Mark your calendar! The Parade of Lights takes place this Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 6:00 pm.
The Stittsville Village Association’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate.
The parade runs along Stittsville Main from Carp Rd. South to Carleton Cathcart.
The deadline for my annual Christmas Card contest is THIS Sunday, December 1st! There are 4 age categories: up to 6 years old, 7 to 11 years old and 12 to 15 years old, and there will be a winner from each category who will receive a great prize at my Cookie Decorating and Santa Visit on December 7th at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.
Entries can be dropped off at my office at the GRC today until 8:00pm, tomorrow from 1:00pm until 8:00pm, Friday from 9:00am until 5:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
My only request is that when working on your art, please ensure you do not use glitter paints or stickers, as it must be suitable to copy onto the front of the Christmas card. Also, please remember to include the artist’s name, phone number and age on the back of their entry.
This is a great activity to enjoy with your kids and I cannot wait to see all of the entries come pouring in because of yesterday’s snow day!
Palladium Drive will be closed from Huntmar Drive to HWY 417 WB Off-Ramp. The road will be closed from December 2nd 2013 until December 5th 2013.
The contractor, Karson Group will be undertaking the installation of outlet sewers (sanitary and storm) and a large sanitary manhole. The work is being completed as part of the Tanger Outlet Centre Project.
There will be a signed detour. Information signs will be posted during the closure. This closure will have a medium impact to traffic.
I would like to remind residents of winter overnight parking regulations. These regulations ensure that the City’s snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa’s roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists.
Between November 15 and April 1, when a snowfall of 7 cm or more is forecast by Environment Canada, parking is not permitted on all Ottawa streets between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, such as a snowfall forecast of 5 to 10 cm. Vehicles parked on the street when a restriction is in effect will be ticketed, even if it does not snow. Vehicle owners who have a municipal on-street parking permit are exempt from winter overnight parking restrictions.
You can also find out if a winter overnight parking restriction is currently in effect by:
- Going to the City’s online newsroom for special advisories about on-street parking restrictions
- Tuning in to local media for announcements about overnight parking restrictions
- Checking to see if a snowfall of 7 cm or more is forecast for Ottawa by visiting Environment Canada online or by calling 613-998-3439
When a winter storm hits Ottawa, the City ensures that proper snow and ice removal is in full effect. Different technologies and materials are used to manage snow and ice on City roads and streets. Below is an elapsed time graph that shows residents what to expect and when, during a winter storm.
The Use and Care of Roads By-Law No. 2003-498 and Parks and Facilities By-Law No. 2004-276 prohibit the disposal of snow or ice on roadways or in any park. When clearing snow from your driveway or walkway (even if a contractor is doing it for you), snow and ice may not be pushed, thrown or otherwise deposited on the street, sidewalk or park. Anyone charged with an offence may be subject to a fine.
If you witness either a resident or a private snow contractor doing so, please call the City of Ottawa Helpline at 311 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to report this. Staff are on hand during and after business hours and on weekends to take your details and have a By-Law Officer dispatched to follow up. If you can note the name of the private contractor (usually displayed on their truck) this will be helpful.
On Wednesday, December 4th, the 3rd annual Ward vs. Ward Bake Sale will be taking place at City Hall from 12:00pm until 1:00pm to raise money for Christmas Cheer.
What I am looking for are residents who are willing to donate baked goods to this event. This is a great way to show how wonderful the Stittsville community is while raising money for a fantastic cause.
I will be accepting baked good donations at my Ward office at 1500 Shea Road in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on December 2nd from 9:00am until 2:00pm and on December 3rd from 3:00pm until 8:00pm.
Please indicate all of the ingredients in the treats and, in cases such as cookies and brownies, please wrap each treat individually.
I am looking forward to seeing what great bakers we have here in Stittsville!
On Sunday, December 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Goulbourn Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale.
Get an old-fashioned photo taken with Santa and a head-start on your Christmas shopping at this holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.
There will be oodles of free fun and activities for all ages. Children can write letters to Santa with expert help from The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, play with old-fashioned games and wooden toys, and watch rope making demonstrations by Tom Stephenson of The Kettle Boys. Each child will get their very own handmade skipping rope to take home.
Families can don period costumes, pose for a photo with Santa in our Village Store, and take home a vintage keepsake of the day. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider for everyone, and Pizza All’Antica will be onsite making authentic Neapolitan wood fired mobile pizza.
Our list of handmade vendors features something for everyone including jewelry, woodwork, pottery, Christmas greenery, stained glass art, hand-painted textile, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, hair accessories, and more!
The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit www.goulbournmuseum.ca or call 613-831-2393.
City Council has approved the Budget for 2014 that delivers a 1.9 per cent tax change – the lowest change in seven years, and below the 2 per cent cap directed by City Council on May 8, 2013. The budget respects taxpayers’ expectations that its municipal government live within its means, improve service delivery and invest strategically in initiatives that will help shape the community’s future.
Budget 2014 continues the freeze on recreation fees and the Mayor and Councillors’ office budgets, and garbage fees will remain at the same level as in the previous year. As well, the City will reduce its workforce for the third straight year, with the removal of 55 Full-Time Equivalent positions. In addition, no new debt will be added to the capital budget in 2014.
Highlights of Budget 2014 include:
- Roll-out of “MyServiceOttawa”, an online account that allows residents and businesses to securely access multiple City services and information in one place 24/7; pay and view billing information for tax and water bills; and apply for a number of licenses and permits online;
- Complete the final year of the $340 million Ottawa-on-the-Move 3-year infrastructure program, including $45 million in citywide road resurfacing to improve transportation networks;
- Invest $750,000 to implement and improve pedestrian infrastructure to better connect residents to transit, schools, parks and other key destinations;
- Increase investment in cycling safety and facilities by $2 million;
- Limit the average transit fare increase to 1.9 per cent;
- Build and upgrade parks, recreation and cultural facilities in neighbourhoods across the city, including the opening of the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata and the Minto Recreation Complex in Barrhaven;
- Continue Council’s annual investment of $14 million in the Housing and Homelessness Investment Plan;
- Invest an additional $1.2 million to fight the spread of Emerald Ash Borer and to increase forest cover across the city;
- Invest $3.9 million in the Smart Energy Program to reduce the City’s energy costs;
- Invest $2 million in accessibility improvements to existing City buildings and parks, and;
- Increase investment in Economic Development by $350,000 to attract more events and visitors.
For more information about Budget 2014, visit ottawa.ca.
The Ottawa Fury U14 Boys Soccer Team won the right to represent the New England division at the Super Youth League North American Finals in Bradenton Florida December 5-9th.
To raise funds for this endeavour, the team is holding a silent auction which ends this Saturday, November 30th at 10 pm. There are some fantastic items at great prices.
For more information, visit: http://furyu14boys.wix.com/silent-auction
Did you know that Bell Street is named after the William J. Bell family? Billy Bell was a merchant who owned a 200-acre farm stretching from Abbott Street to Fernbank Road. The street is in one of the areas he developed.
*Information regarding the “Did you know…” story was taken from the book Stittsville a Sense of Place by Barbara Bottriell, 1998