Allow me to join the cacophony about New "Westmonster" politics, civic duties and accomplishments. A recent spellchecker correction changed 'Crosty' to "Crusty." I had to LOL (laugh out loud, no nasty reflection intended). That's probably an old joke by now.
As someone who has lived in New Westminster for four years, I'm continually delighted by developments here.
For example, we can see two from our windows - the new Moody Park Pool and the youth centre, which is a firstinCanada connected with a seniors' centre, where they share space and some events. (I used to call Century House 'HalfCentury House,' now I call it 'Sensory House.')
Our library is open every day except statutory holidays, and five nights per week till 9 p.m.
That is a very good service, surpassed by only one library in Vancouver, the Carnegie, which is open till 10 p.m. The funding is municipal.
At Mercer Stadium, we have been enjoying the new surface on the rubber track. The sports teams have a new facility there for changing.
Downtown we have the new River Market, Hyack Square and - coming soon - the new civic centre and Landmark Cinema. (Are they still planning for 10 theatres?)
About the time that we moved here, we attended the Woodlands Memorial Garden's official opening.
I'm glad that the demolition of the main tower of the Woodlands School will be delayed, so more former residents can attend, in order for them to have more closure.
If you haven't seen the memorial gardens, I recommend a visit.
When we had the municipal elections in 2008, I supported a "new kid on the block" for one of the six council positions.
He was successful, but I was almost shocked when Calvin Donnelly, at that time our most familiar face on council, lost his seat. The next summer the Moody Park pool reopened. It feels good to see Calvin's name included on the plaque.
He worked hard for the project during his time on council. Respect prevailed.
It's funny - while rewriting this, I'm watching Pleasantville on TV. This is not about how to vote this time. I may go to "all the parties."
Franci Louann, New Westminster