September 1, 2014, 4:34 am
photo courtesy Bob Bezubiak
"where you can vacation and be home the same day"
Sunday August 31, 2014
The "heart of our community" today hosts over 5 dozen vendors with a wide array of fresh from the farm vegetables as well as handmade artisans work on display.
They say "All Good Things Come To Those That Wait." Well that is certainly the case here. TROOPER has had no less than three shows in our area this summer. Tomorrow they wrap up the local run with a FREE CONCERT at Swangard Stadium. The show will be part of the BC Federation of Labour LABOUR DAY ON THE GREEN. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
BOOMER no longer has kids of school age, but he is so long in the tooth his one child is now a school teacher. You just know this school strike strikes close to home.
August 31, 2014
Mediator walks away from teachers' talks
It is not looking good for school to be back any time soon. A pox on both their homes. Mediator Vince Ready says the teachers' union and the government are too far apart, so he has left the talks.
August 30, 2014
Wasn't That A Party?
Hats off to Semiahmoo Arts and the City of White Rock for staging a great birthday party for our pier. The longest pier in Canada turned 100 this month, and Semiahmoo Arts tied it into their 40th anniversary. The food and beverages were wonderful and the music courtesy of MOSTLY MARLEY and THE POWDER BLUES BAND provided the sound track to a postcard evening.
It was a win win win situation as everyone involved including city reps said "We should do this again, and again, and again."
August 29, 2014
Gordon Hogg - One Of The Chosen Ones
South Surrey/White Rock MLA GORDON HOGG was recently chosen as one of twenty participants to attend a conference on sports in communities. SPORTS MATTERS looks at the social change that can come through sports development in communities.
HOGG this week sat down with White Rock Reporter JOHAN SANDSTROM to talk about his trip to central Canada for the conference.
August 28, 2014
BOB BEZUBIAK the manager of the TD Bank in Central Plaza in White Rock not only took the ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE personally, but took it one step further by issuing a challenge to a number of people living on the Semiahmoo Peninsula. The mass dunking took place Wednesday afternoon and will raise over a $1,000.00 for this very worthwhile movement. If you are not sure exactly what the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE is about, please take a moment to watch the video link below.
Bob Bezubiak & Councillor Helen Fathers with daughter Ellie
August 27, 2014
Mural Mural On The Wall
White Rock mayor WAYNE BALDWIN presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday of the ELIZABETH HOLLICK mural that now adorns the White Rock Playhouse Wall. A large crowd was on hand for the special dedication.
Councillors HELEN FATHERS and LOUISE HUTCHINSON of the city's Public Arts Committee were on hand beaming proudly. FATHERS reflects on how the finished product was a long time coming.
White Rock's New Park
White Rock has paid homage to MARGARET STAGER by dedicating a park in her memory for her many years of volounteering in the city. HUGH ELLENWOOD at the White Rock Museum (he knows everything) sent over the following information;
Margaret Stager came to White Rock with her family in 1934. She started the Girl Guides in White Rock in 1950 and was very involved for 10 years. A Margaret Lang Hastings article written in 1982 reads:
"It was during the late 1960s that she and her neighbours in the 15100 block [of Columbia Ave.] successfully petitioned the city to clean up the vacant strip along Columbia Avenue in front of their homes.
Not only was this done, but the work expanded into flowers, some lawn and a bench, for one more attractive green space in White Rock. Naming the new park was suggested by a neigbour who felt that Margaret Stager's years of work with the girls and her other community service deserved recognition."
The park possesses a breath taking vantage point of the ocean view afforded residents on the hillside. The park is located at the corner of Johnston Road and Columbia Avenue.
August 24, 2014
Those dependent on the Community Shuttle buses to get to work and to go shopping or visit the doctor are in for a big surprise. The C-51 buses will be reduced from half hour service to hourly service commencing this Monday. The C-52 & C-53 will remain with the same service for the time being.
Where was the community engagement for this major service cutback? Do any of the local politicians care? Do any of our local politicians actually use this life link in our community?
August 23, 2014
Request For Railing and Chain Link Mesh on White Rock Waterfront
The controversy over safety fences along the White Rock waterfront has been ramped up another notch by Transport Canada and BNSF railways. The city has been ordered to fill in the railing along the promenade on East Beach. Erect a fence at the top of the Coldicutt Ravine access point and re-design the crossing point at Findlay Street across on east beach. The city must also put meshing along the fence at the bottom of Bayview Park. Check out our GOOD IDEA below.
TRANSPORT CANADA who are behind the safety measure upgrades on the White Rock waterfront are under huge public pressure following this week's report on the LE MEGANTIC rail disaster last year in Quebec which killed 47. (watch EVAN SOLOMON on CBC)
Vote today for White Rock or Surrey
Do you think where you/we live is the best place in all of Canada? Well then tell the rest of the country by casting your vote today.
August 21, 2014
Swimmers Itch @ Crescent Beach
Signs warning of Swimmer's Itch have gone up along the beach in Crescent Beach. To date White Rock has not reported any problem swimming of of "the city by the sea." It is still possible to swim at Crescent Beach but be advised to wash off at the rest room area at the end of Beecher Street.
In My Opinion
This week ROSS BUCHANAN heads up to what he calls "The Bunker on Buena Vista" armed with nothing more than facts and figures.
Real Estate Roundup
This week SCOTT HIGGINS (l) of Hugh & McKinnon Realty checks in with our weekly look at real estate on the Semiahmoo Peninsula
The Valley Womens Network WR
The VWN White Rock Chapter is proud to promote and welcome all women from all walks of life. We offer a fun, comfortable environment where women can share their ideas and expertise to benefit themselves and others.
When: Sept 11, 2014
Time: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: The Aston Pacific Inn, 1160 King George Highway, White Rock, BC
Cost: $21 - Members / $25 - Non-Members /$30 - Drop-Ins & Late Reservations
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org for Meeting Reservations & Display Tables
In one of the most important games of the season, the Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their worst Major League Soccer losses.
The Portland Timbers took advantage of several Vancouver defensive blunders to rout the Whitecaps 3-0 Saturday night and leap-frog over Vancouver into the final playoff spot in the tight Western Conference. D.C UNITED visit BC Place next weekend. The Caps get another shot at Portland in ORgeon on September 20
Resting Lions - Crouching Quarterback
Your BC LIONS are resting up this week. Next game is a road trip to the nation's capital September 05 - 4:30 p.m. our time.
Next home game is against Winnipeg Bluebombers Saturday September 13, BC Place 7 p.m.
Joke Of The Day
A group of kindergarten children were on a class outing to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted men.
One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person.
"Yes," answered the policeman.
"Well," wondered the child, "why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?"
Hello to all our musical friends in South Surrey & White Rock. This could be pretty cool to put one of these days in September on in White Rock. What say?
Thought For The Day
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