Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Lights Up Alpine Village


Karen and Ann took a drive around Alpine Village to take in Christmas through our many neighbours' lovely lights displays.  We want to share with you what we saw.  Each street had beautiful displays with white, red, green and many other colours decorating their yards and homes.  You will find a beautifully decorated large evergreen tree at 23 Gracefield, a nicely decorated yard including a snow globe at 101 Roberts and a lovely lit home at 89 Roberts. Take in the beautiful display at 108 Lucerne.  So take your family for a ride or a walk around the streets of our Alpine neighbourhood and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Help Celebrate Your Neighbourhood

Laura McBride is a photographer and volunteer on Kitchener's Neighbourhood Strategy project team. She plans to visit 30 different neighbourhoods to take people’s pictures and ask what makes their neighbourhood unique. Pictures and short stories will be posted on the City of Kitchener facebook page.

Would you like to let people know about your neighbourhood?  Or would you like to suggest one or two people that would love to be featured in this way, or a place and time where many people will be gathered and impromptu interviews could be conducted.

Please contact Laura at centralfairies@gmail.com or Darren Kropf at darren.kropf@kitchener.ca  if you have suggestions. Thanks for your assistance – and don’t forget to like and share the photos that get published!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Lights Contest

In the next few days, our volunteer judges will come around our neighborhood and decides where the nicest lights are. It may not be a single house, but a group of homes, or even a street. So light up your place each evening and we'll let you know whose lights and decorations reign supreme!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

City of Kitchener Website - Your Feedback Needed

Do you access the City of Kitchener's website for information? The City wants feedback from those using the site, to ensure it is meeting the needs of the public. Please take a few moments to provide feedback about your experience using www.kitchener.ca by completing the survey linked below. Also please share this link with other Kitchener residents.
Your feedback is appreciated. Thank you.

https://kitchener.survey.esolutionsgroup.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=88M0l5l

Monday, November 30, 2015

Winter Parking Regulations

City of Kitchener winter parking regulations start tomorrow December 1st.  Here's the announcment the City issued today:  [from the website]

Kitchener residents are reminded that winter parking regulations are in effect Dec. 1 through March 31 every year, and that no parking is permitted on streets from 2:30 until 6 a.m.

During this time, the city’s tag-and-tow bylaw will come into effect. The tag-and-tow bylaw prohibits parking on city streets anytime a Snow Event is declared. A Snow Event is declared when a significant snowfall is predicted based on credible weather forecasts.

When a Snow Event has been declared, the decision will be communicated in several ways including the city’s website – kitchener.ca – by e-mail to residents who sign up to receive the city’s snow-event advisories, and by alerting local media.

During Snow Events, bylaw staff will ticket vehicles parked on local streets and may tow vehicles if they interfere with snow removal.  The amount of the ticket for vehicles parked on the street during a Snow Event is $80. Vehicles that are towed will be relocated to another area in close proximity when it is safe and practical to do so. However, it may be necessary for some vehicles to be impounded at the owner’s expense.

If you suspect your vehicle has been towed, please call 519-741-2345.

For more information about winter parking, the city’s tag-and-tow bylaw and snow removal activities, or to sign up to receive notices when Snow Events are declared, please visit kitchener.ca/tagandtow.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our Next Meeting - this Tuesday

Tuesday December 1st at 7:00 pm.  Our next meeting to take place at Alpine Public School in the library.  We hope to see some of you there.  Please show up on time as the door is locked after the meeting starts (school rules).  There will be snacks.  We will be talking about the next newsletter, planning the Family Day Skate event, and the Christmas Lights Contest.

And whatever neighbourhood issues are important to you...

Monday, November 2, 2015

ACNA meeting tomorrow

Our next meeting of ACNA is tomorrow night at Alpine Public School (Library) at 7:00 pm.  Please be on time as the doors will be locked.  Our agenda below includes discussion of the Festival of Neighbourhoods $21,000 capital project prize, and planning for the ACNA / CHRA skating party being planned for Family Day - February 15, 2016.

Snacks will be served.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Your printed copies of the newsletter will be delivered soon.  Here is the online version below.  To view it online full-sized, click on the "expand" symbol under the image of the newsletter below.  Expand symbol looks like....




Saturday, October 3, 2015

Our Next Meeting is Cancelled

Due to a lack of agenda items, we are cancelling the meeting that was planned for this coming Tuesday, October 6.  We will next meet at Alpine School, 7:00 pm, on Tuesday November 3rd.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Local Road Closures on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday Sept 28th and Tuesday the 29th.

Flint Drive will be closed to traffic for sewer repairs.
Same for Kingswood Drive between Roberts and Appalachian.
The #11 bus will be re-routed down Alpine Road to Kingswood Drive.

