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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Accommodation Review - West Windsor Area

Friends,

The Administration at the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board is recommending an accommodation review for our Catholic schools in the west-end.

Here is the board report that describes the accommodation review, for your convenience: http://www.wecdsb.on.ca/pdf/meetings/20152016/P151124.pdf

I would like to hear your thoughts on the matter. Please email me at fabiocostante@gmail.com or call me at 519-567-8719.

Thanks.

Fabio

Holiday Party in North Merritt Park and Coats for Kids! @murraytamaral @LAFWindsor

Friends,

See these two great initiatives below and help spread the word. Would love to see you at the Holiday Party!

Fabio



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Safety & Crime Prevention info Walk @murraytamaral @LAFWindsor

Friends,

There have been some unfortunate incidents in the Bridgeview neighbourhood as of late so the initiative below is timely and important.

See an email being circulated by Tammy Murray with a corresponding flyer below. Thanks.

Fabio
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Hello everyone,

Please circulate with your contacts.

We would like to invite West Windsor resident, students from all neighbourhoods to participate in a Safety & Crime Prevention neighbourhood walk:

Thursday Nov 19th,
4:30pm,
Meet at College and California Aves

Join Windsor Police Service Crime Prevention experts, Community Services Branch and Our West End, to learn Personal Safety and Crime Prevention skills during our neighbourhood walk.

Call Tammy Murray for more information:


Monday, November 9, 2015

Some Events

Friends,

See some events below.

Students of Excellence needs Volunteers!!!
To Help Paint and Decorate
the Students of Excellence
Sandwich Towne Christmas Parade Float!!
A West Windsor Initiative recognizing the hard work and academic accomplishments of West Windsor invites you to join the fun in recognizing our West Windsor Students!!

When: Saturday November 7th
noon -5pm
And Saturday November 28th,
9am -5pm
Corner of Watkins and Sandwich St.
Help support the good character and achievements of kids from West Windsor schools: General Brock, Westgate, Marlborough and Westview Freedom Academy.  The float will travel through the Santa Clause parade on November 28th and when it reaches the Media Stand, AM 800 will announce the names of those students who are recognized by their School Principals’ for outstanding performance!
Contact Jessica Faught  226-246-8354.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Residents Share Their Views on Ambassador Bridge

Friends,

See two posts below by residents voicing their opinion on the ambassador bridge twin span and the flurry of activity surrounding this issue as of late.

Here is an article from west-end resident Caroline Taylor:

Don't be Fooled by Moroun's Plans for West-End

Here is an article from west-end resident Jerry Gervais:

More to Bridge Issue than Meets the Eye

As I've always stated, it is very important that the opinion of residents who are directly affected by this issue be heard loud and clear. Thanks to Caroline and Jerry for sharing their views.

Fabio

Christmas Gathering at Stathis Gril

Friends,

It's hard to believe given this beautiful weather, but Christmas season is just around the corner. See this great event hosted by the West End Crawlers.


Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Drop In Centre

Friends, see this great initiative by the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul below.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Food Drive to Support Local Food Banks

Friends, see a notice below from fellow west-ender Rita Higgins:

FOOD DRIVE 2016!
IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE DONATE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, TO
STATHIS GRILL:  1657 COLLEGE AVE.
TO SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD BANKS! 
FOOD BANK DONATIONS:
Sliced white or brown bread
Canned goods:  pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits & veggies
Juices, coffee, whitener, teas, hot chocolate, sugar/sweetener
Condiments:   (mayo, mustard, ketchup, soya sauce, jam, peanut butter, salad dressing, etc.)
Kitchen necessities:  (plastic wrap, tin foil, coffee filters, paper towels, cleaning supplies, etc.)

OTHER NEEDED DONATIONS FOR SHELTERS:
Socks (Children & Adult)
Underwear (Children & Adult)
Bras
PJ’s (Children & Adult)
Gift cards:  (grocery stores, clothing stores, Tim Horton’s, Shoppers, etc.)
Toiletries:  (shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, combs, hair ties, etc.)

Monetary donations also very much appreciated!   (This is the best way you can help, as the food banks can use it on the things they need most.) 
Please call Rita Higgins:  519 903 6382.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!



