Memorial Centre

Into Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

As summer winds down we find ourselves heading into fall activities and there is much to be aware of in Williamsville. Remember to support Williamsville businesses and organizations to keep our neighbourhood vibrant. The Williamsville Community Association working group meets monthly and welcomes new members, please let us know if you can contribute.

1. Reminder for Paint the Town – September 13th, 14th, 15th, Kingston School of Art presents Paint the Town in Williamsville. This is a free outdoor painting event for any artist who wishes to register. Please see www.ksoa.info for details. See the KSOA web site for fall programs too.

2. 183rd Annual Kingston Fall Fair – September 12th to 15th at the M-Centre. Check out the farm animals, culinary and homecrafts, horse and dairy shows, antique tractor pull, demolition derby, midway, and much more see http://www.kingstonfair.com/ for more info. The Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market runs inside the fair all weekend and outside on Sunday 9am to 2pm.

3. Sunday September 15th – Kingston Archery Club open house and fun shoot – although the indoor range is located in the basement of St. Luke’s Church on Nelson Street, the outdoor range is a must to experience for anyone interested in archery. Visit the KAC from 12 noon to 3pm at the outdoor range at 2043 Battersea Road, Kingston, North of Hwy 401 and Montreal St. — See The Map for directions. The fun shoot fee for non-members is $10 for adults 17 and over, and free for children 8 to 16. Fall lessons begin September 28th in the basement of St. Luke’s Church at 236 Nelson St., just off Princess. See http://www.kingstonarcheryclub.com/ for details.

4. Reminder for Wednesday September 25th, City of Kingston Public Meetings on the Princess Street Construction in Williamsville. Two meeting times are available to accommodate businesses and residents, but you can attend either at 8:00 – 9:30am or 6:30 – 8:00pm at Princess Street United Church, 484 Albert Street at Princess. Residents and businesses in the immediate construction zone only, will receive invitations.

5. Reminder for Friday September 27th, Fish Fry at St. Luke’s Church 5:00 – 7:00pm on Nelson Street at Princess. For tickets $15, call 613-542-5501. Also coming Wednesday October 9th Bridge & Luncheon 12 noon $10 per person, reserve your table in advance call 613-542-5501.

6. Heads-up Palace Road reconstruction to start later in September – if you were unable to attend the public meeting and wish to get construction updates by email or have questions, you can contact Derek Ochej City of Kingston- Public Works Services Public Education and Promotion Coordinator (613) 546-4291 ext 2703.

7. Do you have drainage issues? – or just want to find out more about preventing flooding? Then attend Everything Drainage Workshop: Protect Your Property from Water Issues. Do you want to manage standing water on your property? Is your sump pump constantly running? Wish you could make every raindrop count to conserve the use of treated water? Then the Utilities Kingston workshop “Everything Drainage” might be for you. This free workshop educates home owners on how to properly manage excess water on their property and help prevent basement flooding, while complying with the City of Kingston “Sewer Use By-Law”.

Sessions take place at the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden, 1211 John Counter Boulevard, and are delivered by Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative. Dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. (rain date is September 19)
  • Monday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. (rain date is September 25)
  • Wednesday, October 2 at 2:00 p.m. (rain date is October 3)
  • Saturday October 5 at 2:00 p.m. (rain date is October 6)

Space is limited, visit the Hearthmakers website to register today. Learn more about basement flooding and related topics from our website.

8. Electoral Districts Ontario Municipal Board Hearing – starts October 21st and runs for a week. The future of the boundaries of Williamsville District as we know it, and its very existence, to be determined. More info to come soon.

Williamsville Community Association
representing Businesses, Agencies & Residents

Late Summer Update

Dear Neighbours:

As summer continues there are several events and presentations involving Williamsville that you may be interested in attending.

1. Sunday August 25th, 7:00 – 9:00pm at the Screening Room, 120 Princess Street – Hearthmakers: Be The Change Community Engagement Night with presentations from change-making Kingston organizations including the Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston, and movie Be The Change a documentary by Queen’s alumni David Churnushenko on living more sustainably.

2. September 13th, 14th, 15th, Kingston School of Art presents Paint the Town in Williamsville. This is a free outdoor painting event for any artist who wishes to register. Please see www.ksoa.info for details.

