Final Hamper’s Christmas Academy diploma

At the age of 10, Jacob Kinsella will forever be the youngest graduate from The Hamper’s College of Christmasology at the University of Northern Lights. This young man was the last one to graduate, as the College has been closed down. In the past years, the College awarded degrees and PhDs to a large number […]

Praise for 42 Hubbard not universal

Some long-time market-rent residents of 42 Hubbard Boulevard, who were dispersed three years ago, had believed their rents would stay the same or at least close to the rates they were paying. Rosemary Dyson, who lived in the building for over 33 years, was shocked when she was told that the rent would be almost […]

Game designer faces Dragons

She didn’t slay the Dragons, but neither did Doreen Dotto convince them to give her any money. Dotto, the Beacher who developed and has been actively marketing the child’s reading game uKloo, appeared on a segment of the popular CBC program The Dragons’ Den on March 14. She was asking for $50,000 and a partner […]

Gerrard East Community Organization takes to the streets

The recently-formed Gerrard East Community Organization (GECO) recently invited local residents to discover the businesses in their neighbourhood on a community walk. Organizer Belynda Blyth said the walk was so successful that the group only managed to make it halfway along one side of the street. “It was fantastic. Everybody that was involved really had […]

Youth sports groups blindsided by new fees

A group of youth sports volunteers gathered at an East York library meeting room on March 3 to talk strategy, after many groups were blindsided by a small item hidden in the 2012 City of Toronto budget that resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in new permit fees. The meeting was run by East […]

Queen walk sparks optimism, activism

About 100 concerned Beachers gathered on a cold Feb. 25 morning to walk a section of Queen Street East, looking at potential development sites singled out in a recently completed segment study. The study was requested by Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, and was completed by Armstrong Hunter and Associates, and funded by Reserve Properties, […]

Vigil held for shooting victim

Nearly 40 people held a vigil on March 3 in memory of Michael Eligon, who was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer on the morning of Feb. 3. on Milverton Boulevard, near Coxwell and Danforth. The group first marched from Toronto East General Hospital to the site of the incident where a few […]

News in Brief

The Danforth East Community Association (DECA) and the newly-formed Gerrard East Community Organization will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 7, to address concerns about the increasing number of empty and derelict storefronts in both neighbourhoods. Organizers have invited guest speaker Marcus Westbury to talk about how he single-handedly revitalized the downtown core of […]

Foulidis: bad guy or fall guy?

There seems to be no end to the drama that surrounds the Boardwalk Restaurant – or is it Pub, or Café? Regardless of what the name is, it seems to be a political mess planted right here in the Beach for the long haul. The most recent chapter in this ongoing power struggle had George […]

Beachers ride to Conquer cancer

A husband and wife team of Beachers is training for the Ride To Conquer Cancer in June. Jasmit Bhandal and Dr. Girish Kulkarni were looking for a challenge they could share after completing a half marathon last year, and decided to try the two-day bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls. “It’s nice to find […]