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Park a ‘hot spot’ for parties Raul Gonzalez is fed up. The 62-year-old retired carpenter says he’s sick and tired of being woken by late night parties in West Maple Creek Park, which surrounds his Broomlands Drive property on two sides. He’s also had enough of the playground equipment being vandalized, the shards of broken glass scattered across paths and eggs being thrown at the houses backing onto the park. And he’s really ticked off about the cars full of young men who park on the street for hours at a time and
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Retiree Raul Gonzales says that although the city and York Regional Police have taken steps to address the issues in West Maple Creek Park, concerns still linger for some in the neighbourhood.
York United Way CEO Daniele Zanotti says leadership donations such as Robert Kidd program pack big punch
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30 new affordable housing units open at the Reena Community Residence at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus. Half of the apartments are available to low-income tenants /18
THIS WEEK: New Indie FM radio station may give boost to Vaughan bands
A simple survey showing that more than half of Vaughan residents polled would be in favour of building a casino at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) was enough to set the crowd off at a recent information session. Before that point, participants from the community had been orderly and calm. But when the floodgates opened, there was no holding back the crowd, many of whom saw the presentation as a marketing tool designed to persuade them on the merits of locating a casino in Vaughan. The Pollara poll, which came at the end of an hour-plus speech by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation executives, showed that 55 per
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OK, the GTA wasn’t built on indie rock like the Starship song goes, but it does have a rich history of nurturing the genre through a laundry-like list of local bands. And now, the city below Vaughan has a true indie radio station to share with all. 88.1 Indie Toronto is committing itself to a playlist of 40 per cent Canadian content, of which 60 per cent will be from emerging artists. “Indie artists are the industry stars of tomorrow,” says Dave Carr, operations manager. “And Indie 88.1 will simply help tomorrow come sooner.”
The Seniors’ Association of Vaughan Initiative (S.A.V.I.) will present its 9th annual Seniorsfest Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Veneto Centre, 7465 Kipling Ave., in Woodbridge. About 1,300 seniors from across the city are expected to gather for a day of celebration. This annual event brings together seniors of various ethnic backgrounds to share the diversity of their cultures in a fun environment. “The committee makes every effort to ensure that the program for the day is diverse and entertaining,” S.A.V.I. president Isabella Ferrara said. “This year we have again invited our members to participate in a dance competition which will be judged by members of City of Vaughan council.” As always, seniors are encouraged to contribute to the Vaughan Food Bank. Over the years, S.A.V.I. has set, and continues to hold, the record for the largest amount of food collected in a one-day event. The event kicks off at 10 a.m., followed by friendly, competitive games and entertainment.
York Region students continue to exceed the provincial average when it comes to standardized testing. School board and individual school test results released yesterday by the Education Quality and Accountability Office show more York Region and York Catholic district school board students meet or exceed the standard in grades 3 and 6 reading, writing and mathematics and Grade 9 mathematics compared with the provincial average. “We believe our success is due to a unique combination of students who are prepared and motivated to succeed and teachers who are skilled at helping students learn,” public board education director Ken Thurston said. Strong educational leaders, a common vision and supportive families and communities are the pieces that complete the puzzle, he said. While the Catholic school board is proud of its students’ achievements, chairperson Elizabeth Crowe said there is still room to improve. For individual school results, visit eqao.com. —Teresa Latchford
Vaughan schools can apply for a chance to win a $20,000 outdoor classroom from Majesta, Tree Canada and Focus on Forest. The Majesta Trees of Knowledge competition is back for a third year to help schools win a $20,000 outdoor classroom. Since last year, the trio have been helping schools take learning outdoors, and now even more schools will have the opportunity to bring their projects to life with additional prizes available for schools that finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th and for the school that shows the most creativity in rallying support. To apply, visit majestatreesofknowledge.ca and enter before January 13, 2013. From all the submissions, 10 finalist schools will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the strength and sustainability of their plan, the impact the classroom will have on the school and community and how the school will drive support for their project. The public will vote online for their favourite school to determine the winners.
