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Martin van den Hemel photo Fred Lepkin has put a Hanukkah display on his Walton Road home to educate the public about the stories behind the Hannukiah and dreidl.

Hanukkah display a teaching moment Richmond’s Fred Lepkin remains a teacher, despite retirement Letters to Santa Pages 12-12

by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter Inside each room in Fred Lepkin’s house on Walton Road, virtually every object hanging on the wall or sitting on a table has a story attached to it.

So the former long-time Burnaby South Secondary School teacher simply couldn’t resist the temptation to add a story to his front lawn too. While others have adorned their yards with Christmas lights, reindeers and Santas in keeping with the season, Lepkin’s Jewish roots are on display in the form of a pair of didactics—informational boards—a nine-branched Hannukiah, and a dreidl or spinning top, during the eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah. Many recognize the menorah and dreidl, but fewer know the stories behind them.

And when Canada Post issued a special stamp, one with the menorah, the other with dreidls, neither were accompanied by any information about their stories. Lepkin said this teaching moment was lost. “As a teacher, I didn’t want that,” he said. Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, and commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in the second century B.C. when the Jews rose up against their Greek/Syrian oppressors. Often called the Festival of Lights, the

holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. The dreidl, or four-sided spinning top, is played with during Hanukkah and bears a Hebrew letter on each side, forming an acronym for “a great miracle happened there.” Lepkin hopes that his display— created thanks to help from Ric Demchuk, Wayne Smutylo and Melinda, and Nigel and T.K.Y. Nursery—will help in some small way. At the very least, it’s another conversation piece at a home that abounds with them.

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Court-ordered sales offer deals, risks Until prospective buyer is registered on the home’s title, the seller can redeem property by Matthew Hoekstra Staff Reporter It’s a small house on a mid-sized lot, and its sticker price is about half the average selling price of a singlefamily home in Richmond. The catch with this Burkeville rancher is it’s a court-ordered sale. Eight residential properties on the Richmond market this month were court-ordered sales—three detached houses and five homes in multi-family developments, ranging in price from $199,900 to $889,000. Buyers looking for a deal just might find it—but it’s not a guarantee. “I always caution people when they’re chasing closures because they could be missing out on other deals as well,” said Brian Couture, a realtor with RE/MAX Sabre Realty. Court-ordered sales are a result of a judge’s order, often in the case of foreclosure—when an owner fails to make mortgage payments. Other circumstances that prompt the forced

“I’ve seen people lose homes by, I believe it was $200.” - Brian Couture sale are divorce, failure to pay taxes or seizure by law enforcement. Compared to south of the border, foreclosures in Richmond aren’t common—but Couture said he has seen numbers rise in recent history. He cautioned that the process of court-ordered sales isn’t as straightforward as other sales, but said some buyers—usually investors—are drawn to them. A court-ordered sale begins once a judge rules to sell the property. A real estate agent is chosen and the home is often listed at an undervalued price. That can result in multiple offers—and disappointment. “The issue with foreclosures, until you actually are registered on the title of that home, the seller can redeem that property,” said Couture. Another issue is that an offer only triggers a court date. So if the property is priced low, chances are, other buyers’ agents will also show up at court with offers. A judge is compelled to accept the best subject-free deal— usually meaning the highest bid. All this can trigger a bidding war, as agents representing lower bids have the option to resubmit a better offer. “I’ve seen people lose homes by, I be-

This house at 12528 Jack Bell Dr. is a court-ordered sale as a result of a judge’s order, often in the case of foreclosure—when an owner fails to make mortgage payments.

lieve it was $200,” said Couture. “I just make sure (clients) are educated about the process, so they’re not surprised that if they do end up losing a home by a couple hundred dollars.” Another consideration is that properties are sold as is. When a homeowner is forced to leave his

home, it’s possible the condition of the property upon possession isn’t the same as originally viewed. Upset sellers might have caused damage or taken appliances with them. Couture said he knows of an investor who took possession of a foreclosed house with everything that could

Special needs kids help others Bake sales and collecting cans help teach valuable lifelong lessons to group of Richmond High students

