Monday, October 28, 2013

Bridgewater Mayor: New Mall Tenants "Significant Boost" For Town

Bridgewater's mayor is applauding the owners of the town's mall for bringing in a variety of new tenants. Four new outlets will occupy space in the former Zellers building on LaHave Street including Leon's, Sport Chek, and Winners. Mark's Work Warehouse will move from Cookville to the Bridgewater Mall, while Dollarama will expand its store. David Walker doesn't know how many jobs will be created, but feels its a significant boost for the town.

Walker says the new stores will bring competition to the area, and give the customers variety. A multi-million dollar renovation is underway at the mall, with many of the tenants expected to move in by next spring.

Visitor Restriction Ban Lifted At Bridgewater Hospital

A visitor restriction at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater has been lifted. A ban was put in place last week because a gastrointestinal illness was detected in multiple units of the hospital. Visitation was limited to immediate family and caregivers. South Shore Health will continue to monitor the situation, but no longer feels visitation restrictions are necessary. There have been no new cases reported since October 25.

Lumberjacks Owner Stands Behind Team

With one win in 16 games, the owner of the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks admits its been a tough year so far. However, Ken Petrie remains optimistic things will turn around for the Junior 'A' club. He says he wants a winning team, the town wants a successful team and he's trying to deliver.

In the last month, the Jacks have traded their captain, Mitch Hennebury, and most recently, assistant captain Shawn Boudreau in return for prospects, draft picks and future considerations. The Lumberjacks are in last place in their division, 10 points behind the fifth place Amherst Ramblers.

Lumberjacks Trade Boudreau To Yarmouth

One of the Lumberjacks top scorers has been shipped to their South Shore rivals. Nineteen-year-old Shawn Boudreau is off to Yarmouth for Austin Dunlevy, Matt Wright, a second round pick in 2014, a fifth round pick in 2015 and future considerations. Boudreau notched seven goals and three assists in 16 games with the Bridgewater club this season. He has 92 career points in the MHL. The Lumberjacks originally acquired Boudreau from Yarmouth in 2011 as part of the Andrew Wigg deal. He heads back to a Mariners team that is ranked ninth in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks also traded Brett Arthur to Yarmouth for Devon Earle and future considerations. The Jacks have just one win in 16 games this season.

'Jeans and Gems' Raises Over $19,000 Towards New X-Ray Unit

A fundraiser has raised over $19,000 towards a new piece of equipment at South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater. The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore held its 14th annual 'Jeans and Gems' event at the Michelin Social Club on Saturday. Money raised is going towards a new mobile x-ray unit. Development Officer Bernadette Jordan says the current unit is outdated.

The new mobile x-ray unit costs roughly $225,000. Jordan says they have more fundraisers planned including the radiothon in February, to help raise enough money to purchase the new equipment.

Bridgewater: Mall Upgrade Means Dozens Of New Jobs

Dozens of new retail jobs will be coming to the South Shore as a host of new stores are set to open in the new year. Michael Levy of the Bridgewater Mall has confirmed a multi-million dollar makeover at the building is underway. They have also secured several new tenants which are set to move into the mall in the new year - they include Winners, Sport Chek, Mark's and Leon's. Co-owner of Leon's in Coldbrook, Colin Lewis says they are excited about expanding to the South Shore.

Lewis says they hope to be open by March. The bid to attract new tenants to the mall began when Zellers and a few other stores closed earlier this year. An exact total on the number of new employment opportunities is not known at the point.

Wet Roads Potential Cause Of Crash Near Chester

Heavy water on the road might be the primary factor behind a crash near Exit 6 on Sunday afternoon. Chester RCMP responded to a collision involving two cars around 1 o'clock. Police had the highway shut down for a period of time while the scene was cleared up. A 63-year-old woman was transported to South Shore Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Mounties say the roads were extremely wet and it was raining heavily at the time of the crash. However, the cause of the crash is under investigation.