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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Doherty Uses Nomination Meeting To Announce Rainbow Park Funding

The provincial government is giving 300-thousand dollars to the Rainbow Park project in the South End -- the official announcement is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
But -- Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty used his Saint John Harbour nomination meeting tonight to reveal the funding -- and -- he didn't stop there.
He also says the provincial government will also contribute 200-thousand dollars to a Rockwood Park endowment fund -- and -- will fund a population growth strategy by the Saint John Multicultural Center.
And Doherty says the official sod turning for the new provincial Justice Complex at Peel Plaza will be held within ten days.
Doherty will defend his seat in the September 27th election -- he was first elected in a by-election in November of 2005.

Graham Admits Better Communications Job Needed For Power Deal

(Premier Graham speaking to Saint John Harbour nomination meeting)

Premier Graham says his government has to do a better job of answering questions about the controversial proposed sale of N-B Power to Hydro Quebec.
But -- Graham says the opposition Conservatives are dodging their responsibilities by refusing to unveil their plan for the provincial utility - and - that makes the debate one sided.
Over a thousand people turned out to oppose the sale during a rally at the Legislature in Fredericton on Saturday -- while Graham was greeted by four protesters as he arrived at the Saint John Harbour nomination meeting tonight.

Citys Real Estate Market Looking Good

The new president of the Saint John Real Estate Board says the market is looking good as we head into the spring and summer months.

Jason Stephen tells CHSJ News the local market held its own through last year's economic slump:
Stephen says the number of listings is up this year offering prospective buyers more choice -- and -- he says the number of sales is also up so far this year compared to the same period last year.

Ed Doherty Re-Offering for Saint John Harbour In Provincial Election

The Liberal riding association for Saint John Harbour will usher in incumbent Ed Doherty as it's candidate for the fall provincial election this afternoon. The MLA and Minister of Supply and Services is un-opposed in the riding and has held the seat since winning a by-election back in 2005.

Things get started at five o'clock at Saint John the Baptist Church and Premier Grahamwill be on hand for the event.

Golfers Preparing For A New Season

The early thaw has caught the attention of golfers around the Province hoping they might get back on the course early this year. The President of Total Golf Management at Rockwood Park Gerry Connolly tells CHSJ News, the tarps were removed from the greens earlier this week and things look good:

Connolly adds if the weather forecast holds as predicted, he is optimistic the golf course might be able to open shortly after the Easter Weekend.

Road Work In Quispamsis

Now that the roads In Greater Saint John have been bare for several weeks now, town staff in Quispamsis have been making the rounds planning for any repair work. Director of Engineering Gary Losier tells CHSJ News, they are trying to stay ahead of the pot-hole problems:

Losier adds the roads are in pretty good shape but the springs have popped up in some area's with a permanent fix to come this summer.

Rothesay Clean Up Week

You know all that junk that is piling up in your basement, shed or garage. The time is drawing near when you can put it curbside and have someone haul it away. Clean-up Week this year in Rothesay is scheduled for May.17th and regardless of your regular garbage pick-up day, all items should be curbside by that Monday at seven in the morning.
Organic pick-up week is the following Monday with all yard waste for composting to be picked up.

Here is the complete list of what can be put out.




May 17th BY 7:00 a.m. Regardless of your schedule pick up day

Items must be tied in manageable bundles, weighing no more than 50 lbs. Junked car parts and batteries, white goods (appliances), paints/solvents and similar items will NOT be picked up. Tires can be dropped off at any retail outlet. For further information on the disposal of non-conforming items, please call the Fundy Regional Solid Waste Hotline at 738-1212.



May 24th BY 7:00 a.m.

This clean-up will be for the collection of leaves, and yard waste for composting. Leaves, grass clipping, and bundled twigs that are no longer than 4 ft in length and less than 50 lbs. should be placed curbside. Residents are encouraged to use decomposable bags, non-waxed cardboard cartons or garbage cans that can be emptied into the trucks.