News in Brief

Local police will start using body-worn video cameras on May 18 as part of a year-long pilot project. About 20 officers in 55 Division’s primary response unit will be among the 100 officers testing the cameras city-wide. Visit for more information.

The Beaches Rec Centre is hosting a bake sale on Saturday, May 9, for victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can buy cakes, bread, and cookies with or without gluten to support the cause.

New murals will be painted at Dentonia Park and the railway underpass at Coxwell and Gerrard thanks to two City of Toronto arts grants going to Community Centre 55 and Mural Routes. Both murals are expected to be finished by 2016.

Croquet is returning to Kew Gardens. Don Short, a Beacher and croquet enthusiast, says the new Kew Kroquet section will play on the greens at Kew Beach Lawn Bowling Club from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends, and 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday nights. Free coaching is available to beginners. For more info, email Don at

Beach resident Mark Beardsworth has been awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. He travelled to Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 14 to be presented with the award from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Beardsworth was recognized for his work as part of The Beach Group, a local organization that raises money every year for the SickKids Hospital Foundation through charity fundraising events. He is involved in all aspects of the annual event, from planning to ticket sales to soliciting donations.

The GTA Rollergirls league is set to roll out its 2015 season, based at Ted Reeve Arena and the Ted Reeve Bubble. The non-profit flat track derby league shared profits last year with the Toronto Beaches Lions Club and Plan Canada. This year, money will go to the Toronto Humane Society. League president Cynthia Brooks received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award last year.

The first home game of the year will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, with the hometown G-sTARs facing the Forest City Derby Girls. Admission is $10, with no charge for kids under 12. For more on the league and the rest of the season schedule see

Popular Egyptologist Gayle Gibson, star of several documentaries and a well-loved teacher at the Royal Ontario Museum, will give a talk on Egypt’s history and details of a 2016 tour at Lazy Daisy Cafe, 1515 Gerrard St. E., on Thursday, May 14. Gibson rose to prominence after identifying Pharaoh Ramses I at the Niagara Falls Museum, more than 130 years after going missing from Egypt. The mummy was returned to its native country with her help. To register for the talk, call 647-347-9150 or email Admission is $10.


Volunteer Corner

Children’s Peace Theatre will hold a volunteer orientation and appreciation on Thursday, May 14. Current and past volunteers will be acknowledged for their service while prospective volunteers will be able to sign up, pick up information and take a tour of the building and grounds. Family and friends are invited along to this evening of raffles, performances and light refreshments. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 305 Dawes Rd. RSVP by calling 416-752-1550 or emailing

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