December 19, 2014

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Elyria Council grants conditional-use permit for senior housing

ELYRIA — City Council has granted a conditional-use permit to developers of a proposed senior citizens’ housing complex on the city’s west side. New Sunrise Properties, which also built New Riverbend Homes in a West River Road, South neighborhood, wants to build 67 two-bedroom, cottage-style houses for residents 55 and older on property it owns Read More…

Elyria teachers get 3-year contract

ELYRIA — A three-year deal reached between teachers and the Elyria Schools brings back a limited step increase while giving teachers a higher base pay. During a short meeting Wednesday night at the Elyria Schools administration building, school board members unanimously voted to accept the new contract, which remains a tentative agreement until certified by Read More…

Elyria schools, teachers reach tentative agreement

ELYRIA — The Elyria Education Association and Elyria Schools reached a tentative agreement that will end months of negotiations that sometimes turned contentious. The teachers union ratified the contract in a vote Tuesday evening. The school board will be asked to approve the three-year deal during a meeting 5:30 p.m. today. Details on what the new Read More…

Neighborhood Alliance, Lorain National Bank partner for Festival of Trees

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ELYRIA — Neighborhood Alliance is combining a social media campaign and holiday fundraising effort into one festive movement the organization hopes will raise awareness of its mission this holiday season. Festival of Trees 2014 kicked off Monday as an alternative to a traditional holiday fundraising campaign. More than a dozen decorated trees have been sponsored Read More…

Elyria budget talks on hold

ELYRIA — Nailing down the budget implications of 2015, including possible reductions in city services and employee layoffs, will be held off until the city concludes contract negotiations with its final employee bargaining group, said Mayor Holly Brinda. In recent months, city officials have secured new contracts with the Elyria Police Patrolmen’s Association, the local Read More…

Elyria to begin holiday celebration Saturday

ELYRIA — Last year, Mayor Holly Brinda missed an opportunity to snag a real reindeer for the city’s annual Festival of Lights celebration. This year, she planned early. A reindeer will be one of many animals featured during the city’s annual holiday extravaganza Saturday at Ely Square, Elyria City Hall and Finwood Estates, 799 N. Read More…

Elyria firefighter facing theft charges resigns

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ELYRIA — The Elyria firefighter accused of stealing Fire Department cleaning supplies has resigned from his job, according to Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka. Jeffrey Castle, 53, of Elyria tendered his resignation at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, roughly three hours before city officials were to hold a pre-disciplinary hearing to determine Castle’s employment status with the Read More…

Hanini Subs, T Bonds provide free turkeys to dozens

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ELYRIA — Two local businesses paid for more than 100 turkeys so Elyria-area residents could enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. A steady stream of customers visited the Hanini Subs and Corned Beef Deli, 346 Broad St. in Elyria, on Tuesday afternoon and walked out with a family-size bird. Deli Manager Sean Fussi, 40, of Elyria, said Read More…

Elyria trash rates likely will rise

ELYRIA — Next year, residents could see an increase in the amount of money they pay to have trash picked up at their homes. The city is looking to raise sanitation rates for the next three years, starting in January. If City Council approves, the rate increases will amount to about 3.5 percent for years Read More…

Elyria Schools superintendent deadline pushed back

ELYRIA — The timetable to find a replacement for retiring Elyria Schools Superintendent Paul Rigda has been extended so district officials can focus on reaching an agreement with the teachers union. The Ohio School Boards Association has reposted on its website an advertisement for the position and will take applications until Jan. 16, said Steven Read More…