True and lasting friendships, the kind which endure through life’s many unexpected twists and turns, require a large measure of trust, admiration, dependability and respect. For Anthony “Brock” Broccoli and Steve Lombardi, the qualities of trust, admiration, dependability and respect have defined their friendship for over 15 years, and have been forged over time through shared experiences, and mostly, shared priorities. Both men, one the owner of Warwick’s busy Brock’s Collision Center and the other a Warwick police officer, care deeply about their communities and have devoted most of their careers to giving back to the residents who live there. Their friendship, which began when Steve coached Brock’s sons in martial arts when they were still in school, has yielded a truly profitable outcome ~ measured not by money and notoriety, but by selfless service and a mutual investment in people ~ friend and stranger alike.
Anthony Broccoli first opened Brock’s Collision Center & Auto Repair over 25 years ago. Over the course of those years and through his association with Steve Lombardi, he has given generously to the Warwick PAL organization – also known as the Warwick Police Athletic League. The Warwick PAL has been serving the youth of Warwick since 1971. Under the watchful eye of its director, Officer John Paliotte, PAL sponsors several sports and activities including football, baseball, wrestling, cheerleading, bowling, lacrosse, hockey, golf and finally, Steve Lombardi’s favorite passion – karate! Anthony Broccoli is one of PAL’s biggest supporters, especially because he knows all of his contributions go directly to programs that benefit the youth of our city. He and Lombardi, who is a volunteer member on the board of directors of PAL, know well the countless rewards that come from supporting organizations like this.
On October 26th, Warwick PAL will be hosting its 4th Annual Karate Tournament! Come on down to the Norwood Boys & Girls Club, located at 42 Fredrick’s Street, beginning at 9:00AM, and join the festivities. As the event’s organizer, Steve Lombardi will be there making sure the tournament is running smoothly and cheering on the many aspiring martial artists. If you have any questions or would like to register for the tournament, contact him at 468-4325 or at the PAL office at 737-1800. You can also visit them at www.warwickpal.com.
In the meantime, if your vehicle needs any auto body work or repairs, bring it to Brock’s Collision Center & Auto Repair, a full-service auto body shop that performs exterior auto body work and repairs on vehicles of every make and model. They are open during the busy construction that is taking place in the Apponaug section of the city and are very grateful for the dedicated workers who have tried to keep the traffic flowing amid all the machinery and mess.
Visit Brock’s Collision Center & Auto Repair at 3066 Post Road or for more information call 738-3440.