TWT’s 97th year

THE WEEKLY TIMES celebrates 97 years of continuous publication this year and we look forward to enjoying the company of our legion of loyal readers, contributors and advertisers. Special thanks to our advertisers who make this publication possible.

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BRANDON LANGE son and heir of our TWT’s Narelle Smith celebrated his eighteenth birthday with sisters Chantelle, Kristy and Danielle and friends at Maranello’s restaurant on Friday same day as Catherine McCure of Ryde celebrated with children Scott Campbell, Victoria Kate and Alexandra Louise with congratulations from eleven grandchildren.

BRANDON LANGE of Ryde celebrated his 18th birthday last Friday night with
his mother Narelle Smith and sisters Chantelle, Kristy and Danielle and friends
at Maranello’s restaurant Concord.

Catherine Taffa celebrated on Monday eldest daughter of Margaret and Ron Taffa of Taffa’s Mitre 10 West Ryde fame and sister of Julianne, Anthony and Victor.

Steve Coggan, widow of Trish and father of Alice Louise and Edward celebrated in Canberra also on Monday same day as Stephen Clarke of Eastwood and Elijah Leonard Dale turning four, son of Rev Paul Dale and Rachel Dale. Yesterday was the first anniversary of the passing of my sister Patricia Booth Gilkes mother of Gina Michelle Maxted of Beecroft and Timothy Michael Gilkes
of Crows Nest.

Xavier Watkins youngest child of former Ryde MP John Watkins and Deborah Watkins turns seventeen today celebrating with siblings Melanie, Sarah, Charles and Sophie. Also today Paul Renzo and Denise Burns celebrate. Else Hojberg celebrates in Aalborg Denmark tomorrow same day as Jim Foster’s birthday.

Olivia Kierdal our 2013 TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen and 2010 TWT Gladesville Christmas Festival Singing Star Contest celebrates 24 on Friday, same day as Frank Polverino and Robert Springett a former political aspirant turning 66 while Pi Kirsten Hojte celebrates in Copenhagen Denmark with hubby Knud and kinder Born, Per and Karen JB niece Gorgeous Gina Gilkes Maxted of Beecroft faces 54 candles on her birthday cake Saturday with hubby Ian Maxted and children Michael, Rebecca and Hayley while Tony Chan celebrates 81.

John Donohoe celebrates Sunday same day as Allan and Bernadette Horrell celebrate 29 years wedded bliss. Jason Berther turns 48 on Monday younger son of Noelene Berther Gorman and younger brother of Sharon and Russell same day as Therese Austin and John Stanton also celebrate.

Twins Jessica and Claire Frazer turn 33 on Tuesday with Jessica a grand finalist in TWT Gladesville Christmas Festival Teen Queen Quest and Granny Smith Festival Queen contest. Sarah Bottoms daughter of Elisabeth and Daniel Bottoms and granddaughter of our Ulrike turns twelve on Tuesday and celebrates with younger brother Michael and family and friends in a snowy Vienna on Tuesday.

JB and Sarah’s father chose Sarah’s name the night before she was born at a little bar in Vienna as we attempted to select names that are bilingual in German and English as the mother is
German-speaking and father American.

We also settled on Michael for a boy which has been applied to Sarah’s brother who just celebrated six. Jenny Tomkins a JB cousin living in Canberra celebrates on Tuesday with hubby Neville Tomkins OAM who happens to be NSW Chief Scout Commissioner and former Australian International Commissioner and children while Joe and Anne Bolton formerly longtime managers of T J Andrews Ryde celebrate 66 years wedded bliss next Wednesday. Happy daze all.

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BUMPER STICKER:
When a man steals your
wife there is no better revenge
than to let him keep
her!
Keep Smiling!
–JOHN F. BOOTH