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Mike Bola had to move out of East Clayton due to the area’s congestion. He says he could rarely have guests over because there simply wasn’t enough parking. (Photo: GORD GOBLE)

Where the streets have no space

East Clayton is walkable and has lots of friendly families but congestion has made it a ‘high-density mess’

East Clayton Amy Reid

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EAST CLAYTON — Mike Bola lived in East Clayton for 16 months before he left in 2009 due to the stress of the area’s parking. “I just couldn’t handle it there,” the Cloverdale Community Association president said.

Bola, who lived at roughly 194th Street and 68th Avenue, found he could rarely have guests over because there simply wasn’t enough parking. Bola says the parking havoc stems from the high densification of homes in the area. As well, many homeowners in the area are renting out one or two suites, and don’t have adequate parking for those tenants. While it’s only legal in the City of Surrey to have one suite, many of the homes were built with a suite as well as a coach home. Bola said some are “abusing that.” “And that abuse is what’s causing the problem.” The city has expressed that it will look at ways to alleviate parking tensions in East Clayton and the matter was on the city’s transportation and infrastructure committee meeting agenda Monday, March 17. see ON PAPER › page 3

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NEIGHBOURHOODS: East Clayton

On paper, a good idea. In reality,‘a mess.’ Residents of East Clayton are fed up from seeing so many parked cars cramp their community’s streets. (Photo: GORD GOBLE)

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One idea being floated around for East Clayton is permit parking. Bola isn’t sure that’s going to work, but is open to the idea. He has concerns about determining how many parking passes each homeowner would get, and how guest parking would work. Plus, he said, to work it would be dependent on enforcement. In the meantime, Bola hopes to get “No Parking” signs installed in all of the neighbourhood’s back alleys. Bola praised the city for stepping up its game and enforcing secondary suite bylaws, but noted that it took a lot of complaints for the city to jump on the issue. “They are making changes. I just think it’s a little bit too late now. It’s a bit more of a Band-Aid solution to the problem.” If the city could go back in time, Bola thinks larger lots would have prevented a lot of issues. While he understands the city’s desire to densify with smaller lots to make housing more affordable, he would have liked to see a better balance. “High densification is not a good thing,” Bola said. “We want to see densification under control so it makes sense.” Aside from those issues, Bola said East Clayton is a family-oriented and pedestrian friendly community. “I actually liked the atmosphere. A lot of young families live there, so you see a lot of children and all the kids get to play at the park there,” he said. He likes the concept of a tight-knit community. “I used to go for walks in the summertime and it was very nice. You didn’t have to worry about too much traffic. So it’s a good feeling – it is a neighbourhood, no doubt. The concept from that point has panned out.”

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Connor Greenwood moved to East Clayton last April and has worked at the local Extra Foods for eight years. While she deals with parking stresses, even within the townhouse complex she lives in with her boyfriend, she said they get by. “We’ve really liked it so far. It’s a really great neighbourhood. You can go for a walk and people say ‘hi.’ There’s a lot of young families and there’s a lot of parks around,” Greenwood boasted. Crystal Litonjua’s family moved to East Clayton in 2006. “We were very happy to leave our townhome in Fleetwood and move into a single-family home,” she said. “When we moved in, they were still building all around us, and then came the coach homes.” Litonjua said as development continued, and more coach homes came in, people in the neighbourhood began renting out suites and sometimes multiple suites, resulting in the parking havoc, as there wasn’t enough room to accommodate on-street tenant parking. “It can be a nightmare,” she said. Litonjua said the close proximity to her neighbours can be inconvenient, and wishes the houses were farther apart. “East Clayton may have been a good idea on paper for the person who designed it, and for the developers that made money, but it is really a high-density, congested

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CITY LEARNED SOME LESSONS

Don Luymes, Surrey’s community planning manager, said much worked well in East Clayton, but the city learned some lessons along the way. The community’s planning began back in 1999 and was done in conjunction with UBC professor Patrick Condon, who has more than 25 years experience in sustainable urban design. “It was seen as kind of a pilot for a new way of planning neighbourhoods in Surrey,” Luymes said. The idea was to create a pedestrianoriented area that utilized sustainable neighbourhood principles. Some things worked out, Luymes said, pointing to a unique drainage system in the area, which allows for water to dump directly into the ground, as opposed to through storm sewer pipes. Luymes said the goal of creating a pedestrian-oriented neighbourhood has succeeded. In most of the area, driveways are placed at the back of homes, not in the front crossing sidewalks. The neighbourhood also has several parks and schools, all designed to be within easy walking distance. Luymes said the core of East Clayton built out rapidly, proving to be popular with firsttime homebuyers and young families. “The majority of the neighbourhood was built very quickly within five or six years.”

In no time, the city heard about parking stresses on the roads. “The parking issue is real,” Luymes said. “It is particularly an issue in single-family small lot areas of the plan. Part of the reason is that although at the time that the subdivision was built, secondary suites were not officially permitted in Surrey, many people put a suite in their basement as a mortgage helper. The amount of suites wasn’t anticipated as much as we could have.” Coach houses added additional challenges to the neighbourhood. “The rule was that you could either have a coach house or a secondary suite, not both. But in reality, what happened in many cases was that the coach house was rented out and the basement was also rented out,” he said, adding that the suite problem has proven difficult to enforce. Council has since put an unofficial moratorium on coach homes. Further adding to the problem is that many of the garages were too small to comfortably fit two vehicles. And the third parking spot at the rear of the house turned out to be too narrow to fit larger vehicles like pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. Luymes said the city is now looking at how to plan the neighbouring West Clayton, and has increased the minimum lot size to be two-and-a-half feet wider, and deepened the lots, to allow for a bigger garage and a larger parking stall beside the garage. Luymes added that “transit service in the area has lagged behind, resulting in a higher reliance on vehicles.” “If we get better transit, which we’re pushing very hard for along Fraser Highway, which is one of our key priorities for a light rail system, that would be running right through the middle of East Clayton. And the hope would be that many people would be able to reduce the number of vehicles per household.” NEXT WEEK: We focus on the overcrowding of East Clayton’s schools as well as the desire for more public amenities in the area.

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CLOVERDALE — The new owners of the Clova Cinema building, Crossridge Church, is looking at future possibilities for the landmark site. The Clova will continue to show films throughout the summer, at which point its existence as a theatre will come to an end. After that, lead pastor Lee Francois said there are a number of possibilities for the beloved building. “We’re still working through all that might be involved in it, so I can’t give you five things of here’s what we’re going to do, but obviously we’re going to be using it for our Sunday morning gatherings and we’re going to be using it for our band practice Wednesdays,” he said. Francois also indicated that they were leaning toward having it operate as something of a community venue when not being used for church-related functions.