$1.15 million in fake $100 bills seized by Mounties by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter

by Martin van den Hemel Staff Reporter The world’s woes can seem like an overwhelming concept that’s hard to comprehend at the best of times. So for a group of special needs students at Richmond High, teacher Denise Nichol has simplified things down to its most basic level. The Power of One Club espouses the principal that every little action can make a difference in somebody’s life. In their case, each baked good they sell raises money for a worthwhile cause. Having raised $470 through their bake sales, the first $240 went to Operation Smile, where Nichol’s students were shown the type

be sold from it—including copper wire—gone. “That definitely can happen... Who’s living in the home can make a difference,” said Couture. “If it’s owner-occupied and it’s being foreclosed, I’d probably be a little more cautious about it.”

Martin van den Hemel photo A group of special needs students at Richmond High have raised $470 through bake sales.

of life-altering surgery that a child half a world away in Uganda needed. Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft palates and other facial deformities in children around the world.

Another group of special needs students who are part of Richmond High’s Recycling Club—under the guidance of Judy Wilson—funnel their refund money, a nickel and a dime at a time, toward school fundraisers, whether

it’s World Vision, the 30-hour famine, or school clubs. There’s something especially heart-warming, Nichol said, knowing that local special needs kids are helping out the needy elsewhere in the world.

More than $1.15 million in uncut fake Canadian $100 bills was seized from a Richmond apartment by Mounties last week in what’s been described as one of the largest counterfeit currency factories in B.C. history. The bust, in which four men were arrested on Dec. 11, was announced Monday morning by the RCMP’s federal commercial crime section. “This seizure is a particular success because the RCMP took enforcement action prior to any of the counterfeit currency reaching circulation preventing the proceeds from being used to fund other criminal activity,” said RCMP Insp. Ian Lawson, operations officer of the federal commercial crime section. “Counterfeit cash directly impacts Canadians. By passing this fake money to retailers and consumers, the criminals are stealing from businesses and individuals and leaving all legitimate consumers responsible for the cost.” Federal investigators executed a search warrant on the apartment with help from the Richmond RCMP and the RCMP’s emergency response team. Police will be recommending charges against the four suspects, all in their early 20s, including making and possessing counterfeit banknotes, and possessing instruments for making counterfeit banknotes. Also seized were blank credit cards, computers and equipment used in the production of the counterfeit currency and credit cards. The Bank of Canada encourages retailers and the general public to check their bank notes, noting that it only takes a few seconds to verify if it is real or fake. Training materials on counterfeit detection can be obtained by calling 1-888-513-8212.


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Massage parlour stripped of licence

Cracked dike has been stabilized in Steveston City officials re-opened sections of a waterfront walkway in Steveston Monday, 10 days after cracks were found in the pavement along the dike. Onni Development “substantially completed” interim stabilization work on the dike, and all sections were open by 5 p.m., said city spokesperson Ted Townsend. On Dec. 9, city hall required Onni to stop work along and near the dike,

City’s licence cancellation ‘removes all options’ for business

where a section of concrete foundation is taking shape. Onni is building six mixed-use buildings overtop underground parkades between Bayview Street and the South Arm of the Fraser River. Work on the buildings—which will range from one to three storeys—is scheduled to be finished by the summer of 2013, according to a sign at the construction site. —by Matthew Hoekstra

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City council ensured the Water Club won’t offer massages in Richmond again, after cancelling its business licence Monday. Compounding infractions and illegal activity in the No. 3 Road penthouse parlour compelled the city’s chief licence inspector to make the recommendation. The Water Club had occupied approximately 4,000 square feet on the 11th and 12th floors of the Radisson Vancouver Airport Hotel. Current operators took over a former body rub studio in June 2009. This fall the business was facing pressure from hotel officials to vacate. A deal was reached with the club, which agreed to leave the premises last month, according to hotel officials. “Although they had closed down, they still held a valid business licence that did not expire until Oct. 1, 2012,” said Ted Townsend, city spokesperson. “With that licence they had a number of possible options available to them including re-opening at that location, or applying to transfer it to another location. The cancellation of their licence removes all those options.” City council suspended Water

