August 22, 2014

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Elyria mayor seeks donations to bring back Fourth of July fireworks

Fourth of July fireworks are shot off at Cascade Park in Elyria in 2007. The last time the city had a fireworks display was 2008. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Fourth of July fireworks are shot off at Cascade Park in Elyria in 2007. The last time the city had a fireworks display was 2008. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — Mayor Holly Brinda is aiming to return a Fourth of July fireworks show to the city.

However, city finances won’t allow tax dollars to be spent on the festivities. So the mayor, who has raised enough funds to bring free summer camps to the city for three consecutive summers as well as increase the holiday light show at Finley Estate, is aiming to pull off her biggest challenge yet.

The goal is to raise $60,000 by May 15.

“We can’t do this without donations,” she said. “We want to bring this back to our city, but we cannot with the current budget situation.”

If the money is raised by the target date through private and corporate donations, the plan is to hold a fireworks display at West Park on July 2 with a rain date of July 3.

This will save the city overtime expenses, Brinda said, since July 2 is a Wednesday. Safety regulations require significant police and fire presence at such an event.

A fundraising barometer on the city’s website showed that as of noon Tuesday, less than $10 has been raised.

Brinda said a fireworks show for the Fourth of July is about bringing back a cherished family tradition.

The city last sponsored a fireworks show in 2008. It was the first and last year the city moved the festivities to West Park on Foster Avenue. Before that, residents regularly saw rockets light up the sky at Cascade Park.

Resident who would like to donate to the fireworks funds can do so on the city’s website. Checks payable to the City of Elyria Fireworks Fund can be mailed to 131 Court St., Elyria, OH 44035. For more information, call (440) 326-1402.

Brinda said all funds raised will be used solely for the fireworks show.

“If we do not receive enough in donations in 2014, we will save the donations for fireworks until we do reach the goal,” she said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

  • bigmacky

    ummm no – its a thug fest at best – last time I went I was at cascade park and a guy got stabbed – no thanks

  • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

    The jab at having less than ten dollars is irresponsible considering this article will be the first real exposure for the fundraising. That number will be rising soon.

    • It has to stop

      Thought the same thing.

  • Sis Delish

    I’d Like to see Big Donations from the Unions representing the various Departmental Employees fund the Fireworks, and a one-day waiver of Union Contracts so that the Safety Forces can donate in-kind services to make the whole day/evening a more affordable and Patriotic Event.

    Then, I’d like to see $1.00 from every recipient of Welfare go towards this fund as a gesture of giving back. Let’s make 2014 the Year where over-taxed citizen/property owners are treated by those who can afford to purchase a $1.00 Lottery Ticket weekly. Challenge them to only spend $51.00 this year, and give the other buck for the show on July 4th.

    Lastly, its about time L.C.C.C. ponies up a big check. I’m calling on each and every professor, administrator and professional staff at the tax-payer subsidized conglomerate on Abbe Road to toss in $100.00 each.

    So Far, donations from Unions: $0.00
    So Far, donations from Welfare Recipients: $0.00
    So Far, donations from L.C.C.C. staff: $0.00

    I’m certain that a spectacular display could be arranged if these three groups of citizens would step up and give the Taxpayers a much needed break from always being asked to fund this, or to fund that.

    Let’s see if the Clique is listening.

    • John Davidson

      You forgot that maybe we could get the drug dealers and other thugs in Elyria to each chip in a few bucks. They will probably make enough that weekend to foot the whole bill.

      • Sis Delish

        Let them set up Booths.

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      Or we could, you know, not be so divisive and try to work together as a community.

      • Sis Delish

        Kumbaya is celebrated in November, I think.

        • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

          Here you go. http://i.imgur.com/XqG9JLi.png

          The first 20 was donated on behalf of the unions that have raised my quality of life by forcing my employer to compete on wage and benefits.

          The second 20 represents the city’s poor, who have to decide between rent and food while being vilified by people who’ve been more fortunate.

          The final 20 represents LCCC, where my partner and I earned our degrees without incurring a lifetime of debt, helping both of us into great careers.

          How much are you donating?

          • golfingirl

            All I see is $60.00.

            No mention of where it came from.

            If the poor are giving $20 for fireworks, they better get their priorities straight.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            This is what I’m talking about. One of you says the less fortunate should be “giving back” to pay for this, and another of you is calling them out if they do contribute. You’re giving them no chance to do the right thing. It’s mind boggling.

