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Park upgrades City looks at interim measures for Caledonia field. Page 11 Discovering dance Peggy Baker performs at the Port Theatre. Page 30 active Life Program targets people at risk of cardiovascular disease. Page 3 Double defeat Page 29 Celebrating 1988 CC TINY TOTS PLAYGROUP Wednesdays 10am to 11am FREE Drop-in Program 2013 Years TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 Parkway pileup ryan Larsen of Mid island towing checks for loose components in the crumpled engine compartment of a Volkswagen station wagon that rear-ended a safety truck belonging to All Power traffic Control. the accident happened at about 10 a.m. Monday on the Nanaimo Parkway, several hundred metres north of the Mostar road intersection. the truck was working with a grader on the side of the highway at the time of the crash, which is under investigation. the female driver of the car and male driver of the safety truck were taken to Nanaimo regional General Hospital with injuries. CHRIS BUSH/THe NewS BUlleTIN Lottery supports hospital equipment upgrades I Lotto for Life raised nearly $7 million dollars. By KarL yu ThE NEwS bULLETiN A 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and $100,000 will be among the prizes up for grabs in the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation’s 2014 Lotto for Life lottery. Proceeds from each $100 ticket sold will go toward Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Only 5,000 tickets will be available. According to Brenda Rositano, foundation director of corporate relations, the Lotto for Life has been going for 21 years and has raised close to $7 million. Last year’s total of $452,400 went to the regional hospital’s emergency department. And while the lottery hasn’t undergone any major changes during the past two decades, this year’s Lotto for Life will be different than the others as there won’t be an early bird draw. “We just thought we’d try something different,” Rositano said. “We only have one cut-off date and one draw.” Total value of prizes is $190,000 and also includes cash, shopping sprees, gift cards and certificates and vacations to Hawaii and Mexico. A full prize list can be viewed and more information can be found at the foundation website A lottery brochure is included in today’s edition of the News Bulletin. To purchase tickets, please go to Central Island RBC and Coastal Community Credit Union branches, the hospital lobby, the foundation’s office on Bowen Road, Woodgrove Centre’s guest services desk, Nanaimo North Town Centre’s administration office, hospital auxiliary thrift store and Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut at Country Club Centre. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 250-755-7640 or filling out the entry form in the brochure. Deadline to buy tickets is Feb. 28, with the final draw taking place March 14 at 3 p.m. at North Town Centre. The lottery is important to the community, said Rositano. “It’s a great way for the community to get involved with [its] hospital by supporting it with a ticket purchase and finding out about the foundation,” she said. VOL. 25, NO. 83 Police report increase in burglaries By Chris Bush ThE NEwS bULLETiN Police are warning the public to keep a vigilant lookout for suspicious activity following a spate of burglaries across the city in recent weeks. During the first nine days of January police received reports of 24 confirmed break and enters to homes, businesses and other structures. The figures show a continued upward trend compared with the same time period for 2013 when 21 break-ins were reported, 2012 when there were 20 and 2011 when just eight break-ins were filed. Reasons for the uptick in property crimes for this time of year can include recent releases of offenders into the community who fall back into criminal behaviour. Criminals also take advantage of the post-Christmas season when plenty of new items in homes are there for the picking. Store inventories also tend to be high around this time of year. South Nanaimo is currently being hit the hardest with break-in activity tapering off through central and north Nanaimo. Police are cautioning homeowners to be sure doors are locked at all times, especially bathroom windows and basement doors, which tend to be favourite criminal entry points. It is also imperative people report suspicious activity immediately upon witnessing it, to give police the best chance of catching culprits. “While the recent rash of break-ins is disconcerting, all communities at some time or another experience similar bouts of crime,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “We live in a safe community and have police officers dedicated to ensuring the safety of the citizens they serve. We are actively tracking individuals involved in these crimes and hope to announce arrests in the near future of those involved.” Repair&Wea Goldsmith on location JEWELLERS Goldsmith on Location P. 250.585.1648 3392 Norwell Drive, Nanaimo | Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm Repair & Wear P. 250.585.1648 3392 Norwell Drive, Nanaimo | Mon - Sat 10 PRIVATE PURCHASES . ESTATE JEWELLERY . APPRAISALS

Nanaimo News Bulletin, January 14, 2014

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