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Alan Halberstadt

CO Alarms Must Be In Your Home by April 15, 2015

Posted March 29, 2015 @ 9:41PM

Carbon Monoxide Alarms Now Required in Homes

Beat the Silent Killer: Prevent CO in Your Home

As of April 15, 2015, all Ontario residents must install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in their homes if they have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.

“If your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage, you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home,” said WindsorFire Chief Bruce Montone. “For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions.” Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles.

Homeowners and owners of residential buildings that contain no more than six suites must be in compliance with the law as of April 15, 2015. Owners of residential buildings with more than six suites have until October 15, 2015 to comply.

The law will be enforced by Windsor Fire & Rescue Services. Failure to comply with the CO alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations. 

The Ontario Fire Code was amended October 15, 2014 to require CO alarms after the provincial government passed Bill 77 – the Hawkins Gignac Act, in December 2013. Bill 77 is named after OPP Constable Laurie Hawkins, who died along with her husband and two children in her Woodstock, Ontario home from CO poisoning in 2008.

 The Ontario Fire Code also requires that in condo and apartment buildings with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.

“In Ontario, more than 80% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Chief Bruce Montone. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO. Install CO alarms, and do everything you can to prevent CO in your home in the first place.”

 What is CO?

  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

Prevent CO in your home:

  • Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.
  • Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
  • Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside (e.g. barbeques, portable heaters and generators).

Know the symptoms of CO:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness and loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its "end-of-life" before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Help Lakeshore Organization, Guatemala Hope, Raise Funds For Their Cause

Posted March 29, 2015 @ 9:33PM


Invites you to attend their


Dinner and Silent Auction

at the K of C Hall, Dupuis St., Tilbury



Saturday, April 18, 2015


Broasted Chicken & Pasta Dinner

With Homemade Pies for dessert


Tickets $20 -  Reserved Seating for tables of 8

Tickets Available at Foodland Tilbury

 or call

519 715-9198


Be a Part of Hope

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides team,Sasha’s Smile hosts fundraiser March 29, 2015

Posted March 25, 2015 @ 9:34PM

On Sunday, March 29th 2015, a bowling event in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides team, `Sasha’s Smile’ will be taking place at Bowlero Family Fun Centre! All proceeds go to support their team which will be donating to Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Tickets are $20/person and that ticket includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental, pop & pizza! For tickets, contact Merisa LePage at 226-246-1749 or merisalepage@gmail.com.




Strike against CF in Support of Sasha’s Smile! (Cystic Fibrosis Canada-Essex-Kent Chapter)

Date:                     Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Time:                 noon until 2 p.m.

Location:             Bowlero Family Fun Centre, 675 Tecumseh Rd W. Windsor, Ontario



Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a multi-system disease that mainly affects the lungs and the digestive system. Most deaths related to cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. Severe respiratory problems result from a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs of CF patients, where the effects are most devastating. Mucus and protein also build up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. There are 4,000 Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.  The average median age of survival of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis is 50.9 years of age.


Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and the only non-government organization in Canada investing in vital CF research and care. In 2013/2014, we will invest more than $7.5 million in innovative research and clinical care, including funding 51 research projects, six targeted programs and partnerships, and 47 fellows and students.


For more information, please visit:

Cystic Fibrosis Canada website www.cysticfibrosis.ca

Cystic Fibrosis Canada on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CysticFibrosisCanada 



Media Contact:                                                                

Kristin Douglas, Chapter Fund Development Manager
Cystic Fibrosis Canada   519-252-2850     kdouglas@cysticfibrosis.ca                        

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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3rd Annual Handmade Spring Extravaganza Craft Show March 21 & 22,2015

Posted March 17, 2015 @ 10:19AM

C.C.’s Events to Feature over 100 Artisans while Supporting Local Charity

Calling crafters of all ages! Bring your family and friends out to the WFCU Centre this Saturday and Sunday to experience a unique event hosted by C.C.’s Events. The Third Annual Handmade Spring Extravaganza will be held in Collavino Hall and Sports Gym from 10am-5pm on Saturday March 21 and 10am-4pm on Sunday March 22. The event features over 100 exhibitors with unique handmade products ranging from handcrafted jewellery to novelty homemade candies.

So what is here for you? Local exhibitors include Group Hug Apparel with their popular tees and hoodies, gourmet chocolate creations by Chocolate Novelties, Delicious sweet treats by Bella's Baked Goods , and Scentsoytional Candles. Other items available include wreaths & florals, wooden home decor, bird baths & other garden decor, baby & children's items, books by local author Linda Flay, and more! The Handmade Spring Extravaganza will be your destination to buy Easter gifts, Mother’s and Father’s day gifts, as well as many items to compliment your home and wardrobe!

The event is free to attend, but donations at the door to support the Windsor/Essex Ice Bullets Sledge Hockey Team are greatly appreciated. The donations will allow the team to purchase sleds, sticks and jerseys for the team and continue to grow and provide the sport of sledge hockey to all athletes in Windsor/Essex County.

Need a babysitter to watch the kids while you’re out? No need! This event is a fun filled weekend for the whole family with lots of activities available for all ages. The Easter Bunny will be present to take pictures with everyone as well as your child’s favourite Marvel & Frozen characters. Other activities include balloon making, raffle prizes and more!

Don’t miss your opportunity to see all the unique and creative crafts from the people of C.C.’s Events! For a full list of vendors that will be present at the Spring Craft Show, visit wfcu-centre.com or follow C.C.’s Events on Facebook.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Young Girls Can Find That Perfect Dress at New Beginnings Event March 14, 2015

Posted February 22, 2015 @ 12:29PM

New Beginnings "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event is here again to help young girls find that perfect dress!

