60 Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 3X9
Tel: 902-543-4651 Fax: 902-543-6876

2018 Volunteer nominations!

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It's almost that time of year again -- time to start thinking about which top volunteers in Bridgewater should be honoured in 2018!

The Town of Bridgewater is currently accepting nominations in three categories:

- 2018 Corporate Volunteer

- 2018 Representative Volunteer

- 2018 Volunteer Family

To submit a nominee for consideration in any or all of the categories, click on the links above for a downloadable doc file.

Water service and traffic notice for King Street & area

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THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OF BRIDGEWATER WILL shut off the water to a perform gate valve replacement in the area of:

King Street, from Old Bridge to 668 King St., including Dominion St up to Pleasant St, on Sunday, October 29, between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After work is complete and water pressure resumes to normal, we ask customers to flush water taps for 5 to 10 minutes should they experience any air or discoloured water. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

AND TRAFFIC NOTICE -- KING STREET

Please be advised, the following section of street will be closed to carry out repair work to water main gate valve:

KING STREET, from Empire St. to Dufferin St., on Sunday, October 29, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This section of street will be closed to south-bound traffic only until the work is completed. Traffic will be detoured accordingly. Local traffic will be permitted.

The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses.

BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT USERS -- SCHEDULE TWEAKING COMING NEXT WEEK

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As of Wednesday, November 1, the timetable for Bridgewater Transit is changing. We're tweaking the schedule so that our Transit will now run fully on the hour.

For example, if you're getting on the bus at the LCLC at 7 a.m., it'll be back at the LCLC in exactly one hour at 8 a.m The minor change will make the entire schedule more user-friendly!

Check out the revised schedule below and pick up your hard copy next week! We invite you to share this message!

ALSO -- TRANSIT PASSES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

Bridgewater Transit multi-ride cards are now available for purchase at Town Hall, Schedule for web blueBridgewater Pharmasave, and the LCLC. For more information, visit www.bridgewater.ca/transit.

 

Bridgewater Transit Survey

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We have created a survey about the transit system and would really like your input!

This is for everyone, whether you use the bus every day, don't use the bus at all, live outside of Bridgewater or are thinking about using the bus soon -- we're looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

You can click here to take the survey!

Pavement management notice - work beginning October 2

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PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT NOTICE

More pavement management in Bridgewater, beginning Monday, October 2 -- please plan travel routes accordingly

The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management Improvements, including planing and paving on LaHave Street (Silvers Hill) and School Street (King Street to Prince Street). Dexter Construction Ltd. is scheduled to begin the work on Monday, October 2, with a two-day completion date, weather dependent.

The work will include traffic being controlled with Traffic Control Personnel. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents in order to complete the works, however you should expect some traffic delays.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Traffic delays, dust, noise and heavy equipment are common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.

WORK HOURS
Working hours are generally 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours to complete the work, on schedule.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Individuals with special needs who may be uniquely impacted by this project should contact the Project Manager (contact info below) as soon as possible to make them aware of your situation. We will work with you in an attempt to minimize your inconvenience as much as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact the following:

Town of Bridgewater- Engineering Department
Sandi Larkin
Project Manager
Office Phone: (902) 541-4370

Regularly scheduled Solid Waste Collection WILL continue.

Residents are reminded to have items to the curb prior to 8:00 a.m. Collection calendars are available from the Engineering Department and on the Town's website: www.bridgewater.ca.

The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work.

Heritage Advisory -- Committee opportunity

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Do you love history? Built heritage? Then this may be for you!

The Town of Bridgewater's Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) is looking for new committee members!

HAC is responsible for growing the number of buildings and sites officially registered as heritage properties in the Town of Bridgewater; receiving, reviewing, and making recommendations regarding applications to alter registered properties; recommending new street names to Town Council; and educating the community on its built heritage.

A majority of committee members must be residents of Town of Bridgewater, but non-residents are considered as well. Members meet monthly at DesBrisay Museum.

If you're interested, you can contact HAC's chairperson, Councillor Wayne Thorburne, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (902) 527-8138 for more information.

PUBLIC HEARING CANCELLED

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PUBLIC HEARING CANCELLED

Please take note, the public hearing relating to an application to rezone property at 58 York Street that was scheduled to take place during tonight’s Bridgewater Town Council meeting has been cancelled.

CAO Announcement

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Town of Bridgewater hires Richard MacLellan as new CAO

Mayor David Mitchell is pleased to announce the hiring of Richard MacLellan as the next Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Bridgewater.

“After a lengthy search and robust competition, on behalf of Town Council I’m pleased to welcome Richard MacLellan to the Town of Bridgewater team,” Mayor Mitchell said.

“Richard’s leadership skills – demonstrated in innovative municipal projects, such as Halifax Solar City and unique community development partnerships in Queens – will be a great addition to Bridgewater and his background aligns with the strategic direction of Council and the vision we and our residents and business owners share for our community.”

Mr. MacLellan will be transitioning from his current role as CAO for Region of Queens Municipality.

Current Bridgewater CAO Ken Smith will be retiring later this fall after a successful career in municipal governance.

