Porch party celebrates local musicians

In All, News by Linda Givetash

The normally quiet streets of an uptown neighbourhood were transformed into a series of concert venues enticing people to get outside and connect with their community.

Body in river identified

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The body of Erin Howlett was recovered from the river near the Walter Bean Trail next to Riverbend Drive in Kitchener by Waterloo Regional Police on Friday after teens swimming in the river reported something suspicious in the water, police confirmed Sunday.

Family searches for answers in teen’s death in Mexico

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The teen, commonly known as Camila Lopez, was kayaking in the waters by the Now Jade Riviera hotel in Puerto Morelos, less than 40 kilometres south of Cancun, when she was hit by a 16-year-old from London, England, who was driving a rental personal watercraft.

Watching history unfold

In All, News by Linda Givetash

The Egyptian military forced Islamist president Mohammed Morsi from office Wednesday, following mass public protests against the leadership.

Region waterlogged after heavy rainfall

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The sudden downpour that hit the region just after 2 p.m. resulted in flash flooding at many roadways and parking lots, forcing people to wade through knee-deep waters. While the flooding may have been a nightmare for some, children in Anstett’s Kitchener neighbourhood embraced the situation.

Cambridge teacher faces sex-related charges

In All, News by Linda Givetash

Sonya Russell, a 40-year-old Waterloo resident, has been charged with two counts of luring by computer, invitation to sexual touching and sexual exploitation. She was arrested Wednesday.

Neighbours recognized for rescuing neighbour

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The fire grew so hot it pushed back crews that arrived only moments after the three men reached the front lawn. One firefighter sustained burns to his hand after the fire destroyed his protective gear.

Hopes to reopen Waterloo Bowling Lanes crushed

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When Waterloo Bowling Lanes announced last fall it would be closing its doors after 64 years of being an uptown landmark, manager Pauline Clayfield hoped she could save the business that was both her workplace and second home for 27 years.

Neighbours rescue man from Kitchener house fire

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The man living in the home — Harold Dey — was asleep in bed at the time of the fire. He is quadriplegic and was unable to call emergency crews himself once he realized what was happening, said Voisin.

Outdoor mural to honour Canadian soldiers

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The mural will feature images of peacekeepers and naval, army and air force soldiers from the First and Second World Wars, Korean War and up to the Afghanistan War. Smith said he plans to reflect the diversity of people involved in the wars as well.

Local teens get their hands dirty learning to garden

In All, News by Linda Givetash

Grade 11 students in the Housing and Design course at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School put the finishing touches on their garden Monday after a semester of learning about planting and maintaining the site.

Firefighters battle flames in downtown Kitchener

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Just after 12 p.m., black smoke and flames were seen coming out of a doorway leading to an apartment above a vacant storefront at 92 Queen St. S, just metres away from the intersection at Charles Street.

Tim Bosma police search focused in Waterloo Region

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It has been a week since two men came to the 32-year-old’s house interested in buying the pickup he had advertised for sale on Kijiji and Auto Trader. Just before 9:30 p.m. last Monday he went with the men for a test drive. He has not been seen since.