Get Informed, Voice your Opinion at our AGM – Monday, Oct. 2, 7 pm

The Annual General Meeting takes place at Fisher Heights Community Place (31 Sutton), on Monday, Oct. 2, starting at 7 pm.  Join us as we discuss:

 the recent trend in the community for individual family homes to be renovated and converted into what amounts to rooming houses for rent to sometimes six or eight individuals per house. What is legal, what is not? Are you concerned about the impact on the community?

 the city’s recent decisions impacting local traffic: first a framework for instituting a 30 km/h speed limit on certain narrow residential streets; then a complete review of traffic calming measures over the next two years. Can our community benefit from these changes?

 an update on the status of the Islamic School construction project.

Our Community Association is at the crossroads.

If you have ever thought about getting involved in community affairs, now is the time! We need additional minds and energy to provide planning and overall guidance of our affairs – i.e. more Board members. At least one of the current Board members will be stepping down at our AGM on October 2. Several others are feeling the pressure of work and family demands. In addition, our long-time President, Bob McCaw, is leaving that position, but has agreed to stay on the Board for one more year to assist with transition.

Of course, FHACA has many strengths:
 well-organized and healthy programs we sponsor: Yoga, Bridge, Arts and Crafts, and our skating rink;
 efficient management of private rentals of the community building;
 strong financial management and a healthy reserve;
 an active committee advocating for improvements to local city parks;
 several popular family events through the year;
 an informative website and newsletter;
 a dedicated core of volunteers who help the above activities flourish.

We always need more volunteers who can help out at events, etc., and your help will definitely be welcome. Our greatest need at the moment, however, is for people willing to commit a significant effort on an ongoing basis, by joining the Board of Directors. Everyone is busy, and it may be that the Association is entering a stage where it will have to consolidate, carefully re-defining its priorities and perhaps limiting the scope of its activities. In any case, to guide this Association’s role in building a strong community, we will need a committed board, including new voices, as some of the older ones fade into the distance.

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Zoning Changes Requested for old ‘Value Village’ property

Dymon Storage is planning a five-storey self-storage building at 1375 Clyde Ave.

The company has requested a  zoning change for the property to allow the storage facility,  plus other changes to the zoning.  The public is invited to examine the plans, at a Public Information Session on

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Former ‘Value Village’ Building

1375 Clyde Avenue

At the Public Information Session, residents will be able to drop in during the hours noted above and review the plans for the site. Representatives from the City, the Planning Consultants, the Ward Councillors offices and Dymon Group of Companies will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

Proposed plan:

An application for Zoning By-law Amendment has been submitted for 1375 Clyde Avenue to allow for the development of a new five-storey self-storage building facing Clyde Avenue and a new restaurant building at Baseline Road.  The existing ‘Value Village’ building is to remain and is being re-purposed for a new retailer.   To facilitate the proposed development, the applicant is requesting Warehouse (limited to Self-Storage) be added as a permitted use on the site.  The applicant is also requesting changes to some applicable development standards including specific relief from some ‘active street frontage’ zoning requirements, parking rate and aisle width requirements, minimum landscape buffers around parking lots and provision of outdoor communal space, screening of refuse and loading areas and queuing requirements for drive-throughs.

If you are not available to attend the Public Information Session, or would like additional information, please direct your comments to either: Mary Dickinson, MCIP, RPP, City of Ottawa, 613 580 2424 ext. 13923 , mary.dickinson@ottawa.ca ; or Councillor Keith Egli, 613 580 2424 ext. 27444, Ward9@ottawa.ca .

 

 

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Free Bike Tune-ups this Saturday

YES, we will be offering FREE minor tune-ups for your bikes on Saturday, at Fisher Heights Park.  The weather forecast looks great, so come to the:

Family Fun Day & Bike Rodeo

Sat. Sept. 23, 11 am – 3 pm

Fisher Heights Park – 31 Sutton

All activities are FREE:

Bouncy Castle / obstacle course      

Lawn Games for Kids  –  Old-time Races

Bike Rodeo by Ottawa Safety Council  (must bring own helmet and bike)

Bike decorating station  

Minor Bike Tune-ups 

FREE Hot Dogs & Drinks for Association Members (buy your new 2017-18 membership on-site – $10 per family)

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Fun for the Whole Family on Sat. Sept. 23

Family Fun Day & Bike Rodeo

Sat. Sept. 23, 11 am – 3 pm

Fisher Heights Park – 31 Sutton

Bouncy Castle   –   Games  &  Races

Bicycle Skills   –   Bike decorating station

FREE Hot Dogs & Drinks for Association Members

Our Family Fun Day is going to be an event for all ages!

A Bike Rodeo provided by the Ottawa Safety Council will give young bicyclists the chance to learn safe riding skills and rules of the road through fun activities. Plus, there will be a decorating station for their bikes too! Please note, children must  bring their own helmet and bike.

Come check out the bouncy castle, or try one of the outdoor games or races!

AND, There will be  free hot dogs & drinks for those who have a NEW 2017/18 Community Association Membership (Membership year is Sept. to August).  Buy your $10 Family membership on site.

So, join your friends and neighbours at the FAMILY FUN DAY, SATURDAY, SEPT 23, 2017, 11am -3pm at Fisher Heights Park – 31 Sutton Place.  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Special thanks to our event supporters:

McDaniel’s Independent Grocer;  Ottawa Safety Council; Enbridge; Councillor Keith Egli.

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Annual General Meeting

Monday, October 2, 2017

Registration & Refreshments at 6:45 pm

   Meeting starts at 7:15 pm

Fisher Heights Community Place@ 31 Sutton

Agenda will include:

– Conversion of Homes to ‘Rooming Houses’

– City’s plans for Traffic Calming

– Election of new Board members

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Half-Price Tennis Memberships Begin Aug. 1

Beginning August 1, 2017 through to the end of the season (end of October), tennis memberships at Long Park Tennis Club will be half-price. If you or anyone you know is interested in trying out the club, now is your chance to take advantage.

Please contact Cheryl at cclarke002@sympatico.ca or (613) 226-2369 to purchase your membership today.

  • Family (parents & children under 18): $80 now $40
  • Single adult: $58 now $40
  • Student (enrolled full-time in college/university): $50 now $25
  • Junior (18 years and under): $32 now $16
  • New members must also pay a $15 key charge
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Outdoor Theatre In Fisher Heights Park – Wed. July 12 at 7 pm

A Company of Fools will once again bring their outdoor theatre to Fisher Heights Park – Wednesday July 12 – the show begins at 7 pm.  Bring a blanket or chair, your friends and family, and be prepared to enjoy Shakespeare’s  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, as adapted and directed by Mary Ellis.

For 15 summers, the “Fools” have been presenting their “Torchlight Shakespeare” in Ottawa parks. This year there’s an enchanted forest, a mischievous fairy, a feuding king and queen and a troupe of terrible wannabe actors – it’s a recipe for a hilarious, magical, love-filled summer night.

Show starts at 7 pm on Wednesday July 12 and admission is Pay-What-You Can. (Suggested Donation: $15-$20.)  Run time is 90 minutes without intermission.

Here’s what Patrick Langston has to say about  this show, on artsfile.ca : “Really, what more could you want on a splendid July evening than an outdoor performance (beneath a couple of towering trees, no less) of Shakespeare’s hopeful, fantastical, forest-themed A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Make it one of the best shows yet by a Company of Fools, and summertime life is about as good as it gets.”

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