Monday, April 30, 2012

St. John's first radio adventure

Ever want to put a voice to the text? Listen to me chatting about our Community cleanup with the wonderful Michael Champagne on Inner City Voices (broadcast on 95.9 CKUW).

The opportunity to broadcast this event through a brand new avenue is more than exciting!

Food really does Matter

The following link provides some LOCAL restaurants and caterers:

Local food helps your Community.

After the weekend event and all the focus on food, is a really neat website to check out to keep the momentum going.

Do you think you can buy more locally? I'm going to try this year and I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ralph Brown Community Centres FALL programming

Ralph Brown Community Centre is eager to provide programming for our youth and our community, but, they need your help. What proragms do you want? They are looking to plan programs around the hours of 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Everything is FREE and it is a great way to keep fit and healthy, have fun, meet new friends and your community. The programs can be anything from:
  • Exercise classes
  • Self Defence
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball
  • Dance
  • Rock Climbing
  • Shooting pool
  • Frisbee
  • Skating
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Computer classes 
  • Homework help and tutoring
  • Street proofing
  • Babysitting and parenting classes
  • Music lessons (guitar, violin, piano, etc)
  • Crafts
  • Painting
  • Cooking
  • Reading
  • Games
  • Quiet Room
  • Chess
What do you want? What is your age? Be heard! Email them at, find them on Facebook or let us know! We can pass it on :D

Community Housing Improvement Initiatives Grant

For those of you who live in St. John's (Main to McGregor from the North side of Redwood Avenue to the South side of Atlantic Avenue) keep watch in your mailboxes! The Community Housing Improvement Initiatives Grant (or CHII for short) Applications are being delivered this week.

This year we are focusing on the Southern half of the neighbourhood from Mountain Avenue to Redwood Avenue, however, that does not mean that residents on other streets won't be able to get grants.

Urgent repairs will get priority, as will health or safety related repairs. To be eligible:
  • You must live in the area stated above
  • The repairs are not on sheds, garages or changes to areas that are already in good repair
  • 5 years must have passed from the last time you received a grant
  • Your address must be on the front and REAR of your property (such as a fence or garage)
  • You must live in your home rear round (ie. it is your principle residence)
There are two types of grants; the Fixed Income grant where your total household income is less than $35,000 and you would be eligible to receive up to $1500. You will need to provide a copy of your Notice of Assessment from Income Tax for all members of your family with contributing income. (If you have not filed your 2011 Income Tax yet, you can still use your 2010 Notice of Assessment). The project must also cost more than $1000 for this grant with the recipient contributing at least $100.

If you make more than $35,000, don't worry! We also offer the General grant which is open to everyone. Your income doesn't matter and you can receive up to $1000 towards your project. The repairs must total more than $500 and the recipient must contribute at least $150 towards the repairs.

When submitting the application, proof of home ownership is required (such as your property tax assessment). Deadline for submission is May 18 at 4:00 p.m. so don't be late!

Please note that if you are selected two estimates are required from two separate contractors, or if you are doing the work yourself all receipts will be required and no money will be paid for labour.

If you have any questions please call Kali, the Grant Coordinator, at 927-2341.

Its on: Community Clean-Up


Its that time again, Spring Cleanup! Come help make your Community beautiful. We are meeting at Ralph Brown Community Centre and starting our cleanup at 10 A.M.

At RBCC you will sign in, get a ticket for prizes and food, get the materials you need for cleaning (garbage bags, recycling bags, grabbers, gloves) and you will get to pick your street. Get there early if you have a street you want to clean :)

We will then be meeting back at Ralph Brown for Noon where we will have hot dogs, veggie dogs, fruit and drinks. We will also be drawing for prizes !

So come on out and meet your neighbours and clean up the area, literally. Check out our Facebook event to RSVP !

Any questions, leave them here, email us, facebook us, shoot us a tweet or give us a call at 927-2340.