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News - December 23, 2011

Around Town

BYE, GEORGE ... The end is fast approaching for "George," a popular and much-defended century-old coastal live oak that stands in front of 816 Cowper St. The root of the problem is, well, the roots, according to Barrie Coate, an arborist who was commissioned by the city to examine George. The oak's root structure is structurally deficient and provides inadequate support, Coate found. But given the number of residents who rallied to save George, the tree will not go quietly into the night. The city plans to hold a community meeting in January to consider next steps, which could include a memorial and a replacement tree. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Channing House, 850 Webster St.

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