Toronto’s Eastern Shoreline: Million Dollar Views Attracting Builders

…Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward, 416-564-0245

As Toronto real estate prices continue to impress the market, two neighbourhoods are attracting attention among builders and investors. With the prices of detached homes East of downtown Toronto continuing to skyrocket, many first-time home buyers are looking eastward towards in the Birchcliffe-Cliffside and Cliffcrest communities, which meet at Midland Avenue with Cliffcrest to the east and Birchcliffe-Cliffside to the west.

Birchcliffe-Cliffside  Boundary Map

Birchcliffe-Cliffside Boundary Map

Cliffcrest community boundary map

Cliffcrest community boundary map

Attracted by the atmosphere created by the long-time residents, accessibility to the downtown core, abundant shopping, variety of restaurants, breathtaking views of the lake and proximity to the famous cliffs of Scarborough Bluffers Park, the community is now on the radar of would-be first-time home buyers. Properties with a view of the lake are a sought after treasure, especially builders looking to make a higher return on building houses for those willing to pay a premium for a million-dollar view. Perhaps that is why they call it a million-dollar view (converted to the current value of the collar).

This is the view of Lake Ontario is from the bottom of Midland Avenue, where Fishleigh Drive ends. Fishleigh Drive is a fairly short street running along Lake SONY DSCOntario. Homes on the south side of the street have direct view of the lake from the cliffside. Currently, there are several houses being built on the street and builders are looking for more of those scarce lots, often buying older houses to rebuild with larger, more expensive and impressive houses.

Homes at the bottom of Midland Avenue are also benefiting by this scarcity because of their partial and/or seasonal view of the lake. For those that have properties with a view, it could mean a windfall as they look to downsize. The premium these properties diminishes the farther north they are from the Lake. However, as builders put up much more expensive homes, everyone in the neighbourhood will benefit to a degree.

An example of an older house with a seasonal view of Lake Ontario, presently for sale is located at 27 Midland Avenue. This property with a frontage of 50 feet and a depth of 125 feet has a sloping lot and beautiful views. A bungalow with attached garage, it has 3 bedrooms on the main floor and one in the basement. The MLS # is E3440502 and you can call me to view it (Baldo Minaudo, Broker 416-564-0245).

For those that are long-term residents of the community, some of which have been there for decades, these new builds reflect the discovery of their secret haven. Yet, Birchcilffe-Cliffside and eastern Cliffcrest began as summer cottage communities.

The historic St. Augustine Seminary has been training Roman Catholic priests since 1910 and can easily be seen with its dome overlooking south from Kingston road toward the lake. The seminary was the first Canadian seminary for English speaking clergy. St. Augustine’s Beaux Arts style architecture and striking dome is a dominant visual presence of a landmark on Kingston Road.

The area west of St. Augustine Seminary evolved as a summer cottage community with the first year-round residences built on Chine Drive (just east of Midland Avenue on the in the present day neighbourhood of Cliffcrest) in the 1920’s. It was these Arts and Crafts style homes that defined the neighbourhood’s character to this day. Most of the Cliffside houses were built from the 1920’s-1940’s with architectural styles that include Cape Cod, Craftsman style bungalows, Edwardian, Tudor and newer, contemporary homes. In the most recent years, the value of homes built closer to the lake have risen considerably, especially along Fishleigh Drive (south end of the neighbourhood) which has truly magnificent views of Lake Ontario.

A famous Canadian wonder, the Scarborough Bluffs are located within Bluffers Park (down along Undercliff Drive in the Cliffcrest neighbourhood just east of the Birchcliffe-Cliffside neighbourhood). This combined Marina, Park and Beach provides a wonderful scenic lakefront view the lake, the cliffs and the trails through the shrubbery.

