Avon Lake ward meeting

This year’s ward meeting will have a different format due to necessary COVID-19 precautions. There will be just one citywide ward meeting that will be aired from 7-9 p.m. March 3. The meeting will be aired live on the city Facebook page, at AvonLake.org and on ALC-TV Government Access channels (Spectrum 1025 and WOW 21) from council chambers and will not be open to the public. Any questions or comments for city officials can be mailed prior to the meeting to Mary Krupar, 150 Avon Belden Road; emailed to mkrupar@avonlake.org or placed in a drop-off box outside of Avon Lake City Hall. Deadline to receive questions is at noon March 3. Residents can also submit questions via text to 440-396-0074 during the meeting.

Community Care Soup for the Spirit

The annual fundraiser this year will consist of a virtual auction and other virtual events Thursday through Sunday. Visit nrccommcare.org for more details. You can become a sponsor of the event at various levels ranging from Silver ($100) to Diamond ($1,000).

Fairview Park Garden Club

The Fairview Park Garden Club presents “Petal Power,” a raffle to benefit city beautification. Tickets are $25 each and the drawing will be held April 13. The prizes will be four $500 Visa gift cards. Only 250 tickets will be sold. Winners need not be present. Tickets are available through the Fairview Park Garden Club Facebook Page or by sending a check payable to Fairview Park Garden Club, Charlie Moran, 21285 South Park Drive, Fairview Park OH 44126.

Memorial tree to be planted

Russell Beck, longtime member of the Avon Lake Citizens Tree Commission, has died. Beck, who died Jan. 31 in Oregon, served on the Citizens Tree Commission for 23 years.

A biology science teacher at Lakewood High School, Beck was the “go-to guy” for many years for information about plants, trees and wildlife.

Donations may be made for a tree to be planted in Beck’s memory in one of Avon’s Lake’s parks by mailing a check payable to “Friends of the Park-Tree Program-Russell Beck” and addressed to City of Avon Lake, 150 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012.

District to host seminar on vocabulary

The Bay Village City School District is hosting a webinar on building a child’s working vocabulary, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Called The Power of Words, the event will be hosted by Char Shryock, the district’s director of teaching and learning, and will focus on the impact of building a child's working vocabulary through research, conversations, experiences and opportunities to ask questions. Parents of students of all age groups can join. For more information, go to Bayvillageschools.com.

Westlake police officers honored

The Westlake Police Department honored five officers whose efforts exemplified the department's commitment to its mission to serve the community in 2020. The officers were nominated out of 100 officers and staff from the Westlake Police Department by their peers. Awards were given Feb. 12 at Westlake City Hall.

The officers and the awards they earned through their work are:

Patrolman Dennis Funari, Officer of the Year; Patrolman JP Toth, Blue Shield Award (for most self-initiated arrests); Employee of the Year, CSO Tim Gut (award reserved for non-sworn WPD employees); and Patrolmen Matt Craig and Rick Dudas, Lifesaving Award (for actions that rescued a mentally disabled non-ambulatory adult from a house fire Feb. 13, 2020).

Community West website has new look

Community West Foundation has revealed a new website that includes a refreshed design and corporate logo. The new website features improved functionality including an online grant request portal for nonprofit agencies. The redesign was done to make the grant process more efficient for the organizations requesting funds and the people reviewing them.

The Community West Foundation is focused on helping people restore dignity by supporting nonprofits that provide basic needs programs and services in Cleveland and Western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Their new website can be viewed at www.communitywestfoundation.org.

Vaccine town halls online

The Ohio Department of Health is hosting live streamed COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls next week to help Ohioans sift through the myths and learn where they can find reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 vaccines.

Each town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature medical experts, community leaders, and public health professionals.

Monday’s town hall is for Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans and Tuesday’s is for rural Ohioans. The events can be viewed live or afterward on demand on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/OHdeptofhealth/; YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/c/OhioDepartmentofHealth1Online; or https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/townhall

Ice rescue on Lake Erie

A group of people were rescued from ice floes in Lake Erie just off the shore in Cleveland Sunday afternoon. An ice rescue team was first sent to the area of Edgewater Park around 3:30 p.m., when calls came in that 10 people were stranded on two separate ice floes near Edgewater Park, the Coast Guard said on Twitter.

