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Alssia Vi Caro (left) and her sister Natalia showed off their moves during the Kim Stockwood concert at Mill Pond Park Thursday evening. The free outdoor concerts take place Thursday evenings in July and August at Mill Pond Park and some Sunday afternoons at Richmond Green Park.

Family has already beaten odds of rare Tay-Sachs BY ADAM MC LEAN

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Ten years ago, Sean De Pinto, 27, was teaching snowboarding at Uplands Ski Club, today, he struggles to stand and speak, due to an extremely rare and fatal disease. The De Pintos didn’t know what Tay-Sachs was until Sean began to have trouble, physically keeping up with his friends and complained of burning sensations in his feet. A series of blood tests in 1999 revealed the family’s “nightmare”. Their lives changed forever. Little is known about Tay-Sachs and due to its symptoms, it’s often misdiagnosed as ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) or multiple sclerosis. As far as the De Pintos know, there are no more than 400 families worldwide living with Tay-Sachs. With the disease most prevalent in infants, life expectancy isn’t typically more than five years. Sean and Chris are two of the oldest living people with this disease, their parents say. With no cure, the outlook is bleak and the boys know it, particularly Sean, a music lover who was once an aspiring mechanic, but hasn’t been able to work on a car in years. Sitting in his parent’s basement, surrounded by posters of John Lennon, The Beatles and The Who, Sean patiently plays his acoustic guitar at the staggered pace his body will allow. “Is that OK?” he asks, finishing the final bars to the Gary Moore song, Still Got the Blues.

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Location still rules for house hunters By L.H. Tiffany Hsieh

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Michael and Selina Chow needed a bigger home to raise their three children. With a budget in mind, they moved to Stouffville from Markham. The family of five is happy living in a detached, four-bedroom house on the edge of York Durham Line, but if price weren’t an issue, “We would definitely move closer to civilization”, Mr. Chow, a stay-at-home dad, said with a chuckle. Not to Toronto, but Markham, Richmond Hill or somewhere close to a GO Station or Hwy. 404, he said. The Chows aren’t alone in their wishful thinking. An RBC-Pembina Institute home loca-

tion study released this week shows 81 per cent of respondents would give up a large yard for a smaller lot or more modest home within walking distance of amenities, easy access to rapid transit and less time behind the wheel — if cost wasn’t an issue. The release of the survey coincided with Toronto Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday’s remark that downtown Toronto isn’t suited for raising children. While it isn’t about city versus suburbs, the survey shows most people prefer walkability and mixed-use in either an urban centre in the suburbs or in the city, said Cherise Burda, Ontario policy director at Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit think tank. “Twenty years ago, the dream was to get

a big house with a private lot. People are now realizing that time is more precious,” said Ms Burda, who grew up in Markham, which she described in her report as an emerging “location-efficient” city. Aurora was also highlighted as a suburban neighbourhood that’s accessible by rapid transit, allowing commuters options to take a GO train to work and enjoy a walkable town at home. Fifty-four per cent of people surveyed would choose “location-efficient” neighbourhoods, even if it were more expensive, she said. It’s possible to build family-friendly homes that are attached or smaller and See CONVENIENCE, page 13.

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Sealed, stamped and delivered, the closure of the Arnold Crescent Canada Post retail counter is expected Friday. The local postal workers union has resigned to that fate, union representative Cathy Beth said, adding there will be a small celebration to thank residents. Ms Beth said next week’s goodbye will have it’s share of “street theatre”. “Oh, we will probably have the grim reaper out there to slash up pieces of cake and to collect the life of the retail counter. A few other things, too, that we are still working on,” she added of the festivities, expected to start at 10 a.m. In a last ditch effort to keep the Arnold Crescent Canada Post retail counter open, local politicians have sent letters voicing their disapproval of the closure, this week.

While the retail counter will close, the building will still be occupied by Canada Post for sorting and other operations. No jobs are expected to be lost with the closure and the four current retail counter staff will take on different roles. Considering that the building will remain, local MP Costas Menegakis wrote it’s his view the gains to Canada Post from relocating retail employees at this outlet, don’t compensate the negative impact and distress the closure will have on his community. Mayor Dave Barrow agreed. “If they were closing the whole building, this would be different. But to only take away the service counter — I’m disappointed that there is no consideration for that service in that part of town,” he said. While Canada Post maintains there are 10 other service locations within five kilometres, Mr. Barrow believes Arnold’s service is necessary to the area.

