The Old East Village News

Old East Village Community Association June 2009

Three new faces on association board
Three new members joined the board when the Old East Village Community Association held its annual general meeting on April 16. Cathy Stecko becomes secretary while Steve Duncan and Phil Shantz become directors at large. (See page 3 for pictures and brief sketches.) Meanwhile, Frank Filice was returned for a third two-year term as vice-president. Remaining on the board for the last year of their terms are president Greg Thompson and directors at large Donna Currie and Paul Seale.

Contests top Heritage Day plan
From Adelaide to Charlotte streets, from Central to Queens avenues, heritage will be front and centre on Sunday, June 21. It’s the first of what organizer Caroll Halford hopes will become an annual Heritage Day in the Old East Village. TOWN CRIER Kickoff by the town crier is set for 1 pm at the Boyle Community Centre. It will be followed by self-guided walking tours of heritage houses with prizes for: • spotting the most signs showing the name and occupation of the first householder and the date. • finding the oldest date of construction on these signs. Meanwhile, there will be games and other activities at the community centre, arranged by the social committee of the Old East Village Community Association. There will be more details in a flyer distributed throughout the neighbourhood in the coming days. Meanwhile, Mrs. Halford would like to hear from new volunteers, at or 519-433-7792.

A SERGEANT IN LONDON’s 1st Hussars, Jamie Knight is back home in the Old East after nine months on active service in Afghanistan as commander of a Bison armoured ambulance based a little north of Kandahar City. He is seen at the far right above, with his Bison and his crew. Photo courtesy of Jamie Knight

Boyle council asks for input as it plans for coming year
Everyone in the neighbourhood is invited to a general meeting of the Boyle Activity Council at 8 pm June 29, at the Boyle Community Centre. “We’ll be holding elections, reviewing our first year of programming and talking about plans for the coming year,” says president Jason Ahrens. “Good ideas are welcome.” Also on the agenda is the creation of a committee to organize special events. To be elected for two-year terms are the treasurer and program facilitator. While only coaches and volunteers in good standing are eligible for these positions, all adults who attend the meeting can vote.

Old East Village News The president’s corner

June 2009 The Old East Village News
is published by the
Old East Village Community Association.
President: Greg Thompson Vice-president: Frank Filice Treasurer: Jacalyn Grabowski Secretary: Cathy Stecko admin@oevca Past president: Annecke Somann Directors at large: Donna Currie Steven Duncan Paul Seale Philip Shantz


Association’s new year begins with mix of hopes, concerns
by Greg Thompson President, Old East Village Community Association Launched by the annual general meeting in April, your community association’s new year begins in fairly typical fashion with a challenging mix of high hopes and trepidation. It’s a real boost for hope that, as can be seen on the page opposite, the annual meeting brought some exceptionally strong additions to the board. I am also pleased to report that the annual meeting revived the association’s social committee, which is already showing its muscle by helping with Caroll Halford’s Heritage Day program on June 21. ONE ON ONE We’ve always known that the best neighbourhoods are the ones where people come together in play and come to know each other one on one. On the other hand, we’re obliged to express our regret that, for reasons that caught us by surprise at the last minute, the Green Day sale of mulch, compost and rain barrels had to be cancelled. We apologize most sincerely to all who were counting on Green Day for their supplies. Green Day sales have been the association’s major source of funds for several years, and so fundraising will be a major preoccupation in the coming year. This is the background to the board’s decision to accept advertising in the News. The first ad will be found in this issue. A FAIR SHAKE Of course, the association will not lose sight of its regular, behind-thescenes work, ensuring that Old East gets a fair shake and a fair share of whatever’s on tap. In closing, let me wish everyone in the Old East Village no less than I wish for myself and my family— a summer to look back on with only the best of memories.

Our yesterdays

Old East theatre first of its kind
The Palace Theatre at 710 Dundas Street was London’s first de luxe neighbourhood movie house when it opened 80 years ago, in 1929. Opening night featured Synthetic Sin, not the sizzler it sounds but a comedic 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 the London Community Players, www.

