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8 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 APRIL 12, 2018 Religious Notes All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore All Saints Episcopal Church of the North Shore, formerly St. Paul’s in Peabody and Calvary in Danvers, now worshiping together as one at 46 Cherry St., Danvers, across from the Danvers Town Hall. Service of Holy Communion and Homily every Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Summers one service at 9 a.m. You’ll be welcome here. For more information call the church office at 978-774-1150. Calvary Baptist 4 Coolidge Road, Peabody 978-531-0914, Pastor Caleb Ingersoll and Pastor Andy Katzmire Sunday worship at 10 a.m. followed by coffee and fellowship. Nursery care and activities for young children provided during worship. During the school year, Kids Connection meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Youth Group meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Calvary Christian Church 47 Grove St., Lynnfield 781-592-4722 - Senior Pastor Timothy Schmidt would like to invite you to join us for one of our Sunday worship services at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children’s Ministry (ages 0-11) offered in all Sunday morning services. Hispanic Service: Sunday at 12:30 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel. Celebrate Recovery: Monday at 6:30 p.m. Young Adult Ministry: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ages 18-30’s. Youth Ministry: Friday at 6:30 p.m. ages 12-18. Weekly Prayer Meetings: Monday - Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m. Church office hours are Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact our church office at 781- 592-4722, or visit our website Centre Congregational Church An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ 5 Summer St. (corner of Summer and Main), Lynnfield, 781-334-3050 or Pastor: Nancy Rottman Director of Faith Formation: Larainne Wilson Whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Centre Congregational Church! Located at 5 Summer Street, Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Our worship services are held at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning. We strive to provide inspiring, down-to-earth messages that are applicable to everyday life. We are committed to providing children a warm, safe, and inclusive environment with vibrant and engaging Children’s Programming (Godly Play, Whole People of God, and Brick-by-Brick) and trained and consistent staff, incorporating opportunities for stories, music, and service. Free nursery care is available for children up to age 4, with a new transition class beginning in January for 3 and 4-year olds. We also have a Young Families Group that offers fellowship opportunities for parents and children together. We have ample parking in a large lot behind the church and the facility is handicap accessible.. Please find us on Facebook at facebook. com/CentreChurchUCC or visit for updated information about our ministries and activities. Please feel free to contact the church office if you would like more information about any of these activities. (781-334-3050 or Office Hours at the church are 9 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday. Tower Day School is located at Centre Congregational Church and Director, Leah O’Brien may be reached at towerdayschool@ or 781-334-5576. Carmelite Chapel Northshore Mall, Peabody 978-531-6145 Mass schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. and noon; Sunday Vigil, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Confessions: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-noon and 2:30-3 p.m., Saturday, 10:45-11:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:45 p.m. or by appointment. Chabad of Peabody 682 Lowell St., Peabody 978-977-9111, Chabad of Peabody holds services weekly. Call or e-mail Rabbi Schusterman at rabbi@ For event times and dates visit the website. Chabad runs a Hebrew School for children on Wednesday, and has an informal weekly drop-in class on Kabbalah and other holiday events. Hebrew School registration is now open. Call Raizel at the number above or email her at Community Covenant Church 33 Lake St., West Peabody 978-535-5321, Rev. Joel Anderle Community Covenant is a warm and inviting church in the Evangelical, Protestant tradition. All are welcome. The Reverend Joel Anderle, our Senior Pastor, officiates worship services every Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages are held from 9:45-10:45 a.m. September through June. For more information please contact the church office. Our Church is handicap accessible. Congregation Sons of Israel Corner of Park and Spring Streets Peabody 978-532-1624, Also on Facebook Friday Sabbath services are