Avon News

Dog swimming center moves forward despite doubts

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


By Nicole Hennessy

Not everyone on Avon Planning Commission was convinced an indoor dog pool is a great idea.

Even those who voted “yes” were skeptical of the proposed 7,468-square-foot Doggie Paddle Aquatic Center, though the plan was ultimately approved by the Planning Commission April 19.

The only “no” vote came from commission member James Malloy, who expressed doubts about a planned outdoor area near residents’ homes and …Read More

City officials urge resolution rejecting state income tax collection

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Avon Lake/Avon

By Nicole Hennessy

City officials urged Avon Lake City Council to pass a resolution opposing a controversial income tax provision buried in the state’s 2017-2018 budget during Monday’s work session.

Several cities, including Lorain and Elyria, have adopted similar resolutions opposing state-mandated centralized collection of net-profit income taxes.

Steve Presley, Avon Lake’s finance director, who also sits on the board of Ohio’s Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA), …Read More

Avon joins fight against state legislation

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017


By Nicole Hennessy

The city of Avon is now onboard with a lawsuit in response to the State of Ohio’s adoption of Senate Bill 331 (SB331).

Avon joins about 30 other municipalities opposing the bill, which originally pertained to rules regarding Grove City, Ohio, pet stores. The Ohio Senate passed this version of the bill in May. The House Finance Committee proceeded to add language to the …Read More

Superintendents weigh in as state sorts out new standards

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

The state of Ohio’s April deadline for sending its proposed plan to align with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education has been pushed back to September – a small victory for advocates against excessive testing.

In the meantime, local educators are pushing for what they see as fair standards.

Last month, over 100 people from both Lorain …Read More

Students meet weekly, encourage others to become politically active

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

The topic today is the federal travel ban. Or is it a Muslim ban?

Nobody talks.

After all, it’s late on a Friday afternoon and most Avon High School students have headed home for the weekend.

Sarah Jessup, president of the school’s Junior State of America (JSA) group, which meets every week, dives into the topic. About 15 of her peers listen patiently before adding …Read More