Deja Views: Bellefair United Church

After the sale of the Bellefair United Church to developers in 2011, I remember taking this photo and wondering what a place of worship would look like as a condo. Well, here you have it. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share with our readers? Please contact me by email at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Deja Views: Lee and Norway Avenues

The centre property in the top photo was once a coach house belonging to the storied Ames estate. The house sat on Lee Avenue, where it intersects with Norway, but was eventually torn down to make a driveway entrance into the parking lot of Glen Ames school. What’s a parking lot without an entrance, eh? […]

Curious about olive oil? Karen can help

Karen Rapp is an olive-oil sommelier, which apparently is an actual thing. If this surprises you, don’t worry—not too long ago, Rapp had no idea about that either. Four years ago she was on the hunt online for Olio Nuovo extra virgin olive oil, unaware of just how serious people could get over this product […]

Deja Views: Lee Avenue

This archival photograph is courtesy of the Toronto Beaches Branch Public Library (Have an afternoon to spare? Spend some time at the branch, 2161 Queen St. E., and dive into their fantastic Beach archives.) The photo was taken on Lee Avenue, just a little south of Queen Street East, across from the park. I see […]

Enter our winter writing contest

Attention all amateur and aspiring authors, working wordsmiths, and patrons of prose: ‘Tis the season for our annual winter writing contest. This year Beach Metro News has partnered with Community Centre 55 and writing coach Patricia McCully, who leads a popular writing class at Centre 55. The rules are simple: write something – fiction, non-fiction, […]