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Posted on: March 14, 2018

The Town of Bristol Welcomes Sister City Delegation


On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the delegation from Bristol's Sister City of Lagoa arrived at Town Hall at 10:00 AM and was greeted by several leaders in the local community.

After providing an introduction, Town Administrator Steven Contente and Lagoa Mayor Cristina Calisto exchanged gifts, where Steven Contente read a newly signed Proclamation designating March 15, 2018, as "Sister City Lagoa Day".

Following the welcome reception, the delegation had several stops on their tour of Bristol community including visits to C&C Fiberglass, The Lobster Pot, Roger Williams University, Mosaico Bristol Industrial Park and the Portuguese Beneficial Association. 


*Photographs courtesy of Tony Avila 


On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Bristol has the honor of hosting a delegation from its Sister City of Lagoa. Lagoa, a small coastal municipality, is located in the southwestern part of São Miguel Island in the Azores. In their weeklong visit to the United States, the delegation will be led by the newly re-elected mayor, Cristina Calisto.

The Sister City friendship between Bristol and Lagoa began over 20 years ago under former Town Administrator Halsey Herreshoff. Since then, Bristol has hosted several delegation visits. In 2017, members of the Bristol business community visited Lagoa, where they were able to tour the region as well as participate in a forum with other business owners.

Tony Avila, who coordinated the trip to Lagoa for the Bristol business leaders, provided his view on the Town’s Sister City friendship,

“Visiting Lagoa was such an amazing educational and cultural experience. As Lagoa’s first Sister-City, I am so excited Bristol is able to provide this one-day experience to the visiting delegation,”

The delegation will arrive at Town Hall at 10:00 AM, where a small reception has been scheduled with community leaders. The group will then depart on their scenic tour of Bristol’s industries and destination locations.

“There are many similarities between Bristol and Lagoa. It’s great that we can continue this exchange of ideas across the ocean,” said Town Administrator Steven Contente.

At Wednesday’s Town Council Meeting, members of the council are expected to sign a Proclamation to present to the visiting mayor.

“Bristol is excited to share our values and history with the visiting delegation, while also displaying our innovation and tourism,” said Town Council Chairman Nathan Calouro.

The Town of Bristol welcomes the local community to Town Hall to attend the reception.

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