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New and re-elected board members

June 2009


Shops, school, park, families top wish lists
These are the new and re-elected members of the board of the Old East Village Community Association—secretary Cathy Stecko, vicepresident Frank Filice and directors at large Steve Duncan and Phil Shantz. Cathy Stecko has been a teacher at Lorne Avenue Public School for 17 years and a resident of Old East for more than 16. Besides teaching various grades from 3 to 8 at Lorne Ave. and helping to run special education programs, she’s represented the school on the Community Advisory Council of the London InterCommunity Health Centre. “I’d love to see more people using Queens Park as well as patronizing local eateries and shops,” she says. “We also need to encourage people from other parts of town, when they visit our neighbourhood, to acknowledge a great area and supportive community school.” Phil Shantz is a student services specialist who works for a partnership between the children’s aid society and Catholic school board of HuronPerth. He and his wife Anne, who is completing her nursing degree at Western, have lived in Old East for about three years. The children are all grown and two are now parents themselves. Key elements of his work are counselling and problem-solving when there are conflicts among students, parents and teachers. “I would like to see more younger families locating in the neighbourhood,” he says, “and we need to encourage and support the transformation of Dundas Street.” for Lorne Ave. school as an indispensible community asset.” Steve Duncan is a full-time student at Huron College, working towards a masters degree in theological studies, and a part-time Frank Filice was among the founders inventory consultant. of the Old East Village Community He and his wife Association in 2003. Leslie have lived in Beginning a third straight term as Old East for seven vice-president, he carries a number of years and have two the association’s most active files, children, 1 and 3. including redevelopment of Queens He has been involved with the Park and support for Unity Project for the homeless the Carson Library. A physiotherapist at while Leslie was part of the team working towards creation of the University Hospital, heritage conservation district and he has lived in Old now volunteers in the Boyle East ever since comActivity Council playgroup. ing to London from His wish for the coming year is Scotland (with a brief “continual improvement of the stop in Sault Ste. Marie) in 1992. business district of Old East Village His wish for the coming year is to increase its appeal to all Lon“real progress on issues already on the table, including a new mandate doners.”

CLEAN AND GREEN Day April 18 drew more than 100 volunteers from Old East businesses and homes, up from about 75 last year, to pick up litter and debris on Dundas Street from Rectory to Adelaide streets. Photo: Frank Filice

Old East Village News Recreation, learning, networking

June 2009


Here’s what’s on for you in Old East
BAC: Boyle Activity Council at the

Boyle Community Centre, 530 Charlotte Street, 519-951-9158 or jasonahrens@ hotmail. com. CL: Carson Library, 465 Quebec Street, 519-438-4287. Registration, where required, taken at the desk, online or by telephone. OES: Old East Studios, 755 Dundas Street, 519-434-5499 or

FAMILY / ALL AGES ‘Agent 009,’ TD Summer Reading Club. June 20-August 22. “Search for clues on our Clueville board game, read great books, earn prizes and solve a mystery.” Limited space; registration from June 20. CL Community BBQ, June 27, 4-6 pm at the Boyle Community Centre. Crafts and games, food and more, all at no charge. BAC Wii for All, July 3, 1:30-4:30 pm. Free drop-in games on the Wii system. CL ‘Ventriloquism with Sue,’ July 29, 10-11 am. “Humour, singing and fun” with ventriloquist Sue VanDuynhoven. Pick up free tickets from July 14 or drop in. CL Family movie, August 13, 2:304:30 pm. Voting on the choice of movie August 1-8 at the desk or on the Carson Library Facebook page. CL TODDLERS / PRESCHOOLERS Storytime, birth to age 5, Fridays, July 17 to August 7, 10:30-11 am. Drop-in. Children under age 3 must be accompanied by an adult. CL Mother Goose and Honker, ages 2-5 with caregiver. August 5, 10-

FOUR-YEAR-OLD RYLEE McMillan reads Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with volunteer Bonnie McLaren at the Carson Library’s food-themed ‘Reading Rocks’ event on May 2.

