Author: North End Breezes

Let’s Become Explorers

by Donna Reid As I write this January column I am in the midst of excitement & chaos that proceeds the holiday season in Hamilton. But you will be reading this in a brand new year – with all of 2018 ahead of us. Tis the season for resolutions. We are bombarded by messages, sales pitches and programs to stop smoking, eating and drinking (the BIG 3).   But how about we start the New Year by making a commitment to learn more about our own hometown – Hamilton.  And one way to learn about your city is to get...

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Walkabout – January 2018

by Ken Hirter With the cold, cold, cold of Winter with the snow and the winds with it’s chill in the air, January is now upon us all. This month’s Walkabout is “The Out of the Cold Program” Origin: Launched almost 30 years ago as a project at St. Michael’s College in Toronto. What is the Out of the Cold Program, it is a faith based volunteer driven program that provides hot meals, hospitality and refuge from the streets during the cold winters months. “Guest are treated with Care, Respect and without Judgement” My first introduction to this wonderful...

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January Arts & Entertainment

By Tracee Lee-Holloway As the year winds down, we will miss those places and the people who have closed their spaces most recently. In 2017, Casino Art Space on Mary Street, Oswald’s Gallery and Goods on James Street North, and the Kings and Queens Gallery of King Street East ended their reign as influencers that provided great energy to our Hamilton arts scene.  All the best to everyone as they make their way forward into the changes. For now, pop up vendor markets such as Right On Target (held monthly at the Centre Mall) and at Evergreen Hamilton Community...

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NENa Advises on Four New Developments on James Street North

At a well attended meeting on December 6th, new NENa president Curtis Biehler introduced presentations from developers working in our neighbourhood. First to present was Paul Havercroft from the Hughson Street Baptist Church.  Many people are familiar with their partnership with Indwell and the development of affordable housing at the corner of James and Picton.  Ground was recently broken on this four-story building that will house the church on the main floor and basement and have 45 units on the upper three floors.  It is anticipated that occupancy will be summer 2019. John van Nostrand and Emily Power were...

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And Time Marches On and Changes Happen and So We Grow!

We recently celebrated two people who have played prominent roles in The Breezes. Margaret Smith, better known as Megs, and Sharon Clark who have both resigned from the board of directors. Megs: a resident of the North End for over 30 years who has been involved in every initiative from organizing and running events to senior advocacy. Megs has been a familiar face in our community even after she moved away because of health and accessibility issues in her home. Her heart never left the North End. She’s still a part of the community and a face we look...

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