Tips and Tricks for Staying Safe on Halloween

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Before going trick or treating, make sure that children’s costumes are brightly coloured and made of non-flammable or flame-resistant material. If your costume is not brightly coloured, attach reflective tape or other reflective materials to make sure that children can be visible to other pedestrians and drivers. Also, make sure that costumes are the proper length, to avoid tripping. Masks are generally not a good choice to wear at night, but if they are worn make sure that the eye holes are large to avoid restricting vision. Makeup is a better choice for trick or treating at night, since it does not restrict the wearer’s vision.

Trick or treaters should always travel with an adult or in a group in the early evening hours of October 31st. If older trick or treaters are going without adult supervision, make sure that a route is established and followed. Children are reminded to only cross roads at corners or crosswalks, and to always look both ways before crossing the street. Trick or treaters are reminded to stay off roads and lawns and to always walk on the sidewalk. Avoid dark or vacant areas and stay away from homes that are in total darkness. Remember to never enter a stranger’s house or go anywhere with someone you do not know.

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Looking for Halloween Fun in Oakville?

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Check out our round up of local events to help get you in the spirit this year.

Fun for all ages and perfect for your daily dose of exercise – why not check out the Ghost Walks hosted by the Oakville Historical Society. Join the Society volunteers for a guided walk around the oldest part of Town and hear about some of Oakville’s ghosts and haunted happenings. Perhaps you’ll see a spirit or two on your walk! The walks start at 110 King St. and last about an hour. Adults are $12 and children under 12 are $6. For dates and times check out the Oakville Historical Society website.

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Looking for healthier Halloween treat options?

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Put the raisins away and hand out get active swim/skate passes instead! For the month of October, the town is selling swim/skate passes for the reduced price of $5 for 10 tickets (50 cents per pass) to encourage Oakville’s little ghosts and goblins to have fun while exercising.

Get your ghoul on at Centennial Pool’s Monster Mash with Halloween-themed activities during the regular scheduled afternoon leisure swim on Sunday, October 27 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Regular recreational swim admission fees apply.

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MPP Kevin Flynn Receives Flu Shot

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Friday, Kevin Flynn, MPP for Oakville, received his flu shot from Rexall pharmacist, Ngoni Madambi. The flu shot is now available in Ontario and Rexall is once again making it easy and convenient for Ontarians to receive the vaccine by offering it at any store, at any time, any day – no appointment necessary.

Last year was the first year pharmacists were able to administer immunizations in Ontario and 80% of flu shots given by pharmacists were at a Rexall.

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Find Health and Wellness in Bronte Village

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Oakville’s vision is to become the most livable town in Canada. The health and well-being of its citizens is a key element. Oakville boasts health and wellness services with skilled practitioners second to none.

A little known fact about Bronte Village (southwest Oakville) is the number of unique health care professionals offering a wide variety of talents and a diverse range of services.

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Captain Phillips Movie Review

Most people hear the word pirate and think of peg legs, parrots and Johnny Depp, but modern piracy is still a serious problem. With cargo freighter crews continually downsized to cut costs, even a small skiff of armed men can successfully board a ship to steal cash from the onboard safe, rob the crew, or even commandeer the vessel.

Captain Phillips is based on the 2009 hijacking of the US-flagged Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. Despite a few problems, it's an intense thriller with direction tighter than the confines of a lifeboat.

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An Intimate Evening with Ronny Hawkins

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Cambria Canada and LIVEact presented Ronny Hawkins; “An Intimate Evening with the One and Only Ronny Hawkins, Canada’s most charismatic Rock’N’Roll Mentor”; a night that explored his life, his stories and his songs. It was a colourful trip through the Hawk’s career, his own words, with those who know him best.

Ronny Hawkin’s tour opened in Burlington at the Burlington Arts Centre and will continue to thrill audiences in Brantford, Windsor, London, Lindsay. Ronnie’s final appearance will be November 21st at Massey Hall in Toronto.

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2014 Oakville Minor Baseball Association Season Gets Green Light

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With support from the Town of Oakville, the Oakville Minor Baseball Association (OMBA) will play on next season after being thrown a curve ball. In August, the not-for-profit organization managed entirely by volunteers learned that their now former treasurer had been misappropriating funds including permit fees owed to the Town of Oakville for the 2013 season.

Last month, Council authorized staff to negotiate deferred payment terms with the OMBA for its outstanding 2013 unpaid permit fees. To help offset costs for next season, the OMBA is also investigating additional sponsorship and fundraising opportunities.

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Fresh and Modern Arrangements at The Flower Place

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The Flower Place at 1011 Upper Middle Road East in the Upper Oakville Shopping Centre is owned and operated by Grace Cheung. Grace prides herself on the fresh and modern feel of her flower arrangements and loves the creative aspect of her business.

Grace’s regular clients seldom have to tell her what they want; all they need to give her is a price point and colour scheme. She has many seasonal and unusual flowers to choose from in her cooler that arrive fresh every weekday, and she creates beautiful arrangements - delighting her customers.

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Halton Introduces a Community-based Drug Strategy

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The Halton Drug Strategy Community Forum held on October 8th was a beginning for the Halton Region to put in place a community-based drug strategy with clear, attainable goals.

Participants of the forum also learned about the programs and services available in Halton and collaborative efforts already taking place. A summary of recent local statistics related to substance use was presented, along with results from the Halton Substance Use Programs and Services Survey.

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