BRISTOL BITS: A reunion/open house is being planned at Patterson Place for next month

Published on Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:20

Bristol Bits

A casual reunion/open house is being planned at Patterson Place, a residential complex that has had different names through its nearly three centuries of existence: Hill School, First District School, Federal Hill School and later Thomas H. Patterson School. It will take place next month on Saturday, Oct. 12 between noon and 3 p.m.

Diana Rode, a 1954 graduate of the school and now a resident of the building, is among committee members planning the get-together. She had been living in Plainville prior to returning back to her hometown.

“The event is for former students and faculty, and residents of the building,” Diana said. “There will be posters with photos - I found my class photo - and information about the school through the years.”

Among Bristol Press stories she found included a 1981 vote when the City Council approved the building’s conversion; and a July 2, 1941, entry on Mr. Patterson, the longtime teacher and principal, that talks about the school system going back to 1895. Diana added that the 1890 schoolhouse, for example, had four classrooms with two outhouses.

Weather permitting, also part of the celebration will be visiting the facility’s rooftop garden and there will be light refreshments in the community area.

“We plan to display the school building plans, as well as the conversions plans to apartments in the 1980’s,” said Diana in representing the reunion committee’s posting. “The day of the event a few select apartments will be available, along with a photo timeline of the structural development of the school, starting as early as 1754, when the building was a wooden structure.”

With regards to Mr. Patterson, Monday’s “Primetime” column in The Bristol Press will provide a short biography of the man.

A Facebook page will be live in a few days and to view this look under “Events” for T.H. Patterson Place School Reunion. Those who wish to attend the open house or seek information on it can email Diana at or calling 860-583-0035. Or call Kevin at 860-685-1064.

Kevin Raponey

Bristol native Kevin Raponey was shown as “Hero of the Month” for August, 2019, as seen on YouTube. The actor is currently in an Off Broadway production of “Rock of Ages” at the New World Stages in NYC. The YouTube segment on Kevin was filmed and edited by Tommy Mazza, Gotapele SS Productions. Go to “Kevin Raponey - Hero of the Month of August 19 - YouTube” to see him.

I ran into Dave Raponey, his uncle, who said he recently went up and enjoyed the play. He added that his nephew has played different roles in the production.

Gene Marchand

Word has been passed this way that former Bristol Press prize-winning photographer Gene Marchand, 85, has passed away in Massachusetts. Gene Marchand was a household name here years ago. He went into real estate and his passions were jazz music and photography.

BSHOF founding members

I came across the 1997 induction booklet for the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and found it interesting in seeing the names of the organization’s founding directors. They were Bart Beardsley, Stanley Brzezicki, Paul Castolene, Louise DeMars, Gail Ericson, Johnie M. Floyd, John Fortunato, Joann Galati, Dave Greenleaf, Jack Hines, John Leone, Dave Mills, Thomas R. Monahan, Bob Montgomery, John Novakowski, Tom Ragaini, Barbara St. Onge, John E. Smith, Eleanor Wilson and Mark Ziogas.

Bristol news rewind - 1999

A donation was made by Bristol firefighters Bill Sutter, Mark Redman and Ken Marek when they appeared on Channel 3 WFSB last week during the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Marathon. A check in the amount of $9,000 was handed to Al Terzi, co-host of the evening. The money was obtained through the contributions of Bristol citizens who “filled the boot” over the previous two weeks.


Julia Rosario, a Plainville resident, who is in college and works part-time in Bristol, turned 20 years of age on Thursday; Laura Jackman has a birthday today; and on Saturday, it’s Larry McDonnell’s turn.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:20. Updated: Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:23.