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A Bristol town budget that would increase property taxes by 1.6 percent is up for public scrutiny at a special Town Council meeting next Wednesday. Residents will have their say on the proposed … more
Traffic disruptions will be a way of life for residents in the Beach Road, Ridge Road and Gibson Road neighborhoods for the next couple months as the Bristol County Water Authority continues a water … more
After a parade of residents and public safety personnel expressed their opposition — in some cases, anger — to a proposed new Dunkin’ Donuts in Gooding Plaza during a meeting that … more
The Bristol Town Council threw the town’s support behind immigrant rights last week, approving a resolution to ensure a “commitment to equal, respectful and fair treatment, regardless of … more
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A controversial proposal to build a new, free-standing Dunkin’ Donuts in Gooding Plaza is back before the Bristol Zoning Board of Review Thursday, and residents finally get their say after … more
Do not be confused by the empty hallways inside the Peck Building basement — Tap-In is still alive and well. For decades, the all-volunteer organization that serves to help people in need … more
After receiving multiple reports of a scammer preying on senior citizens in Rhode Island, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has issued a statewide Medicare fraud alert. Medicare patients have … more
The average Bristol homeowner would pay about $60 more a year in property tax if the Town Council approves Town Administrator Steven Contente’s budget. The Town Council continued its … more
The Bristol Warren Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to increase the two towns' financial commitment to the school district by 2 percent, or just over $700,000. The increase was half of what the … more
A group of local artists continues to negotiate a 10-year lease with the town that could free up a half million dollars to help create an arts and cultural center in the former Walley School on High … more
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