The Cliffcrest community, as of 2011, had a population of 15,703 occupying 5,825 private dwellings, 59% of which are single-detached houses (compared to Toronto’s average of 26%). The average family income was $71,332 compared to Toronto’s $70,945. A significant 83% of the residents spoke English at home, 64% were born in Canada (compared to Toronto’s average of 49%), and the top 5 ethnic origins of residents are English, Irish, Scottish, Canadian and German (totalling 12,790) and accounting for over 81% of population. In 2011, visible minorities accounted for 36% of the community, compared to 49% for Toronto.

The Birchcliffe-Cliffside community, as of 2011, had a population of 21,856 occupying 9,185 private dwellings, 54% of which are single-detached houses (compared to Toronto’s average of 26%). The average family income was $73,364, compared to Toronto’s $70,945. A significant 90% of the residents spoke English at home, 73% were born in Canada (compared to Toronto’s average of 49%), and the top 5 ethnic origins are English, Irish, Canadian, Scottish and French. Visible minorities accounted for 21% of the community, compared to 49% for Toronto.

Note: Data has been sourced from the City of Toronto and the 2011 Census/National Household Survey.

If you would like more information on this or other neighbourhoods or are looking to buy a home or sell your house contact:

Baldo Minaudo, MBA
Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage
416-564-0245
www.TorontoFeatureHomes.com

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Birchcliffe-Cliffside (Toronto): Million Dollar Views Attracting Builders

…Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward, 416-564-0245

As Toronto real estate prices continubirchcliffe_cliffsidee to impress the market, there is one neighbourhood that is attracting more than its share of attention among builders and investors. With the prices of detached homes East of downtown Toronto continuing to skyrocket, many first-time home buyers are looking eastward towards in the Birchcliffe-Cliffside community.

Attracted by the atmosphere created by the long-time residents, accessibility to the downtown core, abundant shopping, variety of restaurants, breathtaking views of the lake and proximity to the famous cliffs of Scarborough Bluffers Park, the community is now on the radar of would-be first-time home buyers. Properties with a view of the lake are a sought after treasure, especially builders looking to make a higher return on building houses for those willing to pay a premium for a million-dollar view. Perhaps that is why they call it a million-dollar view (converted to the current value of the collar).

This is the view of Lake Ontario is from the bottom of Midland Avenue, where Fishleigh Drive ends. Fishleigh Drive is a fairly short street running along Lake SONY DSCOntario. Homes on the south side of the street have direct view of the lake from the cliffside. Currently, there are several houses being built on the street and builders are looking for more of those scarce lots, often buying older houses to rebuild with larger, more expensive and impressive houses.

Homes at the bottom of Midland Avenue are also benefiting by this scarcity because of their partial and/or seasonal view of the lake. For those that have properties with a view, it could mean a windfall as they look to downsize. The premium these properties diminishes the farther north they are from the Lake. However, as builders put up much more expensive homes, everyone in the neighbourhood will benefit to a degree.

An example of an older house with a seasonal view of Lake Ontario, presently for sale is located at 27 Midland Avenue. This property with a frontage of 50 feet and a depth of 125 feet has a sloping lot and beautiful views. A bungalow with attached garage, it has 3 bedrooms on the main floor and one in the basement. The MLS # is E3440502 and you can call me to view it (Baldo Minaudo, Broker 416-564-0245).

For those that are long-term residents of the community, some of which have been there for decades, these new builds reflect the discovery of their secret haven. Yet, the Birchcilffe-Cliffside began as a summer cottage community.

The historic St. Augustine Seminary has been training Roman Catholic priests since 1910 and can easily be seen with its dome overlooking south from Kingston road toward the lake. The seminary was the first Canadian seminary for English speaking clergy. St. Augustine’s Beaux Arts style architecture and striking dome is a dominant visual presence of a landmark on Kingston Road.

