Dig into Beach Hill

The Woodbine Avenue and Gerrard Street East intersection sits in the Beach Hill pocket overlooking the Beach area to the south and the sparkling lights of the downtown core to the west. The bustling Danforth strip is a short distance away to the north. Part of a tight-knit community, the area is marked by Edwardian […]

Deja Views for March 21, 2017

This delightful house is located on Kippendavie Avenue, very close to the park. It was photographed sometime in the ‘70s by an unknown photographer. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Email me at gdvandyke61@gmail.com.

Exploring the weight of William Kurelek’s legacy

This year is the 40th anniversary of the death of William Kurelek, who lived with his family at 175 Balsam Avenue. During the 1960s and ‘70s you could often find his artwork hanging in the homes of his neighbours. Some were gifts and others he bartered for services. My family lived across the road. We […]

Kristen finds balance through yoga and mentorship

At first glance, you’d never know that Kristen Likopulos had struggled with an eating disorder. The bubbly brunette, a third generation Beacher, comes across as happy, outgoing and confident – so much so that it’s hard to believe she ever went through a period of self-doubt. But she did, and she doesn’t hesitate to explain […]

Deja Views for March 7, 2017

This wintertime image was taken in 1967 on Gerrard Street, just a block west from Main Street. To the delight of my editor, it features the building this newspaper would eventually call home. Near the end of 1988, Beach Metro Community News – which had recently changed its name from Ward 9 News – moved […]

Survivors join Judi on a pink crusade

Battling breast cancer can be a terrifying ordeal. To do so takes courage, strength, and determination, but for those who manage to come out victorious, the experience can make them stronger than ever before. Beacher Judi Bonner is living proof of this. A 13-year breast cancer survivor, the 68-year-old is determined to live her best […]

After 26 years, Nancy nears retirement

The sound of fingers tapping on a keyboard echoed through Community Centre 55’s front hall as a cheery voice rang out, greeting visitors as they entered the building. Sitting quietly at her desk, Nancy Culver turned and smiled warmly as she motioned for me to take a seat in front of her. Her office, located […]