There Was A Miracle On Main Street

Yesterday was the 4th annual Toy Drive in Milton put on by the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation and supported in a large part by Troy Newton of Troy’s Diner.  As Ive said many times before, you dont have to be in Milton very long to know about Troy’s.  Great food, great service, amazing staff and Troy’s impact on our community can not be measured.

I was happy to help out in supporting the Miracle on Main Street this year and every year it just gets bigger and better.  There were reindeer, Santa Claus himself came down from the North Pole to say hi to the kids, live entertainment by Milton’s own Jon Abrams as well as Prita Chhabra, a merry go round, silent auctions, the worlds most famous hockey dad Walter Gretzky and thousands of toys for the toy drive.

On a personal note, Ive known Troy for as long as I’ve been a Miltonian and he does have a heart of gold.  He was asked by Jennifer Valentyne from BT yesterday why does he do this and his reply is simple but very telling of who he is.  Isnt it what we should be doing?

Troy and his team help out at so many community events and when called upon, he’s there no questions asked.

I havent heard an official total yet from the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation of what the total amount raised but I heard yesterday from Mayor Gord Krantz that the total was close to $200,000!!!! WOW! That will bring more smiles to kids faces this Christmas than before. An outstanding effort by a group of outstanding volunteers. The team should be commeded for their efforts yesterday.

And to top it all off, yesterday morning in front of the diner Troy was presented with the Queens Diamond Jubilee award for his years of community support.  It gets said so often but its so true with this…there is no other person that deserves this honour more than Troy.  Congratulations and Im very proud to call you my friend.  Check out the video below of the presentation live on Breakfast Television.

Miracle On Main Street December 17th

UPDATE:

Just an update on the Miracle on Main coming up on Monday December 17th being held at Troys Diner downtown.

Due to a schedule conflict, Jimmy Hart wont be able to attend the event as was recently posted. We’re hoping the Mouth of the South will be able to attend future events but he regrets that he cant make it. Next time Jimmy !!! 🙂

Still there are lots of reasons to come down in support of the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation Miracle on Main Monday morning at 6am, at Troys Diner. There will be lots for the kids to do…games, magicians, Johnny Bower, Walter Gretzky, Tiger Ali Singh as well as Jennifer Valentyne from Breakfast Television.

I hope to see everyone there…and please bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

Monday December 17th is going to be a great day.  Not only is it my birthday (cheap plug) but its going to be the day to be at Troy’s Diner for Miracle on Main Street.

The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation presents this great family event at LIVE in downtown Milton at 295 Main Street E.

The list of the celebrities is going to knock everyone socks off and they include appearances by:

– Tiger Jeet Singh & Tiger Ali Singh – Milton Walk of Fame Members and international superstars!

– Canada’s Most Famous Hockey Dad Walter Gretzky,

– Stanley Cup Champion Johnny Bower,

– Toronto Rock member Garrett Billings…

Admittance is free and all we ask is that you bring an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.  There will be games, amusement rides and lots of things to keep everyone busy.  Breakfast Television BT will be there with Jennifer Valentyne to host this great event.

It all starts at 6AM and goes to 9AM….so be there early to take part in this annual tradition.  Over the last few years the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in toys to support Sick Kids Hospital, Salvation Army, McMaster Childrens Hospital and Halton Womens Place.  This year looks to be the biggest yet.

For more information please go to www.miracleonmain.ca on how you can support the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation to help make this Christmas a happy one for so many children.

Discover Milton Chats with Mike Cluett

October 2012 marks the half-way point for the term of Milton’s Town Council.  Discover Milton (D.M.) recently had a chance to chat with Ward 6 Councillor Mike Cluett about how life is going for him in his first term. We covered a variety of topics about Milton and even learned a thing or two we didn’t already know about him.

Cluett is a Brampton native, and married with two kids.  His family moved to Milton in 2003, and he has always been involved on various committees before running for office in the October 2010 election.  He is a first term councillor representing ward six, one of the newly created wards.  Ward 6 has boundaries of Thompson Rd (West), Fourth Line (East), Derry Rd (North), and Britannia Rd (South).

D.M.:  What’s been your biggest personal challenge since you’ve been elected?

M.C.:  “The biggest challenge so far since being elected is doing my best to maintain a good work-life balance.  The position of councillor is part time and many of us have full time jobs/businesses and it’s difficult to keep the balance with everything that’s going on.  The key is having a very supportive family, which I am very lucky to have.”

D.M:  What’s been your biggest political challenge?

M.C.:  “Communication with the residents in my ward & in the Town of Milton has been the biggest challenge.  During election campaigns I find that people get engaged in the process and are aware of issues.  Unfortunately in between election campaigns it becomes more difficult to engage residents in discussions regarding tax increases, government spending, and what services to increase/decrease.  I have been working hard utilizing social media (Twitter/Facebook) to try to engage residents in these discussions and get them involved in the process.  I have always believed that you shouldn’t just see your elected officials during election time.  It’s what’s done in between the campaign that matters.”

