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Barrington's New Library Director Starts Oct. 30, 2017

The Barrington Board of Library Trustees Search Committee announced that it has unanimously chosen Kristen Chin of North Scituate as the next Library Director. Ms. Chin, who currently serves as the Director of the Medfield Public Library, will succeed Deborah Barchi on October 30, 2017.

"After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the Committee is pleased to have found the best individual to assume leadership of our community’s first-class library," said Dean Robinson, Chair of the Library Director Search Committee. "The Trustees are delighted that Kristen Chin will be the next Director of the Barrington Public Library. Kristen's vision of how libraries fit in the future and her skillset make us confident in our choice," added Vincent Wicker, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees.

"Kristen is the best choice from a deep pool of interested and highly qualified candidates” said Jim Cunha, Town Manager. "I look forward to having her as part of my Team."

Current Director Deborah Barchi, who will retire on November 3, said: "I am so pleased that the Library Trustees have selected Kris Chin as the next Director of Barrington Public Library. I know she will do a great job. I have worked with Kris for years on a variety of statewide library committees, and I have always been impressed by her hard work and her true belief in the value of public libraries in our communities."

Ms. Chin comes to the Town with a wealth of experience having over 15 years of public library experience with 11 years as a director. She started her career as a Children’s Librarian for the Foster Public Library and the Tyler Free Library in Foster, RI.¬†She moved on to become the Director of the Libraries of Foster until March of 2015.

Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Rhode Island College and a Master's in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island and is a member of the Massachusetts Library Association and the American Library Association. She lives in RI with her husband Wellington and has two daughters, Meghan and Jillian. "I am looking forward to getting to know the library staff, trustees and community in the wonderful town of Barrington and I will continue the good work that has been done before me with an eye for all of the possibilities for the future," said Ms. Chin.


Sidewalk Restrictions Needed for East Bay Bike Path Bridges

Closures do not impact use of the bike path for cyclists

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) today announced the findings of a recent analysis of the two wooden-decked bridges on the East Bay Bike Path, which span the Barrington and Palmer rivers. The report found that because of deterioration to the supports for the sidewalks on either side of both bridges, RIDOT must close the sidewalks on both bridges effective immediately.

The closures do not affect the use of the bridges for cyclists for the 14.5-mile bike path which runs from Providence to Bristol.

RIDOT will place barrels and signage indicating that the sidewalks on the bridge are closed. Just as on other sections of the bike path, pedestrians and cyclists must share the path. Additionally, the vehicular bridges adjacent to both bike path bridges have sidewalks on both sides for pedestrian use.

Following the sidewalk closures, RIDOT will further analyze the bridges to determine the feasibility of making repairs and to determine an expected timetable for the duration of the closures.

The bridges were last rehabilitated as part of the second contract to build the East Bay Bike Path, a segment from County Road in Barrington to Franklin Street in Warren, in 1990.


Bay Spring Zoning Project Underway

Go to the Bay Spring Zoning Study website for all the latest information on the project.

The Town of Barrington is exploring options for amending zoning along the Bay Spring Avenue corridor. The Barrington Comprehensive Plan calls for action: "Further study is needed regarding . . . the potential to allow for a mix of small-scale, neighborhood-oriented uses and different types of housing in Bay Spring." The Town would like the corridor's zoning to better reflect the neighborhood's vision for the future, including both things that should stay the same and things that may change.

The first phase of this project will gather your thoughts on the entire corridor, but will emphasize what sorts of uses should be allowed in the neighborhood business (NB) zoning district. The second phase will look at the corridor more broadly, and make recommendations for more flexible zoning to achieve the mix of uses desired by the Town and residents while reducing the number of non-conforming uses and lots. In short, the Town wants to make it easier for the things we all want to see in the corridor actually happen.

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Friends of the Barrington Library host Annual Used Book Sale, lower level of the Barrington Public Library


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