Rich Groom, Poor Groom is a reality show in which “the groom plans the entire wedding! Everything he chooses is kept secret from his bride, including her dress! He’s ready for the challenge, but is she ready for the outcome?”
Summertime is traditionally a period of slow news when legislatures close and politicians return home to their families and spend some time out of the public eye. Naturally this can lead to very some dull fare for political junkies as the media tries to pass off trivia as real news. Here at WestonWeb, it’s hard not to shamelessly and cravenly follow this tradition ourselves. In fact we have a ‘Weird and Wacky’ news category for precisely when news slows down and the dog days of summer arrive.
You, dear Reader can help us in one of two ways by either sending us tips on stories that are newsworthy or by contributing your own ‘Weird and Wacky’ story ideas. Either way we win.
If a Triceratops fought a Tyrannosaurus Rex, which would win? If Batman battled Daredevil, who would be the victor? If a cement truck crashed into a freight train, what would happen?
All of these boyhood questions remain unanswered, though we came very close to answering the last yesterday in Weston. A truck carrying cement crashed into the train bridge near Oak St and Weston Road, halting train traffic on the Georgetown line temporarily. Nobody was hurt, according to the Star.
The wheels are in motion to start the improvements in Swanek Park. Here are some highlights from the meeting this week:
Correcting the drainage has been identified as the number one priority. We can expect this to begin as early as Fall, 2011.
An asphalt walking path will be built along the perimeter of the park
Improvements will be made to the baseball diamond, including new benches and bleachers
The existing play structure will be changed (with the exception of the rope climber which is relatively new). New swings, a play structure and a trellis structure to provide shade are also in the works.
A community notice board will be installed at the Queenslea entrance where residents can get/post information about what is going on in the community.
Most community members seemed pleased with the proposed plans. Now we have to get funding. It is estimated that this improvement will cost approximately $500, 000.00 (much of that is due to the severe drainage problem). It is expected that the improvements will take place in phases (each phase when funding is available).
Many thanks to Councillor Nunziata and City of Toronto Staff for putting these plans together. And a huge thank you to the Pelmo Swanek Community Association (PSCA), especially Brad Swanek and Ross Parry for the hard work and time they have put into this project (my apologies if I have omitted anybody).
On a different note, there was some talk of the possibility of having a Neighbour’s Night Out BBQ at the park this summer. If you are interested, leave a comment here or send an email to Adam here on WestonWeb (he will pass it along to me, Nicole) and I will make sure to inform the PSCA.
Frances Nunziata, the City Councillor for Weston, will represent Mayor Rob Ford at the Gay Pride celebrations next week.
Mayor Ford is going to his cottage for weekend of the Gay Pride Parade; he has been widely condemned as a result.
Councillor Janet Davis said his absence would be “an embarrassment” while Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam called it a “grave mistake.”
“It sends the wrong message to the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community, he has a ways to go to making amends,” said Councillor Wong-Tam, whose ward includes the gay village on Church Street. She noted that Mr. Ford never marched in the parade during his 10 years as councillor, and has argued against using city money to fund the Pride parade.
Mayor Ford has opposed city funding for any kind of parade in the past; in 2007 he opposed Pride funding because he did not think the city should support
Councillor Nunziata will be taking Ford’s place at the rainbow flag raising at City Hall on Monday.