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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Austin Sad To See The 'Q' Close

Perhaps it's biggest fan is very sad to hear of the closure of the AQ.

Saint John-born musician Julian Austin took to Facebook to mourn the loss of his favourite place in the world.

In a call from his current home in Manitoba, Austin tells CHSJ News for those who have a history with the Aquarius Tavern, especially West-siders,  it's sad to see it close.

He says when he comes home he checks in at the Travelodge across the street and then heads to the AQ for a cold beer and to shoot the breeze with old friends.

In the late 80's, Austin was a bouncer at the bar and in later years performed with his first band and then in his solo career.  

Austin is hoping to get a peice of the bar which he plans to turn into a tribute guitar to the AQ that he can play for the rest of his days.

Man Charged With Stolen Truck & Liquor

A 40-year-old man from Lepreau has been arrested in Fredericton in connection with the theft of a truck and liquor.

Tuesday night District 1 RCMP got a call about liquor being stolen from the agency store at the Lepreau Petro-Canada, but weren't able to catch anyone. This morning, RCMP learned a commercial truck stolen from the Lepreau area was last seen by the store at about the same time as the theft.

The man is being held on charges of possession of property obtained by crime, failure to comply with court orders, and other offenses are being considered.

Ice Conditions Safe But Slushy

Melting snow and ice is a sure sign of spring. But the city's Parks Operations Manager tells CHSJ news that even with the mild temperatures we've been seeing, as of yesterday the ice is still over a foot thick, making it strong enough to be safe. They measure the ice at Lily Lake a few times a week, depending on the weather.

He says right now the issue isn't that it's dangerous, but that it's messy, with two inches of slush and water on top of the ice.

City To Enlist Help From Crown Agency On P3

Common Council is looking to marshal the experience of Partnerships NB to research a public private partnership for Saint John's water. 

 The Crown agency has delivered a number of P3 projects including the Harbour Bridge and Route 1 Gateway Project. City Manager Pat Woods says it's important to get another set of eyes on the process, simply to ensure the city is not spending any more than it has to.

Price Waterhouse Cooper will be presenting the results of a value-for-money study on P3 to Common Council on March 18. On the other side of the P3 debate, the Council of Canadians will present to council on the 11th.

Thomas The Tank Engine Rolling Into SJ

Full steam ahead ... for the star of the TV show Thomas & Friends, who will be chugging along the city's railroad tracks this summer. President of Ambassatours Grey Line, Dennis Campbell announced the news today, and he tells CHSJ news that the triad of natural attractions, hotels and railway system made the port city the prime location for Thomas the Tank Engine. He says that if the blue train gets the same reaction it's received in other areas, we could be looking at a major boom in tourism.

Saint John is the only city on the east coast ever picked to host the family festival, Day Out With Thomas: The Go-Go Thomas Tour. Thomas will be here from August 9-11 and 16-18, for tickets, click here

Teen Charged In Glen Falls Assault On House Arrest

One of two 18 year old suspects in a brutal beating in Glen Fall has been released from jail but remains under house arrest.

John Alexander Adams and Robert Hachey are both 18 and due back in court on March 26th.

Adams, Hachey, and a teen who cannot be named are charged with aggravated assault and stealing cigarettes from a man who was beaten with a baseball bat in a shed in the East Side suburb. 

He remains in hospital in stable condition.

A Warning From Police In The K-V

A warning from Rothesay Regional Police now that the weather will soon be getting warmer.....The spring and summer months bring a dramatic increase in the amount of complaints about“thefts from motor vehicles” as well as “persons prowling late at night”.

In the K-V in 2012 there were 170 reports resulting in a significant number of charges and convictions.

Police say lock up your vehicles and if you see somebody in your car, or in a neighbours car don't holler out the window because this will often give the suspect, a substantial head start in getting away. Get the best description you can, call police and be patient.  

Police say a myth is if you lock your car doors, your windows will be broken by someone anxious to get inside.

Fire In The Valley

K-V fire crews called out last night to French Village Road where a blaze broke out in a single family home. 

Everyone inside got out safely. K-V Fire says there was a fair bit of fire damage to the inside of the home. 

The cause is being investigated.

Saint John West Business Association Rebuilt

There's a new figure at the helm of the Saint John West Business Association. 

Bill Shannon was named president on Tuesday night at the group's annual general meeting. Shannon, who spent the last six months as chairman of the steering committee, said that he's ready to see the association revitalized. He tells CHSJ news by solidifying a new team of executives, they can pick up where the last chapter left off.

All 12 people who applied to be part of the board of directors were appointed. The group will meet on a monthly basis and hold quarterly general meetings. Shannon says it will take them a few months to create an agenda outlining where they're going and what they plan on doing when it comes to business on the west side of the city. But, he says, personally, he'd like to see the Golden Mile take off and see family restaurants set up shop.