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Alan Halberstadt

Photo Contest In Amherstburg Until September 30, 2015

Posted August 9, 2015 @ 3:35PM

Take Your Best Shot at Amherstburg Photo Contest

We want you to take your best shot at Amherstburg – with your camera!

The Town has launched the “Take Your Best Shot at Amherstburg Photo Contest”.  This contest not only aims to engage residents and visitors in Amherstburg, but asks them to use their cameras to capture the beauty and enjoyment that they experience in their Town! 

General Contest Details:

  • Contest Period: from July 13, 2015 to September 30, 2015.
  • Contest is open to legal residents in the Province of Ontario who are eighteen years of age or older.
  • One photo entry per person.
  • Photos must be taken within the legal municipal boundaries of the Town of Amherstburg.
  • Subject of submitted photos shall portray one or more of the following themes:
    • Cultural legacy of the Town of Amherstburg
    • Scenic landscapes and vistas
    • Town beautification
    • Quality of life
    • Tourism and/or recreation
  • All submissions become the property of the Town of Amherstburg.
  • Photos can submitted by hand, by mail/courier, or through an email link at www.amherstburg.ca/PhotoContest
A panel of judges will be assembled that include a number of Council Members, the CAO, and Town Administration.  Photo entries will be judged on criteria that considers creativity, photographic quality, and the unique depiction of Amherstburg’s characteristics.

The Photo Contest will provide prizes to the top three entries as selected by the judging panel.  These prizes will be:

Grand Prize Winner (1st Place):
  • Feature photo on the cover of the 2016 Collection Calendar
  • Feature on the homepage of the Town’s website (for a minimum of 6 months)
  • 1/2 Page feature in one edition of the River Town Times newspaper
  • Photo will be on display in the lobby of Town Hall
  • Certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor
  • Presentation of prize and recognition at a Council Meeting

Runner Up (2nd Place)
  • 1/4 Page feature in one edition of the River Town Times newspaper
  • Photo will be on display in the lobby of Town Hall
  • Certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor
  • Presentation of prize and recognition at a Council Meeting
2nd Runner Up (3rd Place):
  • 1/4 Page feature in one edition of the River Town Times newspaper
  • Photo will be on display in the lobby of Town Hall
  • Certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor
  • Presentation of prize and recognition at a Council Meeting

For a full set of official rules, visit:


Good luck everyone!!

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Win A Digital Sign From Fast Signs, Enter By August 7, 2015

Posted August 4, 2015 @ 11:59AM

FASTSIGNS of Windsor is hosting a digital sign giveaway contest
to celebrate its 15th anniversary

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, local visual communications provider FASTSIGNS®of Windsoris hosting a giveaway contest for local businesses to enter for a chance to win a free digital sign and custom digital signage content, an estimated value of $1,500. 

"Over the past 15 years, my team and I are so thankful for all of our wonderful customers and being able to help them build their business with compelling signs and visual graphics,” said Donna Bilodeau, who co-owns FASTSIGNS of Windsor with Jackie Raymond. “To celebrate, we’re offering a contest to win a free 32-inch digital sign and two custom digital signage content pieces.” 

Beginning on June 29, local businesses and organizations can submit a photo and explain why they would use the digital display to generate sales or awareness for their business. Entrants must represent a Canadian organization or company to qualify. No purchase is necessary to enter. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 7. To enter, visit FASTSIGNS of Windsor’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fastsigns658 or http://woobox.com/tpzx2x

Then, from Aug. 8 through Sept. 11, people can vote for the entry they think should win.

“What better way to celebrate the past 15 years than to offer a new technology and encourage customers to take the next step in modern advertising,” Raymond said.

To connect with FASTSIGNS of Windsor on Facebook, visit facebook.com/fastsigns658

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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"Media City Film Festival, July 28 to August 1, 2015

Posted July 13, 2015 @ 10:42PM

Media City Film Festival launches 21st edition with world class film, music, poetry from Windsor / Detroit and around the world!

Windsor ON / Detroit MI — 
Media City Film Festival, Windsor's annual international festival for artists' film and video will celebrate its 21st edition this July 28- Aug.1, after resounding support for its successful Kickstarter campaign.

Media City Film Festival opens Tuesday July 28 at 8 pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward) with performances from renowned trail-blazing US composer and saxophonist Matana Roberts, who recently opened the new Whitney Museum  alongside first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries. Opening night will also feature live multi-projector performances by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Malcolm Le Grice.

This year’s celebration will showcase more than 60 filmmakers from around the world including historical films by legendary American pioneers Ken JacobsBarbara HammerAndy Warhol, and new films by artists from China, Thailand, Argentina, Portugal, Palestine, Spain, Colombia, Germany, Brazil, Iran, Austria, South Korea, and more.

The 21st Media City will also feature works by filmmakers from across the USA and Canada, along with a program of Regional Films, generously sponsored by the City of Windsor, including a film shot in 1978 on Regular 8mm offering historic views of Windsor courtesy of local artist / musician Scotty Hughes.   

