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Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You for a Wonderful Year

Dear Residents:

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you at your doorsteps, your living rooms, your back porches and all throughout the community.  I've heard incredible stories and learned so much from each and every one of you. 

As the year comes to an end, I would first like to thank everyone who has been involved in Our West End.  Whether it was knocking on doors or sending me an email reporting a crime -- I've received hundreds of emails this year -- your participation has made this experience worthwhile.  Because of you, we have been able to share valuable information regarding crime and have been able to assist police and city authority regarding any issues and challenges we face.  We have accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.  Some of our accomplishments include:

- Park lights ordered and soon to be installed in North Merritt Park
- Community Town Hall meeting for Bridgeview residents regarding traffic, crime and park lights
- Neighbourhood Watch formation in Bridgeview area
- Noise complaints processed
- Streetlight complaint at College/Randolph and in front of 349 Rankin was repaired
- Alley closing concerns addressed
- Valuable reporting on crime and helpful hints shared
- Hundreds of subscribers added to Our West End

Friends, our work has only begun.  Yes, we have made progress, but there is much more to do before we can eradicate the perception that the west-end has been plagued with for years -- a perception of crime, instability and neglect.  To make our west-end the best place to live, work and play, we have to continue to build on our momentum, continue knocking on doors and continue engaging citizens to get involved.  Change will not come easy but I am confident that we are on the right path.  We can rebuild this west-end, brick by brick, block by block, helping hand by helping hand.  I look forward to continuing this work with you in 2012. 

Please enjoy your holiday.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Fabio Costante

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Naples Pizza Opening on Prince Rd.

What was once an eyesore and vacant building with graffiti has now turned into a new Naples Pizza on Prince Rd. close to the Matchette intersection. 

If you haven't tried Naples pizza before, I suggest you do.  Stop by and support your local business. 

Fabio Costante

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Positive Stories - Assumption Students and Small Business Re-Opening

In keeping with our new promise of delivering positive stories of our west-end, I will share two:  one from my experience at Assumption high school and the other from a resident in the west-end.

I was recently a guest speaker at Assumption high school where I presented to gr. 10 and gr. 12 students.  I challenged the students to get involved in their local community, particularly in the west-end where they live and where they have an intimate connection.  Several students brainstormed different community organizations and initiatives to get involved in and they discussed utilizing their required 40 hours of community service towards an initiative or project that will help the west-end. 

Second positive story from west-end resident:
"I noticed the other day that the once closed variety store, Campbell at Grove - just north of Bridgeview Library, I think it is Grove, has re-opened...good news the store is back up and running and has a big sign offering deals."

All for now,
Fabio Costante

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Crafty solution to starting business - Olde Sandwich Towne

Speaking of positive stories...

Crafty solution to starting business

Positive Stories

Hello everyone:


I am deciding to incorporate more positive stories about the west-end routinely and continuously.  After chatting with several subscribers and asking them for their honest input, the biggest trend I found was that people wanted to hear more positive, good stories about the west-end.  I agree!!  We have so much to be proud about and we should tell our story to the rest of the city and region.  However, I can't do it alone and will ask that if anyone would like to write me a positive story about the west-end, I would be more than happy to post that story and share it with our many subscribers.

The original intent of Our West End was to discuss issues and opportunities related to our neighbourhoods, particularly to do with crime.  I have always been and will always be adaptable to changes but I still believe our core purpose is to make the west-end the best place to live, work and play and in doing so, we should be up front and honest about our challenges, but also celebrate our strengths.

Touching upon the latter, and consistent with the them of being positive, I will get the ball rolling on two positive stories regarding our west-end and both have to do with our greatest asset:  our people.

Yesterday I attended the Ward 2 debate which was extremely well attended.  It was wonderful to see so many people engaged in the political process.  It was a clear demonstration that west-ender's care about their neighbourhoods and love the area in which they live.  I can say unequivocally -- and I know this because I've knocked on thousands of doors -- that people who reside in the west-end are resilient, good hard working people who care not only for themselves and their families, but also their neighbours and their respective community.  I am fortunate to be a resident in the area and privileged to know so many great people.

This morning I presented to students at Forster high school.  To many in this region, Forster is seen as a tough school where students have bleak futures.  But today I saw something fundamentally different.  I saw bright minds and energetic personalities with immense potential.  All that these students need is a bit of hope and I am convinced that their future will be prosperous.

Like I mentioned earlier, it would be wonderful to have guest writers send me some positive stories every once in a while and I will post them to the blog.  In addition, I will try to post one positive story per week if possible. 

Thanks everyone for helping make Our West End the best place to live, work and play.

