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A year ago today I was planting in my garden While music from my iPhone played in the background. I heard the ding of a news alert and grabbed my phone to see what it was. My mouth hung open and tears ran down my face as I read alert that a bomb had gone off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. My heart began to race and my thoughts were frantic. I ran in the house to let my daughters know what had happened because I didn’t want them channel flipping and stumbling upon the news without me. They were frightened, but seemingly calm. We were all worried about our friends who had gone into town with their mother who was visiting from France. We were scheduled to have dinner and a sleepover that evening. The girls went back to enjoying their moviethon while waiting for their friends to arrive. I went back to gardening and listening to music hoping to hear from our friends sooner than later. Approximately an hour later we heard from one of our friends who told me that they were in the Cambridge Side Galleria when they heard the blasting of the bombs, but didn’t know at the time what they were. They told us that they tried to head home via the green line, but were told that all the trains had been shut down due to the bombing. They became frantic and worried about how and when they would be able to get home. Our plans for the evening were of course canceled as they couldn’t guarantee when they would return and were all shaken up about what happened. I let the girls know. They were disappointed, but completely understood because they too were scared.
So it was sort of sad that everyone was supposed to be enjoying finishing the marathon and the fact that they are on April vacation. Instead, people were helping those that were injured, trying to find a way home, wondering where the bombers were and whether or not anything else was going to happen. As the week progressed anxiety rose in everyone. Worried for the lives lost and the lives that were changed forever. You didn’t have to be there to be affected by what happened.
Fear was all around us, we had to remain as calm as possible and be as strong as we could. We had to move on and deal with what had happened. But first, the bombers had to be caught. On April 19th in the wee hours of the morning Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev was mortally wounded by what may have been friendly fire. His brother Dzhokhar Anzorovich “Jahar” Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped and a manhunt ensued. Thankfully, later that evening, he was found unarmed and severely wounded hiding underneath a boat in Watertown, MA and was arrested. He is now awaiting his trial.
On April 30, 2013, I posted a story “Do you know who your neighbors are?”. A year later, Nadine Ascencao, who was the former girlfriend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has since moved out of her apartment here. It was more like her roommates asked her to leave because they didn’t like the constant attention from the press. She wasn’t there most of the time and her roommates grew tired of visits from news reporters. I’m certainly more than happy not to be dealing with it as well. The Reporters frequented our house even more because they knew that Nadine and I were acquainted and therefore felt I had to know where she was and what she was doing, but of course I didn’t. In fact I didn’t know her well enough in that way. I’m just a friendly outgoing neighbor who makes it a point to make sure that the female neighbors know that they always have a safe place if they need it. As well as someone who is willing to help when and if they need it.
I’m happy to say now that a year has gone by things have calmed down. The tragedy will never be forgotten, but I think we are all trying to get to know our neighbors a little bit more and hope that down the line nothing like this will ever happen again.
The focus is now purely on staying safe and honoring those that lost loved ones and those that were injured during the events of that day. Business suffered too and hopefully, everyone is on the road to recovery and enjoying all the events given in their honor.
Boston remains strong. Hopefully, this years running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 will be the success that it deserves to be. Visit some of your local news stations to view their tributes and happenings.
Russia failed to tell FBI about Islamic jihad call, report says
The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the attack that might have prompted more extensive scrutiny of him, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The information is contained in an inspector general’s review of how American intelligence and law enforcement agencies could have thwarted the bombing.
Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer,” the New York Times reported, and that Tsarnaev had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to Russia.
But after an initial investigation by F.B.I. agents in Boston, the Russians declined several bureau requests for additional information they had about him, the newspaper reported.
The report found that it was only after the bombing occurred last April that the Russians shared with the F.B.I. the additional intelligence, including information from a telephone conversation the Russian authorities had intercepted between Tsarnaev and his mother in which they discussed Islamic jihad.
Concord department holds memorial for Charik
He’s been her partner since he was just a puppy and has worked with her on countless cases, but now Concord Police Officer Sylvia Toumayan is saying goodbye to her German shepherd, Charik.
Suffering from canine degenerative myelopathy — a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs — Charik, 8 ½, had to be euthanized, and a memorial service is being held for the dog Friday.
