PAWTUCKET – Fighting fires is a family tradition for Pawtucket Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr.
“Since I could talk, this was all I ever wanted to do,” Thurber said during an interview with The Times, noting that his father was a former assistant fire chief in Pawtucket. After graduating high school in 1977, Thurber began taking tests across the Ocean State to become a firefighter.
PAWTUCKET – City officials and the Peregrine Group on Tuesday morning unveiled their proposal for a development of 11 acres of riverfront land at a long-vacant parcel at the intersection of Division and Water streets.
The proposal, which will next go before the City Council for review and approval, includes a mix of “market-rate” residential apartments and commercial and retail space.
LINCOLN â An evening swim with friends turned tragic for an 18-year-old Central Falls man Sunday after he began to struggle in the waters of Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park and went under despite efforts to help him.
Anthony Samayoa went missing in the deeper section of the roped-off park swimming area just after 8:10 p.m., and his body was recovered from the dark waters by rescue divers about an hour and a half later.
LINCOLN â 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.
CENTRAL FALLS — There were a number of outstanding efforts from athletes representing the FAST TRACK Track & Field Club at the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championships, held at Fitchburg State University on June 20.
But none topped the outing of local phenom Amare Fortes.
Fortes not only captured the gold medal in the boys- 9-10 age group’s 100-meter dash (15.22), but he also claimed silvers in the 200 (31.14) and 400 (1:11.73).
CENTRAL FALLS â The burnt-out property at 661 Pine St. has long been an eyesore to many in the square-mile city and has also become a potential threat to pedestrians in the area.
However, city officials have worked together to come up with a âwin-winâ plan to demolish the vacant husk and redevelop the land into affordable housing.
The eight-unit apartment building was heavily damaged in a May 2014 fire, leaving more than 20 people without a home. Everyone escaped uninjured, but the blaze caused a portion of the roof at the 3 Âœ-story dwelling to collapse.
PAWTUCKET â An observant passerby alerted firefighters to a blaze burning inside a commercial building at 274 Broadway early Thursday morning.
Battalion Chief Steve Tanguay said the woman walking her dog on Broadway âhappened to see smoke coming from the buildingâ and called the fire department.
âWhen we pulled up there was heavy smoke coming from the building and flames were starting to coming through the front windows,â he said.
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.
PAWTUCKET â Memorial Hospital of Rhode Islandâs acting president and senior vice president will both be leaving their posts this month, a hospital communications manager confirmed to The Times.
Acting President Ed Schottland announced his retirement in late May from the post he has served since being appointed acting president and chief operating officer in October 2013.
Schottland came out of retirement to help serve as Memorial Hospitalâs acting president, but he was not appointed to be a long-term president, Marketing Communications Manager Susan McDonald said.
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.
PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group say they will embark on a summer-long road trip to all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to tout their proposal for a riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence.
From the site on the former Interstate 195 land Monday afternoon, Charles Steinberg – senior adviser to PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino – said that the purpose of the tour is to have an “open conversation with as many people in Rhode Island as we can.”
BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.
The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.
Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday.
CUMBERLAND – Lizzie Pickering could barely contain her excitement.
When batterymate Gabby D’Intino tossed to first baseman Abbie Vallely for the final out, the Cumberland All-Stars immediately celebrated a 10-3 victory over Lincoln, one that delivered them the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship at Diamond Hill Park on Monday evening.
“This is amazing!” the backstop Pickering gushed afterward. “I started crying because I was so happy we won.”
PAWTUCKET â Tucked away near the border with Massachusetts, thereâs a small street where residents with green thumbs have brought color and life to the neighborhood.
A rotary was installed in the middle of Kirk Drive in the early 1950s, and resident Susan Curren explained that in that era, the rotary itself was much larger, with a lawn to be mowed and hedges to be clipped. While it has decreased in size over time, the crabapple tree and colorful plants are still vibrant.
EAST PROVIDENCE – Hunter Stewart, the All-American from Vanderbilt University, made it look easy on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a four-shot victory at the 54th annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.
WOONSOCKET – Friday’s Supreme Court ruling establishing a national right to same-sex marriage struck close to home to many in Rhode Island.
In a state that was the last in New England to legalize same-sex marriage, the decision was reason for celebration for gay marriage advocates such as Rhode Island Pride, which hosted a rally at the Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence on Friday evening.