U-Rock’s Music Rox Fund offers free music lessons to deserving kids

U-Rock Music School wants to get the word out that they’re looking to help two local kids (children or teens) to further their musical abilities for FREE this summer, through their Music Rox Fund.
“It’s important to us to give back to the community in this way. Helping young people with big talent who might not otherwise be able to afford music lessons,” says Cathy Hallessey, who runs the school.

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How to use Ottawa’s light rail transit in 2018

Ottawa O-Train map

When light rail service begins in 2018, a lot about taking transit in Ottawa will change.

OC Transpo outlines everything that’s new and unfamiliar in their $1 million marketing campaign, Ready 4 Rail.

With some helpful additions from OttawaStart.com, here are the details:

Stations

The first phase of LRT, which is the 12.5 kilometre Confederation Line, has 13 stations between Tunney’s Pasture in the west and Blair in the east.

You can read more about the post-2018 plan at stage2lrt.ca.

The trains (and how often they come)

Ottawa is using Alstom Citadis Spirits as its light rail vehicle on the Confederation Line. There are 34 cars in the fleet and 17 trains will run on the line.

They will come about every five minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes after midnight. They will run from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. Mondays to Thursdays, then until 2 a.m. on Friday, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday and holidays.

The trains usually will consist of two Citadis Spirit cars, but they are modular meaning more can be added to meet demand. At peak periods, a train will carry up to 600 passengers. The shorter 48 metre length has a nominal capacity of 300.

 

Which one is the O-Train and which buses are being renumbered? 

Right now, the only O-Train is the Trillium Line, which runs for eight kilometres north to south between Bayview and Greenboro.

After stage two LRT is finished and the Confederation Line opens, the term “O-Train” will refer broadly to both light rail lines. To differentiate them, the lines have unique names as well as numbers — Confederation is line one.

Because the Trillium Line will become the number two train, say bye-bye to the venerable number two bus that runs between Bayshore and downtown. More details on bus renumbering here… 

What happens to the O-Train Trillium Line in 2018?

Not much is changing for now. It will continue to be served by six Alstom Coradia Lint trains, which have a capacity of 260 passengers each.

They run about (emphasis on about) every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 12 to 15 minutes on weekends. The Trillium Line’s schedule is adjusted seasonally and it’s not clear if the Confederation Line also will.

Most of the focus has been on east and west expansions to the Confederation Line, but a future phase from 2018-2023 will also expand the Trillium Line 11 kilometres further south from Greenboro to Bowesville.

There will also be a three-kilometre leg to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The line will close in spring 2020 to accommodate the work and will reopen into 2021.

O-Train Trillium South map

How are buses changing?

OC Transpo already rolled out most of its bus changes at the beginning of 2017, renaming express routes to connexion. Now, most buses will have a connection to a nearby LRT station. Some buses will be renumbered on April 23.

How much faster is LRT?

OC Transpo says a trip from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair will reliably whisk you across in 25 minutes, allowing you to sidestep weather and traffic. OC Transpo did not provide an estimate for how long it currently takes by bus, either under the worst or best conditions.

How does boarding/transferring work?

Train stations will have fare gates (the Trillium Line will have them installed this summer) where passengers scan their Presto card or transfer barcode.

Greenboro, Bayview, Hurdman, Blair and Tunney’s Pasture stations will have fair-paid zones and buses will stop near the tracks, so you can get off the train and onto the bus right away (or vice-versa.)

In stations without fair-paid areas, you will have to go through a fare gate to get onto the train or tap your pass when boarding a bus.

Can I take my bike on the train?

You can wheel your bike on the train, but details on special rules are still up in the air.

 

(This post originally appeared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com.)


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Deadline for Jo-Jo’s community garden plots is April 20

The deadline to apply for a garden plot at the new Jo-Jo’s Community Garden is Thursday, April 20. You can access an application form here.

Four different sizes are available with a range of fees for the season:

  • 5’x5′ $25
  • 5’x10′ $35
  • 10’x10′ $45
  • 10×20′ $60

For more information about the garden, check out our article from March: Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for new community garden.


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GIVEAWAY: Win a pair of tickets to Jim Bryson’s show at the NAC

Stittsville’s Jim Bryson is playing a show at the National Arts Centre this Friday, April 21. Jim joins forces with jazz saxophonist Petr Cancura and a band made up of top Ottawa jazz musicians to take a new approach to Jim’s music.

We have a pair of tickets to give away to the show. To enter:
– Email us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca
– Answer the skill testing question: What is the name of Jim’s latest solo album?
– We’ll draw at random from all entries received at noon tomorrow.

GOOD LUCK!


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MOFFATT: Update on wastewater from the Richmond Pumping Station

(via Scott Moffatt,Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn)

When we get these extreme weather events, there can tend to be adverse effects on certain operations. Last week’s rain was no exception as the Richmond Pumping Station was impacted.

This past Friday afternoon (April 7), the Pumping Station was nearing capacity and a by-pass was put in place to prevent a potential failure of the system. The by-pass diverted overflows directly into the Jock River. By-pass pumping from the Royal York Street Pumping Station ceased at 9:00pm that same evening. Continue reading


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Fringewood one of Ottawa’s best buys in real estate: MoneySense

MoneySense magazine says that Fringewood is one of Ottawa’s top five best buys in real estate, in a survey of 360 neighbourhoods in eastern Ontario.

