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Paradise Island for Boston Kids

At this time last year, Boston was struggling with violence. The city's homicide rate had risen dramatically over the summer and Mayor Tom Menino was looking for a way to provide urban children with some kind of sanctuary.

In October, businessman and civic leader Jack Connors came up with an idea: Turn the old military base on Boston Harbor's Long Island into a summer camp.

Connors spearheaded an effort to raise 10 million dollars and, after little more than a hundred days, Camp Harbor View was built and ready to welcome some 600 Boston kids. Among them two sisters from Mattapan. WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness spends the day with them.

This program aired on July 20, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bianca Vázquez Toness was formerly a report for WBUR.

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