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East York Ladies Softball veteran players holding reunion Nov. 4

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017

A group of former players in the East York Ladies Softball League are planning to hold a reunion social on Saturday November 4 and inviting their former teammates and opponents from the 1980-2000 era to come out to relive memories and catch up.  It will take place at The Wally Tavern, 302 O’Connor Drive at Donlands, starting at 7 p.m. Weone Macrae came up with the idea “while sitting around the pool having drinks and reminiscing with some old friends this summer,” she told East York Chronicle. At the time she played, she said, the league, known today as the East York Ladies Softball Association, had up to eight teams (there are four today) sponsored by local businesses.  She hopes attendees will be bring out their trophies and photos to spark memories.  For more info call her at...

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EY’s Brittany Crew caps shot put season with gold medal in Taiwan

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017

East York’s Brittany Crew capped a stellar outdoor season in the event by winning the gold medal at the World University Summer Games on August 27.

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Brittany Crew sets another record in repeating as Canadian shot put champion

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017

East York-raised Brittany Crew came up strong on Sunday July 9 to throw a 18.38-metres toss to hold onto her title as Canadian Champion for the sport and set a new record for the event

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Naming of laneways to honour two East York immigrant icons

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017

Two laneways in East York are being given official names honouring icons of the local immigrant Italian community …

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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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Summer a great time for home renos

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

By Andrea Freedman Summer is a great time to do home renovations, but it is important to focus on the right renovations in order to get the most bang for your buck and to increase the value of your property, says a local contractor. Fred Maycock, owner of Maycock Contracting, stresses that “there is great value in hiring a licensed renovation company.”  He recommends prioritizing home renovations in the following order of importance: bathroom, kitchen, first-floor family rooms and properly finished basements. His wife and business partner Phyllis Danu adds that now is a “good time to look at stuff because it’s not covered in snow and ice,” even if you are not planning to do the renovation right away. An important thing to consider, the Maycocks say, is efficiency of your home. Ask yourself “Is the attic insulation...

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