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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Race Weekend, Bayshore renos, Beckta’s gezellig and more!

By François Levesque on May 28, 2012

Ottawa Race Weekend brought more than 42,000 runners to the streets of Ottawa over the past couple of days. No big surprises on the results, with twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben winning for the second straight year. He broke the Ottawa Marathon record with a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009. On the women’s side, Ethiopia’s Yeshi Esayias made it first to the finish line. Winners of the Canadian National Championships were Toronto-based 28-year-old Rejean Chiasson with a finish of 2:19:54 and Lisa Avery, 35, of Orillia, in a time of 2:42:52. Avery’s finish is a strong personal best. How well did you do?

Bayshore Shopping Centre has kicked off its $200-million expansion project that will add 160,000 square feet of new retail area to the mall. The Ottawa Business Journal reports that 56 new stores will be created via the expansion.The only known store so far is a Target that will take up the third floor of the Zellers. The expansion is expected to finish in 2015.

Stephen Beckta’s new Westboro restaurant will be called gezelliga dutch word that refers to things (and people and places) that create a cozy, homey, quaint, and comfortable vibe. Ottawa Magazine caught up with Executive Chef Mike Moffatt to chat about the new digs.

Capital Hoedown finally managed to pay its $150,000 debt to the city – a few days late. However, its troubles aren’t over. One of this year’s main acts, Ronnie Dunn, has withdrawn, according to the Keepin’ It Country blog. There is fear that other acts may cancel, although folks like Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry still have the concert listed among the tour dates on their websites. The festival is scheduled to take place from Aug. 10-12 at Walter Baker Park in Kanata.

Unfortunately for baseball fans across the nation’s capital, there won’t be a Double-A team in Ottawa in 2013. The Sun’s Jonathan Willing wrote that the only way to make Double-A ball work in Ottawa would be to have a Blue Jays affiliated team. Unfortunately for us, the Jays recently extended their affiliation deal with their Double-A team in New Hampshire through 2014. At least we still have our beloved Fat Cats.

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