If you’ve happened to drive by St. Mary’s Church today, yes you’d be right to think that it a new look, looked different and something was missing.

Over the Labor Day weekend and during Tropical Storm Hermine, a limb from one of their trees located on the opposite side of Spring Street crashed down and landed on Gidley Street, blocking traffic and requiring the road to be closed for a considerable amount of time. Luckily, no property was damaged, and no one was injured.

According to St. Mary’s Church, the rest of the trees in front of their church are also prone to snapping, prompting them to make the decision to remove the trees “before someone gets hurt”.

Before photo

On Wednesday morning, landscapers removed the six trees from the front of the property. Some have commented on social media that the church “looks naked,” while others have been disappointed that they have been removed.

The church does plan on redesigning the front landscaping in early Spring and encourages the public to reach out to them if anyone would like to help beautify their grounds for years to come.

Next Monday (September 12th), will mark 63 years since John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married at the church.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).