Unsettling news

The principal of CR Marchant has some unsettling news that accords with some rumblings I’ve heard in the neighbourhood:

Unfortunately, over the last week, two of our students were followed by someone when walking home. Both times, the person was in a vehicle.

According to Ms Caddel, the “police have been called and have been touring the neighbourhood a bit more this week.” Your correspondent has emailed the police, but has not heard back.

If you have any information, please leave a comment.

 

 

Pelmo Park Public School gets Jays Grant

Pelmo Park Junior Public school  recieved a grant this week to refurbish the baseball diamond from the Toronto Blue Jays’ charitable arm

The Jays Care Foundation has a “Field of Dreams program [that] provides funding to design, refurbish and build safe spaces for children and youth to play baseball, develop life skills and learn from positive role models.”

The grants are for up to $150,000 and are given nationwide.

 

Speed limits may be lowered on 4 streets

The Etobicoke York Community Council is considering lowering the speed limits on four streets in Weston and Mount Dennis. The motion will reduce the speed limit to 30 km/hr on the following streets:

  • Wall Avenue
  • Ralph Street (near CR Marchant)
  • Guestville (near Our Lady of Victory Catholic School)
  • Dennis Avenue (near Dennis Avenue School)

A petition had been circulated to ask for speed humps on Wall Avenue, but doing so didn’t meet the technical criteria, so lowered speed limits are being asked for instead.

The motion will be considered April 4.

Ms Madarasz is an outstanding principal

Weston Memorial’s own Principal Madarasz was recognized as one of Canada’s outstanding principals.

Ms Madarasz (I still dare not call her ‘Karen’) will be honoured on February 27 at an awards gala at the Carlu downtown for her work “to improve math and literacy scores amongst a diverse group of students, with a particular focus on boys’ student achievement…. Karen also worked to create more inviting green spaces in the school, soliciting grants and engaging the community to support new gardens, bird feeders and outdoor seating. As a result, students improved both academically and behaviourly.”

Dennis Ave school to be rebuilt

The province announced that Dennis Avenue Community School in Mount Dennis will be replaced with a brand-new, $10.8 million facility as part of a new $784 million funding package for schools and daycares.

It’s not all good news, mind you: Dennis Avenue School had fallen into disuse and disrepair. Whether Dennis Avenue would be amalgamated with other schools was not included in the announcement, though your correspondent thinks it likely will be merged: the TDSB had suggested that Roselands and Cordella be joined with Dennis Avenue to address declining enrolment at all three schools.

160th Anniversary Celebrations

This past weekend, Weston Collegiate Institute celebrated 160 years in operation. The school hosted events beginning with a monumental football game on Friday and concluding with an Alumni hockey game on Sunday. Community members, staff, present and past students
alike all came out to celebrate the success of this amazing school.
The events kicked off on Friday the 13th when Weston’s varsity football team played a home game against East York CI. The boys fought hard but unfortunately suffered a loss. However, they kept their heads held high and went into the weekend excited for all the events to come.

Saturday, was when the party really started. The festivities began at 11 am, in the school staff lounge with a breakfast for staff new and old. Facility members who graced Weston’s halls as early as the 1970’s were in attendance, and enjoyed catching up with their old co-workers (and meeting new ones).

As the day drew on, the Alumni foundation continued to pull out all the stops, hosting a ‘pub night’ in the school’s cafeteria. This event was for all past students and staff and was the highlight of the weekend! Memorabilia from the schools past was on display around the café,
as old students reminisced about days past.

Old yearbooks, pictures and even a pair of old skates were all out for everyone to see and read, as they remembered the days they called
Weston home. Current students at the school even took alumni on tours to look at how the school had changed over the years, and to marvel at historic pictures that grace our walls. (Some of which,
included them!) As the night progressed the party grew, and there wasn’t a single person in the room without a smile on their face! Grads from nearly every decade (including a lady who graduated in 1944),
were enjoying catching up and remembering just how much of an impact the school had left on them!

As Sunday approached the final event did as well. Students and staff who had been involved in hockey during their time at Weston ventured over to the Weston Lions Arena to participate in a
friendly hockey match. This was an opportunity for the once students, to play against the people who taught them so many years ago. (Don’t worry no math teachers were mysteriously injured during the tournament.) Weston CI is truly a monumental and amazing school. Despite a rocky reputation, the school is full of some of the most loving and amazing people in the city. For 160 years Weston has never failed to produce outstanding grads who have nothing but amazing things to say about their time in the halls of 100 Pine Street. Here’s to 160 years of Iron Man memories. And many more to come!


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