Minutes / Newsletter
April 26th, 2017
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· May “Spring Break”…..First Thought: It is our half year mark. Time to plant flowers in the village center. Second Thought: Spring exposes littered areas, so it is so important to pick up and clean up.
· Spring Clean Up…...went on as usual with a small workforce. Thank You Sandy Gozzo and Al & Jane Goodwin for your dedication to the clean-up effort. Time well spent! Every little bit helps! It looks great!
· Duck Season Continues / Rain…...Rain has helped with the severe drought situation earlier this year and it will now also allow more area for the ducks to move around. The Pequabuck River should be perfect for Duck Day! The season is rapidly coming to a close, so get those tickets sold and turned in.
· With Race Day Approaching…...A big “Thank You” goes out to the Pequabuck River Watershed Association for removing debris from the river banks on Saturday April 29th.
· United Way Representative…...Kim Carmelich (doing a fine job!) reports that the 2017 United Way Builders Reception was a big success! It may have been a rainy night, but the event raised a record amount of money. Thank you to MJ for putting together a table of F.V.A. representation and thank you to table sponsors F.V.A., CACO Print & Nuchies Restaurant. Kim also informed membership how important it is to donate food products year round to help keep shelves stocked all summer. Donating during the holiday season is very helpful, but doesn’t carry the whole year through. Thank You Kim!
· Summer Concert…...has been confirmed for Tuesday June 27th with a very well know band throughout the village providing the entertainment…..”The Chaparrals”. It should be a great night! Bring your lawn chairs and coolers! Thank you to property host Ultimate Wire!
· Nice Job Reporting…...The Bristol Press put a nice section in an April Sunday addition called, “101 Things to know about Forestville”. Very nicely done and very informative!
· New Face In The Crowd…...Tonight the F.V.A. welcomes Dave Gottschall to our meeting.
City Village Report:
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) –
Connecticut Portable Storage: The grand opening / ribbon cutting ceremony was held on April 26th for the 127,000 square foot facility located at 39 Business Park Drive.
Bristol Hospital: Is close to signing a contract with a developer to build an outpatient care center on the property they purchased at Centre Square. We could see a groundbreaking this fall and a potential opening in 2019. Something is happening downtown!
StartUp Bristol: A business plan competition to encourage small business owners to expand or locate in Bristol. There are currently 32 companies that have applied with the hope of receiving a portion of the $125,000 up for grabs. It is a very intense completion and we are very excited and enthused with the response!
City Budget: The city is in a tough spot and having a difficult time making a decision in regards to the budget due to the fact that the state is up in the air on what it is they are doing and what they are going to be able to provide our city in regards to assistance.
All Heart Website: Is up and running per Bob Passamano
Comment: Rick Leach commented on the good job that was done on paving Frederick Street.
First Deputy, Leo Bonola – Duck Business: Supplying tickets, picking them up, all for the good of the village. Parade Info: We have a very active committee with hopes to upgrade the parade and attendance.
Monthly Drawing Winner: Bruce Lindquist - 4 Duck Tickets
Just a side note…..Dave has never won a raffle. How could this be???
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – The revisions to the bylaws that were set to be approval at the April meeting, have run into a snag. The updated bylaws were sent out electronically, along with the March newsletter, but some members had not seen the updates. Cheryl T. will make a few hardcopies to circulate at the June meeting and a vote on the updated bylaws will now take place at that time. We are currently operating with outdated bylaws, so we need to get this approved. Also, who modifies the policies on the website, as this is a good source of information?
· Christine Levesque (F.V.A. Scholarship) – The recipient of the 2017 F.V.A. Scholarship will be announced at the June Meeting.
· Cheryl Thibeault (Duck Chair) - Duck Race is almost here. Another year with our great partner, the F.V.A. Clean Harbor will be an event sponsor this year and we have secured a boom which is so important to the success of the race. As usual, we are down to the wire and still have an outside shot of selling all 5,000 tickets. City Budget: We are in somewhat of a holding pattern until we can figure out what the state is going to do. There are important services that need to be financed and we understand that this is the tax payer money and we take that very seriously! We have until June 3rd to establish a budget.
