Fabio Costante Windsor

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cuddles Clothing for Kids Update

See an email I received below from a west-end resident: 

"We are now open Friday & Saturday mornings 9AM-12NOON. Free childrens clothes from newborn to size 18. Also boots, shoes, mitts, scarves, and touques. We also have toys, school backpacks, & other items for children."

Cuddles Clothing for Kids: 

St. Mark's Anglican Church 
1636 Tecumseh Rd. W. 
Windsor, Ontario

Donations Accepted

For more info: cuddlesclothingforkids@yahoo.ca

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Windsor Essex Bowl for Kids Sake


Below is an email I received from a west-end resident:


Please help me support youth mentoring in Windsor and Essex County! 

I am participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex Bowl for Kids Sake event and am looking for your support. 

Please help me reach my goal...you can do it right online and it only takes a minute!

Your donation will go a long way…. 
•$25 could provide snacks for one week to our in-school mentoring programs "Go Girls!" and "Game On"
•$50 could provide a recreational activity for a small group of “Littles” in our after school mentoring program 
•$100 could provide a special activity to children that would not otherwise be experienced (movie, bowling, pumpkin carving, etc.)
•$200 could provide dinner for two weeks for the children in our after school group programs 

Start something today and make a difference in the life of a child in our communtiy!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex

Volunteer Speed Matching


I received the following email from the United Way:

"Good Afternoon,

Please help us promote a great volunteer recruitment event for Pre-Retirees and Retirees.  I have attached a flyer,  please forward to all your contacts as well. If you have any questions please contact our Manager of the Volunteer Centre, Shelley Bannon at 519-258-3033 ext 1154 or sbannon@weareunited.com"  

Pre-Retirees and Retirees, You're Invited! Volunteer Speed Matching 

What's your passion? This is your chance to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity. Give back, make a difference, share your skills and have fun!

March 27, 2014 at the Ciociaro Club, 3745 North Talbot Road, Oldcastle, Ontario

Register by March 17th, 2014 by contacting United Way by phone at 519-258-0000 x 1115, by fax to 519-258-2346 or by email to sbannon@weareunited.com

The recruitment session will be offered 3 times. When you register, select one of the following sessions:
 - 1st session: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
 - 2nd session: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
 - 3rd session: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Life refreshments provided and a chance to win a door prize.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Windsor Soup

WINDSOR, ON – February 6, 2014 – Enactus Windsor is proud to announce the launch of Windsor SOUP, a powerful tool to start conversations and fund new projects/people/ideas in our local community.
Windsor SOUP is a community dinner where residents learn about creative ideas for self-sustaining ventures with a community-driven purpose, and vote on which project to fund through donations accepted at the door. Based on a popular program originated in Detroit, SOUP brings together neighbours, acts as a platform to share resources and supports projects that benefit the community.
“Windsor SOUP aims to bring the community together through powerful, creative ideas and discussions that will help make our city a better place to live and work in,” said Nick Jones, project manager of Windsor SOUP. The project was created to “help make an impact in our community,” added Jones.
Enactus Windsor has partnered with Pathway to Potential – the local poverty reduction strategy, the Odette School of Business and P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation to ignite this.
When asked how Pathway to Potential became involved, director Adam Vasey noted “this partnership reflects P2P’s commitment to engaging the community to develop innovative local solutions that enhance the social and economic well being of our region.” Vasey added, “working with Enactus and the Odette School of Business also builds on P2P’s strong track record of developing impactful partnerships with the University of Windsor.”
With a donation of five dollars, attendees receive soup, salad and a vote. Creative individuals will present their projects to an audience who can vote on the project that they feel is the most promising. At the end of the night, the votes are counted and the winner receives funding to assist them in moving their idea forward.
The first Windsor SOUP will be held on March 2, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at theWalkerville Brewery (525 Argyle Road, Windsor ON). Individuals are asked to submit an application for the chance to present their idea at the SOUP. The application form can be found online at pathwaytopotential.ca and can be emailed to info@pathwaytopotential.ca.
The P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation has graciously announced that it will match the amount raised throughout the night and donate it to the winner.
About Enactus Windsor
Enactus Windsor is a student-run organization at the Odette School of Business that seeks to use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform the lives of individuals. The organization aims to bring about lasting impact and change within the community.
About Pathway to Potential
Pathway to Potential works to educate members of the community about the social and economic costs of poverty. It advocates for the removal of systemic barriers, and creates and supports concrete initiatives that improve the lives of people living in poverty, or who are at risk of living in poverty.
P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation
P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation seeks to distribute income earned on the foundation's capital to various registered charities supporting developing artists.
Enactus Windsor: facebook.com/enactuswindsor
Pathway to Potential: facebook.com/pathwaytopotential
P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation: uwindsor.ca/odette
Nicholas Jones
Project Manager, Enactus
Adam Vasey
Director, Pathway to Potential

Friends of the Court Newsletter


Please see the Friends of the Court Newsletter below. If you would like to see the attachments referred to, please email me and I will send them along. I unfortunately cannot attach PDF files to the blog.

