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The town manager is proposing the addition of four new firefighter positions in his proposed municipal budget. The new positions will cost taxpayers about $270,000, but the manager is quick to add … more
Just two days after the Barrington School Committee voted through a budget that did not include funding for the school start time initiative, a legislator from North Kingstown submitted a bill that … more
In November, Barrington residents voted in favor of building a new middle school in town, as they approved a referendum question during the general election. On Thursday night, residents again … more
There is a special financial town meeting in Barrington tonight, March 16, and the construction of a new middle school hangs in the balance. The meeting — it will be held at the Barrington … more
It is not yet clear whether the damage caused by Tuesday's nor'easter will force a third day of canceled classes at Barrington Middle School. Officials called off classes for Wednesday after … more
Barrington Middle School students will have an extra day off from classes this week. While a nor'easter forced the closure of all schools across Barrington on Tuesday, March 14, a series of roof … more
Barrington Police Chief John LaCross is reminding residents to clear the snow from their sidewalks following the snowstorm. Town law states that any business or resident whose property has a … more
A longtime public servant in the East Bay passed away this week. David Bates, who served on a number of Barrington town boards before spending 22 years in the Rhode Island State Senate, died on … more
A year-long event designed to celebrate Barrington's 300th anniversary will kick off on Saturday, March 18 at a special preview party. The event, which will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m., is open to the … more
Former state Rep. Ray Gallison pleaded guilty to nine felony charges Thursday, and now faces the prospect of several years in federal prison. Chief Judge William Smith accepted Mr. gallison's plea … more
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