A student protest outside a Thornhill high school could be just the beginning of a bigger backlash following teachers’ cancellation of extracurricular activities. Hundreds of students at Stephen Lewis Secondary School walked out of class last week after learning they would have no sports teams this year. Teachers unions are urging their members to withdraw from voluntary activities to protest the province’s controversial new law that freezes wages and circumvents normal collective bargaining. Jesse Levy, 17, said she and other students arrived at school to see the athletic association’s bulletin board covered with notices for various teams with a message from teachers: “We regret to inform you there will be no team this year”. Teachers told them not just sports, but other activities, too, would be cancelled including field trips and talent shows, and there would be no more extra help at lunch or after school, Ms Levy said. To see video from this news event, visit yorkregion.com. —Kim Zarzour
No launch date has been set yet, but the opportunity to discover the next big Canadian thing such as Vaughan’s own The Box Tiger can’t come soon enough for music fans in these parts. Loads of us have been starving for a legitimate alternative on our radio dials. —Gilles LeBlanc. Follow him on Twitter @ROCKthusiast.
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cent of the 500 polled online in August were in favour of a casino in Vaughan. The poll also showed 18 per cent strongly supported a casino, 37 per cent somewhat supported it, while 34 per cent were opposed, 15 per cent somewhat opposed and 19 per cent strongly opposed. Other numbers showed that overall, 75 per cent of respondents held a positive view of casinos and 20 per cent held a negative one. The poll also found that people saw the drawbacks of a casino in Vaughan to include negative social impacts, a waste of money and crime concerns. The benefits, meanwhile, would include revenue for the city, jobs, improved entertainment options and tourism and hospitality. However, despite these findings, many questioned whether the revenue the city would receive would be worth the risk. In all, the OLG projected the city’s earnings would be largely comparable to the slots at Woodbine in Toronto, which rakes in about $14.8 million a year or 5 per cent of the city’s entire budget. To that, many called out, “is that all”?
‘Woodbine Mall is struggling and shops are vacant. This (a casino) wouldn’t help small businesses in the community.’ Mariani Santina
One woman stood up, rejecting the meeting format, in which people were asked to write their questions down on a piece of paper. The participant said the damage done to the community surrounding the OLG Slots at Woodbine Racetrack would also happen in Vaughan. “Woodbine Mall is struggling and shops are vacant,” said Mariani Santina. “This (a casino) wouldn’t help small businesses in the community. You (OLG) are trying to put people in your hotels and your restaurants, nowhere else. This (the poll) has been premature. How can we make a decision (referring to the residents questioned in the poll) without the facts?” Her comments were echoed by Concord and Thornhill North
Councillor Sandra Racco in an e-mail to The Citizen. “The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation will, of course, provide you with all the statistics and surveys that will paint a pretty picture of lights and glitter in the immediate area,” she said. “Quite often, local businesses do not gain, but rather, suffer greatly from the loss of revenue because the concentration of business will remain within the main strip of where the casino is built. I truly hope our residents, our businesses, and my colleagues will give serious consideration in not supporting this proposal.” It was Ms Yeung Racco’s husband, former Thornhill MPP Mario Racco, who stood up at the meeting to ask OLG executives what kidn of families will want to live in the new condominiums planned for the VMC if there is a huge casino next door? Others complained about the social costs, including one woman who stood up at the meeting to talk about the damage gambling has caused done to her family. She added some of her neighbours have witnessed children stealing from their own parents to raise gambling funds.
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The OLG, meanwhile, remained constant in their message, saying that an “integrated, resort-style facility” could add up to 5,000 slot machines, not to mention “potentially thousands of direct permanent jobs and thousands more from construction, increased local tourism and planning”. When asked what percentage of the profits Vaughan would receive, the OLG could not say, adding that no number could be devised because the facility doesn’t yet exist.
