Winter writing contest winners

Thanks to the many talented writers who submitted clever and compelling stories for our third annual winter writing contest. While the contest is flexible in format guidelines, 2016/2017 proved to be the year of the short story, as all entries arrived in that style of fictional prose. As is the custom, we ask a local […]

Keleghan gets personal with new doc

“I am crazy about Canada, it’s as simple as that,” says Peter Keleghan in the opening scene of his new CBC documentary Once an Immigrant. His voice, and that of his sister’s, plays over a scene of the renowned actor and filmmaker, Canadian flag in hand, strolling the boardwalk on a sunny summer day. Where […]

Destination: Victoria Park station?

If there’s truth in the axiom that everyone loves a good mystery, there’s hope for Victoria Park subway station. The nearly 49-year-old TTC stop and the parking lot on its south and west flanks need all the love they can get, even in Toronto’s hot real estate market. And, yes, while there’s no imminent shutdown […]

Park renaming could honour Acton

Beloved Beach coach Bob Acton, who passed away nearly six months ago from ALS, could soon have an Upper Beach park named in his memory. Toronto East York and Community Council will consider a request to change the name of William Hancox Parkette on William Hancox Avenue to Bob Acton Park, named in memory of […]

Robberies stun area café owners

A number of East End café owners have spent the last several weeks picking up the pieces following a series of break-ins. The spate of robberies began late in 2016, first hitting Lazy Daisy Café on Gerrard Street East where thieves removed the cash box and stole nearly $3,000 in cash. Further west, favourites Grinder, […]

Neighbourhood Link connects seniors with community

Continuing an annual tradition, the caseworkers at Neighbourhood Link hosted their traditional Christmas dinner for isolated seniors on December 6. The scent of freshly cooked turkey lingered in the air as more than 50 seniors came through to enjoy the delicious, home cooked meals prepared by the team at Neighbourhood Link and get into the […]

9 most viewed Deja Views of 2016

Our readers often tell us how much they enjoy David Van Dyke’s Deja Views column — a look at the Beach, then and now, through photographs.  We certainly enjoy them, too — and are grateful to the many of you who submit photographs. While Deja Views is a hit in our print edition, it is […]