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Among the flurry of bills being passed out of the Rhode Island General Assembly is a new law with big impact for the communities along the East Bay Bike Path. The “e-bikes bill” creates a … more
Barrington Financial Town Meeting voters will face another important decision when they are asked to authorize up to $5 million in long-term borrowing, the bulk of it to create an artificial turf … more
In the three years since the Town of Barrington purchased a seven-acre property on Watson Avenue, its plans have ebbed and flowed considerably, as have public opinions. Some want the land surrounding … more
A video posted and shared through teenage social media channels shows a disturbing scene that occurred last week just outside the boundaries of Barrington High School. Last Wednesday, an 18-year-old … more
It was both exciting and frustrating to hear the Barrington school administration announce that it needs and wants an artificial turf field at Barrington High School — exciting because some … more
Committees in both the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Rhode Island Senate have listened to testimony on a bill that would update and improve the state’s public records law. … more
If a majority of the Barrington Town Council would never, under any circumstances, consider installing an artificial turf playing surface anywhere in Barrington, maybe they should have shared that … more
Recently ConsumerAffairs, a consumer-focused news outlet, rated Rhode Island’s roads as the worst in the country in their 2024 report. The “All That” state slipped from … more
Government works best in the light. When its actions are open, seen and transparent, they can be measured. They can be scrutinized. They can be questioned. They can be challenged. more
For a town that wants to promote walkability, the Barrington Shopping Center is a glaring failure, and the new Starbucks drive-through lane only amplifies that. The Barrington Shopping … more
Congratulations are in order.   On Saturday afternoon, the Barrington High School boys indoor track team won the state championship. It was Barrington’s first-ever in boys track, and … more
The woman who oversees 36 Rhode Island school districts, 4 state-operated schools, 23 charter schools and 136,514 students could walk away from all that stress, take the superintendent’s job in … more
In the years leading up to the pandemic, most Americans were hyper-focused on national-level politics, with Trump, the Democrats or the Republicans seemingly responsible for everything good or bad in … more
Nearly every public high school in Rhode Island has figured out that the best time to hold a graduation ceremony is not on a Saturday or a Sunday at the beginning of June. As the Barrington Times … more
While this service could potentially be a fun concept to bolster tourism between Providence and the East Bay during the summer, it is far too costly to continue utilizing as an ineffective traffic mitigation tool. more
Renovation and expansion of the Sowams and Hampden Meadows elementary schools would cost about the same – between $46 and $48 million. They would take about the same time to complete – … more
We cannot help but be skeptical about a package of affordable housing-related laws that will take effect in 30 days. What will it mean for Barrington’s zoning standards? Will our neighborhoods … more
The impact of the Interstate 195 bridge closure cannot be overstated. It suffocates areas of Providence and East Providence, both economically and functionally, for months. more
For a community of its size, means and resources, Barrington has the most underwhelming array of recreational facilities in Rhode Island. Through many budgets and many changes in government, … more
Maybe it will work best in the parking lot behind Barrington Town Hall. Or maybe it would have been better tucked away in a quiet corner of Haines Park. Or maybe, as one resident suggested, Chianese … more
This is not a great time to build a new school or rehabilitate an old school. Construction costs are soaring. The Massachusetts School Building Authority tracks data on major school construction … more
The Dziedzic family understands the value of preserving open space in a community like Barrington, where houses and sheds feel like they are beginning to outnumber trees. We only wish our town … more
The Barrington School District is doing a great job attempting to inform residents of the largest spending decision in the history of the town. It happens a month from now. Hopefully people are … more
Former U.S. Rep. David Cicilline put Rhode Island in a precarious position when he left office months after winning re-election to take another, more lucrative job. The result is an important federal … more
We owe the community an explanation for our coverage of graffiti, vandalism and hate speech in the July 26 issue of the Barrington Times. As many remember, that issue included a front-page story … more
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