North Ridgeville News

Students get scared sober in hours before biggest bash of their young lives

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

North Ridgeville High School seniors sat through a sobering and sometimes frightening school assembly Friday on the dangers of drinking and driving, less than 36 hours before many would be attending arguably the most anticipated event of their teenage years – prom.

Held in the school’s main gym, the assembly served several purposes, according to school officials. Most importantly, it provided students with useful information about the dangers …Read More

Longtime council member Butkowski eliminated from 2017 election

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The primary for the Republican council-at-large seat signaled the end of an era for a longtime local political powerhouse.

Councilwoman-at-Large Bernadine Butkowski finished fourth in the four-person Republican field during the May 2 primary, meaning she will not advance to the November general election.

Butkowski has served on council since she was first voted into office in 1996. She was the niece of former Mayor …Read More

Harvest Ridge celebrates quarter century of preaching importance of family

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

What started out as a congregation so small it would meet in the living room of an apartment celebrated its 25th anniversary during its three April 30 services.

Started by Rev. Kevin and Robin Crow, Harvest Ridge Church, an affiliate of the Assemblies of God, is in the midst of expanding its building on Lorain Road for the seventh time since it was …Read More

Crews start construction of UH Lorain Road location

Friday, May 5th, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

They are moving dirt and work has started on the new University Hospitals facility which will be located on Lorain Road near the Ohio Turnpike entrance.

Crews broke ground a few weeks ago, according to Mayor Dave Gillock, and the facility should be open by the summer of 2018.

When completed, the 30-acre location will house a 50,300-square-foot, $32.4 million state-of-the-art outpatient health center …Read More

Browns draft gets thumbs up from local fan base

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

North Ridgeville

By Michael Fitzpatrick

The two men sat inside the dimly lit bar watching the large flat-screen color TV just overhead.

Jeff Toth and Donald Novak both had the same dumbfounded look on their face, a look that screams “what the hell is going on here.”

The bar was Aces Grille. The date was April 27, 2017. The duo, beers in front of them, was watching the annual …Read More