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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Saying Farewell to Forster High School

Friends,

Please see the link below from Windsorite.ca discussing all that's happening this weekend at Forster High School. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this weekend as I will be away.

Say Farewell to JL Forster

Fabio

Bridgeview Community Outreach Group Needs Volunteers!

Friends,

I received an email below from Rita Higgins who is involved with the Bridgeview Community Outreach Group.

THE BRIDGEVIEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM INC.

Are you community-minded?  Would you like to help out with youth between the ages of 8-18?  If so, The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program Inc. is looking for dedicated volunteers.  Twice a month on Sunday afternoons, we get together for a pizza party.

We have inspirational guests to speak to the kids about various topics, we do crafts for special occasions, we plan fundraisers, and we always have a great time!

If you are interested in volunteering, and can do so consistently, please contact us at the information below.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program Inc.

Email:  bcopinc@gmail.com

Phone:  Wilfred Birch at 519 977 5510
or

Rita Higgins at 519 903 6382

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Westview Freedom Academy Needs Your Help

Friends,

Please see an article below from the Windsor Star and please help spread the word. Westview Freedom Academy (formerly Forster and Century) may need help fundraising money for sports uniforms, among other things.

Reliance on School Funding Created Inequities

Rose City Clean Sweep a Great Success!

Friends,

Over the weekend, several groups, youth and residents in the west-end dedicated a few hours to beautifying their neighbourhoods. We picked up quite a bit of garbage!

A big thank you to Great Beginnings and Tammy Murray who organized and hosted the event and to all of the volunteers who helped make it a great success.

Here are some pictures of the event.

Fabio






Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Federal Court Throws Out Ambassador Bridge Co. Notice of Application

Friends,

There was a judgment today on an Application brought by the Ambassador Bridge Company in Federal Court. The judge ruled that the Federal Court did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter. The judge therefore granted the Respondent's (the City of Windsor) motion to strike the Applicant's (Ambassador Bridge Co.) Notice of Application.

The court then awarded costs to the Respondent of $25,000 which means that not only does the Ambassador Bridge Co. get its Application denied, it also has to pay the City's legal fees.

It is important to note, however, that the Ambassador Bridge Co. can still argue that the bridge falls under federal jurisdiction in the Ontario Superior Court.

In sum, this entire application was a complete waste of time and money. Please see the link below by Claire Brownell of the Windsor Star who has done an excellent job over the years covering the boarded-up homes issue in Sandwich Towne.

Federal Court Throws Out Bridge Company Lawsuit

I will continue to keep you updated on further developments regarding this very important issue in our west-end neighbourhood.

Our West End Community Clean Sweep

Friends,

Tammy Murray, the Our West End initiative Community Coordinator, is hosting and facilitating a Clean Sweep in the west-end. It will take place this Saturday, May 24th at 10:30am - 12:30pm.

There will be a volunteer community gathering afterward at North Merritt Park where pizza and refreshments will be provided.

We sent out notices earlier, but we are still accepting volunteers if you are interested in helping and cleaning up your neighbourhood. Please contact Tammy at 519-567-4331 by May 23rd at 3pm if you are interested in getting involved.

This is a joint collaboration between the Great Beginnings Child Centre Cooperative and the Bridgeview Community Youth Outreach Group Inc.

A big thanks to the United Way and Life After Fifty for supporting this initiative.

Fabio

Final Service at St. Mark's Church to Take Place on June 2nd

Friends, 

Please see below an email I received from Rev. Sue Paulton at St. Mark's Church. This is sad news as yet another church closes in our community. 

HI Fabio,
Can you please share on the website that the final service for St. Mark’s Church will take place on Monday, June 2nd at 7 pm.
Thanks,
Sue+

Windsor West Candidates Meeting at Life After Fifty

Friends,

See below and spread the word. This is an important meeting that will feature, among other things, issues important to seniors in Windsor West.

