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By Brad Petrishen

Telegram & Gazette Staff

January 28, 2018

WORCESTER – Carl C. Gomes wants to build a wall.

No, not that wall – the Mexican border is not his concern – but he does want to make his own little section of America great again.

“When that wall comes down, it will be like manna from heaven,” the 62-year-old said last week outside the decades-old wall that separates West Boylston Drive from the Interstate 190 off-ramp.

The weathered structure looks, in parts, like the scene of a drive-by shooting. Riddled with holes and referred to by neighbors as the “ugly brown wall,” it has long been a bane for those who pass it daily.

So it will be welcome news to the neighborhood that after nearly four decades, the wall’s days are numbered. Mr. Gomes, who peppered the state with calls and emails about his distaste for the structure, is happy to report the state plans a half-million-dollar replacement.

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Carl Gomes at 149 West Boylston Drive -

By Craig S. Semon

Worcester Telegram & Gazette USA TODAY NETWORK

WORCESTER — Despite the city’s flower beds being entombed in a frozen crust, the Indian Lake Community Association is looking forward to starting phase one of its “Community Teaching Garden Literacy Project.”

The Association was planning to complete phase one Saturday, Feb. 13, but Mother Nature had other plans. They are now shooting for March 13, the one-year anniversary of the Commonwealth-wide shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The site of the garden will be on West Boylston Drive on the parcel of land that was part of the West Boylston Drive Barrier Wall replacement project, Carl Gomes, president of the Indian Lake Community Association Inc., said.

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