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News & Notes 2018
Updated 2018-12-31

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Contents
Wecome Back, Naida! (2018/12/31)
New Years Eve Outing - KaffeeKlatsch 4 Jan (2018/12/28)
Garage Update 2018/12/22 (2018/12/28)
Joan Curtis Deceased 2018/12/22 (2018/12/23)
Exercises Resume 3 January (2018/12/20)
Ruth Charters Deceased 2018/12/20 (2018/12/20)
2018 Holiday Party Photos (2018/12/18)
Monday Night Movies Resume 7 Jan 2019 (2018/12/15)
Condolences to Naida (2018/12/12)
Committee Meeting Date Change (2018/12/12)
M&R Christmas Party 11 Dec. 2018 (2018/12/01)
New Years Eve 2018 Outing (2018/11/29)
More on Garage Repairs (2018/11/29)
Social Room Heating (2018/11/29)
Book Club Meeting 27 Nov 2018 (2018/11/29)
Beware Rogers Survey Scam (2018/11/23)
Hugging is Healthy (2018/11/22)
Nov. Committee Meeting Postponed to 11 Dec. (2018/11/18)
Thanks Jun, our Miracle Man (2018/11/14)
Awesome Aubrey (2018/11/12)
2018 Flu Shots at Pharmasave Walk-In Clinic (2018/11/10)
Clocks Fall Back One Hour Saturday Night 3 Nov. (2018/11/02)
Residents Association Founder Hit With Cancer (2018/11/02)
Front Entrance Open (2018/11/02)
Garage Repair Update (2018/10/31)
2018 Halloween (2018/11/02)
Port Hope Outing 28 Oct 2018 (2018/10/31)
Fire Alarm (2018/10/01)
Garage Repair Update (2018/09/26)
Book Club Meeting 25 September 2018 (2018/09/25)
Kaffee Klatsch Friday Mornings (2018/09/19)
Marcheleo's BBQ for Sick Kids Raises $1800 (2018/09/17)
Second Hand Sunday, 30 Sept 2018 (2018/08/30)
Mahjong (2018/08/30)
Meet & Greet Update (2018/08/30)
Social Activities Update (2018/08/27)
Book Club (2018/08/28)
Marcheleo's BBQ for Sick Kids (2018/08/27)
Thanks to Elizabeth, Pastry Chef Par Excellence (2018/08/26)
August Committee Meeting Cancelled (2018/08/26)
Garage Repair Update (2018/08/20)
WD 40 vs Pigeons(2018/08/10)
2018 BBQ (2018/08/01)
Thanks to Cecile for André Rieu Movie (2018/07/28)
Social Room Availability (2018/07/19)
Building Maintenance Never Stops (2018/07/17)
More on Garage Repairs (2018/07/17)
Exercise DVD Photos (2018/07/16)
Hallway Light Fixtures Being Replaced (2018/07/14)
The Brain-Changing Effects of Exercise (2018/07/12)
Social Activities Schedule Update 2018/07/30
Tai-Chi in Action (2018/07/09)
Meet & Greet Coffee Hour 29 June 2018 (2018/06/24)
Residents Committee Meeting Postponed (2018/06/24)
Sequence, a Fascinating Game (2018/06/24)
Movie Darkest Hour (2018/06/24)
Garage Repair Progress (2018/06/24)

Social Activities Schedule Update (2018/06/24)
Invitation to Meet & Greet Fridays (2018/06/20)
Vera Kardos Celebration of Life 2018/07/08 (2018/06/19)
Book Club Launched (2018/06/19)
Exercise Room TV (2018/06/19)
Invitation to the Social Room Opening 9 June (2018/06/08)
Air Conditioning Now On (2018/06/07)
More on Garage Repair Progress (2018/06/07)
Laundry Washroom Towel Dispenser (2018/05/11)
Social Activities Schedule Approved (2018/05/10)
Garage Repair Progress (2018/05/03)
Eglinton / Don Mills Intersection
Marcheleo's Now Open!
Windows 10 Update Woes
Parcel Locker Suggestion
Irene French Obituary
Is there an EV charger in your future?
Toilet Paper Hand Towels in Laundry Washroom
'Bye bye Warm Hallways
Welcome Marta
Thanks for Warm Hallways
New #45 Superintendents
Eddie Oliveira Departure Reception 26 Jan 2018
George and Eileen Retirement Reception 24 Jan 2018
George and Eileen Retirement Invitation 24 Jan 2018
Dr. O'Connor Baby Born 10 January 2018
Adieu 2017
Paper Towel Dispensers
2020 News & Notes
2019 News & Notes
2017 News & Notes
2016 News & Notes


Wecome Back, Naida! (2018/12/31)
Naida is back from the Phillipines, where her father died in early December, aged 97. Naida says his aim was to reach 100, but he fell just a bit short.
Her mother is 93 and Naida's sister feeds her liquified food five times a day.
Good to see you back, Naida.
Happy New Year to you and your family from your Wynford Tower neighbours.
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New Years Eve 2018 Outing; KaffeeKlatsch Resumes 4 Jan (2018/12/28)
Cecile reminds us from Bermuda that some residents are planning a New Year's Eve outing to see the movie at 4 PM Monday, 31 Dec. 2018, of André Rieu's 2019 New Year's concert in Sydney, Australia, followed by New Year's Eve dinner and music at the Sorento restaurant.
KaffeeKlatsch will resume at 10 AM Friday 4 January 2019.
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Garage Update 2018/12/22 (2018/12/28)

Just in time for the holidays, the front driveway is open.


The ramp to and from the front door.


The front driveway curves around to the outdoor parking lot, and the sidewalks are ready to be poured.


The east driveway has the Do Not Enter sign re-installed, and there is a ramp to the east entrance.


