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March 23, 2012

A winter to remember — or maybe forget

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Kemp, by the way, is a director at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C., and a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan for national security affairs.

He spoke yesterday on "The Arab Awakening and the New Middle East."

Running for Rose

Tanya Grocki is running the Boston Marathon on April 16 in memory of her mother, Rose, who died last year and was buried on Marathon Monday.

Rose, only 58, was a well-known local labor leader and an active member of the Ward Two Social Club. She died just weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

Tanya had to take a little time off from her training this winter when her dad, Jim, suffered a heart attack. While he was at Salem Hospital, doctors discovered a benign tumor.

"We really had the year from hell," Tanya said.

The 31-year-old teacher is raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

"Cancer can happen to anybody," she said. "We never thought it would happen to us, and it did, so any awareness I can raise for it and any money I can put toward cancer research, it's really become a passion of mine."

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, go online to www.RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at 617-632-1970 or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu.

Small world

There was a devastating explosion early this month at a munitions depot in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo in Africa. More than 200 people were killed, more than 2,000 injured and thousands left homeless.

It was felt all the way to Salem.

"Even our house was burned down," said Cedric Okinga, a senior at Salem State University. "There is nothing left."

Okinga also lost a cousin, who died with her two young children.

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