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Way To Go Plainville J. Tim’s!

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wingsThose of us in the ‘ville didn’t need The Daily Meal to tell us how great J. Timothy’s wings were. We already knew.

The wings from the historic New Britain Avenue tavern placed  #2 on The Daily Meal’s  list of America’s 25 Best Buffalo Wings.

The double dose of sauce “dirt wings,”  received rave reviews from the editors.

Read more here.

For Dr. and Mrs. Bill Petit, A First Anniversary That Includes A Baby-to-Be

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petit2 (2)Whether the timing was a coincidence or not, it will surely be a very special anniversary Monday for Dr. Bill Petit and wife Christine.

The couple, who live in Burlington, announced Thursday that they are having their first child at the end of the year.

“Yes, we are expecting, ” said Petit, responding to a Twitter query from Java. We are very excited.” (Facebook picture)

Dr. Petit was the sole survivor of a deadly home invasion in Cheshire in 2007. His wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters died in the tragedy. The two men responsible for the crime, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes have been sentenced to death.

In Apetitiweddingugust 2012 , Petit married the former Christine Paluf, a professional photographer who volunteered her time at many of the Petit Family Foundation fundraising events. The foundation was established in memory of Petit’s late wife and daughters.

Most recently the two were seen together publicly at the annual Petit Family Foundation GE 5K Road Race in Petit’s hometown of Plainville, Petit Family Foundation Golf Tournament in Farmington and at Christine Petit’s photographic exhibition at the Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford. Baby bump rumors happily began.

Due date for the new baby is  Dec. 3.

“Christine is well,” said Dr. Petit. “We don’t know if it is a boy or girl but things are going well.”

Congratulations. So many people are so excited and so happy for you both.



Former Plainville Town Manager Passes Away

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For those who have lived in Plainville a while, some sad news.

Former town manager Bob Hutchinson, who lived in Mashpee, Massachusetts,  passed away Sunday.

The Boston native and former U.S.Marine served as manager in Plainville from 1971 to 1976 before accepting a similar position in Lexington, Massachusetts. He went on to  head several state agencies in that state.

While in Plainville he was credited with spearheading several new initiatives including major sewer installations, a new municipal center, a senior center and an expanded recreation program. He and his family, including wife, Debby, were very active members of the community.

The obituary is here. condolences to his family.

Plainville Bar To Be Featured In ESPN National Ad

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centralcafeA downtown Plainville sports bar will be getting some national exposure, the kind those only Bristol-based sports mega-dynasty, ESPN can deliver.

Central Café and Grill, best known as “Central” to those in the know, will be used as the location Wednesday for a new ESPN “branding campaign” for its radio network. The ad will include ESPN Radio’s “SVP & Russillo” co-hosts Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo.

“ESPN was looking for a bar with a pool table that was near Bristol,” said Central owner Ron LeFebvre. “Some photographers came in last week to look around, and then came back with more people and asked me a few days ago if they could use the place for the shoot,” he said. “They also liked the fact we had the back banquet room because I guess they will have a crew of 40 to 50 people and that gives them room to set up,” the café owner added. “I told them not to worry about bringing in a caterer. I’ll do the cooking for everyone.”

Van Pelt not only co-hosts the radio show but is also the nighttime anchor for SportsCenter.

Because of the shoot, Central will be closed Wednesday. But the shoot will also mean a once-in-a-lifetime close-up for some Central patrons.

“They told me they need 15 or so “extras” said LeFebvre so I have a list of about 1,000 people who come here who want to be part of that,” he laughed. “I will not be one of them.”

LeFebvre said while there will be no mention of Central, and because of camera shots and angles, even those who know the place may not recognize it, the idea of being used in a national commercial is exciting.

“Something like this doesn’t happen that often,” said LeFebvre. “We are ready to go.”

LeFebvre said crews will cover up the sign and beer taps branding in the place, replacing it with generic items instead.

“It’s not going to make us famous,” said LeFebvre, “but it sure is fun.”

(photo courtesy of Central Cafe)

Vita’s in Plainville Closed

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Bad news for the ‘ville. Vita’s at 33 East St. has closed.

The  popular Italian restaurant with roots tied to the former landmark, Vita’s, in Bristol, closed unexpectedly over the weekend.

vitas“With regret we will no longer be at 33 East St. Plainville,” owner Nick Vita Jr. writes on Facebook late Sunday night. “Please keep your eyes and ears open. We will resurface hopefully within a month…We will miss you very much.”

Like his father’s place before him, Vita Jr. and staff , including his mother, served up homemade Italian food and daily dinner specials as well as award-winning pizza.

The building on Route 10 has been the site of many restaurants beginning more than 30 years ago when a Burger King  was located there. Since then several restaurants have located at the site only to close.

I for one am very bummed because it had the BEST chicken parmagiana grinders that made the worse day better! Sorry to see it close.