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Artarmon Immediate Newletter

As an Artarmon Progress Association member benefit, local news and happenings will be occasionally distributed to APA members via email.
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November 2012 - Gazette Articles:

Ch9 - our future stake
Nine Network Australia has started a no-holds-barred community consultation campaign in a bid to lodge a concept plan and environmental assessment (EA) by November 30 for high density residential rezoning of the 2.9ha Channel 9 site in Artarmon Rd.
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Michelle sweeps the polls
Former APA president Michelle Sloane swept the Naremburn ward polls in the local government elections on September 8 as Artarmon and Naremburn ward voters put their trust in the former long-time Artarmon resident to represent them on WCC.
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Louise Green: NAPLAN 'just a snapshot'
Artarmon Public School (APS) has once again achieved excellent results in the annual national assessment program - literacy and numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.
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Artarmon kids love Halloween
Halloween and trick-or-treating are firmly here to stay – and the Artarmon community is no exception. Ten years ago, few if any kids would be seen walking the streets dressed up, knocking on doors for treats.
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Artarmon Library reopens with fanfare
Artarmon Branch Library reopened on November 2 with much fanfare, attended by more than 400 local residents, Willoughby City councillors, WCC GM Nick Tobin, local NSW MP Gladys Berejiklian and former Mayoress Janette Warner and her son Stuart.
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Artarmon - a great place to study
If you have you been asked to fill in a survey about living in Artarmon it is because emails have been circulating all year from high school students.
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A botanic walk to the new library
Let us start our botanical stroll on the Hampden Rd footpath near the railway line, then continue into the underpass and up through the plaza to the new library on the corner of Tindale and Artarmon Rds.
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Perfect pet - lean, green not mean
Chooks have featured in this column but we have yet to explore pets and the environment more broadly. This is not about dog-and-cat bashing. We love dogs and cats in Artarmon and they love us! A stick insect may love us too but it’s harder to tell.
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Stealing most common Artarmon crime
An armed robbery that took place on August 17, on the corner of Elizabeth St and Burra Rd, was the most serious crime in Artarmon in the three months ended September.
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August 2012 - Gazette Articles:

Hot contest for Naremburn seats
There will be a hot contest for the three Naremburn Ward seats on Willoughby City Council in the lead up to the September 8 local elections after two seats were vacated by outgoing councillors Kate Lamb and Barry Thompson.
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Artarmon farewells outgoing councillors
APA was the springboard for Barry Thompson in the council elections eight years ago. He has been Artarmon’s resident councillor and before that spent several years on the APA committee and the Gazette.
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Artarmon's Olympian in rowing finals
Toby Lister, 25, who grew up in Artarmon, made it into the Olympic rowing finals to compete on August 1 as coxswain of the Australian men’s eight rowing team.
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School showcases its music program
Artarmon Public School’s (APS) impressive musical arts program will be showcased this September in a concert at the Concourse in Chatswood.
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Masonic Hall - Artarmon mainstay
There has been a Masonic Temple in Artarmon, at 44 Hampden Rd since 1923. The foundation stone for the Artarmon Masonic Lodge was laid on October 21, 1922.
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Artarmon shines at BBP Awards
Artarmon figured prominently among sustainable businesses in Willoughby, Ku-ring-gai and North Sydney local government areas at the inaugural Better Business Awards.
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Disabled access unlikely
Artarmon’s hope for disabled and easier access at the railway station were dashed at the APA public information meeting on June 27, when transport minister and local state MP Gladys Berejiklian discounted the possibility.
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Ben rides for kids to have a go
On October 1, Artarmon resident Ben Middleton sets off on a BMW motorbike from the Sydney Opera House around Australia to raise $100,000 in a campaign called Have-a-Go to help abused children.
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Tour de Cure cycles to raise $2.25m
Cycling charity group Tour de Cure has just completed its sixth yearly tour and for the financial year 2012, the charity raised more than $2.25m for cancer research, support and prevention.
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NSW planning one step further
The NSW Government’s green paper on the new planning system (see, November 2011 Gazette, p1) was released on July 14, with a two-month period to respond.
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Artarmon library moves
Artarmon Branch Library will temporarily close for relocation on August 18, and reopen on September 10, in the Artarmon Community Centre, at 139 Artarmon Rd, on the corner of Tindale Rd.
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Enjoy spring but plan garden for summer
As I write we are in mid winter, a season when we have had plenty of rain – the Primulas are coming into flower, Wattles are blooming, the earliest of the Magnolia trees are bursting their buds.
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Sustainable sustenance in Artarmon
Back when it started in 2006, the Artarmon Sustainability Street group visited Michael Mobbs' “sustainable house” in Chippendale.
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May 2012 - Gazette Articles:

