ROUNDUP | Top Fort Erie news stories from February 2-15, 2024

Peruse Fort Erie news headlines below spanning February 2, 2024, to February 15, 2024, as presented on today’s new episode of “The Fort Erie Podcast”. Titles link to the original sources.

EJ Freeland Community Centre pool closed due to mechanical issue
The EJ Freeland Community Centre pool in Fort Erie closed temporarily due to a mechanical issue, resulting in the cancellation of all swimming programs and lessons.

Town of Fort Erie seeks public input on Neighbourhood Traffic Calming Studies
The Town of Fort Erie is conducting traffic studies on Concession, Farr, and Washington Roads to explore ways to make the streets safer for everyone. They invite residents to provide feedback through an online survey (letstalk.forterie.ca) to help shape the traffic calming solutions.

Man from Fort Erie charged with impaired driving after altercation at ice shack
A 29-year-old Fort Erie man was arrested on Lake Nipissing for impaired operation of a snowmobile following a drunken altercation at an ice shack. He faces charges, has a suspended license, and will appear in court later this month.

Fuel thief’s cross-region crime spree ends in guilty plea: Fort Erie among affected areas
A Niagara man involved in a gas theft spree across the region was arrested and has been sentenced to 90 days in jail (adjusted for time served) followed by two years of probation. The suspect, driving a blue BMW, stole fuel and used stolen license plates during the thefts.

Council greenlights 2024 budget with 5.5 per cent tax increase
Fort Erie Town Council approved the 2024 budget, resulting in a 5.5 per cent increase to the town’s portion of residential property taxes. The budget supports strategic priorities like healthcare, quality of life, economic development, and infrastructure, with notable capital projects including the Gibson Centre expansion and storm sewer replacement.

Lack of space threatens popular Easter giveaway program in Fort Erie
The Niagara Area Children’s Assistance Program desperately needs a permanent location to operate its aid programs after years of relying on volunteers’ homes and temporary solutions. The lack of space is jeopardizing the charity’s ability to meet the rising demand for assistance, especially with the current cost of living crisis, and may force them to cancel their popular Easter program this year.

Savoury and sweet delights await as Wing HQ and Loukoumades Puffs set to open
A new culinary destination is opening in Fort Erie this Thursday, featuring Wing HQ (specializing in chicken wings and more) and Loukoumades Puffs (offering Greek honey puffs and other sweet treats). This promises a unique combination of savoury and sweet options for local diners.

Meteors are “frontrunners for the Sutherland Cup,” says Beamish
With playoffs quickly approaching, the Fort Erie Meteors hold third place in the GOJHL’s Golden Horseshoe Conference, their eyes set on the Sutherland Cup. Rookie forward Liam Beamish emphasized the team’s championship aspirations and praised the team’s coaches for their turnaround efforts.

Free solar eclipse glasses now available, donations encouraged
Fort Erie is offering residents free solar eclipse glasses for the upcoming April 8th eclipse. Supplies are limited, and the town encourages donations of non-perishable goods when picking up glasses.

Developer proposes 119 units on part of former Ridgeway high school land
A development proposal could bring 119 new housing units to the former Ridgeway-Crystal Beach High School property in Fort Erie. Nearby residents expressed concerns about traffic, infrastructure, and school capacity, while developers emphasized the need for diverse and affordable housing options.

Driver arrested after man struck by SUV following Dufferin Street altercation
A Fort Erie man faces charges after intentionally striking a pedestrian with an SUV following an argument. The victim suffered serious, life-altering injuries, and the suspect was arrested and remains in custody.

Updated Fort Erie tree removal bylaw includes hefty fines for rule breakers
Fort Erie has updated its tree bylaw to protect the town’s tree canopy. Residents will now generally require permits to remove mature trees, with replacement planting or fees mandated, and stiff fines for those who violate the rules.

K9 Unit, Emergency Task Unit deployed during domestic incident in Ridgeway
A 25-year-old male of no fixed address faces multiple charges after a domestic incident in Ridgeway. Police responded to the scene, secured a warrant, and arrested the suspect without incident.

Green Acres Family Restaurant set to reopen after annual break
Fort Erie’s popular Green Acres Family Restaurant is reopening on February 21st after its annual break. The restaurant, known for its classic Canadian dishes and friendly service, has been a local favorite since 1961.

Reconstruction of Fort Erie tennis courts to go ahead
Council initiated the reconstruction of four tennis courts at Oakes Park, emphasizing that the new agreement prioritizes public use while still accommodating the Fort Erie Tennis Club’s activities. Despite cost concerns raised by some council members, the project aims to restore the park’s courts to their former quality.

Students and staff stand united for Pink Shirt Day
The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is preparing for Pink Shirt Day on February 28th, encouraging students and staff to wear pink as a symbol against bullying and a celebration of diversity. This movement began in Nova Scotia to support a student bullied for wearing pink and now enjoys global participation to foster kindness and inclusivity.

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