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Looking for volunteers to help out with a project

Once again, apologies for the slow development of Bristol Edition. Things will pick up. In the meantime, I have a request. I am looking for 8-12 people to help me out with my master’s project (as a journalism educator) focusing on citizen-based community journalism. (In other words, people like you and me will discuss and produce news stories about our city for the people in our city.) There is no age or education requirement, just a commitment to a minimum of two hours a week over the next four weeks, beginning Jan. 21. If you are interested, please leave a comment. I will get back to you with more details.

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City Council assignments questioned

Over the course of the last four years, Mayor Ken Cockayne has made several changes to the make-up of the committees on which City Council members serve. In doing so, he has made some curious and questionable decisions, especially in regard to the four major committees, Real Estate, Ordinance, Salary, and Building. These are the four permanent committees for the Council, and it has been customary to give committee assignments out to all six of the sitting Council members, with the idea of sharing the workload equitably among them. It is a requirement that at least one member of the minority party, in this case the Democrats, must serve on each committee. Each councilperson is also a voting member of the permanent committees. During this time, the mayor decided to take Democrats Mary Fortier and Calvin Brown off of consideration for any of these…


Rose report 2 — help write the story

There is not much I can add to what has already been reported about the second Rose report, but there is something we can do together. We can let people know what we find significant about all this. It’s participatory journalism, and it is an attempt for us to come up with a story together, the story that we as readers have to tell each other. This is what I propose. I have included links to the report, including exhibits, along with the news stories that have appeared up to this time this is posted. This is an opportunity to pinpoint our concerns. In other words, rather than reporters deciding what is significant in all this material, we do. Send me what you think is most significant. You do this by if you have already subscribed, leaving a comment; if you have not subscribed,…


What’s on your mind?

Students who run the newspaper at the high school just put out their first edition of the year. I am guessing they were just a little put out when I told them that they should expect to stick around after school until at least five o’clock for the final edits, proofreading, corrections, cross-checking, and final send off. The final send off comes when they send the completed files to the printer via the internet. But as they attended to their work, really dug down into it, dove for perfection–which is impossible–their tone and the atmosphere in the classroom shifted. As the final corrections were made and re-checked, one after another said how nervous they were, how they wanted to keep checking to make sure everything was just right. And then as the corrected files were saved, the moment came for the send-off, and the…


Bristol musicians a hit in U.K.

Three Bristol natives, two of them living here and one residing in Florida, are in negotiations with a London label to re-release original songs they wrote, performed and produced in the 1970s. Stanley O’Donnell, Dave Watson and John Cyr are talking to Roual Galloway. “He is a collector of old soul songs and albums,” Cyr said about Galloway. “Half of his store is soul music.” On LinkedIn, Galloway is director of Love Vinyl DRS Ltd, London, a start-up. Galloway is also associated with Cordial Records, a retail store. One of the reasons Galloway is interested in O’Donnell and Watson’s music is because they wrote original soul songs that have gained a following in Europe, Cyr added. Cyr represents O’Donnell and Watson, who perform under the stage name Ricky Aaron. All three are friends who began playing together in the 1960s with RBB & Co….


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‘On Being’ features memories of religious leader

Sunday mornings I listen to “On Being with Krista Tippett.” This week she discussed the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with Arnold Eisen, the current chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Heschel was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement. Marching along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., according to Tippett, Heschel said that he felt as he walked along that his legs were praying. I encourage anyone looking for thoughtful discourse to click on the link below and listen to the program. It is an hour long. Here are a few gems from Heschel provided in the conversation: “Some are guilty, but all are responsible.” “We are infatuated with our great technological achievements; we have forgotten the mystery of being, of being alive. We have lost our sense of wonder, our sense of radical amazement at sheer being. We have forgotten…


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Slow news: Yarn work delights

Old Story It’s an old story by now, but a group of volunteers organized by former library employee Mary Klaneski, who since her retirement eight years ago owns and operates New England Yard and Spindle, knitted some fancy and colorful stuff that now decorates and, as Yard and Spindle’s online newsletter announcing the event said, embellishes objects and surfaces at the Bristol Public Library. The effort began with a call from Library Director Debbie Prozzo, Klaneski said. Klaneski got right to it, seeking volunteers and holding regular monthly meetings. That was in April. Outside each library entrance (or exit), the yarn work wraps trees and columns and statues. Inside, shelves and mantles are dotted with yarn of various sizes and designs. The yarn work adds pizazz. Its presence is fun, mostly because, you don’t expect it. Because you don’t expect it, it delights the senses….


Give Me Motion performer started in Bristol

Welcome to “My Bristol,” a regular feature of The Bristol Edition, where I write about my hometown and what it means to me. Subjects can be anything from the 100 year-old rhododendron in the front yard to the empty lot downtown. The subject might be dinnertime, a summer or winter day, a fall day on the front porch, weeding the garden, attending the Little League Eastern Regionals, a Blues or American Legion game or a walk around the neighborhood. It might be something that happened early last month, which is just what this post is about, when Bristol’s Dante Cimadamore stopped by after launching his latest music project, an album entitled Extraordinary. Dante is a Bristol Eastern grad, and a classmate of the eldest son (Class of 2002). Dante began a country-wide tour promoting the album in Hamden, June 3. When he came by…


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Transcript of City Council statement censuring Mayor Cockayne

The six members of the Bristol City Council, unanimously, issued this statement censuring Mayor Ken Cockayne at a special council meeting Sept. 6: Be it resolved that the Bristol City Council hereby censures Mayor Kenneth Cockayne for retaliation as addressed in the Rose Report dated June 28, 2016. Retaliation is defined when an employer takes materially adverse action against an employee who reports what they believe to be unlawful harassment. The standard that this Council is following was recently defined by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission on August 28, 2016 and has been the law in this country for more than a decade. We unanimously find that the conduct described in the Rose Report regarding retaliation violated City policy and is a contradiction to State and Federal law. We expressly find that there is no ambiguity in the threatening and retaliatory statements made by…


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Council deliberates over report implicating mayor

Even though I have not posted as often as I thought I would (I am still trying to figure out the world of social media), I would be remiss to let last night’s city council meeting pass without drawing attention to it. FIRST First, except for opening and adjournment, this meeting was held exclusively in executive session. We will not be privy to the deliberations, but it is important to understand the details or context. The matter at hand for the council is the latest investigation of city hall, this one specifically about the mayor’s behavior. The objective, from what I understand, is how the city council will proceed in light of a report that found the mayor guilty of retaliation and that stated, “Unless he can sincerely recognize the errors involved, a toxin will permeate throughout the City of Bristol, and the City Council will be forced to evaluate…