August 21, 2014


Homeowners, businesses show creativity at Doors Open

Whether they were showing off their personal showplaces or watching a year’s worth of ideas come into fruition, Aurora’s creativity came into full bloom on Saturday...


Joint Operations Centre gets Council green light

After countless hours of debate, Aurora Council formally gave the green light for the Town’s new Joint Operations Centre last week. The project, which will combine the Department of...

Timberlane set to close next August as tennis hits “all-time high”

As Timberlane Athletic Club gets set to make way for housing next year, it will be like losing a home away from home for members who have been there since day one...

AYSC’s Stinger Cup tourney kicks off Friday

The Aurora Youth Soccer Club will be holding their end-of-season tournament from August 22 - 24, as athletes compete for the Stinger Cup

Aurora's Dierdre Tomlinson showed off her famed garden, Merlin's Hollow, to hundreds of people from around the GTA taking part in Doors Open Aurora on Saturday. Auroran photo by David Falconer

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Aurora student lands $60,000 scholarship for young leaders

Lukas Weese is a realist at heart. As he prepared to take his final exams this spring at Country Day School, the Aurora student knew

Safety, equality driving forces behind “overdue” Joint Ops Centre: proponents

After nearly three years of debates, numerous reports, and a “demonstrated need” for a new Joint Operations Centre, it was high time to give the green light to the project last week, according to proponents of the plan.


Broken plates and a few tears signals end of an era at Jonathan’s Restaurant

Shards of broken ceramics, moistened by a few tears, were the order of the day at Jonathan’s Restaurant last week as friends and loyal patrons filled the Yonge Street eatery to bid adieu to long-time owner Mary Georgopoulos and her family.

Joint Ops Centre is “wrong direction” for Aurora: opposition

Aurora needs new facilities for public works staff, but the recently approved Joint Operations Centre on Industrial Parkway North is not the way to do it, argued Councillors opposed to the project last week.


Unsung police officers saluted by Minister ahead of Quanto’s Law

In tense situations, York Regional Police Constable Todd Woods always has his partner’s back. They trained together, anticipate each other’s moves and, until...

Hollandview Trail residents can weigh in on café proposal next month

Residents in Aurora’s Hollandview Trail neighbourhood will have a chance to sound off on a proposal to turn the long-vacant Blockbuster Video outlet near Bayview Avenue into a new restaurant with outdoor patio.


VOTE 2014: Aurora needs to keep pace with other municipalities, says candidate Bob Chapman

After more than three decades working in municipal finance, Bob Chapman just can’t stay away in his retirement. The 55-year-old Aurora resident has thrown his hat in the ring as a Council candidate in the October 27 municipal election.

Status of part-time Councillors continues to be political football

The issue of whether or not Aurora’s Councillors should be considered part-time or full-time positions continues to be a topic of debate around the Council table.


Aurora women spread the grandmotherly love around the world

Outliving one’s own children is, for most people in Canada, absolutely unthinkable – but for many in the developing world it is, sadly, a regular reality of life.

Ed McNally goes full circle to land in Aurora Sports Hall of Fame

For his skills and achievements on the soccer pitch, Ed McNally has been chosen as one of two inductees for the “athlete” category in the Aurora Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.



U18 Barbarians move to TRU Plate Championship semifinals

Both the Under-18 “A” and “B” Aurora Barbarians rugby squads are heading to the semifinals of the Toronto Rugby Union Plate Championship. The quarterfinals kicked off last...

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Local archer strikes provincial gold at Ontario Summer Games

15-year old archer Hayden Edwards made the trek to Windsor last weekend to compete in the Ontario Summer Games, Ontario’s largest multi-sport event now in its 44th year.


Sport Aurora Breakfast of Champions Spotlight: Storm Vortex 15U girls capped a fantastic year winning both Provincial and National titles in 2014

Practicing twice a week, as well as playing up in the older division, these young ladies progressed throughout the year.


PeeWee Jays fall early in annual CNE baseball tournament

The Aurora Jays PeeWee baseball team traveled to Toronto Monday morning to kick off their first ever entry in the annual Lions CNE PeeWee Baseball Tournament.

Mosquito Jays are York Simcoe Regional champs, moving to Provincials

The York Simcoe Regional Championships for Minor Mosquito Baseball were held this weekend with the Aurora Jays facing off against the Bolton Braves in a ...

Aurora Rugby to Inaugurate Hall of Fame

The Aurora Barbarians Rugby Football Club will inaugurate its Hall of Fame this Saturday with the induction of eight individuals from its 64 year history.


Jays sweep heated series with Angels to advance to second round of NDBL playoffs

Tempers flared in the first round of the North Dufferin Baseball League playoffs in a series between the top-seed Aurora Jays and the Barrie Angels. Kicking off the series at home, the Jays cruised to a rather uneventful 8 – 4 win on Tuesday to lead the best-of-five series 1 – 0.


Jared Janicek bounces his way onto the national stage with an eye towards Pan Am

When 15-year-old Jared Jenicek took his first bounce on a trampoline many years ago, he was hooked right away. He first started out in gymnastics and worked his way up to training full-time on the trampoline...


Training centre aims to breed Badminton’s best

This summer, the thwacks on shuttlecocks ringing out from Don Hillock Drive stemmed from kids of various levels getting to know the fun that can be had on the badminton court.

Arts & Culture


The many Enchanted Evenings of Bud and Stella Switzer

“If music be the food of love, play on,” are words Orsino lived by in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; but while it might be a philosophy shared by Aurora’s Bud and Stella Switzer, the music of Rogers and Hammerstein have presented them with a veritable smorgasbord.

End your summer with “Superhero” movie parties next week

If you’re looking for a special way to wrap up your summer vacation, dust off your cape and head over for back-to-back Superhero parties as the grand finale of the Movies in the Park season.


Beresford makes a connection taking on the Hoedown Showdown

When Aurora’s Shannon Beresford has something on her mind, she doesn’t keep it bottled up inside. Rather than taking to Twitter or other forms of social media, however, she lets her feelings...


Stacey Kaniuk comes home

The Newmarket Jazz Festival kicked off on August 1, running through August 4 at Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons, boasting many amazing artists. However, one artist stood out amongst the others – Aurora native Stacey Kaniuk.


Think you know Aurora? Soak up some Local Colour!

Having lived in Aurora for 26 years and 14 years respectively, artists Eva Folks and Judy Sherman have seen Aurora grow and develop in ways they had never thought possible.


Glass Tiger and Platinum Blonde to headline September’s Ribfest

Aurora’s 2014 Ribfest will have an extra dose of star power this September with headliners Glass Tiger and Platinum Blonde. The homegrown Glass Tigers will hit the stage on Friday, September 5, starting at 9 p.m. Platinum...