FVA 8th anniversary.
Eight years promoting village business,
activities, creating a viable central Square
where people can mingle, chat and have fun.
FVA has many achievements over the years.
FVA is a membership; committed, cohesive,
and hard working, driven to achieve! FVA has
a high appraisal rating among the residents
and the City of Bristol, we serve.
The year 2010 is a year with
much promise. The completion of RT.
72 and phase one of Quinlan Veterans Park
restoration will begin; the street festivals
including the Duck Race, an anticipated
signature event, and the Pumpkin Festival
with a strong presence.
Membership will be a main focus of the FVA.
would like to see more people involved,
realize the fine work, and
appreciate events like the pumpkin festival,
duck race, carol sing and summer concert.
Support this effort by
sending in a resident membership and signing
up a new member. In
2010, FVA would like to see better
attendance at the monthly meetings, only
nine per year. Come out, you are always
welcome. If you attend one meeting, you may
come back for more fun. Volunteering can be
very rewarding, so make an effort this year
to “come on down”.
The Carol Sing was spirited
with Christmas excitement.
Mary Lynn Gagnon did a
nice job putting the program together. Her
daughter, Gracie opened
up with a Christmas solo, a
Other highlights included the
St. Joseph’s Children’s choir
and a touching Veteran’s tribute.
Special thanks to our
host Peter Roberge and
Chris Roberge as Santa,
Berkley Little DJ and especially to
all of you
who sang and supported our 8th
Annual Carol Sing.
FVA also would
like to acknowledge John and Helen
Lobaczewski, Penny and Kit Critchley, Sandy
and Joe Gozzo, Marsha and Don Lockhart, Gail
and Rick Leach, Jean DelllaVecchia, Geri
Reilly and Lynn Savage, for the fine work of
cutting, creating and installation of the
traditional holiday pines on the bridge and
throughout the center; nice touch!
New Year, stay healthy and have fun!
Rt. 72 seems to be progressing along quite
well. Once completed, it will add beauty to
the Forestville district with a few
advantages; egress to city center, quieter,
quaint Forestville Center… all pluses.
Tom Dickau led the sales of 180, of the 200
ordered, Christmas ornaments.
The Sarah E. Reynolds ornament was a great
… Tom would like us to reserve the date of
May 2nd for
the Duck Race. The first
committee meeting will be held Jan.20th,
5pm at Nuchie’s. This year Tom is asking all
FVA members to help out,
by taking a book of 10 duck
tickets to sell. You can help us
reach our goal of selling all
5,000 ducks for this wonderful
community event and FVA fundraiser.
This year, the first
Prize will be $1,500 cash and second prize
is $1,000 cash, with many other great
kickoff sales will be at the Home Show on
Friday, Feb.19th (5-9pm),
Saturday, Feb.20th ( 11-7) and
Sunday, Feb 21st (11-4).
Tickets will also be on
sale at Nuchie’s. Many at the meeting
volunteered to work at the Home Show, but
many more will be needed to sell ducks at
Stop and Shop and Wal-Mart.
Bristol Historical Society
of Bristol’s 225th
anniversary, of being
incorporated as town in 1785, Tom Dickau and
Tom LaPorte designed a beautiful
postcard depicting Bristol’s past, present
and future. Tom Dickau sold these at
the meeting for $1.00.
Tom may be reached at
for more information.
Membership Attendance Drawing
was held to start the New Year with new
certificates. The winners included,
Roy Diyulio -$25, Max Pizza…Gail
Leach-$25 Ali’s Pizza… Rick
Leach, Men’s Night at Nuchie’s…Ron
Trafford, $25 True Value…Janie
Johnson, Lady’s Night at Nuchie’s and
Tom Dickau,$25 Stop and Shop.
At the February
meeting one, $25 gift certificate will be
given to a member who is present.
Attend the meeting and you could be a winner
Has anyone noticed the beautiful
hand painted Nativity in front of Asbury
United Methodist Church
on Church Ave? It was
painted for the FVA member church
by FVA members, Trish and Chad
Lockhart. Thank you, your special
talent adds beauty to our village.
Trash receptacle for Central
Square – FVA is
investigating the purchase of a simple trash
can like the trash receptacles on Memorial
Dave has asked Nancy’s
assistant Susanne to prepare a final
financial report for 2009. This report will
be available at the February monthly
“If you like what you see,
Please, please, sign up one new
A membership form is enclosed
in the mailing. Our goal is to reach more
homes and businesses. FVA offers so much to
all of us. Please show your support. FVA is
always looking out for you.
Beautifying the Village of
is a staple for the
organization. Winter is
cold and messy, but does lend a nice break
to outdoor maintenance.
However, buildings blight, and junk piles
can be addressed. Dreams and plans for
spring can help us stay on task. Motivation
is the key.
This spring the Central Square mulched beds
should be filled with color by daffodil and
tulip bulbs planted last fall. Watch for the
Correspondence Report with Maryellen Holden
aka; Waddles, Welcome Lady:
thanks Maryellen for attending the Carol
Sing and all the FVA events, as our Mascot.
Maryellen is a great representative for FVA
with her nice appearance and love of
Forestville and residents.
Sympathy notice to family of Jeff Dziob,
Jack Sands, Sam Kasparian and Leo Marin.
Congratulations to Tracy Driscoll Insurance
on the anniversary of 90 years in business.
business that long these days, knows their
Received a thank you note for a wonderful
Forestville Holiday Gathering from Penny and
$50 memorial donation will be made to Asbury
United Methodist Church Book of Remembrance
in the name of Earl Douglas Struble, a fine
man who will be missed by many.
We miss you Rocky Cipriano. Rocky is in an
assisted living home at 180 Scott Road, the
Village of East Farms, in Waterbury; if you
would like to call him, (203)597-1960.
Thank you Tradewind Antiques for creating
the Holiday pieces for the Festival of
Thank you Maryellen for the Christmas card
to Dave from membership. It was well versed,
but Dave still had a tough time reading it.
Coming Events and Fundraising 2010:
Duck Race – May 2, 2010- We must sell, sell,
Home Show -
(5-9pm), Saturday, Feb.20th
(11am-7pm) and Sunday, Feb 21st
Brick Sales, Phase
3, at a cost of $75.00 each. This could be
your last chance to forever be engraved in
Auction- Thursday, March 18th.
Please gather any auction items you may have
and most of all, plan on attending. The
pasta is yummy and a fun time is had by all.
The Auctioneer will be the former Mayor,
Bill Stortz. Call Joan at 860.589.0624 with
auction items or for information.
2010 Scholarship, Christine
scholarship is the same as in previous
years; one scholarship for $500.00.
The scholarship will be in the schools
and will be due
March 31st this year. Maryellen
Holden, Tom Dickau and I will review the
applications at that time to choose the
Pig Roast- would
anyone like to lead us in perhaps a scaled
down version, Sunday event in late summer?
Henry and your pig committee, we need you!
Craft or Artists Fair?
Another night at the ball park?
Next meeting, February 10, 2010 – Nuchie’s