It was almost one year ago when Stephen Sander, the former high school teacher turned real estate mogul, reached out to Bridgewater and expressed his desire to do something remarkable for the community that gave him his start in Canada.
Today, it was revealed, he is in fact giving back to the greater Bridgewater community in multiple ways.
“Bridgewater is where my Canadian journey began, and it will always hold a special place in my heart as my Canadian home town,” Mr. Sander explained. “I would not have been able to go on to build such a successful business or have such a wonderful family without the generosity of this community. They gave me a new start after so many hardships and for this I will be forever grateful.”
Mr. Sander, through his business, Hollyburn Properties Limited, has committed $1 million to the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore for the creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) Suite at South Shore Regional Hospital and $200,000 to the Bridgewater Elementary School playground project.
Work on the playground will begin once the school year ends, while renovation of existing operating room space and conversion into a MIS Suite will begin later this fall.
The creation of a Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite has been a priority at South Shore Regional Hospital for a long time. MIS is now standard in operating rooms, using laparoscopic technology for its procedures. This equipment completes the surgery through a few small incisions rather than one large opening, resulting in less pain, faster recovery and shorter hospital stays for patients.
Arleen Stevens, Executive Director of the Health Services Foundation of the South Shore, is amazed by the generosity of Mr. Sander to help make the $1.4 million wish a reality.
“This is by far the largest initiative the Health Services Foundation has ever taken on, and to have Mr. Sander and his family give this project its final donation is wonderful,” she said.
“Since discussions began, it has always been clear that Mr. Sander wanted to give back to ensure Bridgewater, the town that has meant so much to him, keeps growing and thriving,” Stevens explained.
“This wonderful donation will do just that by increasing the quality of healthcare locally and ensuring we can retain and attract surgeons on the South Shore with the latest technology available. This project means so much to the residents of the South Shore and we can’t thank Mr. Sander enough for his extreme kindness and vision.”
Meanwhile, at Bridgewater Elementary School (BES), a Sander family gift of $200,000 will go directly toward the completion of Phase 1 of the Playground Project.
Travis Vaughn, of the Bridgewater Elementary School (BES) Playground Committee, advised that the donation will have an immediate positive impact on the health and well-being of BES students, and the local community, who use the playground space on a daily basis.
“The BES Playground Committee naturally linked the need for a playground and community park with Mr. Sander’s incredible story and gesture,” Mr. Vaughn said.
“The Playground Project will include natural-play features, an outdoor classroom, traditional play equipment, painted games, landscaping, and more,” he explained.
“The members of the BES Playground Committee are beyond grateful for this sizeable donation, and combined with the group’s other fundraising efforts, the challenge of providing a new facility and community park will be realized in much less time than originally anticipated.”
Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell said that the two projects are important building blocks in helping to grow the town and ensure its people can live healthy and active lives – both today and for years to come.
“A year ago, when Mr. Sander, his daughter, Karen, and the Hollyburn organization reached out to the Bridgewater area, it quickly became clear that they wished to do something special for our area that would touch lives across generations,” recalled Mayor Mitchell.
“Through the whole process that brought us to today, they’ve been responsive and engaging, and really wanted to understand how best to positively impact the most lives in Bridgewater and the surrounding area. I think they’ve accomplished just that.”
SMART CITIES CHALLENGE -- BRIDGEWATER NAMED A NATIONAL FINALIST
We are pleased, excited, and proud to share this morning that the Town of Bridgewater is one of the finalist communities selected for the #SmartCitiesChallenge!
In being named a finalist for the #SmartCitiesChallenge, the Town of Bridgewater will be getting $250,000 in federal funding to further detail, enhance, and refine our final proposal in pursuit of the $5 million prize in our category.
Our goal? To lift 20% of our residents out of energy poverty by 2028.
To learn more about energy poverty, how it impacts about 2 out of 5 people in our community, and what we hope to do about it, we welcome you to visit http://www.bridgewater.ca/smartcities.
UPDATED: Bridgewater is one of just FIVE communities across the country still competing in the $5 million prize category. For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2018/05/backgrounder--smart-cities-challenge-improving-the-lives-of-canadians-through-innovation-data-and-technology.html
The Town of Bridgewater is streamlining its Bridgewater Transit service to better reflect the needs of the community and its transit ridership.
