Minutes / Newsletter
Novmber 15th, 2017
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· 9th and Final… It is the final 2017 Monthly Meeting of the Minds. As we head straight into the holidays, enjoy each day. Be considerate to others, do a nice deed, be kind and maybe even watch a Hallmark movie. They can revive and inspire that holiday spirit. Have a nice Thanksgiving, A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
· Congrats To All Elected Officials… Sometimes you are on the wrong side of the fence, however everything happens for a reason and it all works out in the end. The message was clear and the better mayoral candidate won overwhelmingly. It is time to move on. Maybe Ellen has what it takes and the right people around her to move Bristol in a positive direction. Congratulations Ellen! Also, congratulations to Dave Mills and Mary Fortier who also won to represent this 3rd Forestville district!
· Carol Sing Will Happen… Special thanks to Mary Lynn Gagnon, though unable to make this year’s sing due to a conflict in schedule, was able to retain the services of someone willing to step in and help out in her absence. The 2017 Carol Sing being held on Monday Dec. 18th @ 7pm, will be under the direction of Molly Westfall along with host Bryan Ricci. This year’s sing will also be in collaboration with the Monross Children’s Library. Special thanks to Joyce from Roberge Painting for printing the Carol Sing booklets, as well as our new D.J. Bryon Daley.
· 2017 Christmas Ornament… The ornament will be available for sale soon! The “Frank’s Stationery” ornament is currently at Woodbury being completed. Tom “Duck” Dickau will be helping with sales. Thank you to local artist Rick Fitzsimons for the quick design work! This is our 14th ornament and costs $10.00. The full set can be purchased for $125.00.
· Pasta Dinner (Silent) Auction… Will happen on Wednesday March 21st, 2018. Tickets will be available after the holidays. We are in need of baskets, gift certificates, game tickets and other auction items. This will help offset the loss of Duck revenue. Ticket price yet to be determined.
· 2018 Mohegan Sun Bus Trip… All are invited! This is for YOU! The goal for this trip is 10 full buses! There was a minimal cost increase of $1, making the trip cost $31. We will be marketing the trip with a banner displayed in front of Nuchies. Make sure to tell your family and friends, who can tell their friends and so on. Best event of the year and always a fun filled day!!
City Village Report:
· Special Guests (CT State Senator Henri Martin & CT State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato)… Henri opens with a joke……”As Liz Taylor said to her 5th husband, I won’t keep you long”. It has been so encouraging being on the Senate floor and listening to the negotiations taking place. There has been such sincere willingness to hear what the other side is saying. It was not defined as to what the state spending cap would be, but we did identify our expenditures going forward, which is a critical step. This will hopefully send a signal to the business community that we have heard you loud and clear and that the spending needs to stop. We are phasing in a process to eliminate the tax currently being applied to your pensions. By 2019, the tax applied will decrease by 14%, which will then go to 23% in the coming years, with the goal of a 100% tax free pension within the next 7 years. Note: State budget voting….Henri voted “YES” to the budget. Kara voted “NO” to the budget. Your representatives are here to speak on your behalf! Contact them anytime with any questions you may have.
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) – Thank you for all the kind words and support you have given on my behalf. You have seen the results and I am now the “Lone Wolf”. People always talk about the legacy a person leaves after they have left this earth, but as you get older you realize you have begun to create your legacy. This could be good reason why I was elected to another 2 year term.
I am currently on 8 committees and each one focuses on making our city better. Lots of interesting things are happening already! Manufacturing companies are hurting for employees. We need to get back to educating students and making them skilled laborers. It’s not a “dirty” job. The technology is advancing every day. Not everyone enrolls in college and we need to start creating and manufacturing the work force. On the “Magnet School” front, there is a formality that requires the BOE to take ownership and provide a proper paper trail in order to move forward. If you have any questions regarding our town/district please call me! I look forward to working with you once again!
· First Deputy, Leo Bonola – Thank you to the people who showed up for the Veteran’s Day Ceremony! We had great weather this year and 100+ people for a turnout. Thank you to Art Ward for being our “Master of Ceremonies”, as well as Jillian Duffy for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America! Nick Apostolico provided remarks on the Importance of a Veteran. His remarks touched all in attendance. Very impressive!
Monthly Drawing Winner: Tom Massarelli
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – I have been off treatment for a month now! Thank you for all the well wishes! Thanks for the candles and St. Matts and thank you to my wife Gail for all the good care!
· 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 Superintendent/Director of Parks and Rec., Brian Wilson, has done a nice job cleaning up Pine Lake. He has communicated well with property owners and has made some really nice improvements. The hope is that someday we can bring ice skating back to the lake.
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – The Bristol Police Department will be conducting our annual Christmas Toy Drive to benefit the Bristol Salvation Army. The toys can be dropped off at the Bristol Police Department’s front desk lobby. The toy drive will run from Friday, November 17, 2017 through Tuesday, December 19, 2017. The toys should be unwrapped and appropriate for boys and girls between the ages of one (1) and twelve (12) years old. The distribution of the toys will be administered by the Salvation Army. Note: The F.V.A. will be donating once again!
Treasurer Report:. Mary Jane Lindquist –All accounts are in good standing. The monthly reports are always available at Nuchies
Membership 2017: Mary Jane Lindquist – Current membership for 2017 is (Family 72, Businesses 49). We are accepting new members, as well as 2018 dues.
Memorial Walkway Sign – Has been installed
Village Center (Island) – Christmas Decorations….under the direction of Dave P.
Flower Boxes – Working on price for flower box on bridge.
Monross Library Christmas Tree – Every year Lynn Savage takes a Christmas Tree provided by the F.V.A., decorates it and it stands at the Monross Library in an effort to keep up the “Festival of Trees” tradition. The library is truly appreciative of this gesture!
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 Ellen Zoppo Sassu for being elected Bristol’s next Mayor!
- Note of Congratulations – Councilwoman: Mary Fortier & Councilmen: Josh Medeiros, Greg Hahn, Peter Kelley, Dave Preleski & Dave Mills
· Historical Marker #4: Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block. First draft write up/layout in process.
· 2017 Christmas Ornament
· Pasta Auction – March 21st, 2018
· Mohegan Sun Bus Trip – January 6th, 2018….. BOOK EARLY!
Upcoming Events 2017:
· Carol Sing – Monday, December 18th @ 7pm
Next Meeting –Wednesday January 17th, 2018 @ Nuchie’s –Business Meeting 5:30pm
Kickoff Buffet Dinner Sponsored by Nuchies @ 4:30pm
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
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
American Clock & Watch Museum
American Legion Bristol Post #2
American Legion Forestville Post 209
Arf Arf Grooming, LLC
Atlantic Precision Spring, Inc.
Black Bear Auto, LLC
Bristol Instrument Gears, Inc.
Bristol Police Union
Broad Street Self Storage
CACO Print Productions, LLC
City True Value Hardware
Classic Plumbing By Reno
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
Fontaine Mechanical Heating & A/C
Forestville Lawn Care
Forestville Little League
Hartford County Tattoo
Hillside Community Church
Italian Social Club
Korean Veterans Assoc. Bristol
M.R. Home Care, Inc.
Nye Insurance Agency
O’Brien Funeral Home
One Fifty Central
Peter Roberge Painting Company
RB Transmissions, LLC
Redshed Christmas Trees
Rt. 72 Liquors
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
The Healing Corner
The Ultimate Companies, Inc.
Tollman Spring Co.
United Way of W.C. CT
Webster Bank – Forestville
White Insulation, Inc.