Showing posts from February, 2012

Askin Parking Enforcement

Dear Residents: This evening I attended a neighbourhood meeting that primarily dealt with the enforcement of bylaws particularly to do with permit parking and parking on front lawns.  Gary Langill hosted the meeting where approximately 20 residents from Askin and surrounding neighbourhoods by the University attended. Two concrete deliverables came out of the meeting: 1) Residents will begin to report illegal permit parking regularly to induce a complaint-driven enforcement; and 2) A meeting will be assembled with City Administration to discuss further bylaw enforcement strategies going forward. I want to congratulate Gary and the residents of Askin and surrounding area for mobilizing around this issue.  They are a great example of what other neighbourhoods in our west-end can become when you work together as a team for the betterment of your street, your neighbourhood, and your west-end. Fabio Costante

Sandwich Towne Named No. 1 Across Canada

Dear Residents: Could you imagine if the title of this blog were to be true? That Sandwich Towne could be Named No. 1 Across Canada? Well I am here to tell you this can happen, and Walkerville's recent recognition sets a precedent for us to aspire towards. Recently, the Walkerville community has been named one of the best old house neighbourhoods in Canada by "This Old House" Magazine. See the article here: Walkerville named No. 1 across Canada . I am very happy that Walkerville has been recognized nationally but upon reading the article and after hearing what a local resident who lives in the west-end had to say tonight regarding this notoriety, I said to myself: We too can be one of the best old house neighbourhoods in Canada! Walkerville was recognized for its unique and historic homes, along with its geographic landscape, making it a walkable community; that is, everything is within walking distance. Sound familiar? To me it sounds a bit like Sandwich Tow

Holy Name masses to end in July

Holy Name masses to end in July

B&E - 1000 Block of Curry

Hi Fabio, you might want to share this with your readers. On Feb. 7th while my 3 kids slept and my husband and I were gone to work 6:00am someone came into our house and rob us. It happened between 6:00am amd 7:00am when I called to wake my son up for School. My fault for not locking the door behind us. Just to let your readers know to lock it up even if you have people in the house. I'm just glad no one was hurt. 1000 block of Curry. Source:  West-end Resident 

A Westside Story

Dear Residents: I recently received an email from a west-end resident who has witnessed some troubling things in her neighbourhood as of late.  Without going into too much detail, she was feeling not so great being a relative newcomer to the area, but she said the following: "I actually like it here.  We have some really kind neighbours, and I feel more of a sense of genuine community here than I ever did in the more affluent area we came from." Her second sentence essentially sums up the hidden gem that is our west-end.  That d espite all of the challenges we face, it is that hidden sense of community that distinguishes the west-end from any other place in our city.  Sometimes it takes an outsider new to the area to remind us how lucky we are to be living in a unique place whose history is rich, but whose future potential could be far richer if we are able to come together as a community.   I want to further recognize how she expressly stated the "more afflue

Family Video

The old Blockbuster at the plaza on California Ave and Tecumseh has been converted into Family Video - a movie/dvd/game rental store.  I was worried that the building would be vacant for a while but fortunately the rental chain purchased it right after Blockbuster closed and just opened its doors this past week.  Looking forward to renting movies form Family Video as I did when Blockbuster was around. Regards, Fabio Costante

Clementine Throwing

Hey Fabio, Just wanted to let you know that this evening at around 10:15pm individuals threw clementines at my house and my neighbours.  We live on the 900 block of Askin.   Thanks! Source:  West-end Resident If you see kids in the area with clementines in their hands, don't assume they're going to eat them ;-) 

St. John Catholic Elementary School Fundraiser/Reunion

Dear Residents: St. John Catholic Elementary School - my former grade school many years ago located in the Bridgeview area - will be hosting a fundraiser at the Ciociaro Club (3475 North Talbot) on March 3, 2012.  The event will go from 6pm to 1am.  There will be a pasta dinner, cash bar, DJ by Bill Arquette and door prizes.  It will cost $25 per person or $40 per couple.  All proceeds will go to benefit the children of St. John School. Please bring a school supply or peanut-free snack to get a ticket for the door prize draw. For tickets and more information, please call: Sue Frenette: 519-978-1348 Chris Leclair: 519-962-5763 Mike Birch: 519-977-5725 Gina Ball: 519-890-9691 St. Johns: 519-256-4092 Regards, Fabio Costante

Police say arson destroyed west end home

Police say arson destroyed west end home

Crime Reports

Dear Residents: I just uploaded the link to  - a great resource to visually see criminal activity that is reported to police according to geographic location.  You can find the link at the right side of the site.  This is a great resource to track criminal activity and could be used as additional information to what we already share on Our West End. As we move forward, it is critical that we communicate any and all criminal activity to Windsor Police.  Unfortunately, a lot of crime goes unreported and this hinders Windsor Police's ability to do their job better.   The more information we share, not just amongst ourselves but with our local police, the better intelligence Windsor Police has to make decisions in preventing and reducing crime in the west-end. Remember,  Our West End is a blog dedicated for residents to share information regarding crime, neighbourhood issues, opportunities and community assets with the primary intention of making West Windso

House Break & Enter

Hi fabio, I came accross many posts by you in Our West End.   My house was robbed of Feb 4th, as well as three houses surrounding me only days before and I was not even aware of this.  Several days before we were robbed two young men knocked on our door and asked for someone who does not live in my house.  When i told them they had the wrong place they did not leave, or apologize but merely stood there as i closed the door.  The same night two houses around me were robbed.  3 days later my house was robbed while we were not home. Saturday Feb 4th between 12am and 2am.  I live on the 400 block of Randolph St.   Source: West-end Resident 

Car Break-Ins

Two vehicles, one on the 2100 block of Vercheres and the second at the corner of Rankin and Vercheres, were broken into last night. Source: West-end Resident

Neighbours demand Grace site demolition

Neighbours demand Grace site demolition

Wyandotte St. W. Streetscaping Improvements

Dear Residents: It has come to my attention that there will be a meeting this Wednesday at 5pm at Adie Knox regarding the streetscaping that is to be done on Wyandotte St. W.  Please see the link below for more details.  See you there! Fabio

Car Break-Ins

Hi Fabio. I find the information on our west end is fantastic.  Thank you for your dedication and service. Last night Jan 31, at Holy Name of Mary Church Parking lot,  3 Cars were broken into about 7:00 p.m.  The passenger window were broken and the inside of the cars vandalized while meetings were in progress. It is so sad to see this type of vandalism is happening even at a church. Thanks again. a west ender .