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Photo courtesy of Joy Lamberton-Arcolano This is a photo provided to the Recorder by Broadalbin native Joy Lamberton-Arcolano, who lives in Watertown, Mass., shows police officers stepping in to a Humvee as they search for a suspect in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.


Broadalbin natives watched events unfold

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Updated: 3:50 PM


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WATERTOWN, Mass. -- Broadalbin native Joy Lamberto-Arcolano and her husband, Nicholas, live in what could easily be described as a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.

It remained mostly quiet throughout the day Friday, but for a different reason. Their area has been cordoned off as it's part of the exterior perimeter as law enforcement officials hunted for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old Chechen native wanted in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Then it all went down.

Friday evening, authorities converged on a home not far from where Lamberto-Arcolano lives. On her Facebook page, she posted the standoff that resulted in Tsarnaev's capture was on "our street," but that she and her family were OK. Her posts also indicated that police were on her home's property as they closed in on the suspect.

"Glad we didn't plant a hedge," Lamberto-Arcolano posted. "They are all over our lawn."

Earlier in the day Friday, Lamberto-Arcolano, who has lived in the Boston area for more than 10 years, described her neighborhood as "absolutely silent." Her neighbors were all indoors, she said, and most people have their shades drawn.

She and her husband, both Broadalbin-Perth High School graduates, had been up since the early morning hours Friday trying to keep up with the action that initially took place only about four blocks from where they live.

"We've been hearing the choppers overhead, and there's a lot of Humvee activity," Lamberto-Arcolano said. "The police and SWAT teams are doing a great job, and I love that the governor (Deval Patrick) has shut the place down."

Lamberto-Arcolano said she and her husband had been following the events as they unfolded on a police scanner, which has since been turned off because law enforcement movements and specific locations were being broadcast to the public, making the manhunt more difficult.

Since then, she's been trying to keep up with the latest news on television and the Internet.

The couple and their two young children are far enough from the scene that they haven't heard any gunfire, "we're just far enough away," but they spent the morning watching all sorts of police vehicles and helicopters make their way through the streets by her home and above the neighborhood.

Lamberto-Arcolano said her 4-year-old son had been playing video games throughout the morning but doesn't understand everything that's happening.

She said the bombing and Friday's events won't stop her family from resuming their normal lives.

"The Boston thing is to say, 'forget these guys, we're going to go about our lives," Lamberto-Arcolano said. "I trust the governor. I think he's great, and I'm glad I voted for him.

"Those men and women know what they're doing," she added. "They're here for us, and we're here for them."


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