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a non-profit community resource since 1972 funded by our advertisers distributed free by your neighbours volume 41 no 18 december 4 2012 police ask for help at town hall meeting by jon muldoon the fourth and final town hall meeting for 55 division police was held on nov 27 at the gerrard-ashdale library although not as crowded as a march meeting at community centre 55 for the most easterly zone those in attendance were no less interested in finding out the latest crime stats for both the division and their own zone 3 which runs roughly from coxwell to woodbine from the danforth south north of the rail line the zone expands to include the area from greenwood to main street detective sergeant warren wilson laid out the statistics for the intimate crowd noting that the stats are of course based only on crime that is actually reported to police ­ a theme revisited often over the course of the evening overall things are going really well he said noting that almost all major crimes are on the decline jumping right into the big crimes the division has seen three homicides this year two within the beach metro news coverage area a shooting death in september in an apartment building at main street and kingston road has resulted in two arrests while two deaths last month near woodbine and gerrard have been deemed a murder/suicide property crime is by far the most common crime in the division and the only real increase in zone 3 is in break and enters particularly around woodbine near the rail line north of gerrard that s somewhat concerning said wilson we have directed extra resources into that area on the positive side thefts from vehicles were down a bit and robberies were down a significant 38 per cent wilson believes extra resources deployed to problem areas particularly parks during the summer months were part of the reason for that decrease we have a whole plan that we roll out from the start of the summer all the way through to labour day he said staff sergeant adrianne johnstone who manages the division s community response unit among other duties returned to the fact that much crime and even suspicious activity goes unreported despite the fact that knowing about those incidents helps the division s crime analyst figure out where special attention is needed the piece of the puzzle that s missing is the public said johnstone if we don t know things are happening we can t properly respond we don t consider any reported crime as a waste of time to us the man in red stops by the beach photo phil lameira the big man himself arrives thousands lined up along kingston road on nov 25 for the annual beach christmas parade hoping to get a glimpse of santa as he made his way to community centre 55 donations were collected for cc55 s share a christmas program which provides food and gifts to less fortunate families in the community ward 32 parks friends celebrated inside by jon muldoon proponents of parks in ward 32 gathered at the naval club at gerrard and woodbine on nov 29 for ward 32 councillor mary-margaret mcmahon s second annual parks social representatives of several friends-of parks groups told the small crowd what they have been up to in their parks this year sharing ideas and inspiration first up was geneviève rochon-terry who along with her mother lisa rochon represented friends of the beach parks a new group focused on the parks alongside the boardwalk on the beach the group recently organized a fall flotilla of stand-up paddleboards and kayaks to show that lake ontario can also be a playground in the cold fall weather an inaugural pumpkin walk and pie baking contest drew 30 pumpkins to the boathouse at the foot of lee avenue the team also worked with the beaches library to create an open-air reading room outside the branch at queen and lee there is a plan to bring in a fire pyramid a functional metal sculpture that will be available for skaters to warm up beside at the outdoor skating rink in kew gardens this winter shelley darling spoke on behalf of alison mcmurray and the danforth east community association which more or less absorbed the friends of east lynn park east lynn used to be a bit of a dingy spot with underutilized children s play areas 15 years of serious volunteer work from large numbers of neighbours later and the park is home to a successful farmers market a fall art fair movie nights and a very well-used playground and wading pool as well as a small natural ice skating rink when winter weather permits next up was one-man neighbourhood driving force tak bui who has spearheaded efforts to improve stephenson park just southwest of main and danforth with a number of high rise complexes and community housing nearby the park has had its brush with less than desirable characters in the recent past as bui put it for a while it was like crack city there however consistent efforts from bui and whatever neighbours he could convince have resulted in a park that remains relatively safe at all hours of the day and night several dead spots along stephenson avenue have also been revived with small gardens and a new bench built by bui all the neighbours came and planted flowers which makes it a real true community garden he said the wading pool at the park features paintings of whales thanks to bui who has painted murals nearby cont d on page 2 more christmastime coverage see pages 16-17 plus police beat 5 deja views 7 community calendar 10 bmn s neighbourhood 11 on the wild side 12 reel beach 13 food and drink 14 eye on business 18 horticulture 19 open doors 19 write on health 20 on the child side 21 holiday story contest 31


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2 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach out of the cold programs get help in east end kathryn wright ll.b barrister solicitor by phil lameira grade four students in travis white s and kristin rogers classes at kew beach public school have set out to help the out of the cold program at st aidan s church on queen street the students didn t just want to raise money to help ­ they wanted to be more `hands-on so dr michael chambers chairperson of the program at st aidan s asked if the students could make 20 lunches five times during the duration of the program the program runs until mid-april excited to be handed the task students set out to raise money for making the lunches the two classes asked their school peers for donations so they could hold a hallway sale after only two days they had sold out and raised $300 another $300 will be raised through donations the students will prepare the lunches on mondays and deliver them to the church in person giving them the opportunity to learn about needs in the community and how others are helping i think it s very important that we are doing this and it s very nice said 9year-old amy de lataulade a student in rogers class some people can t buy food so this way we help them mina stojanovic 9 was also looking forward to the first delivery i like that we re making a difference because they are not as fortunate as we are she said a handful of schools in toronto catholic district school board s ward 11 have also done their part in contributing to the st brigid s out of the cold program held at st catherine of siena church on danforth west of greenwood family law and mediation from conflict to resolution mediation for a fair resolution of the issues on marriage breakdown without going to court · separation agreements · custody and access · divorce · property · support 2239 queen street east 416-699-8848 fire on the beach · screens · tool sets · cleaners · wood · gas · electric board trustee angela kennedy was approached by sylvia snow and marie foley the two fundraising volunteers with the st brigid s program and asked if local schools and students could help with collecting new socks and underwear for the hundreds of homeless that come through the parish throughout the program kennedy endorsed the idea and canvassed her photo phil lameira schools for support the result was the col grade four students at kew beach school raised funds lection so far of an esti for lunches which they will provide to the st aidan s church out of the cold program mated 200 pairs of socks and 50 briefs which were delivered to the church by kennedy and a few students schools asked how they could become more inwill continue to collect socks and briefs volved in terms of volunteering i think throughout the winter the students appreciated the work that people often donate used clothing to others are doing to help the needy the homeless but never socks or undersnow who has volunteered at the prowear explained kennedy they don t gram for about ten years explained that think about donating new socks and un this is the first time st brigid s has asked derwear so there s always a shortage the school board for help kennedy is thankful for the participa angela kennedy has just been abtion of many schools including st solutely fantastic said snow who didn t brigid s elementary and st patrick sec expect the level of response and mobiondary school she acknowledges that lization of the schools by the trustee many of the schools can find it difficult to when i first approached her she help out while they deal with their own seemed very supportive but she really fundraising efforts and participate in proved it by doing what she did many other community programs the program which runs once a week all of us had our eyes opened up when on mondays continues to fundraise to we saw the set up [at the church to help provide food for their guests until midthese homeless persons explained april the program administrator is bill kennedy some of the students were so flattery and it is led by father carlos overwhelmed by the experience that they sierra of st brigid s church lineup ­ the muhtadi international drumming festival and afrofest were both added to the festival lineup the park also hosts a large natural area and pond a children s play area and a soccer field along with the waterfront parks along the beach it is split in use between hosting large events and offering park space to local residents councillor mcmahon said it remains her goal to have a friends-of group in place for every park in the ward by the end of her time on council to keep up with the friends of the beach parks head to for the latest news on east lynn park visit the norwood park residents association can be found at to register a friends-of group find out how to form one or for ideas on how citizens can take more ownership of city parks visit parks cont d from page 1 stephenson is also earmarked for $100,000 in section 37 money from a nearby development about 18 residents met late last month to form a friends-of group and discuss plans for upgrades in the park trish feistner and jason balgopal shared the possibilities at norwood park southwest of main street and gerrard which is set for $124,000 of section 37 money as well the park hosted a movie night this summer and there is talk of a theatre group considering setting up shop as well balgopal said a natural surface skating rink may be set up this winter as well it s a trial thing for this year we re going to see how it goes he said the friends of woodbine park started this year were also represented the park has seen two new festivals added to the 2 blocks west of woodbine 2 blocks west of woodbine proudly canadian 416-698-3473 d oa nr to gs kin queen st no nonsense what would you like to do · reduce your taxes · have more free time · improve your income how is this possible for many it is happening how if i told you that 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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday december 4 2012 beach metro news 3 beach busy during the holiday season by melinda drake holiday festivities are in full swing in the beach so be sure to mark down these seasonal favourites join the declute family for their fifth annual light up the beach on saturday dec 8 beginning at 7 p.m meet at the foot of leuty avenue and stroll along the boardwalk to beech avenue illuminating 20 trees in sequence along the way a total of 80,000 christmas lights there will be music and hot chocolate the event is free but organizers are asking for donations of non-perishable food items or cash for second harvest food bank for more information visit start doing vocal warm-ups