Fabio Costante

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Comments for Ward 2 meeting on November 23, 2011



Below is a letter that was written by a Ward 2 resident who will be unable to attend Wednesday's Ward 2 meeting.  His concerns and letter are as follows: 
I thank the representatives of the city and university for taking the time to hear comments from residents.  As I am unable to attend the Ward 2 meeting, I am providing these comments by email.  As suggested by council staff, I have indicated those comments to which I request a reply.
My vision for the neighbourhood is a clean, quiet, happy place with a diverse mix of families, university professors, graduate students, undergraduate students, and retirees.  The city and university should encourage and support diverse populations and property use within each neighbourhood since experience has shown that concentrating any one population leads to problems.

1. Parking by-law enforcement
A.   I commend the Commissionaires for their generally prompt response to complaints made on weekdays and Saturdays and they usually lay a ticket.
B.   Police are slower to respond to parking complaints after hours and on Sundays and holidays, which I fully understand since it is a low priority call.  I do not understand the unwillingness to write a parking ticket for even the most obvious violations.  I have observed several instances where all the police officers do is tell the driver to move the car so they don't need to lay a ticket.
C.   Parking on the lawn should be ticketed by the Commissionaires immediately instead of by the building inspectors after a few weeks of repeated complaints.  If this requires a revision to the by-laws, then city council should get started on it.  [I request a reply]
D.   The parking permit system is broken.  The restriction against a resident of the zone passing a permit to someone living outside the zone is easy to violate and apparently not enforced.  My street is full of parked cars during the day and most of those cars are gone at night.  That would not happen if the permits were truly issued only to drivers who lived on my street.  I propose instead a permit that is: permanently affixed to each vehicle; renewable for varible time periods to match academic schedules; and remotely scannable by an enforcement officer driving by.  [I request a reply]

2. Dirty yard/uncollected trash by-law enforcement
A.   By-law officers need to be quicker responding to these complaints.  Every day that a mattress, or a couch, or a roll of carpeting, or an old broken cabinet stays on the curb is another day of irritation for the responsible residents in the neighbourhood and another day of evaded accountability for the irresponsible residents.  The by-law is on the books; enforce it.
B.   There is a clear pattern during the year for the number of these complaints, with most coming at the end of the academic term when renters move in our out.  There should be a corresponding level of effort by the city to address these complaints.
C.   Is there already a summary report published by the city for dirty yard enforcement?  If so, please tell me how to obtain it.  If not, I request that one be prepared on an annual basis for each ward showing: the number of complaints received, the number of 'orders to comply' issued, the number of violations of those orders, the number of times a city crew picked up the trash, and the amount of fees charged to property owners.  [I request a reply]
D.   How can I find out from public records where the fees charged for city cleanups of dirty yards are accounted for?  [I request a reply]

3.    Noise by-law enforcement
A.   I have been disappointed for years by the indifferent and ineffective response of both police and by-law officers to repeated complaints.  In the latest round of disappointment, I made two complaints a few weeks apart against the same address.  A by-law officer responded by warning the residents at that address that more complaints may lead to charges.  He informed me that I would need to testify in court and I replied that I would do that.  After a third incident and complaint from me, the by-law officer informed me that my complaints were not sufficient to lay any charges and the file was closed.
B.   I would like to know from either the police or by-law (preferably both) what evidence they require to lay a charge for a noise by-law violation.  [I request a reply]
C.   Since most noise complaints in the neighbourhood occur late at night when the by-law officers are not available, the police need to apply a consistent and aggressive protocol to end the cycle of repeated violations that occur at a small number of locations.  Patrol officers prefer to exercise their discretion on such calls, but my experience has shown that approach to be wholly inadequate.
D.   The protocol I propose for the police response to house parties is:
First call to an address: Move all the guests inside or send them home, identify the tenants, name them in the call report, and warn them the next call will result in a Part I summary citation.
Second call to the same address: Move all the guests inside or send them home, identify the tenants, name them in the call report, issue a Part I summary citation to anyone previously warned, and warn them the next call will result in a Part III charge and a court appearance.
Third call to the same address: Move all the guests inside or send them home, identify the tenants, name them in the call report, lay a Part III charge against anyone previously cited.
It doesn't matter if these calls are an hour apart or a year apart.  If the same residents at the same address repeatedly violate the by-law, they must be called to account.  [I request a reply]
E.   On Friday of the Halloween weekend of 2010, all the house parties on Askin and Randolph north of Wyandotte were monitored by extra patrols and all were shut down before midnight.  That was a thoroughly satisfactory response by the police.  On Saturday, there was no such response and several house parties in the same area went on most of the night.  The pattern for house parties in Ward 2 is well established: the first weekend of term in September, the Halloween weekend, and the last weekend of term in April.  I would like to see added patrols on Friday and Saturday of those weekends and to see all the parties shut down by midnight.  I know the police are capable of it, but I don't know why they don't do it consistently.

