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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: How communities come together after tragedy; Rob McCord Democrat running for governor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 13, 2014 2:10 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, April 14, 2014:

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This Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Three people were killed and 260 people wounded in the terrorist attack, allegedly carried out by two brothers.

"Boston Strong" became a rallying cry for New Englanders and Americans across the country who supported them.  But was the slogan and attitude enough to heal Boston and the region? 

Certainly the violence didn't scare off participants for the event itself.  It's reported that there are 7,000 more runners registered this year compared to last year's race.

Appearing on Smart Talk Monday is Richard Harwood, founder and president of the Washington D.C.-based Hardwood Institute for Public Innovation.  Mr. Harwood is an expert on how communities can move forward after facing tragedy and deal with difficult changes.

Harwood was a key player in helping the people of Newtown, Connecticut decide last year what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building months after 26 students and adult educators were shot and killed.  He'll also discuss last week's mass stabbing attack in Murrysville, Pennsylvania.

Also, Smart Talk continues our pre-primary discussions with the candidates for governor.  Rob McCord appears on Monday's program.

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  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-15 13:17

    Good evening,

    I wanted to say thank you to Richard for speaking up for Newtown's image. We are trying so hard to overcome the horrible stigma associated with our beautiful, resilient community.

    Those families are working so hard to heal and find their new normal, that we need not be known as the town of the "sandy hook massacre", but where change began for mental illness and common sense solutions to protect people from further pain that they are experiencing.

    Personally, my family is very involved in the church, and it was a unprecedented phenomenon to see how far this ripple (or tidal wave) effected our town and community. My dad, a deacon at st rose, tried desperately to help those families, and continues to try. But he certainly was a punching bag at times for those grieving families.

    Thank you for helping the change to positivity for Newtown, Richard. It means the world.

    Katie O'Connor