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This is not a great time to build a new school or rehabilitate an old school. Construction costs are soaring. The Massachusetts School Building Authority tracks data on major school construction … more
Bristol and Warren voters are set to make perhaps the most significant financial decision in their combined history in just over a month, so why is there so little apparent interest in the topic? more
The Dziedzic family understands the value of preserving open space in a community like Barrington, where houses and sheds feel like they are beginning to outnumber trees. We only wish our town … more
The Barrington School District is doing a great job attempting to inform residents of the largest spending decision in the history of the town. It happens a month from now. Hopefully people are … more
Former U.S. Rep. David Cicilline put Rhode Island in a precarious position when he left office months after winning re-election to take another, more lucrative job. The result is an important federal … more
Not all short term rentals are bad, or disruptive of neighbors, or a nuisance. While it’s clear that the Spinnaker Way rental  was truly a nuisance, the zoning board’s recent … more
A quick shout out is warranted for members of Warren’s Town Council and two local residents, who during their monthly meeting held last week helped restore faith that even one or two people can make a difference in how their local government operates. more
We owe the community an explanation for our coverage of graffiti, vandalism and hate speech in the July 26 issue of the Barrington Times. As many remember, that issue included a front-page story … more
The school department is deep into the process of redesigning and possibly rebuilding schools. That process has been happening for more than two years, has continued through two versions of the … more
Despite a heavy drenching of rain that lasted more than an hour, before and at the start of Tuesday’s parade, the show went on. Many marchers were dripping wet. Many spectators were beyond soaked. Yet most stuck it out, dealt with the consequences, and had a great time. more
Warren’s downtown has something other Main Streets just don’t, and they are primed to lose one of those spots on Friday. It is, for lack of a better word, a bummer. more
There was a time when Barrington was cartoonishly hypocritical. For many years, it was Rhode Island’s only “dry” town, meaning you could not buy booze here in town. Of course, … more
The fact that the Mt. Hope High School Class of 2023 graduated amidst the looming threat of a thunderstorm could not have been more appropriate. more
Around this time last year, The Portsmouth Times received an anonymous (of course!) letter in the mail from someone who didn’t like our coverage of Portsmouth High School’s graduation … more
A year ago, no one could have imagined that the Barrington School Committee would quickly become the model for openness in government. For much of the past five years, that board was mired in … more
In the early days of America, residents in small New England communities would gather for “town meetings” to make spending, infrastructure or investment decisions, as a community. Those … more
Rhode Island needs to pass a law regulating electric bicycles and their use on bike paths. A bill before the General Assembly would do that, but the current version is flawed and potentially … more
The Town of Barrington can put all the consternation about the future of the Carmelite Monastery property behind it and making a lasting positive impact on this community. By converting the Watson … more
The Town of Barrington has no obligation, legal or otherwise, to develop senior or affordable housing on the former Carmelite Monastery property on Watson Avenue in the Nayatt neighborhood. It is … more
An array of bills before the Rhode Island General Assembly would chip away at both newspapers and transparency in government. They seek to alter numerous state laws that require governments, both … more
Why is the Town of Barrington working so ambitiously to develop the former Carmelite Monastery property ? There are many facets to the proposals currently under consideration — density, … more
It fails the eyeball test. One look at the development plans proposed for the former Carmelite monastery property tells you plenty — too many houses on not enough land.   The … more
A package of 14 housing bill may be a boon to private developers, but without further legislative action it is unlikely to result in helping those most in need of housing in the state. more
Setting aside journalists and citizen watchdogs, most people don’t care about public records laws — until they do care. When they find themselves in a land dispute with a neighbor, preparing a legal defense for their son’s disputed arrest, or questioning why a school district is building a new school instead of renovating an old one, they will care a lot about public records laws. more
Instead of fearing or being suspicious of a new screening procedure for social-emotional learning, parents would be better serving their children by encouraging their participation in a tool which may benefit their mental health, and overall wellbeing. more
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