BRISTOL BITS: Bev Strong presented with copy of a Bristol Press page

Published on Thursday, 18 November 2021 12:11


During ceremonies at American Legion Post 2 on Veterans Day, Bev Strong was presented with a copy of a September 2000 Bristol Press page. It had a photo from 1917 showing New Departure employees marching down Main Street enroute to Muzzy Field, where they were to enjoy the company’s annual picnic gathering.

Neal Supranovich’s mother saved a copy of the 2000 newspaper and gave it to her son, Neal, in July of this year. Neal, in turn, presented it to Bev at the recent Veterans Day program, because her late husband, Ralph, had been in attendance that 1917 day for the festivities.

Bev also joined with World War II veteran Joe Camaniti at the American Legion post for the 2021 ceremonies in ringing the bells during its “Bells of Peace” segment of the program.


In thinking about what to write today, I went through many thoughts. I like to recognize individuals for their unselfish efforts, those not aimed at their getting some of the attention. One of them is Neal Supranovich who I’ve mentioned here.

Neal has been a tremendous veterans advocate, and has done so much in the past few years to benefit others.

Bob Kelly

Growing up in Bristol, Bob Kelly, retired graphic arts teacher at Bristol Eastern, was taken to baseball games by his uncles from time-to-time, including Muzzy Field, where he took a snapshot of Dom DiMaggio, his favorite professional player.

Among a collection of momentos Bob has had, was a signed baseball he is donating to the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame. The signatures are worn, but I did some research to find they are those of the 1945 New York Yankees, who came to Muzzy Field to play the Hartford Gems in an exhibition, one the “Bronx Bombers” won in a late September game by a score of 9-4.

The November 1945 issue of New Departure News has photos from the Yankee visit, and they include some of the players and festivities surrounding the exhibition, including a photo of the late great Bob Steele who was there.

The Jabs Family

Hank Lodge, who co-chairs Friday’s Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Induction program as a 25th-year celebration, researched to find out that 2001 inductee Albert Jabs, one of a number of All-State basketball players from Bristol High, is related to Lydia Jabs Bailey, a former inductee of the local Hall of Fame.

Lydia, who was a standout athlete as a 1935 Bristol High graduate, excelled in numerous sports, such as bowling and tennis, where she captured many local tournaments. In fact, she was said to have set a national single-game duckpin scoring record in 1936, while winning four titles in the annual Bristol tennis championships. There’s so much more on her.

I would like to hear from a family member who knows about that world record in bowling.

(Note: No tickets will be sold at the door Friday for the 2001 Hall of Fame event.)


Bob Coffey celebrated his birthday Wednesday and Lidia Jasinski celebrates on Saturday. Duane and Victoria Budnick have been married 20 years as of Tuesday.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 18 November 2021 12:11. Updated: Thursday, 18 November 2021 12:13.