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Our weekly collection of internet debris we swerved to avoid on the information highway this week
Recipe of the Week
Need a last minute idea for Easter dinner? Top off your dinner with a slice of "Hummingbird Cake"
April 20, 2014
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Malcolm & Angus Young (centre)
The owners of Charlie Don't Surf may be in luck. It is rather doubtful they will get the original guitar signed by the YOUNG brothers that hung proudly in the local diner, but the band (minus Malcolm Young due to illness) returns to Vancouver next month to record with local producer MIKE FRASER.
Watch the recent GLOBAL TV feature on the theft of the guitar (click here)
Garbage Collection Monday
Holiday Hours & Collection Schedule
White Rock City Hall and City facilities will be closed on Monday, April 21, 2014. This will affect services as follows:
- Monday, April 21 – Garbage, green can and recycling will be collected the day after on Tuesday, April 22.
Please have all receptacles curbside by 8:00 a.m. on collection day.
Need more information? We can assist you with any questions you have about our solid waste programs. Please call the Municipal Operations Department at 604.541.2181 or visit us online at www.whiterockcity.ca
April 19, 2014
White Rock's beautiful world famous "Wyland Whale Wall" received an addition this week. A realty company didn't think twice about fastening this FOR LEASE sign on to the surface of the marine mural.
White Rock city hall and officials were made aware of it on Wednesday by THE SUN. Hopefully they are speechless as well and this will be remedied immediately if not sooner.
April 17, 2014
FIRST To Leave?
SURREY FIRST councillor BARINDER RASODE
BARINDER RASODE in an email to her fellow SURREY FIRST councillors yesterday, stated she has every intention of running as an independent candidate in the upcoming November civic election.
In the email RASODE identified three areas of concern with her fellow SURREY FIRST councillors.
1. The approach taken toward public safety and fighting crime.
2. Spending at City Hall.
3. Community consultation.
Will other SURREY FIRST councillors follow RASODE'S move? Will DIANNE WATTS live up to her statement that the maximum term a civic official should serve is three terms? Stay tuned.
April 16, 2014
White Rock's world famous pier turns 100 this year. In addition to a giant "party on the pier" in the summer, the city's various shopping districts on May 1 will be festooned with beautiful street banners honouring the special date.
The White Rock Sun's crack investigative team has discovered a little know fact about our pier. The city of White Rock can now lay claim to having the longest pier in Canada. If it was not for Oceanside, California we would be able to wear the crown of the longest pier in North America.
Biggest in Canada suits us just fine!
Give Me My Money PLEASE!!!!
This past weekend a bombshell rocked the Provincial government as well as ICBC. It has now come to light ICBC had incorrect vehicle inspection descriptions which resulted in millions of dollars in overpayment. Are you one of the thousands of British Columbians that have been overcharged.
Local Eatery Wins
Best Sandwich Shop - Beast & Brine #1
A food blog out of Vancouver "vancouver eater.com" compiled a list of the top 24 sandwiches you must try before dying.
Sandwich Pick: Beast It!
This place is worth the drive out of the city and just so happens to be only a few minutes from the beautifully scenic Crescent Beach, which is a great place you could go with your delicious sandwich from Beast and Brine. Design your own sandwich with basically any item they stock, check out the daily featured sandwich, or just trust them and get them to “Beast it” for you.
Congrats to TYSON and the gang.
April 15, 2014
White Rock Sun EXCLUSIVE
For years all levels of government in Canada and the United States have vehemently denied the release of chemical sprays over the heads of residents in many cities across North America.
The Lower Mainland is one of those selected areas. Despite numerous requests over the years from The White Rock Sun, officials simply dismissed the inquiries as based on nothing more than conspiracy lunacy.
Thankfully former Premier BILL VANDERZALM knows what buttons to push and how to maneuver through the political maze.
Now Why Didn't We Think Of That?
The City of White Rock seems to have solved the problem of those pesky view blocking trees on the hump of Marine Drive between East & West Beach.
MOW 'EM! Work crews were busy doing just that yesterday as they cut down the recently installed new railings in order to easier access those damn invasive bushes along the hillside. The thought being, while we are here, let's mow the trees as well. Makes perfect sense don't you think?
