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Professor Jim Strazzella Honored for Efforts to Save Smith Memorial Playground

June 3, 2013 - Professor Jim Strazzella has received the 2013 Ida Newman Magic of Play Award for his efforts to save Smith Memorial Playground. The award is given in recognition of his demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of children.

A decade ago, Strazzella formed a non-profit when the century-old historical play site was in danger of closing. Since then, he has led the board and staff in raising nearly 10 million to make capital improvements and stabilize the budget.

in addition to the Newman award, the tot lot at Smith has been renamed "Straz Land."

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