By Amy Carboneau
From the Web
@Brockton24_7 expected to get new computer on Nov. 1
Twitter fiend Frank Kelly will have a new computer soon thanks to donations collected by Robert Morano, a fellow avid Tweeter known online as BrocktonBeat.
On Tuesday, Morano sent the news out via – where else – Twitter: “We raised almost $280 and we were able to get a refurbished HP desktop from Sears. It is on order from the Warehouse. Thank You to all.”
Morano, who has never met Kelly, started the fundraiser when he read in The Enterprise that Kelly had gone offline on Oct. 1 due to a water spill on his keyboard.
Kelly, a 54-year-old retired electrician and former EMT, tweets often – sometimes several times an hour – to his more than 2,700 followers.
He covers mostly breaking news, a service that Morano said is essential to the city.
“Frank fights crime in his own way,” Morano said.
“We try to get the missing persons and the BOLOs out,” added Kelly, “because the amount of followers we have now are a lot of cops from the surrounding towns.
“We can tweet a lot quicker than they can make a phone call,” added Kelly, who said he was embarrassed by the notoriety. “That was very nice of him to do.”
Kelly’s new computer is scheduled to arrive Nov. 1. Morano plans to meet Kelly for the first time next week when he hand-delivers his new computer.
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