Meeting Milton residents is Cluett’s favourite part of the job.  “It’s great to meet new people all the time who are just as passionate about Milton as I am.” Cluett meets a lot of people at community events including the recent Cruisen on a Hot Summer Night.

His least favourite part of the job is when residents come to him with a problem and he can’t do anything about it.  “Sometimes it’s the responsibility of another level of government,” he said.  Besides attending events, Cluett takes time to regularly canvass his ward.  He recalls one resident handing him a jar of garlic pickles following a conversation on traffic calming and cell phone towers.

“They were awesome, and I’ll be sure to go back there door-knocking again soon too,” he said.

D.M.:  How would you evaluate the Council’s progress so far?

M.C.:  “The voters will decide how well we are progressing at election time. I think this council is doing an OK job but in reference to tax levels, communications, and focus I would rank us as “needs improvement.”  We can always do better.”

Cluett feels Council’s biggest challenge is to balance the town’s needs against the continued growth and keeping voters informed on various projects due to start before the end of this term.

“There are a lot of road projects that will be started before the end of next term such as the Main Street expansion, Derry Road underpass, Tremaine Road widening as well Steeles expansion.” Cluett continued adding the key to it all would be to keep the voters informed.

The future could see him with a new position with Milton Council following the next municipal election. He has recently announced his intention to run for Regional Council wards 1,6,7,8.

“Milton has only 3 councillors at the Region and each representative there needs to be focused, knowledgeable and a strong communicator,” he said.  He made the decision after speaking with voters and hearing their frustration. 

“There are many things happening now that will have an effect on the quality of life in Milton, and we can’t afford to take chances on who represents us.”

D.M.:  How do you feel social networking (Twitter, Facebook) helps politicians?

M.C.:  “It helps connect you to the voters. It’s become such an integral part of our life, when something happens many people jump online, or check Facebook & Twitter for information.  The important part of social media is to engage people in conversations. Anyone can use it to spout off campaign platforms or messages of the day.  It’s key to have direct interaction with people through conversation and if used properly can help increase voter turnout.”

Turnout for the 2010 municipal election was approximately 32.6%.

D.M.:  Where did the nickname “The Mouth of Milton “come from?  How did Ann’s megaphone come about?

M.C.:  “I have been privileged to know the Tiger Jeet Singh family and Troy Newton (Troy’s Diner) and to help out as much as I can with their charity causes like Tigerfest and Troy’s Toy Drive.  We were sitting in the diner one day when someone suggested I get a megaphone for the event (even though many would say I don’t need one) where Troy blurted out “The Mouth of Milton” in reference to “The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart” in the old days of wrestling.  In promoting last year’s Milton Tiger fest, I even recorded a video pro wrestling style as the Mouth of Milton.  The name just stuck.”

Cluett even had a megaphone painted like a mouth by local artist Ann Kornuta.  The name is oddly fitting, as Cluett is a former Disc Jockey (D.J.), and emcee for dances and weddings.

Councillor Mike Cluett can be reached via his email address: mike@mikecluett.ca on Facebook, or on Twitter as @Mike_Cluett and through his website www.mikecluett.ca

Tigerfest 2011 Prevails over Mother Nature

Match Results:

Main Event – Sonjay Dutt & Muhammad Hassan DEF Robbie McAllister & Tyson Dux (w/Manager DJango2000)– In this surprise main event Tiger Ali Singh organizer and commissioner of the event found that there was some shenanigans with the referee being “bought off” by McAllister and Dux.  Crowd favourite Sonjay Dutt amazed everyone with his high flying spots and Hassan got a measure of revenge against Dux from an earlier loss (via fast count and feet on the ropes).  Referee Tiger Ali Singh let the boys have at it, but with more interference from DJango2000, Tiger took matters into his own hands.  He DDT’d McAllister and followed up with a “TIGER STUNNER” on Dux.  Hassan and Dutt took to the corners for HUGE frog splashes while Tiger counted both heels out with the 1-2-3!!!!  The hundreds in attendance exploded as the victorious team had their hands raised by ref Tiger Ali Singh.

Robbie McAllister (w/DJango2000) DEF Sonjay Dutt (feet on ropes/fast ref count)– In a high flying match, Sonjay Dutt who was definitely the crowd favourite, took on former WWE superstar Robbie McAllister in a hard fought match.  Lots of back and forth action with McAllister benefiting from a lot of interference from his manager and a “distracted referee”.  The match ended when McAllister pinned Dutt with help from the ropes in the corner and a fast count.  Fans around ringside were upset, especially when they saw a transfer of funds from DJango2000 to the ref. 

