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Substantially renovated, bright & spacious, 4 bdrm, 2 bath, 2000 sf, 1955 bungalow on nice quiet street in Highgate close to transit, shopping, new library & upcoming new aquatic & community centre. This beautiful home features hardwood floors, 2 wood burning f/p, 2 new baths, newer kitchen, newer exterior stucco, new double wndws, newer back deck, fenced yard, oversized single garage, high fully fin’d bsmt w/suite potential, security system, big 50’ x 111’ lot. Home shows very well.

Spacious 1713 sf, 3 bdrm + den/rec room, 3 level townhome in “Royal City Terrace”. 1st level features den/rec room, main floor has open kitchen with granite counters & laminate floors and opens to living room area, great family room or dining area adjoining the kitchen, balcony with SE views and the 3rd level features 3 bedroom with ensuite in the mstr bdrm. Complex is conveniently located with walking distance to both Uptown and Downtown New Westminster.

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New Westminster Hyacks guard Ariana Sider Àghts to get the ball back after it was stolen by a Handsworth defender in their second round game at the Telus Basketball Classic. The Hyacks lost 76-73, while Handsworth went on to the Ànal where they were defeated by Riverside 73-50. The Hyacks senior girls and boys team wrap up their own Bob Gair tournaments on Friday.

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Beautifully decorated 2 bdrm 2 bath, 1157 sq ft Garden Suite w/ gorgeous River view in Fraserview close to parks, shopping, recreation and transit. This updated suite features laminate floors, energy efficient gas fireplace with designer mantel, in-floor heating throughout, insuite laundry, custom window coverings, oak kitchen w/ ceramic tile floors, large closets, open plan, large room sizes, new carpets and 4 piece ensuite in master bdrm. Building is well maintained and managed, rainscreened, 3 year old roof and refurbished hallways. Adult orientated 19+, pets allowed and no rentals.

WOW! Substantially reno’d, 2 bdrm, 975 sf, 3rd flr corner suite in “Moody Gardens” just across frm Moody Park & NWSS in Uptown New Westminster, close to recreation, shopping & transit. This bright & spacious immaculate suite has new paint & laminate flrs, crown moldings & baseboards throughout, updated kitch & bath, elec f/p, 2 wall mounted TV’s (negotiable) & much more! Bldg is well maint’d & managed & was rainscreed w/Hardiplank exterior in 2001. Super suite & great location!

Beautifully maintained & updated, 1 bdrm garden suite on quiet cooler side of building facing greenbelt in the well maintained & managed “Doncaster” in Uptown New Westminster just steps to parks, schools, shopping, transit & Uptown amenities. This lovely suite has newer laminate floors, new paint & light fixtures, updates to kitchen & bath, large rooms sizes, insuite storage, master bdrm w/walk in closet. Low maintenance fees include heat & hot water. Cats ok. No rental allowed.

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Nicely updated top floor corner, 2 bdrm, 758 sf suite just steps to Douglas College, Sktrain, NW Quay & new downtown shopping complex w/stores & 10 cinemas opening soon. This bright & spacious suite has been recently updated with laminate & slate floors, updated kitchen & bath, large covered balcony, newer applcs, light fixtures, paint & wndw coverings. Pets & rentals ok. Complex has new roof, boiler & HW tanks.

Awesome River & Mtn views, quiet family friendly street, extensively remodelled, 3 bdrms, 3 baths, 1906 sf, 1948 character bungalow featuring updated kitchen & baths, hardwood floors, multi-level view deck, fenced yard, double garage, new siding, updated electrical & plumbing, gas fp, double windows & fenced backyard. LOT: 49.66 x 102’.

Opportunity kicks for investors or 2 families to buy together. Bright & spacious large duplex on large 56x132 duplex lot in Queens Park, New Westminster sought after neighbourhood & close to parks, schools, shopping, Downtown and Skytrain. This 1963, well surrounded, 4763 sq ft duplex features 3 bedroom on the main on each side & face basement, hardwood floors, 4 wood burning fireplaces, double garage, newer roof furnaces, nice fenced yard.

The SFU Clan men’s basketball team let the San Francisco-based Academy of Arts Urban Knights paint them into a corner early and never recovered en route to an 84-83 loss Saturday at Burnaby Mountain. After spotting the Urban Knights an 18-5 lead ¿ve minutes into the game, the Clan were eventually able to claw their way back to take their ¿rst lead, 54-52 with 11 minutes left to play. But they couldn’t overcome their poor shooting from the Àoor as they were able to hit only 38 per cent of their scoring attempts. The Academy of Arts managed to score on 61 per cent of their shots. They were also able to withstand a late surge by the Clan that made it close. John Bantock connected on a pair of three-pointers in the last 20 seconds but they were too little too late. “We were not prepared and not mentally ready for the game,” said Bantock in a release. “We took them lightly and they made us pay.” Matt Raivio led the Clan scorers with 19 points and ¿ve rebounds while Jordan Sergent scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. The loss drops the Clan’s overall record to four wins and ¿ve losses.

They have a chance to return to .500 when they play host to Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Saturday at the West Gym.

Soccer honours The top-ranked SFU Clan men’s soccer team recently honoured some of its outstanding individual performances. Carlo Basso was the top scorer for the Clan, who ¿nished the season undefeated and as the number one ranked team in the NCAA division II. The team’s most inspirational player, as voted by his teammates, was Kyle Knees. He stayed involved with the team even though he suffered a season-ending injury early in the campaign. Anthony DiNicolo was also selected by his peers as the player of the year. The fourth-year defender was named a GNAC ¿rst team all-star and he was selected to the conference’s allacademic team. The Captain’s award went to Helge Neumann and Carson Gill. And the SFUEFA Cup, for the player who performs the best in training sessions, was awarded to goalkeeper Sheldon Steenhuis.


