BRISTOL BITS: Bogie's lunch parties at The Pines a delight for attendees

Published on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:36
Written by Bob Montgomery

Every Friday, Mike “Bogie” Boguslawski asks a different business to provide food for a lunch for those who work and reside at The Pines in Bristol. Bogie is a resident there - only for another month, he says - and enjoys seeing folks enjoy a good meal.

“It’s for them to relax themselves,” said Bogie. “I’m a people person.”

He added that he’s invited police officers and firefighters for a meal, and anyone who would like to sit down and enjoy themselves, and he’s been doing this for 19 weeks now.

Wallingford Buick/GMC donated last week’s meal and he’s had many others do the same. Recently Costco hosted with Kirkland pizza boxes, along with other side dishes.

Anyone wishing to speak with “Bogie,” can do so by calling 860-540-0771.

Sue Jensen

Former Bristol resident Sue Jensen competed in the FIMA World Masters Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary in August. She broke the New England record in the 400-meter individual medley in competing in the 55-59 age group.

Sue got her start in swimming, like so many others here, at the former Bristol Girls Club. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Jensen, and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband, Rob Schiller, and their two children.

50-year anniversary

I attended a meeting for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Advocates of the Bristol Senior Center last week. Those in attendance were: Marie Cannici, president; Perry Spinelli, vice-president; Christine Leigh, financial officer, Ingrid Gilona, treasurer; and members of committees under the advocate banner, Terry Barton, Charlene Castle, John and Virginia Hartman, as well as Carol Burke and Patty Tomascak, the executive director of the senior center.

The event should be a good one and will be held at the senior center on Oct. 18, between 2:30 and 5 p.m. More should follow on this.

Shout out

To Mike and Betty Tracy. Thank you for the nice card!

Rewind - Thinking of Andy

Ten years ago, I wrote a column dedicated to a friend, Andy Palau, who had died a few days earlier on Labor Day. I had called Andy a few weeks before and he told me he had aches and pains and having some health issues, so I kept the conversation short. Not too long after his son, Mark, called to tell me his father had died at age 93. I was more than proud to have had Andy call me a friend.

I wrote a lengthy column on him, and included that he had been a roommate of then future Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto while on a New York Yankees minor league team. Andy had also given NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, a football teammate at Fordham University in earlier days, his first coaching job and that was at the high school level. There was so much more with Andy being All-State in football, basketball and baseball for Bristol High in graduating in 1933.

Foremost, he was a solid family man, humble and generally an all-around nice guy. His legacy is among those which make Bristol shine.

Don Pelletier - “Thank you for your service”

Don, a classmate of mine at Stafford and Bristol Eastern High schools, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He doesn’t talk about it, but I thought I would publicly thank him for his service. Nice fellow!


This license plate sits on a white SUV that was parked in the lot at the Bristol Public Library on Tuesday. I’m guessing it belongs to an individual who has and loves children.

Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808, or email:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:36. Updated: Wednesday, 13 September 2017 20:38.