For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
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Mayor's Press Office
Tonight, City of Boston officials coordinated with state and local partners in an ongoing response to today's tragic events
“Patriots Day and Marathon Monday are usually celebrated all across Boston, but today our cheers were turned to prayers,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “But Boston is strong and resilient, and we come together in times of need. We will get through this, and we will find those responsible.”
Two explosions occurred within moments of each other at about 2:50 p.m. yesterday, near the Boston Marathon Finish Line and at Boylston and Fairfield streets. Boston EMS transported 90 of the patients to Boston hospitals.
· The Castle at Park Plaza, at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Arlington Street, will be open until 11 p.m. tonight as a resource and information center, and it will re-open at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
· Members of the public can come in for information on counseling services
· Displaced residents can receive information on sheltering services.
· Runners can pick up their belongings that were left this morning on the marathon’s shuttle busses.
· Runners can re-connect with friends and family
· Shelter services will be offered at the Castle overnight for displaced residents
A crime scene perimeter has been established in the Back Bay. Tomorrow, and likely remaining for several days, Boylston Street will be closed to traffic and pedestrians from Berkley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. All side streets along Boylston Street will also be closed from Huntington Avenue to Newbury Street. (See attached map) Buildings will be inaccessible while the crime scene is active. The city is working to provide shelter services to any displaced residents.
People returning to work tomorrow will notice an increased police presence in the City. They should not be alarmed by this presence of national guard and other armed officers at key points on the City including in an around the MBTA.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken the lead role in the investigation of the bombing. The FBI has set-up 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3, for anyone who has information, visual images, and/or details regarding the explosions along the Boston Marathon route and elsewhere. No piece of information or detail is too small.
Mayor Menino reminds anyone with concerns about their family members or friends who were at the race to call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.
Boston Public Schools are closed this week for April recess. Intensive vacation-week Acceleration Academy tutoring for approximately 1,500 students will continue as scheduled beginning Tuesday morning. BPS will make counseling teams available for these students.
Also, earlier tonight the Superintendent shared resources from the National Association of School Psychologists with our 9,000 staff and several thousand families who signed up for email updates from us. They are tips to help children deal with tragedies:
Mayor Menino would also like to thank the many emergency workers, including police officers, firefighters, and medics who come to the aid of the victims and ran toward the danger yesterday. The Mayor also offers his sincere gratitude to the many Boston residents who have taken in runners and offered aid to those affected by this tragedy.