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Alan Halberstadt

Practice the 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety

Posted December 12, 2014 @ 9:49AM

Windsor Fire Chief Bruce Montone has a holiday wish and he needs your help to make it come true.


"I’m wishing for a fire-free holiday season this year,” said Chief Montone. “But I need you to make this wish come true!”


While fire can happen anywhere, at anytime, it most often strikes when we let our guard down—when we’re distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, by the telephone, by the kids or by the doorbell. All it takes is for a pot to be left on the stove, or a burning candle left unattended, and a family’s holiday celebrations can turn to tragedy.


“Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles,” continued Chief Montone. “Never leave cooking unattended, drink responsibly, and keep a close eye on those who do not.”


Windsor Fire & Rescue Services also reminds you that it’s the law to maintain working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Everyone is urged to take a few minutes to test their smoke alarms and install new batteries if needed. If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, it’s now the law to have a working carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the homeas well.


The holidays are a time when friends and family visit. Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out and make sure everyone is familiar with the plan.


For more holiday season fire safety tips, visit www.ontario.ca/firemarshal.






by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Help Stuff A Stocking For A Senior

Posted December 5, 2014 @ 1:16PM






Amherstburg Community Services 2nd Annual “Stuff a stocking for a Senior”


Please join us in bringing Christmas cheer to our seniors!


We are collecting the following items:


  • Homemade Cards with a holiday message
  • Personal hygiene items soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, toothpaste, brushes, socks, gloves
  • Small boxes of chocolates, candies, cookies, etc.
  • Gift baqs or boxes to put the items in for seniors


Amherstburg Community Services would be pleased to distribute these items to their clients in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Harrow and McGregor. *please drop off by December 12, 2014.


For more information call 519-736-5471
                     




by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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4th Annual Potato Fest for Cancer Patients Dec. 4, 2014

Posted November 26, 2014 @ 8:55AM





“One potato, two potato, three potato and MORE tater dishes than ever,” declares Kim Spirou, Director of Development and Community Outreach. There will be mashed, french fried, baked and pureed potatoes being integrated as the signature element of this popular fundraising lunch time event to support cancer patients in our region. In Honour of the Ones We Love has brought back, by very popular demand, the Potato Fest event which will take place on Thursday, December 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 pm at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts on Riverside Drive.


This ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT spud-tacular costs only $10.00 per person and features a wide array of delicious potato dishes including potato martinis, baked potato bar, fresh cut fries, salad bar with cold potato salad with all the toppings and fixing you can imagine plus rolls, butter and beverages.


AM800 will be broadcasting live from this event. As well this year’s Potato Fest will feature media personalities and civic leaders who will help serve patrons and add an element of celebrity to the event. Raffle tickets for the Fiat Coupe 500, autographed by famed actor Al Pacino, will also be available for sale. Tickets are only $20 and the draw for this exciting vehicle takes place at our Gala on February 7th!


Proceeds from the Potato Fest event will benefit Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. In Honour of the Ones We Love aims to make the Windsor-Essex community self-sufficient so that cancer patients and their families do not have to leave the city to receive treatment and support. Fundraising efforts would not be possible without the support of volunteers, sponsors and those who attend events like this one. Come join the fun and bring your family and friends to support this wonderful cause!



Sponsors include the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, AM800, TVCogeco, Motor City Community Credit Union, and Windsor Disposal Service. For ticket information contact 519.966.2960 or 519-816-2857








by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Lunch With The Salvation Army & The Windsor Firefighers In November

Posted October 19, 2014 @ 9:30PM



Enjoy a great lunch and support two local community organizations this November....

Don't miss the kick off to the Salvation Army “Christmas Kettle” campaign and enjoy a buffet luncheon Nov. 24 when the The Salvation Army presents the Windsor Advisory Board Annual Luncheon in partnership with the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) at Giovanni Caboto Club (2175 Parent Avenue) beginning at 11:45 a.m. This year’s theme is “The Salvation Army In Community.” Special guests include keynote speaker, Major Morris Vincent, Divisional Commander for the Ontario Great Lakes Division of The Salvation Army who focuses on the Army’s recent strategic plan. Master of Ceremonies is Jim Crichton, Senior News Anchor – CTV Windsor. Tickets: $20 per person /$160 per table. Order form available upon request via email: tsawindsor@gmail.com or by calling 253-7473 ext. 215.



