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
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The Saint Francis House Pet Care Clinic provides free non-emergency health care for pets of economically troubled owners four times a month. In the colder months, they give out cold weather clothes and blankets because homeless shelters do not allow animals unless they are service animals.
Freshman quarterback Treon Harris has been charged with second-degree misdemeanor for driving without a valid driver’s license.
The Pledge 5 Foundation is in debt with local businesses in Gainesville. The organization owes more than $100,000, but it created a program, so that they can pay back the money they owe.
Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc., is furthering its year-round fight against food insecurity for youth by providing food during the winter holidays to students who mainly rely on meals during school hours.
In exchange for a reduced sentence, some Marion County inmates participate in a prison work program. The program has produced much of the jail’s infrastructure, saving taxpayers more than $9 million in 2013.