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From the Town Administrator
Bristol, Rhode Island of
Steven Contente, Town Administrator July 2017 Greetings Fellow Residents and Visitors, It is with great pride and excitement that I am able to help champion the town of Bristolâ€™s Independence Day Celebration. The Bristol Fourth of July parade, a tradition that began in 1785, demonstrates the sprit and commitment to our nationâ€™s values. This event proudly showcases our respected military, civic organizations and cultural groups, and includes marching bands from across our nation. The town of Bristol is a perfect setting with its wide streets, mature trees, notably significant buildings and well-maintained homes. Our historic waterfront is an inspiring setting for the evening Independence Day Concert Series. Bristol has long been known to be a strong community where people come to work, raise their families, and answer the call for service when needed. The Bristol Fourth of July Celebration is the time of year for a proud community to be joyful and to observe and honor what I believe is the best in America. I wish to thank all of those who make this celebration possible, especially the volunteers of the Fourth of July Committee for guarding and keeping these esteemed traditions for future generations.To my fellow residents, congratulations, and to our visitors, welcome to Bristol. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
Steven Contente Bristol Town Administrator
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From the Fourth of July Committee Chairman
Donna Falcoa GENERAL CHAIRMAN
Frances Oâ€™Donnell VICE CHAIRWOMAN
Dudley Hallagan TREASURER
Deb Rainey RECORDING SECRETARY
Maria Ferreira CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
Bristol Fourth of July Committee 1776
Dear Bristol Residents and Visitors: It doesn't seem possible that the Fourth of July, our nation's celebration oflndependence Day, is just a few short weeks away. This year will be our beautiful Town's 232nd celebration! Everyone who lives in Bristol is extremely proud of this amazing tradition. We take very seriously the fact that we host the oldest, continuous Fourth of July celebration in the country. I would like to congratulate this year's Chief Marshals, Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella, on this well-deserved honor. It is my hope that you and your families and friends will enjoy an experience that you will never forget. I look forward to joining you and your families at all of this year's festivities. I would like to thank all of the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our nation's Armed Forces. Without each of you, we would not be able to enjoy the independence that we all know and love. Let us never forget the men and women who paid the ultimate price so that we could live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I would be remiss if I did not thank the men and women of the Bristol Police Department, Bristol Fire Department and Division of Emergency Medical Services, the Department of Public Works, our Town Administrator, and the members of our Town Council for all that they do to make our Celebration run as smoothly as it does. Finally, I would like to thank Fran O'Donnell, Dudley Hallagan, Deb Rainey, and Maria Ferreira for being the best team of officers that I would have the pleasure of serving with these past two years. I would also like to thank all of the members of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for their hard work and dedication to the Committee. Without each and every one of these individuals, this Celebration would never be possible. To all of our residents and visitors, please join us at all of our upcoming events leading up to the grand finale, the Fourth of July Parade. During these upcoming weeks, please visit our local restaurants, shops, historical sites, and galleries which are an essential part of our beautiful Town. I want to wish all of our residents and visitors a very safe and happy Fourth of July.
In the Spirit of the Fourth of July,
Donna M. Falcoa, General Chairman
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Index Chief Marshal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Patriotic Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Miss & Little Miss Fourth of July . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Button Contest Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Fourth of July Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Bette Ann Moreira . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Hattie Brown Award Winner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Mt. Hope Marching Band . . . . . . 26 Summer Music Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Hallamore Clydesdales . . . . . . . 30 Concert Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . 38
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Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA 8
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For the first time in the long, storied history of the Bristol Fourth of July Celebration, sisters will be leading the way down the famed red, white and blue-striped parade route the morning of the Fourth. Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella, daughters of the late Gilbert and Sarah Almeida, were selected to be Chief Marshals this year by Fourth of July Committee Chairwoman Donna Falcoa. When they were announced on April 12 as this year’s honorees, the applause they received was deafening. As one might expect, both ladies, co-owners of Gil’s Applicances, were overwhelmed when they got the call from Ms. Falcoa about being this year’s celebration Chief Marshals. “We were totally surprised,” Ms. Sienkiewicz said. “We do better behind the scenes instead of in front of it. We have always tried to give back to the community any way we can.” Lisa and Gail come from solid ethnic backgrounds. Their dad, Gilbert Almeida, was born and raised in Fall River, and was proud of his Portuguese heritage. His mother was from Faial, and his father was also born in the Azores. Gilbert was also very business-minded. Meanwhile, Lisa and Gail’s mother, the former Sarah Pirri, came from a family of strict Italians, whose grocery store business on Bourne Street flourished for many years. They knew how to make a dollar, and sweated for every cent they earned. The girls’ grandparents, Jennie and Frank Pirri, were from Genoa and Sicily, respectively. Lisa and Gail took their cue from their parents, whose local business, Gil’s Music Store (many people bought their first records there), began in 1961, at the corner of Wood and Congregational streets. The business later became Gil’s Television & Appliances and relocated to its present Bristol location on Metacom Avenue. It was a foregone conclusion that Lisa and Gail would eventually take control of the business. And take control they did,
with all of the gusto and ingenuity befitting siblings who have a nose for business. These well-respected sisters earned their own solid reputation the same way as mom and dad .. through hard work and determination. Lisa Sienkiewicz, who recently turned 52, is a 1983 graduate of Our Lady of Fatima High School, and resides in Bristol with her husband, Frank. They will be married 27 years this November. They also have two children, Sarah, a senior at Northeastern University, and Alex, a fifth form student at Portsmouth Abbey. Ms. Sienkiewicz has been widely known for her volunteerism. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care RI, a current member of the Gordon School Heads Advisory Council, a class parent coordinator for Portsmouth Abbey Fifth Form, and a lector at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. She formerly served as Gordon Community Association co-president, Gordon Centennial Celebration co-president, and is a past member of the Gordon School Finance Committee. Ms. Sienkiewicz has always been big when it comes to the Fourth of July. She is a past member of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, serving in a number of capacities, including past corresponding secretary and past chairman of the Miss Fourth of July Pageant Committee. She is also a member of the East Bay and Newport Chambers of Commerce, and has been involved running her family’s business for the past 34 years. Like her sister, Gail Parella has led by example. She graduated from Bishop Connelly High School in 1987, and graduated from Rhode Island College in 1991. She grew up in Bristol and lives in town with her husband, Joseph Parella. They’ve been married for 17 years. The couple has three sons, Peter, a student at Portsmouth Abbey, Joseph and Matthew, both students at St. Philomena’s School in Portsmouth.
Ms. Parella has been a longtime volunteer in the community and at her children’s schools. She has held positions such as co-chair for the St. Philomena School Fundraising Auction in 2011 and 2012, as well as head room parent for multiple classes at St. Philomena School, coordinating activities and parties for the children. She is a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, a member of the Sons of Italy, and a parent volunteer for the Bristol King Philip Little League. In addition, she and her husband co-chaired the Catholic Charity Fund Appeal. Ms. Parella began her professional career in retail in 1991 as a sales manager for Express. In 1996, she gravitated back to her family’s business, where she has remained for 21 years. She is a member of both the East Bay and Newport Chambers of Commerce. In 1995, the sisters officially took over the business from their parents and have raised their own families within the walls of their family store. On March 28 of last year, they opened a second store on Aquidneck Avenue in Middletown. To say their know-how and proficiency in the business world has exceeded expectations is a gross understatement. Nowadays, Lisa and Gail continue to do whatever they can to help others. They are selfless when it comes to volunteering. They’ll do whatever they can for whomever they can. From corporate sponsorship of local Little League baseball teams, festivals, food and toy drives, and the Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series, to financial and product donations for school organizations, community groups and local churches. These ladies are truly a pillar of the Bristol community. With the big Fourth of July Parade on the horizon, Lisa and Gail will take center stage down the parade route as countless family members and friends wave and cheer them on. Gail’s husband, Joe, a past Fourth of July Parade Chief Marshal FOURTH OF JULY
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Lisa Sienkiewicz (left) and Gail Parella are the first sisters to lead the Bristol Fourth of July parade.
(with his sister, Mary Parella, in 1995), gave the girls some sensible advice. “I told them to enjoy every minute of it,” he said. “It goes by so fast.” Good friend Kathleen Bazinet took it a step further, remarking about the girls’ parents in a recent Facebook post. She acknowledged, “Gil and Sarah are dancing in heaven with joy.” Gil Almeida passed away in 2009 and Sarah Almeida died four years later. There’s never a day that goes
by that their children don’t pause for a moment and remember the impact both had on their lives. “I know my mom and dad are looking down on us with a big smile on their face,” said Gail. Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella have certainly come a long way since their days as wide-eyed youngsters growing up on Cedar Drive and posing for their annual Christmas advertising photos for the local newspaper. Back then, Lisa couldn’t wait for Santa (played by
the late Frank D. Balzano) to arrive. However, sister Gail looked for the nearest place to hide. She wasn’t that fond of those photos sessions. They both laugh about it now. Today, those sweet memories, at least for a day, will take a back seat to thoughts of the 2017 Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and a prominent place in the lore of Bristol’s trademark event. And, you know, Gil and Sarah Almeida will be marching right there alongside their daughters every step of the way.