The base is laid for the area to the east of the front driveway and for the garden to the west, and for the sidewalk.
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Joan Curtis Deceased 2018/12/22 (2018/12/23)
Our condolences to the family and friends of Joan Curtis, formerly of apartment 604, who died early morning Saturday 22 December, at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Email from Myrna McKinley 2018-12-23, 9:07 AM
Good Morning Bill,
We also have a death of a former tenant Joan Curtis who was in Apt 604 for many years, until she went over to a Seniors residence on Mt Pleasant, a year or so ago. Joan passed away in the early hours of yesterday, at Sunnybrook Hospital.
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Exercises Resume 3 January (2018/12/20)
The Wynford Tower exercise activity is suspended for the holiday season and will resume at 1 PM Thursday 3 Jan 2019 in the Social Room.
Residents wishing to work off excess baggage accumulated from holiday festivities are welcome to use the exercise DVD's available in the Social Room.
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Ruth Charters Deceased 2018/12/20 (2018/12/20)
Our condolences to the family and friends of Ruth Charters of Apartment 309, who died 20 December 2018 at Scarborough General Hospital.
Our thanks to Navo Chinoy for sending us this information.

Email from Navo Chinoy 20 December 2018:
Please add this sad news to your newsletter. This morning Ruth Charters #309 passed away at the Scarborough General Hospital.
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2018 Holiday Party Photos (2018/12/18)
The traditional M&R Holiday Party for 2018 took place in the lobby and lobby lounge Tuesday, 1 December from 6 to 8 PM. Some photos of the festivities are on page 2018 Holiday Party Photos
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Monday Night Movies Resume 7 Jan 2019 (2018/12/15)
An email from our movie man, Aubrey Harmes, 15 December 2018.

As XMAS approaches and many will be travelling, we are cancelling our Monday Night Movies until Monday January 7th 2019 when we will be showing Mama Mia 2.The second movie.
Brenda and I wish all our movie friends our best wishes for the Festive Season and look forward to seeing you again on January 7th 2019.

Enjoy the Holidays...….
Aubrey Harmes.
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Condolences to Naida (2018/12/12)
On behalf of Wynford Tower residents we extend condolences to our helpful superintendant / rental agent Naida Robles, whose father died in early December. Naida is with her family in the Phillipines until late December.
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Committee Meeting Date Change (2018/12/12)
Because the M&R Holiday Party is on 11 December and Arnold is away until after mid December, the Residents Committee meeting scheduled for 11 Dec 2018 is rescheduled to 7:30 PM Tuesday 8 January, in the Social Room.
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New Years Eve 2018 Outing (2018/11/29)
Some residents are planning a New Year's Eve outing to see the movie at 4 PM Monday, 31 Dec. 2018, of André Rieu's 2019 New Year's concert in Sydney, Australia, followed by dinner at an elegant restaurant (which not yet decided).

If you are interested in participating in this New Year's eve outing, give a call to Cecile at 647-352-4696.
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M&R Christmas Party 11 Dec. 2018 (2018/12/01)
The annual M&R Christmas Party will be held in the lobby from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday 11 December 2018. All Wynford Tower residents are invited.
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More on Garage Repairs (2018/11/29)

Preparing to pour curbs for sidewalks, gardens and the driveway.


The B level garage has a few cars in the south side, but much work remains to be done.


The south side of the SB level garage is a work in progress, but the north side seems to be done.
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Social Room Heating (2018/11/29)
Since our newly renovated Social Room was opened in June 2018 the fans on the heating/cooling units have not worked, so the room is hot in hot weather and cold in cold weather.

Last Monday (24 Nov) the fan was working in the kitchen, so the kitchen was warm and a bit of heat spilled over to the main room.

Thursday (29 Nov 2018) the kitchen fan seemed to be no longer working.

Friday (30 Nov), the kitchen was quite warm when I went for exercises at 1 PM. The fan on the heater was running very silently and producing a small air flow which seemed to have done the trick. Then about 1:05 PM it began to make a loud scraping sound. Tried to turn it off using the thermostat but no response, so found Jun who opened it up and shut it off, somehow.

Presumably these fans are the same as the fans in our apartments that keep us warm or cool. Hard to understand why it is so difficult to get them working in the Social Room.
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Book Club Meeting 27 Nov 2018 (2018/11/29)
Six members of the Wynford Tower Book Club met in the Social Room at 1 PM Tuesday, 27 November 2018. Each member had selected a character of special interest from the novel "A Gentleman in Moscow", and a lively discussion took place.

Marg told the group that she will be unable to continue as leader because of her on-going health issues.

Cecile tells me that the book to be discussed at the next meeting is The House Girl, by Tara Conklin, an awesome novel about a house girl slave in 1850's Virgina who ran twice, and a 21st century New York lawyer searching for a slave descendant to act in a class action suit.

Also on the list is All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, a wonderful novel about a blind French girl in WWII.

Both books have more copies than holds at Toronto Public Library, so they should be easy to borrow.

The next meeting will late January 2019, date to be confirmed. Stay tuned.
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Beware Rogers Survey Scam (2018/11/23)
About mid October I filled in an online survey about my Rogers experience, and was given a choice of some gifts to receive. I chose a health pill (which turned out to be two). I gave my credit card number to cover shipping - oh Gullible me! I took the pills for a month and saw no effect, so I decided that I had no interest in another batch.

Yesterday I received another two bottles, so I checked my Visa account, which showed a charge of $236.59 Nov. 3 and $253.69 Nov 21. The new package included phone numbers to cancel my subscription, which I had not realized I had. Turns out that the "gift" was actually a 14 day trial, after which I was billed the full amount Nov. 3 for the first set, then the full amount plus shipping for the second set. They told me I could cancel my subscription and return the second set for a 50% refund, which I have now done.

So it appears that my gullibility will cost me something in the order of $360, if the refund actually happens.