Club’s business licence for 60 days earlier this year for a host of infractions in 2010. Since then, licence inspectors have handed out fines for five more infractions: twice failing to provide written notice of change in personnel, obstructing a massage room window, and twice for allowing smoking. All recent charges are being disputed by the operator, who will have his day in court April 12, 2012. According to the city’s chief licence inspector, Glenn McLaughlin, that prosecution will continue despite the licence cancellation. More recently, RCMP have noted more serious infractions. According to a staff report, RCMP arrived for an inspection on Oct. 13, but were refused entry. Officers noted they could hear people inside, and heard a second lock activated on the front door as they waited outside. An RCMP officer noted “high level drug traffickers were inside getting ‘foot massages,’” according to the report. On Oct 22, RCMP officers arrived again. This time they were permitted entry, finding an obstructed window, unregistered employee and a minor on the premises. A CTV News investigation this year also found that “happy ending” massages were being offered at the massage parlour.

Water Club bylaw violations •Late 2009: Police discover a masseuse performing a sex act on a customer. •June 30, 2010: Police arrive at 2:15 a.m. to find people on premises despite midnight closing time. •Sept. 29, 2010: Police arrive at 2 a.m. to find club still open, along with a patron and unregistered masseuse—both naked— along with alcohol and evidence of smoking. •Nov. 21, 2010: Police find evidence of cigarette and marijuana smoke. •Nov. 26, 2010: Inspectors and police find cigarette and marijuana smoke, alcohol and a masseuse and patron in a dark room, along with an unregistered masseuse who tried to exit through a fire escape. •Feb. 11, 2011: Inspectors issue tickets for failing to provide notice of change in personnel and obstructing a window. •March 10, 2011: Ticket issued for smoking. •June 25, 2011: Ticket issued for failing to provide notice of change of personnel. •Aug. 20, 2011: Ticket issued for smoking. •Oct. 13, 2011: Police refused entry. •Oct. 22, 2011: Police find obstructed massage room window, an unregistered employee and a minor on premises.

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Sylvia Gwozd, Board Chair of the Richmond Community Foundation Presented a cheque to Volunteer Richmond at the recent Richmond Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Fund Luncheon. Once again this year many generous donations of funds, toys, books and gifts were donated to the Annual Christmas Fund. Another excellent year! We salute everyone who took the time to support the many events and programs to help make Christmas a little more enjoyable for all. Richmond Community Foundation is proud to manage and invest the Volunteer Richmond Information Services Permanent Christmas Fund Endowment and invites all to add to and continue to build this very worthwhile endowment. Richmond Community Foundation wishes one and all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2012 and thanks for your continued support.

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On Friday, Dec. 23, the Steveston Rotary Santa Claus Parade returns to Steveston. Starting at 6 p.m., the parade will run through old Steveston past Lord Byng School, then down Moncton Road to the Steveston Community Centre. Donations of cash or non perishable food for local food programs are welcome.

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City Page Community news covering December 7, 2011–January 4, 2012

No Council or Committee Meetings during this time period.

City Hall closed for the holidays December 26, 2011 – January 3, 2012 City Hall will be closed this holiday season for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. City Hall will close Monday, December 26 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3 at 8:15 a.m. City services such as parks, recreation, cultural centres and the works yard will continue to operate. As always, most information, forms, bulletins and flyers are available on the City’s website at www.richmond.ca. These include: • Search property information • Council agendas and minutes • Order a tax certificate • Pay parking tickets • Get information on permits and licenses For emergencies such as broken watermains, sewer problems, downed trees on roads, traffic lights out, icy roads, or other problems of this nature, please call our 24 hour Emergency Line at 604-270-8721.

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residents to clear the walkways around their property, and then help others who can’t. All you have to do is adopt a neighbour who may need your help in clearing snow from the driveway, walkway or sidewalk. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use your help and ask if you can lend a hand.

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Snow Angels is a registry of local organizations willing to provide a variety of voluntary services to elderly citizens or persons with mobility issues during severe winter storms. Services can include snow removal, pick-up and delivery of medications or groceries, or other snowfall related assistance.

