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Signs unveiling Saturday Sept. 23 for newly named laneways off Woodmount


A 10-11 a.m. ceremony on Woodmount Ave. just north of Danforth Ave. will celebrate the naming of two laneways running east of Woodbine Ave. that pay tribute to two stalwart members of the East York immigrant community.

As reported previously in East York Chronicle, the designation of Paul Estrela Lane and Angelone Lane were approved by Toronto and East York Community Council in June on a motion from Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis.  Along with local community groups and volunteers, she co-ordinated collection of petitions and letters from dozens of residents urging the honours be conferred.

Woodmount Ave. adjacent Pizza Nova parking lot was a hive of activity during Nook Fest on Sept. 9 -GARY W-P

Woodmount Ave. adjacent to the Pizza Nova parking lot was a hive of activity during Nook Fest on Sept. 9 -GARY W-P

Paul Estrela Lane between Woodbine and Woodmount commemorates the life of the late Paul Estrela, founder of Royal Beef butcher shop on Danforth Avenue, who emigrated to the area from Portugal as a youth with his family and became a community builder.  He sponsored sports teams and school carnivals, helped initiate the Christmas lights in East Lynn Park and hired local youth to work in his shop, which continues to be run by his wife Carmen since his passing in 2004.

Vincenzina (Vincey) Angelone grew up in the area since coming from Italy at the age of five and went on to become a much-loved teacher and coach at nearby St. Brigid Elementary School, which she attended as a girl living on Woodmount.  Now retired after 46 years at the school, she continues to be involved in the community as a volunteer.  Angelone Lane runs from Woodmount west to Glebemount Ave.

(More details about Mr. Estrella and Mrs. Angelone and their significance in the immigrant community and East York appear in our previous article.)

The ceremony will be centered where the two lanes meet in the small parking lot on Woodmount adjacent to the Pizza Nova restaurant at the corner of Danforth,.  In addition to Councillor Davis and representatives of the Danforth East Community Association, St. Brigid school and others, members of Angelone’s family and Mrs. Estrela and her family area will also be on hand.

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