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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 A number of familiar and not so familiar faces around town are sharing their favourite holiday recipes in today’s special Christmas section. Page B1 to B16 • LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT • • 604-463-2281 • 44 PAGES Albion Rental, retail nears A proposed five-lot development will bring shops, homes to 240th Street. by Maria Rantanen A development of rental housing, townhouses, and shops in Albion is entering its final stages of approval. Five lots have been consolidated at the corner of 240th Street and 102nd Avenue to accommodate the development. The final reading for this project is expected to come to Maple Ridge council meeting next Tuesday, if it was forwarded from Monday’s committee meeting after The TIMES presstime. Third reading was given to the project in December 2009, and extensions were granted in both 2010 and 2011. There will be 11 retail units ranging from 660 square feet to 1,360 square feet at ground level facing both streets. Sixteen rental units will be above the retail shops, either one- or two-bedroom units. The proposed development includes upgrades to the area, for example, sidewalks, a curb and gutter, street trees, and improved street lighting. The corner retail site has been planned so that it could accommodate a cafe with an outdoor seating area. Maria Rantanen/TIMES Pitt Meadows City staff and elected officials came to the Friends In Need Food Bank on Monday to help sort food. They were joined by TIMES staff who also helped in the sorting process. Both had collected food for the food bank. Food bank Friends receive help from City, TIMES Pitt Meadows sets out a challenge for food collection. by Maria Rantanen mrantanen@mrtimes.ocm Pitt Meadows City employees donated staff time and were joined by elected officials to sort through food donations at the Friends In Need Food Bank on Monday. And City staff were joined by TIMES publisher Spence Levan – who is no stranger to volunteering in the community – and TIMES sales manager Livia Mior to help sort through recent donations, and getting a first-hand glimpse into the charity’s operations. The Friends In Need Food Bank gives out close to one million pounds of food per year, said Chuck Griffith, operations manager at the 227th Street facility. “Whatever we get at Christmas will last us till June,” Griffith said. This was the first time Pitt Meadows Mayor Deb Walters had visited the food bank and she said she was amazed by the operation. “It’s very impressive to see how organized it is,” she said. “It’s impressive how many people they help.” But the mayor was concerned to learn that food runs out in July and donations dry up during the summer holiday season, adding she’d like to highlight that food is collected at Pitt Meadows Day for the Friends In Need Food Bank. Food will also be collected at A Pitt Meadows Christmas this Friday evening at Spirit Square, and Walters hopes all Pitt Meadows residents pitch in. “If everyone brought one can, imagine how much we’d get,” Walters said. In Pitt Meadows, Friends In Need Food Bank serves 251 households, which includes 151 children. There was a last-minute friendly competition between the City of Pitt Meadows and The TIMES, to see which organization could bring in the most food. It resulted in The TIMES being “clobbered,” Griffith said. Between the two organizations, 600 pounds was collected. After they finished sorting food, Levan shook hands with City of Pitt Meadows CAO Jake Rudolph and Walters, agreeding to the same challenge next year. “Now we have 365 days notice instead of four,” Levan said. But, he added, the real winner is the food bank recipients, not the City or The TIMES. For more information on the food bank, go to Don’t miss important information from the City of Pitt Meadows on page A13 Your BEST Mortgage is One Call Away Online, all the time... Stop chasing receivables. 604-466-1976 Donna Telep 22718 Lougheed Hwy. Maple Ridge Fax: 604-466-5348 • Email:

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Times December 4 2012

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