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THEY LEAD THE PARADE – CHIEF MARSHALS 1826 Col. Giles Luther 1826-1834 No record 1834 Col. Arnold H. Bush 1835 Col John Gladding 1836 Col. Nathaniel Fales 1837 No Parade 1838 Col. Nathaniel Fales 1839 No Parade 1840 No Parade 1840 Martin Bennett, Esq. 1841-1843 No Parade 1844 W.H.S. Bayley 1845 David S. Coit, Esq. 1846 John Adams, Esq. 1847 John Adams, Esq. 1848 John Adams, Esq. 1849 Col. John Gladding 1850 James F. D’Wolf, Esq. 1851 James F. D’Wolf, Esq. 1852 James F. D’Wolf, Esq. 1853 James F. D’Wolf, Esq. 1854 Maj. Ambrose Burnside 1855 Charles Sherry, Jr., Esq. 1856 James H. West, Esq. 1857 Charles Sherry, Jr. 1858 Alexander D’W. Perry 1859 Capt. John Y. Lawless 1860 James D’W. Perry, Jr. 1861 Charles Sherry, Jr. 1862 Walter C. Barclay 1863 Charles F. Page 1864 Lt. Charles Gibson 1865 James DeW. Perry, Esq. 1866 Gen. Lewis Richmond 1867 Lt. William J. Bradford 1868 William B. D’Wolf 1869 Maj. Raymond H. Perry 1870 Mark A. D’Wolf, Esq. 1871 Col. Samuel P. Colt 1872 Capt. Allen G. Wright 1873 Isaac F. Williams 1874 No Parade 1875 Col. Samuel P. Colt 1876 George T. French, Esq. 1877 Maj Raymond H. Perry 1878 Col. Raymond H. Perry 1879 Col. Samuel P. Colt 1880 Col. Richard B. Franklin
1881 William T.C. Wardwell 1882 Col. Samuel P. Colt 1883 J. Howard Manchester 1884 Dr. George A. Pike 1885 Col. George O. Eddy 1886 J. Howard Manchester 1887 Capt. John H. Morrissey 1888 Isaac F. Williams 1889 Gilbert Wilson 1890 Col. Richard B. Franklin 1891 J. Howard Manchester 1892 H. Maitland Gibson 1893 John J. Christie 1894 H. Maitland Gibson 1895 Henry M. Thompson 1896 Charles F. Chase 1897 Charles F. Chase 1898 Charles F. Chase 1899 Dr. W. Fred Williams 1900 Dr. W. Fred Williams 1901 L. Maitland Minsher 1902 L. Maitland Minsher 1903 L. Maitland Minsher 1904 Benjamin L. Hall 1905 Wallis E. Howe 1906 Peter C.R. Morris 1907 Charles B. Rockwell 1908 George W. Warren 1909 Wallis E. Howe 1910 Wendell R. Davis 1911 Col. Arthur B. Spink 1912 Howard W. Church 1913 Capt. W.C. Metcalf 1914 Capt. W.C. Metcalf 1915 Capt. W.C. Metcalf 1916 Rudolph Haffenreffer, Jr. 1917 Col. Andrew W. Anthony 1918 Col. Harold J. Gross 1919 Col. Andrew W. Anthony 1920 Col. L.H. Callan 1921 Capt. Edward L. Leahy 1922 W. Fred Williams, Jr. 1923 Charles B. Rockwell, Jr. 1924 James W. Salisbury 1925 James F. Lavender 1926 Henry Wood 1927 Lt. Bertram W. Wall 1928 Capt. Edward L. Leahy
1929 T. Clyde Foster 1930 W. Fred Williams, Jr. 1931 Carl W. Haffenreffer 1932 Dr. John H. Morrissey 1933 Roswell C. Colt 1934 Col. Samuel A. Hall 1935 Col. A.M. Merriman 1936 John W. Church 1937 Col. M.A. Cheesman 1938 George M. Cady 1939 Stanley E. Friswell 1940 Edward J. Fitzgerald 1941 John W. Haley 1942 William L. Serbst 1943 Stephen W. Hopkins 1944 J. Francis Connell 1945 Roswell S. Bosworth 1946 The. Rev. Anthony R. Parshley 1947 R. Adm. Gilbert Hoover 1948 Dr. Samuel D. Clark 1949 Capt. Ray’d J. Makowsky 1950 Harold Church Paull 1951 Gov. Dennis J. Roberts 1952 Dr. C. Paul Bruno 1953 John H. Tuplin 1954 Mathias Brito 1955 George R. Fish 1956 Col. E.S. McMillan 1957 M. Theresa Donovan 1958 Lt. Cmdr. J.G.A. Riccio 1959 U.S. Sen. Theo. F. Green 1960 William H. Smith 1961 Clinton J. Pearson 1962 John Andrade 1963 R.F. Haffenreffer, III 1964 Anthony Pinheiro 1965 Anthony T. Campagna 1966 Caesar Brito 1967 Edward G. Medeiros 1968 Salvator V. Gianola 1969 Dr. Victor P. DeMedeiros 1970 Dr. Ralph E. Gauvey 1971 Gaetano D. Parella 1972 Anthony A. Nunes 1973 John P. Andrade 1974 James J. Velleca, Jr. 1975 Dr. Manuel L. daSilva 1976 Anthony R. Berretto
1977 Frank D. Balzano 1978 Richard Alegria 1979 Dr. Joseph Perroni 1980 Dr. Anthony Bernardo 1981 Roswell S. Bosworth, Jr. 1982 Joseph M. Brito 1983 Peter A. Quito 1984 Halsey C. Herreshoff 1985 Manuel Joseph and Anthony Januario 1986 Joan Doyle Roth 1987 Seraphin DaPonte 1988 Frederico Pacheco 1989 Marie and Robert Rondeau 1990 Kenneth J. Marshall 1991 Anthony Agatiello 1992 Santo “Sam” Mascena 1993 Thomas Byrnes 1994 Gerry and Mickie MacNeill 1995 Joseph and Mary Parella 1996 Orlando J. Bisbano 1997 Richard Ruggiero 1998 John R. Partington 1999 Hildeberto (Herbie) Moitoso 2000 Anthony Iasiello 2001 Diane C. Mederos 2002 Jerome Donovan 2003 Raymond Cordeiro and Oryann Lima 2004 Joseph and Mary Lero 2005 Col. Russell S. Serpa 2006 Santa W. “Sandy” Matrone 2007 Manuel C. “Manny” Correira 2008 Edward Castro 2009 Joseph Coelho Sr. and Joseph Coelho Jr. 2010 S. Dudley Hallagan Jr. 2011 Joseph M. Brito Jr. and Elizabeth “Betty” Brito 2012 Antonio A. “Tony” Teixeira 2013 Louis P. Cirillo 2014 David E. Barboza 2015 Raymond E. Gallison Jr 2016 Herculano S. Falcoa 2017 Lisa Sienkiewicz and Gail Parella
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Colonel Andrew James Drake Marine intelligence officer chosen as 2017 Patriotic Speaker BY PATRICK LUCE
An intelligence officer who has served the Marine Corps throughout the world will make a stop in Bristol for the Fourth of July to deliver this yearâ€™s Patriotic Address, the Bristol Fourth of July Committee has announced. Colonel Andrew James Drake, a New York native, will stop off in Bristol before heading to Washington, DC, to begin his new position in the Office of Net Assessment. After traveling all around the world leading intelligence missions, especially in East Asia, Colonel Drake has been stationed in Hawaii for the last three years, where he was serving as a senior intelligence officer. Colonel Drake enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1987. His initial fleet tour was with the 1st Marine Division Staff Judge Advocate before a lateral-move into intelligence and a transfer to 11th Marines. He was accepted into the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program in 1990, reached the rank of sergeant, and graduated cum laude from George Washington University in 1993. He returned to the fleet as an intelligence officer with the 3rd Marine Air Wing and served as the targeting officer for the G2. In 1996, Colonel Drake was accepted into the Foreign Area Officer program for China, where he attended the Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Language Institute and a year of in-country training, visiting every province of China from 1999 to 2000. Colonel Drake remained in the Pacific with the III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) G2 on Okinawa, Japan as the current intelligence officer, and completed that tour with three months in East Timor in a counter-intelligence billet. In 2001, he was assigned to Pacific Command (PACOM) and worked in the China Division of JICPAC, first as the Pol-Mil branch chief, and then as the branch chief in support of PACOMâ€™s operational planning. 12
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After PACOM, Colonel Drake attended Command and Staff College, which was followed by a two-year tour in South Korea in the Combined Forces Command as an intelligence planner. After completing JPME-2, Colonel Drake was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps Intel Department before being deployed to Iraq in 2008-09 to be with Multi-National Force-West as the intelligence planner, and served all over Anbar and Ninewa Provinces, and the Saudi Arabian and Syrian borders. Colonel Drake returned to the
Pentagon to work as the human intelligence and counter-intelligence branch chief in intel department for eight months before serving in Beijing as the Marine attaché to China from 2010 to 2013. After China, he worked in the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiative Group. While there, he was selected for colonel and assigned to Hawaii to be the G2 (Senior Intelligence Officer) for Marine Forces Pacific from August 2014 to June 2017. He has just returned to Washington, D.C. to start working in the Office of Net Assessment.
He holds a master’s degree in military studies from the Marine Corps University, a master’s in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in political science (cum laude) from George Washington University. He graduated high school in Clinton, NY. Colonek Drake is married to Ameurfinna (Moy), and they have three children: Andrew,9, Elisabeth, 8, and Warren,7, while his parents, Ed and Diane, live with them in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