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‘Monkey business’ helping kids BY ADAM MC LEAN

Philip Marchand, 9, makes sock monkeys in his spare time with sewing help from his Oma Betty Ryken. He plans to give them to children at The Hospital for Sick Children.

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While the summer often provides children the opportunity to monkey around, Philip Marchand, 9, is making his own monkey business, benefitting children. The young Richmond Hill resident has spent much of summer making sock-monkey stuffed animals, which he will donate to The Hospital for Sick Children, so kids like him, can have their very own snuggle monkey at the hospital. “Hopefully getting a monkey will lift their spirits to feel not as sick as they are,” said Philip, of the impact he hopes his cuddly creations bring. Having made 13 monkeys so far, the Grade 4 student has set a goal to make 105 stuffed animals. He figures that will ensure no pint-sized patient will be denied their own monkey. Still, Philip admits that once he reaches 105, he’s likely to continue the monkey assembly line. In order to create his primate presents, all the 9-year-old requires are a pair of socks, needle and thread, stuffing, scissors and two buttons for eyes. He learned to fashion the stuffed animals

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Mentally, Sean remains sharp as a tack, fully aware of what he’s facing. He knows, the near certainty is that this rare disease will kill him. He knows his days are numbered, but he chooses to focus on the positives. “What choice do I have? You can’t always think about it because you will get depressed,” said Sean, who years ago was on a mechanics scholarship at Centennial College. “You can’t worry about dying; you just deal with what you have and focus on the

good things in life,” added the St. Robert’s Catholic High School graduate, who still likes to enjoy a beer with his childhood friend, Marino Valente, and a weekly poker game with friends. Chris favours baseball, particularly the Blue Jays, to music. The family plans to attend a game next month, when the New York Yankees come to town. But family outings are rare, the boy’s parents explained. The disease is known as late onset Sandhoff disease, a form of Tay-Sachs, which is a genetic disorder caused by the

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There’s an epic school yard boxing match brewing with the big smackdown set for September when children head back to school. It’s going to be a bloody battle and one that is sure to draw even more attention since both sides have been pals for many years. In one corner is “education Premier” Dalton McGuinty, looking trim with his red gloves tentatively but steadfastedly raised for battle versus the collective favourites: Ontario’s teacher unions (except, of course, the Catholic teachers who recognized how good they have it and, admirably, backed out of the match). The other unions are spitting and frothing at the mouth, flailing their giant gloves in their amply generous and luxurious corner of the ring. The teachers are heavily favoured given their easy victories in the past, but the Liberals, this time, aren’t in a mood to be pushed around. The government is pressing on with its proposal to freeze and overhaul the generous teacher salary grid — although a heavy-handed approach didn’t likely help — after assessing the grave reality of Ontario’s ballooning deficit.

A wage freeze would bring beleaguered taxpayers long-term savings. Given Ontario’s 115,000 teachers are heavily contributing to the province’s multibillion-dollar shortfall, a wage freeze is necessary. Most teachers in Ontario can bank 20 sick days a year, up to 200 over their career and get paid a lump sum averaging $46,000 at retirement. This unrealistic payout has to end when you consider teachers’ sick days amount to a $1.7-billion liability with the province facing a $15-billion deficit, the ministry has said. So, it’s going to come down to how well the Liberals fare in this battle to reveal their true priorities and allegiance to citizens over unions. McGuinty must stand his ground to rid the province of frills we can’t afford; be it teachers or any other public-paid perks. Teachers don’t have the public’s sympathy in this matter when they blindly insist huge payouts on retirement are their right and privilege. It’s agreed a vast majority of our teachers are hard-working and dedicated but it doesn’t give them the right to hold society at ransom in their own self-interest.

Ramadan fasting, introspection has benefits The month of Ramadan this year started yesterday and Muslims fast from dawn to sunset abstaining from consuming any kind of food or drink. This process continues for 30 days, then the joyous occasion of Eidul Fitr is celebrated. Those who are sick or are travelling are exempted and can make up for any lost days of fasting later. Many people are curious and want to know the purpose and benefits of fasting. A simple answer is that by depriving oneself of the basic necessities of life during the day, a sense of realization develops about the immense blessings we enjoy in our daily lives which, at times, we take for granted. At the same time, fasting reminds us about the condition of those who are less fortunate and may not be able to afford even one square meal a day. The month-long routine enhances self-control, patience, tolerance, determination, humility and concern for others. Ramadan is also a month that reinforces an individual’s responsibilities to share and care for society and give to charity. But there are deeper levels of benefits for the human soul. In Chapter 2 Verse 183 (2:183) of the

