Archive for February, 2017

Third-grade spelling champ calmly, cooly makes his way to title

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

Ethan Crevda stood in front of a microphone in the Liberty Elementary cafeteria as the school’s entire third-grade class sat crisscross-applesauce in front of him.

In such an environment, what third-grader wouldn’t be nervous? There are men and women well into middle age who get dizzy and break into a flop sweat at just the thought they might have to stand up and say …Read More

Middle-schooler continues to light up gyms and ponder where he’ll play next year

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


By Michael Fitzpatrick

His first words were, besides mama and dada, “LeBron James” and “Cavs.”

He started playing competitive basketball at age 5 and by third grade was ranked the No. 1 player in his age group in the country (yes, they do rank players at that young of an age, so go ahead and roll your eyes and shake your head).

Now, as high school beckons, he …Read More

Public meeting on proposed outdoor pool a productive one, according to Parks and Rec director

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The city took another step in what will be a long journey if it hopes to one day build and operate an outdoor aquatic facility – or in plainspeak, a city pool.

North Ridgeville could very well have its own in the not-so-distant future. That process started on a cold Feb. 16 night as approximately 30 residents attended a public meeting on the subject …Read More

Alternative development would require fostering relationships with private enterprises

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Lake

Speculative or shell buildings, surely, are not the centerpiece of Avon Lake’s economic development strategy.

The city’s economic development director, Ted Esborn, drove this point home, discussing the city’s potential development interests.

Yet, the tactic of working with private developers to build shell buildings, which would serve to attract expanding or new industries to the city, has come up in conversation among city officials.

While the city …Read More

Dan Bucci: Council’s business booster

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Dan Bucci decided to run for council in Avon Lake in 2009. At the time, the United States was in the throes of an economic decline being likened to the Great Depression. The local Ford plant had just announced hundreds of layoffs and that meant city coffers would suffer.