By: Laura Herrera
The 40th year of the Boston Pops Firework Spectacular will be marked with an increase in security patrol, video surveillance and bag searches.
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Despite overcast skies, several dozen people donned their “Boston Strong” t-shirts Tuesday in Copley Square after the shirt designers dropped off a check for nearly $ 900,000 with the One Fund Boston.
Emerson College students Nicholas Reynolds and Chris Dobens came up with the idea for the shirts hours after the Boston Marathon bombings April 15. They couldn’t have imagined the outpouring of support they’ve seen over nearly two months.
On Tuesday, they wanted to gather as many people in their “Boston Strong” shirts as they could for a group photo.
“This has been absolutely amazing to see,” said Reynolds.
Watch the video above for more.
Boston has several reasons to be proud: Whether it’s because of the city’s resilience in the aftermath of the April Boston Marathon Bombings, the fact that its hometown hockey team will return to the Stanley Cup Finals, or the idea that it has one of the most passionate, involved communities around – no one can argue Boston is not a proud city.
There is no better proof of that last thought than at the annual Boston Pride Parade. The parade, in its 43rd year, marched through Copley Square, bent toward the South End and wound back uptown toward Government Center, beginning just after noon on Saturday.
Thousands lined the streets on a picture perfect day, not only to stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, but to reinforce “Boston Strong” at the very site from which that movement began.
Runners in more than 100 cities and towns across America are participating in group runs Monday evening to show their support for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
The runners were inspired by a blogger, Brian Kelley (Pavement Runner) who is organizing a #BostonStrong event for runners in San Francisco, and who has invited others to do the same in their towns.
As of midday Monday, people in 115 cities and towns across America had created Facebook event pages for their respective towns. Others, including a handful of local moms in Wakefield who write a weekly parenting column for Patch.com, have organized their own informal events to show their support.
“I feel like I need to do something. Something more than a donation. Something more than a blog post or a photo or a graphic,” Kelley wrote on his Pavement Runner blog. “I’m inspired by the community and how we have come together and shown our support, shed our tears, and expressed our fears.”
The two bombs may have shaken Boston on Monday, but our spirit is in tact.
We’re proud Bostonians – and the whole world has watched as we have risen stronger. President Barack Obama highlighted the Boston spirit on Thursday.
“Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act. If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that Deval described, the values that make us who we are, as Americans — well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. Not here in Boston. Not here in Boston,” he said.
The phrase Boston Strong is everywhere as we move on from the tragedy, comfort those who lost loved ones and help those seriously injured on Monday.
We do so as one – as Bostonians. We don’t let this tragedy stop us.
We packed the TD Garden for the first sporting event in Boston since the bombings – and 18,000 Bostonians sang in unison.
PEEPS, those famously delicious and delightful marshmallow candies, aren’t just for eating anymore. These days, crafty PEEPs creations are all the rage, from the White House front lawn, to re-creations of children’s books, historical settings and other unusual situations.
Think you can invent something fun with PEEPS? Now’s the time to show us!
Here’s how to get involved:
Create a work of art or diorama using PEEPS candies. It can be a local scene, something out of pop culture, a book or movie, or just something fun!
Then, upload a photo of your original PEEPS® design to this article. To upload a photo, you must be a registered Patch user. Click the ‘Sign Up’ button in the top right corner of the home page to create an account.
All photos must be uploaded by 5 p.m., March 27, 2013.
Each photo entry will be numbered, and Patch users will then vote for their favorite in the comments. Voting will take place from March 28-31.
Two of the Boston Police Department officers featured on TNT’s “Boston’s Finest” reality show executive produced by Donnie Wahlberg spoke about having cameras following them, being on television, charity work and the New Kids on the Block. Ryan Mason, 34, from West Roxbury, and Skye Robinson, 32, from Roxbury, met up with Patch at Boston Police Headquarters at the same time.
Patch: What unit are you in?
Mason: Fugitive Unit – citywide. I started in BPD in 2005, and started in the Fugitive Unit in 2010, before that I was in District 4 and B-3.
Robinson: I’m in the Youth Violence Strike Force. On the show it’s referred to as the gang unit. I started on BPD in 2006 in C-11 (Dorchester), and started in 2010 with the Youth Violence unit.
Patch: Were you given a choice to be on the show?
Mason: That’s a good question. We were. We weren’t completely forced into doing it. I saw it as a good opportunity to promote the two non-profits I’m involved with – Parkway in Motion, and Cops for Kids with Cancer. And TNT and Donnie (Wahlberg) have said they will include the charity work in upcoming episodes.