Summer time to remember life savers

This story was first published July 2013 There have been great scullers, oarsmen, swimmers and athletes who lived in the East End and on the Toronto Islands. There have been stories about shipwrecks in Lake Ontario, and of the sailors who nearly drowned, but were saved by a few people living around the islands and […]

Get ready to celebrate the cold with Winter Stations

An over-sized canoe billowing steam. A globe of charred wood lined with faux fur on the inside. A public sauna. These are just three things people can expect from the second year of Winter Stations, set to launch on Family Day at Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches. The now-annual event blends art, design and architecture […]

Record runner roster at Tannenbaum 10 k

A record 984 runners and walkers raced the 10th annual Tannenbaum 10 k run on a relatively balmy Sunday, Dec. 6. Hosted by the Toronto Beaches Runners Club, all proceeds from the charity run support Community Centre 55’s Share-A-Christmas campaign. For a full list of results, visit the Tannenbaum 10 k website. [envira-gallery id=”18405″]  

Taking back city parks, from dawn to dusk

Most of the Beach is still waking up when Anne-Marie Kaskens meets the morning crew by the R.C. Harris waterworks. Although she moved to the Beach 20 years ago, Kaskens says it wasn’t until she got her dog Jessie that she started going down to the water every day. “It’s a real stress-buster,” she said, […]

Kew crowds warm up to Winter Stations

Huddled like penguins against the icy wind, Ed Butler and Dan Wiltshire took in a heartwarming sight on Kew Beach this Family Day Monday. Beside them, well-bundled kids and parents swung and twisted round on a dozen long, red canvas loops that the two British designers had strung up above a lifeguard stand. Inspired by […]

Three year-old burned by barbecue coals

A three year-old girl is slowly recovering after stepping on hot barbecue coals left along Kew Beach. “I’m actually amazed at her courage through all this,” says her father Chad Danyluck. His daughter got the burns on May 25, when she and her uncles were walking by the water just west of the Kew dog […]

Sale of rare beachfront properties stalled by red tape

Last-minute paperwork is the only thing delaying “For Sale” signs at four Toronto Community Housing homes that are right along the Kew Beach lakefront. Built in 1926, the heritage homes at 4 and 6 Wineva Avenue and 5 and 7 Hubbard Boulevard are among the highest-valued houses in the TCH inventory. Their sale has been […]

Boardwalk is important part of the Beach way of life

In the last issue of the Beach Metro News, the Wizard of Written Witicism, fellow columnist Glenn Cochrane wrote about our Beach boardwalk. It then came to me that I had written an article on the boardwalk many years ago. So I would like to dedicate this column to Glenn, who in my humble estimation […]

Dogs go wild at SlobberFest 2011

It was all about the pooches on May 28 for the annual SlobberFest held by Community Centre 55. The event crowned this year’s canine king and queen and also handed out many awards to many of the attendees. More photos below. [nggallery ID=11]