, Newburyport, MA


April 26, 2013

A time for healing after Boston Marathon bombing


As for bombing’s history, a computer search revealed that there have been some 20 thwarted attempts since the turn of the century. I would have guessed less.

Newburyport’s own was on a Fourth of July weekend.

This was no bomb contrived from fireworks. This was dynamite, and there were three of the bombings in Massachusetts on the same weekend.

Subsequent searches discovered 611 pounds of it hidden in Boxford.

There are always back stories to such acts. Discovery of them usually doesn’t come out of nowhere.

Neither does recovery. We’re in the process of post-event revival. That comes from our hearts as well as our collective purses, and thousands have turned out to honor the lives of the victims and their families.

It’s time for healing, but there will continue to be questions needing answers because there will be another Boston Marathon next year, and there is much more to be settled regarding safety than has been ever before considered.


Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His e-mail address is

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