The area west of St. Augustine Seminary evolved as a summer cottage community with the first year-round residences built on Chine Drive (just east of Midland Avenue on the in the present day neighbourhood of Cliffcrest) in the 1920’s. It was these Arts and Crafts style homes that defined the neighbourhood’s character to this day. Most of the Cliffside houses were built from the 1920’s-1940’s with architectural styles that include Cape Cod, Craftsman style bungalows, Edwardian, Tudor and newer, contemporary homes. In the most recent years, the value of homes built closer to the lake have risen considerably, especially along Fishleigh Drive (south end of the neighbourhood) which has truly magnificent views of Lake Ontario.

A famous Canadian wonder, the Scarborough Bluffs are located within Bluffers Park (down along Undercliff Drive in the Cliffcrest neighbourhood just east of the Birchcliffe-Cliffside neighbourhood). This Marina, Park and Beach provides a wonderful scenic lakefront view the lake, the cliffs and the trails through the shrubbery.

The community of Birchcliffe-Cliffside, as of 2011, had a population of 21,856 occupying 9,185 private dwellings, 54% of which are single-detached houses (compared to Toronto’s average of 26%). The average family income was $73,364, compared to Toronto’s $70,945. A significant 90% of the residents spoke English at home, 73% were born in Canada (compared to Toronto’s average of 49%), and the top 5 ethnic origins are English, Irish, Canadian, Scottish and French.

If you would are looking to sell your house or buy a home contact:

Baldo Minaudo, MBA
Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage

416-564-0245

www.TorontoFeatureHomes.com

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WANTED: BIRCHLIFFE-CLIFFSIDE HOUSE TO RENT

Birchcliffe-cliffside house rentals

Birchcliffe-cliffside house rentals

(or along the Danforth Subway line – within walking distance): A two bedroom house (or main-upper floor apartment in house) for a top notch tenant – great credit score, long-time employment, mature, clean, respectful, Canadian born and raised, single-female with friendly pet cat. Prefer the Birchcliffe-Cliffside neighbourhood (especially south of Kingston Road). May be willing to sign a two-year lease with intentions of staying for the long-term. Landlord to pay real estate commission of one month’s rent. Please contact Baldo Minaudo, Broker, Real Estate Homeward, 416-698-2090.

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Glendale (Niagara-On-The-Lake) Community

HOMES – REAL ESTATE – INVESTMENTS!

GLENDALE (Niagara-On-The-Lake): A Vibrant, Growing Community for a Quality Lifestyle or to Raise a Family within Driving Distance to Toronto

Glendale is one of the five main settlement areas of Niagara-On-The-Lake, the remaining four being Old Town, Queenston, Virgil and St. David’s. Niagara-On-The-Lake is mostly known for its natural beauty, historic heritage and quality fruit and grape growing.

The town has 15,400 residents as at the 2011 census, an increase of 5.6% from the 2006 census. It has a fairly low population density of 115.9 persons per km2, mainly because of the agricultural nature of much of the area. Though the population has stayed fairly stable over the past several decades, the Region of Niagara is predicting Niagara-On-The-Lake will grow by 47.4% to a total population of 22,700 by 2031.

Niagara-On-The-Lake has an estimated total employment land supply of about 200 net hectares, more than 60% of which is in Glendale. With just less than half of total land supply occupied, there is significant opportunity for growth. Glendale is the town’s largest employment area, and has been designated the primary industrial area in the town partly due to its proximity to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and access to both Toronto market and the U.S. Boarder. Glendale’s District No. 5 Fire Station is located at 350 Townline Rd.

In addition, Niagara College’s Niagara-On-The-Lake campus is located in Glendale at Glendale Avenue and the QEW, the major transportation corridor between Toronto and the United States boarder. The College promoted the campus as being “enveloped in an ecological band of wetlands, vineyards and community gardens, becoming a living laboratory for the college’s thriving environment and horticulture programs, and sits at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, a United Nations world biosphere preserve.”

The growing student population has resulted in growing demand for accommodation. Even with new housing being built in recent years, the demand is strong and has attracted the attention of many of the nearby homeowners. Both homeowners and real estate investors are finding the lower house prices and higher rental income (as a percentage of purchase price) attractive relative to alternative options, such as the Toronto and surrounding markets.