Lee Francois, lead pastor of Crossridge Church, said they are continuing to support the Clova Cinema. (Photo: GORD GOBLE) An example, he said, would be the Cloverdale Learning Centre, located across the street from the Clova. “So we actually rent their space on Sunday mornings to do our kids’ ministry and we’ve partnered with them a little bit, at Christmastime we’ve helped a number of families with Christmas

hampers and we have a good working relationship with them,” said Francois. “So I was talking to them this week and they asked if, going forward, they could use the Clova for their grad ceremony and we said absolutely, we’d love to do that for them.” Other scenarios posed could see the building used as a venue

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Facebook and Twitter accusing the church of “shutting down the Clova,” Francois said the comments were unfortunate, as the church likely prolonged the life of the struggling cinema. “Our original hope was that they would have been able to secure a long-term lease and we would have continued to rent from them,” said Francois. “That wasn’t going to happen and we have provided a steady source of revenue for them for two-and-a-half years and I would say we’ve extended their life by virtue of doing that. “Now, we want to be as gracious as possible to give them a long enough runway to find a new avenue. We understand the place this theatre has had in the community and there are a lot of memories attached to it, we get that, but our desire is to be a blessing to the community and we think there’s more than one way to do that.”

for local theatre performances or even concerts, as Francois said he’s heard a local Surrey group might be interested in the site. “For us purchasing this theatre, it’s pretty rundown and needs a lot of work and we’re going to be making a significant financial investment to bring it up to standards. But we think it’s going to be a fantastic venue in the future and we think it’ll be great for the community for a number of things.” As for movies, Francois said they are definitely interested in showing movies at the Clova but whether that would be digital or traditional film would still have to be figured out. “We’ve talked about Christmastime, maybe running a classic movie and doing it by donation with all proceeds going to the food bank or going to something (that would be) a local boost to the community,” he said. Finally, when asked about some of the comments made on

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Surrey volunteers hope to find ‘hidden homeless’ Amy Reid

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SURREY — The 2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count was March 11 and 12 and in Surrey, 200 volunteers were deployed across the city. The region-wide homeless count happens every three years and is widely recognized as an underestimate of the actual homeless population. “We’re hoping that we are able to do a good job of finding people who are considered the hidden homeless,” said Jonquil Hallgate of the Surrey Urban Mission, referring to people who may be couch surfing or living in vehicles. The count began on March 11, identifying homeless people entering shelters for the night, being released from hospital, those in transition homes as well as being released from prison. Volunteers were out from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on March 12 for the street portion of the survey. Volunteers ask a variety of questions when they see someone who they suspect may be homeless, but Hallgate said people

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DELTA — Three people were badly burned while allegedly setting fire to their motorhome while attempting to steal gasoline by siphoning it from the holding tank of a gas station on River Road early Saturday morning. Delta Police believe the motorhome was parked on top of in-ground fuel tanks in the 10200-block on River Road. Police suspect that once parked, the three removed the floorboards of the motorhome to get at the tanks. “Police estimate that the suspects siphoned hundreds of litres of gasoline from the in-ground tank into a large plastic storage tank inside the motorhome,” said Sgt. Sarah Swallow. “During the siphoning process an unknown ignition source ignited the on-board gasoline, resulting in the fire and severe injuries to the victims.” The two men stayed at the scene and are in critical but stable condition in hospital. The woman ran off, but was later found in New Westminster. “A passing motorist saw the woman fleeing the motorhome and she appeared to have severe burn injuries to her face.” Gravely concerned, the police issued a bulletin during their search for her, describing her as white, in her 30s, about five feet tall, very skinny with bad teeth, and wearing pajamas. The three are facing several charges, including theft over $5,000. Their names have not been released as charges have not been formally laid.

Man shot in Newton driveway SURREY — A 30-year-old Surrey man is in stable condition in hospital after he was shot in his driveway early Sunday morning in Newton. Police are looking for witnesses. The victim is well known to police. His name has not been released. Neighbours heard a loud argument followed by multiple shots, at 134A Street and 81st Avenue, at about 6:30 a.m. The Surrey RCMP is looking for a brown van and a black pickup seen leaving the scene of the shooting. One of the vehicles is believed to have a broken window.

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NORTH DELTA — Delta municipal staff insist that swimmers and gym users at North Delta’s Sungod Recreation Centre are not in any danger from black mold and rot in a wall on the building’s roof. Global News aired video footage last Wednesday night that showed a rather gross mold problem on the outside wall of a mechanical room some 30 feet above the pool. A building inspector interviewed by the television news crew advised that the centre should be shut down so at least a preliminary test can be done. “Oh my god, look at that,” Delta Mayor Lois Jackson exclaimed, upon viewing the footage. “I’m absolutely shocked.” But Ken Kuntz, Delta’s director of parks, recreation and culture, said pool and gym patrons should not worry. “I can assure you you’re safe,” he said. Greg Scott, Delta’s deputy director of development, said the mold is on the outside of the building, on a parapet wall well above the roofline. He said siding covers the mold and rot, revealed during repair done last August. It’s on the old part of the building, not the newer part renovated in 2002 for $10.2 million. Somewhere there was a leak in the building’s envelope, Scott said. Because it was late in the year to replace the parapet, he said, the work was postponed to this spring. “We’re just looking at the weather.” He said that in the meantime, there are no structural or health risk worries. The municipality has not conducted recent air quality tests at the pool, he conceded. “It is contained,” he said of the rot and mold. This year has been Delta parks and recreation department’s annus horribilis, with part of the Ladner Leisure Centre’s stucco façade collapsing last month, resulting in the building being evacuated and closed for repair, and now this.

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Scott said what happened in Ladner, and this situation at Sungod, is a coincidence. “They’re so unrelated,” he said. Jackson noted that the portion of Sungod’s pool Lois Jackson affected appears to be part of the original building, built some 38 years ago. She’s wondering now if any other municipal recreation centres built in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 1980s are experiencing the same, yet still hidden, problems. “I’m gonna have to look into this,” she said of Sungod’s rot and mold. “You can rest assured I’ll be finding out and getting a report right away. “Oh my gosh, what next?” Later Thursday the municipality issued a press release in which Jackson said an air quality test will be done at Sungod Recreation Centre, with the results to be released to the public. “In response to concerns regarding air quality, I have requested that staff immediately retain an independent contractor to perform air quality testing and release the results to the public,” Jackson said. “Public safety is the top priority for our community and we want the patrons of Sungod Recreation Centre to have confidence that they can visit our facility and enjoy recreation without any health concerns. A consultant’s report indicated that the rot resulted from damp air blowing out from the pool. Since the air is only blowing out of the building, and not into it, “no air quality concerns were identified” the release said. Exposure to toxic black mold can lead to respiratory, circulatory, skin, eye, neurological, reproductive, mental and immune system problems, among other illnesses.

