Pointe West Golf Club

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic coming to Pointe West July 13

 

By Jonathan Martin

National Hockey League (NHL) all-star and Olympic gold medal winner Ed Jovanovski is trading in his hockey stick for a golf club in the name of charity.

The Windsor native and former NHL defenseman met with press last Tuesday at Pointe West Golf Club to announce his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC in the development of a new golf tournament.

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic will raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to support its breast cancer research. Jovanovski said he knows firsthand what the disease can do.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18.  Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18. Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“A couple years ago my mother went through a pretty good battle with breast cancer,” he said. “We’re grateful for anything we can do to further (CCS research) along.”

Jovanovski said his mother is doing well, though her time in the hospital was difficult for his whole family. Now that she’s doing better, he said the timing seems right.

“It has always been a dream of mine to hold a golf tournament,” he said. “Obviously, growing up (around here), this area is very important to me.”

According to Scott Elliott, dealer principal for Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC, the tournament, which is set to be held at Pointe West Golf Club, will include a deli-style luncheon, hole-in-one prizes, a putting contest, auctions and dinner.

Jovanovski said he’s doing his best to convince as many of his NHL friends as possible to stop by. He did warn them, though, that no matter who shows up, he will be the best player on the green.

The tournament will be held July 13.

Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce honours local business community

 

By Jonathan Martin

Local business owners have suited up to recognize the achievements of their colleagues.

The 2017 Business Excellence Awards were held this past Friday night at Pointe West Golf Club.

The event was organized by the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce, but businesses were nominated for awards by their patrons.

Mary Ann Wolff (left) hugs Josie Piruzza after beign given the lifetime achievement award.  A former pharmacist and franchise owner, Wolff retired from Shoppers Drug Mart in February.

Mary Ann Wolff (left) hugs Josie Piruzza after being given the lifetime achievement award. A former pharmacist and franchise owner, Wolff retired from Shoppers Drug Mart in February. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

In total, only 11 certificates were handed out, but past ACOC president Chris Gibb said every nominee should be proud.

“It’s amazing the number of nominations we receive,” he said. “Every business (present at the awards ceremony) has earned the love and respect of its customers.”

CJ Bondy Plumbing nabbed the small business award, which is defined as having fewer than 20 employees. The award was presented by town councilor Leo Meloche.

Precision Plastics earned the counterpoint, snagging the large business award, which is given to a local business that employs more than 20 people.

The Amherstburg License Bureau was given the excellence in customer service award. Gibb chuckled into the microphone and said, “Only in Amherstburg would the license bureau earn an award for its customer service.”

Janet Willoughby, left, listens to the acceptance speech given by the Amherstburg License Bureau after announcing that they had been awarded the excellence in customer service award in Amherstburg last Friday.  The dining room buzzed with laughter after it was mentioned that "only in Amherstburg would the license bureau be recognized for its  customer service skills."

Janet Willoughby, left, listens to the acceptance speech given by the Amherstburg License Bureau after announcing that they had been awarded the excellence in customer service award in Amherstburg last Friday. The dining room buzzed with laughter after it was mentioned that “only in Amherstburg would the license bureau be recognized for its customer service skills.” (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Speck’s Restaurant owner Sarah Beaudoin delivered a teary-eyed acceptance speech after receiving the most attractive improvement award.

Norm Mickle, the local real estate agent who started the “Amherstburg, You’ll Love it Here!” promotional campaign, was presented with the community service/involvement award and premium liquor manufacturer Wolfhead Distillery caught the growth and expansion award.

Funeral directing student Kelsey Sutton accepted the business legacy award on behalf of Sutton Funeral Home. Sutton is the latest in the family’s funerary dynasty.

Justin Falconer prepares to present the investing in a world class workforce award to Anna Fiorito and the team at Amherstburg Physical Therapy.

Justin Falconer prepares to present the investing in a world class workforce award to Anna Fiorito and the team at Amherstburg Physical Therapy. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Amherstburg Physical Therapy snagged the investing in a world-class work force award for its exemplary staff and Bill Deslippe earned himself an excellence in food service award for his company, Smashed Apple, which started as a food truck and then expanded into a brick-and-mortar takeout restaurant.

Community Living Essex County board of directors president Ron Giofu, along with CLEC director of operations Karen Bolger, presented Jones Group with the welcoming accessibility award for its support of the Essex County Heroes Athletic Club.

Jim Heyens of Southpoint Publishing Inc. (of which RTT is a member) poses for a photo beside Smashed Apple founder Bill Deslippe.  Smashed Apple snagged the Excellence in Food Services award. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Jim Heyens of Southpoint Publishing Inc. (of which RTT is a member) poses for a photo beside Smashed Apple founder Bill Deslippe. Smashed Apple snagged the Excellence in Food Services award. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Finally, former Shoppers Drug Mart franchise owner and pharmacist Mary Ann Wolff delivered an impassioned acceptance speech upon receiving her lifetime achievement award. She said the last time she had the opportunity to make an address she passed it up, so she wanted to make the most of it this time round. She used her time at the podium to speak in favour of hiring students and youths and to thank the colleagues she has worked beside over the past decades.

The event was sold out, despite this year’s addition of 50 seats. The 2017 business excellence awards ended up hosting nearly 200 patrons.

CAO outlines town’s economic development goals at ACOC awards

 

By Jonathan Martin

Amherstburg’s CAO has outlined the town’s conceptual plan for the site of the former Duffy’s Tavern and Motor Inn and also talked about the Belle Vue property.

