Well, speaking personally, I must say that I’m a little overwhelmed by what these views on Wheeler Avenue reveal. Who could have foreseen such a transformation in three short years? They say change is good, and I must accept the fact that my son is growing into a fine young man.
When I look through the old issues of this paper to write its history, I marvel at how young and how thin everyone looks, including me. And so it was in 1986. At the AGM in June Barbara Phillips became president, Tom Howat vice president, Judy Campbell secretary and Kelvin Francis was in the early […]
Our 5 Minutes – 5 Questions spot is proving to be a very popular feature. People have emailed me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their responses – unsolicited – and I think we may have to take it to a wider audience. In the meantime I’ll continue with some of the responses I got while attending the All […]
It was 1985. The Ward 9 Community News was now 28 pages thick. This was the year the financial and distribution records were computerized. At the annual general meeting, the treasurer Gord James said that the paper was now on a solid financial base, and then announced his resignation as he was being transferred to […]
One of the oldest women in the world spent most of her 111 years in East End Toronto. Isabel Hayes (nee Dunn) was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on June 17, 1900, and came to Canada in her early 20s. In 1931 she married James Hayes and spent a few years at Cherry Nook Gardens (at […]
This view of 1133-1131 Woodbine Ave. was taken on VE day in May 1945. The bunting and flags celebrated the end of the war in Europe. The Union Jacks at 1131 were displayed by an English family whose father served in the British army. The Treadway family, who lived next door, were rejoicing over the […]
In the last issue we introduced 5 Minutes – 5 Questions. We hope you found it interesting and amusing to hear what Citizen of the Year, Gene Domagala had to say in response. This issue we bring you another Citizen of the Year – and Beach Metro News columnist – Glenn Cochrane. I caught up […]
In 1984 this paper entered its 13th year. The editor Joan Latimer described it as truly a community paper. Many struggling causes had become a success once their plight was mentioned in our 23,000 copies. People from outside the area had asked for delivery. The paper went out to reading clinics all over the city […]
Brenda Dow was the newspaper’s ad manager from 1979 to 1994. Here are some of her recollections of those early days. What a great job! Walking distance from home! Eight weeks off in summer and two weeks at Christmas and work in an exciting environment! After 17 years of stay-at-home motherhood, I was now employed […]
In the early 80s, a Beacher, trying to find a gift for their spouse’s second cousin’s birthday celebration, might have considered dropping in at Miracles. Proprietor, Norman Smith billed his business as “A wonderland store that has everything and something more.” This image was taken opposite Kew Gardens by Ann Patterson. Thank you Ann!