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t’s often the case in politics that a politician can spend a relatively small amount of money, yet reap a heck of a lot of trouble for it. Misspend a few million dollars? Don’t worry about it. Misspend tens of thousands of dollars? Get ready to be blasted. Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s leadership is in crisis over her trying to stick the taxpayers with a $45,000 expense bill, and now two B.C. Liberal MLAs have been bruised for making questionable spending decisions themselves. Justice Minister and Attorney General Suzanne Anton’s decision to approve a contract worth up to $140,000 for former B.C. Liberal MLA John Les not only raised huge questions about her political

judgment but also thrust her into the awkward position of being thrown under the bus by her boss, Premier Christy Clark. A day after Anton defended the contract (which was to have Les co-chair a review of earthquake preparedness) Clark announced it was unacceptable because it was too expensive and said it had been “withdrawn,” leaving her minister to explain how the blatant patronage payout had been concocted in the first place. Meanwhile, Legislature Speaker Linda Reid had some explaining to do of her own. Once again, this bit of trouble did not involve a huge amount of dollars, but just enough to leave a mark. Reid, it seems, has been on a bit of a spending spree at the same time the B.C. Liberal government is bragging that its tight fiscal restraint policy is allowing it to balance the budget. Reid has spent more than $100,000 on various projects around the legislature and her constituency office, and some of them are questionable at best. But let’s deal with Anton first. While not

all the details have been made public, I suspect the decision to appoint Les to the earthquake preparedness review had the general support of Clark, until it became known what kind of money he was potentially getting. Appointing Les to the review panel was a bit much to begin with. There’s no question it smacks of political patronage, but the B.C. Liberals have demonstrated on numerous occasions they don’t shy away from handing out plum patronage posts (Les, in fact, already has a $60,000 position as chair of the Farm Industry Review Board). No, this was all about the money. Clark’s political instincts, which are usually pretty keen, told her paying a political insider $140,000 simply wasn’t going to cut it

with the public. Anton, on the other hand, demonstrated a complete lack of political acumen. Compounding her credibility problem was her nonsensical and mysterious defense of her actions in the first place. Her office issued a statement two days after the contract was cancelled that Les’ appointment constituted an “emergency” so there was no need to send the contract out to public tender. An emergency? Really? The whole Les debacle gives rise to speculation that she may not survive in the justice portfolio when Clark shuffles her cabinet, which she will do eventually. We shall see. As for the free-spending Reid, there’s no question she’ll continue in her post as speaker despite the

controversy she’s created for herself. Still, she’s had her knuckles rapped by her own colleagues, which is unusual. Reid quietly spent more than $40,000 to install a new computer console in front of the speaker’s chair in the legislative chamber, more than $13,000 for a members’ TV lounge in the legislature library (which has a $733 table for muffins and coffee) and $79,000 for security improvements to her constituency office. Reid apologized to the legislature’s management committee (composed of MLAs from both the government and the Opposition) but she’s basically been served notice to rein in her spending spree. When the government’s overall spending is nearing $45 billion annually, the

dollars thrown around by Anton and Reid amount to a miniscule part of that budget. But while many voters can’t really imagine what $45 billion amounts to, they can certainly relate to a $140,000 contract or a $13,000 TV lounge. And Alberta’s Redford has discovered people can certainly relate to expensive airplane flights, which is why she’s had to dig into her own pocket to pay the taxpayers back. Anton and Reid won’t have to open up their own wallets, of course, but they’ve learned a painful political lesson: it’s often the small spending items that can come back to bite you, not the big budget ones. Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC Keith.Baldrey@globalnews.ca

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The Editor, Re: “B.C. should pull a Reagan on BCTF,” the Now, March 13. I understand the necessity of publishing letters that speak to both sides of an issue, but the letter you published is appalling – appalling in the sense that someone in a position meant to facilitate an appropriate, intelligent and enlightening debate would publish such crap. If your purpose in publishing such mudslinging was to draw readership to your paper, then it worked for this one person. But, as they say, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” In other words, I won’t be back to read anything published in your newspaper. I am disheartened by the fact that an editor of a newspaper would publish anything that exemplifies ad hominem attack and other logical fallacies as this letter does. The author of the letter oversimplifies and overgeneralizes his attack on teachers who “do not operate in the real world,” who practice their “ineffective teaching methods” and who “show their naiveté to the whole world.” Obviously the ridiculous “solution” to the problem proposed at the end of the letter is equally ludicrous to the first half of the letter. In fact, the state of current public education in the U.S. is widely documented as being in a state of turmoil as Reagan’s decimation of public services has widely been proven to have failed. But, regardless, the point is that the letters you choose to publish are reflective of you as an editor and your newspaper. If mudslinging, over-simplification, overgeneralization and logical fallacies in general are what you and your paper champion, then I scoff at your paper’s existence. I would hope that in the future you consider publishing a wide array

ounce of intelligence in the matter of content – not just pathos-driven, meanspirited, uninformed attacks on professionals who, for the most part, teach to the best of their abilities for all the right reasons. And I can back this up with over a decade of experience working with these proud professionals. Christian Obeck, Surrey

Nothing will ever be ‘fair’ for BCTF The Editor, Re: “No timeline for teacher job action,” the Now, March 11. Thank you for an eyeopening article. It is sad to accept the total takeover of B.C.’s education system by a band of socialists who will stop at nothing and will continue to milk taxpayers for more money and unfair benefits. The BCTF leadership doesn’t intend to come to the table and lock their demands, because that will effectively lock their main weapon, which is the undefined and infinitely flexible concept of “fairness and equality” that they plug every concerned taxpayer’s mouth with. It doesn’t matter how much taxpayer money the

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BCTF gets; it’s still going to be “unfair.” We need to stop this nonsense and ask ourselves – unfair to whom? What is the concrete definition of “fair” and at whose expense is fairness always achieved? Since the public education is a government-run monopoly subsidized by overburdened taxpayers, it is not in the BCTF’s interest to ever settle, because the taxpayers do not have a choice. We all must pay up for every whim of the socialist BCTF union bureaucrats who never had any shame, but now lost even the need to cover up their tactics. It goes without saying that, because of unions like BCTF, our education system is more expensive and less effective than a completely privatized, competitive education system. We need to question the ability of government monopoly workers to have an ability to unionize, because it gives them power to strike indefinitely at the expense of taxpayers. David Simonov, Delta

