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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.


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

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