Blues bat for breast cancer - Bristol Hospital

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Home improvement

City loans fix houses, bring new life, safety to neighborhoods By KRISTEN GLOSS STAFF WRITER

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Cops honored for ‘dedication to duty’ PAGE A6


Officials talk to store owners PAGE A10



BRISTOL — David Sgro has a vision for Bristol in mind and a way to make that dream a reality. Through his new position as the Bristol Development Authority’s

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housing and project specialist, Sgro’s goal is to bring new life and safety to the homes of Bristol. The Housing and Rehabilitation Program, a loan program that directly aids homeowners in making repairs, is how he plans to achieve this goal.

“My goal is to help these people fix up their houses and take more pride in where they are living and improve the neighborhood. The neighbors will see what’s going, on and they will start working on their properties because they want it to

look as good as the Jones’,” Sgro said. “It’s a snowball effect and before you know it, eventually you get rid of whatever blight there is, you get rid of the bad neighborhoods and pretty soon you have a city where See LOAN, Page A2

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BRISTOL — For the third year in a row, the Bristol Blues put on pink jerseys and swung pink bats while working with Bristol Hospital to host Pink Night, which raises funds for breast cancer patients and those affected by it.   All proceeds from the event go to The Beekley Center for Breast Health and Wellness that is part of Bristol Hospital, explained Chris Boyle, director of public relations at Bristol Hospital.  “In 2015, The Blues reached out and wanted to organize an event together for breast cancer patients and all who are affected,” said Boyle. “We are grateful for the Blues and everything The Beekley Center does.”  Ed Swicklas, the general manager See BLUES, Page A3

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Firefighters work at the scene of a single-car rollover crash in the Lake Avenue commuter lot in Bristol Friday afternoon. Ther driver, who received minor injuries, was extricated from the vehicle. See Story on Page A2.


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Participants in the Bristol Hospital Pink Night during Friday night’s Bristol Blues game at Muzzy Field.

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Bristol Blues stand for the national anthem during the Bristol Hospital Pink Night at Muzzy Field.

Bristol DA appeals Hernandez’s voided murder conviction BOSTON (AP) — on Friday. He called the rule Massachusetts prosecutors “archaic” and said it “does on Friday appealed a court not serve the public interest.” ruling that erased former “A defendant who commits suicide NFL star Aaron should not be able Hernandez’s murder conviction in to manipulate the the 2013 killing of outcome of his a semi-professionpost-conviction al football player. proceedings to H e r n a n d e z ’s achieve in death conviction in what he would not the fatal shootbe able to achieve ing of Odin in life,” Quinn Lloyd was voided Aaron Hernandez said. after the former H e r n a n d e z ’s New England Patriots appellate attorneys, John player killed himself in Thompson and Linda prison. Under a long-held Thompson, could not Massachusetts legal princi- immediately be reached ple, courts typically erase the for comment. A message convictions of defendants was left at their office in who die before their direct Springfield. appeals can be heard. Hernandez took his own Bristol District Attorney life in April days after he was Thomas Quinn III filed an acquitted in a separate, 2012 appeal with a single justice of double slaying in Boston. the Supreme Judicial Court The legal principle known

as abatement ab initio, or “from the beginning,” holds that a conviction should not be considered final until an appeal in the criminal case can determine whether mistakes were made that deprived the defendant of a fair trial. In their appeal Friday, prosecutors argue that some states have moved away from automatically erasing convictions when defendants die before appeals can be heard. More than a dozen states allow appeals to continue even after death and only dismiss convictions when the appellate court finds that a new trial would have been warranted. Prosecutors said courts should strike a balance between the rights of defendants and the rights of victims.

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also threw a ceremonial first pitch for the third year in a row. She explained that the center opened because it was a vision of the community to have a breast care center.  “The center was an effort between Bristol Hospital and the community and has continued to grow from the support of the community and business partners,” said Albano. “It is events like this and donations from business partners that help us succeed.”   “It’s a lot of fun and attracts not only baseball fans, but women with, or who have had breast cancer, and their families,” Albano said. “The event is a way for many to celebrate in the audience or while participating.” “This event is truly a gem for the center, and it will happen again next year,” Albano added. “It’s great to see faces in the crowd that made their way through the clinic and to know that others, who can’t make it this year because of difficult times in the clinic, can be

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it is seen that the center is associated with a local team, it puts our name out there, and we are pleased to work with them.”   Kathy Albano is the clinical coordinator and breast health navigator at the center and focuses on streamlining breast care services for women and guiding them into screening.   Albano took part in organizing the event and

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Dr. Sai Varanasi throws out one of the first pitches during the Bristol Hospital Pink Night.


of the baseball team, explained the team purchased the pink jerseys and bats to show their support.   “We have a very good, professional and community based relationship with the center,” said Swicklas. “It supports a good cause and is a really great event.”  There was a silent auction where anyone could purchase the pink jerseys and bats the team used during the game. In the last two years, every jersey and bat was sold. In total, the last four Pink Nights have raised $4,000 for The Beekley Center, according to Boyle.   Eleven ceremonial first pitches were made by different breast cancer survivors and members of The Beekley Corporation and Bristol Hospital. The medical director and breast surgeon at the center, Sai Varanasi, has been working there since it opened four years ago and has thrown a ceremonial first pitch every year.   “It’s great of the Bristol Blues to offer the help and the opportunity to show up, throw a ball and have fun,” said Varanasi. “Sports are big in this community, so when


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