Fabio Costante Windsor

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Updates on School Projects and Great News for the West-End!


I've received many questions from residents regarding the status of construction at St. James and Assumption Middle School. The trustees have received periodic updates throughout the summer and have asked questions regarding the same updates to ensure that the projects are moving forward accordingly.

Assumption College Catholic Middle School

There were some delays throughout the process for several reasons with both the Assumption College Catholic Middle School and St. James. However, construction has begun at Assumption and the contractors are working hard to have the school ready for September. The main focus right now is on constructing the classrooms and providing a segregated space for our grades 7 and 8 students. I did a walk-through of the building a few weeks ago and it is very exciting to see what is coming soon. In addition, a brand new gymnasium will be built once the classrooms are complete and the school will have a segregated courtyard too that will really make it a prime destination for student learning, safety and student experience.

St. James Catholic Grade School 

The construction at St. James should commence soon. I've written to the Superintendent of Corporate Services who is overseeing the St. James project regarding its status and have yet to receive a response. Once I do, I will let you know. A big bonus with the St. James project is that the Board administration is working with the City to establish appropriate bus-bay and student drop-off areas. Any construction required in these areas will be separately phased and may take some time but the Board and the City are listening to residents and their concerns surrounding pick-up and drop-off issues at the school site. The parking lot will also be expanded to accommodate the overcrowding of cars at the site.

Uniform Glitch

As you may know, students attending the Assumption Middle School will be required to wear uniforms. Recently, there was an inadvertent mistake posted on the school website regarding uniform requirements. It was rectified in due course and the principal, John Riberdy, emailed me and provided me with the following below:

"We've made a correction to the school's website and a synervoice will be going out today to all registered parents at the middle school regarding this issue .  Please let me know if you receive any further communication from concerned parents regarding uniforms, or anything else for that matter.  I can call them back directly to clarify any misinformation.  I've set up a temporary office at Assumption High School to receive phone calls and you can direct parents/guardians to  (519) 256 - 7801 (Ext: 2230).  I'll return their calls promptly.

Sorry for any concern this may have caused!"

Feel free to call Mr. Riberdy should you have any further questions or concerns.

Theatre at Assumption Middle School

The Board has undertaken to retain an architect for a new theatre at Assumption College Catholic High School. This is exciting news! Trustees have supported the concept of a new theatre that will be a vital addition not only to the fabric of the arts at Assumption, but to the entire school community and the west-end. This is a big win for our community and a much needed resource. I will endeavor to work along with my colleagues to ensure that Assumption receive a well-deserved space for the performing arts. Although it is in the preliminary stages and drawings haven't been commenced as of today's date, I am hopeful that this project will follow the construction of the middle school and make the Assumption site even more world-class than it is today, which of course is difficult to imagine. Administration should be thanked for their courage in moving forward with this project and I want to thank the trustees who've supported it thus far. More to come on this in the future.

On Track to Success Coming to West Windsor!

Lastly, I attended a press conference held by the United Way announcing that the On Track to Success program is coming to West Windsor! This is excellent news for our students who can get a helping hand in not only achieving good grades and graduating high school, but in also receiving grant money towards their education. There is no clearer way out of difficult life challenges than through education and this program is a clear example of that. Thank you United Way Windsor-Essex!!!

For more information on this great initiative, see the link below.

United Way On Track to Success

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New Beginnings Free Haircut Day


I received an email from New Beginnings regarding a free haircut day for youth. See the details below:

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th, 10am to 1pm

WHERE: New Beginnings, 1015 Highland Avenue

COST: Free to all youth 12 to 21

Children under 12 are welcome if accompanied by a guardian.

If you have any questions, call 519-254-2363 ext. 6

Tecumseh-Brock Statue


I received an email from west-end resident Jerry Gervais who provided me with information on how to donate to the Tecumseh-Brock Sculpture. See the details below and to learn more about this project, see the link below as well.


You should make the cheque payable to the City of Windsor and in the subject line identify that it is for the Tecumseh Brock sculpture.  The cheque could be mailed or dropped off at the mailing address below and should be sent attention to either Cathy Masterson or Mike Clement. They can ensure the correct paperwork is filled out to receive a tax receipt and the deposit of the cheque into the correct capital project.

Mailing Address:  2450 McDougall Street • Windsor, ON N8X 3N6

Cal Little Retirement @LAFWindsor

Our West End would like to extend our sincerest Congratulations to
the Executive Director of Life After Fifty, Calvin Little on his upcoming Retirement August 31st, 2016!

Cal was instrumental in supporting the initial pilot of Our West End as a grassroots community engagement initiative, and providing an organizational home for Our West End as a program of Life After Fifty funded by United Way Windsor-Essex County.   

There will be a couple of events in his honour for Community organizations and the Life After Fifty membership:

1)      Retirement Open House for Community Partners
a.       All are welcome – community partners, co-workers, friends, family, are invited to come out and mingle.
Free event Thursday, August 25th 4pm – 7pm @ Life After Fifty East Side Centre
At the WFCU Centre 8787 McHugh St

2)      Life After Fifty Members’ Farewell
a.       All LAF members are invited to come out to wish Cal well.
Wednesday, August 31st 1pm @
Life After Fifty’s West Side Centre
635 McEwan Ave

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Upcoming Our West End Events


There is a lot going on in the coming months. See below!