Sources: City of Kitchener; Grand River Transit


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Federal Election - ID to Vote

You need ID to prove who you are before you can vote, but your ID options are greater than many are led to believe.

Note: The voter information card you get in the mail CANNOT be used as ID - in any way.

Easiest: a government photo ID card with your name and current address.

Or: Two pieces of ID. Both have to have your name, and one with your current address as well. See the long list of acceptable items at the link below

If you have nothing with your address, but have two items with your name, you can take an oath, along with someone who can vouch for you. There are rules which apply to this situation. Please check the same link below.

Your access to valid ID may be easier than you think. Check for even more information at the link below.

Questions? I'll be working at an Elections Canada polling station, so have had some training. Or I can find out more.

Here's the link...
 http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Kitchener Leaf Collection Program 2015



For our Alpine area, here are your options:
1) Mulch or compost them at home
2) Place them out for pickup, properly bagged, on the Region's Yard Waste pickup days.
3) Take them to a drop-off site.  Our closest site will be at Lions Arena at Rittenhouse Road.  Open between October 2nd and December 4th.
4) Rake them to the curb loose for pickup.  Move them there for 7 am on November 16th.  The pickup will take place sometime between Nov. 16-20.

For details...
https://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/leafcollectionlandingpage.asp

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NO walkway to be built between Alpine Road and Homer-Watson

The proposed walkway between Alpine Road and Homer Watson Blvd will NOT be built, at least not for a number of years.

Regional Council has decided that there is too little demand for it from our neighborhood, and access to the Family Center and to Family & Children Services will be better served by improving bus access. Council has asked for a review of transit options.

This is the outcome of a Regional Council meeting today in their Planning and Works Committee, which took place today.

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Future of ACNA to be Discussed at Tomorrow's Meeting

How can ACNA best serve the community?  Should we continue with the events and activities we have been doing for the past few years?  Or find new ones?

We will be reviewing our goals, and talking about how best to achieve them at our next meeting tomorrow - 7:00 pm, Tuesday September 15th at Country Hills Community Center, 100 Rittenhouse Road.  Snacks will be provided!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Approval Process starts on the Alpine to Homer Watson Walkway



Before the summer, the Region of Waterloo consulted with ACNA and with area residents directly about putting in a walkway between Alpine Road and Homer Watson Blvd.

Next Tuesday, Sept 15th, this proposal will be presented to the Region of Waterloo's Planning & Public Works committee.  The afternoon meeting is open to the public and anyone or group can register as a delegation to express their views.

The meeting will start at 12:30 pm (Revised time) at the Region Council Chambers (2nd Floor, 150 Frederick Street).
 
Contact me if you want more information: gwjeffery@rogers.com

Sunday, September 6, 2015

45th Kitchener Scout Group



45th Kitchener Scout Group
Open to Boys & Girls  - Senior Kindergarten to age 14

REGISTRATION
Wednesday September 16, 2015 - 6:30 to 8:00pm
Blessed Sacrament Church, 305 Laurentian Drive, Kitchener

Beaver Scouts: Ages 5–7 meet Tuesdays at Glencairn PS: 6:30 - 7:30pm
Cub Scouts: Ages 8–10 meet Tuesdays at Trillium PS: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Scouts: Ages 11–14 meet Mondays at Glencairn PS: 6:30 - 8:30pm

(Not available in the 45th Scout Group: Venturer Scouts, ages 14 – 17, or Rover Scouts, ages 18 – 26)

Join our Leadership Team - Free Training provided  LEADERS REQUIRED IN ALL SECTIONS

Contact Shirley 519-578-7103 or 45thKitchener@nw.scouter.ca

Monday, August 17, 2015

Newsletter Publisher Volunteer Opportunity - just a few hours on a few days each year



The person who was formatting our ACNA newsletter for publication cannot do so any longer for health reasons.  So we need someone to take his place.

Newsletter contributors provide unformatted text and images (jpg format) and the person doing the publishing inputs the text and photos into a newsletter format, and then creates a pdf file to send on for review and printing. The finished newsletter of 4 to 8 pages is published online in colour and printed in black & white.

The process should be very straightforward, and we do not ask the publisher for advanced design expertise.  The newsletter is published 4 times a year, and is prepared in March, May, September, and December.

If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity please contact me.  I am happy to respond.

Graham Jeffery
gwjeffery@rogers.com
519-578-9603


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kitchener Neighbourhood Strategy - Please complete our survey



Graham Jeffery of ACNA has joined a City of Kitchener initiative - the Kitchener Neighbourhood Strategy Project Team.  As a volunteer, he joins with other volunteers with Community experience and a few City employees to help the City develop a neighbourhood strategy.