· Kristen Varano (Facebook Page) - If you have any information, or pictures you would like to share on our Facebook page, please send to Kristen @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) –The 3rd Annual Pine Lake Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday May 3th from 7am-noon. Thank you to the F.V.A. for their donation. All is well with Pine Lake, it looks beautiful this time of year.
· Chuck Woodin (FMDT Parade) – We have a Grand Marshal for the parade! World War II Veteran widow Ann Kolsun. She will ride in a car provided by Ken Crowley. We have a number of new entries this year, including 3 refurbished military vehicles. We will also have the Bristol Eastern High School Band performing. There will be a noon start time, so get your chairs in place early. If there are any questions, or if you would like to participate on the parade committee in any way, please contact us at (email@example.com).
· Bruce Barton (Post 209 Happenings) – Thank you to the F.V.A. for their $50 donation to help support the Post 209 fishing derby being held at Rockwell Park.
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – April 29th and May 13th are prescription drug take back day at the Police Dept. from 10am-2pm. Please make sure all prescriptions are in sealed bags. We hope to have permanent prescription disposal boxes at the Police Dept. by the summer. In regards to the Bristol brawl that took place at Rockwell Park, we will identify the individuals and make arrests. That behavior is unacceptable!
Treasurer Report: Mary Jane Lindquist – All accounts are in good standing. The annual and monthly reports are always available at Nuchies. Side Note from Joan T: Happy Birthday MJ! Side Note from Dave P: With great persistence by MJ, the F.V.A. was able to recoup a $1,000 overpayment refund from the IRS. Great work MJ!
Membership 2017: Mary Jane Lindquist – Current membership for 2017 is (Family 49, Businesses 43).
Presidents Notes: I am a little disappointed by the membership renewal numbers. The dues are very important to maintaining and servicing the F.V.A.
Memorial Walkway Sign – To help bring attention to the beautiful walkway identifying our veterans and their branch of service.
Maintain Properties – Take a peek at your property for any blight, trash, leaves, etc. Inspire others to tidy up.
Correspondence Report: Mary Ellen Holden
- Note of Congratulations – To Detective Brasche & Officer O’Connor for being named Officers of the Year!
- Note of Congratulations – To Kit & Penny Critchley for their Civic Activity Award presented by Friends of Bristol!
- Note of Recognition – To Mary Ellen Holden for the fine job she did as MC for the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Dinner!
· Historical Marker #3: 164 Central Street (Closing In On Final Passage)
· Historical Marker #4: Up Next, Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block. Looking for specific dates and building/property information. (Pat Nocera is helping Dave gather some information)
· 2017 Christmas Ornament – Golarz/Owsianko
Upcoming Events 2017:
· United Way Day of Caring – Friday, May 19th
· Forestville Memorial Day Tribute Parade – Monday, May 29th
· Summer Concert – Tuesday, June 27th
Next FVA meeting –Wednesday June 21st, 2017 – Nuchie’s – Business meeting 5:30pm
If you have not already renewed your membership, please renew by sending your check payable to Forestville Village Association, c/o Mary Jane Lindquist, 81 Spark Avenue, Forestville, CT. 06010
Individual/ Family- $20.00_____, Non-Profit- $25.00______, Business - $50.00_______
Voluntary Donation - $________
Let us remember to support the businesses and non- profit organizations, who support us!
Albert & Korn, CPA’s
Italian Social Club
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Korean Veterans Association Bristol
American Clock & Watch Museum
LFD Bristol, Inc.
American Legion Bristol Post #2
American Legion Forestville Post 209
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
Nye Insurance Agency
O’Brien Funeral Home
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
One Fifty Central
Black Bear Auto, LLC
Bristol Instrument and Gears, Inc.
Peter Roberge Painting Company
Bristol Police Union
Power Fuels Propane, LLC
Broad Street Self Storage
RB Transmissions, LLC
CACO Print Productions, LLC
Redshed Christmas Trees
City True Value Hardware
Rt. 72 Liquors
Classic Plumbing By Reno
Sassu Cuts, LLC (Joseph)
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
First Class Automotive, LLC
The Healing Corner
Forestville Lawn Care
The Ultimate Companies, Inc.
Forestville Little League
Tollman Spring Co.
Hartford County Tattoo
United Way of W.C. CT
Hillside Community Church
Webster Bank – Forestville
White Insulation, Inc.
Please Renew Your 2017 Membership