A brilliant Saturday brought out the shoppers along South Bayview, and no doubt provided ideal conditions for many other activities. Although temperatures barely broke above zero, the sunshine made many people warm indeed. Sunday is forecast to be similar with the high predicted at minus one. Next week temps are expected to creep above freezing during the day.
Pictures taken January 5, 2012 (left) and January 20, 2012 (right) show how the generally nice weather is driving construction in our area.
A current scam is the email from someone you actually know, asking desperately for the loan of money because they’ve been left penniless by a mugger in England. But of course it’s not from you’re friend. This is the work of thieves who have gained your address by hacking your friend’s mail account. Police say the mail usually originates not in the UK but in Nigeria, or perhaps Russia. Here is an example that came through our mail recently.
This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help.Few days back my family and I made an unannounced vacation trip to West Midlands.UK. Everything was going fine until last night when we were mugged on our way back to the hotel.They Stole all our cash,credit cards and cellphone but thank God we still have our lives and passports safe. The hotel manager has been unhelpful to us for reasons i don’t know.I’m writing you from a local library. I’ve reported to the police and after writing down some statements that’s the last i had from them.i contacted the consulate and all i keep hearing is they will get back to me. Our return flight leaves soon…I need you to help me out with a fast loan to settle our bills here so we can get back home . I’ll refund the money I’ve reported to the police and after writing down some statements that’s the last i had from them.i contacted the consulate and all i keep hearing is they will get back to me. Our return flight leaves soon…I need you to help me out with a fast loan to settle our bills here so we can get back home . I’ll refund the money as soon as we get back. All i need is ($1,650)..Let me know what you can do so I can tell you how to get the money to me.”
Residents of Bennington Heights and Moore Park have no doubt noticed that there is a fine new fence going in along the souith perimeter of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Work began at the west end and is about a third of the way down to the other, which is the line between the cemetery and the IntegraCare offices at Bayview. Builders on the scene boasted that their construction is fully welded (not clamped) and that while galvanized steel looks like wrought iron, it will never rust. The fence is in a standardized classical style and replaces (right) the badly aged chain link fence.
Peter Kuitenbrouwer in the National Post says there was last minute biting of nails among those supporting the expansion of Leaside Arena. He explains.
The sale on coloured occasional mats continues at Homfront with a new selection now on display. These useful and decorative mats range in size from 24 by 36 inches to 24 by 84 inches. There are two styles, natural and polypropylene. All mats are reduced by 20 percent. Also, matching runners measuring 24 by 84 inches are marked down by 30 percent. The great mat sale carries on over the weekend at both stores, 371 Eglinton Ave. West and 1579 Bayview Ave.
The following mail has been sent by Brook Biscoe, Arena Board Chair. He notes that local contributions have met the #2.5 million target to obtain City support:
Last night Toronto City Council approved the Leaside Arena Expansion Project as part of the 2012 city budget. The $12.5 million project includes a $7.5 million loan from the city and a $1.5 million loan from the province against future operating revenues, $1 million from the city in accelerated capital improvements, and $2.5 million raised by the local community.
As you know we undertook to have met this local fundraising target by the time city council voted on the budget. And I am pleased to say that we succeeded! Yesterday Expansion Committee Chair Paul Mercer and Fundraising Committee Chair Charlene Kalia confirmed that the $2.5 million cash-in-hand local fundraising target “to get a shovel in the ground” was achieved on Monday and that this information was formally passed on to city officials. Full letter here.
Ned Levitt came to Northern Secondary School on Mt. Pleasant Rd. a few days ago. His visit took place some 17 years after his daughter Stacey, a Northern student, had been killed while jogging. Stacey was wearing headphones as she ran and tragically she was unable to hear oncoming vehicles. After many years of mourning Mr Levitt has found a way to give some meaning to his loss. He speaks to high school kids about the hazards of headphones. Students at Northern Secondary School heard him recall: “Stacy stepped off the curb at the intersection of Ledbury and Lawrence, and she was gone.” Mr. Levitt was speaking on behalf of smartrisk.ca, a national charity dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.