Barrington news in 2012



Local schools weren’t the only places to make this news this year. Here are a few of the other stories that will be remembered from 2012:

Plastic bags — The town’s ordinance banning plastic bags at the point of sale officially took effect Jan. 1. The issue received plenty of attention beginning last spring when the conservation commission put forth the proposal. It later received plenty of debate around the community and before the town council before it was ultimately approved.

Sandy — Trees came down and power went out across town in October. That’s when Rhode Island received a glancing blow from Hurricane Sandy, which caused heavier, more significant damage in New Jersey and New York.

Director of leisure services — Recreation director John Taylor retired after five years last summer and in his place, the town hired Michele Geremia as Barrington’s first director of leisure services. Town manager Peter DeAngelis said the title change was indicative of a desire to expand what is offered to residents. He said the position would be tasked with maintaining the town’s recreation program while looking at new arts and culture offerings and working with the town’s business community.

Elections — Incumbents town councilors June Speakman and Kate Weymouth won re-election in November while voters also selected Ann Strong to fill one of the three vacant council seats. Ms. Strong, Ms. Speakman and Ms. Weymouth, all Democrats, defeated the trio of Republican challengers Don Nessing, Shirley Applegate-Lockridge and Margaret Kane.


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