The rescue took about an hour, as six people were guided off the ice by the Coast Guard and another four with help from the Cleveland Fire Department, officials said. A portion of the ice broke off. Rescue boats arrived before the helicopter.

The U.S. Coast Guard recommend people stay off the lake.

Two Lakewood teens killed in crash

Lakewood police are investigating a crash that left two people dead and two others injured early Sunday morning. The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. near Clifton Boulevard and Fry Avenue.

Lakewood police said two vehicles were involved in the crash. Witnesses said one of the cars involved in the crash appeared to be torn in half.

The driver of the first vehicle was transported to Metro Hospital in unknown condition. Lakewood City Council President Dan O'Malley said that City Council members are already working with police to see if changes could be made to keep drivers and residents safer in that area.

The council president said that there are numerous factors that cause poor driving visibility on Clifton Boulevard, including cars parked dangerously close to intersections.

Wrong-way crash kills Lakewood woman

A 50-year-old Lakewood woman was killed in a wrong-way car crash on State Route 2. At 2:40 p.m. on Feb. 17, Charmain Woods drove west in the eastbound lane and hit a Ford Explorer with her car, Cleveland police said.

Woods was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Giant Eagle Pilots flashfood app to offer real-time savings

Giant Eagle is partnering with Flashfood to pilot a program that will provide guests the opportunity to realize savings of up to 50% on select products that are nearing the item’s “best by” date. Initially, this pilot will include the following five Northeast Ohio Giant Eagle locations, including the Rocky River Giant Eagle, 22160 Center Ridge Road.

“We are excited to launch this unique pilot program to offer meaningful, real-time savings to our guests while simultaneously taking steps to reduce food waste,” said Dan Donovan, Giant Eagle Spokesperson. “We are constantly exploring innovative opportunities to deliver value in our stores.”
As perishable items from the meat, seafood, produce, deli and bakery departments in the pilot locations approach the “best by” date, the products will be discounted up to 50% and made available on the Flashfood mobile application. Guests are then able to browse the available items and complete their purchase directly through the Flashfood app. Confirmed orders will be picked up from the “Flashfood Zone” inside the respective Giant Eagle location.
"We are very excited to partner with Giant Eagle to bring Flashfood to even more communities," said Eric Tribe, chief marketplace officer at Flashfood. “Our partnership will drive an even bigger impact towards reducing food waste and providing families really great deals on a range of fresh food items, such as produce, breads, and meats.”

Citizens Bank hosts fourth annual small business community champion award

Citizens Bank has opened its annual Small Business Community Champion Award Contest, aimed at recognizing the positive contributions small businesses make to their communities, including those in Ohio.

Now in its fourth year, the contest will award $10,000 each to 30 small businesses across Citizens’ 11-state footprint, including at least 10 minority-owned and 10 women-owned businesses, to help further strengthen their communities and their businesses. Nominations are open until 5 p.m. March 1.

This year marks the largest award pool for the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award to date – expanded to include all the markets served, with more chances to win and a larger prize pool – $300,000 – than ever before.

What: The Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award Contest: Eligible for-profit small businesses can enter for a chance to win $10,000 in recognition of their contributions made to the communities they support. To enter, eligible businesses must answer the following three questions (100 words max.) and upload at least 1 photo. See Official Rules for further eligibility requirements.

How would you use the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award to strengthen and sustain your business?

How would you use the Citizens Small Business Community Champion Award to support your community’s growth?

How is your business adapting to meet the evolving needs and behaviors of your customers and/or community?

Official rules, additional instructions and requirements regarding entry and submission are provided on the contest website.

When: The contest is open for award submissions until 5 p.m. March 1.

Who: For-profit small businesses in operation for at least two years with up to $3 million in revenue located in Citizens’ footprint (Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey). Additional restrictions apply.

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