Friday, December 16, 2011 NewsLeader A11

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MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER

Korytowski makes sure his camera is never out of his reach. So when he’s not working the social media to get the word out about his new venture, he keeps his eyes open for picture possibilities, like the woman who walks a herd of dogs past his storefront every day. “Photography is a stress relief,” says Korytowski. “When I see a picture I take it. It makes my day.” F ilm2Frame is at 655 Front St. For more information go to www.film2frame.com

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Friday, December 16, 2011 NewsLeader A15

CITYseen 2 Marcy Koopmans, Jorden Foss and Wes Koopman battle it out, but the clear winner is Wes with his Christmas-themed thuggie (a cross between a hoodie and snuggie)

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Sweaters on ice NEXT New West joined forces with the Royal City Curling Club last Friday for a festive Ugly Christmas Sweater Curling party. Young professionals donned in ugly sweaters took to the ice learning the curling basics from the club’s staff, stretching both their bodies and questionable attire. AprÊs-curling, the crowd moseyed upstairs to socialize and warm up at the lounge with burgers and beers. NEXT is a networking group for young residents and business professionals in New West that keeps its members connected with the pulse of the city.

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4 Kellie Vallee strikes a pose with a smile as bright as her holiday sweater. 5 Audio producer Jorden Foss, registered nurse Haylee Chiang and youth worker Sandon Fraser are festively dressed for the season. 6 Organizer Tej Kainth (right) and Royal City Curling Club manager Lesley Hruby enjoy an event well done.

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A18 NewsLeader Friday, December 16, 2011

Ticket proceeds benefiting VGH, UBC and GF Strong

Millionaire Lottery gives you choices The B.C. Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery takes place every fall, with proceeds going to supporting the funding of research at B.C. Children’s Hospital into the prevention, treatment and cure of childhood illnesses. Since its inception over a decade ago, the lottery has raised over $30 million. If you missed the Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery this year, you still have a chance to do some good with a bit of gambling this holiday season. The VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation’s Millionaire Designer Home Lottery is taking place right now, with ticket proceeds going towards supporting Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Tickets purchased before midnight on Dec. 24 are eligible for the Early Bird prize of a

Porsche 911 Cabriolet or Cayman R, or you can choose cash instead. Final deadline for ticket sales is midnight on Jan. 10. The Grand Prize includes your choice of a 5,200 square foot ocean view home in White Rock designed by celebrated designer Kelly Deck, a fully furnished Vancouver home on Main Street or $2.4 million in cash or gold bullion. The Millionaire Lottery is B.C.’s biggest home lottery, with prizes that total over $4.6 million. Since its start, the lottery has raised over $41 million. Tickets are $100 for one, two for $175, three for $250 or eight for $500. They are available online at millionairelottery.com, by calling 604-602-5848, at either of the Grand Prize show homes, at VGH or at any London Drugs.

Village living attracts Global News sports anchor

Lottery winner picks ParkLane home by Kerry Vital

After winning the grand prize in this year’s B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation Dream Lottery, Global News sports anchor Barry Deley had a tough choice to make. As the winner, he and his family were given the choice of several different prize homes or cash. He chose an estate home at ParkLane Homes’ Headwater at Bedford Landing. Deley’s win was announced live on Global BC TV, with his coworkers reacting in disbelief. He has since been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and his win is a viral hit on YouTube. Deley and his wife Katherine have been long-time supporters of Children’s Hospital and the Dream Lottery after their daughter Eden was diagnosed with leukemia seven years ago. She is now healthy, and she and her sister have recently been accepted to the Fort Langley Fine Arts School. The Deleys also have a baby son. The five-bedroom single-family house is over 4,000 square feet, and with the other prizes included with the home, worth over $2.1 million. Each home at Headwater is situated

on a waterfront lot, and located within walking distance from the centre of Fort Langley. “Headwater homes are the only ... true waterfront lots at Bedford Landing,” says ParkLane Marketing Coordinator Anna Warshawski. Features such as a fully finished basement and a spa-like ensuite bathroom are just two of the reasons Deley and his family chose the home. Other gorgeous features include vaulted ceilings in the master suite, engineered hardwood and tile flooring throughout the main floor and oversized windows that let natural light pour in. The kitchens at Headwater are particularly impressive, with an open plan layout designed for cozy family gatherings, large celebrations and anything in between. Traditional shaker-style cabinets are complemented by your choice of classic granite

or contemporary DIAMAStone countertops. Elegant recessed lighting is soft and flattering at all angles, while the convenient eating nook, breakfast bar and island are perfect for a leisurely Sunday morning brunch. One feature that is sure to win hearts is the ample amount of outdoor living space. There is a covered front porch, a private covered deck off the ensuite bathroom, a back deck perfect for a barbecue that overlooks the river and gives you an awe-inspiring view of the sunset, and a walk-out basement patio.

“Our entire family is very excited to move into our new dream home,” Deley says. “It really is perfect for us, and I think the new kitty will love it too.” Deley has promised his children that he will buy them a cat after the move, since they will have more space in their new home than in their current townhome. Homes at Headwater range from 3,900 to 4,200 square feet. For more information about Bedford Landing, visit www.bedfordlanding.com or call 604-888-2793.

Our entire family is very excited to move into our new dream home,” says Children’s Hospital Foundation Dream Lottery winner Barry Deley.

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Barry Deley and his family will soon call a house like this home, above, after winning the B.C. Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery. The homes at ParkLane Homes’ Headwater at Bedford Landing include a formal dining area, left, and plenty of space for relaxing, top.


Friday, December 16, 2011 NewsLeader A19

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