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Toronto Reference Library

The Toronto Reference Library is located at 789 Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor Street, in Toronto, Canada. The Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, the name was changed in 1998 when it was incorporated into the Toronto Public Library system, it is one of the three largest libraries in the city along with the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto and Scott Library at York University. The Toronto Reference Library opened in 1977 as the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library; the library operated separately before the amalgamation of the City of Toronto and surrounding boroughs in 1998. The reference library was formally amalgamated into the new Toronto Public Library in 1998, after the old municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto were dissolved, amalgamation of the new City of Toronto; the Toronto Comic Arts Festival Store on the ground floor a pop-up store in 2014 became permanent as of 2015 Page and Panel not only sells merchandise pertaining to comic books, but merchandise pertaining to manga and Japanese video games from Nintendo franchises such as Mario, Legend of Zelda and Pokémon as well.

In 2017, the Toronto Reference Library was used as the filming location for The Weeknd's music video for his song "Secrets." The 38,691 m² five-storey building, designed by architect Raymond Moriyama, opened in 1977 and is the biggest public reference library in Canada. The brick façade of the building was designed creates harmony with the surrounding buildings as well as providing thermal benefits. A curving atrium in the middle of the large library creates sight lines across floors, provides natural ventilation and introduces natural light from its sophisticated skylights; the design of the library was influenced by the hanging garden of Babylon and therefore plants were located around the edge of each floor facing the atrium. However, due to financial constraints, the plants were removed; the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library is an event space located on the second floor of the Library. It opened to the public on September 23, 2009; the Salon hosts free cultural programming organized by the library.

When not in use for library programs, the Salon is available to be rented for private functions. The Toronto Reference Library's renovation project started in 2010 and was completed in 2014 at a cost of $34 million; the project included the creation of a glass cube at the main entrance facade, a revitalized exhibition gallery space, a special collections rotunda, enhanced research and study areas, a Balzac's Café by the main entrance. The renovations featured a revitalized basement section sponsored by the Toronto Star, it contains a collection of recent editions of various newspapers from across Canada and around the world. The library's collection is non-circulating, although some materials can be borrowed; the library had 1,653,665 catalogued items in 2010, including 1.5 Million volumes of monographs and bound periodicals. The library has 475 metres of manuscript materials; the TD Gallery is the library's exhibit gallery, features exhibits of art, documents and other items from the collections.

The library has an extensive performing arts collection, including papers and information on many Canadian artists, such as Al Waxman and The Dumbells. The library has a special collections. Items in the reference library's special collections include: The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection, devoted to the life and works of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, is housed in a room built to look like Holmes's study at 221B Baker St; the collection exists since 1969, when the library purchased around 200 books about Holmes from a collector named Arthur Vincent Baillie. The Baldwin Room, a collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts and printed ephemera, maps and historical pictures relating to Upper Canada and to early Toronto; this collection is named for Robert Baldwin, a leading political reformer in Upper Canada and pre-Confederation Premier. However it includes a Canadian historical picture collection illustrating the history of Canada donated to the library in 1910 by John Ross Robertson and publisher of the Toronto Telegram and a major philanthropist of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, which now contains thousands of historical paintings, prints and postcards.

The Genealogy and Local History Collection, whose strength is Canadian content but which includes numerous resources for Great Britain and the United States. The Map Collection of current and historical maps, atlases and cartography resources is international in scope; some of the resources it includes are: maps of Toronto from 1788 to the present, Toronto fire insurance plans and Goad maps and atlases, as well as current and retrospective topographic and photo maps of the Toronto area. The Art Room containing rare books, photographs and manuscripts, including important costume design and sheet music collections; the library's hours of operation are weekdays 9:00am – 8:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Like all libraries in the Toronto Public Library system, the reference library offers free wireless Internet, as well as computers that can be used free of charge. Many of these public computers are located on the main floor, but they are available on all floors including the basement.

The Digital Innovation Hub, provides access to more advanced software and staff assistance for a small fee. Services provided at the library include: O

Wilbert Montgomery

Wilbert Montgomery is a former American football player in the National Football League for nine years with the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. In the past, Montgomery has been the running backs and tight ends coach for St. Louis Rams, the running backs coach for the Detroit Lions, the running backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens, the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns. An outstanding athlete at Abilene Christian University, Montgomery was a four-year starter at running back and set the all-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics record for touchdowns with 76. Montgomery broke the record for touchdowns by a freshman with 37 and helped lead the Wildcats to the NAIA Division I National Championship in 1973, he was featured in "Faces in the Crowd" in the November 12 issue of Sports Illustrated that same year. Montgomery was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 1977 NFL Draft. Wearing number 31, Montgomery played eight seasons with Philadelphia, shattering all of the Eagles' rushing records and leading the club in rushing six times.

