Summer vacation seems to get shorter and shorter each year, doesn’t it? Especially when summer never really gets here, weather-wise! Oh well, maybe next year? Fall colours will be here before we know it as the children settle into another year of school. Speaking of school, there will be more pedestrian traffic now so I urge you to obey the rules of the road. The City will be installing a new “flashing” sign on Bloor Street close to St. Clement Catholic School in order to calm the speeding at certain times of the day. The speed zone will be dropped to 40km/hr at key times of the day when the students are crossing Bloor Street. This is long overdue. I cannot tell you how many drivers have run red lights whilst our children are crossing. Look out for the new sign and be advised that the new speed zone will highly enforced.
As of the time of this writing, there have been no new updates on the 240 Markland Drive proposed development. Councillor Peter Leon has done a fine job of keeping us informed about this proposal. We, in turn, will keep you informed if and when any new developments arise.
For those of us living in the North West quadrant of Markland Wood, it’s been quite the “noisy” season! Toronto Hydro began Phase 1 of all the civil work to be done in order to bury our hydro lines at the front of our properties. The company they contracted to do the work, Enterra, has shown great work ethic in our community. They are working at a quick pace, they are accommodating and they are repairing as they go along. Be advised that much of the repairs are “temporary” and the sidewalks will be permanently repaired shortly.
The summer months have also seen continuous break-ins in our community. Residents have reported several incidents to Markland Watch, specifically garage break-ins stealing bikes and/or golf clubs. I have been in contact with our community liaison officer at 22 Division and they are very aware of this situation and are patrolling accordingly. Please continue to report to Markland Watch and to 22 Division of ANY occurrences in our neighbourhood. You can call the non-emergency number at 416-808-2222.
Also over the summer, you may have noticed that our Markland Wood Signs (see left) got a bit of a facelift with some updated gardening. Many thanks to our Landscaping Committee for helping to keep our community so beautiful.
On September 29th, the MWHA will host the Municipal Candidates’ Presentations. It will take place at St. Clement Catholic Church, Parish Hall, between 6:30 - 9:30pm. This will be an “informative” evening, not a debate. We will have representation from the Mayoral candidates, Etobicoke Centre Councillor candidates and Public and Separate School Board Trustee candidates. All members of the MWHA are invited to attend.
SAVE THE DATE! Back in June I asked you to save October 3rd for our Annual Markland Wood Social but due to a scheduling conflict, the date of our Social has been changed to October 24th and our theme this year will be, that’s right, Halloween! Get those costumes ready, we’re going to dress it up a notch this year! Look for more information about ticket sales, etc further in this issue.
Our Annual General Meeting is slated for October 29th. It will be held at the Markland Wood Golf Club at 7:00pm. More specific information about this event will be posted in the October issue. Remember, we are always looking for new members to join us.
Finally, it’s that time of the year again! It’s time to pay your membership fee for the MWHA. Someone should be knocking on your door this month to collect your $20. Also, you have the option to mail in your payment. Cut out the section on page 4 and mail it in, along with your cheque. Be sure to include your name and address on the form, so we can mark you off as paid. Our NEW method of collection this year is PayPal. Visit our website at www.marklandwood.org and click “Contact Us”. From that drop down menu, click “Membership Dues”. Follow the instructions and your payment will be processed accordingly.
To be continued next month...
Anna Schaefer, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association