"There are thousands of people in the city of Kitchener actively working for hundreds of different organizations that are in one way or another focused on supporting different elements of the city's neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood strategy looks to take a coordinated approach to all that great work and assist with some tools and resources to help citizens create the type of neighbourhoods they want to live in." (Kitchener City website)

The project team is already getting out, meeting people and asking for their input.  Please complete our short online survey, to help us in this first phase of gathering community input.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Garden Contest 2015


Two ACNA volunteers went out and selected the winner of the garden contest for our neighborhood this summer.  The winner is the beautiful display of flowers which runs along the entire front of the property at 6 Lucerne.  This is the corner of Lucerne and Kingswood. Click on any photo to enlarge.



 As runner-up we chose the front yard at 11 Gracefield, which is more than half covered with flowers and has a little fountain in the middle.


It is well worth while to go out and see all the glorious gardens in our neighbourhood.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Our New Executive

We had our Annual General Meeting last week.

The ACNA executive team for the coming 12 months is:
Graham Jeffery (President)
- 519-578-9603
- gwjeffery@rogers.com

Susan Bishop (Vice-President)
Ann Whittle (Secretary)
Jeff McKinnon (Member at Large)
Karen van Sickle (Member at Large)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TOMORROW !!

Learn more about the proposed pedestrian walkway between Alpine Road and Homer Watson. Another chance to provide your feedback.

Public Consultation Session at Activa Sportsplex, Thursday June 18th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. In the Murray Fried Room. Drop in anytime.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Neighbours Day is Tomorrow !

Last reminder of the City-wide celebration Neighbours Day tomorrow Saturday June 13th. Here's what's happening at Country Hills Community Center, 100 Rittenhouse Road.

9 - 10:30 a.m. The fire department and bylaw will be here. Ask questions to the experts about fire safety, bike trails or take pictures with the fire truck.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Participate in a community art project, scavenger hunt, various games, activities and live music that will be held throughout the day at the community center.

There will be a FREE giveaway to the first 100 guests at our event (one per family). Enter for your chance to win a pair of day passes to Bingemans, AND enter for your chance to WIN one of Four Grand Prizes!

You are welcome to take a tour of our facility anytime from 9-3 p.m. Just ask one of our staff or volunteers!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Big Music Fest cancels Sunday show featuring Rod Stewart, Blondie

The organizers have announced the entire Sunday lineup has been cancelled. The Saturday show with Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction will go ahead.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/big-music-fest-cancels-sunday-show-featuring-rod-stewart-blondie-1.3108538

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Alpine Road the Homer Watson Walkway - Come to a Public Consultation Session

Learn more about the proposed pedestrian walkway between Alpine Road and Homer Watson. Another chance to provide your feedback.

Public Consultation Session at Activa Sportsplex, Thursday June 18th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. In the Murray Fried Room. Drop in anytime.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Alpine Community Garage Sales Tomorrow - Saturday June 6th

The weather is going to be great tomorrow, so we are going ahead to promote the area garage sales.  Community Kijiji ads have been posted and refreshed daily.  Community signs go up at the crack of dawn.  Drive your own sales with your own signs and online ads.  Basic Kijiji ads are free.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Your feedback needed on the Alpine Road to Homer Watson walkway proposal

Last Thursday May 28th, we had a presentation from the Region of Waterloo about the proposed walkway.  A detailed summary is below.  They are very interested in getting community feedback.  If you like, you can let me know what you think (gwjeffery@rogers.com).  I will summarize all the responses I get, and let them know.  I'd like to know the following, but tell me more if you want...
- Would you use it yourself.  Do you know if family members, or your neighbours would use it?
- Is the proposal something you would support in general?  Why? Why not?
- What street do you live on?

If you want to know more, or have questions, come out to the open house info session on June 18th (details below).  Region of Waterloo planners will be on hand to answer questions, and you can fill out their response form.

Or you can ask me.  I might have answers.
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Pedestrian Walkway Between Alpine Road and Homer Watson Blvd
Summary of Proposal

The Region of Waterloo is proposing this walkway for people walking, cycling and using wheelchairs.  No motorized traffic will be allowed.  The walkway will run behind the businesses at 10, 20 and 30 Alpine Court, just north of the berm that separates these business properties from the condo townhouses at 190 and 192 Alpine Road.  At the Homer Watson end, the walkway will emerge close to the signalized intersection of Homer Watson and Hanson Avenue.  Right now, if approved, the walkway would not be finished before 2017.

