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Meet the new town manager of Barrington, R.I.

The town has tapped Phil Hervey, Barrington’s current director of planning, building, and resiliency, to succeed James Cunha, who is retiring next month

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Coronavirus updates

Rhode Island has a high level of transmission:305.8 total new cases per 100K population in the past 7 days

Fully vaccinated: 756,675 (of about 1.1 million residents)

New cases: 1,106 (since Friday)

Test-positive rate: 5.4 percent

Currently hospitalized: 103

Total deaths: 2,913

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Leading off

Barrington didn’t have to look far to find its new town manager.


The town has tapped Phil Hervey, Barrington’s current director of planning, building, and resiliency, to succeed James Cunha, who is retiring next month after five years on the job. Hervey starts on Jan. 1.

A University of Maryland graduate with a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina – he definitely knows a thing or two about basketball – Hervey was selected from 10 finalists and more than 40 applicants for the job.

He previously worked as a planner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but moved to Barrington for a similar job in 2005. He’s been working for the town ever since.

When asked about his top priority for Barrington, Hervey didn’t hesitate to say he wants to focus on addressing climate change and creating a more resilient town.

”Unfortunately you can’t hope it away,” Hervey said. “You have to do something about it.”

Hervey said he also wants to focus on “improving our infrastructure for biking and walking, which we’ve done incrementally over 16 years.”

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⚓ Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen on Monday said the US economy is starting to rebound from the pandemic, despite labor shortages and supply chain issues across the country. Read more.

⚓ The state received four proposals to redevelop the old hotel site across from the Block Island ferry in the Port of Galilee, with ideas ranging from seafood processing operations to a boutique hotel. Read more.

⚓ Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos is advocating for HUD to change its rules on a federal level, reaching out to congressional members across the country to stand with her on housing. Read more.

⚓ Rhode Island’s social studies standards do not stipulate that schools teach specific aspects of Native history or culture, instead leaving those decisions up to districts. Read more.Here’s more Globe Rhode Island coverage.

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⚓ Will David Ortiz make the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot? Read more.

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⚓ The State Properties Committee meets at 10 a.m. Here’s the agenda.

My previous column

The Providence City Council wasted a lot of time and money in attempting to impeach the city clerk. Now that the clerk has resigned, it’s time for the council to get back to doing things that actually matter.

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