Administration Press Releases

Bristol Holds Virtual Inauguration Ceremony

BRISTOL, RI– On Monday, December 7th, 2020, the Town of Bristol held a swearing-in ceremony for the elected positions of the Town Administrator, Town Councilors, and Town Clerk.

Prior to taking the oath of office, the re-elected Town Councilman Nathan Calouro opened the ceremony with a brief introduction. Speaking on behalf of the Town’s other elected officials, Mr. Calouro shared sentiments about the COVID-19 pandemic stating, “Bristol’s a resilient place, and my colleagues and I know that we (the community) will make it through this.”

Bristol’s elected positions are two year terms. Bristol’s 25th Reorganizational Town Council Meeting will be Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. For meeting details, please visit the Bristol Town Website at

The ceremony was streamed live, and is available for viewing below.

Elected Officials

Town Administrator
Steven Contente

Town Council
Nathan T. Calouro
Antonio A. Teixeira
Mary A. Parella
Timothy Edward Sweeney
Aaron J. Ley

Town Clerk
Melissa Cordeiro


Administration COVID-19 Press Releases

Town Administrator Contente Implements Local Two-Week COVID-19 “Pause”

BRISTOL, RI – On Friday, November 20th, 2020, Bristol Town Administrator Steven Contente announced several actions being taken at the local level to coincide with the State of Rhode Island’s two-week “pause”.

Beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020:

  • Town Hall will be open to the public, but limited to essential services only. The Town of Bristol is urging residents to conduct their business with the Town through its website, by phone (401-253-7000), or by U.S. mail. More information on Bristol’s online and mail-in services is below. 
  • Compost curbside pickup will be discontinued for the year. The last day for weekly compost pickup will be Saturday, November 28th, 2020. Residents will still be able to bring their yard waste to the compost facility located at the Transfer Station. The hours of operations can be found here.
  • Indoor classes and programs at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center will be suspended. 
  • Municipal Court will be postponed until March 2021.
  • Land Evidence recordings will only take place between the hours of 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:45 PM in the Bristol Town Clerk’s Office.
  • The Rogers Free Library will have no in-person book browsing and restricted computer use.
  • The Town of Bristol’s annual Christmas Festival programs have been modified to limit in person gatherings. Additional information can be found at

The measures above will be in place until December 13th, 2020. At that time, the Town will reassess these preventative measures and determine if further action is required.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we all do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Steven Contente, Town Administrator. “I’d like to thank our employees in the Town of Bristol. They are part of our essential, critical infrastructure here in town, and it’s important that we keep our employees healthy and working so we can continue to serve the public.”

Tax Payments: Residents and businesses can conveniently pay their property taxes online at or by U.S. mail. Checks should be mailed to 10 Court Street Bristol, RI 02809.  A drop box is also available outside Town Hall. 

Building Permits: Residents and businesses can apply for a variety of building permits through the Town’s Viewpoint Cloud platform at

Municipal Court Fees: Constituents can pay traffic and parking tickets online at

File a Police Report: The Bristol Police Department provides a convenient alternative for citizens to report non-emergency situations that have occurred with the Town of Bristol, RI. The online reporting system can be used to report vandalism, identity theft, credit card fraud, lost/missing items, theft of packages, harassment and other non-emergency incidents. To file a report, please visit If you are reporting an incident to Bristol Police that involves an emergency requiring immediate police response DIAL 9-1-1. 

Town Clerk Services: The Bristol Town Clerk’s Office offers constituents several online services including access to the land evidence database, submission of a public records request, and vital records requests. To learn more, please visit the Town website at

More information about the Town’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak can be found online at To view the latest guidance from the State of Rhode Island, please visit

“Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation. We look forward to the vaccine being delivered locally in the coming months, and we are hopeful that by this time next year, we will be in a much better place,” said Bristol Town Administrator Contente.


Press Releases

Rogers Free Library Now Offers Outdoor Wi-Fi

BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, the Rogers Free Library announced that it now offers free outdoor Wi-Fi in its courtyard and parking area. This public service is available 24/7 to patrons and non-patrons alike. No password is required.

Earlier this month, Ocean State Libraries (OSL), a consortium of Rhode Island’s 48 public libraries and St. George’s School, was awarded $85,000 through CommerceRI’s “Take It Outside” initiative to support this project. As a member of this organization, Rogers Free Library was able to complete these improvements at no cost.

This Wi-Fi provides a valuable service to those who have limited internet access, are traveling, have experienced a residential power outage, or are doing work after library hours.

For more information on this project, please contact the Rogers Free Library at 401-253-6948.


COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Awarded Additional $25,000 for Take It Outside Program

BRISTOL, RI– On Friday, October 23rd, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island Commerce awarded the Town of Bristol an additional $25,000 to support local business efforts to ‘Take It Outside’. This competitive grant process saw a total of $3.1M awarded to 68 different organizations including municipalities, chambers of commerce, and non-profits.

Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 through the first round of the State’s Take It Outside RFP.

To date, the Town of Bristol has supplied outdoor equipment including heating lamps and lighting to fifteen (15) local businesses.

The Town of Bristol is currently accepting new applications from businesses on a rolling basis. Equipment will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For more information on Bristol’s Take It Outside program, please visit


COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Announces ‘Take It Outside’ Application Process for Businesses

BRISTOL, RI-On Thursday, October 15th, 2020, The Town of Bristol and the Bristol Merchants Association announced an application process for businesses to request outdoor equipment including heating lamps, tents, and string lights.

The ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the Town of Bristol was awarded $75,000 in grant funds from the Rhode Island Commerce to support this program.

The Town of Bristol and BMA have established two rounds of applications. Due to limited supplies, the Town respectfully asks applicants limit their request to essential needs only.

