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Monday, October 11, 2010

Seawolves Break In New Home Today

Coaches, players, family, friends and fans can't wait to see the UNB Saint John Seawolves play at their new home today-the new refurbished Canada Games Stadium.

Head coach Dave Grandy tells CHSJ News they can't wait to get on the new field.

Grandy says they played last year at the Millidgeville field which is good but, the players are excited to play at the Canada Games stadium.
The UNB Saint John Seawolves host Holland College at the Canada Games stadium today at 4pm.  $5 admission at the gate.

A Fire In The North End

The Saint John Fire Department is investigating a fire in the North end last night.
The call came in about 10:30 at a vacant building on Elgin Street.

No one was hurt and the cause is under investigation.
Fire officials tell CHSJ News that a fire occurred in the same building just over a year ago.

Tree Of Life Campaign On In Greater Saint John

Women's whole health in Saint John and the Kennebecasis Valley are benefitting from a fund-raising partnership between Mindcare and Shoppers Drug Mart. It's the ninth annual Tree of Life campaign. The four-week fundraiser runs until Friday and will harvest essential funding to support MindCare's service and programming initiatives. Executive Director Donna Gates tells CHSJ News, they haven't set a goal:

Gates adds all of the money raised will go into the Skate To Care fund-raising pool. You can buy a leaf at the Quispamsis, Lancaster Mall, Lansdowne Street, Crown and Westmorland location Shoppers Drug Marts.

Deliberate Accidents On The Rise

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is keeping a close watch on an alarming trend....deliberate car accidents. Spokes-person Rick Dubin tells CHSJ News, this is being orchestrated by organized crime and appears to be centered in the Greater Toronto area:
Dubin says say they’ve identified more than 40 staged car accidents carried out by one particular crime ring alone, 17 of which have already been criminally investigated. Police have laid 291 charges against 39 people and 20 have been convicted.

Kindness Project

Imagine dropping everything in your life, packing your vehicle and travelling coast to coast to do nice things for total strangers. That is the scenario for 20-year Stefano Andriana from Nova Scotia who is on his Travel Kindness Tour. The goal is to do a good deed for total strangers in the hope they will pay it forward. Andriana tells CHSJ News, a lot of the face to face, day to day social interaction has been lost because of the internet:

He says people his age think they can make a change but, not enough 20-year-old's are willing to risk it.
All of the cash Andriana is using for this project is his own money and all he asks for in return is that the people he helps do the same. The journey started in Newfoundland last month and hopes to finish up on the west-coast and be back home for Christmas.

Big Catch On The Kennebecasis River

A Hampton fisherman can tell a tall tale about the fish he caught last weekend but, this story is true.
Richard Little caught a 52 inch, nearly 34 pound sturgeon.

Ron Pearson of the Picwauket Lions Club tells CHSJ news Little was towed around in his kayak for about 20 minutes by the huge fish.
The amazing catch happened at the annual Sturgeon Hunt October 2rd on the Kennebecasis River between Perry Point and Darling's Island.

Trailer Fire in Lepreau

The Musquash Fire Department responding to a trailer fire last night in Lepreau.
Firefighters found the trailer on the Joseph March road fully involved when they arrived on the scene.

The blaze was quickly knocked down but the trailer was completely destroyed.
No one was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Stories Wanted For Saint John History Day

Family, politics or sports. It doesn't matter what the topic is.....Saint John 225 wants to hear from you this weekend. It's Saint John History Day being held in the Market Square Atrium. The organization wants to hear your stories about life in the Port City. Spokes-person Lisa Hrabluk tells CHSJ News, if you bring along some of your memrobilia as well, it has a chance to be immortalized:

Hrabluk says you can also immortalize your story at Things get started on Sunday at eleven and run til three.

Changes to the KV Fire Department Budget

A major about-face on spending for the Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department budget this year. Instead of refurbishing both of the Rapid Intervention Vehicles, only one will be at a cost of $15,000 dollars while the other is sold and expected to fetch $30,000 dollars. $175,000 dollars had been set aside to upgrade both vehicles but the department has now requested all of the surplus cash from this years budget be rolled over until next year. Quispamsis gave it's blessing to this move.
 Fire Chief Bill Ireland is putting forward a request in next years budget for $400,000 dollars to buy a Class "A" pumper truck to replace the exsisting Rapid Intervention Vehicles.