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BRIDGEWATER OFFICIALLY WELCOMES NEW BUSES

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Mayor David MitchellIMG 2092 and the Honourable Mark Furey MLA for Lunenburg West and Minister of Justice, officially welcomed Bridgewater's two new public transit buses at a brief ribbon-cutting earlier this afternoon.

ABOUT THE BUSES
The two new buses symbolize the commitment that the Town has made to transit service going forward. After providing more than 50,000 rides in its first two years of operation, it became clear that transit service was essential for Bridgewater’s residents.

In April of 2020, Town Council committed about $430,000 to purchase the two brand-new buses. The Town received substantial grant support from the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage ($350,000) and from the Public Transit Assistance Program ($50,000) to assist in the purchase of the new buses.

It took about six months for the vehicles to be built by contractor Western Canada Bus, and they were delivered to the town about a month ahead of schedule. The buses went into operation on Saturday, November 21.

The new buses will represent a positive change for Bridgewater Transit’s riders. Those who struggled with the stairs at the front of the old bus, or had to use the lift at the back, will now be able to board easily at the front of the bus thanks to a lower floor and an automated ramp that lowers down to the curb for easy access.

On board, riders will find a hand sanitizer station, 18 comfortable seats and plenty of room to manoeuvre. There is also extra standing room with handles to hold on to for stability, so although the buses are physically a bit smaller, there’s lots of room for everyone!

Perhaps most importantly, the new buses will provide a much smoother and much quieter ride than the generation-old buses that have been the backbone of our service over the last three years.

MORE GOOD NEWS FOR TRANSIT RIDERS
It's now become a holiday tradition -- once again in 2020, Bridgewater's transit riders will get to enjoy some free rides and extra access to service over the next six weeks.

>>> Beginning this Sunday, November 29, and continuing on December 6, 13, and 20 -- each of the Sundays leading up to Christmas -- Bridgewater Transit will have FREE Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. thanks to an extremely generous sponsorship by the LaHave River Credit Union Ltd.

>>> Then, during Boxing Week, Bridgewater Transit service will also be free to all riders on December 28, 29, 30, and 31, thanks to another very generous sponsorship by the Bridgewater Area Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on Bridgewater Transit, including out live transit tracker map, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/bus.

Brushing up on Halloween in the time of COVID-19

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Halloween COVID 2 Adult PartiesAs we get ready to head into the spookiest weekend of the year, Bridgewater Police Service would like to take a few minutes of your time and remind you about expectations around Halloween festivities – for young and old alike – during COVID-19.

TRICK OR TREATING
The recommendation from Public Health is that youngsters go trick-or-treating with people that they live with or friends from your close social group, in groups of no more than 10 people. If you’re not feeling well or have symptoms associated with COVID-19, then please stay the blazes home.

Regarding masks, non-medical masks are required in indoor public places such as a mall or restaurant. If children are trick-or-treating indoors – like in an apartment building -- we recommend that they wear a non-medical mask as part of their costume.

If you’re handing out treats, you’re not required to wear a mask unless you are in an indoor public place (like a mall). However, Public Health has recommended wearing a non-medical mask if at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained while handing out treats.

ADULT HALLOWEEN PARTIES
If you are hosting or attending a party or event at a home, the gathering limit is 10 people. As with all social events and holidays, it’s strongly encouraged that people celebrate Halloween with an established family or close social group of up to 10.

Remember, if you have more than 10 people inside your house at a party, you run the risk of being fined.Halloween COVID 1 Trick or Treat

On the food front, it’s okay to serve food and drinks if physical distancing and good hand hygiene practices are being followed. If you do choose to offer food, there should be someone designated to serve food and beverages.  Also, sharing food or drinks between people is never a good idea.

INFO ON GATHERING LIMITS
If you’re going out to a Halloween party at a hall or restaurant, non-medical masks are required in indoor public places, so you’ll have to mask up. And, no, a Halloween costume mask does not replace a non-medical mask.

The indoor gathering limit with social/physical distancing for social events that are run by a recognized business or organization is 50% of the venue’s legal capacity (typically set by the Fire Marshal), up to 200 people maximum indoors.

The outdoor gathering limit with social distancing for social events that are run by a recognized business or organization is 250 people maximum outdoors. The gathering limit with social distancing for social events that are not run by a recognized business or organization is 50 people maximum indoors and outdoors. 

REMINDERS
If you or anyone in your household are feeling unwell or self-isolating for any reason, you cannot have visitors to your house, nor can you hand out treats. There are posters available for download at novascotia.ca/coronavirus that you can post on your door or even at the end of your driveway to give trick-or-treaters a friendly “come by next year” message.