          • Sis Delish

            AP, I am certain you would agree that my call to spend other people’s money is within your area of beliefs, no?

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            Oh, I get it, a joke about Margaret Thatcher’s ignorant definition of socialism. I posted my receipt… I donated my own money, so it’s hard to paint me into that corner.

          • Sis Delish

            A Socialist celebrating Independece in America using his own money… Is that possible?

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            You literally have no idea what socialism means.

          • Sis Delish

            All ears…

          • golfingirl

            Really? Paying for fireworks is “giving back?”

            $20.00 spent of a single flash of light, maybe a boom, or two.

            Don’t you feel it would be irresponsible for a “poor” person to spend their money this way?

            Maybe a book, a warm coat for their child.

          • Mark B

            Lottery tickets, beer and cigarette’s doesn’t seem to be a problem , why not fireworks

          • golfingirl

            Your “partner”. Are you gay?

            Just asking.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            Not relevant.

          • golfingirl

            Sorry, none of my business.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            No worries.

          • SniperFire

            LOL

          • Sis Delish

            I am not donating. It’s time for the groups who have burdened the citizens to start giving back. I’m being INCLUSIVE by inviting those members of society who typically Take to Give, ready for this, a “smidgen” back.

            Your $60.00 contribution will be held in perpetuity until the year in which a cumulative $60,000.00 is raised. Better keep an eye on it, lest it become part of the City’s Longevity Pay line item.

          • Phil Seguin

            I’m in for $100 if we get the one day union waiver and in kind support from our safety forces that Sis Delish mentions.

          • Sis Delish

            Coalition Building… “it’s a good thing”… Now, what about those educated benefactors up Abbe Road?

          • Chris

            Where are all the libtards who gripe about global warming?. Don’t you know your burning metal and that pollutes. Damn double standards. By the way, the Chinese say thank you America see ya next year.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            Are you.. Complaining that people you disagree with aren’t complaining? Are you ever happy?

          • Sis Delish

            Chris, AP is only a Socialist, not necessarily a libtard, fyi. But, I’m certain at some point, AP will tell me and you what the difference should be in our understanding of what either of those two defined groups are.

          • Joe Smith

            I will match your donation but:

            I will subtract $20 due to the unions making everything more expensive lowering my quality of life and sending jobs overseas.

            Minus another $20 for the the people who live off my tax dollars and doing nothing to better themselves. ( Not counting the mentally of physically disabled)

            Can’t argue with the 3rd reason so I will donate $20 to match the 3rd reason.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            Fair enough. We all have our views and experiences.

          • Joe Smith

            I just donated a minute ago, the other day when I clicked on the website it came up blank and then I went out of town, it worked today.

    • Sis Delish

      UPDATE: According to the City of Elyria Fireworks Fundraising web site (paid with taxpayer dollars), $72.59 has been raised towards the $60,000.00 goal.

    • Sis Delish

      I already answered that 17 or so hours ago. Smart is better than Dumb, no?

    • Sean MacNair

      You are asking someone who just leaves smartass comments and doesn’t use his/her/its name to make intelligent observations. C’mon, man, ain’t gonna happen.

      • Sis Delish

        Yeah, that FoodForThought63 poster is impossible…

    • Vision

      I would like ice cream to come in the mail.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Go to surrounding cities events where it’ safe.

    • golfingirl

      Don’t want them in Avon Lake.

  • Mark B

    I know a major corp that would make a sizable donation if it were made public that the display would be held back in cascade park as the old tradition used to be .

    • Chris

      I would get in on that.

  • golfingirl

    “This will save the city overtime expenses, Brinda said. Safety regulations require significant police and fire presence at such an event.”

    What will save the city overtime expenses? Have no clue what was meant by that statement.

    Maybe the Police and Firefighters could donate their time.

    Wonder if the $10 came from Mayor Brinda?

    • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

      Holding the event on 7/2, instead of 7/3, will save on overtime. I’m not sure how the allotment of hours works, but that was the context provided in the article.

      • Sis Delish

        July 2nd is a Wednesday and July 3rd is a Thursday. There would be no Weekend Premium to the overtime demanded by the Unions. From what I recall, July 4th is always celebrated on July 4th, which this year is a Friday. Where’s the Savings?

        • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

          I’m honestly not sure. It’s a great question. I’m wondering if evening pay before a holiday is treated as OT. It would be a good question for the original reporter to ask as a follow-up.

        • Mark B

          Holiday Pay , I am sure the 4th of July is in their contract as a holiday which constitutes Double Time pay

      • golfingirl

        You are correct. I really could not figure that out.

