Arie Nerman receives Citizend of the Year honours on Sept. 9, 2005.

Beach loses longtime community leader

The Beach community is saddened to hear of the passing of Arie Nerman, best known as the co-founder of the Beaches Interfaith Community Outreach Committee. Nerman had been an active community leader since his involvement with the Beach Hebrew Institute (now the Beach Synagogue) in the 1980s. By developing the synagogue into an important part of the […]

Alyssa Delvante, Ainslie Gerald and Alex Mackay show off their Raising the Roof gear during Toque Tuesday at St. John Catholic School, February 7.

Raising the Roof targets homelessness — and mental health

Now in its 20th year, Raising the Roof has become a go-to resource for conversations around homelessness. It’s also a well-known name in the halls of St. John Catholic School where students have been donning the toques and fundraising for the cause for a number of years now. On February 7, St. John students continued […]

1964 ~ Kington Road and Queen

Deja Views for February 7, 2017

This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in the winter of 1964 at the northwest corner of Queen Street East and Kingston Road. Once a bank, then a kitchen store, the building is now home to the restaurant and pub Murphy’s Law, a name which made perfect sense as I tripped over the curb […]

New class asks seniors to be mindful and get moving

Recently retired from the dance faculty at York University, longtime Beach resident Carol Anderson is now directing her energy towards helping her neighbours “keep moving or get moving” through a new Mindful Motion workshop at Beach United Church. The six-week class combines Anderson’s dance background with recent training in pilates and gyrokinesis, a “system of […]

The well-known strip of small Birch Cliff businesses that could soon be home to a new mixed-use development.

Birch Cliff development looms

For years, Birch Cliff has been blossoming into a unique and character-filled neighbourhood tucked away on the outskirts of the Beach community. Quaint cafes, small mom and pop shops, and the picturesque beauty of Lake Ontario and the Scarborough Bluffs have seen it embody the “small town in a large city” vibe the East End […]


Store owner pays it forward

It was only a few months ago that the community banded together to help a neighbour in need after the owners of Swanwick Food Fair were robbed at gunpoint. Now, that neighbour has paid it forward. In January, two schools – Adam Beck Junior Public School and Malvern Collegiate Institute – received a generous donation […]


City says ‘yes’ to Bob Acton Park

Toronto City Council voted last week to name an Upper Beach park in honour of the late, great Bob Acton. Following the January 30 vote, the park on William Hancox Avenue – steps away from Ted Reeve Arena, where Acton spent years coaching young athletes in hockey and baseball – will soon be known as […]