Through his years with the department, Toumayan said Charik has built up an extensive resume. He has assisted Toumayan and the department with cases involving house and car break-ins, narcotics and finding missing people. He’s also responded to many calls from surrounding towns requesting mutual aid.
Most recently, Charik and Toumayan assisted Boston police after the Red Sox won the World Series in October, as members of the Concord Police Department are part of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.
They also assisted in Boston after the Marathon bombings last April and in Watertown when suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was apprehended.
Toumayan, who was been with the department for 17 years, spoke to Wicked Local about her partner’s health earlier this year.
“It’s just really hard,” she said. “The hard part about it is there is nothing I can do.”
Toumayan thanked all the veterinarians who have taken care of Charik since he was young, including Wignall Animal Hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in Woburn and a retired veterinarian dentist, Dr. Laura LeVan, from Concord.
FBI debated release of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev photos at finish line
BOSTON — FBI officials say they debated whether to release photos that led to the capture of a suspect in last year’s bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds of others.
Stephanie Douglas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Division, said in a “60 Minutes” interview aired Sunday that releasing images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the right thing to do even though an MIT police officer was killed soon after.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, killed officer Sean Collier while on the run.
Douglas says law enforcement “really had no choice” but to release the photos.
She says an argument against releasing the security camera images was that they could have provided an incentive for the still unidentified suspects to escape.
Siblings running to keep Sean Collier’s legacy alive
BOSTON — Rob Rogers and his sister, Jenn, hit the pavement training for a 26.2-mile emotional journey with their brother, Sean Collier, in their hearts and on their minds.
They’re the founders of Team Collier Strong, and the team is training for the 2014 Boston Marathon.
“Collier Strong to me means just to be the best person that you can, live life to the fullest, push through and enjoy the people who matter most to you,” said Rob Rogers.
Jenn Rogers spoke about the emotional toll Collier’s death has had on their family.
“We have some good days and some bad days. It’s hard when you come from such a huge family and you notice the weight of one missing, especially him,” she said.
Team Collier Strong was born in the wake of tragedy after MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed on April 18, 2013, allegedly at the hands of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
It’s the team’s mission to keep his legacy alive and to raise money to send one self-sponsored police recruit through the Lowell Police Academy each year. The team’s training runs bring them to the banks of the Charles River overlooking the city and close to the campus Collier loved and patrolled.
“I just want them to remember, remember his sacrifice, remember our family in their prayers,” Jenn Rogers said.
For some, the long runs are a way to cope and reflect.
Rob Rogers said he often thinks about his last conversation with his brother. When he heard about the bombs at the marathon finish line on Boylston Street he checked to see if Collier was OK.
“I just sent a text and said, ‘Are you cool?’ He said, ‘Yeah,’ and that was the last thing I said to him, and I think about what I would say now. Tell him I’m proud of him. I miss him. He was just the best guy, the best man, the best brother, the best son, he truly mean so much to so many people,” he said.
Collier always gave 100 percent and on marathon day Team Collier Strong will make him proud. The team’s rallying cry is, “How strong? Collier STRONG!” When Rob Rogers crosses the marathon finish line this year his words to his brother will be, “We did it buddy!”
All proceeds donated to Team Collier Strong’s marathon run will support the Sean Collier Self-Sponsorship Scholarship.
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Paul Norden, Jacqui Webb to be married
“Paul looked over at me and said ‘Mom, Jacqui isn’t going to want me with one leg,’” wrote his mother, Liz Norden, in remembering the moments after Paul woke up from a coma in the hospital.
Norden, 31, and his brother JP, 33, both of Stoneham, were at the finish line with friends waiting for another friend to finish the race when the first explosion went off. Both brothers lost a leg in the blast.
“I remember fighting back tears and feeling so awful for him and saying ‘Paul are you kidding me?’” Liz Norden said.
She was right. Thursday night, Liz Norden shared the happy news that Paul and Jacqui, who also suffered shrapnel wounds in the blast, were engaged.
The proposal came after three months of planning by both families.
“I will be so PROUD to see my son WALK down the aisle with the girl of his dreams,” she wrote.