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Saturday, November 20, 2010

2010 Saint John Santa Claus Parade

Parade Winners Announced

(A float in the 2010 Saint John Santa Claus Parade)
(photo by Tamara Steele)

A die-hard crowd of parade-loving Saint Johners braving the bitter wind for the annual Santa Claus Parade.

It did not disappoint with dogs, marching bands, classic and new cars cheerleaders and a stunning collection of Christmas floats.
Simonds High School with their sports car, cheerleaders and classic recreation of King Square including the gazebo wins Best in Parade.

Port City Dance Academy wins Best Association or Church, #9 Rodney Band taking best band and our very own Country 94/The Wave float in partnership with Commercial properties winning best commercial entry.
Millidgeville North wins Best Cheerleaders and Samuel Du Champlain takes best school.

Chairperson's Choice goes to Huntsman Marine Science Centre for their aquarium float including a squid and jellyfish.
Honourable mentions going to Oromocto Pipes and Drums, Knights of Columbus, Ambulance NB, Somerset Cheerleaders and Key Industries.

Roads Closed in North End

If you're travelling around the North End today, you better plan some alternate routes.

Main Street from Landsdowne to Adelaide and Douglas Avenue from Clarendon to Main Street are closed due to a 16 inch water main break.

It broke around midnight due to the cold temperature.

Work crews are on the scene making repairs but no word yet on when the streets will reopen.

58th Annual Santa Claus Parade Goes tonight

With 65 unique entries, tonight's 58th annual Saint John Santa Claus Parade is promising to be a memorable one.

The honorary Parade Marashall is Second World War Veteran Merrill Rumson who began his naval career back in 1931.

Uptown Saitn John spokes-person Leslie Keating tells CHSJ News, alogn with honoring veterans, the parade is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Navy:

Keating adds there is something for everyone to enjoy. The parade gets started at six along the usual route.   

Santa Claus Changing Traffic Flow

With the big parade comes many a road closure.All four lanes of the causeway will be blocked as of 3:30 today for parade line-up.

The route follows the causeway to Union Street, left on Sydney Street, right on King Square North, left on Charlotte Street down King Street onto St. Patrick then Main Street right on Landsdowne Avenue and right at Wellesly Boulevard.

Motorists are asked not to park on King Street as of 5pm.

Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as city workers will be collecting them just before the parade begins.
Also, if your child has a letter for Santa, remember to put your return address on it.

Early Childhood Care Can Shape Futures

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies releasing a paper which says early childhood care for poor and vulnerable children can make the difference in their futures.

Author Ian Munro tells CHSJ News part of the problem is that in the coming years there will be fewer workers because of retirements.

Munro adds if you can intervene in a child's life and set them on a path to high school and university, it can end the cycle of poverty.

WorkSafe NB gets new Chairperson

The Mayor of St. George getting a big job.Sharon Tucker is new the chair of WorkSafeNB appointed by the Alward government.

She has been Mayor since 2008 and spent 10 years involved in St. George serving on many committees and also as deputy mayor.

Tucker is a registered nurse and the administrator at the Charlotte County Hospital.