So my message is: DO NOT ACCEPT "GIFTS" FROM ROGERS SURVEYS! Or if you do, be sure to read the fine print and cancel within 14 days if you do not wish to continue ordering.
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Hugging is Healthy (2018/11/22)
A thought from Cecile

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November Committee Meeting Postponed to 11 December (2018/11/18)
The November meeting of the Wynford Tower Residents Committee is postponed to 7:30 PM Tuesday 11 December, because Arnold is away.
2018/11/29: Turns out that the 2018 M&R Christmas Party is to be 11 Dec, so the committee date will have to be revisited. Stay tuned.
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Thanks Jun, our Miracle Man (2018/11/14)
Yesterday afternoon I used the plunger to get the bathroom sink draining freely, then thought I should have a go at the left hand kitchen sink, which seemed to drain more slowly than the right hand sink. Big mistake! In short order I had both drains clogged completely and many efforts with hot water, baking soda and vinegar had no effect. Finally, about 3 PM, I admitted defeat and went to the office for help. Jun happened to be there and said he would be happy to help, but was it okay to get lunch first? Of course!

About 4:30 Jun arrived with a bucket and a device that looked like a multi-layered sink plunger. He put it on the RH sink drain, added some hot water, held the LH strainer closed with his left hand, and gave one plunge with the miracle plunger. Eh voilà, both sinks drained fast and furiously.

Many thanks to Jun, our Miracle Man.
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Awesome Aubrey (2018/11/12)
Sunday evening 11 November Aubrey Harmes, our Wynford Tower Movie Man, was at the movie "Sully", despite having had a heart valve replaced at Sunnybrook two days earlier, on Friday, 9 November. Awesome!
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2018 Flu Shots at Pharmasave Walk-In Clinic (2018/11/10)
Flu shots, both standard dose and high dose (see The Flu, Ontario) are available in the walk-in clinic at the Wynford Heights Pharmasave from 10 AM to 5 PM Mon-Fri, and 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday.
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Clocks Fall Back One Hour Saturday Night 3 November (2018/11/02)
Clocks fall back one hour during Saturday night 3 November 2018 as we revert to Standard Time for the next few months.
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Residents Association Founder Hit With Cancer (2018/11/02)
Roosevelt Robinson, founder of the Wynford Tower Residents Association, informed us yesterday that a biopsy performed recently showed the growth to be malignant. He is to start treatment shortly. Our very best wishes to Roose for a speedy recovery.
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Front Entrance Open / Closed (2018/11/24)

The front entrance opened a few weeks ago for pedestrians and pickup / dropoff. Now it is closed again, but the front door can be used via a walkway from the east driveway.


A ramp to the front door was open from the front entryway. Now the ramp is from the east driveway (as it was a few weeks ago).


The drilling continues near the front wall of the building.
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Garage Repair Update (2018/10/31)

Rebar mostly installed 9 October 2018.


East end holes still to be worked on 12 October 2018.


Front area holes filled 12 October 2018.


Front area holes filled 12 October 2018.


Esat end holes rebarred. Plywood on the bottom of the hole suppports new concrete until dry.
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Port Hope Outing 28 Oct 2018 (2018/10/31)
A dozen Wynford Tower residents drove to Port Hope Sunday 28 October 2018, leaving about 10 AM, to shop, lunch and view the play "Wait Until Dark" at 2 PM at the Capital Arts Centre. Cecile says the excursion, a team effort suggested by Carole Weiner, was a totally awesome outing.
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Fire Alarm (2018/10/01)
The first fire alarm of 2018 (in fact the first since April 2017) occurred at 12:30 AM Monday 1 October. Toronto Fire arrived about 12:45 and announced shortly thereafter that there was no sign of fire in the garage where the alarm was activated, and that residents should stay in their suites. Interesting to watch the lobby activity on the TV lobby channel.
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Garage Repair Update (2018/09/26)
A notice from M&R gives the garage repair phase 2 timeline starting 20 August 2018 as:
        20 Aug - 7 Sep: Remove landscaping and pavement.
        12 Sep - 19 Oct: Cement trucks on site for concrete repairs.
        22 Oct - 19 Nov: Concrete curing - no machinery on site.

Some photos taken during September 2018 repairs.

Our former front patio is now holy.


Our former driveway in front of the building is now holy also.


The holiness extends almost to the street. Who knew the garage went so far?


Large rocks saved for re-installation later.


Temporary east and front entryways.


Temporary on-street parking and entry for cars and pedestrians.

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Book Club Meeting 25 September 2018 (2018/09/25)
The Wynford Tower Book Club met Tuesday 25 September for a discussion of the book "The German Girl". Many had not read "A Gentleman in Moscow", so it was decided to postpone its discussion until the next meeting at 1 PM Tuesday 23 October 2018 in the Social Room.
Contact: Marg Lynn, 416-441-2134, marglynn@wblynn.ca
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Kaffee Klatsch Friday Mornings (2018/09/19)
The Friday morning Meet & Greet from 10 AM to 12 Noon has been renamed the Kaffee Klatsch. Last week 16 residents enjoyed coffee and conversation about topics and possible outings of interest.
Contact Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696, cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com, or
Siobhan (Chiffon) Mulrooney, 416-331-9332, smm188haha@icloud.com.
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Marcheleo's BBQ for Sick Kids Raises $1800 (2018/09/17)
Lisa Kelleher of Marcheleo's Marketplace advised us today that they raised $1800 for the Hospital for Sick Children at their first charity barbeque 26 August 2018.
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Second Hand Sunday, 30 September 2018 (2018/08/30)
Second Hand Sunday is happening outside your home and you're invited!

Sunday, September 30th is your chance to share any unwanted, reusable items. Simply leave them at your curb for your neighbours to take for free. Then, take a look through the neighbourhood. That thing your neighbour no longer wants could be exactly what you need.

Please place your secondhand items on the curb by 9am. The event will run until 5pm.

