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Free Dental Care Clinic Coming to Connecticut, Tues. 9/11

Posted on September 10, 2018 by admin


A free dental care event for veterans is coming to Connecticut! 

Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot-long dentist office on wheels – is coming to Hartford on September 11th to provide free care to local veterans as part of this year’s 30-stop cross-country tour. Dentists and their teams from area Aspen Dental practices are volunteering their services for the event.

·         Date: Tuesday, September 11th
·         Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
·         Place: Connecticut Capital State Park, 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT 06106 

If you or someone you know is interested and would like to set up an appointment, please reach out to Mary Harris at (860) 436-9986 to schedule your visit.

Aspen Dental is working with American Legion Deptartment of Connecticut to identify interested veterans and schedule their appointments. The MouthMobile, which will be parked at the State Capital Park, is handicap accessible and fully equipped with two operatories, digital X-rays and a denture lab.

The Healthy Mouth Movement, sponsored by Aspen Dental, is a community giving initiative that works to provide millions of veterans living throughout the United States who either live where there is little or no access to care or who face other barriers like expensive costs, lack of insurance, or fear, with an opportunity to receive free dental care.

For more information about the Healthy Mouth Movement visit

National Suicide Prevention Week, 9/9-9/15

Posted on September 10, 2018 by admin


This week, organizations like the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, American Association of Suicidology, United Way, 1 Word 1 Voice Life, and Connecticut Clearinghouse will come together to help spread awareness about the risks and warning signs, along with ways we can all work together to #stopsuicide.

National Suicide Prevention Week will run from September 9th – September 15th. Today, Monday, 9/10 also marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

To learn more about how you can help, visit

Learn more about suicide risk factors and warning signs visit

Bristol Legislators to Host September Coffee Hours

Posted on August 24, 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, September 7 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.

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.


“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