Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff
The guys were in the living room, catching up over beers and watching football on the big-screen TV. The turkey was in the oven; Aunt Cheryl was prepping the sides. Gabbie, a kindergartner, dashed around the house, alternately dispensing hugs and hiding under the table.
This Thanksgiving on a quiet street in Stoneham was distinctly normal, perhaps even unremarkable. And for the Norden family, that was something worth celebrating.
On April 15, brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost a leg below the knee when the second Boston Marathon bomb exploded near where they were standing on Boylston Street.
“If you’d asked me seven months ago, I couldn’t tell if I was going to feel better or anything. I was just so hurt,” said J.P. Norden, who uses crutches to walk with his prosthetic leg. “But they tell you things get better, and they have.”
After months filled with surgeries, physical therapy, and intense pain, the Nordens said this year’s holiday has taken on new significance. But unlike those many long days, Thursday would not be defined by the bombing.
Asked if this Thanksgiving was different, J.P. cracked, “Yeah, I’m missing a leg,” to big laughs. Is this healing?
“You move on with your life because there isn’t any alternative,” J.P. said with a shrug. “And,” he said, looking at his family, “these guys wouldn’t let me stop anyway.”
Officials from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative announced Theresa Lund was on leave “effective immediately.”Continue reading »
Paul Heroux, the mayor of Attleboro, appears regularly as a “Middle East expert” on Russia’s government-funded television network.Continue reading »
Ellen Fleming’s stint as a member of the 1 percent was fleeting. But she’s totally OK with it.Continue reading »
Thomas Warner, Kenneth Pitts, and Nicholas Mondato are being held without bail for allegedly shooting Bryce Finn at his home in Haverhill.Continue reading »
This summer’s replacement of the westbound side of the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge will force some travelers to change their routes.Continue reading »
The video shows Theresa Lund, executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, asking a neighbor if she lived in the “affordable apartments.”Continue reading »
On Friday, when the Vermont Standard hit the stands, one day late, it repaid the show of generosity with a banner headline. It read simply: “Thank You.”Continue reading »
The criminal probe focuses on whether former troopers violated the law by receiving complimentary guns after negotiating a deal with a firearms dealer.Continue reading »
Federal Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said the decision of whether to stay the removal of the woman rests with immigration authorities.Continue reading »