Sunday, October 31, 2010

Printmaking Show at Bristol Art Museum

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Obama dinner menu

Take a look at this beautifully designed menu by Bill Hall and look at what they ate at the $7500. per person Obama dinner on the east side of Providence last week. Johnny Chace tried to keep the menu mostly locally grown. Mr. Obama concluded his remarks at about 7:30pm, saying he couldn’t stay for dinner. “I’ve got to go home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he said.
The lobster came from Andrades Catch in Bristol on Wood Street. Grass fed beef from Aquidneck Farms in Portsmouth. Veggies from Southside Community Land Trust in Providence, potatoes from Maplewood Farms in Portsmouth. Wine from Sakonnet Vineyards in LIttle Compton.
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Buy Local: RI Digs Potatoes!

Keep you eyes peeled in the supermarket for locally grown potatoes called RI ROYAL POTATOES. They come from three farms in Portsmouth and one farm each in Little Compton, Tiverton and Westport. The potato co-op is modeling themselves on Rhody Fresh Milk!

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Struggle no more with those leaf bags!
If you struggle with leaf bags, there's a new product called a leaf funnel or a bag funnel. It keeps the bags open and upright... and is even fun for kids to crawl through. Check out the video. Most garden centers carry them.

AmeriCorp Audubon position available

AmeriCorps Environmental Educator Position Available
Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative's AmeriCorps Program (OSEEC) is a strategic effort by Rhode Island's top environmental education organizations to address the lack of science proficiency and environmental literacy among students in the state's urban core cities.

OSEEC AmeriCorps members will be assigned to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island for one year of service as an environmental educator. The AmeriCorps members assist in reaching out to the urban communities to provide supplemental science enrichment classes to schools and community organizations. Details:

Friday, October 29, 2010

Bristol Snowflake Raffle and Holiday Preview

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Blithewold Volunteers needed!

Whether you are exploring exotic destinations with “Joy to the World”, woodland whimsy with “This Bright and Merry Woods”, or the magical world of “Fantasies and Fairies”, one thing is constant and guaranteed, it is the captivating time of the year that is CHRISTMAS AT BLITHEWOLD!

Join the fun and see Blithewold in a way that you may never have experienced before. Each Christmas season comes with a varied and intriguing array of volunteer opportunities certain to peak your interest and suit your schedule. This year we will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from November 26 through January 2 with musical performances being offered every Thursday and Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. To meet the ever increasing demand, afternoon tea’s have been expanded to four days a week and let’s not forget the perennial favorites like story time for the little ones and the gingerbread exhibit in the carriage house. Join old friends or make new ones greeting visitors, assisting with admissions, or selling raffle tickets. The Holiday Gift Shop will once again fill the breakfast porch and entice our visitors with a fabulous selection of seasonal treasures and tempting gift items.

Do yourself a favor and take time to savor this very special time of year as a member of the Blithewold volunteer family. Contact Donna Grabert, Volunteer Coordinator at Ext. 18 or email Donna at
Blogger note: This was originally written by Donna for the Blithewold winter newsletter.

Snowflake Raffle Drawing

Save the date and mark your calendars:
Bristol's second Snowflake Raffle Drawing and Celebration will be held on Sunday, December 19 at 5pm on lower State Street. Not to missed!! Details to follow.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Debates tonight at Franklin Court

Candidates running for RI Senate and RI House of Representative seats will be debating tonight at Franklin Court on Wood Street from 6 - 9 pm. School committee candidates will also be debating.
House representative candidates are:
Thomas Carroll (R)
Richard Morrison (D)
Ray Gallison * (D)
Doug Gablinske* (D write in)
Senate candidates are:
Levesque* (D)
Ottiano (R)
Non - partisan School Committee candidates are:
Diana Cambell*
Paul Silva*
Bill O'Dell*
Harold Tucker
* = encumbent

Reception at Aidan's for Stephan Brigidi today

STEPHAN BRIGIDI, Town Council candidate: A reception for Stephan Brigidi, Moderate Party Candidate for Town Council, will be held at Aidan's Pub on Wednesday, October 27 from 5-7pm. This is an opportunity to meet and greet the candidate and talk about Town issues. There will be a brief speaking program. There is NO ticket charge and free appetizers will be served with a cash bar. The Bristol public is welcome to attend.

