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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 25, 2010
N obody has to tell Tara Stickel she bears some of the fault for the death of her 14-year-old daughter two weeks ago on the Amtrak tracks that cut through the heart of Middle River. She tells herself that often enough. "I take responsibility. She was my daughter. Maybe I didn't teach her enough," she said last Friday as we sat down to talk at a diner just a few miles from where Anna Marie Stickel died Jan. 5. Calm and dignified even in the face of her grief, Anna's 38-year-old mom doesn't absolve her daughter either.
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By Michael Dresser and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 25, 2010
N obody has to tell Tara Stickel she bears some of the fault for the death of her 14-year-old daughter two weeks ago on the Amtrak tracks that cut through the heart of Middle River. She tells herself that often enough. "I take responsibility. She was my daughter. Maybe I didn't teach her enough," she said last Friday as we sat down to talk at a diner just a few miles from where Anna Marie Stickel died Jan. 5. Calm and dignified even in the face of her grief, Anna's 38-year-old mom doesn't absolve her daughter either.
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By Robert Lee and Robert Lee,Staff writer | November 15, 1990
East Severna Park residents who feel cut off from the heart of Severna Park are rallying for a footbridge across Ritchie Highway to give children and cyclists access to the B & A Trail park.Representatives from three separate east Severna Park neighborhoods said increasing traffic has turned Ritchie Highway into a virtual "Berlin Wall," cutting east Severna Park off from the shopping and parks in west Severna Park."We've talked about it at our meetings and we think the time has come for a footbridge, especially now that we've got the nice hike and bike trail over there," Shirley Connick of the Berrywood Community Association said at Tuesday's Greater Severna Park Council meeting.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | December 27, 2009
Advocates are pushing for more affordable housing in a rebuilt Columbia downtown, even if it means allowing more than 5,500 new units, and boosters say a widened footbridge over U.S. 29 could eliminate the need for a new interchange. The contentious housing issue will be debated again Jan. 19 at a County Council public hearing on the two Columbia rezoning bills. Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty said that since the zoning bills do not currently require lower-cost housing, a place-holder amendment was prepared that would require that at least 15 percent of the new housing be for residents of moderate income.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | September 3, 1999
The Canadian truck driver whose improperly loaded rig knocked a Beltway footbridge down onto three cars -- killing one person, badly injuring three others and blocking Baltimore's main commuter artery for 12 hours -- has been issued four citations that could result in $880 in fines.Paul C. McIntosh, 23, of Brussels, Ontario, was given these citations: His truck was wider and higher than allowed, lacked mandatory shocks and lights, and damaged the highway. Three of the violations carry fines of $120 each, and the fourth a $520 fine.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,SUN STAFF | January 3, 1996
A 48-year-old Columbia woman was robbed by an armed man as she crossed a pedestrian footbridge in Columbia Monday afternoon, Howard County police said.The woman was not injured, police said.Police said she had just come from the Oakland Mills Village Center and was using the bridge that spans Maryland Route 29 from Columbia's Oakland Mills village to Columbia's Town Center.About 3:30 p.m., a man stopped the woman, pointed a gun at her and ordered her to the ground. When the woman refused to get down, the man reached into her coat pocket, took her wallet and ran off with three other males waiting nearby, police said.
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October 20, 1996
A pivoting footbridge designed to span Piers 4 and 5 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor has won the Grand Award in the 1996 design program sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.The award was presented Friday to Gould Architects P.A., the designer, in a ceremony that was scheduled to take place at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.Columbus Center, the client, wanted the bridge to be movable to allow ships and other maritime vessels to enter the inlet between Piers 4 and 5.The architects responded with a $300,000 structure that floats on pontoons and swings like a gate to let boats pass.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | December 6, 2000
Union Bridge wants to build a path and footbridge along the banks of Little Pipe Creek, the once-straight stream that has been returned to its original meandering route. The path will snake through the town's new 40-acre wetlands park, where thousands of shrubs and small trees have been planted along the creek's shoreline in the past few months. The trail will be about 2,500 feet long and at least 5 feet wide, connecting Main Street with Green Valley Road, according to a sketch. At Main Street, several parking spaces are planned, and a footbridge is being designed to span Little Pipe Creek near Green Valley Road.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | February 25, 1993
Just when it seems the particulars for a footbridge over the Amtrak line near Chase have been worked out, opposition from new arrivals threatens the project.Back in July, community associations in Harewood Park, Twin River and Oliver Beach -- concerned for the safety of children who cross the tracks daily -- recommended building a 50-foot concrete walkway enclosed in wire mesh. They pushed local, state and federal officials for a $1 million footbridge.But the officials got bogged down in wrangling over who would maintain the bridge.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | July 3, 1997
WHEN THE HARD Rock Cafe opens in Baltimore's historic Power Plant on Saturday, some visitors will practically be walking on water to get there.Just in time for the restaurant's opening, Baltimore's Public Works Department has completed construction of a $1.77 million footbridge that links Pier 3 with Pier 4, where the Power Plant is.The footbridge will make it easier for Inner Harbor pedestrians to gain access to the Power Plant, by extending the brick promenade...
