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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jervis Bay Memorial Legion gets some extra cash

The Jervis Bay Memorial Legion Branch 53 is getting more money than they expected from the provincial government.

Premier Shawn Graham was in town today to see the new Legion on Bayside Drive and to present a check for $50,000.

Premier Graham says he decided to give the project some extra money because he wanted to do it right the first time.

President Terry Murphy says he is looking forward to the comradship the new Legion will bring, and says six new members have joined before they have even opened.

NB Power Boss On Loss Of Industrial Customers

Deputy Mayor of Rothesay Makes a Decision

You can scratch the name Blair Macdonald off the list of possible candidates for the Liberal Party.

The Deputy Mayor of Rothesay was approached by the party to run in the riding but after giving it some thought, MacDonald tells CHSJ News, he is happy being semi-retired.

There are two candidates for the Liberal party in the riding at this point....Victoria Clarke who works for the Regional Hospital Foundation and school teacher Jacques Theriault.

No word on when a nomination will be held.

Utility Boss Says NB Best Served By NB Power

The acting C-E-O at N-B Power says New Brunswickers wouldn't be well served by competition in the electricity market.

Gaetan Thomas says private sector plants would eye more lucrative markets like the U-S to sell most of their power.
Thomas we are a small customer base and are better served by a smaller and efficient utility like N-B Power.

Search is Underway For a Missing Woman

            (Sarah Leger is Missing)
                   (File Photo)

Do you know where Sarah Leger is?

The question is being asked by Hampton RCMP after receiving a call from a person in Lakeside that the 29-year old woman hasn't been in touch with her family since April.27th.

Officers believe she may be in Saint John.

Leger is five eight, 124 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

If you have seen her, your asked to call Hampton RCMP at 832-5566.

Quispamsis Turns Up Clue in Moncton Womans Death

        (Latest Photo of Stephen Maguire)
               (Supplied by RCMP)

The search for a man in relation to a woman's death in Moncton has turned up a clue in Quispamsis.

RCMP say a burgundy truck, believed to be driven by Stephen Patrick Maguire was found hidden behind a home in the town.

The truck has been seized and is being examined. The home was searched as well but Maguire wasn't there.

The 44-year-old remains a person of interest in the suspicious death investigation of a 45-year-old Moncton woman.
He lived in the house where the woman was found on Monday. Officers remind anyone looking at McGuire's photo that he now has a shaved head.

New Bridge Being Built At Belle Isle

Construction has started on a new bridge to replace one that's 50 years old at Erb's Cove along Route 850 over Belle Isle Bay. It's a 1.7 million dollar project that will also involve raising the road to alleviate spring flooding problems. Back in 2008 there were two meters of water over the road. Construction won't be done until August 14th. In the meantime, there will be a six kilometer detour in place.

New Apartment Building To Be Constructed On Sandy Point Road

There will be more construction taking place in the north end. A 40 unit apartment building on Sandy Point Road has been given approval by Common Council. Norman Robichaud of Sandy Point Road lives next door. He's worried about any damage to his well that might be brought about by blasting because there's alot of rock in the area. The original proposal asked for a six storey building. It has been downsized to four storeys.
The developer has given Robichaud assurances any problems will be taken care off but also points out there was blasting near Canadian Blood Services on University Avenue without any damage being caused.

Conservation Council Member Scoffs At Notion Of Second Nuclear Reactor At Lepreau

(Acting President of NB Power Gaetan Thomas)
                 (Photo by Gary MacDonald)

Judging by the talk at least, the concept of a second nuclear reactor being constructed at Point Lepreau is not dead in the water. The acting President at NB Power, Gaetan Thomas makes clear a second reactor is not pie in the sky but would have to be financed with private money. David Thompson of the Conservation Council tells CHSJ news a better business case can be made for other forms of energy which are renewable and far less expensive. The President and C-E-O of Hitachi, Howard Shearer was recently quoted as saying plans are still in place to build a second reactor but he concedes delays with the refurbishment have complicated matters. Thompson is calling on Common Council to take a stand on behalf of taxpayers by coming out publicly against any further money being spent on the reburbishment and opposing a second nuclear reactor.

