North Ridgeville News

City to hold off on hiring of three new firefighters in 2017 budget

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

North Ridgeville fire Chief John Reese had hoped to add three new firefighters to his department this year, but the city doesn’t have the money and the department will continue to work shorthanded, according to Reese.

Reese said if the city had approved the three hires it would have allowed for the department to staff all three of its companies at full-staff 24/7. …Read More

Police not requesting funding for body cams in 2017 budget

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The North Ridgeville City Council’s finance committee held three days of meetings/hearings with various department heads as it planned out its 2017 budget.

Over three days, the heads of the different departments, such as fire, police, parks and recreation, appear in front of the committee and go over the money they are asking for and explain how it will be used.

Typically, police and …Read More

North Ridgeville grad getting chance to hobnob with powerful players of military, political world

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

A 2015 North Ridgeville graduate who took an unusual route to gain admittance to West Point is making the most of his time at the United States Military Academy.

Jeff Reffert enlisted in the U.S. Army between his junior and senior years of high school with a goal of joining ROTC at Norwich University in Vermont.

His plans changed when he was encouraged by …Read More

Board goes public with contract offer to teachers union; offers 2-percent raise for for four years

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The tension between the North Ridgeville Education Association and the North Ridgeville Board of Education ratcheted up a few more notches after the last board meeting, Feb. 21. The 200 or so members of the NREA who attended the meeting departed early after the board elected to discuss negotiations publicly and even posted slides detailing the “final best offer” it had made …Read More

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