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July 29, 2016 | Issue No. 5 


Surrey to Seek New Top Cop
Surrey's top cop is moving onward and upward. RCMP A/Comm. Bill Fordy has been named new Lower Mainland District (LMD) Commander with the BC RCMP. He will continue on as Surrey's Officer in Charge until a suitable replacement can be found.

Surrey to unveil new public safety strategy… again
In December 2015, Dr. Terry Waterhouse was hired as Surrey’s director of public safety strategies. Later this year, Dr. Waterhouse will unveil the City of Surrey’s new Public Safety Strategy, which will serve as the guiding document for crime prevention in the city’s overall Sustainability Charter 2.0.

Specialized policing unit addressing community concerns is having success
Last year, the Surrey RCMP created the Community Response Unit (CRU) which works out of the five district police offices. CRU officers have strong backgrounds in community policing and an understanding of the diverse needs and challenges of each community. The majority of their work involves targeting problem residences where drug dealing and associated property crime often occurs, and areas frequented by prolific offenders. Officers work closely with City of Surrey Bylaws, Fire Services, local businesses, and other partners to respond to community needs. They also work with local service agencies to help mitigate some of the underlying social issues behind these problems.

Latest Crime Statistics for Newton
Violent Crime Down 8%
Property Crime Down 5%
Other Offences Down 9%
Total Crime Down 6%

Harry Bains asks minister why he continues to fail to stop Surrey gun violence


Merchant Shout-out: July

BBQ Nation is a new foodie joint located in the center of Newton. On 137th street, BBQ Nation offers a variety of meals from roasted chicken, wraps, burgers, salads, and all kinds of exotic meats from Kangaroo to Bison. Kanwar opened the restaurant about a year ago with the intent to share his passion for food with a community he thought would be receptive; and receptive they were. BBQ Nation has seen great success during their short time here in Newton. With an ever changing and expanding menu and adapting to the needs of their customers, they have grown a clientele dedicated on returning. BBQ Nation is the perfect place for a bite to eat and beers with your friends any day of the week. 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?


August 5th 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. 


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 August 6 at 1pm during Troubadour Saturdays at Espresso Café! Contact if you would like to join!

The Newton PLOT
On July 31st the PLOT, a community garden located behind the arena, will be hosting “Party at the PLOT”! This event is a celebration of the PLOT featuring the Honey Bee Centre, a story tent, food truck, live music, and much more. Join the celebrations and learn more about the PLOT on their Facebook.

We are Newton; a neighborhood anthology
Friends of the Grove invites you to submit prose and poetry in all forms exploring the neighborhood of Newton, and what it means to live, work, and play here.

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