JEERS: To the Hells Angels who have taken another step in advancing their Fitzroy Street club in Charlottetown to full status. Last weekend, police established that members of the Angels hangaround club had been promoted to ‘Prospect’ status. The next step for this group will be full patch membership. It seems the club plans to remain here, justifying the urgent warnings from police and government for the public to remain vigilant about the activities of this group, declared by the courts in the past to be a criminal organization.
CHEERS: To Truro native Arash Madani who was recently recognized for outstanding broadcasting during the Sports Media Canada achievement luncheon in Toronto. Madani, a reporter for Rogers Sportsnet, was the recipient of the prestigious George Gross Award. He got his start in journalism with the Truro Daily News, a member of the Saltwire group of papers, which includes the Guardian. In Truro, he worked as a summer intern for four years while he attended Bishops University. Madani has worked for Sportsnet since 2009 and has covered a wide range of sports, including Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics, multiple World Series, NBA finals, Super Bowls, Davis Cup tennis and the Masters golf.
CHEERS: To P.E.I. skip Dennis Watts who was named a Sportsmanship Award winner at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in Swan River, Man. Ontario’s Mike Anderson and his team from Thornhill stole its way to victory Saturday in the championship game for a 7-3 win over previously undefeated Robert Desjardins of Quebec. Amelie Blais, who threw third rocks for Quebec, was named the women’s MVP, and also won a Sportsmanship Award. Anderson was named the men’s MVP, while the other Sportsmanship winners were Quebec lead Veronique Bouchard and New Brunswick second Paul Nason. Watts’ Charlottetown Curling Club team included third Jaclyn Reid, second Erik Brodersen and lead Alison Griffin. The team finished preliminary play 0-6 before crossing over into consolation play.
CHEERS: To the Jack Frost Winterfest, which returns to Charlottetown on February 16-18, 2018. The festival sponsored by Island Coastal, will feature Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks live and Vancouver based Bobs and LoLo. Paw Patrol’s most popular characters, Chase & Skye will also be at the festival. The festival highlight continues to be the magical Outdoor Snow Kingdom located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. This year’s Snow Kingdom features a Space theme. Tickets and family packages are now on sale as Christmas stocking stuffers.
CHEERS: To the Confederation Centre for ensuring that 500 students from across P.E.I. and the Maritimes will be able to attend the Symons Lecture and Medal Presentation at noon this Thursday, Nov. 23 in the Homburg Theatre. The 2017 Symons Medal is awarded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, obviously a star attraction, as the 1,200 or so tickets were quickly gobbled up when they became available to the public at 10 a.m. last Thursday, with a long lineup inside Confederation Centre. The ceremony will be live-streamed in English and French and will include a live 30-minute performance of the Centre's 2017 Young Company production The Dream Catchers. The Centre is taking names for a waiting list, and those who can’t get inside the Homburg theatre are invited to view the ceremony in Memorial Hall via live stream where up to 250 seats will be provided