Crescent Town development heading to OMB – again

After almost a decade, a Crescent Town development proposal is headed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) again after the city and the developer were unable to come to an agreement about the size and structure of the residential tower. The developer, Preston Group, argues the 37-storey, 396 rental unit building at Secord and Eastdale […]

East End artists sought to beautify Bell boxes

East End Arts is looking for two talented Crescent Town artists to paint two Bell equipment boxes in the neighbourhood this summer. Artists will be chosen by a community jury based on “their connection to the Crescent Town and Taylor-Massey area, experience painting on outdoor surfaces, concept of the mural, and a portfolio of past […]

Neighbourhood Centre prepares to deliver Christmas cheer

Lisa’s smile grows when she remembers how Neighbourhood Centre made her Christmas last year. For over 30 years, volunteers at the community centre near Main Street and Danforth Avenue have bought, wrapped, and delivered free turkey dinners and Christmas gifts to families in need. A single mother with a son and baby daughter, Lisa received one […]

Kick Start to benefit from birthday campaign

If it feels better to give than to get, Veronica Gonzalez is about to have a very happy birthday. For her 30th, which is on August 26, Gonzalez started a 30-day fundraiser to give 30 new backpacks to students in the Kick Start after-school program at Crescent Town. Two weeks in, Gonzalez was just one […]

Crescent Town Club to reopen

Gushing spouts of water were filling the pool at Crescent Town Club last Thursday. It’s a welcome sound. Closed for nearly 11 months after a fire destroyed its electrical system, the club is finally getting set to reopen on June 1. All but six of the club’s 40 part-time workers are returning. “I can’t wait […]

Fish farm idea floating in limbo

Red tape may smother the idea of a fish farm in Crescent Town before it gets a chance to grow. That is the concern expressed by John Crumb, a manager at Pinedale Properties. Pinedale owns the vacant three-level Crescent Town retail space where Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts and a newly formed community group have […]

Fish farm idea floated for Crescent Town

Where most people see a big wide gap between the stores in Crescent Town, others spot good fishing. Led by Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts, local organizers are testing the waters for a Crescent Town food co-op that can grow its own greens, and even raise some fresh fish on the side. “It’s a work […]

Serving Toronto’s Bangla readers

Stepping onto Danforth Avenue with Shahidul Mintu, you can see right away why he calls journalism a charming job. By 6 p.m. on a Thursday, the founding editor of the Bangla Mail and Bengali Times can’t walk half a block before one and then another friend stops to say hello. “It’s a tight community,” said […]

International Mother Language Day monument planned

Artists are answering the call to imagine an International Mother Language Day monument in Taylor Creek Park. Azim Dewan, a long-time Crescent Town resident, leads a local non-profit that formed to commission and build a monument this fall. “This is for everybody,” said Dewan. “When this is established next year, maybe after 10 years – […]