Company of Fools Washed Out – Watch for a New Date

The City’s latest severe rainstorm came at just the wrong time, forcing cancellation of the outdoor theatre performance scheduled for the evening of July 8 in Gilbey Park.

The Company of Fools performances take place through the summer, six nights a week at 7 pm in different city parks.  FHACA and Councillor Egli will be working with the theatre group to try and re-schedule a performance in our community later in the summer.  Meanwhile, you can consult their website fools.ca to view the entire summer schedule.  Nearby performances will be in Centrepointe Park on July 24 and Mooney’s Bay Park on August 7.

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Company of Fools performing in Upper Gilbey Park Tuesday night

A company of foolsThe local performance troupe A Company of Fools is bringing its popular outdoor theatre to the brand new Upper Gilbey Park on Tuesday, July 8 with an open-air performance of the Shakespeare classic As You Like It.

A Company of Fools has been delighting audiences all across Canada since 1990 as Ottawa’s original professional Shakespeare company. Inspired by the rogue Elizabethan players that once entertained audiences out of doors and at the Globe theatre, they have earned critical acclaim for their combination of physical theatre techniques of clown, mask and puppetry with classical texts.

A Company of Fools is a not-for-profit incorporation and a registered charity, and the admission for the Upper Gilbey performance will be pay-what-you-can.

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Long Park Tennis Club seeking new members

Tennis balls and racketA reminder from the Long Park Tennis Club: the nets are up and the courts are waiting for players to enjoy a season of tennis.  The fees for 2014 are Family $77.00, Single Adult $55.00, Junior (under 18 years) $32.00.  Gate key is $5.00.   Lessons for adults and children are available on request.  For more information, please call Silvana (after 6 p.m.) at 613-225-4648.

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Bicycle rodeo off to a rocking start

bikerodeo2014-158-159-160webMore than 30 young bicyclists – plus at least that many parents and other adults – rode on over to Fisher Heights Park on Saturday, May 24, to help make FHACA’s inaugural Bike Rodeo an unqualified success. Kids and adults alike got their bikes tuned-up for free.   The kids got free lights and bells for their bikes before learning some skills in the park. A group of youngsters then headed out on the open road for a neighbourhood tour led by FHACA board member Doug Yonson. Continue reading

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Dozens pitched in to help clean up our parks

It was under a beautiful blue sky that 70 volunteers pitched in on the morning of Saturday, May 10, to help with the spring clean-up of the neighbourhood’s six parks. By the time noon rolled around, and FHACA board member Lisa Wood had her BBQ going at Fisher Heights Community Place, dozens of garbage and compost bags had been filled to the brim and our parks and playgrounds were ready for another summer. Continue reading

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Fisher Heights resident honoured for promoting peddle power

A resident of Fisher Heights is featured on the front page of Ottawa’s website, being honoured by Mayor Jim Watson and Ward 9 Councillor Keith Egli for his group’s role in promoting bicycling and bike safety in the city. Continue reading

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Community Garage Sale is June 14, but register before June 6

garage saleThe community association advertises this event widely, in our local papers as well as on various websites. Any members who pre-register will be included on a handy sale map giving the street and house number of the participants, to help increase buyer traffic to sellers’ homes. To be included on the map you must contact us no later than June 6. Maps will be delivered to all participants for distribution on the day of the sale. All we ask is that participants be current members of FHACA.  Continue reading

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“The Meteor” expected to land in Eleanor Park in June

The city is expecting to install a new playstructure — called “The Meteor” — in Eleanor Park in June. Eleanor Park already has a slide, monkeybars, and swings, but they are for younger kids. During two public consultation meetings this past winter, residents asked for something designed for older kids and enthusiastically accepted city staff’s recommendation of a roped climbing structure.

Unfortunately, city staff has determined that the particular structure chosen by residents is too large for space available (at least without major landscaping) and has instead settled on a slightly smaller version.  Continue reading

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Loblaws Plaza land owner wants to redevelop Bank of Montreal property

Proposal for Bank of Montreal property

The redevelopment would allow easier access to the Loblaws parking lot.

The owner of the Loblaws plaza between Merivale and Baseline Roads, First Capital, has released a draft site plan to incorporate the land on Merivale occupied by the current Bank of Montreal and the former motorcycle dealership into the plaza.

One major element involves a new entrance into the property off Merivale directly opposite Burris Lane, making it a full four-way intersection and providing full vehicular access to the Loblaw complex straight from Burris. This will make for simpler access to the plaza from our neighbourhood. Continue reading

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Illegal tree-cutter gets minimum fine of $500

Some residents were disturbed last April when the large stand of trees on the pending development site at Burris Lane and Merivale Road was reduced to sawdust without warning. Although many of the trees were doomed if and when construction proceeded on the site, the city only allows the destruction of trees in these cases when a landscaping plan has been approved that, among other things, identifies trees that must be retained. Continue reading

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