A PROUD HISTORY OF PATRIOTIC SPEAKERS 1785-1814 The Rev. Dr. Henry Wight
1877 The Hon. Francis Brinley
1913 The Rev. A. Clark McGilton
1949 Rear Adm. H.S. Kendall, USN
1983 William Rizzini
1815 The Rev. Barnabas Bates
1878 LeBaron B. Colt Esq.
1914 Lt. Gov. Roswell Burchard
1950 Sen. Edward L. Leahy
1984 Judge Eugene Cochran
1816-1819 The Rev. Dr. Henry Wight
1879 The Hon. James C. Collins
1915 The Rev. Jamuel Lindsay
1951 Gov. Dennis J. Roberts
1985 The Rev. Walter Rudy
1820 Joseph W. Torry, Esq.
1880 No speaker
1916 Col. H. Anthony Dyer
1821 Professor John DeWolf
1881 Rev. Edwin F. Jones
1917 M. Louis DeSadeleer
1822-1825 The Rev. Dr. Henry Wight
1882 Col. George T. French
1918 The Hon. LeBaron B. Colt
1826 Walter W. Dalton
1883 Samuel Norris, Jr., Esq
1919 The Rev. F.S. Penfold
1827-1835 The Rev. Dr. Henry Wight
1884 Col. Daniel R. Ballou
1920 Asst. Attorney General
1836 J. Russel Bullock
1885 Gen. Horatio Rogers
1921 Sen. Herbert M. Sherwood
1954 Lt. Col. B.W. McLean, USMC
1837 The Rev. Dr. Henry Wight
1922 The Rev. Luciano R. Capone
1991 Manuel C. “Manny” Correira
1955 Capt. William L. Eagleton
1838 Dr. Silas Holmes
1886 The Hon. Henry J. Coggeshall
1923 Sen. McGrane
1992 Mario Mancieri
1956 Joseph F. Bruno
1839-1850 No Record
1887 Rev. S. Hamilton Day
1924 Mrs. Ray Cox Flint
1957 Brig. Gen. A.K. Sibley
1993 William B. Sweeney
1851 The Rev. J.C. Richmond
1888 Samuel Norris, Jr., Esq
1925 The Hon. Leo M. Harlow
1958 Judge Robert E. Quinn
1852 The Rev. J.W. Smith
1889 Theron H. Carter
1959 Justice J.R. Weisberger
1890 The Rev. W.F. Davis
1995 Lt. Cmdr. Porter A. Halyburton
1853 E.P. Whipple, Esq.
1926 The Hon. Richard W. Jennings
1960 George T. Howe
1891 The Rev. S.D. Moxley
1996 Retired Lt. Col.
1854 Thomas Shepard, Esq. 1855 James T. Brady, Esq.
1892 Orrin F. Bosworth, Esq.
1856 Asa Arnold Esq.
1893 Samual Morris, Jr., Esq
1857 The Rev. Dr. S.K. Sweetman
1894 The Rev. S.D. Moxley
1858 John Turner, Esq.
1895 William F. O’Donnell
1859 Charles Blake, Esq.
1896 The Rev. A.W. Kingsley
1860 The Rev. David H. Ela
1897 Irving H. Gamwall
1861 Thomas W. Bickness, Esq.
1898 The Hon. Orrin F. Bosworth
1862 The Hon. Frances Minor
1899 Henry W. Hayes
1863 The Rev. S.F. Upham
1900 Lefferts S. Hoffman
1927 Bishop Louis C. Sanford 1928 Attorney Gen. Charles Sisson 1929 Asst. Attorney Gen. J.F. Hughes 1930 The Hon. A.A. Capatosto
& Capt. Richard Visser, USN 1952 Dr. You Chan Yang, Korean ambassador 1953 Hon. John Muccio, U.S. ambassador to Korea
1961 Sen. John Pastore
1988 Robert Arruda 1989 Joseph Caromile 1990 W. DeWolf Fulton
1994 Richard Simpson
Anthony D. Nastri, USMC 1997 Cmdr. Linda Lou Borges Dubois
1963 The Hon. Arthur Carrellas
1998 Jerome M. Donovan
1964 The Hon. Edward Plunkett
1999 Frank J. Williams
1965 Mort Blender
1932 The Hon. Ray Rawlings
1966 Monroe E. Toevs
1933 The Hon. Francis B. Condon
1967 Rear Adm. Means Johnston, Jr., USN
1935 The Hon. Alexander G. Churchill
1987 Joseph Janario
1962 Sen. Claiborne Pell
1931 The Hon. M.A. Sullivan
1934 The Hon. Felix Hebert
1986 Roswell S. Bosworth, Jr.
1968 Dennis J. Roberts 1969 Roswell S. Bosworth
2000 Retired Gen. Michael T. Byrnes 2001 Anthony Santoro 2002 David Foehr 2003 Rear Admiral Barbara McGann 2004 Judge Anthony Dennis 2005 Paul Fletcher
1864 The Rev. William Stowe
1901 William T. O’Donnell
1936 Asst. Justice A. Capatosto
1970 Dr. Werner A. Baum
1865 The Hon. Sidney Dean
1902 The Rev. Wilenoir Hood
1937 John Scanlon
1971 Edward Travers
1866 The Rev. Mark Tafton
1903 Col. Frank T. Eastern
1938 John W. Haley
1972 Gen. Robert E. Cushman, Jr., USMC
2007 Dr. Patrick T. Conley
1904 The Rev. J.F. Downing
1939 Gov. W.M. Vanderbilt
1973 The Hon. J.R. Weisberger
2008 Dr. William F. Bundy
1974 Bishop Louis E. Gelineau
2009 Col. Edward Cyr
1869 John C. Pegram, Esq.
1905 The Rev. Samuel Smith Drury
1940 The Hon. M.A. Sullivan 1941 The Hon. John P. Hartigan
1975 Rear Adm. Lucien Capone, Jr., USN
2010 Rev. Daniel Barron Randall
1870 The Rev. G.L. Westgate
1906 William A. Kennedy
1942 Dr. Lucius A. Whipple
1976 The Hon. Joseph Bevilacqua
2011 Retired Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus
1871 The Rev. James P. Lane
1907 Rev. John McVay
1943 Capt. Gilbert C. Hoover
1977 The Hon. Anthony J. Dennis
2012 Ira Magaziner
1872 The Rev. William Miller
1908 Edward Lawrence Leahy
1944 The Hon. M.A. Sullivan
1978 Brig. Gen. Raymond A. Thomas
2013 RADM Robert O. Wray, Jr.
1873 The Hon. N.F. Dixon, Jr.
1909 James F. Lavander
1945 Asst. Justice Capatosto
1979 Joseph G. Kinder
2014 MG Kevin R. McBride
1874 LeBaron B. Colt, Esq.
1910 Gov. Aram J. Pothier
1946 Cmdr. Paul Theiss, USN
1980 Louis P. Alfano, Jr.
2015 Dr. Donald J. Farish
1875 Col. Henry H. Robinson
1911 The Rev. A.C. Larned
1947 U.S. Sen. J.H. McCrath
1981 Robert L. daC. Bernard
2016 Robert G. Flanders Jr.
1876 The Rev. James D’Wolf Perry
1912 The Hon. Geo. O’Shaunnessy
1948 Vice Adm. John D. Price, USN
1982 Dr. William Crausman
2017 Col. Andrew James Drake
1867 The Rev. J.J. Peck 1868 The Rev. George L. Locke
2006 Sen. Jack Reed
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The queens are crowned
Olivia Borgia and Angela Pirri win 2017 Miss and Little Miss Fourth of July BY PATRICK LUCE
Fourth of July royalty has been crowned as the Ms. and Little Ms. Fourth of July winners were determined at Mt. Hope High School on Memorial Day weekend. Olivia Borgia, 19, and Angela "Ella" Pirri, 8, emerged from a field of 14 and 15 constestants, respectively, to win the crown after answering questions on stage and modeling their evening gowns and party dresses before a packed Mt. Hope auditorium. "This is very exciting," Ms. Borgia said minutes after being crowned. "I was really nervous. I didn't think it was going to be
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me, but I'm really happy it was. It's very humbling." This isn't Ms. Borgia's first attempt at the crown. The daughter of Michael and Kathleen Borgia competed in the Little Miss Fourth of July pageant when she was younger, falling just short in that competition. As a Bristol native, she's no stranger to the parade, watching every year and even marching in it once with her dance team when she was younger. This year, she will lead the celebration. "I live in Bristol; this is one of the things you do," Ms. Borgia said when asked what made her run for the title. "I did it when I
PHOTOS BY RICHARD W. DIONNE JR. The Miss Fourth of July court includes (from left back row) Nikola Francis, Sophia Desmarais, Olivia Borgia, Emily Marshall, Bridget O'Hanley, (from left front row) Kara Jean Pisasale, Angela Pirri, Addison Abate.
was younger and I made so many friends and had such a good time, I wanted to do it again. I've been in the parade before. This year, I'm just glad I won't have to walk." Ms. Pirri, a second-grader at Colt Andrews School, will join her counterpart on the Ms. Fourth of July float in the parade, something she also is excited to be a part of after having watched every year before. "I've been in Bristol ever since I was born," said Ms. Pirri, daughter of Rob and Julie Pirri. "I thought it would be a good opportunity (to compete for the crown). It's really exciting. I'm really happy." Ms. Borgia and Ms. Pirri will be front and center throughout Bristol as the Fourth of July approaches. The pageant winners will appear at various Fourth of July related events, including the concert series at Independence Park, the Drum and Bugle Corps competition, various fundraisers for the Fourth of July Committee, and the event Ms. Borgia is most looking forward to. "I love going to the concerts, but I get to go to the ball this year. It's always fun to get dressed up," said Ms. Borgia, a nursing major
at the University of Rhode Island. "The parade is my favorite. It's just so big and over the top. So many people come in for it. It's really exciting." Like every year, the judges had a very difficult decision whittling down the names of 29 contestants to a court of three Little Ms. and four Ms. Fourth of July contestants, event chairwoman Pat Squatrito said. Joining Ms. Borgia are first runner-up Sophia Desmarais, second runner-up Emily Marshall and third runnerup Nikola Francis. Joining Ms. Pirri are first runner-up Kara Jean Pisasale, and second runnerup Addison Abate. MISS FOURTHS
1948 Evelyn Lamaire 1949 Barbara Ferrara 1950 Lee Ann Rielly 1951 Grace Castro 1952 No Contest 1953 Frances Marshall 1954 Marie Maturi 1955 Mary Ann Ventura 1956 Roberta Luther 1957 Louise Bettencourt 1958 Rosalind Matheson 1959 Alberta Ann Remieres 1960 Edith Duffy 1961 Debbie Babbitt 1962 Patricia Rielly 1963 Lorraine Alfred
1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Gail Rinaldi Marcia Blount Barbara Fields Susan Smith Linda Rhynard Theresa Bisbano Pamela White Barbara Tubridy Nancy Caromile Jackie Bilotti Cindy Mello Donna Ferreira Kathy Centazzo Donna Soares Torie Stevens Patricia Troiano Jo Ann Goglia Joanne Moreira
"This was a great group of girls," Ms. Squatrito said. "They all deserved to win. Now the work is over and the fun begins â€” they get to go to all the events. They're going to represent the town with dignity and grace." LITTLE MISS FOURTHS 1997 Ashley Ann Oliveira 1998 Alyssa Luther 1999 Cassandra Lyn Guercia 2000 Shannon Doherty 2001 Kailey Grantham 2002 Niki Jannitto 2003 Samantha Jannitto 2004 Emily Sousa 2005 Makenzie Marshall
1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Bonnie Brayton Victoria Brett Bethany Dâ€™Amico Cheryl Sousa Carol Anguilla Renee Cortellessa Kimberly Coccio Joanne Mello Jennifer Faria Laurie Ramos Jennifer Neves Chrissy Beaulieu Jennifer Sousa Andreia Mendonca Sarah Beth Traynor Lisa Dos Anjos Lizabeth Marshall Gia-Maria Handley
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Victoria Sousa Andersyn Costa Aurora Faria Abigail Lombardo Jade Lynn Ramos Peyton Perroni Samantha Martins Lily Sarnowski Reyn Ferris Alana Martin Claire Chace Angela "Ella" Pirri
2000 Heidi Squires 2001 Eliza Burnham 2002 Laura Beth Almeida 2003 Courtney Glavin 2004 Hilary Motta 2005 Ashley Rodrigues 2006 Victoria Thomson 2007 Nicole Silvia 2008 Kaitlyn MacDonough 2009 Jennae Paul 2010 Kayla Nerone 2011 Cassandra Guercia 2012 Alexandra Absi 2013 Daniela Lopes 2014 Carla Braga 2015 Jessica Tella 2016 Samantha Golden 2017 Olivia Borgia
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Young artist repeats as button contest winner Forest Rodriguez, winner
BY PATRICK LUCE
A patriotic image depicting soldiers saluting the Statue of Liberty will serve as the symbol of this year’s Bristol Fourth of July celebration. Forest Rodriguez, a 14-year-old freshman at LaSalle Academy, designed the image that will appear on the Fourth of July buttons for the 2017 celebration. Forest, who lives with his family on Griswold Avenue, is the winner of the annual button contest for the second straight year. The button shows the statue of liberty surrounded by exploding fireworks and 50 stars representing the states. Three soldiers in the foreground salute the statue, paying homage to our armed forces and patriotism in general. A recent trip to New York City inspired the design, Forest said. “I saw the statue of liberty and thought about how it’s a part of us and bonds us with other nations,” Forest said. “And the soldiers keep us safe. They allow us to have parades and contests like these without being in danger.” Forest, who grew up in Bristol and has never missed a parade, “at least as far as I remember,” drew the design using colored pencils. He said he’s looking forward to seeing his design all around town. “It’s always a big plus seeing people wearing the buttons and show16 16
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ing that they like it,” he said. Forest is the overall winner for the second straight year, and is also the category winner for grades 9-12. Other category winners include Gianna Singh, a fourth grader at Colt Andrews School, in the K-5 category; and Zoe Fournier-Swire, an eighth grader at Kickemuit Middle School who has been an overall winner twice in the past, for grades 6-8. Category winners are awarded $50, and the overall winner receives an additional $75. All three are invited to march in the parade. The buttons cost $1 each and are available for sale at several Fourth of July-related events, including the patiotic license plate distribution April 8, the Spring Breakfast April 30, and the Miss 4th of July pageant in May. They will be available in stores throughout town in June, and at the souvenir trailer at the Fourth of July concerts at Independence Park in June.
