Minutes / Newsletter
March 22nd, 2017
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· Have You Ever Asked Yourself…..”were does the time go”? My gosh! If my math serves me correctly, this is the F.V.A.’s 138th meeting and our 3rd meeting of 2017. Many have come and gone and a few have stayed, but here we are on a cold March night in 2017 continuing the movement. Keep up the work ethic and complete goals.
· President’s Requests…...Subject #1 – Please renew your annual dues. The money is necessary! Subject #2 – Pick up a book of duck tickets and sell them to family and friends. Subject #3 – Take care of blight and litter. Appearance counts! Spring is time to renew, refresh and clean up. You can inspire and make a difference!
· Spring Clean Up Date…...Is set for Saturday, April 22nd, starting at 8am. Sign up, as a couple of hours really helps. Enjoy a Harvest donut and a Cup of Joe!
· F.V.A Sponsored Summer Concert…...will be held on Tuesday, June 27th, with some great sounding music provided by this years’ band, “The Chaparrals”. A free community event! You don’t want to miss this one!
· Request For Donation…...from the Bristol Hospital Festival of Wine and Spirits. There was no interest from members present, but we can revisit again next year.
· Mary Jane Once Again…...will be gathering a group of members to represent the village at this years United Way Community Builders Reception. The F.V.A. received 5 tickets to the dinner for our $500 Silver level donation and will also be receiving 2 additional tickets provided by Nuchies Restaurant for their $250 Bronze donation.
· Trivia Moment…...does anyone know who was Bristol’s first Mayor? Answer: The Honorable John F. Wade, who took office on Oct. 1911 and died, in office, in 1927. At that time, Bristol had a population of 14,000 people.
· Pequabuck River Duck Race…...is only weeks away. Did you sell your book of tickets? Each ticket sold is one step closer to the finish line.
· Still Looking…...for any pictures from 2016 Forestville events to place on the 2017 activity board. If you have any, please drop them off to me at Nuchies. Thank you!
City Village Report:
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) –
Hospital Project: Dave passed around a portfolio showing some of the work done by Rendina Corp. who is Bristol Hospital’s developer for the Centre Square. The Centre Square property will be purchased by Bristol Hospital and the Ambulatory Care Center will be built and owned by Rendina and then leased back to the hospital over a 20 year period. The hope is to have a shovel in the ground by this fall.
Lauretti Property: Dave sits on the Real Estate Committee and at every meeting the question comes up asking if the F.V.A. has any interest in purchasing the property. It is currently a brown field of sorts. It would be fine to turn into a parking lot, but anything other than that would require soil remediation, which would be costly.
MBS & City Hall: There was a meeting on Monday night, March 26th in regards to how to handle the Memorial Blvd. School property. Some of the options continue to be, improving the theater by doing such things as adding seats, added parking space, a full lobby, a concession area and additional theater support space. This option would cost around $6,000,000 and that price would not touch the rest of the building. Another scenario would be to house city hall in the boulevard building and update the safety concerns in the theater, but not add any additional amenities. This option has an estimated cost of $31,000,000. Another option would be to renovate city hall with new HVAC, windows and ADA upgrades, which would range in the area of $25,000,000 and still not address the boulevard property. There is also the option of building a new city hall which could cost as much as $28,000,000 and would still not address the boulevard property. Whatever the direction, we should be looking to move the project(s) forward as soon as possible.
First Deputy, Leo Bonola – It’s been hard pressed to sell ducks. Any new leads? What about Duck nights at Nuchies? Setup a table in the foyer on Nuchies event nights and sell ducks.
Monthly Drawing Winner: Roy Diyulio - 4 Duck Tickets
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Help out with duck sales. Keep in mind that as the weather warms up, we will be selling outside. A lot of this years’ success will be due in part to the collaboration with Cheryl T. and “The Young Professionals”, who have offered to help distribute duck tickets, as well as setup on the day of the event! The revisions to the bylaws are all set and will look for approval at the April meeting.
· Christine Levesque (F.V.A. Scholarship) – Applications for the F.V.A.’s $1,000 Scholarship are in all 3 High Schools, with an end of March deadline. The committee will review all applicants and a winner will be announced at our April meeting.
· Cheryl Thibeault (Duck Chair) - its duck time….let’s sell, sell, sell! Also, a congratulations goes out to Chamber secretary Rebecca White on the birth of her new baby. Q&A: Question from Donna G. – There seems to be some confusion with handing out flyers at the duck race, promoting the Pine Lake Fishing Derby, why is that? Cheryl Response: There is a $10 fee for non-profits wanting to setup a table at the duck race. This helps to keep all things straight and organized.