For one day only girls will be able to browse their selection of over 1,000 prom and graduation dresses ranging in size from 0-26 that they can wear to their special spring event.

The "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" event takes place at New Beginnings, 1015 Highland Ave. Windsor, on Saturday March 14thfrom 10 a.m. to 2 pm. It is FREE and open to the public… don’t worry fitting rooms are available to ensure it’s a perfect fit!

Since its inception seven years ago the "Say Yes to the Dress" event has helped over 900 young women find the dress of their dreams. All dresses are either new or gently used and are donated by local retailers and individuals.

Dress donations can be dropped off at their Janette Ave site office (1049 Janette Ave.) Monday – Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm.  For more information on donating dresses please contact Myles Soulliere, Program Manager at 519.254.2363 x416.

New Beginnings Essex County opened its doors in 1971 and provides services to children, youth and families of Windsor and Essex County. For more information about New Beginnings and the programs we offer please visit our website at www.newbeginningswindsor.com


by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Annual Vegas Night Dinner, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Kingsville Arena

Posted February 9, 2015 @ 12:55PM

It’s that time of year again and the Knights of Columbus Council 8233 and the Town of Kingsville is hosting their Annual Vegas Night Dinner and Auction on Saturday February 21 2015 at the Kingsville Arena.  Casino style games begin at 4:30 pm using Vegas Dollars, followed by Dinner Buffet and cash bar at 7 pm.

This year guests will also enjoy complimentary wine tasting, a complimentary glass of Wine and Hors D’oeuvres before dinner while trying their luck at the many Casino Games. 

The Auction starts at 9 pm where guests use their Vegas Dollars they have won at the games to bet on over 100 items.  The Auction is the highlight of the evening featuring great prizes including Family Hotel getaways, Caesars Windsor overnight stay, tickets to the Coliseum and a $100 meal voucher, Back Yard Big Screen Movie, Hockey Registration and so much more.

Tickets are only $50 per person, or $350 for a table of 8.  Proceeds from this event will be directed towards Kingsville’s Mettawas Park Development Project. For more information or to reserve your tickets please call 519-733-2123.


by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Winter Owl Prowls – What a Hoot! Feb. 5 and 11, 2015

Posted January 19, 2015 @ 10:07PM

It’s that time of year again - time to listen for owls at a woodlot near you! Shake off that cabin fever and enjoy an evening learning about the owls of Ontario, their adaptations, calls, and behaviour, presented by Caroline Biribauer, Outreach Coordinator with the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA).  

Weather permitting, participants will take a guided walk through the woods looking and listening for owls. 

“We’ve been hosting these winter Owl Prowls for many years now, and they have been selling out at our maximum capacity every year,” Biribauer says.  “To hear an owl hooting on a still winter’s night is nothing short of magical.  Then to be lucky enough to see one, that’s an experience with nature that one doesn’t soon forget.”

The public can choose between two Owl Prowl evenings: 
-Thursday, February 5, 2015:   7-9 pm at Camp Cedarwin Scout Camp
-Wednesday, February 11, 2015:  7-9 pm at Holiday Beach Conservation Area

The cost for each event is $5 per person, or $12/family.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  For the Camp Cedarwin Owl Prowl, please go to https://cedarwinowlprowl.eventbrite.ca.   For tickets for the Holiday Beach Owl Prowl, please go to http://owlprowlholidaybeach.eventbrite.ca

For more information, please contact Caroline at cbiribauer@erca.orgor 519-776-5209, ext. 245.  Since 1973, the Essex Region Conservation Authority has served as a community-based organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and managing the natural resources of the Essex Region.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Winter Bites Restaurant Week January 12 to 18, 2015

Posted January 7, 2015 @ 12:03AM

Winter is here and that means Winter Bites Restaurant Week is back!

During Winter Bites Restaurant Week, January 12 to January 18, 2015, diners can visit participating restaurants and indulge in a 3-course meal starting at only $10.

Participants can dine on prix-fixe menus with $10, $15, $25 or $35 options. Each restaurant will offer a unique Winter Bites menu where diners can select from a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.

“We're excited to once again be showcasing local eateries through Winter Bites Restaurant Week in what has become a highly anticipated event,” explains Adriano Ciotoli, co-owner of WindsorEats, a food and drink companion for Windsor-Essex. “The week not only gives customers great value at some of the regions favourite restaurants, but, it also provides an economic boost for those restaurants in what is traditionally a slower time.”

Participating including Oxley Estate Winery, Rino's Kitchen, Tropical Hut Phillipine Cuisine, Lorelei's Bistro and more! The Windsor Club will also be participating, opening their doors to the public for the week long event.

Winter Bites Restaurant Week is more than just dinner!

This year, enjoy unique events as part of the Winter Bites festivities. On Saturday, January 17, join in on a Drinks of Walkerville walking prior to a dinner out. The Drinks of Walkerville tour was recently selected as an Ontario Signature Experience.

Also, Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge is hosting a Vegan Brunch on Sunday, January 18 as part of the Winter Bites festivities to complement their vegan options throughout the week.

A complete listing of participating restaurants and menus can be found at www.winterbites.ca

Guests are encouraged to use the #WinterBites2015 hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Reservations are recommended to ensure a seating upon your arrival. The meals are per person and do not include beverages, taxes or tip.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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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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