One Square Mile: Bristol

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. We'll examine the history, the people, the industry, and the landscapes that make Bristol one-of-a-kind.

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On Politics
12:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The 229th Bristol Fourth

Hike the streets of Bristol this week. It’s an exercise in history and Old Home Week. From the concerts in Independence Park, to the taverns, markets and a Hope Street adorned with the freshly painted  red, white and blue stripe down the middle.

This old  New England port, marinated in history, is the scene this week of handshakes and hugs, as people who haven’t seen each other recently - some in many years – greet and relive the old times.

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Local Features
11:53 am
Tue October 15, 2013

One Square Mile: American Cuisine and Seasonal Soup at Bristol's Persimmon

Persimmon chef and owner Champe Speidel.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With just 37 seats, Persimmon isn’t one of the largest restaurants in Bristol, but it’s won accolades far and wide for its creative cuisine.

Persimmon is nestled on State Street in downtown Bristol.

We took a visit there as part of our One Square Mile series. The sound of an industrial blower can be heard in the background of Persimmon’s kitchen.

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Local Features
3:28 pm
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: A Public Forum on the Future of Bristol's Boat-Building Industry

Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch and Scott MacKay with RIMTA CEO Wendy Mackie and Ben Hall of Hall Spars and Rigging.
Credit Aaron Reed / 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.  Recorded Thursday, October 10th at the Bristol Elks Lodge.


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Local Features
1:00 am
Sat October 12, 2013

One Square Mile: The Portuguese Gardens of Bristol

Ed and Rachel Castro
Photo Cred. Emma Ruddock

All this week we've been bringing you stories from Bristol in our series One Square Mile. Today we check in on the Portuguese Gardens in Bristol. This specific style of gardening sheds light not only on specific Portuguese traditions but also on the individuals who choose to practice it. Rhode Island Public Radio's Emma Ruddock visits Ed and Rachel Castro to learn more about the beautiful gardens right in their back yard. Here is an audio postcard.

 

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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.

When to Listen

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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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Local Features
3:01 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

One Square Mile: Bristol, A Town In Photos

Courtesy Manuel C. Correira

Throughout his career Bristol native Manuel "Manny" C. Correira has been a sports journalist, columnist, and photographer, in Rhode Island for the East Bay Newspapers and the Providence Journal.

As part of our One Square Mile: Bristol series, he graciously curated some of his best shots of his hometown for use in the series.

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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