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Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A little Flava in the ‘hood

So here’s what’s going into the second floor of Marshall’s old location on Wellington West: Flava Factory Dance Studio, offering classes for kids and adults in a variety of street dance styles. I am pretty sure Wee G and AJ will be all over this.

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A little Flava in the ‘hood

So here’s what’s going into the second floor of Marshall’s old location on Wellington West: Flava Factory Dance Studio, offering classes for kids and adults in a variety of street dance styles. I am pretty sure Wee G and AJ will be all over this. . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: A little Flava in the ‘hood

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: the overdue edition

So I have this anonymous member of Miss Vicky’s Faithful Legion that has been sending me chiding messages every once in a while, reminding me that I am falling down on my duty of keeping the neighbourhood informed. And it’s true. I have been neglec… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: the overdue edition

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: the overdue edition

So I have this anonymous member of Miss Vicky’s Faithful Legion that has been sending me chiding messages every once in a while, reminding me that I am falling down on my duty of keeping the neighbourhood informed.

And it’s true. I have been neglecting the blog. And I am sorry! I really should ramp . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: the overdue edition

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Spring revival

Oh it is so nice to have the snow melting and be out and about in the ‘hood once more. Was great to be on the street with the kids over the weekend, testing out the bikes and people-watching. Not so great to see the increase in people using the Hinto… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Spring revival

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Spring revival

Oh it is so nice to have the snow melting and be out and about in the ‘hood once more. Was great to be on the street with the kids over the weekend, testing out the bikes and people-watching. Not so great to see the increase in people using the Hintonburger parking lot to turn . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Spring revival

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: LCBO edition

Well haven’t I been negligent lately. So much going on! Time for a long overdue post on the business comings and goings in the ‘hood, and then we’ll try to catch up on other happenings in other posts. And I’ll do one. I promise. But right now I … . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: LCBO edition

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: LCBO edition

Well haven’t I been negligent lately. So much going on! Time for a long overdue post on the business comings and goings in the ‘hood, and then we’ll try to catch up on other happenings in other posts.

And I’ll do one. I promise. But right now I do need to share a little news. . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Comings and Goings: LCBO edition

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Got kids?

So for the last few months a group of parents and community reps have been trying to figure out what to do about the overcrowding at the two schools providing french immersion to the Dalhousie, Hintonburg, Civic Hospital, Mechanicsville, Champlain Park… . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Got kids?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Got kids?

So for the last few months a group of parents and community reps have been trying to figure out what to do about the overcrowding at the two schools providing french immersion to the Dalhousie, Hintonburg, Civic Hospital, Mechanicsville, Champlain Park and Wellington Village communities. The Near West Accommodation Review Working Group was struck by . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Got kids?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Summertime and the weekends are busy

We’re gearing up for summer at the Finishing School. That means that weekends are a frenzy of activity with no possibility of making all of the fabulous community events. But we sure try!

Here are a few things happening this weekend:

Saturday, June 15

Devonshire School is holding its first (and hopefully annual) Community Yard . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Summertime and the weekends are busy

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Upcoming events! A Busy Spring Saturday

Now that the weather FINALLY seems to be getting nicer, the residents of the Finishing School are looking to spend as much time outside as possible.

This Saturday offers a number of opportunities to get out and about in the ‘hood.

The Annual HCA-WWBIA Spring Clean-up the Capital takes place in the morning (registration . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Upcoming events! A Busy Spring Saturday

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Liveable development?

Two things.

The city is reviewing its key policies on land use, transportation and infrastructure – the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan. Their goal, they say, is to make "Ottawa a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable city".

It’s a big process, with not a lot . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Liveable development?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Tuesday: Pop-up Job Fair at the Elmdale!

So, you may not have heard that the Webgeek’s bro (known here as Chefgeek) will be running the kitchen at the revamped Elmdale Oyster House and Tavern. We’re pretty excited about it – we loved his food when he was the chef at Jak’s Kitchen and we know he’ll do a great job at the . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Tuesday: Pop-up Job Fair at the Elmdale!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Hub: what’s your vision?

So by now you all know that Somerset West Community Health Centre bought the building at 30 Rosemount and will be turning it into a medical centre and community space – the long-awaited Hintonburg Hub. The team has been working hard on the plans and there are preliminary designs to share. The main floor of . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Hub: what’s your vision?

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Books for the Holidays

Ok, people. We all love our community, and our fabulous mainstreet is one of the reasons we love it so much. We walk to shop, and there are some wonderful, local small businesses that make our ‘hood a happening, welcoming place.

But here’s the thing. There’s a big difference between loving our small businesses . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Books for the Holidays

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Hub a reality!

Oh friends, do you know how hard it has been to keep this news to myself? So hard.

But by now you’ve all probably heard that Somerset West Community Health Centre has finally purchased a building to house the Hintonburg Hub.

The building is located at 30 Rosemount – right now it’s office space, . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Hub a reality!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

So by now you have all heard that the owners of The Whalesbone will be taking over the Elmdale on January 1. The revelation caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Elmdale owner’s Facebook page, where she broke the news. Word spread quickly on Twitter (I confess, my tweet of "nooooooooo!" may have added to . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: 1050 Somerset Update

This just in from the Hintonburg Community Association:

On October 15, Claridge Homes, which is proposing to build a new 23-storey tower at 1050 Somerset, offered to settle our Ontario Municipal Board appeal of their project on the eve of the hearing.

The Board of Directors held a lengthy conference call that evening, and voted . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: 1050 Somerset Update

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Weekend Fun: Community Cleanup and beery rewards

Fall is awesome. But it sure is busy – packed full of community events, and new traditions seem to be added each year.

There is some fun stuff in the ‘hood this weekend. You get to give back to your community, eat some burgers, sample some craft beer and tasty treats, and have your rock . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Weekend Fun: Community Cleanup and beery rewards

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Lawyers are pricey

So are planners. And the Hintonburg Community Association needs good ones, because they are taking their objections to Claridge’s planned development at Somerset and Breezehill to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The planning committee and city council approved the proposal for a 23 storey tower with very little debate. According to the HCA, "Rather than listen . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Lawyers are pricey

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Good news on the child care front

For Devonshire kids, anyway. Here’s a note from the Devonshire School Age Program that crossed my inbox today. We were fortunate that WeeG got a spot in the program for senior kindergarten last year. We’ve been very impressed with the program and with the staff there – the kids all seem really happy and the . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Good news on the child care front

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Time for a Taste of Wellington!

This Saturday is the annual Taste of Wellington – a great opportunity to get out and sample all that our community has to offer.

It started off as little more than a sidewalk sale with food samples. But as the mainstreet has evolved, so has the event. More restaurants means more samples. More boutiques . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Time for a Taste of Wellington!

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Handmade Hallowe’en – Volunteers needed

Miss Vicky has always wanted to see some kind of Hallowe’en event in the ‘hood. Hallowe’en is the best, isn’t it? When else do you get to dress up and pretend to be something or someone else? Well, unless you’re under 6, when dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else is a . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Hintonburg Handmade Hallowe’en – Volunteers needed

Miss Vicky's Offhand Remarks: Harvest Festival postponed

Hintonburg’s annual Harvest Festival, which is supposed to be tomorrow afternoon, has been postponed to Sunday, September 9. It’s a great event – BBQ, games for the kids, bouncy slide and of course the annual baking contest (apple pies this year!). I guess the rain forecast was too ominous.

So, see you at Parkdale . . . → Read More: Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks: Harvest Festival postponed