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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bridgeview Community Outreach Program Christmas Gathering


The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program held their Christmas gathering this past Sunday at the former St. Mark's Church. Here is an email I received from Rita Higgins along with some pictures from the event.

"The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program Inc., held it's annual Christmas Dinner on December 7, 2014.  It was a great success!

There aren’t enough words to describe the wonderful day we had! Everyone had a great time! Thanks to all those who attended! 

Firstly, THANK YOU Pastor Patrick of Adullum Church of God for reading us the true meaning of Christmas in The Book of Luke Chapter two and for the use of the hall and kitchen!

THANK YOU Mike Dumont who got the pilot light in the oven to light!! Without that, the dinner would not have been the success it was!

THANK YOU Linda Hill for the donation of vegetables and deserts!

THANK YOU to Tammy Murray who came through with side dishes and desert, serving, and clean up.

THANK YOU George Baldwin who ran to the Dollar Store for various forgotten items and additional last minute gifts!

THANK YOU Becca Alb, for all the help in the kitchen, and random photo taking!

THANK YOU Joe Boca for taking the photos of the kids with Santa, and helping Lucas peel all those potatoes!!

THANK YOU Zelka Trepanier for the Christmas cake!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Joan Mavrinac, who came through with hams, and was a TROOPER, to say the least, in the kitchen during and after dinner, replacing food, and doing dishes!

Lastly, THE BIGGEST THANK YOU to my husband, Cary Higgins (A.K.A. “Santa”), for being THE BEST Santa we’ve ever seen! You were fabulous! The kids loved you, and so did the parents! (I do too :) )

There was a ton of left-over food and deserts, so we packed it up, and donated it all to The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women! They were very thankful!! The extra canned goods were donated to the church, as they want to start a food bank! We are already looking forward to next year!


Bloomfield House and STAG Events

See the two upcoming events for the Bloomfield House and STAG. I received an email from a west-end resident regarding these events.

Sandwich Medical Laboratory


I received the following email from an employee at the Sandwich Medical Laboratory. It is a reminder of their hours and services. See below:

Did you know that a Lab opened at 3211 Sandwich Street? The same building as the IDA pharmacy.
They do blood work and heart monitor tests and specimen collection.
Parking is FREE
The wait time is minimal.  Why are you still going downtown for your blood work?
If we do not use the services in our own neighbourhood, than they will close.  We do not want to lose another business. Do we?
The girls that work there are friendly, fast, professional and welcoming.  Most people don't even feel them put the needle into your arm.   
The Sandwich Medical Laboratory is on facebook too.
Just bring a blood requisition from any doctor.
Monday: 9am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 4pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 3pm
No appointment Needed.  Walk in only
FREE parking.  Minimal wait time.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Garage and Car break-Ins


I received two separate emails from two residents over the past month, one on Bloomfield and the other on King St., stating that there were a few break-ins occurring in the neighbourhood. On Bloomfield, it was a garage that was broken into and on King St., it was cars that were parked on the road.

Please contact police and report these crimes when they occur. You could also call Crime Stoppers as they too are an invaluable service to our community. Here is their website for more info: catchcrooks.com


BFI Canada and Forster Secondary may be sold to the Ambassador Bridge Company


Please check out this article below from the Windsor Star discussing the potential sale of BFI Canada and the adjacent Forster high school in Sandwich Town.

Forster and BFI may soon fall into Moroun's hands

Sandwich Town Post Office to Become Coffee Shop


Please see the link below from CBC Windsor. It looks as though the Sandwich Town Post Office will become a coffee shop with possible apartments on the top floor. This could be a great community use!

Sandwich Town Post Office to Become Coffee Shop

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Third Focus Group for Our West End Neighbourhood Strategy

Attention to all residents who live around St. James and Marlborough grade school: 

Upcoming Events


Please see the following upcoming events this weekend. 


Join West End Crawlers from 6pm to 10pm on Nov. 29th!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Former Windsor Jail Tour


I toured the former Windsor Jail this past weekend in Old Sandwich Town and it was quite the experience. The Ministry allowed the public to tour the facility and many from our region attended. 

Below are some pictures I captured during my tour that I hope give you an idea of the inside structure and how some people lived. 


Upcoming Events

Life After Fifty hosting Pizza Palooza. 

