August 30, 2015

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North Ridgeville mayoral candidate Murray calls for ‘hardcore changes’

North Ridgeville mayoral candidate Terry Murray, left, talks with Lorain County Clerk of Courts Tom Orlando at a campaign reception Monday at Bistro 83. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — As a group of 25 to 30 supporters gathered on a local restaurant patio Monday, Democrat Terry Murray thanked them even as he called on them to increase their efforts for his mayoral campaign. “The city is going through a critical time in its history,” Murray, 52, a real estate agent and Read More…

Soberfest attracts hundreds to Black River Landing

LORAIN — Billed as a celebration of those who have broken free of the chains of addiction or who are fighting personal demons, the first Soberfest drew several hundred people to Black River Landing on Saturday. Running noon to 8 p.m., the one-day event was sponsored by Fortaleza, a drug treatment clinic opened in 2013 Read More…

Amherst draws crowds for Dancing on Main Street

AMHERST — Clad in a Keystone Kops-style hat, loud clown-style polka-dot bow-tie, bulbous red nose and clenching a Sherlock Holmesian pipe in her teeth, Michaela Cui was hard to miss Saturday at the 12th annual Dancing on Main Street in downtown Amherst. The annual August event sees the heart of the downtown business district taken Read More…

Music therapy session organized by Leadership Lorain County class

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LORAIN — They say music is good for the soul and those words appeared to be backed up Friday as more than a dozen men and women danced, clapped and belted out songs Friday at the Gathering Hope House. The music therapy session for those recovering from varying forms of mental illnesses was brought to Read More…

‘Hope Over Heroin’ event scheduled in Lorain for September

Addiction to heroin and other drugs isn’t going away anytime soon. Neither are the growing efforts by churches, social service agencies and others to combat and contain the devastating damage drugs continue to wreak on individuals and the communities in which they live. “This is an epidemic that spares no one regardless of economic status, Read More…

Fans teams with medium in attempt to reverse Cleveland sports ‘curse’

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Dave Grendzynski is a guy with a lot of company. A long-suffering Cleveland sports fan, the North Ridgeville resident has endured more losing seasons with the Browns, Indians and Cavs than he cares to count. Which is what inspired him to plan the ReverseTheCurseCLEVELAND rally 7 p.m. Aug. 13 on Mall C Read More…

Area vision center to offer free check-ups, glasses to eligible kids

LORAIN — An area vision center and a nationwide eyewear provider are teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Lorain to ensure about 50 school-age children head back to school able to read books and work on computers with a good pair of glasses free of charge. North Coast Eye Care in Amherst Read More…

Three Lorain County communities make Ohio’s safest cities list

Three Lorain County communities were ranked among Ohio’s 50 “Safest Cities” by the latest annual survey of Safewise, a Salt Lake City-based company that offers consumer advice and help in choosing home security systems. North Ridgeville ranked 20th, Sheffield Lake came in 34th and Vermilion ranked 37th in the 2015 report, released this week. The Read More…

Japanese beetles thrive after July’s rainy start

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Japanese beetles munch on a linden tree in Elyria on Friday afternoon, July 24.

Japanese beetles are relatives of the big, sacred scarabs worshipped by the mummy-making Egyptians a few thousands years ago. The far smaller creatures with blue-green or copper-colored bodies prefer to feast on trees, flowers and garden plants than on the humans who disturbed Egyptian tombs in the “Mummy” movies. Still, that’s small consolation to anyone Read More…

Powell explains ‘double-dipping’ as North Ridgeville superintendent

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Jim Powell is savoring one more week of retirement before he goes back to work. The veteran North Ridgeville educator and superintendent of the district for the past two years has stepped away from his post for a month before he returns to work under a new two-year contract that begins Aug. Read More…