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Police blotter for July 13

The Bristol Police Department reported the following arrests: Gabor Cirok, 42, of 34 Williams St., Bristol, was arrested on Friday, June 29, and charged with sixth degree larceny. Ninamarie Cloutier, 56, was arrested on Friday, June 29, and charged with…

Obituaries: Rita Bunnell

Rita (Kennerson) Bunnell, 76, of Terryville, passed away Sunday July 8, 2018 at home.   Rita was born in Grand Falls, New Brunswick Canada March 30, 1942, daughter of the late Harold and Martha (McCarthy) Kennerson. Prior to her retirement…

Police blotter for July 6

The Bristol police reported the following arrests: Joshua Bilodeau, 25, of 472 Broad St., Bristol, was arrested on Friday, June 22, and charged with operation of a motor vehicle with registration or license suspended or revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia…

Budget topic of BOE finance committee

By TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER STAFF WRITER Bristol Board of Education Finance Committee met on Monday, June 25, to discuss the 2017-2018 budget, end of year transfers, and the 2016-17 ED-001 filing. An ED-001 form, according to the Connecticut Department of Education,…

Obituaries: Blanche Fournier

Blanche (Michaud) Fournier, 90, of Bristol, loving wife of the late Eugene N. “Bud” Fournier, died on Tuesday (June 26, 2018) at The Pines at Bristol Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation.  Blanche was born on December 26, 1927 in Bristol and…

Carousel Museum offering free admission to military families, first responders this summer

The New England Carousel Museum is a Blue Star Museum which is collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered…

BEHS Class of 2018 of 2 minds at graduation



The Bristol Eastern High School Class of 2018 said hello to their future with mixed feelings at last Wednesday’s graduation ceremonies.

When thinking about the future ahead of her, graduate-to-be Emily Douglas said she felt “a little bit nervous but excited… (I’m nervous about) being away from home but that’s also why I’m excited. It’s a little bit of both.”

Graduation senior Nicole Cuevas also was of two minds about the future. “I’m very excited to pursue my career in nursing. But I’m also a little bit nervous to see what college is like and if it’s different from high school.”

Emma Guilmette, another senior, however, had no qualms of what lies ahead. “I can’t wait. I’m so excited. I had such a great high school experience but I’m looking forwrad to the future… I know that my school is really great. I’m going to get a great education and create new experiences.”

In his speech before classmates, friends, family, and dignitaries, class president Nick Cote told the graduates, “Anything you wish to achieve can be done. It only takes your courage and your drive to achieve it. The first step to success is to say you can get there. I will, rather than I might. I know, instead of I think. I can, over I’ll try… Our generation will be the greatest the world has ever known. We will be the generation to cure cancer and solve world hunger. We will be the generation to end climate change and to bring about world peace.   We need only to step up and do what needs to be done.”

Anna Korpanty, class valedictorian said, “It takes courage to go through every day of high school, and it’s going to take a lot more courage to walk off with our diplomas tonight. We have to determine what our desired path is and how we’re going to travel through those windy roads now presented to us.”

Alex Mika, the class essayist told his peers, “Be courageous, because it is with courage that we take steps on new roads. Be passionate about whatever it is you choose to do, whether it is further education, work, or military service, because it is passion that makes a job a career, and a chore a hobby. Be curious, because although your days at Bristol Eastern are over, your education never is. Always strive to learn new skills, new facts, new pieces of useless trivia that make your friends question why they even bother with you.”

In her poem, graduating senior Rachael Kuda reflected on the mixed feelings of the day, “Four years flew by/Like flailing chickens or graceful herons/ You choose./So this goodbye is teary-eyed,/And exciting.

Maybe in the future,/ Big steps won’t be as terrifying as this one./ At least we won’t be back anytime soon.”

“All of you will experience some sort of failure,” said principal Marisa Calvi-Rogers to begin the proceeds. “These challenges should fuel you to work hard and never give up.”

“As you continue your life’s journey, keep that having a strong voice (of your generation) and keep fighting for what you believe in,” said Board of Education vice chair Karen Vibert. Plus, she told the graduates, “Never stop learning.”

And in her advice to the graduates, Superintendent of Schools Sue Moreau said, “Go forth, be innovative, be flexible, and be dynamic.”


