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Bristol receives grant to purchase development rights to small farm

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 …

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Mt. Hope graduate named a soccer Scholar All-American
Mt. Hope High School graduate Nathan Silveira recently added a new honor to his list of accomplishments. Salutatorian for the Class of … Read More
Sale of Bristol's historic Longfield property is finalized
The sale of Longfield, the iconic landmark property at the north end of Hope Street, closed Friday, July 24, nearly two years after a … Read More
Man drowns trying to help teens caught in current off Bristol shore
A 56-year-old man drowned after rushing into the water off Narrows Point in Bristol in an attempt to help three teens caught in a … Read More
BCWA gets $1.2 million to remove Kickemuit River dams
Bristol County Water Authority officials are one step closer to removing two dams on the upper Kickemuit River - and effectively, the … Read More
Bristol Police: One man sent to ACI after being arrested on warrants
The fireworks calls are dying down, but there were plenty of complaints about noise and late-night "parties" outside in Bristol from … Read More
Waterfront photos celebrate the Bristol fishing industry
If you’ve recently walked the waterfront boardwalk through Rockwell Park, you probably noticed a series of framed photographs … Read More
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Obituaries
Robert S. Ferrara, 82, of Bristol 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 …
Maria Fatima Medina, 84, of Bristol Maria Fatima (Hipolito) Medina, 84, of Francine Street passed away on Aug. 4, 2020, at Rhode Island Hospital. She was the wife of Antonio Piloto Medina. Born in Sta. Cruz, Flores, Azores, …
Teotonio Santos Fernandes, 75, of Bristol Teotonio Santos Fernandes, 75, of Robin Drive passed away on Aug. 2, 2020, at Rhode Island Hospital. He was the husband of the late Maria Odelia (Gomes) Fernandes. Born in Covoada, St. Michael, …
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Sports
Hockey Hall of Fame, Reds Heritage Society announce postponements LINCOLN — The Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Reds Heritage Society have jointly announced the postponements of their annual enshrinement and reunion events for 2020 due …
Annual Save The Bay swim goes virtual PROVIDENCE — Save The Bay’s 44th annual swim fundraiser is going virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The swim traditionally invites competitors to tackle a …
Little League International cancels 2020 World Series tournaments WILLIAMSPORT, PENN. — Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Little League International announced it “has made the difficult and disappointing decision” to cancel its …
Opinion
Letter: Remembering Bristol’s first song, from 1955 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 …
Letter: Shout out to all for joining the dialogue 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 …
Letter: Enjoy the delicious, dappled stew of civil discourse “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,” …

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