WOONSOCKET -- Maybe it was before the rollbacks in state aid, before the Great Recession, or before the overstretched bubble of real estate values across the U.S. finally popped.
Maybe there was an era when being the mayor of the seventh largest city in the state of Rhode Island was a fun job to have, but it did not belong to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
âI think at some time when there was a lot of money floating around, being mayor might have been a fun job,â says Fontaine. âI canât say it was ever anything other than a lot of hard work.â
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Kevin may be the youngest of the six Keenan boys, but he still recalls the fondest moments of his childhood: How his father, Paul, would rave about the prospect of watching his sons represent North Smithfield High's varsity football team â together.
âWe'd be sitting in front of the TV watching the Patriots, or be at the supper table, and Dad would bring it up, how we all could play together one day,â offered Kevin of those instances a decade or more ago. âI don't know if he knew it, but we were thinking the same thing.â