Reminder: 20 Year Strategic Vision and Ward 2 Meeting at Mackenzie Hall

Friends, 

Just a reminder about the Ward 2 Meeting and 20 Year Strategic Visioning event tomorrow evening at Mackenzie Hall.

Please feel free to forward to your contacts.

Thursday, October 15
Ward 2 Councillor Elliott
​20-Year Strategic Vision 6pm
Annual Ward Meeting 7pm
Mackenzie Hall
3277 Sandwich Street



I’ll see you there!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Supreme Court to decide fate of boarded up Ambassador Bridge homes

Friends,

See this article by the Windsor Star. The City of Windsor was granted leave to appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada. I will be following this closely and will provide updates as this progress. In the meantime, see the link below.

Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Boarded-Up Ambassador Bridge Homes

Upcoming Thanksgiving Events!

Friends,

See an email from Tammy Murray:

The Redeemed Christian Church of God Adullam House of Refuge Invites West Windsor residents to its 2 upcoming community events:

Sunday October 11th
11am
Church Service and  
Turkey Give Away
 while supplies last
For residents who wish to attend their
Service
1636 Tecumseh Rd West (near Campbell Ave)

On Monday October 12th,
The church welcomes the community to join in its first  
Turkey Dinner
at 6pm
Please call to reserve a seat as space is limited

Thanks,

Tammy



Halloween Party and Christmas Dinner

Friends, see an email I received from Rita Higgins in Bridgeview... 

Hi Fabio!
Our 1st Annual Pig Roast was a great success!  The community sure came through, for The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program inc.! 
We'd like to invite the community to two of our upcoming events:  our Halloween Party on October 25th and our Christmas Dinner on December 6th
Both events need to have kids registered early, in order to have a chance to win prizes, get candy, and presents
It's much appreciated if you could post these up!
THANK YOU!  ☺


For details on the Christmas Dinner, get in touch with Rita at westendcrawlers@gmail.com

Friday, October 2, 2015

Community Clean Sweep

Friends,

Please spread the word and help clean up our streets! This is a great community initiative!


West Mesh a Success!

Friends,

Below is a note from Tammy Murray, Outreach Coordinator for Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal:

 Amazing team work for neighbourhood renewal in West Windsor,
Thank you all for a great West Mesh community celebration on Sat Sept 19th !

Special Thanks to University Avenue Medical Centre for the sponsor of our Community Tent, in particular developers Van Niforos, the Penalty Box Restaurant, Dr. Jay Rampure and George Sofos.
Thank you to our friends from Ford City, Karlene Nielsen and TJ Auer for all of their amazing help!!
Coastline Band you were amazing, a community celebration wouldn't be the same without good music!!

Thanks to Our West End volunteers and Roundtable members, The Bridgeview Community Outreach Group, Bloomfield House and Bloomfield House Choir for our community entertainment, Cardinal Place for assistance/equipment and  all of our participating community partners, organizations and businesses.   

Thanks to our organizer Julian Franch and his family volunteers and to the OWE team Meagan Hugall, Fabio Costante, Leann Sassine for all of your amazing work over the past couple of years!  It truly does take a village!!! If I've missed anyone, just know we are very appreciative of all of your hard work and contributions!
Tammy Murray

Outreach Coordinator

Friday, September 4, 2015

West Mesh!

Friends,

The team at Our West End is excited to announce the 2nd Annual West Mesh celebration! See the flyer below for more details. See you there!

Fabio


Askin Blvd Block Party

Friends,

Please see an email I received from the residents of Askin Blvd.

Hi Friends and Neighbours!

Don't forget to save this date--Monday September 7, 2015--for the Annual Askin Boulevard Block Party.

Join us to celebrate our neighbourhood and our friendship.

Starting at 5 p.m. in the 400 block of Askin on the boulevard.

Bring something to eat and drink and your favourite chair.  Don't forget a dish to share.

Bring your friends too!

See you soon!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Upcoming Events

Friends,

See some upcoming events below:



New Grocery Store in the West End

Friends,

Great news. A new grocery store opened on Crawford just south of Wyandotte, where the old Price Choppers was located.