Come join us for our second focus group this Thursday.  Details on how to register below:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Our West End Community Conversation

Attention West Windsor Residents: 
Our West End is hosting a Community Conversation in your area soon!
In 2013, the Our West End team, Lead by our Strategy Coordinator, Leann Sassine,
began coordinating information to engage residents of West Windsor in creating a 
strategic direction for West Windsor, for the residents, by the residents.
With this in mind, we would like to talk with West Windsor residents about their neighbourhoods,
through an informal group discussion of West Windsor's strengths and concerns.
Come on out for a snack and a chat!  We can't wait to talk with you!
To register contact:
Tammy Murray 
Community Coordinator
Our West End
There will be a group discussion 
in your neighbourhood soon:

Nov 13th,           Bridgeview area, Life After Fifty 635 McEwan Ave (formerly Centres for Seniors Windsor) 

Nov 20th,           Sandwich Towne, Society of St. Vincent DePaul (formerly Blessed Sacrament Church) 3707 Queen St
Nov/Dec 2014, Tayfour Campus/Price Rd area, location TBA

Jan 2015,           River West/University of Windsor area, location TBA

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Joan Mavrinac Answers Re: Community Engagement and Empowerment

1. I think that community advocacy is one of the great strengths of West Windsor.  There are a significant number of formal and informal groups who have come together to address issues that are important to them.  As a Council member, I think that making myself available to these groups, familiarizing myself with their objectives and helping them along in any way that I might would be my role. Networking groups with the resources they might need, as well as facilitating access to City administration and City resources.

2. This is a very important issue to me.  I will resist the sale of any park. The more park space and better use of park facilities has a direct co-relation with the health of communities.  The Windsor-Essex population suffers from unusually high rates of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiac disease and Obesity.  We need to help our residents young and old to adopt healthy habits and exercise.  Green space in a community can play a significant role in keeping the population healthy.

As I have walked the neighbourhoods in Ward 2, I have noted both the total absence of playground equipment, or insufficient equipment in local parks to meet the needs of the neighbourhoods.  Many parks lack even simple benches or picnic tables. I have been told in more than one neighbourhood that residents don’t let their children visit the parks alone, because too often fights will occur when too many children are trying to access too little equipment.

We need to encourage usage of our community parks by working with neighbourhoods to properly equip and provide programming suitable to the area.

Not only could we provide children’s playground equipment, many municipalities have begun to equip community parks with outdoor Gym equipment suitable for adults—eliptical machines, treadmills, etc. that run only on human power and are weather-proof.

Community gardens, walking clubs, Tai Chi are other ways to engage both adults and children.  I would also like to see the summer parks supervisors that once organized games and crafts in the parks brought back.  I think that this program not only offered valuable summer employment for students, it also brought neighbourhood children together, interacting in a positive and constructive manner. 

3. There are a great number of ways we can work to eliminate the perception of West Windsor as an unsafe community.  Re-branding (“River West”), securing positive press, and encouraging our own residents to begin talking about West Windsor more positive ways, are but a few.  Community engagement, particularly bringing people together around neighbourhood issues and neighbourhood renewal, will, I believe,  be the catalyst for this change. 

I have a great deal of respect for the Windsor Police Service and enjoy an excellent relationship with our police personnel, having worked with them as Director of Human Resources several years ago.  I know that the Service is always keen to work with community organizations and neighbourhoods to improve the security and well being of local residents.  I know that the Police Service would be very helpful in organizing an effort to improve negative perceptions that plague West Windsor.

4. I support this initiative without reservation. One of West Windsor’s greatest strengths is the great number of individuals who demonstrate their commitment to our community through various forms of local activism.  From protecting and improving parks and neighbourhood resources, offering programs to children, to removing snow for the elderly--West Windsor is a community where people know their neighbours and look out for them. Bringing these groups together and focusing the combined energy and commitment can only improve and expand these efforts. 

I see this plan as pivotal in renewing and restoring West Windsor and I would unreservedly commit myself to doing everything I could to support this initiative.  I would see myself  helping as needed with matters involving City Administration, but also utilizing my broad network of contacts in the greater Windsor-Essex community to advance the objectives of this strategy for the betterment of our West Windsor.

John Elliott Answers Re: Community Engagement and Empowerment

1. Yes I share this value because we all have to play our part in our community to make it better in any way we can.  I believe starting with the youth is important because they will be the community leaders of tomorrow.  Engaging them now promotes a strong message and plants the seed with the youth that they must be the torch bearers of a community that needs to be even better than what it is now.  Youth have to be made to feel that they are the community ambassadors to serve and protect their communities. 

2. I canvassed the entire Bridgeview neighborhood and spoke in length with the residents.  They would like to see the parks maintained and utilized for their family purposes. Yes I feel that the  parks in Ward 2 should be preserved however we can also look at the parks on an individual basis and make determinations on what could be done with them by consulting consistently with the residents that reside around those parks especially.  My vision is adopting a park plan for the community residents to take up ownership in terms of up keep and maintenance.  We have to work together more cohesively as a community on all levels. 

3. The stigma that it is an unsafe place originated over 30 + years ago when a lot of it was relatively unsafe.  Our various community service agencies over many years have made it a much safer place to live and work since then.  I personally believe this stigma is beginning to re-emerge because of the board up houses issue created by the Ambassador Bridge, and the City of Windsor.  Also I feel it is a deliberate attempt to sabotage all the good the Westend is about.  

4. As a community leader I will have a look at the blueprint of this neighborhood strategy when it is finalized and then I will be able to see what my role could be in supporting it. If I am elected as a City Councilor providing positive available resources from the city is how I see myself assisting this strategy.