Thursday, November 1, 2012

Another day at Carpenter's, post-Sandy

Spent a good part of Thursday day at Roy Carpenter's Beach in Matunuck, South Kingstown, R.I., for a Sunday story for The Providence Journal on the effects of the storm on this unique community. Long-time summer resident Kevin McCloskey, and Beach owners Nancy Thoresen and son Rob, were my gracious hosts. What a timeless community, with generations of priceless memories, which Sandy could not sweep away. I hope to do justice to it in the newspaper.
[For Sunday and Monday pre- and during-Sandy photos, click here. 
[For Tuesday post-Sandy photos and coverage, click here.]

Hurricane Warning from years ago, sign that now hangs in the Fire Barn.
Yes, another view of the First Lady, grand shingled cottage due west of Carpenter's Beach on Card's Pond. What's up with the chair? I assume it arrived in the storm.

But this chair, too? Serendipity? Storm? Whatever, there it was.

Crews begin the cleanup outside the store, where I spoke with Rob and Nancy Thoresen and Kevin McCloskey.

A sign inside the Fire Barn.

Hope was Nancy's relative. The family has this cottage, front row, now.

Kevin inside his cottage, second row, just behind Hope's.

Kevin outside his cottage. Several cottages in the front row were lost.

Rob with his name, written as a teenager, in the Fire Barn. Hundreds of summer residents have signed their names here in multi-colored chalk.

Rob found an ET towel he used years ago when he stayed in Hope's House.

The view from living room of Hope's House.
A Black Hawk helicopter, apparently from the Rhode Island National Guard, flies over the beach.

Journal photographer Bob Thayer shoots Nancy looking out from window of Hope's House.


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