Category: Local News

2019: Bristol’s year in review

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER and JAMILA YOUNG STAFF WRITERS Last year was another busy one in Bristol. Work continued on the development of an art school on Memorial Boulevard, and the courthouse closed down the street. The grand list grew. The town…

Men and Boys Fund awards 5 grants

On Monday, Dec. 9, Main Street Community Foundation presented a total of $6,500 in grants from the Men & Boys’ Fund to organizations improving the lives of men and boys in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott. “Once again…

Opioid PSA videos on city website

The City of Bristol opioid task force PSA videos are now live on the City of Bristol website. The series of 13 videos features local families and focuses on the toll addiction takes on the individual, their families, first responders,…

Going around and around on the issue

New England Carousel Museum executive director Morgan Urgo leads a tour at their open house last Thursday. The unique museum, along with the accompanying museum of fire history offers a collection to inspire the imagination and bring out the inner…

Toy drive benefits Salvation Army

JAMILA YOUNG STAFF WRITER The Bristol Police Department has been collecting new, unwrapped toys this year for their annual toy drive. They’ve received toys from different organizations, and Bristol residents. The toys collected will go to the Bristol Salvation Army…

Bristol Republicans to caucus on Jan. 8

The Bristol Republican Town Committee will hold a party caucus on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m., at Bristol Eastern High School. All registered Republicans in Bristol are able to attend this caucus, where the committee will endorse candidates for…

Wojtusik Nursery holds Girls Night Out

JAMILA YOUNG STAFF WRITER The Wojtusik Nursery Garden Center & Christmas Shop always celebrates the holidays and puts on many events. Right after their fall celebration, and Halloween event, the staff got right to work for the Christmas season. They…

All aboard the Polar Express

Students from Chippens Hill Middle School and West Bristol sing Christmas carols during Santa Land at Rockwell Park last Thursday. The free family event transported visitors to the North Pole to meet Saint Nick. The 34th annual festivities included carolers,…

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…