WINNING BUTTONS 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Jennifer Tavares Patricia Martins Patricia Martins Jonathan Martins Filipe Soares Jesse Zawerucka Sam Carreiro Lizabeth Marshall Adrian J. Mascena
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Nicole L. Guercia Ava Mascena Kevin Calisto Meghan McMullen Matthew Martins Corianna Mascena Meghan McMullen Jared Souza Danielle Dunbar
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bowen Drawbridge Hunter Rodriguez Hunter Rodriguez Zoe Fournier-Swire Zoe Fournier-Swire Rachel Mello Forest Rodriguez Forest Rodriguez
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2017 Fourth of July Committee Members 2017/2018 Executive Board
Donna Falcoa Fran O’Donnell Dudley Hallagan Deb Rainey Maria Ferreira David Burns Gena Campbell Dick Devault Roger Dubord James Farley Ray Lavey Richard Luiz Donna Marshall Bette Anne Moreira Manny Pasqual Nat Squatrito Judy Squires Donna St. Angelo Jim Tavares Angela Cabral Edward Correia John Daniels Okie Falcoa Frank Fales Chuck MacDonough Gerry Mederos Tony Mederos Patti Nenna Wayne Picard Marisa Rainey Steve Ricci Jerome Squatrito Pat Squatrito Maria Ursini Heidi Vermilyea
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2017/2018 General Committee Richard Alves Ginette Amaral Sarah Amaral Brenda Austin Tony Avila Patricia Baccus Rick Baccus David Barboza Beth Battey Ed Boardman Karren Boardman Kevin Bowen Alice Bradford Kelly Burnett David Burns Deborah Burns Robert Burns Angela Cabral Vicki Cairrao Betsy Cambra Gena Campbell Ann Carey Maria Cesario Donna Chabot Margarida Chaves Daniel Christina Jaclyn Clarke
Daniel Cordeiro Edward Correia Bernice Correira Tiffany Costa Denise Cotta-Fontana John Daniels Diane Davis Charlotte DeMarco Liberal DeOliveira Dick Devault Julie Dollins Roger Dubord Donald Durfee David Enos Donna Falcoa Okie Falcoa Frank Fales James Farley Maria Ferreira Patti Ferreira Patricia Ferrick Lisa Fisher Christina Fontana Dan Fryer Carol Gafford Rick Gauvin Christine Geremia Kasey Geremia Shana Giarrusso Beverly Gilmette Donna Glavin
Madeline Grimo Dudley Hallagan Erich Haslehurst Russell Head Charlotte Josephs William Josephs Neil Kiely Marisol Lagares Ray Lavey John Lawless Don Leach Bryan Leffingwell Melissa Leffingwell Marylou Leocadio Jeanne Linacre Barbara Lindsey Ines Loureiro Richard Luiz Chuck MacDonough Wendy MacDonough Paul Mancieri Donna Marshall Kenneth Marshall Charlotte Martino Michele Martins Reginald McCarthy Wendy McLellan Patricia Medeiros Anthony Mederos Gerald Mederos Tammy Mojkowski
Bette Anne Moreira Gina Moreira Mary Moreira Diane Nelson Patti Nenna Susan Nerone John Noble Anne O’Connell Frances O’Donnell Nancy Oliver Darlene Olson James Palazio Trudy Palazio Alan Palumbo Barbara Palumbo Samantha Palumbo Manny Pasqual Joseph Perry Barbara Peterson Wayne Picard Frances Pray Fran Principe Jeanne Raimondi Deborah Rainey Marisa Rainey Berry Rebello Steven Ricci Elisabeth Ridder Michael Rielly Candie Robillard Elaine Roderick
Rick Roderick Jane Rossmeisl Richard Ruggiero Sandra Ruggiero Patti Ryone Kathleen Sarasin Elizabeth Satterfield William Satterfield Lynn Schultz William Silva Charlotte Silvia Sara Jane Soboleski Ann Soscia Paula Sousa Glen Souza Jerome Squatrito Nat Squatrito Patricia Squatrito Judy Squires Donna St. Angelo James St. Angelo Muriel St. Angelo Jack Sylvester James Tavares Camille Texeira Maria Ursini Manuel Vargas Heidi Vermilyea Mary Williams
BEHIND THE SCENES – FOURTH CHAIRPERSONS 1820: James D’Wolf 1835: J. Babbitt, Jr. 1836: George H. Reynolds 1838: J.M. Gooding 1851-1852: William R. Taylor 1853: C. Easterbrooks 1854: Jacob Babbitt 1855: Charles Sherry, Jr. 1856: William R. Taylor 1857: J. Coggeshall 1858: Joseph B. Burgess 1859: George H. Reynolds 1860: William R. Taylor 1861: William J. Miller 1862-1863: John B. Pierce 1864: T.J. Usher 1865: Joseph L. Gardner 1866-1867: John B. Taylor 1868: E.M. Wardwell 1869-1870: John B. Taylor 1871: Elisha M. Wardwell 1872: Charles A. Greene 1873: John Turner 1874-1875: I.F. Williams 1876: William J. Miller 1877: N.C. Bedell 1878: Samuel P. Colt 1879: Ambrose E. Burnside 1880: Thomas C. Church 1881: Edward Anthony, Jr. 1882: Samuel P. Colt 1883-1884: Elisha M. Wardwell 1885-1886: Edward Anthony
1887: Joseph B. Burgess 1888: Samuel P. Colt 1889: Charles A. Barbour 1890: Eugene A. Rounds 1891: Edwin C. Sparks 1892-1898: Edward Anthony 1899: Frank C. Child 1900-1912: Edward Anthony 1913: Josephus Daniels 1914: Elisha Hibbert 1915: Thomas Goff, Jr. 1916-1919: George L. Drowne, Jr. 1920: Andrew W. Anthony 1921: George L. Drowne, Jr. 1922-1931: Everett Church 1932: Alexander S. Basilevich 1933-1934: Daniel E. Dwyer 1935: GS Pailthorpe 1936: Dr Alfred M. Merriman 1937-1947: James F. Meiggs 1948-1949: Roswell S. Bosworth, Sr. 1950-1952: Roswell S. Bosworth, Jr. 1953: Ralph G. McCaw 1954-1955: Leonard P. Sanford and Norman J. Servant 1956: Frank J. Miserandino and Michael DiLello 1957-1958: Frank J. Miserandino 1959-1960: Francis N. Perry 1961: Ralph H. Lavers 1962-1963: Manuel A. Sousa 1964-1965: Anthony E. Agatiello
PHOTOS BY MANUEL C. "MANNY" CORREIRA Bristol Fourth of July Committee officers (from left to right) include Corresponding Secretary Maria Ferreira, Vice Chairwoman Fran O'Donnell, General Chairwoman Donna M. Falcoa, Treasurer Dudley Hallagan, and Recording Secretary Deb Rainey. 1966: Albert Nutini
1982-1983: A. Jeffrey Chase
2000-2001: Frances O’Donnell
1967: John Vera
1984-1985: Manuel Pasqual
2002-2003: Donna St. Angelo
1968-1969: James J. Velleca, Jr.
1986-1987: James W. Farley
2004-2005: Jim Tavares
1970-1971: John R. Partington
1988-1989: Andrew J. Vorro, III
2006-2007: Nat Squatrito
1972-1973: Joseph Andrade
1990-1991: Elizabeth A. Moreira
2008-2009: David A. Burns
1974-1975: Joseph Caromile
1992-1993: Roger Dubord, Jr.
2010-2011: Judy Squires
1976-1977: John P. Biancuzzo
1994-1995: Gena Campbell
2012-2013: Dick Devault
1978-1979: Gerald Romano
1996-1997: Donna Marshall
2014-2015: Ray Lavey
1980-1981: Frank Perry
1998-1999: Richard Luiz
2016-2017: Donna Falcoa
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Committee is long-time volunteer’s ‘salvation’ Bette Anne Moreira has served on the Fourth of July committee for more than 50 years BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA
With more than 50 years’ experience under her belt, Bristol Fourth of July Committee lifetime member Bette Anne Moreira says she’d do it all over again. In retrospect, the Fourth of July Committee has been her rock of Gibraltar. “It’s Christmas in July,” the 75-year-old native Bristolian excitedly said when talking about the Fourth of July. “No one gets married on the Fourth of July. Classmates and old friends come back to town in a reunion type atmosphere. But, most importantly, it’s parade day.” When Bette Anne, a 1960 graduate of Bay View Academy, got interested in joining the Fourth of July Committee, she didn’t have to look far for advice. “I first joined in 1965 because of 22
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my mother,” she said. “I had to join. I had no other choice.” Bette Anne extols the virtues of her late mother, Frances Holmes, whose dedication to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee was well-known. “My mother put her whole heart and soul into the Fourth of July Committee,” Ms. Moreira said. “I just followed her lead. On top of that, my father (the late Bristol Councilman E. Hugh Holmes) was the Council liaison to the Fourth of July Committee. So you can see how much the Fourth of July Celebration meant to our family.” As a youngster growing up in the old neighborhood at 106 State St., the Fourth of July Parade had a special impact. “Many of the parade participants would stop by the house,” she recalled. “The Boy Scouts and Navy personnel formed on State Street back then. It was like one, big, happy family. Our door was always open.” Ms. Moreira also has the unique distinction of being the first woman
elected general chairwoman of the Bristol Fourth of July Committee. That came in 1990, after she served for 17 years as recording secretary of the committee. “I was excited to be the first woman chairman,” she explained. “I was very surprised when thenChairman Jim Farley and his vice chairman, Andy Vorro, asked if I would be interested in the position. I hurried home to ask my husband first, and then told him I wanted it. That was that.” During the two years she served as general chairman, Bette Anne picked two chief marshals she was very proud of…the late Kenneth J. Marshall and Anthony E. Agatiello. “It was a no-brainer,” she said. “Those two men were very wellknown in the local community and highly respected. They both did a great deal for our town.” Most recently, Ms. Moreira has served as chairman of the Flag Day reception at the First Congregational Church, following the ceremonies on the Bristol Town Common.
