Five of Barrington's six schools are 'commended'

Reports cards are out, and five of Barrington's six public schools earned "commended" status. The Rhode Island Department of Education 2017 School Report Cards were issued on Thursday — a …
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Firm balks at releasing school survey comments

Kim Jacobs wants to see the comments ... and she is not alone. The Barrington resident and member of the school department's strategic plan steering committee said she and other committee members …

Prudence Island residents urged to boil water after E. coli found

PRUDENCE ISLAND — The Prudence Island Water District is telling customers to boil their water after E. coli bacteria was found in the water supply on Wednesday, Oct. 18. “These …

Grinnell's Beach playground equipment: Where’d it go?

TIVERTON — Some have wondered what happened to the playground equipment that used to be installed at the just-renovated Grinnell's Beach. Councilor Randy Lebeau posed the question at last week's council meeting, saying "somebody came to me today and asked me about a swing set" at the beach, or a soccer area. He didn't know anything about it, Mr. Lebeau said. And a letter writer (Jon Kemp, of Tiverton, see page 6) lamented the passage of the days when there were swings and slides at the beach for children of all ages to enjoy.

East Providence firefighters quell blaze at abandoned farm

EAST PROVIDENCE — An abandoned wooden structure on the grounds of the old Leonardo Farm off Wampanoag Trail caught fire late Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18, testing the mettle of East Providence Fire …
Obituaries
Harold A. Dennis, 93, of Bristol

Harold A. Dennis, 93, of Bristol, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, Jayne Dennis, and son-in-law, Jeffrey Skillings. He was the loving husband of the late Doris C. Dennis. Born in …

Joseph J. Velleca, Jr., 79, of Warwick

John Borges, Jr., 81, of Chesapeake, Va.

Helen M. Wendt, 87, of Barrington

Rev. Margaret Brown Gunness, of Concord, Mass.

Pauline M. Cooper, 83, formerly of Barrington

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