April 25th, 2018
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· The Meeting Opens…With a moment of silence remembering our friend and F.V.A. family member Olga Fronczak, who passed away on March 24th at the young age of 94 years old. She will continue to be a presence within the F.V.A. as we will continue to start every meeting with the banging of the “Olga Mallet”!
· The Annual Spring Clean Up Day… Was held on Sat. April 28th at 8am. Thank you to Al & Jane Goodwin, Joe & Sandy Gozzo and Bruce & MJ Lindquist for showing up and helping out! The designated areas for clean-up were East Main St., Broad St. and Gas Station in Forestville.
· Reporting on… The United Way Builders Reception held on Thursday April 5th was attended by the F.V.A. with 7-9 members representing the association. It was a well enjoyed evening highlighting the good work the United Way continues to do for this community’s development. The F.V.A. is proud to be working in conjunction with Kimberly Carmelich and the United Way as they prepare for the UW Day of Caring being held on May 18th.
· Summer Concert Series… Will be held on Tuesday July 24th on the property of our gracious host, The Ultimate Companies! Dust off the lawn chairs and prepare for a nice summer night of music provided by “Sick Since Sunday”.
· Fall Pasta Dinner/Auction/Comedy Night…Will take place on Thursday Oct. 25th at 6pm with a cost of $12 per person, with tables of 10 for $100. If you enjoyed our last Pasta Dinner Auction, then you won’t want to miss this next one which adds a “Flare for Comedy”. There’s only one auctioneer and only one comedian and it comes at no additional cost to you. More information to come with tickets available soon! Note: This replacement fundraiser is working out well! We had a net profit of $3,400 from our first pasta dinner auction and have set a goal of $6,000 for the fall event. Lets’ make this happen!
· Historical Marker Insurance?… I have contacted our insurance company (Nye Insurance) to see if the current Historical Markers (4) would be covered in case of theft/vandalism and if not, what cost would be associated with the coverage. CACO Print has electronic copies of all marker layouts and will provide hardcopy prints for our records.
· Additional Notes…Thank you Penny for sending “Thank You Notes” to all who generously responded to the F.V.A.’s plea for the March Pasta Auction! • There seems to be a rise in meeting attendance and I believe it is due to the “Death by Chocolate Dessert” provided by Donna G.! Everyone is lining up! • Once again, congratulations to Maryellen Holden for being the recipient of the 2018 Sports Writers Award! The ceremony will be held on Sunday April 29th and the F.V.A. is a proud sponsor ($250)! • Congratulations to Linda Lubrico for receiving the Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer of the Year Award! Very well deserved!!
· A Very Pleasant Surprise Guest… A very busy little girl these days. The articulate and well prepared mayor of this fine city, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu. Ellen stopped by for a moment to say hello and briefly outline Bristol’s “Immediate Future” and goings on.
We are starting to see a bright spot of hope to the beleaguered downtown. Construction on the Bristol Hospital Medical Building should start soon. This is promising and should help pique the interest of other businesses looking to potentially invest in our city’s continued development (like JR’s Pint & Plate). Ellen says there is serious interest out there, which is great news, as it allows for the opportunity to figure out what is the best “fit” for the downtown area.
The mayor has a different approach to the budget and has asked department heads, what do they need. She has eliminated internal jobs and is the first to do so. The fiscal budget will be comprised with the idea that “zero” dollars will be coming from the state. Also, Bristol has the #1 funded pension retirement plan….In The Country!
The Memorial Blvd. property is moving along. The state education office should be releasing paperwork which should allow the project to begin.
City Village Report:
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) –
The skilled labor force is still a very sought after product in this states workforce, where we are currently around a 13,000 worker short fall. The need is there and if not filled, businesses may have to pick up and leave. Manufacturing is not a dirty, dark and dangerous job. It is high tech! College is not for everyone and in manufacturing, you can make a good living and support a family! There are opportunities at Tunxis College to get the necessary training. They offer advanced training courses in response to the demand. Try getting the word out.
· First Deputy, Leo Bonola (Remarks) – I will lend a helping hand with the parade!
Monthly Drawing Winner: Joan Trafford - $20 (Note: President Dave still has never won a monthly drawing….Just unbelievable!)
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – No comments tonight
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) – The annual Fishing Derby being held on Saturday, May 12th. We will have flyers at the Duck Race (and yes….the $10 was paid).
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – Prescription drug take back day will be held on April 28th from 10am-1pm at the Water Dept. The update on the blinking traffic light is that the parts are still on order and it’s a government thing.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden
- Note of Sympathy Sent – to Paul Kowalczyk for the passing of his wife Susan
- Note of Sympathy Sent – to the son of Olga Fronczak
- 2018 F.V.A. $1,000 Scholarship Recipient Is: Sarah Maglio!
Sarah is currently a senior at Bristol Eastern High School where she is ranked 17th in her class. Sarah wrote a wonderful essay that really impressed us! Forestville has a very special place in her heart and community service is a big part of her life. Sarah is currently working for the Forestville Little League in the snack shack and once the summer is over, she will be attending the University of St. Joseph in the fall. Congratulations Sarah and good luck in your future endeavors!!
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist – All accounts are in good standing. All monthly reports are available at Nuchies.
Membership 2018: Mary Jane Lindquist – The 2018 Dues are now being accepted. Invoices have gone out to present membership. Please renew promptly.
Current Totals: Family – 40, Business – 43. Presidents Note: Your paid membership is a nice way of saying, “we like what we see, we appreciate what you do”.
Plant a flower / Stroll with a litter bag. Great activity to help stay in shape. Haul away junk and help inspire others to do the same.
Flower boxes have been built and installed by Donald Lockhart. A great savings to the F.V.A.! The flowers will now have more room to grow their beauty! Thank You Don!
· Historical Marker #4: Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block has been installed.
· Historical Marker #5: O’Brien Funeral Home – Will be placed on the O’Brien Funeral Home property. Tom O’Brien is presently putting together some historical information in regards to the property.
· Also on the Marker Project: Rex Hamilton recently passed away and we are exploring a way to place a plaque at the Forestville Boys Club in his memory.
· Pasta Dinner Comedy Auction – Thursday October 25th. Tickets will be available soon.
· 2018 Christmas Ornament - TBD
Upcoming Events 2018:
· Duck Race – Friday May 6th
· UW Day Of Caring – Friday May 18th
· Park & Rec. Summer Concert – Tuesday July 24th
No Meeting in May (Spring Break)!
Next Meeting –Wednesday June 13th, 2018 @ 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
Hartford County Tattoo
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Hillside Community Church
American Clock & Watch Museum
Korean Veterans Association Bristol
American Legion Bristol Post #2
Martel Home Improvement, LLC
American Legion Forestville Post 209
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
M.R. Home Care, Inc.
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
Nye Insurance Agency
Black Bear Auto, LLC
O’Brien Funeral Home
Bristol Instrument Gears, Inc.
One Fifty Central
Bristol Police Union
Peter Roberge Painting Company
Broad Street Self Storage
RB Transmissions, LLC
CACO Print Productions, LLC
Rt. 72 Liquors
City True Value Hardware
Sassu Cuts, LLC
Costello Landscaping, LLC
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
SERVPRO of Bristol
Classic Plumbing By Reno
Crowley Auto Group
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
The Healing Corner
Ultimate Wireforms, Inc.
Tollman Spring Co.
United Way of W.C. CT
Fontaine Mechanical Heating & A/C
Webster Bank – Forestville
Forestville Lawn Care
White Insulation, Inc.
Forestville Little League