The Outlet Collection Mall at Niagara is located immediately across the street from the College and features over 100 well-known retail store brands, as well as a wide food selection that includes Aroma Espresso Bar, Starbucks, Big Smoke Burger, Freshly Squeezed, McDonald’s, S’barro, Subway Sandwiches and more.

Glendale is about a 25 minute drive to Niagara Falls (one of the world’s top natural wonders). In addition to the Niagara Parkway, Niagara River and Ontario Wine Country tours and activities, there are sand beaches and summertime fun (swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, festivals, and more) within short driving distance. The town has bus service for residents, which links the communities of Old Town, Virgil and Glendale.

Glendale was identified in the “Niagara-on-the-Lake Current Situation Report and SWOT Analysis” (August, 2012) as having potential for considerable residential and employment growth. The report went on to suggest development of Glendale as a modern economic local engine and residential community, and as an attractive ‘gateway’ to Niagara-On-The-Lake, with more mixed-use developments in the community.

It is no wonder that since the report there has been much development and growth activity in Glendale. The area is proving to be a great residential destination for young families wanting to raise their children in a vibrant, growing community with lots of natural beauty and outdoor activity for everyone to enjoy. As well, those retiring or preparing to retire are finding the lifestyle and affordability of Glendale, increasingly attractive.

46 Wright Crescent (presently listed for sale) is an example of some of Glendale’s quality homes. It is a fabulous, newly renovated, brick exterior, two-car attached46 wright frontgarage, 4 + 1 bedroom, two story home, located in the “Niagara On The Green“ Subdivision (Glendale) of Niagara-On-The-Lake. Only minutes to both the Outlet Mall and Niagara College, it has a separate side entrance and 5 bedrooms, plus a Home Office and Library. The Basement has Rough in for a Home Theatre and Family Room with internet and speaker wiring. Well commissioned with Central Air Conditioning, Central Vacuum, hard Wiring for Internet, one Gazebo with Deck, one massive Party Deck, and vinyl shed. Also comes with all updated lighting, fixtures, high-end stainless steel appliances, Natural Gas line roughed in for Gas Dryer and gas line roughed in for second fireplace. Comes with 2 fridges, 2 stoves, washer, dryer, built-in dishwasher, and window coverings.46 wright back46 wright deck

If you would like to view this or other homes in the Glendale, Niagara-On-The-Lake or Greater Toronto Area, message me or call for Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward at 416-698-2090, Dir: 416-564-0245.

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CLAIRLEA-BIRCHMOUNT NEIGHBOURHOOD

HOMES – REAL ESTATE – INVESTMENTS!

CLAIRLEA-BIRCHMOUNT – ANOTHER TORONTO UP AND COMING NEIGHBOURHOOD POISED FOR POTENTIAL APPRECIATION IN HOME VALUES

Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood of Toronto

Map of Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood

In the 19th century the St. Clair and Victoria Park intersection was home to the village of Moffat’s Corners, surrounded by rural lands. They later named, Clairlea area was one of the first areas of present-day Scarborough to be developed as a Toronto suburb. As a result, it went through a transformation in the early 1950s. This middle income neighbourhood features affordable homes and mature streets. The neighbourhood’s landmark Warden Woods ravine offers some downtown nature.

Clairlea-Birchmount is a destination neighbourhood for young families, perhaps because of the family-friendly mix of population and has a low percentage of divorced (5%) and Separated (3%) families. Warden Woods Community Centre (a United Way member agency) provides support and programs for the community. There is also the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Centre founded in 1956 as the area boys and girls club which provides support to the residents.

The neighbourhood consists of 17% Children aged 0-14 (much more than the average for many other Toronto neighbourhoods) and 13% Seniors 65 and older (lower than many other Toronto neighbourhoods).

