Fabio Costante Windsor

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Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Official: 'Our West End' is Here to Serve YOU

Friends,

I am very proud to announce that 'Our West End' has been approved for funding from the United Way to develop a parks committee in the Bridgeview neighbourhood, establish a west-end roundtable of community stakeholders to provide guidance and resources, tackle issues such as graffiti and general clean-up, and develop a strategy for the west-end focusing on neighbourhood engagement and empowerment. The funding is for two years.

You can see the Windsor Star article regarding our funding announcement here: Our West End Funding Announcement

We have partnered with the Centres for Seniors Windsor right on McEwan and Wyandotte and they have been gracious enough to provide us with office space and resources. We couldn't have asked for a better community partner and wouldn't have been able to receive the funding we got without their help.

The funding has allowed us to hire on a few part-time staff to roll out the initiatives mentioned above. In the next few weeks we will have a website up further detailing what we will be doing over the next two years and featuring our new fantastic team.

What started as a simple blog discussing crime in the west-end has developed into a strong force for building dialogue across our neighbourhoods, and now a funded grassroots organization committed to making the west-end a better place to live, work and play.

There will be more to come as we get started. One of our team members, Leann, along with community partners, is already leading the way in organizing a very exciting kick-off initiative at the end of June that will be very positive for the area.

Below is a picture from the media release yesterday. To my left is Tammy and to my right is Leann, both are part of our great team along with Lorraine who was not able to attend. In addition to the west-end, other neighbourhoods in Windsor-Essex were also funded.

Regards,
Fabio


Resident Updates

A few updates from west-end residents and agencies:

WEST END CRAWLERS

The west-end crawlers raised over $300 from their first yard sale. They will be grocery shopping shortly for the local food banks. Job well done!!

RESIDENT EMAILS 

"Today I am writing to forward a comment from a west end resident, he said when he was walking down Russel street (near Brock school area) by the river, he could not find a public garbage bin, it would be great if city would consider to place some garbage bins in this area.

Let's work together to make our west end clean and beautiful!
Thank you very much." 

Source: West-End Resident


"Hi Fabio!
I wondered if you could post a casting call from Crosstown Players?  They are looking for talent, and their show date for their 1812 Series play "Sarah Girty's War", is June 28th.  Not far off, so people should contact James Mays, as soon as possible! 
Thanks!"

Source: West-End Resident

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Stathis Grill on College Ave. and Campbell

A new restaurant recently opened up on College Ave., just east of Campbell, called Stathis Grill. I am looking forward to checking it out, and you should too! It has replaced the former "Dean's" that was located there.

Whenever a business invests and locates in an area, it is a sign of confidence in the neighbourhood. We should all show our appreciation by supporting these investments and businesses in any way that we can.

Regards,
Fabio

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Friends,

I received the following email from a fellow west-ender:


"Hi Fabio 

Could you please post this to the Our West End Blog in support of The Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism's bid for new playground Equipment?

The winner is chosen by popular vote on Facebook, and we need more votes!!! 

They are located at Prince and College Ave, a great gem in the West end!! 

Voting by PC instructions below.

Vote Daily and Thank you!!!" 

If anyone is on Facebook, Please vote daily from a PC Only for the Summit
Centre for Preschool Children with Autism.  It would mean a great deal to
our family to see this organization win the much needed equipment.  They are
completely privately run, relying on donations only, not government funded.
They continue to be an amazing support for our family and what they do for
the children & families is life changing - they will do AMAZING things with
the equipment.

Thank you!!!
Jonathan's Family

Pathway at the End of Mill St.

Friends,

I recently received an email from a west-end resident saying how wonderful it is to see so many people using the pathway and park space at the end of Mill St. Many folks are fishing there and enjoying themselves since the area has been cleaned up.

If you are in the area, take a stroll and see for yourself!

Fabio Costante

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Police Investigate West-End Stabbing, Victim in Detroit Hospital

Police Investigate West-End Stabbing Sunday Morning

Courtesy Bicycles in Olde Sandwich Towne

Friends,

I recently purchased a bike at Courtesy Bicycles (www.courtesybicycles.ca) in Olde Sandwich Towne. It's a great place with great service. I am looking forward to riding on beautiful days like today.

Hope you're all having a great long weekend and enjoying this beautiful weather.