Garbage collection and Blue Box and Green Can recycling will be collected one day later for the weeks of:

If your organization is interested in becoming a Snow Angel, please contact Paul Brar, Parks Programs Coordinator, at 604-244-1250 or email pbrar@richmond.ca. For more information on these programs, visit the City of Richmond website at www.richmond.ca/winter.

RCMP auto crime prevention tips Safeguard your vehicle during the holidays You can do a lot to protect your vehicle from theft or break-ins this holiday season: • Whether you leave your car for a moment or for several hours, always lock it and take the keys. • Remove all possessions from your vehicle, including spare change and/or the garage door opener. • Always use an anti-theft device such as an alarm, immobiliser or steering-wheel lock.

The City is coordinating two programs to help make winter easier for everyone.

Report all suspicious activities to the Police. If a suspect is present, call 9-1-1. If no suspect is present, call the Police non-emergency number at 604-278-1212.

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Holiday recycling and garbage collection Single family dwelling schedule affected

• December 26 to 30 due to the Boxing Day statutory holiday • January 2 to 6 due to the New Year’s statutory holiday Regular collection resumes the week of January 9. Blue Cart recycling for apartments and townhouses will not be affected.

Christmas tree recycling Remove all tinsel and ornaments and bring your tree back to nature Single-family dwelling residents can leave their Christmas tree at the curbside for collection on their garbage and recycling collection day. Please cut and bundle the tree into the 3 feet by 2 feet size limit. Christmas trees can also be dropped off for recycling at one of the following locations: Garry Point Park (corner of Moncton Street and 7th Avenue) Dates: Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2012 Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Sponsors: Richmond Firefighters’ Society, City of Richmond, Richmond Fire-Rescue, Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre, Steveston Harbour Authority, Super Save Group and BC Plant Healthcare. Donations are greatly appreciated and will go to Richmond Firefighters’ Society’s charities.

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Recycling Depot 5555 Lynas Lane (close to River Road) Days open: Wednesday to Sunday Hours: 9:00 a.m.– 6:15 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, December 25, 26 and January 1) Ecowaste Triangle Road, at the south foot of No. 6 Road Days/hours: Call 604-277-1410 Temporary Styrofoam collection The Recycling Depot will have a short term collection event for moulded packing Styrofoam from December 28, 2011 to January 15, 2012 (the Depot is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, December 25, 26 and January 1). The Styrofoam will be reused for insulation or landscaping material. In order to reuse Styrofoam, it must be clean and in good condition, with no tape, paper, paint or any other foreign objects attached. Styrofoam chips will not be accepted. Please do not put Styrofoam in your blue box or cart as it is not recyclable. For more information on Richmond’s garbage and recycling services, please call 604-276-4010 and press “0” for the attendant or visit www. richmond.ca (Home > City Services > Recycling & Garbage > About Recycling & Garbage > Frequently Asked Questions).


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EDITORIAL: School support workers show bargaining can work While all the sound and fury over education bargaining in the past four months has come from the B.C.Teachers Federation and BC Public School Employers’ Association, some real and substantive bargaining has been taking place. Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve the teachers. The BCPSEA has quietly concluded an agreement in principle with representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees and other unions representing support staff in the K-12 public education system. The agreement was announced last Thursday. The agreement is not a final

contract, but rather an overarching framework which will apply if school districts can come to an agreement with their local unions by Feb. 29. The agreement in principle calls for no wage increases from 2010 to 2012, but does have a wage reopener clause, should provincial guidelines calling for a “net zero” result from contracts change. It does include some additional money, notably $7.5 million annually for preparation time for educational assistants, and $550,000 for a support staff education and adjustment commitee. CUPE has not been beating the political drums against the

provincial government over education funding, as has the BCTF. Rather, it has worked diligently with the employers’ representative to come up with a realistic contract that calls for no concessions. At the same time, it recognizes that the taxpayers’ ability to pay more has all but run out. Nor has it brought in moves designed to put pressure on parents, administrators and school districts, such as refusing to do report cards or formally meet with parents to discuss student progress, as the BCTF has. The BCTF has legitimate issues about class size and composition, and how to resolve a lawsuit

it won over past changes to its contract. It is unfortunate that BCTF negotiators have spent so much time posturing in public and relatively little time actually negotiating. It is also unfortunate that the teachers’ union has not modified its demand for hundreds of millions in extra education funding. The BCTF needs to bargain constructively, as the support staff unions have. The education system should be functioning fully, in order to carry out its mandate of developing today’s children into tomorrow’s responsible adults. —Langley Times

