CANADA DAY 2020 : PUBLIC UPDATE
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions around social distancing and large gatherings, Bridgewater’s Canada Day on the LaHave organizing committee has no choice but to cancel our planned 2020 Canada Day on the LaHave celebrations in Downtown Bridgewater.
The organizing team and its many community partners, including the South Shore Multicultural Association, had already been in the process of planning this year’s event when the pandemic reached Canada. While disappointing, in the interest of public safety it was necessary to cancel the traditional Canada Day festivities for this year.
While the traditional public gathering is cancelled, the Canada Day on the LaHave team is looking forward to preparing an online celebration of Canada for Bridgewater and all of Lunenburg County as part of a special July 1 edition of The Best of Bridgewater.
While we can’t physically be together as a community, we can make use of technology and “feel” closer together from the comfort and safety of our own homes.
Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come – we’ll be sharing ways that YOU can participate in our Canada Day webcast special!
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION MEETING
A public participation meeting will be held online tonight, Wednesday, May 6, at 6:00PM to provide an overview of and receive public comment on an application to construct 14 townhouse units in three blocks containing 7, 4 and 3 units, on Oakland Drive (off Jubilee Road). The Preliminary Council report is available at www.bridgewater.ca/DA.
The meeting will be posted on the Town's Facebook page.
Additional written or phone submissions will be received until May 13; these can be submitted through the comment form for the application (on the webpage linked above) or by contacting the Planner.
WASTE COLLECTION NOTICE -- BIWEEKLY BULKY ITEM COLLECTION TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre has asked us to share that, beginning the week of April 20, 2020, phased-in biweekly bulky item waste collection will begin in the Town of Bridgewater.
Collection of one (1) bulky landfill item will begin as follows:
Town of Bridgewater - Week of April 20, on your green cart and garbage collection day, and will continue every two weeks.
Collection limited to ONE bulky landfill item for now, to accommodate limited resources. Please be mindful of the collection workers’ need to be safe.
To serve as examples, bulky waste items may include: couches, footstools, mattresses, box springs, vacuum cleaners, rugs, upholstered chairs, suitcases, plastic furniture, lamp shades, plastic lawn ornaments, plastic Christmas decorations, artificial Christmas trees, plastic laundry hampers, plastic totes, kids’ pools, plastic toys, plastic pipes, garden hoses, toilets, sinks, windows and vinyl siding.
**Wood and metal items collected during designated Fall pick up only.**
Have questions? visit www.communityrecycling.ca or call (902) 543-2991.
At the April 14, 2020, regular meeting of Bridgewater Town Council, Council will be receiving and discussing the proposed 2020-21 operating budget. To download the complete draft budget document for 2020-21 as a PDF, you can click here.
Please join us on our Facebook page tonight (www.facebook.com/BridgewaterNS) to view the live stream of tonight's meeting.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON TRAILS WITHIN TOWN PARKS
The Town of Bridgewater has closed all trails located within parks until further notice. This will allow the Town to ensure it is in compliance with the Provincial Order to close municipal parks.
Unfortunately, this means that the trails located at Woodland Gardens, Glen Allan Park, Riverside Park, and Generations Active Park are now closed to public use. If you choose to use a trail within a Town of Bridgewater park, you could be fined.
The Centennial Trail, Brookside Cemetery, the Michelin Spurline Connector, the Micmac Connector, the Hollingsworth Connector, and the Porter Crescent Connector will remain open at this time. Users must abide by social distancing protocols. For updated information and a map detailing which trails are still open, visit www.explorebridgewater.ca/trails.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to abide by the rules and directions set out by the Province of Nova Scotia, Premier McNeil, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FURTHER PUBLIC SPACES UPDATE
Effective today, March 22, 2020, all Town of Bridgewater playgrounds and parks are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, per Section 14 of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Act. This closure also includes Bridgewater Skate Park and the South Shore Vet Dog Zone dog park.
Please also note that Town recreation facilities, such as softball and soccer fields, are considered to be parks and are, therefore, also CLOSED to the public at this time.
TRAILS -- REMAIN OPEN FOR NOW
Following direction from the Province of Nova Scotia, trails such as the Centennial Trail and those found at Woodland Gardens, Riverview Park, Glen Allan Park, Brookside Cemetery, and the track at Kinsmen Athletic Field, will remain open to the public for exercise, but social distancing protocols (six feet of distance from other users) MUST be adhered to by all trail users.
Bridgewater Police Service now has the authority to fine anyone defying social distancing protocols, as announced today by the Province of Nova Scotia.