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SOUTH SURREY — Even though the Peninsula Club is still years away from opening its doors in 2017, people from cities throughout the south of the Fraser are already clamouring to join. Right now the prospective site is home to a driving range and open space, but Mary Manning envisions a thriving sports and recreation centre. It’s something she said she has been wanting to see since she moved here from Vancouver many years ago. “I have been working on this, in one way or another as I say for a hundred years and one day I heard that there were two guys walking around the area thinking that they might want to do a quote unquote Arbutus Club down here in Surrey and I thought, OK, let’s meet,” said Manning. “We sat down and looked at each other and just realized that, between the three of us, we have the tools to get the job done so we joined forces in about 2012.” Those partners – David Galtin, a former managing partner at DA Architects + Planners, and Don Redden of Redden Development Consultants – have enormous experience in building large-scale projects. They’ve recently been joined by Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd. as the development partner. Manning said she brings “feet on the ground experience” along with her marketing and brand management expertise. The idea for the Peninsula Club is that it will take the best of the Arbutus Club in Vancouver and Hollyburn in West Vancouver, plus some unique additions. For example, Manning said, there will be

The Peninsula Club, as shown in this concept illustration, is being developed for a 16-acre site at King George Boulevard and Crescent Road in South Surrey. Mary Manning, one of the main people behind the project, said they expect to sell founding memberships later this year, and everyone who signs up will have a say in what amenities the club will have. greenhouses on site, growing organic food for the “farm to fork” restaurants, NHLsized ice facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness centre, gymnasium facilities, studios for music, dance, yoga and more, a corporate centre and racket courts. There will be ample parking, given the 16acre site at the intersection of King George Boulevard and Crescent Road, where they have an agreement to purchase. All told, it will be a 160,000-square-foot facility. As a family-oriented club, Manning said, “It’s there to inspire kids to be involved and

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VOLUNTEERING Become a volunteer literacy or math tutor to help a child struggling to learn: Tutoring locations in Surrey and Langley, extensive training provided. Info: 604-591-5156, www.ldafs.org. Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC: Do you enjoy interacting with preschool-age children in a social/recreational “play-school” setting? Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC seeks volunteers to help in its Family Resource Centres in North Delta and Ladner. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, Monday to Friday. Volunteer screening includes a criminal record check, two references and volunteer orientations. Contact Donna Burke, 604-591-9262, ext. 131, or e-mail: donnab@bgccs.bc.ca. Big Sisters of BC-Lower Mainland is looking for women, age 19 or older, to volunteer as Big Sister mentors. The organization provides Little Sisters with a mentor who is

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Newton Seniors Centre is looking for seniors who play musical instruments. See listing under Activities. needed, no experience required, all ages. For more info (604) 725-4654, (604) 572-9199, www. HotSalsaDanceZone.com.

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Contact Ron, 604-576-6806, or Jim, 604-575-7968. Cloverdale Curling Club: Experienced and new curlers are welcome at club on Thursday and Friday mornings. “Seniors curling emphasizes the social aspect of the sport. You will meet new people throughout the season as you curl in regular events as well as bonspiels, which include lunch and prizes. A coaching clinic is available in September to help you learn or improve your game.” Contact Cliff at 604-599-6518 for info, or club office 604- 574- 4483 to register.

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The Shops at Morgan Crossing hosts its 4th Annual Spring Skate, just in time for Spring Break. Everyone is invited to come by for outdoor skating from Tuesday, March 18 to 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Semiahmoo Secondary school will be having a barbecue and selling treats by donation. As well, skate

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Tax help available through Deltassist NORTH DELTA — For over 20 years, Deltassist has been helping low-income residents prepare their tax returns for free and, thanks to a grant from Vancity, this year’s program is set to help more than 500 people. “Preparing a tax return can be a little complicated for some people,” said Lorraine Yates, manager of operations at Deltassist. “Even with little or no income, it’s important to send one in because that’s what the government uses to determine benefits and programs that many people have access to.” Tax returns are used to calculate GST credits, Canada Child Tax Benefits, Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) for seniors, MSP Premium Assistance, Pharmacare and a number of other benefits. Many programs can be requested when filing a tax return as well, which people will miss out on if they don’t send one in. “Our volunteers have prepared thousands of tax returns since we started this program over 20 years ago,” said Yates. “We couldn’t do it without the support and dedication of our wonderful volunteers, and from the help we receive from companies like Vancity.” This is the second year Vancity has donated to the program. “One of the ways we can help build healthy communities is by supporting organizations like Deltassist who are making an impact in the lives of people who live in this community,” said Praveen Sidhu, senior branch manager of Vancity’s North Delta Community branch. North Delta residents can call 604-594-3455 to book an appointment at Deltassists’s North Delta office (9097 120th St.). People in Ladner and Tsawwassen can call 604-946-9526 at Deltassists’s Ladner office (4891 Delta St.). The

rentals and sharpening is also available by donation, with all proceeds going to the school’s dry grad. For more information, see theshopsatmorgancrossing. com.

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The Surrey Delta Chapter of the Valley Women’s Network cordially invites you to join our luncheon meetings held on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except July & August).

Registration and networking starts at 11:30am Venue: Eaglequest Golf and Country Club, 7778 - 152nd Street, Surrey, BC Program and Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:30pm Cost: Pre-registered guests $28 Or $30 at the door (Cash or cheque - no credit cards please) Email Reservations: sdvwnreservations@gmail.com More information: www.valleywomensnetwork.com

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SPRING PROGRAMS IN CLOVERDALE Parent Participation

Dinosaur Days Roar! T-Rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus! Calling all budding Paleontologists. Explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs through fun indoor and outdoor activities including a ‘dinosaur dig’. 4 Sessions $24.75 2-3yrs 4359346 Sa May 24 9:15am-10:15am Don Christian Recreation Centre kindercarpentry You and your child can construct some works of art using various materials including sandpaper, hammer and nails. 4 Sessions $24.75 3-5yrs 4357409 Sa May 24 11:45am-12:45pm Don Christian Recreation Centre Social Recreation What a great way to introduce your child to Preschool! This structured program consists of play activities, circle time, storytelling, arts and exploration. 10 Sessions $82.50 2-3yrs 4357328 F Apr 4 9:00am-10:30am Don Christian Recreation Centre 9 Sessions $74.25 2-3yrs 4353744 M Apr 7 10:00am-11:30am 4353743 Th Apr 10 9:30am-11:00am Cloverdale Recreation Centre Rhythm & Rhyme This is an opportunity for you and your child to experience movement to music, songs, rhythmic instruments and musical games. 8 Sessions $41.25 2-3yrs 4353742 Sa Apr 12 9:30am-10:15am Cloverdale Recreation Centre Music & Movement Music, song, and dance! Explore balance and rhythm using a variety of instruments and other materials. Parent participation is required. 8 Sessions $41.25 1-2.5yrs 4353741 Sa Apr 12 10:30am-11:15am Cloverdale Recreation Centre Parachute Fun This program introduces games and fun activities with the parachute to encourage the development of learning, physical movement, coordination, and social interaction. 8 Sessions $41.25 2-3yrs 4357315 Th Apr 24 9:15am-10:00am Don Christian Recreation Centre Circle Time Need a refresher on your nursery rhymes and songs? Learn fun ways to entertain your babies and toddlers. A great way to meet other parents while learning games, songs, finger plays. Lap games and more. 7 Sessions $36.25 1-18mos 4357307 W Apr 23 9:15am-10:00am Don Christian Recreation Centre Tummy Time A chance for you to spend some quality time as a family while making new friends in your community and taking part in songs and story time. 7 Sessions $36.25 1-6mos 4355017 M Apr 14 9:15am-10:00am Cloverdale Recreation Centre

