President’s Report Winter 2015

Dec 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Winter 2015

This newsletter marks the 30th anniversary of the Beach Triangle Resident’s Association. It was 30 years ago that my late wife and I protested against Sunday racing in front of the Greenwood race track. The race track is no more but the residents association is still around. Our President at the time, Layton Stewart, has moved out of the house where his wife was born at 29 Lockwood. All of the volunteers who made up the original executive committee have left.

Three new developments have been proposed that have to conform to the new guidelines: the barber shop that will be added to the 200 Woodbine condo, the professional building going in to the west of Beach Dental, and a new six-storey condo on the KFC site. The Mennonite church has been granted permission to add to their building.

I thank Layton Stewart for his 28 years of service on the Board of Directors. I regret to advise that 30-year veteran, David Windrim, died on November 21. A full appreciation will appear in the Spring Edition of Triangle Topics. I also thank Lynn Wilson, both of whom left the board last spring. We will also miss volunteers Bill Hurst and Shari Smith Doudelet, who have moved out of the Triangle.

June and Layton Stewart at their farewell party, May 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of Clive Kessel

June and Layton Stewart at their farewell party, May 30, 2015. Photo courtesy of Clive Kessel

We have met with our councillor Mary-Margaret and voiced our concerns about pedestrian safety at the Woodbine/Kingston intersection. The empty retail along Queen continues to be a concern, with 1,000 square feet now for lease (formerly the Champions betting parlour). Finally, changes are coming for Kew Gardens and the Kew Williams Cottage.

The Parker Girls' at the declaration of Dominic Parker Lane. Photo courtesy of Councillor McMahon

The Parker Girls’ at the declaration of Dominic Parker Lane. Photo courtesy of Councillor McMahon

On November 7 we had the official unveiling of Inuksuk Lane, which is behind the buildings facing on Queen Street, and Dominic Parker Lane, which is behind the homes on Rainsford and Brookmount. Dominic was a firefighter who was well liked by the community and died tragically young. His wife, Zilla, and their family continue to live on Rainsford. There are about 10 more lanes in the Triangle that could be named. All it takes is a petition of the community. Do you have a recommendation? Let us know.

At our Annual General Meeting in June at the Mennonite Church, we had a good turn-out. Russel Ward from the Beach Village BIA answered questions, and John Ellis gave a presentation on the history of the racetrack formerly south of Queen. Pat Blythe, Edythe Gerrard, Areej Hasso, Laura Inward and Hans Looije were re-elected to the board. Sue Smart was elected to the board and Stephanie Jarvis expressed interest in our tree efforts but has since declined because of time commitments. The association is in need of residents who can volunteer some time to on the Board of Directors or committees. Let me know of your interest.

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