4. Coordinated response
A.  I propose the U-W campus police “powers and patrol area” be expanded so they can promptly confirm complaints the police respond to slowly (like noise and parking).  I am not asking the campus police to enforce any laws, or even get out of their vehicles.  I am only asking they be dispatched by the city police to the scene of common late-night complaints (noise, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, parking, etc.).  Once on the scene, the campus police would report the situation to the city police dispatcher to either confirm or deny the complaint and assess the need for a more timely city police response.  Because the city police often take an hour or more to respond to common complaints in the neighbourhood, the proximity and quicker response time of the campus police should be exploited.  [I request a reply]
B.  Is there any data exchange between the by-law office, the city police, and the campus police so that an officer of any agency responding to a given address can view a list of complaints reported to the other agencies?  [I request a reply]

5.  Follow-up on Mill Street keg party of September 2009
A Windsor Star article of September 28, 2009 indicated that several people were arrested for public drunkenness, obstructing justice, and resisting arrest at a keg party on Mill Street.  The same article states the police were investigating possible charges under the Liquor License Act.  How were all of these charges resolved?  Were guilty pleas obtained and fines imposed?  Were any charges taken to trial?  If so, what were the results of those trials?  [I request a reply]

6.  Sidewalks and snow
What does the city require of a resident regarding clearing the sidewalk in front of their residence after a snowfall?  [I request a reply]

Break-In 900 Block of California Ave.

Hi Fabio...my neighbours house was broken into around 6:00 pm on Sunday evening. He believes they came through the front window. He also owns a dog which I never heard bark so he believes it could have been someone who knows them. They took a lap top and a new computer and a few other electronic items. He had just installed a new porch light as well as there had been a previous attempt a month or 2 ago. There has been much more foot traffic in the area from students so thieves blend in. I believe houses in this area are being targeted due to people believing most of the houses are student residences and have electronics in them.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

North Merritt Park

There was graffiti recently painted along the fences facing North Merritt Park, particularly on the properties adjacent to Vercheres, Askin and Merritt.  The action took place sometime after dark and before morning.  Police were notified and already inspected the premises.  Evidence such as paint cans was gathered and will hopefully be useful in catching the culprit(s). 

Source:  West-End Resident

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Windsor Targets Abandoned Homes

The City of Windsor plans to get tough on owners of abandoned or derelict buildings.  City council will deal with a "blight mitigation strategy," which was developed by city staff.  This may have implications on the boarded-up homes in Sandwich Towne.  See the link to learn more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2011/11/15/wdr-blight-mitigation-strategy.html

Friends of the Court

I was invited and attended the Friends of the Court annual general meeting. The Friends of the Court does work throughout the year to ensure that Mackenzie Hall remains the vibrant Cultural Centre it has grown to be.  To learn more about the Friends of the Court or Mackenzie Hall, click on the following link: http://www.citywindsor.ca/002846.asp


Fabio Costante

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank You

Just a quick thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped me deliver flyers and knock on doors these past few weeks.  The success of Our West End is highly dependent on the level of involvement from residents in the area.  Whether it's reporting a crime, discussing an issue, helping spread the word by canvassing and dropping flyers, or simply telling friends and neighbours about what we do; every little bit counts.  So again, THANK YOU!

I will continue dropping flyers and canvassing every Sunday until the holidays.  If you're interested in coming along, please drop me an email at fabiocostante@gmail.com.

All the best,
Fabio

Concern Over West-End Parks

Hi Fabio,
I have attached the Park Usage Report and the appendixes, the council minutes from July 4 --which aren't very informative (they deferred), although I think it is interesting to note that the topic was identified as "surplus parkland" (pg. 20 of July 4 council minutes) and that the report is titled "Park Usage", while all the media coverage is about the City's obligations under the accessibility legislation.  (Does this seem odd to you?--I am thinking that the accessibility legislation is being used as an "enabler" for the sale of public parks that Council has tried in the past.)
 
One line from the report particularly concerns me: "In some cases the function of a neighbourhood park can be better accommodated by the closest community/regional park."  Clearly, Ward 2 is "deficient" in "neighbourhood" parks and over-supplied in "community/regional" parks--the waterfront, Mic Mac and Malden are all in our catchment--I am concerned that this statement sets us up for being "better accommodated by community/regional" parks rather than our neighbourhood parks.
 
Finally, the statement "A separate in-camera report will be forwarded for Councils consideration regarding the acquisition/disposition of park land in accordance with the City's Procedural By-Law." also concerns me greatly, as I am afraid that the decisions about our parks might be taken behind closed doors and presented "Fait accompli".
 