3. Wednesday September 25th, City of Kingston Public Meetings on the Princess Street Construction in Williamsville. Two meeting times are available to accommodate businesses and residents, but you can attend either at 8:00 – 9:30am or 6:30 – 8:00pm at Princess Street United Church, 484 Albert Street at Princess. Residents and businesses in the immediate construction zone only, will receive invitations.

4. Friday September 27th, Fish Fry at St. Luke’s Church 5:00 – 7:00pm on Nelson Street at Princess. For tickets $15, call 613-542-5501.

Watch out for more info on events at the M-Centre and Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, including the Kingston Agricultural Society’s Annual Fall Fair September 12th – 15th, the Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food event at the M-Centre Market, and Food Truck Rodeo.

Summer Update

Dear Neighbours,

We hope that you are finding time to enjoy the summer weather and taking advantage of the many offerings in Williamsville. Just a few items to note:

1. Neighbourhood meeting regarding:
637-655 Johnson Street
Golden Dragon Ho 7 Inc.
City File Number: D14-246-2012
Tomorrow, Wednesday July 31st, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Princess Street United Church Gym, 484 Albert St. corner of Princess & Albert, enter 2nd door south of Princess. Doors open 6:30pm.

If you have an interest in this project or any concerns, please attend this meeting to discuss concerns and further action.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – come out and support our local farmers and craftspeople every Sunday 9:00am to 2:00pm. This is a true farmers’ market with locally grown produce, prepared food and crafts. If you haven’t been yet, get out and experience our community market and bring a friend! For more info on weekly entertainment see http://memorialcentrefarmersmarket.ca/ or follow on twitter @MCFM303. Where the Farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

Remember to support all our Williamsville businesses and services and keep cool at the Memorial Centre aquatic park and splash pad, YMCA, and don’t forget some cool summer reading at the Calvin Park Library.

May Update

Dear Neighbours:

Lots of things are happening during the month of May and we hope that you will make it to some of them. We would also ask that you pass this on to your neighbours or ask them to send us an email request to receive updates.

1. Williamsville Community Association Town Hall Meeting – Monday May 13th, 7-9pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall on Nelson Street, just north of Princess.

Agenda items include:

  • Presentation from City staff on the status of the Williamsville Main Street Study, heritage in Williamsvillle, and the Central Accommodation Review (largely the issue of how to manage the rental housing within the near campus neighbourhoods).
  • Memorial Centre upgrades update with discussion on what might happen at the corner of York and Alfred Streets – we want your input
  • Electoral District boundary review – what is happening and what it means for Williamsville
  • Announcements
  • Question period with District Councillor Jim Neill

We look forward to seeing you there. Please encourage your neighbours to attend.

2. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – the big day you have all been waiting for is here Sunday May 12th, 9am to 2pm.

The month of May offers tender greens, maple syrup, local meats, bedding plants and hand-crafted wares prepared by local farmers and artisans. For the second year, the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market will run Sundays beside the Bennett Barn on the grounds of Kingston’s Memorial Centre. The Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston and participating vendors are eager to get back to the job of providing area residents with fresh local produce, hand-made crafts and prepared foods. More music, more workshops and more activities too. Come to your market where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

3. Cycling Lanes in Williamsville – Public Workshop Wednesday May 8th – How might cycling lanes be incorporated along Princess Street as Williamsville is redeveloped? That’s the question that will be considered at public workshops set for Wednesday, May 8 in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Participants are asked to pre-register for a 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. workshop or a 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. workshop, by contacting Williamsville@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291, ext. 3180.

The City will also collect opinions and comments about cycling lanes in Williamsville starting Thursday, May 9 in an online survey at www.CityofKingston.ca/williamsville (or use the “Get Involved” button on the front of the City’s site). The survey will also be available at the Planning and Development Department at 1211 John Counter Blvd.

Brook McIlroy will be developing the designs for the City based on these workshop discussions and they will be presented to the Environment Infrastructure and Transportation Advisory Committee at its regular meeting in August.

More information on plans for Williamsville, see www.CityofKingston.ca/williamsville.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner.