Suddenly the opening chords of “EYE OF THE TIGER” blared through the facility and the crowd exploded when they saw Tiger Ali Singh make his way down to the ring to right the wrong made.  He then booked the main event revenge tag team match.

Team Superstars (Bushwhacker Luke, Kiyoshi & Tatanka) DEF:  Team Powerhouse (Boris Brezhnev, Pierre Shadows, and James Champagne) – In a great 6 man tag match with these 3 veteran superstars, they over powered Team Powerhouse in a hard hitting event.

The TEXTBOOK Tyson Dux (w/DJango2000) DEF Muhammad Hassan – In another great display of mat wrestling and hard hitting action former TNA wrestler Tyson Dux managed to squeak out another victory over Hassan.  The crowd was into this match as DJango2000 found his way into the match by cheating when the refs back was turned, giving The Textbook the advantage.  Hassan came back several times in the match giving Dux some hard fought competition but the match ended when Dux, using the advantage of his feet on the ropes and a very fast count from the ref for the win.  Hassan was great in this match and its easy to see why the WWE is looking at this future superstar in this sport.  Dux also showed why hes won championships and has been a contender in every region hes worked in.

Ladies Match:  Gabriella Vanderpool DEF Jodi DiMilo

6 MAN SCRAMBLE MATCH:  Milton’s own JASON CHASE DEF Anthony Fiasco, Brent B, Marcus “The Great” Marquez, Sebastian Suave and Vega

From SLAM WRESTLING

MILTON, ON — Throughout his legendary career, Tiger Jeet Singh faced off against a number of hard opponents. On Saturday, he faced one of his toughest yet in the form of Mother Nature. With help from a number of tag team partners, he was able to come up with another victory, ensuring that Tiger Fest 2011, his annual wrestling fundraiser show, was a major success.

The wrestling show was scheduled to be held at an open air venue in downtown Milton, Ontario. The lot, owned by Troy’s Diner, had been converted into a makeshift arena, with bleachers set up around the ring where the evening’s event was going to take place.

Unfortunately, rain had been falling all afternoon, and the rumblings of thunder in the distance put the show in jeopardy. Not only would it be unlikely that fans would want to brave the elements, but even if they could, it would pose too much of a risk for the wrestlers to perform. Consequently, with less than two hours to belltime, the event’s organizers made the call to move the show indoors.

Led by head trainer Rob Fuego, the roster of Squared Circle Wrestling tore down the ring, transported it down the road to the CrossFit training facility, and set it up again, all in record time. In the meantime, Tiger Ali Singh (former WWE star, and Tiger Jeet’s son) started the mass communication efforts to inform fans that the show was still on, albeit in a different venue than originally planned. Judging from the hundreds in attendance, the message was clearly received. And it’s a good thing, because those in attendance were really treated to a great event.

Before the bell, were some presentations to the winners of Tiger’s High School Challenge — an athletic competition for local high schools — and speeches from various political dignitaries, sponsors, guests, and finally Tiger himself. Next up were some songs from Canadian recording artists Prita Chhabra and Khalel, and a rendition of Oh Canada from some local students.

The main event of the wrestling show saw former TNA star Sonjay Dutt square off against former WWE star “Highlander” Robbie McAllister. After some dirty tactics, Robbie stole a win, to the outrage of the predominantly East Indian crowd. From the crowd, though, Tiger Ali Singh could see the referee had made a mistake and went into the ring to let him know. After some targeting questioning revealed that the referee had been paid off, Tiger took matters into his own hands. He made an impromptu match, teaming up Dutt with Farhan Hassan (aka Farhan Faruqui) to face McAllister and Tyson Dux, since earlier in the night, the same corrupt official allowed Dux to cheat to beat Hassan. During the match, Tiger showed that he still could go, dropping McAllister with a huge DDT and Dux with a Stunner, giving the East Indian duo the victory.

In other matches, Milton’s own Jason Chase won a match for the first time, using his hometown advantage to beat Anthony Fiasco, Brent B, Marcus “The Great” Marquez, Sebastian Suave and Vega in a 6-man scramble; Gabriella Vanderpool beat Jodi DiMilo, and the team of former WWE superstars Bushwhacker Luke and Tatanka and former TNA star Kiyoshi beat a powerhouse team of Boris Brezhnev, Pierre Shadows, and James Champagne.

After the match, every fan was able to get an autograph and picture with each of the wrestlers on the show, as well as The Destroyer (Dick Beyer), who was in attendance, Tiger Ali Singh, and Tiger Jeet Singh.

Proceeds from Tiger Fest 2011 will be donated to McMaster Childrens’ Hospital, the Halton Learning Foundation, the Salvation Army, and towards the Japan Relief Campaign.

For more information, visit tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com