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“Tax Free Week” 2018: August 19-25

Posted on August 16, 2018 by admin


With the start of school just around the corner, I wanted to remind you to take advantage of the upcoming “Tax Free Week” which runs from Sunday, August 19 through Saturday, August 25.

This one-week event eliminates Connecticut’s 6.35 percent sales tax on clothing and footwear costing less than $100 per item.

Additionally, new and used college textbooks are exempt from the state 6.35 percent sales tax for students who present a valid college ID at the time of purchase.

Since sales tax is calculated after the use of any coupons or discounts, if the final price per item is less than $100, the sale is exempt from taxes. Clothing or footwear under $100 put on layaway is also tax-free.

Tax Free Week was first enacted in 2000, and applies to most clothing and footwear purchases intended for everyday use.

Goods not covered under the program include, but are not limited to:

  • Clothing or footwear specifically designed for athletic activities: football cleats, specialty boots for fishing, hiking, skiing and other activities, as well as wet suits, helmets and headbands, etc.
  • Accessories: jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, etc.

Please consult with your local retailer, or contact the Department of Revenue Services for a list of qualifying and non-qualifying items.

Bristol, Plainville Legislative Delegation Honors More Than 250 Veterans

Posted on August 14, 2018 by admin


BRISTOL – State Senator Henri Martin and State Representatives Whit Betts, Cara Pavalock-D’Amato, William A. Petit, Jr., and Chris Ziogas co-hosted a Wartime Service Medal Ceremony last week with the Veterans Strong Community Center, where more than 250 Bristol and Plainville veterans were presented with medals in honor of their service to our country.

Held last week at Bristol Eastern High School, the Wartime Service Medal Ceremony drew a crowd of over 400 family and friends in attendance to support the veterans. The ceremony was made possible with the help of local volunteers; the American Legion Post II Presented the Colors, The Bristol Girl Scouts, Bristol/Plainville Boy Scouts, Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould, and Bristol Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski led the Pledge of Allegiance, Miss Forestville Jillian Duffy sang the National Anthem, Deacon Robert Berube led the Invocation, and Stanley Piotrowski led the closing prayer.
The legislators thanked the veterans for their service, bravery and sacrifice, and participated in the reading of the medal recipients, as well as the medal pinning.

“The courage our veterans demonstrated in defending our country and values is a rarity in our society. Only 7.3 percent of living Americans have served in our Armed Forces and today’s military, an all-volunteer workforce, is comprised of just 0.4 percent of our population,” Sen. Martin said. “These men and women answered a call to serve something greater than themselves. The sacrificed so much, leaving behind friends and family, and they knowingly put themselves in harm’s way. They go anywhere in the world that they are needed, so that we can have the rights and freedoms enjoyed by generations of Americans. The Connecticut Wartime Service Medal is just a small token from a grateful state and its citizenry. Every veteran in our state, both living and those who are no longer with us, deserve to be recognized and thanked for their service.”

“Connecticut’s citizens owe a great deal of gratitude to the men and women who served and continue to serve in our armed forces and ensure the safety and freedom of our great nation. I am honored to recognize our veterans and their families, and through the presentation of the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, thank them for their service,” said Rep. Betts.

“I’m incredibly proud to have been part of this wonderful event to honor our local veterans who served their country and continue to give to their greater community. I’d also like to thank the Veterans Strong Community Center of Bristol for their extraordinary efforts in support of our veterans and their families. Thank you for all that you did to ensure that our veterans received this service recognition, of which they are more than deserving,” said Rep. Pavalock-D’Amato.
“These veterans, along with all of the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our Armed Forces, willingly take the oath to defend our freedom and our country. They sacrifice so much, including time away from their families, time spent in war, and some even give the ultimate sacrifice. We must always remember that no matter the circumstances, our veterans have selflessly answered the call to serve. It is incumbent upon us to always show our appreciation, remembrance, and gratitude, and I’m honored to be a part of that celebration today,” said Rep. Petit.

In his remarks, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Thomas Saadi emphasized the importance of recognizing veterans for their service, especially those who served in Vietnam. “What we must remember is that it is not the Veteran who starts a war, it is not the Veteran who decides National policy in conducting a war… but it is the Veterans who served, who fought, who suffered and sacrificed in war no matter their personal political feelings because they answered to a higher calling – that of duty, honor and country. To the Vietnam Veterans here today please stand – so we may thank you for not losing faith in the American people who now thank you and welcome you home,” said Commissioner Saadi.

The Connecticut Veterans Wartime Services Medal was established in 2005 by then Governor M. Jodi Rell and the General Assembly to honor all Connecticut veterans with qualified wartime service. It includes the distinctive red, white, and blue colors along with the official seal of each branch of the US Armed Forces and the words “For Service.” Prior to this, the state had not issued such a medal since World War I. In subsequent years, the state has authorized service awards to be made posthumously on or after November 12, 1918.

For more information on the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal, including qualifications, visit


Bristol Legislators Announce Cancelled August Coffee Hour

Posted on August 2, 2018 by admin


BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) have announced that their monthly Coffee Hour event for August at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol) is cancelled.

The coffee hour will resume on Friday, September 7.

Residents that would like to discuss any concerns with their legislators may contact Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.


Bristol Legislators to Host July Coffee Hour

Posted on July 2, 2018 by admin


BristolState Reps. Whit Betts (R-78) and Cara Pavalock D’Amato (R-77), and State Sen. Henri Martin (R-31) invite Bristol residents to join them for their monthly Coffee Hour event on Friday, July 6 at Rodd’s Restaurant (854 Farmington Ave., Bristol).

The public is invited for coffee and conversation from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to meet with their legislators in a relaxed setting and hear the latest updates from the State Capitol, including the issues that shaped the 2018 Legislative Session.

All residents are encouraged to attend and discuss any legislative or local concerns. Coffee will be provided.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to discuss any concerns may contact Betts and Pavalock-D’Amato at 800-842-1423 and Martin at 860-240-0022.


Veterans: Aspen Dental’s Day of Service, June 9

Posted on June 4, 2018 by admin


Doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices across 37 states are opening their doors exclusively to veterans as part of their annual Day of Service on Saturday, June 9. Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care as Aspen’s way of thanking them for their service.

An estimated 191,607 veterans live in Connecticut, and most don’t receive dental benefits through the Veterans Administration. Appointments for Day of Service are still available, so please help us get the word out to veterans in your community.

Here’s how: 

  • Share the Day of Service phone line! Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a local participating practice and schedule an appointment. Space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!
  • Share the news on social media! And don’t forget to use #HealthyMouthMovement and tag Aspen Dental in your posts.

    Participating Practices in Connecticut
    Bristol, CT
    Farmington, CT
    Torrington, CT
    *These practices currently have openings, but space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!

For more information, please contact or visit

More About Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement
The Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) was launched in 2014 and since that time has provided free dental care to veterans in need in communities across the U.S. In fact, more than 17,000 patients in 37 states have received over $10 million in free dental care through the program thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices.