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The Bottom Line
4:57 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Bottom Line: Building More Than Boats In Bristol

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Jonathan Craig, sales and marketing director of GMT Composites of Bristol. The nearly 30-year-old company develops carbon fiber products for a diverse clientele, including the maritime and robotics industries and medical components.

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Local Features
4:09 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Quito's Restaurant Serving Up Seafood To Bristol

Quito's Restaurant in Bristol
Credit John Bender / RIPR

As part of our One Square Mile: Bristol series we've been visiting area eateries.

Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender went to Quito's Restaurant, and has this profile of the place that's been serving seafood on Bristol's waterfront since 1954.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Quahoggers

PJ Russo in his boat off the Bristol Harbor.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Quahoging has long been a major industry in the town of Bristol, situated right on the waterfront.  But as the population of local fishermen ages, and market prices plummet, the industry faces some serious threats.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender went out on a boat with a young quahogger to find out more about the town's historic industry.

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Education
9:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Regionalized School District

Field and fans at a Mt. Hope High School football game.
Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Bristol, Rhode Island is home to one of the largest consolidated school districts in the state, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District. For today’s installment of our series One Square Mile Bristol, Rhode Island Public Radio’s education reporter, Elisabeth Harrison, wanted to find out whether regionalizing has been a success.

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One Square Mile: Bristol
8:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol's Boat Building Industry

Steve Thurston's company Quantum Sails made it through the economoic downturn, others weren't so lucky.
Catherine Welch RIPR

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. We check in on the town's boat building industry. The sector got whacked, as one boat builder describes it, when the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008. Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch checks in to see how it’s doing now.

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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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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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Theater Reviews
1:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ocean State Theatre’s “Les Mis” is a First-Rate Effort

Fredric S. Scheff and Kevin B McGlynn star as Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Misérables being presented at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Yes, you could figure that “Les Mis” might be just a tad over-saturated these days.

Many have seen it at least once. Or, they’ve heard the wonderful score.

But, you know what? “Les Mis” is still worth seeing, worth being affected by, worth pondering for its immense world view. And the production opening the season at Ocean State is a first-rate effort. No, it doesn’t have the great turntable racing the pace on stage. It hasn’t reached the incredible settings of Broadway or top flight road shows.

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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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