There are two primary reasons given to have the walkway built...
1. To give residents of the Alpine Neighbourhood better access to the businesses and services on the other side of Homer Watson - like St. Mary's High School, Activa Sportsplex, public sports fields, the Family Center, and Family and Children's Services.  Homer Watson between Block Line Road and Ottawa Street is 1.3 km long and there is no public point of access to Homer Watson from the Alpine Neighbourhood along this stretch of Homer Watson.  The number of Alpine residents potentially using the walkway has not been estimated.

2. To enable clients of the Family Center and of Family and Children's Services (F&CS) to more easily access Grand River Transit.  Currently, their clients arriving by transit walk from Courtland from a GRT #8 route bus stop.  The walkway would shorten the walking distance by 80 meters (to the Family Center / 725m down to 645m) and by 320 meters (F&CS / 845 to 525m).  It would also be more walkable than the current route along Hayward.  Using the walkway, people would walk to the #11 route stop at Kingswood and Alpine.  There are about 100 employees and 300 clients using these buildings daily.  Their transit usage has not been defined.

The total cost to build the walkway is around $500,000.  This includes:
- laying the 1.8 meter wide strip of concrete that forms the path, with a chain-link fence on the berm side.
- putting in the lights that will keep it illuminated at night.
- buying land from the property owners of the Alpine Court businesses
- at the Homer Watson end, a ramp would be built to make it easier for people with mobility issues to use the walkway
- extending a sidewalk a short distance along Alpine Road to the start of the walkway
The walkway has an expected 20 to 25 year lifespan before major repairs are needed.

The land and walkway will be owned by the City of Kitchener, which will be responsible for maintenance.  This includes snow clearing, garbage removal and grass cutting.  The annual cost of maintenance has not been estimated.

Better transit access to the Family buildings is also being reviewed.  However, Grand River Transit (GRT) will not re-evaluate their transit routes until the LRT is operating in 2017.  Even if transit routes change, the walkway may still be recommended solely on the basis of giving the Alpine neighbourhood better access to the other side of Homer Watson.  Currently GRT finds that changing a current transit route to pass by the Family buildings will require them to purchase a new bus (approx. $500,000) and staff/maintain it (approx. $500,000 annually).

A group of the residents living at 190 and 192 Alpine Road have formed a group that strongly opposes this proposal.  Some of their primary arguments against the proposal are:
- anticipated low usage of the walkway
- potential damage to natural environment affecting at-risk bird species
- traffic safety at the Alpine Road end of the walkway
- potential for criminal activity, including vandalism and graffiti, in this isolated area
- poor emergency services access to the path
- light pollution, especially glare into the front windows of homes at 190/192 Alpine Road
- loss of privacy for residents
- noise and loitering
- litter and the lack of waste bins
- insufficient information provided about ongoing maintenance costs
- potential bus route changes may remove the need for the path

There will be an open house to present this proposal to anyone interested on Thursday June 18th at the Activa Sportsplex, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm in the Murray Fried Room.

On Tuesday September 15th the proposal will be presented to the Regional Planning & Works Committee.  At that time public delegations will be permitted to speak about the proposal.  On September 23rd, the proposal will be placed before Regional Council for a vote to approve.  No public delegations will be permitted at that meeting.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Our June Newsletter

Here is the latest ACNA newsletter.  We will be delivering the paper version by early in June.  To view online full-sized, click on the "expand" symbol under the image of the newsletter below.

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Reminder - Proposed Alpine Road to Homer Watson Walkway - Presentation this Thursday

This Thursday, May 28th at 7:00 pm, the Region of Waterloo will present their proposal for the pedestrian walkway from Alpine Road to Homer Watson Blvd.  The meeting will be at the Country Hills Community Center - 100 Rittenhouse Road.  For a description of the proposal, see the next posting below.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alpine Road to Homer Watson Walkway - Special ACNA Meeting - May 28th



The Region of Waterloo is proposing to build a pedestrian walkway between Alpine Road and Homer Watson Blvd.  This will shorten the distance to transit for clients of the Family Centre and the Family and Children's Services buildings on Hanson and Ardelt Avenues.  It will also improve access from the Alpine area to St. Mary's HS, Activa Sportplex and businesses on the other side of Homer Watson.

The walkway would run along a strip of land behind the commercial buildings at 10, 20 & 30 Alpine Court, near 190/192 Alpine Road.

Meeting: Thursday May 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Country Hills Community Center - 100 Rittenhouse Road.

This plan will be presented to ACNA and all in the neighbourhood are invited.  For more information, click the link below and scroll down to "Pedestrian Access Improvements Environmental Assessment Between the Hanson/Hayward Industrial and Alpine Village Areas"


The route can be seen between the two arrows on this image...


New date for the June ACNA Meeting



The June meeting for the Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association has been moved to Thursday, June 18th at 7:00 P.M. and will take place at the Country Hills Community Center.  We will have our Annual General Meeting on that date.