May 28, 2015

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Family aims to create network of support, autism awareness

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE                                    
Brenda Klein, her two children Andrew, 12, and Joe, 7, and her husband Matt stand in their North Ridgeville home on Thursday afternoon, April 16.

Matt Klein wants parents of children with autism or other developmental disorders to know they’re not alone. Klein’s son, 12-year-old Andrew, has Asperger’s syndrome — which is an autism spectrum disorder — and his 7-year-old son Joe is autistic and unable to speak. Klein, a member of Leadership Lorain County’s Class of 2015, proposed the Read More…

‘A frenzy of senseless evil’: Holocaust remembered in Lorain

Erwin Froman, left, Holocaust survivor from Amherst, and Sheila Evenchik, coordinator and office manager of Aguduth B'Nai Israel Synagogue in Lorain, light candles in a ceremony at Holocaust Memorial Service at Aguduth B'Nai Israel on April 15.  STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The horror of the Holocaust was remembered in the words of two survivors who immigrated to Lorain. The Wednesday tribute, part of international Holocaust remembrances, occurred before about 200 people at Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue. Actor Bob Kenderes portrayed Tibor Messinger, who died in 1993. Actress Marcia Mandell portrayed Goldie Nisenboum, who died Read More…

Clearview opiate forum: ‘Nobody is safe from this drug’

Debbie Dosztal of Avon spoke Tuesday in a panel discussion at an Opiate Awareness Forum at Clearview High School in Sheffield Township. Pictured is Tiffany Dosztal, Dosztal’s daughter, who fatally overdosed on heroin at 26 in 2012. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — A 16-year-old Clearview High School student said she’s endured emotional and physical abuse because her father and mother are heroin addicts. A 22-year-old Westlake recovering addict said he robbed everyone he loved to get money for drugs. An Avon mother said she talks to her daughter, who fatally overdosed in 2012, in Read More…

Lorain sets timeline to replace superintendent

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LORAIN — A replacement for Superintendent Tom Tucker could be hired by June 30 under a Board of Education timeline approved at Monday’s meeting. Board members approved beginning the replacement search, authorizing payment to the Educational Service Center of Lorain County for search assistance. The timeline calls for finalists to be chosen by June 1. Read More…

Keystone Elementary School closed Tuesday

LAGRANGE — Keystone Elementary School will be closed Tuesday because of an electrical outage, Superintendent Franco Gallo said Monday. Gallo said a 300-foot electrical wire shorted out Monday and was discovered after school. Classes at the 700-student school at 301 Liberty St. are expected to resume Wednesday. All other Keystone schools are open. Read Tuesday’s Read More…

Fatal crash victim identified as Amherst man

AMHERST — A 22-year-old Amherst man died Sunday morning after he apparently lost control of his 2001 Honda Civic and slammed into a tree on North Main Street. The driver was identified as Eric Young of Milan Avenue. Fire department and police reports were unavailable Sunday and police Lt. Dan Makruski said he didn’t know Read More…

Kittens fatally shot, left in driveway

SHEFFIELD TWP — Kathy Meade said she and her husband made a gruesome discovery in the driveway of her home at 4535 Dunton Road about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Meade said they were returning from a weeklong trip to South Carolina when they found four kittens fatally shot in and around a box next to the Read More…

St. Joseph’s parish breaks ground for new center

Dozens of children and families break ground on the new 14,000 square foot St. Joseph Parish family center and gymnasium in Avon Lake Sunday afternoon. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

AVON LAKE — St. Joseph Parish parishioners brought shovels to the groundbreaking for a family center and gymnasium Sunday. The act was symbolic of the communal spirit behind construction of the 14,000-square-foot building expected to begin next month. Church pastor the Rev. Ron Wearsch thanked parishioners for their donations, prayers and overall support. “Without you, Read More…

Man killed when car strikes tree

AMHERST — A man was killed when he drove into a tree in the yard of a home at 814 N. Main St. around 9:40 a.m. today. Resident Malerie Dennis said she was inside her home playing with her young daughter and son when she heard a crash and saw a Honda Civic had crashed Read More…

Lorain superintendent Tucker to retire

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LORAIN — Superintendent Tom Tucker, credited with helping improve academics and morale in Lorain Schools since his 2012 hiring, is retiring. Tucker, who had been contemplating retiring and then being rehired to avoid a reduction in state pension benefits, will retire outright at the end of the school year in June. The 59-year-old Tucker said Read More…