An Emery Easter celebration

  •  May, 2022
By Sean Delaney Saturday, April 16th, was a bright, sunny, and crisp day at Strathburn Park; and the Humberlea community came together as a family. The smiles, the laughter, and joy was felt by all. Michael Verrelli and Brigette Contento were at their community organizing best, adding another suc...

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Skating in Humberlea to honour a hero

  •  March, 2022
By Sean Delaney As many of you may know, Gordon Kerr, a cherished resident of the Humberlea Community who lived on Strathburn Boulevard, took on the enormous task of flooding both area arenas from 1966 to 1997. That meant many long evenings, being out in freezing temperatures and working away, ...

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The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Emery

  •  January, 2022
By Sean Delaney What happened to the Good Old Days? Over the decades, there seems to be a continuing decline in the number and participation in local holiday events. Local events, where neighbours share good cheer together, watching their children delight with an old-fashioned Christmas parade. Goo...

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A Community that cares

  •  November, 2021
By Sean Delaney Community champions Mike Verrelli and Brigette Contento organized a second annual food drive, including a Halloween candy component. Held on Saturday, October 15, at both Stratburn and Joseph Bannon Parks, residents were asked to donate food and candy, and in return received a free ...

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A big community thanks to those that care

  •  October, 2021
By Sean Delaney Two years in the making and it was worth the wait. What a day and what an incredible community we are so fortunate to be a part of. Together with the love and care from our community and the passion and perseverance we both share to keep unity within our neighbourhood, Strathburn...

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Easter in the park a sense of normalcy amid a pandemic

  •  May, 2021
By Sean Delaney Easter is a time for celebration and for everyone to join together and enjoy a sense of community and many were looking for signals that normalcy was returning. To be able to celebrate the fun side of Easter, offering hope that things were headed in the right direction. In order...

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Having fun helping others

  •  December, 2020
By Sean Delaney Great ideas are sometimes driven by necessity. If the City of Toronto cancelled Halloween Trick or Treating, where could families in need get candy so their children could enjoy the occasion? Mike Verrelli and Brigette Contento had an epiphany and created a Food Drive that incl...

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The hunger need is real

  •  December, 2020
By Sean Delaney The Red Bag Food Drive is doing its part to help Emery, and the group is also working to boost awareness to the importance of food banks. The 2020 Red Bag Food Drive is hoping to inspire communities around the city to take part in drives and help reduce food bank shortages. This...

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Hunger is real and you can help

  •  July, 2020
By Sean Delaney Among the challenges food banks are experiencing, the COVID pandemic has also created a significant loss of volunteers, which threatens the ability of food banks to remain open. Michael Verrelli and Brigette Contento have been volunteers at the W.A.E.S (Weston Area Emergency Su...

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Emery volunteers giving during pandemic

  •  May, 2020
By Sean Delaney Brigette Contento is throwing caution to the wind and opening her home to the items people in need, well, need. And she's doing it because she simply can't help it. “I've been in the neighbourhood for 40 years, so I got a little bit of the, are you crazy giving your address ou...

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