Starting on Friday, May 25, Bridgewater Transit will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and no longer offer service on Sundays.
“Our ridership numbers have been tremendous during the first eight months of the transit program – better than what was projected by consultants prior to the launch of the service,” said Bridgewater’s Mayor David Mitchell.
Since last October, Bridgewater Transit has averaged 62 riders per day, with peak days frequently reaching or exceeding 100 users per day as ridership continues to increase.
“What our staff have found through analysis is that our ridership levels are significantly lower on Sundays and in the late evening. So, we’re adjusting the hours of operation to reflect the numbers and to ensure we’re getting the most out of the service for our taxpayers,” the Mayor added.
In addition to the change in operational hours, Town of Bridgewater staff are also currently reviewing the timing of stops along the route for ways to make improvements.
The Town’s Transit Planner, Mackenzie Childs, said that transit users can expect to see some tweaking to the timing of the route in the coming months.
“We’ve heard a lot of feedback from the community since the first schedule tweaking took place in November,” she said. “From trying to better accommodate Michelin staff, to syncing more with school start times, and we’re in the process of planning some changes to try to accommodate those needs as best as we can within a fixed-loop, single bus schedule.”
We'd like to share with you a tremendous opportunity for re-development in the heart of the LaHave River Valley in Downtown Bridgewater.
The properties at 527, 531, and 533 King Street are for sale, listed for $80,000. The adjacent property at 535 King Street is up for tax sale (arrears).
These properties are ideally situated in our downtown for mixed-use (commercial and residential) re-development.
“As of right” permitted uses for these properties includes: bakeries, cultural facilities, multi-unit residential development where the ground floor of the building frontage has a commercial use, offices, places of entertainment or personal services, retail, restaurants, wineries, micro-breweries, and more!
N O T I C E -- PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
BRIDGEWATER SPRING WATERMAIN FLUSHING SCHEDULE 2018
Customers are advised that watermains will be flushed during the period of April 28 to May 10, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and in accordance with the schedule below.
Some loss of pressure and discolouration of the water may be experienced during the flushing. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Customers are reminded that domestic hot water tanks should be flushed annually, and main water valves in basements should be turned off when flushing is being undertaken in their area.
If you have any questions, please contact the Engineering Department at (902) 541-4370.
APRIL 28, 29, MAY 1 – All streets on the west side of LaHave River, north of Dufferin Street, but not including Dufferin Street.
MAY 2 – All streets between Dufferin Street and Jubilee Road, including Dufferin Street, but not including Jubilee Road.
MAY 3 -- All streets south of, and including, Jubilee Road, and west to, but not including DesBrisay Drive.
MAY 5, 6, 8 – East side of LaHave River starting at Chapel Hill Road, flushing all streets westerly to LaHave Street.
MAY 9 – “Pressure zone” on east side of LaHave River, which includes Winter Street, Winburn Avenue above Glen Sarty Drive, Pine Grove Road, New Pine Grove Road, Highway 10 between Highway 103 and Champlain Drive.
MAY 10 – “Pressure zone” Dufferin Street Booster Station on west side of LaHave River which includes Pinecrest Subdivisions (DesBrisay, Olympiad, Sunset, Pinecrest, Cherry), Westmount Heights Subdivision (Atlantic, Westmount, Centennial, Micmac) and the upper end of Jubilee Road (from Desbrisay Dr. to Route 3).
NOTE: Due to weather and water conditions, there may be some deviation from the above schedule.
The Town of Bridgewater concluded the 2018-19 budget process on Monday night by officially approving the budget document and setting the tax rate.
The Town will spend approximately $19.8 million next year on operational and $2.9 million on capital costs but will not increase the residential or commercial tax rates.
“The 2018-19 budget is financially responsible, balancing both what we can afford and the level of service our citizens have come to expect,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“The highlights in this budget include continued support for Energize Bridgewater, as well as a full year of public transit, and all without a tax rate increase,” he noted. “Increasing service to the community while maintaining the tax rate is all because of the hard work that staff put into making sure we live within our means.”