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Gym Play Improve coordination and movement skills. Music and free play in a fun-filled, safe environment for children. 7 Sessions $36.25 1-3yrs 4357322 F Apr 25 9:00am-9:45am Don Christian Recreation Centre Pre-Sport Skills A fun and social way to be active, improve coordination, and build basic movement skills used in a variety of sports. 8 Sessions $41.25 2-3yrs 4353746 Sa Apr 12 9:15am-10:00am 4353747 Sa Apr 12 10:15am-11:00am 4353748 Tu Apr 15 4:30pm-5:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Soccer Indoor Learn basic soccer skills. A fun and social way to enjoy movement and improve coordination. 8 Sessions $41.25 2-4yrs 4353782 F Apr 11 5:00pm-5:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Art explorers Experience the world of art with your child. Enjoy hands-on art projects that you and your preschooler will delight in. 4 Sessions $20.75 2-3yrs 4352234 W Apr 23 10:15am-11:00am Clayton Hall Music Together Early childhood music program includes singing, movement, chanting, and instrument play in a mixed aged environment. Includes CD and songbook. 10 Sessions $150 1-5yrs 4356382 W Apr 9 9:30am-10:15am Cloverdale Recreation Centre Storytime This program is filled with songs, stories and activities to highlight children’s favorite books. Each day will be a new story and a new project. 4 Sessions $20.75 1.5 -3yrs 4352233 W Apr 23 9:15am-10:00am Clayton Hall Ballet Share some time with your ‘little one’ learning the basics of ballet! This program is designed especially for both of you. No special equipment is required. 5 Sessions $20.75 2-3yrs 4352242 W Apr 16 3:15pm-3:45pm Clayton Hall

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Cooking Mix, measure and create your own fun in the kitchen. Learn about kitchen etiquette, healthy food and nutrition. Each week includes hands-on experience preparing kid-friendly snacks. 4 Sessions $40.75 3-5yrs 4353778 M Apr 7 3:30pm-4:45pm 4353779 M May 12 3:30pm-4:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Paint, Paste, Pour Paint, Paste and Pour your day away. Come have fun while exploring different ways to show your artistic ability. 8 Sessions $49.50 3-5yrs 4357294 Tu Apr 22 11:15am-12:15pm Don Christian Recreation Centre

Dinosaur Days Roar! T-Rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus! Calling all budding Paleontologists. Explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs through fun indoor and outdoor activities including a ‘dinosaur dig’. 4 Sessions $24.75 3-5yrs 4359347 Sa May 24 10:30am-11:30am Don Christian Recreation Centre Story, Art & Play Introduction to preschool through songs, crafts and exploration. Different themes include dinosaurs, insects, farms, gardening, jungle animals, ocean life and more! 8 Sessions $49.50 3-5yrs 4357312 W Apr 23 3:15pm-4:15pm Don Christian Recreation Centre Art explorers Children will be encouraged to explore many different art mediums using paint, paper, glitter, glue and much more! 4 Sessions $20.75 3-5yrs 4352236 W Apr 23 11:15am-12noon Clayton Hall Ready Set Read A fun and interactive environment to introduce your child to reading. Course includes phonics, letter recognition and more. 4 Sessions $38.25 4-5yrs 4352241 W Apr 23 12:30pm-2:00pm Clayton Hall Hip Hop Cool dancing for little ones! Emphasis is on fun. Boys and girls welcome. 8 Sessions $41.25 3-5yrs 4353775 M Apr 7 9:30am-10:15am Cloverdale Recreation Centre 5 Sessions $25.75 3-5yrs 4352243 W Apr 16 4:00pm-4:45pm Clayton Hall Dance Sampler This lively sampler of dance moves introduces students to the basics of Hip Hop, Jazz, Line dance and more. 8 Sessions $41.25 3-5yrs 4353776 M Apr 7 10:30am-11:15am Cloverdale Recreation Centre Basketball Learn basic basketball skills including dribbling, passing, and shooting. 8 Sessions $41.25 4-6yrs 4353788 F Apr 11 3:30pm-4:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Floorball Floorball is a fun, safe and inclusive sport that is a cross between floor and ball hockey. Players will be introduced to basic ball and stick handling skills. 8 Sessions $41.25 4-6yrs 4353789 F Apr 11 4:30pm-5:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre T-Ball Basic baseball and softball skills such as throwing, catching and hitting are introduced. Practice new skills playing mini games. 8 Sessions $41.25 3-5yrs 4357319 Th Apr 24 12:15pm-1:00pm Don Christian Recreation Centre


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Art explorer Children will learn to express themselves with creativity and imagination through basic drawing and painting techniques in various media, including tempera, oil pastels and charcoal. Learn a different projectjustified col every week. Supplies included. 5 Sessions $31 6-9yrs 4356967 Sa Apr 5 10:15am-11:15am Clayton Hall

