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Barrington budget increase fueled by police, pensions, computers

By   /  March 21, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

Barrington Town Hall, Barrington, Rhode Island

A new computer technician, a part-time employee for the police department, and more hours for the town’s human resources position are a few of the reasons this year’s proposed budget shows a 1.94 percent increase. Overall, the proposed budget includes a $330,689 increase over last year’s numbers, totaling about $17.36 million. Following is a breakdown […]

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Barrington mom trying to close law’s loophole

By   /  March 18, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Police & Crime  /  2 Comments

Barrington's Debbie Lewis stands outside the Rhode Island Statehouse before offering her testimony.

Debbie Lewis wants closure. She wants to turn the page, as much as she can, on Feb. 22, 2012 — a horrible day for her family. She wants to make sure that no other mom and dad, and sister and brother have to struggle through the initial pain of having a family member abused, first […]

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Barrington council endorses concept of bringing cell tower to school property

By   /  March 11, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  1 Comment

AT&T officials are exploring the possibility of placing a cell tower at the Sowams School location.

Early work has started on bringing a 125-foot tall cell tower to the Sowams School property. A representative from AT&T approached the Barrington Town Council at its March 3 meeting and asked the board to endorse the concept of a cell tower on the school’s campus — the tower would be located about 50 feet […]

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Barrington private school offers council campus tour

By   /  March 5, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

St. Andrew's School's Scott Telford leads members of the town council on a tour of the campus last Wednesday.

Members of town council, bundled in overcoats and gloves, walked the campus of St. Andrew’s School late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 26, as part of a unique meeting between officials at the private school and the town’s top elected officials. St. Andrew’s School invited the council to the tour and presentation after council member Bill DeWitt […]

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Police hunt for a good deal … with leg room

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  News, Police & Crime  /  1 Comment

barrington-police-cruiser - stockimage

Buying and outfitting police cruisers used to be simpler. Barrington Police Chief John LaCross said the local department — as well as most police forces across the state — used to purchase the Ford Crown Victoria, a sturdy eight-cylinder sedan loaded with leg room and burdened with lousy gas mileage. “It was a big V8. […]

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Barrington High School wins national ‘Safe Sports’ award

By   /  February 20, 2014  /  News, Schools  /  No Comments

Officials gathered to honor Barrington High School after it was awarded the National Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award.

Barrington High School earned this year’s National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award, which recognizes the school’s efforts to protect local student-athletes. At an event on Thursday morning, Feb. 20, different officials, including Rep. David Cicilline and Rhode Island Interscholastic League President Tom Mezzanotte, took turns praising Barrington High School’s athletic department and in […]

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Stockholm Syndrome question surprises BCWA applicant

By   /  February 18, 2014  /  Government & Politics, News  /  2 Comments

Joel Hellmann, shown at a recent school committee meeting, is the newest member of the Bristol County Water Authority board of directors.

Joel Hellmann never saw it coming. The longtime Barrington resident was sitting in front of the town council on Monday night, Feb. 3, preparing to answer questions regarding his application to fill a position on the Bristol County Water Authority board of directors. That’s when council member Bill DeWitt surprised him. “Stockholm Syndrome. Are you […]

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Private school, council and neighbors clash over new courts

By   /  February 7, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

A view of the new tennis courts at St. Andrew's School.

At the far northeast corner of the property owned by St. Andrew’s School had been a stand of trees — about an acre in size — filled with choke cherry and some maples. It was not much to look at, say some neighbors, but it was far better than the 10-foot tall chainlink fence and […]

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Bald eagles in Barrington — national bird seen on cove, river

By   /  February 4, 2014  /  News, Waterfront  /  1 Comment

Barrington resident Heidi Piccerelli photographed these two bald eagles as they stood on Hundred Acre Cove ice on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Bald eagles have been turning heads in Barrington recently. In late January, Sowams area resident Bill Gauntlett was preparing himself a cup of coffee at about 8 a.m. when he spotted two large birds sitting on the frozen ice of the Palmer River. He grabbed his camera and moved to the window to get a […]

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Barrington’s downtown eyed for makeover

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

This rendering displays what the corner of Maple Avenue and West Street could look like in the future.

New signs. New sidewalks. New streetscapes. Barrington officials were taken on a virtual tour of the downtown shopping district recently, as consultants displayed plans for a series of improvements to the roads and walkways. The presentation marked the latest proposed changes in a decades-old plan to improve the downtown shopping area. The town has already […]

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