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Virgin Mary ordered removed from West Springfield traffic island 

Antonio Liquori of Liquori’s Pizza says he put the statue up last year as part of a city beautification project in which business owners adopted traffic islands to maintain.

Liquori tells WWLP-TV he recently received a letter from the City’s Deputy Director of Operations, Vincent DeSantis, saying there have been several complaints about the Madonna statue. The letter read: “Unfortunately, in this day and age, religious artifacts are not to be displayed on city property.”

DeSantis said business owners will now only be allowed to decorate traffic islands with flowers.

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Information from: WWLP-TV, http://www.wwlp.com

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