Minutes / Newsletter
September 13th, 2017
Tonight’s meeting starts with a bit of a twist, as the floor is given to Councilor Mills who has other events to attend this evening and will then run right into the rest of the City Village Report. Mr. Mills………the floor is now yours.
City Village Report:
· City Councilor – (Dave Mills) – You have been reading about the Memorial Boulevard School and what will happen with it. Is it going to be a Magnet School for the Arts? Maybe it’s worth a try. The cost to renovate is estimated to be around $40 Million. The state has grant money put aside, but the question is whether they will spend it or not. State Rep. Chris Ziogas and others have put in an application with the state, to see if we can tap into some of those funds (A Big, Big IF). This would be considered “Plan A”. What is considered to be “Plan B” would be to move City Hall to MBS, as the Theater can’t exist on its own. If City Hall were to stay in its current location, the building updates that would be required will cost an estimated $10-$20 million dollars. There is also talk of a “Plan C” and that would be to move City Hall to 10 Main St., which is property owned by D’Amato. Also, the city has already put aside $13.5 Million for Phase 1 at MBS, which is for the Theater. These are the “Big Things”
The fall campaign is coming up! Cheryl T. and I are running in the 3rd District. Cheryl has been doing a very nice job with the city budget and finance board. The next 60 days will give the candidates the opportunity to tell you how they truly care about Bristol. Present their different ideas on how to make Bristol a better place.
Question Asked: Donna Gianoni – If city hall were to vacate their current location, what would happen with all that space? Response: Perhaps a Medical building if additional space is needed, or possibly an office building.
Pumpkin Festival, Sandy Gozzo – It has been discussed with the core committee, for good reason, to discontinue the Pumpkin Festival. This is mainly due to failed participation, the aging of current committee volunteers and the lack of youth volunteers. All donation checks for this event will be returned, accompanied by a letter explaining the reason the event has been cancelled.
President’s Note: Thank you Sandy and the entire committee for your past support and dedication towards this event!!
First Deputy, Leo Bonola – Sandy Gozzo and the Pumpkin Committee have nothing to do with the discontinue/cancellation of the Pumpkin Festival. It’s the community who did not support us. Sandy went to Schools, Churches and Banks for support. They all deserve a big, big hand! On another note….the Duck Race Group is older now, then 10 years ago. We have lost good members! Times are different now from back in the day. We used to have support from the Kiwanis, Rotary, Jaycees, etc….Now it’s tough to get new faces involved. President’s Note: Great job on the trees at Quinlan Leo! Boy, can this guy work at 83!
Monthly Drawing Winner: Cheryl Thibeault
· Vice President, Rick Leach: (fearless leader) – Rick was unable to attend this month’s meeting, but we hope all is well and look forward to seeing you in October! President’s Note: A Veteran’s Day Service will be held on Saturday Nov. 11th at Quinlan Park. More details to follow. Also, a shout out to Rob Newton who will (hopefully) conduct the Election of Officers in October!
· Cheryl Thibeault (Duck Chair) - The Chamber has not made a decision yet on whether or not the F.V.A. will still be a partner for the Duck Race, or a way to keep Forestville involved, but there have been a list of guidelines put in place if someone does want to be a contributing partner. A few examples are….You’re responsible for the sale of a block of 500 tickets (each ticket earns you $2). You need to contribute 3 doors prizes valued at $50 or more. One person from your group must be present at race committee meetings and must provide 4 volunteers on race day. Any partner must be a non-profit. All Duck Race decisions will be made by Nov. 1st. Question: Donna Gianoni asked why pay the Chamber $3 for each ticket? Answer: Part of the money pays for the cost of the race/prizes (estimated cost of $5,000 to put on Duck Race), Part of the money goes to the Chamber and part goes to replacing the cost of Ducks.
· 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) – No Report for Pine Lake or FLL, but was wondering how the disbursement of Duck money and final reports are handled by the Chamber?
· Chuck Woodin (FMDT Parade) – No Report
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) – No Report
· Lt. Rich Guerrera (Community relations officer) – Some Q&A……Question: Tom Massarelli asked “how does the PD react to car break-ins and theft”? Answer: Call the PD and they will come out and canvas the area. Also, keep your cars locked and hide valuables. Concerns & Suggestions: Dave P. has a concern about speeding in the areas of Stevens St., were it meets Stafford Ave. and Jerome Ave. He suggests maybe parking one of the speed monitoring units in that area for a couple of weeks. Maybe it will help bring the speed down.
President, Dave Pasqualicchio Report:
· Fall Season… A beautiful time of year! Pumpkins, Pumkin Coffee, Pumkin Beer and more!!
· Downsizing…...As we age, we tend to limit ourselves….we move into smaller homes. Cut back on yard work, house work, window washing, etc… The F.V.A. seems to be moving in this very direction. Maybe it’s time for a new President, which leads me to the Election of Officers!
· Election of Officers…...It’s already here! President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The election will take place at the October meeting.
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). The family numbers are down a bit from last year and the business numbers are not too bad. We are always looking for more support, so please support our efforts! Thank You!
The Fall Season is here! Stalks, plant a mum, display pumpkins. Be festive and inspire others to do so as well!
Memorial Walkway Sign – To help bring attention to the beautiful walkway identifying our veterans and their branch of service. The cost of the sign is $870.
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 Rebecca White from the Bristol Chamber on the birth of her daughter
- Note of Sympathy (Mass Card) – To Tom Dickau for the passing of his wife Donna
- Note of Thanks Received – From Tom Dickau in response to the flower arrangement sent for the passing of his wife Donna
- Note of Thanks Received – From Sandy & Joe Gozzo for the lunch served at the July meeting
- We See You and It Looks Great – Property on the corner of Daly & Pine…..WOW!
- We See You and It Looks Great – David Albert, 61 E. Main St., Really nice job sprucing up the property!!
· Historical Marker #4: Combo History of the Golarz Property/Owsianko Block.
· 2017 Christmas Ornament – Golarz/Owsianko
· Pasta Auction – Date TBD.
· Mohegan Sun Bus Trip – January 6th, 2018….. BOOK EARLY!
Upcoming Events 2017:
· Election of Officers – Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
· Turkey Shoot – November Meeting
· Carol Sing – Date TBD.
Next Meeting –Wednesday October 18th, 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
Hillside Community Church
Allied Sanitation, Inc.
Italian Social Club
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 and Gears, Inc.
One Fifty Central
Bristol Police Union
Peter Roberge Painting Company
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
Scarritt Spas & Hot Tubs, LLC
Crowley Auto Group
DTF Remodeling, LLC.
St. Joseph Polish Society
St. Matthew R.C. Church
The Healing Corner
The Ultimate Companies, Inc.
Fontaine Mechanical Heating & A/C
Tollman Spring Co.
Forestville Lawn Care
United Way of W.C. CT
Forestville Little League
Webster Bank – Forestville
Hartford County Tattoo
White Insulation, Inc.
Please Renew Your 2017 Membership