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WTYW7 News Presents: The Best of Summer Inside this issue: Have a Great Summer!!

What is Summer?


HSBC Fireworks


Golden Ears Bridge Party 2-3 Stay safe in the Sun


Top Travel Places for the Summer


Top Summer TV Shows to Watch


Top Summer Movies to See


Top Travel Things to do with the Family


Camping Info


Swimming Pools Info


Full list of Events for the Summer


PNE Hours


What to do with the Family?


Special points of interest:  Summer is time off school and Work  Summer is the best time to travel.  Have Fun but be safe  Have The Best Summer ever

What is Summer? Summer is one of the four temperate seasons, marked by the warmest time of year with the longest days. The seasons are popularly considered to start on different dates in different cultures. In some Western countries, especially the USA, they are believed to start at the equinoxes and solstices, based on a misunderstanding of astronomical reckoning. Thus, in the Southern Hemisphere, based on this premise summer begins on the day of the December solstice and ends on the March equinox. When it is summer in the southern hemisphere it is winter in the northern hemisphere, and vice versa. From a purely astronomical viewpoint, the equinoxes and solstices would be the middle of the respective seasons, but a variable seasonal lag means that the meteorological start of the season, which is based on average temperature patterns, occurs several weeks later than the start of the astronomical season.[1] According to meteorologists, summer extends for the whole months of December, January and February in the southern hemisphere, and the whole months of June, July and Au-

gust in the northern hemisphere. This meteorological definition of summer also aligns with the commonly viewed notion of summer as the season with the longest (and warmest) days of the year, in which daylight predominates. From the astronomical perspective, days continue to lengthen from equinox to solstice and summer days begin to shorten after the solstice, so meteorological summer encompasses the build-up to the longest day and a diminishing thereafter, with summer having many more hours of daylight than spring. Today, the meteorological reckoning of the seasons is used in Australia, Denmark and the former USSR; it is also used by many people in the United Kingdom, where summer is thought of as extending from mid-May to mid-August. The definition based on equinoxes and solstices is more frequently used in the United States where many regions have a continental climate with a temperature lag of about half a season. Elsewhere, however, the solstices and the equinoxes are taken to mark the mid-points,

not the beginnings, of the seasons. In Chinese astronomy, for example, summer starts on or around May 5, with the jiéqì (solar term) known as Lixia, i.e. "establishment of summer", and it ends on or around August 6. An example of Western usage would be William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, where the play takes place over the shortest night of the year, which is the summer solstice. In Ireland, the summer months according to the national meteorological service, Met Eireann, are June, July and August. However, according to the Irish Calendar summer begins May 1 and ends July 31. Thank to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for the Info

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HSBC Fireworks

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“Since 1990, Vancouver has been home to the Celebration of Light (originally known as the Symphony of Fire)”

HSBC Celebration of Light

works Inc

Since 1990, Vancouver has been home to the Celebration of Light (originally known as the Symphony of Fire). This international pyro-musical fireworks competition has attracted the world's leading fireworks designers and is seen as a highly prestigious event. The fireworks festival creates an exciting arena where spectators can enjoy each country’s representatives unveil their latest techniques and use the most innovative fireworks materials as they compete to be crowned the winner.

Show Theme: Power of the Dream

2008 Canada*Winner HSBC Celebration of Light trophy Company: Archangel Fire-

Show Theme: Attack

Company: Ricardo Caballer, S.A. (Ricasa)

China (Hong Kong)*Winner BC Hydro Power Smart People’s Choice Award

Show Theme: Fireworks and the 7th Earth

Company: Pyromagic Productions Ltd


USA Company: Western Enterprises, Incorporated Show Theme: Love Will Change the World

2007 Canada*Winner Company: Archangel Fireworks Inc Show Theme: Take Five to Jive China Company: Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd. Show Theme: The Time Machine

2006 Company: Lux Pirotecnia, S.A. de C.V. Show Theme: Siente México: Feel Mexico China Company: Jiangxi Province Lidu Fireworks Corporation Ltd. Show Theme: Yellow River Odyssey Czech Republic Company: Flash Barrandov Special Effects Ltd. Show Theme: Rhapsody in Blue Italy Company: A.P.E. di Parente Romualdo Show Theme: Magia Di Fuochi


Golden Ears Bridge Party There’s going to be a party on the Golden Ears Bridge.

