Category: Local News

Bristol American Legion Baseball Banquet to be held on Friday, November 29

By MICHAEL LETENDRE SPORTS WRITER The Bristol American Legion Baseball program will hold its annual Baseball Awards Banquet on Friday, November 29 from the Bristol Legion Hall. Seicheprey Post No. 2 hosts the event, starting with a social at 6:30…

Jamila Young joins the Observer

Readers have already seen her bylines in the last few editions of the Bristol Observer. The Observer newsroom recently welcomed Jamila Young as our new staff writer for Bristol news and features. Young grew up in this region of Connecticut.…

At the hop with local seniors

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The United Way of West Central Connecticut Youth Board hosted a senior citizen prom at the Bristol Senior Center on Thursday, May 16 that took the guests back to the 1950. Approximately 160 area senior citizens…

Remembering ‘Gabby’

By JILLIAN ELSNER CORRESPONDENT Bristol Eastern High School honored the memory of freshman, Gabrielle “Gabby” LaChance with a tree planting ceremony in the courtyard May 24 to honor the late teen. The ceremony was a means of providing comfort to…

Meet the top students at BCHS: Yan Zhu, Stephen Pittman sit at the top of their class

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER Yan Zhu and Stephen Pittman were named Bristol Central High School’s 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Zhu spent her time at BCHS as a member of the student council, where she served as the secretary during…

City salutes those who will serve

The Bristol Veterans Council held its 9th Annual Salute Dinner for Enlistees last Saturday at Nuchie’s. 2019 Honorees include (not all pictured): Army- Hannah Duffany, Erik Elis, Cody Rayond Lozier, Jason Mills, Chad Varkal, and Connor Feeney-Wallace; Navy- Donovan Carey…

Commissioner delivers message

On Thursday, May 30, David Lehman, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Community Development, addressed a group of Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce members, during a breakfast meeting hosted by Bauer Inc., 175 Century Dr. Lehman, three months into the…

Youths receive awards at dinner

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Boys and Girls Club of Bristol Family Center held the annual Youth Recognition Awards Dinner May 22. President and CEO of the BBGC, Michael Suchopar, said the Recognition Dinner is the “biggest youth centered event…

3.19% budget hike approved by city

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The City Council and Board of Finance approved the 2019-2020 general fund budget of $200,614,740, with a mill rate of 38.05, at the joint meeting held on Monday, May 20. The budget is a hike from…

Veterans lead way on Memorial Day

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Bristol Veterans Council will once again be marching in honor of those who serve their country, in their Memorial Day Procession, to be held on Monday, May 27. The procession will begin at 10 a.m.,…

Police conducting DWI checkpoint

Bristol Police Department announced that they will be conducting a DWI (driving while intoxicated) checkpoint on Route 229, on Friday, May 24. “This is part of a federal grant to help reduce incidences of DWI crashes and fatalities in the…

For the veterans…

The Kids in the Middle volunteers changed out old flags and replaced them with new flags at the veterans graves at West Street Cemetery last Saturday. Selina Kielb, right, puts in a new flag and Jabreea Boxley carries some new…

Council distributes Youth Recognition Awards

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER During the May 14 meeting of the City Council, Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and the Bristol Youth Commission presented Youth Recognition Awards to four Bristol high school students and two school organizations to honor exceptional volunteer service.…

All that jazz at Delish

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER Forestville saw a different kind of experience arrive when Delish Lounge opened in October 2018 The lounge at 12 East Main St.is owned and operated by Janessa Woods and Franny Buzimkich. Woods, a Bristol native, said…

South Side sees how their garden can grow

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER South Side School students will be able to take their curriculum outdoors with the addition of a vegetable garden, built by the Bristol Public Works Department. Public works analyst Lindsey Rivers explained that each year, the…

State finances discussed

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce hosted a legislative roundtable event on Tuesday, May 7, where state comptroller, Kevin Lembo, discussed the state’s financial standings. Lembo reported Connecticut can expect a surplus of approximately $581 million…

Bristol hosts TRIAD conference

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The West Central TRIAD group hosted a conference on Thursday, May 2, at the Bristol Senior Center, in order to share information between businesses and organizations on how senior community members can “Take Care of Yourself.”…

Chamber salutes small businesses

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce hosted the 2019 Small Business Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, May 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Chamber president Cindy Bombard, said this event is one of her favorites…

Rep. Ziogas holds forum on state’s toll proposal

State Representative Chris Ziogas (D-Bristol) hosted a forum last Monday in Bristol on investing in the state’s transportation infrastructure. An audience of approximately 50 Bristol residents attended the presentation and question and answer session. Participants included Ziogas; House Transportation Committee Chair, Rep.…