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Monday, November 1, 2010

Police Seek Help After Windows In New Home Broken

City police looking for your help in finding out who caused about $8000 damage to a home under construction in Martinon.

Police called to North Street on Friday by the homeowner who discovered their new home had the windows smashed out. The damage was done sometime between Thursday at 5 and Friday before noon.

In total, 15 windows in the home were broken.
If you have any info on this crime call 648-3333 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Seven People Face Charges In North End Arsons

City police charging seven people after six fires in the North End between June and last month.
The charges relating a series of fires on Douglas Avenue, Newman Street, Shamrock Park, Lansdowne Plaza and two dumpster fires –on Victoria Street and on Metcalf Street.

Six of those charged are youth and one adult.
If you have any information on these crimes, contact the Major Crime Unit at 648-3333 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Fishing For The Future

Representatives from the fishermen associations, aquaculture, and environmentalists are trying to find a better way to co-exist.

The city is playing host to the Salmon Aquaculture Dialogues, a discussion forum that develops standards for sustainable aquaculture.

David Suzuki Foundation spokesperson Jay Ritchlin tells CHSJ News resolving the conflict between salmon farms and fishermen won't be easy but there are many possible avenues.

Disease and pesticides from salmon farms can wreak havoc on wild fish populations.

Pedestrian Struck In East Saint John

A 25-year-old woman crossing Westmorland road over the lunch hour struck by a vehicle.
A motorist was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The woman was taken to the Regional as a precaution but, is expected to be fine.

Quispamsis To Host 2011 New Brunswick Day

Commander of CFB Gagetown Colonel Michael Pearson; NB Finance Minister Blaine Higgs; Mayor of Quispamsis Murray Driscoll; Chair of the Capital Commission Walter Brown
The Town of Quispamsis will be hosting New Brunswick Day festivities for 2011.
The celebrations will be held at the Q-Plex on August 1st and Quispamsis Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ news, it's a great honour.

Driscoll says they are planning a variety of events with every area showcased and something for everyone.

He says there will be major economic spin-offs for local businesses as the event will draw people from all over the province.
The theme this year is Pride in the Environment.

Man Faces Charges After Cocaine Seizure

Police say they've taken about two thousand dollars worth of crack cocaine off the street following a raid on a Princess Street home late last week -- they came armed with a search warrant and seized just over 10-grams of crack as well as scales and packaging material.

A 22-year old man was arrested and has been spending time at the Regional Correctional Centre -- he's due in court today to answer to charges of trafficking.

Local Projects Receive National Recognition

Rockwood Park making an impression on the Communities in Bloom judges this year -- the city received a special mention with five blooms in the Circle of Excellence category for the Rockwood Park redevelopment plan.

The judges wrote major portions of the park have been developed over its one hundred year history to offer a wide range of recreational activities - and - current upgrades will benefit users for all seasons.
And the Hampton High School Military Heritage Project also received a five bloom rating and special mention in the small category of the International Challenge.

Public Meeting Tonight On Proposed Metal Shredder On West Side

(Aerial View Of Port Of Saint John)
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If you have concerns about a proposed metal shredding and recycling facility at Pier 10 on ther lower west side, you can have them be heard tonight.

The company putting forward the proposal, American Iron and Metal, is hosting a public meeting tonight.

Gordon Dalzell of the Clear Air Coalition tells CHSJ news noise is a concern with this facility to operate 12 hours a day, 6 days a week.

American Iron and Metal says the new facility would create 23 jobs.

The Fundy Baykeeper is also weighing in on the proposed metal shredder. David Thompson has no doubt it will be approved but he's hoping there will be proper safeguards in place to protect the Bay of Fundy and submitted 11 recommendations. He wants measures in place to prevent any runoff from getting into the Bay of Fundy.

The meeting is coming up tonight at the Marco Polo Cruise Terminal at 7pm.

City Manager Working On Keeping Free Drop In Programmes At Community Centres

(City Manager Pat Woods)
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City Manager Pat Woods has the job of coming up with the legal contract language that will ensure free drop in programmes for at risk young people are provided at the city's community centres.

This has become an issue of primary importance for Common Councillor Donnie Snook who maintains Saint Jophn has a proud history of providing such programmes and argues families who are struggling financially will not seek out sponsorships.

Snook also makes clear he has nothing against the YM-YWCA or the Boys and Girls Club which operate two of the community centres for the city at Forest Glen and in the south end. Fellow Councillor Gary Sullivan believes the city will have more leverage when its contributing some dollars to whatever organisation is operating a community centre.