Here is a link from CBC featuring the new store:

Multifood Supermarket Opens in Windsor's West End

Fabio

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Former Grace Site to Become Urgent Care Centre

Friends,

Some more excellent news for the west-end. It was recently announced that the former Grace site on University Avenue will become the future Urgent Care Centre under the Mega Hospital Plan.

Between this announcement, the new medical centre announcement (see previous post), penalty box opening and some University of Windsor campuses moving downtown, it looks like University Avenue will shortly be a booming and bustling street!

This is all great news for the west-end and could be the catalyst of many more positive developments. We should all be very happy and hopeful with this great news.

Here are some links featuring the plans.

Fabio

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/former-grace-site-to-become-urgent-care-centre-under-mega-hospital-plan

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/grace-metropolitan-land-swap-deal-brings-multiple-benefits

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/neighbours-react-to-urgent-care-centre-proposal-for-grace-site


Some Community Events

Friends,

Please see below for some upcoming community events.

Fabio




University Avenue Medical Centre - @murraytamaral

Friends,

There is some amazing news that you may already know. On Tuesday, there was an announcement that a new Medical Centre will be locating on University Avenue just west of Crawford.

Below are some news links along with the press conference. It is expected to come to fruition in spring of 2016.

Plans Unveiled for new University Ave Medical Centre

CBC Story

West-end Work In Porgress







United Way Summer Lunch Program - @UnitedWayWE

Friends, 

Please see info below regarding the summer lunch program I mentioned in an earlier blog post. Thanks. 

Fabio



Thursday, July 9, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Summer Nutrition Program in the West End - @UnitedWayWE

Friends,

Please see an email from United Way looking for volunteers. Please spread the word as this is a great cause for our community.

If you can volunteer or know of someone who can, please email Tammy Murray at TMurray@lifeafterfifty.ca 

This initiative will provide an excellent opportunity for our wonderful workplaces to participate in volunteering and engage with some wonderful children. This Summer Lunch Program will ensure children receive a healthy meal during the summer. It will be offered Monday through Friday starting July 6th until August 28th (excluding the Civic Holiday on Monday, August 3rd).
There are two opportunities available:

1) Meal Serve:
·         As a valuable volunteer, you will set-up the serving station, serve a cold lunch to the children and youth and clean the lunch area. Lunch serving team members, who are interested, may have the opportunity to sign up to lead the Reading Time Circle and other literacy activities available to the lunch program participants.
·         Volunteers will be asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per day between 11AM – 2PM for this program – depending upon location.
There are THREE locations in West Windsor that we will be utilizing to serve these lunches:

1) General Brock Public School, 3312 Sandwich St. (at Brock St.)
2) Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 3707 Queen St. (at Prince Rd.)
3) Hotel-Dieu Grace Health Care - Emara Building in the Chrysler Room

2) Meal Preparation:
·         As a valuable volunteer, you will assist in the preparation and packaging of meals for the Summer Lunch Program. These meals will be prepared at The Unemployed Help Centre (3955 Cantelon Drive, Windsor).
·         Volunteers will be asked to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per day between 2pm - 5pm for this program. Meals will be prepared and packed three days per week.
·         All volunteers must participate in a one-day safe-food handling and kitchen safety training session – provided.
Volunteers must provide their own transportation to/from these sites.


NOTE: All meal service volunteers must provide a police clearance as students are considered a 'vulnerable population’.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

STAG Yard Sale and T2B Fundraiser @murraytamaral @sandwichteen @bcopinc

Friends,

Please see an email from City Councilor John Elliott of the sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG) below.

Also, kudos to Rita Higgins from West End Crawlers who shaved her head for donations to Transition to Betterness. The flyer is also below.

Dear:  All

Due to the rain the STAG will be hosting a yard sale on Sunday June 28, 2015 in the hallways inside the facility.  A hotdog lunch will also be available to purchase.  Please come out and support it. 

Thanks




Sunday, June 21, 2015

Our West End Light the Night Project

Friends,

Please see an email (and attached poster) I received from Tammy Murray and please contact her (info below) if you have any questions or would like to learn more about this initiative.

Hello Our West End,

Join in our Light the Night project across West Windsor.

It’s simple, we are launching a concerted effort of

1)    Turning our Porch Lights on

2)    Neighbours talking to Neighbours,
-encourage each other to  turn porch lights on, every night.

