Big plans for Weston to be released later this month

The Weston 2021 Design Initiative is convening again to discuss the results of the  bean counters’  “Technical Assistance Panel”. The City, Metrolinx, and the Urban Land Institute will be releasing the results of their consultations and making further plans at the community update.

A design conference in May brought planners together with the community to make grand plans for the revitilization of Weston. Those plans were then taken to the the Technical Assistance Panel to be assessed for financial viability.

Everyone is welcome at the community update meeting. It will be held Wednesday, June 29 at 6 pm, at St John the Evangelist.

 

Wednesday, June 29th

 

TAVIS Barbecue Tonight, June 16, 2011.

There will be a barbecue tonight from 5 – 7 pm hosted by 12 Division TAVIS initiative officers and Councillor Frances Nunziata. This is to let the community know that an additional 32 police officers have been made available during the summer for street patrol in the Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue area. Check out the PDF version of the poster here.

Farmers’ Market open, awesome

The Farmers’ Market got off to a great start this year. Hundreds of people turned out to support our local growers and retailers—and to get fed.

Indian Elvis put in an appearance, as he usually does, and the lineup for Ken’s bacon sandwiches (which your correspondent takes as an index of the buyers’ mood) was very long—surely foretelling a wonderful year ahead.

Indian Elvis, Weston Farmers' Market

Huge turnout for Queens Drive sale

The weather gods blessed the annual garage sale on Queens Drive, and it was a roaring success this year. Thousands of people turned out and packed the sunny streets.

Your humble correspondent scored many sweet deals, the sweetest of which was certainly a gorgeous golf bag from back when stuff was still made in the USA. $5!

Design conference feedback released

A conference planning the future of Weston was held last month, and the report summarizing community feedback has now been released. It discusses 10 messages from the community, none of will surprise residents, but any of which, if acted upon, would make Weston a better place to live.

In short, the recommendations were:

  • Weston Road could be nicer if it had better design and more varied retail
  • The tracks and Lawrence are physical barriers that separate us
  • Weston is a culturally and economically diverse village, with few ties between communities
  • Don’t touch the Farmers’ Market, but make the surrounding area better; make the GO Station area better, too
  • Convince developers to pay for everything—don’t make taxpayers
  • Tall buildings are generally undesirable; rental high rises are especially undesirable
  • Community arts and spaces are good. A movie theatre would be good too.
  • Weston is not an intersection. It is a village with history.
  • The schools could use some help—especially St John, which is crowded and threatened by the train
  • Some parts of Weston feel unsafe

You can download the entire report, which has much more detail, here: Weston Charrette Community Feedback Summary

A proposed redesign of Weston Rd

June Fun Fair a success

Weston Memorial’s June Fair was a huge success. The school and volunteers raised about $6500 for school programming.

According to Cristine Ramos, an organizer, “everyone agreed that they have never seen the school yard so full of people and by everyone’s guesstimations it was the best attended fair in recent history.”

The weather was fantastic this year, and the schoolyard was a total zoo—appropriate, given the theme, “Go Wild”. Hundreds and hundreds of kids caused a wonderful ruckus.

The school raised money through a barbecue, a bake sale, jumpy castles, a raffle, and a silent auction.Many good people and businesses donated money and services to the fair. Jorge Ramos, from Financial IQ Camp Millionaire, deserves to be carried across town on the shoulders of the people for his donation. Sam Valentini and Paula Carrascalao deserve special mention for covering the cost of the bouncy castles. The Ontario Falconry Centre also donated their show.

The money raised at the fair will be used for “school trips and arts and science programs”, according to Ramos.

Thanks to Cristine Ramos for the photos

Neighbours’ Night out

Nobody needs to eat alone in Weston this summer.

Weston’s community groups are inviting the neighbourhood out for a night of barbeque and fun at the the 7th annual Neighbours’ Night Out. The Weston Community Coalition, the WHCD, and the Weston Village Residents’ Association are putting together the event.

The Neighbours’ Night Out will be on Tuesday, June 21 at Elm Park, at the corner of King and Elm.