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George Finn, the director of athletics and student activities at Barrington High School, has been named the winner of this year's NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) State Award for Rhode Island — the honor is … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School Musical Theatre troop presents "Little Shop of Horrors" as its annual spring production for the 2014-15 term. "Little Shop of Horrors" has its origins to renowned "B" film director Roger … more
PORTSMOUTH — Smiles clearly outnumbered left feet inside the cafetorium at Hathaway Elementary School Friday. After Canterbury, N.H. musicians Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman spent two days  teaching students in kindergarten through grade … more
PORTSMOUTH — “We ought to be hearing ‘hurrays’ from Town Hall when this is presented,” School Committee member Emily Copeland said of the $37.27 million school budget for fiscal year 2016 that was unanimously approved Tuesday night. … more
EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting Tuesday night, March 24, the East Providence School Committee approved a plan authored by Superintendent Kim Mercer and previously passed by the teachers’ union on a way to make up days lost this term to snow. … more
PORTSMOUTH — The School Department received 77 “opt-out” requests from families of students who refused to take the PARCC test beginning March 16, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy told the School Committee Tuesday night. … more
For the second time this winter, a Barrington public school was evacuated after a natural gas leak was detected outside the building. Early on Tuesday morning, March 24, officials smelled the odor of natural gas outside Barrington Middle … more
" src="http://www.eastbayri.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FinalFeasibility_cmyk.tif" alt="FinalFeasibility_cmyk" width="1" height="1" data-wp-pid="95615" /> A volunteer-driven project to bring artificial turf to Barrington High School took … more
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