Mayor’s Youth Cabinet Focuses on General Government

The March Mayor’s Youth Cabinet meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30pm with participants learning about City government, taking a tour of various offices with fun facts about each, and then attending the monthly Joint Meeting of the Board of Finance and City Council meeting at 6:45pm. 

“We had a great group for last month’s kick-off of Youth Cabinet featuring the Parks, and several of the ideas that they came up with will hopefully be incorporated in some of this summer’s Pop Up Parks,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. “This month’s activity will surround some of the general government functions found in City Hall, with a few surprises thrown in as well.” 

The Youth Cabinet Program is free of charge and will give youth an opportunity to become familiar with local government, add exciting experience to their resumes, earn volunteer hours and connect with other students. Each month, Youth Cabinet Leaders attend different meetings for a variety of city departments. Leaders meet for 30 minutes prior to the meetings to discuss hot topics. This month, the City Council meeting will immediately follow and participants can choose to stay if they so choose.

The program is best-suited for Middle School and High School ages, but is open to all ages who want to participate, Scout Troops, home-schoolers and other youth groups.The 2020 schedule listed below can also be accessed through the Mayor’s Office as well as the Parks and Recreation Departments Facebook pages. This is a drop-in program where youth can pick and choose the departments that interest them. RSVP’s are encouraged so organizers can plan accordingly. Parents may drop-off or stay for the sessions.

April 21, 2020-Police Commissioners Board, Police Department Lobby, 5:30pm
May 28, 2020-Fire Commissioners Board, First Floor, City Hall, 5:30pm
October 14, 2020 -Youth Commission, Youth & Community Services (51 High St), 5:30pm
November 19, 2020 –Board of Public Works, Council Chambers, City Hall, 5:30pm
December 8, 2020- City Council Meeting, Council Chambers, City Hall, 5:30pm

For more details on the program, please call Youth & Family Coordinator Kyana Anderson at 860-314-4690 who is this year’s Youth Cabinet coordinator. 

Community Passover Seder to be Held on April 1st

Members of the greater Bristol community are invited to a Seder hosted by St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of their Lenten meal program. The modified Seder meal will be led by Jewish members of the Bristol Interfaith Coalition. There is no charge but RSVP’s are strongly requested.

“Seder” means order and the Passover Seder is a meal which is organized with a specific structure. It contains many rituals and foods which have special meanings. The meal is accompanied by the reading of the “Haggadah”, the story of the exodus of the Jewish people which was led by Moses.

The April 1st event will include a light meal including some of the many foods included in a traditional seder and a shortened version of the Haggadah, with time allotted for questions. There will be some music and lots of audience participation.

The Bristol Interfaith Coalition is in its third year of organizing events to enhance interfaith understanding and friendships. They have helped in planning Interfaith Thanksgiving Services, hosted two Taste of Ramadan events and recently held a United Nations Interfaith Harmony week event at the Bristol Public Library.  St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has offered a Lenten meal program previously and is happy to be hosting this event, a week prior to the beginning of Passover and ten days before Easter.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/511614562830859/  or email Bristolinterfaith@gmail.com.

Honig Announces Candidacy for Connecticut’s 76th State House District

Harwinton resident and former financial professional Paul Honig began his campaign for Connecticut’s House of Representatives 76th district today, which includes the towns of Harwinton, Burlington, Thomaston and the Northfield section of Litchfield.

“I’m excited to announce that I’m running for state representative for the 76th House District,” says Honig. “I ran for this seat in 2018, and it was a very rewarding experience. But I believe there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done regarding the state’s fiscal crisis, the high cost of health care and protecting the environment.”

Honig ran in 2018 against incumbent John Piscopo who has held the 76th district seat since 1989. 

Honig currently serves as a Selectman in Harwinton. “It’s refreshing to be able to work collaboratively and cooperatively with the two Republican Selectmen for the good of Harwinton in stark contrast to our broken national politics,” said Honig.

Sustainability is the hallmark of Honig’s campaign. He believes that Connecticut’s government has too often opted for short-sighted, quick fixes, which only make problems worse in the long-term.

A graduate of the Wharton School of Business, Honig lives with his wife, Diane, and sons Jake and Harry. He has demonstrated his commitment to sustainability in many areas of his life, including in the construction of his family’s home in 2012, when they built an ultra-energy-efficient house that won the CT Zero Energy Challenge.

Honig is also involved in numerous organizations across the state, including Region 10’s Make A Mark Foundation, National Popular Vote CT and Voter Choice CT, a grassroots organization with the goal of bringing ranked choice voting to Connecticut.

“My candidacy gives the voters of our district a real choice in 2020. They can send back the s