Bullying and long term harm
It was a small gathering, but a very emotional one.
About 15 people at a rally organized to protest bullying at local elementary schools fought back tears as stories of bullying and its effects on children were shared.
Belleville mother Tammy Angelatos again shared the story of her daughter withdrawing into virtual silence after being repeatedly bullied while she was in grade 5. When her daughter was in high school she attempted suicide.
Teachers and principals were blamed for turning a blind eye toward bullying. At the same time, those at the rally said teachers needed to be re-educated about the consequences of not taking action and that special programs focusing on bullying needed to be widely available.
Rally organizer Robyn Klimek said there was a disconnect between the school system and parents. She said many parents want to volunteer and help at schools but are being shut out.
The group M.I.M.(Mothers in Motion) plans on organizing more anti-bullying events in the future.
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No matter the rain, soup draws ’em in
The rain kept the crowds down, but hundreds of people still got out and enjoyed some delicious hot soup yesterday as part of the annual Savour the Chill and Stay a While event in downtown Belleville.
12 establishments served up samples of soup and other goodies, voting for their favourites as they went.
A panel of judges also toured the restaurants rating the soups.
In the end, it was unanimous. Nice Ice Baby Ice Cream won both the Judge’s and the People’s awards for their Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup with Pesto.
Operation Red Nose succeeds again
2016 was another successful year for Operation Red Nose.
Over 140 people including volunteers and family members came out to celebrate with a night fun, food and friends.
Operation Red Nose runs each holiday season in the Quinte region, getting people and their vehicles home safe from festivities.
Longtime volunteer Peter Clark has been involved with the operation since 2009, and says there are many reasons he continues to come back.
250 volunteers got 2986 people home safely during Operation Red Nose 2016.
Between donations and sponsors, $396,000 was raised and will go back into the community.
$30,000 has already been allocated to the YMCA , and $10,000 to Camp Trillium.
UPDATE: Missing woman found safe
The search for a missing 61-year-old woman has been called off.
Sandra Travis was located Saturday morning at a Belleville residence and is safe and sound.
Local hockey roundup
The Wellington Dukes fell short as they were defeated 5-2 by Whitby last night.
Colin Doyle and Mitchell Mendonca scored the only goals for the Dukes.
Final shots were Wellington 41, Whitby 44.
And the Trenton Golden Hawks came out on top with a 7-2 victory over Markham yesterday.
Goals were scored by Connor Quinn, Andrew Cordssen-David, Chris Sekelyk, Anthony Sorrentino, Louis DiMatteo and two by Rex Moe.
Golden Hawks defenseman Louis DiMatteo says they played well but still have room for improvement before heading into playoffs.
Trenton is in Cobourg tonight in their final game of the regular season, game time is 8:00. Broadcast time on CJBQ and CJBQ.com is 7:50.
In Empire B Junior C,
Napanee got by Gananoque 4-3 last night, winning the series 4 games to 1.
The Picton Pirates are in action tonight when they travel to Port Hope for a 7:30 face off. Port Hope is leading that series 3 games to none.
Downtown Belleville property owners recognized
It was all about the downtown as the Heritage Belleville Committee celebrated its annual Open House event last night (Friday).
The owner of the former Greenley’s Bookstore building, Jamie Troke, and the owner of the old Belleville Fire Hall building, Maury Flunder, both received plaques of recognition from the Heritage Committee.
Jamie Troke’s building was built in 1824 and at first was Henry Corby’s bakery and general store.
Maury Flunder’s building now houses Chilango’s Mexican Restaurant and All Good Things Home Shop.
Chair of the committee, Janna Colton says the recognition stems from both Troke and Flunder doing significant renovations on their buildings while maintaining their original look.
Dinkel’s Restaurant and Courtyard was chosen as the location for the open house as it sits in a beautiful heritage building on Bridge Street in the downtown.
Meanwhile, Colton says in the past year, the committee has listed 139 buildings in the downtown area as being of historical significance.
The committee had wanted to list 140, but one property owner did not agree with the idea, so it wasn’t listed.
Being listed as of historical significance means an owner cannot proceed with renovations to the building until the plans are brought to council and to the Heritage Committee.
Colton says ultimately, the committee hopes the downtown area, including some of Harriet, Coleman, Church, and Station Streets, can be declared a Heritage District.
The focus on downtown Belleville continues in September. On September 16, the committee will hold its Doors Open event, with the self-guided tour focusing on properties in the downtown area.
Teenager charged with attempt murder
A 16-year-old boy is to be in a Peterborough court today charged with attempted murder.
Police say they were called to a Peterborough home late yesterday morning to investigate a reported stabbing.
They say the alleged victim — also a 16-year-old boy — was taken by air ambulance to a Toronto hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Police say the two boys knew each other.
Mishap on Mineral Road
A young man is lucky to be alive after being hit by a vehicle on Mineral Road, just north of Walmart in Belleville last night.
City police report the man was walking in the middle of the road at 8:30 when he was hit.
The man, in his 20s, suffered non-life threatening injuries to his lower body.
Police did not lay any charges.
Meanwhile, Belleville police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted on an assault
charge. If you have information on the whereabouts of 31 year old David William Whiteman, call police or Crimestoppers.
Whiteman is known to frequent Belleville and Eldorado, north of Madoc.
Road rage charges unfounded
A 53-year-old man has been acquitted of all charges in connection with a road rage incident in Frankford.
Anthony Polonio of Quinte West was arrested on April 23rd of last year after police responded to a crash that followed a verbal altercation between two drivers.
The dispute ended at the Frankford Tourist Park when it was alleged that a passenger in one of the vehicles was struck by the other vehicle.
Polonio was found not guilty of dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, while a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm was withdrawn.
UPDATE: Missing person
update: THE MAN HAS BEEN LOCATED
Belleville police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.
Missing since Tuesday evening is 46 year old Kirk Stanley Owens.
Kirk Owens was last seen on Dundas East.
He is 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 250 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing grey
dress pants, black shoes and a blue blazer.
Kirk Owens needs medication and frequents coffee shops.
Contact the Belleville Police Service with information.
Yay or nay on new OPP HQ
The Mayor of Quinte West is hoping to hear soon if the provincial government will approve a new OPP police headquarters for the city.
Mayor Jim Harrison says the city’s proposal is now in front of the Minister of Infrastructure and some direction from him is expected within two or three weeks.
Mayor Jim Harrison.
The city would design, build and pay for the new OPP headquarters. If approved it would be located on the site of the current police station in Trenton.
A Marmora woman has had a possession of cocaine charge against her withdrawn.
27 year old Christine Whiteman was charged after Central Hastings OPP stopped a vehicle on highway 62 late last month.
Meanwhile, the driver, Jeffrey Phillippe of Marmora, was sentenced on a drug charge recently. He was given 7 days in jail plus 12 months of probation.