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Mark About Town: June 2014 Archives

Welcoming Summer in Summerside

Edmonton AM celebrates the first week of summer by visiting Summerside, Edmonton's chic and exclusive southside neighbourhood, touted as the city's only true lakeside community (all other "lakes" are actually storm-water ponds, according to the city). The 13-hectare, 30-feet plus deep Lake Summerside, complete with a beach, boat rentals and multi-million-dollar shore-side homes, is a marvel. But it's not the only thing that makes the community tick. It is a magnet for young families (the ninth highest population of children under 10 in the city) and new Canadians. Mark stopped in at the local Kindergarten to Grade Nine school, Michael Strembitsky, where kids were burning off end-of-school-year energy at a track day; stopped in with the neighbourhood's developer; paddleboarded with CBC TV colleague Adrienne Pan; and alked to local parent Samantha Miedreich about a revamp of the Block Parent concept, called Safe Parent. For more information about Safe Parent, go to




In the Field with The Meadows

Our spring live remote broadcasts wrapped up with a visit to southeast Edmonton and the growing community of The Meadows. The massive community of 22,000 people lies east of Mill Woods and is one of the city's most diverse. So, it should not have come as a huge surprise that our gathering spot -- Velma E. Baker School on 43A Avenue -- values its multicultural composition. In fact, the school, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, was holding its annual Multicultural Day when we arrived. Along with some free coffee and donuts, we were treated some talented, and downright adorable cultural performances from the elementary school students, a sneak peek into the new community recreation centre, and a rare interview with Velma Baker herself, the namesake of the school. A HUGE thank you to the students, staff and teachers at Velma E. Baker School and The Meadows Community League. Enjoy the photos and audio from our broadcast below, and we'll be back with live broadcasts in the fall. Meanwhile, the Mark About Town team will be in YOUR community soon with weekly stories. If there's a remarkable event or person in your neighbourhood you'd like Mark to visit, e-mail

Mark Connolly prepares for The Meadows broadcast

Mark Connolly and Gavin Chana

Mark Connolly and Velma E. Baker students