Bristol Bits: Out with the old year and in with the new

Published on Sunday, 31 December 2017 21:22
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

I saw Al Goodwin Sunday afternoon and he was wearing a neat yellow sweater and thought he’d be a good one to wish readers a Happy New Year! Thank you, Al. Back at you!

Shout out

To Tire Depot owner Tony Perone and a four-year employee of his, James Churchill, for excellent service along with holiday smiles the other day.

Bristol Press rewind 2007 (10 years ago)

Mayor Art Ward wrapped up the week in announcing a list of new and renewed appointments: Councilor Frank Nicastro will be replaced as acting mayor by Councilor Craig Minor. Minor stated he might leave Bristol in December, so Nicastro remains in the position; Republican Joseph Geladino will be added to the Bristol Zoning Commission as an alternate in replacing Brian Wolverton, who asked to be on the land-use board; Michael Thomas will be a new zoning board alternate; David Herens is named to that board, because Dan Dunn moved out of the state.

Marie Pasquale will replace Minor on the television advisory council; Dave Hartley was re-appointed to the transportation commission. Re-appointed to the library board were Georgine Cawley, Keith DeGraham and Jessica Dumont; Nora Anderson was re-appointed to the Freedom of Information Advisory Board; Greg Belanger to complete the term of former fire commissioner David Desmaris; Charles Cyr to take the place of BDA Commissioner Mae Palmisano, who resigned. The names of Melanie Dumont and Bud O’Neil will be put forth to serve on the West End school building committee.

Allen Doolittle

My condolences to the family of Allen Doolittle, who died here on Dec. 15, 2017. Allen was a faithful reader of this column, according to his daughter, Donna (Doolittle) LaFleur. She also told me he enjoyed playing pool at the Bristol Senior Center.


I threw this license plate out to readers to see if any knew the person who has it on his or her car and heard from the owner, Joanne Bourassa, who writes:

“The blue van with the CSM.WFE plate you noticed on Thursday was driven by my husband, Command Sergeant Major Andre J. Bourassa. He purchased the plate for me after retiring from 33 years of military service in 2001. He proudly served in the CT National Guard (Bristol and Naugatuck units) and Army Reserve (West Hartford).

“He also owns the CSM.INF plate that is on our Ford Taurus sedan, ironically the car that I drive most of the time! On our annual drive to Florida, he often meets other military veterans who notice the plate, and strangers who thank him for his military service.”

Bill Stortz

The picture of the young lad that headlined this column a week ago Friday was that of former Mayor Bill Stortz. Those who recognized the young tyke were Cheryl Joslyn, Lynn Limberger, Rita Elliott, Barbara Oneill, Tim Gamache, Dennis Kendall and the Nancy Johnson from Bristol.

The Brookside Drivers

Sixty years ago, those who lived on Brookside Drive off Brook Street, a.k.a. “The Brookside Drivers,” won the city’s annual neighborhood Christmas display contest.

As I recall, each house on the block was decorated, thus the recognition.

Here are the winning families: William Tchakirides, Felix Markot, Andrew Kahle, Walter Pastyrnak, Gordon E. Bower, Benjamin LaBombard, Antone Salter, Chatfield Vail, William Montgomery, John “Buck” Sakowski, Chester Rzonca, Richard Schmaltz, Rodney Denault, William Greer, Fred Lassy, Chester Sergey, Ludgar Doucette, Anthony Smat, Jr., and Bernard Goracy.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 31 December 2017 21:22. Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2017 21:25.