Top 10 stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week

Quitters on Stittsville Main. Photo by Glen Gower.
Quitters, August 2014. Photo by Glen Gower.

These were the most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week:

  1. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  2. Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  3. A list of Tanger Outlet stores opening this fall (so far)
  4. Grand opening of Pho TJ on Stittsville Main
  5. 55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival
  6. Changes coming to 96A and other Stittsville bus routes
  7. Future Stittsville includes 70,499 friendly neighbours
  8. Attention job hunters: Tanger Outlets is hosting a job fair
  9. Stittsville sisters’ swiming school celebrates success
  10. Mould, leaks, rust and more: GRC won’t open until May 2015

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Musical auditions at Kanata Theatre this weekend

From Kanata Theatre:

Auditions for: Fairy Tale Ending – A Big Bad Musical
Written by KIEREN MACMILLAN AND JEREMY HUTTON
Directed by Clare Flockton
Performance dates: December 27, 28, 29 and 30th, 2014

Audition dates: Saturday, September 6 (1-4pm), Sunday, September 7 (1-4 pm), and Monday September 8 (6-9 pm)
Callback: Wednesday, September 10th  (6-9 p.m.)

Auditions will be held in the Rehearsal Room of the Ron Maslin Playhouse.

Cast: 25 roles.  6 lead roles and 19 ensemble roles.  Within this, there are the possibility for both male and female leads.

  • Lead roles: Jill – 14+ female with strong vocal range
  • Goldilocks – 14+ female, valley girl sort of character
  • Troll – adult female physical comedy an asset
  • Wolf – adult male strong vocals needed
  • Cop – adult female or male
  • Jack – 14+ boy cheeky character

Ensemble roles:  All ages : 3 Piggies, 3 goats, 3 bears, 3 blind mice, 3 paramedics, 3 constables, a cameo appearance of Grandma.
Join Jill as a “line up” of characters (the Big Bad Wolf, Goldilocks and the Troll) are questioned about the sudden changes occurring in the fairy tales she reads with her grandma. With the help of the Cop, Jack and The Three (Little Pigs/Bears/Billy Goats/Blind Mice), Jill learns that though real life may not be a fairy tale, it can be just as amazing!

There will be choreography to accompany all musical numbers, so an ease in movement will be an asset.

The audition process will consist of:

  • a prepared musical theatre song to be sung a cappella (vocals only) *no pop songs please.
  • a dance component, where we will teach you movement to one of the dance numbers, and you will dance with a group.
  • cold readings from the play, or outside sources, in an effort to see how you are able to develop a character.

Any questions please contact the director Clare Flockton at clareflockton@me.com , or one the production managers: Shelley Jean Harrison atjellybean080@hotmail.com , or Sonia Francis at soniafrancis@gmail.com

If you are interested in working backstage, please come to the auditions and meet with one of the Production Managers (Shelley, or Sonia).  We would love to have you on the team.

Kanata Theatre


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Qadri still uncontested with one week until nominations close

With one week left until the closing of nominations for the municipal elections, incumbent councillor Shad Qadri is still the only candidate nominated for Stittsville Ward.

Qadri has been the ward’s councillor since 2006, and earned over 91% of the vote in the last election in 2010.

The deadline to file a nomination for candidacy is 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Voting day is October 27, 2014.

As of Thursday night, Stittsville was one of three Ottawa wards with only a single candidate registered so far.

Individuals wishing to run for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor, and school board Trustee can obtain nomination papers online at ottawa.ca/vote, at the City’s elections office at 1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, the Ottawa City Hall government service centre, or any City of Ottawa client service centre. A nomination paper must be filed in person, or by an agent acting on the individual’s behalf at any of these locations.

The filing fee is $200 for the office of Mayor and $100 for the offices of Councillor and school board Trustee. The fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order, and debit or credit card.

To see information on the eligibility requirements to run for office and which candidates have filed their nominations, visit ottawa.ca/vote, contact the elections office at 613-580-2660, or call 3-1-1.


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Planned power outage on September 4 and 5 in Fringewood area

From Hydro Ottawa:

On Thursday, September 4th, and Friday, September 5th, Hydro Ottawa will be installing new conductors on existing overhead lines in your neighbourhood to improve the reliability of the electrical system.

In order to undertake this work safely, two planned power interruptions will be required. The first interruption will take place on September 4th, between 8:30am and 3:30 pm. The second interruption will take place September 5th, between the same hours.

In case of inclement weather, the tentative date to reschedule this work will be September 5 and September 8, between the same hours.

Affected streets: Fringewood Drive, Cloverloft Circle, Cripple Creek, Lazy Nol Crescent and Orchard Drive

Project start date: September 4, 8:30am

Project completion date: September 5, 3:30pm

 


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Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters Coffee is hiring

This could be one of the most coveted jobs in Stittsville.

Quitters Coffee, a new cafe opening later this month on Stittsville Main Street, is hiring. It’s owned by one of Stittsville’s most famous residents, musician Kathleen Edwards.

Edwards posted this photo to her Twitter account yesterday:

Sign posted on the front of Quitters on Main Street.
Sign posted on the front of Quitters on Main Street. Photo via Twitter

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55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival

He doesn’t fit the usual hip hop stereotypes. He’s 55 years old, has a head of thinning grey hair, and he lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in Stittsville.

