by Jesse McLean
Business is good again on Roncesvalles Ave. – at least until Monday.
For months, the street has been choked with construction as work crews dug up and replaced nearly century-old water and sewage pipes.
On Dec. 22, construction wrapped up for the holiday season.
“It’s amazing how it’s picked back up again. Obviously not back up to where it should be, but it has improved in the last week when they’ve given us our parking back,” said Len McAuley, owner of Pollocks Home Hardware.
On Monday, things return to the new normal: only northbound traffic and no street parking.
“My sales are down about 30 per cent,” said McAuley, who sits on the Roncesvalles Village BIA.
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Last night members of our BIA were celebrated at Cheri diNovo’s first annual Spring Levee. Congratulations to Shiela Koffman (Another Story Bookstore, at left in photo) who received an award for her ongoing volunteer efforts, and Shannon Doyle (The Mercantile) who received an award in recognition of her innovative new business on Roncesvalles.
Each month features three writers and one songwriter from the Parkdale/High Park area, two men and two women. Expect to hear more prize-winning authors, brilliant comedians and some of Canada’s best songwriters on the last Monday of each month.
The Free Speech Reading Series starts at 7:00. PWYC.
About the host:
Johan Hultqvist is an activist and the lead singer of JUNO-nominated Afrobeat collective Mr. Something Something. He grew up in Sweden but calls Roncesvalles Village home. His only remaining vice is wine gums.
Happy Anniversary to the High Park Baptist Church, which is celebrating its 100th year serving our community.
Other notable “first birthdays” in our neighbourhood include:
• the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles), which recently held its one year anniversary party, celebrating its first successful year as a not-for-profit, neighbourhood cinema.
• My Dog’s Daycare (111 Roncesvalles)
• Junction Skateshop (404 Roncesvalles)
• Bravo! Gelato (411 Roncesvalles)
Another significant anniversary is happening this weekend. The Local (396 Roncesvalles) is celebrating its fourth anniversary of bringing great food, beer and music to Roncesvalles Village on Saturday, December 20th. Drop in and celebrate with them. Cheers!
On Canada Day, July 1, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Canadian Blood Services will be holding a special blood donor clinic at the historic Palais Royale Ballroom. The RVBIA encourages everyone to give the gift of life. To schedule your donation, call 1-800-2-DONATE.