August 21, 2014

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Elyria announces two fireworks displays

ELYRIA – Last year, the city had no fireworks displays to wow residents.

This year, there will be two.

The campaign to privately raise the funds has been so successful Mayor Holly Brinda announced two shows will be held this summer – July 2 in West Park in observance of the Fourth of July and Aug. 30 in Ely Square to end the annual Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert with a bang.

“It is clear given the magnitude of this very generous philanthropic response to the city’s request to support activities that members of our community are working very hard to make Elyria the chosen place again to live, work, play and raise our families,” Brinda said. “I am so very proud to live in a city where our citizens, businesses and organizations pull together for the greater good to create opportunities for all of us to share.”

The fireworks fundraising goal of $45,000 was met and slightly exceeded at $46,401.75.  City employees, officials and unions contributed more than $3,000. Brinda gave $1,000.

Presenting event sponsors include Bendix Corporation, United Initiators, 3M Corporation, Bob’s Tire Service, Parsons Insurance, Invacare Corporation, The Outdoor Option, University Hospital Elyria Medical Center, Psych and Pysch Services, Sambinos Pizza, Allan Kennard Printing, Eco Tree Services, Dunlap’s Garage, Talmer Bank and Trust, Citizens for Serazin, Elyria High School Staff and Students, A.J. Gallagher, Allen Thorley DeLloyd Insurance, Ridge Tool and Walter Haverfield LLP Attorneys at Law.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

  • luvmytoaster

    ……”members of our community are working very hard to make Elyria the chosen place again to live, work, play and raise our families,” Brinda said.”

    Good luck with that, was it ever the “chosen” place to live, work, play etc? Not that I recall.

    They had a goal of $45,000.00 for one fireworks display then topped the charts at $46,401.75 and have decided to have two?

  • Barbara Radke

    Great to hear this! Great that the community came together so well.

  • Gebby67

    At “Lovemytoaster” — as a lifelong resident of Elyria, I can say that at one time Elyria was indeed a “chosen” place and I believe it could be that way again.

    • luvmytoaster

      Well I am sincerely glad that you remember that – I lived there for 46 years and unfortunately, I don’t recall that.

      • FoodForThought63

        Well, you chose to live here for 46 years so apparently it wasn’t all that bad of a place…

        • luvmytoaster

          Well first off many of the years were as a child, secondly it was a neighboring city that provided the majority of the income, one income in Elyria, one income in NR. I’m just saying that I must have missed Elyria in it’s heyday…..

          • Nick Noneya

            65 years ago Elyria was a great town. Downtown was all stores, no parking lots, and one or two bars. I can only remember the City Grill on broad street. Three movie theaters, two Islays, (sp), and safe to walk to and from at all hours of the night!

    • Simon Jester

      Not in this lifetime..

  • Holly Brinda

    I ASKED THE FIREWORKS COMPANY TO DONATE A SMALL SECOND SHOW FOR THE CLEVELAND POPS CONCERT AND THEY SAID YES BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE BUSINESS IN JULY. HOLLY BRINDA, MAYOR

    • Mark B

      Put the fireworks back in cascade park , its a tradition

      • ched

        Cascade Park needs to a Major Upgrade before the Fireworks could ever be there again!

    • luvmytoaster

      Thank you for the clarification – that should have been noted in the article.

    • Simon Jester

      It must be that cow of a mayor. Only one that obtuse would use all caps.

      • golfingirl

        I must admit I was taken back by the run on sentence, poor grammar and lack of punctuation.

        Not sure why all the capital letters either. Usually an expression of anger, or shouting when writing.

        • FoodForThought63

          It is actually a correctly written sentence. Just saying.

          • golfingirl

            Capitalize the first word in a sentence, not all letters of all words.

            Capitalize the pronoun I, not all the pronouns in all the sentences.

            Capitalize proper nouns and most adjectives formed from proper nouns, not all nouns and adjectives.

            To name just a few errors.