While social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors, it does mean that you and your loved ones should make smart choices when going outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
>> As you can appreciate, because of the nature of this situation, new information is being shared with us almost constantly. Please continue to check back here frequently for updates.
There are a number of Remembrance Day events taking place in and around Bridgewater this year, like every year. Here's a small sampling of what you can expect to see here in Bridgewater over the next few days:
- On Saturday, November 9, beginning at 10 a.m., you can join local historian Peter Oickle at Brookside Cemetery for a walking tour focused on those who served and their stories. This walk is offered for free.
- Also on Saturday, November 9, the DesBrisay Museum will host an afternoon celebration of our Veterans, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is free and will include a performance by the Bridgewater Fire Department Band Quartet.
- At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on the corner of Phoenix and Pleasant, a special screening of "A Time to Remember" will take place, featuring historic interviews with local veterans.
- The 9th annual Vigil of Remembrance by the 62 Niobe Royal Canadian Sea Cadets will take place at the Cenotaph from 7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, until 7 a.m. on Monday, November 11. The public is invited to attend a small ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. This vigil is how the cadets say thank you to past and present Veterans each year.
- On Monday, November 11, the traditional Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph at Brookside Cemetery (corner of York Street and Victoria Road) will take place. The public is invited to arrive for 10:30 a.m., with the processional to the Cenotaph scheduled for approximately 10:40.
For those unable to attend in person, weather permitting, we will be live-streaming the service at the Cenotaph on the Town's Facebook page.
Beginning on October 27, the Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating some additional pavement improvement projects over the next week, including planing and paving on:
- King Street (Starr St. to Fancy Rd.)
- Dufferin Street (Town Line to High St.)
- King Street (Jubilee Rd. to Pine St.)
- St. Phillips Street (Hanley Dr. to Franks Ln.)
- Glen Allan Drive (Etna Dr. to HB Studios Sports Centre)
- King Street (Brown St. to Park View School)
Work is weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. 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.
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.
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 contact Project Manager Sandi Larkin at 902-541-4370.
To see planned paving locations on a map of Bridegwater, as well as other ongoing construction projects, please visit www.bridgewater.ca/roads.
- Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC) to welcome Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team this October
- Event will include three national team practices and two exhibition games that will be free for the public to attend
The Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre is going to play host in October to a major Canadian National Women’s Para Hockey initiative with support from the Hockey Canada Foundation, the event is designed to grow the game of sledge hockey and encourage women of all ages to embrace the sport and empower themselves.
The TrailblazeHER Project will see Canada’s Women’s National Para Hockey Team spend Thanksgiving weekend in the Bridgewater area, promoting inclusion and coaching education, supporting female mentorship, engaging fans, and offering anyone interested in the sledge game the chance to give it a try.
As part of the TrailblazeHER Project, the Canadian Women’s National Para Hockey Team will be hosting three practices and compete in two exhibition games against an Atlantic Canadian sledge hockey team – events that will be open to the public and free to attend.
“I’m thrilled that Women’s National Para Hockey team is bringing this exciting event to the LCLC and to Lunenburg County,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, mayor of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for all sledge hockey fans, but especially for young women, to meet the players from the 2019-2020 Women's National team and hear their inspiring stories.”
“This is just another example of the wonderful relationship that Bridgewater and Lunenburg County have with Hockey Canada and supporting events,” added Bridgewater’s mayor David Mitchell. “We’re proud to be able to partner with them on national and international-level events, and it’s an added bonus when those events help to empower women to further develop leadership and athletic skills.”
The Female Mentorship Session will focus on Atlantic Canadian female players who are invited to participate in an on-ice session led by members of the national team.
The Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic will require registration with Hockey Nova Scotia – for more information on the Coaching Clinic, phone 902-521-5945.
Thursday, October 10
10 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
Friday, October 11
3 to 4:20 p.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
6:30 to 7:50 p.m. – Female Mentorship Session, led by members of Team Canada
Saturday, October 12
10:30 to 11:20 a.m. – National Team Practice (public and FREE to attend)
12 noon to 4 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Classroom)
4 to 4:50 p.m. – Sledge Hockey Coaching Clinic (Ice)
5 to 5:40 p.m. – Try It – drop in Session – Open to the public, hosted by SS Para Lumberjacks
5:50 to 7:20 p.m. – GAME 1: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)
Sunday, October 13
1 to 2:20 p.m. – GAME 2: Team Canada vs Team Atlantic Canada (public and FREE to attend)
TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC NOTICE -- VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE WATERMAIN CROSSING
- Work will begin in approximately two weeks on a major underground infrastructure project at the intersection of Victoria Road, King Street, and Veterans Memorial Bridge.