For more info, visit www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

Municipal Joint Services Board hires new Chief Operating Officer

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LUNENBURG COUNTY, NS – An experienced municipal civil servant has been hired to head up the Lunenburg County Municipal Joint Services Board (MJSB).

The MJSB’s Board of Directors announced today that Jennifer Keating-Hubley will be taking over as Chief Operating Officer (COO) from retiring outgoing COO Siew Secord effective November 16, 2020.

Keating-Hubley has served as the Director of Finance for the Region of Queens since 2011, which included a period of approximately six months when she held the role of acting Chief Administrative Officer. Her career in municipal finance has spanned more than 15 years.

“I’m looking forward to bringing with me the many years of experience and knowledge I have in municipal Government to an organization in the community where I have resided all of my life,” said Keating-Hubley.

Prior to her time in the public sector, Keating-Hubley spent more than a decade in the private sector where she was the finance manager for McDonald’s restaurants in the Bridgewater and Liverpool areas.

ABOUT THE MJSB
The Municipal Joint Services Board was established in 2013 through a Memorandum of Understanding to better-serve residents of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Mahone Bay, and the Town of Bridgewater.

Each partnering municipality has assigned members to sit on the board, who in turn report to their respective municipal councils regularly to provide updates and to identify future shared services opportunities.

The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre was the first shared service to be administered by the MJSB Since then, the MJSB has provided additional shared services for the partner municipalities, including Information Technology (IT) and Human Resources.

Christmas on the LaHave 2020 -- Public Update

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 27, 2020
SUBJECT: Public update on festivities for Christmas on the LaHave 2020

BRIDGEWATER, NS – The annual celebration of the Christmas season in Bridgewater will look a little bit different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Christmas on the LaHave Committee has been meeting for the past several weeks to develop a plan that will allow the residents of Bridgewater and Lunenburg County to usher in the holiday season with celebrations that are in keeping with safety parameters set out by the Province of Nova Scotia.

In 2020, because of group size gathering limits, the traditional parade and fireworks in Downtown Bridgewater will not be taking place.

“We have to walk the line right now, where we need to keep public safety in mind while still allowing the people of our community to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season,” explained Christmas on the LaHave Committee chairman Michael Graves. “Having upwards of 10,000 people in our downtown, standing shoulder-to-shoulder, simply isn’t compatible with what we’re facing in a pandemic that has touched all parts of the world.”

While the traditional parade and fireworks will be missing from this year’s offerings, Graves noted that the committee has been working to develop a plan that will still foster a wonderful Christmas atmosphere throughout Bridgewater in November and December

“There are going to be pop-up musical performances in Downtown Bridgewater by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band, the installation of decorative wreaths and lighting on King Street and Old Bridge, the annual 4-H Community Forest, and light installations in Candy Cane Lane in Riverside Park,” he said.

Additionally, a large Christmas tree courtesy of Marcus and Thomas Zwicker will again be raised at the Pijinuiskaq Park lookoff, and there will be festive home decorating and scavenger hunt contests with prizes, the installation of a Nativity scene, and more.

The public will be able to find more information on this year’s festivities in the coming weeks online at www.bridgewater.ca/christmas. You can also keep up with what’s happening by following the Town of Bridgewater on Facebook and Twitter.

REMINDER: Voter Information Letters

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HAVE YOU RECEIVED YOUR VOTER INFORMATION LETTER?
If you live in the Town of Bridgewater and you’ve already received your Voter Information Letter in the mail, then you’re all set to have your say in who will serve on Bridgewater Town Council in the October municipal election!

Your Voter Information Letter includes the PIN (personal identification number) that will allow you to vote by telephone or computer/tablet during the election period, which begins on Thursday, October 8, at 8 a.m. and runs until Saturday, October 17, at 7 p.m.

>>> If you HAVE NOT yet received your Voter Information Letter, it’s not too late! If you haven’t received your letter, please phone our Elections Office and speak to the Returning Officer (902-541-4389) or the Revising Officer (902-541-4385) as soon as possible.

For additional information, visit www.bridgewater.ca/2020-election.

PAVEMENT RENEWAL -- SCHEDULE UPDATE

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PAVEMENT RENEWAL -- SCHEDULE UPDATE

As a result of rain stemming from Hurricane Teddy, there have been some adjustments to upcoming pavement renewal projects this week in Bridgewater. Motorists should plan their routes and allow for additional travel time accordingly.

The schedule is now as follows:

-- Milling/planing will take place on Empire Street on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, with paving to follow next week.

