Well-known Beacher Glenn Cochrane passes away

Beach Metro News columnist and legendary TV reporter Glenn Cochrane passed away Sunday evening. He was 84. His musings about Beach life and the ongoing saga of ‘Sturdy Gert McCurdy’ always elicited a smile from anyone who read them. Sturdy Gert said goodbye in Cochrane’s last column, published on January 24 of this year, when […]

Former school site set for housing

The former Corpus Christi school site has gained approval from both Toronto and East York Community Council and City Council for transformation into a new residential neighbourhood. The plans also call for a new street, which will run between Edgewood and Hemlock Avenues. The development, proposed by Urbancorp along with two other similar projects in […]

Queen Street updates

City Council adopted the recommendation from Toronto and East York Community Council on approving the Reserve Properties development proposal at 1960-1962 Queen Street East. However, there is still work to be done regarding future development on Queen. Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s oft-mentioned ‘visioning’ study is set to get underway this week, with the first […]

News in Brief – June 12

The recently-formed Friends of Monarch Park will hold its second meeting Tuesday, June 12, in the library of Monarch Park Collegiate. The group’s creation was initiated by the Danforth East Community Association (DECA) to address various park issues such as pool improvements, dog park boundaries, ice rink and swimming pool hours and a lack of […]

Do you know the next Beach Citizen of the Year?

It’s always a good time to think about doing something good for someone else, for no greater reason than to help. However, it is also currently the time to think about everyone you know, particularly the people who consistently and selflessly give their time, money, knowledge and help to the people and organizations that need […]

Six storeys approved by Community Council

Despite months of growing opposition to the six storey condo proposal for 1960-1962 Queen St. E. – currently the home of a Lick’s restaurant – Toronto and East York Community Council voted unanimously on May 15 to allow the project to go ahead. Dozens of Beach residents attended the Community Council meeting to voice their concerns […]

Beach Golf Range set to close

Though they always knew the day would come, the owners of the Beach Fairway Golf Range golf practice facility at Victoria Park and Gerrard are hoping for an 11th hour solution after the city served notice that their lease would not be renewed after Oct. 31 this year. Owners Kim Holman and Brian Jacobsen set […]

British soccer academy not coming to the Beach

It all appeared to be going well and the community would see a top soccer academy affiliated with the English Premiership come to Woodbine Beach. Then, it seems, politics got in the way. Boardwalk Pub’s George Foulidis and the restaurant’s General Manager of Sales, David Valente, were first contacted by Premiership Academy, a British organization […]

TTC troubles during construction

Taking the TTC downtown to work from the Beach is challenging at the best of times (remember the short-turn controversies that peaked a couple years back?), but lately the closure of the streetcar lines past the construction east of Greenwood Avenue – and the replacement bus service – has many regular commuters feeling confused, ignored, […]

Learning to curtsy in a dragon boat

A Beach resident will have a firsthand view from the water on June 3 when Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee wraps up with a 1,000-boat pageant on the Thames River in London. Eleanor Nielsen will be near the head of the giant flotilla, paddling on the crew of Internationally Abreast, a dragon boat team of […]