      • Bill Love

        No need for that. Grow up

  • golfingirl

    A fireworks show, or even two, does not make a city a “chosen” place to live.

    High paying jobs, low crime rates and taxes, a good school system and nice neighborhoods, which are not drug infested, are a few attributes I can think of when one chooses a city to live in.

    Abandoned houses, empty retail buildings, deterioating infrastructure, political in-fighting, drugs and murders are not high on one’s list when looking for their “chosen” city.

    Congratulations on the reaching the goal for the fireworks display, but after those 2-3 hours, it is back to “normal.”

    And “normal” is not good in Elyria, let’s face it!

    • FoodForThought63

      There are a lot of people who enjoy living in Elyria, myself included. We have an excellent school system, some really friendly neighborhoods that feature homes with character (which I prefer over the cookie cutter new homes in developments with no trees of any kind), a gem of a community college, a small business incubator that has sprouted dozens of high tech companies that eventually grow and produce good-paying jobs, a few beautiful parks such as Cascade and Bur Oak, a top-notch parks and rec department, a top-notch little league program, an arts center that features an array of theatrical performances, musical events, and film screenings, a top ranked hospital, and the list of positives goes on and on. You are going to find political infighting every single place you go-I assure you. Every community I’ve lived in has had it. Yes our crime rate is a little higher than some of the surrounding communities, but if you keep your side of the road clean you don’t really run into much crime-it is mostly contained within the criminal community. There are a lot of people enjoying life here and working to make it better, such as Invest Elyria and the mayor, and we won’t let the negativity of folks like you rain on our parade. If you sincerely hate this town so much, why read our newspaper and comment on articles about Elyria? The city is better off without the negative nellies so just stay away…

      • Linda Meadows

        An excellent school system? Really? Have you had a child in the school system in recent years? Our EHS graduates for the most part are just pushed through…by no means are they ready for college. My daughter passed with good grades – but she was in NO WAY ready for college. Top notch Little League and Parks and Rec Department – When I was a kid 30-40 years ago, yes! Now, not even close! A top-ranked hospital that flies every cut, burn, and bruise to Metro. Yes, there are still positives about Elyria…but don’t paint the picture so rosey….because it just isn’t true anymore.

        • luvmytoaster

          Thank you for your post, my thoughts exactly.

        • Bill Love

          So its thw schools systems fault your daughter wasnt ready for college Mabe you share some blame too

          • anyMo

            YES…the school system’s fault. They are not in the game to educate anymore. They only strive to teach children how to “pass the test”. College doesn’t give a hill of beans about that test. You need a well rounded education to succeed in college. There is a HUGE disconnect due to standardized testing. It does not prepare our children to succeed in the real world. No amount of good parenting is going to help with that. The schools are not interested in working with parents, either. They put on a good face to the general public because good PR gets levies passed. But when it comes down to it, they really don’t care. The rules that they’re now mandated to follow don’t allow them the luxury to care about students as they used to.

          • oldruss

            Colleges and universities do use the ACT or SAT as part of their admissions criteria. THOSE two tests count, along with the AP tests (advance placement). I will agree that the OGT has little value, either as a predictor of college success or as an indicator of skills needed in the work place.

        • FoodForThought63

          We do have an excellent school system…I graduated from it not too long ago! I was more than prepared for college, as well as many of my classmates who took school seriously and did what they were supposed to do. Your daughter may have skated by but the fact that she isn’t ready for college is her own fault-sorry. The great education is there but students have to make the effort to take advantage of it.

      • golfingirl

        If you are content with the direction the city is taking, by all means stay.

        I am glad you are happy and content with Elyria’s condition and opportunities.

        Have a good evening.

      • Oneday67

        Just curious. Where do you work?

