Major damage avoided at Belleville apartment complex

Quick action from an apartment complex tenant and emergency services saved a unit from major damage in Belleville early Sunday morning.

Belleville Fire and Police were called to a north end apartment by a resident of the complex around 3 a.m. after a smoke detector alarm was activated.

Once inside, fire personnel discovered a tenant had fallen asleep while food was being heated in the oven.

Firefighters managed to clear the unit of smoke and prevent the situation from escalating.

No injuries were reported.

Health Services expansion potential for Brighton

(Photo: Quinte News / File)

The Municipality of Brighton is the fastest growing community in the Quinte region and that growth has put a strain on Brighton’s main healthcare facility.

The Physician Recruitment and Advisory Committee says the Brighton Health Services Centre is running out of space for new doctors and other health service providers.

It is asking council to support an expansion of the facility.

Brighton council will discuss the issue at its meeting Monday night.

Dukes edge Flyers, Rebels fall, Jr. Bulls roll

WELLINGTON, ON – NOV 19, 2017: Ontario Junior Hockey League game between the Wellington Dukes and the St. Micheal’s Buzzers, Jackson Arcan #24 of the Wellington Dukes during the first period.
(Photo by Ed McPherson / OJHL Images)

Arcan scores two, Dukes edge Flyers

Two goals from Jackson Arcan, including the game-winner early in the third period, gave the Wellington Dukes a 4-3 victory in Orangeville over the Flyers.

Belleville native Daniel Panetta and Campbellford product Dawson Ellis, with his first of the season, also scored for Wellington. Mitchell Martan and Mason Snell each contributed two assists.

Tyler Richardson stopped 23 shots for his first win in his first start as a Duke.

Wellington is back in action on home ice this evening, hosting the Cobourg Cougars at 5 p.m at Essroc Arena.

Rebels fall to Islanders
In Jr C, the Campbellford Rebels fell 6-2 to Gananoque.

Mathieu Piazzi and Nolan Stevenson scored for Campbellford.

Alex Ward was the losing goaltender for the Rebels.

Jr. Bulls rout Knights

The Raldane Welding Peewee AE Jr. Bulls got multi-point games from six different players in a 10-2 rout of the Ajax Knights yesterday.

Leading the way was Braeden Davis with a hat trick and an assist. Jacob Donohue, Rylee Cotten, Owen Bird and Davin Osmond contributed three points and Keegan Tugnette added two.

Kaleb Parkinson got the win in net.

Call for Sports Hall nominees

The Belleville Sports Hall of Fame is putting out a call to the community for nominations for the class of 2018 inductees.

Residents are being asked to support the Hall of Fame by submitting their nomination for individual athletes, builders of sport and teams.

To be nominated, athletes must have lived in the Belleville area for at least five years, must be five years removed from their competitive career or have reached the age of 50.

You can click HERE to fill out a nomination form that can be delivered through email to, or dropped off to the Customer Service Desk at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

The deadline for nominations is May 15. The induction ceremony will take place Saturday, September 15 at the Dr. R.L. Vaughan Atrium inside the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre.

Man dead in Pineview Tower fire

    Pineview Tower, known as Belleville’s tallest building, was the scene of a fire early Sunday morning. (Photo: John Spitters/Quinte News)

A man has died after an apartment in one of Belleville’s tallest buildings early Sunday morning.

Around 3:30 a.m, city firefighters, police, and paramedics responded to 249 Bridge Street West to a 16-storey apartment building known as Pineview Tower.

A fire was discovered in an apartment on floor 15. It was put out quickly and damage was contained to just the one unit.

One person was taken to hospital and was pronounced dead.

No one else was injured.

Motorists are being asked to avoid the area of Bridge Street West between Palmer Road and Sidney Street while the investigation continues.

Local hockey notes- Jan. 7/18

The Napanee Raiders continued their hot run with a 4-3 win over the Port Hope Panthers Saturday night.

Ryan Casselman scored the winner on a powerplay early in the third.

Other Raiders goals went to Austin Labelle, Devon King and Zach Knapp-Hermer.

Nicholas Nabuurs earned the win in net with a 33-save performance.

Rebels shell-shocked by Jets

The Campbellford Rebels took a huge beating from the Amherstview Jets, 18-1 last night.

