Bristol Borough Council recognizes local groups with honors, donations

JACK FIRNENO / TIMES PHOTO Left to right: Borough council member Greg Pezza presents a donation and proclamation to Jan Ruano and Mary McIlvain of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation.

JACK FIRNENO / TIMES PHOTO Left to right: Borough council member Greg Pezza presents a donation and proclamation to Jan Ruano and Mary McIlvain of the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation.

Bristol Borough Council recognized the Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation, Christmas Parade Committee with official honors and donations at its monthly meeting on Monday night.

The group also voted to split $5,262.20 between the Raising the Bar Committee and the Bristol Borough Garden Club.

Council officially declared Oct. 15, 2016 Historic Bristol Day, an event that “Provides (Bristol) citizens a day to embrace and honor the historical significance of Bristol Borough,” according to the proclamation read by councilmember Greg Pezza.

Ellen Scancella accepted the $2,500 donation for the Christmas Parade committee, while Mary McIlvain and Jan Ruano of the Historical Foundation accepted the proclamation and $1,000 sponsorship contribution for Historic Bristol Day.

“This is what can happen when all of us work together to show off our beautiful town,” said Ruano.

Council also voted unanimously to donate leftover funds from the borough-wide cleanup day sponsored by Comcast in June. At the work session on Oct. 3, council president Ralph DiGuiseppe recommended the remaining $5,262.20 go to Raising the Bar and the garden club.

Following the vote, DiGuiseppe said the checks should go out to those groups next month.

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