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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Restaurant Coming To The Uptown

(Former Reggies Restaurant On Germain Street)
             (Photo By Jim Hennessy)

A new restaurant is coming to Uptown Saint John. Relish is opening in the former Reggies on Germain Street.

The owner is Bill Eaton who tells CHSJ News, he has always had a passion for the food service industry.

Relish already has locations in Fredericton and Oromocto and Eaton says they hope to be open by October.

Keir On Liberal Ads

(Energy Minister Jack Keir)
(File Photo)

Energy Minister Jack Keir says the Liberals aren't launching American style attack ads, despite what David Alward says.  

Keir says he's heard attack ads from the Conservatives on the radio today.

Keir says they're not attacking anyone and the ads they're running on the radio are just comments made by Alward.
He says Alward clearly said in Dalhousie that he thought the 150 jobs that went to Saint John should have gone somewhere else.
Keir says it's not right that Alward can say that in Northern New Brunswick and not expect people in Saint John to understand exactly what he's saying.

A Tribute To A Former World Champion

Remembering Charles Gorman

(New HeadStone Unveiled for Charles Gorman)
           (Photo By Jim Hennessy)

The final resting place of former World Champion speed skater Charles Gorman has a new monument for him to be remembered.

A granite headstone with several pitchers of the Saint John native can now be seen at the Cedar Hill Cemetery on Lancaster Avenue.

A big crowd turned out for the dedication ceremony including 79-year old Connie Garnett who tells CHSJ News, she saw Gorman skate at the old Forum in 1936

 when she was 16.

Along with the new headstone, a portrait by artist Norm Jackson was presented to Irving Oil for their contribution toward the project.

Ironically enough, today is Charles Gorman's birthday.

Renovations To Rodney Terminal

(Chair of the SJ Port Auhtority Stephen Campbell)
             (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

The Saint John Port Authority has issued tenders for renovations to the rodney container terminal on the West-Side.
The work is expected to get started this month and includes replacing and refurbishing the decking piles and pile caps at the terminal which is located on the west side.

Chair of the Port Authority is Stephen Campbell who says much of the Port Authories infrastructure dates back to the 1800's.
The work is expected to be finished in September of next year at a cost of $1.4 million dollars.

Man Arrested After Uptown Robbery

One man nabbed by city police on Charlotte Street after the Subway on King Street was held up. The suspect ran through the rear door with some cash before he was arrested. City Police also investigating a report of a man being jumped and beaten up by two other men in King's Square. Police aren't sure whether this is a robbery or not because the victim was drunk at the time of the assault. He's in hospital being treated for his injuries.

City Staff And Some Members Of Common Council At Odds Over Bike And Pedestrian Lanes

(Common Councillor Carl Killen)
             (File Photo)

City Staff are not enthused about the idea of spending 18 thousand dollars for bike and pedestrian lanes along Main Street North and the Viaduct. Deputy City Manager Andrew Beckett calls it a temporary fix to the problem caused by the closure of Harbour Passage for 18 months. Common Councillor Carl Killen disagrees arguing it goes beyond that. He calls Main Street North barren and sterile and would be surprised if it is determined six lanes of traffic are needed. Another member of Council, Donnie Snook calls it a safety issue.
Before any decision is made, Common Council will get a traffic study and some input from the provincial transportation department because the roadway is considered part of the highway system.

Common Councillors Impressed With Revamped City Website

(Saint John Common Council)
          (File Photo)

Common Council getting a first hand look at the city's new revamped website which is expected to be up and running in two weeks time. Deputy City Manager Andrew Beckett says you'll be able to go online and communicate any problems you have with the city, such as potholes and sidewalk repairs, with the hope being you'll get an initial response in 24 hours. There will also be the ability to download pictures. You will also be able to submit your own individual profile so you'll get information on such things as when your garbage and compost are picked up and who your ward councillors are. City services will be listed in an A to Z directory along with an events section to let people know of public meetings and other happenings around town.

Frustration Mounts Over Rockwood Park Boundary

(Entrance To Rockwood Park)
           (File Photo)

There is continuing frustration about where the boundary of Rockwood Park is. The confusion has thrown a monkey wrench into the works of trying to determine what sort of development there should be along Sandy Point Road. Common Councillor Patty Higgins maintains there is no point in having public consultations until that critical question is answered. Higgins and other members of Council have been told the City Solicitor and City Manager should have answers for them in two weeks time. This will be followed by another period of public consultation lasting until the end of August.