Gay Cowbourne: January 2000

Happy New Year!

By the time that this issue of the NEWS arrives on your doorstep the Christmas decorations will be put away, the Christmas trees will be recycled and New Year celebrations will all be over. Hopefully we will be able to say that the over exaggerated Y2K problems didn't materialise, that life is going on as normal and that the biggest problem we've had is getting used to writing that new date!

Each January, many of us make New Year's Resolutions. In our personal lives, it means that we take the time to look forward to the coming year, to review ongoing plans and to reassess the direction that our lives are moving in. The CCRA makes its New Year's resolutions much earlier than most. We make them at the Annual General Meeting in October. We look at what we have done the previous year, at what we are doing on behalf of the community and at what we plan to do throughout the coming year.

In the December issue of the NEWS, I wrote of the busy year that the CCRA had in 1999. It was an especially active year because of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, but many of the projects and events that we were involved in will be repeated, or will continue, in the year 2000.

The annual Winterfest event is scheduled for January 30 at the Port Union Community Centre. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family, with outdoor and indoor games, entertainment, food, face painting, clowns, music and lots more. Put it on your calendar now so that you don't forget.

In the Spring we are planning our usual '50s Dance which is always a fun event. If you haven't been to one of these dances, you don't know what you are missing.

Also in the Spring there will be 5K Fun Run and Walk. We had one in the Fall as part of our Anniversary Celebration and those who were there enjoyed it so much that we are going to do it again.

In the Summer we will again be co-hosting the Jazz concert series. It's a great way to spend a warm summer evening and it sure beats driving to the Beach Jazz Festival and having to find a parking spot!

The CCRA is one of many Scarborough East community associations and organizations that have joined together to plan a huge weekend of Millennium Celebration family fun on June 17 and 18. There will be lots of local events including the Highland Creek Heritage Day Parade.

The long promised Waterfront Trail from Highland Creek to the Rouge River is in the final planning stages and it is hoped that the groundbreaking ceremony will take place in the early Spring. The design incorporates a pedestrian tunnel under the CN tracks at the base of Port Union Road for safe access to theTrail. Eventually, the Village Common will be created on the north side of the tracks to the west of Port Union Road, on what is now the Manson site.

Plans are continuing for the demolition of the Manson factory and clean up of the surrounding land. Since April 1999 members of the CCRA Executive Committee have represented the Centennial community at meetings with all of the parties concerned. We realise how important this project is to this community and we have reported the progress in the CCRA NEWS and on the CCRA website. Throughout all negotiations, the health and safety of this community has been, and will continue to be, the CCRA's primary concern. Up to date information on all aspects of this project can be found in the CCRA NEWS and on our website. The Manson page of the CCRA website can be now be accessed directly at:-