Newsbites – November 2017

Daly House sold

The beautiful home at 168 Daly (just east of King Edward) has been sold to the Estonian Embassy. The Embassy has applied to allow an office use and associated parking and loading variances. Photo Christine Aubry

Sandy Hill loses a jewel — Mary Murphy

On Nov. 9, St. Joseph’s parish said farewell to Mary Murphy, Manager of the Supper Table at Laurier E. and Cumberland. She was a member of parish staff for 18 years, working in the pastoral field before taking over the organizing of the Supper Table.  Mary was well known to, and appreciated by, many in the Sandy Hill community.

Pictured above with parish administrator Christopher Adam, Mary has moved to Edmonton for family reasons and is taking on a new position as a Food Program Coordinator for an organization called the Mustard Seed.       Photo Bob Nesbitt

Kenneth Emig wins design award for spheres on Adàwe Bridge

The artist who designed our favourite local artwork was recognized with an “Urban Elements Award of Merit” from the City’s biennial Urban Design award program in October. Working with him on the installation of A View from Two Sides was Sandy Hill resident Ralph Leibe and his colleague Paul Mace, both structural engineers…

Speaking of the award ceremony, Emig says, “It was fascinating to see all the things that have gone on around the city — and to be a part of it.” You can check out all the winning infill, urban elements, public places and civic spaces, visions and masterplans, and student projects too at the City’s website, including the 16-unit apartment building at 211 Lees replacing one destroyed by fire in 2013.

What’s next for Kenneth? Something that is going to be great for us too. It’s called Sphere Field, this time using concave, not convex, surfaces and is coming to the Campus LRT station at the other end of Somerset East. Once again he is working closely with engineers, this time HVAC and electrical as well as structural specialists.

Pictured above,  l-r, Kenneth Emig (artist), Councillor Jan Harder, Lynda Hall (project manager), Paul Mace (engineer).  Photo Angela Prokopiak

Great deals and bright ideas found at Sandy Hill Book Fair

A dozen volunteers, convened by Marlborough Ave. resident Jane McNamara, brought us another fine book sale on the first weekend of November. With cash sales and the silent auction item, the ad hoc committee raised $1,362 for the Ottawa Mission. The group and all shoppers are very grateful to Leanne Moussa for making the former chapel space in allsaints available for a two-afternoon event. Great light, perfect ambiance, excellent coffee upstairs. If you think the time has come to clear out a few bookshelves, remember we have a neighbourhood sale now in the fall! Photo Jane McNamara

Local Rotarians and Rotaractors* celebrating World Polio Day

Members of eleven Rotary Clubs of the National Capital area were among millions reaching out on World Polio Day, October 24. They raised a flag at City Hall, encouraging citizens to support an end to polio,  a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. The incidence of polio has dropped more than 99.9 percent in 30 years. To sustain this progress, and protect all children from polio, Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year for the next three years. Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion to ending polio since 1985. * Rotaractors are 18-30 years of age. — Submitted by Carol Waters