Please forward these documents to others in our neighbourhood who might share my concerns and urge them to come to the Ward meeting on November 23.
 
If residents would like copies of the documents aforementioned, please email me at fabiocostante@gmail.com.  I apologize for not being able to attach them to this post but unfortunately blogger doesn't allow word attachments. 
 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Attempted Break-In on Vercheres

There was an attempted break-in on the 2100 block of Vercheres earlier this week.  Fortunately, the culprits were unsuccessful in trying to get into the house.  Police have been contacted. 

Source: West-End Resident

Friday, November 11, 2011

Noise Complaint: City of Windsor By-Law 6716


Dear Residents: 

Sent to me by email from a west-end resident: 

Hello again Fabio,

Attached is a Word file with a stripped-down version of the written complaint form I left with you at the Green Bean.  Some people may find it more convenient than the hard copy.  Those who are not digitally adept could fill out by hand the hard copy.  The hard copy also has part of the by-law on the back, which the Word file does not.

NOISE COMPLAINT, CITY OF WINDSOR BY-LAW 6716
WITNESS STATEMENT

I, (name )______________________________________________________________________
of  (address of Residence) _____________________________________________________
state that the following information is true to the best of my knowledge and belief (please attach additional pages if required):

PARTICULARS
DETAILS
Date of Incident

Description Of Noise
(Include as many details as possible)

From where did noise originate?
(Include address)
How do you know it came from there?


Where were you when you heard the noise?
(Include Address)

Were Windows/Doors Open?
At  your location?
At offence location?
  Yes          No
  Yes          No
  Yes          No
Did it interfere with your quality of life?

If so, in what way?





________________________________________________                ___________________________________
Signature of Witness                                                              Date

Monday, November 7, 2011

Proposed Lease of Sandwich Parkette at 3110 Sandwich St

City Council approved the lease of the property known municipally as 3110 Sandwich Street for a period of ten years, subject to mutually agreed upon terms and conditions between the City of Windsor and Suncor Energy Product Partnership.

The land will continue to be used as a parkette under the lease agreement.

To learn more about the agreement see this link: http://www.citywindsor.ca/DisplayAttach.asp?AttachID=24639

Sincerely,

Fabio Costante

River Rouge stops hum investigation

River Rouge stops hum investigation

McEwan -- Replica gun sparks heavy police response

Replica gun sparks heavy police response

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ward 2 Meeting

Dear residents:

On November 23 at 6pm, Councilor Ron Jones will host a Ward 2 meeting at the Church of the Ascension on University Ave. W.  The meeting will address accomplishments and future plans and will feature representation from Windsor Police, Public works and the Planning and Bylaw department.  

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,
Fabio Costante

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stolen Bike

hi my son's bike was taken last night sometime in the 900 block of mcewan

Source: West-End Resident

Stolen Hibiscus Tree

A week ago,Sat or Sun, someone stole a hibiscus tree off our front porch in 800 block of curry.

Source: West-End Resident 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Car Break-In on Vercheres

There was a car break-in on the 2200 block of Vercheres.  Police was notified. 

Source: West-End Resident

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vandalism at Holy Name of Mary Church

"The church steps were re-cemented yesterday Oct. 25 and the care taker of the church stayed in the church until 8:00 p.m.
 
When the care taker came back this morning oct. 26, he found that someone has written in the cement "THE PIG WAS HERE".  Thank God this was done on one side of a step.

So; From all the people who attend Holy Name of Mary church we say to you "PIG"  WE WILL WATCH FOR YOU ALONG WITH WINDSOR POLICE  and you will get your reward.

Grow up ! This is not funny."

Source:  West-End Resident 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Town Hall Meeting Follow-up

Dear west-end residents: 

I received an email today from council services following up on our town hall meeting held two weeks ago.  Below are some of the issues that already have been addressed by each respective authority: 

Noise complaint about Faces on College, the Supervisor of Licensing & Deputy Licence Commissioner indicates that the complaint process is through Windsor Police, they would enforce in the evenings, afterhours, residents should call Windsor Police to report these complaints, afterhours.
- The streetlight complaint at College/Randolph, and in front of 349 Rankin was repaired on Friday.
- I forwarded the alley closing concern to the appropriate dept. for response, the resident should be contacted directly.
- Other concerns re: adding lighting have budget implications, Councillor Jones will have to update you regarding these issues. 

As to the last issue, we know that North Merritt Park was already approved for lighting. 

We are seeing results thanks to the great teamwork of west-end residents, our city councillor, Windsor Police and City of Windsor administration. 

Let's continue building on this.  We are in this together. 