Festival staff are bracing for a very large number of out-of-town guests this year. Over 110 room nights are currently booked at downtown hotels, and Media City's Guest Services Coordinator has been working around the clock to find additional accommodations for the many cinema lovers travelling to Windsor from all corners of the globe. 

“Media City is a truly unique festival, and the only film festival in the world that takes place on both sides of an international border. The festival is recognized and celebrated worldwide, and we are very proud to continue to feature so many significant artists and filmmakers here in Windsor each year. We’re very grateful for the support of a local and international community of cinema lovers”, says Jeremy Rigsby, Media City Program Director.

All Media City Film Festival screenings and events are Pay What You Like or FREE. The FREE Opening Party in Windsor is Wednesday July 29 at 6 pm at the Capitol Theatre (121 University W.), and will feature drinks, light fare and remarks from this year's International Competition Jury; 2015 Guggenheim fellow Akosua Adoma Owusu, Havard Film Archive curator Jeremy Rossen and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre Director, Lauren Howes. The reception is followed by a retrospective screening of the films of Warren Sonbert at 7:30 pm, co-presented with the Harvard Film Archive and featuring a reading from celebrated Detroit-based poet, essayist and playwright, Carla Harryman.

The 21st Media City Film Festival continues until Saturday, August 1st with nightly screenings at the Capitol. Programs include more than 65 new international films with filmmakers in attendance from around the world. For full program details and schedule information visit mediacityfilmfestival.com or view an online version of the festival's 90+ page catalogue.

Media City Film Festival
Media City Film Festival is an annual international festival of artist's film presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994. Each year the festival attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the world to participate in five days of screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions. Over the years the festival has achieved critical acclaim and international recognition for its “sheer excellence in programming” and is recognized as a leading venue in the world of artist’s film and video.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Second Annual Hearts Together for Haiti Showcase in Walkerville, July 3 to 16, 2015

Posted June 28, 2015 @ 3:05PM

The Windsor/Essex branch of the charity, Hearts Together for Haiti, will be showcasing some amazing and original art from Haiti at Walkerville Artists' Co-op for the second year in a row. July 3rd at 6:30 p.m.is the opening at 1974 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor.

Last year's showcase was very successful, earning much needed money for their orphanage and school in Deppe. The orphanage houses girls from the earthquake and some who were rescued from slavery. 100% of the money earned goes to fund the charity's school and orphanage, as well as tuition for high school students and school lunch program. Lunch, for many, is the only meal of the day.

The 2014 art works from Haiti included many masks, paintings and small sculptures, which sold very quickly. Make sure to visit the gallery early, to be able to have the best choices and support this worthy cause. The show runs for two weeks, until July 16, 2015.

Walkerville Artists' Co-op has been in there present location of 1974 Wyandotte Street East location for 18 months and strives to showcase captivating art works for your pleasure. They are home to 35 local artists and 6 local authors, each with their own view to the arts. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-4. Parking is available in the rear.

 For more details contact the co-op at 519 915 3535.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Business Start Up Program For Retirees June 24, 2015

Posted June 12, 2015 @ 2:12PM

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Centre will be presenting an information seminar for retired and nearly retired Windsor-Essex residents that may be interested in starting their own business. The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation is interested in developing a program aimed at providing information and support to retirees on how to start and sustain their own small business enterprises.

Sandra Pupatello, CEO of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation said “Our keynote speaker, Wendy Mayhew is a successful Canadian Entrepreneur and Author. We know that Ms. Mayhew will be well received because she is known for her definite flair for helping first-time entrepreneurs establish successful businesses. The concept for our Encore Enterprise Program comes as a direct response to global statistics showing us that individuals are retiring earlier and then re-entering the workforce. Today, becoming a seniorpreneur can often be an opportunity to turn a personal passion into a viable business.”

Sabrina DeMarco, Executive Director of the Small Business Centre added, “A growing number of workers age 50 + are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business and we see this at the Small Business Centre every day. Whether someone is interested in starting a small business right away or is intending to wait until after retirement, we can help them to explore the possibilities of turning their business ideas into a thriving business.The event on June 24th will be a pilot to see the level of interest from our region’s retirees.  Based on feedback we get from this event, we will use it to design and create a program ready to launch in the fall.”

Event Details –Encore Enterprise Event is being held on June 24, 2015 from 8 am to 12 noon at the Fogular Furlan Club in the Dante Costa Hall, Registration is $5 and includes a hot breakfast.

Space is limited.  For further details and to register https://encoreenterpriseprogram.eventbrite.ca

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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"August: Osage County": starts early June

Posted May 24, 2015 @ 7:34PM

August: Osage County

The Most Award Winning Play of This Century

 including seven 2008 Tony Awards and seven 2008 Drama Desk Awards

"Misery Loves Family"
Theatre Ensemble closes  its exciting and diverse 2014-2015 season with the Tracy Letts, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, "August: Osage County".

