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The day after the Tornado- a picture blog

Friday, June 03, 2011

Two tornadoes ripped through my city. This is what is left.

Help came from as far away as Boston (100 miles away from Springfield)

This man's friend lived in this apartment. He was on the phone with him when the roof came off.

The "X" means the building is not safe for search and rescue.

A crushed car

South end community center.

A black hawk takes off from the basketball hall of fame.

The national guard

roof tops just... gone.

a trapped car (on the right)

Homes are lost, neighbors are displaced.

Veterans Golfcourse, every tree is halved.

South Branch Parkway.

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SDLEE514 10/2/2012 1:07PM

    This happened on my birthday, and I grew up in Southampton, right near Northamton mass. Who would have ever thought that could happen in western mass???

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DIANA_IS_BACK 6/7/2011 2:25PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this and other tragic acts of nature recently.

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REBECCAMA 6/7/2011 2:20PM

  I've posted on the teams and my page about it too. I was at UMass Amherst and we had to go to the basements of our buildings because a funnel cloud was spotted. We were spared any damage thankfully. You did a great job with the pictures. I like the format and the borders and everything. There are so many sad stories coming out of this disaster, and a few good stories of heroism too. It will definitely be with us for years to come.

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ASTORRES1 6/7/2011 12:58PM

    I didnt realize you live so close...I live in Chicopee but work in Vernon, CT and drove through Springfield that day right after it has struck....unbelievable the destruction.
I hope you and your family are all okay.


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GWENAEL 6/7/2011 11:37AM

  I am so sorry I'm just reading this. I'm relieved to hear you are safe though! My heart and good thoughts go out to you and your community!!!


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MADCATTRINA 6/5/2011 9:17PM

    I had family strung along the entire 39 miles of tonado path but everyone is ok. After seeing your pictures I am even more thankful. We were in Sturbridge driving on I-84 about 15 minute before it hit there. The sky looked bad but we were unaware of anything. As soon as we reached the Vernon CT boarder the sun was shining again so we stopped to eat. That is where we learned of the events.

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SWEETTOOTH10 6/5/2011 6:53AM

    Wow! Like others said, My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by these Tornadoes. Unbelievable!

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LINJEN48 6/4/2011 8:55AM

    The Governor and 2 state Senators where in the black hawk and landed at the Basketball Hall of Fame.
They came from Boston the day after to check for damages and send relief.
I live just the other side of Westfield and it was very scary.
Thanks for the pictures

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LOUVRELOVER 6/3/2011 10:18PM

    Unbelievable! I live south of Boston and we got lots of thunder, lightning, and rain, but not nearly the wind and destruction you did. I'm glad you're safe. Thanks for sharing! Pioneer Valley is in my prayers emoticon

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BOOTS1221 6/3/2011 9:52PM

    I'm so sorry :( I also live in MA, but I live north close to the NH border so we didn't get much more than crazy lightning. My husband and I were glued to the TV with all the warnings and footage of tornadoes touching down... My heart & prayers go out to you, your family, and your communities.

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    This breaks my heart, my heart goes out to you an everyone that lives there and has lost homes and loved one's. :(

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MOMONTHERUN1 6/3/2011 4:37PM

    I am glad that you are ok, but I think Mother Nature is extremely upset with us humans lately.

Hang in there and I hope that your city gets back to "normal" soon.


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AARONSGIRL420 6/3/2011 4:15PM

    I'm glad you are alright. Those are very telling pictures of the power of nature, how scary.

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JONEIL513 6/3/2011 3:53PM

    I am glad you are alright! everyone in your town is in my thoughts. emoticon

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DONNYBELLE 6/3/2011 3:25PM

    that's all insane. so sorry for you and everyone who has had to go through all this wicked weather we've been having across the country.
emoticonkeeping all y'all in my prayers

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/3/2011 3:25PM

    I am so sorry! That is scary! Hugs

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OFFDREA 6/3/2011 3:24PM

    Im so glad you are okay.
The pictures are so eerily beautiful even though they are of such destruction. I hope your family and friends are alright too.

