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Central Tech School Community Swim Open House — RBC Sports Day
November 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Central Tech Pool
For details see our Central Tech Community Swim webpage.
SAVE THE CENTRAL TECH PLAYING FIELD, STOP THE DOME
Your financial support requested
The fight to save the Central Tech field is entering a critical phase as it moves before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).
Lawyer Tim Gleason has agreed to act for us pro bono during the OMB pre-hearing on November 25.
We have also retained Beate Bowron, a professional city planner with expertise in mediation. She is charging us a discounted fee for her services, at a fraction of her normal rates.
In anticipation of having to raise this money, we’re now asking for financial contributions or pledges for future financial help. Because of the uncertainties of the process going forward, it is not possible to know yet the exact amount, but it will not be less than $10,000.
If you would like to make a contribution today, you can:
If you would like to make a commitment for future financial support, please contact HVRA board member Christian Mueller at email@example.com and let him know how much you are willing to pledge.
For background on this campaign click here to see our first fundraising message.
For more information on the TDSB's plans for a commercial sports dome on the Central Tech playing field, please see our Central Tech webpages.
Raffle ticket sales during the HVRA Pumpkin Festival help keep the Central Tech Community Swim afloat into 2015
Susan Purvis and her Central Tech Community Swim support team sold $1,000 worth of raffle tickets during our Pumpkin Festival on November 1 in support of the CTS public pool program.
The money was to be divided 50/50 between the raffle winner and the pool program, but raffle winner Coleen Whyte of Major Street donated $100 of her winnings back to the pool — for a total of $600 raised for the community swim.
winning ticket was picked during the HVRA
Raffle winner Coleen Whyte well understands the importance of the public swim. She almost drowned when younger, and overcame her fear of the water by being a regular attendee at the CTS swim.
For a long time she wore a flotation belt around her waist during aquafit exercises, but found one day she didn't need the belt anymore.
Coleen is now often found treading water in the deep end of the pool, and "I'm going underwater now."
For more information on the CTS Community Swim program,
7th Annual Pumpkin Festival — ooohs and aaahs for our 800 carved and candle-lit pumpkins
Left: Volunteers (re)light candles during the very windy Pumpkin Fest on November 1. Our HVRA chair/festival coordinator Tim Grant is in the middle of the group of three at the back of the table.
Our thanks to the 35+ volunteers who helped make the festival an enchanted evening.
Notes from our Chair Tim Grant
Following a rainy Halloween night, the 7h annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival took place on a dry, but windy Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Close to 800 carved and candle-lit pumpkins were displayed on table tops from Spadina Avenue to Borden Street. Among them were dozens of especially-clever designs that attracted “ooohs” and “aaahs” from hundreds of attendees, young and old. Squeels of joy from the youngest viewers could be heard all evening up and down Harbord Street.
While not rainy, the Festival took place on a cold night, so 60 liters of free hot cider given out by volunteers at the HVRA tents were much appreciated by those attending the Festival. While sipping their cider, many asked questions and mentioned the issues most important to them. In addition to hot cider, attendees were also warmed by the bagpipes played by HVRA’s past chair Rory Gus Sinclair. And stationed in every block, another set of volunteers sold “50-50” tickets to raise money for the Community Swim which occur s every Saturday at Central Tech school.
Our first thanks goes to our partner organization, the Harbord Street Business Improvement Association, who rented the tables, placed promotional posters in storefronts along Harbord, and recruited U of T football players to help set up 75 long tables along Harbord.
A second round of thanks goes to Longos who once again sold us the 60 liters of cider at a much reduced rate. And last but not least, a big thanks goes to the more than 35 volunteers, who handed out Festival cards during Halloween, collected pumpkins, inserted candles and lit them, dispensed cider and helped to clean up at the end of the evening.
Putting on such a festival requires an enormous amount of work by many, and lasts but three hours. But the joy it brings to so many, makes it all worthwhile. I’m already looking forward to next year!
Tim Grant, 2014 Pumpkin Festival Coordinator
HVRA and board member Wendy Smith win HERITAGE TORONTO awards!
HVRA was a big winner at the Heritage Toronto Annual Awards ceremony on October 21. We were honoured, first, with a COMMUNITY HERITAGE AWARD (Toronto and East York Community Council Area), and later during the ceremony with the MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARD, which is an award voted by all Heritage Toronto members for their favourite of the eight 2014 Community Heritage nominees.
HVRA board member Wendy Smith was also honoured, receiving Heritage Toronto's AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (its highest award) in the Media category, for her Toronto Park Lot Project. The Heritage Toronto Jury applauded Wendy's project for its "scholarly attention to detail and its engaging presentation", and praised it as "an excellent tool for promoting a greater understanding of Toronto’s heritage." You can see Wendy's project here: http://parklotproject.com
The Heritage Toronto Awards Jury commended HVRA for bringing our area’s heritage "to life in fresh, accessible, and innovative ways". Each of the two Community Heritage awards to HVRA was accompanied by a cheque to HVRA for $500, which will be a very welcome support to our future heritage projects.
