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Liane Ricou of School District 36 accepts a cheque for $63,000 on May 27 on behalf of the White Rock Elementary playground upgrade, from White Rock Rotary past president Jack Rae (centre) and president David Grant. Surrey School District photo

Funding moves White Rock Elementary playground upgrade forward

White Rock Rotary contribution fulfils commitment to school project

Liane Ricou of School District 36 accepts a cheque for $63,000 on May 27 on behalf of the White Rock Elementary playground upgrade, from White Rock Rotary past president Jack Rae (centre) and president David Grant. Surrey School District photo
The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold its delayed annual business excellence awards online this week in an event 'called A Celebration of Resilience'. (File photo)

Businesses honoured in South Surrey White Rock Chamber awards

Online ceremony paid tribute to resilience and also the support of frontline service workers

The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce will hold its delayed annual business excellence awards online this week in an event 'called A Celebration of Resilience'. (File photo)
Karen Kroeker’s “A Vision” earned first place in the Sculptures and Fibre Art category of the Arts 2020 competition hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey. (submitted photo)

Upcoming Surrey Arts Centre arts exhibit showcases latest work

Annual show includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed-media

Karen Kroeker’s “A Vision” earned first place in the Sculptures and Fibre Art category of the Arts 2020 competition hosted by the Arts Council of Surrey. (submitted photo)
Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)

White Rock-based Blake Havard live stream set for May 28

Veteran singer-songwriter to showcase new music in paid online concert

Blake Havard performs at Central City’s outdoor plaza during a 2017 Surrey concert. His latest music will be highlighted in a live-streamed program May 28 presented by White Rock-based BEC Entertainment (File photo)
Diaper Drop Day organizer Bianca Myddleton, of Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty, hopes the company’s June 12 South Surrey event will collect as many as 100,000 diapers for distribution, to families in need, by Sources Community Resources and Options Community Services. File photo.

Diaper drop planned in South Surrey for Sources, Options

Realty company aims to collect 100,000 for distribution to needy families

Diaper Drop Day organizer Bianca Myddleton, of Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty, hopes the company’s June 12 South Surrey event will collect as many as 100,000 diapers for distribution, to families in need, by Sources Community Resources and Options Community Services. File photo.
Smoke billows from a house in the 1700-block of 16 Avenue in Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood Friday (May 21). The home’s sole occupant, a man who had reportedly been sleeping, escaped thanks to the intervention of a passerby. (Mari Anne Hussen photo)

Alert passerby helps man escape South Surrey house fire

Driver pulled over when she saw smoke and alerted home’s sleeping occupant

Smoke billows from a house in the 1700-block of 16 Avenue in Surrey’s Ocean Park neighbourhood Friday (May 21). The home’s sole occupant, a man who had reportedly been sleeping, escaped thanks to the intervention of a passerby. (Mari Anne Hussen photo)
A city contractor was called on to saw up a fallen branch of one of Elm Street’s distinctive trees, blown into power lines by a severe windstorm early Tuesday morning, before coming to rest on the roof of a historic cottage. (Christy Fox photo)

Narrow escape for 100-year-old White Rock home

Windstorm drives part of tree onto power lines, threatening historic Elm Street cottage

A city contractor was called on to saw up a fallen branch of one of Elm Street’s distinctive trees, blown into power lines by a severe windstorm early Tuesday morning, before coming to rest on the roof of a historic cottage. (Christy Fox photo)
Closing the north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive to create an eastbound one way - aimed at providing outdoor seating space for waterfront restaurants - must wait for creation of a traffic plan, staff say. (File photo)

White Rock’s Marine Drive lane closure awaits traffic plan

Safety, emergency accessibility are key factors being examined

Closing the north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive to create an eastbound one way - aimed at providing outdoor seating space for waterfront restaurants - must wait for creation of a traffic plan, staff say. (File photo)
White Rock has voted to bring two resolutions before the Union of B.C. Municipalities aimed at improving police response to mental health crises. (File photo)

White Rock resolutions aim to limit police involvement in mental health crises

City seeks support from UBCM, and individual municipalities

White Rock has voted to bring two resolutions before the Union of B.C. Municipalities aimed at improving police response to mental health crises. (File photo)
Drone image of Semiahmoo Bay. With significant water improvement the bay could once more support a shell fish harvest, SFN Chief Harley Chappell says. (Smart Shores photo)

