East End girl guides travel to Costa Rica

East End-based Girl Guides of Canada group 1st Toronto TREX, under the guidance of leaders Liane Paixão and Rosanna Manarin, spent 12 days traveling in  Costa Rica this August, where they learned about the country’s diverse ecosystem and engaged in different service projects. The girls, 13 to 15 years old, spent five days at the […]

Monarch Park makes friends

Over the past few months, a group of residents near Coxwell and Danforth have organized themselves into the Friends of Monarch Park, and are now gathering input from other residents and park users, to find out what improvements and additions could be made to make the beloved neighbourhood park even better. Karen Rapp, a spokesperson […]

Gerrard-Woodbine votes in ‘Beach Hill’ name

Over 90 members of the Gerrard-Woodbine Neighbourhood Association (GWNA) gathered for a potluck social at the Naval Club of Toronto last weekend, with several more dropping in for the announcement many in the area had been waiting for: the winner of the ‘Name the ‘Hood’ vote that had taken place in several rounds over the […]

News in Brief

A group of residents is banding together to bring the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society back to life. An inaugural meeting will be announced in the Sept. 25 issue of Beach Metro News. Those interested in getting involved early can phone local historian and Beach Metro columnist Gene Domagala at 416-691-5229 for more information. […]

Thomas Neal named 2012 Citizen of Year

Thomas Neal has been chosen as the 2012 Beach Citizen of the Year. The decision was made by a committee of past Citizens and representatives of Community Centre 55, the Toronto Beaches Lions Club and Beach Metro News. Neal came to the Beach 26 years ago, and has been a realtor for much of that […]

Film explores Muslim life after 9/11

East Toronto filmmaker Faud Chowdhury will be screening his latest documentary Change Your Name Ousama – How Canadian Muslims Were Marginalized by 9/11, at The Fox, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. This 48-minute documentary reflects on the experiences of Muslim-Canadians after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the United States. “The anti-terrorist act that […]

Learning from a dog’s illness

“She kept giving us kisses, and that’s how I knew she was the one.” That is how Beach resident Tatiana Santini explains how she and her daughter picked Lexie from a litter of puppies in Arizona almost 11 years ago. Lexie, an American Dingo and Shepherd cross, was soon staying with Santini who “confiscated” her […]

Gerrard-Woodbine closes in on name for ‘hood

The recently-formed Gerrard-Woodbine Neighbourhood Association (GWNA) is one step closer to forging a unique identity, as residents in the area reach the final vote in their ‘Name the ‘Hood’ exercise. The original list of submitted names had a total of 21 suggestions; a first round of voting cut that to 10, and a further vote […]

News in Brief (Aug. 28, 2012)

It’s back to school time and that means corralling the kids long enough to try on last year’s clothes to find out what fits and what doesn’t. Just in time to help out is a Back-to-School Kids’ Clothing Swap at the Leslieville Farmers’ Market on Sunday, Sept. 2. Drop off gently-used clothing and pick up […]

Renowned choirmaster brings experience to Beach church

Churchgoers at one of the Beach’s oldest churches have something new to sing about. St. John The Baptist Norway Anglican Church is refreshing its music program with the arrival of a well-known choir director. Melva Graham, renowned for her work with some of the city’s best known choirs, brings decades of experience in choir-building to […]