11 am. Stories, nursery rhymes, puppets. Pick up free tickets from July 21 or drop in. CL

AGES 5 AND UP Book Buddies, ages 5-11, all sumAGES 10 AND UP mer. Reading to volunteers aged ‘Get Caught Reading,’ ages 12-18. 12 and up for 15-20 minutes at a summer reading challenge with time, for fun or practice. CL prizes. CL Detective Science, ages 6-12, July Manga Drawing Workshop, ages 16, 2:30-3:30 pm. Hands-on 10 and up. July 10, 2:30-4:30 pm, exploration of forensics basics. with instructor Katja Beneke. Registration opens July 2. CL Registration opens June 30. CL ‘Dance Dance Revolution,’ ages 6+, July 23, 1:30-4:30 pm. Free ADULTS drop-in. Children under 8 must be ‘Coexistence Coffee House,’ June accompanied by an adult. CL 13, July 11 and August 15, 7 pm. Heritage Craft, ages 6+, July 29, An occasion to share interests in 2:30-3:30 pm. Hands-on learning music and more. OES about a 19th-century craft, Home business, June 3, 12, July 16, presented by Fanshawe Pioneer 29, August 12, 26, noon-1:30 pm. Village. Registration opens July Drop-in meet-and-greet for the 8. CL self-employed. OES. ‘Reading Rocks: Get a Clue!’

August 20, 2:30-3:30 pm. Games, crafts, books, food and prizes for school-age children and their families. Sponsored by EDPRO Energy Group. CL

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June 2009


Festival silver and gold shine in Old East Village
and three bronzes besides its two Lorne Avenue Public School racked golds. up five gold awards, 31 silvers and There were also five silvers and a seven bronze at the Kiwanis Festival bronze for woodwind performances, in April. a bronze in the brass solo class and Three of the golds were for reseven silvers for monologues. corder and woodwind performances directed by music teacher Joe Lee and PIANO TOO two were for speech arts entries diCompeting as an individual, Lucas rected by Grades7/8 teacher Marc Toth also got a first in piano besides Hodgkinson. The gold performers the gold for the saxophone solo. were: Meanwhile, two students from Old • Recorder duet: Mary Capton and East shared in six gold awards to the Cadence Oliver; Pearson School for the Arts. • Grade 5/6 recorder group: Joshua They are Ariel Seale as a member August, Mary Capton, Tyler Corof the Pearson Singers and Ted Lindovado, Noel Day, Daisy Dekoker, den as King Claudius in Hamlet, celKatelyn Gillis, Emmett Gordon, list in two Grade 8 string ensembles Hailey Goulden, Demra Green, and a member of two vocal ensemEmily Hay, Jazmun King, Alex bles. Lumley, Austin Moore, Cadence Oliver, Priya Morin, Alisha Muirhead, Jakob Squire, Jacob SturPlaudits for Lorne geon and Taylor Van Dommelen; • Woodwind solo: Lucas Toth on Ave. staff, students saxophone; after lock-down • Monologue: Brittany MooreThe smooth way that staff and stuShirley; and dents handled the April 20 lock• Duologue: Madeline Seale and down at Lorne Avenue Public Carrie Wilton. School has been recognized by the Lorne Ave. dominated the recorder Thames Valley District School classes at the festival with 19 silvers Board. The lock-down was ordered durRegister now to get ing a stand-off across the street beon yard sale map tween police and a man who was thought at the time to be brandishA map of registered sales will be ing a shotgun. made available on the day of the comAs it happened, the board was munity yard sale scheduled June 6 meeting next night, and the staff (with a June 7 rain date). To register, was invited to hear Education Dicall 519-601-5876 by June 3. rector Bill Tucker’s congratulaThe Old East Village Community tions. Association will see to media advertisPrincipal Jenny Schreff expressed ing and to signage the day of the sale. thanks to police and others, includResidents of Woodman Avenue are ing staff of the Agriplex where the standing by their tradition of a street pupils were taken after evacuation sale later in the summer. It is set for from the school. July 11.