The show runs for eight performances – Thursday June 4, Friday June 5, Saturday June 6, Sunday June 7, Thursday June 11, Friday June 12, Saturday June 13, and Sunday June 14. All performances are at 7:30PM except Sundays which are 2PM matinees.

Tickets are $18 and are available at the Cardinal Music Box Office, 2569 Jefferson Boulevard, 519-944-5800 or at 226-346-SHOW (7469) and www.theatreensemble.ca Tickets will also be available at the door on performances.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The devious matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling”, is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets. Barbara Fordham, the eldest daughter is the strongest and most sympathetic character. Throughout the play she tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, her dilapidated marriage, and her pot-smoking 14 year old daughter;  Ivy Weston, the stay at home middle daughter who has had to endure the acid tongue of her mother. She has been maintaining a secret love affair with her first cousin. (And if you think that sounds like a Jerry Springer episode, just wait till you see Act Three!): and Karen Weston the youngest daughter who claims to have been unhappy her entire adult life, prompting her to move away from the family and reside in Florida. However, she returns to the Weston home bringing along a fiancé in tow – a successful 50 year old business man who, unbeknownst to Karen, turns out to by the most loathsome character within the play.  Throw in a meddling sister and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.                                                                                
The cast includes, Norma Coleman as the matriarch, Niki Richardson, Kristie Loewen and Christine Chemello as her daughters.  The production also stars James Neely, Jim Reid, Cindy Lee Kok, Rick Laforet, Adrienne Kelly, Ola Straszak, Jay Tessier, Clinton Hammond and Chris Powers and is directed by Mario Carnevale who recently directed "It's a Wonderful Life" for Theatre Ensemble and "Driving Miss Daisy" with Windsor Light Players.

Theatre Ensemble’s Creative Team includes John Anthony Nabben(Artistic Director), Mario Carnevale (Managing Director), and Joe Cardinal (Musical Director). The combined efforts of these theatre practitioners has resulted in a company that produces what local audiences describe as “must-see theatre” that is “awesome”, “outstanding”, and “spectacular”.

Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable.

For more information contact Mario Carnevale at 519-969-8855, email tetickets@cogeco.net or visit www.theatreensemble.ca

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Green is Beautiful Event on May 23 2015

Posted May 19, 2015 @ 3:01PM

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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chic @ the City fashion show, May 7, 2015

Posted April 27, 2015 @ 3:25PM

A dynamic group of business and professional women have joined forces to create a new organization called the “Chairity Chix,” whose mission is to support worthy charitable causes in our community and around the world. The inaugural event of the Charity Chix is called Chic @ the City which features a fashion show, gourmet appetizers, complimentary valet and fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes.


WHAT:            Funds raised from this event will support Rotary’s upcoming mission to Ghana, Africa and will also benefit the John McGivney Centre. Internationally, funds will be allocated to school supplies, backpacks and malaria prevention mosquito nets for impoverished children, pregnant and nursing mothers in Ghana. Locally funds will be invested into programs at the John McGivney Children’s centre.


WHEN:            Chic @ the City takes place on Thursday, May 7th(6 PM)

WHERE:           The City Grill, 375 Ouellette Ave.

Tickets $100 and available by calling 519-253-0111.

by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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Plant A Tree For Earth Day In Windsor April 26, 2015

Posted April 15, 2015 @ 9:35AM

 Calling the community to help plant tees and celebrate Earth Day!  On Sunday, April 26th from 10am – 12noon, ERCA will host its annual Earth Day® Tree Planting Celebration at Florence & McHugh, just east of the WFCU Centre.  More than 2,000 trees will be planted.

“We’ve been hosting this event since 1998,” explains Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Community Outreach Services.  “It’s a true family event, and it’s been wonderful to see so many families return year after year.  As their children are growing, so are the trees that are being planted.”

Planting trees helps improve water quality, removes carbon from the air and provides shelter for birds and other wildlife.  “Over the past sixteen years, this event alone has added more than twenty thousand trees to the City of Windsor,” Breault Stuebing goes on to say.  “As this is part of the Detroit River watershed, the trees planted help to improve water quality for the entire Detroit River and ultimately, our Great Lakes.”

There are nature crafts for kids and ERCA’s Youth Engagement Team will host an e-waste collection to benefit Computers for Kids.  Organizations that have registered as ‘Green Teams’ will be recognized at the event, and the winners of this year’s Earth Day Contest will be honoured.  With more than 2000 trees of varying sizes to be planted and mulched, while ERCA does have a supply of gloves and shovels, guests are encouraged to bring their own as well.

“Earth Day is about taking action – all of us working together to protect our watersheds and restore natural areas to help improve our quality of life and the attractiveness of this region,” Breault Stuebing adds.

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. 

Learn more at ERCA.org.


by Alan Halberstadt www.alanhalberstadt.com

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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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