HVRA was represented at the awards ceremony by former HVRA board member Eleanor Levine and present board member Margaret Procter. Both were valuable members of HVRA's 2013 Oral History Project team, which recorded the memories of Harbord Village residents who lived in the neighbourhood before 1975. Eleanor, who accepted the two awards on our behalf, conducted most of the 100+ hour-long oral history interviews which can now be heard on the Harbord Village History website.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Harbord Village heritage and history projects over the years:
For work on the Harbord Village Heritage Conservation District Advisory Committee: Gus Sinclair, Sue Dexter, and Richard Longley.
Gus Sinclair, coordinator of our Laneway Naming Project, and jury members Bob Barnett, Margie Zeidler, Tim Grant, and Neil Wright.
And to everyone who submitted laneway name suggestions, thank you.
Members of the Oral History Project team: Dr. Nicole Schulman, Eleanor Levine, Richard Gilbert, Wendy Smith, Margaret Procter, Dinny Biggs, Colin Furness, Mary Newberry, Margaret de Boer and Frances Robinson.
And to all 100 of our oral history project interviewees, thank you.
Congratulations EVERYONE, and well done!
More of a good thing...
The Central Technical School Community Saturday Afternoon Swim
What Public swim time in the Central Tech pool
When Every Saturday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where Central Tech Pool at Lennox and Lippincott Streets (southeast of Bathurst, door 16).
- Recreational swim space as well as lane swimming available
- Certified lifeguards on duty at all times
- In order to continue funding the program, a $2 donation per person (adult and children) is appreciated at the door.
CTS SWIM is currently fund raising so that the Community Swim
can continue into 2015. Please send them suggestions and leads for donations.
For more information regarding the community swim at Central Tech, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
15th Edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties is available.
Our 15th edition of the Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties was released on November 27, 2013.
Recipient of the 32nd Heritage Toronto,
Community Heritage Award and Members’ Choice Award, 2006.
The Harbord Village Directory for Conservators and Restorers of Heritage Properties is a 72-page booklet that answers this question with respect to every one of a building's street visible elements, from the chimney top to the garden fence(with roofs, windows, doors, porches, railings and paint colours in between).
Graffiti Committee Seeks Donations
In late February, 30 people representing police, school, Harbord BIA, residents, the councillor and his staff met to discuss what to do about the continuing graffiti tagging that is going on in our lanes. Since this past Summer, almost all graffiti tags on Sussex Mews and Harbord Street have been removed or painted over. Two of the most prolific "taggers" have been arrested. Now HVRA’s Graffiti Committee would like to extend the programme to other Harbord Village lanes. If you would like your laneway to be next and are willing to help, contact HVRA Chair Tim Grant at email@example.com.
Up to now, the cost of paints and graffiti removal chemicals has been borne by a handful of individuals. HVRA is now seeking financial donations that will create a superfund to pay for paint, etc that will be used in the coming months on other laneways.
If you can help, please mail cheques payable to "HVRA" to:
HVRA, 360A Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1X1.
Please mark "graffiti removal" on your cheque.
Why is this necessary? Many of those whose garages or houses have been tagged, are on fixed incomes. The Graffiti Committee wants to make graffiti eradication painless for them, and will find the volunteers to do the work. But they need funds to make this work.
Harbord Village Pilot Project Gets Ahead of Emerald Ash Bore Killer
Cost to HVRA homeowners could be as little as $250 every 2 years
Harbord Village EAB Management Plan —
Finally, some real hope in staving off the green beetle that is threatening one in ten trees in the City of Toronto and is further advanced on the University of Toronto campus than was thought. Some have been found in Harbord Village, but we need to act in the next four months to save half our trees.
“We need to be in a position to act by June,” said Prof. Sandy Smith, University of Toronto Forestry Department Entymologist. “Injections must be within June-August timeframe, or the trees will die.”
“This is way better than we thought,” said Tim Grant, Chair of HVRA, when we were given a quick preview of the plan. “We still have a chance to act.”
What is promising is that the cost of injecting affected trees is considerably less over time than cutting them down, because a major infestation is invariably fatal.
Read more here.
Get to know our Community Builder Award Winners.
Each year we recognize those who have made outstanding contributions in three categories: Community Builder, Front Yard Garden and Heritage Restoration.
Visit our Award Winners web page to see the amazing collection of individuals and homeowners who have made wonderful contributions to our neighbourhood. Harbord Village is a much better place for their efforts.
Find your tree!
Our Google Earth map will show you your street, your house, your tree — and the entire Harbord Village canopy.
Check it out on our Harbord Village Trees Inventory web page
Reading recommendation from the HV Tree Committee: