BRISTOL BITS: A big wedding surprise and a basketball coach's memoir

Published on Friday, 20 November 2020 10:47


Shhhh! Brent MacDonald and Theresa Degan are getting married next Friday at St. Joseph Church, which they will be leaving afterwards for photos at the Federal Green around 3:30 p.m. Don’t let them know that we know, because we’d like to surprise them because of all the problems that have come their way because of covid.19.

First, is the fact that their reception is being held off until next year. Second, her brothers, in Hawaii and Pennsylvania, won’t be able to be at the wedding due to travel bans posed. Most of us have had these types of problems and helping each other out in some way is a good thing.

Theresa’s mother, Jean, hopes to get friends, neighbors and the general public to help out by showing up at the green at 3:30 p.m. The newlyweds-to-be have no idea of this, so please do not mention it to them. Show up and be part of a wonderful afternoon. Thank you on behalf of Jean. I’m sure it’s something the couple will always talk about.

Oh, about these kids. Theresa has been a music teacher in town as drama coach at Bristol Eastern and helps with productions at Bristol Central. She has been the music director for the O.M. Show and teaches music theater at a dance studio here. The groom is from Simsbury, but has lived here for some years. He’s an operating room nurse working in Hartford.




Frank Nicastro is among those leading the birthday parade this week when he celebrates his 80th on Sunday. Happy birthday to our retired mayor and state rep.

Another birthday belongs to Lidia Jasinski, whose age I won’t divulge. Her birthday is today. Bob Coffey’s big day was on Wednesday.



Mills successful at Mills

Senior Abby Mills, a captain of the successful Lewis Mills girls soccer team, signed a letter of intent a week ago Wednesday to play the sport for Division I college William and Mary.

She’s the granddaughter of Dave Mills and Marilyn and Mel Buchanan of Bristol. Her father played starting quarterback Yale back in his day, while mom played volleyball at Siena.

Not only is Abby good on the athletic field with 49 career goals and 44 assists to date, she has earned three all-conference and two All-State nods to date. She’s also solid in the classroom with a 4.5 GPA.



Montelli pens a biography

Bristol native Vito Montelli made a name for himself in overseeing the boys basketball team at St. Joseph’s in Trumbull. He’s the all-time winning high school boys basketball in the state and has written a book on it, entitled, “God, Family and Basketball.”

Vito grew up here and attended the former St. Anthony’s High School playing under Bristol Sports Hall of Fame coach Frank Longo. His Catholic upbringing here was a major part of his success in being the great fellow that he is. You can “Google” him at “Vito Montelli Book” to learn more. (P.S. Thanks to Paul DiNoia Sr. for the heads-up on this.)



Maya’s BHS entrance

When I spoke with Maya Bringe the other day, she told me that the organization she presides over, the Bristol Historical Society, was going to light up the large evergreen tree in the front of the building for this coming holiday. After telling me this, I reflected on the Christmas Tree sales outside the society’s building 10 years ago, the year that someone cut off the tops of the trees, which we believed was by an out-of-town competitor who brought in trees to sell here himself.

Anyways, Maya said that’s why she first became involved with the historical society. She came up to purchase one of the trees to help us out and slowly became a volunteer. Now, she’s heading the organization.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-583-5132.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 20 November 2020 10:47. Updated: Friday, 20 November 2020 17:20.