“This has been a wonderful venue for this reception the last couple of years,” she said. “Everyone seems to have a good time.” Like many other lifetime members, Bette Anne Moreira enjoys getting involved in a variety of Fourth of July subcommittees, including Patriotic Exercises in front of the Colt School the morning of the Fourth of July. “Working with my mother on that day was a real thrill for me,” she said. “Frances was always in total control. Anyone who knew her will be the first to tell you that. She always made her point perfectly clear. I also enjoyed working with Judy Squires, who does a great job with Patriotic Exercises each year.” Julie Dollins and her younger sister, Charlotte DeMarco, credit Ms. Moreira for their long-term involvement with the Fourth of July Committee. “I have Bette Anne to thank for me being on the committee,” said Ms. Dollins, a longtime friend. “She suggested that I join years ago, and that’s exactly what I did. It’s been a wonderful and rewarding experience, especially working with her. She’s been a great friend.” Ms. DeMarco said one of the first people she met on the committee years ago was Bette Anne. “She ran the Celebration’s Old Fashioned Days event for a number of years, and it was a pleasure working with her. She’s very dedicated to this committee. She’s fun to be around.” As much joy as the Fourth of July has brought to the Moreira family, there have been some very sad moments along the way. “I lost my youngest daughter, Susan, in a tragic accident,” she said. “She was only 11 years old. It was also the same time that my oldest daughter, Joanne, was crowned Miss Fourth of July two weeks earlier. That was a very difficult time for me, my husband (Joseph “Muffy” Moreira), and our family. My whole world came crashing down in one fleeting moment.” Ms. Moreira was also emotionally tested when her beloved husband of more than 40 years passed away at age 66 in 2007. And, just last month, she lost one of her dearest friends, Maureen Castriotta, to cancer. She concurs that despite all of these personal losses, she still has the Fourth of July Committee to fall back on. “It’s my salvation,” she said. “Being on this committee has done wonders for me. It keeps me occupied and busy. There’s a great bunch of people here. They work so hard to make this event what it is today … the best Fourth of July Celebration in the country.” Over the years, Ms. Moreira says she’s been fortunate to be associated with a number of incredible people, including several past general chairmen. “They’ve all been great people to work with,” she said. “It’s been very rewarding.” Ms. Moreira also gets great, loving support from her family, including sons Mark and James Morreira, and daughter, Joanne Jones. “Being continually on the Fourth of July Committee is my greatest joy,” she said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.” FOURTH OF JULY
ROBERT SQUATRITO Commitment to community earns Bristol native the Hattie Brown Award
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BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA
Besides his selfless dedication to volunteering in the community and his impressive career at Raytheon and in the military, one thing you have to know about the always-smiling, soon-to-be 67-year-old Bristol native Robert Squatrito ... he always comes prepared. Case in point was during the initial meeting for this interview, Mr. Squatrito brought with him some old scrapbooks that depicted the events of much of his life. Everything was well-documented and in order, as you might expect from a man who has spent an inordinate amount of time working for his community, while juggling a full-time career. His commitment to the community is why Robert J. Squatrito is the 2017 Hattie Brown Award winner. Named in honor of the late Fourth of July Committee member who was well-known for her charitable contributions and community activism, the committee presents the award each July 4 during Patriotic Exercises at the Colt School. It is awarded to a Bristolian “who shows the same spirit of charity and community service Hattie Brown was known for.” “I was very surprised to get this award,” said Mr. 24
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Squatrito, who like Miss Brown, has done a great deal of volunteer work in the community. “Hattie worked alongside me at Raytheon for eight years. She was a warm, loving person. She always did what she could for others without ever thinking of herself. It’s an honor to be recognized for giving back to the community.” Like the award’s namesake, Mr. Squatrito exemplifies what the Hattie Brown Award is all about, according to Judy Squires, chairwoman of the award subcommittee. “The committee thought that Bob Squatrito was the perfect choice for the Hattie Brown Award because of all the volunteerism he has done,” Ms. Squires said. “He certainly demonstrates the same spirit of community service as Hattie did many years ago. Bob started volunteering at the age of six and has not stopped to this day. The committee thought they couldn't find a better candidate for this award, and we know that the many organizations he helped over the years will definitely feel the same way.” Following his Bristol High School graduation, Robert attended Providence College and graduated in 1972 with a degree in accounting. He later went on to Bryant College to earn credits within its Master’s program.
Robert Squatrito then began a 38-year career at the Raytheon Company’s Submarine Signal Division in Portsmouth. He rotated into 13 different positions of increasing responsibility and retired in 2010 as senior financial manager. Along the way, he received many noteworthy awards, including the IDS President’s Award, President Coin, and Finance Excellent Team Award. In 2009, he was one of four employees who received the IDS Our People Award. His accomplishments were concluded with the Raytheon Co. IDS “Person of the Year” Award for 2009. He also received Ambassador status in 2009 from Northeastern University. In 2006, he envisioned and began building a program dedication to promote excellence within Raytheon Company’s Finance and Contract core by guiding employees in finding opportunities for rotations, education, and mentoring relationships. This vision led him to develop the Raytheon-Northeastern MBA Rotation Program. In January 1990, he co-founded a tax preparation business, A & R Tax Associates, which is still serving the community after 27 years. Robert also served 26 years with the RI National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He retired in 1996 as a Master Sergeant within Food Service. A highlight of his career was winning the Philip A. Connelly Award as the best Field Food Service Unit in the National Guard and Army Reserves for the Army’s First Region. During his prestigious career, Robert has found time to give back to the community, in the true spirit of Hattie Brown. For the last 25 years, he has been collecting for the Knights of Columbus Handicap Drive and distributing food to the needy as a member of the Friends of St. Elizabeth. He is also a driving force with the La Bella Sicilia Society, serving as the chairman of its annual Thanksgiving and Christmas fundraiser, which donates the proceeds to the less fortunate for food and presents during the holiday season. In addition, he is a member of the RI Blood Center Frequent Donors. For the past 46 years, Robert has been married to the former Margaret Riley, his first and only true love. They have three children, Rob Jr., Margaret Gagner, and Melissa Silvia. They also have seven grandsons, Joshua,
Andrew and Nicholas Squatrito, William Hunter Silvia, and Aidan, Liam and Riley John Gagner. Robert and Margaret now winter in Sarasota, Fla., but when Robert returns, he can be seen cooking macaroni and meatballs for the Fourth of July fundraiser. He is also a part of the Visiting Ships Picnic Committee. From 2010 through 2014, Mr. Squatrito chaired four fundraisers and served on seven committees. He has been a key contributor to the Fourth of July Celebration. His additional volunteer activities include past captain of the Bristol Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation “Dollars for Scholars;” past Company Captain of the Southeastern NE United Way; past Team Captain of the Heart Fund Colt State Park Walk; former umpire and coach of the Bristol King Philip Little League; past Committee Chairman of Cub Scout Pack #6, St. Mary’s Church; past Treasurer, Boy Scouts of America, Troop #6, St. Michael’s Church; and member of the Bristol Council #379 Knights of Columbus for 45 years. Also, past volunteer instructor, Junior Achievement of RI, Project Business; former umpire and scorekeeper, Bristol Industrial Softball League; former line judge, Bristol County Touch Football League; former referee and scorekeeper, Bristol Recreation Summer Basketball League; former member, Cup Defenders Association; former social member, Defiance Hose Company; past Fair Chairman, St. Philomena’s School; and past member, Bristol High School Boosters Club. Robert Squatrito lives for the Fourth of July. This year, it will take on a little more meaning. As one might expect, he’s busy mapping out his strategy and getting his patriotic attire in order. He’s excited at the prospect of attending Celebration events like the Fourth of July Ball, the Yacht Club Reception, and of course, participating in the Fourth of July Parade. “Fourth of July has always been special to me,” he explained, “especially in this town. Like everyone else who lives here, I’ve learned that no one does it better than Bristol on the Fourth of July.”
HATTIE BROWN AWARD WINNERS 1987 Mary Ferguson
2002 Salvatore Palumbo
1988 Carmine and Agnes Carraturo
2003 Ken and Betty Burkhardt
1989 Thomas and Louise Adams
2004 S. Michael Minutelli
1990 Virginia Kinder
2005 Mickie and Gerry MacNeill
1991 Charlotte Ferris
2006 Muriel and James St. Angelo
1992 Anthony Marino
2007 George L. Sisson
1993 Alfred R. Rego Sr.
2008 Herculano S. “Okie” Falcoa
1994 Jerome Donovan
2009 Antonio A. “Tony” Teixeira
1995 Victoria “Vickie” VanVoast
2010 Elizabeth “Betty” Brito
1996 Bristol Good Neighbors (Marie Burden, director)
2011 Richard C. “Dickie” Sousa
1997 John Partington
2013 Hector Massa
1998 Joan E. Roth 1999 Margaret Morris 2000 Anthony Desmarais 2001 Madeline Grimo
2012 Diane Davis 2014 Roy Leffingwell 2015 Susan Donovan 2016 Stan Dimock 2017 Robert Squatrito
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Huskies on Parade BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA The colors may have changed from Green and White to Purple and White, but the quality of music remains the same: scintillating, animated and energetic. Before the former Bristol High School and Warren High School merged to become Mt. Hope High in 1993, the Fourth of July Parade featured the renowned Bristol High School Band, under the direction of some quality instructors such as Albert Dalton, Roger Dietz, Lou Pezzullo and Bob Arsenault. Marching in the Fourth of July Parade was as important to these gentlemen and their student musicians as any musical event during the school year. They knew they’d be performing before the biggest crowd of the year and in front of many of their relatives and friends. One veteran BHS band member from the 1950s and early ‘60s was Ralph “Bunny” Ferrara. “I played cymbals and drums back then,” said Mr. Ferrara, who later performed with the Rhode Island Matadors Drum & Bugle Corps. “The Bristol parade was everything. The first time I saw the size of the crowd, I was amazed. Throngs of people were lined on both sides of the parade route. It was amazing. It was like you were transported to another world.”
