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
University Park Neighborhood residents and other community members are urging the Gainesville City Commission to keep 8th Avenue as a two-lane road for safety reasons.
Local undocumented immigrants Luis and Patricia Soto are hoping to take their family on a vacation for the first time since their parents brought them to the U.S. as children now that President Obama’s executive order will allow them both to have temporary legal status.
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“We’re encouraging people to make a quit attempt, and we’re going to be able to provide to them any of the services that they need to help them,” Nichols said.
The Alachua County Energy Management team will be upgrading lights in all county-owned building parking lots to light-emitting diode (LED). The county estimates the new update will save the county a total of $10,000 annually on electricity bills.