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Sunday, June 14 is the big day when TransLink opens the $808-million span and allows the people of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge to meet their counterparts in Langley and Surrey.

“We want to invite the region to share in this historic event,” said Fred Cummings in a Monday release. “The opening celebration is an opportunity to thank the communities for their support and commitment to the new crossing and to honour the bridge

workers whose skill and dedication created the bridge,” said Cummings, TransLink vicepresident of major construction projects. Although the date of the street party has been set, the opening of the bridge to traffic still has to be determined by the con-

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Golden Ears Bridge Party From Last Page struction schedule. A pedestrian-only event, the celebration will feature entertainment and activities for the whole family. “For the first time ever, the people living in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Surrey and Langley will be able to connect easily to friends, families and opportunities on the other side of the river,” said TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast.

transponder which will allow motorists to cross with a discounted $2.85 fare, each way, will be released soon. (Maple Ridge Times)

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Details about the QuickPass

Stay Safe in the Sun Is there anything better than a gorgeous sunny day? Nothing feels better than the warm sun on your skin, and when the sun is out, more people spend time doing outdoor activities with family and friends. It is important to be aware, however, that sun exposure has both positive and negative effects. Positive effects of the sun include warmth (infrared radiation), light (visible light), and vitamin D3 synthesis in the body. Sunlight also enhances people's moods and kills pathogens. Despite these advantages, overexposure to UV radiation can also have adverse health effects, including sunburn, premature ageing, skin cancers, diseases of the eye, and immune suppression. Before going out to enjoy the good weather, make sure you are aware of the risks associated with prolonged exposure to the sun and the measures you can

take to protect yourself and your family.

Tips in the Sun

 Avoid needless exposure

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to the sun.

 Protect your eyes by wearing UV blocking sunglasses.  Select shaded areas for outdoor activities.  Clothing such as a broad brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants can protect your skin. Tuck a handkerchief under the back of your hat to help prevent sunburn on the neck.  If you can't cover up, use a sunscreen containing a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, verify it has both UVA and UVB protection, re-apply every two



hours and after sweating or swimming. Avoid using sun lamps. Some medication can make skin more sensitive to UV rays, consult your doctor if you have any questions. Don't let infants or children play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, carriage, stroller, etc. Get children used to wearing sunscreen lotion, paying particular attention to the most exposed parts - the lips, face, neck, shoulders, back, knees and tops of feet. People can use both sunscreen and insect repellents when they are outdoors to protect their health. Follow the instructions on the package for proper applications of each product. Apply the sunscreen first, followed by the insect repellent.

“Is there anything better than a gorgeous sunny day? Nothing feels better than the warm sun on your skin, and when the sun is out”

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Top 12 Travel Places for the Summer New York City

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The City of New York, commonly called New York City and New York, has been the most populous city in the United States since 1790,[2] while the New York metropolitan area ranks among the most populous urban areas in the world. A leading global city, it exerts a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture, fashion and entertainment. As host of United Nations headquarters, New York is also an important center for international affairs.

With a large harbor located on the Atlantic coast of the Northeastern United States, the city consists of five boroughs: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The city's estimated population exceeds 8.2 million people living in just under 305 square miles (790 km2),] making New York City the most densely populated major city in the United States. The New York metropolitan area's population is also the nation's largest, estimated at 18.8 mil-

lion people over 6,720 square miles (17,400 km2). Many neighborhoods and landmarks in the city have become worldfamous. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The city has been home to several of the tallest buildings in the world, including the Empire State Building and the twin towers of the former World Trade Center.

