Fabio Costante Windsor

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Neighbourhood Town Hall Successful

Friends,

Yesterday we held our 4th town hall focusing on crime prevention and reduction. The targeted neighbourhoods were those around St. James grade school, Mic Mac Park and Windsor Regional Hospital. The meeting was held at the John McGivney Children's Centre.

We had approximately 15-20 residents in attendance. Lee Tome from Windsor Fire and Rescue presented on crime prevention strategies. 9-1-1 Dispatch also presented along with the Safety Village who discussed neighbourhood watch. All questions form residents were answered and many were educated on different techniques to prevent and reduce crime in their neighbourhood.

We hope to establish a neighbourhood watch following this town hall in the above mentioned neighbourhoods.

I want to personally thank Lorraine Oloya from our team and Chantalle Faubert from the Safety Village who delivered flyers and helped organize the event.

It is our intent to continue our work in organizing neighbourhood watch groups with a focus on neighbourhoods west of Huron Church. Ultimately, our goal is to eventually develop a resident-led crime prevention and reduction committee comprised of residents all throughout the west-end.

Below are some pictures from the town hall.

Yours Sincerely,
Fabio






Attempted Theft and Robbery on Felix Ave. and Connaught Ave.

Friends,

Please see the email below that I received from a west-end resident. Two incidents occurred recently on Felix Ave. and Connaught Ave. Please be on the lookout and contact Windsor Police if you see anything suspicious.

"I...just learned of your website and want to report a break in...Recently, someone broke into my mom's shed by prying the lock and popping the screws.  My dogs barked, so I let them out on the screened in porch and I think that scared them away since nothing was taken.  It appeared that they were in the process of taking the wheel barrow since it had been moved.  I reported this to the police.  A neighbour across the street reported to me that his wheel barrow was taken from behind his shed on the same night."

Regards,
Fabio

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Two Car Break-Ins on the 1000 block of Partington

Friends,

The Bridgeview neighbourhood watch team had informed me that there were two car break-ins on the 1000 block of Partington recently. Please be on the lookout and spread the word. Windsor Police were notified.

Regards,
Fabio

New Sandwich Town Farmers Market and Flea Market

Friends,

Please see an email I received below regarding a new Sandwich Town Farmers Market and Flea Market. This sounds promising and very positive for the area.  

"Grand Opening next Fri. ,Sat, Sun 9am till 3pm.
Sandwich & Mill SW corner behind the new Barrel House Bar,Wally's Baits & Billies Place.
Bill Voakes has been trying for twenty years to get all permits and approvals.
If anyone has Flea Market wares to sell or knows a farmer or great gardner with extra produce call Bill at 519-990-1055 for a booth.
 
Thanks Fabio Bill could use all the help getting this going he can get. He will be there for at least ten years."

Source: West-end Resident

Fabio

Neighbourhood Watch Town Hall

Friends,

On Tuesday July 30th, we are assisting the Safety Village in hosting a neighbourhood watch town hall at the John McGivney Children's Centre located at 3945 Matchette Rd. The town hall will begin at 6:30pm.

In attendance will be Windsor Fire and Rescue Services, Windsor Police, 911 Dispatch, the Safety Village and others to give brief presentations and answer any questions related to crime prevention and reduction. Those interested in forming a neighbourhood watch on their block are welcome to sign up with the Safety Village and get all the info you need there.

The neighbourhoods where we delivered flyers include those around Windsor Regional Hospital, St. James grade school and Mic Mac Park. However, this town hall is open to all west-end residents interested in neighbourhood watch.

Regards,
Fabio

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Canadians' Centre of Excellence Expands Into Bridgeview Library

Friends,

Great news. Bridgeview Library has just added a newcomer outreach service. Please see the email I received below.

"Hi, Fabio,
 
Summer's greetings! 
Hope everything goes very well.
I would like to share the news with you and your patrons, New Canadians' Centre of Excellence Inc has expanded LSP(library settlement program) service to Bridgeview Library, I will be at Bridgeview Library every Tuesday from 10am-6pm, any newcomers in this area please come to visit Bridgeview Library or contact me on 519-990-7661.
Have a wonderful summer and keep posted!
Thank you."

Stolen Bike in Sandwich Town

Friends,

See the email I received below from a west-end resident concerning a stolen bike and other things. Please spread the word and keep an eye out when you can. Thanks.

"Hi Fabio,
Thank you for all the emails that you send out. I am wondering how to best go about this. I live in the west end on Piche St. and my bike and kids bike trailer were stolen from my front porch Monday night/Tuesday morning. This is already the 4th bike that gets stolen from me in this neighbourhood. I am wondering if anyone has seen it in the neighbourhood as I don't think it would have gone too far. The bike is a ladies red SuperCycle bike and the kids trailer is red and yellow with no writing on it. The kids trailer had a lot of things in it too like a kids helmet and a backpack full of kids cloths and things. Perhaps you can direct me to your neighbourhood watch? I have a police report for it.
Could you maybe do an email blast with a detailed description to see if anyone has seen it?
Thanks so much, your help would be greatly appreciated,"

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Volunteer Help Needed

Friends,

We are in need of volunteers to help deliver flyers in the neighbourhoods around St. James grade school and Windsor Regional Hospital. We are hosting a town hall on July 30th focusing on neighbourhood watch. Windsor Police, Windsor Fire and Rescue, The Safety Village and Barry Horrobin from Windsor Police, among others, will give presentations and/or answer questions or concerns from residents.

