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Spring 2011 News

Spring 2011 News

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Old East Community Newsletter, Spring 2011
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The Old East Village News
Old East Village Community Association London, Ontario March 20, 2011
Traffic calming proposalsspelled out
page 6
Problem properties willbe monitored
page 3
Annual meeting 
Approvalsought fortraffic plan
The annual general meeting of the OldEast Village Community Associationwill be asked to approve a trafficcalming plan to urge on City Hall.The meeting is scheduled for 7-9pm April 7 at Lorne Avenue PublicSchool.
Drafted by a committee headed byKaren Wells and unveiled at an openmeeting in February, the trafficcalming plan is aimed at a pedestrianand child-friendly neighbourhood.Its recommendations are reported
on page 6 and the committee‘s full
report can be read at oevca.blogspot.com.
The annual meeting will also see theelection of four members to theexecutive for two-year terms
vice-president, secretary and two of thefour directors at large.President Greg Thompson, treasurerJacalyn Grabowski and two directorsat large, Greg Matthison and PeterStrack, all have a year remaining intheir terms.Also to be elected is a delegate tothe Urban League of London, theumbrella group of communityassociations city-wide.
Green Day offers compost,plants for the garden May 7
Jacalyn GrabowskiJoin us for the ninth annual Old EastGreen Day, May 7, rain or shine.
You‘ll find plants to buy or trade
along with bargain compost on sale.The place is the playground atLorne Avenue Public School and thetime is 8 am to 1 pm.Bring containers and a shovel and
you‘ll get 30 litres of compost – 
about half a garden wheelbarrow‘s
for just $2. If you needbags, a limited number will beavailable onsite at 50¢ each.Volunteers are needed for set up
and clean up. It‘s a great way to
meet neighbours. Get in touch withme at jgrabowski99[at]hotmail.comor 519-434-2936.Green Day earnings help payfor printing the
and otheractivities of the Old East VillageCommunity Association.
A DECADE OF WORK to restore historic St. Mary’s Church, at
Lyle and King, has been recognized by the Heritage LondonFoundation and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario withone of their 2011 Heritage Awards. Father Joseph Dabrowskipoints out stained glass windows that were once covered overbut now light the sanctuary again.
re-opening of the Boyle MemorialCommunity Centre.
I think we‘ll all
be impressed by the renovations andthe prospects for enhanced recrea-tional programming.Spring will also see tree plantingin some of our shared spaces, organ-ized by the community associationthrough a grant from the UrbanLeague of London.
Our ―Walk to Shop‖ initiative,
designed to nurture a local shoppingethic in Old East, also starts thisspring.We will be highlighting the variedshopping options available to each of us within easy walking distance,including not only those on thecommercial corridor but also thesmall business run by many of us
from our own homes (see the ‗ad‘ on
page 10).
So there‘s lots going on, and lots
of opportunity to do more - I hopeto see lots of you at the annualgeneral meeting, to be part of it.
2 Old East Village News March 20, 2011
Our yesterdays 
Centre recallspioneer educator
Boyle Memorial Community Centre,reopening in April after its $1.2-million redevelopment, inherits itsname from the school that once stoodon the site, on the south side of Prin-cess between Charlotte and Dorinda.
J.B. (Barney) Boyle was London‘s
first school inspector, serving from1871 until he died at his desk 20years later.Opened in 1916, the school wasnamed in his honour and the namestuck when the school closed about1980, to be replaced by the commu-nity centre.
The president’s corner 
Annual meeting launchesactive spring for Old East
by Greg Thompson
President, Old East VillageCommunity Association
 Is it just me, or has this winterseemed particularly long and dis-mal? As spring
approaches, it‘s
 time to start plan-ning for a numberof neighbourhoodevents that lie be-fore us.The annual general meeting of your community association hasbeen scheduled for April 7
at LorneAvenue Public School.There are many ways to contrib-ute to improving our neighbour-hood, and playing an active role inyour association is one.
 With half of your board slated forelection this year, there is an oppor-tunity for new faces and new ideasto come forward.At the AGM, we will also bebringing forward, for your approval,plans for calming traffic in theneighbourhood and dealing with
