October 25 - Serving Cabbagetown & the downtown east area

The death of Nighisti Semret
Cabbagetown residents are deeply distressed by the horrible attack on Nighisti Semret this week.  Her death is an awful tragedy – made more so as we learn more about her quiet, dignified life. 
As you can see in the photograph, individual people have been leaving small mementos in her honour in the lane where she was killed. 
There’s a memorial service being organized for tonight, Thursday October 25, at the laneway at Winchester and Ontario at 6:30 pm.  A tree will be planted nearby in her memory.
The Toronto Star’s Rosie Dimanno has written a profile of Ms Semret’s life in Thursday’s Star which you can read here.  The CBC has a report about police findings and descriptions of the suspected killer here.  Toronto Police quickly released a short video of the suspect following Ms Semret which you can see here.
Finally, Toronto Police have issued a press release urging residents to use extra caution until the suspect is caught.  They ask that “Anyone with information … contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.”
The Don Vale Cabbagetown Residents Association is now spearheading a Town Hall meeting in the near future with officers from 51 Division.  They plan to include representatives from all of our community and business groups as well as the general public.  When details are known, we’ll announce them here.
 
The news for this week.
 
Fine Italian Wines at JAMcafe
Av Atikian has a few spaces left for tonight’s tasting event featuring 25 rare Italian varietals.  You can see the full list of wines at his website.  http://www.jamcafe.net/events This is a rare opportunity to taste wines that are seldom found here – from Calabria, Friuli, Emilia Romagna, Piemonte, Puglia, Sicily, Toscana, Sardegna, and Veneto.  As always, Av will offer complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  Call (416) 921-1255 to reserve.  6 to 9:30 pm.  $40.  195 Carlton.
 
Don’t miss your chance
Riverdale Farm (Winchester & Sumach) hosts its last Farmer’s Market of the season on Tuesday from 3 pm.  Next Wednesday is also the deadline for replies for the CPA’s survey seeking your opinions about their future policies and plans.
 
Welcome Cabbagetown Brew
For over a year, we’ve watched as work progressed at 552 Parliament.  The renovations to this building were done nicely and we knew that a small café was planned as part of the job.
Pat and Steve Catucci are operating Cabbagetown Brew, a café with a definite Italian menu.  We don’t have this kind of relaxed, informal café elsewhere so they’ve brought us a unique idea that looks like a promising addition to our neighbourhood.  They have lots of coffee choices plus several panini, seven kinds of gelato, pastries and cakes.   The room is done in white tile and equipped with big arm chairs and lots of cushions.  Very comfy.
 
Scary-oke at Alice’s Place
Alice's Place (554 Parliament) has been open and successfully running for a year on November 1.  Be sure to drop in for her Hallowe’en Scary-oke party on Wednesday, October 31, any time after 9 pm – she’s got treats and prizes for people who comes in a costume.  No cover.  She’s also got a busy schedule ahead – karaoke every Wednesday from 9 pm to 2 am and Sundays from 4 to 9 pm.  On Fridays, she’s hosting Scotch tastings  with four different beverages each week.  Her kitchen has light snacks and pub food available including fish ‘n chips and chicken fingers.  Thursdays are her wing special days – a pound of chicken wings plus 20 oz of beer for $12.50.  You can learn more and follow all of this on Facebook
 
Congratulations again to Linda Spalding
Ms Spalding’s novel, The Purchase, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. This is her second big nomination for her book – she’s also been listed for a 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award.   A Cabbagetown resident, Ms Spalding is a member of Brick magazine’s editorial board and the author of The Follow. 
 
Wow – a chili cook-off
Wonderful idea!  Save the date – Sunday November 4, 1 to 4 pm, 204 Seaton (between Gerrard and Dundas.)  You can take part in this outstanding event in two ways – be a cook or be a judge.  For $10, you register, taste the good stuff and enjoy an adult (or non-adult) beverage. The money goes to the sponsors, the Cabbagetown South Residents Association.  There are guidelines that must be followed by all chili chefs.  Each chef gets a unique number, a food station and cups, spoons and paper towels.  To register and to learn the rules, contact Jennifer Walker here.
 
Hallowe’en reminders
 
Carve a pumpkin at the HOP
The House on Parliament (454 Parliament) invites everyone to a pumpkin carving on Thursday October 25 from 3 pm.  Bring you kids.  Enjoy some yummy munchies and a pleasant adult beverage.
 
Stout’s Hallowe’en party
Spin the wheel of misfortune.  Play the games.  Win a prize for your costume.  All the Great Lakes beer brands at $5.  It all happens at Stout Irish Pub (221 Carlton) on Saturday October 27 from 8 pm.  Tickets are $10.
 
Pumpkin carving & Cavalcade of Jack O’Lanterns
Cabbagetown South is going to have a busy Hallowe’en season.
Carve a pumpkin to get ready for the big night - Sunday October 28 from 1 to 4 pm at 204 Seaton Street.  It’s a fun family event with carving, crafts, games, loot bags and more.  Wear a costume.  Please register so they know how many pumpkins to order.  $5 per carver to cover the cost of the pumpkins.
Put your carving masterpiece on your doorstep on Hallowe’en evening and let your neighbours soak up your good work.  The best of the best will be photographed and used as an inspiration for next year’s event.  No red tape, no big deal – just put our your pumpkin and enjoy yourself.  Cabbagetown South is organizing the Cavalcade and you can get more info here.
 
Boo Barn at Riverdale Farm
A Hallowe’en treat for kids ages 3 to 10.  It includes a haunted barn, a pumpkin patch and a chance to buy and carve your own pumpkin right on the spot.  Wear a costume to make it even better.  Saturday October 27 and Sunday October 28, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Bring a non-perishable food gift for a food bank donation.
 
Congrat’s to the CYC dancers
Here are three little videos celebrating the CYC’s cheering team that took part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.  They won an honourable mention and the $1000 prize for the CYC in the Neighbourhood Challenge for their efforts supporting the runners.