July 6th, 2015
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.
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 ‚Äď 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.