for the 24th year of carolling in the park this popular event will take place on tuesday dec 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m in glen stewart park just south of the foot bridge sing along with the salvation army band and the choir from beach united church candy canes hot chocolate and hot apple cider will be available and a visit from santa is guaranteed a collection for the salvation army band will be taken for more information call 416-759-9997 flapjacks and maple syrup are on the menu at the annual beaches recreation centre pancake breakfast on saturday dec 15 between 9:30 and 11 a.m the event is hosted by the centre s advisory council please bring a non-perishable food item as a donation the beaches rec centre is located at 6 williamson rd the toronto beach rotary is once again hosting santa at the gardener s cottage on saturday dec 15 from 11 a.m to 3 p.m the youngsters have an opportunity to discuss the serious business of christmas lists with santa in a quiet victorian-decorated setting while the parents take their own pictures of their children chatting with the man in red rotary club members will be serving hot chocolate and cookies donations to community centre 55 s hamper program are gratefully accepted 40 years in the beach your music store in the beach have you started shopping yet beaches alpine ski club 2013 ski season ·wed jan 9 blue mountain ·wed jan 23 osler bluffs ·wed feb 6 alpine ·wed feb 20 osler bluffs ·wed march 6 craigleith price 5 bus trips $185 spares $45 departure time ashbridges bay 8 a.m ski hills 4 p.m new members welcome ann morgan 416-694-6676 or by email a choice selection of musical gifts nicely priced for yuletide savings open monday thru thursday noon until 9 pm friday noon until 6 pm saturday and sunday 10 am until 5 pm 1051 kingston road at victoria park 416.699.8333 · fast and friendly service for most musical instruments fast and friendly service for most musical instruments scarboro music beach metro news file photo phil lameira the much-loved carolling in the park will take place in the glen stewart ravine on tuesday dec 11 at 7:30 p.m the annual hannukiah lighting in kew gardens will take place on saturday dec 15 at 6 p.m after the candles of the menorah are lit the beach synagogue will hold a delicious potato latka fest at the synagogue 109 kenilworth ave for more information call 416-694-7942 or visit community centre 55 s year-long share a christmas campaign culminates in the days leading up to december 25 with the delivering of baskets of food and gifts to local families in need volunteers are always needed to sort assemble and deliver these seasonal care packages sorting begins on tuesday dec 18 and continues each day until delivery day scheduled for saturday dec 22 everything takes place at cc55 97 main st for more information call 416-691-1113 in the meantime donations of non-perishable foods are still being accepted at the centre and at the beaches recreation centre 6 williamson rd freshco grocery store at victoria park and gerrard price chopper grocery store at leslie and lakeshore and five area cibc branches woodbine and queen balsam and kingston road coxwell and danforth birchmount and danforth and shoppers world window coverings inside out factory direct · factory pricing · we ll pack and ship it so you ll have time to spare save 12 on international package shipments offer ends december 31 2012 trust the certified packing experts to pack your items and send them on their way this holiday season blinds beach locksmith safe guarding life property and profits in the beach since 1982 factory showroom · repairs residential commercial industrial 32 mobile drive commercial residential since 1985 416 694-0060 free measure co ede rin a · m up ass von d · lcn ks have you sometimes wished you could spend a holiday sober if you want to drink that s your business if you want to stop that s ours 416-691-6684 bonded and insured loc eying rs er k ast close s m r or ba do ow d win call alcoholics anonymous 416-487-5591 buy with zero down discover how to buy with no money down and obtain free computerized listings with pictures of all available homes 2255b queen street east tel 416.694.3200 re/max hallmark realty ltd brokerage from all of us at seagull come join us on 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4 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach self storage your neighbourhood storage centre danforth home to pop-ups in december by jon muldoon after a successful pilot project over two weekends earlier this fall renew east danforth ­ an offshoot of the danforth east community association deca ­ is launching a more extensive round of pop-up shops on danforth between woodbine and coxwell for the holiday season the idea is modeled on an urban renewal project from australia called renew newcastle where landlords of vacant retail space offer their square footage for no charge to temporary enterprises for profit or not who both help bring more foot traffic to the neighbourhood and also make the space more attractive to long-term paying tenants the set of shops running during december feature mostly east end residents a mix of artists and businesses some are testing the water for future enterprise while others that have ideas that may not have the promise of huge profits are taking advantage of the chance to simply offer their product to the public it s a really terrific mix of funky cool stuff said natasha granatstein one of the organizers of renew east danforth she said she was also impressed from the response of building owners to the pilot project we ve been really fortunate in how many landlords have jumped on board and offered their space for the month of december concentration of pop-up shops to happen in one place at one time in toronto shops scheduled for dec 1 to 31 include a collaboration between bright-brown and the vsvsvs art collective brightbrown deals in vintage clothing and decor as well as handmade jewelry vsvsvs has built a site-specific installation at 1801 danforth ave pop goes the easel will be set up next door at 1803 danforth nathalie vachon and helen billett will be offering paintings prints cards and more art goodness at 1872 danforth careerfit mom will be offering career coaching and fitness services len will be selling works by new and established canadian artists at 1936 danforth from dec 1 to 22 normally an online-only boys clothing boutique will set up shop at 1940 danforth the storefront at 1948 danforth ave will feature several different temporary tenants during the month of december until dec 9 painter patsy berton will be showing her work from dec 11 to christmas eve lemon drop clothing will have a shop set up for custom dress design teen entrepreneur marina rocks will be selling her duct tape accessories from boxing day until new year s eve mrs darling s imaginarium one of the two original pop-up shops will also be using the space during the school holiday starting dec 28 for more details on the pop-up shops visit 4500 chesswood dr north york on 6 dawes rd toronto on 416-739-0000 416-690-8585 2 coin operated/self serve dog wash shampoo and conditioner included dog the beach $5 wash in toronto s best priced rooms easy access ramps to the tubs car wash $2 car wash bays the beach s best priced open 24 hours photo phil lameira 7 coin operated/self serve 5 vacuums victoria park ave danforth ave mcdonalds chris fernandes and son henry 1 work on some colouring at mrs darling s imaginarium for girls and boys a pop-up shop that ran in a vacant storefront on danforth in late october quarry beach coin car wash pet wash 150 clonmore dr quarry plaza x warden ave cl mo on r re d st e gerrard 150 clonmore drive homebuyers get automatic access to all hot new listings with pictures in your desired price range and location about 60 volunteers from deca helped prepare the spaces for temporary occupation granatstein said the volunteers the businesses and artists and the landlords are all equally excited to see what comes of the expanded project she hopes the neighbourhood will support what organizers believe is the biggest re/max hallmark realty ltd brokerage neighbourhood link wakes up neighbours by jon muldoon neighbourhood link s wake up the neighbours campaign is well underway but the purpose ­ simply to inform the east end about the organization s existence and extent of services ­ is far from fulfilled board member mary christie has been volunteering with neighbourhood link for decades helping to spread the word about all the programs run by the roughly 100 staff and over 600 volunteers i ve been associated with them for 30 years one way or the other starting with canvassing for them with my father-inlaw she said in her time with the organization christie has seen many changes and much growth from humble beginnings as a small group of people helping seniors in the area to a non-profit housing provider to a multi-faceted organization running programs and services for seniors the unemployed newcomers and anyone else in the east end that needs a bit of help the need grew that s really why the organization grew is that the need grew she said the people that were involved originally ­ judith leon cecilia murphy jeannie dudley ­ nobody ever said no if there was something that somebody phoned about they just found a way of getting it done when she first began volunteering with neighbourhood link christie helped out with the supper club and did friendly visiting dropping in on local seniors to make sure they had some social contact and to see whether they needed any other help in the 1980s the organization started to get into providing housing ­ since the first project opened in 1984 neighbourhood link has expanded to over 300 units in four buildings employment programs followed economic recession help in finding work flowed then to newcomers and then to older workers when one employee heard about large numbers of newcomers moving into the crescent town area years ago she thought it might be a population neighbourhood link could serve she put up posters and off she went with one little box of cookies and a pot of tea and set herself up in the community room there just for a conversation circle and i think in the beginning there were maybe three or four people and before we knew it there were dozens and dozens of women and their children it grew into language programming and childhood services and all of those sorts of things bring that community together said christie she said she has plans to stay with the organization as long as she is able though returning to full-time work has curtailed most of christie s extensive volunteer contributions to the east end she said neighbourhood link is too special for her to step back part of it is the staff ­ i think it must be a calling she said of the employees dedication to their work the other aspect is how much neighbourhood link contributes to the area which is blessed enough to have organizations to deal with almost any issue we ve always been able to respond to what s happening in the community said christie we just have the most dedicated people that work here and a lot of them are from the neighbourhood their families are here they re invested in the community if something needs doing they find a way to do it and hopefully the money follows i think people just don t realize how big it is and how much we do in the community she said for more information contact 1-888-540-6666 stroke recovery canada is a national program providing post-recovery education and information for stroke survivors their families and healthcare providers stroke recovery canada is a program of march of dimes canada write for rights join the world s biggest annual human rights event please join amnesty international members get your dog barking up the right tree 3198 danforth avenue danforth pharmacy want to learn how to communicate with your dog pet dog obedience training class or private new classes starting every month call for scheduling and pricing tuesday dec 11 2012 6:30 pm 9 pm st john the baptist norway anglican church 470 woodbine ave at kingston rd basement level refreshments provided family fun agility behaviour modification counseling pet first aid courses gift certificates available writing a letter may save a life amnesty international group 123 the beach call now 416-690-2793 helping people and their dogs since 2003.