Fabio

Assumption Students Doing Us Proud - Producing Top Competitors


FIRST Robotics Competition

A few months ago, a group of students from Assumption high school competed in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition held in Toronto. According to its website, www.firstroboticscanada.org, FIRST Robotics is a competition where “high school students team up with the world’s best technology companies to build the most impressive robots you’ve ever seen.”  It goes on to say:

Built from scratch in only 6 weeks, these 5-foot tall, 140-pound robots compete in high intensity robo-sports. With bragging rights at stake for schools and the companies that support them, robotics takes on a pro-sports experience. Watch the best of the best in robotics come out to play.

The varsity sport for the mind, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Students get to:
·      Learn from professional engineers
·      Build and compete with a robot of their own design
·      Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
·      Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
·      Earn a place in the World Championship
·      Qualify for over $12 million in college scholarships

There were 44 teams who competed in the competition this year from all throughout Ontario, Canada and a few teams from places all over the world.  This is the first year Assumption entered a team into the competition.

This year, the teams had to develop robots that had the capacity to throw frisbees in a basket, climb pyramid structures and block and cause “havoc” to prevent the foregoing, all in an attempt to gain points for each basket made, pyramid climbed and shot blocked.  The purpose of the robot that Assumption created was to cause havoc and block shots from other robots.  In other words, its main function was to play defence.  

The competition started with 44 teams and then went down to 24, then 12 and finally 6.  Assumption made it to the final 6 where they were teamed up with two other teams, competing against the remaining three.

As a result of the strong showing from Assumption, they qualified to compete in the World Competition held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of April.  

Enactus Windsor Entrepreneurship Competition

I recently judged an entrepreneurship competition where high school students from across the region developed micro businesses and competed against each other.  Groups of students worked together in identifying a product or service, developed a marketing plan and financial statement, and finally implemented their idea into the marketplace. 

Each presenting team was judged by the innovation of their product, their financial performances, their presentation skills and ability to answer tough questions from the judges, along with their marketing and advertising capabilities. 

Among all of the competitors – and there were many good ones – Assumption high school came up victorious.  With a dynamic presentation and solid business idea (selling delicious cakes in a jar), they wooed the audience and clearly impressed the judges. 

On a personal note, it was pleasing to hear some students say that all of their lives they are taught to grow up to be lawyers or doctors, or good employees, but after this experience, many are considering entrepreneurship.  The idea of being your own boss and actually creating jobs is appealing to many. 

I often worry about our region’s economic future, but after judging yesterday’s competition, and getting to meet these smart, dynamic and energetic youth, I am confident that our future is in very good hands. 

Fabio Costante

Friends for Atkinson Parks and Pool Skateboard Competition


Friends, 

I received the following from the Friends for Atkinson Parks and Pool group: 

"Hi fabio we are having our first skateboard competition on June first at 12 noon  at Atkinson  and we sill have hot dogs chips etc. and some home made crafts and some cookies come out and attend hope to see you there. We are also doing swimming registratioon for the working poor kids. If you know of any tell them to bring there income tax receipt and talk to us the cost to the families is $10.00 per child  the cost for the first session is about 86.00 dollars we pay the differrence any money extra we roll back into the swimming program. the senior pass for this year is $45. from June 23 - labour day 7 days a week and any nights and it covers all pools  June 24 is firer works night there will be a night time swim and barbeque at atkinson. the parking lot will be blocked so people using the pool and park can park the barigades will be taking down at about 8 pm 
 Your friend marilyn"

Bridgeview Neighbourhood Watch Updates

Friends,

The Bridgeview neighbourhood watch has the following updates:

1) If you live around St. John's grade school, please keep your eye out for any activity at night time around the school. Windows have been found open and it has been alleged that some youth were found on the roof of the school. If you see anything, immediately call Windsor Police.

2) The Bridgeview neighbourhood watch group is looking for interested walkers. If you live in the neighbourhood and want to walk once a week or more with the group, please call Wilfred Birch at 519-977-5510. The group is thankful for all of the volunteers and block watchers who are helping make the neighbourhood a much safer place.

Regards,
Fabio Costante

Saturday, May 11, 2013

March Against Monsanto


Friends, 
This was sent to me from a fellow west-ender: 
March Against Monsanto
 On May 25, 2013 @ 2 pm we will be holding a PEACEFUL march against Corporate giant Monsanto. Monsanto to those who do not know have a patent on GMO seeds. It's a company that chemically grows our food, they first started making chemical weapons and now they grow most of the food we eat.