Sincerely,

Fabio Costante

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Windsor police nab one suspect, seek others after van slams into house

Police ask anyone with information about the incident or the identities of the fugitives to call the investigations branch at 519-255-6700, ext. 4830, or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

Windsor police nab one suspect, seek others after van slams into house

Fabio Costante

Walkerville to institute Neighbourhood Watch

Once a neighbourhood watch is established in Walkerville, they will move to Drouillard rd and then come to the west-end. In the meantime, spread the word with neighbours and friends so that you are prepared and organized prior to the formal establishment of a neighbourhood watch in your area.

Walkerville to institute Neighbourhood Watch

Fabio Costante

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Encounter on Totten rd.

"On Saturday night around 10 o'clock pm I was driving down Totten headed towards Dominion and came across 3 men standing in the middle of the road..they spread out across the street so that I could not pass by them. They were wearing dark clothing and hoods with something covering their faces. They lunged for the passenger door handle and tried to open the door. I sped away very quickly and thank God was able to get away from them. I called the police as well once I was a safe distance away but have no idea if they were caught or if the police found anything. I am letting you know so that you are able to let others know as well."

Source: West-End Resident 

Car Break-Ins on California

Hey Fabio, 
I hope law school is going ok. Just wanted to let you know that my neighbour in the 900 block of California and 7 other car owners with cars parked in the alleyway behind Faces and further down behind California had their cars broken into Saturday night/Sunday morning. My neighbours are old,. and they don't need that! the police had told them about 8 cars were hit and that lights in the back only serve to light the way for thieves, since no one is back in the alley or any cameras are there. My neighbour's car has an alarm, that did not go off which tells me these thieves know what they're doing.

Source:  West-End Resident

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lights to be Installed in Merritt Park

I received a call Monday morning and it was confirmed by councillor Jones at city council Monday night that lights will be installed in Merritt Park within the next few weeks.  We did it!  Congrats to everyone involved and to the residents who live in Bridgeview. 

Sincerely,

Fabio Costante

Sunday, October 16, 2011

We Are In This Together

Dear West-End Residents:

Over the past week we have seen what a group of residents can do when they work together. On Thursday, October 13 we held a community town hall meeting where over 50 residents from the Bridgeview area attended and were given a presentation along with having questions answered from both Windsor Police and City of Windsor Administration.

Issues such as park lights, crime, traffic and parking, bylaw enforcement and nuisance control were all discussed. In addition to asking questions and engaging in meaningful conversation, residents had the opportunity to write down any concerns and submit them directly to the appropriate authority who were present.

The media really jumped on this. The Windsor Star, AM800, CBC Radio and CBC Television all covered this story, along with other media sources. They particularly credited our grass-roots organization and how we were able to take our issues into our own hands.

Last night my vehicle was broken into for the second time this year on the 1000 block of California. My passenger door window was shattered but luckily I did not have any valuables that were worth stealing. I immediately reported the crime to the Windsor Police once I found out and told several neighbours earlier Sunday morning. Fortunately, I was the only person on my street that had their car broken into.

Despite this recent encounter, I remain optimistic; I remain hopeful because of what has transpired over this past week. I know that the changes we seek in our neighbourhoods and in our west-end will not come easy, but I also know that for us to realize these changes, we must come together and work together and take ownership of our community. That is our only choice. By working with Windsor Police, the city of Windsor and with each other, we can forge ahead and overcome the challenges and meet the opportunities before us.

When my car is broken into, that affects the safety of residents not just on my street, but in our west-end. When a house is borded up in Sandwich Towne, that affects our quality of life. When irresponsible landlords erode our neighbourhoods, or when bylaws are not enforced, or when our parks are no longer safe, that affects all of our property values. When a school shuts down on Wyandotte St. W. or Peter St., that affects the small businesses and families all across our west-end. We are all interconnected, both socially and economically. We are all in this together, and only we are the ones who can reclaim our streets, our neighbourhoods, and our west-end.

Let what happened this week be an example of how ordinary citizens can do extraordinary things when they work together.

Sincerely,

Fabio Costante

In case you missed some of our media coverage, see the two links below.

Residents tackle west-end park problem

http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/Windsor/1317913355/ID=2153232576

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Good Samaritans save woman from attack

Good Samaritans save woman from attack

Bridgeview Crime Update

I live on Merritt Drive and on October 7th, 2011 during the night my SUV was broken into and my Garmin GPS was stolen. As a resident and a Tax payer, I would appreciate having a light installed in the park and for Windsor Police to patrol in the Bridgeview area. Windsor Police showing their presence in the Bridgeview area would help. Thank you

Source: West-End Resident 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Crime, Parking/Traffic and Park Lights

To the Residents who live in the Bridgeview area and all who may be concerned,

Please join me next Thursday, October 13 at 7pm where I will be moderating a town hall meeting alongside Councillor Ron Jones regarding crime, parking/traffic and park lights.  There have been some concerns related to these issues from Bridgeview residents and as such, City of Windsor Parks/Traffic, Public Works admin staff and Windsor Police will be in attendance to give presentations and to hear any concerns or ideas you may have.

