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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Big Read book revealed

This year's selection for the Big Rothesay Read is The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.

This community-wide reading initiative invites both Rothesay High students and the community at large to read the book over a 6 week period and then join the author on June 2 & 3 at Rothesay High School.

Hill is really pleased that the school and town have chosen his book.
Last year, over 2000 people took part in the first Rothesay read.

An NDP candidate comes forward in Quispamsis

A Quispamsis small businessman is seeking the NDP nomination in the town.

Matt Doherty has lived in Quispamsis for more than 30 years and launched an IT business in 2006 and is also partner in a property management company.

In a release, Doherty says it's time for Quispamsis to have real local representation.
He adds the NDP is running on a sensible and restrained platform that will help our community develop.
Doherty lives in Quispamsis with his wife and two sons.

McCarville running for the Liberals in East Saint John

Another candidate is in the race to over take Roly McIntyre's old job.
Kevin McCarville is running for the Liberal nomination in Saint John East.

Councillor Bruce Court has already announced his intentions to seek the Liberal nominaton while former Fire Chief and Common Counciller Glen Tait has secured the Conservative nomination.

Saint John Family Doctor Passes Away

    (Doctor Leonard Morgan)
           (File Photo)

A man who brought alot of Saint Johner's into this world has passed away.

Dr. Leonard Morgan died yesterday after a period of failing health.

Morgan was a practising family physician in Greater Saint John for 50 years.

He was also the founding member of the Rotary Boys Choir.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at one at Portland United Church in Millidgeville.

Quispamsis Turns Down Advertising For It's Q-Plex

It's thumbs down from Town officials in Quispamsis to proposed advertising for it's still under construction Q-Plex.
A call for opportunities was put out six weeks ago but the two local and one provincial company bids they received did not meet certain criteria.
Town Administrator Mike Brennan tells CHSJ News, they will now try and sell the advertising locally on their own.
Brennan adds he can't get into specifics as to why the advertising was rejected.

Rothesay Also Wants to Help with Deer Problem

         (Rothesay Mayor Bill Bishop)
                    (File Photo)

A regional public education program to discuss the growing deer population will include Rothesay.

Like Quispamsis and Hampton, it has seen the number of animals explode in recent years.

Mayor Bill Bishop tells CHSJ News, there has to be a solution but a good place to start is to remind people not to feed the deer.
Bishop adds the deer population up north is dwindling while it is exploding in this area so there has to be a reason.
As for culling the herd, the municipality has no authority to approve that.

Hampton on Board With Looking for Solution

Hampton is in when it comes to forming a regional public education program to discuss the growing deer population in Greater Saint John.
The proposal was put forward by Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll who believes one voice from municipalities can produce more results.
Mayor Ken Chorley tells CHSJ News, there is a bigger problem than people losing flowers and gardens.....ticks carrying Lyme Disease.

Chorley adds a recent presentation from the Department of Natural Resources told them if people would stop feeding the deer, maybe they would go somewhere else.

Former Polish Prime Minister and Wife Are Immortalized

(Picture of the Former Polish Prime Minister and Wife)
          (Compliments of James Richards)

If you find yourself with some extra time on your lunch break, a local artist is asking you to drop by the multi-cultural center in the City Market.

James Richards has painted a portrait of the Polish Prime Minister and his wife, just weeks after they perished in a plane crash.

Richards tells CHSJ News, he hopes people will stop by and sign the picture.

Richards says on the painting, he painted a rose of every person who was killed and used the countries colors red and white.

High Schools In The Province Are Graded

Despite claiming there is a scarcity of information, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has still ranked 46 high schools in the province. Samuel de Champlain is cited as the top Francophone high school with a "B" moving up from fifth place. Among the Anglophone high schools, Sir James Dunn in St. Andrews is second with a "B plus. Saint John High is third also with a "B" plus, Rothesay High and Kennebecasis Valley High are 4th and 5th on the list with grades of "B". St. Malachys also has a "B" but is ranked 9th and Harbourview comes in 19th with a "B" minus.

Man Assaulted In The Uptown

City police are investigating an early morning assault at the Subway on King Street. One man was taken to hospital with head injuries. How serious his injuries are isn't yet known. Police are on the lookout for one suspect.

Nationwide Call To Commission Major Artwork For Saint John's 225th Anniversary

A big part of the Saint John 225 celebration is to commission a major work of art that will represent the city's history. Committee member and art gallery owner Peter Buckland, who calls Saint John "the original city" tells CHSJ News the them of the sculpture will be the city as a meeting place starting with the first nations people.
200 thousand dollars have been set aside and the competition is open to any artist in the country. Buckland says the winning piece of art will be installed in a prominent location along the waterfront in 2011. He wouldn't divulge where that might be but did say it could not be put in place this year anyway because of the work being done on the Harbour Bridge.

Phase Two Of Redeveloping Rockwood Park Well Underway

          (Entrance To Rockwood Park)
                      (File Photo)

You may have noticed the construction that's taking place right now at the entrance to Rockwood Park. The parking lot being built is part of the 3 million dollar second phase of the park's redevelopment. Landscape architect Larry Stewart tells CHSJ News there were a couple of themes he wanted to incorporate including better accessibility for both the handicapped and those people riding bicycles, a more natural look and better water quality in Lily Lake.
Two matching boulders will be installed at the entrance to the park that will replace the existing sign. The Public Gardens on Seely Street will be connected to Rockwood Park by a trail. Stewart says people will visibly notice a big change once phase two is complete.