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Saturday, May 15, 2010

District Six gets new technology to keep up with the times

District six wants to put more focus on school websites as they try to figure out the best way to get information to families.

The district is adopting a new communication technology called Synrevoice that will allow them to send information through e-mail and voicemail.

Superintendant Zoe Watson says parents increasingly want information posted online.

The district was previously using a communication system from Alliant that didn't allow Bell costomers to receive school voicemails.

Twenty-one of district six's twenty-three schools are adopting Synrevoice at the price of $2.25 a student.

Loyal Regiment holds Ball at Delta

Plenty of pomp and pageantry will be on display at the Delta tonight.

The 3rd field artilery regiment is hosting a Loyal Regiment Ball in conjunction with Saint John's 225th anniversary.

Captain David Boudreau tells CHSJ News, planning for the event got started back in January.

The 3rd field artillery regiment will also take part in festivities on Saint John's birthday Tuesday including a 21-gun salute fired at noon from Long Wharf.

More than 500 people are expected at tonight's ball which gets started at seven o'clock.

Marsh Creek Clean-Up starts today

Marsh Creek is the focus of hundreds of people from Greater Saint John today.
It's the 14th annual Marsh Creek Clean-Up and Tim Vickers with the Atlantic Coastal Action Program tells CHSJ News, he is always pleasantly suprised at how many people show up with gloves, boots and garbage bags in hand.

Vickers adds last year they hauled seven tons of garabage out of the creek and is hopeful once the area is spruced up, people will treat it much better than it is now.

Harbour Bridge construction starts today

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After months of negotiations and finger-pointing, phase one of construction work on the Harbour Bridge gets started today.

You will notice changes to traffic patterns and by Monday, the lanes on the bridge will be re-configured to make way for the construction.

The center median will be moved to the east-bound lanes with one lane available for each direction.

There will be three toll booths merging into the one east-bound lane instead of the usual four booths.

Also, the westbound lanes will be closed and traffic re-routed into one west-bound lane on the east side of the bridge.

The work is expected to be done in late October.

NB Power focuses on costumer service

N-B Power is wearing a new face -- the utility is moving to focus more on customer service.

Acting C-E-O Gaetan Thomas says the company has to hear customers when they suffer the pain of losing jobs or closing a business.
Thomas says the utility will also work at doing a better job of communicating with its customers -- and -- he says a safe and reliable supply of electricity will remain the top priority.