Secondhand Sunday will be hosted throughout the City of Toronto. Please contact us if you would to help bring the event to your neighbourhood! SecondHandSunday.ca

Supporters:
Councillor Joe Mihevc, City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 21
Green Neighbours 21, Local Grassroots Environmental Organization
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Mahjong (2018/08/30)
Four residents gathered in the Social Room Wednesday evening 29 August 2018 as a kickoff for a Mahjong group (American style). Final scheduling has not yet been decided.
For info contact Carole Weiner at 416-386-1428.
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Meet & Greet Update (2018/08/30)
The Meet & Greet Coffee Time from 10 AM 'til 12 Noon Fridays is evolving. Residents are invited to join in to discuss diverse topics and interests, including Annie's current affairs ideas.
Contact Cecile Fitzgerald at 647-352-4696 or Siobhan Mulrooney at 416-331-9332.
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Marcheleo's BBQ for Sick Kids (2018/08/30)
On Monday 27 August 2018, Marcheleo's Marketplace held a barbeque, offering funds matching purchases to aid the Sick Children's hospital. A number of Wynford Tower residents enjoyed the event at 2 PM. Those of us who were busy at that time and went after 5 PM found that the food was sold out. We assume that means the BBQ was a success.
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Social Activities Update (2018/08/27)
The Social Room is available for use by Wynford Tower residents from 9 AM to 10 PM daily, except:
  12-1 PM weekdays (staff lunch)
  9 AM - Noon every second Wednesday (M&R management meeting).
  When reserved for special events, for all residents or for private functions.
The room is normally locked when not in use. For access, ask the concierge or a superintendent to open the door.

Currently scheduled activities, open to all, are as follows (unscheduled times shown as Games are available for individual or group use):

  10-11 AM Monday: Tai-Chi Instruction
  10-11 AM Tuesday – Thursday: Tai-Chi Practice
  Contact Roosevelt Robinson, 647-237-7494, rooserob1@gmail.com

  10 AM - 12 Noon Friday: Meet & Greet Coffee Time
  Contact Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696, cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com
  or Siobhan Mulrooney, 416-331-9332, smm188haha@icloud.com

  1-3 PM Monday, Thursday, Friday: Exercises (Saturday discontinued)
  Contact Bill Lynn, 416-441-2134, wblynn@wblynn.ca

  1-3 PM 4th Tuesday: Book Club
  Contact Marg Lynn, 416-441-2134, marglynn@wblynn.ca

  1-3 PM Alternate Wednesdays: Current Affairs / Crochet & Knitting
  Current Affairs Contact: Annie Peshmann, 416-587-1094, anniepes42@gmail.com
  Crochet & Knitting Contact: Mari Horgan, 416-491-4033, mari.horgan@sympatico.ca

  7-10 PM Thursdays: Bridge (starting in the fall)
  Contact Linda Vir, 647-343-6077, lvir@rogers.com

  7-10 PM Saturdays: Social Evening on Special Occasions such as Valentines Day.
  Contact Roosevelt Robinson, 647-237-7494, rooserob1@gmail.com

  7:30- 9:30 PM Sundays: Movie
  Contact Aubrey Harmes, 647-358-9838, aharmes@rogers.com
  or Brenda Harrison, 416-382-0485, brendajh55@gmail.com

Note: If you are interested in playing Mahjong (American style), please contact Carole Weiner at 416-386-1428.

The latest schedule update is at Social Activities Schedule
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Book Club (2018/08/28)
The Wynford Tower Book Club met at 1 PM Tuesday 28 August 2018 in the Social Room, with nine residents present. Ruth led a lively discussion about the book "Without Reservations" by Alice Steinbach, followed by discussion of some short stories from "The Avalon Journal" by James T. Treliving, led by Roosevelt.

The next meeting will take place at 1 PM Tuesday 25 September, when the books "A German Girl" by Armando Lucas Correa, suggested by Marg and "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, suggested by several participants, will be discussed.
Toronto Public Library:
   The German Girl: 109 copies, 65 holds
   A Gentleman in Moscow: 119 copies, 621 holds
Amazon.ca
   The German Girl: Prime: $22.32, incl 2 day shipping; Book Depository CA: $20.32, free shipping, Sep 10-20
   A Gentleman in Moscow: Prime: $28.40, incl 2 day shipping; Virtual_Books: $26.73 w shipping, Sep 6-14

Contact: Marg Lynn at 416-441-2134 or marglynn@wblynn.ca.
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Thanks to Elizabeth, Pastry Chef Par Excellence (2018/08/26)
Many thanks to long-time resident Elizabeth Cameron who regularly supplies yummy pastries such as tarts, muffins and bundt cake, for the Friday morning Meet & Greet Coffee Time (10 AM - 12 Noon Fridays in the Social Room).


Some of the folks partaking of goodies Friday 24 August 2018.
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August Committee Meeting Cancelled (2018/08/26)
The August committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 is cancelled. The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, 25 September 2018.
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Garage Repair Update (2018/08/20)

Outdoor parking lot lines being painted, and with numbers on all spots. The waste disposal area is redone in concrete.


The entire front entry and yard is being completely replaced, presumably to stop
leaks in the garage below. Little did we realize the work involved in garage repairs.

Front patio being dug up.
While work progresses, a temporary walkway gives access to the street via the driveway of the outdoor parking lot.
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WD 40 vs Pigeons (2018/08/10)
A month or two ago we sprayed WD40 on our balcony railing. There was no evidence of pigeons until a week or so ago, when some droppings were noted. We therefore cleaned off the droppings and sprayed the railing again. This morning, with the balcony door open to let in the beautiful breeze, my good lady told me that there is a noticeable odour from the balcony (my sense of smell deserted me long ago). She says the odour is not unpleasant, but definitely there.
So it appears that WD40 does repel pigeons until the odour wears off in a month or two, but the odour is noticeable to humans also.
Update 20190830: We saw a pigeon parading on our balcony railing just a few days after the latest WD40 treatment, so perhaps WD40 is not the final solution to the pigeon problem, although none have appeared in the last 10 days.
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2018 BBQ (2018/08/01)
The annual M&R BBQ was held on the front patio from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday 1 August 2018 in balmy weather. Following are just a few photos of the occasion.