Semiahmoo Bay shellfish harvest could be restored – SFN chief says

White Rock invited to participate in goals of Shared Waters Alliance

Drone image of Semiahmoo Bay. With significant water improvement the bay could once more support a shell fish harvest, SFN Chief Harley Chappell says. (Smart Shores photo)
Interactive children’s show Under the Sea, presented online by Surrey Civic Theatres, starting May 28, includes graphics and animation as well as dance and music. (Contributed graphic)

Surrey Civic Theatres’ Under the Sea an adventure for children

Online interactive show presented in English and French, May 28-June 11

Interactive children’s show Under the Sea, presented online by Surrey Civic Theatres, starting May 28, includes graphics and animation as well as dance and music. (Contributed graphic)
Cinematic pop/metal/alternative band Asterous has given full rein to Rummy Kandola and Don Beaudoin’s musical and lyrical creativity, they say. (Contributed photo)

South Surrey-based duo achieves big international sound

EP is first release for Asterous

Cinematic pop/metal/alternative band Asterous has given full rein to Rummy Kandola and Don Beaudoin’s musical and lyrical creativity, they say. (Contributed photo)

White Rock waterfront access ramps to be upgraded

Council uses contingency funds to set work in motion

The north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive will be closed to traffic as a result of a decision by council, aimed at providing more patio space for waterfront restaurants. (Aaron Hinks photo)

White Rock council votes to make Marine Drive one-way route

North lane of waterfront drive to be closed to traffic, allowing for expanded restaurant patios

The north lane of White Rock’s Marine Drive will be closed to traffic as a result of a decision by council, aimed at providing more patio space for waterfront restaurants. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Semiahmoo Peninsula entertainment entrepreneur Bill Brooks says BEC Entertainment’s role as an online streaming provider evolved out of necessity. Contributed photo

White Rock event promoter evolves into online presenter

Pandemic strategy has added versatility, Bill Brooks says

Semiahmoo Peninsula entertainment entrepreneur Bill Brooks says BEC Entertainment’s role as an online streaming provider evolved out of necessity. Contributed photo
Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have weathered the storms -both anticipated and unanticipated - of creating a new album, Tough Times, in the middle of a pandemic. (Contributed photo )

Semiahmoo Peninsula-raised artist recounts hard time creating ‘Tough Times’

Daniel Pelton and his jazz-pop band overcame multiple challenges

Daniel Pelton (at left) and his jazz/pop band Long Time No Time have weathered the storms -both anticipated and unanticipated - of creating a new album, Tough Times, in the middle of a pandemic. (Contributed photo )
A cap on building heights in the town center - which owners in the Bayview buildlng at George Street and Russell Avenue are protesting - does not mean that the door is closed on all such development in future, Coun. Scott Kristjanson says. (File photo)

White Rock height cap ‘totally devalues’ building, residents claim

Coun. Scott Kristjanson says council’s action reflects will of the majority

A cap on building heights in the town center - which owners in the Bayview buildlng at George Street and Russell Avenue are protesting - does not mean that the door is closed on all such development in future, Coun. Scott Kristjanson says. (File photo)
Peninsula-raised guitarist Michael Fabro’s nuevo-flamenco album Tasting Notes is a distillation of all of his musical experience, he says. Contributed photo

South Surrey acoustic guitarist offers listeners a taste of Spain

‘Tasting Notes’ a heady blend of Michael Fabro’s musical influences

Peninsula-raised guitarist Michael Fabro’s nuevo-flamenco album Tasting Notes is a distillation of all of his musical experience, he says. Contributed photo
Closing down the west-bound lane of Marine Drive to allow increased patio space for restaurants and a larger walkway for pedestrians would be a challenging and costly measure, according to a city staff report. (Aaron Hinks photo)

White Rock City council, BIA to further mull Marine Drive one-way

Businesses contend that challenges of measure can be mitigated

Closing down the west-bound lane of Marine Drive to allow increased patio space for restaurants and a larger walkway for pedestrians would be a challenging and costly measure, according to a city staff report. (Aaron Hinks photo)
The possibilities of adding the richness and texture of gold leaf to mixed media works will be covered by Sonya Iwasiuk in a June 5 class sponsored by the South Surrey White Rock Arts Society. Contributed photo
The possibilities of adding the richness and texture of gold leaf to mixed media works will be covered by Sonya Iwasiuk in a June 5 class sponsored by the South Surrey White Rock Arts Society. Contributed photo