Quiet Christmas: Gerontologist Katherine Willett, left, is recommending people keep it simple during holiday celebrations that include an elderly loved one, especially someone with dementia.

Quiet Christmas: Gerontologist Katherine Willett, left, is recommending people keep it simple during holiday celebrations that include an elderly loved one, especially someone with dementia.

Beachcombing: The sand may be covered by fallen leaves, but there's always a treasure to be found on the beach at Barnet Marine Park. The Burnaby park is a popular spot for nature lovers and families.

Beachcombing: The sand may be covered by fallen leaves, but there's always a treasure to be found on the beach at Barnet Marine Park. The Burnaby park is a popular spot for nature lovers and families.

This marbled murrelet was among the more rare species in the care of the Wildlife Rescue Association, which had a record-breaking year in 2012, helping more than 4,000 animals, the most ever in the organization's history.

This marbled murrelet was among the more rare species in the care of the Wildlife Rescue Association, which had a record-breaking year in helping more than animals, the most ever in the organization's history.

Wildlife: The Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. sent in shots of some of the nestlings and fledglings that have been in their care in recent weeks, including these five young House Finches. For more information on the Burnaby-based organization, see www.wildliferescue.ca.

Wildlife: The Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. sent in shots of some of the nestlings and fledglings that have been in their care in recent weeks, including these five young House Finches. For more information on the Burnaby-based organization, see www.wildliferescue.ca.

In this picture released by the Burnaby RCMP, tires have been slashed all over the city, in two flurries of activity, in the spring and during the first week of December. Police are looking for the public's help in apprehending the person or persons responsible for these tire slashings.

In this picture released by the Burnaby RCMP, tires have been slashed all over the city, in two flurries of activity, in the spring and during the first week of December. Police are looking for the public's help in apprehending the person or persons responsible for these tire slashings.

The Gilmore Restaurant in the heart of the Heights is closing up shop on Dec. 11 as owners Cecilia and Stephen Lee head off to retirement. The couple has run the cozy eatery for more than 21 years.

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Serving it up: Moscrop Panthers power hitter J.J. Cross will lead the first-time Lower Mainland champions into the B.C. High School AAA boys' volleyball championships in Kelowna, beginning today (Wednesday) in Kelowna.

Serving it up: Moscrop Panthers power hitter J. Cross will lead the first-time Lower Mainland champions into the B. High School AAA boys' volleyball championships in Kelowna, beginning today (Wednesday) in Kelowna.

Close as it gets: Second-ranked Douglas College Royals defeat Capilano University earlier in the day, but lost a five-set tiebreaker 15-13 to the No. 1-nationally ranked Red Deer College Kings at the Christmas men's volleyball tournament at the New Westminster campus.

Close as it gets: Second-ranked Douglas College Royals defeat Capilano University earlier in the day, but lost a five-set tiebreaker to the No. ranked Red Deer College Kings at the Christmas men's volleyball tournament at the New Westminster campus.

Operation Red Nose was a huge success in its first year in Burnaby and New Westminster.

2012 inaugural Operation Red Nose campaign a huge success in Burnaby and New Westminster

Hit it:  Kaoru Nakakuma pounds glutinous rice into a paste - part of the process for making mochi, traditional Japanese rice cakes - at the Nikkei Centre's annual year end celebration.

Hit it: Kaoru Nakakuma pounds glutinous rice into a paste - part of the process for making mochi, traditional Japanese rice cakes - at the Nikkei Centre's annual year end celebration.

Christmas spirit: From left, City of Burnaby planning department employees Leah Libsekal, Donna Iacobellis and Lina Johannson help raise money for the Marguerite Dixon Transition Society every year. In all, about 20 employees help raise funds.

Carrying on the caring tradition

Slippery conditions: Yuji Kado spent Monday morning shovelling snow from the sidewalk on 10th Avenue and Coquitlam Street in Burnaby. The city had more than a dozen snow trucks plowing and salting the streets Tuesday morning.

Slippery conditions: Yuji Kado spent Monday morning shovelling snow from the sidewalk on Avenue and Coquitlam Street in Burnaby. The city had more than a dozen snow trucks plowing and salting the streets Tuesday morning.

Come together: PODS Moving and Storage hosted a toy drive with Canlan 8Rinks in support of the Burnaby Christmas Bureau. Shown here are Mellanie Siteman, operations manager for PODs; Stacy McLean with 8Rinks; Don Springman with PODS; and the bureau's executive director, Stephen D'Souza.

Crunch is on for Christmas Bureau

Traffic along Lougheed Highway during Tuesday morning's rush hour was frightful, as snow and ice made driving very tough.

Tuesday in Burnaby saw a lot of people inconvenienced by the unexpected snowfall which started in the early morning hours.

Concerned: New Westminster resident Andrea Mears crosses at the intersection of Cariboo Road and 10th Avenue with her children Ainsley, 4, and Lachlan, 14 months, and her dog, Ginger. She says drivers speed through the area and come around the corner without looking for pedestrians.

Andrea Mears is afraid someone could be injured or killed at the border of Burnaby and New Westminster.

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