Lakewood: Light up the night

The nonprofit LakewoodAlive is urging city residents to “light up the night” to show community solidarity during the COVID-19 crisis. Lakewood residents are being asked to decorate front porches or apartment balcony railings with string lights. Residents who do not have a front porch or who do not have string lights can simply turn on an exterior light at dusk.

Participants are asked to share their decorated porch photos to the Light the Lakewood Night Facebook event page using #LovingLakewood and #LighttheLakewoodNight.

The launch of Light the Lakewood Night came days after LakewoodAlive introduced a webpage,, in partnership with the city and the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. The page is devoted to compiling resources for Lakewood small businesses during the crisis.

Avon Lake council OKs street program expense

Avon Lake will pay $941,689.55 to Ronyak Paving, of Burton, Ohio, to complete the city's 2020 Asphalt Street Program. The contract was approved at council's March 23 meeting. The $2 million program includes repaving Lear Road between Walker and Lake roads in spring or summer. In addition, Walker Road will be repaved from Ambleside Drive to Avon Belden Road.

New ambulance for Avon Lake

City Council has authorized spending $286,158.47 to Horton Emergency Vehicles of Grove City, Ohio for a new ambulance for the Fire Department. The agreement, approved on March 23, includes trading in an old ambulance valued at $15,000, reducing the original cost of nearly $300,000 for the ambulance. Finance Director Steve Presley said the purchase, paid for from the city's paramedic fund, was necessary because one of the city’s vehicles has serious mechanical issues.

Pedestrian safety in Avon Lake

City Council is considering installing reflective poles, or delineators, at pedestrian crossings in the city. Safety Committee Chair David Kos said the delineators are used in other nearby communities, including on Detroit Road west of Avon Belden Road in Avon. Public Works Director Joe Reitz will research the issue, including potential costs.

Meanwhile, the city will adjust instructions for solar-powered crosswalk signals. Kos said that once a signal button is pushed and the sign is illuminated, the pedestrian can safely cross as soon as traffic has cleared. Council's safety committee members and police believe the manufacturer's instructions might cause pedestrians to mistakenly think traffic will stop immediately after they press the button. The city sign shop will print and install the clarified instructions.

Rocky River restaurant owner tests positive for COVID-19

Joe Kanaan, the 72 year-old owner of Joe’s Deli, has tested positive for COVID-19. His family confirmed the results on the business’s Facebook page.

“Joe is in stable condition at [The] Cleveland Clinic and we pray that he makes a full recovery and is able to get back to what he loves the most; serving the people of Northeast Ohio.” the post reads.

Kanaan, who opened the restaurant on Hilliard Boulevard in 1994, was admitted to Fairview Hospital in Cleveland March 23. Joe’s Deli was closed last week due to concerns over the health and safety of its staff and the community.

Demo crews tear down Rocky River condos

A month after a five-alarm blaze engulfed a luxury condominium complex on Hilliard Boulevard, demolition crews tore down what remained. City officials announced the project via the city’s website on March 24 and the two-day project began the next day.

The cause of the Feb. 23 fire has not been determined, but the state fire marshal has ruled out arson. Several insurance companies have spent the last month trying to figure out how to split the cost of the estimated $10 million in damage the fire caused to the condo complex, fire trucks, a neighboring apartment complex and the sound barrier across the street.

Pride One, the company overseeing the project, has confirmed through the city that it plans to rebuild the structure, said Building Commissioner Ray Reich. However, no timeline has been announced.

Rockport River Luxury Condos was to feature 24 condominiums on four stories with an option of two or three bedrooms Each unit would offer a balcony, and prices for a unit started at $335,000. The complex was expected to open later this spring.

Two Avon Lake officers on self-quarantine

Avon Lake officials this week confirmed two cases of COVID-19 among its 32-member Police Department.

The first case was announced XX and the second on Wednesday. One is a desk officer and the other is a patrolman.

City officials are not identifying the officers, who are in self-quarantine. City officials also don’t know how the officers contracted the virus, said Sgt. Reed Reikowski. Department members are working longer hours during the coronavirus crisis, Reikowski said.

“Officers are indicating they’ll be flexible when it comes to working out how to handle extra hours or different assignments while this is going on,” Reikowski said.

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