-- Milling/planing will take place on North Street, from the Town Line near Cookville to near the Petro Canada, on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, starting at apx. 7 a.m.

-- Also on Thursday, some additional milling/planing is scheduled for north King Street.

Paving of the roads will begin on Friday, September 25, and continue into midweek next week, weather pending.

For a map of work areas, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

Bridgewater candidate roster for 2020 municipal elections

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The deadline for filing papers to run in the October municipal election and CSAP elections has passed, and the roster of candidates for elected positions in the Town of Bridgewater is as follows:

The office of MAYOR has been ACCLAIMED by David MITCHELL.

The one (1) position for CONSEIL SCOLAIRE ACADIEN PROVINCIAL (CSAP) member of the South Shore Region has been ACCLAIMED BY Diane RACETTE.

ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE 6 COUNCIL POSITIONS. 

Candidates for Town Council are:

* Erin CARR 
* Stacey COLWELL
* Mike CONKLIN
* Cheryl FOUGERE
* Chad FRITTENBURG
* Sandra MADER
* Jennifer McDONALD 
* Andrew TANNER 
* Wayne THORBURNE
* Eric WADE

Electronic voting for the Town of Bridgewater will take place from Thursday, October 8, 2020 (start: 8:00 a.m.) until the close of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on ordinary polling day (Saturday, October 17, 2020). This equates to 10 days of voting opportunity anytime/anywhere between the hours of when the voting site is OPEN and the voting site is CLOSED.

For additional details, including how to vote, please visit https://www.bridgewater.ca/2020-election.



Hockey Canada cancels 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup

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HOCKEY CANADA ANNOUNCEMENT
>>> Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup scheduled for December 2020 is cancelled; plan in the works to reschedule for 2021

CALGARY, Alta. – Following the cancellation of the 2019-20 hockey season and all national championships in March, Hockey Canada has worked tirelessly with its host organizing committees for 2020 and beyond.

While a tremendous amount of work has gone into planning the fall 2020 events, the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a position where there is no further option other than to cancel three events, instead planning for their return in 2021 to the following communities:

-- The 2020 National Women’s Under-18 Championship, November 2 to 8 in Dawson Creek, B.C.

-- The 2020 Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup, December 6 to 12, in Bridgewater, N.S.

-- The 2020 World Junior A Challenge, December 13 to 20, in Cornwall, Ont.

The following statement is on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer:

“At various rates, provinces from coast-to-coast-to-coast have started moving ahead with their phased re-opening, but as it has been since the season was cancelled, Hockey Canada’s priority remains the health and safety of all participants and the general public.

"We believe the decision to cancel these three events is the safest decision given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic at the local level, as well as the international implications associated with these events.

"Hockey Canada is grateful for the continued support of our local host committees and event partners, including BC Hockey, Hockey Nova Scotia, Hockey Eastern Ontario, NHL Central Scouting, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) and the Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL). We appreciate the commitment and support of everyone involved and we look forward to showcasing some incredible hockey to fans next year.”

Bridgewater Police Service -- Public update re: Phoenix Street incident

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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service

Media Release
September 1, 2020 9:00 a.m.
*UPDATE*

A 26-year-old Bridgewater man has been charged for multiple offences after police investigation. Christopher Richard Kilfoy was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on September 1, 2020. He faces charges of Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Causing a Disturbance by Fighting and four Breaches of Court Orders.

PROS # 20201256138
Contact: Danny MacPhee, Deputy Chief, 902-543-2464

On August 30, 2020, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Bridgewater Police Service Patrol officers responded to a 911 call for an altercation on Phoenix Street, Bridgewater. Shortly after, Bridgewater Police Service received a second related call that an adult male had been injured and is at South Shore Regional Hospital for treatment. After investigating the matter in depth, it was determined that the male at the hospital was slashed with an edged weapon by another adult male on Phoenix Street. The injured male has since been released from hospital after receiving treatment for moderate injuries. The other male remains in police custody while the investigation continues.

Based on investigative details Police believe that there were additional witnesses to this altercation and that the involved parties were known to each other. There is no known threat to the community. Please contact Bridgewater Police Service or Crimestoppers if you have information that could assist in this ongoing investigation.

PROS # 20201256138
Contact: Danny MacPhee, Deputy Chief, 902-543-2464

UPCOMING STREET/INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

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UPCOMING INTERSECTION UPGRADES IN AND AROUND BRIDGEWATER BUSINESS PARK + ST. PHILLIPS STREET PLAYGROUND

Work will begin late this week on a series of street and intersection improvements in and around the Bridgewater Business Park.

