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East York Hall of Fame is go for launch this month

Posted by on May 5, 2017

As we reported back in December’s Issue #025, the former Borough of East York is about to get an East York Hall of Fame.

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Helena and Lauren saving lives one used battery at a time

Posted by on May 1, 2017

When eleven-year-old Helena Giamos and her best friend Lauren Essaye learned of all the children living in Third World countries who were dying because of a lack of nutrients —specifically zinc— the Grade 6 Leaside students decided to do something about it.

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EY MOMENTS #029: Brightening up the neighbourhood

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Ahhh. Spring has finally sprung.  The bulbs are ablossom, our flowering shrubs and trees are in colour and we can all breathe that sigh of relief to know we’ve turned the corner.  Spring is the best, and one of my favourite poets, e.e. cummings, summed it up when he described the world this time of year as “mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful”. My forsythia is a burst of yellow outside my window, a gift from my late friend Frank, whom I thank (and miss) every year.  Multi-hued magnolias are filling the sky. A few of my neighbours are still keeping the streets aglow with their holiday lights, and it was only the other day that a magnificent pine tree was still showing off with its swirls of blue bulbs.  Didn’t take down the Christmas lights?  Heck no, in East York that’s...

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Working out of home is part of the philosophy for EY music school that celebrates 60th anniversary this month

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

An East York music school continues to conduct lessons out of the owner’s home, honouring the tradition of its founder who began the Pape Ave. business 60 years ago this month.

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Local groups & councillors will spend Earth Day doing park work

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Residents, community groups and political reps will band together in several locations on Sat. April 22 to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up area parks for the Spring season.

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Peer Project celebrates 40th anniversary of kids helping kids

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

\ By Andrea Freedman \ A not-for-profit initiative that is very active in the east end of the city, The Peer Project, has much to be proud of.  The charitable youth organization recently reached its 40th anniversary and has made significant contributions to the well-being of East York youths, especially helping those from Syrian families who are new to Canada make the transition into the community. Back in 1976, when there was a noticeable increase in juvenile crime, a group of concerned citizens including teachers, police and social workers in Scarborough got together and presented a proposal to the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services to start a youth organization, which was first approved under the name YAY (Youth Assisting Youth). In 1992, the organization grew and was selected by the federal Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration‘s HOST program to...

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