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The Rhode Island Department of Education recently released “report cards” for every school in the state. For the second year in a row, the education department used what it calls a … more
More than a dozen cities and towns in Rhode Island recently filed a lawsuit in opposition to the state's "lifetime contracts law." The legislation, which was signed by Governor Gina Raimondo in … more
A preliminary plan filed Friday morning, Nov. 22, at Barrington Town Hall calls for the construction of a new Starbucks coffee shop to be built on the site currently home to the BP gas station and an … more
A Barrington girl told police that she has twice been approached by a man driving a black SUV. On Thursday, Nov. 7, the 13-year-old girl was allegedly approached by the man while she was walking … more
The second time was a charm. Bristol Theatre Company Chairman Marie Knapman got some great news last week. Their application for more than $18,000 for the purchase of lighting equipment was … more
The Barrington High School Stagemasters will be performing Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella this weekend.   The musical was originally written as a televised musical starring Julie Andrews … more
The Barrington School Committee has been in a legal battle with the family of one student for 18 months, but does not know how much it has spent on that battle. Separately, the Rhode Island chapter … more
Like many municipalities across the region, Bristol will seen be transitioning to a more automated trash pickup system, currently planned to launch in the spring of 2020. With existing trash trucks … more
Beer drinkers across the country will soon have the opportunity to enjoy a unique beer first brewed inside a Barrington resident's garage.  New England Breakfast Ale, a brown ale brewed with … more
A two-day event hosted in New York City called upon generations of activists, celebrities, artists, educators and students to reflect on the achievements and efforts of past and present changemakers. … more
During an interview late last week, Barrington Town Manager Jim Cunha said the new assessments policy, which has drawn some significant backlash, is “not locked in” for next … more
Mary Quinn was the guest of her honor at her 100th birthday party celebration Tuesday afternoon at the Franklin Court Assisting Living community room. She was welcomed by several family members and a … more
The Bristol Police Department made few arrests but had an active week chasing down complaints from neighbors and citizens from Nov. 4 to 10. Monday, Nov. 4 A Wilson Street resident reported … more
The large home on Lorraine Street overlooks Barrington Beach and offers 14 guest rooms. It has a sprawling front porch, a patio and a heated pool that are perfect for entertaining. The home is … more
Seven months after its Cross Bay Pipeline sprung a leak, Bristol County Water Authority officials flipped a switch at the Port of Providence Friday morning and water once again started flowing through … more
The BHS High School Quiz Show team competed at the 3rd annual High School Quiz Show Rhode Island contest at the PBS studio in Providence on Nov. 9 and 10.  Barrington participated in an … more
The first weekend in November, four local high school students, including freshman Shivani Mehta and sophomores Mikayla Hudon, Kristiana Cabral and Aditi Mehta, took one step closer to launching into … more
Eric Chason wants to tell people about his daughter, Lillian. He wants to tell them about how funny she was, and about how smart she was, and about how strong she was. He wants people to know how … more
With a cold rain drumming on the roof of the 18th-century farmhouse, a celebrated local chef visited Coggeshall Farm this past Tuesday to get up close and personal with the products on his … more
The good news is that many Bristol Warren elementary students are performing well. “The students at Rockwell [Elementary School], in particular are performing well, evidenced by the number one … more
Dr. Jonathan Brice was appointed as the permanent full time Superintendent of the Bristol Warren Regional School District Tuesday evening. Dr. Brice, who was hired as a one-year interim … more
Bristol's veterans were honored in the annual Veteran's Day ceremony at the Rhode Island Veteran's Home on Monday. Veteran's gathered in the new hall with their families and friends. Brigadier … more
Many hands make light work. That was the case at Tinsley Kampmier-Williamson's home late last month, when more than a dozen Barrington children helped assemble care packages that will be … more
The Barrington School Committee and local teachers' union have agreed on a new contract, but the two groups were still divided when it came time to issue a statement about the new contract. On … more
Two local women spoke out against the Barrington School Committee's recent decision to take the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, and one of its … more
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