London, England

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London is the world's foremost global city alongside New York City[14][15][16][17][18] and the largest financial centre alongside New York City and Tokyo [19][20] and one of the most important cultural centres.[21] London's influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its preeminent posi-

tion. Central London is the headquarters of more than half of the UK's top 100 listed companies (the FTSE 100) and more than 100 of Europe's 500 largest companies. The city is a major tourist destination for both domestic and overseas visitors. London hosted the 1908 and 1948 Summer Olympic Games and will host the

2012 Summer Olympic Games. London contains four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London; the historic settlement of Greenwich; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the site comprising the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church.

Rome's history as a city spans over two and a half thousand years, as one of the founding cities of Western Civilisation. It was the centre of the Roman Empire, which dominated Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for four hundred years from the 1st Century BC till the 4th Century AD. Rome has a significant place in Chris-

tianity and is the present day home of the Roman Catholic Church and the site of the Vatican City, an independent city-state run by the Catholic Church as an enclave of Rome.


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Roma, pronounced is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populous city, with over 2.7 million residents in a municipality of some . The metropolitan area of Rome is estimated by OECD to have a population of 3.7 million[3]. It is located in the centralwestern portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber river.

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Los Angeles, USA is the largest city in the state of California and the second largest in the United States.[1] Often abbreviated as L.A. and nicknamed The City of Angels, Los Angeles has an estimated population of 3.8 million and spans over 498.3 square miles (1,290.6 km2) in Southern California. Additionally, the Los Angeles metropolitan area is home to nearly 12.9 million residents,[3] who hail from all over the globe. Los Angeles is

the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most diverse counties in the United States. Los Angeles is one of the world's centers of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields, and is one of the most substantial economic

engines within the United States. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment business to the city results in many celebrities calling Los Angeles and its surrounding suburbs home.

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SAN FRANCISCO City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States, with a 2008 estimated population of 808,976.[7] It is the most densely populated city in the state, the second[9] most densely populated major city in the U.S.,[10] and is the financial,

cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than seven million people.[11][12] The city is located at the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Francisco Bay to the north and east. Today, San Francisco is a popular international tour-

ist destination renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the cable cars, and Chinatown. Caption describing picture or graphic.

Vancouver, Canada The economy of Vancouver has traditionally relied on British Columbia's resource sectors: forestry, mining, fishing and agriculture. It has diversified over time, however, and Vancouver today has a large service industry, a growing tourism industry, and it has become the third-largest film

production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname Hollywood North. Notable buildings within the city include Christ Church Cathedral, the Hotel Vancouver, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. There are several modern

buildings in the downtown area, including the Harbour Centre, Vancouver Law Courts and surrounding plaza known as Robson Square (Arthur Erickson) and the Vancouver Library Square (Moshe Safdie, architect), reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome.

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Top 12 Travel Places for the Summer Calgary, Canada

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The city of Calgary stands at the point where the vast Canadian prairie meets the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Its young, glittering skyscrapers rise out of older suburban neighbourhoods and seem oddly superimposed on this breathtakingly diverse western landscape, as though dropped from the sky onto the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers. Accordingly, the land is never far from the minds of the people of Calgary. The oil that lies beneath it drives the citys vibrant economy; the distant

mountains attract legions of skiers and snowboarders during the chilly winters; and, during balmy summers, cattle roam the flat expanse of grassland, marking this out as cowboy country. Before Calgary was settled by white Europeans, it was the domain of the Blackfoot natives, whose presence has been traced back 11,000 years. The first recorded European presence in the region around Calgary took place in 1787 and by 1860 settlers began arriving to hunt buffalo and sell illegal whisky. In response, Canadas first

Prime Minister sent a troop of Mounties to impose the law and make the prairie suitable for immigration. As a result of this, the sleepy little trading post of Fort Calgary was born (it was named by Colonel James Macleod after Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull, Scotland). he settlement did not experience much in the way of population growth until the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883 and it was not until 1894 that Calgary became a city.

