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June 28

The Newton BIA Monthly Newsletter


Facewatch - A citizen’s tool
Petty crime is hard to stop — and even harder to solve. That’s why business owner Simon Gordon created Facewatch, a British website that connects businesses with each other — and with local police — to combat crime. Amelia Thatcher spoke to Gordon about the benefits of the tool.

Project 529
The RCMP have launched ‘Project 529’ a program registering bicycles to prevent and combat theft. The Newton BIA sponsored two iPads for the program. RCMP have attended ‘Troubadour Saturdays’ and will attend events around the city. 

Community Constables arrive in Surrey neighbourhoods
The RCMP now has four new ‘Community Constables’ in neighbourhoods throughout Surrey. Having arrived “in the last few months,” according to Cpl. Scotty Schumann, the community-focused officers will be permanently posted in the city. According to an RCMP news release issued Tuesday, the goal of the new positions is to provide “a better opportunity to build long-term relationships with the communities they serve.”

8 arrests last week for Surrey shootings
The eight arrests bring to 18 the number who have been arrested over the past three weeks, and all have one thing in common: they are all believed to be involved in drug trafficking, Fordy said. All 18 are facing more than 60 charges, including drug trafficking, extortion, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and possession of a loaded firearm.

Marketing & Events

Merchant Shout-out: June

Oh So Sweet Sugar Boutique is a chic bakery located here in the Newton Town Centre. Find “designer” cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more at the shop! They also specialize in customized cakes. Buy ½ a dozen cupcakes and receive $2 off when you mention the Newton BIA ‘Merchant Shout-out”. Read their story here!

Photo (c) Newton BIA

Troubadour Saturdays is in full swing! This event will be taking place every Saturday (excluding long weekends) from 12pm – 4pm along 137th street. The event will feature two live music locations, in front of Espresso Café and at the park-it located in front of BBQ Nation along with many other placemaking activations along the street changing up every week. Is your business located on 137th? Join the fun by opening your doors and activating the outside of your store! For any questions and inquiries about the event, email

Nooner Wednesday is a great opportunity to meet those working in your neighbourhood. #BYOL (bring your own lunch) every Wednesday throughout the summer to the park-it located in front of BBQ Nation between 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. A pianist will be there every week soothing your ears while enjoying your lunch break!

Why not summer in #mynewton?

Area Enhancement

July 8th 9am @ Newton McDonalds 
Get outside and enjoy the weather during our Community Walk! The walk will begin and end at McDonald’s located on 72 Ave (9am-11am), join in on the fun while cleaning up your local neighborhood. 

The Newton BIA has installed a park-it on 137th ST alongside BBQ Nation. The park-it is a place-making initiative to beautify the Newton Town Centre. It features tables and chairs, planters, and a piano. The area is activated during our weekly events 'Troubadour Saturdays' and 'Nooner Wednesdays' paired with umbrellas to fight the heat and is a vibrant seating area to enjoy everyday of the week. 

Government Relations

Trudeau announces $58M for Surrey LRT line but funding questions loom
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to Metro Vancouver Thursday to announce a $616 million commitment to the Mayors’ Council 10-year plan for public transit. Of that, $370 million comes from the feds and the remaining $246 from the provincial government. TransLink is contributing another $125, bringing the capital funding to $740 million.


Community Coffee with Newton BIA 
Community Coffee is a BIA initiative created to engage with the community here in Newton to discuss all issues, ideas, thoughts, projects, and everything in between. The next meetup will be Saturday July 16 at 1pm during Troubadour Saturdays at Espresso Café! Contact if you would like to join!

Fraser Valley Potters Guild Open Studio
Pop-Up Newton gallery has a new exhibition opening June 24th feature the Fraser Valley Potters Guild till July 3rd. Follow their Facebook page for news on upcoming exhibits.

The Newton PLOT
The PLOT is a community sharing garden open to everyone. The garden has many different crops free for you to gather. It is located behind the arena on 71 Avenue. Follow their Facebook page for the latest news and events.

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