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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday december 4 2012 advertisement beach metro news 5 police beat by sheila blinoff two women were arrested for the aggravated assault and robbery of a 90-year-old man in the gerrard and greenwood area one woman who knew the man buzzed to enter the building where he lived as she went into his apartment she propped open the door a second woman entered and demanded money when the elderly man refused them the two women attacked him leaving him unconscious before they fled debra hinsley 49 and melissa cooper 26 face various charges a man has been arrested in connection with the nov 11 shooting at 500 dawes rd police called to the scene found a 19-year-old male with from gunshot wounds to the abdomen dwayne vernal 20 has been charged with various offences including attempted murder two 24-year-old men reported that they were at main and danforth on nov 18 at 2:30 a.m when five males approached them one who had a handgun punched one of the victims in the face and searched their pockets and removed their iphone identification jewelry and money while the other four watched a 19-year-old man was mugged on nov 23 in the coxwell and danforth area by two males who removed his headphones then struck him about the face and head before fleeing the victim was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries which of these costly homeseller mistakes will you make when you sell your home toronto a new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home and a 9 step system that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money this industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today s market the fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers don t get what they want for their home and become disillusioned and ­ worse ­ financially disadvantaged when they put their home on the market as this report uncovers most homesellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars the good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable in answer to this issue industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled the 9 step system to get your home sold fast and for top dollar to hear a brief recorded message about how to order your free copy of this report call 1-800-694-7010 and enter id 1000 you can call anytime 24 hours a day 7 days a week call now to find out how you can get the most money for your home michael crouse the crime prevention team at 55 division also seek your help in locating this man michael crouse 49 who is wanted for two counts of theft possession of property obtained by crime fraud and impersonation if you have information on any of these crimes contact police at 416-808-5500 crime stoppers anonymously at 416222-tips 8477 online at text tor and your message to crimes 2744637 or leave a tip on facebook download the free crime stoppers mobile app on itunes google play or blackberry app world courtesy of henry bliss sales rep re/max hallmark realty ltd brokerage not intended to solicit properties listed for sale surprisin gly afforda ble ryan samaroo police at 55 division are seeking the public s health in apprehending ryan samaroo 27 he is wanted for attempted break and enter failure to comply with probation and breach of recognizance gracious retirement living in the beach n full-service retirement living n nutritious delicious meals n housekeeping laundry n activity social programs including full nursing services searching for a home for whales by jon muldoon when a giant red oak more than four feet wide at its base toppled in his back yard a dozen years ago ken mcdonald tried to make the best of a bad situation after some thought he came up with an idea for a 3.5 m section of the tree a crane was called in the trunk was lifted over the house on scarborough road and mcdonald asked his friend wood carver livio veroni to create something from the tree ten weeks later it came back and it was done said mcdonald he s an incredible sculptor what emerged from the wood was a carving of two whales a mother and calf wrapped around each other in a vertical pose the work titled new life was reconditioned last year with cracks filled and varnish reapplied however mcdonald is now moving although he is staying in the beach his new home is not large enough to accommodate a giant wooden sculpture of whales he guesses the cost of moving the monumental piece is into the thousands of dollars but is willing to give the work free to the city if they are willing to move it he said he contacted ward 32 councillor mary-margaret mcmahon s office and the mayor s office and was referred to the culture department but hasn t heard anything back yet mcdonald still holds out hope that the city might find it worth moving new life somewhere in the beach it would be great beside the boardwalk he said it remains to be seen whether the city will take mcdonald up on his offer for the free art if not it s hard to say what will become of new life mcdonald only hopes he won t be forced to scrap the wooden whales a tall symbol of positivity rescued from the unfortunate felling of an iconic beach oak tree call susan turner to book a personal tour beach arms retirement residence 505 kingston road toronto ontario 416-698-0414 special ice cream flavours holiday celebrations · chocolate hazelnut with grand marnier · peppermint candy · baileys and cream · eggnog and for new year s eve · ed s nog ed s special surprise for your 2224 queen street east 416-699-6100 we re west of beech avenue and half a block west of the fox theatre if it s not homemade it s not ed s


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6 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach in my opinion a time for celebration but also a time for preparation we must celebrate last week highland companies ­ the corporate potato farmers providing cover for the world s ninth largest hedge fund boston s baupost ­ pulled the plug on their plans to build north america s second-largest quarry just north of toronto this would have been no ordinary quarry it was to be a hole that would bury an area equal to 60 per cent of our riding 20 stories below ground it would have required 600 million litres of water to be pumped ­ per day it would have sent 7,200 trucks full of aggregate headed to toronto ­ per day and it would have required us to look much further afield to find about half the potatoes we eat in this city from one perspective nothing s changed ­ the status quo prevails moreover it was a fight that consumed the time and challenged the faith patience and good humour of thousands but it was also a fight that inspired twenty-eight thousand people showed up to foodstock in melancthon township in the fall of 2011 to be fed local fare by the canadian chefs congress almost 40,000 flocked to our riding last month for the same in the form of soup and for another week or so the fascinating and clever mega quarry-inspired posters of ocadu students will hang on the walls of my office this was a campaign that generated energy ­ creative energy ­ not exhausted it so what s worth celebrating is in part that success is not just possible but that issues can be won using art food humour a little bit of skin yes some posed near-naked for the cause intelligence and optimism ­ an unrelenting optimism what s worth celebrating too is matthew kellway mp beaches/east york that common ground was discovered ­ not scorched ­ through this campaign too often it seems even the broadly like-minded fall apart in the heat of campaigns we get divided in too many ways and even sometimes depressingly by equally rational but contradictory positions but this time happily urbanites and farmers found common cause on the issue of sustainability the east enders who rode the bus with me to the headwaters to see for themselves were greeted with such warmth appreciation and camaraderie by those who have made a living from growing our food for in cases generations and so we have hope ­ the hope that we have started something new here and forged a lasting coalition for sustainable urban growth urban sustainability looms as an enormous challenge with somewhere between 70 and 80 per cent of canadians and 50 per cent ­ and growing rapidly ­ of the global population living in cities the equation is simple global sustainability is not possible without sustainable cities some of what we must do is not particularly sexy it s about transit we know but it is also about the design of our communities and the energy efficiency of our built environment in spite of gridlock record commute times and the prevalence of transit deserts in toronto it is the heating and cooling of our buildings that is responsible for 60 per cent of the greenhouse gases emitted so it s also about amendments to our national building code and the completion of our national energy code but urban sustainability stands before us as a great opportunity for us to embrace one that we must embrace it means better serviced neighbourhoods healthier neighbourhoods greener neighbourhoods better connected neighbourhoods thriving neighbourhoods it means complete neighbourhoods and our federal government needs to do something about this i hope you ll come out and participate in my effort to get us to that place craig scott and i host the east end sustainability network on the last saturday of every month your thoughts ideas and energy will be more than welcome call 416-4670860 email elaine at or check out for more information beach metro community news published by ward 9 community news inc is a non-profit non-partisan community 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remembering a community centre 55 christmastime legend as long as i am around here there will be a christmas and you can take that to the bank these were the consistent declarations of bob leblanc manager of the danforth and main street canadian tire store as he organized and packed annual contributions to community centre 55 s share a christmas program bob was one of the ogs originals ­ he started making donations to centre 55 in 1984 and he continued up until his death last year as previous community centre 55 executive director i worked directly with bob for almost 30 years it was an honour to witness mr leblanc s devotion to the welfare of local children many of whom may not have had a christmas without him bob leblanc was a prince and is one of those rare individuals who made a big big difference in the quality of life in this community he was as constant as the north star i could always count on him not only did he coordinate tens of thousands of dollars in canadian tire donations he always made sure he made a personal financial contribution he is missed he is talked about and he is a legend bob murdoch spoke wanted a deferral or guidelines substantially different than the ones being passed admittedly some letters to the editor were from opponents councillor gord perks is wrong on so many accounts ­ these are clearly not the best set of restrictions on a main street ­ merely just more permissive guidelines than what we have now even adam vaughan cited the heritage district on queen in his ward as being the ultimate solution plus the solution we had from 1992 to 2002 ­ a secondary plan that enshrined the actual zoning and 12m height plus our guidelines right into the official plan itself was far stronger than what we have had ever since guidelines which the planners ignored or the new solution guidelines which the planners say they will use but with no certainty about possible exceptions other main streets have `area specific policies that are in the op like a secondary plan for example lake shore boulevard in the west end is limited to three times density this way the study of bloor/dundas in councillor perks ward was not the model for our study ­ that was a full `avenue study done by independent planners hired by the city this is what we initially asked for our study is mere guidelines done by planners on city staff ­ who refused to properly justify their interpretation of the official plan the new guidelines are deeply flawed and could be vastly improved our councillor railroaded these through without any significant changes requested by some residents such as ones included in my deputation for example on the shell site 1884 queen st e the old guidelines called for the new building to be set back and to have a major at-grade public space along queen which would protect views of the clock tower this has been dropped from the new rules the issue was never that creating new guidelines is unnecessary ­ clearly something needed to be done that at the very least would have forced the planners to use the old guidelines or make minimal improvements to the old guidelines such as extending them west to coxwell but the problem still remains that these are merely `guidelines which in the end carry little weight ­ unlike what we had until 2002 right from january this process has been done without proper collaboration with residents there were legitimate complaints that councillor mcmahon didn t allow residents more than one week to see the guidelines or try to broker significant compromises or improvements between residents and staff cont d on page 30 queen street rules not the answer re queen street guidelines approved beach metro news nov 20 i was deeply disappointed that beach metro s coverage of the vote on the guidelines did not include comments from anyone who wanted a deferral or opposed the new guidelines as written this seems odd as 40 of the 51 people who wrote to toronto and east york community council and 10 of 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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday december 4 2012 beach metro news 7 david van dyke deja views was this the start of a wave of condos in the beach special thanks to sheldon zelunka who photographed this image on queen street near spruce hill road in 1989 do you have an old photo you d like to share call me at 416-691-4774 check out show your support to local businesses by letting them know you saw their ad in beach metro news and by recommending them to others constituency office 1821 danforth avenue toronto on m4c 1j2 tel 416-690-1032 fax 416-690-8420 web e-mail beach metro news website buy with zero down discover how to buy with no money down and obtain free computerized listings with pictures of all available homes re/max hallmark realty ltd brokerage support our local merchants if you saw their ad in beach metro news let them know matthew kellway m.p beaches­east york 155 main street toronto on m4e 2v9 t 416-467-0860 f 416-467-0905 email office hours · monday 10am-5pm · tuesday 1-8pm · wednesday closed · thursday 10am-5pm · friday 10am-4:30pm ce n 9 si 98 1 tuesday december 11 2012 7:30-8:30 p.m glen stewart park glen manor dr south of wooden bridge north of queen information 416-759-9997 all proceeds go to salvation army dress warmly and bring a flashlight


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8 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach vision alterations we do all kinds of alterations leather wedding gowns dresses jackets men s suits custom made men s pants and shirts draperies bedding and jewelry 20 off until january 15 2013 maria cababa-an mon-wed sat 8-5 thurs fri by appointment only 2195 gerrard street east toronto on m4e 2c6 inside club ink on lower level t 416-686-8013 c 416-451-4118 norman shiffman m.d f.r.c.p cosmetic dermatologist facial rejuvenation botox restylane acne treatment removal of unwanted spots laser hair removal linda bronicheski b.mus ll.b barrister and solicitor 47 main street at lyall 416-763-6884 experience makes the difference botox-2000 treatments laser hair removal-4000 treatments 2533 danforth ave at main 416698-5521 specializing in criminal regulatory traffic offences celebr at ethegiftofyour ta xrefund if you let me plan your taxes with you call 416-693-2274 emily c larimer certified general accountant local to the beach 1 microdermabrasion $69 2 juvaderm $100 off fall special second syringe your news your neighbourhood ·botox cosmetic for sweating ·sclerotherapy ·radiotherapy for face veins ·chemical peels we are currently accepting medical patients via health care connect call for details dr cathy andrew 416-691-1965 quarry plaza inner beauty · microdermabrasion · facials · lash and brow tinting · lash extentions · manicures · pedicures · waxing · electrolysis giftcertific at e s ava ilable martin gladstone ll.b solicitor notary public new n atio loc call for an appointment 98 hammersmith avenue 416-527-2251 579 kingston rd suite 111 at main 416-693-9000 learning problems gifted child assessment of strengths and needs behaviour problems in distress or bereaved counselling to help you gain control for children adolescents and adults insurance coverage possible beaches location 416-433-9726 reaching your achievement potential · microdermabrasion · body treatments · facials · aromatherapy massage · spa packages · ear candling · waxing · manicure/pedicure · sunless spray tan · gift certificates dr a lynne beal ­ psychologist your lawyer in the beach seniors adults · foot care problems children · examinations airport in style comfort guaranteed go to david allison d ch chiropodist corns callous full nail care heel pain warts custom made orthotics 2494 danforth ave #205 above shoppers drug mart west of main street · toronto 2279 queen st e · 416.698.2944 lowest rates in town for island pearson airport special senior discount luxury town cars call for advance booking 416 691-4348 open saturdays acorn personal fitness because fitness is personal call to discuss your fitness interests restore · maintain · build aa limousine 416-999-1013 1-877-282-2970 services inc norm spence personal training specialist visit the studio at 416 716 2367 416-857-4211 studio at victoria park kingston road in-home training available.