-Through our Crime Prevention Town Hall with Windsor Police Services last March 31st, 2015 we learned that the regular use of porch lights deters crime and improves safety in our neighbourhoods.


When:
Start date
Monday June 22nd,
before you leave for the fireworks….
Turn your porch lights on, and ask a neighbour to do the same.

3)    Keep it going;
Make a habit of turning porch lights on!
-keep Our West End neighbourhoods shining with light!  

-Offer to help seniors in your area to replace burnt out bulbs and assist with keeping trees and shrubs trimmed for good visibility to prevent the opportunity for crime to happen.


Information cards and posters
for sharing with neighbours
are available by contacting:

Outreach Coordinator,  Tammy Murray

(at Life After Fifty -Our West End is now a neighbourhood renewal program of Life After Fifty)  


4)    Let us know how it’s working on your street:
Email: Tammy Murray tmurray@lifeafterfifty.ca
for a survey to track the changes on your street or
tell us about the improvements you see in a short email.


Together, we are Our West End!!  
“Our streets. Our neighbourhoods. Our West End.”


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Some Upcoming Events

Friends,

Below are some upcoming events that may interest you. Please share and spread the word.

Fabio






Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bail or Jail Fundraiser for Bridgeview Group

Friends,

The Bridgeview Outreach for Youth Group is hosting a 'Bail or Jail' fundraiser at Unifor 444 local hall at 1855 Turner Rd. Come see local politicians and leaders get put in jail and help bail them out, all for a great cause! The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 13, from 12pm to 3pm.

For more details, contact Rita Higgins at westendcrawlers@gmail.com

Fabio

Sandwich Town Farmers Market

Friends,

The Sandwich Town Farmers Market has reopened several weeks ago. Go check it out any given weekend at the corner of Mill and Sandwich, tucked in behind Sandwich Street on the east side of Mill.

Fabio

Our West End Strategy Near Completion

Friends,

Back in 2012, I wrote a blog post featured in the Windsor Star, about developing a neighbourhood strategy for the west-end. Here it is for reference: A Strategy for the West End: Our Time is Now

From that point forward, so much has been accomplished, thanks to the fantastic partnership and support of neighbourhood residents, the United Way, Life After Fifty and the tireless volunteers and staff people that have dedicated their precious time to making the west-end a better place.

I am delighted to say that our neighbourhood strategy is nearly complete. It took longer than the anticipated 12 to 18 months that I originally called for, but that is because there were some unforeseen obstacles and, I might add, opportunities, along the way, as there generally are with endeavours of this magnitude.

There will be more to come in the months ahead, but because some of you have been asking me about it, and because over 250 residents were engaged throughout the process via phone surveys and town halls, I felt it was appropriate to at least give some insight into what has become of this project.

We have identified several recommendations from our research and community consultations, and we've brought these same recommendations forward to our roundtable to discuss an implementation plan. The strategy is now being reviewed by all partners and local leaders. Once that phase is complete, Life After Fifty will guide us on communicating our findings with the broader community and ensuring that the strategy is fully accessible to all. Furthermore, the hiring of a second outreach coordinator (see previous post) will help implement the findings of the strategy along with the current outreach coordinator, meaning it will not be a document that simply collects dust.

Again, all of this would not be possible but for the help of many. I will, as always, keep you apprised as things develop.

Fabio

OUR WEST END Hiring Part-Time Community Coordinator - @LAFWindsor @murraytamaral

Friends,

We are proud and grateful to officially announce that Our West End through Life After Fifty has received an additional 5 years of support from the United Way Windsor-Essex. As a consequence, Our West End is hiring another part-time Outreach Coordinator to help implement our goals and findings from our neighbourhood strategy.

Here is the posting for the hiring: OWE Outreach Coordinator

Regards,
Fabio

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Tag Out Graffiti Mural Project - @wpdthinblueline @unitedwaywe @LAFWindsor @CstRenaud

Friends,

If you've driven by Aaron's Furniture on Tecumseh Rd. W. this weekend, you may have spotted a beautiful mural alongside its wall. Thanks to the effort and tireless work of Windsor Police, Westview Freedom Academy, Our West End and United Way / Life After Fifty, what was once a blank canvass is now a head turner and another positive beautification project in our west-end community. A further thanks goes out to Seguin's Hardward, Gray's Home Hardware, Canadian Tire and Merlo's Paint for providing paint and other supplies. A true community effort!

