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The Old East Village News
Old East Village Community Association June 2009
Conteststop HeritageDay plan
Three new faces on association board
Three new members joined the boardwhen the Old East Village Commu-nity Association held its annual gen-eral meeting on April 16.Cathy Stecko becomes secretarywhile Steve Duncan and Phil Shantz become directors at large. (See page3 for pictures and brief sketches.)Meanwhile, Frank Filice was re-turned for a third two-year term asvice-president.Remaining on the board for thelast year of their terms are presidentGreg Thompson and directors atlarge Donna Currie and Paul Seale.From Adelaide to Charlotte streets,from Central to Queens avenues,heritage will be front and centre onSunday, June 21.It’s the first of what organizer Caroll Halford hopes will become anannual Heritage Day in the Old EastVillage.
 Kickoff by the town crier is set for 1 pm at the Boyle Community Centre.It will be followed by self-guidedwalking tours of heritage houses with prizes for:
spotting the most signs showingthe name and occupation of thefirst householder and the date.
finding the oldest date of construc-tion on these signs.Meanwhile, there will be games andother activities at the communitycentre, arranged by the social com-mittee of the Old East Village Com-munity Association.There will be more details in aflyer distributed throughout theneighbourhood in the coming days.Meanwhile, Mrs. Halford wouldlike to hear from new volunteers, atredshawlwoman@rogers.com or 519-433-7792.
A SERGEANT IN LONDON’s 1st Hussars, Jamie Knight is backhome in the Old East after nine months on active service inAfghanistan as commander of a Bison armoured ambulancebased a little north of Kandahar City. He is seen at the far rightabove, with his Bison and his crew.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Knight
Everyone in the neighbourhood isinvited to a general meeting of theBoyle Activity Council at 8 pm June29, at the Boyle Community Centre.“We’ll be holding elections, re-viewing our first year of program-ming and talking about plans for thecoming year,” says president JasonAhrens. “Good ideas are welcome.”Also on the agenda is the creationof a committee to organize specialevents.To be elected for two-year termsare the treasurer and program facili-tator. While only coaches and volun-teers in good standing are eligiblefor these positions, all adults whoattend the meeting can vote.
Boyle council asks for inputas it plans for coming year 
Our yesterdays
Old East theatrefirst of its kind
The Palace Theatre at 710 DundasStreet was London’s first
de luxe
 neighbourhood movie house when itopened 80 years ago, in 1929.Opening night featured
, not the sizzler it sounds but acomedic romp with Colleen Moore,the top female box office draw of her time.Admission was 25¢ for adults,15¢ for children.The Palace is now home to theLondon Community Players, www.londoncommunityplayers.com.
There’s moreto see atwww.oevca.ca
Old East Village News June 2009 2
The president’s corner 
Association’s new year beginswith mix of hopes, concerns
by Greg Thompson
 President, Old East VillageCommunity Association
Launched by the annual generalmeeting in April, your communityassociation’s new year begins infairly typical fashion with a chal-lenging mix of highhopes and trepidation.It’s a real boost for hope that, as can beseen on the page oppo-site, the annual meeting broughtsome exceptionally strong additionsto the board.I am also pleased to report thatthe annual meeting revived the as-sociation’s social committee, whichis already showing its muscle byhelping with Caroll Halford’s Heri-tage Day program on June 21.
 We’ve always known that the bestneighbourhoods are the ones where people come together in play andcome to know each other one onone.On the other hand, we’re obligedto express our regret that, for rea-sons that caught us by surprise atthe last minute, the Green Day sale
The Old East Village News
s published by theOld East Village CommunityAssociation.
President: Greg Thompsonchair@oevca.caVice-president: Frank FiliceTreasurer: Jacalyn GrabowskiSecretary: Cathy Steckoadmin@oevcaPast president: Annecke SomannDirectors at large:Donna CurrieSteven DuncanPaul SealePhilip Shantzof mulch, compost and rain barrelshad to be cancelled. We apologizemost sincerely to all who werecounting on Green Day for their supplies.Green Day sales have been theassociation’s major source of fundsfor several years, and so fundraisingwill be a major preoccupation in thecoming year.This is the background to the board’s decision to accept adver-tising in the
. The first ad will be found in this issue.
 Of course, the association will notlose sight of its regular, behind-the-scenes work, ensuring that Old Eastgets a fair shake and a fair share of whatever’s on tap.In closing, let me wish everyonein the Old East Village no less thanI wish for myself and my family— a summer to look back on with onlythe best of memories.
We support the work of the Old East Village Community Association, making our neigh- bourhood an even better place to live. Please enrol my household as a member for the year 2009. Our membership fee of $10 is enclosed. Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-mail address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London ON . . . . . . . . Telephone (optional) 519- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I am/we are willing to take on volunteer tasksMail to OEVCA, 817 Lorne Ave., London N5W 3K9
for Lorne Ave. school as an indis- pensible community asset.”
Steve Duncan
is a full-time studentat Huron College, working towardsa masters degree intheological studies,and a part-timeinventory consultant.He and his wifeLeslie have lived inOld East for sevenyears and have twochildren, 1 and 3.He has been involved with theUnity Project for the homelesswhile Leslie was part of the teamworking towards creation of theheritage conservation district andnow volunteers in the BoyleActivity Council playgroup.His wish for the coming year is“continual improvement of the business district of Old East Villageto increase its appeal to all Lon-doners.”These are the new and re-electedmembers of the board of the OldEast Village Community Associa-tion—secretary Cathy Stecko, vice- president Frank Filice and directorsat large Steve Duncan and PhilShantz.
Cathy Stecko
has been a teacher atLorne Avenue PublicSchool for 17 yearsand a resident of OldEast for more than16.Besides teachingvarious grades from3 to 8 at Lorne Ave.and helping to run special education programs, she’s represented theschool on the Community AdvisoryCouncil of the London InterCom-munity Health Centre.“I’d love to see more people usingQueens Park as well as patronizinglocal eateries and shops,” she says.“We also need to encourage peoplefrom other parts of town, whenthey visit our neighbourhood, toacknowledge a great area andsupportive community school.”
Phil Shantz
is a student servicesspecialist who works for a part-nership betweenthe children’s aidsociety andCatholic school board of Huron-Perth.He and his wifeAnne, who iscompleting her nursing degree atWestern, have lived in Old East for about three years. The children areall grown and two are now parentsthemselves.Key elements of his work arecounselling and problem-solving
Old East Village News June 2009 3
New and re-elected board members
Shops, school, park, families top wish lists
when there are conflicts amongstudents, parents and teachers.“I would like to see more younger families locating in the neighbour-hood,” he says, “and we need toencourage and support the trans-formation of Dundas Street.”
Frank Filice
was among the foundersof the Old East Village CommunityAssociation in 2003.Beginning a third straight term asvice-president, he carries a number of the association’s most active files,including redevelopment of QueensPark and support for the Carson Library.A physiotherapist atUniversity Hospital,he has lived in OldEast ever since com-ing to London fromScotland (with a brief stop in Sault Ste. Marie) in 1992.His wish for the coming year is“real progress on issues already onthe table, including a new mandate
CLEAN AND GREEN Day April 18 drew more than 100 volunteersfrom Old East businesses and homes, up from about 75 last year, topick up litter and debris on Dundas Street from Rectory to Adelaidestreets.
Photo: Frank Filice

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