        • FoodForThought63

          Not for any of the entities I mentioned in my post, if that is what you are getting at

      • anyMo

        This town is a sad state of ghetto compared to the great city it once was. The schools are a joke, the parks are run-down, properties are abandoned, boarded up and overgrown, crime is way up and thugs run the streets. Cops and courts care about nothing but covering their own tush and getting re-elected. There is no “quality of life” here anymore. The college is a great place to get a quality education at a good price…and then CUT AND RUN!!! What was once a great place to find a good job and raise a family has become the place that many shake their heads in disbelief over and can’t wait to escape from. For shame, Elyria…for shame.

        • FoodForThought63

          Here’s my advice for the negative folks who do nothing but complain about EVERYTHING on this site or anything having to do with Elyria-LEAVE! Why stick around such a horrible place? Believe me, there are people doing good in this city and making it a great place to live every day and you chronic complainers are the ones responsible for the negative aspects. Go to greener pastures-they are building lots of nice houses in Avon these days.

    • rob

      Shut up, dude! If you hate Elyria so badly go do something else with your time! I’m sick of being offended by your worthless rants, go tell your husband you feel stupid next to him and work it out like a real conservative!!!

      • golfingirl

        Thank you for your comments. Everyday I seem to meet a new friend here.

        Oh wait, I remember you, the socialist who preaches for wealth redistribution. The “underpaid” one, who blames others for his economic condition, instead of doing something about it for himself.

        Have a great weekend Rob and enjoy the fireworks next month!

        • rob

          Yes, that’s the case “Mrs. high-paying jobs.” I know you remember me. Far from a fan, thank you, I think your an idiot and a drain on community morale. I also think it’s ludicrous that you feel your outrageous and empty opinions are so in touch. If this city is as far in the gutter as you contend, and you call it trash enough times, you look like trash. Please consider getting an Xbox and trolling 13 year old boy’s on Call of Duty. You can shoot people, and I’d be willing to bet you’d sound so smart to them. None of your bait would go untouched.

          • golfingirl

            What exactly have I said that is either untrue, or that offends you personally so much, that you feel compelled to name call?

            Are you angry because I disagree with the redistribution of wealth? Clearly a socialist principle.

            Or maybe that I believe in equal opportunity, but the results are up to the individual, which means they are not always equal?

            By the way, I do not play video games, I prefer to live in the “real” world, where sometimes the truth just stinks!

          • Buurga Topek

            You haven’t. Its his kind of creep that has caused much of your cities problems, I’m sure. Half-baked social theories spouted by idiots are all the rage today.

          • rob

            I’m very active in the community. I’ve done hundreds of hours of community service, at my own will, through G.A.T.E. and Key Club in high school, as well as the Knights of Columbus. I’ve tutored children, raised money for breast cancer research, rang bells for the Salvation Army, cleaned parks, raised scholarship money for kids in need, and countless other things. When I see things going wrong I do my part to help make the world a better place, I don’t complain and ridicule the people who try to do their part. Golf in girl and several others, spend everyday bashing Elyria because of who is in office and the political affiliation. They make racially charged comments and see the good in nothing. I was raised in poverty and graduated high school when the Ressesion hit. I watched my life plan, joining the Navy, go through the windshield of my S10 right along side me. I am not a socialist, nor do I want pity. I want working class Americans to make the living wage they deserve. I’m tired of seeing company’s go public as if they have so much income they don’t know what to do with it, while the American tax payers foot the employees’ grocery bill. If only golf in girl spent half as much time helping people in need, as she does making Elyria sound like the worst place in the world, things just might be a little better. Also, she has to refer to my opinion as “redistribution of wealth ” because if she were to describe it as I had, it would make too much sense.

          • golfingirl

            You know absolutely nothing about me.

            I can assure you I give back much more than I take.

            I just don’t have the patience for someone who blames others for their plight in life. I too grew up “poor,” and decided at an early age I would not live the rest of my life “poor.”

            I created my own opportunities, relied on nobody’s pity and became successful.

            If you are counting on a government to raise your wages, or a union to come to your rescue, then you will never get out of your condition.

            Recreate yourself and make your own future. Nobody else will ever do it for you. So what are you doing to move forward?

