Bristol Bits: A moving tribute to U.S. soldiers

Published on Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:55


In the lead-up to Veterans Day, Dr. Peter Jannuzzi, a Unionville - Farmington pediatrician, and Tom Mazzarella of Bristol combined to create a music video of a patriotic song entitled, “American Way” . The purpose of the video is to raise funds for the OASIS center for veterans at Tunxis Community College.

Jannuzzi, a veteran himself, served from 1982 to 1991 in being stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has a tremendous amount of respect for those who served in warfare at any level.

An amateur musician since he was a teenage, the good doctor was introduced to one of the country’s finest musicians, Jim Chadelaine, whom he approached to help him in selling his song. The two produced the song over a period of a few months and from there, Dr. Jannuzzi contacted his friend, Tom Mazzarella, a documentary film producer, to create a music video in making it a moving tribute to U.S. soldiers.

“This music video is so American, the visuals are captivating and the song is catchy,” Tom told me. “Once you hear it you’ll want to play it over and over again. I am so glad I have this opportunity to give back to our veterans.”

For more information about the video or to donate, visit .

Recalling Murphy’s St. Paddy Day festivities

One of the great events from days gone by was retired Bristol Fire Captain Fran Murphy’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at fire headquarters downtown. I had the privilege of attending a couple of them and, boy, it was a great time. What reminded me was that fact that  I saw a picture from 1993 that was in The Bristol Press. It captured Gerry “O’Burns” Burns and Dick “O’Avery” Avery during the party that year.

It was worth the price of admission - nothing - to see Gerry play songs on that music-making thing of his and seeing Mr. O’Murphy dancing the Irish jig, or whatever you call it. Wouldn’t it be nice to do this again sometime, somewhere?

Rewind 1993

Four area women will be honored at the Fourth Annual Bristol PLUS Awards breakfast on March 25 at the Sophia Room. The Bristol PLUS (Positive Leadership/Unselfish Service) Awards, which are sponsored by the Family Center for Girls and Boys (formerly known as the Bristol Girls Club), honor women in leadership who have proven their ability to improve life in the Bristol area. The winners for 1993 will be Helen Chagnon Lavigne, Cheryl Ptaszynski, Patricia Roberts and Grace Jenkins Spring.


There a lot of people I enjoy seeing or hearing from, too many to mention, so here are just some from the past week. Ron and Pam Messier, who are never short on conversation, true Bristol natives; A good number of members of the McCarthy family; Dee Valerio-Matyka and Ann Beardsley with regards to Bristol’s “Challenger” programs; the always young-looking  Maryellen Holden - make sure you remember how to spell her first name correctly. It’s been spelled incorrectly often, and I’ve been one of those; Ron Piasecki, visiting here briefly from Florida, 1962 Bristol Eastern graduate and Vietnam veteran who played with the local and statewide popular band called “The Galdeans” back when; Tom Maghini, good man with a lot of interesting memories; Hank Lodge, who is always busy with regards to his Bristol Sports Hall of Fame volunteerism; Dean Barney, who is also interesting to chat with; and lastly, Phil Lewis, Dean’s friend who is now living down South. Dean had him on the phone the other day and with this I had a chance to say, “hello.”    

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:55. Updated: Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:58.