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Janet Durfee-Hidalgo enjoys shopping in downtown Barrington.  The longtime resident says she often stops by Webster Bank, Vienna Bakery, Daisy Dig'Ins and Tiffany's Salon. But the new … more
The Barrington 300 gala will be held this Saturday at Rhode Island Country Club. The celebration of the town's tricentennial begins at 5:30 p.m. The gala will serve as a high-point in the … more
The project manager overseeing the construction of a new Barrington Middle School reported Monday night that the preliminary budget for the project is now $122,542 below the budget cap of $68.4 … more
Dozens of people crowded into the council chambers on Monday night to voice their opposition to the town's new income-based senior tax exemption. One woman called the exemption a "prejudicial act" … more
A longtime Barrington resident who paid closed attention to the town's budget discussions this past spring, said he was very surprised when he saw construction crews recently break ground on the new … more
TIVERTON — The Longplex sports complex on Industrial Way went to the Tiverton Zoning Board of Review (ZBR) for a hearing on August 2, asking for six signs, two of them huge, to be erected at the athletic facility’s site. It left the hearing with just one sign approved by the zoners. more
EAST PROVIDENCE — By the time her current contract expires, Kathryn Crowley will have served as superintendent of East Providence schools for a minimum of five years after the school committee, at … more
A large pile of ground up asphalt recently appeared in the dirt parking lot at Haines Park. The new addition to the state-owned and town-maintained park drew some quick interest from … more
For Rick Roderick, the downtown street-scape improvement project cannot end soon enough. Since May, his business, Nexxt Level Nutrition on West Street, has experienced a variety of inconveniences. … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence’s need to address some of its worst roads was the focal point of a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget at the October 3 City Council … more
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