The project, being carried out thanks to a partnership between the Town of Bridgewater and Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR), is designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow in and around the Bridgewater Business Park prior to construction of the new Highway 103 Interchange between Exits 12 and 13 next year.

The seven streets and intersections that will be upgraded as part of this summer/fall project include:

▪ The addition of a right-turning lane from Wentzell Drive on to Logan Road, plus new curb and gutter and sidewalk

▪ The addition of a right-turning lane from York Street on to Victoria Road, plus additional curb and gutter and sidewalk, and traffic light replacement

▪ The addition of turning lanes and intersection realignment at York Street and North Park Street, plus curb and gutter and sidewalk

▪ Street improvements (realignment) on North Park Street

▪ Improvements at the North Park Street and Wentzell Drive intersection

▪ Improvements at the St. Phillips Street and North Park Street intersection

▪ Improvements at the St. Phillips Street and Victoria Road intersection

Work is expected to begin this week at two locations: the intersection of North Park Street and St. Phillips Street, and on North Park Street (realignment). All seven improvement projects are expected to be complete before the end of the 2020 calendar year.

Motorists travelling through the Bridgewater Business Park over the next few months should budget extra travel time to reach their destination and are asked to travel through work zones with care.

As work begins at each project locations, you’ll be able to track work locations and plan your commute using mapping information that will be posted at www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

ST. PHILLIPS STREET PLAYGROUND
The work taking place at the intersection of St. Phillips and North Park Streets will mean the St. Phillips Street Playground will be closed to the public, beginning August 21.

While we regret this temporary closure, as street improvement projects are taking place, there will also be playground/park improvements taking place simultaneously at this site.

We look forward to sharing with the public when the new St. Phillips Street Playground is once again open and ready for public use.

Bridgewater Police Service -- Re: Pleasant Street altercation

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For Immediate Release
Bridgewater Police Service
Media Release
Date August 19, 2020

On August 19, 2020, at approximately 3 a.m., Bridgewater Police Service officers responded to multiple third-party complaints of an altercation on Pleasant Street, Bridgewater.

When police arrived at the scene they located a male laying on the sidewalk bleeding. The male was rendered first aid then taken to South Shore Regional Hospital by EHS with serious injuries. The male victim, in his twenties, remains in hospital. The injuries are consistent with being stabbed with an edged weapon. No weapon was recovered at scene. Information is limited due to the victim’s injuries and necessary medical treatment.

Based on investigative details Police believe that there were additional witnesses to this altercation and that the involved parties were known to each other. There is no known threat to the community. Please contact Bridgewater Police Service or Crimestoppers if you have information that could assist in this ongoing investigation.

PROS # 20201188309
Contact: Deputy Chief MacPhee, 902-543-2464

PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT -- 2020 PROJECTS

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The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating Pavement Management Improvements, including planing and paving beginning on Wednesday, August 26, throughout the Town of Bridgewater. The purpose of the work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide a better ride for our commuters and is part of the Town’s commitment to invest $600,000 in pavement renewal during the 2020-2021 budget year.

This summer’s project list includes:

- Aberdeen Road (LaHave St. to Elm St.)
- Brook Street (Jubilee Rd. to Smith Ave.)
- Churchill Street (Dufferin St. to Summit St.)
- High Street (Victoria Rd. to Empire St.)
- Jubilee Road (King St. to Brook St.)
- King Street (Town Line to Jubilee Rd.)
- Maple Street (Prince St. and Scotia St.)
- Miller Drive (Brady St. to Kydd St.)
- North Street (Aberdeen Rd. to Haven Dr.)
- Park Street (Intersection of Scotia St.)
- Pearl Street (Near Civic #59)
- Pine Street (King St. to Brook St.)
- Prince Street (Near Civic #130)
- Starr Street (King St. to York St.)
- Victoria Road (King St. to Pleasant St.)
- Victoria Road (Pearl St. to Town Line)

For a map of the work areas, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.

Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Wednesday, August 26, with a three-week completion date, weather dependent. Each section of pavement renewal will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.

What to Expect
Residents and business in and around work areas should expect traffic delays, dust, noise, and heavy equipment – all common elements of planing and paving. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly.

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 work, however you should expect some traffic delays. We also ask that motorists take extra care to ensure worker and pedestrian safety while travelling through work areas.

Work Hours
Working hours are generally 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends 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 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
Office Phone:  (902) 541-4370
Office Fax:  (902) 543-0421
Sandi Larkin
Project Manager

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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.