Windsor-West candidates

Life After Fifty Hosts
Windsor West Candidates Meeting
Open to all area residents
FRIDAY, MAY 23RD 10AM
635 MCEWAN AVE. 
Windsor, ON -  Life After Fifty is proud to host a Windsor West Candidates Meeting as an opportunity for the Windsor West Candidates to showcase their election platform to our members and the general community in advance of the June 12 General Election. 

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 10am on Friday, May 23rd at the Life After Fifty West Side Centre, located at 635 McEwan Ave. This is an open event and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Representatives who will be in attendance will be:
-          Teresa Piruzza representing the Liberal Party      &
-          Lisa Gretzky representing the New Democratic Party.

(Unfortunately Henry Lau, the Windsor-West representative from the Progressive Conservatives
 and Chad Durocher, the Windsor-West representative for the Green Party will not be available to participate in this forum.)

Each candidate will be given time to outline their platform, followed by an open Q & A session and a meet and greet component. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a key opportunity for residents of Windsor West to ask these candidates about their desire to represent our city.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Annual Mayor's Riverfront Walk and Herb Gray

Friends,

I attended the Annual Mayor's Riverfront Walk yesterday to celebrate Windsor's birthday and to support a friend who was recognized for an award from the Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC). It was a great turnout and such a beautiful day.

Here are a few pictures from that event.



On my way back home, I biked past the Herb Gray sculpture at the foot of Ouellette on the riverfront. I took a moment to remember all of the things I learned from the late Herb Gray. Some say he was a statesman who listened and worked hard for his constituents and who represented both his riding of Windsor West and his country well.

“He was a man of the people…one of a kind”, exclaimed a close-by neighbour and west-end resident who remembers volunteering on his campaigns back in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of meeting many long-time west-end residents who recall the days of Herb Gray. Overwhelmingly, residents would say he took care of his constituents. Whatever they needed, or whatever problem they had, he would help solve or guide them in the right direction.

Other traits that made him particularly special included his humility, his wit and intelligence, his great sense of humour and his mastery in the House of Commons.

Although I have personally never met the man, I have learned so much from him through the stories of others who have met him and known him. He has inspired me, as I am sure he has inspired many, to strive towards social justice and to never forget where you come from.

Herb Gray dedicated his life to public service. He, along with others, helped pave the road for my grandparents who first immigrated to Canada in the 1960s to create a better life for themselves and their family. For that alone I am grateful and indebted.

Farewell, Right Honourable Herb Gray, and thank you for setting an example for us to follow.


Stolen Bike at Life After Fifty

Friends,

This is from Life After Fifty on McEwan Ave:

"Hi all, 

I just wanted to let you all know that my bike was stolen from LAF today. I especially wanted you all to be aware of this because it was taken during business hours (and in the daylight). I locked it up on the bike rack in the front and when I left tonight at 8:30pm, it was gone, and so was the lock. 

In the off chance that someone thinks they found it - it's dark purple, has a water bottle holder on the middle bar, a flashlight on the front (held on by electrical tape haha) and a bell on the left handlebar with a sticker on it that says "I (heart) my bike." I've said my goodbyes though. I don't think she's coming back haha. 

So just keep an extra eye out for strangers. Stay safe everyone!

Bolts Thrown at Home Window in Bridgeview

Friends,

Below is an email I received from a west-end resident who lives on the 1300 block of Rankin in the Bridgeview neighbourhood:

"Good morning Fabio.

can you post the following to your blog.
Between the hours of 10:00pm Sunday May 11, 2014 and 8:30 am Monday May 12, 2014 two bolts were thrown at the sidelight windows of our front door breaking one of the windows. If anyone has information regarding this they are to contact the WPD at 519-258-6111.
Thank – you."

Sandwich Farmer's Market Bear “Cubcert!”

Friends,

I received the following media release below from a west-end resident:

Press Release

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sandwich Farmer's Market Bear “Cubcert!”
Introducing Charles, Chance and Frankie - Performance for children in both English and French.

What: The Bears: Charles, Chance and Frankie perform boys' and girls' favourite nursery rhymes in bilingual--English and French- CubCerts this summer at the Olde Sandwich Towne Farmers' Market. Come join us for all the fun!Entertainment for children, foodbank, and charity fund-raiser.

