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Watertown Bounces Back

Watertown Bounces Backi
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April 21, 2013 12:58 AM
Following five days of uncertainty and tension, the Boston area is slowly returning to normal, after a manhunt led to the arrest of a suspect in Monday's Boston Marathon double bombings. Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who hid from police during a lockdown of the Boston area, was captured Friday night in the suburb of Watertown. His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was shot and killed in a gunbattle with police earlier in the week. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Watertown Saturday to see how things are going and files this report.
Watertown Bounces Back
Following five days of uncertainty and tension, the Boston area is slowly returning to normal, after a manhunt led to the arrest of a suspect in Monday's Boston Marathon double bombings.  Nineteen-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who hid from police during a lockdown of the Boston area, was captured Friday night in the suburb of Watertown.  His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was shot and killed in a gunbattle with police earlier in the week.

Childhood innocence just a block away from where police captured the alleged marathon bomber.

Lemonade costs 50 cents a cup, but customers have been donating lots of bills. “People give us extra tips because they say we're cute," said eight-year-old Serena Calix.

Not to mention the profits go to the One Fund for victims of the double bombings. “That's a really good thing that we are doing because they should really get better," said Eva Kelleher, age nine.

Mom Kendra Foley says this is a lot different than nearly 24 hours of neighborhood lockdown here in Watertown, when the suspect was at large. “The best we could do was pretend it was winter.  A winter indoor day.  We baked muffins and cupcakes and made play-dough," she said.

After a massive manhunt, police found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, hiding in a boat in the backyard of someone's home.  Lauren Kelleher's house backs up to it. “Sometimes I'll run out to the store and I'll leave the front door open because I'm coming right back and I'll think what if one of the kids can't get in because they forgot their key, but I think now I'll be locking the door more," she said.

Watertown residents stopped a Walmart from being built there.  They wanted the community to keep its small town charm and quiet streets.

The quiet was shattered Thursday and Friday with gunfire and explosions.  This neighborhood always was closely knit, but residents say they now share a bond of a terrifying time that is now behind them.

Carolyn Presutti

Carolyn Presutti is an Emmy and Silver World Medal award winning television correspondent who works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters.   She has also won numerous Associated Press awards and a Clarion for her coverage of The Syrian Medical Crisis, Haiti, The Boston Marathon Bombing, Presidential Politics, The Southern Economy, and The 9/11 Bombing Anniversary.  In 2013, Carolyn aired exclusive stories on the Asiana plane crash and was named VOA’s chief reporter with Google Glass.

You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at CarolynVOA, on Google Plus and Facebook.

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