July 4th, 2015
CUMBERLAND â€“ Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning, and â€“ in the process â€“ regained his own personal independence.
The 27-year-old Cumberland High graduate and New York City resident easily captured the men's overall title at the 47th annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race beginning and ending at the North Cumberland Fire Station, cruising to a stellar time of 20:06.
The victory signified to Hartnett that, after suffering from nagging injuries over the past 18 months, his distance-running career is back on track.
BELLINGHAM â€” It's a case that has haunted investigators in Bellingham and Franklin for more than three decades.
WOONSOCKET â€” It wasnâ€™t unusual to see the â€śclosedâ€ť sign in door of Paulâ€™s Family Restaurant every year during the week of the Fourth of July.
But this year, itâ€™s not just a summer break for the 867 Social St. landmark.
Unable to continue working due to a serious illness, restaurateur Carol Kane has been forced to close the quaint luncheonette, founded by her father, Jean Paul Lariviere, who worked there until a month before he died in December 2013 at the age of 87.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two brothers are facing multiple drug-trafficking and related charges as police seized 77 grams of heroin, 122 grams of cocaine, 19 grams of marijuana and nearly $12,000 in cash after an incident on Foundry Street Wednesday afternoon.
One of the brothers swallowed a bag of cocaine when police tried to arrest him and was still recovering at Rhode Island Hospital nearly 24 hours later, police said.
CUMBERLAND – When last we saw Hilary Dionne on the running circuit, the 2003 Cumberland High graduate was part of a heartwarming moment at the Boston Marathon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Despite emergency action by the City Council Wednesday, the city has entered its new budget year with what appear to be still-unanswered questions about what its residents will be paying in taxes.
The cloud over local finances is a result of an ongoing dispute between Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and the City Council over what the new tax rate should be set at when the new bills go out.
PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.
BARRINGTON – In a perfect world, former PGA stars Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade would have captured this summer’s version of the CVS Health Charity Classic, the tournament the two gracious Rhode Islanders co-founded back in 1999 to raise much-needed money for local charities.
It would have been most appropriate if they had. After all, in the previous 16 events, they – with the help of CVS and other sponsors – have collected and doled out over $18 million to organizations who desperately need financial aid to survive.
WOONSOCKET – Even though the City Council voted two times to cut the amount of new taxes she proposed for the 2016 budget year that starts today, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has ordered bills to be printed that reflect a levy increase very close to her original spending plan.