BRISTOL BITS: John R. Broderick is a notable Bristolite

Published on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:24
Written by Bob Montgomery

Bristol Bits

There’s a listing of notable people from Bristol when you go to Wikipedia and among those shown is John R. Broderick, the president of Old Dominion University. The school has a student enrollment in the area of 25,000 and is based out of Norfolk, Virginia. A nice surprise, he sent me an email on Wednesday in complementing this column.

John mentioned that he no longer has family here, but has shown up to drive around town to see the changes and reminisce to himself. And in case you don’t know of him, he worked for the Bristol Sports Department when he was going to college and acknowledged both Chuck McCarthy and Charlie Hibbert for what they taught him. It’s nice to hear things like that.

John has been the president of Old Dominion University since 2008 and has done a great job in being recognized for his work. Just this year alone, John was a co-recipient of the 2019 President’s Award by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Los Angeles on March 12 during the organization’s annual conference. Also presented with the honor was Janet Napolitan, president of the University of California who previously served as governor of Arizona and later secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama.

Bill Stapleford

I received an email from Richard Kirkwood, who informed me that Bill Stapleford passed away. Bill was the owner of the Mattress Shop, which once was located at the corner of North Main and Farmington Avenue, before relocating to the former Bristol Centre Mall.

Richard was a neighbor of Bill’s and informed me that he was quite a fellow. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was both a ham radio operator and plane pilot. I’m told he once “buzzed” the Stop & Shop mall. Bill, who was 83 and a Purple Heart recipient, died on the Fourth of July.

Chamber of Commerce

The Bristol Board of Trade was established in 1887 to basically promote the town. It was later incorporated as the Bristol Chamber of Commerce in 1915 and in 2003 became the Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce in serving Bristol, Burlington, Farmington, Plymouth/Terryville and Wolcott.

Did you know?

According to Bob Adamczyk’s “Streetscape” booklet, a map was drawn up by the property owners of Farmington (which included the area of what is Bristol today), in 1776 and showed the streets here as being West, North, South, Maple, King, Pine, Middle, Queen, East, Washington, West Washington, Stearns, Divinity, Center, Willis and Wolcott streets, as well as Wolcott and East roads.

Bristol Boys & Girls Club Family Center

Officers of the board of directors: Mike DellaBianca, president and chief volunteer officer; Marc Henderson, DDS, vice-president; Hal Kilby, secretary; Corrin D’Amato, treasurer; and Mark DiVenere, immediate past president.

Board of directors - Kenneth Bowes, Carol Constant, Brian Fries, Scott Gaudet, Kim Ward Holley, David Hrdlicka, Pastor Kevin Karner, Susan Kozikowski, Morrie Laviero, Bill Mascetti, David Mills, Scott Rosado, Matt Skane, Rebekah Stokes and Arthur Ward.

St. Anthony’s High - 1958

The boys basketball team at the former St. Anthony’s High School is somewhat of a “who’s who” from Bristol:

Joe Salvatore (manager), Dan Laviero, Lenny Valentino, Morrie Laviero, Mike Boguslawski, Ed Berlinski, Don Sklenka, Gerard Couture, Bill Roccanello, Dick Bellemare (scorekeeper), Bob Pons, Bob Garand, Henry Wotusik, Steve Martino, Bob Fiondella, Steve Borrelli and coach Frank Longo.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:24. Updated: Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:27.