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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Traffic Changes This Weekend

Sections of Kennebecasis Drive and Beach Crescent will be closed until Friday, October 26th due to construction.

Also worth noting is new stop signs at all five sections of the intersection of Park Street, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Hawthorne Avenue and Cedar Grove Crescent.

Irving Tractor Trailer Containing Diesel On Fire

Saint John Fire Department responding to an Irving tractor trailer on fire.

Platoon Chief Mark Wilson says crews were called to the trailer which was at the Seely Street exit, just above Rockwood Court, at the exit of Highway 1.
Wilson says crews quickly put out the heavy fire found at the rear of the tractor trailer and cooled the truck.

The rest of the diesel was transferred to another tractor trailer.

Firefighters Save Wheelchair Bound Man From Fire

A 61-year-old man who uses a wheelchair is recovering in hospital from smoke inhalation after being rescued from a house fire in Quispamsis.

KV Fire Department tells CHSJ news they were called to the bungalow at 695 Hampton Road just after midnight. Smoke was billowing out of the home while they searched for the homeowner. Fire crews managed to put out the fire, which they say was mainly confined to the living room and was crawling up the ceiling.

Rothesay police say they received the call saying a cushioned chair in the home was on fire. Police add his neighbors say the homeowner is a chronic smoker. Police tell CHSJ news the "KV fire department are the heroes, they're the ones that saved that man from dying."

Author Stephen King Surprises Sussex Students

Students at Sussex High School getting quite a surprise yesterday.

Well known suspense and horror author Stephen King making a special trip into the school on Friday to do a writing workshop.

Teacher Sarah-Jane Smith tells CHSJ news the students spent the past year convincing King to come to the school. She says they sent over 1,200 persuasive letters, which King read all of. The students also made music and film projects posted to YouTube. Smith says King talked about how to make a story suspenseful, worked with them one-on-one and read their work out loud.

King is from Bangor, Maine and is known for writing The Green Mile, The Shining, The Stand, Carrie, The Dark Tower series and more.

Clean Out Your Closet & Lend A Helping Hand

Those old bikes and sneakers lying around your closet could mean the world to someone else.

The Rotary clubs from across Greater Saint John are joining together for "Boots, Bikes & Band-aids". Rotary club member Grant Kimball tells CHSJ news they're collecting gently used bikes, shoes, band-aids, hard vitamins and school supplies to ship down to the Dominican Republic. Kimball says they give the items to sugar cane workers who live outside the city and have no water or electricity. He says when they did the fundraiser two years ago it had a huge impact. Kimbal adds cash donations are also welcome.

Collection will be taking place today from 11:00am-3:00pm at Superstores in Saint John, Rothesay, Sussex and Hampton.