4 arrested for auto break-ins

Toronto Police have some good news for a change.

Four people have been arrested for breaking into cars in the Weston area. Police charged them with “hundreds of offenses”.

If you live in Weston, you’ve probably had your car burgled. I have, several times. The thieves worked the neighbourhood at night, checking cars for unlocked doors. They generally took only small things, and were completely indiscriminate. I had a wallet and an iPod stolen, but I also lost nine cans of beans and a handful of loose change stuck to the console with spilled pop. My $600 stroller was left behind.

Graciously, the crooks never broke windows or jimmied locks; I often speculated that they felt just differently about private space—but perhaps I am too generous. I know my neighbours and I chalked our losses up to our own stupidity and seldom reported them, so maybe the burglars thought they could shear we sheep many times, but only skin us once.

There is no guarantee, of course, that these were the same crooks as worked Weston. The announcement was made by 12 Division, which includes only the southernmost part of Weston.

Lions Park Field Update

FIFA head Sepp Blatter has stated that artificial turf may play a large part in the future of soccer. It will certainly play a large part in Weston’s soccer future.

As previously noted in WestonWeb, the soccer field in Lions Park has been under construction since June and is about 40% complete. The two-million-dollar project will see the field covered with Domo Turf, a FIFA approved brand of synthetic turf. The playing surface will be painted with regulation white markings and will be used exclusively for soccer.

Improvements to the site have already been made to provide drainage as the old field was notoriously muddy. Water drained from the pitch will flow directly into the Humber. Players’ benches and goal posts will be added, as well as fencing to separate the softball fields from the soccer field (to stop stray balls). There are no plans as yet to cover the field with a dome in winter.

The turf holds the promise of an extended season for soccer players. There is a similar installation in Cherry Beach that operates right through November although end of season dates are determined by local Parks Staff.

Looking towards Lions' Pool
Lots of heavy equipment
Improved drainage

Mayoral Debate to be held in Weston

The mayoral candidates are coming to Weston.

The residents’ associations of Weston, Mount Dennis, Silverthorn and Greenhills have organized a mayoral debate to be held on Thursday, September 9, at 7:30. It will be in the York-Memorial Collegiate Auditorium.

King St suffers another blow

Olympic Variety, at the corner of King St and Elm Ave, was robbed at about 1:30 this afternoon by three young men. One of the proprietors, a woman, was injured in a scuffle.

At least five police cruisers arrived quickly to the scene, and the canine unit was brought in. The store also has video surveillance.

The injured woman was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, to which she was able to walk.

This is the second violent incident on King St within seven days. Last week, there was a drive-by shooting very near the same intersection. Five shots were fired in broad daylight. Weston has also suffered another robbery and a mugging within the last week.

Senior citizen mugged in the afternoon

Last Wednesday, a 70-year-old woman was mugged while walking on Thurodale Ave. The mugging took place at 3:30 in the afternoon.

The mugger followed the victim on his bicycle before returning to take her gold medallion and chain. She was not injured. The mugger fled toward Duckworth Ave.

Police are asking for the public’s help.

Weston Drug Mart robbed

Weston Drug Mart, at the corner of Weston Rd and Church St, was robbed at gunpoint last Thursday, according to Toronto Police.

At around 12:30 in the afternoon, a man produced a handgun and demanded cash and prescription drugs of a 59-year-old male employee. The robber forced the employee to the ground and fled up Church St in a vehicle.

Nobody was injured in the robbery, and police are asking for the public’s help.

UrbanArts completes mural project in Weston

Last week, UrbanArts  finished two mural projects, one in Weston. The projects employed six community youth, in addition to a leader, for six weeks this summer.

Marlene McKintosh, the executive director, said “our goal is to take mundane spaces and beautify them, to bring a certain life to the community, as well as to discourage negative graffiti.” The program, which has been running since 1999, paints an average of two murals a year.

The mural in Weston was created under the direction of Diliana Popova and designed by the youth team in consultation with UrbanArts and the property owners. It shows scenes from Weston’s and Mount Dennis’s history: the Kodak plant, a train, and two Meals on Wheels volunteers. It is outside Humber Community Seniors’ Services at 1167 Weston Rd.

By hiring young people from the area, UrbanArts is trying to “engage people in the community in positive ways to build skills, talent and confidence. They can take that into the other areas of their lives.”

Photos by Roy Murray.