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The Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association Board of Directors

322 Schooner Crescent
Waterloo, ON, N2K 4M6

Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association

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Upcoming events 2014/2015

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Eastbridge Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday December 6th,

University Ave Firehall

starts @ 6 pm and tree comes on at 6:30 pm

Join your neighbours and a choir for Christmas carols, hot chocolate and a kick start to the holiday season.


Save the date for the first of two free skates.

January 4th and March 15th

Both are Noon to 2 pm @ RIM Park

Donations normally accepted for the ENA or food bank

Eastbridge Chase

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Photos from this year's Chase are now posted here:


Eastbridge Chase - Family Fun Run

Registration form here:

Date: Sunday September 7th, 2014

Location: East Parking Lot, RIM Park

Time: 1km (9:30 am), 3km and 5km (10:00 am)

Race Registration begins at 8:30am Refreshments and draw prizes to follow the 5km race! Return Completed Registration Forms with payment to:

Drop Form & payment: at WSM RIM Park or at 566 Canso Place Mail form & payment to: WSM RIM Park 2001 University Ave. E, Suite 104 Waterloo, ON N2K 4K4

The Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association, in conjunction with Waterloo Sports Medicine, are excited to once again bring you “The Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase.” Some new and exciting changes are planned, and will surely have everyone eager and ready to join in this fun-filled morning of exercise, quality family time and neighbourhood camaraderie.

Registration officially opened on Sunday, June 1st. As always, registration forms can be found on our website, at the Waterloo Sports Medicine Clinic and in this newsletter.

This year we will be able to offer an online payment option as well as the usual cash/cheque option. All children 13 and under (in your immediate family) will be free with two paid adult entry fees.

Note: parents or guardians are required to supervise children 10 and under and sign the registration form. The adult entry fee remains at $15 with a shirt $5 without. We will get all this information, in detail, posted on our website and Facebook in the very near future. This year, all children 13 and under will be rewarded for participating.

You can still register up to, and including, the morning of the race.

Please contact Judy at or Shari at

if you have any questions, or would like to consider sponsoring the Chase.

Registration FeesFamily Rate - $30 (includes 2 t-shirts, extra T- shirt $10)

Adult - $15 (with t-shirt)  Adult - $5 (no t-shirt)

Child (No Adult) - $15 (with t-shirt)

Child (No Adult) - $5 (no t-shirt)

**Cash, Cheque, or Electronic Fund Transfer**

Upcoming Events in 2014

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Easter Egg HuntKids 10 and under accompanied by an adult Saturday April 19th -- 10:00 am until 11:30 am* *while quantities last, as it is difficult to predict numbers Bluenose park on Eastbridge Blvd. ================================================================ Scavenger Hunt Family or Team event open to all ages. Sunday, June 1st 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Green Park $10.00 per team

Three age groups: Junior - 6 and under Intermediate 7-10 age group Seniors - 11 and over

note: a cellphone or digital camera will be required to take pictures. Event is only within the neighbourhood limits. No cars allowed but bikes are encouraged for the older age categories

Not a timed events - all teams that finish will be included in the draw for team prize: Prizes: 4 - Bingeman's Waterpark Season Passes 4 - Movie Passes with refreshments 4- I-Tunes Cards Prize for team with the best theme (e.g. Superheroes. Detectives, Cowboys Etc.) Dinner for four from Maestros Pizza

Pre-registration is now open form attached will be pasted on facebook (link to form ) Email pre-registration forms to and pay day of event

Early payment and pre-registration can be dropped off to: 566 Canso Place

Pre-register by May 30th or register the day of the event. Note: teams that pre-register will get an extra ballot for the prize draws Featuring: Pony Rides BreCreative - face painting & balloon animals Magic Show SWAT Truck Photographer

Please see Spring newsletter for details or contact Judy Judy: or 519-746-8868 or Shari:

Eastbridge Tree Lighting on Dec 7th at University Firehall

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Hi Everyone! Christmas Tree Lighting time!

This Saturday, December 7th at the University Ave Firehall Millen Woods Public School Choir will guest star a few festive songs around 6:15 pm, then our mayor and city councillor will they lead us with a countdown to light the Christmas Tree!

