Fabio Costante Windsor

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our West End Update


Some great news as of late.

Our West End Residents Roundtable

One of our promises to you was to develop and facilitate a residents roundtable for the west-end. Thanks to the hard work of our community coordinator and fellow west-ender, Tammy Murray, we held our first roundtable meeting Wednesday where neighbours, friends and residents from every corner of the west-end were in attendance, engaged and eager to be part of positive change in our area.

We had residents from Sandwich Towne, University area, Bridgeview and the neighbourhoods surrounding St. James gradeschool and Mic Mac Park.

I always believed, and yesterday it was confirmed, that our community will be stronger when it is more united. When neighbourhoods west of the bridge are actively engaged with neighbourhoods east of the bridge, and vice versa, our potential is limitless. Wednesday was the first step in what I believe is a necessary direction for our west-end if we ever hope to meet the challenges and opportunities before us.

West Side Block Party for Youth

Today, we are proudly supporting a fantastic youth-led "west side block party" at Bridgeview Park abutting Taylor grade school on Grove Avenue. Please stop by if you get a chance anytime between 3:30pm - 7pm.

It's an exciting time to be involved in our grassroots movement. To our hard working team, volunteers and residents who are coming together like never before to create positive change in the west-end, I say THANK YOU!


First Annual Fundraising Dinner


One of our kind west-end neighbours asked that I post this fundraiser dinner for a great cause. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hidden Treasures Clothing and Housewares


Please see the attached flyer (on the blog site) that features a new store opening up in the west-end on Felix and Girardot. This is great for the community! 


Dencersize Class at St. Mark's


I received the email below from Rev. Sue Paulton at St. Mark's on Tecumseh and Campbell:

Hi Fabio,
We are starting a new Dancersize class at St. Mark’s from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Monday evenings.  People pay what they can afford and are welcome to join in even if their wallet is empty on any given week.  Some pay a loonie or toonie and other $5….. whatever works for folks each week.  Can you help us spread the word?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Naming New West-End High School


As you may know, Forster Secondary is slated for closure at the end of this school year. The Greater Essex County District  School Board (GECDSB) is working through the transition process and is running several events throughout the year to bring both Forster and Century together. 

The closure of Forster has been a difficult pill to swallow for many, including myself. The community fought vociferously against the closure but unfortunately it wasn't enough. 

If you remember, we held town halls, wrote several articles to the Windsor Star and other media sources and applied as much pressure as possible to change what many believed -- and were right -- to be an inevitable decision.

With all that said, we now have no choice but to move forward and make the best of the situation before us. Our long-term goal of a new school west of the bridge is not forgotten and will be a priority in future years once there is more certainty with the boarded-up homes, among other things, west of the bridge. 

For now, please see the email I received below from the GECDSB Spokesman, and please share your thoughts and ideas for a new name for this new school. 


Wanted to keep you up to speed on things….and please post the following information on your blog…the first little legacy celebration at both Century and Forster went very well….we celebrated the last first day of school….among other things coming up, the 2 schools will work together on their Terry Fox run / walk….which will happen on the 26th of this month at10 a.m. at Century….please feel free to join us.

The GECDSB has initiated a campaign to solicit ideas for the naming of the new high school, which will open at the current Century Secondary School building in September 2014.

More than just possible names, we are looking for themes and concepts about what this school’s identity should be….and it should reflect and enhance the community. Once we have a name, which will be selected by Trustees later this year, we will work on establishing a brand for the school that will be attractive and complementary to the community.

The GECDSB is asking for input from the community to assist in naming this new school. It is expected that the name that is chosen will reflect the identity of the community in some way. Suggestions should include a brief statement about what this school will mean to the residents of the area.

Submissions can be forwarded to scott.scantlebury@publicboard.ca.

Forms can also be returned to  any of the area schools  (Forster, Century, Brock, Benson, Dougall, Marlborough and Taylor) or forwarded, by mail, to High School Naming c/o GECDSB 451 Park St. W., Windsor P.O. Box 210 Windsor, ON N9A 6K1"

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Community Conversation on Transportation


Please see the email I received from Pathway To Potential below. They are looking for some representation from the west-end. Please spread the word with neighbours and others. Thanks.


Help shape our region's transportation initiatives!

You’re invited to attend a Community Conversation on Transportation being held on September 25 from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Tecumseh Arena located at 917 Lesperance Rd. Tecumseh, Ontario. 

Please fill out the quick survey when registering.

If you are unable to attend, but would like provide feedback, please take a moment to fill out our quick survey found herehttp://windsoressextransportation.questionpro.com/ 

The Community Conversation is hosted by Pathway to Potential's Employment and Training working group. 

Please feel free to share with your colleagues and your contacts.