Here’s another entry for my “Bristol Smile Contest.” Instead of Paul DiNoia alone, which I shared a picture of recently, here’s one of him and his granddaughters. Left to right are Chelsey DiNoia, Lindsay Nocera, Stacey Venditto, Paul, Gina Furtak and Riley DiNoia. Anyone else have an entry?
Brenda Fowler Pinette
Brenda sent me an email and I thought I’d share a part of it with readers. Basically, she is looking for volunteers at Brian’s Homeless Outreach in Bristol, in which she has been a volunteer for two years. She said it’s now a nonprofit organization and there is a need for volunteers. She writes, in part:
“We have been working very hard to find volunteers that can volunteer one day/week or any volunteer time when available from 1 to 5 p.m. We are open seven days a week. Anyone interested can reach Brenda at 207-232-0505.” Brenda added that she and her husband, Rit, mid-1960s Bristol Eastern grads, had lived in Maine for many years before returning four years ago and decided to keep their phone number they had there, thus the 207 area code.
The Owsianko family
Maryellen Holden sent the following email to me on Monday:
“As I was passing through Forestville village this afternoon, I saw Frank and Lynn Owsianko and some of their family members taking down all of the American flags that they had put up to honor our veterans on Memorial Day. I stopped to thank Frank for doing this every year, no matter the weather.
“Frank actually wanted to write to you to ask to publicly thank the Forestville Village Association for donating the new flags that were needed to replace the old ones. I told him that I would be happy to write the note to you because I knew that Frank would never mention that he and his family always put up and take down the American flags in Forestville. Thank you to Frank Owsianko and family.”
I recently wrote about Eric and after doing so, his mom, Jan, informed me that among his interests beside doing videos is blogging. You may recall Eric did a great video of Bristol. Eric has an upbeat look at life and appreciates what Bristol had available to him while growing up here.
Mike, an editor and writer for CT Magazine, was listed in the February issue of the publication as one of the 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have carved out successful lives for themselves. The title of the story is “40 Under 40 Class of 2019.” Mike was born and raised in Bristol and is another feather in this city’s cap. Does anyone know him well or see him from time-to-time? If so, let me know.
I received a nice email from Bill Alverides, a 1967 graduate of Bristol Central. Bill said he enjoys reading “Bristol Bits” having grown up here in the project of Dutton Heights on Driscoll Drive.
“It was a great place to grow up,” Bill writes. “I left for Vietnam during the Tet Offensive and served as a combat radio operator with the Korean Tigers. Bristol was a great place back then.”
(Note: Bill, Nice to hear from you and thank you for your service!)
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