1. Richmond Hill Blooms Awards 2017
The 3rd Annual Richmond Hill Blooms Gala was held on Thursday, September 14 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Awards were presented to the first, second and third place winners in each ward, and new this year, one award was presented for the “Best Canadian Themed Garden” in each ward. Congratulations to the winners, and to all the Ward 4 residents whose gardens were nominated and thank you for taking pride in our community.
|1st Place – 71 Arnold Crescent|
|2nd Place – 7 Keble Court|
3rd Place – 103 Arnold Crescent
|Best Canadian Themed Garden
115 Arnold Crescent
2. Richmond Hill Fire & Emergency Services Awards and Recruit Graduation
It takes many groups and individuals to build and maintain a vibrant and safe community. On September 28th we honoured one of those groups, Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services (RHFES). Richmond Hill welcomed 11 new recruits, and honoured some of the existing RHFES staff with long service medals.
I would like to extend a welcome to our new recruits, as these brave young men and women begin their service to our community. Also, thanks to all of our firefighters for all you have done, and continue to do for Richmond Hill!
3. Another Successful Bike Valet Season!
Thank you to all who took advantage of Richmond Hill’s free bike valet service at this summer’s Concerts in the Park series. With help from our Blue Dot Richmond Hill, Bike Valet ambassadors and student volunteers, local cyclists had their ride stowed safely with our bike valet service! Not only does cycling reduce traffic and parking congestion at these events, it’s also a great way to enjoy the day and stay active. To learn more about cycling in Richmond Hill, visit RichmondHill.ca/BikeRH.
4. Chinese National Day
On Sunday October 1st, Richmond Hill celebrated Chinese National Day. 68 Years ago the People’s Republic of China was formed. We were honoured to have a visit from Chinese Consul General He Wei. A flag raising, entertainment, and many cultural performances rounded out this well attended event celebrating our community’s diversity.
5. Caribbean North Family Day – Sunday October 1
Caribbean North Family Day was a great success. The celebrations were centered around the culture of the Caribbean and raising money for hurricane relief in a number of Caribbean countries. This event also represented one of many Canada 150 celebrations in our community this year.
6. OMB Overrules Council and Approves Highest building in Richmond Hill
Despite Richmond Hill’s attempt to appeal a recent Ontario Municipal Board decision to allow a 29 storey building at the corner of Yonge Street and Carrville Road, the OMB has again sided with the developer. This approved building is considerably taller than what was allowed under our Official Plan (OP), but once again the OMB has ignored this fact and approved it despite our approved OP. I continue to be concerned by the actions of the OMB and look forward to the promised OMB reforms proposed by the Ontario government. For a good summary of this issue visit https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/7550781-tallest-building-in-richmond-hill-s-history-29-storeys-approved-by-omb/
7. Happy 200th Birthday!
Happy 200th Birthday to the congregation of the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church. The congregation has a long and storied history, that in many ways reflects and parallels the rich history of our community as a whole. In the early days of the congregation the church’s first Minister, Reverend Jenkins, delivered his service in the woods before a church building was even built. At the same time he would ride his horse from Oakville to Oshawa and from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe promoting the formation of congregations in various communities and preaching the gospel.
200 years of serving the needs of our community is certainly cause for a celebration. It was also great to see ministers and religious leaders from other congregations in Town out to support and celebrate with all of us!
8. Richmond Hill Moon Festival
We have so many festivals to celebrate in Richmond Hill. On Wednesday, October 4 we joined together to celebrate the Moon Festival. This event was hosted by Daisy Wai. It was great to be invited to share in this celebration.