Artarmon shows off its heritage
This year’s Heritage Week launch in Artarmon was the first opportunity for the Artarmon Progress Association (APA) to show off the history project it embarked on last July.
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Abbott lane fenced off
Part of the much-contested Abbott Lane was fenced off last month at the McMillan Rd end with little notice, leaving a small passage on the east side of the lane, providing access for pedestrians.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Welcome picnic starts school year
When the bell rang at Artarmon Public School (APS) on the first day of school in January, 870 students queued up to be allocated a class.
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Giovanni Rocco Saraceno - 1930-2012
John Saraceno, Artarmon Fruit Market founder and much loved member of the Artarmon community, passed away on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, 81 years of age.
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Artarmon gets together for Earth Hour
Artarmon Progress Association (APA) hosted another successful Earth Hour last month. About 10 stallholders turned up selling a range of merchandise – from eco-friendly goods and candles to jewellery and children’s umbrellas .
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Dr Margot Whitfeld sees to Fiji’s healthy skin
Artarmon local and dermatologist Dr Margot Whitfeld has been instrumental in setting up the first major trial for the safe treatment and control of scabies throughout Fiji.
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NYSW celebrates 4th year with a national title
Northern Youth Symphonic Wind (NYSW) also known as Northern Youth has marked its fourth year with a national title in the Open C Grade.
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Artarmon playgroup caters for all
Artarmon Playgroup has been going at St Basil’s in Broughton Rd for more than 30 years and caters for all – children and their mothers, fathers, grandparents and carers of all nationalities.
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Gardening - balconies, beds and begonias
Aspect and exposure – these are two critical matters to be considered whenever and wherever we make a new planting. I have been a devoted collector of begonias for many years.
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MD time bomb
This month is macular degeneration (MD) month and Artarmon Vision Specialist’s Stuart Schipp is urging everyone to have their eyes tested.
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Artarmon’s wide transport choices
Artarmon may not be as lucky as Dr Seuss's Marvin K Mooney who could go by zike-bike, crunk-car or zumble-zay but we still have an impressive array of travel options.
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February 2012 - Gazette Articles:

Chance for improved community engagement
Improved community engagement in the planning process is likely to be among key points WCC will raise in its response to the NSW Planning Review's issues paper released for public comment in early December.
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Artarmon NYE fire destroys 3 cars, damages 4
The new year started badly for seven Artarmon car owners, who were alarmed to find their cars destroyed or badly damaged from a fire when they returned to Artarmon's Cameron Ave car park after the New Years Eve celebrations.
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Artarmon @ Council
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Top end-of-year mark to Artarmon school
As Artarmon Public School students begin a new year of education and learning, staff and teachers are using the previous year as a measure and guide for creating the school's education goals and targets for 2012.
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Watch this space
Rabbit caprers, Lane dismay & OOSH crisis.
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Honest to Goodness grows organic at George Place
The enticing scent of organically grown, freshly made coffee precedes Matt Ward down the stairs of his Artarmon organic foods warehouse and shop in George Place. Coffee mug in hand, he grins and nods towards the shop. .
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Shirley looks back at 80 years in Artarmon
Shirley Storrier has lived in the same house in Stewart St, Artarmon, since 1932. She says the house today is basically the same as it was then. This is her story.
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Youth Voice
Author Jane Caro visited the Artarmon Library last November and talked about her book Just a girl. She spoke amazingly; she was able to portray her love of history in her talk as well as her book.
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APA history project: can you help?
The co-ordinators of the Artarmon Progress Association's history project are seeking relatives or descendents of early Artarmon families.
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Plenty of rain brings lots of garden weeds
How to cope with the exuberant crop of weeds brought about by last year's happy flowering of nearby plants and trees without resorting to sprays is a challenge. While the soil is damp and the weeds are young most are easy to remove by hand.
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Artarmon bushcare turns 20
Artarmon has embraced sustainability in the past years with water tanks, solar panels, chooks and vegie gardens springing up across the suburb. There is also a much longer, but possibly lesser known, history of Artarmon residents caring for our unique bushland environment.
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Neighbourhood Watch goes social
NSW Police is replacing Neighbourhood Watch with Project Eyewatch, which has been trialled in Local Area Commands (LACs) to enable them and their communities exchange information using police co-ordinated Facebook homepages.
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