Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Commentary: School at St. Mary's Site

(The following was emailed to the New Westminster School District in support of an elementary school being built on the old St. Mary's Hospital site.)

I am a downtown New Westminster resident. I have lived in New West for 7 years. I have, by choice driven my daughter to Connaught Heights school for her primary and intermediate schooling. I found the school to be a lovely little corner of the community, and I hope that the school will remain open as a community centre, pre-school etc... That being said, the neighbourhood is small, and I understand the need to re-allocate resources.

I want to register my support for the elementary school at the St Mary's site. I think it is a tremendous solution. The land is not in use, there will be no park land destroyed in order to accommodate the school. It will also give a much needed elementary school for all the babies and toddlers I see about our neighbourhood. The downtown core is growing at a tremendous rate, several new buildings going up on Columbia @ New West Skytrain, and plans for another at Columbia at 4th. Downtown is a lovely but largely misunderstood area of New West, please, let's continue to make the downtown core a neighbourhood desirable to families.

Trista H.

Friday, May 1, 2009

30th Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 2nd for the 30th Annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea which takes place Sunday May 31st 10--5 pm.

Tickets are $35 and for information on sales locations... and to view some of these beautifully restored homes go the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society's website: www.newwestheritage.org.

Tickets are available at
  • Westminster Savings
  • Royal City Colours
  • Irving House
  • Cadeaux
  • GardenWorks stores in Burnaby

Visa is accepted only at GardenWorks. Cash and cheques only at the other locations.

This award-winning tour features 15 homes and Holy Trinity Cathedral (est. 1859.) Here's your chance to view the beautiful interiors of charming cottages, craftsman bungalows and elegant estates and then "refresh" with a tea at the Justice Institute.

Come experience the community pride of the Royal City which is 150 years young this year!

Catherine Hutson
Heritage Homes Tour Committee