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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: The handsome lights of Renshaw Avenue

If you’re looking for great Christmas lights, take a drive through Crossing Bridge and West Ridge, and hone in on Renshaw Avenue. There are lots of homes on this street with big Christmas light displays.

The house pictured above is the most tasteful and classy Christmas light display in our community, hands down.  And the house below is covered from lawn to roof with lights and decor. All photos by Barry Gray.

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Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!

Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue. Photo by Barry Gray

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT: Christmas lights on Belton

The other night we did a drive around Stittsville to check out the lights and decorations. The Crossing Bridge / West Ridge area appears to have the highest LED count per household of all the neighbourhoods.

One of the brightest streets is Belton Avenue off Hobin Street. These pics (above and below) are from photographer Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

 

Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray
Christmas lights on Belton St. Photo by Barry Gray

 

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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COMMENT: Residents, not just police, have a role to play in community safety

One morning earlier this year, residents living near A. Lorne Cassidy school in Crossing Bridge woke up to find broken beer bottles and garbage all over the school’s playground.

The residents had a powerful response: they grabbed work gloves and garbage bags, and cleaned up the mess.

They didn’t wait for city staff to clean it up, they didn’t point fingers and complain about it on Facebook.  They cleaned it up themselves, and in doing so sent a message to whoever caused the damage in the first place: we care about our community.

I keep hearing that residents are concerned with safety in Stittsville. There have been a number of bad vandalism incidents in the past few months. Shad Qadri says it was one of the top issues he heard about when campaigning last fall.

So I was disappointed to see that only three residents (plus our StittsvilleCentral.ca reporter) attended a community safety meeting hosted by Councillor Qadri on Wednesday. He deserves applause for trying to start a dialogue on community safety concerns, but I wouldn’t fault him for getting frustrated at the lack of involvement from the community.

Victor McNabney, a volunteer from Neighbourhood Watch, told the small crowd that Stittsville has two neighbourhood watches, down from eight less than a decade ago.

That echoes my experience working with the Fairwinds Community Association to get a Neighbourhood Watch going in our neighbourhood.  An example: One of our neighbours went door-to-door on her street last winter to ask residents to help start a Watch program. Only one responded.

Folks are quick to point fingers and offer up all kinds of blame on Facebook, but when it comes down to working constructively on the issue, the participation evaporates.

The police don’t have the capacity to respond to every small crime in our community, nor is it the best use of their resources.

The only long-term solution is prevention, and a great way to start is to do just what those residents in Crossing Bridge did: Role up your sleeves and get involved.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Why are participation levels dropping of for Neighbourhood Watch programs?  Why was attendance so low at the community meeting?  What constructive ideas do you have for tackling community crime? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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Community groups write open letter about Carp Road landfill concerns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Seven Stittsville and West Carleton community associations have written an open letter to City of Ottawa officials about the development of the Carp Road landfill near their communities.  The entire letter is republished here.

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Community associations voice concerns about Carp Road landfill effect on property values

Six community associations from Stittsville and the surrounding areas have sent a joint letter to Ottawa mayor Jim Watson about Waste Management’s proposed Carp Road landfill expansion.

The letter cites concerns about property values, odours, and transparency about the city’s negotiations with Waste Management. Continue reading


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