Safety Update & Tree Workshop

Safety Update

DECA volunteers Diana Gibbs and Laurie Smith met up with Rob McDonald from Division 55 last week at CakeTown for a chat about neighbourhood safety. Here are their tips on keeping our vibrant community safe and welcoming over the summer:

“Active, busy neighbourhoods are the safest.”  That’s the message from Rob McDonald, Crime Prevention Officer at Division 55 and good news for DECA – a beehive of activity over the summer. “DECA is a great example of promoting safety by building community and has made a huge difference along their stretch of the Danforth.”

DECA is served by Division 55 south of the Danforth and Division 54 north of the Danforth. Overall, our area has relatively few incidents but Rob stressed that residents should be sure to report any concerns or minor issues, such as car break-ins or noise complaints, by calling Central Alternative Responseat 416-808-2222.  Depending on the situation, they may send out a patrol car. But more important, these calls are tracked and reviewed weekly by the Division to look for patterns or areas for special focus.  “The community sets the standard and gives us valuable information; it’s not a crime if we don’t know about it.” he said.

This month, Division 55 officers are visiting all our local parks to “set the tone” for the summer and discourage late night private partying.   Rob also offered a few security tips for residents such as:

  • keep your front door and windows locked if you are gardening or entertaining in the backyard
  • ensure your car is locked  and there is nothing of value (even small change) in sight
  • lock up your strollers and bikes
  • driveways and lanes should be brightly lit; avoid dim (mood) lighting on front porches

Want to know more about crime prevention in our community? Check out the Facebook pages for Division 54 and Division 55 and you can also follow Rob on Twitter @tpsofficerrob. Ingrid Hannah is the Crime Prevention Officer for Division 54 and can be reached at (416) 808-5429.

Have a safe and happy summer!

P.C. Rob McDonald, Crime Prevention Officer, Division 55
P.C. Rob McDonald, Crime Prevention Officer, Division 55

Trees, Trees, Trees! Ward 31 Tree Workshop 

Join City of Toronto Forestry staff,  LEAF (Local Enhancement for the Appreciation of Forests) local tree advocates at a Tree Workshop for Ward 31 residents.

 Thursday June 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Danforth Mennonite Church
2174 Danforth Avenue
At the workshop, residents will have an opportunity to learn about green initiatives by the city, local groups and organizations to improve our environment. The evening will include presentations on how to preserve and expand the tree canopy in Ward 31. This will be a great opportunity to connect with other neighbours and plan local activities to green our neighbourhood.
Ward 31 Tree Worshop and Seminar Poster June 20 2013

Cruisin’ the Danforth Pubcrawl

This could be a fun and deliciously thirst quenching night. Check out the Cruisin’ The Danforth Multi-Brewery Pubcrawl as a part of Ontario Craft Beer Week.  So many local places to try some local brew.

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Danforth East struts its stuff this weekend

Pop-ups, Pets, and Pappas – Danforth East has it all this weekend.

Pop-Up Launch Weekend! (in case you hadn’t heard)

In case you need one more reason to come out and support our amazing pop-ups, our friend and neighbour Catherine Porter wrote about the summer pop-ups in today’s Toronto Star.  If you missed it, here is her column.

If you need more details about our launch weekend and the pop ups, check out the DECA website by clicking here.

Wag’s Adopt-a-thon

Our friends at Wag continue to be awesome. Adopt at cat there on Saturday, June 15 from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.  If you don’t want a cat, why not go there anyway and buy something for a furry friend in your life?


Father’s Day Ideas

Odds are, you are a dad, have a dad, are married to a dad, or in some way shape or form need of a gift for Father’s Day on Sunday.

Go for a walk.  Our neighbourhood has so many little shops and stores, and some of them may surprise you.  By way of example, here are a few Father’s Day gift idea pics posted by some local shops, and who posted them might surprise you…

Silly Goose Kids (2054 Danforth Ave.) posted this:


And LEN (698 Coxwell Ave. – a former DECA pop-up shop!) posted this:


Happy Shopping!  Happy Father’s Day!  Happy Pop-Up Launching!  Have a great weekend!

Pop-ups Launch Weekend! (this Saturday & Sunday!)

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Our FIVE fantastic new pop-up shops kick off this weekend, June 15 & 16, 2013, with a boatload of fun activities.