Where: Sandwich Towne Famer's Market

When: Opening weekend the bears will be performing:
1) Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th @12:30
2) Saturday June 7th, Sunday June 8th (time tbd)
3) Headline act at Children's Fest in Windsor.
Ø  SSaturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st.
Bio: Charles is five and goes to the Scruffy Maple Day Care Centre on Sandwich Street. He wears a hearing aid because his ears need helpers. Frankie is four. He also goes to the Scruffy Maple Day Care Centre. He is a two-time Snakes & Ladders champion. Chance is newborn. He is so newborn he doesn't have any teeth! Chance only drinks chocolate owls' milk.

The bears are in charge of collecting food for the neighbourhood food bank. Last year they raised more than 1,500 canned goods and money, too. They raise money for charities and non-profits. 

Charles, Chance and Frankie have lots of adventures. They have helped engineers drive a VIA Rail train. They have piloted an Air Canada jet. They have worked on an organic farm in PEI and even visited France.

The three buddies live with Grandpa James on Sparkle Road. That's in Windsor and that's in O Canada. Check them out at http://specialedjames.blogspot.com and show times on the calendar at http://www.crosstownplayers.ca/apps/calendar/

For further information, please contact:

James Mays,
President Emeritus

Justine Alley Dowsett
Artistic Director
Cell: 519-300-6976
Mark Conte, Public Relations


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Doors Locked at Assumption School

Friends,

Please see the Windsor Star notice below.

Doors Locked at Assumption Hall After Man with Knife Chases Students

Renaud's Raiders 4th Annual Parkinsons Pasta Dinner

Friends,

Please see an email I received from a west-end resident and please try to attend if you can.

"Fabio, attached is a copy of a ticket to our 4th annual Pasta Dinner for Parkinsons . All the pertinent info. is on the ticket. I was hoping you could enlarge the image and share it with your readers. This is our 4th event and we have raised close to $30,000 thus far. Having been diagnosed with this disease I hold this event near anddear to my heart. If possible We would love to see you there as well." 



Art Explosion at Mackenzie Hall

Friends,

Please see an email I received from TJ Travis, founder of the Bloomfield House:

On Wednesday, May 7 at Mackenzie Hall, from 6pm - 8pm The Bloomfield House is excited to invite everyone to the launch of "Art Explosion" The Launch will include artist demonstrations, poetry, music and refreshment.

This year The Bloomfield House partnered with Living through the Arts and The Royal Conservatory and were granted funding from The City of Windsor’s Art, Culture and Heritage Fund as well The Royal Conservatory’s Youth Empowerment program to provide free art workshops for children as young as 7yrs old to youth as old as 20 yrs old through-out the spring and summer.

We hope to see you at the launch!

- The Bloomfield House

Monday, May 5, 2014

Maroun Seeks Injunction that Threatens to Block DRIC Bridge for Years

Friends,

In case you missed it, see the excerpt below along with a link to the Windsor Star regarding the status of the new DRIC bridge. This is important news for the west-end and I will keep you apprised as things further develop on this file.

From the Windsor Star: Owner Matty Moroun was in attendance for the hearing Wednesday in Washington while his son Matthew testified: “this is the end of the race” for his company to stop the DRIC bridge, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“If they can get all their approvals — and this is the final one — before we do, they’ve won.”

Nader's Quality Cuisine and Cafe

Friends,

Please see an email I received below from a west-end resident who recently visited a new business that opened up in the neighbourhood. It is always great news when a business opens up in our community.

"Fabio:

There is an new eating place that has recently opened in the West End. It’s called, NADER’S Quality Cuisine and Café. It’s located at the corner of University and Campbell. He is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 7pm, serving, quick heat meals, café soups and lunch items, along with a coffee and muffin specials all day. Prices are very reasonable.

That little place has been all redone and cleaned up. Very nice and bright on the inside and his food is great. His menus are not on hard copy as of yet but he posts his daily specials in house. Go around and check it out, you’ll enjoy.

Thanks
Supporting the West End."