This budget was not without its challenges, the Mayor noted.
“Positions were reduced, which is never an easy or pleasant task,” he said. “Managers, councillors, and I were each asked to find ways to reduce our budgets. The process isn’t fun, but it’s necessary and this budget is good for Bridgewater.”
BUDGET 2018-19 DETAILS:
Investing in Community Transportation for Bridgewater -- From the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Government is investing in Bridgewater’s fixed route bus transit pilot project to help ensure more people have access to affordable, accessible and reliable community transportation.
Justice Minister Mark Furey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, Feb 26., an investment of $200,000.
“Access to reliable and affordable community transportation is critical to ensuring we have strong, connected and more vibrant communities,” said Mr. Furey. “This is especially important for older adults and citizens who rely on community transportation to help them remain in their homes, stay connected to their jobs, and provide them with better access to important services such as health.
“We are making it a priority to improve access to community transportation, especially in rural areas.”
Bridgewater launched its pilot project in September 2017 for a six-month trial period with the support of the Nova Scotia Transit Research Incentive Program.
“Transportation needs can present huge challenges to our residents for a variety of reasons. Extending this demonstration project will help to further reduce those barriers so that all of our residents can fully participate in our community,” said Mayor David Mitchell.
“We’re already hearing great stories of how the transit system has resulted in the transformation of lives, by allowing residents to get and keep a new job or participate in community events that were previously unreachable.”
Halifax Regional Municipality donated two Metro X buses for the demonstration project.
Improving access to community transportation is a cornerstone of government’s Poverty Reduction Blueprint and is identified as a priority in SHIFT – Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
As part of the Culture Action Plan’s mandate to strengthen communities, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is developing a plan to improve access to community transportation across the province with a focus on rural communities and older Nova Scotians.
Help us Move Forward with Bridgewater Transit!
The Town of Bridgewater is looking for input on how the transit service has helped you so far, how it has connected you to services and jobs, why you might not have taken the bus yet, or how it can be improved in the future.
You're invited to stop by our two public sessions at the LCLC on Wednesday, February 14 -- the first will take place from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. and the second from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
And both line up with the bus schedule, if you want to catch a ride there!
BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT -- 2018 SURVEY
The Town of Bridgewater launched a new transit service in September. This is a pilot project, which means that the Town will be operating the service temporarily, then considering implementing it for a longer period of time.
As part of this project, we would like to get a sense of your travel behaviour and perceptions of the transit pilot program.
To take the survey, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZY9RML or click below.
Our Atlantic Canadian winters can wreak havoc on travel plans. The Town of Bridgewater is committed to providing a transit program that balances reliable public service with safety in the face of stormy conditions.
STORMY WEATHER ARRIVES
When bad weather is in the forecast, public safety takes precedence. Bridgewater Transit drivers will be working with our Public Works staff to keep our transit service on the road as much as possible, however in instances where there is signigicant snowfall in the forecast (more than 10 centimeters), users should expect transit service may be delayed and plan accordingly. If there are disruptions in service, the Town of Bridgewater will inform the public immediately.
WHERE TO GET INFO ON BRIDGEWATER TRANSIT
If Bridgewater Transit service is temporarily delayed or there is a detour, we will make sure it reaches our users in a number of different ways. Transit information is published on the Town of Bridgewater’s Facebook page and Twitter accounts, as well as the @BWTraffic Twitter account. We also provide updates through CKBW/Country 100.7 and the CBC Nova Scotia Storm Centre.
Storms can be unpredictable and Bridgewater Transit may still be in service while needing to avoid certain parts of town. For example, if loaders are being used to clear snow from King Street, the bus may detour up Victoria Rd. to York St., picking up the route again at Alexandra and Maple.
SAFELY USING BUS STOPS
During the winter, snowbanks along street curbs can provide obstacles for those travelling on foot or trying to board the bus. While we do our best to ensure areas around marked bus stops are passable, if there is a snowbank near a marked stop or a flag stop you’re creating, look for the closest curb cut or driveway where there is no snow and wait there ̶ our drivers will be on the lookout for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A STORM
Winter in Atlantic Canada can be challenging. Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect DURING a storm.