the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning services are at 9 a.m. Congregation Tifereth Israel 8 Pierpont St., Peabody. Services once a month. For further information contact president Elliot Hershoff at 978- 531-7309. First United Methodist 24 Washington St., Peabody 978-531-0095, Pastor Seok-Cheol Shin Bible-centered praise and worship service, Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with Holy Communion every Sunday. All are welcome. Pastor hours: Mon., Tues. and Thurs., 1-5 p.m. There is a nursery room. The church is handicap accessible. Additional information: info@ctipeabody. org or 978-531-8135. Lynnfield Community Church 735 Salem St., Lynnfield (781) 599-4421 Lynnfield Community Church welcomes you to Sunday worship at 10-11 a.m. Following our service, join us for coffee and fellowship in Marshall Hall. Parking is behind the church and there are entrances in front and on the side of the building. Please visit soon. Messiah Lutheran 708 Lowell St., Lynnfield 781-334-4111 for Church; 781-334-6591 for Pre-school. A personal and traditional approach allows Messiah to care for people and share God’s Word. Join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Mens’ Ministry, Christian Education, Financial Peace University, Community Service, and other opportunities to grow in your faith. Served by Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pekari and Rev. David Brezina. New Destiny Christian Spring Hill Suites, Peabody 978-373-4340 Pastors are David and Mary Jane Wing. A full Gospel/Prophetic church. Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. North Shore Baptist 706 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-6186 Sunday: Adult Sunday School begins at 9 a.m., followed by refreshments and fellowship time. Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Monday: Men’s Group Study at 7 p.m., Thursday: Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m. Visit our website for more information or to leave a prayer request. Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Maria Goretti The Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, comprised of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Salem and Grove Streets, and Saint Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, may be reached by calling 781-598-4313 or by email: or by visiting the website: The Pastoral Leadership Team: The Pastor is Rev. Paul E. Ritt, the Parochial Vicar is Rev. Anthony Luongo and the Deacons are Thomas O’Shea and Ed Elibero. Donna Delahanty is Director of Parish Ministries. Office hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., closed for holidays. Go to: St. Maria Goretti (112 Chestnut Street, Lynnfield) Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. Our Lady of Fatima 50 Walsh Ave., Peabody 978-532-0272, Fr. Christopher Gomes Choir Dir.: Noreen Galopim; Organist: Audrey Sullivan. Office hours: Monday to Friday, 1-5 p.m. Mass schedule: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. (Portuguese); Friday at 6 p.m. (Portuguese); Saturday at 9 a.m. (Portuguese) (and Vigil at 5 p.m. English); Sunday 9 a.m. (English); 11:30 a.m. (Portuguese); 6 p.m. (Portuguese). Confessions: Saturday, 4-4:45 p.m.; Baptisms, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, every Friday, 5-6 p.m. Religious Education Classes for Grades 1-6 at 8 a.m. and Grades 7-10 at 10 a.m. on Sundays. St. Adelaide 708 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-1985 Team Ministry: Rev. Raymond Van De Moortell, and Rev. David C. Lewis. Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses: 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Latin Mass: 1 p.m. Sunday. Confessions: Saturday, 3-3:30 p.m.; Baptisms: first Sunday of the month at 2:30 p.m.; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: first Friday of the month, 9:30 a.m.-noon and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. AA Meetings: Thursdays, 7 p.m. Religious Education classes (grades 1-10) are held in the church hall on Sunday and Thursday. St. Ann’s Parish 136 Lynn St., Peabody 978-531-1480 Rev. Charles Stanley; Richard W. Cordeau, Deacon 978-531-1480; M. Ellen Fitzgerald, Pastoral Associate 978-531-9625. Office of Religious Education: 140 Lynn St., M. Ellen Fitzgerald, Religious Education Dir., 978-531- 5791; Leanne Amirault, Preschool Dir., 978- 532-3329 or 978-531-9521. Daily Mass: Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Mass: 9 a.m. St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Community (non-Roman) Rev. Mike Otero-Otero, O.S.F. Located at and with courtesy by St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church 32 Ellsworth Road at King St., Peabody Saturday Vigil Mass at 3 p.m. We offer valid seven sacraments - Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick. Please call 978-804-2250. St. John