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The Annual General Meeting of the West River Residents Association will be held on Thursday, October 19 at St. Aidan's Church, 318 Queen Mary Drive.

The church doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. giving you time to pay your membership dues, meet up with your neighbours and get some refreshments. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. For your reference the 2016 AGM minutes are on the www.wwra-oakville.ca website.

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Once again the Oakville Historical Society is holding its October Ghost Walks. These events have proved to be an enjoyable family outing for all ages. Reservations can be made on their website, by phone or by visit.

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Planning your next daytime adventure? The Bronte Heritage Trail lets you take a walk back in time as you stroll across 2 kilometers of scenic waterfront, harbour, village and beach backdrops. Follow your map on the Bronte BIA app to locate the beacons throughout Bronte Village to receive notifications to your phone containing historical information about this Lake Ontario Port founded in 1834. 
 
Download the Bronte BIA app to access the Bronte Heritage Trail!
 
Click here for more information: http://brontevillage.net/bronte-heritage-trail/
 

Tree planting

A number of large Ash trees were cut down in Forster Park this Spring due to a serious infestation of Emerald Ash Borers. They are invasive insects from Asia that attack and kill untreated Ash trees.

Some trees can be treated – unfortunately many of the trees in our park were too far gone.

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Oakville Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL) pinpoint the exact location of buses, public works vehicles and fire trucks in real-time, so residents and staff will no longer have to guess. Residents will have this new information available on their smart phones, computers, and tablets. Town of Oakville staff presented the AVL information to Oakville Council on June 26, 2017 .

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West River Residents Association Community Fun Day

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The annual WRRA picnic and fun day in Forster Park was a great neighbourhood event. Many of the local residents were there running food booths and bake sales.

The RVDL Soccer Academy was on hand to test everyone's ball shooting skills, and many high school students gave up a glorious Saturday to volunteer and assist with drawing tattoos, painting nails and serving at the BBQ.

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Dog tick

In the past few years, the tick population in Southwestern Ontario has risen dramatically due to the widespread dispersal from migratory birds. White-tailed deer also play a very important role in the establishment of deer ticks as they are the source of the majority of blood meals for adult female ticks.

The Deer Tick (also known as the black-legged tick) is a growing concern as it can transmit Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a debilitating illness that infects blood cells in humans and dogs and can cause symptoms such as headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and bleeding disorders.

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Ali Qamar - Kerr St clinic

There is a new doctor at the Kerr Street Medical Clinic. His name is Dr. Ali Qamar, and he says he is "very excited to start his practice in beautiful Kerr Village."

The emphasis of the clinic is on comprehensive family medicine, preventative care, chronic disease management and counselling. They will take the time to listen to your issues - no problem is too big or too small.

The Kerr Street Mecdical Clinic is located at 344 Kerr Street. Free parking is available behind the clinic.

 

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Starting Thursday, January 5, you'll notice some changes when driving through downtown Oakville. Navy Street between Lakeshore and Rebecca/Randall has been permanently converted to a two-way street.

As well, the town's first pedestrian crossover will be added at Navy and Church.

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Harjeev Brar smallDid you know that Kerr Village and West River have a new Community Constable? His name is Harjeev Brar. Find out how to get in touch with him here.

 

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Did you know that some of our neighbourhood's best shops and businesses
advertise right here on our website?

You can see them all by clicking here.

And please - support our local businesses!

 

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Breed: Rabbit
Age: Adult
Sex: Female, spayed

Hey everyone! My name is Dandelion and I'm searching for the perfect place to hop around and hang out.

I'm a sweet girl who loves attention. Are you looking for a social companion who loves being petted? Well, I may be your match! Come visit me at the shelter today!

The Oakville Milton Humane Society is located at 445 Cornwall Road.
905 845-1551

 

Flower barrels July 2017

A big THANK YOU to the neighbourhood volunteers for keeping
our community barrels looking so beautiful!

 

Florence Park reno lighter

The rehabilitation of Florence Park consists of
a replacement of the playground structure,
pea gravel replacement with wood fiber surfacing,
plastic edging, as well as new perimeter curbing.

Work is estimated to be completed by the end of July.

 

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We've got lots of photos of our annual Picnic on June 17. They're scrolling on the left side of the home page and you can see them in album form here.

 

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The first of the Kerr Village Handmade & Vintage Markets will be held this
Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the corner parking lot of
Kerr St. and Westside Drive.

Two additional markets will be held on July 8 and August 12.

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It was a fun night at Ladies Night Out held May 4
at Mo's restaurant in downtown Oakville . 

The evening was organized by WRRA Board member Debbie Soule.
By the time we got around to taking the picture below,
a few ladies had already left.

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WRRA Spring 2017 newsletter p1Our Spring 2017 Newsletter has now been posted online.

To keep costs reasonable, the newsletter is duplicated in black and white for distribution to neighbourhood homes. But you can see it here in glorious colour, as it was produced!

You can find it here.

 

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Maddy Beese is offering a dogwalking service to West River residents.

You can find her listing and other neighbour helpers here.

 

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Per WRRA member Miguel Gomes, who arranged the session with Oakville transit regarding speeding buses on Queen Mary a few months ago:

Oakville Transit Supervisors will be parked on side streets and Queen Mary for the next few weeks monitoring the speed of buses again as it is getting out of control. Buses have been clocked doing up to 70kms/hr.

 

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Your WRRA has some new Board members and officers. You can read all about them here.

 

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West River is lucky to have a number of lovely parks. Do you know how many there are, and where?

You can find out here.

 

Karmah is a plant-based eatery featuring an on-site bakery and cold-pressed juicery.

It's a quick service restaurant operating between the hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Especially if you're into raw and vegan style meals, go and check them out.

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(L. to R.) Ashley Deland, owner, Jenn Wall, head chef,
and Kathy Dvorski, head baker

Karmah is located at 343A Kerr Street. 905 808-8560. www.karmah.ca.

 

Washroom Forster Park

Forster Park has served as a hub for the West River Area since its development in the late 1950’s. Over the years the amenities available in the park have improved. The most significant recent addition has been the popular splash pad used by kids and adults alike during the often sultry summer days. Next on the Town’s list of improvements is the replacement of the washrooms. Built in 1960, the washrooms do not meet contemporary standards for accessibility and have been deemed to be at the end of their useful life.

Members of the WRRA Board participated in a planning process with the Town that included consultation on the design options and timeframe for the project. The Town also held a broader community consultation. The final designs included integrated display surfaces for public art in order to accommodate an earlier project initiated by the WRRA Board with input from the community.

Demolition of the existing washroom and construction of the new were to begin during January, 2016 with a completion date sometime during the summer of 2016.\

Unfortunately, the tender process undertaken by the Town to select a builder was unsuccessful in producing a suitable bid which complied with the Town’s approved budget. Town staff, in concert with the architect for the project, will now explore other design considerations as well as submit a request for more money for the project.

The bottom line is that the project will not proceed as planned during 2016. If the redesign and increased budget proceed as hoped, the Town will award the contract in early 2017.\

\If there is a positive side to this delay, it is that the current washroom facilities will be available for public use over the coming summer and there will be no construction disruption to park activities, including the annual WRRA neighbourhood picnic.