-based Jared Marmitt, Middletown-based Kelly DiMauro, New Haven-based Stephen Dest, and Woodbury native Kieran Valla (currently in…

Listings for Oct. 4

Dining listings FRIDAY, OCT. 4 BRISTOL ANNUAL WINE TASTING. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Benefit for Bristol Community Organization’s Dial-A-Ride program. Includes silent auction, Italian table, hors d’oeuvres. Nuchie’s Restaurant, Central Street, Forestville. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. (860)…

Police blotter for Oct. 4

The Bristol Police Department reported the following arrests: •Jean M. Thomasen, 56, of 110 South St., Apt. No. second, Bristol was arrested on Sept. 22 and charged with following too close and operation while under the influence. •Raymond Woodin, 47,…

St. Paul’s defense prevails

BRISTOL – When the St. Paul football program can show a little defensive punch during its Naugatuck Valley League challenges, the squad certainly brings a little more balance to the field. But with so many two-way players, making all those…

New traffic pattern at Redstone and Rogers

Drivers will notice a new traffic pattern at the intersection of Redstone Street, Rogers Road and West Broad Street in Plainville. After being redesigned, the intersection now forms a typical T-intersection. With the change, Redstone Street and Rogers Road will…

Obituaries for Oct. 4

The following obituaries will be published in the Oct. 4 Observer. For further details, look to our print edition or our e-edition published on Friday. Mary Ann Miller Hogenson, 74, of Terryville, died on Sept. 22 at her daughter’s home…

Parks and Rec. offers Halloween activities

Celebrate Halloween with the BristolParks and Recreation Department this year. The department is offering three special events including the annual Halloween Carnival & Costume Parade, Family Float Fright Night, and the brand new Howl N’ Prowl Dog Costume Parade. Thursday,…

Grocer, local dignitaries battle hunger

By KAITLYN NAPLES STAFF WRITER In an effort to end hunger, Bristol’s ShopRite has been an advocate for helping local organizations and food banks feed the population right in its own backyard. “We acknowledge that to find hunger, we don’t…

School safety plan to be implemented

By KAITLYN NAPLES STAFF WRITER Last week Governor Dannel Malloy announced 36 districts will be receiving funding from the Competitive Grant Program for school security as part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act. Even though Bristol was…

St. Paul slips past Watertown

By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER WATERTOWN – When you have a bona fide on-field warrior directing your football squad, then your chances of winning a close game are not only real, but extremely possible. And with the game on the…

Police blotter for Sept. 27

The Bristol Police Department reported the following arrests: •Julie Velazquez, 42, of 29 Babcock St., Hartford was arrested on Sept. 16 and charged with sixth degree larceny. •Donald Bouchard, 51, of 18 Pleasant St., Burlington was arrested on Sept. 15…

Listings for Sept. 27

Dining listings SATURDAY, SEPT. 28 OTHER THE ART OF WINE. Presented by the Arts for Learning Connecticut. 6 to 9 p.m. Laurel View Golf and Country Club, 310 W. Shepard Ave., Hamden. $45. (203) 230-8101.   FRIDAY, OCT. 4 BRISTOL…

Rams have the tools

By MICHAEL LETENDRE STAFF WRITER BRISTOL – The 2013 edition of the Bristol Central football has some offensive weapons at its disposal but none may be as potent as senior running back Tyler Burrow. Just ask Edwin O. Smith because…

The fine art of hair

by MIKE CHAIKEN   Editions Editor Salon Alexander of Newington and Beauty Entourage presented, ‘A Circus of Creativity Avant Garde Hair and Make Up Fashion Show’ at the New England Carousel Museum last Thursday. The event was organized by Ashley…