Lutheran Ellsworth Rd. at King St., Peabody 978-531-1731, The Rev. Charles N. Stevenson, pastor. St. John is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with nursery care provided and coffee and fellowship following; Sunday School at 11 a.m.; Bible Study, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Holy Communion is celebrated the first and third Sunday of each month and on certain festivals. St. John the Baptist 17 Chestnut St., Peabody 978-531-0002 Pastor: Very Rev. John E. MacInnis, VF; Parochial Vicar: Rev. Mario Guarino, FDP and Rev. Paul G.M. McManus; Deacon: Leo A. Martin; Mass: Monday-Saturday, 6:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. (on Saturday); Sunday at 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m. (Spanish) and 5 p.m. Food Pantry on the last Sunday of the month from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Pastoral Center basement. St. John, the Baptist School is now accepting applications. Programs available for 2, 3, 4 and 5-year-olds and grades 1-8. Extended day available for all students. Visit: or call 978-531-0444, ext. 340. St. Paul’s Episcopal 127 Summer St., Lynnfield (781) 334-4594, Rev. Robert Bacon, rector On Sundays in February, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer Street, Lynnfield, offers a said service with Holy Eucharist (Rite I) at 8:30 a. m. At 10a.m., we offer Holy Eucharist (Rite II) with music and choir; child care is offered for younger children and Godly Play classes for those K-7. This service is followed by coffee hour and fellowship. On Mondays, at, St. Paul’s parishioners and friends gather for Centering Prayer. On February 5th, Centering Prayer will be followed by the last discussion and future planning for the next series on World Religions. On Wednesdays, join us for Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. During Lent we will be using the 1892 Book of Common Prayer followed by Bible study at 10 a.m. All are welcome to one or both gatherings. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lynnfield Open Choir Rehearsal begins at 7pm on Thursdays. All who enjoy singing are welcome. As St. Paul’s Episcopal Church begins its 100th year in the community, we are re-uniting with our brothers and sisters at Emmanuel Church, Wakefield, and Church of the Good Shepherd, Reading, who were instrumental in helping us get established back in 1918. We have planned Wednesday evening Lenten Journey gatherings together: Welcome all for a soup supper at 6:30pm, followed by program with teaching, and discussion from 7-8 p.m. The Rev. Rob Bacon serves as rector. See our website for the Sunday gospel and sermon. For more information visit; call the church office: 781-334- 4594; like us on Facebook; or send an email to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 781-599-4220 About St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church: St. Stephen’s is an open and affirming Christian church worshiping in the Angelican tradition. Crossing lines of color, class, culture and generation we seek transformation of our lives and our community through Christ’s Gospel of love, compassion, and justice. To learn more please visit St. Thomas the Apostle 3 Margin St., Peabody, MA 01960 978-531-0224, Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fax: 978-531-6517. Pastor: Very Rev. John MacInnis, VF. Parochial Vicar: Rev. Steven Clemence. Pastoral Associate/Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Dawn Alves. Coordinator of Religious Education: Lisa Trainor. Director of Music Ministry: Dr. Holly Zagaria. Website: Winter Mass Schedule: Saturday 4 p.m. (English) ~ Sunday 10 a.m .(English) 11:30 a.m. (Brazilian). Thrift Shop: Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Us! St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church 5 Paleologos St., Peabody 978-531-0777, Pastor: Rev. Christopher Foustoukos; Pastor Emeritus: Andrew Demotses; Pastoral Assistant: Deacon Robert Fadel; Worship schedule: Sunday - Matins at 8 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m., Church School at 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Weekly feast days as announced: Matins at 8 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. Second Congregational 12 Maple St., Peabody 978-210-4976, Rev. Alison Gerber Worship services at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. The church is wheelchair accessible. Childcare is available during worship service for children through age five. Children’s Church during service, ages 6-12. Sunday School, ages two through adult from 9:15-10:15 a.m. For Bible study and Book Group schedules, call the office. South Congregational 60 Prospect St., Peabody 978-531-1964, Sr. Pastor: Grant Hoofnagle. Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Communion service is the first Sunday of each month. Children pre-K through 12th grade programs during the worship service. Our Sunday worship service blends both traditional hymns and contemporary praise. Teen Youth Groups meet on Sunday evenings at the church. Several small groups for Bible Study meeting weekly – if interested in attending one, call church office for info. Monthly Fellowship Dinner is the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. in fellowship hall - Prayer Meeting follows at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Sovereign Grace Community Church 6 Bourbon St., Peabody 978-210-7413, sovG is a family friendly church offering a contemporary Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School is offered during worship for kids through 5th grade. There is a full staffed nursery. For students in 7th-12th grades, our Youth Group meets Sunday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Email Youth Director Will Coley at for information about Youth Group. Michael Williams, Lead Pastor. Visit: Helping people connect with God, each other and the needs in our community. Temple Tiferet Shalom 489 Lowell St., Peabody 978-535-2100, The Temple Shabbat Services are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. The Temple offers Preschool, Religious School, Bar and Bat Mitzvah instruction, Confirmation classes, Chai Club and youth groups. Social action and adult education programs are an integral component of the temple. Temple Emmanuel 120 Chestnut St., Wakefield Temple Emmanuel of Wakefield is affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. We offer a contemporary approach to Judaism while maintaining a respect for traditional Jewish values. We are a caring and inclusive community through learning and community activities. Besides Shabbat and Festival services, there is a Sisterhood and Temple Reads Book Club, Shabbat dinners, concerts and other programs. Consult the temple website and Facebook page for updated information. Temple Emmanuel’s mission is to be an inclusive and welcoming Jewish Reconstructionist Community devoted to learning, spirituality, and caring for each individual. At Temple Emmanuel we are building a vibrant future in honor of our past, utilizing ancient traditions to provide meaning and sustenance in our contemporary lives. There is a chairlift to the second floor social hall. Visitors are encouraged to come to services and events that interest them. Shabbat services, led by Rabbi Greg Hersh are held most Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Second Saturday morning is a Tot Shabbat at 10 p.m. and a Jewish Meditation Circle is on the third Friday evening at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Greg Hersh. Focus this month on Isaac Luria and Shabbetai Zevi. No charge, all interested are invited. Visit for complete schedule of services, family events, and Continuing Education programs. The Temple website ( has the complete list of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Seats may be reserved by calling Phil 617-688-0870. Temple Ner Tamid 368 Lowell St., Peabody 978-532-1293,, Email Rabbi Richard Perlman, Cantor Steve Abramowitz, Beth K. Hoffman, Synagogue Administrator. Service Schedule: Evening minyans held Sunday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning Minyans at 9 a.m. Friday Evening Services at 8 p.m. (unless a special service), Saturday morning service at 9:30 a.m. Active Temple including Religious School, Sisterhood, Men’s Club, Social Action and Adult Education. Pilates on Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m., Zumba on Monday evenings, 6:15 p.m., Israeli Dance Group Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. Temple welcomes Interfaith Families. Please contact the office for more information at 978- 532-1293. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 400 Essex St., Lynnfield - Sunday services and classes are from 9 a.m. to noon; 9-10:10 a.m. Sacrament Meeting; 10:20-11 a.m. Sunday School; 11:10-noon, Primary and Youth Classes; Youth Night and Boy/Cub Scouts: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Bishop: Matthew Romano, 781-334-5586. Family History Center (open to the public) Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please check before coming due to weather or for summer hours). Wakefield Lynnfield United Methodist Church 273 Vernon St., Wakefield with Pastor: Glenn M. Mortimer Hello from the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church! Here is a little bit about our welcoming Methodist Church Community. Each Sunday, Worship Service starts at 10:30 a.m. during which we offer Sunday School for infants/ toddlers through high Schoolers. Following the service, we enjoy Fellowship at our Coffee & Conversation time. There are also many ways to serve the community here through volunteer opportunities, social