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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday december 4 2012 beach metro news 9 professio na ldirecto ry self-governing health professions health holistic therapies wellness psychotherapy judy gould ph.d experienced psychotherapist relationship difficulties · anxiety depression · body image concerns physical illness · free consultation lawyers/legal barrister solicitor estate planning/real estate/business house calls 416-767-cass 2277 x 207 416-795-4899 cell 416-491-0273 fax chiropractors degen s health group dr wade whitten d.c dr tanja degen d.c cpt dr christina carreau n.d 1092 kingston rd massage therapy registered massage therapists dr karin rummell associates optometrists 1914 queen st e e of woodbine mon sat by appointment in-home personal trainer 416 888 6465 garry m cass dragonfly therapeutics intuitive reiki treatments workshops sharon madsen hsc rmt woodbine gerrard call 416-737-7717 registered massage therapy 416-691-5757 beaches optometry clinic 320 danforth suite 206 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woodbine subway new patients welcome open saturdays traditional chinese medicine registered acupuncturist acupuncture jaimy chua nancy leach m sc bmcp mindfullness meditation and counselling from the author of the body means well physical illness life transitions anxiety depression david faed dr tyrrell ashcroft dr thien dang-tan omega health fitness art acupuncture chiropractic graston 1089 kingston rd at victoria park therapy lounge 2245 queen st east · 2nd floor criminal lawyer urban calm therapeutics stephanie gage rmt cami rahman rmt caitlin mcaulay rmt 1789 queen st east unit 6 416-696-1800 416-916-7122 647-239-1903 690-0000 barrister solicitor 647-317-6017 416-698-3157 dr d caplan family dentistry open 6 days a week new patients always welcome 2200 queen st east at balsam 416-691-8555 balsam dental veterinarians john littlejohn d.v.m and associates accounting chartered accountant bert van delft complete financial services for the business owner manager entrepreneur self-employed corporate and personal income tax services kathryn wright family law mediation 2239 queen street east dr scott dunham kew gardens health group 2181 queen st east suite 305 at lee chiropractor jen goddard r.m.t neville park health group 2455a queen st east woodbine animal clinic 1905 danforth ave between woodbine coxwell 416-699-8848 416-907-0103 416-690-6257 pregnancy massage · trish lavers rmt · nicole meades rmt open evenings and sundays 1114 queen st east 416-469-2100 · easy booking online · dr linda winter psychologist consultations · therapy individuals · couples over 20 years experience located at queen wheeler 416-699-1175 christine kato b sc d.v.m bus 416-270-9898 98 scarboro beach blvd paul j cahill personal injury lawyer car accidents slips and falls disability claims 220 bay street suite 1400 animal chiropractic dr mark t garbutt d.c certified animal chiropractor kato animal hospital 2830 danforth ave east of dawes rd 416-691-1071 dr linda iny lempert psychologist ­ psychologue individuals and couples services disponibles en français 47 main street at lyall 416-690-2112 dogs cats pocket pets housecalls available chartered accountant · corporate personal tax · specializing in small to medium business · financial advice 21 st clair avenue east suite 502 william f deneault 416-643-3857 1004 coxwell ave o connor 416-423-2289 houghton veterinary housecall services vaccines examinations diagnostics palliative care and home euthanasia provided for your pets in the comfort of your own home tel 416 962-2186 chartered accountants kriens larose linda bronicheski lawyer beaches family law effective resolution of family law matters counselling relationships couples finding your strengths peg earle m.a m.div registered marriage family therapist architecture/design stephen g king architect b arch oaa mraic serving the beach since 1987 residential restorations home inspections commercial interiors landscapes complete project services from design through 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2120 queen street east hammersmith mpsquared coaching merrill pierce cca icf 416.824.2626 post architects · building permits · zoning advice · construction services will hudson oaa 416-269-2744 shellyann pereira ph 416 694 2566 do you think differently gifted/adhd support coaching school/workplace performance children/adults mary lynn trotter msw rsw 416-875-9474 ask about insurance coverage 1234 kingston rd · suite 120 416-556-6073 resource one specializing in small business since 1980 corporate/sole proprietor tax returns bookkeeping services · tax planning financial loan strategies lawyers/legal dashwood dashwood barristers solicitors taylor design services architectural and engineering design permit drawings and applications physiotherapy east toronto orthopaedic sports injury clinic david evans r.p.t f.c.a.m.t danny kuzmich b sc f.c.a.m.t and associates 1577 danforth unit 4 at coxwell 647-693-6221 roland 416-698-7976 geoffrey j dashwood 961 kingston rd tel 416-690-7222 toronto m4e 1s8 fax 416-690-8738 michael taylor p eng bcin 416 316 3248 chiropractors dr janet d arcy chiropractor massage therapy registered massage therapists psychotherapy abina murphy r.i.h.r spiritual psychotherapist past life regression reiki master professional engineering services renovations additions structural design · building permit snider digregorio barristers solicitors notaries 978 kingston road toronto ont m4e 1s9 advanced therapeutics since 1989 416-691-3943 neville park health group 2455a queen st east kevin oates r.m.t assoc physiotherapy beaches health group® yvette sedgewick 2212 queen st e 416-693-5611 tel 416-699-0424 fax 416-699-0285 email 416-690-6257 open saturdays now magazine 1398 queen st e east of greenwood ave voted best massage therapist local · affordable 416-200-6300 416-469-3879 open 7 days xbuildinginspector .com nancy christie m.t.c mindfullness psychotherapy · depression · trauma · anxiety · relationship · creativity · free initial consultation 416-691-3768 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10 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach anglican 470 woodbine m4e 2h6 baptist norway the church of st john the community calendar sale at the gardener s cottage kew gardens 10 a.m 6 p.m quality gift items lovingly crafted by pegasus participants staff and volunteers 18 dec 8 5th annual declute light up the beach along the boardwalk 7 p.m follow santa along the boardwalk starting at the foot of leuty ave lighting 20 trees in sequence along the way there will be music and hot chocolate too please bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation for second harvest info dec 8 annual holiday bazaar at true davidson acres 200 dawes rd danforth dawes 11 a.m 3 p.m art show and sale silent auction bake table craft table white elephant elegant tea room lunch $5 please join us and help support our residents info carly wolf 416-397-0364 18 dec 9 children s choir and church choir at st john s catholic church 794 kingston rd 3 p.m advent to christmas celebration remembering the prophecies of old mary and joseph s courage in accepting the role set for them by god and the joy of christmas night all welcome free will offering and light refreshments info 416-699-2518 18 dec 9 beaches-east york mp matthew kellway s annual holiday party at the constituency office 155 main st south of gerrard st 2-5 p.m join matt and his family at this open house event light refreshments will be served info and rsvp elaine 416-4670860 18 dec 9 carolling in the pines at northlea united church 125 brentcliffe rd 7-8 p.m enjoy an hour of singing carols and favourite christmas songs accompanied by the scarborough citadel salvation army band santa will be there and hot chocolate will be provided by the scouts bring a flashlight 18 dec 9 winter fair at equinox holistic alternative school inside roden public school 151 hiawatha rd 11 a.m 4 p.m children s enchanted woodland pond crafts face painting children s store live entertainment food hand-made artisans items raffle baskets and more adults $2 children free parking available south of the school 18 dec 9 toronto beach chorale presents john rutter s gloria with brass quintet at kingston road united church 975 kingston rd at scarborough rd 7:30 p.m seasonal music to warm the heart tickets $20 youth 7-18 $10 kids under 7 free tickets and info 18 dec 11 write for rights at st john the baptist norway anglican church 470 woodbine ave 6:30-9 p.m join amnesty international members for the world s biggest annual human rights event writing a letter may save a life refreshments will be provided info 18 dec 11 carolling in the park at glen stewart park south of the bridge 7:30-8:30 p.m the 24th year for this event featuring salvation army band beach united church choir santa hot chocolate hot apple cider and candy canes a collection will be taken for the salvation army band 18 dec 12 kimberley stay `n play toy/food drive for community centre 55 at kimberley public school 50 swanwick ave 6-8 p.m coffee and tea from grinder live music pizza 1.50 per slice please bring a new unwrapped toy and/or non-perishable food items or donations info dianne woodhouse 647-204-9292 18 dec 12 fibromyalgia support group at st andrew s united church 117 bloor st e 7-9 p.m young adults discussion group for those in their 20s and 30s living with fibromyalgia info 416-760-2227 18 dec 14 december blues ceremony at neighbourhood unitarian universalist congregation 79 hiawatha rd coxwell gerrard 7:30 p.m december can bring joy and happiness but also loneliness sadness anxiety frustration and stress this candlelit ceremony involves sharing in small groups and simple art-making moving through the blues to find peace and happiness info amanda 18 dec 15 pancake breakfast at the beaches recreation centre 6 williamson rd 9:30-11 a.m hosted by beaches rec centre advisory council please bring a non-perishable food item to donate info 18 dec 15 santa at the gardener s cottage kew gardens queen st e and lee ave 11 a.m 3 p.m presented by toronto beach rotary visit with santa in a victorian-decorated setting parents take their own pictures hot chocolate and cookies too donations of non-perishable food items for cc55 share-achristmas greatly appreciated 18 dec 15 hannukiah lighting at kew gardens 6 p.m lighting of the menorah followed by a latka fest at the beach synagogue info 416-694-7942 18 dec 15 christmas dance at 36th ulster division 1047 1/2 gerrard st e at jones ave 8 p.m live band refreshments at 10 p.m admission $4 dress code in effect info 647-23118 0814 dec 17 flu shot clinic at community centre 55 97 main st 1-3 p.m there is only one vaccination containing h1n1 and two other strains info evonne 416-691-1113 ext 222 fr dec 18-22 share-a-christmas sorting packing and delivery at community centre 55 97 main st times and info 416-691-1113 dec 31 new year s eve party at the balmy beach club foot of beech ave 8 p.m dj dec 7 8 pegasus chistmas gift and bake you are always welcome sundays 8:30 a.m and 10:30 a.m with church school also wednesdays 10:00 a.m sunday dec 16 10:30 pageant sunday sunday dec 16 7:30pm service of lessons carols for advent and christmas 416-691-4560 the rev geoffrey sangwine mike harding $45 per person tickets available at the bar dec 1 all welcome 19 jan 1 33rd annual balmy beach canoe club hair of the dog 9k run and 3k walk at the balmy beach club foot of beech ave registration starts at 10:30 a.m walk starts at 11:30 run starts at noon $25 early bird special by dec 20 $30 adults $10 youth/child under 16 $60 family run 2 adults and children under 16 lunch $10 register online at 19 tuesdays seniors jazz at royal canadian legion baron byng beaches branch 1/42 243 coxwell ave 1-3 p.m info 416-465-0120 tuesdays above the beach free playtime drop-in at forward baptist church 1891 gerrard st e at woodbine 9:30-11:30 a.m for children 0-5 years and their caregivers info r amnesty international in the beach meets at st john s norway church woodbine ave at kingston rd 7 p.m to support amnesty s human rights work through letter-writiing actions and through organized public events to generate awareness of human rights actions world-wide new members are most welcome info e/o wednesdays french conversation group for adults 7-9 p.m this is a group of about 10 people at the intermediate level and above if you are highly motivated and interested in joining please call leave your number if the answering machine responds 416-699-4681 beach interfaith outreach lunch and fellowship for adults is held monday through friday from 11 a.m 1 p.m mondays at corpus christi catholic church tuesdays at st john s norway anglican church hosted by st john s and st nicholas anglican church wednesdays at beaches hebrew institute thursdays at st aidan s anglican church hosted by beach united church and fridays at kingston road united church cohosted with st aidan s anglican church r info 416-691-6869 calvary grace pascoe care centre in conjunction with daily bread food is open tuesday and thursday mornings 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m for distribution of food and clothing to clients residing between woodbine and victoria park and danforth to the lake donations of food and clean clothing accepted on those days enter from parking lot at rear of calvary baptist church main and benlamond info kathie or susan 416-691-2899 saturday night pleasure skating at ted reeve arena 175 main st 7-9 p.m free info 416-694-6893 fr creative drama at the fox theatre for ages 11-18 beginning in january an 8-week workshop with actress/drama coach lanette ware the sopranos law order svu supernatural discover new characters within rehearse and perform scenes written by you $160 info and reservations 19 st john s catholic church choir welcomes new members we practise thursdays 7:30-9 p.m and perform sundays at 11 a.m at 794 kingston rd 3 blocks east of main st you don t have to have musical training to sing with us but you do have to like singing and want to be with others to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts we are friendly and welcoming and our leader is a wonderful music teacher info paul williams 416-699-2518 r beaches presbyterian church 65 glen manor dr s of queen in the heart of the beach advent and christmas services ·dec 8 cbc radio reading of a christmas carol 7:30 p.m tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the bpc refugee fund ·dec 9 second sunday of advent peace 10:30 a.m ·dec 16 third sunday of advent joy 10:30 a.m info 416-699-5871 r second tuesday of every month the imposters female impersonators sunday january 6 2013 2 p.m 6 p.m $20 in advance · $25 at door royal canadian legion 9 dawes rd 416-699-1353 check out beach metro news website at the toronto beaches children s chorus presents fallingbrook presbyterian church 35 wood glen road corner of kingston road and wood glen we welcome you to our advent and christmas activities and services ·community event day dec 8 neighbourhood food drive 9-11 a.m christmas craftmaking 3:30-5:30 p.m family potluck dinner 5:30 p.m community carol sing 6:30 p.m ·dec 9 inspiring communion service 10:30 a.m ·dec 16 special christmas choral presentation 10:30 a.m ·dec 24 christmas candlelight lessons and carols 7 p.m info 19 dentonia park united church 2550 danforth ave ·youth and young adults programs esl bible reflection faith discussions fridays 5-7 p.m sermon reflection sundays 11:15-11:45 a.m ·children youth programs beginners piano class thursdays 4-6 p.m math club/art and craft sunday school 10-11 a.m family movie night 4th friday of every month 7-8:30 p.m info 416-694-2095 fr beach united church the heart of the beach temporarily located in st aidan s church 70 silver birch rd all are welcome to worship on sundays 10:30 a.m ·dec 21 longest night service 7 p.m ·dec 23 rhyming nativity service 10:30 a.m ·dec 24 christmas eve candlelight communion service 8:30 p.m ·senior link beach united church lunch bunch program every other wednesday to book 416-691-7407 ·thursdays interfaith lunch program 11 a.m 1 p.m all welcome info 416-691-8082 building construction blog http berley ave at swanwick please join us for special christmas services ·dec 15 christmas carolling 7:30 p.m refreshments free event but any proceeds to grocery-gift card program ·dec 24 christmas eve service 10:30 p.m info 416-699-6512 fr winter melodies join us for an afternoon of song sunday december 9th 4:00 p.m kingston road united church 975 kingston road for more information please call 416-698-9864 or visit us at have you sometimes wished you could spend a holiday sober alcoholics anonymous aa is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength of hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism info 416-487-5591 19 al-anon at community centre 55 97 main st wednesdays 7:15 p.m alateen members are welcome to attend info 416-691-1113 drug problem narcotics anonymous can help call 416-236-8956 or becoming a foster parent call the homes for kids hotline at 1-877-567-kids help fosfr ter a future family service toronto offers educational workshops for those caring for aging relatives parents or friends sessions include coping with change and loss healthy caregiving and advocating for your relative info and registration lynne gallagher 416fr 595-9618 rotary club of toronto beach holds a breakfast meeting every tuesday 7 a.m at the balmy beach club for information please visit or call roger cecchetto 416-415-5000 ext 6078 royal canadian legion br 73 2 robinson ave seniors day every tuesday 1-4 p.m music from the 20s 30s 40s and 50s dancing cash draw birthday cake third tuesday of the month and a free drink to anyone with a birthday during that month plus a special draw for a birthday gift info 416-691-4763 the psychic is in toni j psychic astrologer consultations via schedule appointment at a pre-selected beach community business location or phone skype house parties special corporate events charity fees and payment options info, text or call 647-449-5920 or telepath me 18 roots of empathy for adults meditation sharing discussion and readings from the book roots of empathy by mary gordon info 416-694-0101 r east toronto climate action group are citizens who are concerned about smog climate change and other environmental issues as they impact the city and particularly east toronto we meet monthly and welcome your involvement and support info fr beach photo club meetings are held every 1st and 3rd thursday of each month from september to june at st aidan s 70 silver birch ave 7:30 p.m everyone from the novice to the experienced is welcome the only requisite is an interest in learning about r/fr the photographic arts beaches alpine ski club 2013 excursions departing ashbridges bay 8 a.m sharp ·jan 9 blue mountain ·jan 23 osler bluffs ·feb 6 alpine ·feb 20 osler bluffs ·march 6 craigleith five bus trips $185 new members welcome info 416-694-6676 help make a difference in the life of a child if you would like more information on st saviour s anglican church 43 kim st aidan s church queen st e at silver birch ave sunday services are at 8:30 10:30 a.m church school and nursery at 10:30 mid-week service wednesdays 10:30 a.m all 18 welcome 416-691-2222 tween gerrard kingston know you are welcome at our neighbourhood church visit with us to worship experience our caring extended family sunday 10:30 a.m nursery sunday school twice monthly youth wheelchair accessible parking lot off benlamond pastor alan roberts info pastor 416691-4721 r calvary baptist church 72 main st be waverley road baptist church 129 wa verley rd sundays 11 a.m christmas music and messages in our december services about hope peace joy and love of jesus and a special candlelight service on christmas eve 7 p.m all welcome to attend come as you are info 19 st john s catholic church 794 kingston rd 3 blocks e of main st ·masses saturday 4:30 p.m contemporary music sunday 9 a.m children s liturgy 11 a.m choir ·weekday masses tuesday to friday 8:15 a.m ·reconciliation saturday 3:45-4 p.m ·pray the rosary each morning tuesday to friday 20 min before mass all welcome info 416-698-1105 r corpus christi church 16 lockwood rd ·dec 24 christmas eve nativity mass with children s christmas pageant 7 p.m choir music and carols 11 p.m solemn midnight mass 12 p.m ·dec 25 christmas day mass 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m ·dec 31 new years eve mass 5 p.m ·jan 1 new years day mass 11 a.m info 416-694-0382 19


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tuesday december 4 2012 neighbourhood everyone has a story to tell news in brief by melinda drake meet beaches-east york mp matthew kellway at his annual holiday party open house at the constituency office 155 main st on sunday dec 9 from 2 to 5 p.m mix and mingle with community members neighbours and friends at this family-friendly event light refreshments will be available for more information or to rsvp call elaine at 416-467-0860 or email now that the frosty weather is here it s time to lace up the skates and take to the ice at the beach s indoor and outdoor rinks ted reeve arena at the corner of gerrard and main streets is once again offering free leisure skating on saturday nights from 7 to 9 p.m children six years old and under must wear a helmet for more info call 416-6946893 the outdoor rinks in kew gardens and monarch park are now open every day for public skating and shinny head online to toronto ca/parks/skating/outdoor-rinks.htm for hours and programs and watch for diligent dads and moms to start flooding neighbourhood rinks in the coming weeks the patch of land between william hancox avenue and brockville street in the upper beaches is still without a name ward 32 councillor mary-margaret mcmahon is calling out for some ideas if you can think of a good name for this park let her know by emailing or call her at 416-392-1376 nia centre for the arts is the latest community service agency to join the accesspoint on danforth community hub apod at 3079 danforth ave at victoria park nia a community space supporting the holistic advancement of afro-diasporic youth joins access alliance multicultural health centre action for neighbourhood change taylor massey early york east toronto family resources and toronto employment social services apod was initiated by the united way as a resource centre and to foster community involvement in resident organizations and grassroots groups it is a satellite organization of access alliance multicultural health services and community aamhcs for more information about nia visit