1     Campus Discovery Day at the University of Windsor                 
            Thursday August 25th
            9am -3:30pm
The day is for residents in the University of Windsor area and West Windsor On Track to Success High School Students.  The On Track to Success is a program of United Way helping youth in West Windsor with study skills and opportunities to pursue post-secondary education. 
Our West End has partnered with the University of Windsor to bring residents to campus to experience several workshops throughout the day, to learn about the University, its many departments and services.
There will be some tours of the campus, the Nursing simulation Centre, the Library and some performances.  Any West Windsor residents can register contact Our West End for more informationtmurray@lifeafterfifty.ca

2   Campus in the Community Day, with Graffiti removal 
      Friday August 26th,
            approx. 1pm – 4 pm ( to be finalized)
Our West End has partnered with the University of Windsor’s Community Kitchen,
Community Garden and Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) to learn about our neighbourhoods and volunteer to help with beautification projects!
This project orients 40 University of Windsor Resident Assistants Student Employees to the Wyandotte West/River West neighbourhood.
The Resident’s Assistants will tour the neighbourhood and be given an infographic of area resources such as shops, community centres and restaurants.   
They will be a resource of knowledge for Our West End neighbourhoods, able to refer to students in residence to businesses, health and social services in our community.

They will also act as a point of contact and information resource to let students know about volunteer opportunities with Our West End, its affiliate groups, or how to get involved in our neighbourhoods. 
During the later part, of the day students will provide us with a Youth Day of Caring, helping to remove graffiti near the Human Kinetics building at the California Ave alley way.
This will restore our painting/graffiti removal work we did in 2013.

Please let me know if you would like
your organization listed for potential University Student volunteers.
We hope to build and maintain these relationships with students through annual training of RA’s and volunteer activities, helping students in residence feel like part of our community.

Day of Caring in River West! 
3   Park Bench Painting at Straith Park,
      Tuesday August 30th 
            9 am –noon (date to be confirmed)
Campbell and Riverside Drive West
 This is a Day of Caring with Caesar’s Windsor, Broker Link and Costco employees (approx. 10 employee volunteers total) helping to improve the appearance of our Parks.
 Some resident volunteers will be helping, let me know if you would like to participate!  tmurray@lifeafterfifty.ca
If we have enough volunteers we can scale this project up to include Bridgeview and/or Sandwich Towne parks. 

            Sunday September 18th  
Open Streets Round 2     /West Mesh/     Sandwich Fest combination!!

Please let me know if your organization intends to participate again, and is adding or removing activities.  
Tammy Murray 519-254-1108 Ext 134

In late September
Our West End will once again partner with
Westview Freedom Academy Art Program and
Windsor Police Community Services Branch to create a
Diversity themed Community Mural
on the Westview School wall, facing California Street near Tecumseh Rd West 
This mural will allow for both students and community members to paint together.  

Watch for Fall Clean Sweeps
We will provide a repeat of our very successful Clean Sweep and Shine along with 2 additional  
Fall Clean Sweep clean ups, in a neighbourhood near you!
Watch the Our West End Facebook page and blog for more information!
dates are TBD
Targeting dates in late September/early October;
Your organization partnerships/suggested dates welcome!
These will be resident lead, with some United Way Days of Caring mixed in.
Please let me know if you would like to be a part of these dates. 
I have spoken to Carolyn about targeting and expanding the clean ups Bloomfield House has done over to Queen Street with an intention to move Block by Block in the future expanding the impact.  

Family Movie Night

Friday, August 5, 2016

Good Day for the City's Core and the West End!


See an article from Anne Jarvis regarding the recent decision made by city council to waive development charges for several neighbourhoods in the city, including the west-end!


Good Day for City's Core

Our West End looking for residents to participate in an ongoing Safety Committee.


See an email I received from Tammy Murray, Community Coordinator at Our West End.

Our West End Neighbourhood Renewal
is looking for West End residents to participate
in an ongoing Safety Committee.

The goal of the committee is to connect residents together to look at areas of concern in the four West Windsor neighbourhoods, and use crime prevention techniques to reduce the opportunity for crime to occur. 

This will include: training residents how to do safety audits, talking to neighbours about crime prevention, helping to connect your neighbours to our projects encouraging the use of porch lights/reporting of crime, planning safety projects and prioritizing where our next clean-ups/beautification efforts will take place.      

Questions?  Contact: Tammy Murray
Community Outreach Coordinator
Our West End, A program of Life After Fifty

This is a chance to:
● learn crime prevention skills
● share information across neighbourhoods
● participate in and/or plan beautification efforts such as neighbourhood clean-ups, graffiti removal and community murals.

Recent Neighbourhood Safety Accomplishments:

We have removed graffiti and created a community mural in the Bridgeview neighbourhood, painted a Community mural in Mic Mac Park in Sandwich Towne,  held Crime Preventions Town Halls at the University of Windsor with residents and students, and for Seniors and community members at Life After Fifty. 

Our Clean Ups have spanned over 52 West Windsor blocks in St. James Marlborough, River West/University of Windsor, Bridgeview and Sandwich Towne neighbourhoods and we are planning more of each of these community beautification projects!

Where would you like us to go next?

Bridgeview Community Outreach Pig Roast!


The Bridgeview Community Outreach Program is hosting a pig roast in less than two months. Get your tickets while the last! See the flyer below.