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Former Canfield resident, Clint Cavanaugh. Former Canfield resident, Clint Cavanaugh.
Former Southington Resident, Patrick Stantial. Former Southington Resident, Patrick Stantial.
Former Ellsworth resident Tekla Rosalia now lives in Cambridge, Mass. Former Ellsworth resident Tekla Rosalia now lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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BOSTON, Mass. - In her eight years working for an NPR affiliate in Boston, former Canfield resident Clint Cavanaugh has never seen the city so calm.

Cavanaugh, who rode her bike to work today, said she isn't worried in light of the manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The city and surrounding suburban areas have been in lock down since early Friday morning following the death of the first suspect, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the hunt for the second, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old Cambridge resident, which is just outside of Boston.

The suspects, identified as brothers, killed an MIT police officer and injured another police officer after a shooting, and threw explosive devices to escape, according to the Associated Press.

Despite the circumstances though, and the mandate for all residents to stay inside, Cavanaugh said the city has been remarkably resistant.

"There are some people out in the streets right, now. Panera Bread was open," Cavanaugh said with a laugh.

Even at WBUR, where Cavanaugh works as a Leadership Gifts Officer, people are actively engaged, talking and preparing for the predicted long day ahead.

All the reporters are in," Cavanaugh said. "Even people who aren't reporters are helping."

But the city is essentially shut down. Government transportation is closed and taxi services are being told to keep their vehicles at their headquarters.  

Much like everyone In Boston, Cavanaugh has been paying close attention to the news and her own environment. She said she even called the police after witnessing someone who "looked a little funny" around her neighborhood one night. It turned out to be nothing related, but Cavanaugh did not want to take any chances.

However, she said she is not afraid of what has already and might happen as the search for the second suspect continues.

"I'm not too much of a worrier," Cavanaugh said.

Just out of reach.

Former Southington resident, 27-year-old Patrick Stantial, who lives in Jamaica Plains close to the Boston area, isn't worried either but won't deny the extraordinary circumstances he's in.

"It's just crazy man. It's just nuts," Stantial said. It's all he could say given the timeframe from his move from the Mahoning Valley.

Stantial moved to Boston last December and works for an International Preservative Company in the area. He said he attended college around the place and time of the Chardon High School shootings. When asked, he couldn't decide if he had good or bad luck.

He said he was supposed to be at the Boston Marathon, at a bar right across the corner, with his friends Monday, but opted to stay and work instead.

Stantial is currently at home; his job, like, many of the other companies in the lock down areas, closed. He, and his roommates are keeping updated with the news and aren't planning on leaving the home.

But Stantial said he isn't afraid of what could happen today.

"I'm not worried, Stantial said. "They got people taking care of things around here."

An empty neighborhood.

Tekla Rosalia, who grew up in Ellsworth, said today's events had made her think differently about her safety.

Rosalia moved to Cambridge about a year-and a half ago. She works as a special education teacher for the children of a family and currently lives at their home.

Before today, Rosalia said that she had never witnessed the environment she is in now, especially in her neighborhood, usually buzzing with the sounds of life.

"There's no one outside, It looks like no one is even living here," Rosalia said. "It's really creepy, actually."

Growing up in Ellsworth, Rosalia said she never worried about any danger and when she moved to Cambridge, that feeling continued, until now. 

For the first time in her life, Rosalia is questioning her safety. Although she did not attend the Boston Marathon, she had came to the area a day before with her family, who was visiting her from Ohio.

After taking a couple pictures of the finish line, about 24 hours before the two explosions would tear up the area, leaving three dead, and dozens injured, her mother took note of how calm Boston was. 

"She said, 'I'm just amazed how safe I feel here,"' Rosalia said.

Four days later, as the manhunt continues, with helicopters flying over her head and police shutting the city down as they hunt an armed and dangerous suspect, Rosalia, despite the silence in her neighborhood, does not feel calm:

 "It feels like you're living in a war zone."

 

 

 

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