The Thinking bicycle
December 17, 2001
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Monday, December 17, 2001
The Artist and the Frog
Kant Betrue, Staff Reporter,
December 17, 2001
New Bedford Herald
Westminster — A man was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, if you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.
The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week." The man took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want." Again the man took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?"
The man said, Look, I'm an artist. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog is cool."
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Saturday, December 15, 2001
New bridge to safety
December 15, 2001
Through the early Friday morning rain, workers dressed in bright yellow raincoats and boots the color of mud installed two 55-foot sections of a steel walking bridge over the floodplain of a small stream along
The bridge is in the middle of the city's portion of the Wakefield Community Trail and nearly completes the first section of the city's first walking and biking trail.
The trail, when finished, will span about three miles from
"They obviously can't do that now," said Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works for the city.
The city began planning the trail in 1994, but money and land restraints kept the project from beginning.
The proposed trail was to extend northeast from Old New Windsor Road to Uniontown Road, but the first section of the trail, between Old New Windsor Road and Long Valley Drive, was to be located on property owned by the Avondale Run Homeowner's Association.
Approval to build the trail on the property would have required consent from a majority of the property owners in the association, said Chris Batten, a local land planning and design consultant hired to develop the initial plans for the trail.
So the city decided instead to develop plans for another section of the trail between
In July, the City Council awarded a $348,000 contract to Thomas Bennett & Hunter Inc. of
This phase of the project, which includes widening of a sidewalk on
The city is using two federal grants, totaling about $193,000, and city money for the project, Beyard said.
Design work on the remaining portion of the trail, between
The trail will be dedicated in memory of Terrence "Terry" Burk, 48, owner of the Treat Shop, his family candy business located in the TownMall of
Burk was running with two friends on Route 97 at
Burk's family established a memorial fund in Burk's name to help build the trail.
The Community Foundation of
Another portion of the trail, from
"This will probably be one of the city's highest priorities behind the Carroll Theater project in the upcoming year," Beyard said.
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