Kurt Gibbs scored Campbellford’s only goal, Nathan Walford and Jacob Stevenson split the net.

Jr. Bulls stay even

The Raldane Welding Peewee AE Junior Bulls skated to a 3-3 tie with the North Durham Warriors yesterday.

Jacob Donohue, Keegan Tugnette and Brett Bashall scored for Belleville, and Braeden Reid manned the net.

B-Sens blitzed in Pennsylvania

Belleville Senators forward Tyler Randell handles the puck in last night’s 6-0 loss in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Belleville Senators)

Story by Matt Tidcombe

Jean-Sebastien Dea and Christian Thomas each scored twice as the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins beat the Belleville Sens 6-0 in the team’s first ever match-up.

Wilkes-Barre also had goals from Zach Trotman and Ethan Prow while Casey DeSmith made 24 saves for the shutout. Chris Driedger stopped 30 shots as the Sens were shut out for the third time this season.

Thomas opened the scoring at 7:47 of the first period on his eighth of the year before Trotman doubled the host’s lead 1:57 later.

Dea made it 3-0 with his first of the night as he buried a 2-on-1 after taking Thomas’ pass at 16:22 before the Penguins piled it on in the third period with three more goals.

Dea’s second of the night, and eighth of the year, made it 4-0 on the man advantage at 6:25 before Prow’s first of the season pushed the lead to 5-0 as his shot from the blue line beat Driedger at 13:40.

Thomas’ second goal of the evening came with 3:07 to play to wrap up a comprehensive performance by the hosts.

Belleville failed to convert any of its four power play chances while the Penguins went 1-for-3.

The two teams will square off against Friday night at Wilkes-Barre visits the Yardmen for the only time this season. Belleville is back in action Wednesday night as they host the Rochester Americans.

Tickets are available HERE

G-Hawks snag veteran defenceman

The Trenton Golden Hawks bolstered their defence Saturday, acquiring 20-year old Stuart Harley from the Smiths Falls Bears. (Photo: Dan Hickling Images)

The Trenton Golden Hawks have bolstered their blueline ahead of the January 10th OJHL trade deadline.

The club announced Saturday that they’ve acquired 20-year-old Stuart Harley from the Smiths Falls Bears of the Central Canada Hockey League.

Harley is being touted as a big, tough, stay-at-home defenceman that will provide a steady presence on Trenton’s back end down the stretch drive of the season.

The Edmonton-born Harley, who also has dual citizenship to the United States, has posted five points, all assists, in 39 games this season with Smiths Falls.

Harley will make his G-Hawks debut on home ice Friday at 7:30 p.m against the Pickering Panthers.

Dukes take Round 3 of Battle of Quinte in O.T.

TRENTON, ON – NOV 24, 2017: Ontario Junior Hockey League game between the Wellington Dukes and the Trenton Golden Hawks, Declan Carlile #2 of the Wellington Dukes participates in the pre-game warmup.
(Photo by Ed McPherson / OJHL Images)

The John Druce era has started off on a winning note for the Wellington Dukes.

Declan Carlile’s goal with 37 seconds left in overtime gave the Dukes a 5-4 win over the Trenton Golden Hawks and a 2-1 lead in the Battle of Quinte on Friday night.

The win also gave the new Dukes coaching staff their first victory after a busy and tumultuous last few days.

Both teams got their offence going at Essroc Arena last night. Jackson Arcan, Geoff Lawson, Colin Doyle and Mitchell Martan added the other goals for Wellington. Rex Moe scored twice for the G-Hawks, while Caleb Boman and Tiger McDonald also tallied.

Jonah Capriotti stopped 24 pucks in the win for the Dukes, while Will Rawski played well for Trenton before suffering an injury in the third period and was replaced by Carson Poulin.

Final shots favoured Wellington 38-28.

Next action for the Dukes is Sunday at 2 p.m, when they welcome the Lindsay Muskies to Essroc Arena. Trenton meantime, is off for a week until next Friday when they host the Pickering Panthers.

The final game this regular season between the two Quinte-area clubs is February 23 in Trenton.

G-Hawks doubled by Tigers

The return of a key forward to the Trenton Golden Hawks lineup wasn’t enough on Wednesday night in a 4-2 loss to the Aurora Tigers.

Rex Moe slotted back in the G-Hawks lineup after missing 13 games due to injury, and didn’t record a point.

