Sports field fees set for coming years

Toronto City Council has made a decision on user fees for sports fields, after backtracking on a budget item that would have forced non-profit youth sports groups thousands of dollars in unexpected permit fees this year. An earlier decision delayed implementation of the new fees until 2013, to allow leagues to adjust their pricing. Many […]

Edna Houston was long-time Beach volunteer

Edna Somme Houston, 1916-2012, was born in the Beach as Edna Young. Her roots go back over 150 years, with family history in places including Picton and Fergus, Ont., and the state of Florida. Her father’s health necessitated working in a southern climate, so the family went back and forth between Florida and Toronto. Edna […]

Beach loses a true champion

It is with heavy heart that I report that on Sunday, June 10, the Beach lost its best friend. Glenn Cochrane, 84, one of the area’s most active supporters and volunteers, died after a brief illness. Glenn was born into a large close family in Hamilton. He never forgot his roots and was always the […]

Visioning study gets underway

On June 16, nearly 80 Beach community residents participated in the first of a series of meetings that comprise the Queen Street East Visioning Study.  The meeting, held at the Fire Academy on Eastern Avenue, was facilitated by Nicole Swerhun, an independent facilitator, and also included several City staff from the planning and development divisions. […]

Beach Rotary hands out funds to local groups

At its annual Recipients Breakfast, the Toronto Beach Rotary Club heard from seven groups that will be receiving funds from the club this year. The Beach Rotary group meets weekly for breakfast, often hearing from representatives of organizations speaking on community and business issues. Rotarians also run a number of fundraisers throughout the year, in […]

Surfing fundraiser rolling into Beach

This summer, Woodbine Beach will be, like, the most radical place to visit, dude. Aloha Toronto, which will run August 24-26, is an ambitious event that hopes to raise awareness of the calming effect the water has for autistic children. It also aims to raise funds for autism research, with SickKids Foundation and Surfers Healing […]

News in Brief (June 26)

We’ve officially crossed the threshold into the summer season and that means sun, sunscreen, and swimming. Local pools are open and beckoning to anyone who wants to cool off in the hot sun. On Friday, June 29, Blantyre Park, Monarch Park and Donald D. Summerville pool will be open regular hours until Sunday, Sept. 2. […]

Nominate a local hero for Citizen of Year

Do you know an unsung hero? Someone who’s always thinking of someone else first, and who consistently gives of their time to help make the world around them a better place? If so, that person is a prime candidate to be considered for the Beach Citizen of the Year – but without a nomination, the […]

Seniors walk to help themselves

A team made up of clients and staff from Neighbourhood Link Support Services took on the Toronto challenge on June 10. The Toronto Challenge is an annual City of Toronto fundraising event for long-term homes and community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors. For 21 years, this unique and inspiring event has […]