groups and committees like Ecumenical Youth Group, Choir, Book Club, Sunday School, Bible Study, United Methodist Women, Ministry Leadership Team, Card Care Club, Craft Fair Committee, just to name a few. We offer our building to many local groups like Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Wakefield Arts & Crafts Society, Music Together- Preschool Music, Kids Curtain Call Drama for Middle Schoolers, Wakefield Toy Swap, just to name a few! We are also a Project Linus Blanket Drop-off spot! We even have musicians “In the House” as our Pastor, Rev. Glenn Mortimer, and his wife Elizabeth are trained musicians which they incorporate into special church services for all to enjoy! For more information about our church, please call the church office at (781) 245-1359 or email us at our new email Visit us on Facebook This weeks activities: Thursday 4/12 — 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Adult/Child Music Class, 2:30 p.m. - Kids Curtain Call, 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Adult/Child Music Class Friday 4/13 — 9:30-12:30 p.m. Adult/ Child Music Class Saturday 4/14 — 9-2 p.m. Wakefield Arts & Crafts Society Annual Arts Show & Sale Sunday 4/15 — 9:15a.m.- Adult Choir Rehearsal, 10:30 a.m. - Palm Sunday Worship, Sunday School & Nursery Care Mon. 4/16 — 2:30 p.m. - Kids Curtain Call Tues. 4/17 — 9:30a.m.- Adult/Child Music Class Wed. 4/18 — 1-6pm- BLOOD DRIVE 1pm Book Club We look forward to welcoming you on Sunday! West Church 27 Johnson St., Peabody Associate Pastor: Rick McDonnell Office Phone: 978-535-4112 Office Email: Website: No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome at West Church! We love the Lord Jesus and we care deeply about meeting the needs of those God sends to us. At West Church you will share in a worship service centered on the majesty and holiness of God rather than on ourselves. We have a number of program offerings, special events, small groups, and opportunities to serve that may well encourage you to feel at home in our fellowship. Every Sunday at West Church, people of all ages come together to worship the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to share in fellowship as a community. Each service includes singing praise, prayer, and preaching from God’s word. We invite you to come and join us for worship at 10:30 a.m. Kingdom Kids, our Worship Service program for children nursery through 4th grade, is available during Worship service. Sunday School is available for children, youth and adults from 9–10 a.m. For more information about our programs throughout the week visit our website:

APRIL 12, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 9 Sports Double the fun at the marathon By Anne Marie Tobin A pair of former Lynnfield High state track champions are taking to the streets come Marathon Monday in the biggest race of their careers. Twenty-four year old twin sisters, Brittany and Gretta Hunt, are running in this year’s Boston Marathon as members of the Dana Farber Marathon Marathon Challenge team (DFMC) in honor of their grandfather, Don Hunt, a long-time Lynnfield resident, who is battling kidney cancer. Brittany Hunt, who ran track and cross country at the University of New Hampshire, applied to run in late September as a member of the DFCM team, which supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program basic cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After learning that Brittany had been accepted, Gretta thought, why not? “I had run a half-marathon but never a full one, and had not trained in four years,” said Gretta, a 2015 graduate of Emmanuel College “I had always thought it so when Brittany got in, it lit a fire in me, so I applied. I have always loved the marathon and just cannot believe all the energy from the crowds and the runners, it’s just unreal. I get chills just thinking about.” There’s another reason why Gretta gets chills. Five years ago, she was standing on Boylston Street at the finish line when the bombs went off. She had been watching the race with college friends, but after the group split up, Gretta stayed on by herswelf to cheer the finishers. “It was my first Boston Marathon and the race was going fine and I even had a sign that said ‘stay strong’,” I was looking down Boylston and saw the first bomb go off. Most people didn’t know what happened, but I knew that it was a bomb, so my first instinct was to call my mother (Rose). She was so calm and told me to run so I started running. Most people it seemed just stopped in their tracks.” While she was running her head was flooded with emotions. “I thought where do I run, so I ran toward a building, but all the time I thought what if I am running toward more bombs. I thought I might be buried if there was a bomb in the building and what if the building collapsed, I mean, I was