Our thanks for a sumptuous repast to M&R management and to our superintendents
Jun and Naida, back from vacation just in time to oversee the event.
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Thanks to Cecile for André Rieu Movie (2018/07/28)
A few weeks ago, our Meet & Greet Coffee Time coordinator Cecile Fitzgerald suggested that residents might enjoy the movie André Rieu's 2018 Maastricht Concert, "Amore, my Tribute to Love". So at 12:30 PM Saturday 28 July 2018 ten residents went to the Cineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre to see that movie. Having seen André Rieu on TV, it was a wonderful surprise and pleasure to see him on the big screen in the surroundings of his beautiful square in his home town of Maastricht, Holland. Almost as if we were there.
Our thanks to Cecile for suggesting this very enjoyable event.
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Social Room Availability (2018/07/19)
The Social Room (B Level, west end) is available for use by Wynford Tower residents from 9 AM to 10 PM daily, except:
    12-1 PM weekdays (staff lunch)
    9 AM - Noon every second Wednesday (M&R management meeting).
    When reserved for special events, for all residents or for private functions.
The room is normally locked when not in use. For access, ask the concierge or a superintendent to open the door.

Currently scheduled activities, open to all, are as follows (unscheduled times are available for individual or group use):
    10-11 AM Monday through Thursday: Tai-Chi
    Contact Roosevelt Robinson, 647-237-7494, rooserob1@gmail.com

    10 AM - 12 Noon Friday: Meet & Greet Coffee Time
    Contact Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696, cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com
    or Siobhan Mulrooney, 416-331-9332, smm188haha@icloud.com

    1-3 PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: Exercises
    Contact Bill Lynn, 416-441-2134, wblynn@wblynn.ca

    1-3 PM 3rd Tuesday: Book Club (but next meeting 28 August 2018)
    Contact Marg Lynn, 416-441-2134, marglynn@wblynn.ca

    1-3 PM Alternate Wednesdays: Current Affairs / Crochet & Knitting
    Current Affairs Contact: Annie Peshmann, 416-587-1094, anniepes42@gmail.com
    Crochet & Knitting Contact: Mari Horgan, 416-491-4033, mari.horgan@sympatico.ca

    7-10 PM Thursdays: Bridge
    Contact Linda Vir, 647-343-6077, lvir@rogers.com

    7:30- 9:30 PM Sundays: Movie
    Contact Aubrey Harmes, 647-358-9838, aharmes@rogers.com
    or Brenda Harrison, 416-382-0485, brendajh55@gmail.com
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Building Maintenance Never Stops (2018/07/17)
Building maintenance is a non-stop fact of life at Wynford Tower. In addition to the huge garage repair project now underway, basement corridors, stairways and locker rooms have been painted, and today the tile in the SB Level hall is being replaced. No rest for the building owners.

B Level hall, lockers and stairs painted.


SB Level flooring being replaced.


SB level Hall New Flooring
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More on Garage Repairs (2018/07/17)

Outdoor Parking Lot Repaired, 16 July 2018 - Do the red squares indicate new cutouts in the new concrete?
18 July 2018 - Yes, they do, for new drains.


B Level Parking Garage 16 July 2018 - Rubble Removed, and Parking Lot Waterproofing Started 30 July 2018
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Exercise DVD Photos (2018/07/16)
Below are photos of some of the exercise leaders available on DVD in the Social Room.

Angie leads aerobic style exercises, plus some stretch & strength work.


Mike leads stretch & strength style exercises, seated or standing.
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Hallway Light Fixtures Being Replaced (2018/07/14)
Update 26 July 2018: New energy efficient LED lighting has been installed in all hallways except the first and second floors. Lighting in elevator lobbies and at the ends of the halls is still to be replaced. The old fluorescent fixtures are now being removed. Presumably the ceilings will be renovated after all is complete.

14 July 2018: Yesterday the light fixtures in our hallway on the 18th floor were replaced, so we took a survey. As of 13 July 2018 the lighting has been replaced on floors 3, 14, and 17-26. The old fixtures remain except on floors 17 and 19, where they have been removed (see below).
Presumably the new fixtures are fitted with LED bulbs, which are much brighter, use much less electricity and last much longer than fluorescent bulbs. Perhaps all hallway light fixtures will be replaced before the Green Energy subsidy put in place by the previous government is terminated by the new government.

In hallways 17 and 19 the old light fixtures have been removed, which leaves unsightly dirt markings on the ceiling. Possibly when this was noticed it was decided to keep the old fixtures until they have been replaced on all floors, then remove the old fixtures and clean up the dirt all at once.
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The Brain-Changing Effects of Exercise (2018/07/12)
In the TED talk linked below, neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki reveals how physical exercise stimulates not only the body but also the brain.

At Wynford Tower two types of exercise are offered in the Social Room:

Tai-Chi, under the tutelage of our resident Taoist Tai-Chi expert Roosevelt Robinson occurs four times per week: 10-11 AM Monday - Thursday.
This progressive learning activity involves the body and the the brain and is best experienced through attendance at all sessions.
Contact Roose at 647-237-7494 or by email at rooserob1@gmail.com.

Exercise, led by fitness instructors on DVD, is offered four times per week: 1-3 PM Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The DVD's available include a range of activities, from stretching while seated (Moving with Mike) to aerobic style cardio exercises (Exercise with Angie). The Activities schedule lists particular activities for each hour, but the choice of activity is highly flexible based on the interests of the participants.
Contact Bill Lynn at 416-441-2134 or via email at wblynn@wblynn.ca.

A note on the philosophy of exercise:
Roose does Tai-Chi because he likes to do it.
Bill thinks of exercise as similar to cleaning house - one keeps the home healthy; the other keeps the body and brain healthy.

Link to Wendy Suzuki TED talk: The Brain Changing Effects of Exercise. (Opens in new window.)
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Social Activities Schedule Update 2018/07/30

Large version of the Social Activities schedule posted on the laundry bulletin board.

The Social Activities Schedule has been updated as follows:
    Staff lunch is from 12 to 1 PM weekdays. No resident activities in this hour.

