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Females Targeted in Two Incidents on University of Windsor Campus, Saturday, Sunday Mornings | windsoriteDOTca - windsor ontario arts, music, hyperlocal news blog

Females Targeted in Two Incidents on University of Windsor Campus, Saturday, Sunday Mornings | windsoriteDOTca - windsor ontario arts, music, hyperlocal news blog

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Positive Stories

Hello everyone: I am deciding to incorporate more positive stories about the west-end routinely and continuously.  After chatting with several subscribers and asking them for their honest input, the biggest trend I found was that people wanted to hear more positive, good stories about the west-end.  I agree!!  We have so much to be proud about and we should tell our story to the rest of the city and region.  However, I can't do it alone and will ask that if anyone would like to write me a positive story about the west-end, I would be more than happy to post that story and share it with our many subscribers. The original intent of Our West End was to discuss issues and opportunities related to our neighbourhoods, particularly to do with crime.  I have always been and will always be adaptable to changes but I still believe our core purpose is to make the west-end the best place to live, work and play and in doing so, we should be up front and honest about our challenges, but als

Comments for Ward 2 meeting on November 23, 2011

Below is a letter that was written by a Ward 2 resident who will be unable to attend Wednesday's Ward 2 meeting.  His concerns and letter are as follows:  I thank the representatives of the city and university for taking the time to hear comments from residents.  As I am unable to attend the Ward 2 meeting, I am providing these comments by email.  As suggested by council staff, I have indicated those comments to which I request a reply. My vision for the neighbourhood is a clean, quiet, happy place with a diverse mix of families, university professors, graduate students, undergraduate students, and retirees.  The city and university should encourage and support diverse populations and property use within each neighbourhood since experience has shown that concentrating any one population leads to problems. 1. Parking by-law enforcement A.   I commend the Commissionaires for their generally prompt response to com

Break-In 900 Block of California Ave.

Hi neighbours house was broken into around 6:00 pm on Sunday evening. He believes they came through the front window. He also owns a dog which I never heard bark so he believes it could have been someone who knows them. They took a lap top and a new computer and a few other electronic items. He had just installed a new porch light as well as there had been a previous attempt a month or 2 ago. There has been much more foot traffic in the area from students so thieves blend in. I believe houses in this area are being targeted due to people believing most of the houses are student residences and have electronics in them.

Man stabbed at house party

Man stabbed at house party

North Merritt Park

There was graffiti recently painted along the fences facing North Merritt Park, particularly on the properties adjacent to Vercheres, Askin and Merritt.  The action took place sometime after dark and before morning.  Police were notified and already inspected the premises.  Evidence such as paint cans was gathered and will hopefully be useful in catching the culprit(s).  Source:  West-End Resident

Windsor Targets Abandoned Homes

The City of Windsor plans to get tough on owners of abandoned or derelict buildings.  City council will deal with a "blight mitigation strategy," which was developed by city staff.  This may have implications on the boarded-up homes in Sandwich Towne.  See the link to learn more:

Friends of the Court

I was invited and attended the Friends of the Court annual general meeting. The Friends of the Court does work throughout the year to ensure that Mackenzie Hall remains the vibrant Cultural Centre it has grown to be.  To learn more about the Friends of the Court or Mackenzie Hall, click on the following link: Fabio Costante

Thank You

Just a quick thank you to all of the volunteers who have helped me deliver flyers and knock on doors these past few weeks.  The success of Our West End is highly dependent on the level of involvement from residents in the area.  Whether it's reporting a crime, discussing an issue, helping spread the word by canvassing and dropping flyers, or simply telling friends and neighbours about what we do; every little bit counts.  So again, THANK YOU! I will continue dropping flyers and canvassing every Sunday until the holidays.  If you're interested in coming along, please drop me an email at All the best, Fabio

Concern Over West-End Parks

Hi Fabio, I have attached the Park Usage Report and the appendixes, the council minutes from July 4 --which aren't very informative (they deferred), although I think it is interesting to note that the topic was identified as "surplus parkland" (pg. 20 of July 4 council minutes) and that the report is titled "Park Usage", while all the media coverage is about the City's obligations under the accessibility legislation.  ( Does this seem odd to you?--I am thinking that the accessibility legislation is being used as an "enabler" for the sale of public parks that Council has tried in the past. )   One line from the report particularly concerns me: "In some cases the function of a neighbourhood park can be better accommodated by the closest community/regional park."  Clearly, Ward 2 is "deficient" in "neighbourhood" parks and over-supplied in "community/regional" parks--the waterfront, Mic Mac and Malde

Attempted Break-In on Vercheres

There was an attempted break-in on the 2100 block of Vercheres earlier this week.  Fortunately, the culprits were unsuccessful in trying to get into the house.  Police have been contacted.  Source: West-End Resident

Noise Complaint: City of Windsor By-Law 6716

Dear Residents:  Sent to me by email from a west-end resident:  Hello again Fabio, Attached is a Word file with a stripped-down version of the written complaint form I left with you at the Green Bean.  Some people may find it more convenient than the hard copy.  Those who are not digitally adept could fill out by hand the hard copy.  The hard copy also has part of the by-law on the back, which the Word file does not. NOISE COMPLAINT, CITY OF WINDSOR BY-LAW 6716 WITNESS STATEMENT I, (name )______________________________________________________________________ of  (address of Residence) _____________________________________________________ state that the following information is true to the best of my knowledge and belief (please attach additional pages if required): PARTICULARS DETAILS Date of Incident Description Of Noise (Include as many details as possible) From where did

Proposed Lease of Sandwich Parkette at 3110 Sandwich St

City Council approved the lease of the property known municipally as 3110 Sandwich Street for a period of ten years, subject to mutually agreed upon terms and conditions between the City of Windsor and Suncor Energy Product Partnership. The land will continue to be used as a parkette under the lease agreement. To learn more about the agreement see this link: Sincerely, Fabio Costante

River Rouge stops hum investigation

River Rouge stops hum investigation

McEwan -- Replica gun sparks heavy police response

Replica gun sparks heavy police response

Ward 2 Meeting

Dear residents: On November 23 at 6pm, Councilor Ron Jones will host a Ward 2 meeting at the Church of the Ascension on University Ave. W.  The meeting will address accomplishments and future plans and will feature representation from Windsor Police, Public works and the Planning and Bylaw department.   I look forward to seeing you there! Sincerely, Fabio Costante