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Monday, May 18, 2009

Fire in Coronation Park Area



Just before 9 o'clock last night police and fire crews responded to a fire in the Coronation Park area.
The fire was in the basement of a townhouse, and police suspect is was smoldering for hours before being noticed.
At first the fire appeared to be suspicious, but an investigation by Major Crimes proved it to be accidental.
There will be no charges laid, and there were no injuries.

Robbery At Subway



Someone wanted more than a sandwich when they went into the Fairville Boulevard Subway Restaurant last night.
Just after 7:30 a man went into the restaurant with a weapon and demanded cash from the register.
The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, and there were no injuries in the incident.
The Major Crimes unit is currently investigating the robbery.

Work At Riverside on Hold



The process to build some new homes on the Riverside Golf Course is on hold for the time being. A public presentation was slated for the 27th to discuss an application to build single family homes to the left and right of the main driveway just North-West of the club house. Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News, the membership and executive of the golf course still have some decisions to make on this matter.

Bishop says there are two points of view in the club-house......those who like the idea and those who don't. The golf course and piece of land is currently zoned recreation and would need to be re-designed as moderate density and re-zoned R3.    

Gas Hike Means Economy Rebounding According to Minister



No doubt you have noticed the price for crude has been creeping up in recent weeks and that means gasoline prices have been as well. It wasn't that long ago we were paying close to $1.40 for a litre of self-serve and the question many have is, will it return or go even higher. Energy Minister Jack Keir tells CHSJ News, he doesn't have a crystal ball but it's a sign of the economy.

Keir says he understands nobody wants to pay close to a dollar and a half for a litre of gasoline but cheap gas and a booming economy will never happen again.  

More Travelers Flying Out of Saint John



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(Sunwing and Jazz jets at Saint John airport - file photo)

Some significant progress is being made in the battle to have Saint Johners fly out of the local airport -- airport president Bernie LeBlanc says shrinkage to other airports has been reduced by 50-percent over the past two years.
And LeBlanc tells CHSJ News it's no easy task with 5-airports within a four hour drive of the city:

LeBlanc says the latest stats show 65-percent of the passengers through our airport are travelling to Canadian destinations -- 25-percent are headed state side -- and -- ten percent are travelling to international destinations.

Football League Expecting to Start in Fall



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[UNBSJ Seawolves Uniform----photo courtesy of Barry Ogden]

The opportunity for those over 18 to play football in the city is coming this fall.
The Atlantic Football League and the UNBSJ Seawolves are looking to kick start it's season in September, and organizer Barry Ogden tells CHSJ News, there isn't much for organized sports for adults besides the hockey beer leagues in the city.

Ogden says protective gear will be supplied for potential players, and the interest being shown by the community is very high.
Ogden says the AFL has had no problems getting sponsors for teams, and will initially be three teams, but there is potential for growth.