The constantly changing face of Kingston Road

One of the oldest roads in Toronto is undergoing a veritable deluge of development.  Over the next two to three years, seven, possibly nine, condominium buildings will be constructed on Kingston Road from Woodbine to Victoria Park, adding at least 500 new homes to the area. While a spate of new developments on Queen Street […]

2009 in Beach Metro News history

In the spring of 2009 Neville the coyote appeared on the pages of Beach Metro News. He had moved into the Neville Park ravine the previous fall, with mixed reviews from neighbours and pet owners. Staff from Toronto Animal Services tried to catch him, and photographers from the Toronto media jostled for a spot on […]

2008 in Beach Metro News history

In 2008 while residents continued to fight encroaching condo developments, several local groups had significant anniversaries. Kingston Road United Church celebrated its 100th birthday with a service led by its former minister Ted Davey. (The original congregation met on the front porch of a home on Scarborough Road, then expanded to a tent on Beech […]

Beach, not Beaches, after 2006 vote

In 2006 one of the most perplexing questions of our age was resolved – or was it?  The Beaches BIA ran a poll to decide if our neighbourhood  should be known for the rest of time as the Beach or Beaches.  This newspaper ran articles by supporters of both names, each making a logical case […]

2005 a year of awards, awareness and violence

In 2005 a bottle of one of the most expensive wines in the world was opened at the Hunt Club.  Beach Metro News editor Carole Stimmell joined professional winetasters for a sip of 140-year-old Chateau Villemaurine St. Emilion, which she described as “gentle spicy cherry with old plum in the finish.” ‘Phenomenal’ was the verdict […]

Dog saved the day in the Beach in 2004

The hero of the Beach in 2004 was Dante, a 4-year-old mixed-breed dog whose friendliness may have stopped a gunman from a shooting spree. On June 23 a man from New Brunswick, newly arrived in Toronto, and carrying a loaded semi-automatic, was at the R.H. Harris Filtration Plant, allegedly preparing to kill as many people […]

2003 sees SARS and international blackout

In 2003 we lived through SARS and a power outage across Ontario and parts of the U.S. Here at Beach Metro News, 2003 was the year we had a major makeover. As I look at old pages every issue to write this feature, I see quirky page arrangements appearing as each of us had a […]

BMN Ad Manager says goodbye

After almost three decades of convincing advertisers to get their copy in on time, Beach Metro News Advertising Manager Dianne Marquardt is shifting her focus from work to family and friends. On Sept. 21, the staff wished Dianne both a happy birthday and a happy retirement, as she said goodbye at the end of one […]

2002 a year of anniversaries

In 2002 the Gardener’s Cottage, built by Kew Williams as a honeymoon gift for his wife, turned 100. Along with a plaque unveiling at the Lee Avenue site, festivities included a tour of the cottage, which for many years was the home of the head gardener in charge of Kew Gardens. One of the party […]