In The News: Plaza To Undergo Redesign, One-year Anniversary Of Boston Bombing, Gainesville Firefighters Recognized Statewide, Military To Open Combat Jobs To Women
Plans to redesign plaza beginning to take shape – After four years of discussing the redesign of Bo Diddley Community Plaza, city commissioners are working on a plan. The proposed project would open up the plaza to University Avenue in hopes of bringing in more people, according to the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency. Gainesville Sun
A Year After the Boston Bombing, a Day of Reflection and Hope – A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, the city honors those who were injured and killed with remembrance services throughout the day. Last year, three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured when bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line. New York Times
Two Gainesville firefighters honored as among state’s best – Gainesville firefighters Joe Morris and Tom Hand won the Restoration Specialists’ Firefighter of the Year Award. Firefighters from more than 19 counties in Florida were nominated. Gainesville Sun
First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs – Female lieutenants are going to lead a cannon platoon at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. By 2016, the U.S. military has to open all combat jobs to women, or give reasons why any remain closed. Gainesville Sun
Local bar and music venue The Jam will close its doors this November after lease troubles and other plans for the area.
Parrots and Pizza, a local group that meets monthly at Napolatano’s Restaurant in Gainesville, works closely with the Open Wings Rescue and Sanctuary in a joint effort to get attendees of the event to adopt parrots in need of new homes.
Two-year-old Rainer received her first extreme home makeover, with renovations costing $350,000. Her new space is 70 feet in length, complete with rope courses, trees and tunnels.
Gainesville Regional Utilities will be audited by a third party to investigate a 30-year contract between the company and the owners of a biomass plant.