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Off the beat: Dec. 8, 2007

Elyria school district gets attention

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Elyria High School teacher Regina Constantino and her daughters outside the “Today” show in New York City.

Sometimes, landing a good marketing opportunity – a free one, no less – is like trying to land the perfect job: It doesn`t happen without a lot of work.

Elyria Schools doesn`t have millions to spend on marketing, but the district is always looking to promote a positive image. That happened twice recently when school officials discovered they received some media play regionally and nationally.

The first was when Elyria High School teacher Regina Constantino and her daughters visited New York City over Thanksgiving and were seen on NBC`s “Today” show as the camera was capturing guests outside the studio.

Constantino and her daughters had a handmade sign that said “Elyria High.”

The second occurence was discovered this week. A photo of Northwood Junior High students, taken during a Cleveland Indians baseball game this past season, appears in a marketing brochure the Indians are using for the coming year.

– Shawn Foucher

Retired, but not forgotton

Wise

Former Ohio Board of Education member Martha Wise might be retired, but that doesn`t mean the state has forgotten her 28 years of service on the board.

Wise will be honored Monday with a Pioneer in Education award for her service on the board from 1973 to 1982 and 1989 to 2006, when she ran for the state Senate. Wise also served on the school board from 1984 to 1988.

Wise, 74, said she was honored to receive the award, which will be presented at the board`s monthly meeting at the Ohio School for the Deaf.

Meanwhile, Wise isn`t resting on her laurels. She`s still working part-time because, she said, she just can`t sit still.

– Brad Dicken

You snooze, you lose

Most elected officials are not happy when citizens fall asleep in the midst of their lengthy talks about possible legislation.

But when the speech giver is state Rep. Matt Lundy, D-Elyria, and the causal snoozer is an 87-year-old man, cutting the elderly man a little slack is in order.

That`s what happened Thursday when Thomas Quigley of Avon Lake nodded off during Lundy`s town hall meeting at Avon Public Library.

Quigley came to see Lundy about his property tax bill. He ended up hearing a talk about Ohio`s role in renewable energy sources, the payday loan industry and how unscrupulous credit card companies are preying on unemployed college students. Quigley`s patience soon gave way to quick siesta, although few people noticed.

But when Lundy finally called on the elderly man after remembering seeing his raised hand, he learned that much of his talk was missed.

“I`m sorry. I think I fell asleep,” Quigley said.

Not to worry, Lundy said, adding that he`s felt like napping many times during committee meetings.

– Lisa Roberson