North Ridgeville News

Middle school students give slamming performances of their own poetry

Friday, February 17th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

A duo of North Ridgeville Middle School language arts teachers put a different spin on presenting poetry to their eighth-grade students.

The results were slamming, as in a poetry slam.

Teacher Joe Post floated the idea of the eighth-graders having their own Mega Slam to his teaching partner Claire Conley, a self-admitted lover of good prose.

Post came to her with a question: “How are …Read More

The bag man: A North Ridgeville business tries to compete by selling quality in a society where so many buy based on price

Friday, February 17th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

We live in a time where bottom lines rule the day in the world of business.
Lawrence Nolan, an admittedly disorganized, but creative and kind soul, stands in stark contrast to that profile.

Nolan owns and operates Versa-Flex, which makes bags used by photographers, videographers and grips (guys who carry sound equipment), as well as multi-use airline checkable cases, bags to carry your laptop, …Read More

Stalled: Board, NREA at impasse in contract negotiations after 10 months at table

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

Things are starting to get a little testy. That might be the best way to describe the negotiations between the North Ridgeville School Board and the North Ridgeville Education Association, the union that represent the district’s teachers.

Teachers have been working under an old contract this school year after the last three-year deal expired on July 1, 2016.

Both sides met seven or eight …Read More

Primary race for council at-large seats should be a good one

Friday, February 10th, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

Everybody loves a good race. There is a good one brewing in the contest for three council-at large seats opening up at the end of the year. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are running four candidates for the three councilman-at-large seats that will open up at the end of 2017.

Currently Council President Kevin Corcoran, Bernadine Butkowski and Roseanne Johnson are serving in …Read More

Oberlin baseball historian spins tale of little-known ballplayer at men’s senior breakfast

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

There are two seasons — winter and baseball season.

Those words, uttered by a former baseball owner, showman and raconteur, appeared on a large screen at last week’s Senior Center men’s breakfast, setting the stage for a talk on a little-known Cleveland Indian who played on one of the franchise’s more memorable teams.

As the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training draws ever …Read More