    Meet & Greet Coffee Hour: Fridays, 10 AM – 12 Noon, must exit by 12 Noon.
    Contact Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696, cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com, or
    Siobhan Mulrooney, 416-331-9332, smm188haha@icloud.com

    Book Club: Now from 1-3 PM (was 12-3 PM). No longer includes lunch.
    Normally third Tuesday, but next meeting August 28th.
    Contact Marg Lynn, 416-441-2134, marglynnn@wblynn.ca.

    Crochet & Knitting: Now 1-3 PM Alternate Wednesdays (Was 12-2 PM)
    Contact Mari Horgan, 416-491-4033, mari.horgan@sympatico.ca

    Current Affairs: Now 1-3 PM Alternate Wednesdays (was 2-4 PM)
    Contact Anna Peschmann, 416-587-1094, anniepes42@gmail.com
The latest revision of the Social Activities schedule is posted as a .pdf file at Social Activities Schedule (opens in a new window).

For questions about specific activities, contact a coordinator listed on page 2 of the schedule.
For other questions or comments, contact Bill Lynn at 416-441-2134 or by email at wblynn@wblynn.ca.
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Tai-Chi in Action (2018/07/09)

Roosevelt Robinson, Tai-Chi expert par excellence, leading the participants.
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Meet & Greet Coffee Hour 29 June 2018 (2018/06/24)
Some of the Wynford Tower folks at the Meet & Greet Coffee Hour 29 June 2018.
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Residents Committee Meeting Postponed (2018/06/24)
The Wynford Tower Residents Association committee meeting scheduled for 26 June 2018 has been postponed until further notice.
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Sequence, a Fascinating Game (2018/06/24)
Roger Rees is looking for folks to play the card game “Sequence”, which he says is fascinating fun, but much simpler than Bridge (he says you can pick up the basics in about fifteen minutes).

If you know the game, or are interested in learning , give a call to Roger at 416-431-7345.
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Movie Darkest Hour (2018/06/24)
Sunday evening 24 June 2018 some fifteen residents filled most of the available chairs in the Social Room to view the awesome movie, "Darkest Hour", in which actor Gary Oldman portrays the trials, tribulations and testiness of Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its Empire. In one scene, Churchill escapes from his limo to ride the tube (for the first time in his life), where he discovers that the real people of Britain have much stronger backbones than the politicians.
Our thanks to Aubrey and Brenda for purchasing, setting up and showing this movie.
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Garage Repair Progress (2018/06/24)

The outside parking lot with reinforcing steel mesh in the holes jackhammered open over the last few weeks,
and the rubble in the B level garage. How will they get it all out?
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Social Activities Schedule Update (2018/06/24)
The latest Wynford Tower Residents Social Activities Schedule is posted at Social Activities Schedule (opens in new window).

Updates include:
    Tai-Chi: Mon-Thu, 10-11 AM,
    Contact Roosevelt Robinson, 647-237-7494, rooserob1@gmail.com

    Meet & Greet Coffee Hour: Fridays, 10 AM - 12 Noon,
    Contact Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696, cjfitzgerald40@gmail.com
    or Siobhan Mulrooney, 416-331-9332, smm188haha@icloud.com

    Crochet & Knitting: Wednesdays 12-2 PM
    Contact Mari Horgan, 416-491-4033, mari.horgan@sympatico.ca

    Current Affairs: Wednesdays biweekly 2-4 PM,
    Contact Anna Peschmann, 416-587-1094, anniepes42@gmail.com.

    Exercises:
    Mon & Fri, 1-2 PM: Angie, Mostly Cardio; 2-3 PM: Mike, No Cardio
    Thu & Sat, 1-2 PM: Mike, No Cardio; 2-3 PM: Angie, Mostly Cardio
    Activity is flexible, per choice of participants.
    All exercise DVD's use chairs (provided) and weights (not provided) for some exercises.
    A jug of water is available in the fridge and there are glasses in the cupboard in the kitchen.
    Contact Bill Lynn, 416-441-2134, wblynn@wblynn.ca

    Saturday Social Evening: 2nd Saturday of each month.
    Contact Roosevelt Robinson, 647-237-7494, rooserob1@gmail.com

    Movies: Sunday evenings only.
    Contact Aubrey Harmes, 647-358-9838, aharmes@rogers.com
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Invitation to Meet & Greet Fridays (2018/06/20)
Dear Wynford Tower Residents,
Your coffee / tea coordinators, Cecile and Siobhan, invite you to Meet and Greet at Coffee Hour, 10 AM to Noon every Friday, in the Social Room (B Level, west end, opposite the Card Room).

We hope to meet other residents and discover common interests which can lead to further get-togethers
    in the Social Room,
    for lunch,
    for shopping,
    for outings, etc.
    to attend in-house movies with
    to go walking with,
    etc., etc.
Please join us to explore these potential friendships and activities.

Yours in anticipation,
Cecile Fitzgerald, 647-352-4696
Siobhan (sounds like Chiffon) Mulrooney, 416-331-9332
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Vera Kardos Celebration of Life 2018/07/08 (2018/06/19)
Email to Navo Chinoy from Andrew Kardos 2018/06/19
Subject: Celebration of Life for Vera Kardos on Sunday July 8th

Hi Navo,
I’m so pleased I bumped into you this morning. Please pass this invitation to Mum’s (Vera’s) Celebration of Life around to ALL the members of her bridge club. It would be wonderful to see a large contingent at the celebration. If you have any other questions, please let me know.
Sincerely,
Andrew Kardos


You and your family are invited to:

A Celebration of Life for

Vera Kardos, 1927-2018

Sunday July 8, 2018 - 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Lambton Golf & Country Club

100 Scarlett Road, Toronto, ON M6N 4K2

Light lunch starts at 1:00 pm followed by the sharing of loving memories delivered by Andy Kardos.

Please RSVP by reply to this message or contact:

Andy Kardos 416-857-0982 or Judy Switzer 416-820-2783
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Book Club Launched (2018/06/19)
A half dozen residents gathered in the Social Room kitchen at noon Tuesday, 19 June 2018, for the kickoff of the Book Club. It was agreed to meet on the third Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be 17 July 2018.

