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To the editor: The Town of Barrington passed a highly contested vote, by one at last year’s Financial Town Meeting (FTM) to purchase the former Carmelite Monastery at 25 Watson Ave, under … more
To the editor: I would like to publicly voice my thoughts on the future of the Carmelite Monastery, located at 25 Watson Avenue. I hope many of you will join me in voting ‘NO’ to the … more
To the editor: As a frequent visitor to the athletic fields at the new middle school, I wonder if I am the only resident appalled at the complete lack of a bathroom facility for the numerous … more
To the editor: Well, your school district has now gotten its deserved "10 minutes of fame" on FOX News, America's news source. When I first saw/heard today's Barrington episode, I figured they … more
To the editor: As neighbor of the monastery, I am very concerned about giving the town council the ability to demolish this building given the unnecessary and potentially devastating risks that … more
One in four households with children in Rhode Island are food insecure, meaning they struggle to afford adequate food. more
To the editor: The Town of Barrington’s next Financial Town Meeting (FTM) will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the Barrington High School auditorium for registered voters to … more
To the editor: Among recent national and global media attention on our small town, an article in The Daily Signal mentioned, “Parents United Barrington”, and we’re aware … more
To the editor: Please vote NO at the next FTM on a resolution that would open the door to demolition of the monastery building on Watson Avenue.  At last year's FTM, a resolution to … more
To the editor: Dear Barrington neighbors, I write to ask you for your support to preserve the Carmelite Monastery building on Watson Avenue by attending the upcoming Financial Town Meeting and … more
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