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NIKKICOLE83 6/3/2011 3:19PM

    I am so sorry for you and your community. It seems like the midwest is just reeling right now. I live in Nebraska and a lot of out state is either underwater or about to be due to the flooding of the Mississippi. I wish everyone relief and safekeeping.

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ABB698 6/3/2011 3:16PM

    Wow Michele! Wow! I am so glad you are safe, and although it is a tragedy you are taking pics of, as always, you are a great photographer! Continue to stay safe out there! Love you! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/3/2011 2:56PM

    Unbelievable what can happen in a few terrifying minutes. So glad you are safe, hope everyone you know is okay, too!

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    Wow, that's scary!! I'm glad you're safe!

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RLA1891 6/3/2011 2:44PM

    I'm so glad you are safe. My friend lost her home but they were able to make it out. I hope you are doing ok.

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BDRFLI-TREKS 6/3/2011 2:43PM

    Wooooooowwwww... I just helped with some cleanup for the Tornado in Joplin, MO. I feel for all who have had to go through that...

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Footage I took of the tornado that hit Springfield

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

We are all ok.

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MSPRIS3 6/2/2011 3:42PM

    Wow, living in Ottawa, we rarely get to see a tornado, glad everyone is ok!

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ABB698 6/2/2011 2:38PM

    Glad you are okay Mich!!! That was scary! What were those pieces flying around? Glad you stayed put in the car instead of being on the road like the other cars, they looked like they were driving frantically! Stay safe!!!

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JENNERATOR13 6/2/2011 2:09PM

    The whole day was scary!!!! From 3pm til 10pm. In and out of the basement with the kids. Great footage. That is right near Allen and Cooley that got hit hard. My parents live not to far from there.

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CHICKENCHASER78 6/2/2011 9:22AM

    Wow that is just amazing to me. Tornado footage is so scary and facinating all at the same time!

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FLOWER1967 6/2/2011 7:59AM

    Amazing....and cars are still just driving around !!!! Did you get any warning about it ??

Glad everyones ok ...

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REBECCAMA 6/1/2011 10:30PM

  glad you are ok.

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MOMONTHERUN1 6/1/2011 10:30PM

    Is that your child in the car? WoW! I have always wanted to hire some storm chasers and see one in real life. I am one of those weird people that are fascinated by these storms.

Glad that you are ok.


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    weren't you terrified?

so glad you are ok!

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LOGDIVA 6/1/2011 8:51PM

    Too scary...too close to home....we're not supposed to get these things up in the Northeast! Glad you're alright....

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LOPEYP 6/1/2011 6:29PM

    Very scary. I've been watching the reports on the news. It's not coming our way. Glad you are all okay!

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JONEIL513 6/1/2011 6:08PM

    WOW! scary stuff, glad you are all ok!!

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UV Project- Baseline

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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As "The Proving Grounds" come to an end, it's time to reflect on where we are now and where we want to go.

Where I am now-
My current stats
Weight: 180.8

-are important because it helps us see the bigger picture. Some times the scale is at a standstill but that doesn't mean our bodies are!
So we need to keep track!
(pick AT LEAST 4 of these you will track for the next 3 months)

Current Measurements:
1. Chest= 36
2. Calf= 17
3. Thighs= 26
4. Upper Arm= 12 7/8
5. Hips= 47
6. Waist (right above navel)= 36

If you don't know how or where to take measurements, find out how here:

Post a "before picture" of yourself in the team picture area! Go here:

And start thinking about how you will take on the next 3 months. Sure, we are going to be hot, sweaty, and vulnerable to unhealthy food choices.
It's summer. It's vacation time. Don't let this get in your way! Focus on the awesomeness of YOU!