4. Student Move out – Please be aware of the following, and thanks to City staff for their efforts to keep our neighbourhoods clean:

Property Standards and office Staff were ‘all hands on deck’ with proactive enforcement that resulted in the issuance over the last 7 days of more than 250 Yard By-law orders requiring removal of waste left behind on front lawns. With so many moves at one time and to avoid a repeat of past problems, orders are posted on site and instead of the usual 3 days, only 24 hour notice is provided in these orders. The material left after that time is removed by city forces with all costs applied to taxes, along with a $125 administrative charge that has occurred for at least 35 clean-ups over the last 7 days where the property owner was unable to meet these pro-active timelines.

Councillor Neill advises that a quick call to the City to report things abandoned & the address, should be dealt with quickly. If not, an email or call to him at jneill@cityofkingston.ca or 613-544-2465 would also work.

April Happenings

Dear Neighbours,

April is finally here, and there are a few things going on in and around Williamsville to take note of:

1. Thursday April 4 – Williamsville Main Street Study Public Meeting for the proposed Official Plan Amendment & Zoning By-Law Amendment to implement the recommendations of the Williamsville Main Street Study – 6:30pm Council Chambers, City Hall.

2. Events at St. Luke’s – 236 Nelson St. near Princess

  • Wednesday April 10th – Bridge & Luncheon 12 noon, $10 per person – call St. Luke’s to reserve a table 542-5501
  • Saturday April 13th – Used Media Sale 10am to 2pm – CD’s, records, video games, books, comics, posters etc plus bake sale, snacks, silent auction & live music
  • Saturday April 27th – Beef Dinner 6pm – $15 adults, $7.50 children under 12 – call St. Luke’s to reserve a table 542-5501

3. Saturday April 20th – Community Matters – Sustainable Kingston Community Forum 9am to 4pm Krock Centre, registration at 8am – www.sustainablekingston.ca for more information.

4. Monday April 22nd – Williamsville Community Association working group meeting. If you are interested in attending please contact us for details.

5. The Princess & Victoria Street development site plan will take place at Planning Committee likely near the end of April or beginning of May. Watch for announcements if you are interested in attending.

6. Sunday May 12 – Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market Opening Day – get ready to come out and meet your favourite farmers and crafters, get acquainted with old friends and meet some new ones along the way. The Farmers’ Market Association of Kingston invites you to be part of the Memorial Centre Farmer’s Market – become a supporting member, volunteer with promotions or market set up and take down, and buy local produce and hand made crafts.

7. Memorial Centre update – a recent staff report to the Memorial Centre Advisory Committee noted a recommendation for a community run ornamental garden at the corner of Alfred and York Streets based on the previously prepared M-Centre revitalization plan and comments from the community. To our knowledge people have been asking for more playground space as the current small playground cannot adequately accommodate the aquatic park overflow and is geared to younger children. In addition, a community garden for vegetable growing with a “Victory Garden” theme has also been put forward by Williamsville residents, but not for that location.  If you have comments contact Williamsville Councillor Neill jneill@cityofkingston.ca. The report can be seen at
http://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/439764/MCA_A0113-13001.pdf/9939db09-8118-48d3-b3f8-aef8e6f1e255

8. Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation & KFL&A Public Health – invite you to participate in an active transportation survey – it doesn’t take long! Please click here to complete the online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KCAT-Kingston-Community or access the survey from KCAT’s website: www.kcat.ca.

9. Utilities Kingston is conducting a Preventative Plumbing Program in various areas of the city including portions of Williamsville. You may have already received this letter. If you have not and are in the affected areas please read the details below.

 

March 15, 2013

Dear Homeowner,
Re.: Voluntary Compliance with the “Sewer Use By-law”
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Utilities Kingston is implementing a number of initiatives and programs to help reduce sewage back-ups in the City of Kingston. This letter addresses voluntary compliance with the City of Kingston By-law 2008-192, the “Sewer Use By-law”, and associated financial assistance available to home owners through Utilities Kingston. Our goal is to assist homeowners by providing public education and assistance.

