Happy Birthday to us!

Today is a big day! WestonWeb is one year old!

In the past year, we’ve published 345 posts, more than one for every working day. The response has been great: We’ve had almost 18,000 visits!   Last month alone we had more than 2800 visits.

We’ve had visitors from Syria, Portugal, China and Panama, among many others. Almost 900 people visited from the States. Welcome to Weston, all of you!

We’ve also had some illustrious guests. The Toronto Star stops by all the time, as does the Canadian Press (Watch your lunch, you ink-stained wretches!). Employees of the City of Toronto check in regularly (Keep up the good work!) as have a couple of people from the big buildings in Ottawa and Queen’s Park (Glad to have you!)

But thanks, most of all, to you, dear readers. I know that I’ve really loved this part of my day. I hope you’ve enjoyed WestonWeb too.

Weston Memorial seeking donations for garage sale

Weston Memorial Public School will be raising money at the 24th annual Queens Drive street sale, on June 11.

Brigitte, who now runs WelcomeToWeston.ca, will be selling donations on behalf of the school.

If you would like to donate some items, you can email her at [email protected]. All the proceeds will go to the school.

More models in Weston

Yes, Weston could use a decent coffee shop. And yes, Weston could use a few more good jobs.

But you simply can’t say that Weston doesn’t have enough supermodels. We have plenty of supermodels. We have more supermodels per coffee shop than just about anywhere else in the world. Our supermodel-to-good-job ratio is just nuts. Through the roof.

This week, actress and former model Amy Smart is shooting a movie in Weston, on Church St. Last week, actress and former model Maggie Q kicked butt on William.

Smart is shooting a ‘telefilm’ (I believe we once called these made-for-TV movies) called “The 12 Dates of Christmas”. It is, if I understand the nuances of the plot correctly, Groundhog Day meets Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Amy Smart

The people have spoken

The results are in. My readers are overwhelmingly in favour of hiring a local student to write for WestonWeb.

But how much to pay? Many people thought that I should get a volunteer or intern. I’m flattered, but I honestly don’t think I have much to teach. Interns and volunteers need practical or moral instruction. I’m not professionally qualified for the former, and I’m manifestly unqualified for the latter.

So, I shall pay. The starting wage will be $20 a post, a reasonable wage according to most of you.

Raising the money is the most difficult thing of all. Raising it by donation was the most popular response. Advertising was the second. As your humble servant, I shall heed your advice, and start with a plea for, well, your money. About which more anon.

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