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Boston Marathon Bomb Tragedy

By April 17, 2013

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The Boston Marathon, a tradition since 1897 that takes place on the iconic Patriots Day holiday, was disrupted at 2:50 p.m. EDT Monday by two bomb explosions that left three dead and more than 170 injured. A third, apparently unrelated explosion at the JFK Library and Museum shortly after the initial blasts did not result in any injuries. A 12-block area in Boston's Back Bay remains locked down and is being treated as a crime scene. As of Wednesday morning, Copley Square is closed from Massachusetts Avenue to Clarendon Street and Huntington Avenue to Newbury Street. Early reports that additional undetonated explosive devices were found in the city were later refuted. Boston residents and travelers were initially advised to stay indoors and to avoid congregating in groups. However, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said Monday evening: "The city of Boston is open and will be open tomorrow, but it will not be business as usual." Expect heightened law enforcement presence, and be extra vigilant, as the investigation continues this week.

As this tragic story continues to unfold, I will post resources here that may be helpful to Boston residents and travelers. If you need assistance finding accommodations outside the city, please email (gonewengland@aboutguide.com) or Tweet me (@newenglandgirl), and I will do my best to provide assistance.

  • Numbers to Call: If you are looking for news of victims, call: 617-635-4500. To provide any information that may be helpful in the investigation, call: 800-494-TIPS. To provide tips, photos or video to the FBI, which has taken charge of the investigation, call: 800-225-5324.
  • President Obama's Visit: The President and First Lady are scheduled to attend a "Healing Our City" interfaith service Thursday morning, April 18, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street. Doors open to the public at 8 a.m. for the 11 a.m. service. Expect airport-level security. The event will be televised. Boston Magazine has additional details.
  • Support Center: A Support Center for marathon runners and others affected by the tragedy has been moved to a new location: the offices of City Year, 287 Columbus Avenue. Grief counselors are available there 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To speak to a counselor by phone, call 617-534-5050.
  • Boston Subway Updates: The MBTA has restored most subway service. Only Copley Station remains closed on Wednesday. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says to expect random checks of backpacks and other parcels on the T over the next several days. Subway Operations Updates
  • Massachusetts Turnpike: Exit 22/Copley Square on the MassPike is partially closed: the Prudential ramp has been reopened, but the Copley ramp remains closed.
  • Displaced Marathon Runners: If you need a place to stay, complete this form to find Bostonians who are offering to accommodate runners in their homes. If you can offer a room to a runner, complete this form.
  • #BostonHelp: On Twitter, the #BostonHelp hashtag is being utilized to connect marathoners and other travelers with locals who are offering clothing, places to stay and other assistance. Please use common sense when connecting with strangers via Twitter.
  • Runners' Bags: The Boston Marathon Facebook page is the best place for runners to find updates about retrieving their belongings.
  • Cell Phone Service: Cellular coverage was temporarily suspended and may remain spotty in Boston for some time. Alternatives: Turn Your iPad into a Phone | How to Use Skype | Apps for Free Text Messaging
  • Google Person Finder: Google has activated a Boston Marathon Explosions Person Finder to assist people in locating loved ones. The Red Cross Safe and Well site is another place to check in and to search for updates on specific individuals.
  • Candlelight Vigils: Several candlelight vigils will be held in the city and surrounding suburbs on Thursday, April 18. Boston.com has times and locations.
  • Video: First Boston Marathon Explosion, filmed by Boston.com Sports Producer Steve Silva
  • Map: Boston Bomb Detonation Locations
April 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(1) susan simmons says:

What a wonderful initiative – and so thorough. Congratulations to the clear heads who put the resources list together.. Your kindness will go a long way to easing the stress of worried friends and family as well as all the people of Boston who have to put on that brave “life goes on” face of everyday living when their world’s been turned upside down. Prayers for all.

August 6, 2013 at 5:33 pm
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