Susana Molinolo, the winner of the 506 streetcar writing contest, at the Gerrard Ashdale library March 31.

East End writer draws on childhood and the streetcar

Take a peek through Susana Molinolo’s notebook and you’ll see a variety of inks, textures, pictures – pieces of paper and cue cards taped throughout. Subway and streetcar transfers act as place cards for inspiration, a reminder of where the writer was when she had the adjacent idea, vessels to take her back. The collecting […]

Balmy Beach School NE corner Balsam @ Pine 1970

Deja Views for April 5, 2016

First, an apology to Marja and Blandford Gates, who provided the photo in the April 5 issue. As several eagle-eyed readers pointed out, the archival photo in the last Deja Views was in fact of the corner of Balsam and Pine, not of Beech and Pine. Thanks to our avid readers who pointed out the slip-up. Here’s […]

From left, the Traupmann siblings Xavier, 7, Xena, 12, with Sugar the dog, Azalea, 5, Xander, 3, and Samara, 8, in their Easter costumes.
PHOTO: Jon Muldon

PHOTOS: 2016 Beaches Lions Easter Parade

Organizers of the 50th Beaches Lions Easter Parade couldn’t have asked for better weather, as sunny skies lit up Queen Street for the Beach tradition. Floats from service organizations, clubs, local businesses, marching bands and more took to the street on Easter Sunday, March 27, to the delight of people of all ages. Easter bonnets […]

Bowmore Road Public School Grade 5 student Eddie Dunlop -- in the Toronto Blue Jays cap -- watches the results screen with dozens of other eager Scrabble players during the city qualifiers at Bowmore March 8.

Bowmore teams score high in Scrabble

Success was in the bag for Bowmore Road Public School at the recent Toronto Scrabble Championship city qualifiers. Five two-person Bowmore teams came out of the eastern finals, held at Bowmore March 8, with a spot locked down for the city tournament, joining three Bowmore teams that qualified at a separate tournament. The top 10 […]


Deja Views for March 22, 2016

The view looking west on Queen Street from Maclean Avenue has changed quite a bit since this photo was taken in 1972 – it’s a serious memory workout to remember when the heart of the Beach was home to a gas station. Do you have an old photo of the Beach you’d like to share […]

Beach Metro News


The Beach has changed significantly since Beach Metro Community News began publishing in 1972. As a result, we thought that we should check in with our readers to see how we are doing, how we can improve, and find out how this can inform the evolution of our paper.