        Thanks for the clarification.

  • SniperFire

    How about donations to fill the potholes?

    • John Davidson

      Then the tire dealers and auto repair shops couldn’t donate to the fireworks.

    • golfingirl

      I do “get around.” But I can assure you Lorain, nor Elyria are on my list of vacation destinations.

    • Sis Delish

      It’s Okay, just go home and say 10 Hollie Mary’s…

  • SniperFire

    ‘ the mayor…. is aiming to pull off her biggest challenge yet.’

    You would think growing jobs and stopping the rampant urban decay happening under her tenure would be the biggest challenge. Strange how the Liberal mind works.

    • golfingirl

      Maybe they are planning are aiming the fireworks at a blighted area. This would help alleviate the urban decay.

      Also, probably why they need so many firefighters present, so it doesn’t spread to a nicer area.

      Just kidding.

    • Sis Delish

      It’s a ruse, designed to get folks out of their homes for the evening so Crime can run rampant–a payback for helping another Debitcrat control the social engineering of a dying community.

    • luvmytoaster

      Excellent observation!!

      • SniperFire

        Just drove around the ghost Mall area today – an area where places like Elyria have employeed people and commercial transactions to pay the bills – and almost wrecked my car from the potholes blocking the path. But the Mayor’s ‘biggest challenge yet’ is raising fireworks money? I would laugh if it wasn’t such a pathetically serious take.

        • luvmytoaster

          Will any Elyria mayor ever be able to recruit new businesses to the city, besides dollar stores and check cashing facilities (if they still exist)? I thought the new high school was supposed to help bring new businesses to the area…..

          • Sis Delish

            The Job of the Mayor of Elyria is to stay small.

            The last two have kept this promise.

        • Sis Delish

          Maybe The Clique will come up with another brilliant fundraising idea like:

          “Sponsor a Pothole”

        • Phil Seguin

          I thought I read somewhere that she created a job for some attorney in Elyria. She should get credit for that at least.

  • Sis Delish

    Firework Fundraising Update:

    Drum roll, please…

    $101.12!!!

    That’s a Net Number, with PayPal taking up to 5% of each donation.

    • golfingirl

      At the current donation rate, Elyria will have fireworks in 593 years!

    • golfingirl

      Sis,

      My neighbor seriously spends over $25k every year on fireworks. Shoots then right over the lake. It is even timed to music.

      I just pull up a chair and enjoy the show.

      I love my neighbor, at least for one day a year.

      • Pete

        Talk about a freeloader… ….

        • golfingirl

          Not really, he enjoys putting the spectacle on for his neighbors and friends.

          Plus, I let him use my snowblower in the winter.

    • Sis Delish

      Firework Fundraising Update:

      Drum roll, please…

      $271.12!!!

  • Jacqueline Sagges

    Really?? The city got 3.4 million dollars like a year or two ago….where did that money go?? I’m guessing there isn’t any left. None of it went to fixing the roads or the recreational parks. It probably just went into you and your family’s pockets.

    • Sis Delish

      Likely Areas to Look at:

      1. City Pension Plan Fund shortfalls,
      2. Longevity Pay payouts
      3. Democrat Party Pet Projects…

  • Vision

    Worst comments I’ve seen, in a few months. It’s as if Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman are commenting here. Cascades not safe ? As if other cities are so much safer, please stay in your house & in the slow lanes, it’s a mad world out there old timers. Here’s the history of Elyria’s fireworks, in my eyes : city businesses donate along with other contributors. The fireworks shows grow in popularity year after year, to the point it’s way more than just Elyrians attending the event. It becomes the best fireworks display, in Lorain county. That’s when the crime and trouble escalate. After that the event becomes a burden to the city, henceforth the cancelation, relocation of event, and lack of donations. Until, people start to forget how incredibly wonderful of an experience it is to view the Fourth of July spectacle, at cascade park, they will not miss it. It’s to soon to replicate what was so grand, in the late nineties already. Give it another 5-10 years and asking for donations will probably garner more interest and less criticism. And then we can repeat the cycle.

