Fabio Costante Windsor

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Our West End Resident Parks Committee


Friends, 

Recently the Our West End team and volunteers dropped off brochures in the Bridgeview neighbourhood to promote and advertise a resident-led parks committee. 

The intent of the committee is to develop strategies for our parks in Bridgeview and come up with resident-led solutions to maintaining and preserving them. If you would like to learn more or get involved with our parks initiative, please contact Tammy Murray, our Community Coordinator, at 

murraytamaral@hotmail.com

We are very lucky to have dedicated residents and volunteers who truly care about the west-end. Their commitment to the community and service to a greater cause is inspiring and humbling. 

Fabio 


Stolen Four Wheeler

Friends,

Please see below from a fellow west-end resident:

"3 kids took my 4wheeler at 1245 am lastnight I have it on video the cops have it they are looking in to it I live on campbell plz pass this on so I hope to get it back its blue with a red plow on it its a polaris 250 cc and it don't have a back rack on it it fell off when they took it there's no lights on it plz help me find it" 

Source: West-end resident

Assumption Robotics

Friends,

Please see an email I received from a parent rep (my aunt) of Assumption high school along with a pdf file that features their sponsorship programs and benefits of the program. They are looking for sponsors for their robotic team. Robotics is a fantastic program that gives the students practical experience and helps build lifelong lessons. Any help for Assumption and our west-end youth would be greatly appreciated.

"Hey Fabs....We are looking for sponsors for Robotics. If you know of anyone or any group that would consider Assumption worthy to sponsor for its 2013-2014 Robotic season, it would be greatly appreciated. Registration for competitions are $4000-$5000 each, and each team has to register for minimally 2 competitions. Every little counts towards this....Thanks!"

West End Crawlers Update

Friends,

The West End Crawlers are in the Christmas Spirit. Check out their latest update below:

Looking for a unique Christmas gift? We will be drawing for two Scentsy Warmers, each with three Scentsy bars at our Christmas Gathering on Friday December 6th.! Tickets are $5 each or three for $10, (for each warmer). Winners need not be present to win. Tickets sold until Thursday, December 5th. ALL proceeds go to buy food for West end food banks! Email WestEndCrawlers@gmail.com or contact us at 519 903 6382 if you are interested in tickets. (Must be picked up, or we can meet somewhere bet. 9am-Noon, Mon-Fri.)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Volunteers Needed to Leaflet Bridgeview for our Parks Committee

Thursday November 14th,  at 5:30pm
 
Our West End will be dropping information brochures in our Bridgeview Neighbourhoods to create a Parks Committee of Residents. 
 
The Committee will be meeting at the end of November to discuss how residents can get involved in bettering their parks and looking at opportunities and alternative uses for the park space that currently exists. 

To get involved:
 
Contact Our West End
Community Coordinator
Tammy Murray
 
tmurray@centresforseniors.org
 
or   519-254-1108 Ext. 134

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Conversations with Residents in Olde Sandwich Towne

Friends,

I have recently spent some time in the Sandwich Towne neighbourhood chatting with residents and getting their thoughts on the boarded-up homes issue. Below is a brief summary of my conversations with the residents and general thoughts on the matter. I sent the same to the Windsor Star hoping they will publish it in their editorial page.

Conversations with Residents in Olde Sandwich Towne

I have lived in the west-end most of my life, particularly in the Bridgeview neighbourhood where I currently reside, and about two years in Sandwich Towne when I was a toddler. I love the west-end and believe the area has so much potential.

Recently, I canvassed the Sandwich Towne neighbourhood, chatting with residents about the Our West End initiative that I founded several years ago. Thanks to the recent help of the United Way, we have been able to roll out some very positive initiatives for the community around engaging and empowering residents along with supporting them in making positive changes for their neighbourhood.  

When canvassing in the Sandwich Towne area, naturally, the topic of the boarded-up homes was brought up and I thought it was important that the residents’ voices be heard, especially those who live right across the street from the boarded-up homes and surrounding area. Among all that’s been developing regarding this issue, which has amplified over the past several weeks and months, the voices of the residents directly affected have often been drowned out. It’s important that they be heard as well.

In my discussions with residents who live on Indian Road, Edison and Brock Street, and business owners in the area, the general consensus was that residents do not want the neighbourhood to change and will only agree for some homes to be demolished on the condition that they be replaced with something positive for the area that conforms to the fabric, history and heritage of Olde Sandwich Towne. They expressly stated that they were opposed to a truck plaza, a connector highway, or anything that changes the landscape of the neighbourhood. It is very important to keep in mind that residents were only in favour of demolition if the following conditions were met, otherwise, they were strongly opposed to any demolition. A few residents expressed that no homes should be demolished and instead refurbished.

What residents also asked for was more clarity on behalf of the Bridge Company. In other words, they wanted to see a plan with specifics. They felt there was too much ambiguity, rhetoric and politics involved.

According to a report conducted late last year from Claire Brownell of the Windsor Star, Sandwich Towne lost 1 out of 7 residents over the past 5 years, which makes it the fastest shrinking neighbourhood in the region. For Sandwich Towne to rebound, we must address this issue with the boarded-up homes. Residents clearly want to see a resolution with the matter and do not want to continue with the status quo.

A resolution on the boarded-up homes provides more certainty to the neighbourhood which means more families and business may be inclined to move in. With more certainty and stability in Sandwich Towne, the Community Improvement Plan that was developed many years ago, and all of its incentives, will hold more weight. In addition, there is a lot of promise with the several vacant buildings (Post Office, Fire Hall, soon-to-be jail, etc.) that are ripe for repurposing. If the right strategy is in place, there could be a lot of positive opportunities in creating an historical hub showcasing Sandwich Towne’s history, among other ideas and uses for our valuable assets in the neighbourhood.


Over the years, myself and others fought hard for Olde Sandwich Towne. We fought against the closure of Forster, College Avenue Community Centre, and other vital institutions in the neighbourhood. We will continue to fight. The Sandwich community is resilient and full of great people and these same people must never be overlooked. It is vitally important that not only are their voices heard, but that they are included in the conversation and discussion, because after all, who knows the neighbourhood better than the residents who live there? 

Sandwich Towne's history is rich, and I believe its future can be even richer.