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

Do You Have Your Wristband?

Recently the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation started a fundraising campaign to help the families and children of Japan affected by the massive earthquake and tsunami.  The Tiger’s are international stars with a very large following in many regions around the world including Japan and they have never forgotten this.  They were touched as other Canadians were at the plight of families in Japan and in the hope of helping them out, they are raising funds through their foundation by selling these wristbands.

From the Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation site:

Tiger Jeet Singh’s connection to Japan is longstanding. He has spent the majority of his 45-year wrestling career in Japan and his son Tiger Jr. made his professional debut close to twenty years ago in Tokyo. Both fondly refer to Japan as their second home and have also held the country, and even more so the children of Japan, in a special place in their hearts. That is why this event focuses on the students’ contribution along with corporate support, to provide emergency supplies and relief to help those young lives following this disaster.

The Foundation will provide Halton schools with customized red and white wrist bands symbolizing the colors of the Canadian and Japanese flags, and decorated in a manner to demonstrate support for the students in Japan. There will be an inscription of “KIDZ 4 KIDZ – United We Rise” illustrating the children supporting one another and paying tribute to the Japanese flag of the ‘Rising’ Sun. There will also be a Japanese inscription, which translated means “We Pray for Japan”.

You can help support these efforts by purchasing your wristbands either through the Foundations website or by going to Troy’s Diner in downtown Milton and each one costs only $5 each.

All proceeds from the sale of the wrist bands will go towards the Japan Relief Campaign. The bands are available for $5 each and are offered in both small (7″) and large (8″) sizes.

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Customized red and white wrist bands symbolizing the colours of the Canadian and Japanese flags and decorated in a manner to demonstrate support for the young students in Japan. There will be an inscription of “KIDZ 4 KIDZ – United We Rise” illustrating the children supporting one another and paying tribute to the Japanese flag of the ‘Rising’ Sun. There will also be a Japanese inscription, which translated means “We Pray for Japan”. 

Please help support the campaign and ask Troy for your wristband and together we can help families and the children of Japan.  You can find out more information by going to www.tigerjeetsinghfoundation.com