The Round One application deadline is Tuesday, October 20th, 2020. Applications should be submitted by email to the Bristol Merchants Association at If the Town of Bristol has additional supplies, it will review applications submitted after the round one deadline on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To download the application, please visit

For additional questions related the Take It Outside initiative, please contact the Bristol Merchants Association at


Press Releases

Rogers Free Library Announces Opening for a Trustee

BRISTOL, RI-The Rogers Free Library is searching for a Trustee to serve on the Board of the Library beginning in January 2021. Terms of service for Trustees are three years with an option to renew for an additional three years. The role of a Trustee is to be a “legal guardian and custodian of the library.” Trustees determine and adopt policies relative to operations, programs, and materials selections; select a director if the need should arise; assist in the preparation of the annual budget and work to secure that funding for the library, and encourage ongoing staff training. As a municipal library, Trustees are bound by the Rhode Island Code of Ethics and the regulations of the Ethics Commission.

The Rogers Free Library is currently looking for applicants who have skills in any of the following: management, marketing, law, human resources, and who are library users who have experienced and enjoyed the Rogers Free Library.

A letter of intent with CV should be sent to the Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI 02809 to the attention of Elizabeth Brito, Chair of the Trustees.  The closing date for applications is November 20, 2020.


Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Launches 2020-2021 Home Repair Program

BRISTOL, RI–On Friday, October 9th, 2020, the Town of Bristol announced the 2020-2021 Home Repair Program.

Each year, the Town receives CDBG funding from the federal government to revitalize the local community and provide safe, suitable living environments for low and moderate-income residents. This funding can support various home improvement projects, including emergency roof replacements, window replacements, and code violation corrections.

“This program allows the Town to help individuals in need make necessary improvements to their local residence,” said Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator, “We are pleased we can offer this program once again this year.”

All funding assistance is in the form of a forgivable property lien. Each year following the completion of a project, a percentage of the total repair costs are forgiven. CDBG grant funds can cover up to 100% of project costs. Payment becomes due upon the property’s sale or if the property’s resident no longer qualifies under HUD income limits.

Funding is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis to eligible households. Application information is available online through the Town of Bristol website or in-person by visiting the Bristol Town Hall at 10 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809.

For more information, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator, at 401-253-7000 ext. 129.


Economic Development Press Releases

Rogers Free Library Offers Free Zoom Webinars to Help Unemployed and Underemployed

Additional details are on the library website at

BRISTOL, RI-Rogers Free Library is launching a series called Job Strategies for Challenging Times to help community members who are experiencing unemployment, underemployment, or turbulence in their careers amid pandemic-related economic disruption. Regional experts will lead free webinars and workshops from November 2020 through March 2021. 

With the state’s unemployment rate ranking second worst in the nation, at 12.8% in August, this programming responds to the economic challenges rife in Rhode Island. 

Seeing a new community need, the Board of Trustees of Rogers Free Library conceived the programming, which was funded through community partnership grants by the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. This series meets the library’s mission and supports lifelong learning and digital literacy.

Three regional experts in career advising will present 16 sessions via the Zoom platform. Up to 100 individuals can participate in the webinars, with 25 to 35 in smaller workshops. Registration is required by going to  and Bristol residents take priority.   

The 2020 portion of the schedule is:

Monday, November 2: 6 pm
Job Search Webinar
How to use search engines, keywords and time-saving techniques.
Presenter: Audra Lavoie

Tuesday, November 10: 6 pm
Building a Savvy LinkedIn Profile
How to use this social media platform to advance your search.
Presenter: Sabrina Woods

Wednesday, December 2: 5:30 pm                 
How to Design Your Next Career Move
Making small changes can get you closer to your vision of success.
Presenter: Mohammed Kante

Wednesday, December 9: 5:30 pm
Pivot Clinic
Let’s figure out your next career move.
Presenter: Mohamed Kante

Tuesday, December 15, 6 pm
Building Resilience to Manage Work and Job Search Stress

How to lower your stress, stay calm and move ahead.
Presenter: Sabrina Woods

The 2021 schedule will include:

  • Job Search Clinic and Club sessions 
  • Grow‌ ‌Your‌ ‌Connections:‌ ‌Networking‌ ‌and‌ ‌Informational‌ ‌Interviewing‌
  • LinkedIn for Career Building, Networking and Job Search 
  • ‌How to Spot an Opportunity and Innovate
  • How to Leverage Personal and Professional Platforms to Start a Side Hustle
  • Resilience‌ and‌ ‌Well-being‌‌ Drop-in Sessions‌ ‌

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COVID-19 Economic Development Press Releases

Bristol Awarded $75,000 to Support Local Business Efforts to ‘Take It Outside’

BRISTOL, RI– On Thursday, October 1st, 2020, Governor Gina Raimondo and Commerce Rhode Island awarded the Town of Bristol $75,0000 through the State’s ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative.

The ‘Take It Outside‘ Initiative was created to encourage and increase outdoor commerce and reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19. In May, Bristol was one of the first communities in Rhode Island to introduce temporary eat-out zones.

“The Town of Bristol is proud it can help local businesses continue to operate outdoors this fall,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente. “Thank you to Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce team for their support.”

This funding will cover the cost of purchasing items such as outdoor heating lamps, fuel, tents, and lighting for Bristol’s small businesses.

In the coming weeks, the Town of Bristol will procure equipment and partner with the Bristol Merchants Association and East Bay Chamber of Commerce to finalize a distribution plan.

Additional information will be made available on the Town of Bristol website at and through social media.

For additional questions, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator at


Administration Press Releases

Silver Creek Bridge Reopens to Two-Way Traffic