    • Sis Delish

      Vision, Thankfully, its not as if Shelia Jackson Lee and Nancy Pelosi aren’t commenting here… we’d hear about 400 year old Constitutions and how you need to “Make a Donation to See What is in…”, if anything. You see, Vision, sanity is in the eye of the beholder. As for your comments on a near-bankrupt city’s decision to forgo the expense of celebrating the Nation’s birthday, its one of the more fiscally sound decisions this City can make. But, as always, the Public Sector looks to the generosity of the Private Sector to make itself look good, bailout its shortcomings, and then take credit for putting on a great show. The Private Sector has spoken. P.S. My original post calling on Unions, Welfare Recipients and L.C.C.C. Benefactors to fund this year’s 4th of July Fireworks has a nice Thumbs Up Ratio.

    • Sis Delish

      Oh, I forgot to respond to the part of your post where you say “city businesses donate along with other contributors.” Um, what city businesses are left? Let’s face it, The DebitCrats have been running things in E-town now for decades which includes running a very successful campaign of running “city businesses” out-of-town. When the Democrats finally finish playing their juvenile Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey Games, get out of the way, and let folks who know how to operate successful enterprises assume the reigns of whatever power is left, you will see how quickly things will turn-around… until then, enjoy the prosperity which surrounds you by migrating to communities who think Big, Build Big and celebrate the country’s birthday BIG!

  • golfingirl

    Just burn down a few vacant houses, allow everyone to stand around the fire, shoot their guns in the air, both those owned legally and illegally, and call it a holiday.

  • Sis Delish

    Elyria’s Mayor makes an appearance on Fox8Cleveland News @ 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. Result: Donations Soar to a new total of: $280.53, and increase of $9.41 from yesterday. (Probably a $10.00 donation reduced to $9.41 after PayPal takes its @6% share.) Hope no one in the Administration is invested in PayPal…

    • golfingirl

      I personally feel fireworks are a waste of money, whether through private, or government support.

      I won’t even buy a sparkler. Just call me cheap!

      • Pablo Jones

        Just think of them as guns loaded with blanks. They are just taking target practice at the sky.

        • golfingirl

          Should “suspend” the criminals in the air and shoot the fireworks at them.

          Or maybe give them a parachute and a plane ride, and if they land safely, reduced their sentence.

  • LK1966

    Look around you people. This city is a sad reminder of better times, not only in Elyria but in this country. We have better things to fight for, like maybe the return of our freedom, where govt. didn’t botch up everything it laid it’s hands on, where it’s NOT legal for employers to record, track, control and spy on you instead of inspire you.. A place where your personal conversations are no longer subjected to Big Brother because WE MIGHT BE THE TERRORISTS, fat chance! A place where freedom was long ago earned, where technology wasn’t a thing to be stolen and used as a tool to criminalize all of us. I hope my kids see the Elyria I grew up in, but I doubt it. I hope they understand pride some day. My father was a brave draftee who survived his 3 years in WWII and this isn’t what he bargained for, I can promise that. He worked in Elyria his whole life, and it was quite a place.

    This town thrived on the industrial boom, and we had issues, but we all had what we needed to live, and times changed for the better, but then came the EPA. Sure we needed to clean up chemical dumping, but instead of a realistic solution, the EPA imposed fines on Lorain and Elyria industry to the point of complete and total ruin. We had our problems, but were once great. People had food, shelter and family fireworks! OK, so Lake Erie is cleaned up, but is it? I could swim there as a kid without bacterial alerts, poisonous algae’s and creepy fish not indigenous to the lake. OK, Elyria, the Black River is cleaned up….a little, but would you swim in it? I still hear of the tumor trout and we won’t even discuss the septic dump it is.

    We have people still swimming in that lifeless Quarry on the south side that no one talks about, but hey who cares right? Do those people even know what it was used for? We have vacant homes, homelessness at every turn (when I was a kid, there was “THE bag lady,” and I’m pretty sure she had a place to live). We had booming industry and buildings housing real live working people. We had a park rich with history that you still shouldn’t put your big toe in. We had warmth and food.
    You want to argue about $60,000 fireworks!? For what exactly? You want to drain the tiny businesses that are left here (save maybe 3). Do you really think the attendees at any firework show in Elyria buys Ridgid products or even knows what Invacare does?
    Forget donations. If you want to help Elyria, feed the people popping out of the dumpsters.

    • Sis Delish

      Or, the Ridge Tool Calendars!

      BTW, up-to-date fundraising numbers: $280.53

  • Sis Delish

    Just a Few weeks remain.

    Current Tally:
    Target Amount: $60,000.00
    Amount Raised: $10,470.51
    Amount remaining to hit Target: $49,529.49

    Not eating enough Pizzas and Purchasing Car Washes…

    What’s Plan B?