My biggest summer weakness is icecream! I am a sucker for the sweet treat and I know I need to measure it out and plan my calories accordingly =)

Getting fit and feeling SEXY is important to me because I hate watching my life pass me by. I told myself when I was 16 I would be in shape before my high school graduation and 11 years later I'm still battling this weight.

And last but not least- what do you want to accomplish over the next 3 months? Tell us at least one fitness related goal-(anything goes!)
---I want to fit into this BCBG dress I bought last September, so I need to melt some fat from my thighs!

Report back by next Tuesday, 'cuz Wednesday June 1st is the official start of The UV Project!

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REBECCAMA 6/1/2011 10:36AM

  Good luck!!

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ABB698 6/1/2011 2:27AM

    Watchout June! Michele is going to be SMOKIN!! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 5/31/2011 9:06PM

    you'll rock that dress this summer!

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OFFDREA 5/31/2011 4:41PM

    Awesome!!!! You are going to rock it out in june!!!!!

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JONEIL513 5/31/2011 3:48PM

    Great plans and goals!! We are going to kick butt this summer!

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sore legs

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

So yesterday (Tuesday)
17. Break a personal record.
--I woke up, threw on my bomb new saucony kinvara 2's and did some sprints. 1.3 miles running with sprints faster than I have ever done before. That is a personal record. I love challenging my legs because they are super trouble zone. Then I did 5 sets of 20 (100 reps total) on the leg press. My legs are offically burning and aching today, and I'm doing another one of these on Thursday.

18. Workout first thing in the morning.
---Well, I got up around 6am and took a shower. I had a bunch of crap to do at the mall (return sandals that were butt ugly from Victorias Secret, recycle some old MAC makeup- bought new mac makeup and got a free lipstick)- but I did all of this pushing my sons jogging stroller full speed ahead. Not a REAL workout, but was a nice stretch on my poor leggys!

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KRANDER 5/27/2011 5:30PM

    emoticon with breaking a personal record!

I've been trying to choose between kinvaras and the merrell pace glove - right now I'm running in sambas.

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ABB698 5/19/2011 8:50PM

    Sounds like a pretty good day Hun! Hope the rest followed and that you have a fab Friday!

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FLOWER1967 5/18/2011 9:29PM

    Id say it was a good day all round

p.s. Is Mac make-up good ? Is Mac an abbreviation ? I've heard its really good

Comment edited on: 5/18/2011 9:33:27 PM

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AARONSGIRL420 5/18/2011 7:36PM

    Great job on the sprints and leg presses and everyone needs to rest a bit :)

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OFFDREA 5/18/2011 3:40PM

    Great job on the running!!!!
Glutamine+icy hot=less pain, give it a try!

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JELLEN726 5/18/2011 2:56PM

    MAC. Love of my make-up life. You are my kinda gal! Great job on the work out emoticon. May I ask what kind of calorie counter watch you use? I have a cheap one from walmart and I am not sure if it is truly accurate.

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CORTNEY_NAMASTE 5/18/2011 2:45PM

    Hey, I am all for Mall = A.M. workout.

Sounds good to me.

Good job on your sprints and your leg presses.

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When the scale is against you, just know...

Monday, May 16, 2011

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MDDOMO 5/18/2011 2:45PM

    definitely needed that... the numbers on the scale are going in the wrong direction despite everything I am doing right :(

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ZURDTA- 5/17/2011 8:46AM

    Oh yes!

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ABB698 5/16/2011 9:19PM

    Amen Sistah!! emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 5/16/2011 9:15PM

    Very nice, needed that today! Thank you!

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    Amen! Thank you for posting that! emoticon

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FLOWER1967 5/16/2011 6:02PM



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JICASMOM 5/16/2011 4:38PM

    Awesome!! Love it!!

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AWADAWRIGHT 5/16/2011 4:36PM

    Love this!

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FITFOODIE806 5/16/2011 4:06PM

    I needed that today. gracias!

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