The meeting will take place at the University of Windsor Human Kinetics Building, 2555 College Ave. - Room 145 (enter from east parking lot) on Thursday October 13, 2011 at 7pm. 


If you have any questions you can call me at 519-567-8719 or councilor Jones at 519-252-1005.

Sincerely,

Fabio Costante

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Homeowner mulls selling to bridge

Homeowner mulls selling to bridge

Stolen Lawnmower - Bridgeview Area

"Hi Fabio, I just wanted you to know that my lawnmower was stolen out of my back yard shed sometime between last Thursday and the week before. It is a black top Tecumseh brand older model and it was just recently fixed, we may have used it once before we noticed it missing last Thursday when I went to cut the grass. It is gas powered and they left the gas container in the shed and just took the mower. I live on Josephine/Grove Ave."

Source:  West-End Resident 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Puppy Thief Targets Windsor Family

Puppy Thief Targets Windsor Family: Justin Derochie talks to The Windsor Star

Puppy stolen in break-in, family says

Puppy stolen in break-in, family says

B&E 1000 Block of Califronia Ave.

Home invasion on California Ave yesterday...stolen property and family pet

Our dog Roxy was taken on Sept 14 at the 100 block of California Ave In Windsor's West Side.. We just want our dog back!! Please HELP... My kids are devasted our home had the door kicked in and they took a lot but only thing my kids want back is their dog Roxy... 
Source: West-End Resident 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Windsor/Essex County Hum

The following was sent to me last night by a nearby neighbour:

"Hearing rumbling Campbell & Tecumseh @ 10:11 pm Fri  Sept. 8"

I posted this on the facebook group and they are plotting all the areas where noises are being heard or felt.  If you experience anything similar, feel free to send me an email or if you have facebook, join this group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/WindsorHum/ 

Fabio

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Friends for Atkinson Fundraiser and Askin Ave. Annual Block Party

Over the long weekend I attended both the Friends for Atkinson fundraiser and the Askin Ave. annual block party. 

Friends for Atkinson is a non-profit group of community activists who raise money and help maintain the Atkinson Park located on Riverside and Bridge.  This past Saturday, they held a fundraiser where all the proceeds went towards swimming lessons for kids in the west-end. 

Every year, neighbours on Askin Ave. host a block party that brings together the community -- not only those who live on Askin but also the surrounding neighbourhoods -- where food is shared and guests such as the President of the University of Windsor is in attendance. 

Both events were well attended and convincingly demonstrated the pride many west-ender's take in their community.  And both Friends for Atkinson and the committed neighbours on Askin are great inspirational examples of how a group of people can change the place where they live

After all, these are our streets, our neighbourhoods, and certainly our west-end.

To the organizers of both events -- GREAT WORK and THANK YOU!! 

Fabio Costante

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Several cars damaged with key scrapes on the 1200 block of Askin.

Source: West-End Resident

Monday, August 29, 2011

Windsor Hum Plotted on Map

See the plotted areas -- many are concentrated in the west-end. You can join the facebook group if you have heard the humming noise by clicking on the link below.

Windsor Hum Plotted on Map

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BBQ Fundraiser for Friends for Atkinson Swimming Lessons

On Saturday, September 3, from 12pm - 6pm, Councilor Ron Jones and the Friends for Atkinson group are hosting a bbq fundraiser.  The bbq will be held at Atkinson Park (Riverside Dr. W. at Bridge Ave.) where ribs and two sides will be served for $20.  All proceeds will support the Friends for Atkinson swimming lessons.

There will be free swimming for kids from 1:30pm - 5pm.  In addition, I will have information available for families and residents interested in setting up a neighbourhood watch and organizing their block where they live. 

For tickets or more information, please call 519-252-1005 or 519-973-7391.

Fabio

College Ave Bridge

City council has approved the awarding of contracts or the beginning of negotiations on a number of Windsor projects.

Facca Inc. will be hired to build a temporary replacement for the College Avenue bridge over the railroad tracks between Wellington and McKay avenues.

The contract will pay Facca Inc. $1.22 million.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Charged Robber out on Bail

You may recall a break-in that occurred approximately 1 month ago (see link: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Senior+charged+with+robbery/5095486/story.html) on McEwan Ave. where a 66 yr old threatened homeowners with a knife.  He was charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of forcible confinement, uttering threats to cause death and assault with a weapon.