Paper Mache

Let your imagination go, and combine your drawing, sculpting and painting skills to produce incredible works of art. If you like to have fun and get messy, this class is for you! 3 Sessions $21.75 5-8yrs 4356650 Tu Apr 29 3:00pm-4:15pm 3 Sessions $21.75 9-12yrs 4356651 Tu Apr 29 4:30pm-5:45pm Clayton Elementary School Creative writing Come and learn how to improve your vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure in a fun and supportive environment! You’ll find new ways to create lively stories. 5 Sessions $36 10-13yrs 4358472 M Apr 7 3:30pm-4:30pm Clayton Hall 6 Sessions $43.25 8-12yrs 4354695 Th May 1 6:45pm-7:45pm Don Christian Recreation Centre Science Discovery Young scientists join us for a day of exciting activities and experiments that you can try at home! 2 Sessions $24 5-12yrs 4356747 Th Apr 3 3:00pm-5:00pm Clayton Elementary School Hip Hop Learn the latest in hip hop and dance coordination in this funky energetic class. Ideal for those with little to no dance experience. 7 Sessions $43.50 5-7yrs 4353793 Tu Apr 29 3:15pm-4:15pm 7 Sessions $43.50 8-11yrs 4353794 Tu Apr 29 4:15pm-5:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre 5 Sessions $31 6-9yrs 4352244 W Apr 16 5:00pm-6:00pm 7 Sessions $43.50 10-13yrs 4358239 F Apr 25 3:30pm-4:30pm Clayton Hall 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4356669 Sa Apr 26 11:15am-12:15pm Don Christian Recreation Centre Jazz & Hip Hop Dance Jazz up your life with the latest dance moves from music videos! You will cover basic dance steps, create exciting routines, and meet new friends. 5 Sessions $36.25 5-8yrs 4356816 Tu May 20 3:00pm-4:15pm 5 Sessions $36.25 9-12yrs 4356817 Tu May 20 4:30pm-5:45pm Clayton Elementary School yoga - Family Children and parents (or aunts, uncles, grandparents...) do Yoga together. Yoga poses, breathing exercises, relaxation and games. A great way for families to be active together. 6 Sessions $45 6yrs+ 4352088 Tu Apr 8 6:00pm-7:00pm 5 Sessions $37.50 6yrs+ 4352087 Sa May 24 9:15am-10:15am Hazelgrove Elementary

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4 Sessions $30 6yrs+ 4354233 F Apr 11 6:30pm-7:30pm 4354234 F May 30 6:30pm-7:30pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre French Children will be taught how to read, write and speak basic French words and phrases in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on conversational French. 9 Sessions $63.50 6-12yrs 4353790 Th Apr 17 4:45pm-5:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Guitar level 1 This program is designed to offer an opportunity to learn basic notes and how to read music sheets. Participants are required to bring their own guitar in good playing condition. 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353771 M Apr 7 5:15pm-6:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Guitar level 2 For those who would like to continue to learn how to play more advanced chords. Participants are required to bring their own guitar in good playing order. 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353772 M Apr 7 4:00pm-5:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Drama Enter stage right! This program will introduce you to drama exercises, games, theatre sports, play building and improvisations. No experience required. 7 Sessions $43.50 6-12yrs 4353791 Tu Apr 29 6:00pm-7:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Musical Theatre Sing and dance like a Broadway star with this fun and entertaining combination of acting, singing and dancing. 8 Sessions $49.50 6-9yrs 4353774 M Apr 7 5:30pm-6:30pm 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353773 M Apr 7 6:30pm-7:30pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre I Am Game Prepare children to enjoy a wide variety of sports. Play fun activities that focus on basic movement skills. Build confidence and comfort while learning about teamwork, leadership and fair play. For children with minimal sport experience. 8 Sessions $49.50 6-9yrs 4353764 M Apr 7 3:30pm-4:30pm 4353763 Sa Apr 12 2:30pm-3:30pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Badminton Learn basic defensive and offensive shots. Modified games played at the end of each class. 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353770 M Apr 7 4:15pm-5:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre 8 Sessions $49.50 8-12yrs 4354716 W Apr 16 6:45pm-7:45pm A.J. McLellan Elementary School Flag Football A non-competitive non-contact course covering the basics of throwing and catching the ball. Learn simple offensive and defensive team play. 5 sessions $31.00 8-12yrs 4358623 T May 20 6:00-7:00pm Don Christian Recreation Centre

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Floorball The NEW hockey! Floorball is a fun, safe and inclusive sport that is a cross between floor hockey and ball hockey. Players will be introduced to basic ball and stick handling skills. 8 Sessions $49.50 5-7yrs 4353807 Tu Apr 15 3:30pm-4:30pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre 8 sessions $49.50 5-8yrs 4354659 M Apr 14 6:00-7:00pm 8 sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4354659 M Apr 14 7:15-8:15pm 8 sessions $49.50 5-8yrs 4354663 W Apr 16 3:15-4:15pm 8 sessions $49.50 7-10yrs 4354664 W Apr 16 4:30-5:30pm Don Christian Recreation Centre 6 sessions $37.25 5-8yrs 4354661 Sa May 3 9:30-10:30am 6 sessions $37.25 8-12yrs 4354662 Sa May 3 10:45-11:45am George Greenaway Elementary School Soccer Indoor Learn fundamental soccer skills including passing, shooting, and ball-handling. Fun games will be played to introduce players to the sport. 8 Sessions $49.50 5-6yrs 4353766 M Apr 7 4:45pm-5:45pm 8 Sessions $49.50 7-9yrs 4353767 M Apr 7 5:45pm-6:45pm 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353768 M Apr 7 6:45pm-7:45pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4354676 W Apr 16 7:00pm-8:00pm Sunrise Ridge Elementary School Soccer Indoor for Girls Learn fundamental soccer skills including passing, shooting, and ball-handling. Fun games will be played to introduce girls to the sport. 8 Sessions $49.50 5-8yrs 4354668 W Apr 16 5:45pm-6:45pm Sunrise Ridge Table Tennis Learn basic table tennis skills. Improve fitness and coordination. Footwork, backhand and forehand strokes will be introduced. 8 Sessions $48 8-10yrs 4358631 Sa Apr 26 2:00pm-3:00pm 8 Sessions $48 10-12yrs 4358632 Sa Apr 26 3:15pm-4:15pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre Volleyball Learn and practice volleyball skills including passing and volleying. Volleyball will be introduced in a fun, team environment. 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4354667 Tu Apr 15 7:00pm-8:00pm A.J. McLellan Elementary School Volleyball for Girls Learn and practice volleyball skills including passing and volleying. Volleyball will be introduced to girls in a fun, team environment. 8 Sessions $49.50 9-12yrs 4353808 W Apr 16 5:00pm-6:00pm Cloverdale Recreation Centre

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COMMUNITY Pimp My Sign contest

Help us find Surrey’s ugliest sign – and win SUBMIT A SIGN AND VOTE WITH LAYAR SURREY — The Now wants to pimp your sign, or a sign that you feel needs pimping. No, Xzibit won’t show up at your front door with a camera crew. But a deserving sign (possibly yours) will still get a facelift, courtesy of Glacier Media and Astrographic Industries. The media company is running its Pimp My Sign promotion in search of ugly, worn, run-down signage in desperate need of a makeover to coincide with the City of Surrey’s crackdown on unsightly logos. Last year, the city amended its signage bylaw in an effort to pretty up businesses in Surrey. “Mostly, it’s a beautification issue for the city,” said Coun. Bruce Hayne. “And

a lot of the signs were illegal before, but we’ve sort of clarified things more and made things more clear in the bylaw.” Residents and business owners can submit photos of ugly signs by posting on the Now’s Facebook page or on their own Instagram accounts with the #pimpmysign hashtag, or through the Pimp My Sign Facebook app. Through the app, users can vote on the sign they think is most deserving of a redesign. The top five signs will be judged by a panel, with the winning sign receiving a makeover from Astrographic Industries worth up to $5,000. The top vote getter will receive a weekend hotel stay for two in Whistler. The user who refers the most friends to the contest, as well as one voter selected at random, will each receive a pair of tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, Apr. 12. For more information, or to vote or submit a sign, scan this page with Layar or go to apps.facebook.com/pimpmysign. The Now


