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Friday, December 23, 2011

Thank You for a Wonderful Year

Dear Residents:

Over the past several years, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you at your doorsteps, your living rooms, your back porches and all throughout the community.  I've heard incredible stories and learned so much from each and every one of you. 

As the year comes to an end, I would first like to thank everyone who has been involved in Our West End.  Whether it was knocking on doors or sending me an email reporting a crime -- I've received hundreds of emails this year -- your participation has made this experience worthwhile.  Because of you, we have been able to share valuable information regarding crime and have been able to assist police and city authority regarding any issues and challenges we face.  We have accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.  Some of our accomplishments include:

- Park lights ordered and soon to be installed in North Merritt Park
- Community Town Hall meeting for Bridgeview residents regarding traffic, crime and park lights
- Neighbourhood Watch formation in Bridgeview area
- Noise complaints processed
- Streetlight complaint at College/Randolph and in front of 349 Rankin was repaired
- Alley closing concerns addressed
- Valuable reporting on crime and helpful hints shared
- Hundreds of subscribers added to Our West End

Friends, our work has only begun.  Yes, we have made progress, but there is much more to do before we can eradicate the perception that the west-end has been plagued with for years -- a perception of crime, instability and neglect.  To make our west-end the best place to live, work and play, we have to continue to build on our momentum, continue knocking on doors and continue engaging citizens to get involved.  Change will not come easy but I am confident that we are on the right path.  We can rebuild this west-end, brick by brick, block by block, helping hand by helping hand.  I look forward to continuing this work with you in 2012. 

Please enjoy your holiday.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Fabio Costante

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Naples Pizza Opening on Prince Rd.

What was once an eyesore and vacant building with graffiti has now turned into a new Naples Pizza on Prince Rd. close to the Matchette intersection. 

If you haven't tried Naples pizza before, I suggest you do.  Stop by and support your local business. 

Fabio Costante

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Positive Stories - Assumption Students and Small Business Re-Opening

In keeping with our new promise of delivering positive stories of our west-end, I will share two:  one from my experience at Assumption high school and the other from a resident in the west-end.

I was recently a guest speaker at Assumption high school where I presented to gr. 10 and gr. 12 students.  I challenged the students to get involved in their local community, particularly in the west-end where they live and where they have an intimate connection.  Several students brainstormed different community organizations and initiatives to get involved in and they discussed utilizing their required 40 hours of community service towards an initiative or project that will help the west-end. 

Second positive story from west-end resident:
"I noticed the other day that the once closed variety store, Campbell at Grove - just north of Bridgeview Library, I think it is Grove, has re-opened...good news the store is back up and running and has a big sign offering deals."

All for now,
Fabio Costante