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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Alward Government Gives $150K To Saint John Boys And Girls Club

The Province announcing 150,000 thousand dollars in funding for the Saint John Boys and Girls Club.

Premier David Alward giving the good news today and bringing the organization's capital campaign closer to it's $750,000 goal.   He says the government is happy to be a small partner in this community driven project.
Heart of the Possible campaign co-chair Cathy Rignanesi tells CHSJ News they are thankful the province supports what they are doing in the community.
The capital campaign reaches the $600,000 mark with this contribution.

A New Era For The Community College In Saint John

A major step forward for the community college and another big change on the campus of U-N-B Saint John at Tucker Park with its continuing evolution.

Thanks to 18 million dollars from the province, the community college's new Allied Health Education Centre has officially opened.

 On hand for the occasion was Marilyn Luscombe, the new President and       C-E-O of the reorganised community college network and she says the three level building will house the college's health related programmes with more than 200 students along with 40 faculty and staff.

The community colleges now have their own board of governors. Luscombe tells CHSJ News they now have more independence to map out a new course for the future and one of the new strategic directions is to rebrand the image of community colleges so they're not looked upon as being the second tier of post secondary education.

Luscombe says community college enrollment keeps going up and she expects that will be continuing.

United Way Sets 1.4 Million Dollar Fundraising Goal

1.4 million is the 2011/2012 campaign goal the United Way in Greater Saint John.
The new campaign being kicking off today with the annual "Poor Boy's" luncheon of beans and weiners at the Trade and Convention centre.

Chairman Wayne Chamberlain tells CHSJ News they tried to fund the whole social problem versus serving one client with one need.

He says the United Way funds 24 agencies with core funding and dozens of others with one-time grants.
Chamberlain says those agencies range from the Victorian Order of Nurses, the Boys and Girls Club and Hestia House.

Police Investigate Indecent Act At UNB Saint John

The Family Protection Unit of the City police force investigating an indecent act at the UNB Saint John campus.

A man approached a woman in residence and later left the building.The man is about 5 foot 9 with a medium build, ruddy complexion, short brown hair, wearing a dark t-shirt, jeans, sneakers, a blue ball cap and sunglasses.
He was also wearing a backpack and left the area on a bicycle.

If you can help identify the person responsible for the indecent act on August 26th, contact Saint John Police Family Protection Unit at 648-3284 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Warning From RCMP About Seatbelts

Too many drivers in the province are not buckling........That word from the R-C-M-P who are concerned by what appears to be an increase in the number of drivers not buckling up.

The Mounties tell us at least half of the victims in fatal crashes so far this year were not wearing their seatbelts. That represents a 10 per cent increase over the average rate for the last five years.

 The Mounties also say, in July alone, 348 people were ticketed for seatbelt violations.

Hotel Robbed In City

Another armed robbery in the city.........This one taking place place at the Colonial Inn on City Road at about 1:45 this morning.

Police say the robber was armed. He was wearing a green camoflage jacket along with a green camoflage mask or bandana to conceal his face.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken and no one was injured.

Meanwhile, the fire department letting us know a woman suffered undetermined injuries after being struck by a vehicle yesterday morning along McAllister Drive.

Gas Prices Rise Because Of Hurricane

You are paying more for gas today following the weekly setting and you can thank panic buying which took place last week before Hurricane Irene slammed into the U.S. east coast.

Self serve regular is being sold in the city for $1.27.2 a litre. That's an increase of just under 3 cents.

Diesel has gone up to an even $1.29 a litre.

Propane is slightly more expensive with a listed price of $1.13.8 and heating oil is also up by just under 2 and a half cents a litre at $1.13.7.