PLENTY OF BENEFITS They did, however, include a number of other statistics including wages to employees at Woodbine since 2000, which total $371.1 million, purchases from local and regional vendors totaling $174.1 million and OLG corporate sponsorships of local events totaling $3.7 million. “As we explained in the presentation, we see plenty of benefits for any host community,” OLG spokesperson Tony Bitonti said. “From jobs to increased tax base, to tourism. The benefits are clear. We also understand that people have concerns about the social impacts of having a casino in their
community and we don’t deny that a small percentage of the population has an issue with gambling. We deal with these issues head-on with our extensive responsible gambling program and the $40 million that goes to the province for free addiction programs for those ask for it.” The presentation also included quotes from four big-city mayors who support casinos in their communities, including the mayor of Brantford, who was previously ardently opposed to a casino. Although a number of people in the meeting appeared keen on the idea of a casino, only two people spoke positively about such an idea in general. Michael Butt, whose Buttcon Limited company based in Concord has been working within the casino industry, said more than any other place, contractors from Vaughan are those who have been working on casino projects. “I believe regulated gambling is better than the alternative,” he said. “...where criminals are involved.” Before any casino is built in Vaughan, the OLG would have to receive support and approval from council, receive zoning approval and enter into a host municipal funding agreement with the city.
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f the city is truly interested in finding out how you feel about allowing a casino in Vaughan, it sure isn’t going about it the right way. Conducting an online poll of 500 people and following it up with a public meeting, held just after the end of summer holidays, is insufficient public consultation for such a major issue that could have a huge and lasting impact on this community. To make matters worse, all the information presented at last week’s meeting came from Pollara, a polling firm with close ties to the city, and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. As our readers have pointed out, there was very little discussion of the downside of having a casino, such as the rise in problem gambling, bankruptcy, divorce, depression, suicide and crime as well as growing socio-economic inequality. A true discussion of those issues would require the presence of an organization such as the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. If the city wants to gauge the public’s attitude toward a casino, it has to hold a few public meetings, in the evening or on weekends, with every side of the debate represented to ensure all the cards are on the table. As far as we can tell, the only argument put forward so far for allowing a casino here is the money it will bring into the community. The problem with that argument is that the evidence, to date, suggests casinos aren’t exactly cash cows for municipalities. OLG representatives at last week’s meeting could not say for certain how much revenue the city would get from a casino. Instead, they pointed out that since 2000, a comparable facility at Woodbine Racetrack has generated $178 million – nearly $15 million annually – for the city of Toronto. That’s peanuts in the grand scheme of things. Vaughan’s combined capital and operating budget for 2012 was $275 million and that number is
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going to rise steeply as the city’s explosive population growth continues. What about the spinoff benefits for other local businesses? Well, there’s no guarantee you’d see any. A comprehensive 2011 study commissioned by the Canadian Consortium for Gambling Research showed the financial benefits for local businesses is not clear-cut at all. If a casino attracts a large number of visitors from outside the region and they decide to stay overnight or go shopping, then other sectors, especially the hospitality sector, might benefit, according to the study. But if it draws mainly from the local population and patrons simply gamble, then head back home, the net effect on local businesses may, in fact, be negative. That’s why we believe the city can’t simply stop at asking 500 people if they support having a casino in Vaughan. The question must be put to all eligible voters in a referendum. As many people as possible need to have a say in deciding whether or not it is worth gambling on a casino. And we’re confident people in this community, when armed with all the information, will make the right decision and put the “NO” in casino.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Casinos make bad economic focal points for cities Last Thursday I attended a meeting where the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation made a presentation to residents about the possibility of building a casino/gambling complex in Vaughan. I found the meeting to be one-sided. The presentation was rosy and full of grand promises of more revenue for the city and new direct and indirect job creation, although the presenters couldn’t quantify either claim. There was little mention of the negative social impacts a casino could have on a community, such as gambling addiction, crime and drugs. Historically, wherever casinos and gambling have been established, crime has likely followed. There was also no mention of the displacement
