City Shorts: Try ’em On For Size


CITY SHORTS ART: Some Merritt Island critters just can’t get enough of having their photo taken! (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

Compilation by Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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City Shorts

City Shorts is a compilation, from various sources (government websites, news announcements, press releases, church bulletins, advertisements, community service information and events, bulletin boards, requests, telephone requests, web postings, email requests etc.) of short items (in most cases) about matters of local interest in Welland.  Want to submit an item for consideration? Please send to:


tax clinicsWELLAND – The Library will be hosting Income Tax Clinics again this year for people on low and fixed incomes.

Clinics will be conducted by volunteers from the CRA Volunteer Tax Service and from the Niagara District Chartered Accountants Association.

Staff will begin taking appointments on Tuesday February 16 @ 9:00 a.m. Please call the library for information or to book an appointment. 905-734-6210 ext 2521


WELLAND – A Trivia Night is being held Friday, February 26 at Central United Church, 12 Young Street, Welland (corner of King and Young).

Registration at 6:30 p.m. with the competition starting at 7 p.m. $10 per person. Pizza and snacks provided.

Tickets, call 905 735-2333 or at the door.


library closed.jpgWELLAND – Both branches of the Welland Public Library will be closed for Family Day, Monday, February 15.

There are no items due on Family Day. You can access your account any time here. The library will re-open on Tuesday, February 16. Enjoy the long weekend!


WELLAND – All City Hall Departments will be closed on Monday for Family Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. More info, visit the city website.


THOROLD – Niagara Counts is part of a national strategy to help determine the extent of homelessness.

About 30 communities across Canada, including Niagara, will be conducting Point-in-Time Counts providing a snapshot of homelessness at a given point in time.

This involves counting and surveying those in the community who experience absolute homelessness (those living outside or in emergency shelters). The Count will help us better understand who is homeless and what their needs are.

A successful count will allow the Niagara community to: Identify the number of absolute homeless individuals in our community at a given point in time; Identify the characteristics and needs of the homeless; Provide baseline data so we can measure our progress towards ending homelessness; Increase public awareness about homelessness; Enhance our ability to test the effectiveness of programs and services aimed at ending homelessness

Conducting a successful count will require volunteers who will work together in teams of three to identify and survey individuals who are homeless. Volunteers are needed April 5 from 5 – 8 a.m.

For more information about the program and how to register to be a volunteer, visit the Region’s website.


WELLAND – Habitat for Humanity Niagara is looking for skilled volunteers for a build program. Experience in flooring, trim, framing, painting, minor repairs; available during daytime. Call 905-685-7395 ext. 402.


WELLAND – Frozen apple and cheese strudels are being sold by St. Anthony’s Croatian Church. Please phone 905-735-6159.


ST. CATHARINES – Annual dinner, Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines. Guest speaker, radio and TV host and president of International Right to Life, Brad Mattes “On the Frontlines: Grounds for Hope.”

For information and to reserve tickets ($45, $25 for students), call 684-7505 or email:

(City Shorts is a recurring feature on the blog appearing most often on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or otherwise as circumstances arise. Send submissions to:


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