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Bristol firefighters bring in a ladder to get onto the roof during a fire on State Street on Tuesday afternoon. Photos by Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

House fire puts family out on State Street

House fire puts family out on State Street

A smokey house fire at 261 State St. early Tuesday afternoon, forced fire fighting crews to close off the street to extinguish the smoldering blaze. The fire started accidentally after a candle ignited a wall in the living room, according to Bristol Fire Chief Robert Martin. Although fire damage was confined to the room, there

Fire Chief Bob Martin, left, gets assistance from rescue department staff member Courtney Lancaster as the department learns the precautionary protocols used to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Ebola fears prompt new Bristol EMS protocol

With the heightened attention the deadly Ebola virus has received in the national media lately, local rescue workers are taking extra precautions, which means more questions for patients seeking help. “Since (Ebola) has raised its ugly head, we’ve started preparing over the last couple of months,” said Chief Martin. Patients with flu-like symptoms who call

Nina Murphy pulls a crossing flag from its container at the corner of Hope Street and State Street.

Bristol takes ‘one small step’ to improve pedestrian safety

Ever since the Hope Street reconstruction project, said Bristol resident and local business owner Nancy Chace, walking through downtown has become more of a challenge. After a recent encounter near Colt-Andrews School when Ms. Chace had to pull her daughter out of the way of a passing car despite the presence of a crossing guard

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Bristol Maritime Center bids submitted

At noontime on Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Town of Bristol opened up the three responses submitted in the quest to find a construction contractor to design and build the proposed maritime center in the former armory building near the Church Street dock. The lowest bid came from Alhambra Building Company of Warwick at $607,000. Tavares


Bristol FD to host fire prevention open house

In an effort to make fire prevention a top priority in everyone’s home, volunteers from the Bristol Fire Department will host an open house for Bristol residents on Sunday, Oct. 12. Each year, the Bristol Fire Department, like departments across the state, respond to numerous calls for smoke and fire emergencies, as well as accidental

Blithewold executive director Karen Binder points to the location of the new special events pavilion.

Blithewold’s vision grows with its gardens

It’s been two years since the management of Bristol’s Blithewold Mansion and Gardens solicited input from its board, members and the community-at-large to develop a master plan designed to guide the economic viability and sustainability of the historic Van Wickle home, and the diverse gardens that beautify its 33 waterfront acres. The capital campaign that