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Mr. Ferrara credited Roger Dietz for bringing the band into the modern era. “Mr. Dietz took the band to another level,” he said. “He was way ahead of his time. And, above all, the kids loved him.” When Bob Arsenault took control of the program, things got even better, including the years he was the marching band and concert band director at Mt. Hope High School. There was no one better. He was a great role model and well-respected by his peers. The band won many awards and was regarded as one of the finest high school musical units anywhere in the northeast. Nowadays, Christopher Lambert is the main man directing the Mt. Hope High Marching Band. Assistant band director is Britney Verria, whom Mr. Lambert says is a valuable asset to the program. On average, the MHHS Band consists of 130-140 members in grades 9 through 12. They just keep getting better and better every year. Mr. Lambert, 31, who is married to the former Kelsey Oliver and is the father of one son, has been part of Bristol’s Fourth of July fabric for a number of years, and says there’s nothing quite like it. “It’s an honor to be in the Fourth of July Parade,” he said. “I’ve been band director now for 10 years, and it’s been a great experience. We have a great group of kids here at Mt. Hope. Participating in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade has been a long-standing
tradition, and we’re extremely happy to be part of it.” A 2003 Mt. Hope High graduate and former band member, Mr. Lambert is originally from Warren, but recently settled in Bristol, so he knows how meaningful the high school band is to both communities. “We know how important the parade is,” he said. “The town has been so supportive of what we do. The kids really love it. The distance and weather conditions make it a challenge, but they step up to it and embrace the challenge.” Mr. Lambert, who earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in music education from URI, continues to help promote and produce a winning musical product. “This Fourth of July, we’ll probably have a total of 100 musicians, dancers, and flag and banner carriers in the parade,” he said. “We have a great support staff, including advisors and volunteers, which is really important to us.” In the past, the Mt. Hope High School Marching Band has been the lead musical unit in the parade on a number of occasions, an honor they’ve certainly deserved. But regardless of lineup placement, they’re happy just to be in the Chief Marshal’s Division, doing what they do best… helping Bristol celebrate America’s independence with spectators that continue to vigorously applaud.
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BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA The Bristol Fourth of July “Summer Music Preview” Drum and Bugle Corps Committee has a new person in charge of operations this year in John Noble, and like his predecessors, he’s anxious to continue the success of this very popular Fourth of July Celebration activity. “Things are going very well,” said the Coldwell Banker realtor, who has taken over the lead role as SMP chairman (along with Frank Fales) from longtime drum corps show committee members Tony and Gerald Mederos. “Frank and I, along with the rest of the committee, are working hard to ensure another successful show.” Like last year, the 2017 Summer Music Preview competition, now in its 28th year, will be returning to the 3,000-seat Cranston Stadium, 9 Flint Ave., Cranston, on Monday, July 3, starting at 6 p.m. The show will go on rain or shine. This year’s lineup will include perennial favorites Carolina 28
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Crown from Ft. Mills, S.C., and The Cadets from Allentown, Penn. They will be joined by the Crossmen from San Antonio, Texas; The Colts from Dubuque, Louisiana; Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta; Jersey Surf from Camden County, NJ; 7th Regiment from New London, Conn.; The Spartans from Nashua, NH; and Genesis from Austin, Texas. “For the first time ever, we have nine competing corps this year,” Mr. Noble said. “Genesis is also competing for the first time ever.” Last year, the Spartans took top honors in the Open Class with a score of 56.900, while the Cadets captured the World Class Division with a score of 77.200. The 2017 Summer Music Preview will feature three of the top 10 teams in Drum Corps International. Carolina Crown finished third at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis last year with a score of 97.088, while the Cadets placed sixth (92.763), and the Crossmen finished 10th (86.975). Reserved bleacher seats for the July 3 competition cost $40, $35,
and $30. General admission is $20, $10 for children 12 and under. The box office opens at 3 p.m. on the day of the show, and the gates open at 4 p.m. Those who purchase tickets in advance can get a free air-conditioned bus ride to and from the show. The “Patriot Express” will leave the Bristol Recreation Center at 4 p.m. July 3. To buy tickets and to reserve your seat on the bus, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Frank Fales at 401-644-9583. Tickets will also be sold at the gate. “Ticket sales and advertising have been going well,” said Mr. Noble. “We’ve put this on Facebook, Instagram and other social media outlets. We’re also getting the drum corps designated to their housing assignments, most of which are in the East Bay area.” “There is a lot of excitement over this year's show,” Frank Fales added. “With nine corps, it is our biggest and best ever. As usual, people are buying tickets from all over the country as the corps always have great follow-
ings. Ticket sales are strong and as one of only two northeast corps shows this season, people are buying earlier than ever. When you combine that with the great facility of Cranston Stadium, you have one of the best Rhode Island summer events this year.” The show will continue the next day, as four drum corps are expected to march in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade —The Cadets, Carolina Crown, The Crossmen and Jersey Surf. “We’re getting the top groups coming in,” Mr. Noble said. Although this will be John Noble’s first year heading up the Summer Music Preview Committee, he is getting plenty of help from many other Fourth of July Committee members. “Tony and Gerry Mederos are mentoring me along,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work, but the entire committee has been right there with me working hard to make this event another great success.” Mr. Fales continued, “The City of Cranston has been most helpful and the people there are excited about the shows as well. Corps fans are an extended family and most love to reminisce about their days participating in Drum and Bugle Corps. Many have even played at Cranston Stadium and are glad to see the shows return there. A lot of people left feeling very happy and very satisfied with last year's show.”
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BY MANUEL C. “MANNY” CORREIRA
The 2017 Bristol Fourth of July Concert Series promises to be as exciting and entertaining as in past years. And, situated at picturesque Independence Park with its majestic Bristol Harbor background, the venue will once again undoubtedly attract huge audiences. There will be 24 performances in 14 days, starting June 20, and continuing through July 3. “We have six new acts this year,” noted Raymond “Sonny” Lavey, who’s entering his 10th year as chairman of the Fourth of July Committee’s Concert Series, “including a first-ever Frog and the Prince performance on Saturday, July 1, at 1 p.m. This is a children’s performance that should be a big hit.” Headlining the musical offerings this year will be Nashville star Buddy Jewell, the first winner of the USA Network’s Country Music reality TV show, “Nashville Star.” 32 32
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He will be on stage at Independence Park on Sunday, June 25, at 7:45 p.m. This will be his first appearance in Bristol. “I know people will love this guy,” said Mr. Lavey. “He is wellknown and highly respected in the country music industry.” Other newcomers to Bristol this year will be Blue Lights Bandits/ Northeast Traffic on Monday, June 26; Neal & The Vipers on Tuesday, June 27; SIRSY on June 29; and the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band on Friday, June 30. “I’m sure people will be excited to see and hear each of these performers this year,” said Mr. Lavey. The Concert Series kicks off on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m., with the renowned 88th Army Band. Traditional favorites will also be returning to this year’s music lineup. They include Band of Brothers/ Rendition on June 21; the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble/Mike DiMucci on June 22; Gerry Grimo and the East Bay
Jazz Ensemble/Detroit Breakdown on June 23; the Patterson Smith Rashid Quartet/ Reminisce on June 24; Bobby Carlson & The Stones River Band on June 25; the Becky Chace Band on June 27; the World Premier Band on June 28; Songs in the Attic on June 29; Steve Smith and the Nakeds on July 1; Changes in Latitudes on July 2; and Trinity/SIXWIRE on July 3. “Last year, the Concert Series attracted the largest crowds ever,” Mr. Lavey reported. “We estimated that approximately 35,000 people attended during the 14 performance nights. It seems to be getting bigger every year.” For the most part, Mr. Lavey says, things run pretty smoothly each year. “Trash recycling is also important at the park,” he said. “We practice recycling. We also advise people not to bring pets. Pets are strongly discouraged.”
The Full Lineup… Tuesday, June 20 7:00 PM 88TH ARMY BAND The 88th Army Band, as part of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, has the primary responsibility to provide musical support across the state. The band has a long and proud history of service to our state and country. Instituted in 1892, the band performs a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits. Their Pop Rock Ensemble is consistently in the top East Coast Army Ensembles. Their show is a lively Patriotic presentation coupled with a high energy Rock set that will keep everyone thoroughly entertained.
Wednesday, June 21 6:30 PM RENDITION
tunes, and contemporary favorites popularized by a variety of composers for the theater and screen such as Stephen Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and others. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Michael, now relocated to Rhode Island, is a familiar face in Bristol, having done numerous shows at Linden Place and Cabaret and Sing Along performances at The Lobster Pot. He is also the current tenor soloist and cantor at Saint Mary's Church in Bristol. His eclectic repertoire and experience in musical theater and the American Songbook has enabled him to perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Swing and Jazz Band Avenue A, and in the South County Production of works by Gilbert and Sullivan. He has also appeared in the Opera Workshop of URI's productions of operas such as The Magic Flute, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and more.
Friday, June 23 Rendition is an Acoustic/Electric trio whose strength 6:30 PM is putting their own spin on a wide range of great GERRY GRIMO AND THE EAST BAY songs with big harmonies that will astound you. JAZZ ENSEMBLE Music from the 60’s to the present is featured in a laid back acoustic/electric format that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. Rendition is very popular on the local club scene, and will delight audiences of all ages.
7:45 PM BAND OF BROTHERS Band of Brothers is a unique combination of six musicians who have been playing music since the 60's. The members have been in the bands One Bone Shy, Deja Vu, Time-Piece, Run-21, F-Sharp, Neon Jungle, and Touch, to name a few. Formed to showcase multi -part vocal harmonies and an out of the ordinary variety of music, Band of Brothers takes extreme pride in performing a show that you won't forget. This show will be very crowded and early arrival is highly recommended.
