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April 2 - 8, 2014 Vol. 10, No. 22

New Rail Trail Through the South End By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – The Clipper City Rail Trail, which currently extends from the train station to the Merrimack River waterfront, has been so popular that the city, state and federal government, plus several foundations, are ready to create a second trail that will extend south from the river to the Newbury town line. Mayor Donna Holaday, who opened the MassDOT public hearing on the second trail last week, called the first rail trail “a tremendous resource for our city.” On a Saturday last July, about 1,000 people were counted as they walked, ran and biked along the 1.1 mile long trail. The popularity of the Clipper City Rail Trail contributed to the decision by MassDOT to add bike and pedestrian lanes to the new Whittier Bridge on Interstate 95 over the Merrimack River, the mayor said. At the second public hearing on the trail, there was solid support for the trail from the three dozens residents and interested citizens who came to the City Hall auditorium to learn more about the trail. Several neighbors, while backing the new trail, said they were concerned about several issues, ranging from increased parking on the narrow streets to a fear that the underpass for the trail would become a haven for Continued on page 3 the homeless or partying teenagers.

Photos by Stewart Lytle

Above: Ron Hedrick with the map of the new rail trail. Left: The old underpass below High Street.

Newbury Elementary Students Bring Willy Wonka to Life Again

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By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURY – Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket are back in the chocolate factory, but the play Newbury Elementary School students are presenting this spring in Sweetly Ever After is not just a re-enactment of the famous children's story and films. The play, which opens Thursday night, April 10, for four performances at the school theater, is based on the Roald Dahl's 1964 children's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but playwright Stacey April Fix has created a new play for Theater Workshop, an after-school program, that re-imagines many of the familiar characters and creates several new ones. Fix describes the new play as “a mash” of Dahl, Lewis Carroll, contemporary writer Larry David and herself. Fix, who left Broadway in 1998 to create Workshop Arts, Inc. on the North Shore, is following in good company. Dahl's novel has been reinvented by Hollywood, first in the original movie, starring Gene Wilder, and subsequently in a movie starring Johnny Depp. In Sweetly Ever After, Newbury Elementary School teacher David Photos by Stewart Lytle Aboce: Sweetly Ever After dancers. Left: Williams brings the eccentric Willy Wonka to life. The play follows much David Williams (Willy Wonka) and the of the original story, but Fix has added several characters and rewritten Wonkavator. some of Dahl's characters to make the play fresh and fun. Williams, who has played the character Scrooge in two of Fix's earlier plays, is returning to the stage after an eight-year sabbatical from acting, Williams said he returned, despite a busy schedule, because “Who could resist the chance to play Willy Wonka?” As in the original play, Charlie Bucket, a polite and well-mannered boy, inherits the chocolate factory because of his honesty and integrity. But the young Bucket is opposed in managing the factory by Wonka's nephew, Webster Wonka, who felt he should have inherited the family business. Charlie tries to manage the crazy environment and mix of characters

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