Ballot Question 4: PVD Shooters property

This is part three of a three part video series from Save the Bay on saving public waterfront open space in RI. This video focuses on Providence and the $3.2 million needed to acquire land adjacent to India Point Park for use as a public recreation gateway to the Bay. A marina and a restaurant are possible plans. People in Providence right now have little access to the open waters of Narragansett Bay. (This is currently the site of the Shooters building next to Providence Community Sailing.)This is part of the Question 4 bond referendum to save and preserve shoreline public access on the November ballot.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ballot Question 4: Fort Adams Restoration

This is part two of a three part video series from Save the Bay on saving public waterfront open space in RI. This video focuses on Newport and the $1.5 million needed to open the interior of Historic Fort Adams to broader public use; This is part of the Question 4 bond referendum to save and preserve shoreline public access on the November ballot.
As many of you know, Eric Hertfelder, Executive Director of Fort Adams Trust, is a Bristol resident.
Learn more at

Monday, October 25, 2010

Save our Shore - Rocky Point

This is part one of a three part video series from Save the Bay on saving
waterfront open space in RI.This video focuses on Warwick and the $10M to be used to acquire 81 acres at the former Rocky PoInt Amusement Park to be joined with lands previously acquired by the CIty of Warwick for park use. This is part of the Question 4 bond referendum to save and preserve shoreline public access on the November ballot. Learn more at

Blount Seafoods expands staff and sales

Blount wins excellence in business award from Providence Business News.
"Blount Fine Foods chosen for Overall Business Excellence for companies with more than 100 employees. Blount Fine Food has expanded its staff by 25 percent and sales from $59 million in 2007 to $95 million in 2010.",53332

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Apple Computer's John Sculley on Steve Jobs

This is a long essay by John Sculley about his colleague Steve Jobs.
Sculley became the CEO of Apple when Jobs was voted out by the Board
of Directors. Sculley didn't know a thing about computers. What
attracted Steve Jobs to Sculley was his interest in Industrial Design
- not computers.

"Steve from the moment I met him always loved beautiful products,
especially hardware. He came to my house and he was fascinated
because I had special hinges and locks designed for doors.
I had studied as an industrial designer and the thing that conmected
Steve and me was industrial design. It wasn't computing.
I didn't know really anything about computers nor did any
other people in the world at that time." John Sculley

After reading this you get a good idea of how Apple products
came to be and how attention to detail and beauty was
all important no matter the cost!

Full article here:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Olde China Trader to close

Sadly another Bristol store front is closing: This just in from owner, Mike Byrnes:
After eight years of operation we will be closing our shop in Bristol on 31 December 2010. We will continue to operate our business from our warehouse and from the web. Our warehouse is located at Weetamoe Farm on 244 Metacom (Rt 136) Ave in Bristol and will be accessible by appointment.
We very much appreciate your support, interest and patronage over the years and we are proud to have spread the beauty and timeliness of Chinese art and culture to so many people and homes.
In preparation for the closing of our Bristol shop we will be holding a:
1 NOVEMBER through 31 DECEMBER 2010.
All items will be marked down by 30% and many items will be marked down 50%

Beginning on 1 January 2011 we will be open for business in our Weetamoe Farm warehouse at 244 Metacom Ave in Bristol.
While we are usually at the Farm it is best to call for an appointment using the numbers below.
Mike 401 243 4511 Mary 401 378 8483 Marie 401 499 7021

Thank you again,
Mike, Marie, Mary and Lynne

Friday, October 22, 2010

Nine East Bay Towns Moving Forward with wind-farm plan

Providence Journal
Sunday, October 17, 2010
by Alex Kuffner
The concept for the wind farm was hatched early last year during a leadership conference at Roger Williams University in which East Bay officials discussed ways they could collaborate to save taxpayer money. One idea presented at the event was to jointly explore green energy options.
It is exciting to read that The Renewable Energy Fund, which is managed by the state Economic Development Corporation, awarded another $335,000 grant last month that will pay for a meteorological tower to collect wind data and will also go toward more detailed studies of permitting issues, governing structures for the consortium and financing options, including the availability of state and federal funds.

