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Watertown Police Foundation to sell 2014 calendar featuring Apr. 19 photos

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  September 11, 2013 09:00 AM

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The Watertown Police Foundation is asking residents to submit photos for a 2014 calendar based on images from the dramatic April 19 manhunt that culminated in the capture of alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The calendars will sell for about $10, and customers can pre-order them online. The deadline to submit photos for the calendar is Sept. 30.

Officials said the calendars will be delivered no later than Dec. 20.

"While we will never be able to put into words our gratitude for what our police did, we can try to let the photos from that night in April speak for themselves," said foundation board member Steve Messina. "There were signs of gratitude everywhere in town, signs of relief, expressions of overwhelming respect for our officers. This calendar is meant to capture the best of those 'snapshots’ all in one place while also continuing to raise funds for the work that our police do."

Messina thought up the calendar with Tom Miller of T.R. Miller Co., and the project's expenses will be funded by the Watertown Savings Bank, meaning 100 percent of profits will go to the foundation, officials said.

Foundation officials are asking any local residents with snapshots of the events of that day to submit them online for the 24-month calendar.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, both suspects in the bombing, confronted police in Watertown in a gunbattle that left Tamerlan dead. Dzhokar escaped but was captured in a boat in a Watertown backyard several hours later.

In the days that followed, the Watertown Police Foundation was formed to help funnel donations and sale profits from the police-specific "Watertown Strong" shirts to programs that will help the department and the local community.

The foundation has raised about $100,000 so far this year, and has sold about 5,000 t-shirts as of early September, officials said. The funds have been earmarked for various projects with organizations like the Watertown Boys and Girls Club and the middle school's chorus, as well as for new flags for the Watertown police's honor guard, according to a statement from the foundation.

The foundation's fast-moving donation campaign was also pushed forward by a $25,000 donation by multi-millionaire Frank McCourt, a Watertown native who formerly owned the Los Angeles Dodgers. Watertown police chief Ed Deveau said McCourt and his siblings grew up on Russell Avenue in Watertown, and that McCourt said his mother insisted on donating some money to the foundation after watching events unfold on the news.

Watertown Police Foundation and department leaders previously told the Globe that they hope to use the money raised to fund special training, equipment, and community outreach programs not covered by town funds.

Deveau said the foundation proceeds are a relief for the cash-strapped police department, as budget cuts have forced the department to lay off eight police officers in recent years.

“This foundation is something that is much needed,” Deveau previously said. “We’re hoping it will be able to really give us a shot in the arm.”

For more information, visit the foundation's website.

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