And on Nov. 26 head over to the Firefighters Chilifest 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts with all proceeds to the Windsor Professional Firefighters Benefit Fund. Only $9 for a ticket to experience over 40 types of chili from Windsor and Essex County restaurants, served by your friendly firefighters. Cash bar on site, special chili toppings bar. Visit WindsorFirefighters.org OR call Bridget Chippett, 796-3503 if you need more information.






by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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West Side Story Oct 10 to 19 at Olde Walkerville Theatre

Posted October 9, 2014 @ 4:01PM



Re:  West SideStory through a Social Justice Lens


Windsor’s Chris Rabideau is taking the popular musical West Side Story to a new level by presenting audiences with a version of the theme that addresses its social justice underpinnings.


This unique production is the first offering from the new theatre group Arts Collective Theatre (ACT), housed in the historic Olde Walkerville Theatreon Wyandotte Street East.


As director, Rabideau has cast the ACT show with talented students from across the region.  ACT’s focus is to nurture young talent and provide them with opportunities to grow and showcase those talents through mentorship and performance.


“In this project all of our lead actors have never been a lead before.  This is giving a new opportunity for new talent to be highlighted in the City of Windsor,” said Rabideau.  “This is about the students, a journey.  It is their opportunity to showcase their talent and the “love they have for the arts.”


 
Cast as the iconic Maria, this is Miya Morris’s stage debut.


“I am excited to play Maria in this epic musical with such a talented and eclectic group of performers from all walks of life,” said Morris.  “I hope Windsor takes a chance on something as innovative and new as what ACT has to offer the community through this forward-thinking production.”


This is also the vision of the show’s executive producer, Mary Lambros, owner of the Olde Walkerville Theatre and Lorelei’s Bistro and members of its Board of Directors who bring theatre expertise to the group.


"It is my pleasure to have ACT as a part of my theatre.  We work with an organization with a community focus which is very important to me.  I look forward to a long relationship in developing and producing many future presentations,” said Lambros.


 
Chris Clarke plays Doc and says ACT is not your average theatre company.


“It is a place where youth can meet, share their experiences and feel free to express themselves without the fear of judgment or ridicule.  I know that through ACT I have grown not only as an actor, but as a person as well,” said Clarke.  “When you put it all together, you get an experience that is absolutely fantastic.”


 For more information:     Diana Mady Kelly


                                    519-948-3545 or madykel@uwindsor.ca


 


Show times:      Friday, October 10th        7:30 p.m.


                        Saturday, October 11th    2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


                        Friday, October 17th        7:30 p.m.


                        Saturday, October 18th    7:30 p.m.


                        Sunday, October 19th      2:00 p.m.


 


Opening night:  $18    All other performances:  $22






by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Hospice Reunion October 8, 2014

Posted September 28, 2014 @ 1:16PM



35th Reunion Brings Together Star-Studded Cast of Hospice Heroes


Young and old, from all walks of life, the Hospice Heroes of thirty-five years will be storming the doors of Hospice on Wednesday, October 8that 5:30 p.m. for a reunion with star power. Since 1979, Hospice has relied on the generosity and support of its tireless volunteers to build a local phenomenon, caring for more than 1,700 patients per year. The Hospice was founded entirely by volunteers, with more than 667 active volunteers in the ranks today!


The Hospice Reunion will be a throwback celebration with old-school carnival food setting the tone.

“It’s simply amazing to me,” says executive director, Carol Derbyshire. “To bring together all of the volunteers of yesterday and today into one room, share stories and rekindle friendships – this is one party guaranteed to be full of laughs. As long as no one tells the story about my stint as Carol-patra we’ll be fine! This is not about money, this is not about fundraising, this reunion is about honouring the people who sacrificed for their Hospice, making it an organization this entire community can be proud of.”


Hospice is inviting old and new friends, fundraisers and volunteers to join in their anniversary reunion to share stories, laughs and some great food. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the remarks begin at 6:00 p.m. The Hospice Reunion will take place in the Hospice Auditorium, 6038 Empress Street on Wednesday, August 8, 2014.




For more information call 519-251-2576 or email events@thehospice.ca


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EV FEST at tjhe Riverfront Festival Plaza, Sept 27 & 28, 2014

Posted September 25, 2014 @ 10:51PM



THE 1st ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE FESTIVAL, COSTUME PARTY AND PARADE. (EV FEST WINDSOR 2014) September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Riverfront Festival Plaza



 *The weather will be great, live bands In the Pocket and Big Sexy will be providing the Motown and Classic Rock jams. . .Armando's pizza, and a few of their other choice specialties will whet your appetite, and Walkerville Brewery will quench your thirst. . . 
You can also enjoy your choice of smokables in our FEVER Association coctail lounge and cigar bar located trackside along the world's most scenic 24-hour-race back-stretch. . . 



