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 couldnât see.
âMy eyes just kind of went black,â she recalls. âI was thinking somebody turned the lights out.â
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.