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09/21/2016

Solar Home Tour - October 2, 2016 from 2 to 4 pm

On Sunday, October 2nd from 2-4pm, the Barrington Energy Committee, in partnership with SmartPower, will host a self-guided walking tour of homes with solar. The Energy Committee will have a tent behind St. Luke’s Church (108 Washington Rd) where participants can pick up tour maps and info sheets. Representatives from the Energy Committee and SmartPower will be on hand to answer questions.

The tour features 4-5 homes with solar, located within walking distance from the church. Participating homeowners and technical experts will be present at each site to discuss current RI incentive programs, equipment and financing questions. The event is free and open to the public.

The Town of Barrington launched Solarize Barrington as part of the Solarize RI fall, 2015 program. Over 45 homeowners signed contracts before the February 15th deadline and over half have been installed to date. Brian Vaughn, Barrington resident and Energy Committee member, has included his house on the tour and will share his experience with the Renewable Energy Growth Program (REG) which allows residents to receive payments for solar production.

Brian commented in regards to solar, “I did not think Solar would be a real option for us, but I am glad I took a look. The system has exceeded the estimated performance so far and has really cut down on my utility expense.”

For more information about the tour, please email Brian Vaughn: brian.j.vaughn@gmail.com.

06/01/2016

Community Garden Awarded RI Foundation Grant

From the RI Foundation:

The Town of Barrington received $6,611 to install a deer fence and community bulletin board at the Barrington Community Garden. The deer fence will negate the need for individual fencing around gardeners’ plots and protect a newly created common area. The weatherproof bulletin board will serve as a central hub for important communications regarding the community garden.

“The Barrington Community Garden is a vibrant community asset where Barrington residents grow food, learn practical gardening skills and interact with other gardeners of all ages, ethnicities and incomes,” said Barrington Town Manager Peter A. DeAngelis. “This grant will help us continue to build community in Barrington through a shared sense of purpose.”

Located off Wampanoag Trail, the garden is organic and offers 100-square-foot plots to residents in exchange for a small fee and a commitment to participate in scheduled upkeep of common areas. In just two years, the garden has matured from fallow land to 60 plots.

The Town supplies the garden with compost for the plots and woodchips to line the paths between plots. Thanks to a collaborative effort with the Barrington Energy Committee, water is available via a solar-operated pump that feeds spigots throughout the garden.

07/15/2016

Solarize Barrington Projects Proceeding

Update on Solarize Barrington, as of July 15, 2016:

  • 21 projects in the build stage (in progress/installed/inspected/complete)

  • 4 projects are ready-to-build (on deck)

  • 13 pending approvals

  • 4 on hold (finance or construction reasons)

  • Other:

    • $11,042 paid to date in Barrington building permits

    • 275,890 DC watts (slightly lower than 305,000 initial sign-ups)

    • 317,274 kwh estimated year 1 production (conservative)

    • $61,868.43 estimated year 1 savings in electricity offsets (does not include REG income above $0.195/ kwh offset)

    Go here for more on environmental benefits.

Additional Information:

Bulletin Board bulletin

2016 Harvest Stroll and Harvest Fest: October 1, 2016

  • Harvest Stroll - 11 am to 2 pm at Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road. Horse and wagon ride. Live music. Pumpkin decorating. Food trucks. Face painting. Giant Halloween games. Arts and crafts. Obstacle course--and more!
  • Harvest Fest - 2 to 5 pm at Bay Spring Community Center, 170 Narragansett Ave. After the Harvest Stroll at Town Hall, enjoy the Bay Spring Community Center Harvest Fest from 2pm to 5pm. In addition to great food, you get to enjoy live music and raffles. As a special treat, Professor Gizmo will be opening his Workshop across the street with free creative activities for kids of all ages. This year will be highlighted by the re-dedication of the Charles W. Walter Tot Lot.

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Barrington Business Association Membership Meeting - Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 pm at Grapes & Grains, 24 Bosworth Street

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TOWN BUDGET

2016 ELECTIONS

General Election - Last Day to apply for Mail Ballot: October 18, 2016. Emergency Ballot Period: October 19-November 7, 2016

Farewell to the Town Manager
SPECIAL LUNCHEON IN HONOR OF PETER A. DEANGELIS, JR.
Please join us for a Special Luncheon in honor of the Town Manager’s retirement.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
11:30 a.m.
Barrington Senior Center
281 County Road
Barrington
$5 for under 60 years; $3 for 60 + years
Please call or email the Barrington Senior Center at 247-1926 by September 27th.