At that meeting each member will bring a book to suggest and briefly describe it, for all to decide which to read when. Each member will lead the discussion of his/her book when it comes up.

The meeting begins at noon and members will bring their own lunch, with coffee, tea and water available in the kitchen.

Do you like to read? We would love to have you join us in our discussions of the books we read.

Contact: Marg Lynn, 416-441-2134, marglynn@wblynn.ca.
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Exercise Room TV (2018/06/19)
In response to resident complaints about the Exercise Room TV not working, a remote control unit and instruction sheet have been placed in the exercise room below the TV. If the remote control unit is used per the instructions, all seems to work except that some channels have no audio, reason not known.
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Invitation to the Social Room Opening Saturday 9 June (2018/06/08)
The Wynford Tower Residents Association invites Wynford Tower residents and staff to the opening of our new Social Room, (B level, west end, opposite the card room), Saturday evening, 9 June, from 7 to 10 PM.
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Air Conditioning Now On (2018/06/07)
The unseasonable heat wave in the last week of May prompted M&R to turn on the air conditioning 31 May, a couple of days ahead of the bylawed June 2 date. Unfortunately, a part needed to be replaced and was not available locally. Before a part was finally located, M&R installed a temporary air conditioner in the lobby, which was then designated as a cooling area. Mother Nature, however, lowered the outside temperature to the mid-teens so air conditioning was not needed. As of this writing 7 June 2018, the outside temperature is up to the low twenties. No announcement has been made but the central air conditioning is working.
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More on Garage Repair Progress (2018/06/07)
The on-going garage repairs currently involve jack hammering large holes in the outdoor parking lot
and filling them with concrete. Presumably these are areas that were leaking. BIG JOB!

Holes jackhammered out are then filled with concrete.


The temporary wall in the B Level garage, and the view through a gap in the wall.
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Laundry Washroom Towel Dispenser (2018/05/11)
A paper towel dispenser has been installed in the laundry washroom, thus completing the installation of towel dispensers in public washrooms requested in our September 2017 submission to M&R.

Thank you, Francisco.
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Social Activities Schedule Approved (2018/05/10)
Rafael advised Roosevelt today that the Social Activities schedule submitted to M&R has been approved except for Karaoke which is considered to be too disruptive to other residents.

Now to get ourselves organized to help the activities happen.
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Garage Repair Progress (2018/05/03)
After what seemed like a slow start, there appears to be rapid progress on the garage repair front, with two layers removed from a large part of the exterior parking lot.

Presumably it will be necessary to go right down to the membrane in order to replace it, to prevent future leakage in the interior parking garage.

The M&R announcement indicated that it will take up to 18 months to complete the repairs.
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Use Caution at the Eglinton / Don Mills Intersection (2018/03/31)
Please use caution at the Eglinton / Don Mills intersection.

With the LRT construction underway, this intersection has become a war zone. Last week Arnold's car was totalled by a bus as he turned left from Eglinton to Don Mills North. Fortunately, Arnold survived the wreckage with just a few cuts and bruises.

When my daughter was driving me home from Sunnybrook, she turned left off Eglinton on the left turn arrow, only to be confronted by red lights on Don Mills north. What to do. Finally drove through the red lights rather than be caught in the middle. In hindsight, it's the same at any intersection, but the red lights encountered during the turn are ignored.
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Marcheleo's Across the Street Now Open! (2018/03/01)
The grocery store across the street that we have been awaiting for the last six years is now open. See Marcheleo's.com.
Still preliminary: some shelves not stocked, pricing not finished, wine and beer shelves still empty - they call it a "Soft Opening". The Grand Opening is planned for mid March.
Let's give them lots of business, so they can stay open for the long term.
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Windows 10 Update Woes (2018/02/28)
The 13 February 2018 Windows 10 update (KB4074588) had the disastrous effect of disabling USB connected keyboard and mouse, rendering the computer useless.
The issue is described on the web at Windows 10 Update Problem

My computer was affected when I started it on Sunday, 18 February, after a Windows 10 update on shutdown Saturday night, only to find that my keyboard and mouse (no cursor) did not function . After considerable frustration I re-installed Windows 8.1 from my recovery USB memory. So I am now back to Windows 8.1, and I plan to stay with it for the foreseeable future.

On Friday, 23 February I re-started Marg's computer to try to get Homegroup working. Lo and behold, on restart her computer had no functioning keyboard or mouse (if only I had had the wits to inhibit Windows 10 updates on her computer). We did not have recovery media for her computer, so we found North York Computers on the web (my computer was now working). They made a full backup of her computer and reloaded Windows 7.

The only other people I know who experienced the problem have re-installed Windows 7 on their computers. I have been surprised to hear how many people are still on Windows 7 (good choice!). Intriguingly, we have received numerous updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 since we re-installed them, so apparently they are not dead yet.

If you have experienced the Windows 10 update problem we'd like to hear about it at webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca, Subject=Windows 10 Update Problem., or contact Bill Lynn, 1807, 416-441-2134.

If and when I find out that Microsoft has a solution to this update problem I'll pass it on, but it will be a long time before I try Windows 10 again.
Bill Lynn, 1807
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Parcel Locker Suggestion (2018/02/28)
In December 2017, it was suggested to M&R that a Canada Post parcel locker be installed in our lobby. The locker provides a secure location for the postal carrier to leave parcels when a resident is not home, and also has a mail slot for outgoing mail that is picked up by the postal carrier during the regular delivery run.
A locker is about 3 ft wide x 1½ ft deep x 5½ ft high, so would fit nicely beside the notice board outside the office. The lockers are supplied, installed and maintained by Canada Post at no cost to building management. See Canada Post Parcel Locker.pdf (Opens in new window.)

Good idea or Lousy idea? Please let us know at webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca, Subject=Parcel Locker, or contact Biil Lynn, 1807, 416-441-2134.
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Irene French Obituary (2018/2/24)
Sheila Stone brought to our attention the obituary of former Wynford Tower resident Irene French, who lived in apartment 2207 and moved to Sunnybrook Hospital late fall 2017. The obituary is copied below.

