November 20, 2014


Gold seal of approval from “Duke of Ed” and Princess

Highland Gate residents and local governments can take lessons from Newmarket: former MPP

As residents form groups to make their voices heard on the future of the venerable golf course, they fear another Glenway situation.

Canada Post to stop door-to-door delivery next fall

If you’re one of the approximately 4,500 Aurora homes that still receives mail at your doorstep, enjoy it while you can.

Winter wonderland or not, Santa Claus is coming back to Town this Saturday!

Floats, marching bands, dancers, and even Pachi the Porcupine, will join Santa in his trip down Yonge Street.

Grammy Award-winning musicians and producers Bonnie and Norbert Kraft, accompanied by executive director Laura Schembri, unveil a commemorative plaque at the Aurora Cultural Centre last week. The plaque will pay permanent tribute to the individuals who “purchased” each individual key on the Yamaha Grand Piano in the background, which is the centrepiece of Brevik Hall, and a draw for musicians from across the country. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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Neighbours around golf course unite for common voice

Residents surrounding Highland Gate Golf Course are forming a united voice to advocate for the interests of the neighbourhood now that the future of the property is up in the air.


Salvation Army development to finally begin this winter

As the Salvation Army prepares to launch its annual Christmas Kettle campaign, the Northridge Community Church – the hub of Salvation Army’s Central York Region operations – is eyeing a long-awaited trip south.

Hopefuls line up to succeed Bill Fisch as Regional Chair

Outgoing Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, John Taylor, recently re-elected Regional Councillor for Newmarket, and former Aurora councillor Alison Collins-Mrakas, are among those who have expressed interest in the Region's top job, which will be filled next month.


Local inventor breaks into U.S. market ahead of Dragon’s Den debut

Adam Pauze freely admits he was “sweating bullets” as he prepared to enter the Dragon’s Den this fall, but after emerging unscathed, marking a significant business achievement this week, he is looking forward to enjoying his television debut with the community next week.

Volunteer Opportunies now available for Kettle Drive

Volunteer opportunities are now available to serve Salvation Army kettles in Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury, and Bradford.

Councillor-elect Tom Mrakas

It is amazing what one can accomplish when everyone is on the same page, says Councillor-elect Mrakas

In the lead-up to last month’s Municipal Election, candidate Tom Mrakas says he was feeling good about his chances – but once Election Day arrived, however, a bit of anxiety took over.

Everyone is a target in online scams, according to York Regional Police

As the holidays approach, now is the time when many are imbued with the spirit of giving. But, much as local organizations appreciate your generosity at this time of year, York Regional Police caution that this is also a time when false charity scams begin to ramp up.


Builders of Aurora sport honoured at 2014 Hall of Fame induction

(Steenhorst receives his green sweater upon his induction. Auroran photo by David Falconer) By Jake Courtepatte With the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner ...

York Regional Police headquarters to be renamed in honour of Regional Chair

York Regional Police’s Aurora headquarters will be re-named in honour Bill Fisch, outgoing chair of the Regional Municipality of York. The YRP Headquarters, located on ...


Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill Liberals name Alleslev Federal candidate

We need to take back our country, and that effort starts right here and now. That was the rallying cry of Leona Alleslev as she was formally elected as the Liberal Party of Canada’s candidate in the new riding.



Tigers pad position atop OJHL North Division before long home stand

Only one game was on the docket for the Tigers last week, as Friday’s away game against the St. Michael’s Buzzers was postponed due to schedule conflicts with the Central Canada Cup taking place in Etobicoke.


St. Max falls just short of YRAA football Championship

The St. Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs were riding a high heading into the York Region Athletic Association championship weekend on Saturday, after a string of strong starts made them a contender in only their fifth year.


Aurora’s Bantam A Tigers win the 2014 – 2015 Pittsburgh Veterans Cup

Submitted by Joe Chimienti Aurora’s Bantam A Tigers returned home this weekend as the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Veterans Cup Champions. The Tigers went 3W – 1L ...


Aurora Sports Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2014

The bright light of community sports shone down on The Mansion Events Centre in Aurora last week when the second class of athletes, coaches and builders were inducted into the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame.


Meet the Tigers: Cameron Morrison, Left Wing

By Jake Courtepatte D.O.B.? Hometown? August 27, 1998. Aurora. Where did you play hockey before signing in Aurora? I played York-Simcoe AAA Minor Midget. What ...

Arts & Culture


Aurora homeowners gear up for this week’s Holiday Home Tour

Aurora interior designer Wendy Neal only has a few last-minute touches to make before she opens up her Highland Court home to visitors this week as part of Pickering College’s Holiday Home Tour.


Aurora has a ball raising the roof for Hillary House National Historic Site

For some people today, social interaction can be limited to a Tweet or the number of likes amassed on social media, but Friday night was a bit of a throwback for Aurora residents filling King Valley Golf Club to raise money for the Aurora Historical Society.


The Hard Knock Life benefits local eating disorders support group

The sun coming up tomorrow is a dream not shared alone by a plucky, curly-haired redhead growing up in a New York orphanage. But, the well-known songs of “Annie” will come to life in Richmond Hill to spread a little sunshine on Aurora as well.

Great Artists set for debuts and returns to Aurora Cultural Centre

People have often dubbed the Aurora Cultural Centre as a “jewel in the crown” for Aurora – and if you happen to subscribe to this view, that beauty has a jewel in the crown all its own.

Dinner reflects on the true spirit behind Remembrance Day

Lieutenant colonel Phillip Halton, of the C.O. QYR Regiment, was the guest speaker at the Veteran’s Dinner held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 385 in Aurora Saturday.


Aurora teens take on the world in Hong Kong – and bring home a win

Stepping out onto the international stage last month, Aurora student Olivia Railton knew that she had put in her best effort to prepare for this moment.


Holiday Home Tour promises to be bigger than ever on 10th anniversary

For a school that has a nearly 175-year foundation in Quaker education, a decade might just be a blip in Pickering College’s history. But a lot can happen in 10 short years, as organizers behind the annual Pickering College Holiday Home Tour can attest.