The FEVER Association, in conjunction with dozens of local, regional, national, and international sponsors, is pleased to announce "EV FEST WINDSOR 2014". A highly interactive "Guinness" World Record setting electric vehicle (EV) special event. (full details at EVFestWindsor.com)


 
This event features attempts at no less than 6 electric vehicle "Guinness" World Records, and also offers the Sun Country Highway EVX Prize. A $10,000 prize package to the team that can go the longest distance in 24 hours on a light electric vehicle on a single charge. The University of Windsor already has a developmental vehicle ready to take on this challenge. Other teams are also welcome to come and compete for this prize. Rules are online at EVFestWindsor.com.


In addition to that, the FEVER Association (currently the only timing and scoring entity on earth who has successfully claimed 2 EV world records) will be conducting the timing and scoring for the following:


Sponsored by Daymak Windsor, Local driver John Harris will be attempting the "Longest distance in 24 hours on a mobility scooter" record, while Bonnie Bieber (Justin's aunt) will be riding a Segway in her attempt to win her second record  for the "Longest distance in 24 hours on a personal transporter" which is a brand new category that the Fever Association has opened with "Guinness", just for this event.


This is also the world's most interactive event of its kind in that the general public will be able to drive any of the many types of EV's on site, as well as their own vehicle either on the 200 metre track for light EVs, or any of the many electric cars available to be test driven on  public streets.


The way this event works is to utilize crowd-funding in that they will pay $2 a lap, or $20 a dozen to drive on the track while history is being made, to benefit several selected local charities, and pay for the 10 new Sun Country Highway car chargers that will be distributed throughout this community. This is to encourage EV usage, infrastructure, and build jobs and eco-tourism in our region. Current recipients are Freeds, The Lighting Boutique, Carpenters local 494, Infinite signs, Z's Auto, Armando's Pizza, Daymak Windsor, and possibly Walkerville Brewery. Other recipients will be announced at the event.


Door prizes including 1 Triumph electric bike will also be won and (Since this is also a costume themed event) there will also be prizes for best costumes, provided by the Party Warehouse.


There will be entertainment throughout the event, with a grand finale costume party immediately following the parade, (At 2 pm Sunday Sept 28) which is also attempting all 4 "Guinness""Most EV's in a parade" categories. This will proceed from the staging area at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge and then along the very scenic riverfront pathway and back to Festival Plaza, pursuant to "Guinness" specs.


The 24 hour endurance challenge opening ceremonies are at 11:30 am, Saturday Sept 27, and the "24 hours of FEVER" event begins at noon sharp and will run non-stop until noon sharp Sunday, Sept 28. The parade begins at 2 pm, immediately following.


 Also a new event has just been added. On Tuesday Sept 30at 10 am, the Motor City contingent of the Sun Country Highway E-Mazing Race will also launch from this site, sometime after the parade, and more info on that is available on the Sun Country Highway website. This is to celebrate the world's longest electrified highway.










by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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EV FEST at the Riverfront Festival Plaza, Sept 27 & 28, 2014

Posted September 25, 2014 @ 10:51PM



THE 1st ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE FESTIVAL, COSTUME PARTY AND PARADE. (EV FEST WINDSOR 2014) September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Riverfront Festival Plaza



 *The weather will be great, live bands In the Pocket and Big Sexy will be providing the Motown and Classic Rock jams. . .Armando's pizza, and a few of their other choice specialties will whet your appetite, and Walkerville Brewery will quench your thirst. . . 
You can also enjoy your choice of smokables in our FEVER Association coctail lounge and cigar bar located trackside along the world's most scenic 24-hour-race back-stretch. . . 




The FEVER Association, in conjunction with dozens of local, regional, national, and international sponsors, is pleased to announce "EV FEST WINDSOR 2014". A highly interactive "Guinness" World Record setting electric vehicle (EV) special event. (full details at EVFestWindsor.com)


 
This event features attempts at no less than 6 electric vehicle "Guinness" World Records, and also offers the Sun Country Highway EVX Prize. A $10,000 prize package to the team that can go the longest distance in 24 hours on a light electric vehicle on a single charge. The University of Windsor already has a developmental vehicle ready to take on this challenge. Other teams are also welcome to come and compete for this prize. Rules are online at EVFestWindsor.com.