Monsanto  has many ties to brands such as Kellogg's, Cheerios, Pepsi and up to 99 more.  We are fighting to have the foods we eat and feed our children Labelled so we can make the choice whether we want to consume these genetically modified foods.  WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!!!
 We suggest everyone try to read as much information on Monsanto and then join us on the corner of Tecumseh and Huron church (Metro /Fresh co locations). We will not be entering their property.  Millions of people across the world are Marching against Monsanto on this day.
There will also be Marches at Metro on Central.
Join our facebook group for more information- March against Monsanto Windsor
 
 OJIBWAY PROTEST
 We will also be meeting May 25, 2013 @ 9am at Ojibway to protest the big box development .  This is our neighborhood, lets protect our environment.
Watch this for more information:
 
Monsanto links
 
 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Benefit for Sandy Hebert-Leclair

Friends, 

Please see the following fundraiser held for someone in need. This was sent to me from a local west-ender. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. 



Thursday, May 2, 2013

West End Crawlers Monthly Update

Friends,

Below is the West End Crawlers monthly update. They are doing great things for the west-end. We are lucky to have them.


WEST END CRAWLERS
APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER

AS I START TO WRITE THIS, IT IS APRIL 20TH.  IT’S STILL COLD!!  WILL IT EVER WARM UP??!  2013 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS “THE YEAR WE WAITED FOR SPRING”!  LOL
APRIL 2013 WAS NOT AS FRUITFUL, FINACIALLY, AS JAN-MAR, UNFORTUNAETLY.  OUR "¢HANGE FOR Change$” CAMPAIGN RAISED JUST OVER  $40.
 WE ATTENDED THE CROSSTOWN PLAYERS' PLAY “SARAH GIRTY’S WAR”, ON APRIL 12TH, AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT!  APPROX. 200 CANNED GOODS WERE COLLECTED IN THE PROCESS FOR AREA FOOD BANKS.
ON APRIL 21ST, WE WERE INVITED BY PASTOR SCOTT DAKIN, TO INTRODUCE WEST END CRAWLERS TO HIS CONGREGATION AT AMBASSADOR BAPTIST CHURCH.  THEY WERE VERY HAPPY TO HEAR WHAT WE’RE DOING AND GRAETFULL FOR THE CANNED GOODS WE’VE PROVIDED.  JUST WANT TO PUT THIS OUT THERE: WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP ANYONE, ANY WAY WE CAN! 
WE’VE REACHED OUT TO “MEN UNITED FOR GOD” AND THE “THE WELL-COME CENTRE FOR HUMAN POTENTIAL”.  WE’RE HOPING TO HEAR BACK, AS THEY BOTH HAVE FOOD BANKS WE CAN HELP STOCK.
DONATIONS ARE STILL POURING IN FOR THE “1ST ANNUAL WEST END CRAWLERS CHARITY YARD SALE” ON SATURDAY MAY 25TH, BET. 7-NOON,  AT 851 CURRY AVE.  I THINK I NEED A BIGGER YARD!!  MAYBE NEXT YEAR WE’LL ARRANGE A LARGER PLACE TO HOLD IT IN.   ALL KINDS OF STUFF AND NOTHING IS PRICED OVER $5!  ALSO WE’LL BE ACCEPTING CANNED GOOD DONATIONS, AND OUR “¢HANGE FOR Change$” JUG WILL BE OUT AT THE SALE!
FABIO COSTANTE WAS AWARDED THE “CHANGING LIVES AWARD” FROM THE UNITED WAY, AND THE “RISING STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD” BY THE WINDSOR ESSEX REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!  WAY TO GO FABIO!!!  YOU CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE INSPIRATIONS FOR WEST END CRAWLERS, AND A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR THE WEST END!
IN CLOSING:  (IT IS APRIL 30TH, AND IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE 73 DEGREES TODAY!  YAY!  FINALLY!!
IF YOU KNOW OF AN INDIVIDUAL OR ORGANIZATION IN NEED PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT WestEndCrawlers@gmail.com , OR MESSAGE US ON FACEBOOK:  http://www.WestEndCrawlers@facebook.com .
THANKS FOR READING!
~WEST END CRAWLERS