Avon News

Community building for safer cities

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Can a more connected community end up being a safer community?

It’s hard to quantify, but it certainly couldn’t hurt.

Avon and Avon Lake are among area cities that have recently experienced several break-ins, some of which occurred after residential doors were kicked in.

From Nov. 4 to Dec. 1 of last year, five burglaries were reported in Avon Lake.

In Avon, there were six burglaries …Read More

Local mayors talk 2017 goals

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka both have interesting years ahead of them. Jensen is up for re-election and Zilka continues to navigate his city’s tricky economic landscape. Each mayor took time to share some hopes and challenges for the new year.

What city projects or initiatives are you most looking forward to in 2017?

Zilka: We are going to …Read More

An eight-syllable word with four-letter-word implications

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

How many eight-syllable words do you know? Here’s one: interoperability. It means the ability to communicate and share real-time information and data.

Three area police departments – Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield Lake – like words like interoperability because, from their perspectives, it means keeping us safe. As applied to safety force communications, it can also mean the difference between life and death.

That is why the …Read More

Prayers From Maria Foundation continues to build on success

Friday, January 6th, 2017

By Nicole Hennessy

A forgotten  sunflower stands among acres of flowers that have been harvested for their seeds. Press photo, Nicole Hennessy.


The Prayers From Maria Foundation’s Field of Hope is now synonymous with summer in Avon.

This year’s calendar of events saw additions like an on-site merchandise shop, fireworks and concerts.

And it’s paid off big.

The foundation will be donating $600,000 to glioma research initiatives.

Ed McNamara founded Prayers from …Read More

CRS to host 28th annual charity ball

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Avon/Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

The Community Resource Sevices (CRS) Charity Ball committee is preparing for the 28th annual event Jan. 28, 2017.

Behind the scenes are 24 women on the committee, planning the charity ball.

Avon resident Trisha Alberini has been volunteering with CRS for about four years.

A chaotic household and kids in the background, she talked about what drew her to the organization.

“CRS is an organization that …Read More