From 2001 to 2011, Clairlea-Birhmount’s official population grew 24% (from 19,960 to 24,575). Of special note, the largest growth came from the youth who increased 40%, from 2,265 to 3,170 indicating, followed by 25-64 year olds (up 30.1%) indicating a healthy demand for single-detached homes in the neighbourhood. Townhome developments have been built, mostly close to the Warden TTC Station on St. Clair.

The vast majority of the residents (15,096) speak English at home, or about 62% of those surveyed. English is the mother tongue for 50% of the residents with the remaining be accounted for by Bengali (6.4%), Tagalog-Filipino (5.6%), Urdu (3.1%), Chinese-Mandarin/Cantonese/n.o.s. (7.3%), Greek (2.4%), Tamil (2.2%), Italian  (1.9%), and Spanish (1.4%).

This up and coming neighbourhood with its many new builds is positioned for price increase as it is surrounded by more expensive properties to the south, west and north. In addition, according to City of Toronto’s Wellbeing tool, the neighbourhood is heavily weighted for ‘Approved New Dwellings’, further supporting potential development and price appreciation. The neighbourhood’s properties also score well in terms of ‘Home Repairs Needed’ scoring better than average and better than the surrounding indicating a pride of ownership and care. With the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line (announced by MetroLinx in 2015) with the stop at Birchmount Road and Eglinton Avenue and added public transit options for the local residents, it is likely that the construction will bring additional residential and mixed-use development to the area. The government investment is part of a 25-year, $50 billion dollar plan for coordinated, integrated transportation and transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

One of the largest employers in the Neighbourhood is the landmark Providence Healthcare, established in 1962. Its services include a hospital, specializing in rehabilitation and complex continuing care, Providence Community Centre (offering clinics and support programs for seniors and caregivers), and a nursing home (the Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence).

Ideal for professional couples and families is one of the newer builds in the Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood newer build

Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood newer build

Neighbourhood, a wonderful detached, 2-storey, 2000+ S.F. home located at 199 Raleigh Avenue. This stunning custom built home has an open open concept on the main floor with a great Chef kitchen equipped with built-in appliances, custom cabinetry, as well as a living room and dining room with walkout to deck and yard. The Second floor has four bedrooms, laundry facility and walkout to balcony. The master bedroom comes with large walk-in closet and spa ensuite is a gorgeous space to relax and unwind at the end of the day. A finished basement with extra bedroom, high ceilings and separate entrance is a highly desired o the home, the interlocking driveway and front balcony sets the stage for your visitors. Around the bonus. As you drive up tc199_raleigh_avenue_MLS_HID1085735_ROOMlivingroomdiningroomback, a fenced yard provides great privacy for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors.

 

If you would like to view this or other homes in Toronto, contact Baldo Minaudo, MBA, Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage 416-698-2090, Dir: 416-564-0245.

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Dorset Park Neighbourhood

Dorset Park is a middle-income, family oriented neighbourhood that spans between Midland Avenue and Kennedy Road from highway 401 to just south of Lawrence Avenue.

Originally, in the 1800’s, it was part of a small farming hamlet surrounding the Kennedy and Ellesmere Road intersection, called the Village of Ellesmere.  During the early 1900’s the community’s focal point was the Ellesmere Arena, which served as home of the Maple Leaf Curling Club and the Ellesmere Maple Leaf Band. The Village was known for its sports clubs, such as the Maple Leaf Football Team which won the 1890 Ontario Championships. During the early 1950’s, Ellesmere Village’s dairy farms and market gardens were replaced by the Dorset Park housing subdivision.

Today, Dorset Park is a neighbourhood in transition with a culturally diversified population with the first generation of aging subdivision homeowners slowly being replaced by a new generation of young families with children. According to 2011 statistics, over 12% of the community’s residents claim Tamil as their mother tongue.

