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February 12, 2014

Public hearing on Bradford Rail Trail tonight

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division will have a public hearing on the official 25 percent design submission for the Bradford Rail Trail Project tonight at 7 in Room 301 of City Hall, 4 Summer St.

The city’s design firm, Stantec, will present details of its 25 percent design for the 3,000-foot-long non-vehicular path to be constructed from land the city bought from Pan Am Railways.

The site runs from the Basiliere Bridge westward towards the Comeau Bridge along the Merrimack River, across from downtown. The city plans to seek state and federal money to help pay for this project and the 25 percent design submission is part of the funding process, city officials said.

The Rail Trail opened to the public in the fall of 2011, but many improvements are planned including paving, lighting, drainage, landscaping, fencing and other enhancements to be discussed at tonight’s hearing.

“This hearing presents a great opportunity for the public to become acquainted with this exciting project, which will help transform the riverfront area of Haverhill,” Mayor James Fiorentini said. “I would encourage all neighbors, abutters, potential users and interested citizens to attend.”

This public hearing is a required element of the process of getting the Rail Trail designed and approved for construction.

Chocolate, the perfect drug?

There’s little doubt that chocolate is a delicious treat and typically seen as a guilty pleasure, but did you know that chocolate can also be healthy?

According to Professor of Chemistry Mike Cross at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, chocolate might just be the “perfect drug.”

In a free presentation called “Chocolate, The Perfect Indulgence,” Cross will share his knowledge as both a chemist and a passionate lover of chocolate with audiences throughout the area this Valentine’s Day season. His talk is on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, N.H. The public is invited.

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