Irfan Sheryar Quran, God says: “Oh believers, fasting has been made obligatory on you just as it was ordained for the followers of the prophets before you, so that you remain conscious of God.” The aim is to be conscious of God’s commandments and instructions contained in the Quran. The month of Ramadan provides a focused opportunity to each individual for self-accountability and to analyse his or her weaknesses and shortcomings, and then to rectify them in order to become a better human being. Fasting has been practised in almost all the religions in one form or another for self-control and atonement. In the

Bible there are references to Moses and Jesus fasting, confirming this practice was ordained in earlier times. There is a saying of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) that fasting develops tolerance and whoever develops tolerance, he is gifted with many virtues. Ramadan is thus a sort of annual physical of the inner self. Ramadan is marked the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is considered one of the most sacred because the revelation of the Quran on Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) started this month and continued for 23 years. The Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind to answer man’s quest to learn about the Creator of the Universe and to understand the reason for human creation. The Quran provides the criterion between right and wrong, good and bad, honest and hypocrite, permitted and forbidden, virtuous and sinful. The consequences and end result of following either of the two paths are clearly described and thereafter it is left to the individual to choose, since there is no compulsion in religion (2:256). Quran’s guidance for mankind includes young and old, rich and poor, weak and strong, black and white, men

and women. The Quran guides toward the most stable and smooth life, free from troubles, disturbances and stresses, making a person peaceful, balanced, confident and respectful — an asset to any society because of positive and productive contributions. The message of the Quran is universal and applicable for all times and all places as God never changes or backs away from His words and His promises. For Muslims, Ramadan is another opportunity to raise their consciousness level about the instructions of Allah (all praise to Allah) and become more focused to overcome the weaknesses of character and emotions such as anger, greed, intolerance, arrogance, self-indulgence, prejudices, hatred, lust, extremism and, above all, care and concern for all those living in their communities. The cleansing of one’s inner-self during Ramadan helps a person spend the rest of the 11 months of the year as a righteous and noble person. Irfan Sheryar came to Richmond Hill with his family from Pakistan in 2004. A former navy helicopter pilot, he now works as an aviation consultant, volunteers with Arrahman Arraheem Network promoting peace and interfaith harmony and is a member of The Liberal’s Community Links group.


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The art of tasting should apply to more than what’s on the grill during a back yard barbecue gathering. Just ask Markham connoisseur Dean Christofilos, who has been in the wine, spirits and beer industry for 23 years, with numerous certificates and training in hospitality and tourism. “In today’s rule, we drink what we like,” Mr. Christofilos said.

“I taste one thing, you may taste something else.” While there is still the general rule of thumb that white meats and seafood go with white wine and red meats go with red wine, Mr. Christofilos encouraged people to be open-minded when it comes to trying new drinks, especially when invited to a back yard barbecue. “When it’s free, you should be all over tasting different things,” said the self-proclaimed “seasonal drinker”, who is the GTA representative for Coyote’s Run Estate Winery in St. David’s village in Niagaraon-the-Lake. “I enjoy and respect what I drink,” Mr. Christofilos said. “If I want a beer and it’s warm, I’ll put ice cubes in. If you are cracking open a $90 bottle of wine, treat it

as such. It’s about the experience of the moment.” If you are hosting a back yard barbecue, Mr. Christofilos suggested offering a few whites and a few reds to let your guests mix and match according to their preferences. “There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to pairing wines with your grilled foods, just generalities that can get you going,” he said. “Ultimately, it is your palate that you are seeking to please by the wine-pairing.” If you are a guest of a barbecue and are unsure of what to bring, Mr. Christofilos said a safe wine would be unoaked chardonnay. “You still have the characteristics of buttery, creamy and well-balanced on the tongue, but you don’t have an oak feeling,” he said.

Another safe option is pinot noir, which is a food-friendly pairing wine, Mr. Christofilos said. “It fits a food chart whether it’s grilled fish or a big, fat meaty burger,” he said. In addition to wines and beers, always have non-alcoholic options for non-drinkers and to be a responsible host, Mr. Christofilos said. “Typically, it’s one drink per hour or follow it with water,” he said. But before you serve your guests, Mr. Christofilos said it’s worth investing time to find out some of the untold stories behind the bottles. For example, there are actually coyotes on the Coyote’s Run Estate Winery, where each grape is handpicked, but that’s something you’d likely only learn if you visited the winery.