“Ken has been a tremendous asset for the Town of Bridgewater during his many years with us,” Mayor Mitchell noted. “He’s overseen our Town operations during a period of unprecedented growth and we thank him for the energy, leadership, and wisdom he has brought to our team during his years of service.”

Grand opening of Pijinuiskaq Park

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 27, 2017

The Town of Bridgewater will host the grand opening of Pijinuiskaq Park on King Street in Downtown Bridgewater on Friday, June 30, beginning at 4 p.m.

The official opening of Pijinuiskaq Park marks the effective conclusion of the Take Back The Riverbank, a $5 million infrastructure project in the heart of the community.

The project included the installation of new water, storm water and waste-water lines, the revitalization of the streetscape in a two-block stretch of Downtown Bridgewater, and the reclamation of a vibrant public gathering space along the west bank of the LaHave River – a space which had been obscured by a steel and concrete parkade for almost half a century.

“This is a proud day for Bridgewater and surrounding communities,” said Bernadette Jordan, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margarets. “The Government of Canada supports your vision for a revitalized downtown that is dynamic and attractive to local businesses, residents and tourists. This open, public space, accessible to all, will be enjoyed for years to come.”

The Government of Canada contributed a total of $2,124,611 to this project through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund and the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component—Small Communities Fund.

Pijinuiskaq (pronounced BE-JN-OO-IS-GAH) is the traditional Mi’kmaq name for the LaHave River, meaning “river of long joints/river branches.” (Source: Pjila’si Mi’kma’ki: Mi’kmaw Place Names Digital Atlas.)

The name was one of more than 50 submitted for consideration during a public naming competition in 2016. Pijinuiskaq Park is believed to be the only street, facility or public space in Bridgewater to bear a Mi’kmaq name, giving special meaning to the riverside public space at a time of truth and reconciliation.

“The Town envisions this park as a place where everyone is welcome,” said Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell. “All cultures, all people.”

The grand opening of Pijinuiskaq Park will commence with a Mi’kmaq Smudging Ceremony and include speeches by dignitaries and live music.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Patrick Hirtle
Communications Coordinator
Town of Bridgewater
Phone: 902-541-9417
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alex Smith
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
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HEART & STROKE BIG BIKE

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HEART & STROKE BIG BIKE ROLLS INTO BRIDGEWATER IN AUGUST

Take a seat. Save a life.

If you could help save a life by just taking a seat, would you do it? Heart&Stroke Big Bike is driven by big hearts. Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, this fun-filled fundraiser gave teams of energetic community members an opportunity to pedal through Bridgewater.

The Bridgewater Big Bike ride will take place on Thursday, August 3rd, at Sobeys.

Riders from coast to coast join forces by driving a bike built for 30 through their hometown to raise life-saving funds. Together, with the Big Bike team riders and event sponsors, Heart & Stroke helps fund a vibrant research community to enable medical breakthroughs.

What are you waiting for? Take a seat on the Big Bike and a stand against heart disease and stroke. Visit bigbike.ca and register today.

For more information contact: David Olie, Program Coordinator Heart & Stroke, Nova Scotia office P 902 334-1138 | E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Facade Society AGM

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BRIDGEWATER FAÇADE SOCIETY AGM
The Bridgewater Façade Society will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. in the upper level of the River Pub on King Street. A lunch (at one’s own cost) will follow at 11:30, and an open house to provide info on the program will take place after lunch. The Bridgewater Façade Society oversees a granting program that can provide up to $5,000 in matching funding for façade improvement projects for commercial buildings/businesses in the King Street Architectural Control Area. Anyone interested in the program is encouraged to attend. Applications will be available at the open house or, to learn more, visit www.bridgewater.ca/facade. The Board of Directors that oversees the Façade Society is also currently looking for new members! If you have an interest in serving on the board, please attend the AGM!

Community energy initiative receives $20,000 in support

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FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ENERGIZE BRIDGEWATER
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The provincial Department of Energy is helping the Town of Bridgewater advance a community energy initiative that will support local investment in sustainable energy solutions and drive economic activity.

Minister of Business Mark Furey, on behalf of Energy Minister Michel Samson, announced $20,000 in support today, March 27, for the town’s Energize Bridgewater Project.

Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative developing a shared vision of how the area should develop local, efficient and renewable energy.

“This project is breaking new ground for clean energy planning in rural Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Furey. “With local leadership and broad community support, Bridgewater is doing its part to help the province move toward a cleaner energy economy.”

Launched in 2016 the project is expected to result in practical energy demonstration projects, innovative new partnerships, and new knowledge and skills.

“The Town of Bridgewater is thrilled that the Department of Energy has recognized the environmental, social, and economic value of this project with today’s announcement,” said Mayor David Mitchell. “This initiative is unique in Canada and shows that Bridgewater is a leader in sustainability.”

This project is one of the ways government is supporting innovation in renewable energy as outlined in the Electricity Plan.

Once complete, the plan will be available to other municipalities and community organizations across Nova Scotia.

To learn more about Energize Bridgewater, visit www.energizebridgewater.ca.