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COMMUNITY Springtastic Fair in Cloverdale

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SURREY — A number of kid-friendly activities are happening here spring break this week and next. Cloverdale Agriplex will be the place for the inaugural Springtastic Fair from March 20 to 23. The indoor event will feature a Walk on Water attraction, Euro Bungee, photo booths, air-brush tattoos, carnival games, inflatables and more, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An all-day pass is priced at $30. The event is co-hosted by Vancouver PartyWorks Interactive and Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Association. For details, call 604-576-9461 or visit partyworks.bc.ca/ events/springtastic-fair. In South Surrey, Cinemazoo’s spring break camp is themed “Junior Environmentalism” – a chance to learn about the concepts of environmentalism through games, crafts, video clips and some hands-on animal interaction. The camp from March 24 to 28 is for ages nine to 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. For details, call 604-299-6963 or visit www.cinemazoo.com. On Wednesday, March 19, White Rock Library will stage for preteens a performance by The Trollsons, a comedy troupe that will bring the Irish tale “The

AwARDS FOR AUTISM CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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A “Walk on Water” ball like this is among attractions at the inaugural Springtastic Fair, at Cloverdale Agriplex from Thursday through Sunday (March 20 to 23). Selkie” to life. It runs from 2 to 3 p.m. at 15342 Buena Vista Ave., White Rock. For details, dial 604-541-2204. Stop-motion animation is the focus of a teen-oriented session Tuesday, March 25 (2 to 4 p.m.) at City Centre Library. Love photography or video? Love telling stories? This is a chance to create a fun and charming short film you can share and post online. No experience necessary – the library will supply the tools. Register in branch, or call 604-598-7427.

SPORTS • ACADEMICS (Elementary and High School) • MUSIC • DANCE COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OPEN CATEGORY - The Open Category is for nominations received for special talent that does not fit in the above categories but deserves recognition. Winners will be presented with their awards at the “Angels for Autism” fundraising dinner on Friday April 25th at the Crown Palace Banquet Hall in Surrey. Family members can provide nominations for their child with autism along with one letter to accompany the nomination letter e.g. coaches, teachers etc. Award recipients will be provided with a ticket for the event along with two complimentary tickets.

The deadline for all nominations is April 1st 2014 and all nomination letters can be emailed to: ramens@pacificaba.com or mailed to Angels for Autism Unit 330 12886 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 6V8

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High school basketball

Bulldogs hold off Crusaders for 4A banner Michael Booth

selection down the stretch wasn’t the best. Our kids got a little bit tight, but hats off to Churchill. They played well and made the plays they needed to down the stretch.” The weekend began with the possibility of two Surrey teams meeting in the final. The Crusaders held up their end of the deal by beating a Cinderella Sardis team 73-58 in one semifinal, but the top-ranked Tamanawis Wildcats were tripped up 68-66 in a controversial finish to the other semi.

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Even with silver medals hanging around their necks, it was hard for the Holy Cross Crusaders to see the silver lining to losing in the biggest game of the basketball season Saturday night. Vancouver’s Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs grabbed the lead early in the second-quarter and never surrendered it for the remainder of the contest en route to a 67-64 win in the title game of the B.C. Senior Boys 4A Basketball Championships at the Langley Events Centre. “Losing in the final is tough, I know all about how hard it is,” said Holy Cross coach Matt LeChasseur, who lost in overtime of the class AA final in his playing days.

With all the time our guys and our coaches have put in it’s hard to take knowing how the semifinal unfolded and what happened.

Our kids got a little bit tight, but hats off to Churchill. They played well and made the plays they needed to down the stretch. “It was a still a great year for us. We’re really proud of what we accomplished. We only have 700 or so kids in our school and we competed against schools with a lot more athletes. I’m really proud of our basketball program, both girls and boys. This was a unique group of kids and I’m really proud of their focus this week. It hurts to lose a game like this, but I hope they will be able to look back on this experience with fond memories.” After the second quarter, the sixth-seeded Crusaders stayed within striking distance of the second-ranked Bulldogs throughout the contest, never falling behind by more than seven points, but never getting closer than a single point. Holy Cross had no answer for Bulldogs star Mindy Minhas in the second half. The Churchill sharpshooter scored at will, repeatedly sucking the life out of Crusader rallies. Minhas was at his lethal best in the final minute of the fourth

Holy Cross forward Jonathan Kongbo was all business as he drove to the net during the class 4A senior boys basketball final in Langley Saturday night. Kongbo scored 20 points in a 67-64 loss to Sir Winston Churchill. View more photos with Layar. (Photo: GORD GOBLE) quarter. Holy Cross cut the gap to a single point and then delivered some of their best defence of the night to deny the Bulldogs a clear view of the hoop as the shot clock ticked down. With one second remaining on the ticker, Minhas calmly stepped back toward half court and delivered the dagger — a fall away three pointer than crushed the Crusaders’ hopes for good. “That’s Mindy, that’s what he does,” said a bemused Crusaders guard Jauquin Bennett-Boire. “Mindy plays club (basketball) with me and he’s an unbelievable

player. I knew he was going to do that, that he was going to hit something like that. The only way to stop him is to get your hand right in his face or he’s going to hit it. He’s one of the best players in recent B.C. history in my opinion. He hits clutch shots like that all the time.” The Crusaders were actually lucky they were within striking distance of the Bulldogs at the end at all. Several Holy Cross starters ran into foul trouble, but they did not pay the price. While Minhas was sizzling with 30 points in the game, the rest of the Bulldogs were

stone cold, especially from the charity stripe. Churchill shooters missed on a dozen free throws in the fourth quarter alone, hitting on just 11 of 31 attempts. Bennett-Boire led the Crusaders with 21 points, most of which came in the opening half. Jonathan Kongbo helped out with 20 points and a dozen rebounds. “It’s the not the ending that we wanted,” LeChasseur said. “It would have been nice if the refs would have let the game go a little more, but at the end of the day we just didn’t execute our game plan thoroughly enough. Our shot

While rising toward the net in the final minute of play, Tamanawis star Sukhjot Bains was brought down hard in the key and was then amazed to learn he was whistled for the foul on the play. The Wildcats then beat Sardis 70-56 on Saturday to finish third overall. “It’s tough to accept because we’ve beaten both the teams (Holy Cross and Churchill) in the final,” said Wildcats coach Mike McKay. “We’ve beaten all the top teams in the province this year except Walnut Grove because we never got to play them. With all the time our guys and our coaches have put in it’s hard to take knowing how the semifinal unfolded and what happened. There were multiple fouls that should have been called in that game, not just the one at the end. “Our guys were pretty devastated after the game and even today before the third place game. Both teams were flat, but our guys worked hard to get a win in the final game for our seniors. We played well enough to get the win.” Minhas was named the tournament MVP while BennettBoire, Kongbo and Bains were all first-team all-stars. Bains was also honoured as a recipient of a Telus scholarship.