of existing hospitality and retail jobs that would be lost in the area adjacent to a casino. However, when asked about the number of suicides that could be attributed to gambling, the response was that the coroner of Ontario had identified nine suicides directly related to gambling in Ontario. He could not identify how many suicides were indirectly related. Ontario Lottery and Gaming officials did stress that they go to great lengths to rehabilitate problem gamblers. The specific proposal for a Vaughan casino is to locate it within the city’s future downtown, known as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC), in the Jane Street and Hwy. 7 area. The proposed vision for the new downtown is to create a location for highpaying professional jobs along with quality highrise
condos. At least that is how the VMC has been portrayed. Having a casino there contradicts that vision because, frankly, I cannot imagine anyone wanting to live and raise a family near or beside a casino. Vaughan council needs to adhere to and focus on the intent and vision of the new downtown core, where a casino will only detract from that. Simply focusing on casinos as an economic focal plank for Vaughan means that the city and province have run out of ideas and are adrift, economically, without a plan. The Town of Oakville is not interested in any proposal to locate a casino or slot machines within its boundaries. Vaughan council should examine and understand how Oakville came to that decision.
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On September 24, 1987, Fountain Tire sold 49% interest of its business to Goodyear Canada; this move was a ﬁrst for the industry, yet has ultimately proven to be a mutually beneﬁcial partnership for both companies. Not only was Goodyear able to enjoy its partnership with a premier Western Canadian tire retailer, but Fountain Tire was proud to be involved with an
tain Tire to pursue its retail expansion strategy, and focus on being an exceptional retailer. In turn, Goodyear would focus on what it did best: manufacturing. By the end of the 1990s, 100 new Fountain Tire stores had been added across Western Canada. As the number of Fountain Tire stores increased over the years, so did the size and nature of the Fountain Tire head ofﬁce. With partnership in mind, the head ofﬁce went beyond the role of supplier of retail goods to become more of a resource centre for the stores. It provided support in the areas of purchasing, point-of-sale systems, training, accounting, credit, insurance, legal services, human resources, and marketing. This unique partnership structure has helped Fountain Tire to be named one of the “50 Best Managed Companies” every year since 1994. In addition, Fountain Tire became a Platinum Club Member in December 2003 for its consistency as one of “Canada’s 50 Best.” Today, it continues to look for opportunities to expand its operations in existing markets, as well as new markets. Vaughan Fountain Tire at 8300 Jane St. has had John Mazzoli and Danny Papetti as partners for the past 2 years. They have been on the mechanical side of the business, repairing vehicles for over 15 years. With 14 bays, 3 other certiﬁed mechanics and state of the art equipment, the Vaughan Fountain Tire focus is on servicing every type of vehicle on the market with the customers utmost satisfaction a priority. Vaughan Fountain Tire is also a member of the Ontario Drive Clean program.
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opened fully or block too much light. How is the room used? For example, furniture shouldn’t be placed in a family room so that individuals constantly have to walk past the television and block watchers’ views. If a room is used as a sitting space, furniture should be geared around bookshelves or a ﬁreplace.
What space is available? Too much furniture in a room can create the appearance of clutter. It can also make maneuvering around the room difﬁcult. Keep furniture scale and quantity in mind when decorating. It may be wise to remove some pieces if the room is overrun with items. Once the general idea of where furniture will be placed is decided, it helps to take measurements to ensure everything will ﬁt. There’s little point hefting around heavy furniture only to move it back to its starting position if
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chairs. Allow an additional 16 inches of room for pushing the chairs out to get up from the seat. • Make sure the edge of a bed is at least 24 inches away from a wall so that sleepers can enter and exit the bed comfortably. There are some other tips to keep in mind when arranging furniture. • Consider the safety of young children. Choose furniture that doesn’t have sharp edges or temporarily cover these edges. • Figure out the focal point of the room (a ﬁreplace or picture window) and arrange furniture to complement, not block, this feature. • Protect ﬂoors and walls when moving furniture. • Enlist the help of strong individuals to move furniture. Don’t risk injury by doing it alone.
