Lo­cal toy ti­tan makes play to take on Lego

Plus, Wig­gins on join­ing the Rap­tors, musical ac­tors, and more

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourh­ood News - By Ni­cholas Miz­era

Thorn­hill’s toy-mak­ing ti­tan has just inked a ma­jor deal to ac­quire Mec­cano, or Erec­tor Set as it is known in parts of North Amer­ica. An­ton Ra­bie, coCEO of Canada’s largest toy man­u­fac­turer, Spin Master Ltd., is help­ing re­vive the 112-year-old con­struc­tion toy as part of his com­pany’s bid to take on Lego, the iconic toy brick brand. With the Thorn­hill Sec­ondary School alum­nus at the helm, Spin Master has re­cently re­ported 20 per cent growth to date in 2013.

Cana­dian fans of the En­ter­tain­ment and Sports Pro­gram­ming Net­work (ESPN) may have no­ticed that Thorn­hill play-by-play an­nouncer Dan Shul­man was ab­sent from his usual spot on Sun­day Night Base­ball for a time. He was com­pet­ing in Is­rael as part of Canada’s se­nior men’s basket­ball team in the Maccabiah Games, the world’s largest Jewish ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion.

In other basket­ball news, An­drew Wig­gins was re­cently quoted as say­ing that he would like to be drafted by the Toronto Rap­tors. The Thorn­hiller was accepting an award for Amer­ica’s top na­tional high school ath­lete.

Two Rich­mond Hill ac­tors, Brit­tany Mitchele and Darcy Ste­wart, played ma­jor roles in last month’s pro­duc­tion of Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Ran­dolph Theatre in Toronto. Both are Alexan­der Mack­enize High School alumni.

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