RI Governor Debate to be held in Bristol

RI Gubernatorial candidates will be speaking at the Audubon Environmental Education Center on Hope Street this Sunday, October 24 at 3pm. Call Audubon to reserve at 949. 5454 x 3018

Save Cell Phone Minutes

Save Cell Phone minutes by skipping long-winded voice mail greetings and instructions.
Press * when calling Verizon customers, the number 1 for Sprint users, or the # sign for AT&T and T-mobile subscribers. If you are not sure of the provider, try this order:
1, then * the #. When you hear a beep, you've got the right one!

Herreshoff Boat Repair and Maintenance Program for Teens

Teens can work alongside boatbuilders and teachers to learn how to maintain and repair Classic wooden Herreshoff 12.5s used in the summer sailing program. The program which is free will teach shop safety and cleanliness, how to plan a project, sequencing of work and efficiency, wood varieties, how to sand, prime, varnish and paint. The program is open to teens; younger students with sincere interest may apply. The class meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school from 3:15p to 5:15pm. This is a natural for kids who have learned to sail but do not have skills in basic boat repair. Call 253 - 5000 or email

DBMA Holiday Preview is Friday, November 19

Mark your calendars NOW. (Click image once to enlarge.)

Downtown Bristol Family Fun

Don't forget the downtown Bristol DBMA Halloween Walkabout is this Sunday from 1 - 3pm. And while you are there stop in at Linden Place to visit the History Kids from 2 - 4pm.
Also remember that this is RWU PARENTS WEEKEND!

Twelve candidates running for Town Council

Twelve candidates are running for Town Council this year. They had there first
two and half hour SRO debate last Monday night at the Library organized by the RI Voter
If you missed the debate you can watch it on COX TV on Sunday, October 24 at 6 pm on
CH 17 or 18.
The twelve candidates are:
Judy Anderson, Stephan Brigidi, Mike Cabral, Matt Fagan, Nathan Calouro, Edward Stuart,
and Tony Teixeira. The encumbent TC candidates are:
Mary Parella, David Barboza, Ken Marshall, (TC Chair) Ray Cordeiro (TC vice chair) and Halsey Herrshoff.

Reminder: The Town Couincil will be debating again at Franklin Court on Wood Street from 6 - 9 pm on October 28

Candidates for School Committee and Town Administrator will be debating in the Library
at 6 pm on Monday Oct 25. Arrive early to get a seat!

You must prepare to vote this year!

Being prepared to vote this year is an absolute necessity.
The Nov 2 ballot will have 4 State Referendum Questions and 19 local Bristol Home Rule Charter
questions. (The local questions alone are 20 pages long!)
To get a copy of the ballot go to the town website at: and look for 'voter information'.

The State Questions come with a workbook explaining them in great detail and is very useful.
A copy of the booklet and the local questions is available at Bristol Town Hall.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Raytheon Water Tower Gone: The passing of an era!

All of you boaters out there probably noticed as I did recently that the 150' Raytheon Water Tower is no longer there! The landmark tower was removed for cost reasons.
The maintenance, preservation, etc far exceeded its utility for fire fighting, that was no longer needed due to updated systems.

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth skyline lost a landmark recently when Raytheon cut down its water tower.
Heavy equipment made short work of the 150-foot white tower with the Raytheon logo on top.

