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Winners of teh CRA holiday lights contest2019 marked the fifth year in a row that the CRA has run its popular Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest (#CabbagetownLights). It was, as always, a well supported, fun and successful festive event.

Once again, all the great photos that Cabbagetown residents submitted showed off our lovely neighbourhood in all its holiday finest. 

After all the votes were counted, one location was a clear winner, garnering over 44% of the total votes! Our congratulations to Brian Ettkin and Andrey Shukalyuk from Wellesley Street, seen here with the 2019 Holiday Lights competition organizer, James Davie. 

Here are the first, second and third placed homes:

2020 Holiday lights first place winner

First Place – WINNER – Wellesley Street

 

2020 Holiday Lights 2nd place winner

Second Place – Carlton Street

2020 Holiday Lights 3rd place winner

Third place Wellesley Street

Thanks to all our great neighbours that made the effort to embrace the Festive Season by decorating their front yards so beautifully, to all the folk that submitted photos for the competition and, last but not least, to all the residents that joined in the holiday spirit and voted for their favourites.

F’Amelia, Cabbagetown’s cozy and sophisticated Italian eatery, on 12 Amelia Street, is hosting their second annual MINGLE WITH F’AMELIA Fundraiser on Monday January 20, 2020 to benefit the Winchester Public School. It’s a super fun night that provides opportunity for the community to come together in support of their local French Immersion school to enjoy some delicious pizza and aromatic wines. Todd Vestby and Tanya Grant generously donate the proceeds from ticket sales to Winchester PS, helping fund its art, music, sports and science programs.

Tickets cost $100 and include wine, beer, pizza and canapés. The evening starts at 6:30 and goes till 9 pm. Be prepared for fantastic door prizes and lots of mingling with Cabbagetown neighbours and friends . Charitable tax receipts will be provided for the full amount of the ticket cost.

Tickets can be purchased by RSVPing to Todd todd.vestby@gmail.com or Tanya at info@famelia.com

Des Ryan, a retired Toronto police officer and author of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, is a CRA board director and our volunteer safety and security lead.

Spring has sprung, and the snow is melting. Really!

And perhaps, like me, you have noticed the dog poop, needles, condoms, and other not-so-nice items that those frequenting our neighbourhood have occasionally left behind.

The dog poop? A bag and a shovel and you’re good to go. And the condoms? A plastic bag and gloves (although you might have worn gloves for the poop clean-up, as well).

The needles? A bit of a different story.

As you may know, the city won’t pick up what they consider to be harm reduction items on private property. Kicking them onto public property is not advisable.

So, what to do?

If they are on public property, call 3-1-1 and the city will arrange for removal.

Needles and syringes found on private property, however, are the responsibility of the home owner or property management to dispose of. What you will need to do is place the item(s) in an approved sharps container or in another type of container (plastic jug, water bottle, etc.) that cannot be punctured by the needle tips and seal it. Clearly label the container “Needles” or “Syringes” and call 3-1-1 to arrange to have the Toxic Taxi drop by and pick up the container. Or, if you like, you can send them an email at http://www.toronto.ca/311/.

The container, by the way, will not be returned to you.

The upside to all of this? Unlike other items, there is no required minimum to have them come by. If you are keen on more details, the city has a 19-page document all about it: Needle Disposal: Guidance for Policies and Procedures (link opens a PDF).

Now that your yard is cleaned up, it’s time to think about planting, but I’ll leave that to much more learned neighbours than me to advise you about that!

This year was the fourth Cabbagetown Holiday Lights contest (#CabbagetownLights) and was another successful festive event. Once again, all the photos showed our neighbourhood in a great light. After all the votes were counted, for the first time ever, we have a tie for first!

The home of Paloma Ellard and Matthew Scott (and dog Panda) overlooking Wellesley Park from Hillcrest Park, and Bryan Hewitt and Steffen Ploeger’s house on Wellesley St. East,  share the crown this year.

Wellesley St. East was well represented in this year’s event, with houses on the street also coming in second place as well as tied for third with the Christmas Tree Lot on Spruce Street.


The contest received 375 votes, close to the number of votes received in 2016 (2017 shattered the record at more than 800). Like other years, there was a rush of votes at the very end of the contest period. Thanks to board director Tyler Fleming for running the contest.Congrats to the winners and all participants for another great neighbourhood showcase! And a reminder to all, it’s never too early to start planning next year’s lighting extravanganza.

You can view the full gallery of holiday lights photos on our Cabbagetowner Facebook page.

Are you a member of the CRA? Would you like to be? Both are invited to attend the association’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton Street.

Why go to this AGM? Five great reasons.

1. It’s fun! There are great nibbles provided and a complimentary drink ticket for each member who attends – with annual membership at $20 annually per household, let’s just say membership has its privileges.

2. You get to hear a year-in-review of accomplishments of the neighbourhood and its signature events, from Pumpkin Walk to Forsythia Festival.

3. You can vote to approve the slate for Board of Directors. These are volunteers who put in reams of donated time to keep everything running for the association, from our social events to our advocacy work with city hall and departments such as police and parks & recreation.

