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Well, ok, it’s alright for a town to have a second song. And we are just a couple of weeks away from Bristol’s 340th birthday —September 1680. The town had quite a festive 275th … more
How refreshing to see the open dialogue on the Opinion pages of the Bristol Phoenix. People freely speaking their mind, something we too often take for granted in this country Whether it is … more
“Glory be to God for dappled things – For skies the coupled color of a brindled cow …” So begins the first stanza of my favorite poem, “Pied Beauty,” … more
Last week the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced an additional $1.4 million round of grants (in addition to $3.3 million awarded in February) to help communities and … more
Robert S. Ferrara, 82, of Bristol died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Silver Creek Manor in Bristol. He was the husband of the late Anna M. (Andreozzi) Ferrara. He was the significant other of Linda … more
All Rhode Island voters should know that mail ballot applications are available for download from and from the local board of canvassers and that they should apply for a mail … more
With the firestorm that has followed the publication of Zachary Cooper’s racist and painfully misinformed letter several weeks ago, I thought I would offer my voice to the conversation of … more
The Bristol Warren Regional School District released its full reopening plan, following a review and feedback from the Rhode Island Department of Education. Following are a few excerpts from the … more
Yes, there are many ways to deliver quality education, as Barbara Byrnes Robinson writes in last week’s Phoenix. After teaching English some 20 years in the private sector, my last 13 years … more
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