This is the first opportunity in almost 5 years to update our website (because it’s new!) and to share with you what we have been participating in. As both a business operator and as a resident, I am, along with my husband Mike, involved in a number of community groups: the Weston Community Coalition (WCC), the Weston Heritage Conservation District (WHCD), the Weston Historical Society (WHS) and the Weston Village Residents Association. We are also very active with the Clean Train Coalition which represents all the communities affected by the Air Rail Link issue. The following postings will be newest to oldest. Hope you enjoy! (Please note this is a work in progress and not all events have been brought up to date!)
7th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out – 2011
Our most successful event to date! With over 700 residents attending, we couldn’t have asked for a better night! Lots of displays by various groups including the Clean Train Coalition and WHCD. The WHCD also received their Trillium Award plaque that evening from their representative and MPP Albanese. Extra special entertainment that night was from the Ontario Falconry Centre who brought birds of prey and owls for people to hold and touch. It was awesome!
6th Annual Neighbours’ Night Out – 2010
Another successful NNO bbq on Elm Street! Always highlighting the Georgetown Corridor communities’ desire to have electric trains instead of diesel for the Air Rail Link, the poster reflects the demands that the Clean Train Coalition and Weston Community Coalition along with other communities, continue to put forward to the Provincial government.
Little Avenue Memorial Park (LAMP) Re-Dedication 2009
After many years of neglect, some neighbours, spearheaded by Jason Doolan, banded together to see what they could do to make the park more attractive. With a bandshell that needed a little TLC and a Cenotaph in need of repair, the LAMP group worked with Councillor Nunziata and the Parks Department to come up with some designs for a refurbished bandshell and a brand new gateway so that people walking along Weston Rd would know there is a lovely park to visit. I am proud to say that I envisioned the gateway concept and with a friend’s help, we were able to mock up how it would look and it became the model for the finished product. The City was able to add the finishing touch of a formal park sign like all others in the City have. It took a long time from first meeting to ribbon cutting but it was well worth it as we have a lovely gem of a park for our community to enjoy!!
The Legend comes home – 2008
The ‘China Wall’ Johnny Bower came home to Weston on November 1st, 2008 for a special book signing hosted by Peter the Barber (Peter Kalamaris) and me in his barber shop on John Street. Surrounded by Maple Leaf memorabilia, a wall of signatures of players, coaches and managers, Mr. Bower generously gave us hours of his time to sign books, chat with fans and take pictures. Thanks to Dom for helping to arrange this very special event!
Neighbours’ Night Out 2007– hosted by WCC, WHCD, Elm Park Team
This was our first time having the annual neighbourhood BBQ in Elm Park — the park was being rededicated after a major overhaul and new equipment being installed. It was a fantastic evening with hundreds of residents, the City of Toronto staff and the Councillor all coming together for a great evening of bbq, community displays by the WHCD and community spirit. It was so successful, that it made us realize that Elm Street is the perfect spot for the event and we haven’t looked back!