Why You Are Receiving This Notice
Due to recent extreme weather events, there have been considerable reports of sewage backups throughout the City of Kingston. Through the voluntary flood reporting tool available to home owners at www.utilitieskingston.com, we have identified areas with abnormally-high concentrated flooding reports within the City of Kingston.  You have been included in the mailing list for this letter because your home is located in one of these affected areas.
1.    Victoria St., Nelson St., Albert St. from Princess St. to Mack St.
2.    Durham St. including MacDonnell St. up to Princess St.
3.    Toronto St. from Durham St. to Park St, including Park St. from Toronto St. to Victoria St.
4.    Alamein Dr. including Westdale Ave. to Carruthers Ave.

Causes of Sewage Back-ups
A typical contributing factor to sewage backups in homes is a phenomenon called ‘extraneous flow’.  Extraneous flow is extra, unwanted water that is getting into the sanitary sewer. Sources of extraneous flow originate from both the public and private side. On the public side, examples include sewers with leaky joints and cross-connections with the storm sewer system. On the private side, examples include leaky sewer laterals, as well as plumbing that is illegally connected and discharging directly into the sanitary sewer system, including:
1.    illegal connection of a sump pump;
2.    illegal connection of eavestroughs downspouts, or;
3.    illegal connection of foundation drains or weeping tiles.

Collectively, extraneous flows can overwhelm the sewer system and cause sewage backups. While a potential illegal connection in your home might not cause your own basement to experience a backup, it can contribute to sewage backups in your neighbour’s home, or even homes further downstream in the sanitary sewage collection system. Learn more about the causes at http://www.utilitieskingston.com/Water/basementflooding/causes.aspx

What Utilities Kingston is Doing
Utilities Kingston manages an annual public-side extraneous flow program that works to reduce leaks on the sewer system on the public-side. Learn more at http://www.utilitieskingston.com/Water/basementflooding/city.aspx

The Homeowner’s Responsibilities
While Utilities Kingston is addressing the public-side issues, homeowners are required to address the private-side issues. Specifically, home owners are required to comply with the “Sewer Use By-law”.

Financial Assistance
Home owners who voluntarily comply with the “Sewer Use By-law” can apply for financial assistance to the Utilities Kingston Preventative Plumbing Program. Learn more about this program: http://www.utilitieskingston.com/Water/basementflooding/preventative.aspx

Requirements of the Homeowner

Upon reading this letter, you as the homeowner are expected to take the appropriate course of action. If your home has illegal connections to the sanitary sewer, you will need to rectify them as per the “Sewer-Use Bylaw”. Common examples are provided below: (refer to Figure 1. for legal plumbing configurations)
A.    If you have downspout(s) that enter the ground and flow into the sanitary sewer lateral, you need to disconnect these and discharge them elsewhere.  The lawn is usually the best spot, approximately 2.0 m away from your foundation.
B.    If you have existing sump pump(s), they must not pump into the sanitary lateral or your sanitary plumbing.  If they do, they need to be directed elsewhere, preferably to your lawn, at least 2.0 meters away from your home.  (This item may be eligible for the Preventative Plumbing Program for financial assistance.)
C.    If you know that your foundation drainage (weeping tile) is connected to the sanitary sewer, it needs to be captured by a sump pump instead, and pumped elsewhere. (This item may be eligible for the Preventative Plumbing Program for financial assistance.) For items B and C, home owners are encouraged to participate in the Preventative Plumbing Program. Utilities Kingston will provide you with up to 75% of the cost of making your property compliant with the “Sewer Use By-law” (for eligible works, terms and conditions apply).

By-law Enforcement (Beginning May 1, 2013 in your area)
While it is our preference that home owners voluntarily comply and gain advantage from the financial assistance program, Utilities Kingston will be enforcing the “Sewer Use By-law”, specifically targeting homeowners who are contributing to extraneous flows into the sanitary sewer system. A by-law enforcement officer will visit your area to conduct door-to-door checks, specifically looking for illegal connections and sources of extraneous flows coming from your property. The by-law officer has the right to enter and inspect your home, and the homeowner’s co-operation is appreciated. If illegal connections are identified, the “Sewer Use By-law” will be enforced and the home owner will be directed to bring their property into compliance. In the event that by-law enforcement is required, the financial assistance program will not be made available.

