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And the children shall lead them …

Melvin B. Miller

Jamaica Plain teenagers from Jackson Square have demonstrated to us all the advantage of vigilance and persistence. In an effort to raise funds for construction of a local recreation center, they uncovered a secret treasure trove. The owners of TD Garden promised in 1993 to raise funds annually to finance recreation projects in exchange for state-owned air rights, but had failed to do so for 24 years.

When confronted with the oversight, responsible officials attempted to evade the liability, but the teens pressed on. So far TD Garden has agreed to pay $2.65 million for the $30 million project. And probably more will come from TD Garden.

The teens learned early that you can’t progress by always taking a back seat.

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