Town of Ajax
Your E-News for July 24, 2009
Featured Articles
Walk with Ajax to the 2010 Winter Olympics
Street Dedication ceremony held for HMS Ajax veteran
Trail Ambassadors wanted for Ajax committee
Calling all youth - We want to know what you think!
New Translation Service launches July 27
Sign up for the Family Active Challenge
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Featured Events
Ripple Effect Youth Forum
Feat. Rubin Hurricane Carter
Family Fitness Thursdays

Feat. Fitness Challenge
Movie in the Park
Feat. Hotel for Dogs 
Moonlight Walk 
Along the Ajax Waterfront Trail 
Music in the Square
Feat. The Tartan Terrors 
Public Meetings
Ajax Greenbelt Trail
Trail improvements from Clements Road to Westney Road
July 29 at 7 p.m.
Ajax Community Centre 
Walk with Ajax to the 2010 Winter Olympics
Pedometer Challenge
The Town has launched a new challenge to get Ajax residents active - Ajax is Walking Pedometer Challenge. The challenge encourages residents to log their daily steps using a pedometer, and log enough steps to reach the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. 
Street Dedication ceremony held for HMS Ajax veteran
Street DedicationA street dedication ceremony was held on July 21, honouring HMS veteran Thomas Graham who served on the HMS Ajax from 1939 to 1942, and was a member of the crew at the Battle of River Plate in December 1939. The Town of Ajax was named in honour of the HMS Ajax, one of three ships involved in the Battle of the River Plate - the first Allied naval battle of WWII. Since being named Ajax, the Town adopted the policy of naming its streets in recognition of the veterans who served on the Ajax during this Battle and throughout WWII.
Trail Ambassadors wanted for Ajax committee
Ride with Mayor
With more than 80 kilometres of trails, the Town of Ajax is quickly becoming the trail capital of Durham Region. To put Ajax on the map, the Ajax Trails Committee is looking for active volunteers to promote and advocate the use and expansion of the trail system. The ideal candidate should have an interest in the Town's trails, parks and waterfront, and enjoy the outdoors and recreation activities.   
Calling all youth - We want to know what you think!
As key stakeholders in Ajax's future, the Town is calling on all youth who want to make a difference to attend an open house and feedback forum on July 27, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Youth Room at the Ajax Community Centre. Youth will have the opportunity to win some great prizes, and high school students who attend will qualify for community service hours required to graduate. Refreshments will be served.
New Translation Service launches July 27
The Town will officially launch a new Translation Service on July 27, 2009. The new service will allow non-English-speaking residents to receive translation assistance when they call the Town. This new service will be phased in over time, with the first phase being launched by the Recreation & Culture Department. It will help staff assist the public with questions regarding classes and programs offered. This new initiative will provide better customer service to residents as our population continues to grow and becomes more diverse and multicultural. New Canadians and English-as-a-second-language residents will be able to receive answers to their questions in a language they can understand.
Sign up for the Family Active Challenge
Family Active Challenge
Sign-up now for the "I CAN... Get My Family ACTIVE Challenge." The four month challenge encourages families to find ways to be more active together. Selected families will meet with Town Fitness Consultants to develop ways they can be more physically active together. The deadline to register is July 31.
Let us know what you think
Submit your comments and feedback online on what you believe the needs of the community are for a new community centre and park, to be located on the southeast corner of Taunton Road and Audley Road (Sportsplex location). The Town will host a third public open house to present the drawing and site plan of the new facility and park on September 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the McLean Community Centre.
Do you have the winning shot? 
Best in ShowSubmissions are now being accepted for the Town of Ajax and Black's Superstore 2009 Amateur Photography Contest. Amateur photographers are encouraged to snap photos of various sceneries, people and themes to win prizes and the sought-after title of Best in Show.
Waterfront testing to continue through $100,000 grant
Water Quality Study Boat
The Town's ongoing commitment to improve its water quality along the shores of Lake Ontario has resulted in Microbial Insights receiving a $100,000 grant to continue its testing of the Ajax waterfront. Microbial Insights will seek to develop genetic markers for seagulls, raccoons and Canada Geese, and continue to determine the source of the contribution to microbial pollution of the Ajax waterfront. Town staff will contribute in-kind services by continuing to collect water samples from storm sewers, Duffins and Carruthers Creeks, and along the Ajax waterfront.
Over 1,000 people have joined us on Facebook!
facebookDon't forget to check us out on Facebook. The Town of Ajax has a fan page on the popular networking site, featuring news and announcements, photos, event listings, discussion boards and general information. Join the over 1,000 people who have already signed up!
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