          • Pablo Jones

            High school community service is about as meaningful as the general education of high school students. Most of us know that because we have done that as well.

            What exactly is the living wage? $9, 10, 12, 15, 20 per hour? I know people make $30 per hour that are barely living on that and I know people making minimum wage that are doing just fine.

            What is a persons part that they should do for the community? Do they need to pick up trash? Walk the old lady across the street? Help tutor kids? Donate money? Raise their kids so they won’t be a burden on society? There are people that make a difference and their are people that just think they are making a difference. Complaining about how much a business or person makes really isn’t making a difference.

          • Sis Delish

            Actually, from what I read on these here blogs, a good-to-great community service citizen raises money for frivolous activities like 2nd of July Fireworks, gets thrills when Food Trucks decide to venture into the downtown of a terminally ill City, and destroy fellow citizens for having opinions about how taxpayer funded schools decide to allocate time and resources for fringe groups like the sorry LGBT punks at EHS. That’s all, but, that’s also enough.

          • rob

            Will the real Rush Limbaugh please stand up?

          • Buurga Topek

            Don’t they ever moderate this forum? Let the adults talk, and keep your idiot opinions in your little toy-brain….dude. “Community morale? And, get back on your the meds man.

        • FoodForThought63

          I think I’m on to golfingirl-she may really be a he, involved with the holy name society and st jude-and loves softball and not people who are gay.

  • ched

    Way to Go Elyria….This is Awesome!

    • luvmytoaster

      What is, a 20 minute fireworks display? Please demand more from the people in charge….

  • Jeff

    save the extra for next year ???

  • Carrie Watson

    I, for one, appreciate that we’ll be having the 4th of July ones on the second, because I’ll be able to see them (I have to work on the night of the 4th). Plus, West Park is fairly close to home, and I don’t have to walk up and down that huge hill. Thank you, city of Elyria!

  • Peter Aldrich

    I love it…..though I’m surprised that Psycho and Pscyho did anything for anyone but themselves….

    • luvmytoaster

      Holy Toledo! I think they meant Psych and Psych (on Abbe Rd) but it’s not clear from the article….is this who you are referencing?

  • oldruss

    Why Wednesday night, July 2nd? What historical significance is attached to that date? IF Independence Day, July 4th, fell on a Sunday, perhaps moving the fireworks to Friday, July 2nd, would make sense; but this year, Independence Day, July 4th, already falls on a FRIDAY, which should be an ideal night for families to enjoy the show.

    • Otter

      Just a shot in the dark, all of the companies that do fireworks were probably all ready booked for the 4th.

      • oldruss

        Well then, why not on SATURDAY, the 5th, or have city employees shoot off the fireworks on the 4th.

        • Otter

          Because the 5th would be the rain date, for the 4th. Seriously city employees shooting off the fireworks? I think that should be left to the trained professionals.

          • Sis Delish

            It’s because DebitCrats refuse to pony up overtime as an In-Kind Contribution to the Nation’s Birthday. Unions are as unpatriotic as anybody can be without living in Cuba.

          • oldruss

            Not that Otter is following me around like a barnacle attached to an ocean-liner or anything, but yes, city employees can and do shoot off firework displays in many communities. At least I remember that fire department personnel did so when I was a kid, and it was an elaborate fireworks show put on in a 50,000 seat, Div. I, collegiate football stadium.

          • Otter

            You flatter yourself, I responded to your responses to my posts. Sorry you have a problem with getting answers to your questions. It’s called engaging in conversation. You need not lose any sleep over it, because I wouldn’t touch that ocean liner, “or anything” with someone else’s barnacle.

    • FoodForThought63

      Really? It is a celebration of the occasion, not the date in particular. It is a celebration of our freedom from the British, not a celebration of the 4th day of July. Have you ever had your kid’s birthday party on a different day other than their actual birthday, like on a weekend day so more family and friends can attend? No one is moving the holiday-just the fireworks display.

  • Sis Delish

    Why not Three?