Steve “Buddha” Leafloor is a Canadian hip hop pioneer and a social worker who’s  worked with troubled teens in the arctic and in maximum security prisons. This weekend he’s taking part in the House of PainT festival in Ottawa, a three-day event celebrating art, music, dance and fashion.

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Public Meeting re: 173 Huntmar on September 9

The City of Ottawa is holding a Public Meeting on September 9 to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision for 173 Huntmar Drive.  The property is just north of Fairwinds, on Huntmar Road between Maple Grove and Palladium.

The meeting is at 7:00pm at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena (10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, off Stittsville Main).

The plan of subdivision includes a mixed-use development with 13 low rise apartment buildings, 12 townhouses blocks and two four storey commercial buildings with retail on the ground floor and office uses above.”  (More here…)

The property includes a 19th century stone farmhouse known as “Boyd House” that would be preserved as a commercial building, along with the land immediately surrounding it. One of the reports recommends saving the trees around the house, as well as the long line of trees along the north lane way.

Boyd House, Fall 2013
Boyd House, Fall 2013. Photo by Glen Gower

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Stittsville sisters’ swimming school celebrates success

Two Stittsville students are wrapping up a second succesful season for their swimming lesson business.

Caitlin (above left) and Kylie Negus taught about 150 students this summer at Stittsville Swim, a business they run in the backyard of their parents’ home in Granite Ridge.  Caitlin, 19 and Kylie, 17, started the business in 2013 after hearing about a similar program in Oshawa.

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Are you on the voters’ list? Here’s how to find out

The City of Ottawa is advising residents to check that their names are on the voters’ list in order to to avoid any delays at the voting place when you make your mark in this fall’s municipal election.

You can access the voters’ list online at ottawa.ca/vote, or by calling 3-1-1 or the Elections Office at 613-580-2660, or visiting any Client Service Centre. The list identifies people eligible to vote in the 2014 City of Ottawa municipal election by name, address, school support and residency status.

You can vote in the municipal elections if, on voting day, you are:

  • An Ottawa resident or an owner or tenant of land in the city boundaries
  • A spouse of such an owner or tenant
  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Not prohibited from voting by law.

If your name is not on the list or is incorrect, you can download and complete the form – entitled “Application to Add or Amend My Name to the Voters’ List” and mail it to the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office (1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, Ottawa, K1J 7S8) or drop it off at any Client Service Centre by September 16.

After September 16, you can bring your completed form with you to your voting place on voting day. However, you are encouraged to submit changes by the deadline to avoid any delays when you vote.

Voter Notifications will be mailed to qualified voters on the Voters’ List, informing them of when and where to vote. You should bring the notification with you when you vote, along with ID that contains your name and Ottawa address. A complete list of acceptable ID can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

For more election information, visit ottawa.ca/vote, follow on Twitter (@ottawavote) or download the free mobile Ottawa Elections 2014 app in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

Voting day is Monday, October 27, 2014, with advance voting starting on October 1.


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Site Plan Control submitted for 109 Iber Road

A Site Plan Control has been submitted to the City of Ottawa for 109 Iber Road, just south of the building that’s home to Dragon’s Lair Beads:

“The building is proposed to be a one-storey structure 2,016 square metres in size. 53 at-grade parking spaces and 1 loading space are proposed. A fire access route will encircle the building. The stormwater management pond will be situated between the front of the building and Iber Road along which 6 deciduous trees will be planted.”

You can read more background and documentation here…

The City is accepting comments on the plan. You can contact Patricia   Macmillan at 613-580-2424 x13799.

109 Iber Road


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Six back-to-school traffic safety tips from the Ottawa police

Ottawa Police are reminding motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the extra children and youth on city streets over the next few days.

Kids will be returning to school and will be busing, walking and riding their bikes to their destinations.  Police offer these safety tips:

  1. Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  2. Obey school bus signals.
  3. Walk on available sidewalks.
  4. Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so.
  5. Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals.
  6. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

For more safety tips, click here.


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City Council notes (August 27)

Ottawa City Council approved two Kanata zoning amendments and rejected a third at a council meeting on August 27:

  • 370 Huntmar Drive: Council approved an amendment to “permit a multi-building commercial shopping centre”.  The address is at the south-east corner of Campeau Drive and Huntmar Drive,  across the street from the Tanger Outlets. The proposed shopping centre would include approximately 10,500 square metres of retail and restaurant space in nine buildings, along with 525 parking spaces. The full report is here…
  • 5264 Fernbank Road
    Council approved a zoning amendment that would allow a car dealership including a gas station, service bays and car wash. The land is on the southeast corner of Fernbank and Eagleson. The land was previously zoned as “institutional”, which includes usages such as day cares, places of worship, retirement homes, schools and community centres.  The full report is here…
  • 19 and 23 Bachman Terrace
    Council rejected a proposed zoning change for this property near Hazeldean and Eagleson.  The zoning change would have permitted a higher-density townhouse development.  Council refused the development as being “too dense in light of the development in the surrounding community” and because it “does not ‘fit well’ within its physical context nor does it ‘work well’ with the existing and planned function of the surrounding community.” The full report is here…

 


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Garbage pick-up among City services affected by Labour Day

Garbage day. Photo by Glen Gower
Garbage day. Photo by Glen Gower

Several City of Ottawa services will be affected by the Labour Day Monday holiday on September 1.

  • There will be no curbside green binrecycling, or garbage collection on Labour Day. Labour Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, September 2. In addition, the collection of garbage, green bin and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of September 1.

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