All posts by Karen Mykietka

A busy woman of many jobs, Karen spends too much time in front of a computer. In the past 20 years, she has lived in Eastwood, Alberta Avenue, and now Parkdale, meeting awesome people everywhere she goes.

Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

For Ernesto Rizzi, owning his own business was not only a testament to his enterprising spirit, but also a celebration of his Italian roots.

“He was a lover of food, the band U2, and such a practical joker,” said Luisa Magnan, Rizzi’s sister. “He loved his Italian heritage.”

Rizzi owned the Dolce and Banana food truck and died unexpectedly last year at 37 years old. Magnan, who lives in Parkdale, is helping organize an evening of laughter and opera to raise money toward a fund in his name at the University of Alberta. Continue reading Event celebrates entrepreneur and resident Larger than life tenors performing for memorial fund

Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

Parents teach their children to look both ways to safely cross roadways, but it’s equally important to teach them to navigate Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media.

Craig Krieger, Crown prosecutor, Techology and Internet Crimes, spoke at the April 25 Internet and Technology Safety for Children and Youth event during the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness. Continue reading Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

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As the community bids farewell to Sgt.Curtis Hoople, a successor from across the river has stepped in to take his place, and she is happy to be patrolling a beat once again.

Sgt. Katie Davies joined Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS’) northwest division in January to lead the beat team covering Alberta Avenue and parts of the Eastwood, Elmwood Park, and Parkdale neighbourhoods. Continue reading New sergeant returns to her beat roots Sgt. Katie Davies takes over Alberta Avenue beat

Digging at the roots of a thousand faces Festival aims to connect us through root stories

“The inciting moment was when I got to see Star Wars with my buddies,” Mark Henderson, artistic director of Thousand Faces Festival, said of his love for epics.

It was another moment, years later, that sparked Henderson’s idea for the festival, when recalling how George Lucas spoke about re-reading Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces to finish the first Star Wars screenplay.

The festival has been going strong since 2011. “I decided I wanted to create a festival where we explored, shared, and celebrated the truly greatest stories that are at the roots of all different cultures,” Henderson said, “many of which share very similar patterns.” These stories are what he coins a “root story”.

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Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better

Hundreds of people have given their time to share their vision for and frustration with their neighbourhood over the years. Some of them took it further and joined a committee or worked on a project. Many residents sitting at community meetings today are the same as 11 years ago when the Avenue Initiative Revitalization started. That speaks of the commitment those residents have to making their community a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better

Community Liaison Constable is all ears Constable Freddie Challenger says he is here to listen

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Community Liaison Constable (CLC) Freddie Challenger wants neighbourhood residents to know he’s available to talk and to listen.

Assigned to the F3 district, which includes Alberta Avenue, Westwood, Elmwood, Eastwood, Delton, Parkdale, and Spruce Avenue, Challenger is responsible for working with the community to find lasting solutions to crime and disorder. Continue reading Community Liaison Constable is all ears Constable Freddie Challenger says he is here to listen

Ringing in the new year around the world The different ways cultures hope for a better year

My mother always told me to be careful about what I did on New Year’s Eve because that is what I would be doing all year round. (What a good reason to avoid the dishes!) Here in North America, we usually celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks, champagne, and a midnight kiss. But how does the rest of the world ring in the new year? Most traditions are designed to attract prosperity and good fortune in the coming year.

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Infill growing pains Increasing density in mature neighbourhoods

Growing pains. Children have them. Families too. And so does our city. According to the city census, Edmonton’s population grew by 7.4 per cent between 2012 and 2014. More people means more housing is needed. By 2018, city council wants 25 per cent of new housing to be infill in mature neighbourhoods.

Infill is less expensive as infrastructure and services are already in place. It reduces commutes, saving on transportation infrastructure and pollution. It also saves farmland from being eaten up.

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Uniqueness and beauty in Parkdale-Cromdale Take a tour of interesting houses, beautiful yards, and local business

From interesting houses and beautiful yards to a ravine and river valley oasis, you will find it all in Parkdale-Cromdale. As I walk, cycle, or drive through our mature neighbourhood, I’m thankful I don’t live in a cookie-cutter treeless suburb.

Below are two different walking tours, one of Parkdale and one of Cromdale/Viewpoint (with lots of pictures!).

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