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May 9, 2008

Mosaico has a new Job Opportunity

This will be advertising in the Bristol Phoenix and Pro Jo as well. Please pass on to anyone you may think would be interested.

Program Coordinator - Mosaico CDC, a local non-profit agency has an opening for a temporary part-time position (16 hours) paying $13-15.00 per hour. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required. Must have relevant professional experience and be familiar with marketing and outreach work.� Proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel) is required and experience with QuickBooks, Access and Publisher is preferred.� To apply, please submit a letter of interest, your resume and references by Friday, May 23rd or mail to 240 High Street, Bristol, RI 02809. Telephone: 401 252 4627

May 6, 2008

Please note two important changes from the earlier pb update:

• Per notice from Town Hall — The house and property re-evaluation 
meeting is still tonight at 7 pm but has been moved to the Mount Hope 
High School Auditorium and will not meet at Town Hall as originally 

• The Cecil Group will not be presenting on Robin Rug at the Planning 
Board meeting on May 13. This has been moved to the June 10 Planning 
Board meeting. Details to follow when available.

Hello Preserve Bristol:

  • Regular gas has gone up exactly one dollar since last September. The price of bread and milk are not far behind.
  • If you have questions about the recent re-evaluation of your house and property, please attend a Q and A session with town and Clipboard officials. The meeting is Tuesday night at 7 pm -  May 6 (today) at Town Hall.
  • You'll be seeing masses of kids in yellow tee shirts walking around town with town historians taking photos of buildings this week and weeks to come who are participating in Mosaico's Sense of Pride program for all of Bristol's fourth graders. This is a multi-phased program designed to share the rich history of Bristol through an understanding of its architecture as well as the importance of learning to have a 'sense of pride' for ones town through community service projects ranging from helping RWU seed oyster beds to learning about storm water pollution from Save Bristol Harbor to a shoreline clean up with Stan Dimock — 'the clean up guy'. If you would like to participate, please call Mosaico executive director, Jenny Astrella, at 253 4627 to volunteer with this all important project which is now in its sixth or seventh year.
  • Tuesday May 13 at 7 pm there is a regular Planning Board meeting at the Burnside Building on the second floor. Scheduled is a report on new plans/ideas for the Robin Rug complex by consultants hired by the town and Mr. Karian, Robin Rug owner. The consultants, the Cecil Group, are from Boston. (google them - they are impressive.) After hearing the report, the Planning Board will then make recommendations to the Town Council. Public comments will be heard.  The Cecil Group is scheduled to make another presentation to the Town Council on May 28 at their regular meeting.
  • Relating to this is something that recently happen in the town of Warren to the Old Warren Marina (Eastern Yachts) property. Their Planning Board voted 5 - 2 not to recommend a deed restriction change to allow a restaurant to go in on the waterfront there. The property was deed restricted 7 years ago with efforts by Luther Blout and others to remain as "marine use" only. After hearing testimony from many citizens including Julie Blout (Luther's daughter), the Planning Board decided in favor of keeping the waterfront available for "water - dependent" or "water - related" commercial purposes as the deed was written. The restaurant asking for the deed change is Three Rivers. They are asking for a 93 seat restaurant. They will be moving out of their current location by March 2009. The final decision will be with the Warren Town Council at their next meeting.
  • Bristol's very first art gallery walk night will be Friday, May 16 from 5 - 9 pm. Eight galleries will be participating and all are in walking distance from each other. Local restaurants will be serving delicious specialties at each gallery. A map is available. Many businesses will be remaining open. Please help support this new community event by shopping local and showing up.
  • Don't forget about Coggeshall Farm's 2nd annual RI Wool and Fiber Festival on May 17 from 10 - 4 pm. There will be music, sheep shearing and quilting demo's as well as fun things to buy. (Do not fear the agitated attack rooster. He was eaten by George, farm manager, and his family last week.)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is coming to Bristol on Sunday May 18 at 5 pm. Share your thoughts and ideas on issues affecting you and your family for a free macaroni and meatball community dinner at the Bristol VFW Post 237 at 850 Hope Street opposite the Top Side Restaurant.
  • Mark your calendars for Save Bristol Harbor's open meeting at the Bristol Yacht Club on Tuesday, May 20 at 7 pm. New bylaws and a report on current plans and projects will be presented.
  • Ben Browne, brother to Oliver Browne, was born on Friday May 2, 2008 to Kristen and Rob Browne of the Bristol Bagel Shop. All are well. Congratulations to all! We can't wait to meet the little guy.
  • A tour of the Belvedere Hotel as well as the new library addition are currently in the works to be scheduled. Details to follow when known.


Menhaden fishing limits causing rift in the Bay - July 15, 2007, Providence Journal

For the first time in years, big schools of menhaden are migrating into Narragansett Bay and attracting out-of-state fishermen who use airplanes to find the schools of small bait fish and auxiliary boats to deploy vast nets to sweep them up. (read more...)

Assembly tightens stormwater runoff standards - Providence

The Smart Development for a Cleaner Bay Act of 2007 was among the measures approved by the R.I. General Assembly in the final days of the legislative session, (read more...)

Council to study ‘big-box’ zone laws - Portsmouth

With nearly 200 people urging it on, the Town Council last night enacted a stop-gap moratorium on large-scale retail development until officials have had a chance to review the town’s commercial zoning ordinances. (read more...)

Microsoft buys Bristol native's firm; deal reportedly worth $800M to $1 billion - March 23, 2007, Bristol Phoenix

A Bristol native has parlayed a good idea, a little luck and years of sweat equity into a huge payoff. (read more...)

Housing still a concern in this state: : Warren Times Letter to the Editor, by Ari Matusiak, Providence, who is the director of HousingWorks RI.

When it comes to real estate, reading the tea leaves can lead to some pretty confused forecasts. (read more...)

Metacom Avenue betterment discussed - January 19, 2007 Providence Journal Article

If planners get their way, Metacom Avenue in the future would have fewer intersections, more sidewalks, a roundabout or two, and signs telling commuters “Bristol Welcomes Courteous Drivers.” (read more)

Choices in Warren - January 19, 2007 Providence Journal Editorial

Warren got its first real look the other day at plans to redevelop the old American Tourister plant. A standing-room-only crowd packed a public hearing of the Planning Board on the proposed 350 residential units in the suitcase factory’s 16-acre site along the Palmer River. (read more)

Forum to float ideas to shape future of town - Friday, December 8, 2006, Providence Journal By Alex Kuffner

When Diana B. Campbell moved back to Bristol from Hopkinton, Mass., two years ago, she set about getting involved again in the community where she'd previously lived for 30 years. (read more)

A Fight to Save the Special Things - Sunday, February 26, 2006; Providence Journal
By Chelsea Phua, Journal Staff Writer

Randall Arendt's passion for guiding builders in a way that preserves the landscape has established the Narragansett resident as a national authority on conservation development. (read more)

Saving Main Street - RI Monthly Magazine December 2004 Issue (p. 22)
By Ellen Liberman
Reprint permission was granted by Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. copyright 2005

Concerned citizens couldn't keep Dunkin' Donuts out of downtown Bristol, but their efforts led to landmark laws that will help preserve historic districts nationwide. (read more)

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