Montgomery, who concluded his NFL career with the Detroit Lions in 1985, holds or held seven Philadelphia rushing records, including career attempts, rushing yards, attempts in a season, rushing yards in a season, career 100-yard rushing games, 100-yard rushing games in a season, touchdowns in a game. In 1979, Montgomery led the NFL with 2,012 all-purpose yards. Over his NFL career, he accumulated 6,789 yards rushing, 2,502 receiving, 814 kickoff return yards, 57 touchdowns, two Pro Bowl invitations. Montgomery joined the St. Louis Rams' coaching staff as running backs coach in 1997. In 2004, Montgomery's coaching ran the gamut, from Pro Bowl running back Marshall Faulk, to young and talented rookie Steven Jackson. Under Montgomery's leadership, Faulk moved into 12th place on the NFL's rushing yardage list, Jackson finished third in the NFL among rookie running backs. At the 2002 NFC Championship game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Philadelphia Eagles, Montgomery was the Eagles’ honorary captain at Veterans Stadium, introduced to a thunderous ovation prior to the game.

He was running backs coach through the 2013 season. Montgomery was hired as Running backs coach of the Cleveland Browns on Feb 6th 2014, he was not retained. Montgomery is a native of Greenville and one of four brothers who played in the NFL. Montgomery earned the Abilene Christian University Alumni Citation Award in 1979, was inducted onto the inaugural Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll in 1987, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. Montgomery and his wife Patti have three children, twins and Brendan, a son, Tavian. Montgomery has a daughter, a son Derron, a wide receiver for the Iowa State Cyclones and was the Graduate Assistant and Assistant wide receiver coach for the Miami Hurricanes. Derron was a wide receiver coach for the Michigan Wolverines, tight ends coach for his fathers alma mater Abilene Christian University and is now an Assistant Wide Receiver coach for the Georgia Bulldogs. Tavian is playing cornerback for Charleston Southern University. Ravens coaching bio Wilbert Montgomery Then and Now

Austin Meehan

Austin Andrew Meehan, Sr. was a Republican politician in Philadelphia who served as county sheriff. Before entering politics, Meehan ran his family's paving business and was known as a local basketball star. Beginning as an insurgent within the city's Republican Party, he soon won the favor of party bosses and climbed the ranks of Philadelphia's Republican organization. Meehan served two terms as county sheriff from 1944 to 1952 and was recognized as the unofficial head of the Republican Party in Philadelphia in the 1950s, he remained an influential party member until his death in 1961. Meehan was born in 1897 in the son of John Meehan and Anna Waldron Meehan. Meehan's parents were Irish immigrants, he grew up in North Philadelphia's 37th ward. In 1917, he married Jane McNulty, with whom he would have four sons and four daughters. From the age of 14, Meehan worked for his father, a paving contractor with his own successful business. Meehan played on some of the early professional basketball teams around the city, including the Philadelphia 50 Club, St. Henry, Shanahan.

Local sports writers awarded Meehan the credit for Shanahan's defeat of the city's dominant team, the SPHAs, in 1925. After his basketball career ended, he became involved with charity work in Northeast Philadelphia, including sponsoring youth sports. Financial success from his contracting business gave him independence, Meehan entered politics at an early age sparring with the Republican Party establishment in the city. In 1935, Democratic governor George H. Earle appointed Meehan to one of the Republican slots on the city's voter registration committee. Meehan found himself at odds with the party organization, saying that year that the "dead heads" in the party must be removed from power if they hoped to win the election that year, he soon broke with councilman Clarence K. Crossan, who had supported him for the job, considered a run for sheriff or for Crossan's seat on city council. Meehan and Crossan reconciled, but Meehan bucked the party by throwing his support to John B. Kelly Sr. the Democratic candidate for mayor.

Kelly lost the 1935 election, Meehan resigned his seat on the registration committee. Meehan never again backed a Democrat for office, but he remained a thorn in the side of the Republican party regulars. In 1937, he ran for city treasurer against David E. Watson. Meehan lost by a two-to-one margin in the primary. After publicly toying with leaving the party, Meehan backed Watson and the rest of the Republican slate in the general election that November. Meehan, by this time elected the leader of the 35th Ward Republicans, continued his independent streak into the early 1940s. In 1941, he ran for the Republican nomination for city controller. Meehan represented the so-called "insurgent Republicans" against the party hierarchy, but he had the support of United States Senator James J. Davis, he was unsuccessful again, losing to Alvin A. Swenson, but he tallied more votes than any of the other insurgents, with 73,135 to Swenson's 124,327, his growing popularity meant. In 1943, David W. Harris, the head of the Republican City Committee, approached Meehan about running for sheriff with the organization's backing.

