(PHOTO: Jhoanna and Nick Prinzo stand in front of Classy Kids, their retail store on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)
Call it the tale of two plazas. Dollarama and Shoppers Drug Mart may seem like big attractions for the Stittsville Shopping Centre at 1300 Stittsville Main St, but a former store owner said they hardly send any customers to the other businesses in the plaza.
“It’s ridiculous, you wouldn’t think so, but it is,” said Sandy Edwards, former owner of Dandelion Consignment, which closed earlier this year.
(PHOTO: Tania Kratt boards the Canada C3 icebreaker.)
Tania Kratt has a long commute. Fortunately, her roughly 340 km travel between her home in Stittsville and office in Burlington, Vermont, only happens twice a month.
Kratt works as an interior designer and originally lived in Vermont until about five years ago, when her family moved to Stittsville for her husband’s work. It was supposed to be for a few years, but is stretching longer than intended.
She splits her time between projects in the Vermont and Ottawa areas but recently took on one of the most unique projects of her career – redesigning the interior of the Canada C3 icebreaker ship in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Continue reading →
Margarita Chen (pictured above) still doesn’t know exactly what made her buy a 60-year-old house on Carp Road and open a café, but one day she knew she had to do it.
“It was an uncontrollable urge to buy it,” she told StittsvilleCentral.ca on the rear deck of the fixed-up house, just a few days before opening on Fathers’ Day Sunday. “It was meant to be.” Continue reading →
Plans for a triple-grade class at A. Lorne Cassidy elementary school were scrapped after English enrolment turned out to be higher than initially projected, the school’s principal says.
Board officials had originally proposed that an English class be split three ways between grades 1, 2 and 3, but in a recent update to parents said there was no longer a need to do so. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: Greg Lee played to a crowd of friends, family and fans at Gaia Java on April 21.)
MARIE TOOK A FIVE DOLLAR BILL OUT OF HER WALLET and with a wide smile dropped it in the large round mason jar with a black sign that says “support the artist.”
Of course, she wasn’t just supporting the artist who was playing at Gaia Java on a Friday night last month. She was supporting her son – Greg Lee, 17, who was playing to a house of friends, family and a few strangers who walked in to hear the sweet chords emanating from his acoustic guitar. Continue reading →
(Photo: From left, lead actor Daniella Atkinson, drama teacher Matt Muirhead and student director Nicholas Rocque.)
If you wanted a story about a zombie apocalypse, you could just watch the Walking Dead. But Sacred Heart’s upcoming school play adds something new to the formula.
Night of the Living Dead, the original ‘60s George Romero classic, is coming to the centre stage of Sacred Heart high school from March 29-31 , April 19-21 in a specially adapted version. Continue reading →
A four-year-old zoning scrap between the City of Ottawa and a Goulbourn scrapyard could wind up back in court, as the area’s city councillor criticizes what he says is “blatant” noncompliance by yard management. Continue reading →
UPDATE, FEB 1: The Ottawa Citizen reports: “…a barricaded man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his roommates. Police believe the man was intoxicated and had access.”
UPDATE, 10:00pm: Police released the following statement to the media: “The Ottawa Police Service responded the area of Elm St and Cypress regarding a public safety concern, the situation was successfully concluded and one male was taken into custody and no further information is being provided at this time. The matter is being investigated and charges pending.”
Ottawa Police tactical squads descended in the area of Elm Crescent Tuesday night and arrested one man, which police said was because of public safety concerns.
The incident started around the supper hour and wrapped up before 9 p.m.
Police said there was no immediate threat to the public, although their reaction was warranted. The police response included a SWAT team, armoured vehicles and police dogs. Paramedics were also on the scene.
“The response was appropriate,” said police inspector Sandra Mclaren, who added there was no immediate threat to the public. She said the suspect was arrested without incident.
Matthew McMahon, 17, is a student at Sacred Heart High School with an interesting hobby – Rubik’s cubes. He is a certifiable cubing fanatic and it is rare to not see him fiddling with one of his cubes, wherever he may be.
He’s entered to compete in an official World Cube Association event, the Montreal Open Winter 2017, on Feb. 4. We caught up with him recently to chat about the hobby. Continue reading →
(ABOVE: John O’Dacre lives in Granite Ridge, near the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road. He says he doesn’t oppose marijuana itself but wants a legal framework in place before dispensaries are allowed to open. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)
When Vèronique Pourbaix-Kent, principal of Ecole Paul-Desmarais, learned a marijuana dispensary had opened down the road from her school, she fired off an email to Councillor Shad Qadri to voice her displeasure.
“A shop of this nature should obviously not be near a high school,” she wrote. “I am sure that when the dust settles, the laws and bylaws surrounding the sale of pot will make it illegal for a [dispensary] to open near a school and they will have to close.”Continue reading →
Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.
The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.
“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading →
Mike Mackay opened the door and turned on the lights. As his eyes scanned the room, his only thought was to say “interesting.”
It was the first time Mackay, the original principal of A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, had seen his office since his retirement 21 years ago. A lot has changed in both his office and the school over the years. The changes, and similarities, were front and centre Friday at the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.
(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)
SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.
She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading →