PCCB celebrates

Portuguese Cultural Centre

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of Bradford is 33 years old!

Santa?s Corner!

Santa?s been busy, in and

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around Bradford.

Festive Fun in Town

Bradford West Gwillimbury

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celebrates the Season.

The

Bradford Times

www.bradfordtimes.ca $1.50 GST Included Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Nook is 25!

Photos and story by Miriam King, Bradford Times Nancy and Gord Young celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Nancy?s Nifty Nook bulk food and Health Supplement store, on Saturday, December 7 - thanking staff, customers and the community for the years of support. For the full story, see Page 10. www.roddie.ca

Town turns to Social Media

The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury has launched a presence on Social Media, and under the heading of ?BWG 2.0?, Committee Co-ordinator Jeff Bunn presented a report to Council on December 3, subtitled, ?Building Citizenship Engagement through Social Media.? Bunn has been working with the County of Simcoe IT department over the last few months to relaunch the Town website on a ?much more robust platform,? said Director of Legal Services/Clerk Rebecca Murphy. ?It features some really neat functions, hopefully making access to information on the Town website much more userfriendly.? The decision to launch on Social Media at the same time was designed to create more opportunities for 2-way dialogue, Murphy said, and ?further promote openness and transparency.? ?Primarily to reach out to the community at large,? added Bunn, noting that the Town?s new Facebook page, www.facebook/townofbwg presented information on the planned public transit routes, Holland St. reconstruction, and Overnight Parking ban in the first week - and had 607 views in just 6 days. ?Really, these numbers are quite large,? Bunn said, noting that demographics show the majority of viewers are between 20 and 44 years of age. The Town is also on Twitter, @TownofBWG - although there has been less use of the Twitter site. ?It?s a good way to get information out quickly,? he told Councillors, and although limited to only 140 characters, can be used to link to the website, and documents that include Council agendas. In summary, Murphy noted that in 2010, only 25 Ontario municipalities used Social Media. By 2012, that number had reached 200, and ?it just keeps growing. Now Bradford is one of them as well.? Town Manager Jay Currier praised the effort of Administration staff, in getting ?all of our staff on the same page,? and launching a new website, Facebook page and Twitter account. ?It provides a great platform for our communications person, starting in the new year.? ?We want to keep up with the curve,? said Mayor Doug White. ?I just want us to always connect and grow through Social Media.?

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