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Local businesses voice concerns over vote to switch to Windsor police

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A number of local businesses were represented at town council Monday night with concerns over the town’s choice to switch from Amherstburg police to Windsor police.

Derek Didone, co-owner of County Towing, said he was representing a group of Amherstburg businesses and named Joe Meloche Ford, Racicot Chrysler, Uptown Body, Heritage Tire and Amherstburg GM.

“Over the years we have each built strong relationships with the community and the municipality,” said Didone.  “It is no secret that the Town of Amherstburg and its police service have always supported local small business.”

Didone said “it is clear that council had to make a very difficult decision” when choosing to contract the police service out to Windsor and “while we are confident that careful consideration was exercised when making this controversial decision, we have concerns that the potential for a negative economical impact on local small business may have been overlooked.”

The Amherstburg Police Service spends “tens of thousands of dollars on our products and services every year,” Didone stated. He said local businesses are given the opportunity to supply everything from office stationery to police cruisers.

“For many years my company has been contracted by the department to provide towing, recovery and impoundment services,” said Didone. “By making this change, we feel that we are at risk financially. As entrepreneurs, we understand it is important to save money where you can. This will apply under the new structure of the police service as well. Financial saving can be had when buying in bulk, consolidating services or elimination.”

Didone questioned whether local dealerships will be given an opportunity to bid on the sale of new cruisers and also wondered if local repair shops will lose a source of revenue if Windsor police maintains their vehicles in-house.

“There are local businesses such as mine that hold service contracts with the current department. When entering into a contract you make decisions and invest in equipment, stock and employees to uphold

our end of the agreement,” said Didone. “Will contracts like mine be upheld for the remainder of the term or will it become void in the transition? After all, I’m certain Windsor police have contracts in place for the same products and services.”

The concern of many business owners, Didone added, are even though there are savings for the municipality, will those savings be at the businesses’ expense?

“We all know that the Town of Amherstburg supports its community and local small business like no other,” he added. “Rest assured that you will have our continued support through this transition and hope that we have yours.

Didone asked what provisions will be included in the 20-year Windsor police contract to assure local small business owners will not lose revenue to businesses outside of the municipality. He also asked if local businesses can be assured “that a proportionate amount of Windsor police budgetary dollars will be spent on goods and services in this community?”

CAO John Miceli fielded both questions and said that Windsor police has its own procurement policy but the town can make recommendations to them. Miceli said the city has been good with listening to a number of issues with regards to the proposal.

“We can talk to them,” said Miceli. “I can’t guarantee anything.”

As for the second question, Miceli said local preference clauses are not legal.

Town council simply received Didone’s presentation.

Didone told the media afterword the result Monday night “is what it is” “but we’ll see what happens.”

“I’m sure they will go to bat for us so we can continue to do work out here. I hope Windsor is listening,” he added.

 

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic presents $50,000 cheque to Canadian Cancer Society

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic has given a big boost to the fight against breast cancer.

The July 13 golf tournament was held at Pointe West Golf Club and raised $50,000 for breast cancer. The official cheque presentation was held Thursday at Amherstburg Buick GMC, as the dealership helped sponsor the tournament and dealer principal Scott Elliott was one of the organizers.

“It’s great,” Jovanovski said of the final total. “I think coming into it, we didn’t know what to expect. With the support from the community, friends and partners we developed, we were able to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research. We are thrilled about that.”

Organizers and volunteers had a number in mind, the former NHL defenseman said, but exceeded it.

The official cheque presentation from July's Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society's volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

The official cheque presentation from July’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic took place Aug. 10 at Amherstburg Buick GMC. From left: committee member Andrea Sikora, Ed Jovanovski, Canadian Cancer Society’s volunteer engagement co-ordinator Theresa Blondin and dealer principal Scott Elliott.

“People are generous,” he said, adding that people are great to support causes like breast cancer research or causes relating to any other kind of illness.

“The feedback was great. We think (the tournament) went well,” he said. “We’re definitely excited.”

Jovanovski has a personal connection to breast cancer, as his mother had stage two breast cancer and is in her second year of remission. His brother Deni played an important role in organizing the tournament as well, he added.

Plans for next year’s tournament are already underway, with the second annual tournament planned for Pointe West July 20, 2018. Elliott said people will be able to get details soon at www.jovogolfclassic.com.

Elliott was also thrilled with the overall total.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “It goes to a great cause.”

Theresa Blondin, volunteer engagement co-ordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society, said breast cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in women, with 88 per cent of women surviving the disease. That said, there is still more work to be done with a cure being the main goal.

“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support,” she said, regarding the $50,000 donation.

As the money goes towards research, Blondin acknowledged that research has helped lead to early detection and that has resulted in the 88 per cent survival rate.

“Screening can save your life,” she said.

Former NHL’er aids cancer research with golf tourney


By Jolene Perron
Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership collaborated with NHL star Ed Jovanovski to host a golf tournament and raise money for cancer research.

The cause hits home for Jovanovski, who’s mother as been in remission for two years now.

“My mom had stage 2 breast cancer,” explained Jovanovski. “She battled it pretty tough for a year, but she’s now in her second year of remission. People here in Windsor did a great job. I flew in and went with her to two treatment. It takes special people to work in these places. They are upbeat people and the work that they do is amazing and whatever we can do to help, I’m more than happy to do it.”

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

Ed Jovanovski stands beside the Memorial Cup at his first annual golf tournament at Pointe West Golf Club. The tournament raised $50,000.

With his brother being a member at Pointe West Golf Club, the choice of where to hold the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was easy and Jovanovski explained their hospitality was fantastic.

