Former Resident Paints Picture to Honor Those Who Stopped the Marathon Bombers

The actions of Watertown’s first responders when they stopped the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects moved a former Watertown resident so much she had to capture it in art. During the Tuesday, June 24 Town Council meeting, Hillary Temple and her mother Dorothy Noke, 85, presented the council and Police Chief Edward Deveau with a brass plaque and painting done by Noke to be given to the Town of Watertown. Noke grew up on Walnut Street with her sister, and decided to make the painting after the tragic events that led to the capture of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “I was born and raised in Watertown and right near where the incident happened was Underwoods and we used to slide down the hill during the winter into Underwoods parking lot and I didn’t realize how much that whole thing affected me,” said Noke. “It brought back memories of my old childhood which was really nice, but anyways, so I have this piece of art and I’d like to leave it here in Watertown to say thank you for everything, that the police and the firemen and the people and everything affected me and how much I appreciate what was done.”

Her oil painting “Boston Strong” has a plaque on it that reads, “Boston Strong in honor of those who were affected and those who protected (thank you very much) God Bless April 15, 2013.”

However, it also came with a brass plaque that reads: “For the Watertown heroes in memory of my husband Theodore Noke and sister Barbara Nelson who lived and worked in Watertown most of their lives from Dorothy Noke, artist, and the Temple and Noke family.”

According to Noke’s daughter, Hillary Temple, the donation meant a lot to her mother, who now lives in Framingham, because her husband owned Mt.

Residents Urge Council to Put Moratorium on Major Developments

A moratorium against large development projects in Watertown and the agreement to borrow $2.5 million for current roadwork were two main points discussed at the Tuesday’s Town Council Meeting. Residents came to discuss one issue Tuesday, a temporary moratorium preventing large developments from going up along Arsenal Street, as well as other parts of town. Lisa Feltner of Parker Street, who is President of the Concerned Citizens Group, presented a petition of 200 signatures to the council. According to Feltner, those who signed the petition supported a temporary moratorium for up to one year while a master plan is developed for the corridor. “Residents are canvasing the impacted neighborhoods about the new proposals in the way of Arsenal Street because our concerns and recurring questions was what is the overall plan, what’s the master plan,” said Feltner.