Working with a crane, crews removed the top and then worked their way down, all in one day — Saturday, Sept. 18. The sections were cut apart with acetylene torches and the metal was trucked away.

Raytheon spokesman Nick Garrison said the tower was erected in 1960 to provide fire protection for the new Raytheon Submarine Warfare Center (it’s now called Raytheon Seapower Capability Center). The tower’s tank held 100,000 gallons of water.

Recently, however, improvements to water supply lines into Raytheon made the tower unnecessary and it was decided to drain the tower and take it down to save money needed for maintenance.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Saving website addresses for easy access

Want to save a website's URL for later reading but don't want to add it to your bookmarks? Just drag the "favicon" (the little graphic image to the left of the site's address) into your Dock (usually at the bottom of your Mac's screen). You'll see a tiny @ sign on a spring to indicate the link is stored in the Dock. OR if you use a PC just drag it to your desktop.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Choosing a mate and selecting a chair!

Selecting a life partner is a lot like choosing a chair, says Ayca Cakmakli.We want our partnerships with people to last a long time and regularly they do – even though it can be difficult to know up front how well a person really meets any of our selection criteria. Some of her criteria include: attractiveness, trustworthiness, exciting...

Providence to take container cargo

After rejecting an initial application, the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the port of Providence $10.5 million to replace outdated cranes. The money will pay to replace two cranes built in 1979. The new cranes will expand the port’s ability to unload bulk material and, for the first time, allow the port to unload cargo containers. Currently, the Port of Boston is the only port in New England with such capability, according to elected officials. The delegation said that the project is estimated to remove on average of 1,000 trucks per week off the Northeast corridor highway system.,53176

Conviction Premiere at RWU Law
The true story of Betty Anne Waters fighting for 18 years to get her brother Kenny out of prison for a murder he did not do. She is currently the manager of Aidan's Pub and has worked there off and on for over 20 years. In the movie, Betty is played by Hilary Swank. The release date is October 29. Betty Ann Waters lives in Bristol with her sister, her son and grandson. Photo: Betty Ann Waters and her brother just after he was released from prison. CBS Nightly News Oct 15:

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Candidate Endorsements

Preserve Bristol is happy to announce as a public service - schedules for meet and greets, discussions and debates for ALL candidates running for office. This in no way means that these candidates are endorsements.

STEPHAN BRIGIDI, Town Council candidate:
A reception for Stephan Brigidi, Moderate Party Candidate for Town Council,
will be held at Aidan's Pub on Wednesday, October 27 from 5-7pm.
This is an opportunity to meet and greet the candidate and talk about
Town issues. There will be a brief speaking program.
There is NO ticket charge and free appetizers will be served with a cash bar.
The Bristol public is welcome to attend.

Tour the Cooling Towers in Fall River Sunday

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Halloween and Birthday Celebration at Linden Place

A Halloween and Birthday Celebration will be hosted by the History Kids at Linden Place on October 24 from 2 - 4 pm.

Pumpkin Hunt, Egg Races, Old-Fashioned Games, Crafts, Birthday Cake, Prizes and More when The History Kids Host a Halloween
and Birthday Party in Celebration of Linden Place Mansion's 200th Anniversary

The well-known History Kids of Linden Place will host a Halloween and Birthday party celebrating Linden Place Mansion's 200th anniversary on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 2 PM - 4PM in the Linden Place ballroom, tent and gardens.

The History Kids began as Historic Games Club which met after school to enjoy old fashioned games like jacks, chess, checkers etc. It has grown into a group of over thirty students who perform re-enactments in period costume at special events throughout the state of Rhode Island.

Join the History Kids for egg races, a donut eating contest, a pumpkin hunt, hoop rolling, old-fashioned games galore, food, birthday cake, crafts, punch, prizes and more!

Tickets are $5 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Halloween costumes or historic dress are encouraged but not required. This event will take place rain or shine.

