Permanent Memorial for Raymond Taavel on Gottingen

The temporary Raymond Taavel Healing Garden located in the lot of the former MET building on Gottingen street is about to be redeveloped and in the coming weeks the garden will be dismantled.  On Thursday Aug. 14th from 5:30pm-7:00pm there will be a meeting at the North Branch Library to discuss the options for creating a permanent memorial on Gottingen St.

This meeting is just a group of interested local folks, friends of Raymond and other interested people who are interested in coming up with an effort to ensure that there is a permanent memorial on Gottingen street to Raymond.
The meeting will be held as a discussion to determine if there is interest in such a project, as well as, a way to brainstorm ideas and develop next steps.

The folks from Co*lab are going to be attending to help facilitate the discussion and a team from iMOVe (which stands for In My Own Voice) is going to be on site covering the meeting with a live webcast (hosted at and setting up a Video Booth, if people would like to share stories, or give a video tribute to Raymond.

iMOVE is working on a project called 106.9 GotAVoice FM – which is a temporary community radio station which will broadcast starting September 9 and run during the whole week of the Gottingen 250 Festival.  The station will be broadcasting stories, history and memories from people of all walks of life who live, have lived, work/worked, or enjoy themselves on Gottingen Street.  The idea is to tell All the Stories of the street from many perspectives.
This is a great opportunity for the many communities of Gottingen Street to work together in keeping Raymond’s spirit alive and also to getting things down in a more permanent way. They will only be talking with people who volunteer their time.

All of this stuff will help toward the memorial – whatever it will end up being. Very excited about the possibilities. Looking forward to hearing what people have to say.

For more information, you can check out the Facebook event for the meeting or contact organizer Nathaniel Smith at

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