Showing posts from December, 2013

2013 Year In Review

Friends and Neighbours, What a year it has been! A lot of positive progress has been made in 2013 – a direct reflection of your hard work and passion in making West Windsor a better place to live, work and play. In keeping with a tradition that began last year, let’s take a look at some of the progress that has been made, along with the challenges and opportunities that will be before us in 2014. United Way / Centraide Windsor Essex County In the spring of 2013, we announced our new partnership with the United Way. They have invested in our strategy and have helped us tremendously over the course of the year. With United Way’s help, we have successfully developed a Residents Roundtable comprised of 16 residents representing every neighbourhood in the west-end, developed a Parks Committee and supported many youth outreach initiatives. In addition, we have organized over 100 Chrysler workers and volunteers who dedicated a whole day to cleaning up graffiti in the west-end. As

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

On behalf of Our West End, we would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Please enjoy the holidays in the company of family, friends and loved ones. Sincerely, Fabio

Stathis Grill a New Gem in our Neighbourhood

Friends,  Leann and I had dinner at Stathis Grill (located at 1657 College Ave.) yesterday evening, and like always, the food and service was excellent. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of food. It is no wonder why finding a seat was hard to come by yesterday evening.  If you haven't checked it out yet I would strongly encourage you do. You will not be disappointed.  You can visit their website and browse their menu at  Stathis Grill .  What was once an abandoned commercial building is now a booming Greek Grill. We are truly fortunate to have this gem in our community.  Thank you Stathis Grill!  Fabio 

Forster/Century Chooses New Name

Friends, Please see an email I received below from a representative of the Public School Board: "Fabio, I hope, by now you’ve seen the name selected for the metamorphosis of Century Secondary School….Westview Freedom Academy. It was a name that brought together a number of different suggestions in the name search….and it was developed very much by members of the community. While we were cautious about using “West” in the name, since we already have a Western Secondary School in LaSalle….the community, especially the students were adamant that some reference to the area be  prominent in the name…there was a great sense of pride in being associated with the west-end or the west-side, if you will….hence, Westview. Freedom came from a suggestion to align the school philosophically with a concept or perspective that resonated clearly with the community, of course the connection not only to the Underground Railroad but the nature of the area as a landing spot for new Ca

Winter Warm Up Youth Dance

Friends, St. Mark's, located on Tecumseh Rd. W. and Campbell Ave., is hosting a Youth Dance on Friday, January 3rd from 7pm - 11pm. The dance is for boys and girls in grades 6 to 8. Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 in advance. You can purchase advance tickets on Fridays from 9am to 12pm at St. Mark's Hall in the basement. If you would like to learn more, please send me an email and I will forward your questions or concerns to the appropriate people at St. Mark's. Best regards, Fabio

Neighbourhood Watch Formed on Bridge Avenue between College and Wyandotte

Friends, Good news. A new neighbourhood watch has formed on Bridge Avenue between College and Wyandotte. This is another positive step in fighting crime on a grassroots level. It won't be too long before we are able to develop our resident-led crime prevention and reduction group comprised of residents from each neighbourhood across the west-end. Developing neighbourhood watches and being proactive with resident-led solutions to fighting crime is absolutely critical if we hope to one day reduce crime and eradicate the negative perception of crime in our neighbourhoods. We're building a safer west-end community, block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. Fabio

Successful First Parks Meeting

Friends,  Our West End held its first parks committee meeting this evening and it was successful. The committee discussed the "adopt-a-park" policy initiated by the City of Windsor, among other things, and we discussed in length how residents can take ownership of their parks. We are looking at practical steps (i.e. by adopting a park) to preserve and maintain parks in the area and implement alternative features to increase user-ship.  Our next meeting will be around late January. If you are interested in joining the group, please let me know and I will add your name to the email list. I will send a reminder closer to the next meeting as well.  We are making great strides and I am so very proud of our staff, volunteers and west-end community.  Fabio 

Car Break-ins in Bridgeview

Friends, The Bridgeview neighbourhood watch informed me of two car break-ins that occurred in the past few days in Bridgeview. One on Rankin between Vercheres and Grove and the other on Grove. Please be on the lookout and contact Windsor Police with any relevant information. Fabio

Free Household Items

Friends, Please see a message I received from the West End Crawlers: Hello everyone! A couple who live on Peter St. manage student houses/apts., and when the students leave, they get what's left in them.  They wanted to open a thrift store, however they both face serious medical issues, so the store will not be able to open.  He has TONS  of,  you-name-it , household/kitchen items, clothing, shoes, coats, comforters, bedding, furniture etc.. I told them I would send out this email to everyone I know who might be able to help find homes for it all.  If you, or someone you know, can use any of these item, please contact me!  I'd like to know by Friday Dec. 13th, then we'll arrange to pick it all up by Friday Dec. 20 and distribute.  If anyone can recruit "helpers" to pick it up, that'd be appreciated!  FABIO, if you could post our dilemma and contact info. in your blog, it'd be greatly appreciated! I'd like to have (at least most