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From our March 4, 2014 issue
Neighbours helped make a memorable, cold Christmas
We are three seniors living at the base of a city ravine in the Beach.
The ice storm on Dec. 19 brought down large limbs from an oak tree in the ravine at 4 a.m.
This took down our hydro pole and line, leaving a live wire on the ground. After notifying Toronto Hydro, they came out two days later and disconnected the line, and advised we needed an electrician before power could be restored.
It was almost impossible to get one as they were all booked. We called seven different Beach electricians.
Our neighbour advised us that it may cost $1,000 due to the holidays. We were only able to find one who charged us $2,300 for less than two hours of work.
The house was getting colder. We had to sleep in our clothes and wear coats in the house during the day.
By the 25th it was six degrees.
We have so many neighbours that deserve so much more than just our thanks.
Our neighbours Sarah and Andrea bought us a tortiere, coffee and hot water for tea several times. We were offered the use of their homes on Dec. 25 while they were away.
Another neighbour, Andy, and his sons Marcus and Darien, came Christmas morning with a pot of hot coffee, sweets and delicious homemade samosas made by his wife, Adrian. The boys cleaned the ice and snow from our sidewalk and stairs.
Andy then took it upon himself to call the boys’ coach, Bill, who is a Hydro supervisor, and explained that we had been without power since Saturday. At 9 p.m., after working 12 hours, Bill arrived with another employee and connected the line and gave us power!
We want to send sincere thanks to Andrew and Adrian, Marcus and Darien, Cynthia and Steve and their two sons, Xavier and Odin (who shovelled our laneway a few times without being asked), Sarah and Eliot, who gave us power from their home so we could have lights and boil water, and Wayne and Bonnie who cooked us an amazingly delicious Christmas dinner.
You all helped us over those unbearably cold days and made life a lot easier.
Thank you for your kindness and for making our Christmas one of the most memorable ones we’ve had.
We had the best Christmas ever thanks to all our friends – we may have been cold but our hearts were warm.
A pox on potholes and their ilk
With Canadian athletes performing so well in the recent winter Olympics, I thought it was important to note a category of which this community has many exceptional examples.
I mean, of course, our potholes.
I am sure that other parts of the City of Toronto have a few good examples of roads in poor condition, but the Beach really punches above its weight when it comes to the depth and breadth of craters in the street.
My gold medal goes to Main Street. I know my tires and suspension system applaud vigorously whenever I travel north from Kingston Road to Swanwick Avenue.
An honourable mention should certainly go out to Beech Avenue above Balsam Avenue, although I understand this stretch already holds a life-time achievement award.
And who could fail to award something to the sunken manhole cover just south of the entrance to Shopper’s World?
A world-class performance indeed.