Thursday, June 22 6:30 PM THE EAST BAY SUMMER WIND ENSEMBLE The East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble is celebrating its 37th Summer Season of Music and provides a wind ensemble experience for advanced instrumentalists of high school age and up. Under the direction of David M. Marshall, the orchestra features selections from crowd pleasing contemporary favorites to complicated classical pieces which highlight the technical abilities of these advanced musicians.
7:45 PM MICHAEL DIMUCCI Michael DiMucci will perform a program of classic songs and standards, movie themes, Broadway show
Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble's repertoire includes a wide range of material from the 1930's through 1990's with an emphasis on the "hits" of Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Standards, Oldies, Motown/R&B, Classic Rock, and 90's Pop/Dance music, Reggae, Country. Ballroom, Latin, and more.
7:45 PM DETROIT BREAKDOWN Detroit Breakdown is a high energy group playing music that is specifically tailored to keep the audience up on their feet. Formed in September of 2008, the band plays cover and original music that blends infectious grooves from a vast array of genres and artists that the band members interpret in their own way, leading to a common thread connecting each song in a natural, yet unique way. The band is comprised of lead vocalist Paul Petit, guitarist Scott Cioe, Bassist Richard Roussel, Keyboardist Richard Jiacovelli and Drummer and Bristol native, Billy Donohue. Together with sound man Russ Peck, this veteran local act has a combined 170 years in the music business.
Saturday, June 24 6:30 PM THE PATTERSON SMITH RASHID QUARTET This group spans 6 decades of music, performing together since 1990, and is well known for its instrumental and vocal arrangements. Beginning as a trio, they have grown to a quartet to enhance their sound and play larger venues. With unique interpretations of classic tunes, jazz standards, and cutting edge arrangements, the PSR Band presents an audience pleasing show not to be missed.
7:45 PM REMINISCE REMINISCE is an 8 member oldies group specializing in songs from the 50’s and early 60’s. With 4 vocalists and 4 instrumentalists, the group prides itself on achieving the original record sound when performing any song. Arrangements are as close to the original group sound as possible. REMINISCE has performed for national and regional audiences and continues to carry on the “Oldies” tradition.
Sunday, June 25 6:30 PM BOBBY CARLSON & THE STONES RIVER BAND Bobby Carlson & the Stones River Band presents "what's happening today in country music with "a little bit of yesterday" mixed in. Bobby has won the Massachusetts Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year several times and has formed a touring band with seasoned veterans of the LA/ Boston/Nashville country scene. This band always surprises everyone with their professional upbeat shows.
7:45 PM BUDDY JEWELL One of Arkansas’ favorite sons…BUDDY JEWELL, the very first winner of the USA Network's Country Music reality TV show NASHVILLE STAR, will perform in concert tonight. After winning, Nashville Star, Buddy experienced stunning success. His self- titled first album (produced by Clint Black) debuted at number one on Billboard Magazine's country album chart and number 13 on the Pop charts and was certified gold in both the US and Canada within a month. The first two singles "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song.") and "Sweet Southern Comfort," each climbed to the number three spot on the singles chart. His second album TIMES LIKE THESE, which included the top 20 hit, "If She Were Any Other Woman," reached number 5 on the Billboard album chart. In addition to performing across the United States, Buddy has become an international artist playing in China, Japan, Central America for Compassion International and much of Europe. The man who has supported so many causes sang for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan on an historic 2013 USO Tour. Here at home he's been a national spokesman for St Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame In October of 2015 and has been recognized by the Grammy’s, ACM (Academy of Country Music), and the CMA (Country Music Association). His current studio album is called MY FATHER”S COUNTRY. It’s his first time in Bristol – please give him a rousing reception. Continued on Page 34 FOURTH OF JULY
From Page 33 Monday, June 26 6:30 PM BLUE LIGHT BANDITS
Blue Light Bandits is a four piece groove band from New England. BLB was awarded the “Best Up and Coming Act at the Worcester Music Awards and has performed as opening support for artists including KC and the Sunshine Band, Badfish, New Politics, and The 5th Dimension. New to the Concert Series, their talent and performance skills will amaze everyone.
7:45 PM NORTHEAST TRAFFIC
Northeast Traffic is not your average funk/rock band. Hailing from Providence, in 2010, five ambitious musicians embarked on a journey, a mission of pure rock f...ury. Now, Northeast Traffic brings the ruckus whenever and wherever they are called upon to do so. So, ladies and gentlemen, stay tuned for whatever adventures may unfold for Alex Claros (lead vocals/guitar), Nick Parisi (keys), Sam Clemens (guitar), Burke White (bass), and Joseph Krapf (drums and cymbals). From the depths of the mystic abyss that is Joe Krapf and Burke White's rhythmic pocket arises a combination of funk flavor and raucous hard rock riffs. Northeast Traffic prides itself on making every NET experience unique through improvisational jams, while maintaining a tight and progressive sound. Influences are: Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, Pearl Jam, Sublime, Clutch, Rush, Rage Against the Machine, The Cat Empire, Lionize, Fu Manchu, Dave Matthews Band.
Tuesday, June 27 6:30 PM THE BECKY CHACE BAND
Roots rocker Becky Chace will knock you over with her voice and her longtime sidekick Brian Minisce will help you get back up and stand at attention. Their vast catalog of original music is authentic, eclectic, and honest. Becky covers artists as diverse as Irving Berlin, Johnny Cash, and Men at Work. She believes in the power of music. Whether she’s playing her original songs with Brian as an acoustic duo, fronting The Becky Chace Band, she is present in the moment enjoying the connection of community that only music can create. Becky performs at least 200 shows per year. She’s tough to pin down in terms of style; she’s that kind of musician who can’t help but go in different directions. A throwback to the artists of the 1960s and 70s who had intimate acoustic country ballads on the same records with blues rock and pop. Becky’s performance experience runs the gamut as well. With her band she’s opened concert and festival shows for such acts as B.B. King, America, Keb Mo, Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett at the Newport Sunset Music Festival and Twin River Casino. She’s shared more intimate stages such as the Narrows Center for the Arts and Stone Soup as an acoustic act with the likes of Judi Collins and Cheryl Wheeler. Receiving critical acclaim for her recordings, Becky’s proven to be a very prolific songwriter releasing 9 CDs. The Boston Globe called Chace’s Take Your Shot “a stunning collection of original roots rock, folk, and blues." What people talk about most when it comes to Becky’s music is her powerful voice. She’s been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raiit. Chosen Best
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7:45 PM NEAL AND THE VIPERS
Neal Vitullo is one of the foremost blues guitarists in the country. The Vipers have appeared at so many venues and with so many National acts, it would be difficult to list them. It’s been a long time coming but finally Neal and The Vipers are appearing at the Concert Series for the first time. Their show is a pleasing mix of Originals and Covers that will thoroughly entertain any audience.
Wednesday, June 28 7:00 PM THE WORLD PREMIER BAND
When true musicians of multiple backgrounds and talent come together, the music becomes a wall of sound that no jam session could ever produce. Audiences inspire the musicians to reach beyond the dimensions of their abilities to satisfy the listener. This is The World Premier Band – musicians with endless imaginations seeding the music of the 90’s and Today with Funk, Dance, Originals, and R&B. Multiple vocalists, choreographed stage moves, and Boston’s finest musicians present a performance not to be missed.
Thursday, June 29 6:30 PM SIRSY
SIRSY is a rock and soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass. The Boston Globe sums it up, “Little band. Big Sound.” No more needs to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is that there’s just two of them. The rest is bigger than a T-Rex. SIRSY is currently hard at work writing new songs for a follow-up to their latest EP “Sketches and Ghosts” and their most recent full-length offering, “Coming into Frame”. “Coming into Frame” was produced by Grammy-winners, Paul Kolderie & Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole, Dresden Dolls, Pixies). SIRSY’s song “Cannonball” was featured on the hit tv show “Shameless” (on Showtime). Their music video for “Lionheart” was in rotation on MTVu and their song “Revolution” was the theme song for a PBS documentary “So Right, So Smart”. (The music video for ‘Revolution’ was also in rotation on HBO.
7:45 PM SONGS IN THE ATTIC
Songs In The Attic is a musical tribute conceived and presented with a tremendous amount of detail and affection for the material of Billy Joel. Formed in 2011 by Long Island veteran singer/piano player David Clark, Songs In The Attic has performed for thousands of people at the Jones Beach Boardwalk bandshell, the Neconset Gazebo summer concert
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Friday, June 30 7:00 PM THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HERITAGE OF AMERICA BAND
This Concert Band is comprised of over 40 professional Airmanmusicians who captivate audiences on regular tours throughout the East Coast. The band has appeared with many worldrenowned artists, produced over 55 highly-acclaimed recordings and has performed at thousands of high-profile, community outreach and military events. The band's music is often heard on television, radio and the internet, and serves to communicate and convey Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence to millions. These achievements have earned the ensemble worldwide acclaim as well as military awards, including eight Air Force Outstanding Unit awards, three Colonel George S. Howard Citations of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands and numerous Mayoral Proclamations. Through the universal language of music, we COMMUNICATE U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense messages, making lasting connections with our audiences. Our community and civic outreach performances serve to instill patriotism, build partnerships, enhance the reputation of the Air Force and the United States, and demonstrate American values to the world.
Saturday, July 1 1:00 PM THE FROG AND THE PRINCE
Children’s performance produced by XXX Theater Company. This is a wonderful opportunity for a true family experience.
7:00 PM STEVE SMITH AND THE NAKEDS
Now celebrating nearly 40 esteemed years touring throughout the USA and Canada, this rhythm & blues powerhouse has taken their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun to the touring stage with Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV's video countdown program "The Basement Tapes", and the title track for their CD,” I'm Huge” gained notoriety by being included on the Fox TV season 6 Family Guy DVD box set. The song is the driving force behind the animated music video featuring the band and the Family Guy characters. The music video caused quite a buzz on www.youtube.com with over 450,000 views. Recently inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame, Steve Smith and the Nakeds’ performance will not allow you to sit still.
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Sunday, July 2 7:00 PM CHANGES IN LATITUDES
7:45 PM SIXWIRE
Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Throughout its ten year history, the band has traveled from Maine to Barbados, and Cape Cod to Chicago. From the Walt Disney Theaters aboard the Disney Cruise ships to the National Hamburger Festival in Ohio, Changes In Latitudes has thrilled audiences with an amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience.