4. You can help us shape the next year’s direction for the association. The board directors need to set the association’s focus based on what’s important to our members: and only you can provide that information.

5. We keep the business short so we can have time to visit with one another and celebrate our community. Please, do join us!

Every September, at the height of the Cabbagetown Festival, the festival organizers, the Cabbagetown BIA, sacrifice a cabbage to keep the Cabbage Gods smiling on the neighbourhood and bring good weather. Mark Michelin of St. James Town Steak and Chops has always been the “Purveyor of the One Cabbage.”

This April, the Cabbage Gods have been acting crankier than we’ve ever seen them, and the Forsythia Queens (aka Shawna Pereira and Carolyn Jarman from the Cabbagetown Residents Association) who organize the Forsythia Festival on Sunday May 6 are getting nervous. Mark, as a Festival Gold sponsor, has in the spirit of community service offered up a Brussels Sprout to appease and divert the wrath of the Cabbage Gods from their sisters the Forsythias.

The Act of Sprout was performed on Friday, April 20 by the hands of Mark himself. This better work … let’s bring on the spring weather!

The City of Toronto sponsors an annual spring cleanup, Clean Toronto Together, over April 20-22 that, so far, has more than 100,000 volunteers from neighbourhoods, schools, and businesses signed up to help their corner of Toronto recover from the dreck and garbage of winter.

Cabbagetown resident and volunteer Sherry Peters is leading a cleanup with the Cabbagetown Residents Association, so mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. The Cabbagetown contingent will meet at the corner of Sumach and Winchester streets and will begin with a clean-up of Riverdale Park West.

If there is enough time and volunteers, a second identified clean-up area is Parliament around Wellesley and Amelia Streets, where a winter’s worth of takeout food wrappers have accumulated. The city provides free litter and recycling bags as part of Clean Toronto Together.

Please consider joining forces with your neighbours to make our parks and streets better for everyone.

The CRA’s main community activity each year is the annual Forsythia Festival, set this year for Sunday, May 6, from 10 am. to 3 p.m. This is a free event made possible by the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, led this year by Forsythia co-chairs Shawna Pereira and Carolyn Jarman, and by the generous sponsorship of our local businesses.

Check out our 2017 sponsors – wouldn’t you like to be on this list for 2018? Please read more about how to support the Festival as a donor.

We also need volunteers to help supervise various activity stations at Wellesley Park on the day of the festival. Volunteer shifts are kept short to allow you enough time to enjoy some of the festival with your own family.

We need more than 100 individuals to do everything from face paint, to assist at the food and beverage area, to tie doughnuts to tree branches (which is way more fun than you might think.) We need people to help set up and take down all the tents and activity stations. We even need people to help as marshalls for our Festival-opening neighbourhood parade. If you would like to volunteer, we’d love to have you! Please contact us at info@cabbagetowner.com for more details.

Riverdale Farm, Regent Park Aquatic Centre, Regent Park Community Centre and Regent Park Ice Rink are all open on Family Day, Feb. 19, 2018.

Regent Park Aquatic Centre: leisure swim, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that, due to technical issues, the hot tub and tot pool are both closed this weekend and on the holiday Monday.

Riverdale Farm: regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regent Park Community Centre: Family movie and crafts, ages 6+, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Pancakes being served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Regent Park Rink – Shinny for all ages, 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. public skate is noon to 4 p.m. 

The Cabbagetown Residents Association is delighted to announce the winners of its annual Holiday Card contest. Students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Sprucecourt and Winchester Public schools submitted their most creative holiday drawings. There are four winners: two at each school, one from the primary grades and the second from the junior grades.

 

Winchester Primary Winner
Max 
Grade 1

Winchester Junior Winner
Sahara
Grade 7/8

Sprucecourt Primary Winner
Akram
Grade 2

Sprucecourt Junior Winner
Makayla
Grade 7/8

These four images will be made into greeting cards sent out to all households within the CRA’s official boundaries of Parliament to the west, Gerrard to the south, Don Valley to the east and St. James’s Cemetery to the north. Watch for them in your mailbox! The contest winners each receive a Pizza Party for their class and a framed copy of their card.

Many thanks to our volunteer judges.

– Kristie Rogers has 15 years experience in the advertising and marketing industry. Currently, she works for Reebok managing their Canadian brand marketing efforts. Just as Albert Einstein said, she believes that “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

– Celia Fankhauser is an educator interested in developing programs and environments that foster creativity and individuality for all ages.

– Karen Whaley has a degree in art history and her favourite job ever was teaching arts and crafts at a day camp. She used to work at Artscape but now she’s a full-time parent to Elizabeth, age 3.

– Betty White is a professional artist and art teacher. She taught art to children for 28 years  at Montcrest School and continues to teach children in her Cabbagetown home since her retirement. She also actively exhibits her art work and had her last show in June 2017 at Teodora Art Gallery. Visit her website.

Please also enjoy the gallery of 12 “honourable mentions” from both schools and various grades that the judges also selected.

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