Dorset Park is home to one of only seven community hubs as part of Ontario’s Strategic Framework and Action Plan. Led by the United Way working together with donours and community partners, the hub is a one-stop centre where residents can access vital programs and services and where they can build community. The hub brings together resources to provide a place that supports the diverse growing needs of the community.

For those interested in affordable housing for raising a family without having to undergo renovations, the neighbourhood has a pocket of more recently built housing than the original subdivision.

For example, this home at 3 Kiriakou Street, presently listed by Real Estate Homeward at $499,000 is a beautiful, bright and spacious 3 bedroom townhouse with walkout to a private south facing, fenced yard. It even has up-graded laminated floors, a huge master bedroom with ensuite and entrance from garage. The lovely landscaped interlocking brick front entrance adds to the elegance. This great family home is ready for you to move in and enjoy in a fabulous location close to School, Parks, LRT, TTC, Go and all amenities. You can view this home at a public open house on Saturday, December 5th from 2-4pm or on Sunday, December 6th from 2-4pm. Offers, if any, being reviewed on Wednesday, December 9th.

Baldo Minaudo, Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage, 1858 Queen St. E., Toronto – 416-698-2090.

Dorset Park Neighbourhood Townhouse

Dorset Park Neighbourhood Townhouse

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Comment on Review: The Balvenie, Signature 12-YO by Liz Palmer by Liz Palmer

Location

The Balvenie Distillery lies at the heart of Scotch whisky distillation in Speyside, which is Northeast Scotland up in the Highlands.

Wee Bit O’ Information

The Balvenie Distillery makes whisky the way they always have – there is no compromise, and takes pride that they are the only existing distillery that practices the “five rare crafts” of traditional whisky making:

  • The Balvenie grows its own barley;
  • Malts on its own traditional floor malting;
  • Has a team of coopers who work with the caskets; and
  • Employ a coppersmith to maintain the stills.

The Balvenie Distillery is still firmly rooted in its past.  Successive generations of skill on the malting floor, in the tun room and the still house, in the cooperage and the warehouses have preserved the consistency and remarkably high quality of The Balvenie down the years.

About David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master

 

David Stewart is the whisky industry’s longest-serving Malt Master. To celebrate his 45 anniversary of working in the Scotch whisky industry, and to mark this achievement Stewart has created a new, limited release 12-year-old Balvenie Signature expression.

 

The Signature Expression

“It has given me great pleasure to create a signature whisky as part of The Balvenie range,” says David “Maturing and marrying the finest single malt Scotch whisky has been my passion for over 45 years and it’s an honour to mark the moment with an addition to The Balvenie family.”

David Stewart personally hand selects the casks that go into the Signature expression. He skillfully marries aged Balvenie from the ?nest bourbon, new oak and sherry casks to create this signature malt. Not only is this expression an unique marriage of these three cask types, each bottle carries its own batch number.

The Drachm: The Balvenie, Signature 12-YO

 

Nose: citrus fruits, sweetness of honey, whiffs of cedar and sea salt on the nose.

Taste: Nutty honey mix with hints of sherry. Musty leather and dark chocolate notes with underlying notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Finish: The finish is long with peaty vapours.

Overall: Remarkably smooth and satisfying.

David Stewart has performed his magic once again!

Whisky Nosing and Tasting Tips:

  • A tulip shaped glass helps concentrate the aromas
  • Adding a small amount of (room temp) water releases the bouquet and flavours
  • To capture the nose, put your nose deep into the glass and take two sharp sniffs

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FOR SALE: 48 Kenhatch Blvd, Toronto – Agincourt, M1S 3Y1

Just Listed for Sale at $680,000! Beautiful House by Monarch Homes in Great Family Neighbourhood; Detached, 4+1 Bedroom, Brick House with Double Car Garage, Side Door To The Kitchen, Beautiful Spacious Open Concept Floor Plan, Large Bedrooms, Original Owner. Has Finished Basement with Separate Entrance. Lots Of Potential For Cosmetic Improvement. Steps To Public Transit, Schools, Woodside Square Mall and lots of parks and open space nearby, including forested path. Agincourt Go Station and Scarborough Town Centre just minutes away.