"Dear Friends of the Court,
Attached is the February edition of Mackenzie Matters which is filled with good news about Mackenzie Hall.
We are proud sponsors of several upcoming events :
Feb. 14-23, 2014
The Artists of Colour  present their 7th annual art exhibition, The Stories We Tell, Chapter Two.
March 2, 2014
Julia Saurazas will present a slide show and talk based on her year working in Bhutan. 
April 27, 2014
Hugh Leal and the Speak Easy Quartet will honour George Benson on his 85th birthday.
Further details about these events are in the newsletter.
Thank you for contributing to our fund raising campaigns. We have been able to complete the costly upgrades to our Yamaha Concert Grand and reburbish the Oudot-Robinet French armoire. Local artisan Kim Gene made such discreet repairs to the armoire that it is hard to tell where he performed his magic. To see further work he has done in our community his website is www.kabukiartglass.com   
Although we are trying to save on postage by emailing, you may receive a copy of our newsletter in the mail. If so, would you share it with a friend or leave it so the public will know the work that has been done by The Friends of the Court for over thirty years.
Please feel free to contact us with comments or suggestions.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Hall."

Petcoke Update

Friends, the quote below is from the Windsor Star with the corresponding link:

"A Detroit company which illegally stored huge piles of petroleum coke on the riverfronttold a municipal committee Tuesday it no longer wants to put the black crude oil byproduct back on the site.

A lawyer for Detroit Bulk Storage told Detroit’s board of zoning appeals it was seeking a variance on the city’s eight-foot height restriction for stockpiling materials and wants to be pile other construction and aggregate materials up to 100 feet high — about 10 storeys — at its waterfront location just east of the Ambassador Bridge.

The potential materials suggested by the company’s lawyer Teri Whitehead included salt, asphalt, concrete, limestone and “other similar materials.”

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Petcoke Appeal


Please see an email I received from a west-end resident regarding petcoke along the Detroit riverfront. You can also read the recent Windsor Star article on this matter here: Company Launches Fight to Put Petcoke Back on Detroit's Riverfront

"To those who may be interested in contacting the Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals re: the hearing to allow Detroit Bulk Storage to place the petcoke piles back on the riverfront.

The email address to the Board secretary is to April Purofoy    mrspurofoy@live.com 

To the Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals,

I'm writing to the Board to voice my opinion with what's happening. Detroit Bulk Storage's appeal to bring back piles of petcoke to the riverfront is worrisome. At a time when Detroit is so hard working to re-invent itself, this happens on the west side to downtown Detroit. We on both sides of the river have had to put up with this nonsense for too long.. I'm sure the board is aware of the scientific health concerns of petcoke, the Los Angeles ban on the storage of these piles and the environmental impact on the adjacent Detroit river.

Mr. Moroun owns the land and leases it to Detroit Bulk Storage. There are health hazards with this petcoke, and surrounding it is the old Michigan Central train station and the lands around it that have been abandoned. 

When is someone from the city finally going to put an end to this?

I hope that the board members took the time to visit the site when it housed those piles last year. I hope they saw what we as homeowners on both sides of the river had to put up with. I hope they saw the videos of the dust blowing over the city and river. I hope they see the land contamination on the site now. It's a shame that a toxic component  from the tar sands in far away Alberta can end up on the doorstep of a city that deserves much much better after what it's been through over the past 30 years! I can only hope that the Board has the fortitude and wisdom to protect the city and it's citizens against this travesty."

Monday, February 3, 2014

Say Yes to the Dress - FREE Dress Giveaway


I received an email from New Beginnings. Please see below and spread the word.

"Dear Community Partners –

Each year New Beginnings holds a free prom dress giveaway. We collect gently used dresses as donations and allow girls from Windsor/Essex to browse and try them on. This event will be held on Saturday March 8th from 1-5pm at New Beginnings (main site) 1015 Highland Ave. We are hoping that you will share our flyers with your co-workers, youth, families, friends and any committees you may sit on in order to advertise the event.

We are also asking for donations of gently used dresses which can be dropped off Monday – Thursday from 9am – 6pm at New Beginnings (Janette site) located at 1049 Janette Ave (half a block south of Erie Street).  This is an amazing event that has provided nearly 700 dresses free of charge since its inception 5 years ago.

Please help prom/formal a reality for the young women of our community!"