I was told today that he is out on bail from a resident who lives on McEwan Ave.

Source: West-End Resident

Suspect sought after high-speed chase near Windsor

Suspect sought after high-speed chase near Windsor

Teen stabbed in west end brawl

Teen stabbed in west end brawl

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Missing Gnome

Good Morning,
I thought I saw something on here about garden statutes go missing, cannot find it.
Approx. 2 nights ago, person(s) unknown - moved For Sale signs from vacant houses and put on lawns/homes that were not for sale in the 900 block of Partington. This was moved back but then I noticed this Gnome on the front porch of a vacant house.
I have brought it home with me hoping to get it back to the rightful owner. If you know whose this might be, please have them contact me at thood@bell.net or give me their info and i can drop it off.
Thanks.
T. Hood

Source:  West-End Resident

Thursday, July 28, 2011

UofW Parking Update

To all students concerned with parking at the University of Windsor:

More information has been received on parking at the UofW.   The facts with students who are concerned are as follows:
-- Although passes are oversold in relation to spots available, parking services guarantees 100% that all students will receive a parking spot.  This may mean parking on lots that require a longer distance walk to campus.
-- If the parking spots were sold on a 1:1 ratio, there would be far too many spots available at all hours of the day and far too many students without a parking pass. 
-- A parking pass should be viewed as a right to park but not at a particular spot.  It is a right to park, and there is a guarantee that parking is available, but it may be at a location that requires 5-10 minutes of walking distance.

In comparison to other campuses across Ontario -- especially in the GTA -- the radius from which there are parking spots available is not that overwhelming.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Parking Services at 519-253-3000 Ext. 2413.

Beaten grandma hurt, scared

Beaten grandma hurt, scared

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Grafitti -- 1500 Block of College

House sprayed with gold paint between Weds July 20-21 on the 1500 block of College Ave.

There has been a police report made, so anyone with any info - please let us know.
 
Source:  West-end Resident on College Ave.  

Monday, July 18, 2011

UofW and Forster Partnership Creates Economic Opportunities for Youth

Due to a recent partnership between the University of Windsor School of Business and Forster high school, 5 students from Forster received government grants to run their own business over the summer.  This is very positive news considering that prior to this initiative, the same students had no conception of starting a business or anything of that nature.

Partnerships with the University must continue not only with schools in the west-end, but with various institutions and businesses.  The University is a gem in our community and it is in our backyard.  We must do a better job of creating partnerships to better utilize the resources and readily available skills that the University has to offer. 

Fabio

Helping hands clean up Windsor park

Helping hands clean up Windsor park: "Marilyn Woodison, chair of Friends for Atkinson, discusses the volunteer efforts in cleaning up the park in Windsor, Ont., Saturday, July 16, 2011."

Thanks to the Friends for Atkinson group and the incredible work they do.  

In addition to our neighbourhood watch initiative, stay tuned for more positive stories happening in our west-end community. 

Fabio

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Windsor seniors robbed, tied up by senior

I will continue posting as this story develops. I talked to neighbours in the area this past Sunday and encouraged them to start a neighbourhood watch on their block on McEwan and Taylor street. There have been several incidents in that area over the past month. Fabio.

Windsor seniors robbed, tied up by senior

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Update

Home invasion on 1200 block of McEwan Ave at 1:30am on July 9.  The culprit used a chair to break in through the window and allegedly had a knife.  Victims were an elderly couple.  The elderly woman was cut, albeit not severely, and did not require stitches or medical attention.

Source:  West-End Resident on McEwan Ave.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Radio Interview

I just completed a radio interview with CJAM 99.1FM where we discussed the neighbourhood watch initiative along with general community organizing in West Windsor.  The idea behind "Our West End" is to promote and empower the west-end community to come up with local community solutions.

Only when we come together and work together will we truly be able to inspire the change we seek. 

I want to thank all of the volunteers and participants who helped kick-start this initiative and I greatly look forward to working with all parties in making our streets, our neighbourhoods, and our west-end the best place to live. 

Enjoy your weekend!
Fabio

Park on Merritt Dr. Update (2)

Councillor Ron Jones spent some time yesterday checking out the park on Merritt Dr. and consulted with residents in the bridgeview area.  Some residents were open to having lights in the park and others were not.  Therefore, to resolve this issue, Councillor Jones has decided to run a survey with the affected residents and make a decision based on the majority of votes.

On behalf of the residents on Vercheres, Merritt and Askin, I would like to thank Councillor Jones for his speedy response and for providing democratic leadership on this issue. 

An update will follow regarding the outcome of the survey. 