―problem properties.‖
 This spring also brings the
The Old East Village News
s published by theOld East Village CommunityAssociation
President: Greg Thompsonoevcapresident[at]gmail.comVice-president: Frank FiliceTreasurer: Jacalyn GrabowskiSecretary: Cathy Steckooevcasecretary[at]gmail.comPast president: Annecke SomannDirectors-at-large:Steve Duncan, Greg Matthison,Philip Shantz, Peter Strack 
We support the work of the Old East Village Community Association, making our neigh-bourhood an even better place to live. Please enrol our household as a member for the year2011. Our membership fee of $10 is enclosed.Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . London ON . . . . . . . . Telephone (optional) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I am/we are willing to take on volunteer tasksMail to OEVCA, 817 Lorne Ave., London N5W 3K9
There’s more to see at
looking to expand advertising inthe newsletter Additionally,
we’ll be
reaching out for good photographs to grace thecover of the newsletter.News events are preferred,but we are going to have at least one 'non news' photograph for the next edition. It could be yours!Please direct any ques-tions, submissions, or corres-pondence to oevcanews[at]gmail.com Guido Mulder 
A personal appeal 
New editor wants photos,story ideas from readers
March 20, 2011 Old East Village News 3
Problem properties 
Committee will monitor follow-up
There‘s something new in the tool
-box for Old East householders withconcerns about properties where:
criminal behaviour is suspected;
there is a longstanding pattern of anti-social behaviour; or
poor maintenance creates healthor safety concerns.
It‘s a ―tracking sheet‖ they can use
to document problems for action byan Old East Village CommunityAssociation committee headed bySteven Duncan.
Developed in consultation with the
London Police Service‘s
(Com-munity-Oriented Response) unit, thesheet will become available after theannual general meeting of the com-munity association, April 7.The committee has come up witha multi-stage plan for dealing withproblems, and it can be seen atoevca. blogspot.com.In brief, the committee will takeproblems to the authorities when
they can‘t be resolved neighbour 
-to-neighbour, and it will keep tabs onthe action taken.
BAC registrationMarch 22, 24, 26
Registration for activities of theBoyle Activity Council (see pages9 and 10) takes place from 6:30 to8:30 pm March 22 and 24 at LorneAvenue Public School and from9:30 to 11:30 am March 26 at theCarson Library.
Taste It! comesto the market
The tastes of the London regionare on the menu March 29 at the
Western Fair Farmers‘ and Artisans‘
Market, in the ConfederationBuilding at Dundas and Ontario.
The occasion is Taste It!, ―a
culinary event showcasing local
farmers and chefs,‖ sponsored by
the Southwest Ontario Local FoodConnection. The $20 admissionincludes five tasting tickets andmore tickets can be purchasedonsite.Earlier in the day, the market
is hosting this year‘ Farmer/Food
Buyer Networking Event, alsosponsored by the Connectionorganization. It brings farmers andother producers together with chefs,retailers, processors, distributorsand others, to meet and developbusiness relationships.
As of this printing, the next 
newsletter will be circulated on or before June 5th. As youread this, I will be takingover the editorial and organization functions for this newsletter.These are big shoes in-deed to fill, so I will bereaching out to the reader-ship for anything note-worthy and newsworthythey might like to share with their community.We may have some format changes
if you have any ideas for that theyare most welcome.This newsletter is your newsletter,so if you have content ideas,comments, or suggestions, pleaseshare them.
We’re still looking for news you
can use, events in the area, highlightsof things that you think areimportant.It is through all of our individualdaily contributions that collectivelymake Old East a great place to live,work, and play.If possible and in keeping with the
traditions of the newsletter, I’m
Ten new trees forpark this spring
The ―reforestation‖ of Queen‘s Park 
continues with 10 more trees to beplanted this spring.Funding for the next phase of park re-development is being pursued.Meanwhile, there is $10,000 on
hand, left over from last year‘s
funding, and one possibility beingconsidered for the coming summeris the installation of artistic featuresthat could double as play structuresfor children.

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