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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

October 3, 2014
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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

UPDATE: Due to the rain, the church has postponed the screening of ‘Frozen’ until Oct. 18. by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This Saturday, unless Mother Nature comes calling and wants to spoil the show, the First Congregational Church was slated to continue its October tradition of screening family-friendly movies on an outdoor screen in their…

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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

October 3, 2014
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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor Janet Mellon, the director of Community Services for the town, hopes others will follow in the footsteps of Miss Southington Pre-Teen Haley Derwin. Haley, 11, a sixth grader at Kennedy Middle School, recently donated a bundle of children’s toys to community services for distribution during the upcoming holidays. The money…

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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

September 25, 2014
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Prepare for your wedding and help women survive breast cancer

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Brides to be on a budget, who also want to help in the fight against breast cancer, have an opportunity this weekend to fulfill both desires. Brides Against Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit that tours the country selling donated wedding gowns— with the proceeds directly going towards programs and services…

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Carousel Museum opens up to fun and talent Sept. 27

September 16, 2014
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On Saturday, Sept. 27, The New England Carousel Museum and Bristol Center for Arts and Culture opens its doors to celebrate Bristol fun and talent on the first Saturday of the Bristol Mum Festival. Several years ago, a press release from the museum explained, the executive director, Louise DeMars and the Board of Directors of…

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Free fries, then free coffee: McDonald’s giving it away

September 9, 2014
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Free fries and free coffee are coming your way from the house that Ronald built. McDonald’s restaurants in Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) Western Massachusetts will be celebrating Free Coffee Week from September 16-29 by offering customers a free small McCafé® coffee during breakfast hours. To celebrate two additional weeks of free coffee, McDonald’s is calling…

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Barley Vine, Onyx team up for ‘Summer Shine’

August 15, 2014
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Onyx Spirits Company is partnering with Bristol gastro pub Barley Vine to host the second annual “Summer Shine” event. “We’ll be featuring award winning Onyx Moonshine cocktails and infusions along with Onyx 111, Onyx Cape Cod Cranberry and their rarest release, Secret Stash – Connecticut’s first barrel-aged whiskey,” said Terry Lugo, owner of Barley Vine…

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New Dunkin’ Donuts opens in Compounce Saturday

August 7, 2014
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New Dunkin’ Donuts opens in Compounce Saturday

A new Dunkin’ Donuts is opening in LakeCompounce. On Saturday, Dunkin’ Donuts will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Connecticut restaurant, located near the Wave Swinger with a ribbon cutting at 12 p.m. The first 200 customers at the Dunkin’ Donuts location will receive a FREE donut with any beverage purchase, and adult guests…

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Bristol’s West End to host festival again in August

July 9, 2014
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Bristol’s West End Association, a non-profit neighborhood group of merchants and residents committed to the preservation, safety and overall quality of living in the City’s West End, is hosting its third-annual summer festival at RockwellPark on Saturday, Aug. 16. The festival – which attracted more than 10,000 visitors last year –showcases and celebrates Bristol’s West…

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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

June 28, 2014
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Central Connecticut continues success in Miss CT prelims

    Central Connecticut contestants continued their run of success in the second evening of preliminary competition for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen crowns. Although the Bristol, Southington, and Plainville specific competitors did not win any preliminary competitions, contestants with ties to the towns and located in surrounding towns did well, with…

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Hot night with Goo Goo Dolls

June 21, 2014
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Hot night with Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls arrived at the Toyota Oakdale in Wallingford June 12 with Daughtry and Plain White T’s. Here is the view from the photo pit as the Buffalo-based band entertained their cadre of loyal fans. PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN portfolio_slideshow id=7799

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