Further Information and Assistance

If you require further information and clarification, please contact me at (613) 546-1181 extension 2242 or by emailing PreventativePlumbing@utilitieskingston.com

I would be pleased to visit your home or property to assist you in assessing your situation and to advise on the Preventative Plumbing Program and whether or not your home is compliant, or not with “The Sewer Use By-Law”.  Don’t forget to also visit our extensive online resource on basement flooding at www.utilitieskingston.com/floodfacts

Yours truly,

Rob Bowen, C.E.T.
Preventative Plumbing Program Manager
Utilities Kingston

Nearly Spring Update

Dear Neighbours,

Spring is nearly upon us, the days are getting longer and there is lots coming up. Here are a few things regarding our Williamsville community and the broader Kingston community – please read to the end.

1. March Break at Kingston School of Art & More
March Break Art Camp at the Kingston School of Art is a fun week of creativity and friendship! In an enthusiastic environment, your child will have the opportunity to explore a variety of art medium including drawing, watercolours, acrylic painting, collage, printmaking, storytelling and illustration. Children will create fun art projects to keep them busy during the whole week. You can see their beautiful projects at the end-of-week art exhibition. 5-12 year olds. Single days $55.00 each or Full Week $250.00

Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 15, 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm (Drop off – 8:45am)
Friday, March 22, 7 p.m. Free movie night at the Kingston School of Art. Join us for part 3 of the Great Courses series on the Louvre and its collections. This episode will cover some of the French artists whose work is in the Louvre. The series concludes at the end of April with a look at more French artists and their works.

Weekend Art Workshops at the Kingston School of Art, plus ongoing art courses for adults and youth, starting at frequent intervals. Check the webpage for details. www.ksoa.info

KSOA Kids Summer Art Camps: Your child will enjoy the creative experience of working in many art mediums as well as a fun filled day of games, outdoor activities & field trips (weather permitting). Weekly from July 2nd to Aug 30th 2013. Single days $55.00 each or Full Week $250.00

2. Kingston Bike Summit & Other Cycling News
Cycling in Kingston Public Forum – Monday, March 18, 2013, 7 – 9 p.m. in the Press Lounge at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour.
Come provide your input on improving cycling in Kingston. Listen to renowned speakers talk about cycle-friendly initiatives in other communities.
No registration required.

More information is available on www.sharetheroad.ca/kingston-bike-summit-s16338

Bike Summit – Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 8:00 am 4:30 pm in Wallace Hall, John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC), Queen’s University
In August 2012, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition awarded Kingston a Bronze Level award as part of its ‘Bike Friendly Communities’ program. To help Kingston work towards achieving a Silver level award, the Bike Summit will bring together community stakeholders in a discussion on how to improve cycling in Kingston.

The Summit offers a chance for community stakeholders to come together to build capacity, leverage relationships, and facilitate conversations around cycling in Kingston. This is an opportunity for members of Council, City employees, Tourism Kingston, Kingston Police Force, cycle advocates, bike retailers, area businesses, educational institutions and various community stakeholders to come together and learn about:
best practices,
inspiring success stories,
ongoing projects, and
provincial initiatives.

Lunch and a light breakfast will be served.
Full agenda and registration details are available at: www.sharetheroad.ca/kingston-bike-summit-s16338
3. Earth Hour Saturday March 23 – what are you doing? – perhaps a candlelit dinner or board game, a get together with friends, whatever you do, turn everything off and go dark between 8:30 and 9:30pm. Check the Earh Hour website at http://earthhour.org/WWF for ideas or head downtown for:

Kingston Unplugged Saturday March 23, 6:30 to 9:30 at the Market Square
Join Kingstonians celebrating Earth Hour together while raising awareness of environmental issues. The sixth Annual Kingston Unplugged Concert invites residents to enjoy performances by local artists, appearances by engaging speakers, sustainability displays, vendors and more; all at no cost and powered by solar and wind charged batteries. 

4. Williamsville General Town Hall Meeting in May –  planning is underway so please watch for further details on date, location and agenda.