John M. Cummings of The Philadelphia Inquirer called the development "encouraging," writing that Meehan's business acumen, community work, civic-mindedness would make him a "tower of strength" on the November ballot. Meehan was unopposed in the primary and won in the general election that fall, defeating Democrat Elmer Kilroy by more than 40,000 votes. Although he had come to office as an outsider, allegations of insider corruption were made about Meehan. Similar accusations about the entire Republican organization led many independent voters to shift toward the opposition; the Democratic candidate for mayor, Richardson Dilworth, accused Meehan of controlling illegal gambling in Northeast Philadelphia, among other crimes. In response to his repeated accusations, Meehan challenged Dilworth to a televised debate. Meehan was persuaded that it would be a mistake to debate Dilworth, a skilled trial lawyer, backed out. Meehan was, reelected in 1947 with a 100,000-vote majority, it would be the last election.

With the death of Thomas Sovereign Gates in 1948, the last of the "old Philadelphia" upper-class leadership of the Republican Party was gone. That left Meehan, William F. Meade, Morton Witkin as the remaining powers in the party organization. Meehan's wealth gave him some advantage over the other two, but none of the three was strong enough to control the entire organization, intra-party feuding was the result—as was an increase in "indiscriminate graft," according to author James Reichley. By this time, Meehan's contracting business was more successful, as well, as it received contracts for much of the city's street paving. In 1949, the Democrats, led by Dilworth and city controller candidate Joseph S. Clark Jr. mounted another campaign focused on corruption. Dilworth claimed that Meehan was bribed by the local utility companies, though he did not present any evidence of the charge. Meehan dismissed the two Democrats as "Dilly and Silly", he and Meade drew attention to the Americans for Democratic Action, a left-wing group that backed the Democratic ticket, which Meade said was "infiltrated with communists."

This time and Dilworth did debate before a packed house at the Academy of Music, as well as over the air on radio and television. The debate soon

Iain Thomson

Iain D. Thomson is an American philosopher and Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, he is a well-known expert on Martin Heidegger. Thomson studied as an undergraduate at the University of California, where he worked with Hubert Dreyfus, earned his Ph. D. in philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. As a visiting graduate student at UC Irvine, he studied with Jacques Derrida, he is known for his expertise on Heidegger's philosophy, philosophy of education, philosophy of technology, philosophy of art, philosophy of literature and environmental philosophy. Thomson received the Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, he is featured in Tao Ruspoli's film Being in the World. His articles on Heidegger have been published in such journals as Inquiry, Journal of the History of Philosophy, The Harvard Review of Philosophy, the International Journal of Philosophical Studies, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.

Heidegger and Postmodernity, Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN 9780521172493 Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 052161659X Ontotheology The Origin of the Work of Art Hubert Dreyfus Martin Heidegger The UNM Faculty Homepage of Iain Thomson An interview with Thomson on his book Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education

St George's Church, Worthing

St George's Church is an Anglican church in the East Worthing area of the borough of Worthing, one of seven local government districts in the English county of West Sussex. Built in 1867-68 to serve new residential development in the southeast of the town, the Decorated Gothic-style structure was extended in the 19th century, expanded its reach further by founding three mission halls elsewhere in Worthing. English Heritage has listed it at Grade C for its historical importance. Worthing experienced rapid development in the first quarter of the 19th century, encouraged by royal patronage and the effect of nearby Brighton—one of England's most fashionable and desirable resorts at the time. In the first few decades of the town's existence, little building work took place east of the road from Broadwater to the coast: the land was marshy and difficult to develop; the few houses in existence were economically dependent on the 18th-century brickworks and two smock mills in the vicinity, both of which existed by 1831.

The town expanded to the east, in the 1860s a church was proposed to serve the area, which had become known as East Worthing. Work started in 1867, when the Bishop of Chichester Ashurst Turner Gilbert laid the foundation stone; the architect George Truefitt was commissioned to design the church. In its original form, it opened on 10 July 1868. Long-time East Worthing resident Alfred Longley, who wrote several books about the area, recorded the name of the builder as a Mr Longhurst. St George's Church was extended twice in the first 16 years of its existence; as built in 1868, it consisted of a chancel with nave and a small belfry. In 1875, two porches and a vestry were built. Nine years the interior was changed by the addition of a transept between the nave and the sanctuary. A tower was planned, but only a stump was built. Architectural sketches of the proposed tower showed a tall, spire-topped structure with lancet openings rising at the southwest corner. Architect H. Overnell designed the church hall, which stands to the south, in 1935.

