Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PB Update new address at link below

New PB Update Blogsite

Hi PB Update Blog readers: There is a new website for this blog. It is: Google stopped supporting my browser (no longer formats) so I had to start again with a new site. Hope you enjoy. Please send me feedback. Happy LEAP Year! February 29, 2012 Best, Lindsay Green PS:The old site (this one) remains open and live for archive reading.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bristol Warren Community Outreach Lecture Series to Begin Feb 29

Topic: Internet Safety and Use of Social Media BRISTOL — The Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) and the Bristol Warren Regional School District (BWRSD) have partnered on an initiative to engage the community. Together, they are launching a community outreach series to focus on topics of interest to parents, students and members of community. #The series will focus on topics of interest to parents, students and members of the community. The goal of the series is to build awareness around relevant issues and current educational initiatives, help adults and youth meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world, and hone the tools in the parent’s and educator’s toolbox that will support student success. The series is designed to provide a forum for parents, educators and members of the community to share views on a wide range of topics. #The kickoff to the series will be a discussion of “Internet Safety and Use of Social Media.” The featured speaker will be Larry Filippelli, Ed.D. Mr. Filippelli is an instructor at the Johnson and Wales University Graduate School and the assistant superintendent for the Scituate (R.I.) School Department. He is the president/proprietor of Education Consulting Services for the Education Consortium, LLC. Mr. Filippelli was appointed in 2010 to a special R.I. Senate commission to study and make recommendations on the problem of cyberthreats, cyberbullying, bullying and sexting. His interactive lectures focus on cyberbullying and threats, internet safety, and appropriate use of social networking sites for adolescents. #The event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the historic Bristol Statehouse, 240 High St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The event, which is being underwritten by 'Voices for Bristol,' is free and open to the public. #Sharing the belief that excellence in public education is essential to the economic and social health of the community, BWEF and BWRSD are committed to providing opportunities for dialog for parents, educators, students and community members. #“This series creates a forum for creative thought, innovative problem solving, and practical discussion at a time when public education is experiencing a major transformation,” said schools superintendent Melinda Thies. “At this exciting time, the district is very fortunate to have the advocacy of such a talented partner as BWEF.” #BWEF is a nonprofit foundation that provides grants for educational programs at Bristol and Warren public schools. The Foundation believes strongly that research demonstrates a strong correlation between community involvement in education and its positive effects on achievement #“BWEF exists to help build bridges within the community it serves, not only through the grants it funds, which open new worlds of opportunity to BWRSD students, but also by connecting local citizens to the public schools in a constructive, engaging way, building relationships and expanding support for public education,” said BWEF board chairman Jock Hayes. “This series and partnership with BWRSD is yet another meaningful way that BWEF can support that goal. In an effort to be a relevant as possible, BWRSD and BWEF are hoping to hear from you. They are asking for input from the community on topics for future programs.”

Coggeshall Farm Conference March 2-4

This came in yesterday from Justin Squizzero from Coggeshall Farm. For registration and a detailed agenda go to: We're hosting a conference at Coggeshall Farm Museum, and you're all invited! Ever wanted to know what goes into creating a living history experience? Want to learn more about how historians study the past, recreate its world, and share it with the public? Join experts from across the northeast as they explore just these questions in lectures, discussions, hands-on workshops, and tours. This is the first time Coggeshall Farm Museum has hosted this conference and we're excited to bring the leaders of the field (and barn and farmhouse!) to Bristol. The New England Region of The Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums welcomes anyone interested in agriculture, the past, and how to make them relevent to contempory lives to attend its 2012 Conference hosted by Coggeshall Farm Museum. Session topics range from discussions about animal care in museums to the religious diversity in colonial Rhode Island. Make a felt "Round" hat (all the rage in the 1790s), get your goose cooked, or learn how to carve slate by hand with just a mallet and chisel. Tour historic sites and farms throughout the East Bay and meet the people who bring history to life across the country. Whether you've made a carrer of working in museums or just enjoy learning about the past, this conference has something for you. To download a copy of the Conference Program and Registration Information, please visit our website, We hope to see you there! Justin L. Squizzero Director of Historic Interpretation Coggeshall FARM MUSEUM 401.253.9062

