The Giovanni Caboto Club has chosen WRYM
The Giovanni Caboto Club (http://www.cabotoclub.com) has chosen WRYM to be one of two charities to benefit from the 2019 Italian of the Year Gala, honouring Stefano (Steve) Riolo, on Friday, 25 October, 2019.
The Windsor Feminist Theatre and The Windsor Residence for Young Men will share in the proceeds from the Italian of the Year Gala. The Giovanni Caboto Club advises that it is proud to support our two organizations. Please join WRYM and the Giovanni Caboto Club, the Italian Women’s Club, the Italian Community and the Community of Windsor and Essex County as they honour Stefano (Steve) Riolo, 2019 Italian of the Year.
Please reply to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets, $95 each, if you wish to join Bonnie and I at the WRYM table(s).
Tragedy Avoided – We Hope
I regret to inform you that the windows in WRYM’s dining room and staff office were shattered in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 17,18, & 19 July, by rather large rocks, ( not stones, with the last one of the same size and weight of a shotput or cannon ball), scattering large shards of glass inside our home. The guys, on an upper floor, slept through all of it; and, fortunately, staff on duty were not in these rooms at the time. Police reports and attendances were made.
Jason, our Program Director, and I did the midnight shift on the last night. Jason was inside; and, I was the outside “lurker” in the bushes. While I was unable to detain the middle aged man, I was at least, figuratively, able to catch him in the act, not prevent it, give him a surprise, and supply a description to the police. From what I saw of him and the repeated nature of these acts, I believe this man to be mentally ill. There seems to be no connection to past or present residents; and, there have been no re-occurrences.
On July 21st , not having further contact with or inquiry from the Windsor Police Service, I emailed the Chief of Police, which read in part, “We seek your assistance to elevate this matter from property damage complaints to a serious investigation involving the continuous use of deadly force, in order to prevent significant injury.” I have yet to receive a response.
New significant and strict safety protocols are in place. A new security system has been contracted for, and our windows are being re-enforced with lexan to avoid shards, at the very least. All broken windows were temporarily replaced the same day. A private security firm was hired to sit in a vehicle outside the window area from 11pm to 5am on the 20th, 21st, and 22nd, without significant observations reported.
This “ain’t gonna be cheap”, about $7,500 for repairs, private security and up-graded security systems; but, it was and is absolutely necessary for our residents’ and staff safety.
We are not afraid; nor, will we be intimidated. We will defend, alone if necessary, the right of “our guys” to have a chance at a decent life;
And, at 70 years of age, “I’m in the prime of my strife.”
Update to Tragedy Avoided
Consequent upon reasonable inquiries, I must advise that there is no insurance coverage for the damage and security measures taken as a consequence of the dangerous incidents of 17, 18, &19 July, 2019, for the following reasons:
A possible financial benefit is reduced insurance premiums in the future due to these security upgrades.
Gregory D. Goulin, LSM, JD (ret.)
Executive Director, (pro bono)