Monthly Archives: December 2011

Red Rocket Coffee – an appreciation

Visit Red Rocket by December 23!

Sadly the Red Rocket is moving to Danforth near the Greenwood subway station. The Queen Street location’s last day is December 23. It’s been a great five years, having this spot so close by. Very aptly named, I’ll miss watching the red rockets from the café.

Also I’ll miss bumping into people from the neighbourhood such as teachers from Duke of Connaught. It’s nice to see people, even if conversations are brief – it’s a real community feel.

All the best in the new location, Red Rocket people, and thanks for creating the community space.

Let’s hope there is something there that is just as good, although that is hard to imagine. You guys should win an award for seeing the potential in the space and creating something really great out of it. An inspiration to other local businesses

Red Rocket five years

In the window of Red Rocket, 1402 Queen Street East, Toronto December 2011

Watch:

Video on Red Rocket Coffee – Global TV August 2011

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Memories of family gatherings at the Ashbridge Estate

Yesterday (December 11) the Toronto Star had an interesting story about the Ashbridge’s family gatherings.

Read the story by Paul Hunter.

It’s part of a Star series on the Queen streetcar.

“Preserved by the Ontario Heritage Foundation and housing the offices of four different community groups, Ashbridge Estate stands majestically across from the Connaught streetcar yard as a reminder of one family’s — and our city’s — rich history.”

Our pool under threat again

Here are excerpts from an an article in today’s Beach-Riverdale Mirror.

Community urged to fight pool closures

Beach-Riverdale residents are passionate about their local resources and are prepared to stand up for them.

Neighbours were quick to react when news broke late last week that the pool at Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School, which is used by S.H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre, and the programming at Fairmount Park Community Centre (CC), which is connected to Bowmore Road Junior and Senior Public School, were both facing the chopping block in the city’s 2012 operating budget.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, dozens of supporters gathered at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe, near Gerrard Street East and Coxwell Avenue, for a letter-writing session calling on the city to maintain the programming at Fairmount Park Community Centre and keep the pool at Duke of Connaught school open.   Read the full article

A meeting of the Aquatics Working Group (AWG) is set to take place Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Metro Central YMCA at 20 Grosvenor St.

All are welcome to attend.

Chaired by former Toronto mayor David Crombie, the AWG has been working since April 2008 to find a long-term solution to pool funding.

The TDSB and the city are also in negotiations to renew leasing agreements for the board’s 33 pools.

On Dec. 1, Crombie sent a letter to city Budget Chief Mike Del Grande expressing his “deep disappointment” with the city’s handling of the negotiation process. He also urged the city to revisit this item and seek the support and involvement of Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC), which handles real estate for the TDSB, to find an “appropriate solution”.

Changes proposed to Eastern Avenue at streetcar barns

Sounds like an improvement:

Dec. 8: Public Meeting to Discuss Modifications to Eastern Ave. in the vicinity of the TTC Russell Carhouse at the Fire and EMS Training Centre, 895 Eastern Ave. (at Knox), 7 p.m.

Hear a proposal to modify the design of Eastern Ave. between Minto Street and Connaught Ave. The modification includes altering the street from 4 lanes to 2 wide ones and adding a sidewalk.

– listing from Beach Metro News community calendar

Follow up article from Beach Metro News January 11, 2012:
TTC plans changes to Eastern Avenue