Union St., Lawrence, M.A. – In 1888, a bridge was constructed by one of the most significant bridge companies in Massachusetts, Boston Bridge Works. The Duck Bridge has great significance not only because it connects the southern and northern regions of Lawrence, but also because it is the oldest double-intersection warren through truss in the State of Massachusetts Department of Public Works purview. Also it is one of the oldest attached bridges in the State of Massachusetts. The Duck Bridge holds an extreme necessity, both visually and historically, as a piece of great industrial architecture within the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
This historically significant bridge, however, was taken under Massachusetts Department of Public Works, Boston, for reconstruction. The budget set for reconstruction was $19.9 million dollars, but only $17.9 million was actually spent on it. Reconstruction included rehabilitating portions of the existing piers and abutments, installing new floor beams and a deck made out of a reinforced steel and concrete, and creating two travel lanes with shoulders and sidewalks built on both sides of the bridge. The reconstruction caused many traffic and delay issues as the residents of Lawrence were forced to take alternate routes in and around the city in order to go from the Southern side to the Northern side of Lawrence.
On October, 2012, the Duck Bridge was finalized and completed. It was open six months ahead of schedule. The opening of the bridge brought excitement and comfort to many Lawrence residents who suffered from delays and traffic issues during the reconstruction.
Trial and Error: LHS Mock Trial Team makes it to tie-breaker round!
Article by Zachary Marshall
This year thirteen Lawrence High School students participated in the Massachusetts Mock Trial competition. Mock Trial is a nationwide competition in which students take on the role of witnesses and lawyers presenting a case to a judge in a courtroom setting. In doing this, students gain public speaking, listening, and debating skills as well as an understanding of the law. This year, led by former lawyer and current PFA English teacher, Mary DeFelice, the group successfully won three trials against various schools in the area. They faced a tiebreaker round on Friday, March 1st, 2013 against Lexington in which their journey ended. It has been said that they made it further than most first year team ever have. The team was happy to have the opportunity and cannot wait till next year to go all the way.
Lawrence high school graduates and current college freshmen back in town for break held an open mic on January 3rd, 2013 to get other students together to express themselves. A crowd of 60 musicians, poets, and supporters gathered at the event, hosted by What’s Good in the Hood at the new restaurant and bookstore El Taller on 275 Essex street. Photos courtesy of Margaret Efthim.
What’s Good in the Hood & friends are hosting an open mic at El Taller Restaurant/Bookstore to celebrate the New Year and our new issue! Come hang out, read, eat, and perform with us from 7 to 10 at 275 Essex street, Lawrence!
I think what you're doing is really great! I believe that Lawrence is a unique place with a lot of history, culture, and potential. Kudos to you for finding the beauty in a place that many have forsaken. When you dare to dream, you inspire those around you. The city needs motivated and optimistic young people like yourselves! Actually, the whole world needs more people like you!! Best of luck as you move forward; I'm sure your spirit of determination will help you to achieve all of your goals!
“It’s been an emotional night with my beloved What’s Good in the Hood crew. Two and a half years ago, I was a shy Kenyan who didn’t know anyone. Now I can leave knowing I’ll have a place when I return. Thank you to everyone who believed in us. It’s been a great journey and I hope to rejoin it when I return.”—Gladys Gitau- Co-founder, WGITH
We’re hanging out in the office with this year’s Youth CITIES winners and finalists who got funding for their venture ideas, some from TUGG, others from Ashoka. Dalida, Nalyn, Angy and their friend are starting ADvANCE Lawrence, a dance program.
This Sunday, May 27th Lawrence High schoool is collaborating with Phillips Academy in a Breaking Ground Project in which we will interact with PA students in a number of fun and exciting activties in efforts to get to know one another better. Its gonna be super fun, free of charge, and plenty of food. There willbe transportation to PA and it will run from around 12-4pm. let me know if you interested. AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! LHS/PA Breaking Ground Project!