We hope to assist in establishing a few neighbourhood watches in that area and continue our work in developing an environment where residents are sharing relevant information regarding crime with each other and with Windsor Police.

If you can help, please email me at fabiocostante@gmail.com. We will be out this Saturday and Sunday delivering flyers. Thanks!

Regards,
Fabio

Fahrhall Giving Back to the Local Community

Friends,

Recently a friend of mine sent me a link of a local company (Fahrhall) giving back to the community. They helped a fellow west-ender in need. If you have facebook, check out the link below. This is a great example of good corporate citizenship.

Fahrhall Giving Back to the Local Community

Regards,

Fabio

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Our West End - Please Read!

Friends,

Our website is up! Check it out at www.ourwestend.org. Let us know what you think and please do not hesitate to provide us with any feedback.

If you can spare a few minutes, I ask you to please read my post below and get in touch with me should you have any questions, concerns or comments. I really want to hear from you.

Recently we came across a very misguided perception of what we do. Therefore, I want to make it absolutely clear what it is we do. We are funded by the United Way and have several community partners. As part of our agreement, we are responsible for rolling out several positive initiatives in the west-end. Some of these include the following:

1) Developing a comprehensive strategy for the west-end focusing on community engagement and empowerment. We will look at ways to get residents engaged in their neighbourhoods and what tools they need, etc. Most importantly, we will reach out extensively to the community because this strategy will be one for the community, by the community.

In addition to the above, I need to be clear that this is not at all similar to the CIP that was done for Sandwich Town for several reasons. First, this strategy will encompass neighbourhoods east and west of the bridge, not just the Sandwich area. Secondly, this is by no means a planning study. It is a community engagement and empowerment study looking at grassroots initiatives that residents can get involved with.

2) Developing a roundtable comprised of 50% residents and 50% stakeholders. The purpose of this roundtable is to provide us with advice, guidance and resources as we move forward with our initiatives. Certainly in the beginning phases, the roundtable will help with the framing of our strategy.

3) Developing a resident-led parks committee looking at parks in the west-end that are under-utilized. The purpose of the resident committee is to identify strategies and ways to repurpose some of the parks to increase user-ship, among other things.

4) Continuing our work in assisting the Safety Village in developing neighbourhood watch groups all across the west-end. We have held several town halls over the years to organize various neighbourhoods in establishing a neighbourhood watch. We want to continue this good work and eventually develop a resident-led crime prevention and reduction group that represents the entire west-end neighbourhood.

5) Empower youth to take ownership of their community. Right now we are working with youth who want to lead a community bbq sometime in late summer/early fall. We believe youth should be involved in our community and should take leadership roles in actively making it better.

We have been able to put in place a fantastic team to roll out the above initiatives. I am so very proud of the great team we have, comprised of individuals who are selflessly serving our west-end community.

Let the good work continue.

Fabio

Saturday, July 6, 2013

West End Ward Funds to go to Paterson Park

Friends,

There will be major upgrades at Paterson Park along with handicap curb cuts on eight residential streets in the west end.

See the link below for more: 

West End Ward Funds to go to Paterson Park

Fabio

Ambassador Baptist Church Flyer Drop

Below is an email I received: 

Hello Friends;

On Tuesday July 9th at 2:30 Ambassador Baptist Church will be doing a large flyer distribution for their upcoming VBS to reach the west end children.  If you have some time that you would like to donate PLEASE come out and support a great cause. 

If you have others that may be interested please pass this email on!  Let’s rally around these precious people bringing support and unity.  Let’s all show up and surprise them and show just how we do care about the west end.  Love is action!!!

Thanks for your time & hope to see you out!
& students you can use this towards your community hours!!!

If you are interested in helping, please email Scott at dakinscott@gmail.com 

Friends for Atkinson Park and Pool Dinner Fundraiser

Friends for Atkinson Park and Pool needs our support!!!
 
Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Pool program participants
 
Sunday July 21st
noon -3pm
University of Windsor
 
CAW Student Centre, Huron Church at University Ave
(large glass walled building at end of parking lots near Assumption Church)
 
$10/ Adult, 
$5/ child -5yrs and under 
Free -children 3yrs or under
 
Tickets available until July 18th, by calling asap:
 
Eleanore 226-647-0117
Marilyn 519-254-8624 or
Jane 519-973-7391
 
If your child would like to participate in the Atkinson Pool swim lessons please contact City of Windsor Parks and Recreation Dept for registration info or Friends for Atkinson Park(Marilyn -number listed above) for fee assistance information.

http://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/recreation/activity-guide/documents/aquatics_registration_information_s.pdf