Be sure to join us this Saturday and Sunday for:

  • HISTORICAL WALKS (Saturday & Sunday) led by Danforth East’s own Stephen Wickens and Dominic Farrell. Meet up at Wise Guys (2301 Danforth) at 10 am with your walking shoes. We’ve posted some cool archival pics here for you to preview (Check out the rickety wooden Danforth bridge. Yikes.) Bonus: walkers will be treated a little something special courtesy of the good folks at LEN.
  • LIVE MUSIC (SAT.): Yummy Stuff (1938 Danforth) hosts the sweet sounds of the Discovery Through the Arts, Generation Ensembles (12-2pm) and then Kevin Brathwaite (5-6pm) brings the funk. Rocking out over at Cheap Thrills (1811 Danforth) will be The Note Poachers (2-3pm) and The Sleepovers (4-6pm).
  • FREE TREATS all weekend at the pop-ups courtesy of Yummy Stuff

And don’t forget to start filling out your Pop-ups Passport to win some seriously great swag. Scalp massages, Americanos, scones, gift certificates, cookie cutters, sandwiches–just to name a few goodies in the prize packs. Pick your passport up at the East Lynn Farmers’ Market, at the pop-up shops or print one off here.

The Summer Pop-up Shops:


Krystle Lee | 1517 Danforth Avenue
Monday – Friday 11 – 7 | Saturday 12-6 | Sunday  12 – 5

PERSONAL SHOPPER * STYLIST * PRIVATE SALES * WARDROBE  – Krystle Lee’s designer pop-ups offer a curated selection of new and gently used high end clothing & accessories.  Krystle has been a personal shopper and image consultant for 6 years and has accumulated a roster of career centric female clients.  Lee assists women with finding stunning stand out pieces that compliment and enhance ones individual style.

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In This Closet | 1765 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Sunday 11-8

In This Closet offers the best of thrift pricing with a boutique experience for quality and unique fashions for women sizes 0-20. Modern and classic quality clothing to take you from the office to a night on the town and everywhere in between…

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E-closet | 1801 Danforth Avenue
Monday-Saturday 11-6 | Sunday 12-5

Our mission is to deliver top quality trendy fashion at affordable prices, for women of all shapes and sizes. Now both online and in person!

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Cheap Thrills | 1811 Danforth Avenue
Monday-Friday 11-7 | Saturday 10-6 | Sunday 12-5

We sell all kinds of new samples and seconds name brand items for the whole family. New items arriving weekly, so check in regularly for bargains!

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Yummy Stuff | 1938 Danforth Avenue
Tuesday-Friday 11-7 | Saturday 9-6

Yummy Stuff is a bakery specializing in all things yummy; cupcakes, pies, tarts, cookies, squares and custom cakes. Voted best red velvet cupcakes in the city!

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Grand Opening Celebration at East Lynn Park Farmer Market

Grand Opening Celebration 2013

Unfortunately last week’s rain put a bit of a damper on the first market day.  The good news is that all our favourite local farmers will be back again this week, plus a whole lot more!  The official Grand Opening Celebration is set for this Thursday.  The line up includes:

  • Zero Gravity Circus will be on hand with stilt walkers and a hula hoop activity.
  • Toronto Master Gardeners will be set up with a booth to answer all your gardening questions.
  • There will be button making (3:30pm) , Mrs. Darling’s crafts (4:30pm) and garden crafts (5:30pm) at the Kids Korner, along with the regular face painting.
  • Dancers from Pegasus Studio will perform at 5:00pm

The East Lynn Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. between June 6 – October 17 at East Lynn Park, located on the south side of Danforth Ave, just west of Woodbine Ave.

Monarch Park tree walk – June 13

Thanks to Friends of Monarch Park for the following message:

As many of you know Monarch Park lost some very mature trees during the big wind storm last fall. Friends of Monarch Park has been working closely with the cities Parks department and LEAF to try and have these trees replaced as well as having new trees planted to replenish the parks tree canopy.

This fall there will be new trees planted and Friends of Monarch Park would like all interested members of the community to come out to see the proposed plan and give their feedback. Uyen Dias, Natural Resource Specialist, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Urban Forestry Services for the City of Toronto has tried to include a diversity of species, as well as groves and native species where possible as well as flowering trees for interest.

Please come out on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. to the North-East corner of Monarch Park to review the proposed plan and give your feedback.

Hope to see you there!