Hot chocolate will be on hand. Please bring an unwrapped toy donation if you can.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Eastbridge traffic calming improvements - Notice of a public information centre

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Eastbridge traffic calming improvements -Notice of a public information centre

As part of the design process for a traffic calming project in the Eastbridge neighbourhood of Waterloo, the city is hosting a public information centre to present the designs of the four traffic calming improvements shown in the attached map. These improvements will be constructed in 2014. For more information about the project, visit

Details of this public session are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RIM Park, Room 207 2001 University Ave., Waterloo

Eastbridge traffic calming improvements - Notice of a public information centre

As part of the design process for a traffic calming project in the Eastbridge neighbourhood of Waterloo, the city is hosting a public information centre to present the designs of the four traffic calming improvements shown in the attached map. These improvements will be constructed in 2014. For more information about the project, visit

Details of this public session are as follows:

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. RIM Park, Room 207 2001 University Ave., Waterloo

Halloween Party - October 26th 6:00 - 7:30

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Our Halloween Party is just around the corner. Date: Saturday, October 26th

Place: Lester B Pearson School

Time: Doors open at 6:00 - 7:30

Cost: $3.00 per person or $7.00 per family

Costume Parade Times (approximate)

6:15 0-3 year olds

6:30 4-7 year olds

6:45 8-12 years olds

7:00 13 and up

Pumpkins for judging must be in by 6:45 p.m.

Please contact Judy at (519)-746-8868 for more details if required.

Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase

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RaceRoutesThe Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association and the Waterloo Sports Medicine Clinic are pleased to announce that registration for the First Annual Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase is now officially open. Over the past several months we have been busy laying the ground work and organizing a 1K and 5K fun, family oriented run/walk event. The race date is planned for Sunday, September 9th starting from the East parking lot at RIM Park. Race results are posted in the News Items section of the website: 5 km times are:

Link to Registration form

Please register for the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase no later then noon on Friday, August 17th to ensure that you get the shirt sizes requested. After that date we will have a few shirts left but can not guarantee all sizes will be available. CONGRATULATIONS Kyle Mooney is the lucky winner in our Early bird draw for the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase.

Still time to enter yourself and your family for our newest event taking place Sunday, September 9th The entry fee for the run is $15 per person. Entry forms can be found on the ENA website ( and on the WSM website ( ). You can also contact Judy at for a copy and for more information on the event. The first 250 people to pre-register will receive a souvenir dry-wick t-shirt and everyone will be eligible to win prizes at the post-race party. Be sure to register before JUNE 15th, 2012 to be included in the early bird draw for a $50 gift card for Conestoga Mall!!!! (The winner’s name posted on our websites and they will be contacted shortly after the deadline date to collect their prize.)

Race Day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at which time participants will be able to pick up their numbers and t-shirts. Unofficial times will be called out as runners and walkers cross the finish line and we will do our best to post all times on our websites in the days following the race date. The 1K event will start at 9:30 a.m. to be followed by the 5K at approximately 10:00 a.m. The race route will be available on our websites by July, 15, 2012.

Free childcare will be provided on site beginning at 9:30 a.m. if required for parents of small children wishing to participate in the 5K. All participants are invited to join us after the 5k portion of the day for refreshments and several draws for some amazing prizes. (Please note: You must be present to win).

We are currently looking for corporate or private sponsors to help us to off some of the costs of event. Please contact Judy or Emily if you are about to assist us with a donation in kind or in cash. It would be greatly appreciated. All sponsors will be mentioned in a newsletter following the race day as well as their corporate name and logos printed on the back of the runner’s t-shirts. Some items we are looking for include water, plates, napkins, food, prizes, give–a-ways for all participants, etc.

It is going to take several volunteers to make this day a success. So if the race it’s self is not your thing, you can still be a part of the day by helping us out. Here are just a few of the positions we have to fill:


Morning Registration

Time keepers/recorders/caller

Child care

Race Marshalls

Food preparation and distribution

Water Stations

Clean up

Please contact Claudia at if you would like to volunteer in any way for our race. We are pleased to be able to bring you this event that is open to everyone from 1-99 at any fitness level and ability from the avid runners in the neighbourhood to the beginners that are just starting out or wanted to try something new. If you are a couple that walks daily or the group of gals that head out the door regularly for some social walks, we hope to see you all there too. Kids can challenge their friends, siblings or even Mom and Dad (possibly even Grandma and Grandpa). This is an excellent opportunity to get your children introduced to running and regular exercising by encouraging them to follow your example of tying up a pair of running shoes and heading out the door. Our hope is to see as many people out participating and enjoying a morning of fun family fitness with friends and neighbours. As with all of the ENA events we will be going ahead rain or shine. Although the event is primarily targeted to the residents of Eastbridge, everyone is welcome to enter regardless if they live within the neighbourhood or not. This run is something that we hope to be able to include on our list of yearly events that we are proud to offer to our truly exceptional and unique community. So why not enter today.