Concert at St. Michael's Sunday, Feb. 12

The Community Concert Series@St. Michael's presents the Boston String Quartet, performing "World Song." Come and roam the musical world with original arrangements of classical, jazz, rock and folk favorites, including Bulgarian, Taiwanese and Transylvanian folk songs, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Gershwin, Santana, Tower of Power, and Harry Chapin. The Boston String Quartet is a high-energy ensemble with an unconventional emphasis on rhythm and beats. Since its formation in 2004, the Quartet has been a creative leader in fusing contemporary music with classical tradition, and the Boston Globe credits them with continually "exploring different ways of sparking musical interest." Sunday, February 12, 2012, 3:00 PM St. Michael's Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol Tickets: $20, $15 (seniors), $10 (students) Available at Paper Packaging & Panache and at the door. Visit or call 253-6084 for more information.

Walley School: Arts in Bristol Forum

This post comes from RWU's Arnold Robinson - Director of Community Partnerships. Meeting: Wednesday, February 8 6pm with dinner - 6:30pm with out. If you are interested in the future of the Walley School building and its relationship to the arts in Bristol - please try to attend this meeting. January 24, 2012 As you may know, during the fall of 2011 two groups of students from Roger Williams University worked with officials from the Town of Bristol to explore ways in which the Walley School (at the corner of High and State Streets) might be reused, with a focus on expanding the arts in Bristol and the East Bay. As part of that effort, there was a public workshop in early October at the Town Hall. The students completed their work in December, and the project Steering Committee is sorting through those results and working to identify potential new uses for Walley School, as well as the Reynolds and Byfield Schools. At the same time we are recognizing that the arts are playing a large role in the cultural and economic life of our community. Within this context, decisions about these Town-owned buildings and coordination of arts development are vitally important to our future. In order to plan for these buildings and identify elements of a shared vision for the arts in our community, there will be an open Vision and Planning meeting on Wednesday, February 8th at the Reynolds School building on High Street. All individuals and organizations interested and involved in arts creation, presentation, development and support are invited to attend, share information and express their opinions. The schedule for the event will include: Pizza, salad, beverages and dessert from 6:00 to 6:30 Sharing of information on Steering Committee and Roger Williams student work to date. Brainstorming to formulate a broad, shared vision for the arts in Bristol (and East Bay as necessary), focusing on its role in the cultural, educational and economic life of the community. Formulating conceptual ideas for enhancement, expansion and development of facilities for arts creation, presentation, development and support within Town-owned and other facilities. This session would be open to the public, but we encourage all known stakeholders in the arts communities (performing, visual, arts education and other) to attend, if possible. The RI State Council for the Arts and Town and East Bay leaders are also being invited to participate. Please feel free to invite ant individuals and groups who you think would be interested. The overall objective is to facilitate a session that concludes with a broad vision for the arts in Bristol, shared by the majority, into which a vibrant, refurbished Walley School might play a key role. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sue Contente at 254-3683 so we can plan for food and seating. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you! Arnold N. Robinson, AICP Director, Community Partnerships Center Roger Williams University One Old Ferry Road Bristol, RI 02809-2921 Phone: (401) 254-3307 Fax: (401) 254-3565 Email:

Dr. Esselstyn to speak at Kripalu on February 24 in western MA Hi PB Blog readers: I have been having some technical difficulties with the blog. According to Google - My browser is outdated and is no longer supported. If this is so, the blog will have to be postponed until a new iMac is purchased. This may not happen for at least several months. The link above is an amazing article about the importance of nutrition/diet in preventing heart attacks. Basically what Dr. Esselstyn says is you can't eat anything that's a mother or that has a face. YOu can't have any dairy or OIL. You can eat all plant based food (no avacados) and fruits with the exception of nuts. (I don't know what he thinks about alcohol...!)Smoking is OUT. All grains are OK. Don't know about you, but this is pretty radical. Let's see if this posts to the blog! If the link is not live, copy and paste it into your browser. Dr. E's book is titled: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.,MD (This is the diet President Clinton went on.)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Open to all: RWU offers shellfish farming course

BRISTOL, RI, The Bristol Phoenix - East Bay Newspapers — If you’ve been thinking about starting up a small shellfish farm, the Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is teaching a new 12-week course this winter.