Pick for large photo FRENCH, Irene (nee PEARCE). Irene passed away peacefully at the age of 94 at Sunnybrook Hospital on February 19, 2018. Beloved wife of her late husband Albert (Al), devoted mother of Maureen, Stephen (Heather) and Richard (Cheryl). Proud grandmother to Stephanie (Sam) Mark (Emily), Jonathan and great-grandmother to Alexander.
Irene had so many family and friends she cared deeply for. She had a full, well lived life as part of Manor Rd. Church, Toronto Accolades Choir and the Decoupeur's Guild of Ontario.
A celebration of life is to be held at Manor Road United Church at 240 Manor Rd. E. in Toronto on March 31st at 11:00 a.m., reception to follow. A special thank you to the staff at Sunnybrook Veterans K Wing for the amazing care and comfort provided. In lieu of flowers, donations to Sunnybrook Health Sciences would be appreciated.
Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 24, 2018.
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Is there an EV charger in your future? (2018/02/24)
If you are interested in buying a plug-in electric or hybrid vehicle, but are waiting because we have no place to charge one, a company called Flo.ca, with many charging stations installed in Canada, advertises rental charging stations for multi-residential buildings (see FLO.ca; opens in a new window).

Only building management can request a quote. Are you interested in knowing the cost of renting an EV Charger?
Please let us know by replying to webmail@wynfordtowerresidents.ca, Subject=EV Charger, or contact Bill Lynn, 1807, 416-441-2134, so we can tell M&R how many residents are interested.
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Toilet Paper Hand Towels in Laundry Washroom (2018/02/24)
Paper towel dispensers, which were to be installed in public washrooms in 2017, have been installed in the change rooms, but folks using the laundry washroom still have to dry their hands with toilet paper.
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'Bye bye Warm Hallways (2018/02/24)
The nice warm hallways above the seventh floor that we have enjoyed for the last month or so have reverted to their normal outside temperature (cold in winter, hot in summer). Guess we can't win 'em all.
On the other hand, the heater near the mailboxes in the lobby that was not working is now working. Thanks for small blessings.
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Welcome Marta (2018/02/05)
Welcome to our new concierge, Marta Londono. Originally from Colombia, South America, Marta has lived in Toronto for some ten years, having arrived from Colombia via a stay in Miami. She has worked in M&R buildings for some five years, doing cleaning as well as concierge type duties, so she enjoys delivering notices at Wynford Tower to stay active and keep warm, given our frigid lobby.

She lives with her husband and their teen-age son near St. Clair and Midland, about 45 minutes by bus from Wynford Tower.

She tells us that Colombia does not have snow, although last year the folks there suffered a rare frigid day (+2C) with sleet, which overjoyed the kids.

Marta's mother tongue is Spanish, so if you would like to practice your Spanish she will be happy to oblige.
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Thanks for Warm Hallways
Hallelujah! For the first time in memory, since late January 2018 the Wynford Tower hallways above the seventh floor are no longer so frigid in winter that one has to wear a parka to take the garbage to the chute. No one has taken credit for this vast improvement, but we are very grateful.
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New #45 Superintendents
Effective 1 February 2018, the #45 superintendents, and one-day-per-week #35 superintendents, are Paul and Liza Fuertez. We have not yet met them, but if you have an emergency when Naida and Jun are off, Paul and / or Liza will respond.
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George and Eileen Retirement Reception 24 Jan 2018
The retirement reception for George and Eileen Power, who have been with M&R for 18 years and the superintendents of #45 and backup superintendents of #35 for nearly ten years, was held in the #45 lobby Wednesday, 24 January 2018. The lobby was filled with well-wishers from both #45 (Wynford South) and #35 (Wynford Tower). A photographer from #45 took many photos but we have only two (pickable to see a larger version).
Click for larger photo
A serious moment as M&R
VP Residential Properties Randy Daiter
delivers best wishes to Eileen and George.
Click for larger photo
Rafael, Jun, Eileen, Tenant, George, Naida
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George and Eileen Retirement Invitation 24 Jan 2018
Residents are invited by M&R to a retirement reception from 4 to 5 PM Wednesday Jan. 24th in the #45 lobby for George and Eileen Power, the #45 Superintendents and #35 backup Superintendents, who will be retiring January 26th, 2018 after almost ten years of service at Wynford Heights and eighteen years with M&R. The invitation is posted at George Eileen Reception Invitation
(opens in a new window).

We can also send them retirement wishes by email to rentals@45wynford.com, or by mail to:
    George and Eileen Power,
    105-45 Wynford Heights Crescent,
    North York, ON, M3C 1L2
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Dr. O'Connor Baby Born 10 January 2018
Word has it that Dr. O'Connor of the Wynford Heights Medical Clinic gave birth to a son on 10 January 2018. No further info at this time.
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Adieu 2017 (2017/12/31)
As we enjoy our warm apartments despite the coldest Toronto weather in memory, we cannot help but be grateful to all those people who work to keep us comfortable:
    Our superintendants, Naida and Francisco
    Our cleaner, Samuel
    Our concierge, Eddie
    Our building manager, Rafael
    M&R Property Owners (and the new boilers that are keeping us warm)

    The workers who keep the electricity flowing
    The workers who keep the natural gas flowing
    The workers who keep the gasoline flowing
    The workers who keep the water flowing
    The workers who keep the sewage flowing
    The workers who grow our food
    The workers who transport our food
    The workers who stock the shelves and check us out
    The workers who remove our solid waste
    The workers who maintain our streets
    The workers who keep the TTC running
    The medical workers who keep us healthy
    All the other workers upon whom we rely for the necessities of life
Best wishes for 2018 from
Our grateful Wynford Tower neighbours.
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Paper Towel Dispensers in Common Washrooms
As requested in the Residents Association submittal 19 September 2017, paper towel dispensers have been installed in the change room washrooms as of 18 December 2017.
In the laundry washroom there is no dispenser yet.
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