A vicarage was established in nearby Selden Road in the early 1900s. The church was always parished: in 1867, a parish was created out of the southeastern part of the area administered by St Mary's Church at Broadwater; the advowson lay with the rector of that church, but passed to the National Protestant Church Union in 1903. Its successor, the Church Society Trust, retains it; the rector had owned the land and offered it free of charge to allow the church to be built. St George's Church founded a school in the parish in 1874. St George's National School stood on Lyndhurst Road. In 1985, the site was cleared to make way for a supermarket. St George's Church has been praised for its architectural quality in view of its low cost of construction: the budget was set at £5,000. Unusually, it was built on a north–south alignment, so the geographical and ritual directions are different; the building is in the Decorated Gothic style with some Perpendicular Gothic elements, is of Bargate stone rubble with courses of ashlar.

The roof is covered with red tiles. The plan features a wide chancel and aisled nave, both of which have prominent apses at the geographical north end, a gable-roofed entrance porch leading to a narthex with hipped roofs, a small belfry topped with a stone spirelet, a vestry. Most of the windows are small lancets, such as the range of six above the entrance porch, but the five around the chancel apse are taller; the interior is simple and open, reminded architectural historians Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner of Sir Christopher Wren's ecclesiastical works: they described it as "very intelligent, logical the artificial piety of the 1860s". Many mission chapels, or mission halls, were established in Worthing in the late 19th and early 20th century, as the population grew faster than the existing parish churches could cater for; such buildings were rudimentary chapels of ease served by the clergy of the founding church, were intended to be used temporarily until proper provision could be made for worship, in the form of a new permanent church or an extension to an existing building.

Three such chapels were established by St George's Church. Newland Road Mission Hall was the first to be established, it was built in 1883 at the corner of Station Road. The brick building was used for worship until 1936, is now used as a studio. Two years the tiny Ham Arch Mission was created in a hut on Ham Road in the east of the parish; the structure, one of the smallest places of worship in Sussex and now used as a garage, was referred to in jest as "The Cathedral" by locals during its 29 years of religious use. The Emmanuel Mission Hall, on Brougham Road, was built in 1911 and replaced by an octagonal permanent church dedicated to Emmanuel, in 1976; this was closed and demolished in 2008. St George's Church was listed at Grade C by English Heritage on 21 May 1976. Grade C was the lowest rank on an old grading system used for Anglican churches, before English Heritage extended the standard Grade I, II* and II scheme to all types of building. A small number of churches remain on the old scheme, on which Grade C is equivalent to Grade II.

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Ch√Ęteau Miranda

Château Miranda known as Château de Noisy was a 19th-century neo-Gothic castle in Celles, province of Namur, Belgium, in the region of the Ardennes. As of October 2017, the chateau has been demolished; the Château was planned and designed in 1866 by the English architect Edward Milner under commission from the Liedekerke-De Beaufort family, who had left their previous home, Vêves Castle, during the French Revolution. Milner died in 1884. Construction was completed in 1907, their descendants remained in occupation until World War II. A small portion of the Battle of the Bulge took place on the property, it was during that time that the Château was occupied by German forces. In 1950, Château Miranda was renamed "Château de Noisy" when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium as an orphanage and a holiday camp for sickly children, it lasted as a children's camp until the late 1970s. The Château stood empty and abandoned since 1991 because the costs to maintain it were too great, a search for investors in the property failed.

Although the municipality of Celles had offered to take it over, the family refused, the enormous building lingered in a derelict state, succumbing to decay and vandalism. Parts of the structure were damaged in a fire and many areas of the ceiling were beginning to collapse. Despite this, it became a favorite venue of urban explorers. By October 2017, the chateau had been demolished; the Château is used as a filming location by the American television series Hannibal. The building is shown as Castle Lecter in Lithuania; the château was used as a filming location for the Belgian movie "Het huis Anubis en de wraak van Arghus" List of castles in Belgium History and photos of Noisy Miranda Castle in English History and photos of Noisy Miranda Castle in English History and photos of Noisy Miranda Castle in French The History of Château de Noisy in English Photos of Noisy Miranda Castle from 2009 Some history of the Château and evidence of the demolition in English