The course will teach the basics of shellfish farming in the waters of Rhode Island and nearby Southern New England, including principles of hatchery, nursery and grow-out operations, risk management, siting, permitting and business management.

The university is enrolling students now to the non-credit course, “Practical Shellfish Farming.” Dale Leavitt, Ph.D., associate professor and aquaculture extension specialist, will teach the course at the Bristol campus.

Twelve classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 11 to April 18, weather permitting. The fee for the course and all handout materials is $120. Students may attend classes on a drop-in basis at a rate of $10 per session.

To register for the course, contact Cheryl Francis at 254-3110 or or Dale Leavitt at

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lee Ann Freitas: Bristol's Local Farmer

This article recently came out in the Bristol Warren Patch and was written by Esther Trneny. Photo by Esther Trneny. Congratulations to Lee Ann Freitas for starting a chemical free sustainable farm of her own!
"Indie growers is a small farm located in Bristol RI. All vegetables, greens, herbs and edible blossoms are grown independent of chemicals and pesticides. Sustainability and appreciation for Mother Nature are the driving force behind all they do. They strive to bring the farm to YOUR table." From the Indie Growers website:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Words from Elizabeth Warren's Mass campaign.

Sign seen in NYC

Photo by Dr.Greg Hinson, Birds in Fog, Nantucket

Bristol Harbor's Mysterious Floating Christmas tree! 
Have you seen it? It usually appears for about 48 hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day around Windmill Point.

Why you're not married by Tracy McMillan 
This will take about 10 minutes to read but could save your marriage or encourage you to get married! Would love to hear your comments.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The RWU Barn: A lecture by the guys who made it happen

The RWU Performing Arts Center Barn: A talk by the guys who made it happen - Kevin Jordan and Bill Grandgeorge. Please click on the image once to enlarge. Event is on Thursday December 15 at the Barn at 7pm.
or call 253 3626. FREE.

Plain food and grateful for it

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat plain food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
then you are probably the family dog!

Friday, December 2, 2011

British Beer Company may be coming to State Street

If you are a beer drinker like I am this may be of interest to you.
There is a new business planning to open in a few months (end January at the earliest) on Bristol's State Street where the Anchor Tavern is currently located. It's called the British Beer Company and will serve beer only - over 25 kinds. It is a privately held Formula Business located mostly on Cape Cod with about 10 locations in that area. The owner, Gary Simon, said he has opened a new store every 12 - 18 months - the first one opening 14 years ago in Plymouth MA. The Bristol store will be the first in the state of RI and be very similar in size and design to the one in Plymouth.
Mr. Simon will need to go before the HDC (Thursday Dec 1) and Zoning (Monday Dec 5). At last Wednesday's Town Council (TC) meeting he received conditional approval to open in Bristol. The TC was most concerned about the entertainment license he would inherit (from Mike Ferriera) and wanted to know what the entertainment would be. Simon said that it would be sympatico with a "pub atmosphere" - low key with no rock n roll and that the music would be to 'enhance' the public experience with no amplified music - at most a guitar and singer.
Town Councilor Halsey Herreshoff noted there is something unique about the culture and spirit of an English Pub and said he was grateful this British Beer Company wanted to come to Bristol.
The entertainment license was approved on a 3 month trail basis with a final review in July. Town Solicitor Ursillo wished him well and noted he be sure to comply with the wastewater treatment ordinance.
Photo shows the Plymouth MA business.

CSP: Franklin Street Music before Illumination on Sunday

Come to support the Community String Project (CSP) and enjoy a lovely festive afternoon from 3 to 5pm before the downtown Grand Illumination. There will be hors d'oeuvres and wine, hot cider, a brief program at 4:00 with performances by young violin and viola students, a string quartet by their instructors, and tours of the stunning historic 3 story home owned by Wendella Jiskoot (restored by Mark Bosco) that has been transformed from the former American Legion Hall.
Sunday, December 4
3 - 5 pm
57 Franklin Street, Bristol RI
Look for the 6' colorful banner hanging from the front porch!
Call 253 6084 for more details.

The Community String Project (CSP), a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization, began in July of 2009 with the goal of serving disadvantaged, at- risk youth in the East Bay area through an innovative, school-based music program centered on string instruments.