Neighbourhood News and June Events

Busy day across campus may cause delays – Tuesday, June 4

Western officials are urging the campus community to use a bit of caution – and maybe some alternative routes – as a busy Tuesday, June 4, nears.

From 6-10 a.m., University Drive Bridge, along with the intersection of Perth, Middlesex and Lambton Drives, will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic.

The east side of the bridge will be closed west of the entrance to the Medway parking lot. The bridge will remain open for pedestrians and cyclists.

With more than 4,000 people expected to attend an event, the Medway, Talbot, Middlesex and Visual Arts parking lots will be reserved for event participants until 10 a.m.

London Transit buses will be re-routed in the morning.

Starting at 8 a.m., TD Waterhouse Stadium will host the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) Elementary Track & Field Meet. Hundreds of local athletes, family members and fans will descend on the south side of campus for the annual event.

Huron Flats and South Valley parking lots will be used for this event, but will remain open to the campus community.

Orchard Park P.S. Fun Fair

The annual Orchard Park Fun Fair will take place on Thursday, June 6th starting at 5:30 pm with a BBQ. The event is rain or shine.

Councillor Squire’s Community Meeting – Wed, June 19

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19th starting at 7 pm at King’s College in the Vitali Lounge. Councillor Squire is asking you to RSVP at psquire@london.ca or call 519-661-5095. Topics will include transit and community safety. Representatives from London Transit and the Police Community Oriented Response Unit will attend.

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Reminder: Annual BBQ and AGM, Thurs, May 23

As a reminder, the Ratepayers annual BBQ will be this Thursday, May 23rd, at Orchard Park Public School starting at 6 pm, followed by our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7:30.

If you can help with clean up and take down right before the AGM, it would be appreciated. Just drop by the grill and let the cooks know you are available.

Anyone interested in serving on the Executive should contact Sandy Levin. We are also looking for someone to take minutes of the meeting. Let us know if you are interested – paper and pen provided!

The AGM will include speakers from the City’s Age Friendly Initiative, Salthaven, our City Hall report from Councillor Squire, and an update on the park and housing development at the former Sherwood Forest School site.

Mid-February Neighbourhood News

Sherwood Forest Park

The meeting to discuss options for the new park amenities has been rescheduled to April 3 at 6:30 pm at Orchard Park P.S. You should be receiving a letter inviting you to the meeting and where to provide comments if you cannot attend.

London Transit Open House

The LTC will be removing the bus service from Lawson and Wychwood. It still hasn’t made a decision on the re-routing of the service thru Whitehills and down Wonderland to Sarnia. There will be a public consulation on Tuesday, Feb 19th, at the Central Library Stevenson Hunt Room from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Community Meeting on Unsanctioned and Unsafe Street Parties

All public agencies in the City of London involved in public safety, health care, education, and student life are very concerned about the unintended consequences of unsanctioned street parties which have occurred in near campus neighbourhoods. As a result of the most recent event on Broughdale Avenue in September 2018, a task force has been working on a variety of policy matters related to legislation, by-laws and internal policies. This group includes representatives from the City, London Police Service, Western University Administration, and Student Union who specialize in policy matters, and on-campus student programming. If any changes to City By-laws are proposed, Civic Administration will present them to the Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) by April 2019.

In an effort to engage the public in the discussion about solutions, a community meeting will be held:

Date: February 25, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sir Frederick Banting High School

Family Day at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Monday, February 18. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Activities free with museum admission.

  • Try hand drumming and share traditional stories with Mi’kmaq storyteller Nina Antoine-Ogilvie;
  • Explore musical history with a visit to Lend an Ear to the Past: An Archaeology of Sound in the feature gallery;
  • Build your own musical instrument.

Engaging with the City Workshop

Take charge of your city. Learn how to navigate City Hall, and participate in council and committee processes.There will be a workshop on March 19th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at London Public Library, Crouch Branch, 550 Hamilton Road. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/neighbourgood-workshop-engaging-with-the-city-tickets-53692105533

Neighborhood News

BBQ and AGM

Thanks to everyone who attended the BBQ. We had great weather and hope all of you had a good time meeting neighbours and enjoying the sunshine. Welcome to all the new members and thanks too for those of you who renewed your membership, including some who renewed again after a hiatus. Memberships can still be sent Orchard Park/Sherwood Forest Ratepayers, c/o 65 Rollingwood Circle, N6G 1R1. The cost is only $10 for the year per household.

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