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Life Lessons Andrea Phillpotts

T

he slate gray sky fluttered with the swirling white wings above us. As far as the eye could see were snow geese in motion, dipping and soaring like snowflakes. It was like being on the inside of a holiday snow globe. Joggers stopped in their tracks, cars pulled over, and I stopped work to gawk out the window. Migration Vs passed overhead like diving Canadian snowbirds, the ones with engines and jet propulsion. There were birds everywhere. It was a breathtaking, miraculous sight for an ordinary winter’s day. Of course there was noise and mess. That many birds don’t arrive without a rush hour’s worth of honking and

file photo Snow geese visit Richmond by the thousands.

commotion. Looking up at their magnificence, I was reminded equally of their mortality by the occasional splat of goose poo hitting the pavement. Through the odds of their sheer numbers, it’s amazing that more people weren’t hit. The avenues were fouled by muddy green spatters and stumpy turds. On the school field, they bustled around like popcorn in a giant green bowl. Each was intent on nibbling up soggy vegetation while newcomers stretched their landinggear like feet and hopped down to join them. I did a bit of research. According to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, our “Fraser-Skagit” flock of snow geese is made up of

up to 20,000 animals. If you study them carefully, you can sometimes make out smaller family groups amongst the mayhem. These birds likely came from Wrangel Island in Russia, North of Siberia. Some will stay here, others will continue on to California. I knew I should be thinking about the cost of keeping our children’s fields safe from poo, how schools spend precious school money on chasing them away. Even worse, the birds often will turn around and return shortly after being evacuated. Like racoons and rats, they inconvenience us with their animal lifestyle, making our human lives less clean, less orderly. Still, I get a perverse

pleasure with how Mother Nature scrambles the controlling efforts of her most arrogant species. With all of our intelligence, technology, and communication, humans are constantly being humbled by nature’s power. We may think ourselves near invincible but will regularly get our come-uppance in the form of extreme weather, natural disasters, and even these pretty bird brains. So while it might just be another snowless Christmas this year, we may still be visited by snow in the form of these magical migrators. Step around the green on the ground and raise your head to the beauty of this natural wonder. It’s a wonderful life.

I knew I should be thinking about the cost of keeping our children’s fields safe from poo.

Andrea Phillpotts is a Richmond writer and teacher. Opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of any school district, organization, or school.


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letters Other cities don’t handle rentals to arts groups this way

Ban shark fin soup

Editor: I am appalled to read about the Richmond Cultural Centre fee increases foisted upon the community non-profit user groups which use the facility. (Letters, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 by Arlene Skelton). Who has ever heard of an outof-the-blue 300 per cent increase in fees, and a further 15 per cent increase the following year? This is outrageous. The Richmond Cultural Centre was designed with considerable fundraising and input by these groups, and the pottery facility, for example, was constructed with the required electrical and water supply for the Richmond Potters Club. The club members bought their wheels and all their supplies, of course, and I understand the cultural centre makes use of those wheels for their summer pottery classes, at no charge. Is this an “everyone must pay their way” plan? When did everything become judged on a very limited financial basis only? Has anyone thought to calculate the social and economic benefits imparted to our community as a whole by the output and community involvement of the various groups sharing space in the cultural centre? This is not the way other communities handle their rentals to arts groups.