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July 24, 2008
Most of the traffic along the footbridge in Robert E. Lee Park is of the four-paw variety. But recently discovered structural problems in the bridge have put the walkway off limits, barring canines and their masters from their oft-used route into the greater expanse of the park. This development has given a whole new meaning to the saying "dog day afternoons." And mornings and evenings. But lest all despair, the faulty bridge offers an opportunity to settle the future of the 400-acre enclave that lies in Baltimore County but is owned by Baltimore city.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2008
Baltimore officials closed a footbridge at Robert E. Lee Park yesterday, shutting a passageway to one of the city's most popular dog-walking areas. An independent contractor recently completed a structural assessment of the bridge and identified several areas of concern. Although the park is in Baltimore County, it is owned by the city. It sits north of Mount Washington, adjacent to Lake Roland near Falls Road and Lakeside Drive. Word of the bridge's closure spread throughout the park by late evening, as dozens of dog walkers were forced to brainstorm future plans.
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December 24, 2005
A 27-year-old Lansdowne man has been charged with rape in an attack last month of a woman on a path leading to a footbridge over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, police said yesterday. Michael Roland Hitchens of the 800 block of Rambo Court was arrested Thursday at the Baltimore County Detention Center, where he was being held on an unrelated charge, police said. He is charged with first-degree rape, armed robbery and false imprisonment in the Nov. 2 attack of a woman who was grabbed while approaching the footbridge near the 300 block of Freeway in Lansdowne, forced into a wooded area and raped, police said.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | December 16, 2005
The bridge is sound. Its image, however, is a little shaky. In years past, the concrete footbridge that spans U.S. 29 connecting Oakland Mills and Town Center was a destination for village residents traveling to Lake Kittamaqundi and The Mall in Columbia. "That pathway was the gem in the community, and when people first moved here, they used it a lot," said Sandy Cederbaum, Oakland Mills village manager. "Now, it is not used as often." Bill Woodcock, chairman of the Oakland Mills Village Board, said: "It is underutilized, and it's something that our residents can use to get to Town Center.
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By Sarah Kershaw and Sarah Kershaw,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 28, 2002
NEW YORK - On a map, even the daintiest thumb would cover the knob of land and water in a hidden place where the city and suburbia meet, at a wooden footbridge separating the haves from the have-nots. The 75-foot bridge arches over Hook Creek, which runs through southeast Queens and into Nassau County, forming the border and feeding Jamaica Bay. Half the bridge is on Long Island, the other half in New York City. On one side of the bridge is Meadowmere Park, a middle-class Long Island community with its own firehouse, smoothly paved roads, lush and landscaped yards and an address that allows parents to send their children to first-rate local schools.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2002
Lehigh Cement Co. has donated $50,000 to Union Bridge to complete two projects that will help beautify the smallest town in Carroll County. Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. said the money would be used for a footbridge across the stream in Little Pipe Creek Park and to build a monument to Union Bridge artist William Henry Rinehart in the new town square, part of the Main Street revitalization. The donation was made at the recent dedication of Lehigh's $270 million kiln and other improvements made to the plant during the past three years.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1996
PRESIDENT Clinton's slogan notwithstanding, the "bridge to the 21st Century" is already on the drawing board -- and scheduled to take shape in Baltimore.A $300,000 pivoting footbridge that would connect Piers 4 and 5 in the Inner Harbor received the Grand Award this month in the annual design program sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.Gould Architects of Baltimore designed the bridge for Columbus Center Development Inc., the nonprofit group responsible for building and operating the $160 million research and education complex on Piers 5 and 6.The award marks the second time in three years that a footbridge planned by Columbus Center for the same inlet received the AIA's top design award.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | December 16, 2005
The bridge is sound. Its image, however, is a little shaky. In years past, the concrete footbridge that spans U.S. 29 connecting Oakland Mills and Town Center was a destination for village residents traveling to Lake Kittamaqundi and The Mall in Columbia. "That pathway was the gem in the community, and when people first moved here, they used it a lot," said Sandy Cederbaum, Oakland Mills village manager. "Now, it is not used as often." Bill Woodcock, chairman of the Oakland Mills Village Board, said: "It is underutilized, and it's something that our residents can use to get to Town Center.
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