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Richmond Hill

Miracle on 87th Street

Monica Smiley, a 2005 Thornlea Secondary School grad, anxiously picks up the phone, dials a few numbers and waits. She has made a half dozen calls so far, asking stores to meet with her and look at her product, Eighty Seventh St., a series of fashion-inspired greeting cards for any ocassion (she recently produced a beautiful 2013 holidays line) that she built from the ground up.
September 03, 2013

Best Of Thornhill and Richmond Hill 2013

Our annual guide featuring over 100 of the best, biggest & finest things Thornhill & Richmond Hill have to offer
August 30, 2013

Locals call for release of rapidway costs

York Region Rapid Transit (YRT) Corporation is not releasing specific costs for its newly opened vivaNext rapidway project, leaving some locals asking how funds it received from the province and region are being spent.
August 29, 2013

Study could address Yonge-Steeles traffic woes

Residents are hoping a transportation study currently underway could help address growing concerns over traffic in a part of Thornhill already under major development pressure.
August 29, 2013

Retail holidays up for debate

On Sept. 13, York Regional Council will hear a request from Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill to remain open on all public holidays, except Christmas. I am surprised that Hillcrest has waited this long.
August 29, 2013

An urban future for Thornhill

When I was young, my parents moved to the suburbs in North York. I hope I am not dating myself, but at the time, the area near Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue in Thornhill was entirely farmland.
August 29, 2013

Town’s longest serving mayor passes away

Community members recently paid their final respects to Richmond Hill’s longest-serving mayor, William (Bill) Bell, who passed away July 28. Bell served as the town’s mayor from 1988 to 2006 and won six consecutive elections after an eight-year stint as the councillor for Ward 3.
August 29, 2013

Local mom raises $40K

A Beverley Glen mother of three has recently helped raise almost $40,000 in support of finding a cure for women’s cancers.
August 29, 2013

Thornhill revitalization decision delayed

A vote for a long-awaited plan to revitalize the residential and industrial Thornlea neighbourhood plagued by health concerns has been put on hold after tensions between local residents and business owners flared.
July 26, 2013

Growing for a cause

What started as a local community garden project to promote healthy eating and support local food initiatives is blossoming into a nationwide enterprise.
July 26, 2013

Approval of new district shows towns inclusiveness

The Town of Richmond Hill has unanimously endorsed the creation of a symbolic Jewish District that some call an important step toward being inclusive of the town’s local Orthodox Jewish community.
July 26, 2013

It’s a party in the village

On Aug. 16 and 17, join me for the third annual Five Senses Festival in the downtown core — what I consider to be simply the best summertime grassroots community celebration of arts and culture in the historic village of Richmond Hill.
July 26, 2013

Rapidway bus stations will have inclement weather system

York Viva Bus Rapid Transit is reimagining the average bus shelter.
July 26, 2013

‘Clear’ solution, clean results

In the months leading up to August, Markham residents started switching to clear garbage bags in order to decrease the amount of hazardous and recyclable materials being sent to the new Durham-York Energy Centre incinerator.
July 26, 2013

Celeb chef Lynn Crawford is in it to win it

Earlier this year, avid fans of Lynn Crawford’s Riverdale restaurant, Ruby Watchco, had to go without their prix fixe fix. The doors to the eastside eatery were temporarily closed while Crawford ventured to the States (with sous Lora Kirk in tow).
July 24, 2013

Council vote supports social housing project

The Town of Richmond Hill council has voted to put its support behind a controversial mixed-income apartment and youth emergency shelter.
June 29, 2013

Beverley Glen proposal seeks four towers

A four-building development proposed at Bathurst Street and Beverley Glen Boulevard, which includes a 27-storey tower, has the local councillor and residents concerned.
June 29, 2013

Rapidway fight taken to Ottawa

The current planned route of the new Highway 7 rapid transit way will tear through a residential area in our community, with a portion of it diverging along Bathurst Street and Centre Street in Thornhill.
June 29, 2013

Casino bid a big gamble

June 29, 2013

City honours firefighter

Saved Richmond Hill mom
June 29, 2013