The project will be complete in a few weeks, but here are some pictures from the event along with local media coverage.

http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/canada/windsor/new-student-mural-on-windsor-s-west-end-tags-out-graffiti-1.3092973









Food Security Strategy - Stakeholder Engagement

Friends,

Please see an email I received from Tammy Murray, Our West End Outreach Coordinator, and United Way who's conducting the survey.

Hi Fabio

Can you please add this to the next blog post United Way is encouraging anyone to take the Food Security survey to gather data for future programs.  

They want to know where anyone gets their food from and their perceptions about how accessible food is financially, and proximity wise.

Here is the electronic survey monkey link which contains the food security survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SNP63KL


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Assumption High School Parent Council Craft and Gift Show - @AssumptionH

Friends,

See what Assumption high school parent council is up to below:

Assumption Parent Council is hosting a craft and gift show on Sunday, June 14.  They are currently looking for vendors and would like to offer the opportunity to our own community first. If you have a home based business and would be interested in participating, please contact Heather McAuley at 519-919-9422 or by email at assumption-parents@outlook.com.  Vendor spaces are available on a first come first served basis and members of our community will be given priority until May 20th.


Black Oak Park Clean Up - @Lyndzf

Friends, if you have some time this upcoming Sunday to help clean up a park, check out the info below and get in touch with ERCA.

When: May 24, 2015 from 10am - 2pm

Where: Black Oak Park

Volunteers are advised to wear long-sleeved shirts/pants, and boots are recommended. Meet at the corner of Cherry Blossom and Ironwood. Parking is available along those roads. A light lunch and refreshments will be available for volunteers.

To learn more, contact Caroline, Outreach Coordinator Organizer, ERCA, at 519-791-6952 or cbiribauer@erca.org

Bridgeview Community Group 1st Annual Lock Up


Sunday, April 19, 2015

$10 Million Proposal for Assumption Church Falls Through

Friends, 

You may have already read that the $10 million proposal for Assumption Church has fell through. This is very disappointing news. 

Here are some news sources that further explain the unfortunate situation: 

Fate of Assumption Uncertain

Donation Falls Through for Assumption Church

Whether you are a Catholic or not, we can all agree that Assumption Church is an historical landmark in the west-end. Anne Jarvis from the Windsor Star said it best in her column back in November, 2014: 

"This transcends religion. You don’t have to be Catholic. You don’t even have to be Christian. And it’s about more than saving a building. This is about preserving one of the foundations of this community...The history of Assumption can be traced all the way back to the founding of Detroit in 1701, when Cadillac invited aboriginal people to live near the fort. They responded, asking for a mission – what became The Mission of Our Lady of the Assumption.

The parish began in 1728 as a mission for the Hurons. The land for the current church was donated by the Hurons; Huron Church Road was named for it. It also came to minister to the French-Canadians who settled the area. It became the centre of life in Sandwich, the first permanent European settlement west of Montreal. It witnessed the fur trade, the Loyalists, the War of 1812, in short, the history of Canada.

Assumption is the parish’s fourth church, finished in 1845. It’s absolutely majestic, Gothic Revival with buttresses, turrets, a graceful spire, beautiful stained glass windows and bronze doors. The vaulted ceiling is adorned with carved angels, the floor with crosses and fleur-de-lis. The pulpit dates to 1793, a painting of the stations of the cross from 1883. The stone altar was imported from France; the communion rail is Italian marble.

It is breathtakingly lovely, and it is the history of Windsor.

There is no other building more important."


If you have facebook, please join this page: Operation Basilica - this is a committed group working hard to save Assumption Church. They can be contacted at operationbasilica@gmail.com. I encourage you to join their cause if you too feel that we need to preserve this Church. 

Lastly, I further encourage you to email Bishop Fabbro and tell him how important the Church is to the west-end and to our region. His email is bishop@dol.ca 

We cannot sit idle and let this significant piece of history be lost in our community. We have no choice but to work together and fight to save this historical gem. 

Fabio