Trenton got their goals from Steven Elliott and Caleb Boman. Will Rawski stopped 25 shots in net.

Former Belleville Bull Jake Bricknell earned an assist for Aurora.

The Golden Hawks meet up with the Wellington Dukes in the third round of the Battle of Quinte Friday night. Trenton and Wellington have split their previous two meetings this season. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m from the Essroc Arena.

UPDATE: Napanee strip mall fire considered suspicious

Fire crews battle a blaze at the Wild Wing restaurant and Lily’s Bridal building, just off Palace Road at the 401 (Photo: Brock Ormond/ Quinte News)

UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m.: Napanee OPP say a fire at a business on Palace Road this morning is considered suspicious.

Napanee firefighters responded to a strip mall, near Highway 401, around 5:40 this morning to battle the blaze.

A unit at the south part of the complex suffered significant damage, but other units were unharmed and nobody was injured.

The Napanee OPP Crime Unit, Napanee Fire Department and Ontario Fire Marshal are all now investigating the circumstances around the fire.

Anyone who might have additional information for investigators can call Napanee OPP or Crimesoppers.

There was a fire Tuesday at a strip mall in Napanee.

Around 5 a.m., emergency crews were called to the building, which includes Lily’s Bridal and Wild Wing restaurant, near the 401 and Palace Road.

Reports say there was visible smoke and flames around the building.

Tankers from the Napanee area were called in to assist in the battle with the blaze.

Quinte News is expected more details later Tuesday.

Fire crews battle a blaze at the Wild Wing restaurant and Lilly’s Bridal building, just off Palace Road at the 401 (Photo: Brock Ormond/ Quinte News)


Year of achievements: Belleville Mayor Christopher

Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher and Bev Boyce, a major success story from the now-demolished Belleville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, participate in the ceremonial cake cutting at the Belleville New Year’s Levee, January 1, 2018. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

A busy and successful milestone year of 2017 was celebrated inside the gymnasium of the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on a cold New Year’s Monday at Belleville’s annual Mayor’s Levee.

Mayor Taso Christopher started his address to the public by thanking his team of councillors for all the work it’s done over the past year.

The mayor went on to describe 2017 as “a year of execution, infrastructure achievements, effective planning and strategizing for change and the future.”

The 200th anniversary of Belleville was marked by two much-anticipated arrivals to the city; the Belleville Senators American Hockey League team and the Shorelines Casino. Mayor Christopher said these two entities will bring outstanding economic development to the city, upwards of $20 million towards the food sector and the employment sector.

Bagpipers playing at the 2018 Belleville New Year’s Levee, Janury 1, 2018. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News).

The mayor addressed some of the top infrastructure accomplishments that were achieved in “the busiest year of construction in the history of Belleville” – 2017.

These included; the completion of renovations to the Yardmen Arena for the arrival of the Senators, Phase 2 and 3A of the Downtown Belleville Revitalization Project, the addition of bike lanes and a multi-use path in the city, and the commencement of $10+ million upgrades to the Wet Weather and Wastewater Treatment Plant, among others.

Mayor Taso Christopher addresses the crowd at the 2018 New Year’s Levee at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre in Belleville ,January 1, 2018. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The mayor also recognized other notable accomplishments in 2017.

Among them were the appointment of Ron Gignac to Chief of Police and Mike Callaghan as Deputy Police Chief, the opening of a new, state-of-the-art fire hall in the north end of Belleville, the opening of the Dr. Robert Vaughn Atrium at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, the starting of a new Inclusivity Committee headed up by councillor Garnet Thompson and the commemoration of major events in the city’s history through plaques in partnership with the Hastings County Historical Society.

Mayor Christopher says all of these accomplishments will serve the city of Belleville and the entire Quinte community well as they enter into 2018 and beyond.

Moving forward into 2018, Christopher says the upcoming year will be largely focused on visionary and detailed work on waterfront development.

Finishing up the downtown project and road work is also high on the mayor’s priority list. The mayor added the 20th anniversary of the amalgamation of Thurlow Ward will be recognized as well.

Mayor Christopher concluded the proceedings with a promotional video and the ceremonial cake cutting.

Click below for Mayor Christopher’s full speech from the Belleville New Year’s Levee.

Belleville Levee


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