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.


Violent swarming at Jane and Lawrence

Toronto Police report that a 24 year-old man was swarmed and beaten unconscious in the early morning of June 2. The vicitim was walking in the area of Jane and Lawrence, when four men jumped out of a silver Honda Civic. One produced a handgun, and a struggle ensued. The suspects pushed the man to the ground and beat him until he was unconscious.

The victim was treated in hospital.

Jane and Lawrence is becoming a high-crime area; at least 10 robberies have been reported in that area in the past year. You can view a map of the crime in Weston here.

Weston to get police cameras

Weston Road will be getting police cameras over the summer, according to a reader. They will be installed as part of the TAVIS anti-crime strategy that the police are launching in Weston.

Toronto Police held a community meeting on Wednesday to discuss the shift in 12 Division’s boundaries and the TAVIS program. 12 Division will now be patrolling Weston, taking over from 31 Division. Weston had been at the southernmost end of 31 Division’s boundaries. Approximately 26 more officers will be added to 12 Divisions’ roster to cover the increase in area.

The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) will bring more than 30 additional officers, on foot and bikes, to Weston for the summer. Closed-circuit TV cameras will also be installed along Weston Road to assist in investigations.

Police will be holding a kickoff barbecue at 5 pm on Thursday, June 16 at Little Avenue Park. Representatives will be there to answer questions and get advice from residents.

Thanks to Brian for the reporting.


Aliens invade Weston!

Weston is home to aliens. Or supernatural artifacts. Or time travellers. Or something.

Today and tomorrow, Warehouse 13, a SyFy channel production, is shooting an episode on William St. The show is about two secret service agents who are investigating a government warehouse full of supernatural artifacts.

On Thursday, William St had several old American cars parked along it, including, your humble narrator believes, one of the wackiest cars of the 1970s, the Flying Fishbowl, the AMC Pacer.

New Thai restaurant in town

Your humble correspondent loves many things about Weston—its people, its trees, its run-down, hardscrabble charm—but he cannot love the Saharan paucity of restaurants. It’s as if we don’t live in a multicultural metropolis at all.

Things are improving, however. A Thai restaurant has opened on Jane just south of Lawrence. Triple Thai opened last week, and it looks cheap and cheerful. They have dishes from $5 to $9 or so, and they deliver. Fans of Peter Anan’s, the much-loved but little-eaten Thai joint on Weston Rd, can at last wipe away the tracks of their tears.

Triple Thai is at 1630 Jane St, across from the No Frills: (416) 792-6667.