5. Memorial Centre Market is gearing up to start in the spring. Watch for further details on the start date.

6. Princess & Victoria Development update – this development was recommended by the City planner and Planning Committee and approved by Council in early March despite the serious concerns raised by many neighbours –

http://www.cityofkingston.ca/documents/10180/154902/PLN_A0413-13030.pdf/f2c8a6ba-8b1e-4597-9d09-4a80176a4ee2
Councillors Jim Neill and Liz Schell moved a motion that the Site Plan stage (normally a staff process) be held at Planning Committee due to the many concerns raised by neighbours and Williamsville residents regarding adherence to the Williamsville Main Street Study. Many Williamsville residents and property owners participated in the study and this will be the first major development to take place in Williamsville since the plan was adopted by Council. No date has yet been set for the Site Plan to come back to Planning Committee.

7. Proposed District Boundaries Re-alignment – new boundaries based on population distribution are being discussed. Several possibilities have been outlined, but the staff recommended option would see Williamsville be joined with Kingscourt to the north of us. We feel that it is important to keep the main street intact within one district so that the Williamsville Main Street Study will remain relevant.

8. City’s proposed Parkland By-Law – FYI: http://www.cityofkingston.ca/cityhall/committees/planning/agendas.asp This promises to reduce parkland requirements in the downtown in order to encourage development – and may have a profound effect on park space and park use in Williamsville.

Having trouble accessing any City report or any City info? Contact the clerk’s office.

November and December in Williamsville

Dear Neighbours:

Here are a few upcoming events and reminders for Williamsville. Sorry it’s another long one, but please read to the end.

  • November 15 Town Hall – Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill hosts a Town Hall meeting Thursday November 15 starting at 6:30pm at Calvin Park Library. Please note that the Williamsville Community Association will make a brief presentation on our activities since our last general meeting in May. The detailed agenda follows.
  • Development proposal for 652-663 Princess Street / 582-604 Victoria Street – this is the old Toyota lot at Victoria and Princess. Please take time to view this proposal and the planner’s report found on the City website within the context of the Williamsville Main Street Study which many of you participated in. Letters of opinion can be sent to the Planning Committee through Senior Planner Jason Budd jbudd@cityofkingston.ca over the next while. Several Williamsville residents and property owners attended the Planning Committee meeting last week and spoke about a variety of concerns, not against development in Williamsville. You are encouraged to continue participating in shaping our community.
  • Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – reminder that the market continues on Sunday’s 10am to 2pm until December 16, weather permitting. There is still a variety of fresh produce, meat and prepared foods, as well as crafts and clothing available. Please come out and support our local suppliers.
  • Saturday November 24 – Australian Concert with Glenn Foster and Jason Pedherney at St. Luke’s, 2pm. Tickets $10 adults, $7 students available at the door or call 613-542-5501.
  • Saturday December 1 – Breakfast with Santa and St. Nicholas 9am to noon at St. Luke’s. Breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities.
  • The former Hockey Museum building at the corner of Alfred and York Streets will be demolished in the upcoming months.
  • Since we’re moving towards the Christmas Season, remember to keep up with the “Buy Your Neighbourhood” campaign and support our Williamsville businesses and services.

Fall Update

Dear Neighbours:

There are several items coming up to mark on your calendar related to Williamsville and people of Williamsville. They appear according to priority rather than chronological order. If you know someone in Williamsville who would appreciate this information, please forward them this email.

1. Development proposal for Princess & Victoria – put the Williamsville Main Street Study to the test. A proposal for a 144 unit, 498 bedroom development will be presented to the Planning Committee on Thursday November 1, starting at 6:30pm in City Hall Council Chambers. This is a public meeting at which you may speak to voice your opinion. You may also submit your opinion in writing. We will post information at www.williamsville.ca as soon as it is available.

2. Memorial Centre Memorial Wall unveiling – will take place Tuesday October 30, 1:30pm RSVP lkimble@cityofkingston.ca or 613-546-4291 ext. 1715

3. Williamsville Town Hall – Councillor Jim Neill will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday November 15, starting 6:30pm at Calvin Park Library. Your Williamsville Community Association will also hold a short meeting during this time. Details to follow.

4. Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market – great news, it’s extended! The fall season begins Sunday October 28 and continues until Sunday December 16. Please note the new hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm.

