Sandy visits the Beach

Strong winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy were felt in the Beach in the early hours of Oct. 30. With wind gusts of over 100 km/h, the storm took down trees, hydro wires, and flooded some of the local streets. On Lyall Avenue, Maureen Robinson and her husband Gary, a Beach Metro News volunteer carrier, […]

Jubilee medals awarded

Beaches-East York MPP Michael Prue invited a number of riding residents to Queen’s Park earlier in October, to receive a Diamond Jubilee Medal, handed out across the country in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne. About 60,000 Canadians will receive the medals from various politicians. Prue’s 14 recipients were recognized for […]

Take time to remember on Nov. 11

This year Remembrance Day is on a Sunday. So often we are at work during the time when the celebrations take place – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month – but this year we should have no excuse for not getting out and joining those who have served in our […]

News in Brief

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Association will meet tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is the second meeting the group has held and anyone wishing to learn more about the history of the Beach community is urged to attend. The library is […]

Police/hospital mental health team funded

East End residents dealing with a mental health crisis will soon have a team dedicated to helping them, after a proposal from Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) and Toronto Police Service’s 55 and 54 Divisions was recently approved by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. The hospital had twice previously requested funding for a […]

Tour the Fear Factory…if you dare

The Beaches Recreation Centre will be possibly the scariest place in the East End on Oct. 26 to 28, as local residents Jay Marks and Dexter Frost install their fifth annual haunted house in the rec centre gym. “We turn the entire gym into a 3,500 square foot maze,” said Marks. Marks said several years […]

DECA adds pop-ups to Danforth

Modeled after an Australian project called Renew Newcastle, the Danforth East Community Association’s first of two pop-up shops took over 1948 Danforth Avenue, across from East Lynn Park, last weekend. Birthia, a shop on Dundas West that sells locally-made jewelry, clothing, art and home decor, set up for two days in the space, which was […]

Beacher to observe Ukraine elections

Running for public office municipally in the Beach (as Chris Yaccato did in 2003), helping  organize  a mayoralty campaign, working for a provincial candidate,  and serving as executive assistant to the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature looked good on his resume when Yaccato  applied to be part of the Canadian team monitoring parliamentary elections in […]

News in Brief

‘Meet the Ashbridges’ is the topic of a history talk to be held by Applegrove Community Complex on Thursday, Oct. 25. Archeologist Dena Doroszenko, of the Ontario Heritage Trust, will make an illustrated presentation about the Ashbridge family, some of the earliest settlers in the Beach, and the family’s Queen Street East home and estate. […]

Scout troop celebrates 100 years

The 35th-37th Scouting Group at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church is celebrating a milestone birthday. One hundred years ago the first troop was formed at the Church and the group has had a continuous charter ever since. The Boy Scouts started in Toronto in 1908. A year later a group formed in the […]