Reimaginations

The exciting news is out that Briana has sold Tenth to the Fraser to me. I am thrilled to be taking over as publisher. I want to introduce myself to those of you that don’t know me, share my goals for the site’s future, as well as provide a preview for some of the plans.

IMG_8616About me: I live in Sapperton with my family; I own Hyack Interactive, a digital communications consulting company; I blog occasionally on my own site; and I am active in our community. Currently, I am a director for Royal City Farmers Market, the registrar for KidSport New West, and I sit on the City’s Public Engagement Task Force. You can usually find me on Twitter and Instagram.

I started contributing to Tenth in 2008 with a grumpy post about people who don’t shovel their sidewalks. Over the past seven years I have written over 125 posts, and occasionally I’ve helped with site admin and social media.

It is no secret I am a fan of New Westminster and I consider myself a city booster. I like the direction the City is going in and I have friends on council I actively worked for during the last municipal election. I’ve always loved what Tenth to the Fraser has contributed to this community and I think its potential to continue to be meaningful to New West is enormous, especially as New Westminster continues to evolve into the ‘New New West’.

So, what are my goals for this new, reimagined Tenth to the Fraser? I’ve got four big ones:

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Passing the torch: Tenth to the Fraser is now under new ownership

After 10 years in New Westminster and seven years of blogging about life in this great city, it is time for our family to say au revoir.

My husband Will has been offered a job transfer to the Montreal area, and we have decided to take the opportunity for his career advancement, as well as for our family to experience French-Canadian culture and language, explore new places out East, and take advantage of Quebec’s profound cost-of-living advantages over British Columbia.

It is hard to say goodbye to the city we love so well, and the many wonderful people we have met here, but this is an opportunity for a family adventure that we just can’t pass up.

Those who follow me on Facebook and Twitter knew this was coming, and a big question for blog readers has been what will happen with Tenth to the Fraser.

It has been very quiet around here while our family worked through the question of whether to stay or go, and then moved into a whirlwind of logistical planning to sell our New Westminster home, pack and move our family of five, purchase a new home in Quebec, etc, etc. The good news is, it won’t be quiet much longer.

I have sold Tenth to the Fraser to my very good friend and frequent collaborator Jen Arbo. Jen’s now working to transform the blog into a powerhouse local community resource. In 2016, she plans to relaunch Tenth to the Fraser with a new look & feel, more regular and frequent updates, and some awesome new features. If you’ve got ideas for improvement, a story idea, or want to put your hand up to be part of the new Tenth to the Fraser, leave a comment here or drop her a line on Twitter @jenarbo. Watch for her inaugural post as the new publisher for more details on her big vision!

As for me, well, you probably haven’t heard the last word. Once I get settled, I look forward to the occasional guest post as a ‘foreign’ correspondent! I feel so glad that I am able to pass the torch to someone who is as skilled and connected with the community as Jen, and I know she’ll grow Tenth to the Fraser into a fantastic resource for New Westminster.

In memory of New Westminster’s golden age: Wild Rice pays tribute to the King Neptune

Photograph shows a street view of Eighth Street, looking toward the river, showing the intersections of 8th and Victoria, Carnarvon, Columbia, and Front streets. Shows edge of CPR station, The Old Spaghetti Factory on the right, and a full view of The King Neptune restaurant at the foot of the street.
Photograph shows a street view of Eighth Street, looking toward the river, showing the intersections of 8th and Victoria, Carnarvon, Columbia, and Front streets. Shows edge of CPR station, The Old Spaghetti Factory on the right, and a full view of The King Neptune restaurant at the foot of the street. Photo: New Westminster Museum & Archives.

It’s been nagging at me to write about a particular Feast On The Fraser event that caught my eye: Wild Rice’s Tribute to the King Neptune on Thursday, October 1. Most people who moved to New West or came of age after 1982 will have no idea what the King Neptune is or why it deserves a tribute, but mention it to anyone who lived here during New West’s golden age when Columbia Street was the place to shop, and they will tell you that the King Neptune was the place to eat.

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What the heck is a Hyack?

The Hyacks
In 1861, the volunteer fire brigade in New Westminster, was named the Hyack Fire Brigade. Since then, many other local organizations have used the name “Hyack” in New Westminster.

For new residents, the word “Hyack” can be totally mystifying. I get asked about it a lot.

Many of you know I own and operate Hyack Interactive, which offers project management for digital communication projects for non-profits and small businesses.

When my then-business partner and I named Hyack Interactive, we wanted a name that was intrinsically “New West.” So, Hyack Interactive was born, and joined the ranks of Hyack-named businesses and groups such as Hyack Tire, Hyacks Football, and Hyack Swim Club, along with probably the two most well known iterations of “Hyack”: The Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery and the Hyack Festival Association. Continue reading “What the heck is a Hyack?”

Time to let go of ‘The Royal City’ name

Queen Victoria named our city, but is that point of trivia really the one thing we want to be known for?
Queen Victoria named our city, but is that point of trivia really the one thing we want to be known for?

“The Royal City” has long been used to describe New Westminster. While I love the dusty romance and nod to history of “The Royal City” as a nickname, the name-dropping title smacks too much of insecurity. New Westminster’s ‘royal’ connection is a tenuous one, not something I think should be the cornerstone of our identity as a city. Continue reading “Time to let go of ‘The Royal City’ name”

Who Brews? You Brews! Homebrewing takes off in New West

Hops are among the homebrew supplies found at Barley's Homebrewing Supplies on East Columbia St. Photo: Curtis Van Marck.
Hops are among the homebrew supplies found at Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies on East Columbia St. Photo: Curtis Van Marck.

Warning: once you start homebrewing, your house may never look the same again. You’ll have dozens of beer bottles, carboys, large pails, tubes, kettles, a propane burner, a mash paddle, thermometers, a hydrometer, and so much more. You’ll start to speak a different language: wort, trub, mash, decoction, vorlauf, sparg. And you’ll become part of a welcoming community that bands together in the pursuit of creating a unique beer you can call your own. Continue reading “Who Brews? You Brews! Homebrewing takes off in New West”