Balmain developments, rhyming radicals, local jeweller conquers Top Ryde
• Some of you may know the Roche family for their tasty wines – borne out of the Hunter Valley, their partnership with McGuigan Simeon Wines and the multi-award winning Tempus Two facility – or possibly as creators of the spectacular Hunter Valley Gardens. But they are also the developers about to take over Balmain’s Elliot Street. The former Nutrimetics site located at 100-102 Elliott Street has been granted approval for eight buildings that can include 104 units and 251 vehicle spaces (basement level).
• Spotted: who was the person shouting as they cruised down King Street, Newtown, last week holding a sign out the car window that read “Tony is Baloney”? Obviously there are a lot of locals who are not happy with our PM or his budget cuts – and some of them have a special talent for coming up with rhyming insults.
• Haberfield’s well known Cricelli Jewellers celebrated 30 years in business this month and have expanded their operation, opening a second showroom in Top Ryde City. The Opening Night was an elegant affair complete with Ducati motorcycles, custom-made cupcakes and attended by some famous local faces including John Sidoti MP. It’s great to see Adriano Cricelli has followed his dad into the business.
• Police were called to the Pine Inn, Concord, last week after an apparent robbery in the wee hours of the morning. Neighbouring businesses were not happy to have their rear driveways blocked by police cars yet again.
• Jo Haylen, Mayor of Marrickville, is the perfect Labor candidate for Summer Hill. Will Marrickville lose it’s Mayor after the State election? Are there some deals in place?