· Kristen Varano (Facebook Page) - If you have any information, or pictures you would like to share on our Facebook page, please send to Kristen @ email@example.com.
· John Gianoni (Pine Lake Commissioner, FLL) –The 3rd Annual Pine Lake Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday May 13th.
· Chuck Woodin (FMDT Parade) – The Pasta Dinner scheduled for April has been cancelled. We have enough money from last year’s cancellations to handle this year’s event. The parade committee will continue with a financial support mailing for the parade. Please continue to support F.V.A. events and fundraisers, as the money goes back into our community. If there are any questions, or if you would like to participate on the parade committee in any way, please contact us at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
· Bruce Barton (Post 209 Happenings) – We are currently accepting new members. We are looking for contributions for our May 21st Fishing Derby at Rockwell Park. The pond will be stocked with fish from the Burlington Hatchery.
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – April 29th is prescription drug take back day at the Police Dept. from 10am-2pm. Please make sure all prescriptions are in sealed bags. We hope to have permanent prescription disposal boxes at the Police Dept. by the summer. The Bristol Fire Dept. is providing FREE Smoke Alarms to homes that meet the criteria. Call to setup an appointment. Q&A: Question from Matt Strus – Is the parking garage at City Hall available for public parking. Answer: Yes, the third floor of the garage is available for public parking.
Treasurer Report: Mary Jane Lindquist – All accounts are in good standing. The annual and monthly reports are always available at Nuchies.
Membership 2017: Mary Jane Lindquist – Current membership for 2017 is (Family 41, Businesses 40). Please try to sign up a new member. Please pay your dues. Thank You!
Spring Has Sprung – But then a late season snow storm puts a hold on spring clean ups.
Memorial Walkway Sign – To help bring attention to the beautiful walkway identifying our veterans and their branch of service.
Spring Clean Up – Will be held on April 22nd, starting @ 8am. Please consider donating 2 hours of your time. You can make a real difference.
Maintain Properties – Take a peek at your property for any blight, trash, leaves, etc. Inspire others to tidy up.
Correspondence Report: Mary Ellen Holden
- Note of Congratulations – To Detective Terri Boyko for her retirement from the Bristol Police Dept.. after 26 years of service.
- Note of Congratulations – To Detective Brian Suchinski for his retirement from the Bristol Police Dept., after 44 years of service.
- Note of Thanks – Received from Bob Kalat for the F.V.A.’s donation to the Bob Watson Scholarship Fund.
- Note of Thanks – Sent to Geri Ann Bradley (The Healing Corner) for once again donating $1000 to the F.V.A.!
· Historical Marker #3: 164 Central Street (Closing In On Final Passage)
· Historical Marker #4: Up Next, Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block. Looking for specific dates and building/property information. (Pat Nocera is helping Dave gather some information)
· The Duck Race – Sunday May 7th
· FMDTP Pasta Dinner – Cancelled
· 2017 Christmas Ornament – Golarz/Owsianko
Upcoming Events 2017:
· United Way Community Builders Reception – Thursday, April 6th
· United Way Community Builders Reception – Friday, May 19th
· Forestville Memorial Day Tribute Parade – Monday, May 29th
Next FVA meeting –Wednesday April 26th, 2017 – 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
Italian Social Club
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Korean Veterans Association Bristol
American Clock & Watch Museum
LFD Bristol, Inc.
American Legion Bristol Post #2
American Legion Forestville Post 209
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
Nye Insurance Agency
O’Brien Funeral Home
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
One Fifty Central
Black Bear Auto, LLC
Bristol Instrument and Gears, Inc.
Peter Roberge Painting Company
Bristol Police Union
Power Fuels Propane, LLC
Broad Street Self Storage
RB Transmissions, LLC
CACO Print Productions, LLC
Redshed Christmas Trees
City True Value Hardware
Rt. 72 Liquors
Classic Plumbing By Reno
Sassu Cuts, LLC (Joseph)
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
First Class Automotive, LLC
The Healing Corner
Forestville Lawn Care
The Ultimate Companies, Inc.
Forestville Little League
Tollman Spring Co.
Hartford County Tattoo
United Way of W.C. CT
Hillside Community Church
Webster Bank – Forestville
White Insulation, Inc.
Please Renew Your 2017 Membership