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LEATHER FURNITURE MYTHS DEBUNKED Consumers facing a showroom of hundreds of different pieces of furniture may be confused as to which fabric best ﬁts their needs and which furniture provides the best value. Leather furniture is among the more popular options, but some shoppers shy away from leather because of preconceived notions about the material.
other fabrics wear out over time, leather only gets better and better. Leather will develop its character and patina through frequent use. For consumers looking for furniture that will remain durable and attractive, leather can be well worth the initial investment. Myth: Leather furniture isn’t comfortable.
Despite what many people think about leather, most of the common beliefs are actually myths, and leather is easier to care for than many consumers might think.
Leather furniture indoors is not like sitting on leather seats in a car that is subject to the temperature ﬂuctuations from outdoors. Inside with moderated temperatures, the leather will stay pleasantly cool in the summer and will warm to your body heat in the winter. Try to keep leather furniture away from windows and the sun, which will heat it up and may fade the color prematurely.
Myth: Leather is for bachelors. While the black leather sofa has been a staple in bachelor pads for years, a leather couch or loveseat is just as fashionable in a family residence as it is in a man cave. There are an array of colors and styles of leather furniture available today, proving the perception that leather is just for single men wrong.
Myth: Leather isn’t for children or pets. Children and pets can be hard on furniture, but leather can often withstand their abuse. Unless a dog is using the sofa as his new chew toy, chances are the furniture can withstand a reclining pet or a boisterous child. There are special leather sealants that can provide an added measure of protection in high-trafﬁc homes.
Myth: Leather is hard to clean. Leather is a natural material made from the hide of different animals. In general, all a person needs to clean stains and spills is a damp rag. Leather furniture should be routinely dusted. Conditioning products can be applied once or twice a year to keep the leather supple.
Myth: Leather doesn’t require any maintenance. Although leather is pretty durable and care-free, cushions should be turned and ﬂuffed once a week to maintain shape. Light dusting or vacuuming can be done. Be sure to wipe up any spill promptly.
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Neighbours of this mostly quiet street in the Melville Avenue and Rutherford Road area have been complaining about vandalism, wild partying and drug dealing at West Maple Creek Park in Vaughan (above).
appear to be dealing drugs. Sometimes he sees them drinking alcohol or smoking pot. And they often try to intimidate those who approach them, he says. The city and York Regional Police have taken steps to address the problems, but it’s still happening and something more has to be done, Mr. Gonzalez says. “The police have to come a little bit more often,” he says. He would also like to see more people in the community step up as well. “All the neighbours have to help,” Mr. Gonzalez said. “The most important thing is to get the neighbours to take action when they see what’s going on. If you see a car parked on the street, report it.” His neighbours agree there’s a problem and they’d like to see more police patrols in the area. Broomlands Drive, near Melville Avenue and Rutherford Road, is generally a quiet street, mostly made up of young families, middle-aged couples and retirees. And those causing the problems are not from the neighbourhood, several area residents say. Dmitry Anoshkin, who lives next door to Mr. Gonzalez, says the situation seems to have improved a bit in the past year. But his house has been pelted with eggs and the parties often keep him and his wife awake at night, since their bedroom faces the park and they like to sleep with the windows open. He also said the vandalism and littering is
constant, forcing city workers to visit the park at least once a week to clean up the mess. Mr. Anoshkin is mostly concerned about the safety of his two young children. Last year, Mr. Gonzalez reached the end of his rope and called the city. He met with Maple/Kleinburg Councillor Marilyn Iafrate, a city bylaw officer and an officer from York Region Police. The city responded to his concerns by removing some brush and shrubs to eliminate an area where teenagers were partying and improve visibility throughout the park. Signs were also installed to warn people that the park may be under video surveillance. A camera is slated to be installed near the playground in a couple of weeks, Ms Iafrate said. Ms Iafrate also noted that she hasn’t heard any complaints since last year’s meeting. Mr. Gonzalez acknowledged that the city responded quickly to his concerns. But, he says, the police officer at the meeting also pledged to beef up patrols of the area and that lasted for only a few weeks. Now the patrols are much less frequent and the problems have returned, he says. York Regional Police Inspector Kevin Torrie said West Maple Creek Park is considered a “hot spot” and police patrol the area regularly. But, he added, if more patrols are needed “we’ll definitely step it up”. Mr. Torrie also said the community has been good about reporting issues to police and he hopes that will continue. “We encourage that for sure,” he said.