Here’s what the magazine has to say about Fringewood, an older neighbourhood south of Hazeldean Road.

“Tucked behind an industrial area and newer subdivisions, Stittsville isn’t a neighbourhood that jumps to the top of many people’s search areas. “It’s a very small subdivision, and not a fancy one,” says Tracy Robillard with Re/Max Hallmark. But if you’re looking for a bit more space and willing to put in some sweat equity then this area has some appeal. Homebuyers can get a 1,200 sq. ft. bungalow here for under $300,000 on a good-sized lot, she says. While there aren’t a lot of amenities directly in this neighbourhood, Robillard says that’s not a big negative since Stittsville residents benefit from all the amenities in Kanata, which is nearby.”

(Ahem… Robillard might want to have a better look around Stittsville. We have plenty of amenities right here, thank you.)

The Canada-wide survey picks neighbourhoods in Canadian cities that “have great appreciation potential and aren’t already on most homebuyers’ radar.”  The rankings combine relative value (affordability versus nearby areas), high appreciation compared to other parts of the city, and realtor opinion. You can read more here…

 

 


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HELP WANTED: Summer jobs at Goulbourn Museum

(via Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for 2 post-secondary students for the following positions:

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LINKED: NeXT chef teams up with visiting colleagues for ‘performance’ dinners

(via Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa chef Michael Blackie is again indulging his flair for showmanship and love of collaboration.

At his Stittsville restaurant, NeXT, he’ll stage eight events this year that will each feature two out-of-town chefs joining him in the kitchen to prepare elaborate dinners, and each dinner will be preceded by cooking demonstrations from each chef.

The first “three chefs/one dinner” event of this year is to be held Wednesday, April 12. Seven more dinners will be held in 2017, monthly on a Wednesday, except in December.

“We’ve got chefs of all different styles coming,” Blackie says. “The basic premise is get them together and expose Ottawa to chefs that most people might never get to meet or see or taste.”

You can read the full article here…


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Some simple precautions to keep bears away as hibernation ends

(ABOVE: Black bear near Hazeldean Road and Jinkinson Road, June 4, 2015. Photo by Kenny B Images.)

(We haven’t heard of any bear sightings in our area yet this season, but it wouldn’t be unusual for this time of year. Here’s a public advisory release by the Ontario Provincial Police.)

The Ontario government and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding people to take extra care not to attract bears to their neighbourhood.

In some parts of the province, this year’s mild winter means black bears are coming out of hibernation early. Taking simple precautions can help prevent black bears from visiting your community. Continue reading


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Family establishes memorial page for Samuel Evie Marincak

The family of Sacred Heart student Samuel Evie Marincak has set up a memorial Facebook page to pay tribute to the teen, who died last week.  The page can be found at facebook.com/SamEvieMarincak/

“In memory of Samuel Evie Dimitri Marincak who passed away. We welcome the community to post their stories and happy memories. Either name or pronoun is accepted here as they were a genderfluid individual who went by all,” wrote Marincak’s sister Paige on the site. Continue reading


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EXTINGUISHED: Muraca On Fire food truck closes

(Frank Muraca and his two boys, Giovanni (left) and Dante (right) at the Muraca On Fire food truck in the Rona parking lot on Hazeldean Road. Photo Barry Gray.)

Posted this week on Muraca’s Facebook page:

“The Muraca family would like to inform everyone that we will not be serving our food this year. We definitley are going to miss all our customers, we truly enjoyed the experience of serving so many people. My greatest satisfaction was seeing the boys operating the business on their own and the pleasure we had watching people enjoy our food. As some of you know, we will be shifting our efforts towards the food trailer fabrication. Thanks to everyone.”

Frank Muraca owns the food truck, and the name is inspired by his full time profession as a firefighter.  We profiled Muraca and his sons back in July 2017 on StittsvilleCentral.ca…


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Fire on Fowler Street in Richmond displaces family of five

UPDATE: Neighbours have set up a fundraising page to help the family displaced by the fire: “The Purdy family from Richmond ON suffered a devastating loss yesterday when a fire completely destroyed their home. My son attends school with one of their children and I have reached out to the family to see where assistance is most needed. They are extremely appreciative and a little overwhelmed at the outpouring of community spirit. They are currently figuring out the logistics of where they will live, etc so although donations of clothing and furniture are thoughtful, at this point in time the family has nowhere to store anything. This page has been set up so that those who wish to help can provide some financial relief to the family during a very difficult time. There may be other ways to donate/help in the future, this is just a starter so that they can purchase the basic necessities for their family for the time being.”

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(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from a resident at 3:02 p.m. indicating that there was thick black smoke coming from their home at 27 Fowler Street in Richmond.  The caller confirmed that there were no persons inside the residence.  Continue reading


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Names for recreation building and parks approved by committee

(press release via City of Ottawa)

The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved today a proposal to rename the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn.” The new name is part of a sponsored naming rights agreement with Cardel Homes, a local home building company celebrating its 20th year in Ottawa. Continue reading


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