Author Archives: Christine O'Connor

Nancy pals around with Duke, her 1-and-a-half year old mixed breed dog. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been offsetting the rental cost for Nancy's one-bedroom apartment through the housing choice voucher program (Section 8).

Bristol Housing Authority to open Section 8 waiting list this spring

Bristol Housing Authority to open Section 8 waiting list this spring

Couches, recliners, even living room floors. They’re not entirely comfortable, but eight years ago, that’s all Nancy had to sleep on — and they weren’t even hers. She was homeless. Then, at 48, the Bristol-Warren native had envisioned something drastically different for her life. She came from a typical blue-collar family, graduated from high school,


Sr. Almerinda Costa, 92, formerly of Bristol

Sr. Almerinda Costa, 92, a member of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Dorothy who taught for many years at both the Academy of St. Dorothy in Grasmere and St. Patrick’s School, Richmond, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Carmel-Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dongan Hills. Born and raised in Bristol, Sr. Almerinda arrived

Members of the Bristol Police Department were presented with a plaque for their in-state accreditation award at a Feb. 12 Town Council meeting.

Bristol’s police force now state and nationally accredited

The Bristol Police Department is the fifth police department in the State of Rhode Island to earn state accreditation. “It’s very much like hospital accreditation,” explained Christine Crocker, executive director of the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission (RIPAC). “An agency has to provide proof and documentation that they adhere to the policies and standards set

Roger Williams University will break ground on its new sailing center this spring.

RWU to break ground on sailing center in May

With its new sailing center, Roger Williams University is hoping to make Bristol the sailing capital of the country. University officials could have a shovel in the ground by the end of May, signaling the start of construction on a new 6,000-square-foot sailing center, should their application with the town proceed smoothly. “The push to


Two injured in alleged DUI wreck in Bristol

Two men were transported to Rhode Island Hospital early Monday morning, following a head-on collision with a telephone pole. Police responded to an area of Broadcommon Road just before 1:30 a.m. Feb. 17, for a report of a car accident with injuries. Upon arrival, Officer Barry Carinha noted a silver Volvo with disabling front-end damage


Robert A. Riopel, 65, Bristol

Robert A. Riopel, 65, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Silver Creek Manor, Bristol. Born in Fall River, he was a son of the late Arthur and Florida (Gamelin) Riopel. He was the loving husband of Linda (Costa) Jackson of Bristol. Bob was employed as a machinist for UVEC in Smithfield before retiring in

Joe Berretto, Jr., has his family's gas station at 756 Hope St., back on the market for $575,000.

Berretto’s is back on the market

Joe Berretto Jr., is hopeful that a second crack at the real estate market will prove beneficial. Earlier in January, he listed the former Berretto’s Service Station for sale, a business that’s been in his family for generations. “I grew up there, worked there in high school and college,” Mr. Berretto said. “But now, I