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July 6th, 2015

CF man identified as drowning victim

July 6, 2015

LINCOLN – 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.

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015


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.

July 5th

BREAKING NEWS: Man drowns at Lincoln Woods

July 5, 2015

LINCOLN — 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.

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015


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.

July 4th

TRACKING SUCCESS: Central Falls-based FAST TRACK club shines at New England meet

July 4, 2015

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).

July 3rd

CF eyesore ready for wrecking ball

July 3, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — 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 “win-win” 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 ½-story dwelling to collapse.

July 2nd

Fire rips through tailoring shop

July 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – 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 “happened to see smoke coming from the building” and called the fire department.

“When we pulled up there was heavy smoke coming from the building and flames were starting to coming through the front windows,” he said.

July 1st

Jackie Bradley and Mason Williams: Could’ve been teammates, would-be rivals

July 1, 2015


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.

Two key administrators leaving Memorial Hospital

July 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s 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 Hospital’s acting president, but he was not appointed to be a long-term president, Marketing Communications Manager Susan McDonald said.

June 30th

Bradley, Curran edge English, Thompson at CVS Health Charity Classic

June 30, 2015


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.

Steinberg steps in to pitch Providence ballpark plan

June 30, 2015


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.”

June 29th

Anchor Recovery reaches out across the state with forum for recovering addicts in Burrillville

June 29, 2015


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.

Police identify Plainville, Mass. plane crash victims

June 29, 2015


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.

Little League Softball | Cumberland wins sixth straight District IV crown

June 29, 2015

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.”

June 28th

Neighborhood rallies around its rotary

June 28, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Tucked away near the border with Massachusetts, there’s 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.

Northeast Amateur | Kentucky's Stewart is last golfer standing at Wannamoisett CC

June 28, 2015

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.

June 26th

Local advocacy groups cheer Supreme Court’s decision

June 26, 2015


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.

City cuts ribbon on river wall, bikepath

June 26, 2015


PAWTUCKET – From the damaging flood waters of the spring of 2010 rose an opportunity to reinvent an area in the rear of City Hall. On Friday, the years of work were commemorated as city and state leaders cut the ribbon, formally welcoming a river wall and bike path to Pawtucket.

The bulk of the funding for the project came as a result of the flooding Rhode Island received in April 2010. That flood, and similar ones over the years, severely damaged the river wall behind City Hall.

Cumberland Athletics | Cumberland seeking new athletic director

June 26, 2015


CUMBERLAND – For the third time in as many years, Cumberland High will have a new athletic director. 

Chris Tashjian is not returning for a second year as the Clippers’ AD for reasons that are not quite clear. Citing that it’s not the school department’s policy to publicly discus personnel matters, Cumberland Superintendent Dr. Philip Thornton confirmed in an email that a search committee is being formed to find Tashjian’s replacement.

VIDEO: The positives and negatives of the 2015 NBA draft

June 26, 2015