PAWTUCKET â€” As Mayor Grebien is dealing with a pension funding crisis, contract negotiations, potholes, the budget and the numerous other pressing issues involved in operating a city, another well-known politician is watching, waiting, and all but confirming his desire to take on the top job.
CUMBERLAND â€“ One day in 2002, Tonya Hurteau was working at her computer when she suddenly realized she couldnâ€™t see.
â€śMy eyes just kind of went black,â€ť she recalls. â€śI was thinking somebody turned the lights out.â€ť
No one did. She was blind â€“ at least temporarily.
Doctors were able to restore her vision with powerful medication that left a taste in her mouth that reminded her of aluminum foil. But they also figured out the problem was merely a symptom of a much more serious malady. She was suffering from multiple sclerosis.