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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Local Director, Actor Mourned

A beloved local actor and theatre aficionado has died. Elizabeth Chase, known for her work with the Saint John Theater Company, passed away over the weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bernard Cormier, the city's cultural affairs officer, also served as Secretary  of the Saint John Shakespeare Company. He tells CHSJ News Chase was a visionary who brought the works of the Bard to many, and there's no one in Saint John who knew the works of Shakespeare better than her.

No word yet on funeral arrangements. Social media sites have been abuzz with tributes to the late Chase, who was the wife of former deputy mayor and broadcaster Derek Chase.

Joshua Group One Step Closer to New HQ

The Joshua Group is making progress with their fundraising efforts, but they still need your help. The Group is raising money for its new headquarters at the former Peacock's garden centre site. It will be headquarters will be a community center where children will get hot meals, receive clothing and personal care items when needed, develop leadership and social skills, work alongside volunteers to learn about gardening, woodworking, fishing, cooking and  more.

Bobby Hayes of the Joshua Group recently held a toonie day fundraiser that was very successful, raising over $10,000 in just one day. He says anyone who wants to help out should contact the group directly for more information.

For more information on the group's activities, and how to donate, click here

New Golf Course on East Side

Time to tee up, Saint Johners--Cedar Grove Executive Par 3 and Driving Range at  2000 Golden Grive Road is now open. It's a full driving range a little over 250 yards long and a 9 hole par 3 golf course.

The course had lengthy par 3s like any at a standard golf course. The 2 par fours are 270 and 275 but there are a couple. Allaby says the different levels of tees mean the course can appeal to everyone. in there that are shorter. They have  yellow tees for juniors that range from a hundred and 20 yeards to 46 yards.

Manager Tim Allaby tells CHSJ News it's been a while coming. The woner is a landscaper by trade so he's made sure the land on the East side looks its best for golfers

Quispamsis Mayor Not Happy With License Renewal

Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll does not want to see shale gas exploration or fracking in his community -- even though his hands are essentially tied.

Windsor Energy did testing within town limits without the town's permission earlier this year and recently got its license renewed.

Driscoll tells CHSJ News he does not want testing done but concedes it will probably lead to the inevitable.

He says it's not about lacking confidence in the province to protect us. It's just that the entire shale gas industry is new territory and he does not want to see town wells contaminated believing more study needs to be done.

Driscoll says his views are his own and do not reflect town council's.