September 28, 2012

Bristol couple among sponsors for Paul Ryan

Among the sponsors of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's fundraising swing through West Hartford on Sunday are two Bristol residents, Wally Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin, folrmer U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The city's former congresswoman, Nancy Johnson, is also a sponsor.

Thinking of going? Well, technically it's too late. And it costs at least $1,000 to get in the door. Ouch.
Let me say, too, that major Democratic fundraisers are just as exclusive.
Nobody can run a presidential campaign on $10 pasta dinners.

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Fitzgerald seeks votes, support for House bid

Republican Jill Fitzgerald, a candidate for the state House in the 77th District, released this open letter today:

To my fellow Bristol residents:
Jill Fitzgerald
I am running again for State Representative because I continue to believe that we need more relevant and proactive representation than we have been getting. This is a very ambitious undertaking since I have a full time job as legislative aide to Senator Welch in addition to my own part-time bookkeeping business, and I take my service to the Board of Education and my family very seriously.
When I accepted the nomination, I did so with the understanding that I would step aside if someone else came forward, because I was concerned that I could not run as aggressive a campaign as I would want to. But that was not to be, and I stand as the committed candidate running against Chris Wright.
I offer the people of Northeast Bristol a very clear choice for representation in our state legislature. I have had the privilege of working here in the legislature since the beginning of 2010. This experience has led me to understand how essential it is for us to have more balanced representation. We cannot continue to justify the implementation of policies that put our financial future and public safety at risk.
I have chosen not to participate in the public campaign financing, so I am maintaining a very low-budget campaign. I will work at getting my message out to the best of my ability, and I will not neglect my other roles that were previously mentioned. (I think this is how all campaigns should be run).
If I am elected, I will leave my full-time position and serve my constituents whole-heartedly. I need your vote and your support to make this happen. I look forward to discussing where I stand on issues with anyone who is interested. You may email me at
Sincerely, Jill Fitzgerald

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September 18, 2012

Get One Direction Tickets In YJI 'Fun-raiser'

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – Fans of One Direction who missed the chance to score tickets to see the wildly popular British boy band at Mohegan Sun this fall have another opportunity.
Youth Journalism International, a Connecticut-based, educational non-profit organization, has a limited number of tickets available to the public for the band’s sold-out performance on November 30.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Mohegan Tribe and its respect for press freedom, we have tickets for this terrific show,” said Jackie Majerus, executive director of Youth Journalism International.  “All proceeds will support our programs serving young journalists around the world.”
This month, the five-member band won Best New Artist and Best Pop Video in the MTV Video Music Awards for their smash hit “What Makes You Beautiful,” a single from their first album, “Up All Night.”
“Up All Night” made history when it topped the U.S. Billboard 200 chart on its March debut.
Their new album, “Take Me Home,” containing the single “Live While We’re Young,” is due out just days before the concert.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer comfortable skybox tickets to the hottest show going,” said Steve Collins, YJI board president. “The help of the Mohegan Tribe makes it possible for One Direction fans to not only see the show, but support YJI’s mission to use journalism to bring young people with different countries, cultures and customs together.”
Tickets are available for a $500 donation to Youth Journalism International, a 501 (c)(3) public charity. Most of the donation would be tax-deductible.
Because there are a limited number available, tickets through this fundraiser are on a first-come, first-served basis.
For tickets, contact Youth Journalism International at (860) 523-9632 or by email at
Based in West Hartford, Youth Journalism International began training young writers, artists and photographers in 1994. Student work is published online at and at

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