Seller To Review Offers On Monday, Nov 16th. Don’t let this one slip away, contact me for viewing – 416-698-2090 or message me.

Baldo Minaudo, M.B.A.,
Broker, Real Estate Homeward Brokerage
1858 Queen St. E.

Tel: 416-698-2090

Brick Two-story, 4-bedroom

Brick Two-story, 4-bedroom

 

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How To Reduce Stress During a Crisis

There are times in life when an emotional crisis causes enormous stress. During those times you may be worried about the health of a loved one or your own health; you may have lost your job, or perhaps you’re experiencing legal hassles over some major issue. You may be anxious about buying or selling a house, or worrying about your kids who go travelling thousands of miles away from home – and you haven’t heard from them in weeks. Perhaps you’re reeling from financial losses.

Is it possible to reduce stress when life seems to be up-side-down? Yes, and it’s important that you do. When overly activated, the stress response (a biological reaction to a stressor) can make you prone to illness.

Your top five biological reactions to stress:

• Release of sugar into the bloodstream to create more energy to fight off the stressor
• Increased cholesterol in the blood to create energy and to take over when blood sugar levels drop off
• Reduction in sex hormones which results in decreased libido
• Release of thyroid hormone (thyroxine) to speed up the body’s metabolism to burn fuel fast, giving strength to fight or flee
• Decreased digestive activity; energy goes to the limbs for survival

Unrelenting stress causes the stress response to stay on way too often and wears the body out! Finding ways to turn off the stress response and turn on the body’s natural relaxation response will calm you and bring the body and mind back to homeostasis –normal functioning. During crises, you’ll need a cool head to prevail in order to make important decisions.


10 Ways to Stay Calm When in Crisis

1) Realize that fear is the greatest motivator of stress. When your mind drags you to the depths of despair, think about the best possible outcome, not the worst.
2) Taking action during a crisis helps reduce the worry and stress; if there’s nothing you can do – pray.
3) Deep breathe for a few minutes to stop the biological reactions of stress; count to ten.
4) Call a friend or family member and talk it over. Just commiserating with someone who cares can relieve the stress of the situation. Hug someone you love.
5) Watch a comedy show on TV; laughing is a potent stress-reliever.
6) Get out for a brisk walk in nature – mind and body will come into a better place.
7) Cry if you need to; it may release pent-up stress.
8) Sit down and cross your arms over your chest. Rock back and forth for a soothing effect.
9) Get help from your doctor if you can’t sleep; insomnia can make stress worse.
10) For unrelenting stress, contact a psychologist or a spiritual counselor; you don’t have to do this alone.

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6th Annual Free Pumpkin Giveaway & Fundraiser in Riverside

Our members Nell Natasha invite you to our 6th Annual FREE Pumpkin Giveaway  Fundraiser on Saturday October 24th from 11 am to 3 pm.

There will be something for the whole family to enjoy – Pumpkin Carving Decorating, Face Painting, Balloons, Halloween Jumping Castle,

Children’s Vocalwork Choir, Riverside Kiddie Costume Parade  Trick or Treat (Bring your costumes), snacks and refreshments,

plus a spooky Haunted House put on by the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre.

To the great help of the community, we raised $1010 for the Emily House Hospice for Children during our Halloween Pumpkin Giveaway and

Fundraiser in 2014. As we are all aware of the devastating Syrian crisis, this year’s Halloween Event will be helping to Sponsor A Syrian Refugee Family.

In addition to our Pumpkin Giveaway, there will also be some Beautifully Decorated Pumpkins available with donations. All donations will go to

the St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Riverdale’s Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Fund.

Bring the whole family and lets have some fun at – 807A Queen Street East (Real Estate Homeward) at the corner of Queen and McGee.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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