Minutes / Newsletter
January 13th, 2021
Here We Go…The banging of the Olga Mallet represents a fresh beginning, which is something we desperately need as we move into this next year.
With Tradition…The highlight of the January meeting would always be the Nuchies sponsored buffet and the highly anticipated “Reading of the Card”, which is a poem by author Maryellen Holden, depicting the events of this past year. The buffet was absent, but the poem was one the Maryellen’s best! (included with this newsletter)
2020 Recap Summary…Summed up in one word…..COVID! Everything came to a standstill in 2020. There was a loss of membership and revenue, but we must move forward because that’s who we are. A special group of people who care about their community!
Good health to all
A new meeting place (hopefully/eventually)
A Covid-less year
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
Welcome…The President approached the podium on this cold January night, reminding him of the small group which started the first meeting back in 2002. The day was similarly cold, but 19 years later, we have survived, accomplished our goals and continue moving forward.
F.V.A. Mission & Purpose: The Corporation is organized to deal with matters involving the beautification and improvement of the Village of Forestville.
As We Start Again…Tonight marks the beginning of our 20th year, as this core group continues to enhance life in the village, however…with time comes the aging factor and a loss of vigor to continue multiple events. We no longer do the Pumpkin Festival, or the May Duck Race. In 2020, we saw a drop in revenue due to Covid and the restrictions that were put in place to try and keep people safe. Due to this standstill, we also experienced a drop in membership, which contributes to the financial strain towards our fiscal responsibility. In 2021, we must pick up the ball and try to continue our journey. No one knew in January 2020 what would follow and who knows what this next year could bring, but lets’ make it our New Year’s Resolution to push forward to make it back to who we are.
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 Councilor: (Mary Fortier) – At our City Council Meeting Tuesday night, we came up with a word that best describes 2020 and that word is “COVID!” Presidents Note: We are all in this together. Covid has had an impact on all of us and has forced us to rebrand our way of life.
Britney Barney wanted to be here tonight, but unfortunately had to work.
Seniors are a main focus as we move forward with the vaccine, in making sure they understand the process.
The Bristol Senior Center (Director’s Patty & Jason) have been a big help to seniors with educating them, helping them understand Medicare and helping to make appointments. President’s Notes: Great job Patty & Jason! Thank You!
The City’s All Heart Hot Line was setup very early on to help Seniors pick up scripts, teach them how to grocery shop online and to keep them informed through collaboration with other groups all over town.
We do have some good news for 2020 (surprise), the Grand List grew. Business “start-ups” continue through the strength of Justin Malley (BDA) and close work with the Mayor.
(Covid Vaccine) – The State is administering Category 1A to Healthcare Workers, Nursing Home Residents and First Responders. The next group will be a large one, but the State hasn’t decided who will be in that next category. Is it over 75 years of age? Are teachers in this group? What about Home Daycare Providers? There are over 700 teachers in Bristol alone, but the City does not decide. Registration will be available by phone and online. You can call the Dept. of Public Health. Vaccinations will be available at CVS and Walgreens. The vaccine is the way we get back to normal. Hopefully 2021 will bring more normalcies. Happy New Year!!
First Deputy, Leo Bonola (Remarks) – Not much to say this meeting. No Bus Trip to report on this month.
We will have to come up with a fundraiser. Thanks Dave for letting us decorate the Village Center.
Presidents Note: Leo suggested at the November meeting that we decorate the Center. He said we must continue the holiday tradition, because if you stop something, than you don’t do it again next year. So, Leo guided his sleigh of volunteers for a few hours, decorating the Village Center and I must say, it came out pretty good! Great job to the all that helped! Thank you for continuing the tradition!
Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – I’m slowly freezing to death in here! There is a lot we could be doing, but our hands are tied due to this virus. If we have to, we take from our savings.
John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) – There is no report tonight due to John & Donna being absent.
Presidents Note: Leo B. did go by the Pine Lake area and said the crew is doing a great job! He heard that the project should be completed in 2 weeks, but does not know how that can be done, as it looks like there is still work to do.
· Bruce Barton (Post 209) – Welcome 2021!! The Post was able to send 382lbs of supplies to our Service Men & Women in Syria. It cost $1000 to ship. Post Commander Brian Avery reports that Lowes has donated a leaf blower to help with yard cleanup. We had many Red Cross Blood Drives in 2020 and they will continue in 2021. Check out or Facebook page for all upcoming dates www.facebook.com/ALpost209. We are always looking for new members and hopefully we can get back on track in 2021.
Lt. Mark Morello (Community relations officer) - No Report
Christine Levesque (FVA Scholarship) – Presidents Notes: Who was the recipient of the 2020 Scholarship? Did we ever report on it? Was there an acknowledgement/Thank You? Response: Jacob Santiago from BCHS was the 2020 Recipient of the $1000 Scholarship. Presidents Note: Should we proceed with the Scholarship in 2021, or take the year off due to all the school interruptions and virtual learning? It is hard to get a good idea on who accomplished what, not only with academics, but also with extra-curricular activities. Response: The membership present decided to put a hold on the 2021 Scholarship, Rework the application and try again in 2022.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden
- Note of Thanks Received – from Mike Pasqualicchio for the bench dedication for his sister Debbie.
- Thinking of You – to Helen Lobaczewski at The Pines
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist –
All accounts are in good standing. All monthly reports, as well as the 2020 year end are available at Nuchies.
Membership 2021: Mary Jane Lindquist
2021 Beginning Totals: Family – 6, Business – 2.
Please, please, please consider paying your dues on time. Family and Business support is so important in helping us continue our work in the Village. Thank you!
Thank you Penny for removing the Center Christmas decorations in a timely manner. I really appreciate the help now that I work full time.
Historical Marker #8: Betty Boukus, to be installed in the Honor Circle in late March, with a dedication in early April.
Historical Marker #9: Asbury Church Property. Roy Diyulio will help with contacts and property description.
Fundraising 2021: - TBA
Upcoming Events 2021: - TBA
Next Meeting –Wednesday February 17th, 2021 @ Nuchie’s – Meeting Time 5:00pm
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
Ultimate Wireforms, Inc.
Forestville Lawn Care
Tollman Spring Co.
Forestville Little League
United Way of W.C. CT
Hartford County Tattoo
Webster Bank – Forestville
Always Accepting Membership Dues