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Community bulletin board rebuilt at Sackville Street and Carlton Street

We noticed some sawdust on the sidewalk and a newly constructed community bulletin board at the south-east corner of Sackville Street and Carlton Street today. The previous one had been damaged by a vehicle that also caused some property damage to the houses nearby.

These bulletin boards are organized by our good friends at the Cabbagetown Preservation Association (cabbagetownpa.ca) – another good reason to support them in their activities!

Image of a community bulletin board with a freshly built roof

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Welcome back to 241 Pizza

We are happy to welcome back one of our local pizzerias – 241 Pizza has reopened at 451 Parliament Street!

They had been shut down since February 25, 2016 when a fire damaged their location as well as those of Spruce (since reopened), Pipler (they decided not to reopen) as well as some of the residences above the stores.

Welcome back!

Image of 241 Pizza front entrance

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Forsythia Festival – Volunteers needed May 7 2017

Forsythia Festival 2017
The Cabbagetown Residents Association needs your help! The annual Forsythia Festival will be held Sunday, May 7 2017 and we are busy recruiting 80+ volunteers to help make it our most successful event yet. Please volunteer by contacting us with your time slot(s) and activity preferences. If you’ve already contacted us directly to express interest in volunteering, we thank you!

The Forsythia Festival is Cabbagetown’s official welcome to Spring. Held in Wellesley Park, this festival has something for everyone…bouncy castles, beer garden, delicious BBQ, marching band and magic. For more information visit our website at: cabbagetowner.com/forsythia-festival

We are looking for people who can volunteer for 1 or 2 hour shifts on Sunday, May 7. We have a few slots available:

Set-up
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Activities
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Clean-up
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you are able to volunteer, please email carolyn.jarman@gmail.com and indicate what time slot(s) or role you prefer. Volunteers will be rewarded with a chance to win special volunteer prizes, as well as the knowledge that you are helping a long-standing neighbourhood tradition thrive.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Posted in Events, Forsythia Festival

Crime alert: Vehicle licence validation sticker removed

This is something we haven’t heard of happening before. A resident on Nasmith Avenue has reported that someone removed their licence validation sticker from their vehicle plate sometime around Sunday April 10. Not driving daily, they didn’t notice this until they received a number of parking violation notices for parking on-street without a valid licence. Vehicles parked on Toronto streets without valid stickers are subject to a $40 fine.

Image of a licence plate with sticker peeled off

Update:
We heard from another resident that this isn’t an isolated incident:


If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Bunny Hop and colouring contest winners – photos and video

Our friends at the BIA did a great job organizing the Cabbagetown Bunny Hop and Colouring Contest on April 8 at the corner of Parliament and Carlton Streets.

Winners of the contest are featured on the BIA’s website (and in their front window…see below).

They have posted pictures and a video of the event so you can relive the fun times!

Photos of Cabbagetown Bunny Hop (facebook.com – doesn’t require registration)

Posted in Events, Schools and Children

Crime alert: Stroller stolen off of front porch – pictures of possible thief available

We received reports from two different residents about two incidents that occurred on Tuesday April 11 which might be related. The first report was of a stroller chassis (a stroller without the carrier) stolen off of a porch on Geneva Avenue in the morning. At around the same time, a resident of Nasmith Avenue observed an unknown person walking up the driveways of a number of Nasmith Avenue properties, opening tool sheds and looking in backyards – this resident asked the person to stop and wait while she called Toronto Police Services, but when the person refused and began to walk away the resident took the photographs seen below. The police did respond, but the person trespassing had already left the area.

The Geneva Avenue residents are certain that the stroller chassis in the photographs is theirs. They have provided a photograph of the stroller model which we have posted below also. Toronto Police have been advised and sent the photographs.

A reader wrote to us to say that an earlier version of this post incorrectly assumed that the person pictured stole the stroller and that there is a possibility that it is not the same stroller or that someone else took the stroller and this person found it – we agree that this is a possibility and have amended the post accordingly. However, the fact that the two incidents occurred at around the same time approximately 300 metres apart make it a likely scenario. There is no dispute that the person in the pictures is not a resident of Nasmith Avenue and did not have the permission of the various property owners to be on their property and rummaging through their belongings.

