BRISTOL BITS: 'Allaire Square' celebrates Navy's 242nd birthday

Published on Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:53
Written by Bob Montgomery

Staff Writer

Allaire and Allaire Elder Law, a.k.a., Stephen and his daughter, Halley, celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday recently in taking their staff to Max Burger in West Hartford. Halley had proudly served in the Navy as a JAG, the judge advocate general’s legal branch of the different U.S. military branches.

“The ‘Allaire Square’ (as the staff calls the father and daughter) are the best bosses anyone can have,” said employee Jessica (Montgomery) Sevigny.

Rewind 1932 (85 years ago)

These go way back, but I found them interesting, especially because many knew or knew of some of the people mentioned in these two Bristol Press segments:

The Boys Club Junior and Senior Ducks opened their swimming season with 30-37 and 48-18 wins, respectively, over their New Haven counterparts. Top performers for Bristol were “Flatfoot” Larese, “Bab” Miller and Eddie Wozenski. Larese was the competition’s lone double winner in capturing both the 100-yard breastroke and 200-yard freestyle.

Plainville’s “Fido” O’Brien, who is recognized as the first world’s champion in duckpin bowling, recently reminisced about his hometown of Shelburne Falls, Mass., and one of its famous former residents, Tommy Monahan. O’Brien, who grew up with Monahan, referred to him as one of the best halfbacks that ever graced a gridiron.

Reversible names

I noted two reversible names in Friday’s column, that of Dan David, our IT guy here at the newspaper, and Kim Kay, a longtime employee at Harvest Bakery. And with this, Dawn Leger emailed a name to add to the list. She writes:

“Mark Thomas, the marketing and public relations specialist at the Bristol Development Authority, has one of those ‘reversible’ names.”

I just remembered a red-headed fellow who once had a restaurant downtown, and if I recall correctly it was Robert “Bob” Pete.


I saw this license plate on a white GMC Sierra on Sunday. I assume that’s Roger’s nickname?

Don’s tie

Don Titus, retired high school educator and baseball coach, had a real handsome tie on in church on Saturday. That was at Prospect United Methodist Church, where he is a longtime member and volunteer. Don doesn’t like attention, so if you see him go gently with this.

Did you know? Joseph Ives (1782-1862)

Bristol native Joseph Ives was described as the greatest inventive genius in the entire history of clockmaking in this country and that’s stated in the biography of him that is part of the “Builders of Bristol” series, which can be viewed at the Bristol History Room at the Bristol Public Library.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General Business, General News on Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:53. Updated: Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:56.