and for information about apod visit a toronto east general hospital doctor has finished first in ontario and second in canada by raising over $42,000 in the `movember campaign to fight prostate cancer dr rajiv singal head of the urology department and current lead of the surgical robotics program used in treating prostate cancer patients said he took up the movember challenge this year after a three-year hiatus because he wanted to support the tegh patients the robot system acquired through donations and a partnership with sunnybrook health sciences centre provides patients with the latest in minimally-invasive surgical technology it is estimated one in seven canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime around beach metro s 11 erdman prefers a story told in song by sheila blinoff the world of palestrina duffy and dowland seems a long way from the life of a market research consultant but michael erdman manages to combine his musical passion with his day job he is the founder and conductor of cantemus the a capella choir specializing in medieval renaissance and baroque music that held its christmas concert at st aidan s church on nov 18 michael grew up with music his mother was a music teacher his grandfather was a lutheran minister and the hymns he heard had a sombre sound by the age of 12 he was the organist and choir master for the elmira lutheran church and the money he earned paid for more lessons as a student at the university of toronto he joined the poculi ludique societas a group that stages plays from the 1400s to the 1750s there he was exposed to the sacred music of 16th century composer palestrina and his contemporaries this coincided with a revival of early music his favourite piece is monteverdi s vespers because it says something absolutely great a century before bach and handel a time when i had thought nothing worthwhile musically existed monteverdi had a great choral sound enhanced by strange instruments such as sackbuts dulcins and recorders although he moved to the beach secular and saucy songs ­ happy tunes with a fast beat that have the audience toe-tapping as well as madrigals motets and sacred pieces it has built an audience that likes its music to be fun and interesting and are not necessarily purists they won t complain if a recorder plays the flute line often musicians specializing in renaissance instruments are invited to play for part of a concert his choir are `gifted amateurs who can learn a new repertoire in 10 weeks and can sight read the scores the singers range in age from mid-20s to mid-60s some are drawn from st bartholomew s church a third of them have a hungarian connection and others are beachers the group uses michael s other love gardening for fundraising by selling plants he is a past president of the beach garden society at its nov 18 concert cantemus presented a cheque for $2,500 to the st bartholomew s food bank michael wishes he could pay his singers for all their work he would like them to have a reputation for the quality of music they are producing and one day be recognized in the same breath as other leading early music professional groups such as tafelmusik cantemus next performance will be in march with a program called the virgin queen based on music from the time of queen elizabeth 1 stay tuned to upcoming issues for all the details photo phil lameira michael erdman is the founder and conductor of the cantemus singers and a past president of the beach garden society 20 years ago his first job in toronto was as organist and choirmaster at the late bellefair united church in the 1970s four years ago he founded can temas meaning let s sing a 16voice choir based in the beach he has discovered a niche overlooked by larger groups that specialize in church music cantemus performs 5 minutes ­ 5 questions by bill maclean recently had lunch with eric walker the organist and choir director of st john catholic church we talked music of course including the upcoming advent choral program at the church dec 9 when i mentioned the 5 questions walker was only too happy to respond 1 what is your favourite place in the beach ­ there is no doubt that the boardwalk is our most favourite place in the beach our goal is to go for an hour walk daily but that is not always the case because we will be getting a new golden retriever puppy in three weeks the boardwalk will be even more important to us i can even say that the bench at the east end is my favourite place because by the time i get there i need a `pause 2 do you have a favourite piece of music ­ since i am now a retired music teacher i actually have the time to spend practising my first musical love the pipe organ as a challenge to myself i have relearned most of the large works that i have played over the past 45 years and have started lessons again with the same teacher who taught me in 1965 at st michaels choir school it has been a humbling experience but a rewarding one i don t have a particular favourite piece of music since whatever i am practising usually becomes my favourite however if i had to choose one it would be the finale from the first organ symphony by louise vierne 3 what s your favourite movie ­ there i are several movies which have left a mark on me as a young man ben-hur and gone with the wind were favourites later i was deeply moved by the elephant man and perhaps the movie that affected me the most was shindler s list 4 do you mostly drive walk bike or take the ttc ­ i drive a car but i also have a 750 yamaha motorcycle which i try to ride during the summer 5 do you have any special plans for christmas ­ christmas is always busy for church organists i will be playing several services at the church most of the family is also planning to get together this year and enjoy christmas dinner at a local restaurant so that no one has to cook we will also be going to cuba shortly after the christmas season ann and david powell are the brother and sister team behind the long-running puppetmongers holiday productions this year s show cinderella in muddy york runs dec 28 through jan 5 for more information check the next issue of beach metro news on dec 18 between rehearsals they responded to my 5 questions 1 what is your favourite place in the beach ­ ann my brother david and my sister-in-law s house i m not a beacher myself david sure home is where the heart is and my garden kitchen in the summer 2 do you have a favourite piece of music ­ ann it would be hard to pin down a favourite as my tastes vary depending on my mood environment time of day what i m doing two lovely things i recently rediscovered though are le mystere des voix bulgares and the thomas talis choral piece spem in alium david i m a `world music guy so almost anything on chinese guqin javanese gamelan republic of georgia three part singing 3 what s your favourite movie ­ ann hmmm i haven t had the time to see any movies recently and there are so many i ve enjoyed over the years each very different and each enjoyed for different reasons it d be hard to put one as #1 david i saw stories we tell the other day very good the tv series i enjoyed would be downton abby and the newsroom 4 do you mostly drive walk bike or take the ttc ­ ann all of the above depending on where and when i m travelling how much stuff i m taking with me or picking up the weather i hate wind most for biking david walking and the ttc are big for me bike sometimes ­ fair weather and a bicycle path only 5 any special plans for christmas ­ ann time with my daughter who will be home from university for the holiday christmas eve and day with family and then we go into theatre passe muraille with our cinderella in muddy york for holidaying family audiences for the second half of the winter break david cheese lots of cheese with our christmas team


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12 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach leroux froebel bilingual school · programs for children 18 months to 12 years · early reading math french · music and creative activities · children walked to/from adam beck williamson rd st johns and kimberley schools 72 main street in calvary baptist church at main st benlamond on the wild side owls a hoot but keep your distance by ann brokelman harlotte and i were walking down a path through a generic patch of tall trees with branches everywhere it didn t seem to be anything special least of all something to write an article about as we were walking talking and enjoying the sunny day we both did a double take we had walked within metres of a beautiful barred owl perched in one of those `generic trees and while we had no idea he was there he was very aware of us once our eyes met he swooped right by us causing our startled reaction on his way to a new hiding spot this was charlotte s first barred owl but definitely not her last so how does one look for an owl designed to stay hidden you can start looking for owls in evergreen trees especially tall pines on both the top and lower branches try looking close to the trunk as this helps them hide among the tree s many limbs if you ve just thought to yourself `this is a foolish don t you know how many evergreens are in the toronto area alone don t despair i have more tips to help narrow down which tree to search in look around the trunk of the tree for owl pellets small sausage-shaped bundles of fur feathers small bones and skulls did you know that owls regurgitate at least one owl pellet a day you can also look for fresh `whitewash owl poop drippings on leaves branches and the tree trunks don t forget to stop be quiet and listen for the call of the owl finally a really good sign is that chickadees and blue jays like to harass and mob owls if you hear those birds constantly chirping go check it out because you may find an owl what to do once you find an owl if you should happen upon an owl be very still and quiet do everything in slow motion if you ve been watching the owl for two minutes accept that he s been watching you for c 416-698-1923 learning through play 18 mo 2.5 years old ­ tues thurs am 2.5-3.5 years old ­ mon wed fri am 975 kingston road kingston road united church 3.5-5 years old ­ mon wed fri pm 416-690-9935 now accepting fall enrollment for 2012 20 might already feel threatened and is probably considering flying away sink slowly to the ground to appear less of an intruder if the owl manages to relax you might get an extensive viewing opportunity if the owl looks alarmed elongated body moving its head back and forth back off very slowly and quietly keeping your profile low do not ever use call tapes imitations of owl calls or spotlights do not disturb the owl nest or roost site you could become the reason a nest fails or a roost is abandoned never use flash photography or shine light directly on owls when they are roosting flying or capturing prey seeing or hearing an owl provides an exciting experience for both young and old just please enjoy the animal without interfering with it tommy thompson park and all local parks are great for finding owls for more information on birding and owls visit photos ann brokelman this screech owl above is welldisguised close to the trunk of a tree below a barred owl become a part of your child s preschool journey beaches suzuki school of music the internationally successful suzuki method allows