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Celtics Win a Loss for Legal Services

There was joy in Boston this week as the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA championship, the team's first since 1986. But the joy begot misery for Greater Boston Legal Services, as post-game revelers vandalized its office, located just a block from the TD Banknorth Garden. GBLS executive director Robert A. Sable tells Julia Reischel at the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly blog The Docket that vandals smashed in the windows of GBLS's street-level lobby and left furniture and carpeting covered in shattered glass. As if that was not bad enough news for the poverty agency's tight budget, it has just spent $300,000 renovating the lobby with new windows, new furniture and a kids' area.

According to Sable, the vandalism occurred soon after the police lost control of a rowdy crowd trying to make its way down Friend Street toward the Garden and the sports bars that surround it. The police had barricaded the entrance to Friend Street, but the barriers were breached by revelers coming from nearby Faneuil Hall Marketplace around midnight on Tuesday night.

Sable says that, according to a video taken by GBLS’s security camera, at 12:08 a.m. a passerby smashed the windows with a sign pole that he had apparently yanked from the ground.

Someone caught the vandalism on video and, needless to say, posted it to YouTube. "What is so depressing," Sable tells Reischel, "is that the crowd cheers like they have done something worthwhile."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 20, 2008 at 08:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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