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Shooters gain playoff berth The York Region Shooters are glad the referee included some added injury time when they played SC Waterloo in their Canadian Soccer League First Division match on the St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School pitch Sunday.
Trailing 1-0 and with time winding down in the second half, the Shooters took full advantage of what time was added on when Carlos Rivas Jr. headed a shot into the net at 92 minutes to salvage a 1-1 tie. With the tie, the Shooters gained a playoff berth and occupy third place in the standings with a 9-1-1037 mark.
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The United Way of York Region announced its largest gift on record â€” $100,000 â€” from the estate of Robert Kidd during Nightingaleâ€™s employee fundraising campaign kickoff Monday. On a day of firsts, the health care IT and software company launched its inaugural staff campaign to support the United Wayâ€™s ambitious $8.26-million record goal for 2012. The gift, as outlined in the The Robert Kidd Community Leadership Challenge, will match first-time donations of $1,000 or more. For longtime donors, the program matches dollar-fordollar any contribution thatâ€™s 10-per-cent more than previous donations.
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York Region faces a serious affordable housing crunch so the opening of 30 new units in Vaughan to serve low-income families was met with much fanfare. More than 150 people, including many politicians from all levels of government, showed up last Friday to celebrate the opening of the Reena Community Residence at the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus, near Bathurst Street and Major Mackenzie Drive.
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â€œAs good as weâ€™ve been in so many different areas, this is one area, social housing, that we struggle with and we have a large waiting list of all sorts of folks who require assistance,â€? York Region chairperson Bill Fisch said. â€œWe do all that we can to ensure we cover that list as much as possible, but itâ€™s the groups that get together, like Reena and others, who come to realize that they to have to assist in this issue that we have. Theyâ€™re the ones that have been most successful at helping us do what we have
to do.â€? Reenaâ€™s new residence features housing for up to 84 people in 60 self-contained apartments, half of which are available to low-income tenants. â€œIâ€™m in awe of the work that you did and the passion that you put into making this building a reality,â€? Joan Glick Gold, chair of Reenaâ€™s board of directors.
HOUSING FACILITIES Reena, established in 1973, is a non-profit social service agency that helps people with developmental disabilities integrate into mainstream society. As a Jewish organization, people enrolled in Reenaâ€™s programs and living in its residences observe Jewish culture, values and traditions. But its programs and housing facilities are open to people of any faith. The new residence received $4.2 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program. It also got a boost of $1.1 million in â€œmunicipal financial incentivesâ€? and $2.6 million from the Ministry of Community and Social Services toward
operating costs. â€œâ€Ś Itâ€™s going to be a new place for seniors, for people with special needs and for low-income households. Really, thatâ€™s great news for people that need a hand up and, as well, itâ€™s more rental options for local residents,â€? said Labour Minister Lisa Raitt speaking on behalf of Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, who is also responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. â€œWhen we provide these new housing units it will contribute to the economic (and) social well-being of the entire community.â€? Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi said the project is just one example of the provincial governmentâ€™s commitment to providing affordable housing in communities across Ontario. â€œThese 60 new units will provide a safe and stable home that will improve the lives and well-being for many people in this community,â€? he said. â€œIn fact, the entire community can benefit from the recreation and educational programs that this new building is going to offer.â€?
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