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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Report Being Reviewed - Meetings Planned

The Department of Social Development is now reviewing a consultant's report on revitalizing the Crescent Valley area -- and -- part of that revitalization process will include replacement housing for old social housing which fell to the wrecker's ball earlier this year. Minister Kelly Lamrock tells CHSJ News the new development will be geared to mixed income levels.Lamrock says he will be down around the middle of next month to meet with various community groups before making final decisions on the recommendations in the consultant's report -- once those decisions are made -- a time table will be determined for construction of the replacement housing.

Pink Bus

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's "pink bus" is stopping in Sussex today on the last leg of its tour through Greater Saint John. The foundation promoting the importance of breast screening and early cancer detection before heading to Alma tomorrow. Tour Rep, Selina Hughes tells CHSJ News everyone is welcome onboard to see the breast model, information boths and video on having a mammogram.
Their goal is to have 85 per cent of all women between the ages of 50 and 69 in Atlantic Canada routinely screened for breast cancer by 2010. The Pink bus will make its last stop in New Brunswick on September 10th before heading to Nova Scotia.

Harbour Clean Up

Ottawa and Fredericton realize they have to help out with the Harbour Clean-up Project. That from Mayor Ivan Court as City Officials continue to evaluate the proposal and draw up a working map. Court tells CHSJ News, this municipality or any other cannot front the bill for this type of proposal and help from the other two levels of government is a must.
Court admits the price of materials and labour have jumped 24% over the past four years and they continue to look at ways to get the total price tag down.

Minor Hockey KV

August is coming to a close and that means for most homes in the Kennebecasis Valley, hockey fever is building. The Minor Hockey Association has been planning for the up-coming months since the previous season finished and President Darren Zwicker tells CHSJ News, everything appears to be falling into place.
Zwicker says if the trend continues....he expects numbers will be up this season by 3-5% coming in at just over 1000 players last year. There is also a registration date on the third of next month.

Dragon Boat Results

The 5th annual Dragon Boat Festival kicked off yesterday at the Renforth Wharf near Rothesay. With over 254,000 dollars raised for the St. Josephs Hospital Foundation's Wellness Garden, Organizer Jill Logan tells CHSJ news regardless of the weather she feels it was still a success.
Festivities began yesterday morning with a traditional Chinese Ceremony. First place winners were the Plumbers and Pipefitters team, followed closely by Dundee Securities.

Minto Barricade

The 28 year old man who barricaded himself inside a Minto home for 13 hours yesterday, has been arrested without incident. Minto RCMP responded to a firearms complaint shortly after 4:00am. RCMP did have contact with the man during the day and he was finally arrested shortly after 5:00.Highway route 10 that runs through Minto was closed during the stand-off as a safety precaution. The highway is now open to traffic.

Damage from Danny

It seems Danny did manage to do some damage to our area afterall. Last night tropical depression Danny passed through our region leaving rocks, branches and approximately 60 mm water on our roads. Emergency crews have been busy all night responding to calls of flooded basements and flooding on the East Side in the McAllister Drive area. Police are warning people to steer clear of Foster Thurston Road, Asburn Lake Road and the Rothesay Road, which remain closed in certain sections.