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Meet Democratic Candidates

The Barrington Democratic Town Committee and Grapes & Grains liquor store will host a "Meet the Candidates' event at 5 pm.

Democratic politics and fine wine will mix today, Sept. 9, in Barrington.

A "Meet the Candidates" night is being hosted by the Democratic Town Committee at Grapes & Grains liquor store, 24 Bosworth St. It runs from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is welcome.

The event will include an informal wine tasting and reception, said Mary Alyce Gasbarro, chair of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee

“Grapes and Grains will provide a variety of new and interesting wines for your sampling,” she said, “while local candidates for Town Council, School Committee and Town Moderator, along with candidates for State Representative in Districts 66 and 67 will answer your questions.”

“Come out to support your favorite candidates, learn more about the issues in this important election year, and support one of our newest local businesses,” said Gasbarro.

Manifold Witness September 09, 2012 at 01:00 PM
BCWA's disappearing S&P "A rating" representations…. another fun agenda item for the Dem “fine wine” debates today & for the Barrington Town Council Meeting on 9/10/12: There’s the mystery of the alleged S&P “award of an excellent investment grade A rating”: From Chairman Klepper’s June 29, 2012 report: “Sandy Mack, Council, informed the directors that the recent visit by Standard & Poors resulted in award of an excellent investment grade A rating...” Excerpt from what the BCWA website stated: ..."the Bristol County Water Authority completed a successful bond refinancing" .... "This follows on the heels of a recent “A” rating by Standard & Poor Rating Agency, which suggests sound financial management at the Authority". No such public rating for BCWA was on the S&P public rating database. S & P officials were contacted by the public. S&P officials were made aware of the representations stated on the BCWA website. S&P officials said that the representations appeared to be erroneous and that S&P’s legal staff would contact BCWA to have them remove the language from the website. Two days after it was reported to S&P, the assertion was removed from the BCWA website. What’s up with that? Mr. Klepper says the RWU students may be working on the BCWA website again soon with another BCWA “class project”. We can hardly wait.
Manifold Witness September 09, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Another hot topic for debate by the “fine wine” drinkers & on the agenda for the Barrington Town Council Meeting, September 10, 2012: The proposal for the new Community Center consultation contract is interesting. The Center will be a place for seniors and teenagers and others. The population demographics data presented is for Bristol County communities. We wonder if the other communities are supportive of this endeavor. Financially supportive? From the report: “The baby boomer is interested in a more active life style, they value quality are and will pay for services that allow them to “age in place”.” But if Barrington’s seniors are moving out due to the high taxes, who remains to “age in place”? “The Senior Center would also like to promote opportunities for inter-generational interaction such as a foster grandparent program, tutoring for young adults, provide adult day care and expand their role in the broader community.” The supporting photos of the Senior center show a few cars parked in a parking lot, one car parked on grass, 5 people signing in one day, and some folks in a class. The report indicates that the government feels that the existing Senior Center and the renovated Y won’t be sufficient to handle the recreational needs of Bristol County. Please discuss.
Barbara Donovan September 09, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Witness: The seniors are moving out of town because there is NO place for them here !! Why have a senior center in Barrington for the Bristol County area when most of the seniors have moved out of Barrington into Bristol and Warren !!
Gary Morse September 09, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Barbara, My points above are that we are distracted from real housing problems in town by creating affordable housing problems that don't actually exist. The "Comprehensive Housing Production and Rehabilitation Act of 2004" outlines in detail exactly the process for counting an "affordable house". But our Town Planner has ignored this statutory process. Using the guidelines laid out in the above RI laws, together with the State of RI Department of Labor 2010 median income in Barrington ($94,300), along with the towns own tax roll, we have a significant surplus of affordable homes in Barrington. We appear to be focused on make believe problems leaving real problems in the corner. As a taxpayer, I want these hard questions answered by town officials. Building out 4000 new homes in town to address a make believe problem is insane public policy.
Manifold Witness September 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Rather than tasting the "fine wine", will the candidates now address the real issues that concern us for the upcoming elections? Barrington government is running the clock. Playing with unscientific & unsupported proposed plastic bag bans & traffic ticket court to get a crony lawyer on the bench BEFORE the elections. Dems are drinking "fine wine" while the real issues sit on the sidelines fermenting in silence. BCWA? Not fixed. US Congressman Cicilline lied about the financial condition of Providence. Mrs. Speakman was on Mr. Cicilline's Washington transition team. Does Mrs. Speakman still support Mr. Cicilline? Mr. Obama promised (in his nomination acceptance speech) that he will "reform and strengthen Medicare" by "reducing health care costs". How will he reduce health care costs? Does it make sense to build more recreational facilities (& add more recreational expenses, including salaries & benefits, to the tax base) if seniors can't afford to live in Barrington as it is? Isn't such a center the cart before the horse of - where are Barrington senior citizens supposed to live if they cannot afford to retire in their own homes? Can the Senior Center be remodeled a bit instead? What is the impact of the new Y facility that isn't even finished (and uses Barrington land)? Can existing space at the library & the schools be more fully utilized? Maybe the Middle School renovations can include making the space more conducive to off-hours sharing?

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