WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Virgin Mary statue may be returning to a West Springfield traffic island after being removed due to several complaints.
Several weeks ago, Antonio Liquori, owner of Liquori's Pizza, was asked by the City's Deputy Director of Operations, Vincent DeSantis, to remove the statue after the department received complaints. "Unfortunately, in this day and age, religious artifacts are not to be displayed on city property," said DeSantis.
Liquori adopted the traffic island on South Boulevard as part of a beautification program, "Adopt an Island" project.
According to Liquori, West Springfield Mayor Neffinger got wind of the debate and told him he can return the Virgin Mary statue to the traffic island until the city's lawyers have a chance to look over the case.
Liquori hopes to put it back in time for Mother's Day, but is now afraid someone will steal it.
He also told 22News, supporters plan to gather on the traffic island Friday around 11:00 a.m. in support of allowing the Virgin Mary statue to stay permanently.