All for now,
Fabio

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Update - Park on Merritt Dr.

Neighbours living on Vercheres have reported several incidents of drug use and other suspicious and illegal activity happening at Merritt Park.  The park abuts Askin Ave, Vercheres Ave and Merritt Dr. 

A complaint has been sent to councilor Ron Jones and calls have been made to 311. 

The residents in the neighbourhood are asking for 3 lights to be placed on poles that are already in place at the park. 

If you live in this area and would like to share any insight, please get in touch with councilor Ron Jones, call 311 and please email me at fabiocostante@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Fabio

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

University of Windsor Parking

To all students at the University of Windsor:

After speaking with Parking Services at the University of Windsor, it was brought to my attention that although more permits are sold than there are parking spots, there are always spots available, particularly in lots G and H.  These lots are located on College st. directly across from the Human Kinetics building.  Should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Parking Services at 519-253-3000 Ext. 2413.

The link below features a map outlining the available parking, including the aforementioned lots G and H.

http://web4.uwindsor.ca/units/AEC/Police/Parking.nsf/9d019077a3c4f6768525698a00593654/be7dd8a1fb44a8ce8525766d0058a18f/$FILE/ParkingMap2009.pdf

Update

B&E on the 1100 block of Askin on June 25 at 11:46am.  Source:  Crime Reports

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Update

Email sent to me from a west-end resident re: the 1000 block of Rankin Ave. 

"Twice now I’ve seen a car slow down or stop in front of our house and a white male 20’s with passenger has been peering into the driveway, purveying. The second time was earlier today, the white male in a light blue and white baseball cap was driving a dark red cavalier-type car with dealer plates (yellow/black lettering). This was my tip off. Usually when doing a test drive, you don’t make your way around sidestreets and slow down in front of houses. This guy was checking out the house and the neighbours.
Since I’ve been robbed before in other cities, I am familiar with the casing of my residence weeks before I was hit. Please keep your eyes open for a dark red car, looks like a cavalier , not sure… with dealer plates. 

I figure this is the ideal car b/c of the dealer plates that makes it harder to trace. Just maybe make others aware of this car w/ dealer plates and hopefully their awareness may lead to deterring criminals." 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Update

A city man is charged after Windsor Police seized more than 90-thousand dollars worth of marijuana.   Officers were tipped off that a man would be taking drugs to a home in the 11-hundred block of Wellington Road.   Officers arrested a suspect and seized drugs.  

Source:  AM 800 -- Sent by west-end resident

Please contact Windsor Police if you know of any other recent crime.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Council takes plunge, approves aquatic centre

Included in the motion that affects West Windsor residents:

- The main pool (but not the therapy pool) of the Adie Knox Herman recreation complex will be closed.
- A lease agreement will put the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre in the College Avenue Community Centre building.

After being present at the 7.5 hour council meeting last night, I witnessed over 40 delegates express their viewpoints and ideas. There were many from West Windsor who spoke clearly against the closures of Adie Knox and the College Avenue Community Centre. Given that council voted on the motion put forward (see link below), it is essential that residents partake in the process and discussions that will follow. We have an opportunity to really define what we want to see in our community centres, not just in the west-end, but across the city.

All for now,
Fabio

Council takes plunge, approves aquatic centre

Crime Updates

B&E on the 300 block of Sunset on June 10 at 7:28am.  Source: Crime Reports

B&E on the 400 block of California on June 3 at 11:16am.  Source: Crime Reports

Theft on the 2300 block of Wyandotte on June 8 at 9:04pm.  Source: Crime Reports

B&E on the 2100 block of University West on June 12 at 1:39pm.  Source: Crime Reports

B&E on the 2000 block of University West on June 10 at 2:49pm.  Source: Crime Reports

Theft and Assault on the 800 block of Campbell on June 10 at 5:56pm.  Source: Crime Reports

Theft from vehicle on the 200 block of Josephine on June 9 at 10:16am.  Source: Crime Reports

Theft from vehicle on the 200 block of McEwan on June 9 at 10: 07am.  Source: Crime Reports

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Co-operation best crime fighter: AG (The Windsor Star, 26 Jan 2011, Page A2)

If cooperation is key on an international scale, according to AG, then we can conclude that it is also important on a micro scale. Hence the reason for starting a neighbourhood watch in your community.


Co-operation best crime fighter: AG
DALSON CHEN The Windsor Star dchen@windsorstar.com or 519-255-5550
The Windsor Star
26 Jan 2011

Co-operation among police agencies over the Canada and U.S. border is the way of the future, says the attorney general of Canada. “Criminals don’t respect the borders,” Rob Nicholson, federal minister of justice, said Tuesday in Windsor. “They don’t...read more...