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Unprecedented security enforced at New York City Marathon

Officer Frankel encourages 3rd place winner, Lushapo April, as he passes the 25 mile checkpoint.

On Nov. 3, 2013, over 48,000 runners came to New York City to compete in the New York City annual Marathon. The athletes came from nearby towns or states and many even traveled from various countries. The runners began their journey on a crisp Sunday morning at 9.40 on the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge.

A substantial amount of new security measures were taken due to the April bombings at the Boston Marathon. Police officers scanned every path of the course and helicopters circled the perimeter from above. The most extreme course of action – for the first time ever, marathon supporters required a pass to get to the finish line.

“Things have got real strict round here since Boston,” Officer Randazzo said. Those trying to get close to the finish line were subject to thorough bag searches and metal detecting wands. Officers from all over New York State were called in on their day off to provide further protection.

“I think that its better to be cautious especially because New York is such a target,” Officer Frankel said. “It’s better off that we have too many of us than not enough.”

Staples parent Michael Finn, father of Kaila and Emma Finn, completed the marathon with a dedicated support crew cheering him on all the way.

“The organizers did an extraordinary job and the race went off without any incidents,” Michael Finn said. “Kudos to New York, the security staff and the countless volunteers.”

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Grace McCarthy, Staff Writer

When Grace McCarthy ’16 moved from New Zealand less than a year ago, she had no idea that she would discover her passion and potential career in America; journalism.

McCarthy said that “living in America has really opened up a lot of doors [for her] to pursue [her] writing.” Back home, McCarthy’s high school didn’t offer a journalism class, so she eagerly signed up for the class at Staples.

In journalism this year, McCarthy likes to write features and reviews. McCarthy explained that because she is from another country, she writes differently and likes to cover topics from back home. For example, she wrote an article about how the earthquake in New Zealand, that happened in February 2011, impacted her. McCarthy puts a personal spin on the story’s angle, making it relatable to her audience.

The New Zealand newspaper “The Press” is delivered to her house every day, which allows her to keep up with everything happening back home.

Even though McCarthy enjoys her life in Westport, she can’t wait to go New Zealand and use her journalism experience.

McCarthy plans to move back to New Zealand with her family at the end of her junior year. Her goal is to go to Massey University of Wellington, New Zealand because they have a great journalism program that will help her pursue her passion.

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