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Town votes to save cross

Controversial icon may raise legal issues

A controversial, decades-old cross on a traffic island in Middleborough has a new lease on life following a spirited Town Meeting vote last week that allows local officials to work on a plan to save the display.

The 12-foot-by-7-foot brick icon has stood on a grassy triangle on Route 28 by what is now Dave’s Diner since 1959, when the local Kiwanis Club and a handful of churches raised it as a sort of universal, nondenominational call to worship. While some consider it an important local landmark, many others had hardly noticed its presence.

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