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Friday, May 14, 2010

Fire in the North End

City Fire crews responding to a fire earlier this afternoon in the North end.

The fire was located at 117 Main Street North in the ground floor apartment.

When crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming out of a front bedroom, no one was home at the time.

The apartment did suffer smoke and water damage which means the tenant living there will be displaced for a while.

Fire investigators have been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.
A woman living in an upstairs apartment in the attached building was treated on scene after breathing some of the smoke.

Saint John Police Force Honors It's Own

Service Awards Handed Out to Saint John Police Officers

The Saint John Police Force has honored ten officers with their 20 and 30 year exemplary service awards.

Chief Bill Reid tells CHSJ News, of the ten, only one officer is retiring at the end of the month which really speaks volumes about what the force offers and the dedication of it's officers.
 In his speech, Chief Reid also took time to thank the families of the officers, knowing they play a vital role behind the scenes and are connected with the community.
20 Year Medals Go To:
Cst. David Brooker, Cst. Darin Clarke, CST. Deborah Easton, Sgt. Michael McCaig and CST. Gordon Redfurn.
30 Year Medals Go To:
Sgt. Christopher Morris, CST. Stuart Osborne, Cst. Roger Paris, Insp. David Parks and Cst. Gregory Smith.

Lower South End shows interest in fighting crime

As part of police week, an open house was held today at the People United in the Lower South End (PULSE) Centre.

Sergeant Jim Fleming says the presence of the PULSE centre is the reason why the Community Police Office in the Lower South End has been so successful.

He says he can tell by the dozen people that showed up for the open house that the community is more interested in stopping crime.
The goal of the open house is for people to meet the community police officer and to become familiar with some of the services PULSE offers.
PULSE is working to develop a community resource centre, lending library, and youth centre.

Ribbon Cutting for Market Square Addition

It's been open since January and today, the official ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new office space for Genesys.

It's that new section on Market Square along St. Patrick Street.

Executive Vice President David Sudby tells CHSJ News, they currently have 130 employee's and will grow slowly with capacity in their new building at 180 employee's.

Sudby says they are very happy to be in their new surroundings with plenty of space after out-growing their old facility.

Market Square Thrilled With Addition

Genesys doesn't take up all of the new space in the new addition.

There is room to build up another 60,000 square feet and Market Square itself can grow in total by 100,000 square feet.
Property Manager with the Hardman Group Heather Peterson tells CHSJ News, Market Square has certainly changed since it opened but she likes the direction it is moving in. \

Two of their newest tenants are Manchester Shoes and Envy.

Excellence in Teaching Awards handed out New Brunswick Teachers Association and District 8

(Pictured from Left to Right are Sue Maloney, Maggie Bockus, Chris Brillant, Ann Brown, Barry Ogden, Vicki Trecartin, Janet Flood, Peter Woytiuk.)

                  (photo courtesy of Barry Ogden)

Energy Awards Handed Out

Several companies and home-owners in Greater Saint John were given their due last night.

The second annual Premier's Awards for Energy Efficiency were handed out in Fredericton.

The hardware is presented to the best performers in six of Efficiency NB's energy efficiency incentive programs.

They include Commercial Retrofit, Forsgren & Associates in Hampton, Commercial New Construction and Commercial Properties in Saint John and Matthew and Andrea Hughes of Rothesay were chosen for the category of residential multi-unit new construction.

Irving Pulp and Paper Division picked up an award in the industrial sector and Douglas Smith and Carol-Hovey Smith of Oak Bay were singled out in the residential sector.

Another Conservative Candidate Comes Foward

Names continue to surface as potential candidates for the Provincial Election September.27th.

The latest is Tim Brewer who hopes to fly the flag for the Conservative Party in Saint John Fundy.

He is hosting a barbeque tomorrow afternoon between one and four as a meet and greet.
Simonds High School Principal Gary Keating has been announced as the Liberal candidate for the riding.
Stuart Jamieson held the post before announcing his retirement in April.

Wheelchair Users Challenge Candidate

A candidate for the Conservative Party in the riding of Saint John Harbour is being challenged.

A group of people who are confined to wheelchairs or have to use a walker would like to see John Campbell spend the day in a chair on the 22nd.

Norman Tuplin uses a wheelchair and tells CHSJ News, this is all about accountability.

Tuplin adds one of the area's that is in-accessible to him is the causeway because of the 6 to 8 inch high lips on the sidewalks.

Moosehead, Superstore and Three Provinces Team Up

For anyone who loves lobster and a cold beer....this story is for you.

The three Maritime Provinces, Atlantic Superstore and Moosehead Breweries have teamed up again to support the lobster industry for a second year in a row.

Anyone who buys a specially marked 12-pack of Clancy's Amber Ale will receive a coupon for five dollars off a minimum purchase of $20 dollars of live or cooked lobster from any Superstore in this Province, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island.
The coupons are valid until August.31st.

School District 8 Sits Down With Enterprise Saint John

(The Chair of the District 8 Education Council Rob Fowler)
               (Photo by Tamara Steele)

There is harmony between the District 8 Education Council and Enterprise Saint John.
The two groups are now looking at how future partnerships can benefit both organizations. Chair Rob Fowler tells CHSJ News they had a lunch meeting on May 4th and it went very well. He says Enterprise Saint John can help the school district lobby the Provincial Government on education issues.
The meeting came about after Enterprise Saint John chair Bob Manning publicly complained about assessment results at a DEC meeting. Fowler goes on to say sometimes it takes a crisis for people to get on the same page.

City Fire Crews Battle Brush Fire Near Fort La Tour

A fairly large grass and brush fire gave city fire crews all they could handle last night. District Fire Chief Joe Armstrong says it started in the area of Fort La Tour and spread along the rail lines all the way from Chesley Drive to Bentley Street. It took fire crews an hour and a half to extinguish it. Then there was another fire uptown at 148 Sydney Street caused by unattended cooking.
Earlier in the day, a forest fire broke out on the Kingston Peninsula in the area of Carter's Point. CHSJ News was told four water bombers were called into action to help put it out.