New development and a new date for Investing 101

New Development – Community Meeting on May 14

There is a new development being proposed at 2359 Danforth Avenue.  Do you know where that is?  Go ahead, guess.  Okay fine, I’ll tell you.  It’s the Morris Auction Sales building, on the south side between Woodbine and Main.  As someone who lives close to that desolate patch of Danforth Avenue, I am tentatively excited about something coming in to add some more life to our lonely little stretch.

Here’s the really cool news so far – the people who purchased the property and who hope to develop it, they are working with Councillor McMahon to get community input on their plans early on, which is over and above the two mandatory meetings that they are required to hold. DECA is reserving judgment on the proposal until we know more, but we like the effort, and we are urging you to show up and have your say now.  They are listening.

Community Meeting for 2359 Danforth Development, with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
May 14, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
Main Square Community Centre, 245 Main Street (just south of the apartment buildings)

Investing 101 – date moved to May 13

You know how it is.  You send out a blog post for an event and the next day, a scheduling snafu occurs and you have to change the date?  Yeah, so, that’s what happened.  New date is May 13 and all the other info is the same (7:30-9:00 p.m. at Lazy Daisy’s Cafe 1515 Gerrard St E).  Here’s the updated post – please join us for this great DECA Learns event!

Quick Safety Notice – Doorknocking

Here’s a quick safety notice from 54 Division to be aware of:

Residents should be aware that there is a suspicious female conducting doorknocks in the East York community in the area bounded by Danforth/Mortimer Ave and Coxwell/Woodbine Ave.  The incident occurred in the following manner;The female knocked on the resident’s door during the daytime hours.  When the resident answered the door, the female asked for a glass of water.  When the resident returned with the water, the female had partially opened the resident’s door and was seen peering inside the home.  The female is described as a female with olive skin, possibly Eastern European descent, slim build, 5’7″-5’8″ tall, dark black hair and dark eyes, one gold tooth (molar) wearing a long black dress.Residents are advised not to open the door to strangers and to report suspicious activities/persons by calling the Toronto Police Service non-emergency number at 416 808-2222.

Upcoming community meetings and events!

Carmelina Condo Info Night – April 30, 2013 (Tonight!)

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon has organized an info night with the developers of the Carmelina Condos (Woodbine & Danforth) – TONIGHT at the Danforth/Coxwell Library – 1675 Danforth Avenue at 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.  

Bells on Danforth – May 11, 2013


Silent Mini-Quilt Auction Fundraiser – May 8, 2013


55 Division Town Hall – May 15, 2013 – (UPDATED!)

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Don’t forget about this Saturday’s Jane’s Walk in our neighbourhood with DECA’s own Steve Wickens @ 10:00 a.m.! For more details, click here

Investing 101 – Free DECA event on Monday, May 13


DECA is reviving our DECA Learns events and our first one is coming up next week:

Investing 101: Where to Start with your Money
Monday, May 13, 2013
Lazy Daisy’s Cafe at 1515 Gerrard Street East (@ Coxwell)
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Free! (Donations welcome to cover our costs, but are not necessary)
Cafe menu, beer and wine available for purchase

Come and hear from our special guest, Som Seif, President and CEO of Purpose Investments, who will explain the fundamentals of investing and then answer all of your questions.  You will leave feeling confident in your knowledge – you will be ready to walk into a bank or investment advisor and know what you’re talking about. The evening will be relatively informal, leaving lots of time for questions and discussion…and wine.

Som is a Bay Street mover and shaker, but he also has a sincere  passion for teaching people about financial literacy.  You might have seen Som on RoBTV, or as a guest host on CBC’s Lang & O’Leary Exchange. We have an ‘in’ with Som, which is why we invited him, and we were so thrilled when he kindly agreed (rest assured, this event is not a sales pitch).

Oh look, a poster!

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By the way…we chose Lazy Daisy’s Cafe based on its relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, awesome food and drinks, and nice size.  Although we wanted to stay in DECA’s territory, Lazy Daisy’s is an honourary DECA favourite given their participation at our East Lynn Farmers’ Market.  If this will be your first time there, it will surely not be your last.

Save the Date: #DanforthEast Garage Sale

Given the nice weather over the weekend I’m sure many of you opened up your sheds and basement storage areas to dust off the gardening gear, bicycles or other spring equipment only to realize there is a wall of stuff standing in between you and the item your looking for. Fear not! DECA has a solution for you!


The #DanforthEast Garage Sale

The idea, largely borrowed from the Great Glebe Garage Sale in Ottawa, is to coordinate garage sales in the neighbourhood to all be on one day –  June 1st. Having the critical mass will hopefully bring more shoppers out, make everyone’s sale more successful.

The #DanforthEast Garage Sale will take place rain or shine on Saturday, June 1st from 8am until 2pm.

If you would like to register your sale, please contact us by email to let us know your address. We’ll be producing a map of the DECA area so shoppers know exactly where sales are. We’ll also coordinate a donation pick up process with the Diabetes Association at the end of the day.

Note – The City of Toronto allows only two garage sales per household each year and items sold must be household items.

Design Help, Safety Notice & Hootenanny for Earl Haig PS

Are you a Graphic Designer?

The Pop-Up shop team is looking for some help with design work.  They’re a fun group.  And they’re helping to make our stretch of the Danforth more vibrant!  If you have design skills to contribute please email the team.

Safety Warning from 54 Division

There have been a number of break-ins into homes in the Parkview Hills community.  These break-ins have been occurring in homes that are under construction and have been taking place in the overnight hours.  Residents are advised to be alert to any strange acitivity in their community.  Power tools have been targeted in these particular break-ins and residents with homes under construction are reminded not to store power tools in their unoccupied homes.  All tools should be engraved identifying them as belonging to the owner, using an identifiable mark such as the driver’s licence number.

East End Hootenanny