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Three new residents were elected to the Barrington Committee on Appropriations at the end of Wednesday night's financial town meeting. Josh Berlinsky, Cynthia Rosengard and Scott Douglas each … more
Barrington Town Moderator Julia Califano was moving quickly through the municipal budget line items during Wednesday night's financial town meeting, until she reached "debt service." That's when … more
A financial town meeting boils down to votes, and in Barrington on Wednesday night, the votes were lopsided. On two straight tallies, taxpayers overwhelmingly voted to support increases to the … more
Barrington taxpayers voted overwhelmingly to restore the school district's initial request for a $1.2 million increase at Wednesday night's financial town meeting. A crowd of more than 500 people … more
Just a few weeks after announcing a decision to move on a backup water supply without East Providence’s involvement, Bristol County Water Authority Executive Director Pamela Marchand said she … more
Barrington officials will begin registering people for the May 24 financial town meeting at 6 p.m. at the high school. The meeting is slated to start at 7 p.m. According to an email from … more
In 2006, the school department reportedly spent $21 million on salaries and benefits and about $13 million on all other costs. But by 2016, those figures had shifted — the school department … more
The Barrington Committee on Appropriations has offered a compromise with school officials. The group that first voted to eliminate the $1.2 million increase school officials requested, recently … more
There has been a flurry of activity at Police Cove over the past few weeks.  A new boat ramp is being installed as one of the final projects to the park, which was completed in 2016. The boat … more
Barrington resident Russ Furlong is hoping members of the town's park and recreation commission will approve his request to add lines for pickle ball to the tennis courts on Kent Street. Mr. … more
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