For tickets and more information, please contact Linden Place at 401-253-0390 or visit the Linden Place Museum Store at 500 Hope Street

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Apple readies iPhone for Verizon

This is what we have been waiting for!! Article from today's WSJ October 7, 2010

Local Political Forums

Lots of people have thrown their names into the hat this year to run for office. Please try to attend these valuable forums to sort out who you want to vote for.

• The RI Voter Coalition is hosting a candidates forum with all of the candidates running for Bristol Town Council. The forum is on Monday, October 18, at 6 pm at Rogers Free Library on Hope Street, Bristol.
Each candidate will give an opening statement and then questions will be taken from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

• The East Bay Community Development Corp. will host two nights of local candidate forums on October 27 and October 28.
Meet the candidates for Bristol's State Senate and House of Representatives and for the Bristol-Warren School Committee on Wednesday, October 27 from 6 - 9 pm at Franklin Court, 150 Franklin Street.

• The following night Thursday, October 28, candidates for Bristol Town
Administrator and Town Council will be at Franklin Court from 6 - 9 pm.

Please send your questions for the candidates by October 20 to:

Kathy Bazinet
East Bay CDC
150 Franklin ST,
Bristol, RI 02809
or email her at:

Hopefully the forums will be televised locally as they have been in the past.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pumpkin Weigh Off at Frerichs Farm in Warren

Saturday, October 9 from 9-5pm, Free admission, Parking $5
Frerichs Farm is known for its giant pumpkins! Who would have thought that Warren, the smallest town in the smallest state, would be known for something so large? Since 2000 Frerichs Farm has hosted the Southern New England Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Annual Weigh-off on Columbus Day Weekend. This year, more than 3,500 people from all corners of New England and New York come to see the pumpkins and enjoy the festivities.

Bristol Congregational Church Preservation Conference

"The First Congregational Church in Bristol would like to invite interested community members to attend a one day community public service event to creatively participate in the evaluation of the church building and grounds (located at 280 High Street). Attendees will join one of several groups to focus on various building and/or preservation specialties. Each group will help to assess existing conditions, identify needs and make recommendations for long and short term improvements to the historic 1856 First Congregational Church. The event is sponsored by the Church Facilities Committee and Leland Torrence Enterprises & The Guild. Participants may include professional tradespeople, designers, students from RWU Preservation studies, and anyone interested in preservation or in being a part of the day's activities. Continuing Education Credits may be available from AIA-RI and Certificate of Attendance from the Preservation Trades Network, The Guild of Fine Craftsmen and Artisans, and Roger Williams University. The day will begin with breakfast and sign in between 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Lunch will also be provided at no cost. The day of discovery will culminate in a group presentation of preliminary findings at 2:00, which is also open to the public. The event is expected to end at 3:00. To get more information about the Buildings and Grounds Evaluation Day or to RSVP for the event, please contact Mark Johnson from the Facilities Committee by e-mailing him at" Thank you to Dyan Vaughan for writing the above press release about this event. Dyan is a member of the church. For further information, please contact
Mark Johnson
First Congregational Church
Facilities Committee Chairman
401 396-5420
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Mount Hope Farm looking for a permanent executive director

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Bristol Yoga Studio to Move

After three years on Wood Street, The Bristol Yoga Studio is moving to a larger space on the corner of Franklin and Hope Streets (676 Hope St) across the street and south of Mount Hope Liquors and a half a block up from the Bee Hive Cafe. They plan to open the new space on November 1.
We are lucky to have such a wonderful business in Bristol. They have as many as 7 different instructors and offer a variety of classes including advanced yoga (Vinyassa) as well as yoga for beginners, yoga for people with bad backs, yoga for for people with arthritis and yoga for pregnant Moms and their newborns.
So sign up and JUST DO IT! You will not regret it. Prices are incredibly reasonable as well.Go to: to see schedule of classes.
401 569 0147

