Minutes / Newsletter
January 15, 2020
· FVA Annual Dinner…The start of the 2020 season is here and as is normal tradition, we start off the meeting with dinner at 4:30pm, sponsored by Nuchies Restaurant.
· No First Meeting is Complete…without the traditional “Reading of the Card”. It is something we have come to know and love. That special moment that helps provide a summary of the year past. Authored by our very own Maryellen Holden and read by the F.V.A.’s long standing President, Dave P.
· 2019 Recap Summary…It has been a quiet, uneventful year. Family and business membership has remained stable. Thank you for all your support! Along with membership, fundraising helps keep us strong. We had our annual bus trip to Mohegan Sun and also had a Fall Pasta Dinner Fundraiser. Any ideas for additional fundraisers? There was mention of a Juke Box Bingo? I am pleased with all the local shops / property owners having pride in their property and keeping areas clean. Please keep in mind that there is always room for improvement. The 9 monthly meetings were well attended! The loss of councilor Mills (Retirement) will leave a big void to fill, but I have faith that a new town voice(s) will show up to be heard (Maybe Brittany Barney?). The Historical Marker (#6) for Rex Hamilton was completed, installed in the “Circle of Honor” located at Central Square and dedicated at a ceremony attended by family and friends held in July. And most notable…your hub/meeting place is still here and operating nicely, so to continue the landmark of the village.
· 2020 Goals/Vision…We are looking to build on our current fundraising opportunities, so is anyone interested in a chair position to help further our fundraising events? The Mohegan Sun Bus Trip is already in the books for 2020. Still remains our biggest fundraiser of the year. The Historical Marker goal for 2020 is to have 2 markers installed. The first would be for the Frederick Manross Library (marker #7) and the second would be the marker for Betty Boukus (#8), which will be placed in the Circle of Honor.
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· Welcome…Happy New Year! The Olga Mallet slams the President’s podium signifying the start of the first meeting in 2020. We shall fly again this year! Up, up and away….here we go! The start of a new decade which I hope brings you all health and happiness!
· 2002…It all began 18 years ago. Can you believe it! We are 18 years older, maybe wiser, or possibly a bit lazier, but you can decide J. You often wonder, “Where does the time go”, or “where is everyone going”? Everyone always seems so busy, so stressed. Take every opportunity to enjoy each moment you can.
· Carol Sing Recap… We had a great turnout for the second annual Indoor Carol Sing! It was a fun filled festive evening and the Christmas spirit was surely evident. It was a night filled with memorable moments, starting with the benediction by Deacon Armstrong from St. Matthew Church, to the Christmas letter from Jesus to Santa Claus, as well as Maryellen Holden’s classic story telling. We had the addition of the Song Book Program, along with music provided by Victoria Kaye, creating a magical evening. Miss Forestville, Jaymie Bianca, visited with us and shared a very nice Christmas message! And who can forget, we also had a visit by Santa Claus (Larry). Thank you to all who made the evening so memorable.
· Casino Trip… Fun as usual, with a bit of drop off in attendance. It was a small letdown from last year. Some say it was due to the NE Patriots game, as well as the fact that it was right after the holiday, but whatever the reason, rest assure that we will be doing it again next year!
· Present This Evening… The Mayor of Bristol, Ellen Zoppo-Sassu and newly sworn in councilor from the 3rd District, Brittany Barney. It is a great start to the year when you have a visit from these hard working town representatives! Thank you for coming!
· FVA Website…You can visit us at www.fvact.org Have you looked lately? Lots of info! Anyone interested in updating?
City Village Report:
· City Mayor: (Ellen Zoppo-Sassu) – It is a new year and we have hit the ground running. The budget plan from years of economic development programs are paying dividends way ahead of business investment income. Building permits are up 20%. ESPN applied for a $30,000 building permit to renovate its existing 1st building. One Fifty Central has received a grant to upgrade their HVAC system. The Staples building has a new retail tenant going in called Harbor Freight Tools, along with a new parking lot. Retail is always changing, that’s how things evolve, you have to adapt. The intersection at North Main & Main will have a medium installed, with future emphasis on the Riverside Gateway. There are 3 coffee shop options downtown, with one being Starbucks, located in the new Bristol Hospital Health building. There are concerns in regards to the Redstone Hill Rd. apartment proposal stemming from a meeting held a week ago at the Manross Library. We are not quite sure if Mr. Naples took the necessary channels before disclosing his project plans. The apartment market is the biggest market in Connecticut.
