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Meet The Merchants
A fixture at the White Rock Farmers Market DAVID HAWKINS has created a living tribute to his late wife who was taken far too soon by cancer. In David's and the market's case they are putting their money where their hearts are.
June 19, 2013
Don't believe the B.S. from the coal exporters that the coal train cars are sprayed with a material that suppresses the escape of coal dust. Watch this video that was shot this past weekend in the Fraser Valley near Rosedale.
Do you still need more information on the debate about shipping coal dirt through our front yard on its way to the Surrey docks? This evening KCTS the public broadcast station from Seattle airs a new documentary titled simply COAL. (find out more)
It's A Bird It's A Plane - It's Surreyman
Surreyshirts.com has jumped on the Superman bandwagon with the latest man of steel movie hitting the big screens.
June 18, 2013
Charges Laid In Sports Day Dust Up
Northridge Elementary 134602 - 62 Avenue Surrey
Charges of assault have now been laid against two women following a fight at a children's sports day on Friday at Northridge Elementary. In front of a large group of children, three women ganged up on another woman and beat her extensively as horrified children and other mothers looked on.
A group of men who were at the event with their children separated the women and moved the children to safety.
Surrey Youth Makes Home Pro Debut With Vancouver Canadians
JUSTIN ATKINSON made his professional hometown baseball debut Monday night at Nat Bailey stadium with the Vancouver Canadians vs the Spokane Indians. ARKINSON a graduate of North Surrey Senior secondary was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays 26th overall in the 2011 major league draft. ATKINSON is a graduate of the Langley Blaze of the BCPBL the same team that the Toronto Blue Jay's BRETT LAWRIE came through.
ATKINSON also represented Whalley Little League at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, PA., on two occasions, in 2005 and again in 2006.
Unfortunately an eight-run outburst in the top of the 5th inning helped Spokane spoil the Vancouver Canadians home opener on Monday night as the Indians ran away with a 10-1 victory out at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium in front of 5,157 fans.
May These Gates Never Be Closed
The RCMP "E" Division and the U.S. Coast Guard Thirteenth District signed a finalized standard operating procedure for the Pacific Region Integrated Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement program, known as Shiprider, during a signing ceremony at the Peace Arch Provincial Park pavilion, yesterday.
Shiprider is a joint operation involving specially trained U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officials. The program allows officials from both countries to transit back and forth across the border to pursue or interdict suspected criminals operating in shared waterways.
June 17, 2013
Ride To Conquer Cancer Tragedy
Hundreds of cyclists departed from the Fraser Downs racetrack in Surrey Saturday all in aid of raising money and cancer awareness. The riders headed from Cloverdale to Seattle. Unfortunately on the way home yesterday morning a 16 year old rider from Victoria was struck by a car.
Police said the fatal accident happened Sunday morning shortly after 10 a.m. in Arlington, Wash., just north of Seattle.
The boy, described as a “novice rider,” was reportedly riding with his mother and uncle in the cancer fund raiser when he attempted to pass a group of cyclists and fell onto the road and was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50 year old lady.
June 16, 2013
White Rock Gets Flashed - Twice
The grassy area next to the White Rock pier hosted an impromptu musical flash mob Saturday afternoon. Violin Instructor Andrea Taylor and about 30 of her students staged a "Flash Mob" along the White Rock promenade at 2pm. It was a pleasant surprise for passersby and gathered an enthusiastic crowd. Andrea is centre, back row in grey print dress.
Meanwhile uptown on 16th avenue in front of the Semiahmoo Mall a group of ladies sang and danced to bring attention to "Elder Abuse Day."
June 14, 2013
Surrey councillor JUDY VILLENEUVE and White Rock councillor LARRY ROBINSON our respective representatives spoke loud and clear today at the METRO VANCOUVER meeting regarding new coal exports from the Surrey docks.
