Editor’s Notes

December 2015/January 2016

Welcome to our annual Holidays issue. As has become our own tradition here at Boyle McCauley News, some of our writers present a look at their own holiday traditions, both past and present.

The holidays are a time to reflect and give thanks, and this time around I need to give a special thank-you to Karen Simons. Karen has been proofreading the paper since the September issue. She stepped up to help during my mother Barbara’s leave of absence due to health issues (and who also is due a great deal of thanks for proofing the paper for the past number of years). Thank you Karen!

I also want to thank Grace Kuipers, who is one of our regular contributors. She also helped us out in a new role by looking after the distribution of our November issue as Colleen was away visiting family. This is no small job: Grace picked up the paper from the printer, handled the mail out to Boyle Street via Canada Post, and distributed the paper to our Block Carriers in McCauley. She also did an especially speedy and fantastic job. Thanks, Grace!

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! See you in the new year.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • Showing Off Their Martial Arts Moves – Troy Taylor and a student demonstrate a move at the Family Martial Arts Class that meets on Mondays at the Boyle Street Plaza from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Maria Castle

  • Friendship Garden Cleaned Up – The Friendship Garden in the northeast corner of Caboto Park was raked, weed- ed, and cleaned up in October by community members, organized by the McCau- ley Community League. At then end of November, the MCL will be partnering with the Boys and Girls club to decorate the garden for the winter holidays. Krista Mitton

  • Chanukah Candles – The festival of Chanukah, celebrated by Jewish people, begins this year at sundown on December 6 and ends at sundown on December 14. A candle is lit on each night of Chanukah on a candelabra called a menorah, until all nine candles are lit on the final night. The candles are lit with a middle candle, called a shammash. Paula E. Kirman

  • Rink Almost Ready – The McCauley Community Rink after being flooded at night. For a sched- ule of rink programs and skating times, see page seven. Dan Glugosh

  • Halloween Warmer – Families enjoying the first ever Halloween Warmer in McCauley on October 31. Organized by the McCauley Community League, the Warmer featured a bonfire, hot chocolate, and marshmallows. Krista Mitton

  • Christmas Under Way in Churchill Square – The huge Christmas Tree in Churchill Square was lit up on November 14 during the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up organized by the Downtown Busi- ness Association. The tree is 72 feet tall and is decorated with 14,000 LED lights. The event also featured a spectacular fireworks display. Paula E. Kirman

  • Card Buffet: Fun With No Calories – The Card Making Buffet at the BSCL was a great success! Students made a variety of Christmas cards in this three-hour class, led by community member Kim Lowen. Maria Castle

  • Dancing with Colour and Flourish – Salvadoran dance group Raices Salvadorenas in performance at Mamenche’s Restaurant in November. Paula E. Kirman

  • Christmas Under Way in Churchill Square 2 – The huge Christmas Tree in Churchill Square was lit up on November 14 during the Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up organized by the Downtown Busi- ness Association. The tree is 72 feet tall and is decorated with 14,000 LED lights. The event also featured a spectacular fireworks display. Paula E. Kirman

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