Submitted by Katie Fitzgerald

On Sunday, June 25, neighbours on Catharine Street North between Ferrie and Simcoe organized to close their portion of the street to host their first block party. The event was a success complete with arts and crafts, food, live music, karaoke and incredibly welcoming neighbours. As someone from a few blocks away on James North, I didn’t know anyone on the block, but any hesitation I had was quickly forgotten upon arrival. I met the wonderful neighbours who helped to put the event on, as well as neighbours from other areas of the North End. The sense of community was strong and it was yet another reminder of why the North End is a fabulous place to live. I’d like to extend a sincere thanks to the many hosts of the event, organizer Stevan Garic and the many friendly neighbours I had the pleasure of connecting with. I hope to see this event become
a mainstay in the North End!