Editor: Re: “Shark fin soup ban not yet in cards,” Dec. 16. “In the same way, I could imagine the Chinese community would react pretty badly to external calls on how they should live their lives and set about their traditions.” Really? This statement coming from the conservationist who sees sharks at “genuine risk of extinction.” How did he get brainwashed into an absurd stance of appeasement? We have sanctions on bear parts, international sanctions on elephant tusks, and all kinds of other wildlife protection. More than a quartercentury ago, the Canadian government boycotted South African wines for a good cause. Speaking of wine, the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch was not too shy to ban “wine” from Asian grocery store shelves. In 2011 an issue like shark fin soup doesn’t deserve a second thought. Ban it. Steve Bridger Richmond

I very much doubt the sports community financially covers the costs of the development and maintenance of the sports fields, pools and arenas. I would never suggest this be demanded of them, and I can only hope a similar increase is not coming down the road for sports groups. This is not how a community develops and thrives. So how does one explain or understand this move to demand it of these specific long established arts groups? Where is the balance? I wonder what the plans are for the use of these rooms once all the groups have departed. Is this part of a scheme to get them out so some other use can be made of the rooms? Where are the groups supposed to go? Who is running this farce? What is the dream for the Richmond of the future? Does it include everyone? After living in Richmond for over 35 years and being involved in the Community Arts Council for a number of those years, and the Richmond Concert Association for 25 years, I feel I must give careful thought as to whether or not Richmond will continue to be the inclusive vibrant community I understand it to be—up until now. Audrey Coutts Richmond

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letters It’s unfair to claim that Hand Up to Hope is ‘focused on proselytizing’ Editor: The reaction to the granting of a Volunteers are Stars Award to the organization Hand Up to Hope has morphed from criticism of its volunteer recruitment policies to now an even broader criticism of any kind of proselytism by volunteer organizations. This latter critique deserves both a response and deeper reflection (Letters, Dec. 14, 16). The writer claims that “there are many, likely hundreds of similar organizations” practising the same kind of “religious zealotry,” i.e., seeking to proselytize through serving the poor. It’s easy to make such sweeping generalizations, but can he provide any statistics on actual numbers and evidence of what kind of proselytism they are practising? I have worked internationally with three different Christian non-profit organizations over the past almost 30 years and have had close contact with many others. My experience is that they were always careful to avoid pressuring people to convert; nor did they in any way tie the giving of benevolent service to a conversion response. Undoubtedly there are some groups, probably more often in the past, that have practised unscrupulous methods to gain converts. However, they are much more the exceptions than the rule, and the vast majority of Christian service organizations would condemn such practices. On the other hand, if I perform an act of service for the good of another, and when asked why I’m doing it, I tell them that I’m doing it in the name of Jesus and because of His love, is that wrong? I think not. Does that constitute an act of proselytism? Probably not, but then again that depends on how one defines proselytism. One dictionary defines “proselytize” as “convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another.” On that basis simply bearing witness to our motivation for serving is not

Rob Newell photo Hand Up to Hope receive their Volunteers are Stars Award for helping to feed Richmond’s homeless.

proselytism. Yet I would also argue that proselytism itself is not necessarily a negative thing. In fact, most letters to the editor are forms of proselytism— proselytizing against proselytism in this case. Thus the writers of letters criticizing this organization are simply practising their own form of zealotry. Proselytism has been given negative connotations in our modern secular culture, but our culture does all kinds of proselytizing to promote its own secular agenda. To claim that the primary motivation of the organization Hand Up to Hope is “entirely focused on proselytizing” is neither fair nor accurate. I know a few of the volunteers who work with this organization; they are fine people who practise acts of service out of love, love for Jesus and love for others. I’m quite sure they are not pressuring any of the people they serve to convert to Christianity. I’m equally certain they are not ashamed to let people know why they are doing what they do. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Gary Roosma Richmond

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Devils are angels off the ice

Rivals on ice

by Don Fennell Sports Editor

Don Fennell photo Richmond Sockeye Dominic Centis and Delta Ice Hawk Kolten Grieve chase down a puck during the Sockeyes’ 2-1 PaciďŹ c International Junior Hockey League win Thursday. The victory gave Richmond a sixpoint lead over the Hawks atop the Tom Shaw Conference.