Family Fun Day 2012 (FFD)

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This year’s Family Fun is scheduled for Sunday, May 27th for 11-3 at Lester B. Pearson School. We plan on having many of the children’s shows, features and highlights that have made this event extremely popular over the past several years; and hopefully we will have a few new surprises. Schedule of Activities for the FFD:

11:00 Family Fun Day begins

12:00 Magic Show in the Gym

1:00 Waterloo Kung-Fu Academy demo in the gym

1:45 Premier Dance Academy demo in the gym

2:30 Closing time for silent auction

3:00 Family Fun Day ends

On behalf of the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association we hope you enjoy your day.

Thank you to all of volunteers that helped to make this day a success.

We have a new event company that we are using this year for the games and rides. The company is "THE MAIN EVENT FUN GAMES INC." More information on them can be found at

Some of the activities we will have are mini circuit bikes, plinko game, Joey Jump, Kiddie Striker and the ponies/petting zoo.

Registration for the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Chase, scheduled for Sunday, September 09 2012, will be begin at the FFD and can be done at the FFD. Please see the information table for more information.

If you would like to book a vendor table please contact Judy at 519-746-8868 or email

Our silent auction attraction is currently in jeopardy as we have not found someone to fill our Fundraising position with-in the ENA board yet. If you would like to take on this position or just help out organizing our silent auction for the Family Fun Day, please contact Cindy at chairperson@

If you are able to volunteer in any way for this or any future events, please contact Claudia at for more information as we cannot continue to make this event happen without you. Remember – even 1 hour of your time would greatly be appreciated

ENA Survey - You Can WIN a Gift Card

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The Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association has multiple events forfamilies and would like your feedback in our survey. It should take less than 5 minutes!

Eastbridge residents have a chance to win a gift card too! Thank you! Gene DiMira, Secretary & Vice-Chair, ENA

Get in the Spirit of the Holiday Season!

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The Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association is sponsoring our seventh annual contest to award homes in Eastbridge with the best exterior holiday decorations. Our scouts will be out on patrol between December 19 and 22, so make sure you have your house lit up on those nights! The winning homes will be featured in the next issue of Eastbridge Insight.

e-Waste Recycling

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To divert potentially hazardous materials from our landfills, the Ontario Government has designated Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES), a non-profit industry organization, to manage a program that encourages responsible reuse and safe recycling of old, used and unwanted electronic equipment.

Find out what kind of electronic waste can be dropped off near you by visiting

Some 2011 Events coming up in Eastbridge

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2011 Events in Eastbridge Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 23rd , 10-11:00am Bluenose Park Event is FREE. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations are appreciated at all events

Family Fun Day Sunday, May 29th, Noon - 2 pm Silent auction, Bouncy castle, rides, face painting, crafts, exhibition tables. Donations are appreciated at all events

Neighbourhood Garage Sales Saturday, June 4, 8am-12noon Time to clean out the basement! The ENA advertises this event.

Annual General Meeting Round Up 2010

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Annual General Meeting Round Up 2010 The ENA Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 10th. Chairperson Cindy Watkin discussed updates from the last year including the success of the Pilot Parks Watch Program, Fire Station #4’s opening and the upcoming event to light the tree, Millen Woods opening and a possible donation for the school mentioned.

Financially the ENA is in a similar position as to that of last year, approximately $56,000 Net Worth with $25,000 of that designated for expenses in the Genstar developed area of our neighbourhood. With their financial obligation complete, we have entered into an agreement with City of Waterloo’s Partners in Parks program to take care of many of those things such as electrical expenses, maintenance to the gazebos etc.

The biggest challenge for the ENA this past year has been recruiting new folks to the board. The Teddy Bear Picnic didn’t happen simply because there wasn’t anyone able to run the event. We need someone to assist with Special Events now or events may not be offered in the future!

Dave Halapir was congratulated on 12 years with the ENA, he’s been a board member from the very beginning, October 1998! Thank You Dave!