children to experience the joy of music making in a caring environment we offer piano violin cello new toddler and parent class please contact ines pagliari director 416-726-5729 musically enriching lives in the beach since 1994 respect · resourcefulness · responsibility construction on the second phase of the beach skatepark at ashbridges bay is underway with contractor pine valley enterprises carrying out a design by landinc according to dan connolly from the city parks department the bowl should be ready for skating by next summer skatepark expansion underway photo phil lameira fully accredited montessori program full-day casa 2 years 8 months ­ 5 years elementary grades 1 ­ 6 extended childcare extracurricular programs now accepting applications for 2012/13 east city ymca adult fitness zumba·yoga·circuit blast bootcamp preschool programs 3 months to 4 yrs my newborn me toddler on the go crawl and play plus many more nursery school ­ 18 months to 4 years kindergarten enrichment ­ 4 and 5 years morning and afternoon programs call for appointment and more details we build strong kids strong families strong communities 79 hiawatha road 416 694-6273 a small school with big ideas french montessori school · broadview and mortimer 416-467-1618 · kingston road and fallingbrook 416-690-9305 part time and full time programs available planting the seed for the future broad view 18 month-old to 5 1/2 year old ymca east city ymca 907 kingston road 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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday november 6 2012 beach metro news 13 bernie fletcher s reel beach movies made in east toronto dickens carrey and the beach may it haunt their houses pleasantly jim carrey in a christmas carol by charles dickens around 1981 i saw a young rubber-faced comic perform in a small club his wacky impressions wowed the crowd jim carrey went on to become one of hollywood s biggest stars this september he was back in town shooting a superhero sequel with locations in leaside and on yonge st for carrey toronto must hold bittersweet memories of a childhood marked by family crisis james eugene carrey was born in newmarket on jan 17 1962 his family moved around to aurora willowdale burlington scarborough and jackson s point when jim was a young teen his father percy a frustrated musician lost his accounting job to make ends meet the whole family took custodial jobs at the titan wheels factory on tapscott road in scarborough in return for living in a historic stone house on the property weir house 1861 everyone had night jobs at 15 jim found himself suffering through an eighthour shift cleaning the factory while attending agincourt c.i during the day on inside the actors studio carrey retold the story of his family s fall into abject poverty that was the traumatic wow kick in the guts straight-a student and then i didn t want to know anybody s name and i didn t want to make a friend the family was happier when they quit the factory in 1978 and lived out of a vw camper van for eight months feeling like henry fonda in the grapes of wrath 1940 jim used his anger to fuel his comedy the day he turned 16 carrey quit school to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian for the full story read martin knelman s biography the joker is wild 1999 jim carrey lived a dickensian youth of hardship and despair not unlike charles dickens himself each had talent and desire driven to succeed by early impoverishment with their families hounded by creditors both were forced to work long hours in factories under scrooge-like bosses a dislike of authority figures and sympathy for the underdog would colour their careers by the age of 21 dickens published his first story and carrey had his first starring role in the duck factory on tv this year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of charles dickens 1812-1870 the greatest writer of the victorian era his idyllic childhood was cut short at the age of 12 when his father was imprisoned for debt in 1824 young charles had to leave his family and school to work 10-hour shifts in a rat-infested boot-blacking factory pasting labels on pots this dark experience of poverty and abandonment cast a shadow over the sensitive boy dickens later wondered how i could have been so easily cast away at such a young age dickens became a tireless proponent of helping the poor through social reform you can feel that scarred and redeemed boy in his classic novels great expectations david copperfield a christmas carol and oliver twist it s a hard-knock life in 1842 dickens sailed to north america for a lecture tour visiting full of life toronto for two days he dined with the establishment leaders but his sympathies were with the working class he disliked the `family toronto premier gymnastics register now for winter programs starting january 7 2013 at 115 simpson avenue and 49 railside road 647-740-1063 compact tories who ran the province and put down the 1837 rebellion led by william lyon mackenzie back in england in 1843 dickens wanted to make a comment on the materialism and social injustices of the time he also had many mouths to feed in six weeks he wrote a christmas carol which became an instant success and revived christmas traditions influencing celebrations to this day geese are happy turkeys are not thrilled like the ghosts of ebenezer scrooge dickens was haunted by disturbing memories of lost childhood the cratchit family represent his ideal home life through his characters dickens urges us to honour christmas in our hearts all the year a christmas carol has inspired countless adaptations in 2009 jim carrey starred in a disney version watch for scrooge 1951 on tcm dec 16 also a part of the tiff lightbox series dickens on screen dec 13 to jan 3 tis the season when we enjoy classic stories of redemption and hope where an individual rises above difficult times with a fierce determination to succeed dickens and carrey have each touched the spirit of the child in many of us is genius forged in the turmoil of childhood chaos like an irritant creating a pearl in an oyster one of the loyalists who defeated the rebels in 1837 toronto was james weir who became a wealthy landowner in scarborough in 1861 he built a fieldstone farmhouse by 1975 a factory was built and the house restored for use by the night caretakers ­ the carrey family taking jobs at titan wheels weir s son also james grew up in that stone farmhouse in 1892 he stopped at a hotel in the village of norway kingston and woodbine to rest his horses on the long way back to his farm from the st lawrence market his team was spooked by a falling fence and weir was killed by a horse s hoof as he tried to grab the reins on norway hill the horses ran all the way to the half way house on kingston road at midland avenue james george weir 1858-1892 left a wife and three young children history boring bah humbug god bless us every one said tiny tim the last of all accepting applications for grade 6 and 7 for september 2013 small class size enriched curriculum individualized programming focus on the emotional social and academic development of the adolescent student dedicated teaching staff contact sherry vanderkooi principal to discuss your child s transition to avalon a private middle school in the heart of the beach avalon middle school 2181 queen street east 416-686-6621 stacking cups for a world record dylan alexander 9 focuses as he stacks cups students at kimberley public school and beaches alternative school were busy on nov 15 stacking cups the event dubbed stack up was part of an attempt to break the world record in sport stacking for the most participants all over the world in one day last year 412,259 broke the previous record of 316,736 this year they aimed to get 450,000 participants with the help of countries such as israel south germany africa new zealand columbia and taiwan photo phil lameira


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14 beach metro news tuesday december 4 2012 celebrating 40 years serving the beach michelle rogers catering services 647-501-5016 complimentary hors d oeuvre for new clients serving the beach gta and beyond for 10 years specializing in hors d oeuvres and party platters the main menu streamlined christmas pudding book now for the upcoming holiday season n christmas day open for dinner only from 4 pm traditional christmas regular menu also available at regular prices o this does not refer to an uprising or political rally it does jan main refer to an english custom of is an author preparing the christmas pudding later the christmas cake the first cooking instructor and caterer sunday before advent four weeks before christmas on that sunday the fam 416-265-8445 ily would gather in the kitchen to help in the preparations of the special christmas pudding stirring up all the ingredients to allow them ample time to age and mellow before christmas when they would be enjoyed little favours or money would be wrapped and included in the batter as good luck charms for the finder somehow the very ceremony ensures that the pudding or cake tastes that much better of course it creates lasting family traditions christmas pudding traditionally making christmas pudding was an involved process requiring fruit to be washed dried and soaked in liquor before adding to the batter the pudding was steamed in a cloth tightly bound by a string over simmering water for hours then chilled and stored in a cool place until the time for the celebratory feast at that time the pudding would be re-heated in a steamer and served with a sauce the various pudding and sauce recipes depended on family custom my canadian grandma served her carrot pudding with a caramel sauce made from brown sugar while my english nanna served her fruited pudding with the family favourite hard sauce made with a generous dollop of brandy as a product of two families both sauces and puddings are part of my festivities but never on christmas day it is simply too much a christmas pudding is appreciated after a rousing winter sport with a simple main course such as a soup accompanied by bread then you can truly enjoy every morsel of dessert with all the sauce you can eat ­ perhaps even have room for more today s version of pudding streamlines many of the early methods making it a straightforward dessert rather than steaming the pudding in a mold or cloth the easiest method is to bake the pudding in baking dishes of suitable sizes individual custard cups for individual servings ideal for gifts and larger casseroles perfect for family servings line these containers with parchment paper and spray with baking spray to ensure easy removal then arrange in a roasting pan with several inches of boiling water to create a bain marie which gives an even gentle cooking heat and ensures that the pudding remains moist while still being cooked through this recipe makes two large 4 cups 1 l size puddings or a total of 8 cups 2 l which can be spooned into baking dishes of varying sizes depending on your personal needs puddings make wonderful gifts especially if they are accompa nied with the hard sauce which follows simply wrap the pudding in plastic wrap and tie with a decorative bow you will have christmas all wrapped up christmas pudding 2012 1 cup 250 ml butter softened 1 cup 250 ml packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 cups 500 ml cake and pastry flour 2 tsp 10 mlbaking soda 4 cups 1 l mixed dried fruits of your choice such as raisins sultanas red green cherries crystallized ginger chopped apricots dates and/or figs 1/2 cup 125 ml toasted blanched almonds 2 tsp 10 ml cinnamon 1/2 tsp 2 ml each nutmeg and cloves 2 cups 500 ml fine dry breadcrumbs made from tearing fresh bread into pieces and adding to a blender or food processor and toasting them on a baking sheet until golden 1 jar 28 oz 796 ml favourite mincemeat 2 cups 500 ml milk 1 tbsp 15 ml vinegar preheat oven to 350°f 180°c get out large roasting pan or baking pan with raised lip line casseroles of suitable sizes with parchment paper spray with baking spray using electric mixer beat butter and sugar together until fluffy beat in eggs until thick and creamy in separate bowl stir together flour baking soda chosen fruit nuts cinnamon nutmeg and cloves combine the milk and vinegar together and let stand combine the creamed mixture with the flour mixture alternately with the breadcrumbs mincemeat and soured milk spoon batter into prepared baking dishes cover with a double layer of foil bake until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean this will vary with the size of the container 1 cup containers take about 25 to 30 minutes large puddings will take about two hours to cook cool on racks whiskey butter the perfect sauce for a warm winter pudding 1 cup 250 ml sifted icing sugar 1/2 cup 125 ml butter softened 3 tbsp 45 ml dry sherry and scotch whiskey freshly grated nutmeg using electric mixer beat sifted icing sugar gradually into softened butter adding more to make a creamy mass beat in slowly sherry and whiskey being careful not to curdle mixture spoon into pretty serving dish sprinkle lightly with nutmeg refrigerate to harden will keep up to four weeks in a covered jar in the refrigerator $18.95 turkey dinner taxes not included xmas groups special menu lunch dinner $19.95 $24.95 catering new year s eve $85 p.p party favours champagne at midnight dancing to d.j s include shrimps smoked salmon creamy exotic mushroom soup fillet mignon with red wine sauce mushrooms fillet of altantic salmon with a herb crust and almonds seasonal vegetables potatoes home made tiramisu with berries coffee or tea dinner dance 7 brimley road · 416-264-2337 call for reservations new year s eve for dinner only 4:30-9:00 p.m regular menu the dogfish bar is available for your private christmas new year s eve party to reserve 416-264-2338 bottoms up roast turkey dinner with stuffing cranberry sauce potatoes vegetables rum ­ a taste of the caribbean i pumpkin pie for dessert homemade soup or graden salad included only $15.95 while supplies last available now till christmas 2560 gerrard st east east of victoria park dine-in take-out catering · 416.690.2098 mon-sat 8 am 9 pm · sunday 8 am 5 pm homesellers find out what the home down the street sold for ­ free computerized list with pictures of your area home sales re/max hallmark realty ltd brokerage show your support to local businesses by letting them know you saw their ad in beach metro news and by recommending them to others t s that time of year folks the shorts and patio furniture are away and our thoughts once again drift to warmer climates no doubt many of you will probably be heading south to the caribbean over the next several months to escape winter if you re one of the fortunate to do so you best prepare your palate for the ever popular imbibe of the islands ­ rum rum is an alcoholic beverage distilled from the fermented juice of sugarcane sugarcane molasses or other sugarcane by-products since sugarcane is grown widely throughout the islands of the west indies rum is in abundance and all have their own individual character although most islands produce several different styles of rum each is known for a specific one there are three main classifications the very dry light-bodied style is generally produced in spanish-speaking countries like cuba puerto rico dominican republic and the virgin islands medium-bodied rums are best from haiti trinidad and barbados big full-bodied aggressive versions hail from countries like martinique and jamaica following are some keys to keep in mind when purchasing rum down south for starts colour is usually an indication of body and most wording on labels will correspond lighter drier styles will say `white or `light and for the most part will be clear and colourless mediumbodied rums might utilize the words edward finstein a.k.a the wine doctor wine writer educator judge consultant 416-269-7963 `amber or `gold on the packaging and actually appear more of a golden colour full-bodied styles will most likely be dark in colour and make use of the words `dark or `heavy darker coloured rums usually achieve their tint from the addition of caramel which doesn t usually affect the flavour since rum is a sugar-based product sometimes additional wood aging can also add colour as well as round out the palate some rums are spiced and indicate as such on the label others are `over proof meaning they contain more alcohol beware of these and use sparingly they re potent and will have you dancing with a lampshade on your head in no time alcohol indication on bottles in the caribbean is usually in `proof simply divide by two to get the `percent of alcohol by volume thus rum labelled `80 proof is equal to 40 by volume perhaps best of all if you purchase rum where it is actually produced it is incredibly inexpensive most commercial offerings on the islands range from $3 to $6 for a 750 ml bottle as for methods of consumption of this popular island spirit there are many those of you with a bit of the pirate in your soul might like it straight up or on ice most locals on the islands consume rum neat however more people enjoy it in mixed drinks punches with fruit juice and ice are very popular cocktails and exotic drinks like daiquiris mojitos pina colada and cuba libre are on many folk s hit list the ten best rum mixers in my mind are as follows club soda mixed with cola helps reduce cola s dominant flavour add a little lime for pizzazz lime juice ­ fabulous with fresh mint and soda water coconut water ­ a great mixer especially with lime juice coffee ­ dynamite with heavier rum orange juice ­ the most popular fruit juice mixer pineapple juice ­ the essence of `tropical and grand in a pina colada try it with amaretto for a real treat grapefruit juice ­ mixed with oj is a delight cranberry juice one of my faves ­ much lighter and divine with mint leaves and club soda passion fruit juice ­ grand with white rum and a touch of coconut juice or lime and for something completely different try ginger beer it shakes things up the versatility of rum doesn t end in a glass either it s also used in making sauces desserts ice cream and candy so if you re in the caribbean in the next few months be sure to try the local imbibe and maybe even visit a rum distillery to see how it s made consider bringing a bottle home to recapture the taste of the islands.


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celebrating 40 years serving the beach tuesday december 4 2012 beach metro news 15 entertainment beat by bill maclean beaches presbyterian church bpc 65 glen manor dr presents a reading of charles dickens a christmas carol dec 8 at 7:30 p.m this reading ­ from dickens own abridged version of the story that he used on his speaking tours throughout canada and the u.s ­ will feature a star-studded cast including tony award-winning actor brent carver juno award-winning singer molly johnson cbc personalities eleanor wachtel writers and company and tom allen fresh air and vancouver actor bruce dinsmore musical accompaniment will be provided by a band consisting of lori gemmell harp don anderson piano wes allen bass evan cartwright drums and the beaches presbyterian church choir this reading is a fund raiser for the bpc refugee committee which is working with a family from pakistan that has fled to sri lanka to avoid persecution and is hoping to come to canada tickets to a christmas carol are available at the door for $20 for more information call bpc at 416-699-5871 · the toronto beach chorale under the direction of mervin fick presents its second concert of the season dec 9 at 7:30 p.m at kingston road united church 975 kingston rd the highlight is the chorale s performance of john rutter s gloria rutter was born in london england in 1945 and studied music at cambridge he was invited to the united states in 1974 and premiered his cantata gloria in omaha nebraska the choral work has been called a many metered montage of ethereal aural bliss and joy for your ears mind and heart accompanying the toronto beach chorale for this performance will be a brass quintet the chorale will also be singing some more traditional seasonal music tickets to gloria are $20 for adults $10 for children 7 to 18 with children under 7 free tickets should be available at the door or for more information and to order online visit · st john s catholic church 794 kingston rd presents a concert to honour the christmas season called through advent to christmas celebration dec 9 at 3 p.m there will be readings carols and songs that re-tell the prophecies of old and mary and joseph s courage along their journey to bethlehem the concert will feature members of the st john s adult and chidren s choirs under the direction of eric walker all are welcome admission is free with a goodwill offering and there will be light refreshments to follow · the east york concert band presents tis the season for peace love joy an evening of holiday-themed if you re christmassed out and looking for something completely yule-free drop in to fitzgerald s 2298 queen st e every friday night from 8 to 12 p.m and catch mike mike featuring michael keys and toronto blues legend mike mckenna if you were around toronto in the 60s and 70s you will most definitely remember mckenna as part of the great blues band mckenna mendelson mainline duane allman of the allman brothers once called mike his favourite guitarist mckenna will join pianist michael keys for some smokin r&b that will definitely get those christmas songs out of your head for more information call fitzgerald s at 416-698-8588 or visit place yo urordersear ly for the holidays we will have fresh store made steak kidney pies traditional acadian tourtiere meat pies free-range turkeys capons and old-fashioned bone-in ham the east york concert band music dec 9 at 2 p.m at st clement of ohrid cathedral main banquet hall 767 overlea blvd there will be a lively mix of holiday music arranged for concert band as well as sing-along favourites the band founded in 1948 is open to residents of the gta of all ages it consists of 50 members and is under the direction of joseph resendes proceeds from the christmas and spring con certs go towards allowing the band to perform free of charge at nursing homes legions and churches throughout the year tickets to tis the season for peace love joy are $15 for adults $5 for children 12 and up and are available by calling 416-251-4957 or by emailing for more information visit mike mckenna if you saw their ad in beach metro news let them know support our local merchants the toronto beach chorale



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