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Little League parade postponed in Newton amid search for Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Posted by Leslie Anderson  April 19, 2013 03:40 PM

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Newton West Little League postponed its Opening Day Parade from Saturday to Sunday as the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained at large Friday afternoon and authorities focused their search in neighboring Watertown.

"Our goal is to ensure that the parade is a safe and enjoyable experience for all, and that our kids and families have a place to rejoice in and focus on the impending baseball season," the league's president said in an e-mail to participating families.

The league said it would update families of any further schedule changes.

"As for games scheduled to be played this weekend, we think its best that the situation in neighboring towns be resolved first," the e-mail said. "Until the lockdown is lifted, we do not believe it’s prudent to play games."

Newton was among seven communities where residents were advised to stay indoors and businesses told to remain closed while the bombing suspect was being sought Friday.

All city-sponsored events scheduled for Friday were postponed until further notice "due to the advice of state officials for residents to remain in their homes," the city's website said. For updates, go here.

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