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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Forest Fire on the Kingston Pennisula

Crews are battling a forest fire on the Kingston Pennisula.

A caller to our 648-3000 newsline tells us it's in the Carter's Point area and four water bombers are attacking it.

Aerial Shots of Saint John Taken Today and Tomorrow

Look up...look way up and you may see planes snapping pics of the Port City.
Over the next two days, the City is having aerial photographs taken to measure true distances.

The planning and development department of the city use these pictures to udpate the Geographic Information System used by most city departments for use in everything from construction projects to mapping.

The project also includes Grand-Bay Westfield, Rothesay and Quispamsis and costs just over $50-thousand dollars. The pictures will be ready in October.

Cemetery Restoration Nearing Completion

Man On The Run is Caught

(Stephen Patrick Maguire Has Turned Himself In)
            (Photo Supplied by RCMP)

After a few days on the run, a person of interest in the murder of a Moncton woman has been found.

Hampton RCMP tell CHSJ News, Stephen Patrick Maguire was picked up this morning around one o'clock in front of the RCMP office.

This comes after a truck believed to have been driven by Maguire was found behind a home in Quispamsis yesterday morning.

Gunn's body was found Monday at a home in Moncton.

Replacement for Bob Munroe Has Been Found

District Six didn't have to look far to find a replacement for Bob Munroe as Principal at Kennebecasis Valley High School.

Vice Principal Peter Smith will move into his new office at the end of next month.

Smith tells CHSJ News, he expects the transition will be a smooth one.

Smith has been teaching at KV since 1997 and has been the Vice Principal since 2005.

Munroe has been principal at the school since 1989 and is stepping down next month from a teaching career that spans 35 years.

Province Set to Hand Out Awards

Sixteen educators and community members will receive the Premier's Award of Excellence in Education next month.

They include Deborah Freeze who does work in District Six, District Eight teacher at Loch Lomond School Susan Maloney, Sylvia McConckey in District Ten and the life-time achievement award goes to the retiring principal of KV High Bob Munroe.

The award recognizes individuals or groups for their contribution to public education.

The hardware will be handed out June.8th in Fredericton.

Green Party Lining Up It's Candidates

Seven candidates are now lined up and ready to hit the hustings for the Green Party.

They include Sharon Flatt who will fly the flag in the riding of Rothesay for the Sept.27th Provincial Election.

In a release, the party says it's goal is to present a full slate of candidates so that every person casting a ballot has an opportunity to vote for real change.

Drug Raid at a Home in Codys

A 49 and 27-year old man from Codys and 60-year old woman from Sussex have been arrested following the raid of a home on Salmon Creek Road in Codys yesterday.

Officers found a quantity of dried marijuana, marijuana plants, cash and guns.

All three have been released and will appear in court later to face a list of drug related charges.

Homes Broken Into, One Left Un-Locked

RCMP is investigating after two homes between Hampton and Grand Bay Westfield have been broken into.

Officers were called to the home in Hampton to find a skateboard, skateboard shoes and an air soft rifle had been stolen.

RCMP do point out the home was not locked.

The second home was in Nerepis and thieves got away with plenty.

A 42" flat screen TV, jewelry and a Sony Playstation.

Proposed Parking Lot for the South End

Does the south end need yet another parking lot?

This one would be on Ross Street with an application expected to go before the city's Planning Advisory Committee.

At least three members of Common Council say no. Councillor Donnie Snook says what's really needed is more housing.

Councillor Patty Higgins points to a study which determined there was no shortage of parking in that part of the peninsula.

Minister Honours Hockey Bet

Saint John Drivers Getting A Big Break At The Gas Pumps

If you didn't fill up yesterday, you're lucky because there has been a signifcant reduction in the price of gas after the weekly setting. Self serve regular is now going for 99.6 cents a litre in the city. That's a drop of about 5 cents and diesel is also lower at $103.7 a litre, which is a reduction of about 4 cents a litre. Heating oil is listed at 90.5 cents and propane is at $103.8 a litre.

District 8 Education Council Hears From Student Councils

(Student Council Presidents Elizabeth Murphy of St. Malachys, Tori Gillan of Saint John High, Rachelle Bastarache of Harbourview and Allison White of Simonds)
                                         (Photo by Tamara Steele)

Student councils from Saint John's four high schools sang their own praises last night. The schools gave presentations to the District 8 Education Council on school spirit, academics and the many charities they help raise money for.
Simonds High council representive Allison White tells CHSJ News they are proud of their involvement with the Teens Against Drunk Driving Program. Saint John High is the only high school in the province allowed to operate it's own budget of $50, 000 a year while Simonds High is the only high school in the city to have a T.A.D.D. (Teens Against Drunk Driving) Program.
Saint John High raised over 6500 dollars for charity including the Joshua Group, Healing Hands for Haiti and the Children's Wish Foundation. Harbour View High School is one of only four schools in the province to take part in Relay For Life which is coming up this Friday.

Premier Explains Why A Deputy Premier Is Needed Now More Than Ever

(Premier Shawn Graham)
        File Photo)

Premier Shawn Graham says he has complete confidence in Donald Arsenault, who's taking on the responsibilities of Deputy Premier. Graham says he needs a deputy now while he didn't need one in 2006 because he doesn't want the preparation of a party platform and nomination of candidates to interfere with governing the province. The Premier says he decided to make cabinet changes four months before the next election because he had a number of vacancies on his hands.

Bell Aliant Expects Full Restoration Of Phone And Internet Service

Phone service should be restored to all Bell Aliant customers on the Rothesay Road sometime this morning.
Spokesperson Alyson Queen tells us most people would have had their services back last night with everyone fully restored this morning.

Saint Johnners Will Be Able To Ride On A Pink Double Decker Bus

Keep your eyes peeled for the Big Pink Bus Tour arriving in Saint John this morning.

The 8 double-decker buses will be giving tours on three routes this summer when cruise ships are in port.

Shirley Elliot of Ambassatour Gray Line tells CHSJ News that Saint Johners can check them out May 29th and 30th.
1 dollar from every ticket sold during cruise ship season will go to the Canadian Breast Foundation.

Ambassatour Gray Line is doing some hiring for the Pink buses and for more information click here:

More Details Emerging About New School In K-Park

(School District 6 Superintendent Zoe Watson)
               (File Photo)

District 6 has given the thumbs up to specifications for the new Kennebecasis Park Elementary School. The specifications include everything from the size of the bathrooms to how many coat hooks there will be. Superintendant Zoe Watson says they want to get this right the first time. D-E-C member Charlotte Pierce says the classrooms are going to be particularly neat and the school will also have a lot of open, common areas where students can gather outside of the classroom. It wil all be on one level and is being built to accomodate 300 students. The next step is the architechural process where a physical plan will be drawn up. The new school is set to open in September 2012.

Meantime, Peter Smith has been appointed to replace the retiring Bob Munro as Principal at Kennebecasis Valley High. Smith is currently serving as the Vice-Principal at the school.