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Republican Party to Honor Tim Stewart, Peter Gostin


The Second Annual Republican Committee Annual Award dinner will honor two of the party’s most well-known members.

Former Mayor Timothy Stewart will receive the Linda Blogoslawski Award and Peter Gostin will get the Mary Chaponis Award.

Town Committee Chairman Tony Cane said when he became the chairman of the party two years ago, he knew he wanted to have an awards dinner.

“We had one in the past. The year after Linda died we gave one to Dorothy Turnrose in 2000. The Mary Chaponis award was only given out once in 2010 and Erin Stewart got it,” said Cane. “Last year I brought the award back.”

The Linda Blogoslawski Award is given to the person who has done a lot for the City. The Mary Chaponis Award is given to the person who has done a lot for the Republican party.

Blogoslawski was the first female mayor of New Britain. She was killed in a shooting at state lottery headquarters in Newington in 1998.

Chaponis died in August of 2012 and was appointed to the Commission on Aging in New Britain and a member of the New Britain Senior Center, Secretary of the Republican Town Committee and Citizens Property Owners Association.

Last year Lou Salvio received the Linda Blogoslawski Award and Marylou Sanders received the Mary Chaponis Award.

“Even though Tim Stewart could be a little controversial at times, you have to admit he always puts the City first,” said Cane. “He did a lot for the City as Mayor. He has done a lot for the chamber (as executive director of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce) and has brought a lot of business into New Britain.”

Stewart served as mayor from 2003 to 2011 and was hired as chamber president two years later.

Cane said since Stewart became the executive director, membership has grown by a large amount.

“He had a big part in that,” said Cane. “Peter Gostin got the Mary Chaponis Award because he is the registrar of voters now and he has been an alderman, a constable and the chairman of the party. He was a treasurer for Tim’s campaign. He has done a lot behind the scenes as well.”

Cane said the Mary Chaponis Award was a difficult choice as there were a lot of good candidates, but Gostin was the best choice this year. Both are still working to help the City.

The event will be held at the Back Nine Tavern, 245 Hartford Rd., on April 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and you can get them by calling Cane at 860-983-4295 or emailing him at

About 65 people showed up last year and tables are selling out fast. So those interested need to buy tickets early. Funds raised will go towards the party.

“Our focus is really just to honor these two gentlemen,” Cane added.