Monday, October 4, 2010

St. Michael's Concert October 17

The first concert of the season from the Community Concert Series at St. Michael's will be the John Allmark Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 399 Hope St., Bristol. The audience will be offered classic jazz with style and will delight in taking a trip down memory lane. John Allmark's trumpet skills have led to performances with the Boston Pops, the RI Philharmonic, and some of the finest recording artists in the country. He formed the renowned John Allmark Jazz Orchestra 17 years ago, which still performs regularly at Bovi's in East Providence and other clubs in the area. This concert will feature a select group from the orchestra, including Bristol's own highly acclaimed trumpeter Eric Bloom, who has played in many of America's most prestigious jazz venues and jazz festivals. Each St. Michael's concert also features a piece performed by a talented young musician from a local school and a reception with the artists.

The popular dinner/concert packages will again be offered in cooperation with restaurants in downtown Bristol. The package price includes a fixed price dinner and concert ticket, given at the restaurant. Package reservations should be made by calling the restaurant. There will be two choices for this concert: Le Central, 483 Hope St., for $43 (396-9965) and DeWolf Tavern, 267 Thames St., for $35 (254-2005).

Concert only tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, and are available at Paper Packaging & Panache, 418 Hope St., and at the door. For further information, call 254-9626 or 253-6084.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Art at Linden Place

Linden Place Mansion Presents "What's Hidden Underneath"

Linden Place Mansion will host a special exhibition by artist
Elizabeth Sturges Llerena titled, “What’s Hidden Underneath” as part
of the museum’s 2010 Bicentennial Celebration. Artist Elizabeth
Sturges Llerena’s dynamic images explore New England’s complicity in
the transatlantic slave trade. A descendant of Bristol’s notorious
slave trading DeWolf family, Ms. Sturges Llerena will display a
variety of artworks regarding the subject of slavery, which
incorporate or imitate objects in Linden Place’s collection.

The exhibit will be open October 26 – November 13, Tuesdays through
Saturdays, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Admission: $8.00; $6.00 for seniors/students; $5 for children under 12
and free for Linden Place members.

Linden Place Mansion is located at 500 Hope Street, Bristol RI 02809

For more information please call 401-253-0390 or visit

Friday, October 1, 2010

Public Safety Day at new Fire Station October 3

The newly built Fire Station on the corner of Annawamscutt and Metacom Aves in Bristol RI is having a Public Safety Day on Sunday, October 3 from noon to 4pm. The public is invited to tour the facility, watch an aerial ladder demo as well as a demo of the Burn Trailer plus a demo of 'Anytime CPR' and something called 'MVA Extraction Simulation.' Bristol tax payers paid plenty for this Fire Station - come and see what you made possible! Someday this equipment may save your life.

Verizon Wireless opens on Metacom Ave.

A new wireless Verizon store just opened on Metacom in the Belltower Plaza near the pet store and the old Brooke's Pharmacy. A similar store is in Barrington and another in Portsmouth. It's good to have one of our own. The store is open many nights until 8 pm. They have all the new android phones (still no iPhone) and lots of complicated calling plans.

Verizon Wireless
576 Metacom Ave., Bristol RI 02809
401 253 5555

Further details on Mount Hope Farm Community Day

The flag raising at noon may be changed to one pm. Will confirm closer to the date. Please click text image once to enlarge.

For all you dog lovers!

MHF Community Day was a success!

Community Day was a grand success, well attended and lots of fun. The ponds
were even replenished with water after all the rain earlier in the week.
A group of local Pokanokets were at the monument and the spring - open just for the day.
Jazz was played by the Mount Hope High School Jazz Combo at Cove Cabin.
Audubon brought a barred owl.
The House Tour had over 200 people and MG thought about 425 people attended.
KIds had a ball with the scavenger hunt and the good food from Leo's.
The RI Regiment raised the flag around noon and then everyone went into the house for the tour! The day was blessed with fantastic weather! A group working on the greenhouse were also on hand to share
their plans and sell pumpkins..All in all a wonderful welcoming gathering!