One Square Mile: Bristol

Local Features
5:11 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol, In Conversation With President Of Roger Williams University

Donald J. Farish, President of Roger Williams University in Bristol.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

As we continue our weeklong special series ‘One Square Mile: Bristol’ we look at Roger Williams University, the only college with a campus in the town.

Our political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Donald J. Farish, the President of Roger Williams University to discuss the school's relationship with the town of Bristol, its decision to freeze tuition, and its strides to increase diversity on campus.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol; Home to the State's Only Law School

Roger Williams Law School Dean David Logan.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol is home to the only law school in Rhode Island, at Roger Williams University . The law school is celebrating its 20th  anniversary this year. As part of Rhode Island Public Radio’s series One Square Mile looking at Bristol, education reporter Elizabeth Harrison sat down with Law School Dean, David Logan, to ask about some of the challenges the school is facing today.

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Local Features
8:46 am
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Don't Call Bristol's Parade the Oldest in the Country

A float moves down Hope St. in Bristol during the 2013 Fourth of July celebration.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This morning we continue our One Square Mile/Bristol series with an in depth look at the town's famous parade. It's many things, but it's not the oldest 4th of July parade in America:

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One Square Mile: Bristol
3:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Lost Art of Repairing Wooden Boats

One of two wooden boats being pieced back together at Shannon Marine in Bristol, RI.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Bristol boat builder Walt Schultz, is the owner of Shannon Boats. He worked his way through college destroying old, wooden boats. Older and wiser, he’s spent that last 40 years paying a penance of sorts repairing as many of those old boats as he can find.

There are two currently being repaired in his shop, one of them belonged to ice cream baron Howard Johnson. Schultz is one of the few remaining craftsmen repairing wooden boats from a long-gone era, and he shares his thoughts on what it means to know that craft.

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OSM: Bristol
3:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: The Agony of Living on Route 114

Lyle Booth stands near one of his John Deere tractors out front his home on Route 114 in Bristol.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There’s a saying in public radio, that our stories create “driveway moments.” That’s when you pull into your driveway and sit in your car to hear a story to the end. Well, if you live along Route 114 in Bristol, there’s a good chance you’re having a different kind of “driveway moment” –  when you can’t get out of your driveway because there’s so much traffic. As part of our series One Square Mile, Catherine Welch checks in finds out how these Bristolians make it out of the driveway and on to their destinations.

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Local Features
4:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

One Square Mile: Former State GOP chairman John Holmes on Why He Loves Bristol

John Holmes relaxing outside his home near downtown Bristol.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island’s tiny Republican Party has struggled for years to increase its presence in the General Assembly. Back in 1983, the GOP made its biggest gains in recent history by highlighting a Democratic boondoggle that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars. The man who engineered that Republican strategy, former state party chairman John Holmes, spent part of his childhood in Bristol. He returned to the town with his wife Kathy when they fell in love with a historic home near the center of town. Bristol is the focus on our series this week, One Square Mile.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
4:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Public Forum: The Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A forum featuring Bristol boat builders and industry leaders discussing how the boat building industry is recovering from the bottom dropping out during the financial crisis of 2008.

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Bristol Elks Lodge

1 Constitution Street, Bristol RI

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Local Features
10:56 am
Mon October 7, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Rich History

The Old State House in Bristol.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio is proud to resume our acclaimed "One Square Mile" series where we take an in depth look at one Rhode Island community. This week the spotlight is on Bristol.

Bristol is a town of historical contradictions. Its wealth came from the slave trade, yet it also boasts the oldest 4th of July Day celebration in the United States; a town that went from repudiating human freedom to embracing it.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon October 7, 2013

One Square Mile: Why I'll Never Call Myself a Bristolian

Historic map with bird's eye view of Bristol.
Credit RIPR FILE

RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay first encountered Bristol as a journalist in the 1980s and he has lived there for more than decade. In this week’s commentary, linked to our One Square Mile series on Bristol, he explains why he’ll never call himself a Bristolian, no matter how long he lives in town. 

In Bristol, as in Faulkner’s south, the past is never dead. It isn’t even past.  History and the sparkling waters of Narragansett and Mount Hope bays have defined a community that is more than three centuries old.

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