- The primary focus of the project is to upgrade watermains, which provide drinking water to our residents and businesses, and fire flow protection for our community.
- The work will cause traffic delays in the downtown and motorists should plan their commute accordingly.
- The work is expected to take three months to complete.
The Public Service Commission of Bridgewater (PSCB) is starting construction of a new watermain in the intersection of King Street and Victoria Road that will include the suspension of a new watermain on the south side of the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The work is expected to begin during the week of September 23 to 27.
The purpose of the work is to upgrade undersized infrastructure as well as to satisfy recommended upgrades to the transmission main connectivity of the existing water reservoirs on both sides of the LaHave River.
The work will include traffic control measures in both intersections (LaHave St. & King St.) as well as on the bridge structure itself. Every effort will be made to minimize the disruption to residents and businesses for the duration of the project.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dust, noise, and heavy equipment are common elements of construction. We are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly. Temporary disruptions to services should be minimal and we will work with adjacent property owners to minimize any inconvenience. That being said, traffic delays in the vicinity of Veterans Memorial Bridge are anticipated.
Working hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It should be anticipated that the contractor might choose to work longer hours and weekends to complete the work.
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 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 one of the persons listed below.
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 and the Public Service Commission of Bridgewater regret any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses during this important and necessary work.
PAVEMENT RENEWAL IS COMING
Planing and paving starts throughout Bridgewater on August 25
The Town of Bridgewater will be coordinating pavement management improvement projects over the next several weeks including planing and paving on:
- Aberdeen Road (Miller Dr. to Chapel Hill Rd.)
- Aberdeen Road (Hirtle Dr. to Davison Dr.)
- Alexandra Avenue (Cornwallis St. to Park St.)
- Christie Street (Walnut St. to Parkdale Ave.),
- Dufferin Street (Exhibition Dr. to Plaza Entrance)
- Exhibition Drive (Jubilee Rd. Intersection)
- Jubilee Road (Duke St. to Marlboro Ave.)
- King Street (Eisenhauer Lane to Starr St.)
- King Street between (Oickles Ln. and Fresh Cuts)
- LaHave Street (Near Most Wanted Pawn Shop)
- LaHave Street (Elm St. to Silvers Hill)
- Starr Street (Civic #91 to above King St.)
- High Street (Civic #170 to #209)
- Glen Allan Drive (Sweeny Ln. to Hollingsworth and across from LaHave Ball Field)
- Nafthal Drive (Civic #4 to #22)
- Pine Street (Medway St. to Marie Ave.)
- York Street (near Lighthouse Publishing).
Dexter Construction Ltd. is tentatively scheduled to begin the work on Sunday, August 25, with a three-week completion date, weather dependent. Each street will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete.
The purpose of our annual pavement renewal work is to upgrade the condition of the road and provide a better drive for our community's motorists.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Sandi Larkin, Project Manager, Town of Bridgewater – Engineering Department
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 at www.bridgewater.ca
The Town of Bridgewater regrets any inconvenience caused to residents and businesses, during this work. Please be patient and allow for extra travel time getting around Bridgewater during work.
Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to make a difference in your community? Why not consider serving as a member of the newly formed Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee for Lunenburg County.
The Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee provides advice to the municipal councils in Lunenburg County on identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. The committee plays a pivotal role in helping the municipalities to become barrier-free communities that complies with Nova Scotia’s Accessibility Act (2017).
At least one half of the members of the advisory committee must have a disability or represent an organization that represents people with disabilities.
Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning, or sensory impairment—including an episodic disability—that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society.
Applications are available each of the Municipalities websites or can be picked up at the District of Chester, District of Lunenburg, Town of Bridgewater, Town of Mahone Bay and the Town of Lunenburg’s offices. The deadline for applications is June 28, 2019. Your completed application may be submitted by mail, in person, or by email to:
Address: Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, ATTN: Trudy Payne, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater NS B4V 4G8
Subject line: Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee Volunteer
We're no strangers to severe weather events here in Atlantic Canada. Hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November annually, and the nor'easter weather bombs of the winter months often make life challenging.Here you can find information that can be especially helpful for you leading up to, during, and after the storm. We've included quick links to the latest Environment Canada forecast and warnings for the Bridgewater area, the Nova Scotia Power outage map, and some additional helpful links from the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office on how to prepare to weather the storm for 72 hours (or more).