The election was held for board member positions, changes are as follows: Gene will take on the role of Vice Chair in addition to Secretary, Dana would like to be Volunteer Director if a replacement could be found as soon as possible for Special Events Director, Judy Sewell accepted an Advisor position. Currently the Childcare Registry position is open, as is one Advisor position. Joy Gould decided not to return to the ENA and sent a message to wish the group well in the future. Boardmembers were thanked for their dedication and commitment to the ENA and our neighbourhood!

Gene DiMera gave a presentation about the Outdoor Fitness Project Proposal he’s been working on as a possible ENA iniative. The group is most excited about this! He discussed challenges, financial implications, safety concerns and City input to date. There are sponsorship possibilities and he will continue to work on the proposal.

Rod Spane spoke about possibilities and challenges with the gardens and medians, he’s spoken with the City in preliminary discussions and the board needs to decide which avenue to take in the next few months.

Councillor Diane Freeman spoke about the success of the Pilot Parks Watch Project, the recent opening of Fire Station #4, and too discussed current traffic issues -specifically speeding on certain streets- in the neighbourhood and possible solutions. There will be a Finance & Budget committee that will be set up in the New Year and she mentioned that Council will need citizens to volunteer to take part. Diane also mentioned the fact that she’d like to be pro-active working with citizens if there are concerns about parking and traffic around Millen Woods PS. As Gene is on the Safety Committee at the school, he will discuss that with the group to inquire about issues, and get back to Diane with information. She also mentioned the recent letter the ENA sent to Council requesting the revision of the Region’s Transportation Master Plan in regards to Northfield Drive upgrades and let the group know that is was passed in Council, upgrades should begin in a year or so. As well, Diane commended the group for their efforts and positive impact being made in our community.

The group decided on a date for the Tree Lighting at the Fire Station, Saturday, December 11th at 6pm.

There was a draw for door prizes, and everyone was thanked for coming out!

Monthly Blowout Games Nights

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Come join the fun at our Youth Blowout Nights hosted by WMB Church. All Youth from Grade 7-12 are welcome. Connect with friends, make new friends, enjoy some fun games, great food and “get to know you” time. Join us the last Friday of the month (except December) at Lester B Pearson Gym, 520 Chesapeake Drive, Waterloo; 8-10 pm.


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Please join the City of Waterloo and the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association as we launch the Parks Watch program in the Eastbridge neighbourhood. This is a pilot project designed to help keep our parks safe. For more information, please contact Linda Vandenakker at 519-747-8788 or

Pilot Parks Watch program launched in Eastbridge

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Pilot Parks Watch program launched in Eastbridge

(Waterloo, ON – April 27, 2010) The City of Waterloo and the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association are launching a pilot project called Parks Watch to help keep its greenspaces safe.


Set to run from May to October 2010, this program encourages neighbours to keep an eye on the greenspaces in Eastbridge, and to call the Waterloo Regional Police Service if they see or hear anything suspicious.

“The parks and greenspaces in Eastbridge are fun places to visit – there are always lots of families and friends gathered there,” said Cindy Watkin, the chairperson of the Eastbridge Neighbourhood Association, adding there have been some reported cases of vandalism – including graffiti and broken glass – in that area recently.

“As a Neighbourhood Association, we have worked very hard to develop a positive sense of spirit and community pride, and inappropriate or illegal activities are unacceptable. We would like to foster common respect for all residents and neighbours, and I believe this program is an excellent way to do that and to keep our community safe.”

Parks Watch is an easy program to participate in. Neighbours should call 911 – the police’s emergency number – to report a crime in progress (such as graffiti or vandalism), a serious medical condition or injury that requires immediate response or a fire. Meanwhile, they should call the non-emergency number – 519-653-7700 – to report a crime that is no longer in progress or lost and found articles, and to make parking and noise complaints. General parks maintenance inquiries can be made by calling 519-886-2310.

Residents should be prepared to answer a number of questions when they call the police, including details on what’s happening, who’s involved and what kind of vehicle they’re driving. A complete list of questions, as well as more information on Parks Watch, is available on the city’s website at

“I’m thrilled that we’re moving ahead with Parks Watch. Eastbridge is a wonderful place to live and play – and we want it to stay that way,” said Coun. Diane Freeman. “If this program is a success, it may be implemented in other locations in the future.”

Parks Watch is intended to complement the Neighbourhood Watch program.

There will be an open house to launch the program on May 4, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at RIM Park in the Forbes Hall. For more information, please contact Linda Vandenakker at 519-747-8788 or .