BRISTOL BITS: Kim Damboise is a familiar face in cafeteria and deli

Published on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:14
Written by Bob Montgomery

Every so often, I like to introduce an individual to readers. In today’s case, if you drink coffee, attend East Chippens Hill Middle School or eat healthy, you may have crossed paths with Kim Damboise.

She’s a busy lady in working in the cafeteria at the school and working part-time at Super Natural Market & Deli in previously having been employed by the Whole Donut. She has three girls and has raised her 14-year-old grandson since birth, and is single but “very attached.”

“I love working with the children and the public,” Kim told me.

Her interests include cooking, baking and being around people. Then there’s her beloved Jeep, which she enjoys tooling around in. She enjoys spending time with her kids, grandkids and her guy.

“Mostly, I enjoy being around people, helping people and making new acquaintances, which Super Natural enables me to do,” she added.

I’ve known Kim for many years and she is a genuinely nice individual.

Bristol Bits rewind 2003 (15 years ago)

How often does someone of comedian and talk show host Jay Leno’s stature call someone personally here in Bristol? For Bristol firefighter Mark Redman, his call came from the late-night TV show host on April 29 at Fire Department headquarters on North Main Street.

Apparently, Leno, a collector of antique vehicles, purchased an old fire engine - an American LaFrance - and wrote an article about it for Popular Mechanics magazine. Redman, a longtime fire truck buff who has written numerous articles himself on trucks for different nationally read publications, read Leno’s “blurb.”

Fast forward: Redman wrote to Leno to tell him about Bristol once having a fire engine similar to his and left it at that without leaving the TV host a phone number to replay. Leno tracked down Rdman’s phone number at work and with this called to chat with him in even giving the Bristol fire lieutenant his phone number in case he was ever in L.A.


To Alasia Griebel. I ran into Alasia briefly at the Bristol Public Library late Monday afternoon. It’s been a few years since I wrote about her running prowess for the newspaper. My, how the time does fly. She went on to be a standout at CCSU after setting distance running records at Bristol Central and is now a teacher and distance running coach at the high school level.

Fifty for George and Gloria - Aunt Doris

George and Gloria Tolve, I’m told, will have been married 50 years as of Friday. George, a graduate of Bristol Eastern, is retired from his hydraulic repair business, and Gloria, originally from Waterbury, is a retired nurse at Bristol Hospital.

George’s late aunt, Doris Miles Disney, a one-time Plainville resident, was a well-known mystery writer in her day. At one time or another, she had some of her 49 books circulating at the Bristol Public Library.

The 1957 gridsters

I recently mentioned some members of the Bristol High School football team from the mid- to late-1950s and with this, Dave Peatman strolled into the office with pictures and a list of those who started on the 1957 team. They are Mike Dinielli, Paul Castolene, Dick Herriott, Dale Peatman, Ken Samele, Bill Duchaine, Jack Pavelec, Dom Roman, Tom Monahan, Dick McCarthy and brothers Al and Ed Apruzzese.

Heather Messier

Congratulations to Heather Messier, who won first prize this year in the Duck Race in Forestville. I tried to get in touch with her, because it must have been a pretty nice surprise for her to see that her duck beat out 4,999 others for top honors. If anyone has contact with Heather, ask her if she’d like to share her thoughts about winning with readers.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:14. Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2018 21:16.