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Dragons’ title dreams torched by early loss Michael Booth

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A stunning first round loss by the Fleetwood Park Dragons at the 2014 B.C. Senior Boys 3A Basketball Championships didn’t sting quite as much when the final standings were posted Saturday night. Ranked among the elite teams in the province all season, the third-seeded Dragons’ championship dreams turned into a nightmare when they were upset 52-51 by Prince Rupert’s unheralded 14th seeded Charles Hayes Rainmakers the first game of the tournament Wednesday morning. Three days later, the loss wasn’t quite the upset it seemed at the time as the Rainmakers advanced all the way to the championship final before losing to Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Knights. “They are a good team and we expected a tough game from them,” said Fleetwood Park coach Nick Day. “We weren’t surprised that they were a good team. The rankings didn’t mean anything in 3A this year because it’s hard to seed when all the teams have not played each other. Some teams played a lot of games against 4A teams while others, nobody knew much about them. “The problem for us wasn’t taking Hayes lightly; the issue was we didn’t shoot very well. We shot 28 per cent from the floor in that game when we usually average 44 per cent.” Kevin Alexandrov was the top point getter for Fleetwood in the loss. Emeka Okuma chipped in with 11.

The Dragons bounced back in their next game to beat Richmond’s R.A. McMath 51-49. Okuma led the way for the Dragons with 17 points and was named the player of the game. Alexandrov helped out the cause with eight points. The Dragons lost their footing again in their third match and dropped a 62-53 decision to Maple Ridge. Jordan Mendiola and John Tusi each scored a dozen points for Fleetwood in the loss.

We were ranked in the top four for 3A teams all season and we beat a lot of 4A teams as well. We had a good year, but we didn’t get the ending we wanted.

Fleetwood Park closed out the tourney with a 93-47 romp over Nanaimo in Saturday’s 10th place game. Guard Akash Grewal was named the player of the game for the Dragons. “Overall we had a very good year,” Day said. “We were ranked in the top four for 3A teams all season and we beat a lot of 4A teams as well. We had a good year, but we didn’t get the ending we wanted.” mbooth@thenownewspaper.com

Limerick Contest

Along with all the other great events that make up White Rockʼs Irish Festival, we are having a t. Limerick Contest.

Great Prizes

Here is a sample limerick:

A mischievous artist named Colleen & Loved to paint when she saw any great scene.. to spend with White Once on St. Paddy’s Day, Rock Merchants y She went down to our Ba n! ht gre een! And our White Rock is now painted brigght

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submissions are judged on originality, humour and extra points for an irish or white rock reference. Drop off at any of the following locations: West Beach East Beach White Rock Museum Aldo’s Karmel Café Cielo’s Tapas and Oyster Bar Sandpiper Pub Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug Spiritual Ingredients Bakery Angelic Teapot 55-55 Marine Drive 5 Corners White Rock Library Tapestry Music Sight for Sore Eyes Sandpiper Liquor Store

Uptown Pelican Rouge White Rock Travel White Rock Community Service Swirl Wine Store

NAME: __________________________________________________ PHONE:__________________________________________________ EMAIL: __________________________________________________ IS THIS ENTRY A: CHILD (12 & UNDER) • YOUTH (13-19) • ADULT (19+)

Contest Deadline: friDaY, MarCH 21 winners announced in paper: tHursDaY, MarCH 27

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WHITE ROCK — The numbers are being tallied following the conclusion of this year’s homeless count in White Rock and South Surrey. As part of the count, organized by Metro Vancouver, volunteers hit the streets March 11 and 12 to get a feel for how many people in the area are homeless. Susan Keeping, a co-ordinator of the Surrey Homelessness Housing Task Force, helped organize part of the count and said volunteer turnout was good. “We had a good contingent of volunteers and we normally have a number of organizations involved as well, so we had Options and the First United Church involved,” she said. “We had a good time and all the people involved were volunteers, none of this was paid for.” The count takes place every three years and is used to gather

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Scottish Country Dance Classes: Wednesdays at Sullivan Hall, 6303 152nd St., Surrey. First class is free for newcomers. Info: 604-536-1367 or 604-531-4595, www.wrscdc.org. Calypso Hut Dance Society: Caribbean events hosted by not-for-profit group based in South Surrey. “Our objective is to provide social entertainment with a Caribbean flavour.” For info, email calypsodancesociety2@gmail.com or Orvis, 604-209-5081, 778-829 7107. Old-time dance events at Sunnyside Hall at 1 p.m. every Monday (from Labour Day to June), corner of 18th Ave. & 154 St., South Surrey. Live music (piano, violin and two guitars). All seniors welcome. Info: 604- 538-5657 or 604-575-8236.

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SALI’s Farm is a safe haven for at-risk children and animals to bond, learn and heal one another. “We need volunteers for two positions: working directly with a child, and help caring for our horse and donkeys. Training is provided.” For more information, volunteer sessions held at Ocean Park Library from 7-8 p.m. on March 27 and April 24 . RSVP at info@sali.ca. Urban Safari Rescue Society: ”Love animals and people? We are accepting volunteers interested in working with animals, who are interested in teaching the public about animals and the natural world, have good public speaking skills, have interests in the environment, like to work as a team. We offer many interesting and unusual volunteer opportunities for people with skills of all kinds with flexible hours and a fun, unique, team atmosphere.” Contact Sharon at 604 531-1100.

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the area. As well the Chamber provides a business group health plan that can work for any size business but may be especially helpful to operations of fewer than 10 employees. Each month there are several networking opportunities that allow members to meet with other business operators to explore and solve mutual problems and to trade information and learn from each other. In addition the Chamber organizes and sponsors both educational and social events where members and their employees can expand their business knowledge in either a formal or a more relaxed setting. To keep the members upto-date, there is a bi-weekly

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e-newsletter that is sent out advising of both Chamber and community events. It can also contain other information that may pertain to their individual locations or to business in general. Of course we are always looking for more ways to work with our membership to add or improve the services that are currently being provided. As you can see joining or being a part of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce just makes good economic and business sense. TERRY ROSS PRESIDENT South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce

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