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Town of Barrington Announces New Town Manager

The Town of Barrington announced today that, by unanimous vote of the Town Council, Mr. James J. Cunha of Barrington has been appointed as the new Town Manager effective October 15, 2016.

Mr. Cunha comes to the Town with a wealth of experience having retired from the Navy after 30 years. His impressive career includes working for the Chief of Naval Operations as his Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Branch Head where he oversaw the Navy’s strategic antiterrorism program, and emergency services across 14 installations and six states. During his tenure with the Navy he was awarded numerous personal and military awards for significant achievement including 4 Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 1 Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and 1 Expeditionary Service Medal.

Originally from Rumford, Mr. Cunha spent the last 4 years as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected for the positon, and look forward to serving the people of Barrington” said Jim Cunha as he accepted the position offered by President June Sager Speakman on behalf of the Town Council.

Mr. Cunha received his Bachelor of Science in Resource Development and Education from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Education from Troy University and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.He has two sons and lives in Barrington with his wife Josie.

Councilman Mike Carroll said “We’re very excited that Mr. Cunha has accepted the position. When we began this process, his resume stood out from the others for me. His experience and the recognition he’s received for exceptional leadership impressed me, and that impression was confirmed through this process. I believe Barrington is lucky to have as our new Town Manager a man who has dedicated his life to public service, and I know he’ll serve our Town well.”

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:


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.

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.


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





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

Poll Workers are Needed
for the
Presidential Election
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Please call the Town Clerk’s office at 247-1900 x4

Farewell to the Town Manager
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
$5 for under 60 years; $3 for 60 + years
Please call or email the Barrington Senior Center at 247-1926 by September 27th.