Their hockey name may be the Richmond Devils, but they’re really angels at heart. Members of the South Coast Female Hockey League, this team is as dedicated to helping others away from the rink as they are committed to excelling on the ice. The players spent two days last weekend decorating and making crafts and then cooked, served breakfast, played with children before helping to clean up at the Richmond Family Place Breakfast with Santa. “They had a great time and co-ordinators at Family Place were most appreciative and asked if they would help in the future,â€? said team registrar Pat Korenic. “Of course all the players were excited to assist at any time.â€? Currently third in the league standings at 9-4-3, the Devils are just three points back of ďŹ rst-place Victoria

Richmond Devils (from left) Sabrina Wong, Natalie Korenic and Carly Millman decorated a tree and served food at Richmond Family Place’s Breakfast with Santa.

Phantoms. Their league schedule resumes Jan. 7, 2012 with a home game against Simon Fraser University (7 p.m. at the Richmond Ice Centre), but the team is also planning to participate in a tournament in San Jose next month. Ironically, Natalie Korenic of the Devils is an assistant coach of the Richmond Girls’ Ice Hockey Asso-

ciation Peewee AA team which is also going to San Jose at that time. Richmond will cap the season by participating in the provincial championships March 23 to 25 in Logan Lake. Several of the Devils have played in the B.C. tournament before but are anxious to bring a title back to Richmond.

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ARJAN BHULLAR

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Christmas-Eve, Saturday, 24th December 2011 11.00 p.m. Midnight Holy Eucharist with Carols. Sunday after Christmas-Day, 1st January 2012 1.00 p.m. Holy Eucharist and Christmas Devotions.

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Broadmoor Baptist Church

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PRESBYTERIAN

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2011

Richmond Presbyterian Church Christmas Services

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - 6:00 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2011

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE — 10:00 AM Dr. C.A. Coats – Lead Pastor ~ No Evening Service ~ MERRY CHRISTMAS! New Year at RPC - Saturday Dec. 31st @ 7pm

7111 No. 2 Road, 604-277-5410, www.richpres.com Rev. Frances Savill, Minister

Watch Night Service - Pastor Steven Moore Sunday, Jan. 1 @ 10am - New Year’s Day Sunday Service

Sunday December 18th 10:00am Children’s Christmas Play

REFORMED CHURCH (RCA) Fujian Evangelical Church

Christmas Eve,Saturday, December 24th 5:00 pm - Family Worship 7:30 pm - Traditional Worship Christmas Day, Sunday December 25th 10:00 am Come and Join Us!

welcomes you to Sunday Worship Services • • •

English Services: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Mandarin Service: 9:00 a.m. Minnanese Service: 10:30 a.m.

12200 Blundell Road, Richmond, B.C., V6W 1B3 Phone 604-273-2757 • www.fujianevangelical.org


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Richmond Review · Page 19

> Santa visits Hamilton Community Centre

Kids get a kick out of Santa Claus

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anta arrived to cheers, screams and little happy dances from children of all ages for Around Town brunch at Hamilton Amanda Oye Community Centre last Saturday. The event, which was put on by the City of Richmond and the Hamilton Community Association, was about “bringing families together,” said Krista Schmidt, the recreation leader at Hamilton Community Centre. The 115 guests enjoyed pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, toast and eggs prepared in the community centre kitchen by Starbucks, which also donated coffee. There was a face-painting station for the kids as well as craft tables for ornament making and plenty of space to laugh and play in. The energy in the room went through the roof when Santa Claus walked in. He read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell to the kids and then sat on a chair and posed for pictures with them. The kids were each given gift bags with goodies including a cookie from Starbucks and a pass to go skating or swimming from the City of Richmond. Overall the event was a success—it brought people together, the kids had fun and the volunteers who helped out gave back to their community, said Schmidt.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Winnie Chen and Casmond and Adrian Fung; Tessa, Gaby and Maya Bawarchi; Volunteers Manveen Dhillon and Sunnie Tang; P.J. Wootton and Sam LeRiche; Santa Claus reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell to the children; Andrew and Hero Iverson; Terence and Leticia Lam. Amanda Oye photos

Amanda Oye covers the social scene for The Review. Reach her at amanda. oye@telus.net.

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