On the other side of the state from Bristol, the irreverent Ancients and Horribles parade made its way through Chepachet. Gov. Lincoln Chafee was there, so were Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Senator Jack Reed and Congressman Jim Langevin. They lead the parade, which included floats making political statements about Obamacare and genetically modified foods. There were also veterans, clowns, marching bands and a stream of fire trucks.
Walking the streets of Bristol this week is an exercise in Old Home Week. In the taverns, markets and at the concerts at Independence Park, the historic town is a welter of hugs and handshakes as people who haven’t seen each other in years greet and talk about the old times.
This week is the high social season for Bristol. The hydrangeas are in bloom, the red, white and blue stripe has been freshly painted on Hope Street and the peach and plum sunsets explode over the harbor.
Madame Marie Curie, the renowned chemist and physicist who was the first female Nobel prize recipient, once said, “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” And isn’t it true that perseverance in the face of daunting odds is what helps us get through life’s challenging moments? That’s what we hear from Jennifer Bristol.
Jennifer Bristol is the Executive Director of Mount Hope Farm in, of all places, Bristol, Rhode Island. She reports having two amazing daughters, and lives in Pawtuxet Village with her best guy Jim and their best dog Rocket.
Prudence Island residents are worried about how they’ll get to and from the island this winter. Owner Bruce Medley says he’s ready to retire after running the only ferry service to the island for 43 years.
Medley is in favor of a bill in the statehouse that would create a quasi-public agency to run the ferry. He says this would make the service eligible for federal funding.
As Bristol becomes the latest Rhode Island town to consider banning plastic bags, experts say the benefits of a ban could extend to the food we eat.
Associate Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, Rainer Lohmann, says toxins clinging to plastic trash can make their way up the food chain, polluting our seafood. He says banning plastic bags is a good first step for cleaning up plastic pollution.
A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee. A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
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Following in Barrington’s footsteps, Bristol’s Town Council will review a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags from the town’s businesses in a meeting scheduled for February 20th. Council Member Timothy Sweeney initially proposed the ban on January 23rd. He says the response thus far from Bristol citizens seems positive, as the ban would reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the Bay.