Monday, July 3 6:30 PM TRINITY
Trinity is comprised of three vocalists with decades of experience in the music industry. An offshoot of the popular East Bay RI band "Band Of Brothers", Trinity started as a vehicle for the three lead vocalists to perform acoustically. Fred & Eric Komiega are still in Band of Brothers, while Joe Caron left the band to pursue varied musical interests. As a vocal/acoustic act Trinity is in a class all its own. Trinity specializes in performing music with soaring vocal harmonies by such classic acts as Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Hollies, The Beatles, Byrds, etc. Utilizing Joe's intricate fingerstyle guitar work and Fred's driving rhythm guitar along with Eric handling electronic and hand percussion, Trinity is unlike any other acoustic act in New England.
Nashville super-group SIXWIRE, returning to Bristol for the 4th time, brings five veterans of touring, recording, and songwriting to the Bristol stage. With three lead guitarist/vocalists and a rock solid rhythm section, SIXWIRE presents a stellar neo country/rock performance. Highlights of their show include a tribute to the great guitar/vocal bands of the 70’s and 80’s, and the now famous ‘Beast’ – a medley of the greatest guitar parts and solos from the greatest classic rock songs of all time. Members of SIXWIRE have toured and recorded with Faith Hill, Richard Marx, Delbert McClinton, Randy Owen, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Phil Vassar, Olivia Newton John, and countless others. Songs written by SIXWIRE members have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, John Michael Montgomery, Brooks & Dunn, Blackhawk, Chris Cagle, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan and more. SIXWIRE’s Warner Brothers CD, debuted in the Top 30 Billboard Country Charts, and featured two hit singles and music videos. Touring included appearances with Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Lonestar, and many others. SIXWIRE also made numerous television appearances on CMT, GAC, USA Network, FOX, and various syndicated programs. American Idol producers chose SIXWIRE as a finalist for their FOX Television show, “THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND” from over 10,000 entrants. SIXWIRE moved from Nashville to Los Angeles for the three month stint at Hollywood’s Television City to be a part of the program. Since returning to Nashville, SIXWIRE has been working on a new album and is featured on ABC TV’s series “Nashville”.
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Calendar of Events
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
Flag Day Ceremony 6 p.m. Town Common
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
Vintage Baseball Game 11 a.m. Town Common
Block Dance Party 6:30-10 p.m. Town Common
TUESDAY, JUNE 20
Concert: 88th Army Band 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21
5:15 p.m. Registration 6 p.m. Start Town Common/Courthouse
Concert: Detroit Breakdown 7:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
Concert: The World Premier Band 7 p.m.
Concert: The Patterson Smith Rashid Quartet
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28-SATURDAY, JULY 4
Fourth of July Ball
Rockwell Amusements Carnival
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
FRIDAY, JUNE 23
Concert: Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble 6:30 p.m.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 30
6 a.m. All Churches
2 p.m. St. Elizabeth’s Church
Concert: Bobby Carlson & the Stones River Band 6:30 p.m.
Concert: The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band 7 p.m.
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Concert: Michael DiMucci
TUESDAY, JULY 4
MONDAY, JUNE 26
Concert: Band of Brothers Concert: The East Bay Wind Ensemble
SUNDAY, JUNE 25
Concert: Songs in the Attics
THURSDAY, JUNE 22
6 p.m. Cranston Stebbins Stadium, Cranston, RI
DCI Drum Corps Show "Summer Music Preview"
6 p.m. Roger Williams University Field House
Concert: Buddy Jewell
MONDAY, JULY 3
Concert: Blue Light Bandits 6:30 p.m.
Concert: Northeast Traffic 7:45 p.m.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27
SATURDAY, JULY 1
6:30 a.m. (Half-Marathon) 7 a.m. (Kids Obstacle Course Fun Run) Independence Park
Concert: The Frog Prince 1 p.m.
Concert: The Becky Chace Band
Concert: Steve Smith and the Nakeds
Concert: Neal and the Vipers
SUNDAY, JULY 2
Concert: Changes in Latitude 7 p.m.
9:30 p.m. Bristol Harbor
Ringing of the Bells
Patriotic Exercises Colt Memorial School 8:30 a.m.
Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade Hope and High Streets 10:30 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday, July 15-16 Tennis Tournament Roger Williams University
SUNDAY, JULY 16
Firemen's Field Day 10 a.m. Imdependence Park
ALL CONCERTS ARE AT INDEPENDENCE PARK • FOR MORE EVENT DETAILS VISIT WWW. JULY4THBRISTOLRI.COM
PROUD TO BE YOUR NEIGHBOR. At Roger Williams University, we believe Rhode Island is more than just our address. This is our home and Rhode Islanders are key partners in the work of our students, faculty, and staff throughout the state.
Proud to partner with you on: • Education. Every year RWU welcomes hundreds of Rhode Island students to our undergraduate, graduate, continuing studies and law programs. • Service. With the help of the town of Bristol and other communities, RWU students have provided over 50,000 hours of service to date – an incredible learning experience for our students. • Partnerships. Through our Community Partnerships Center, faculty and students bring their expertise and energy to help solve problems facing cities, towns and nonprofits. • Research and Initiatives. From growing oysters to affordable housing to cybersecurity to legal expertise, RWU works alongside Rhode Island residents to improve the communities in which we live and work. • Community Resources. RWU welcomes Rhode Islanders to enjoy our campus including our library, pool, walking trails or by attending one of hundreds of events on campus such as athletics, performing arts and nationally renowned speakers.
We’ll see you on the Fourth! The Bristol Fourth of July Celebration is a one-of-a kind experience that brings together neighbors to honor our history and remember what makes our country great. From being a sponsor to hosting a float, we are excited to be a part of this beloved tradition.
At Roger Williams University, we are proud to be your neighbor.
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"The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the locations of the library!" – A. Einstein VISIT THE ROGERS FREE LIBRARY 525 Hope St. Bristol, RI • rogersfreelibrary.org
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THANK YOU! – PROUD PATRIOTIC SUPPORTERS PLATINUM +
Herculano S. (“Okie”) (CM ’16) and Donna M. (General Chairman 2016-2017) Falcoa
Dr. and Mrs. William F. Bundy
Jerome & Mary Squatrito
Deodete R. Pacheco
Jim & Anne Welch - Happy 4th of July!
John Andrade Insurance Agency, Inc.
Columban Fathers - “In God we trust.”
Jay-El Trophies & Awards, Inc.
Joan & Richard Abrams
Councilman Edward P. Stuart, Jr.
Congratulations – Joan & Rich Abrams
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
Joan Doyle Roth
Cliff & Kathy McGovern
In memory of M. Theresa Donovan (CM ’57) from niece Joan Doyle Roth (CM ’86). With Love.
Evelyn Lemaire Lamoureux
Congratulations and Best Wishes to this year’s Chief Marshals, Gail Parella and Lisa Sienkiewicz. We are looking forward to sharing this year’s festivities with the both of you and your families. Let the celebration begin!
Joan C. Prescott - Thanks for making this unique event so memorable! Congrats to Gail and Lisa.
Heidi Monroe Pam Lenehan & Larry Geuss - Happy July 4th Gayl and Dudley Hallagan - Thank you Bristol!! Happy Birthday, America!! Support our Troops, Police and Fire!!
Robert C. & Linda C. Arruda Our country tis of thee – of thee we sing!
Enjoy your Freedom, always remembering their high purchase price, then and now. Evelyn Lemaire Lamoureux – 1st Miss 4th of July, 1948
Patricia Enright & Frank Grunberg - We love Bristol!
Skip & Lori Castro - Happy Fourth to Mom & Dad.
Dick & Betty Usher
Joseph R. Perroni
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Avila, Jr. - God Bless all of you.
Our Lord’s Blessings for Our Bristol 4th of July.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Serpa Good Health & Happiness to All.
Keep up the Good Work.
Great choice for Chief Marshals, Lisa & Gail. Happy Fourth to All.
Joseph & Joan Janario
Cynthia M. Alves
Jackie & Ron Armillotto
Michael T. Byrnes - Happy 4th
Paul & Maryann Salesi - Let Freedom Ring – Happy 4th
Bob & Donna McKenna - Happy 4th of July!
Louis P. (CM – 13) & Susan E. Cirillo
Roger P. Belmore - Happy Fourth to All.
In Memory of Louis J. “Chi-Chi” Cirillo – He loved the Fourth.
Roger and the late Ollie Belmore
Paul & Paula Ferreira
Bob Rondeau - Keep up the great work!
Happy 232nd Celebration! Love Bristol – Paul and Paula
SILVER Sandra Andrade
Tony & Jackie Teixeira - Happy & Safe 4th of July to all.
Zane & Carole Anderson
Betty & Edwin Weston
Betty & Joseph Brito, Jr. - As a community, we are
Bennett and Charlotte Burnham
Oliver Insurance Agency, Inc.,
blessed to have such devoted civic volunteers!
In honor of Eliza, Tom, Claire, and Nick
George Lima Funeral Home
Hector & Shirley Massa - “Stars and Stripes Forever”
Susan & David Hibbitt
Ollie & Donna Poissant - Happy & Safe 4th
Edward & Rachel Castro - Happy 4th of July,
George & Haven Miles
and congratulations to our new Chief Marshals Gail Parella and Lisa Sienkiewicz.
Joseph Moniz - Happy Fourth
In memory of Pat & Sadie Guida who loved Bristol & the 4th of July. Thank you 4th of July Committee for all you do.
Robert P. O’Connell
Ocean Massage - Happy 4th of July!
Mary & Joseph Lero - Congratulations Lisa & Gail.
Jane P. Castro - In memory of Past Chairman,
John & Edna Greene
Francis N. Perry – 1959-1960
Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, Ltd. John G. Rego & Gloria J. Rego Marcia Bosworth - A Tradition to be Proud of! Michael Rossi & April Carleton Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Caruso Happy Fourth of July to all.
A.N. Nunes Agency Inc. Reba Rebekah Lodge No. 12
Sara Jane Soboleski
Martha Costa Ginny Harrsch Pat Guida-Salisbury
A well-deserved honor!
Paul & Pam Bishop
Happy 4th of July to all my family & friends near & far.
Mrs. Ronald Gladue - “Happy Fourth of July!”
Ann Marie Conklin
Joann & Earl Hazen
Thanks for all your hard work! Happy Fourth.
Vivian & Louis Lombardi - Happy Birthday, America. Sandy & Jeanette Matrone
Bristol County Lions - Bristol County Lions “We Serve” Eleanor C. McGinn
Congratulations & best wishes to the 2017 Chief Marshals.
Capt. Peter & Eileen Hewett, JAGC, USN (ret)
Bill & Anna Conley
As Always – Well Done. May God bless our USA.
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June 28 - July 4, 2017 BRISTOL TOWN COMMON STATE STREET
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