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June 2009


Theatre and music

Entertainment your feet can take you to
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street. www., 519-6727950. LCMT (London City Music Theatre), Western Fair Grounds. www. londoncitymusic, 519432-0888. OES (Old East Studios,) 755 Dundas Street, 519-434-5499. www. Unless otherwise indicated, events are paywhat-you-can. Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street, 519-432-1029. www. certs presents Harry Manx. AH June 6, 7:30 pm,. A Night of Drums with Brian McHugh and Friends. AH June 7, 3 pm. Brahms: Romances from Magalone Op 25 with Guy Fletcher, tenor, and Clark Bryan, piano. AH June 17 at 2 pm, June 19 and 20 at 8 pm, Memories of 1967 Summer of Love. LCMT July 24 , 25, 31 and August 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.; July 25 and August 1 and 8 at 4 p.m.; July 26 and August 2 and 9 at 7 pm, I’m a Soulman. LCMT

THEATRE May 27-30 at 8 p.m., May 30 at 2 pm, PMS: Professional Military Specialists by Matt Loop and Norah Cuzzocrea. Spoofs 80s pop culture and bad action movies. Palace June 7 at 7 p.m. People’s Theatre. Readings and improvisation. For more information, jakelevesque OES June 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8 pm and June 21, 27 at 2 pm, Stepping Out. “Good-natured comedy” unfolds at a beginner’s tap dance class. Palace MUSIC Sundays (except August 2), 2-5 pm. Local musicians live. Home County Folk Festival open stage June 28, July 26, August 30. OES Mondays (except August 3), 8-10 pm. SOUP (Southern Ontario Ukulele Players). Drop-in for players at all levels and their fans. OES Tuesdays, 8-10 pm, ‘Ruby Tuesdays.’ Drop-in for acoustic musicians and listeners. OES June 5, 8 pm. Acoustic Muse Con-


Photo: Paul Miszczyk

It’s two in a row for Old East’s Frank Ridsdale at music awards
Frank Ridsdale has won his second straight Richardson Music Award. Named for Juno-winning record producer and Fanshawe College teacher Jack Richardson, these annual awards recognize the best in London music of all kinds. Mr. Ridsdale’s 2009 award as a contemporary singer-songwriter, follows a win in the folk/roots category last year. A London native who’s lived in Old East since 1985, he is a familiar figure behind his guitar at community events in the Village. What is likely less well-known than his musical talent is that he holds an MA in anthropology and speaks Spanish. CD AVAILABLE His CD The Port, celebrating Port Stanley in a variety of musical styles, is still available. He can be seen as well as heard from 4 to 7 pm Sundays at the Victoria Tavern, Hill and Maitland streets, and from 10 pm Wednesdays at the Scots Corner downtown.

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June 2009


Old East Live! showcases talent in the neighbourhood June 11
The fourth annual Old East Live! revue, co-sponsored by the Lorne Avenue School Council and the London InterCommunity Health Centre, has been scheduled for June 11 at the Aeolian Hall. Besides students from Lorne Avenue Public School and H.B. Beal and Central secondary schools, the show will feature local performers including two professional groups with Old East links. • One member of the Isobelle Gunn Trio is Leanna Zeyl whose day job is as a social worker with the London InterCommunity Health Centre, • The flautist in Light of East, a Early registration middle eastern folk ensemble, is planned at Boyle Old East resident Jennifer Baetz. Doors open at 6 pm for a 6:30 start The Boyle Activity Council expects by the end of June to start accepting of the show. Tickets are free, with donations accepted at the door to early registrations for its fall support Lorne Ave.’s music proprogram. While the menu has not yet been gram. While family and friends take up completed, programs are certain to most of the seats, a limited number include Nerf soccer, art classes for children, beginner and intermediate of tickets are available to others on a first come, first served basis. For yoga, adult volleyball and a parent reservations, call Shelly Happy at and tot drop in. 519-660-0875 x254. Activities are expected to begin in the week of September 21.Watch the sign at the Boyle Community Centre or keep an eye on www. for details. June 6, community yard sale, with a June 7 rain date; registrations taken to June 3 (see page 7). June 11, Old East Live! (page 7). June 21, Heritage Day (page 1). June 24, Lorne Avenue Public School, Grade 8 graduation ceremonies. June 25, last day of school. June 27, Boyle Activity Council community barbecue. June 29, open meeting called by the Boyle Activity Council (page 1). September 8, school resumes.

