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(Posted 8:30 p.m., Nov. 13)
Street name changes officially come into effect next week

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Residents living on two small courts in Blackburn Hamlet and a pair of streets in Orléans will soon be undergoing a change in address without having to actually move.

The streets in question are getting a new name as part of the City of Ottawa’s effort to eliminate confusion over streets with similar names, or whose geographic locations are problematic for emergency responders.

Wedgewood Court, which is a short spur off Wedgewood Crescent, and Beechmont Court, which runs off of Beechmont Crescent, will henceforth be referred to as Catalpa Court and Voltage Court respectively.

Catalpa is a genus of flowering plants in the family Bignon-iaceae, while Voltage is self-explanatory. The names were suggested by city staff, and presented to the public for comment, as was Chants-d’Oiseaux Way, which is the new name for Notre Dame Street West which runs off St-Joseph Blvd. just west of Jeanne d’Arc.

The fourth street being given a new moniker is the south end of Belcourt Blvd. between Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and Innes Road, which is being renamed Frank Bender Blvd. in honour of long-time resident Frank Bender.

Unlike the other new street names, Frank Bender’s name was put forward by his neighbours.

Bender, 82, has lived on the street since 1963. He and his wife Helen raised two children on the street – their son Terry and their daughter Karyn who passed away from kidney disease at age 14.

Back in the day, Frank either founded or helped launch a number of minor sports organizations including the Orléans Amateur Fastball Association, which he led as president for 25 years; the St. François Bowling League, where he served as president for 20 years; and Cumberland Township Ladies Fastball.

He was also involved with the Orléans Minor Hockey Associa-tion for 21 years; he volunteered with the Children’s Aid Society for nearly 20 years; and he was the chairman of the Ottawa Chapter of the Kidney Founda-tion for a year after his daughter passed away.

Bender is both honoured and humbled at having the street named after him. His wife, who lives in a nursing home, and his son are both extremely proud.

The name changes, which come into effect on Nov. 16, will impact 48 addresses on Belcourt Blvd., 12 addresses on Beechmont Court, 10 addresses on Wedgewood Court, and eight addresses on Notre Dame Street West.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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