The Hanlon twins
Boston.com
Jean and Joan Hanlon, seen here in 1964, have lived in the Fernald Development Center in Waltham since August 1961. The future of the 49-year-old twins' home has been uncertain since former Governor Mitt Romney decided the center should be closed. More than 2,000 residents have been moved from Fernald since 2003, but the exodus was abruptly halted last year by US Judge Joseph Tauro who asked a US attorney to evaluate the situation. Now, the issue, along with Fernald's $42 million budget, rests with Governor Deval Patrick, who must express his opinion to the federal court by this Thursday.

Jean and Joan Hanlon, seen here in 1964, have lived in the Fernald Development Center in Waltham since August 1961.

The future of the 49-year-old twins' home has been uncertain since former Governor Mitt Romney decided the center should be closed. More than 2,000 residents have been moved from Fernald since 2003, but the exodus was abruptly halted last year by US Judge Joseph Tauro who asked a US attorney to evaluate the situation.

Now, the issue, along with Fernald's $42 million budget, rests with Governor Deval Patrick, who must express his opinion to the federal court by this Thursday.