There’s a new soup kitchen in town

Grant African Methodist Episcopal Church hosted their first community dinner at the beginning of March with the support of Second Harvest, members of the church, and a slew of volunteers including Toronto’s “King of Paella.” Parishioner Loy Pinnock-Brown said they started the monthly soup kitchen in order to “reach out to those in need in […]

‘Buddy bench’ a safe space for students

A bright new bench in the playground outside Roden and Equinox elementary schools has a simple use, but magical powers. That’s what Mark Lasso, principal of Roden Public and Equinox Alternative, told a Nov. 17 assembly for the two schools, which share a single building near Gerrard Street East and Ashdale Avenue. At “magical powers,” […]

Unsafe ovens sold in East End stores

Police are warning restaurant owners and home cooks that some 300 gas ovens from India were sold at two local stores with counterfeit safety certificates. Gautham Mashetty, the 57-year-old owner of three Kitchen Queen stores, including one on Gerrard Street East and another on Danforth Avenue, was arrested and charged with passing off wares and […]

Gerrard canoe planted to mark two buried creeks

Most canoes do best when they keep water out, but not the one docked in the Gerrard India Bazaar. Filled with soil and native plants, the bright blue canoe at Gerrard Street and Rhodes Avenue is enjoying a second life as a garden bed. Planted two weeks ago by volunteer “park rangers” working on a […]

World-class tabla school opens up shop on Gerrard

As a teenager in Kolkata, tabla maestro Ritesh Das dreamt of playing Bollywood film scores. By 22, Das was in L.A. and touring with AMAN — a world music group so big they filled half a Boeing 747, bags packed with everything from Balkan balalaikas to Appalachian ‘hee-haw’ banjos. But it was here in Toronto […]

Police seek break-and-enter suspect

A man wanted for two counts of break-and-enter and one theft over $10,000 is the latest ‘Wanted Wednesday’ described by local 55 Division police. Police allege that Shawn Bland, 35, entered a business near Carlaw Avenue and Gerrard Street after hours on Oct. 24. According to police, he then broke into a vacant business, climbed […]

New neighbourhood association crops up in East End

Another section of the East End is gaining organized representation, with the formation of the East Toronto Neighbourhood Association. The group’s first meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Community Centre 55, and is open to any residents between Glenmount Park Road in the west and Malvern Avenue in the east, and between Kingston […]

Gerrard and Coxwell gets splash of colours

Franco Rovazzi is painting the town pink – and yellow, blue and green. Rovazzi is co-owner of nine stores in the Gerrard India Bazaar that are getting a major facelift. Besides bright new colours, there will be new signs outside and interior renovations. “We didn’t want to change the character,” Rovazzi said, looking over architectural […]

Police Beat

• Several computer store employees escaped a robbery attempt on the morning of May 9. Shortly after 11 a.m., three males wearing disguises entered the Queen Street East and Balsam Road store. The owner and employees managed to escape and phone police, while the suspects fled the scene empty-handed in a four-door orange sedan. The […]