Boston, USA

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Boston, first incorporated as a town in 1630, and as a city in 1822, is one of America's oldest cities, with a rich economic and social history. What began as a homesteading community eventually evolved into a center for social and political change. Boston has since become the economic and cultural hub of New England.

As the region's hub, Boston is home to nearly 590,000 residents, many institutions of higher education, some of the world's finest inpatient hospitals, and numerous cultural and professional sports organizations. Boston-based jobs, primarily within the finance, health care, educational, and

service areas, numbered nearly 660,000 in 2002. Millions of people visit Boston to take in its historic neighborhoods, attend cultural or sporting events, and conduct business.


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The much-hyped efforts of Las Vegas to turn itself into a family destination a few years ago pretty much fizzled — there’s still plenty of sin in Sin City — but anyone looking for a pool vacation for the kids this summer might want to consider this desert spot. The pool scenes at any number of hotels (including recent expansions at

Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur) are fairly over-the-top, but few can rival the 15-acre “tropical oasis” at the Flamingo Las Vegas (888-9029929;, with four pools, a water slide, several waterfalls and a subterranean grotto that can be explored either on foot or by water. And for the adults,

there’s even a swim-up blackjack table. Weekend rates for a room with two queen-size beds (suitable for a family of four) start about $140 this June and July.

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THE SAN JUAN ISLANDS Although the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest can be reached by plane or boat, traveling by ferry will make you rethink your concept of mass transit. Although the ferries, part of the Washington State Department of Transportation (, are used mostly by commuters, these same ferries can be a leisurely (and economical) way to take in the stunning beauty of this popular tourist spot — an archipelago of more than

450 tiny islands roughly halfway between Seattle and Vancouver. In particular, the route of the Illahee, the 45-minute ride between San Juan Island and Orcas Island, has been described by a writer for the Travel section as “the most beautiful trip in the entire Washington State ferry system.” Caption describing picture or graphic.

Manitoba, Canada On the surface, yoga and canoeing may seem like conflicting pastimes. Yoga involves stretching and letting your mind come to rest, while canoeing is about using force and repetitive motion. But marrying the two is exactly what Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures ( offers

in the backwoods and glacial lakes outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. After paddling to a clearing in the forest, students lay down their mats and strike their yoga poses, surrounded by nothing but pine and scurrying chipmunks. The cost of the three-day trips (July 25 to 27 and Aug. 22 to 24) is 399 Canadian dollars. No prior

canoeing or yoga experience is necessary. Meals are, not surprisingly, organic and vegetarian.

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Toronto, Canada Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto is at the heart of the Greater To-

ronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to 8.1 million residents and has approximately 25% of Canada's population. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 5,113,149 Toronto's leading economic

sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries.

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Jon and Kate plus 8 Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children—a set of fraternal twin girls and a set of sextuplets (three girls and three boys, all fraternal). The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show originally aired on Discovery Health, but has

aired on TLC since season 3. The show is currently one of the highest rated programs on TLC. The family originally appeared in a one-hour special titled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins.

Weeds Weeds is an American comedy television series created by Jenji Kohan, produced by Lionsgate Television for the Showtime network. The plot revolves around a widowed housewife (MaryLouise Parker) from an affluent California suburb who

becomes her neighborhood's marijuana dealer to make ends meet. The title is a play on words, referring to both the slang term for marijuana, and widow's weeds. It also refers to the tendency of American suburbs to grow quickly and pervasively, with the dwellings and their residents being almost as

indistinguishable as weeds; this is mirrored in the show's theme song "Little Boxes" and opening credits, and is a recurring theme of the show itself. The theme song changes in the second season. The change consists of a different vocalist every episode.

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