February 21, 2018
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report: Have You Sensed… A feeling of spring fever? It’s sure one way of getting past that flu stuff. There was record warmth today (77 degrees). Nothing like feeling all 4 seasons in a week’s time! It Was Very Pleasing… To see the turnout for the first meeting of 2018! It is very much appreciated (see, I can be nice at times) and I ask that we keep the momentum going throughout the year! It is fun, informative and only lasts an hour or so. Come experience it for yourself.
Our Next Major Focus…. Is the Pasta Dinner/Auction fundraiser. It is so important to in helping with our expenses in 2018. Buy a ticket, or maybe a whole table. Donate an item for auction. How about a basket filled with goodies, or a gift certificate to a nice restaurant or spa? A monetary donation goes a long way as well. Individual tickets are $12 and a table of 10 is $100. Bring your family, friends and co-workers for a nice night out! Tickets are available at Nuchies Restaurant.
Take A Glance… At the invoice(s) pertaining to the setup/printing of the monthly newsletter. They were passed around to allow membership to see the itemized breakdown of everything that goes into preparing the agenda, producing the newsletter and any additional items required. Bill Lozito of CACO, a friend, has become a backbone to the F.V.A. So much gets done behind the scenes that go unnoticed. It would be difficult without him. Thank you Bill (CACO) for all you do. (NOTE: Well this was a bit odd to write up….but I appreciate the vote of confidence Dave!)
Bob Watson Scholarship Fund Donation… The F.V.A. will be making a donation. Following up with Maryellen Holden on this years’ event. Bristol Hospital Festival of Wine & Spirits… Has support from the F.V.A. It is also a great way to show our appreciation for Mary Lynn Gagnon for all she has done over the years’ for the F.V.A. (parade, carol sing, etc….)
A Night At Muzzy…Supporting Bristol Blues Baseball! Dave has requested support for this event and the F.V.A. will move forward by placing a $250 ad in this year’s program. With that, the F.V.A. will receive a night at the ballpark (date to follow). Bristol Blues G.M. Brian Rooney has put together a wonderful Bristol Blues backpack with related articles. Note: Tom Massarelli asked a reasonable question. He asked why the F.V.A. has never placed their support with American Legion Baseball, but has decided to donate to a “for profit” organization like the Bristol Blues? F.V.A. member Bob Pasamano provided his opinion and said that the Blues have a very big impact on this community and there are many ways to get the investment back through programs offered at the park.
City Village Report: City Councilor – (Dave Mills) – - The discussion continues with the Salary Committee on if benefit packages should be provided to “parttime” city employees. Should it be provided at all? Should it be provided, but at different levels of employment? Donna G. questioned: why it would even be considered to provide part-time city employees with benefits when a normal part time employee that is employed by any other company is not eligible for benefits unless they work a minimum of 30 hours a week? The discussion continues….
The Memorial Boulevard $54 million Magnet School Project has been approved. The state has also approved the monies to cover 70% of this project, but we will have to wait and see if Bristol will actually receive it all. Bob P. made a point in stating that the 2 newest Bristol schools were also 70% funded by the state. The city currently has $13.5 million put aside for this project. - There is some concern about the progress of the Centre Square, Bristol Hospital project. The hope is to have a shovel in the ground over the next 2 weeks. There has been a lot of reorganization in the city departments and committees. I bit of change is good! It helps to get the right people in the right positions for the right reasons.
First Deputy, Leo Bonola – Presidents Notes: Leo was not feeling well tonight, but did make the meeting. He is something else! Monthly Drawing Winner: Kit Critchley - $20
Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Glad to support the Bristol Blues. I enjoyed going to games last summer. Gail did not know much about baseball, but enjoyed it as well.
John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) – Plans are set for the May Fishing Derby. The F.V.A. will contribute its normal donation. Presidents Notes: John will enlist the St. Joes Polish Society with helping with the F.V.A. Pasta Dinner & Auction. They did such a good job with the casino trip!
Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – Checked with the traffic office and the light at Central and West Washington is still not working due to insurance claims and paperwork delays. Question (Ron Trafford): Are the pot holes being filled? Answer (Bob Pasamano): Call the director of Public Works and they will put you on a list.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden - Note of Happy Birthday – to Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu…..Happy 50th! - F.V.A. Scholarship applications: Gail Leach will be helping get the applications into the schools. Maybe an April deadline?
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist –MJ is not feeling well and was unable to attend the meeting, but everything is in good standings. Current Totals: Family – 23, Business – 35. Like to see improvement of family membership.
Membership 2018: Mary Jane Lindquist – The 2018 Dues are now being accepted. Invoices have gone out to present membership. Please renew promptly. It is so important to maintaining accounts.
Beautification: - Spring Clean Up Date will be Saturday April 28th. Rake leaves, sweep walkways, pick up litter, and prepare for spring!
Historical Markers: Historical Marker #4: Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block will have a Spring Install. Also, what will be next for Marker #5? Maybe O’Brien’s?
Fundraising 2018: Pasta Auction – March 22nd, 2018 – Tickets available now. Buy! Buy! Buy! Upcoming Events 2018: Park & Rec. Summer Concert – TBA UW Community Builders Reception – Thursday April 5th. MJ will put our table of 7 together. UW Day Of Caring – Friday May 18th
Next Meeting –Wednesday March 14th, 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
American Legion Forestville Post 209
M.R. Home Care, Inc.
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
Nye Insurance Agency
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
O’Brien Funeral Home
Black Bear Auto, LLC
One Fifty Central
Bristol Instrument Gears, Inc.
Peter Roberge Painting Company
Bristol Police Union
RB Transmissions, LLC
Broad Street Self Storage
Redshed Christmas Trees
CACO Print Productions, LLC
Rt. 72 Liquors
City True Value Hardware
Sassu Cuts, LLC
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Classic Plumbing By Reno
Crowley Auto Group
St. Joseph Polish Society
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Matthew R.C. Church
The Healing Corner
Ultimate Wireforms, Inc.
Tollman Spring Co.
Fontaine Mechanical Heating & A/C
United Way of W.C. CT
Forestville Lawn Care
Webster Bank – Forestville
Forestville Little League
White Insulation, Inc.