North Olmsted Giant Eagle worker tests positive for COVID-19

A North Olmsted Giant Eagle worker in the Water Tower Plaza store tested positive for COVID-19 June 11, prompting cleanup work at the store

Staff at the North Olmsted store referred comments to corporate officials. Giant Eagle spokesman Dan Donovan sent the following statement via email:

“The safety of our Team Members and guests remains our top priority. We have received confirmation that a Team Member at our Watertower Giant Eagle in North Olmsted has tested positive for COVID-19. Our focus is on ensuring that the Team Member is cared for, and that others who may have come into close contact with the individual are appropriately notified. The Team Member’s last day of work was June 11, and we continue rigorous sanitization efforts throughout this location.”

Donovan did not respond to a question about how Giant Eagle learned about the positive test.

Fairview golf outing canceled

The annual Fairview Park Education Foundation July golf outing has been canceled.

Regulations prompted by COVD-19 made it impossible to hold a golf outing this month, said Denise Devine, president of the education foundation. The 2021 outing has been scheduled for July 10 at the Grey Hawk Golf Club in Lagrange.

Lakewood road work set to begin

It’s orange cone season in Lakewood. City Council unanimously approved a $2 million contract with Shelly Co. Northeast of Twinsburg during its meeting on June 15. Work is expected to begin on July 13 and will focus on resurfacing and pavement marking.

Construction crews will also remove and replace the guardrails on Donald, French, Lakewood and Victoria avenues. Here are the roads that will see work this year:

Athens Avenue from Brown to Bunts Road.

Bayes Avenue from Warren to Brown Road.

Daleview Drive from Riverside Drive to McKinley Avenue.

Delaware Avenue from Arthur Avenue to Alger Road.

Forest Cliff Drive from Lake Avenue to Northern Terminus.

McKinley Avenue from S. Marginal to Riverside Drive.

Parkside Drive from Lake Road to Northern Terminus.

Ridgewood Avenue from Franklin to Detroit Avenue.

Wagar Avenue from Madison Avenue to Detroit Avenue.

Boys & Girls Club director named

Mike Conibear, a youth development professional and mentor for more than 30 years, has been named the Lorain County regional director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio.

Conibear, who lives in Amherst, previously served as executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County, one of the four Clubs that merged in 2019 to form BGCNEO. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing individual, corporate and philanthropic relationships.

Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids ages 6-18 after school with an emphasis on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character development. Prior to a temporary shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BGCNEO was operating 39 locations in five counties. Nine Clubs reopened June 15.

Conibear, who was born in Detroit but grew up in Bowling Green, holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Michigan University, where he was also a guard on the basketball team. He started his Boys & Girls Clubs career as a youth development professional in Toledo and later worked for four years as a staffer at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana in Valparaiso.

When he became BGCLC’s executive director in 2000, the organization had one Club and a $50,000 budget. At the time of the 2019 merger, there were 19 Clubs in seven communities with a budget of more than $6 million.

RR Chamber expo postponed

The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its 18th annual Business Expo to April 29, 2021. Originally planned for October, the expo will still be at the Don Umerley Civic Center. Because of the new April date, there will not be an expo held in the fall next year either, said the chamber’s Executive Director Angela Barth.

Plans for new LGBTQ 'hotspot' announced

Developers Daniel Budish and Betsy Figgie are giving LGBTQ members of the Westshore community a new reason to show their pride year-round. Last week, the two announced a multiphase development project to turn the vacant Phantasy Nightclub at 11802 Detroit Ave. into a multipurpose “gayborhood” called Studio West.

The three-building, nearly 100,000 square-foot campus will include a gym, a mixed-use building with eight apartments, and five commercial storefronts. There will also be an entertainment complex that will have a podcasting studio, a co-working space and a hub for drag shows, live music and other nightlife events.

The duo plan on finalizing the sale of the nightclub, which once hosted acts like Nine Inch Nails and Devo, this month in hopes of beginning work on the complex as soon as possible. The two hope to open the first part of the community, the 16,000 square-foot gym next year.

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