Exhibition Park Wants Your Opinion

The Saint John Exhibition Association is looking for your input.

It has posted a survey on it's website as they look at a proposed redevelopment of the site in East Saint John.

The new look for the area could include an indoor sport and trade show fieldhouse, exhibit space, outdoor sports facilities and commercial space.

To get to the link, click here:

Bell Aliant Reports Service Disruption

Telephone and internet service for Bell Aliant customers in the Rothesay Road area have been disrupted because of accidental damage to a cable. Crews are now working to fix the problem. Cellular service is not affected.

Suspicious Fires Under Police Investigation

   (Garage on Dorchester Street Up in Flames)
         (Photo Courtesy of Doug Epton)

Two garage fires are under investigation by the Major Crime Unit with police suspecting both were deliberately set.

The first fire started after 9 last night at 52 Dorchester Street.

The garage was attached to a three storey building but was contained before spreading.

Two families had to leave their homes and find other places to stay.

A few hours later around 2 this morning, there was another garage fire at 145 Metcalf Street.

Details Unveiled About Impact Of Repairs On Harbour Bridge On Traffic

  (Photo by Sherry Aske at public meeting on Harbour Bridge Repairs)

About 50 West-siders and others turned out for the public meeting on construction on the Harbour Bridge. 35 million dollars in repairs are underway and will mean one lane reduction in either direction until late October. Harbour Bridge Authority General Manager Ken Anthony tells CHSJ News the impact on traffic is a big issue for commuters but this work will extend the life of the bridge by 40 years.
People can expect delays during rush hour between 7:30 and 8:30am and between 4:30 and 5:30pm.
Motorists can take steps to help with the gridlock including taking the bus, buying a B-pass, carpooling or taking an alternate route. The work is scheduled to wrap up in late October.

Pedestrians Have Their Say On Disruptions Caused By Harbour Bridge Repairs

(Gregory Dickeson at Harbour Bridge Meeting)
               (Photo by Sherry Aske)

Traffic is not the only headache that comes with repairs on the Harbour Bridge.
Many pedestrians are upset about the partial closure of Harbour Passage from HMCS Brunswicker to Long Wharf during the construction period.
Gregory Dickeson tells CHSJ News says pedestrians don't feel included in this process and more importance is being placed on vehicles than people.
Another pedestrian attending last night's meeting said he felt the public wasn't properly informed of the impact of the bridge work on Harbour Bridge. An alternate route for Harbour Passage, while the repairs on the bridge are ongoing, is being looked at and should be announced this week.

Petition Started To Change Bus Routes

Westsider Mary-Ellen Carpenter says the transit system in her area doesn't serve anyone. She is petitioning for the West Side bus routes to be changed. Carpenter has made a presentation to the West Side Business Association because she says to run one errand she has to take six different buses and pay $10. She is proposing a $5 a day bus pass so that people can get on and off.
Carpenter has made a presentation to the West Side Business Association saying she wants a bus route that starts by the Tim Hortons on the Lower West End, stops at the Reversing Falls and then goes all the way to the Pumpkin Patch.

New Condo Development Proposed For Rothesay

(Map of proposed new condo development in Rothesay)
                 (Photo by Sherry Aske)

Two Rothesay contractors are asking Town Council for permission to build 24 high end condo units near Rothesay Elementary School.

The construction would change the area to moderate density.

Mayor Bill Bishop says he hopes the project goes forward claiming Rothesay is lacking in condo style living.

Some questions were raised from council members about possible flooding because of a stream that runs under Highland Avenue.

The contractors say an engeeneering firm will be hired to minimize flooding.

The public has until June 9th to submit any concerns to council but no date for a public hearing has yet been set.