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.”
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:
Town of Bridgewater
Director of Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-426-9417 / 902-830-3839 (cell)
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.
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!
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ENERGIZE BRIDGEWATER
Community energy initiative receives $20,000 in support
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.
The DesBrisay Museum is seeking to fill the following positions:
- Heritage Advisory Committee HAC Assistant (Term)
- Museum Interpreter (Term)
For a description of the HAC Assistant position, please click here.
For a description of the Museum Interpreter position, please click here.
The Town of Bridgewater is undertaking a study to look at the potential of creating a public transit system for Bridgewater.
Join us on Wednesday, November 30th. from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NSCC Campus on High Street.
We want to hear your ideas: Would a bus help you? Where do you need to go? When do you need to get there? Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
Okay, so what IS back-in angle parking and why is it being implemented?
As part of the Take Back The Riverbank project, back-in angle has been introduced on King Street between Old Bridge and Phoenix Street.
Back-in angle parking is exactly what it sounds like: parking spaces on an angle to the street that are designed to have vehicles back-in in order to park.
There are several reasons why back-in angle parking was chosen for this part of King Street.
First, it's a more efficient use of space! Traditional parallel parking takes up more curbside space, so back-in angle parking allows us to accommodate more cars on the street!
Back-in angle parking can be done in three easy steps:
1) When you're approaching an open space, slow and signal your intent to turn.
2) Stop just ahead of the parking space.
3) Reverse and turn into the space.
Something to remember: Treat back-in angle parking the same way you would treat parallel parking -- never cross the yellow centreline to pull nose-first into a back-in angle parking space on the "wrong" side of the road. It's illegal and you will receive a ticket.
When it's time to go, the added benefit of back-in angle parking is that your car is already pointing forward, nose-out, facing the street, so you have a clear field of vision in all directions and it's easy to see if there is traffic coming toward.
Also, it's important to remember that back-in angle parking is only being used for only the 11 spaces between Old Bridge and Phoenix Street. South and north on King Street, standard curbside parallel parking still exists, plus you have larger parking lots such as the North Parkade, the Town Centre Lot, and the O'Neill Parking Lot. In total, in and around Downtown Bridgewater there are more than 250 public and permit parking spaces on the West side of the LaHave River alone, so you have plenty of parking options to choose from!
The Whimsical Children’s Store is in need of donations of gently used items that a child 4 to 10 years old might like to purchase for a parent, sibling, relative or loved one.
If you would like to donate such items please bring them to the ARK at 655 King Street in Bridgewater, Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm.
The Whimsical Children’s Store is a unique Christmas shopping experience designed with kids in mind. With the help of volunteers, children shop amongst gingerbread houses, miniature Christmas trees, gingerbread kids and gumdrops to purchase gifts that will amaze, wow or even cause the gift recipient to howl with laughter. What makes the experience so unique is that only the child knows what’s under the wrapping, provided of course that they can keep a secret.
This year the Whimsical Children’s Store is Saturday December 3rd at the Michelin Social Club, from 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank.
Brought to you by: Bridgewater Christmas on the LaHave Committee, the Skilled Trades and Exploration Program (STEP) at Park View Education Centre, the Michelin Social Club, the ARK on King Street, product donors and volunteers.