5. Bader International Study Centre – interested in what goes on in a castle? You can find out what is on at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex UK by attending a variety of lectures at Queen’s U. starting this Wednesday October 24. Kingston archaeologist and Williamsville resident Sue Bazely will introduce the archaeology session on Tuesday October 30, 6:30pm Macdonald Hall on Union St. For details see http://www.queensu.ca/bisc/news/BISCatQueens2012.html

6. Public Forum on Alcohol Report – join the KFLA and keynote speaker Ann Dowsett Johnston on Monday November 5 from 6:30-9:00pm at Davies Hall, St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Ave.

7. St. Luke’s Australian Concert – with Glenn Foster and Jason Pedherney, Saturday November 24, 2:00pm at St. Luke’s Princess and Nelson Street. Tickets $10 adult, $7 student at the door or call 613-542-5501.

8. Roadworks scheduled for 2014 – it may seem like a long way off, but . . . get ready for Princess – Bath to MacDonnell, Drayton – Princess to Concession, Tower – Princess to Concession, Albert – Princess to just north of Mack, Frontenac – Jenkins to York.

Williamsville Fall events

Dear Neighbours:

Fall has begun with fabulous weather and there are a few things happening in and around the neighbourhood that you may be interested in.

First, a huge thank you to everyone who came out to the Memorial Centre Market and our Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food event last Sunday. It was indeed a fun time for all. Thanks to Main Street Market and Taylored Training for providing prizes for our race events, and to Cyclepath, KFLA Health Unit, Cycle Kingston Inc. and the Market Vendors for sharing healthy lifestyle information and showing off what they do best!

1. Watch for an extended market period from October 28 to December 16.

2. Friday September 28 at 7:00pm – Kingston School of Art movie showing of “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. Free event at the corner of Princess and Victoria Street.

3. Saturday September 29 at 7:30pm – Celtic music concert at Unitarian Place 206 Concession Street. Ticket $15 at the door.

4. Deadline for application is September 30 – Do you know a local student who is 19-25 and interested in sustainability in Kingston?

Sustainable Kingston wants to cover the costs (accommodation, transportation, food) for 2 local students to attend either IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training Program for Emerging Leaders (Ottawa, ON) or IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training Program for Emerging Leaders (Guelph, ON).

5. Sunday October 14 at 7:00pm – “The Faithful Friends” concert at St. Luke’s. Tickets $10.

6. Saturday November 3 from 10:00am to 2:00pm – St. Luke’s annual bazaar and luncheon. Lunch is 11am-1pm $7.

Sep 23: Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food, Summer Updates

Dear Neighbours:

As summer draws to a close and we get back into the fall routine please remember to check for what’s happening in Williamsville. Here are a few items.

1. Fall Fun Fit ‘n’ Food – Sunday September 23, 11am to 1pm – come and take part in the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market where there will be healthy living demos and info, old fashioned races (and prizes), and chef demo using market produce – sponsored by the Williamsville Community Association and hosted by the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market.

Schedule:

  • 11:00 – 11:30   healthy living demos and info
  • 11:30 – 12:00   old fashioned races
  • 12:00 – 12:30   chef demo
  • 12:30 – 1:00    healthy living demos and info

Join us for healthy living demos & info by various Williamsville health and fitness related businesses and organizations, and Market vendors, including the KFLA Health Unit.

Old fashioned races organized by WCA

    • egg & spoon
    • three-legged
    • sack jumping
    • leap frog

Come for the fun and the food – where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat!

2. Bicycle lanes on Princess Street – you may recall that a request was made by Williamsville Councillor Jim Neill to look at including bicycle lanes on Princess Street through Williamsville as part of the Williamsville Main Street Study. At the September 11 Environment, Infrastructure, Transportation Policy Committee meeting, City staff recommended that no bike lanes be put on Princess St. through Williamsville (Option B). Option A was to put in bike lanes as a pilot project. The vote was a tie and therefore defeated. Option B was to do nothing which was also a tie vote and therefore defeated. It goes to Council on October 2 and you may wish to make you view known on this matter by writing to or calling city council members.

Read the full staff report.

3. Next Williamsville Community Association Working Group meeting – will be held Monday October 22. If you are interested in getting involved please let us know.

4. Williamsville Town Hall – to be held later in November. Details to be sent in the future.