Addressing a dining room full of local business owners at Friday’s 2017 business excellence awards, CAO John Miceli also went over how council plans to improve the town’s infrastructure.

The Town of Amherstburg closed on the acquisition of Duffy’s Feb. 14. According to Miceli, the town issued a tender for the site’s demolition March 28. He said the town hopes to have the land cleared of buildings by mid or late June.

This spring, Miceli said town hall plans to hold public consultation meetings to “confirm the community’s wishes as it relates to the Duffy’s site.”

Miceli said the estimated budget for the development of the project is $6 million.

“This, friends, is exciting,” he said. “It will be the premiere community gathering place in the region.”

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Belle Vue is considered a “crown jewel” of Amherstburg, says CAO John Miceli

As it stands, the plan includes a central plaza to accommodate events, a wharf to dock ships, fishing spots, a boat ramp, a service building with washrooms and concessions, an event area with supporting infrastructure and a waterfront amphitheatre.

Miceli added, “I believe that, should we develop the conceptual plan as tabled, council and this community will have a waterfront unmatched to anyone in this region and our waterfront will serve as an economic engine for our community.”

Belle Vue will also be an “economic engine,” he said. The restoration of the 200-year-old town-owned mansion on Dalhousie St. will cost in the neighbourhood of $3 million with it being about $9 million to develop the entire property as proposed by the municipality.

“Belle Vue, in my opinion, is a crown jewel of this community,” the chief administrative officer told the crowd of nearly 200 people at Pointe West Golf Club.

Miceli pointed out the Belle Vue Conservancy is in the process of fundraising with a goal of $1 million.

He said that town hall is in talks with consultants about the creation of a community improvement plan (CIP) and the establishment of urban design dialogues.

A CIP is a municipal planning and development tool put out by the provincial government. Ultimately, its implementation would allow the town to offer tax incentives to assist in the development of properties within the area designated by the plan.

“Our goal will be to provide initiatives that will assist in creating a climate that will result in a new hotel,” said Miceli. “A new hotel in the town of Amherstburg. That is what your community wants; that is what your council wants to deliver.”

Miceli also spoke about phase 8b of Kingsbridge, referring to a zoning by-law that was passed March 20 allowing 55 single-family dwellings to be developed east of Knobb Hill Dr. and north of McLellan Ave.

He said Meadow View Estates, set to be built on the corner of Simcoe St. and Meloche Rd., will be developed in phases and result in an additional 142 residential units.

“The town has taken steps to improve our relationships with developers,” Miceli said. “We are now working together to make Amherstburg a community of choice for development. As you know, without development we can have no growth and without growth we cannot sustain our current service levels.”

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The town’s concept plan for the Duffy’s property was discussed by Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) John  Miceli as part of the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards. The banquet took place Friday night at Pointe West Golf Club.

The town has capacity at the new wastewater plant for approximately 50,000 people, he said.

Miceli reminded listeners that the town is in the process of collecting data related to internet services through a survey that can be accessed on the town’s website. The information will be used “to apply for grants and hopefully build a business plan for council to consider” regarding the improvement of rural internet infrastructure.

As he stepped down from the podium, he challenged the local business community, asking them what they thought they could do to “to seize their opportunity to create economic development in this community.”

Pointe West aims to showcase itself to Amherstburg and surrounding communities

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

While a private club, Pointe West Golf Club sees itself as an affordable private club and wants to showcase that to the general public.

Pointe West will be hosting “Amherstburg Day” Sept. 17 so that residents of Amherstburg and surrounding areas can sample the “private club experience.” Pointe West board of directors president Alice Saunders said the new initiative is a way for the public to “experience what Pointe West has to offer.”

“We feel there is a number of people in the area who have never been here,” added board member Rick Frank. “We want to show them the golf course and the hospitality at Pointe West.”

Frank called Pointe West one of the premier courses in southwestern Ontario and it is kept in excellent shape. He noted it is a private equity club where its members have a say in the development of the club.

“We also want people to know by coming to that day, we have a fantastic offer for them,” added Saunders.

Pointe West president Alice Saunders and board member Rick Frank will be among those welcoming potential new members to “Amherstburg Day” at the club Sept. 18.

Pointe West president Alice Saunders and board member Rick Frank will be among those welcoming potential new members to “Amherstburg Day” at the club Sept. 17.

Saunders said people who join for 2017 can do so at 2016 prices and golf for free for the rest of 2016 as long as they put down a $500 deposit. She said the club offers golf and social dining memberships with the clubhouse offering a variety of events including Thanksgiving dinner and a number of Christmas events.

It is the first time Pointe West has tried an “Amherstburg Day” type of event and she said existing members will help guide potential new members around the course for the day. Frank pointed out there is an event afterward with hearty appetizers being served.

“You can still come and enjoy dining with our fantastic chef,” added Saunders.

She added there are roughly 500 active members at Pointe West. There is also a “fantastic junior program” with many Jamieson and Essex-Kent tour competitors coming out of Pointe West along with several young golfers who obtained scholarships.

Frank noted there is a men’s league at Pointe West and a nine-hole ladies league Tuesday and an 18-hole ladies league Friday.

“We are a gender-neutral club,” he said, adding the pro shop is open to the public.

Amherstburg Day features a 1 p.m. shotgun start and is $50 per person. The appetizer social runs from 6-7:30 p.m. and is $20 per person or $35 per couple. The day is restricted to people 21-and-over. There is a cash bar.

For information or to register, call 519-736-8623 ext. 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance with the cut-off date for tickets being Sept. 12.