WHEN DOES PLOWING BEGIN?
Plowing begins when snow cover on primary roads reaches between 3 to 4 inches. The remainder of plows are brought in near the completion of the storm. If snowfall is significant (in excess of 4 inches), plowing may begin on secondary streets prior to the end of a storm to permit emergency access. Supervisors are in communication with emergency officials during a storm and will assist in response to calls if requested/required to do so.
DOES SERVICE CHANGE BASED ON THE TIME OR DAY?
The Town of Bridgewater’s crews provide the same level of service during and after a winter storm regardless of the time of day or day of the week.
WHY SALT BEFORE A STORM?
Salt is typically applied to road surfaces just prior to or at the beginning of a winter storm to create a barrier between the road and the snow accumulation. This helps our crews remove snow and ice with plows later. Without the application of salt, snow and ice will more readily pack to the road and removing it from the surface can become much more challenging. A typical salt run of the entire town takes 2 to 3 hours.
HOW DO I GET INFORMATION?
Listen to local radio and follow Bridgewater Traffic (@BWtraffic) or the Bridgewater Police Service (@policenews) on Twitter in order to get updates on road and weather conditions during and after a winter storm.
Take winter weather seriously and adjust your plans accordingly. Stay off the road during a storm unless travel is absolutely necessary ̶ keeping our roads clear of traffic and parked cars helps the snow removal process.
High winds, flooding, storm surges, and icy conditions can make driving dangerous and cause power outages for three days or more. The Regional Emergency Management Organization recommends having enough supplies to comfortably stay in your home for three to four days without needing to go out, even if the power is off. You’ll want to think about having batteries, flashlights, drinking water, and food on hand. Visit emergencymeasures.ca for a complete checklist.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A STORM
Snow, freezing rain, and strong winds present obstacles for you and for those tasked with clearing our 70 kilometers of streets and 35 kilometres of sidewalks in the days following a storm. We’ve created this information sheet on the Town of Bridgewater’s snow removal procedures to help you know what to expect AFTER a storm.
The First 12 Hours After
Public Works crews begin clearing, starting with main arteries and hills in Bridgewater. Our job is to ensure that emergency vehicles have basic access to every area of our community.
From 12 to 24 Hours After
Crews work on sidewalk maintenance, starting first near Bridgewater’s school zones. We also “wing back” snow or ice cover on streets and begin removal of snow from parking spaces in the downtown, allowing our local businesses to resume normal operation as soon as possible.
From 24 to 48 Hours After and Beyond
Sidewalk maintenance and winging back of snow cover on streets continues during this period.
PARKING AND CLEARING DURING A STORM
Under Section 139 of the Motor Vehicle Act, no person shall park or leave standing a vehicle, attended or unattended, on a street which obstructs winter maintenance during or after a snow storm. Such vehicles will be towed away at the owner’s expense. Also, under Section 318 of the Municipal Government Act, snow cannot be plowed across any streets or onto sidewalks. Snow shall be stored on the property being cleared or hauled away and dumped in an approved location.
BE SMART AND SAFE
During bad weather, heed the advice of the Bridgewater Police Service and RCMP on the radio and online. If you can stay off the roads, please do so.
PLOW IT FORWARD
The Town of Bridgewater is a supporter of the Plow It Forward campaign, which encourages neighbours to help each other, particularly the elderly or those with physical challenges, to clear snow and ice after a storm. You can also do your part by adopting a neighbourhood hydrant.
The Town of Bridgewater is excited to officially launch the Bridgewater Transit Advertising Program!
Are you looking for a great way to get word around town about your business or organization? Would you like to reach an audience of literally thousands of people each day all along the 16-kilometre Bridgewater Transit route?
Then this is an opportunity that you won't want to miss!
We're now offering options to purchase advertising inside the bus, on the exterior of the bus, and an exclusive opportunity to advertise on our Bridgewater Transit passes!
For more information, including rates, you can download a copy of the advertising program document here.
Before proceeding, we'd also encourage you to take a look at the Transit Advertising Policy by clicking here.