a college sophomore and thought I’m too young to die.” At home, Hunt’s father Doug jumped into his car and sped into Boston to meet Gretta at their designated meeting location. “I was never so happy to see my father in my life,” said Gretta. “He said h e made the trip in like 10-12 minutes, but seeing him was just the best. But it was so surreal to see it as it was happening.” Hunt said that for the first time in her life, she could not bear to watch the television news and that, even now, she is ever vigilant when in a large crowd. “I am always checking to see how I can get out,” she said. “I definitely am more anxious when I find myself in a closed-in space.” Brittany said she was inspired to run by Lynnfield High track and cross country coach Joe DiBiase. “He has run many marathons and always encouraged me to think about running,” she said. “So I applied knowing it COURTESY PHOTO Twins Gretta Hunt, left, and Brittany Hunt with the Lynnfield 2011 state Division 4 outdoor track championship trophy. The twins will run the Boston Marathon Monday in honor of their grandfather, Don Hunt, who is battling kidney cancer. ‘I have always loved the marathon and just cannot believe all the energy from the crowds and the runners. It’s just unreal.’ is so difficult to get in so I was so surprised that I was accepted. Since then, Mr. DiBiase has been emailing me non-stop and even dropped off a care package at home.” Unfortunately, both girls have been victimized by their overzealous approach to training for the race. Both have struggled with plantar fasciitis and other injuries that took them off the roads and into the gym. “We definitely both overdid it but it is so hard to train for it and I have never put this much mileage on my body,” said Brittany. “We both had to take a 2-week layoff, but kept up the training on the bike and in the pool. The twins were 3-sport athletes at Lynnfield High, playing soccer, basketball and running outdoor track. Their final season was one for the ages. Despite bringing only 10 athletes to the 2011 Division 4 championship meet, the Pioneers defied the odds and captured the state title. “We knew we had to place and do better than we had ever done before in order to have a shot at winning,” said Brittany Hunt. “Nobody was more surprised than GRETTA HUNT Running Monday’s Boston Marathon we were when we won it, it was really just an incredible experience and a great way to finish our high school careers.” Both Hunts set PRs in the meet, with Brittany finishing fifth in the mile and pole vault and Gretta finishing fifth in the 400 hurdles. Brittany Hunt graduated from UNH in 2015, earning a degree in family studies with a minor in education. She recently moved to Somerville and works as a special needs paraprofessional at Huckleberry Hill School while pursuing a masters in moderate disabilities. Gretta Hunt, who resides in Brighton, earned a communications degree at Emmanuel and works as a recruiter for Data Dog, a tech company. While the twins may have entered the world together, it will be every girl for herself come marathon Monday. “I’ve been told that when you run a marathon you have to run at your own pace, so I told Gretta that we’ll have a kiss and a hug at the start line, and then run our own races and meet meet up at finish line,” said Hunt. “We both want to do our best and don’t want the pain to last any longer than it has to!” For both girls, finishing means so much more than just running 26.2 miles. “I have seen so many people while on training runs who were injured that day and lost limbs,” Gretta said. “Just last week I was running and saw the dancer who lost her leg running with a prosthetic, and it was really so emotional to see that strength. It’s so important to remember and never forget what happened, just draw strength from seeing how so many have persevered. Turning the corner onto Boylston will be very emotional for me. “I went into it thinking I could run it in sub-4 hours, but that’s not realistic, so I am going to enjoy the race, soak it all in and hopefully finish,” she said, adding “I proud to get through the winter and it all comes down to It’s a celebration of all the hard work you have done. I’m going to finish even if I have to walk.” Sister Brittany agreed. “I know it’s going to feel amazing,” she said. “Gretta said that when you turn that last corner and see the finish line, it was be just incredible. I don’t know whether or not I will run another one, right now I would probably say no, but I am hoping to feel different once I hit that finish line. “Obviously I would love to run it in less than four hours, but right now considering the injuries, my only goal is to finish strong and not be in too much pain!” Both girls have raised more than $5,000 for Dana Farber. To make a donation to either campaign, visit the DFMC website at