June 13th, 2018
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· Welcome All…To the 5th monthly get together. Yes, Already! How was Spring Break? Go anywhere (remember those days)? The F.V.A. is well and all looks good! The flowers are exploding with vibrancy!
· Welcome Back… Paul Kowalczyk! Back from Florida after his wife’s passing. Nice to have your voice back!
· Spring Clean Up… Went according to script. No surprises! Al & Jane Goodwin took care of the terribly littered areas on Broad St. to King St. Looks Great! Joe & Sandy Gozzo took the gateway on East Main St. and M.J. & Bruce Lindquist have helped with keeping Center Square “weed free”. All plays a big part in the image Forestville sets! Thank You!!
· Summer Concert Series Continues… Will be held on Tuesday July 24th on the property of our gracious host, The Ultimate Companies! A free event sponsored by the Village Association. Dust off the lawn chairs and prepare for a nice summer night of music provided by “Sick Since Sunday”. Start time is 7pm. Come one, Come all!
· Mark Your Calendar…For the fall Pasta Dinner and Comedy Night Auction to be held on Thursday, Oct. 25th, starting at 5pm. Individual tickets are $12, with reserved tables of 10 for $100. If you have any items that you feel can be auctioned off to help raise monies on that night, please put them aside, or drop them off at Nuchies.
· Historical Marker Insurance… After further review, we have decided to forgo insurance coverage. Just hope for the best!
· Congratulations…To Linda Labrico, who on June 8th received the “Volunteer of the Year Award” at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner. It is well deserved and long overdue! I apologize for the F.V.A. not sending a contingent to the event, but $70 per ticket was just too much.
· The American Flag and What it Stands For… Was out in full force during Memorial Day Weekend. There were 47 flags in all. Special thanks to Frank Owsianko and his son Dan, Joe Englert, Tim Gamache and former Mayor Art Ward for the installation of the flags throughout the center. Oh how beautiful it all looked!
· What A Great Idea…Implementing Police Officers presence in schools. A good way to enforce safety, but also a good teaching tool for children, to help them get a better understanding of what is involved in an officers line of work, which can bring with it the respect that these officers deserve.
· Lastly…Jerry Golarz has said it is time to start charging rent for the storage space we currently occupy. It is definitely understandable when it comes to taxes and all. So, from this point forward, the monthly rent cost will be $400 and will be divided as follows: The F.V.A. - $150, Nuchies Restaurant - $150 and 150 Central - $100.
City Village Report:
· Surprise Special Guest – The 2017 (last years’) F.V.A. Scholarship recipient, Simon Andrews! I am a year late and I am sorry I could not make it last year, but wanted to thank the F.V.A. Committee for awarding me with your scholarship. I didn’t know if I would get it, but was excited when I found out I did! When I was young, I really enjoyed all the activities the F.V.A. offered throughout the year. I just finished my first year of college where I am pursuing a degree in engineering (my grades were good). I was really happy to receive the scholarship and feel that it is good you provide this opportunity. It helped me stay focused. It allowed me to believe in what I was doing. It built my confidence and gave me a sense of pride….Thank You Very Much!
· Our Mayor – (Ellen Zoppo-Sassu) – Unable to attend due to a special Bristol Development Meeting.
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) – Unable to attend due to a special Bristol Development Meeting.
· City Councilor – (Mary Fortier) – Reporting in the Mayors absence….
There is a new brochure created by the Bristol Marketing Committee (Bristol All Heart) that showcases Bristol’s programs and events, like Giamatti Little League Complex, Bristol Blues Baseball at Muzzy, our museums and Lake Compounce just to name a few. The brochure will be inserted in with your tax bill(s).
The mayor, along with Economic Development Director Justin Malley, have visited over 3 dozen businesses soliciting them to see if there is anything our city can do to help their business. There are incentives if businesses are willing to move to Bristol. To date we have added 15 new businesses which account for 150 new jobs.
The city has to be more creative and growing our grand list is the recipe for success. We have continuously asked the unions for help. The pension funds are over 100% funded. Our forefathers did a great job of investing!
· First Deputy, Leo Bonola (Remarks) – The Forestville Memorial Day Parade did go on as planned on the original date of Sunday, though once again there was rain. Presidents Notes: Realistically, there is just not that much of a turnout for the parade. The interest does not seem to be there any longer. No one really marches. It is definitely not due to the effort, as there is plenty of that. For the future, I strongly recommend that we consider doing away with the parade, use Quinlan as a staging area and do a brief ceremony, play taps, have a prayer, maybe a brief message or two and call it a day. Thoughts?
Side Note: It was proven to Dave that Maryellen did not play the mascot. Dave lost the Bet!
Monthly Drawing Winner: Kit Critchley - $20 (Note: President Dave still has never won a monthly drawing!)
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Leo and I sat in on the parade committee. It is Post 209’s parade to do what they wish. Presidents Notes: Sorry to hear about Gail. Hope she continues her recovery!
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) – Results of the Fishing Derby will be provided at the July Luncheon meeting.
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – The traffic light at the corner of Central Street and Washington Street has been fixed!! (Q & A): Question - Joan and Ron Trafford asked about commercial traffic on the Boulevard and does the PD enforce it. What about city vehicles (like the Water Dept.) using the Boulevard? Is there a double standard? Answer – The Water Dept. is exempt and I will look into the issues of vehicles on the Boulevard that should not be there and make sure it is being enforced. Question – Rick Leach asks why there needs to be so many police cars used during the Rt. 6 construction. Isn’t that a waste of money? Answer – The PD uses old police cars for construction work and the contractor is paying for the time, as it was built into their contract. Follow Up – Doesn’t that kind of mean we are still paying for it?
· Bruce Barton (Post 209) – We are an organization that is about giving back. We don’t have our own building with our own bar. Our home is at the Asbury United Methodist Church which is also where we hold our Santa’s Cottage that last year saw 133 kids come through. There were bikes and toys! It is a great event! If we are not there, you can find us sitting in front of stores collecting money. All which goes back into the community! Presidents Notes: The F.V.A. voted to donate $200 to Post 209.
Correspondence Report: Maryellen Holden
- Note of Thanks Received – from Maryellen Holden
- Note of Sympathy Sent – to the son of Olga Fronczak…Delivered by MJ
- Note of Thanks Sent - to Frank Owsianko for the displaying of the American Flags
- Note of Thanks Sent – to Joe Englert for the displaying of the American Flags
- Note of Congratulations Sent – to Linda Labrico for receiving the Chambers Volunteer of the Year Award
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 – 57, Business – 47.
Take a look at the bridge flower boxes! How beautiful!
Take a peek around your property. Every little bit helps.
· Historical Marker #5: O’Brien Funeral Home – Tom O’Brien has put together a brief description of the house and founder, along with pertinent info. Dave will now put his 2 cents in. Once the complete layout has been setup, it will be sent back to Tom for final approval.
· Rex Hamilton Marker: It was suggested to place it in Central Square. What a great idea!
· Pasta Dinner Comedy Auction – Thursday October 25th. Tickets will be available soon.
· 2018 Christmas Ornament - TBD
Upcoming Events 2018:
· Park & Rec. Summer Concert – Tuesday July 24th
Next Meeting –Wednesday July 18th, 2018 @ Nuchie’s – Summer Luncheon 12:00pm (noon)
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