Facer News

August 08, 2017

At St. Joseph Bakery, five competitors faced off in a perogy eating competition for charity. Couns. Mike Britton and Sal Sorrento, Mayor Walter Sendzik, Rob Somma from FirstOntario Credit Union and Greg Gospodarek had four minutes to eat as many perogies out of 40 that they could.


Britton came out the winner, finishing off 18. His $300 entry fee was donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold in his name. The others’ fees went to the Facer Street and District Association for its beautification efforts for the area. 

August 07, 2017

For a while, it seemed like Greg Gospodarek was going to live up to his “ringer” status as he devoured perogy after perogy.

But in the end, it was the “sleeper” councillor, Mike Britton, who took Monday’s Facer Fest contest to see how many perogy could be consumed in four minutes.

July 31, 2017

Down the street at St. Joseph Bakery, there will another food related competition happening: a perogy eating contest. This one, explains Derek Kedzierski, was an invite only challenge and will feature five people facing off for bragging rights, and a donation to the charity of their choice.

Each contestant — which includes Ward Couns. Sal Sorrento and Mike Britton, Mayor Walter Sendzik, Rob Somma of FirstOntario Credit Union, and Greg Gospodarek of Brother’s Jerky — had to raise $300 in donations in order to participate, if they win their money goes to the charity of their choice. The remaining funds goes to festival’s beautification efforts. Each contestant will have four minutes to eat as many perogies as possible.

July 11, 2017

Consultant 8-80 Cities recommended 21 improvements for the St. Catharines street to make it a “unique cultural district with beautiful, walkable streets and thriving small businesses.”


“That’s a very grand goal. It’s a broad goal, but I think it’s achievable and it’s great,” said St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton, whose ward includes Facer Street.

“This is a great first step,” Britton said. “We have a long way to go but I believe with strong partnership from the city and strong partnership from the community that we’re going to have a great district that’s really going to be revitalized in the next 10 years.”

December 14, 2016

City council is taking the first step to revitalize Facer Street by spending $10,000 for public input and a conceptual design. The motion by St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton was supported by resident Roberto Vergalito, who asked council Monday to spend the money for future generations.


“This is investment in neighbourhood building. This is an investment in our cultural heritage,” Britton said. “It abides by and supports the principles of our official plan and it doesn’t affect the tax rate because it’s coming from the civic project fund.”

January 12, 2017

A facelift for Facer Street was supported in principle by the city’s budget committee Thursday, which is recommending council put dollars towards exploring the idea.


In December, St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton proposed that council spend $60,000 for a consultant to seek public input and develop a design for an improved Facer Street by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

December 20, 2016

St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton made a motion Monday asking that money from the Civic Project Fund be put towards seeking public input and developing a design for Facer Street revitalization and reconstruction.

“What we need is a full design as opposed to doing it piecemeal,” Britton said. “We need the whole street designed at once, so over the next 10 to 15 years we can actually start implementing that.”

August 01, 2016

Ward 3 Couns. Mike Britton and Sal Sorrento are being creditted with helping to make Facer Fest a reality.


“Facer Street has just been a jewel of St. Catharines,” said Britton, whose family has lived in the area since 1953. “It used to be way more commercial and we want to bring it back to that era, we want to revitalize it. We’re hoping that with the success of (the festival), it will give us the mandate to revitalize the street.


“Clearly with the turnout today, the community is showing that they want a little Europe here, too.”

July 19, 2016

The area near Niagara and Vine streets has long been known for its lively settlement of Polish, Italian, Ukrainian and other cultures and is dubbed the Garden City’s “Little Europe.”

Derek Kedzierski from St. Joseph’s Bakery, an event co-organizer, said a goal for the food festival is to also spur a Facer Street beautification initiative. “This is in the hope to attract other businesses into that area, as it’s a really great area.”

March 25, 2016

Facer Street businesses that want to plan a street festival will find cooperation at City Hall. St. George’s Coun. Mike Britton made a motion Monday asking staff be directed to provide guidance on what steps the businesses need to take.

Britton said the long-term goal is to make the street a walkable community and attraction — a “Little Europe.”

“It’s ambitious but I think it could be a real gem.”

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