July 7th, 2015
NORTH SMITHFIELD – A special election to fill a vacant council seat in early July doesn’t draw big lines at the voting booth as the contest between Anthony L. Soly and Linda B. Thibault showed on Tuesday.
Just over 820 voters turned out to elect Soly, a political newcomer, over Thibault, a former Town Administrator and Town Council member, by a tally of 461 to 367, in the two-way race for the seat held by the late Ernest A. Alter.
For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.
LINCOLN ‚Äď Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.
The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).
While he was impressed with his team‚Äôs performance in its District IV Major Division opener against Cumberland American on Monday night ‚Äď a five-inning, 14-1 mercy-rule rout at Hien Field ‚Äď he‚Äôs prepared for a tough journey ahead, knowing full well there are several squads capable of doing some damage this all-star season.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Who runs the city?
That seemed to be the question ‚Äď still unanswered ‚Äď as members of the City Council met for the first time last night since ordering Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt last Thursday not to mail out tax bills that reflect a higher increase in the tax levy than the one they approved as part of a $135 million, 2016 budget ‚Äď twice.
As the unusual power struggle between the executive and legislative branch ratcheted up yet another notch, Councilman Dan Gendron pledged to do ‚Äúwhatever is necessary‚ÄĚ to prevent the mayor from ‚Äústeamrolling‚ÄĚ over the council‚Äôs authority.
CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.
LINCOLN ‚ÄĒ Divers and emergency personnel pulled up what they believed was the body of a man reported missing at Olney Pond, at Lincoln Woods State Park, Sunday evening.
Officials confirmed a search was underway for an unidentified 18-year-old man, but would not confirm any details before pulling the man out shortly before 9:30 p.m.
A diver found the man's body near the rope line used to restrict how far swimmers can go from the beach, officials said at the scene.
CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.
“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.
At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď Bobby Hartnett made a triumphant return to his hometown on the Fourth of July morning, and ‚Äď in the process ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄĒ It's a case that has haunted investigators in Bellingham and Franklin for more than three decades.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ It wasn‚Äôt unusual to see the ‚Äúclosed‚ÄĚ sign in door of Paul‚Äôs Family Restaurant every year during the week of the Fourth of July.
But this year, it‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.