Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • 5:16 PM Comments ()

Six Months

posted by Maureen Turner

It’s been six months since the freak tornado hit the city. The Maple High Six Corners Neighborhood Council will mark the date with a candlelight vigil “honoring the spirit and resiliency” of that neighborhood, which was hit especially hard.

The vigil will take place, rain or shine, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. at the Pine and Central streets triangle.

Meanwhile, ReBuild Springfield—the public/private group charged with “leading a collaborative planning process to build a community vision for the future of the tornado impacted neighborhoods and Springfield as a whole”—will hold a new series of community meetings later in the month.

“Residents and stakeholders are urged to help create a vision for Springfield that will ultimately help form the master plan for both the tornado-impacted and related areas of the City of Springfield,” ReBuild Springfield says. “We need to hear, firsthand, from a diverse array of residents from the impacted neighborhoods as well as the City at large.” Take them up on that.

Those meetings:

• For the Sixteen Acres and East Forest Park neighborhoods: Tues., Dec. 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Greenleaf Community Center at 1188 Parker St.

• For the Six Corners, Upper Hill, Old Hill, and Forest Park neighborhoods: Wed., Dec. 14, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the J.C. Williams Community Center at 116 Florence St.

• For the Metro Center/downtown and South End neighborhoods: Thur., Dec. 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South End Middle School at 36 Margaret St.

• And, finally, on Thur., Jan 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Social Center at 375 Island Pond Rd., ReBuild Springfield will present the master plan drawn up by Concordia, LLC, a planning and design firm firm hired by the group.

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