BRISTOL BITS: Former councilor celebrates birthday with friends

Published on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:51
Written by Bob Montgomery

Retired contractor and former city councilman Jim Cleveland and friends went out to breakfast recently to celebrate his birthday. The event took place at the Eagles Nest in Terryville and those at the gathering, left to right, were Gary Houle, Paul Roy, Kit Critchley, Tom Boisvert, Jack Goodwin, the birthday boy, Dan Slavinski, Bernie O’Keefe, Harry Stone and John Ryan.

Bristol Bits rewind - 20 years ago (1999)

Behind every successful man is a woman. In the case of the civic-minded John Smith, Bristol Hospital vice-president, there are two. Besides his wife, Mary, there’s the lady who sits outside of his office at work, administrative assistant Sandra “Sandy” Evanoski.

The office of Dr. Ronald B. Herriott, DMD, celebrates 25 years this month. His current staff consists of his wife, Claire, Claire Lewandoski, Mary Lou Larsen, Irene Simard, Lonnie Lagasse, and Danielle DellaVecchia.

Shout out

To Jennifer Koczon and her mother, Debbie. The Southington residents were at Brian’s Angels over the weekend with some items to donate. Jennifer, a former Bristol resident, purchased them to drop off. Her mother drove her there.

While speaking with these two ladies, Jennifer turned to her mother and said, “Tomorrow you have to go out and buy things” for Brian’s Angels.” And by the way, Brian’s Angles, which collects items for the needy as a homeless outreach center, is located off the lower parking lot of Prospect United Methodist Church off Center Street.

Mike Stevens

I was listening to WJMJ 88.9 Radio on the way to work on Tuesday and the on-air personality mentioned that Mike Stevens would be coming up to spin records. He also mentioned that Mike at one time had been the bat boy for the former Boston Red Sox AA minor league team here.

Well, that makes a least three Bristol fellows that are on-air personalities at the radio station. I knew of both Steve Savino and Glenn Colligan before as having shows on that station. Mike, I believe, is one of the newer additions.

John Whitcomb

I received an interesting email from former Bristol resident Phil Clauss and it was inspired after attending his 50th Bristol Eastern class reunion. He talked with the Whitcomb sisters, Carol and Nancy, and one of the subjects had to do with their father, the late John Whitcomb who taught at the school. I’ve written about Mr. Whitcomb before and how popular he was with the students, including myself at the school.

I won’t go into detail on the Whitcomb conversation, but Phil was one of his fans, too. In fact, my late friend Jim Masters - and I’ve shared this before - first took notice wanting to become a teacher himself after having had Mr. Whitcomb as one. I never had the man for a teacher, but still admired him greatly for his personality and interactions with us then-teenagers.

Andrea Doria

I asked readers if they had any connections/stories regarding the Andrea Doria, the passenger liner that sank after hitting another cruise ship in 1956, and Anglea Stortz, Bill’s better half, emailed me the following:

“My grandparents traveled to Italy on the Andrea Doria and were supposed to return to New York on it after their visit to Italy. As fate would have it, my grandmother got sick while there and wanted to return home sooner.

They were booked on that fateful return trip of the Andrea Doria, and due to their change of plans, were spared being on the boat when it sank. My family was so grateful, but we also felt such sympathy for the other passengers.”


Jay Maia has a birthday tomorrow and John Barnett and Greg O’Brien celebrate on Saturday; Lenny LaMothe, retired Bristol parks employee, has been fixing and refurbishing old water pumps he comes across as a talented man with his hands; Tom Maghini recently recalled as a young man helping prepare the corn for the annual Crocodile Club dinners in the late 1940s. Ask him about it; Shout out to Foo Field. Thanks for your assistance this week; Mark Bolduc of the Bristol Public Library maintenance department looked Halloweeny last week with his orange, henley-type outdoors top.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:51. Updated: Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:53.