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Hearing and eye sight loss are also common in many cases. As this is a genetic disorder, Sean’s father and mother Debbie are TaySachs carriers, albeit unaffected. There was a 25-per-cent chance Sean would have Tay-Sachs. His younger brother, Chris, 26, is also impacted by the disease and, like his older brother, his health is deteriorating. Travelling outside the home requires hours of planning to accommodate a simple day trip or appropriate hotel for the night.

Calling 80 different hotels in Ottawa, Mrs. De Pinto said plans for a family vacation to the nation’s capital had to be put on hold, due to a lack of roll-in shower stalls. “I can try and describe what it’s like to live like this, but you can’t appreciate it until you experience this,” said Mr. De Pinto. Because the boys have lived so long and most people with this disease don’t live past 10 years, Mr. De Pinto admits, he’s unsure how much more his sons’ health will deteriorate. “My happiest days were the days these guys were born, but I don’t

wish this on anyone. As a parent, you expect your child to grow, meet someone, go out on their own, have kids. We don’t have that expectation. Our only expectation is the inevitable,” he added. Various experimental treatments in gene therapy are in phases of exploration at the Hospital for Sick Children, but a lack of funding of government red tape, have halted testing to help stabilize the limited enzymes the young men have. Such a stop in research stems from a lack of awareness said the De Pintos. “I’m not saying that this disease

is worse than any other, but everybody knows about cancer, everybody knows about Alzheimer’s, because it affects so many. Few know Tay-Sachs because few have to deal with it,” said Mrs. De Pinto. “It might be too late for my boys, but hope for a little more strength and for the future of those born with Tay-Sachs is hope enough, right now,”. As for Sean and Chris, while travelling outdoors can be difficult, neither are shy or ashamed of their disabilities. If you see them both using walkers or motorized wheelchairs, they

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don’t want you to be shy either. “If you see us out at the mall or wherever, don’t just point at us and stare. If you are curious, come up to us and ask a question. I’m happy to talk about it,” said Sean. “The more people who know about us, the better,” he added.

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York is sizzling this summer. And temperatures that seem to be melting heat records on a daily basis may have you thinking about opening up the back yard and throwing a party. But even a well-intentioned host can get into a tough spot if a party gets boisterous, the tunes begin booming or the guests get pickled in booze. Violations of noise bylaws can raise the ire of your neighbours and flouting alcohol laws could result in legal problems. So, here’s a primer on what every responsible host must know before the party begins. If you over-serve a guest with booze and that guest gets into a collision related to impairment, you may get a knock on the door, York Regional Police note. It’s fair to say as the host/server, you would be investigated and spoken to as witness, but not a suspect, Const. Rebecca Boyd said. Legally, you would not be held a party to the crime, but the force argues hosts have a responsibility to ensure guests get home safely — including calling police if a driver is suspected to be impaired, she added. Every municipality in York Region has a bylaw prohibiting excessive noise that interferes with residents’ quality of life. The specifics of what kind of noise and when

and where it can be made differ from community to community. For example in Aurora, yelling, shouting, hooting, whistling, singing, playing musical instruments or any other noise is forbidden between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. the next day. Consider yourself informed if you want to add some livemusic merriment to your party. If you live in Markham, meanwhile, the city’s noise bylaw states all outdoor functions on private property require a permit and loud parties are not allowed. There may be even more restrictions if you live near Markham Stouffville Hospital or Shouldice Hospital, because they are in quiet zones. A Markham customer relations representative suggested contacting the city’s bylaw department if you are planning a large gathering to determine if you require a permit. Smart Serve Ontario, which trains and certifies alcohol servers in the province and has been

endorsed by the province’s Alcohol and Gaming Commission, has a list of suggestions for a savvy party host. Some things you can do as a host: • Monitor alcohol consumption by your guests during the party; • Stop serving alcohol well before the end of the party. It can take 20 minutes for people to feel the alcohol they’ve consumed and that could mean the difference between safe and unsafe driving; • Don’t take risks: Serve alcohol yourself, get a responsible family member or friend as a barkeeper or hire a professional with a Smart Serve designation. And don’t serve to the point of intoxication; • Make sure no one drinks on an empty stomach and serve high-starch, high-protein snacks, which assist the body in processing alcohol and; • Choose drinks with lower alcohol content or pour one ounce drinks instead of 1.5 oz.

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