The majority of the METRO VANCOUVER board (21-4) voted to oppose any expansion of coal exports through the Surrey docks located directly across from the city of New Westminster. The proposed expansion would have meant an additional four more coal trains carrying low grade thermal coal uncovered through the Semiahmoo corridor. Though the regional district cannot block a new coal terminal on the Surrey docks, it is hoped by critics of the coal expansion, the move by the Metro board will pressure on Port Metro to reconsider the dock expansion.
Hot Diggity Dog
Possibly as soon as this weekend you may be able to buy some casual beach food as you stroll along the city of White Rock's famous promenade. The city of White Rock has approved a dozen food licenses for carts to be set up alongside of the promenade. All of the cart owners will be operating in extension of the existing restaurant licenses along Marine Drive.
Still with White Rock city hall news, the city is seriously investigating installing beautiful wall murals along the stretch of Marine Drive on West Beach as you leave town heading for Crescent Beach.
DAN BOTTRILL White Rock CAO says "At one point the City was considering painting the retaining walls on Victoria Avenue. I believe the current focus of the Public Art Advisory Committee is the retaining walls on Marine Drive. No decision has been made at this time and obviously we would wish to reach out to those property owners with retaining walls (even though the retaining walls are on public property) prior to making any decisions to ensure any concerns were addressed."
STEELIN' IN THE YEARS
The tribute act to STEELY DAN returns to Blue Frog Studios next month. The band will make history with two shows in the same night. Get your tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.
DON PITCAIRN with a special report from and on the banana belt aka the Semiahmoo Peninsula
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Game #4 tonight from "the gardens" in Boston. the Bruins are up 2-1 over Chicago in the best of 7 series. Game time 5 p.m. CBC.
The first "nooner" of the year at Nat Bailey stadium today. First pitch 12 noon.
Last night the Vancouver Canadians were on the ropes after blowing a late lead, but fought to come from behind on Tuesday night, defeating the Spokane Indians 5-4 in 12 innings at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
Friday night kick off 7 p.m. BC Place. Lions vs Eskimos
The Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, July 12-22, will see top-notch female athletes and teams from around the world compete for titles in six divisions. Over the course of 11 days, the tournament will play host to over 80 teams and 1,300 athletes competing in Women's International, Women's Elite, Futures Gold and Select Divisions (U19), and Showcase Gold and Select Divisions (U16). Softball City @ South Surrey Athletic Park.
Movie Theater Navigation
"Pardon me, lady", said the man trying to get back to his seat in the darkened movie theater, "but did I step on your toes a few minutes ago?"
"You certainly did!!", said the woman in the aisle seat.
"Good, then I'm in the right row!" the man said as he went back to his seat.
The Railrodder is a 1965 short comedy film starring Buster Keaton in one of his final film roles. A 35 minute comedic travelogue of Canada that ends on the sunny shores of Semiahmoo Bay. In those days White Rock still had twin tracks along the waterfront from the days when trains loaded and unloaded materials by the present day Museum/railway station. Buster Keaton arrives in White Rock around the 22:00 minute mark.
All right so the first of my serving the community GOOD IDEAS was to bring back our world famous sandcastle competition. I am tired of hearing all the negative Nellies, let's get going.
Now we move on to GOOD IDEA #2.
"Car Free White Rock." This is easy speasy as they say. Close off Marine Drive From Oxford Street to Maple. Have street vendors, music, get all the restaurants to move their tables outside on one side of Marine Drive. If you are wondering if that is a "good idea" check out the pictures of Vancouver's CAR FREE day which was held yesterday on Commercial Drive, Main Street, Denman Street in the West End and Kitsilano.
Tens of thousands turned out for the Car Free day parties in Vancouver Sunday. Conversely driving along Marine Drive at 10:30 Sunday morning you could have shot a cannon down the street and the parking lots were empty. Under clear blue sunny skies. Something's wrong.
Come on White Rock BIA. Loosen up the purse strings on some of that $300,000.00 you and the city take out of the business owners pockets every year!
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