Concerns on how the trees looked like crap after the job was done were met with an easy solution. Wait a month and the leaves will grow in and cover this mess up.
Now why didn't we think of that?
Would The White Rock RCMP Ever Do This?
West Vancouver and White Rock have both been dealing with a similar problem pertaining to the use of long boarding on city streets. Watch this GLOBAL TV video of how a member of the West Vancouver Municipal Police dealt with a recent infraction of long boarding on city streets.
In My Opinion
ROSS BUCHANAN came away from The Oxford public Town Hall/Open House feeling a little dirty. But always wanting to remain positive BUCHANAN sees there are a number of advantages to densifying White Rock.
Yell It Like It Is
It's election year again in White Rock and Surrey, for that matter civic elections extend right across the Province. Elections BC has been presented with a number of proposed changes from various civic officials and civic groups, the feeling being, we can do better. Well WE might be able to do better, but it doesn't appear many elected civic officials are willing to change.
SAMI GHAWI - LIVE THIS AFTERNOON
One of the hardest working and nicest entertainers around, SAAMI GHAWI churns out the hits today at Wet Beach Bar & Grill. Great outside deck, good p ub food and great music. Spend the afternoon on the White Rock Waterfront.
Meet The Neighbours
Meet JOHN MALKIN. He has a famous name and is a man that runs like the wind. Someone must have thought he ran like a roadrunner, because friends call him THE BIRD.
Now & Then
He/she is back! Thanks to the Semiahmoo First Nations Band, the old metal four seater horse ride from Semiahmoo Park has been preserved.
For years the horse stood near the front of the park by the washrooms, next to a spinning metal wheel. The original horse was mounted on what looked like coil springs out of a big rig. The horse rocked back and forth and it usually took a few kids to get it in motion. One of the drawbacks of riding the horse was you had to be on the lookout for "big kids" who would run up and grab the front and back and really start to rock the horse back and fort reaching dizzying heights. Looking back it may have been the inspiration for the mechanical bulls popularized in the 80's. No one really seems to know when the horse appeared and when it disappeared. We're just glad it is back. And back is in front of the Semiahmoo Band office on the reserve. Take a walk over the bridge at the foot of Stayte Street go up the hill and take a ride.
(photo courtesy Tom Saunders bon vivant and part time historian)
It you are an artist that lives in the White Rock/South Surrey area, Semiahmoo Arts wants to enroll you in a free public mural class. White Rock has $150,000.00 dedicated to wall mural paintings. They will be looking for qualified outdoor artists.
Second-half goals from Darren Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh helped Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2W-2L-3D) secure a hard-fought 2-2 draw with LA Galaxy (2W-1L-2D) Saturday afternoon at BC Place.
A fourth straight sold-out crowd at BC Place was treated to a thrilling second half in a spirited rematch between the Western Conference rivals. Led by a goal and assist from Mattocks, the Budweiser Man of the Match, and a spectacular Manneh strike in the 86th minute, the 'Caps came back from two separate one-goal deficits to claim a share of the spoils.
Post-match interviews with Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson and strikers Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, and Kenny Miller
The 'Caps are in for another tough test next weekend when they visit an always tough Real Salt Lake side on Saturday, April 26 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Then, the Blue and White return to BC Place for the club's 40th anniversary match on May 3 against San Jose Earthquakes.
Joke Of The Day
The lawyer was cross-examining a witness.
"Isn't it true, "he bellowed, "that you were I given $500.00 to throw this case?" The witness did not answer. Instead, he just stared out the window as though he hadn't
heard the question. The attorney repeated himself, again getting the same reaction - no response.
Finally, the judge spoke to the witness, "Please answer the question." "Oh, said the startled witness, "I thought he was talking to you.?
So we all know what happens when you try to give a cat a bath. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to give a rabbit a bath? Happy Easter. Let's all just kick back.
Thought For The Day
Tomorrow In THE SUN
The NAKED Truth is out there. Tomorrow DON PITCAIRN brings it all home.
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