Sunday, February 14, 2016
Barrington

Barrington

Parents of Hampden Meadows School students received a notice on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12, shortly after the school was evacuated because of a possible gas leak. According to the message, students and staff were evacuated from the Barrington school at 2:42 p.m. "due to detection of a gas odor in the computer lab." School officials reportedly called the fire department, which responded...

Dozens of people spoke out against the recently approved change in school start times during a Barrington School Committee meeting on Thursday night, Feb. 11. Students, teachers, parents and coaches took turns blasting the school committee for its decision to implement later start times at the high school and middle school next fall. Many of those who spoke were students from the...

School officials are proposing a $49 million budget for the upcoming year, that's about $2 million more than the current budget. At a meeting last week, administrators shared details for next year's budget and, in the process, highlighted a number of proposed new hires, staffing shifts, and other initiatives. The district is planning to hire an additional social worker for the...

To the editor: Following a decade of mismanagement of the Spencer Trust by the Barrington Town Council, residents had good cause to believe that this matter was finally settled. Resident outrage in 2013, accompanied by a June 2014 Hummel Report investigation, and an investigation by the RI Attorney General’s Office, forced the council to finally start acting like trustees. A volunteer committee...

The blogger who called Ava Anderson Non Toxic dish soap "a fraud" recently released results from lab tests done to four additional Ava Anderson products. According to a Feb. 9 post on the ecofriendlymamausa.com blog, all four products that were tested — eye cream, diaper cream, dish soap and kids lotion — had labels that were inaccurate. Laboratoire PhytoChemia, a lab...

To the editor: A group of concerned parents, teachers and students have joined together to try to persuade the school committee to delay the implementation of the new school start times until a proper task force can be established. We are United for Success. We are not afraid of change, just a change that was made without the input of the teachers,...

The clerk at the Barrington Shell station contacted police after a woman allegedly threatened her over a dispute involving a newspaper. The clerk told police that an elderly woman had entered the store and asked for "The Times." Thinking that the elderly woman was referring to the New York Times, the clerk handed her a copy of the NY Times. The...

The battle over affordable housing in Barrington continued earlier this month. One one side of the fray, councilors June Speakman, Kate Weymouth and Michael Carroll requested $400,000 be transferred from the Spencer Trust to the local housing authority, so that the group could begin flipping homes in town and deeming them "officially affordable" in the process. On the other side, councilors...

Despite a warning from one of the top budget officials in Barrington, members of the town council voted 4-1 to approve sending the plan for a new middle school to officials at the Rhode Island Department of Education. During the Feb. 1 meeting, council members voted to approve the two project options — a new building tagged at $80.7 million or...

More Barrington officials recently shared their concerns about affording an $80 million middle school project. Town councilor Ann Strong and appropriations committee member Geoff Grove said the estimate offered by Kaestle Boos Associates for a new or renovated Barrington Middle School was much more than they anticipated and questioned whether residents would be willing or able to pay for the project....

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