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Marathon Daffodils Placed in Neighborhood Parks, Marking 5 Years After Bombings

“Boston Strong” Marathon Daffodils not only line the 26.2 mile route, but potted daffodil plants are spread throughout Boston’s neighborhood parks this weekend, including Christopher Columbus Park on the North End waterfront. The respectful gesture honors those who were lost five years ago on the April 15th bombings. Organizers including the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park ask Read More…

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Marathon Daffodils in Neighborhood Parks

Marathon Daffodils is the continuing tribute to the “Boston Strong” spirit, now four years after the bombing tragedy. For the 2017 Boston Marathon, the effort expanded to neighborhood parks and public spaces, well beyond the marathon route. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park brought our attention to the hundreds of potted plants on the waterfront shown in Read More…

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North End Bombing Victim Roseann Sdoia to Marry Boston Fireman Who Saved Her

Former North End resident, Roseann Sdoia, lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing and is now engaged to the firefighter who saved her. Roseann Sdoia, 48, tells The New York Post that she and Boston firefighter Mike Materia were engaged on Nantucket in December. “He’s seen me on my worst day,” Sdoia told the New York Read More…

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Fisherman’s Feast Video: 2013 Opening Ceremonies & Blessing of the Fleet

One of the unique traditions of the Fisherman’s Feast is the opening night procession to Boston Harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet and Fishing Waters. If you’ve been at Christopher Columbus Park in the past few decades, then you know the Sicilian fishing boats are all gone, replaced by ferries, yachts and recreational boats. Read More…

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AP: North End Resident and Marathon Amputee, Roseann Sdoia, “Strides Forward”

Roseann Sdoia, a North End victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, continues to make strides including intense physical therapy to replace her right leg with a prosthetic limb. The Associated Press’ Bridget Murphy filed a report on Boston.com including the video embedded above. On April 15, she saw a flash of light at her feet Read More…

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Downtown View: Daffodils for the Marathon

Memorials are tricky. You’ve probably heard of the troubles with the proposed memorial for Eisenhower. The most successful examples are, of course, Lincoln’s, Washington’s and the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Finding a name on that wall—hard to do when the 58,000 of them are not arranged alphabetically—brings that fallen soldier to life for Read More…

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FT Boston Run Benefiting “One Fund” is a Huge Success

The Fitness Together Boston Run was a huge success and raised over $3,000 for the “One Fund” to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks. As a collective “FT Boston”, the group ran (or walked) to each Fitness Together Boston studio location on May 11, 2013. Each studio welcomed runners and walkers with water Read More…

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North End BINGO Fundraiser Honors Resident and Marathon Survivor Roseann Sdoia

North End BINGO fans came out on Sunday afternoon to the Nazzaro Community Center for one of our own, Roseann Sdoia. Seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, the North End resident had to have part of her leg amputated. After being released from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital last week, Roseann was able to attend the Read More…

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NY Times Profiles Elena Barbera, Climbing for a Cause

We recently profiled “Eliot School Mom” and Charlestown resident, Elena Barbera, about how she was climbing Bunker Hill Monument for a month to raise money for the 14 victims of the Boston Marathon attacks who are now amputees. Friday’s New York Times features Elena and her efforts: Elena Barbera, a writer who has lived in Read More…

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North End’s Roseann Sdoia Gets Fire Department Escort Home After Release From Hospital

Roseann Sdoia, a North End resident that was severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, was released from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Tuesday. She received a Fire Department escort home from Charlestown back to the North End. Roseann spoke about her recovery, shown in the TV news video below, at a press conference accompanied Read More…