Update:
One resident has reported seeing the same person on the same day with a stroller walking south on Dyer Lane to Gerrard Street East and another resident wrote to let us know that he also saw the same person with a stroller loaded with bicycle parts walking to a Parliament Street address. Both reports have been passed to the stroller owners to communicate to the police.

Image of woman pushing stroller

Image of woman pushing stroller

Image of woman pushing stroller

Image of stroller chassis


If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Throwback Thursday: 7 News

We noted with interest, in Doug Fisher’s Cabbagetown Neighbourhood Review of March 30 that there used to be a community newspaper called 7 News which covered what was then Ward 7 in the city: Cabbagetown (both what was then called Don Vale and what is now called Cabbagetown South) as well as other downtown neighbourhoods including Riverdale, parts of The Danforth, Broadview and Gerrard; Regent Park, Trefann Court, Moss Park and St. Jamestown.

The newspaper was a non-profit, community-owned newspaper and was produced from 1970 – 1985. It eventually morphed into the Cabbagetown-Riverdale News which ceased operations in 1994. Doug reported that David Reed found that online versions of 7 News papers exist online.

As you can see, the headlines haven’t changed too much (image links to a PDF at connexions.org):
Image of cover of newspaper with headline - Council's big plans are being thwarted by the Province.

History of 7 News
7 News – The Life and Times of a Community Newspaper
(connexions.org)

Look forward to future Throwback Thursdays courtesy of Seven News.

Thanks David for finding these and Doug for letting us know!

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Crime alert: Blue bin set on fire in Riverdale Park West

A regular contributor to these pages was walking his dog this morning and found evidence of a fire in/near some bins in Riverdale Park West and sent us some pictures. We have notified 311 of the incident. Here is his note and some photos:

“Looks like the fire bug may have struck again. Noticed on my dog walk this morning approx 07:20 a.m. This one must have been quite an inferno ! Burnt (melted, better stated) down to the ground. Even the black colored garbage bin next to it has sustained damage (melt)

A blue bin (one of the big city bins) located at the SW corner entrance of Riverdale park west. Sadly, pictures are attached and as always, please feel to use / publish any or all of the photos.”

Image of debris from a fire

Image of debris from a fire

Image of debris from a fire

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Crime alert: Vehicle stolen at Sackville and Spruce Streets

A resident has reported to us that their vehicle was stolen from the neighbourhood on Sunday night. It has been recovered, but with damage. The resident kindly wished to warn others – here is his note:

My car was stolen on Sunday night from the corner of Spruce and Sackville. The police found it Tuesday, abandoned near Yonge and Davisville, and I’m going to the police lot to pick it up [Thursday] and have it towed to the insurance company-assigned body shop. I have not seen the damage yet, but the police say the door lock was “punched” and the ignition lock destroyed. The car likely targeted because it’s an old 2000 Volkswagen and thus easier to steal due to lack of modern ignition immobilizers. I like to keep my cars spotless on the inside, so there was not a single item visible beyond my iPhone cable in the charger.

We often see shady looking individuals standing on the corner of Sackville and Spruce, usually in daylight hours, and then a car comes down the street and gives the person something, I assume a drug deal is occurring. It would not surprise me if one of these guys was the car thief.

I recommend warning owners of older cars to keep an eye out, and to get a Club or other anti-theft device.

Update:
The resident updated us that after identifying his vehicle, he found no additional damage other than to the keyhole on the door and the ignition key and that the thieves had smoked in the car leaving ash in the ashtray.


If you have any information about this or any other matter of similar concern – call Toronto Police. Also, be sure to report crimes of any severity or value to the police as they monitor these reports and assign resources accordingly. If you would like to let fellow residents know also, please contact us and let us know what you would be comfortable with us sharing.

Toronto Police:
416-808-2222 for non-emergency inquiries
911 for emergencies and crimes in progress
Toronto Police CORE (Citizen Online Report Entry)
Toronto Police Bicycle Registration Form

how to report a crime - click for PDF

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Pedestrian hit and pinned under vehicle at Sackville and Gerrard Street East

On Tuesday April 11 at approximately 7:15 p.m., a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Gerrard Street East between Sackville Street and Gifford Street. The man who appeared to be in his 60s was pinned underneath the vehicle, until it was lifted off of him by 5 Toronto Police officers according to a witness to the incident.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries. According to this report, the driver was cooperating with the police investigation.

Pedestrian trapped under vehicle suffers serious injuries (citynews.ca)

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