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Bristol Announces 2021 Concerts on the Common Performer Lineup

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, July 12th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the performer lineup for its 2021 Concerts on the Common.

Concerts begin Thursday, July 15th, 2021, and conclude with the Last Night Concert on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, at Independence Park.

The full schedule and performer lineup can be viewed below.

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Bristol’s ‘Concerts on the Common’ Fully Sponsored, Performer Lineup TBA

BRISTOL, RI-The Town of Bristol is pleased to announce that this year’s Concerts on the Common is fully sponsored! The Town wishes to thank all of our 2021 sponsors.

Beginning July 15th, 2021, residents and visitors can enjoy concerts on the Bristol Town Common every Thursday through Labor Day. Concerts are free to the public. The lineup of performers will be announced shortly here on the Town of Bristol website (www.bristolri.gov).

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Bristol’s ‘Concerts on the Common’ Returning July 15th, Seeking Sponsorships

BRISTOL, RI-On Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the return of its popular Concerts on the Common series.

Beginning July 15th, 2021, residents and visitors can enjoy concerts on the Bristol Town Common every Thursday through Labor Day. Concerts are free to the public. The lineup of performers will be announced here on the Town of Bristol website (www.bristolri.gov) in the coming days.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

The Town of Bristol is seeking 8 sponsors to support its 8 concerts throughout the summer. The sponsorship commitment for a concert is $300/each.

For more information about sponsoring a concert, please contact Michele Martins at 401-253-1611 or by email at [email protected].

Thank you.

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Weekend High Speed Ferry Returns to Bristol this Summer

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, June 18th, 2021, the State of Rhode Island announced the return of the Providence-Newport Ferry for its sixth summer season. For the third consecutive year, the Providence-Newport Ferry will also make weekend stop in Bristol through Labor Day weekend.

“The return of the Providence-Newport Ferry is another signpost on the path to restoring our economy and our way of life as the pandemic eases,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “I urge everyone to take advantage of this great resource to enjoy Narragansett Bay and everything that Newport, Providence and Bristol have to offer this summer.”

“We are pleased to welcome back Seastreak and its passengers to Bristol Harbor,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Visitors will find many fine restaurants and attractions within walking distance in our historic downtown. We hope riders enjoy their time in Bristol and have a great summer.”

Prior to the pandemic, a survey was commissioned by the State to determine the economic impact of the high speed ferry on the participating communities. Based on survey responses, ferry passengers reported spending an average of $87 per person per day in town.

For more information and to purchase ferry tickets, please visit www.ridethebayri.com.

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Bristol Expands Business Eligibility for Propane Assistance Program

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced that it was expanding its propane fuel assistance program to all Bristol businesses that have outdoor patio or tent heaters.

Beginning Thursday, January 28th, 2021, eligible businesses will be able to receive free propane fuel from Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services on a limited basis.

Every Thursday, businesses can bring their tanks to Sunshine’s Bristol location (374 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809) during their regular business hours to get them refilled.

Please Note: Refills are limited to once per week per business. A maximum of ten (10) propane tanks can be refilled at a time per business.

This service will be offered until the credit at Sunshine Fuel has been depleted.

This program was funded through the State of Rhode Island’s Take It Outside initiative.

For additional questions, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at [email protected].

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Bristol Nominated for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities Award – Vote Today!

BRISTOL, RI-Every year, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on their travel experiences around the globe. Readers rate cities on categories including their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The ballot for the 2021 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards has been released, and Bristol was included in the “Cities” category. 

To vote for Bristol, individuals must visit wba.m-rr.com/home and create an account to get start. Users are able to vote once per email address. 

“Bristol is honored to be in the running for this distinguished travel award,” said Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale. “With its historic downtown district, museums, outdoor recreation, and a robust summer events calendar, Bristol is truly a premier New England destination.”

Voting is open now through May 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Thank you for voting!

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Bristol Implements Tangible Tax Reform, Creates Exemption for Small Businesses

BRISTOL, RI– On December 30th, 2020, the Bristol Town Council voted unanimously to approve a new tangible tax exemption, which reduces the administrative and financial burden of reporting on local small businesses.

Businesses that operate in Bristol and whose total tangible property is assessed at ten thousand ($10,000) or less can now request to be exempt from completing the full annual return and paying the applicable tax.

Of the 720 businesses that operate in Bristol, approximately 400 would be eligible for this new exemption based on last year’s tangible property assessments.

“This exemption is another step in the right direction to help our businesses and make Bristol a very well-balanced place to live and work,” said Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente.

In 2018, Bristol began its tax reform efforts by creating a new electronic return that simplified reporting and auto-calculated assets’ depreciation.

In 2019, the Town of Bristol voted to put the $10,000 tangible tax exemption plan before the State Legislature for final approval.

Spearheaded by Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale and Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo, the Town worked with State leaders to get the enabling legislation (RIGL 44-3-3.66) approved earlier this year.

Eligible businesses can now request the new tangible tax exemption on the Annual Return.

The Annual Return form is available for download on the Town of Bristol website at www.bristolri.gov/tangibles. Returns are due to the Bristol Tax Assessor’s Office (10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809) by 12 o’clock midnight EST, January 31st, 2021.

For more information on Bristol’s new tangible tax exemption, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Chris Vitale at [email protected] or Tax Assessor Michelle DiMeo at [email protected].

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With Heat Lamps, Lights and Tents, Restaurants Press On, EastBayRI

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Bristol Announces Supplemental Award for Take It Outside Recipients

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, November 9th, 2020, the Town of Bristol announced supplemental assistance for all Take It Outside awardees.

Beginning Thursday, November 12th, 2020, businesses will be able to receive free propane fuel from Sunshine Fuels & Energy Services on a limited basis through December 18th, 2020. Further details will be provided to Take It Outside awardees shortly.

“With this service offering, the Town is pleased that it could complement the support that’s been provided to date,” said Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator.

This service will be offered until December 18th OR until the credit at Sunshine Fuel has been depleted.

Last month, the Town supported twenty-two (22) local businesses by procuring and distributing outdoor equipment such as patio heaters, lighting, and commercial tents.

This program is funded through the State of Rhode Island’s Take It Outside initiative.

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