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June 14, 2013

Running from L.A. to Boston for a good cause

SALEM — Have you heard about One Run For Boston?

It’s a 3,300-mile, nonstop relay from Los Angeles to Boston as a show of support for Beantown following the marathon bombing.

Organized by three runners from the United Kingdom, it will involve hundreds of runners traveling through 14 states and four time zones as they pass around a specially designed baton.

The fundraising relay started in Venice Beach, Calif., last Friday and will finish in Boston on Sunday, June 30.

We’re telling you all this because the Wicked Running Club of Salem has signed up to run the final stages from Framingham to Boston. That takes on special meaning when you recall that the husband and young son of one of the club’s members were injured in the bombing.

Wharf walk

The merchants of Pickering Wharf, which include some prominent figures in the local witch community, will exit their shops at 6 p.m. today and walk the wharf.

No, it’s not a protest — quite the opposite.

They are walking and offering blessings as a show of “solidarity and kindness, hope and strength, resolve and revelry,” according to an email we received.

The merchants are also doing a very smart thing. They will be going into each other’s stores to become familiar with all of the retail offerings on the wharf. That way, if customers go into one store and can’t find what they want, the staff can send them to a neighbor.

Red line

It’s not often we’re able to bring you exciting “red line” news, but here goes.

Did you realize that the red line that tourists follow through the downtown was painted by Lines by Hines, a Middleton company that also paints all the parking spaces at the Northshore Mall?

Three of their top-line guys — Tom Gardner, Mark Tripoli and Eric von Stanwitz — arrived here in the wee hours of the morning a few days ago and slapped a new coat of red paint — technically, “safety red” paint — on the line that stretches from the downtown to In A Pig’s Eye.

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