Bristol

Bristol-based engineering company helped build a surfboard that could set a world record. The board would be the world’s largest, at 42 feet long and 11 feet wide.

Company president John Barnitt said it started with a phone call out-of-the-blue from an Australian surfboard company. They wanted his company, Mould-CAM, to help them build, the massive surfboard.

This summer, 62 people will ride the board simultaneously, in an attempt to break the world record. Barnitt says he is excited about the project, but won’t be riding the waves himself.

Elisabeth Harrison

High School students in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District were unable to begin PARCC testing as scheduled on Monday. The district says a technical problem led them to delay testing by one day.

A spokeswoman from the superintendent's office said she was unaware of the specifics of the problem, but described it as a technical glitch. She said the district had scheduled an extra day for testing, just in case such a problem arose.

National Grid has completed installing the last of seven weather stations throughout Rhode Island. This program collects local weather information in real time.

The weather stations are strategically located in Coventry, Bristol, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, and Little Compton. The town of Westerly has had its weather station for only a couple of weeks, and already it’s proved to be useful, said Amy Grzybowski, the town’s emergency management director.

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Narragansett Bay has encircled Rhode Island’s history and culture since the colonial era. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our One Square Mile series on the bay.

Narragansett Bay was ours before we were Rhode Island. In 1524, the Italian explorer Giovanni de Verrazano sailed into the uncharted waters of the bay. He was impressed with what he saw, says Christopher Pastore, a professor at the SUNY at Albany and author of the new book `Between Land and Sea’ a history of the bay.

FullChannel Jamie Griffin
FullChannel

Our good friends at FullChannel cable, available to residents of Barrington, Warren and Bristol, are not only nice enough to put RIPR's audio on channel 799.   But also their engineer, Jamie Griffin, has started his own "Engineer's Corner" email newsletter for cable TV folks.

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Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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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.

Aaron Read / 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.


One Square Mile: The Portuguese Gardens of Bristol

Oct 12, 2013
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.

 

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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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.

One Square Mile: Bristol's Quahoggers

Oct 11, 2013
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.

One Square Mile: Bristol, A Town In Photos

Oct 11, 2013
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.

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.

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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