Super sleigh: Santa Claus took to the skies in style when he made a special stop at Royal Columbian Hospital on Dec. 13 to visit sick kids and spread some holiday cheer along with some gifts. Helijet and the B.C. Ambulance Service jointly host the program every year at Royal Columbian and Victoria General Hospitals - both of which have heli-pads for helicopters to land on the roof.

Super sleigh: Santa Claus took to the skies in style when he made a special stop at Royal Columbian Hospital on Dec. 13 to visit sick kids and spread some holiday cheer along with some gifts. Helijet and the B.C. Ambulance Service jointly host the program every year at Royal Columbian and Victoria General Hospitals - both of which have heli-pads for helicopters to land on the roof.

Setting up house: Charlotte Gurney-Banning holds up the "people" she made for her gingerbread house. Charlotte, a high-functioning autistic student at New Westminster Secondary School, came second in her category at the Hyatt's Gingerbread Lane event.

She holds up one of the fondant figurines she made for her gingerbread house display - it's a girl sitting on a man's shoulders.

Do you know this man? New Westminster police are asking for help identifying a suspect who was caught on camera entering the Armani Exchange in Queensborough in the early hours of Dec. 21.

Do you know this man? New Westminster police are asking for help identifying a suspect who was caught on camera entering the Armani Exchange in Queensborough in the early hours of Dec.

Having fun: New Westminster, in red, and Burnaby bring out the fun side of field lacrosse in an under-19 girls' matchup at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West last Saturday.

Having fun: New Westminster, in red, and Burnaby bring out the fun side of field lacrosse in an girls' matchup at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West last Saturday.

Having fun: New Westminster, in red, and Burnaby bring out the fun side of field lacrosse in an under-19 girls' matchup at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West last Saturday.

Having fun: New Westminster, in red, and Burnaby bring out the fun side of field lacrosse in an girls' matchup at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex-West last Saturday.

Helping out: Baxter Corp. recently donated $10,000 towards Royal Columbian Hospital's new multipurpose interventional suite. Pictured from left are Dr. Robert Granger, Baxter's hospital representative Shelly Stewart and B.C. business director Kevin McKim, and RCH Foundation's major gifts director Barbara Beckler. The suite is expected to expand cardiac, stroke and aneurysm care at RCH.

PHOTOS: Kudos - the giving spirit in New Westminster

In the news: Local teachers - along with some supportive students - took to the picket line in March as part of the ongoing dispute between teachers and the province.

In the news: Local teachers - along with some supportive students - took to the picket line in March as part of the ongoing dispute between teachers and the province.

Season of giving: Blaine Desjarlais collects donations for the Salvation Army on Sixth Street outside Tim Hortons. The local kettle campaign fell a little short of its goals but organizers are still very pleased with the generosity of the donors.

Season of giving: Blaine Desjarlais collects donations for the Salvation Army on Sixth Street outside Tim Hortons. The local kettle campaign fell a little short of its goals but organizers are still very pleased with the generosity of the donors.

Katrine Ireland shovelling her walkway on Cornwall Street on Tuesday morning.

Early snow hits city with a vengeance

Tuesday morning snow in New Westminster and Burnaby made driving problematic for many drivers.

Tuesday morning snow in New Westminster and Burnaby made driving problematic for many drivers.

Reindog: Shadow was showing some holiday spirit this week with a pair of reindeer antlers while enjoying the sun in Palm Springs with owner Barbara Zapf.

Reindog: Shadow was showing some holiday spirit this week with a pair of reindeer antlers while enjoying the sun in Palm Springs with owner Barbara Zapf.

Making merry: The cast of Dear Santa get in the festive mood during a quick rehearsal for the Vagabond Players' Christmas production opening Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen's Park.

Santa's coming to town - and the stage

Creating a masterpiece: Fabio and Gina Cornale will be raffling this street of sweet, gingerbread dreams at Bella Cakes and Pastries in Sapperton. Proceeds will go to the food bank.

Edible Sapperton streetscape built for charity

Don't quit your day jobs: Deputy Chief Const. Laurin Stenerson, Fire Chief Tim Armstrong and Mayor Wayne Wright flip some ceremonial pancakes at the Paddlewheeler Pub toy drive and pancake breakfast Wednesday morning. The toys and money collected go to New West Family Place and the Purpose Society.

New Westminster toy drive at Paddlewheeler Pub a huge success

Pretty kitty: Dolce, a kitten at the New Westminster Animal Shelter, recently enjoyed    some time with animal services officer Margie Fox.

Pretty kitty: Dolce, a kitten at the New Westminster Animal Shelter, recently enjoyed some time with animal services officer Margie Fox.

Nose for success: From left: volunteers Jenny O1Callaghan and Sharon Perry smile as they head out on their rounds for Operation Red Nose, which kicked off in New Westminster and Burnaby last weekend. The program will run on weekends all through December.

Nose for success: From left: volunteers Jenny and Sharon Perry smile as they head out on their rounds for Operation Red Nose, which kicked off in New Westminster and Burnaby last weekend. The program will run on weekends all through December.

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