In addition to that, the FEVER Association (currently the only timing and scoring entity on earth who has successfully claimed 2 EV world records) will be conducting the timing and scoring for the following:


Sponsored by Daymak Windsor, Local driver John Harris will be attempting the "Longest distance in 24 hours on a mobility scooter" record, while Bonnie Bieber (Justin's aunt) will be riding a Segway in her attempt to win her second record  for the "Longest distance in 24 hours on a personal transporter" which is a brand new category that the Fever Association has opened with "Guinness", just for this event.


This is also the world's most interactive event of its kind in that the general public will be able to drive any of the many types of EV's on site, as well as their own vehicle either on the 200 metre track for light EVs, or any of the many electric cars available to be test driven on  public streets.


The way this event works is to utilize crowd-funding in that they will pay $2 a lap, or $20 a dozen to drive on the track while history is being made, to benefit several selected local charities, and pay for the 10 new Sun Country Highway car chargers that will be distributed throughout this community. This is to encourage EV usage, infrastructure, and build jobs and eco-tourism in our region. Current recipients are Freeds, The Lighting Boutique, Carpenters local 494, Infinite signs, Z's Auto, Armando's Pizza, Daymak Windsor, and possibly Walkerville Brewery. Other recipients will be announced at the event.


Door prizes including 1 Triumph electric bike will also be won and (Since this is also a costume themed event) there will also be prizes for best costumes, provided by the Party Warehouse.


There will be entertainment throughout the event, with a grand finale costume party immediately following the parade, (At 2 pm Sunday Sept 28) which is also attempting all 4 "Guinness""Most EV's in a parade" categories. This will proceed from the staging area at the foot of the Ambassador Bridge and then along the very scenic riverfront pathway and back to Festival Plaza, pursuant to "Guinness" specs.


The 24 hour endurance challenge opening ceremonies are at 11:30 am, Saturday Sept 27, and the "24 hours of FEVER" event begins at noon sharp and will run non-stop until noon sharp Sunday, Sept 28. The parade begins at 2 pm, immediately following.


 Also a new event has just been added. On Tuesday Sept 30at 10 am, the Motor City contingent of the Sun Country Highway E-Mazing Race will also launch from this site, sometime after the parade, and more info on that is available on the Sun Country Highway website. This is to celebrate the world's longest electrified highway.










by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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“Super Heroes Run” at Malden Park September 27, 2014

Posted September 14, 2014 @ 2:06PM





Sept. 27: The John McGivney Children’s Centre presents Super Heroes Run at Malden Park, Matchette Road with check in beginning at 10 a.m. The Super event features both 5k and 1k adventure runs with a myriad of activities and obstacles to make it fun for anyone! Proceeds benefit the centre’s programs and services, which enrich the lives of children and youth with disabilities and special needs. Cost to participate ranges from $15 (children 12 & under - 1 km), $25 (children 12 & Under - 5 km and adults 1 km), $50 (adults 5 km), $150 (group/family  5 km); free for children 3 & under! Awards to follow at the John McGivney Children’s Centre next to Malden Park. For more information or to register, please visit SuperHeroesRun.ca.








by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Cpl Andrew Grenon Memorial Ride September 14, 2014

Posted September 1, 2014 @ 11:48AM

The 1st CAV, Canadian Army Veterans, Verrieres Ridge, Motorcycle Unit, will be hosting the "2nd annual Cpl Andrew Grenon Memorial Ride" on September 14, 2014


The ride will be leaving from RCL Br261 @12326 Lanoue St Tecumseh Ont. (Tecumseh & Lesperance).  Registration is from 8 am to 11 am with the ride leaving at 11:30 for a 125 km trip through beautiful Essex County.  


Breakfast will be available at the legion from 8 am for $7.  The cost of the ride is $20 which includes a steak dinner and entertainment by the Kool Kats. 


All are welcome for dinner after 2pm at RCL br 261.  Pre registration is 9-11-14 Sept 14 at RCL Legion 261 from 2pm-7pm.  Special guests are Theresa & Mike Charbonneau, parents of Andrew Grenon and all proceeds will go to Wounded Warriors Canada. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Bob Papak @ 519-969-2583 President Verrieres Ridge 1st CAV.



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