· City Councilor: (Brittany Barney) – I am from the Federal Hill area and do see a few familiar faces in the crowd. Thank you for all you do for Forestville! I always encourage my friends to stay in Bristol and be a part of this wonderful community! Presidents Note: Brittany is a very nice young lady, very bright and well spoken! She forwarded info on the J.H. Sessions Task Force headed by Marie O’Brien and the BHA. Brittany stated that the BHA gets a bad rap for low incoming housing, but it’s just not true. They have put together a nice proposal for some high end apartments. She also stated that apartment complex’s is where it is at today with young professionals. Thank you Brittany and we hope to see you again!
· First Deputy, Leo Bonola (Remarks) – Thank you to Nuchies (Dave & Mike) for tonight’s dinner. The Sing-A-Long Carol Sing was great! The best one yet! Lot of older people enjoyed it as well.
Monthly Drawing Winner: No drawing this month….You are all winners!
Presidents Note: Leo setup a train around the Christmas Tree (with no engine).
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Gail and I have a New Year Resolution…stay away from the scalpel (surgery)!
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, –
The Pine Lake Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 9th, 2020.
· Bruce Barton (Post 209) – The Carol Sing was very nice! The 5th Annual Saga of the Four Chaplains Memorial Ceremony will be held on Jan. 31st, 7pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. There will be light refreshments and some beautiful stories. The Post will be locking in 2 dates for Juke Box Bingo. We are always looking for new members!
· Lt. Mark Morello (Community relations officer) - No Report
· Christine Levesque (FVA Scholarship) – The F.V.A. 2020 $1,000 Scholarship deadline is March 13th, 2020. There are some changes in this years’ application process.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden
- Note of Congratulations – To Jay Kolakoski for his retirement as Fire Chief after 35 years of service
- Note of Sympathy – To Joan Trafford for the passing of her aunt Florence Dlugosz
- Thinking of You – to Henry Raymond Jr. – Our prayers are with you
- Get Well Sent – To Monsignor Gary Simeone (St. Gregory the Great Church)
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist –
All accounts are in good standing. All monthly reports, as well as the 2019 year end are available at Nuchies.
F.V.A. December 2019 Donations: Meals for Neighbors ($50), Police Dept. Toy Drive ($105.48)
Membership 2020: Mary Jane Lindquist
2019 Final Totals: Family – 67, Business – 45. 2020 Beginning Totals: Family – 18, Business – 18.
Please send in your 2020 Dues! It’s so important to our continued success!
A very valid question was raised by Treasurer MJ…Local Choice Landscaping has been maintaining the Central Square centerpiece for the past 3 years, but they are not an F.V.A. member. Why not give Costello Landscaping (who is an F.V.A. member) the opportunity to quote the work! This opportunity will be provided! Great member management MJ!
· Historical Marker #7: Manross Library – Information is in and layout/design work will begin.
· Historical Marker #8: Betty Boukus, to be placed in the Honor Circle
Fundraising 2020: - TBA
Upcoming Events 2020: - TBA
Next Meeting –Wednesday February 19th, 2020 @ Nuchie’s – Meeting Time 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
Hillside Community Church
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Korean Veterans Association Bristol
American Clock & Watch Museum
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
Red Shed Christmas Trees
CACO Print Productions, LLC
RB Transmissions, LLC
City True Value Hardware
Rt. 72 Liquors
Costello Landscaping, LLC
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Classic Plumbing By Reno
SERVPRO of Bristol
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
The Healing Corner
Forestville Lawn Care
Ultimate Wireforms, Inc.
Forestville Little League
Tollman Spring Co.
Hartford County Tattoo
United Way of W.C. CT
Webster Bank – Forestville
Always Accepting Membership Dues