Wellness programs at the health centre
For more information, contact the London InterCommunity Health Centre at 519-660-0875 or Seniors’ WrapAround: A new program for immigrant and francophone seniors (55+) who have health problems and feel alone in the community. For more information: Dharshi Lacey, 519-6600875, extension 226. Seniors’ Tai Chi, 9:30-11:45 am Saturdays. Free; no registration required. Use the Marshall Street entrance. Black Canadians’ Diabetes SelfManagement Group, 6-8 pm on the fourth Monday of the month. For more information: 419-6600874, extension 274. Anonymous AIDS testing. For more information or to make an appointment: 519-673-4427.

Board backs real estate syndicate
The board of the Old East Village Community Association has given its support in principle to a proposed real estate syndicate that would buy homes and business properties in the neighbourhood. The aim would be to ensure that properties now neglected by absentee owners are well kept up. Investments would be accepted only from Old East residents or those with a clear interest in the well-being of the neighbourhood. There will be further reports in this newsletter as steps are taken to get a syndicate up and running.

Some key dates for the calendar Theatre camp calls
for volunteers

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Volunteers are wanted for the summer day camp at the Palace Theatre. “No experience necessary,” says coordinator Connie Galera. “Not that we mind having experienced people, but it’s a great opportunity for anyone who’d like an introduction to the theatre world.” There are three two-week camps between July 6 and August 15. “We are looking for help with designing and managing costumes, general supervision of the campers, props and backstage duties.” To apply, drop in at the Palace office, 710 Dundas, go to www. or fax 519-432-7628.

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June 2009


Social committee swings into action, seeks recruits
The social committee of the Old East Village Community Association lost no time after its creation at the annual general meeting in April. Led by acting chair Biagio Iaboni, the committee immediately threw itself into the Heritage Day program set for June 21 (see page 1). The summer’s tasks, says Mr. Iaboni, will be: • building the team by recruiting more volunteers, and • nailing down a program for the rest of the year. The email address for anyone who would like to get involved in the social program is sofaoevca@hotmail. com.

WHERE DID THESE COME from? Guerrilla gardeners seem to be at work in the Old East once again . . . these asters and false sunflowers appeared suddenly one morning in late May on the north side of Central Avenue, by the rail yards. Photo: Greg Thompson

Community will help set Lorne Ave.’s future course
Members of the community will be asked this summer to share their ideas for the future of Lorne Avenue Public School as a community hub. Besides informal consultations, there are to be open meetings where the Lorne Avenue Collaborative will listen to what the people of Old East would like to see at Lorne Ave., side by side with the elementary school. Dates, times and locations will be posted at the Carson Library, the Boyle Community Centre and elsewhere. Bringing together the Lorne Avenue School Council, the Old East Village Business Improvement Area, the London InterCommunity Health Centre and the Old East Village Community Association, the collaborative has worked for more than a year to keep the school out of a review process that could lead to closure. Now its task is to give the City and the Thames Valley District School Board a basis for backing the designation of Lorne Ave. as a community hub. SIGN STORAGE Meanwhile, the collaborative is again urging supporters to put away their “Save the Heart of Old East” signs, because the threat of closure has receded. The community association will pick up and store unwanted signs — call 519-601-5876.

School nutrition program looking for volunteers
The London InterCommunity Health Center is recruiting volunteers for the fall for its Cooking for Kids program at Lorne Avenue Public School. Volunteers put in a few hours a week making snacks and hot lunches. Hours are available on Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons. Childcare is available. For more information: Shelly Happy at 519-660-0875, extension 254 or

JK registrations now being taken
Both Lorne Avenue Public School and Blessed Sacrament Separate School are taking registrations for their junior kindergarten classes until June 24, then again in the first week of September.

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