Bristol Central Class of 2018

Bristol Central High School Class of 2018 is: Gabriele Abramczyk, Joseph Michael Acampora, Cesar David Acosta, Lewis Acosta, Nana Ekua Ossey Affainie, Preston Dale Akerley, Joseph Luke Allaire, Elizabeth Alvarez, Kyrie Andrews, Stephanie Melissa Antonio, Jayce T. Antrum, Alex Arango,…

Past, present, future invoked at BCHS graduation





Bristol Central High School’s 278 members of the class of 2018 received their diplomas during the Wednesday, June 20, graduation ceremony.

The theme, “The past – our heritage; the present – our responsibility; the future – my challenge,” was invoked in speeches made by Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, assistant superintendent Catherine Carbone, salutatorian John “Nick” Osuch, and valedictorian Michael Kaminski.

Principal Peter Wininger, who handed out diplomas, said the advice he would give the class of 2018 would be, “Come back to Bristol, help us grow, help us get better, and change the world.”

“I’m feeling bittersweet, I’m excited for these guys to start their future, but I’m equally sad because I guess we’re saying goodbye to a lot of great kids tonight, so it’s bittersweet,” said Wininger. “I think their sense of togetherness and the community they’ve created with us is probably the biggest part of it, also, between their academic achievement and their dedication to the community, whether it be through volunteer work or fundraising or anything that they’ve done locally, it’s been a great year.”

Kaminski, who said he felt “pretty normal” about graduation day, said it was “a good four years, but it’s time to move forward.”

“The premise of my speech is you wake up, check your phone, and time flies, and you end up short on time and you have to make the decision whether you show up to school late with a break fast, or you rush to get to school on time and you choose that uncomfortable path,” said Kaminski.

His speech, “Beat the Bell or Take the L[oss]”, asked fellow graduates to consider two paths; remaining inside your comfort zone, or pushing yourself forward, into the unknown and uncomfortable, in order to accomplish your aspirations.

Osuch’s speech, “Individually Unique, Together Complete,” allowed the salutatorian to “talk about the uniqueness of everybody in” the class of 2018, “but also how” they are “all one together, like a big family,” said Osuch.

Chairman of the Bristol Board of Education, Chris Wilson, said graduations are “family events, they’re pathways to the next stage in one’s life, it’s a great benchmark to see all of your achievements for the last four years.”

Wilson also offered a bit of advice to the class of 2018, “experience everything that the next phase of life has to offer you.”

“I’m really excited to go onto college, but mostly upset to leave my friends so it’s sad,” said Madison Cyr.

Cyr plans to pursue an education in early childhood education at Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Chloe Cyr, who felt nervous and excited, and said she would miss her friends the most, will be heading to the University of Hartford to study elementary education.


Bristol Eastern Class of 2018

The Bristol Eastern High School Class of 2018 is: Shaima Hani Abuhussein, Alexander A. Acevedo, Christian Antonio Adorno, Amal Mohamed Ahmed, Dylan Joseph Albright, Marc Anthony Aldana, Josean Aviles, Maria Christina Baez, Alondra Del Mar Barbosa, Philex Lee Barriault, Keegan…

Police report for June 29

Bristol police reported the following arrests: Melissa Elizabeth Przygocki, 30, of 16 Pinegrove Rd., Southington, was arrested on Monday, June 18, and charged with second degree failure to appear. Luis R. Vaca, 46, of 39 West St., Bristol, was arrested…

Mechanized style

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Classic cars are about style.
Like the latest garments out of New York or Paris, there are different silhouettes. Sometimes the lines are sharply defined. Sometimes, they slope and emphasize the curves. Owners of these cars restore them to color palettes that reflect their taste—sometimes the colors pop, sometimes they exude a quiet elegance. And classic car aficionados like to deck out their vehicles with assorted accessories, such as chrome grills and mag wheels that emphasize their individuality. The classic car owners also like to add those special details that draw the eye in, such as racing stripes or logos.
The style of the vehicle can denote status. And cars can denote demeanor—are you cool, ritzy, or rugged.
At Barrett Jackson’s third annual auction at Mohegan Sun, automotive fashion of every dimension was on display as car fanatics with a little disposable income picked their favorite vehicles and primed themselves to make their bids in the auctions to follow.
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