The tournament raised $50,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Scott Elliott, dealer principal at Amherstburg Chevrolet said he and Jovanovski talked about having a golf tournament for a number of years but it was hard to arrange with Jovanovski playing in the NHL. Now that he has retired, timing worked out well.

“This charity was personally picked by Ed,” said Elliott. “Like any event of this size there is a lot of planning but with the help of Ed’s brother Deni and volunteers everybody has worked hard to put on this event. The public have received the event well. We had a 144 golfers and the tournament was full within three weeks of announcing the tournament in April.”

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Steve Matoski (left) and Dale Lamoureux get ready in their golf cart for the tournament to start July 13.

Elliott said he coached Jovanovski at the pee wee level in Windsor Minor Hockey AAA and has been friends with the family ever since.

Winners of the golf tournament were Aaron Ekblad, Kerby Rychel, Ryan Wilson and Greg Mullins with a score of -18.

“We have a lot of great deal of support here in town and everyone is so generous, you can see that by the turnout, it’s going to be talked about,” said Jovanovski. “It’s a good spot and we’re looking forward for many years to come.”

General Amherst, Amherstburg GM team up to raise $10,000 for school

 

 

By Danica Skakavac

 

For the third year in a row, General Amherst has raised the maximum amount of $10,000 in the Buick Drive for Your students test drive event.

The announcement was posted via Twitter, proudly stating that General Amherst once again raised the maximum amount of money. The cheque presentation occurred at the school June 13.

The first time this event was held was in October 2015. The $10,000 that was raised at the May 13 event at Amherstburg GMC Buick will go towards funding for many of the school clubs and organizations, depending on what club participating students and adults were representing or wanted their money to go towards. There is a variety of different programs and any club or program was open for people to donate to. People had the option of donating their $20 to the program, club or sports team of their choice.

A Buick Drive for your Students event at Amherstburg GMC raised $10,000 for General Amherst, with the cheque being presented last Tuesday. Back row (from left): Amherstburg GM finance manage Doug Davis, service manager Don Butcher, teacher Greg Scott, Amherstburg GM co-owners Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin. Students in the front with cheque are Jackie Wismer, Brooklyn Prescott, Noah Barron, Emily Pontini and Carly Renaud.

A Buick Drive for your Students event at Amherstburg GMC raised $10,000 for General Amherst, with the cheque being presented last Tuesday. Back row (from left): Amherstburg GM finance manage Doug Davis, service manager Don Butcher, teacher Greg Scott, Amherstburg GM co-owners Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin. Students in the front with cheque are Jackie Wismer, Brooklyn Prescott, Noah Barron, Emily Pontini and Carly Renaud.

Programs, clubs and sports teams that will get a piece of the pie include parent council, girls basketball, boys soccer, boys hockey, girls hockey, senior football, fit spirit run, the band, the prom, girls volleyball, boys basketball, girls slo-pitch, student council, eco-club, Doghouse Drama, track and field, curling, golf, dance, tennis, wrestling, boys baseball and senior boys volleyball.

Typically, not a lot of students show up but it is not uncommon to see a grade twelve student participating and sometimes even former students or those who were involved in coaching in the programs, said teacher Greg Scott. Fifteen of Scott’s fitness and leadership students put on the event.

Scott added the event usually gets a lot of support and action from the community, mainly parents whose children attend the school and are part of an extra-curricular activity.

“The best part of the event was seeing the number of people from the community who continue to get involved with the school and are always interested in helping the school raise the money. They allow our school to be as successful as it is,” said Scott. “I’d like to thank the people of Amherstburg for coming out and supporting the event again.”

Scott Elliott, owner of Amherstburg GMC Buick with business partner Mike Bezzoubkin, said they have now helped raise $35,000 through Buick test drive events for General Amherst High School.

The next Buick Drive for Your Students test drive event is scheduled for Oct. 14.

Local schools hold test drive events in conjunction with local dealerships

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Local schools stand to benefit after test drive events run in conjunction with Amherstburg car dealerships.

General Amherst High School was the latest to have a test drive event, holding a Buick Drive for your Students event May 13 at Amherstburg GM. Greg Scott, the fitness and leadership teacher, explained that it was the third such event run in conjunction with Amherstburg GM and that this one was put on by 15 of the students in that class.

“They are implementing the skills they learned on how to run an event,” said Scott.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Those who filled out a form and took a test drive got to donate to the club or team of their choice. The goal was $10,000.

“It’s been going pretty well,” he said. “People have been coming in and taking test drives.”

Students were out trying to raise awareness, and money, at local businesses including No Frills, Movati, Canadian Tire and Sobeys with people at those businesses encouraged to come out and take a test drive.

Scott said the other 15 students in the fitness and leadership class helped sign people out for the Run for Rocky, the result of that being that General Amherst won for having the most participation of any school. Their prize will be a June 2 pizza celebration.

“Kids in the class are getting a lot of practical experience running events and experience troubleshooting at something like this,” said Scott.

Students Alexis DeCarlo and Rachel Shiells said there was a lot of work done to prepare for last Saturday’s event. They promoted it through the school and by passing out flyers around the community. They also used social media to make people aware of it.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

Amherstburg Public School was hoping to raise $6,000 at a Drive One for UR School test drive fundraiser two days earlier. That was run in partnership with Joe Meloche Ford.

“This is for the entire school,” said organizer and JK/SK teacher Aubrey Charlton. “Joe Meloche Ford assisted us.”

Charlton said they sent forms home with every student and hoped they would be returned. She explained that different programs and departments around Amherstburg Public School could benefit. That would include new gym equipment, technology and other supplies.

“We’re not asking for money from families. We’re just asking them to fill out forms,” said Charlton.

Charlton added that Ford of Canada has donated $4 million to Canadian schools.