BRISTOL BITS: Shoutout to an educator with a stellar resume

Published on Thursday, 7 November 2019 15:58

Bristol Bits

The following are bits and pieces of information that came to mind when I started today’s column: Reinhard Walker has a sweet resume, first as a member of the 1976 Forestville Little League All-Star team that went to the World Series. Now an educator in town, he’s been active in community affairs, including as one of the directors of the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame; I sent a shoutout recently to Alice Virovoy, who has been Alice Herdlein for many years now; Bristol Press advertising man Ben Scoville, who celebrated a birthday yesterday, was the one to suggest the Monday “Primetime” column I do and that was a few years ago;

One word to describe Dave Greenleaf, a teacher at Bristol Central, is longevity. He’s been involved in a number of endeavors that have been going on for decades, including as a contributor to the Bristol Press; Shoutout to Gene and Laurie LeBlanc; I saw Chelsea Mone while visiting St. Paul Catholic High School recently and asked her how her father, Joe, was doing since he retired from the City of Bristol. He’s fine, playing golf and getting ready for the girls basketball season at the school as the program’s head coach;

More on “Jocko” Yarde

Bob Kalat, a 1963 Greene-Hills School graduate, replied to a segment I did on “Jocko” Yarde in bringing professional athletes to Bristol for events. Bob’s email to me included the names of those who spoke at sports night programs at Johnny’s Restaurant, the predecessor to Nuchie’s Restaurant, and which were called Greene-Hills Sports Night Dinners.

They were Andy Robustelli (1959), Bill Sharman (1960), Bob Cousy (1961), Tom Heinsohn (1962), Otto Graham (1963), Dick “Mo” Modzelewski (1964), Tom Heinsohn and Johnny Egan (1965), Babe Parilli (1966) and Joe Morrrison and Gary Palladino (1967).

Gary, of course, graduated from Greene-Hills in 1959 and went on to play at Bristol Eastern, the University of Hartford, in Europe and in the Eastern Basketball League before going on to a long coaching career which included both high school and college.

Steve Casey

Our former state senator, Steve Casey, the president of the Railroad Museum of New England, informed me that his organization is holding its fifth annual Salute to Veterans Breakfast at the museum in Thomaston on Monday between 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. For more info, call 860-716-4854.

The Field family

I’ve written about this family some years ago and visiting Bristol Central on Thursday, where Foo Field is a school counselor, it brought memories of the good old days when her brother, Tom, and I hung out with one another. During this time, I got to know their parents, Eugene and Kathryn, who were nice and friendly with the family homestead located on First Street.

Tom and Foo have three brothers, Jim, Robbie and Michael, and lost a sister, Mary Beth, some years ago. According to Foo, her siblings are all doing fine today for those of you who recall them.


Georgette and Louis Castonguay celebrate a wedding anniversary on Veterans Day Monday. Louis is a member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Monday is also the 244th birthday for our Marine veterans. It’s a day that former Bristol resident and retired Marine Corps Colonel Ed Cercone calls many of his fellow Marines on the telephone from Virginia. Semper Fi, Colonel Cercone!

Beverly Foote celebrates at birthday today and I wonder what hubby, Jim, has bought her for the occasion. An expensive vintage car?

Bits from 1964 and 1965

1964 -The Bristol Lodge of Elks held a testimonial dinner for Bristol Chief Thomas McCarthy, who is planning an upcoming retirement. He is the brother of longtime Bristol Press Sports Editor Charles “Chuck” McCarthy; Former Bristol Eastern High and Bristol American Legion baseball standout Tom Shopay received the baseball team’s MVP award at Dean Junior College; Among the 1964 Bristol Eastern graduates will be longtime friends and sports teammates Jim Kane and Bob Lindsay; Acting Children’s Librarian is Frances Schwanka.

1965 - Here are the latest supernumerary police sworn in at a special meeting of the Bristol Police Board: Mrs. Barbara Procko, being the first female supernumerary, and Bob Barnett, Frank Dougeneck, Ray Dutkiewicz, Richard Dziedzic, Russ Goodrich, Richard Laviero, Jon Minella, Fran Monckton, Jim Pesino, Gary Roberts, Dick Tessman and Dick Wadowski. Robert Grace is the chief of police at this time.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 7 November 2019 15:58. Updated: Thursday, 7 November 2019 16:00.