The head coach of Canada’s national basketball team is scoring major points with an Oshawa family who were fined $250 for hanging a basketball net in their front yard.
That’s because Jay Triano, who used to coach with the Toronto Raptors, paid off the fine and invited Joshua Roberto and his family to watch the national team practice today at the Air Canada Centre. Star players who will be attending the practice include the Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.
Triano contacted the family on Monday after reading a report about how they had received a nuisance ticket on June 25 and were asked to take down the basketball net. Joshua’s mother, Lisa Roberto, is appealing the ticket.
The net was first installed in the spring, and a complaint from a neighbour came two weeks later. Joshua’s sister Amanda Maciocia told the Toronto Star that the family has received complaints “literally every day since.” Neighbours say the basketball net is positioned in a dangerous part of the road.
But what might
- Elianna Lev | Good News – Tue, 18 Aug, 2015
The head coach of Canada’s national basketball team is scoring major points with an Oshawa family who were fined $250 for hanging a basketball net in their front yard.Read More »from Canada basketball coach pays Ontario family’s $250 basketball net fine
- Elianna Lev | Good News – Mon, 17 Aug, 2015
All is certainly forgiven after a note was found in a Toronto library book from a boy who claims he ripped a page out while he fell asleep reading.
The note, which was found inside an Asterix comic book at the city’s Main Street branch, reads: “I am sorry that a page ripped when it fell out of my bunk when I fell asleep reading. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. From Jackson.”
Librarian Eila McLeish told CTVNews.ca that parents occasionally notify and apologize to staff if their children damage a book, but rarely do they include hand-written notes.
McLeish told the site that the tear, which stretched halfway down one page, is nothing that a bit of tape won’t be able to mend.
“Obviously they loved (the book) and wanted others to be able to enjoy it,” she said.
The library posted a photo of the note on its Facebook page on Monday, with the caption: “Found in the book drop @ Main Street branch. Here’s to many more nights falling asleep with a good book, Jackson!”
That post has beenRead More »from Boy’s adorable apology letter to Toronto library wins hearts online
You come home after a tough day. You head to your backyard, only to find a pot-bellied pig on the loose.
That might sound a bit ridiculous, right? It wasn’t so for Jody Bridgewater of Windsor, Ont. In fact, the situation only got a bit more weird once she learned that the run-away pig’s name was Arthur Bacon.
“I was shocked. At first I thought it was a dog,” Bridgewater told the Windsor Star. “He was coming toward me and I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.”
Bridgewater brought the little pig a tray of leftovers and tried to lure him into her barn for safety, while she looked for his owners. She would push the tray closer to the barn every time the pig ate, but he caught onto her plan and ran back into the bush.
Bridgewater took to Facebook with the hopes of being able to track down the owners. She added a photo of the little guy and it was shared more than 400 times. One Facebook user named Brad Fader saw the photo and realized it was a pig his uncle had raised.
“Arthur hasRead More »from Bacon’s latest adventure: Pigging out in Windsor
- Karina Nowysz | Good News – Thu, 13 Aug, 2015
It’s a heartwarming story about sisterhood and love, involving a selfless act.
Last week, photographer Allison Rose shared photos of two sisters posing together for a maternity shoot on Facebook along with their story.
And it’s not a typical maternity photo shoot.
In one of the photos, the sisters are holding a chalkboard that reads: “My bun … her oven” with corresponding arrows pointing to each other.
Dawn Policastro and Allison Dinkelacker from Mineola, New York, are twin sisters and super close.
So when her sister couldn’t carry a baby since she was diagnosed with breast cancer during her first pregnancy, Policastro stepped in and became a surrogate for her sister.
Now after giving birth to a boy, Hudson William, Dinkelacker’s dream came true.
“You have given us not just the fulfillment of a wish we’ve had for the last six years, but a whole new life, and a family of four we thought we’d never had,” Dinkelacker wrote thanking her sister.
Six years ago Dinkelacker was 30 weeksRead More »from Twin carries sister’s child after cancer diagnosis
"It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”By Ainsley Smith | Good News – Thu, 13 Aug, 2015
The saying “opposites attract” rings true with this unusual friendship, as a female grey wolf and a male brown bear have developed a very rare bond.
The pair’s uncommon friendship was captured in Finland by wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen. The two animals appear to be inseparable, even when it comes time to hunt; Rautiainen’s photos confirm that the wolf and bear even hunt and share their meals together.
It is fascinating to see these two wild animals interacting with one another, as the two species are often considered natural enemies. They are both known to be protective over food and their young. A wildlife photographer would be far more likely to see these two animals in violent stand-offs, as opposed to friendly adventures.
Rautiainen noted, “No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends, but I think that perhaps they were both alone when they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone. it seems to me that they feel safe beingRead More »from Photographer captures rare friendship between male bear and female wolf
- Lisa Reddy | Good News – Thu, 13 Aug, 2015
According to the National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University, more than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. What’s more, half of those children are under the age of ten.
The numbers are startling.
A program based out of Austin, Texas, however, has found a way for imprisoned mothers to stay connected to their children - by recording themselves reading aloud.
The Women’s Storybook Project is a volunteer program for women who are imprisoned at Gatesville and Plane/Henley prisons, and is geared toward connecting mothers with their children.
How does it work?
Volunteers travel to the prison, help the mother choose a book, then record the mother reading aloud. The mom also records a short message at the end of the reading, and the book and recording are sent to the child.
“After so long you become Mom only by title when someone else cares daily for your children,” wrote Lauri Arrington, a former Storybook participant,Read More »from Program allows incarcerated moms to read aloud to their children, from prison
- Lisa Reddy | Good News – Thu, 13 Aug, 2015
Proof that a viral photo is not always hilarious or embarrassing: the much-shared photo of a nine-year-old Fillipino boy, studying on the sidewalk outside a McDonald’s has led to much more than re-Tweets and Facebook comments.
McDonald’s Philippines has given Daniel Cabrera of Mandaue City a basic education scholarship, reports The Huffington Post, which will cover all his educational needs until he graduates from high school.
"It is with an open heart that we grant him a scholarship to help him achieve his goals.”
The photo of the young boy sitting at a makeshift table, using a streetlight to see his schoolwork, went viralRead More »from Photo of boy studying on sidewalk outside of McDonald’s leads to scholarship
“It was right on his lip … he seemed like he wanted it off."By Lisa Reddy | Good News – Thu, 13 Aug, 2015
When a group of fisherman north of Sydney, Australia, noticed a whale nudging the side of their boat, they did what anyone in 2015 would do first: take a selfie.
But after a few quick snaps, Michael Riggio and Ivan Iskenderia noticed a fishing line and plastic bag entangled in the mammal’s face, reported the Manly Daily.
“It was right on his lip … he seemed like he wanted it off,” Mr. Iskenderian told reporters.
Other fishermen in the area attempted to pull the rubbish from the whale’s mouth, but it was Iskendarian who successfully freed the whale.
One fisherman captured the event on video, adding: “That’s what he wanted all along!” when the garbage was removed.
Afterwards, the whale was seen slapping the water, in an apparent show of appreciation and happiness.
“It was surreal, we couldn’t believe our eyes,” Iskenderian said.
His friend Riggio agreed: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, just seeing it so close.”Read More »from Whale 'asks' for help in removing plastic bag from mouth – but first, a selfie
Apparently true love does exist: A woman who accidentally added a stranger as a friend on Facebook ended up falling in love and marrying him.
Patsy Sutton, 60, added John Neeley under the impression he was her former classmate from decades before.
Sutton, who was originally from Jackson, Mississippi, thought she was reconnecting with an old friend, but she actually sent a message to a 61-year-old John Neeley, a stranger with the exact same name.
Despite the identity mix-up, the pair continued to swap messages, and their relationship began to flourish.
According to Mirror UK, their frequent messages turned to phone calls, which lasted into the wee hours before, eventually, meeting face to face.
“John was always such a gentleman,” Patsy said. “He’d like and comment on my posts and tell me I was beautiful.
“We began to talk more and more. My grandson even told me to ask John on a date as he noticed we were always messaging.
“I wasn’t nervous at all the first time I spoke to him, we’dRead More »from Accidental Facebook add led to happily ever after
- Ainsley Smith | Good News – Wed, 12 Aug, 2015
The Force is strong with this baby, thanks to his imaginative father. This dad is one of the many parents who are turning their children’s medical devices into cool, wearable accessories that they are proud to show off.
Baby Jack was born with craniosynostosis, which is a condition where an infant skull prematurely fuses by turning into bone, altering its normal growth pattern. About one in 2000 babies are born with the condition each year.
Doctors recommend an infant dealing with craniosynostosis should wear a special helmet as a corrective measure to ensure that the skull growth patterns stay on track.
Jack’s father decided to spruce up his little boy’s equipment by creating an impressive collection of Star Wars-inspired helmets for him to wear after surgery.
If craniosynostosis goes untreated, the child could suffer from a variety of impairments. Little Jack is the perfect example of how to handle the situation. He is nothing but smiles despite having spent his first year ofRead More »from Dad turns son’s medical helmet into wearable Star Wars art
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