Archive for October, 2016

Creation of art and beautification department back to drawing board

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

By Nicole Hennessy


Avon city officials are back to the drawing board on an initiative that would create an art and beautification department within the city.

Several issues are plaguing the initiative.

The original plan was to begin applying bed taxes to a designated fund; however, state law will not allow this, so it was suggested the bed taxes be reappropriated to a newly created art and beautification department each year.

The …Read More

Funding could mean a greater push toward adolescents in recovery

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon/Avon Lake

With the 2016 general election weeks away and Lorain County ballot Issue 35 being discussed heavily countywide, alternative ideas to combat the heroin epidemic are being thrown around.

One of these ideas is a “recovery high school,” a campus on which those in need of sober living and modeling would live, study and become a part of – maybe for the first time in …Read More

Avon Lake considers 10-year tax abatement

Friday, October 28th, 2016

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

Before the end of 2019, the corner of Miller and Walker roads will likely be home to 144 new apartment homes – an almost $18-million project Avon Lake City Council is currently considering for a 10-year tax abatement.

On the receiving end of the abatement is Avon Lake Aqua.

The initiative stems from the project’s location within the portion of Avon Lake designated as a …Read More

Let’s make up, not break up

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Neil Sedaka’s song “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” was first released in 1962 and hit number one on Aug. 11, as I was turning 13.

The age of angst. I’m referring to the teenage years – a complex blend of joy and melancholy, hormones and high school.

I smile at the realization that some 50-plus years later, we could also refer to today as an age …Read More

‘Buddy Bench’ a hit among students at Knollwood School

Thursday, October 27th, 2016


Sheffield Village/Sheffield Lake

by Michele Murphy

Whether you are 6 or 60, it is good to have a buddy. It’s even better when you have several buddies. Kindergarten and first-grade students at Knollwood Elementary School in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District get a daily dose of friendship-making skills by encouraging them to use The Buddy Bench, recently installed on their playground.

Their teachers and the district’s social worker …Read More