Greenspan named to state task force

Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) is one of 24 state legislators named to a bipartisan economic recovery task force to study how to jumpstart an economic recovery as the state gradually transitions to a normal life starting May 1.

The bipartisan group includes members from urban, suburban and rural communities from throughout Ohio, said Speaker of the House Larry Householder.

Greenspan represents the 16th District, which includes Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

The panel will meet virtually.

Householder said in a news release it's important to focus on planning Ohio's economic recovery.

“The policies that needed to be put in place have flattened two curves, one regarding the spread of the virus, the other regarding our economy,” Householder said. “Ohio needs to get healthy and back to work as soon as possible.

The task force is reviewing and inviting business owners throughout the state to participate in the virtual meetings to explain the impact in greater detail. Businesses can email the following information:

Name and location of the business

Number of employees

Years in business

Contact information for business owners (email, phone number)

Brief description of nature of the business

Additionally, businesses can submit written responses to the task force. If submitting or speaking before the task force, the panel asks businesses to focus on the following points:

If/how they are able to operate during the coronavirus.

What kind of financial strains have been brought on by this? If they have been in business for many years, how has this been compared to other financial downturns?

What kinds of obstacles do they see ahead of them once they are able to fully open up again?

Any governmental roadblocks ahead that the legislature should be aware of?

Any ideas that they might have on protocols they believe would be helpful to return to work while maintaining a level of safety to provide confidence to their customers?

Ex-worker suspected in Avon Lake bank theft

A former Fifth Third Bank worker at the Lear Road Avon Lake branch is expected to be arrested and charged sometime this week in connection with the theft of $1,226 from customers at the bank, Avon Lake police said.

The thefts took place on March 10 and 12 in two separate transactions, said Sgt. Reed Reikowski. Reikowski declined to discuss how the thefts were committed or how many victims were involved. He said the worker does not appear to be involved in any other incidents.

Bank officials told him the worker was fired after an internal investigation, Reikowski said.

Westshore schools recognized for music excellence

The Rocky River, Bay Village, Lakewood and Avon Lake school districts have been recognized as the best communities for music education on the Westshore in 2019. The distinction is awarded by the National Association of Music Merchants, an organization composed of local and national music stores and manufacturers.

The local districts were among 754 U.S. school districts that received this honor. Each district is chosen based on outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education, according to the organization’s website.

Free boarding, day care for essential workers’ pets

Paws by the Lake, 33757 Lake Road in Avon Lake, reopened Monday to welcome the pets of essential workers for boarding or day care. The service is being offered free for them, during regular business hours, seven days a week, through May 20.

Co-owner Dr. Frank Krupka said the staff is looking forward to helping health care workers, first responders, grocery workers and all essential frontline workers who have served during the current health emergency. “There's a need for pets to be cared for while people are working,” he said.

Essential workers may schedule free boarding and/or day care for their pets by calling 440- 933-5297, option 3. All pets must be up to date on vaccinations, Krupka said.

Support sought for medical workers, businesses

Covid-19 Heroes Fund supports staff efforts at The Cleveland Clinic, Mercy Health and University Hospitals during the current medical emergency

The program, promoted by the Avon and Avon Lake municipal governments and school districts, urges residents to make monetary gifts to the hospitals or provide gift cards or personal protection equipment (PPE). Purchasing gift cards from local businesses also aids those businesses during the current shutdown.

To learn how to make a donation, contact the hospital of your choice. For the Cleveland Clinic, email; for Mercy Health, call 800-999-2744; and for University Hospitals, email

The program ends May 8.

Avon-Avon Lake food drive Saturday

A food drive to benefit Community Resource Services is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The drive, sponsored by the Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club, will have drop-off locations at 33479 Lake Road in Avon Lake and 37190 Colorado Ave. in Avon. Paper and hygiene products, including toilet paper, paper towels and hand and dish soap, are needed as well as non-perishable foods.

Organizer Tomie Patton of Avon Lake said some perishable foods with longer shelf lives, such as carrots, potatoes or oranges, might work, but she advised against donating highly perishable foods due to limited refrigeration facilities.

“I feel terrible for all the hard-working people who never thought they would be in this position – ever.” Patton said.

The drive will occur rain or shine.

Office on Aging needs masks for clients

The Lorain County Office on Aging is seeking donations of cloth masks for its elderly, at-risk clients.

The agency said in a Facebook post it has been receiving many calls from older residents who do not know where they can get a mask or lack materials to make masks themselves.

Anyone able to help is asked to call Executive Director Lauren Burgess at 440-326-4822.

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