August 22, 2014

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Family says Avon cemetery’s lack of care for gravesites a ‘disgrace’

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AVON — Helen Weaver simply wants her feet to stay dry while walking on fresh-cut grass when she visits her deceased son Walter Taylor’s grave. Taylor died after having a heart attack in his sleep in June 2013 at age 50. Weaver, 75, said she’s been given the runaround by the staff at Resthaven Memory Read More…

Avon OKs plans for senior living center

AVON — Construction of a senior living facility along Nagel Road near the Cleveland Clinic could begin in October, officials said. The Planning Commission Wednesday night approved general development plans for Michigan-based Edward Rose Properties to construct a 189,314-square-foot, three-story senior living facility on 32 acres. Phase 1 of the project calls for construction of Read More…

Avon, Avon Lake mayors ‘up the ante’ for high school football game

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AVON — Who will win the Aug. 29 high school football game — the Avon Eagles or the Avon Lake Shoremen? Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen is confident the Eagles will win, so he challenged Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka to a bet: The loser must wear the winner’s jersey the entire day of the council Read More…

Avon’s master sidewalk plan largely finished

AVON — Where does the sidewalk end? In Avon, plenty of places. The city has tried to connect the dots for two decades. Planning Department officials met with Parks and Recreation Commission officials Thursday night to talk about the slow process of connecting new sidewalks with existing ones. According to planning coordinator Jim Piazza, when Read More…

Family escapes Avon house fire Wednesday night

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AVON — Five residents narrowly escaped a fire in their home at 3659 Center Road about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Sheila Bodnar said she and her daughter, Amber Bodnar, were outside by a small campfire set in the backyard 20 to 30 yards from the home. Bodnar said her daughter, saying she’d return quickly, went Read More…

Family-friendly park planned in Avon

AVON — Now that the city has plans to open a municipal aquatic facility in 2015, city officials are envisioning what the 7½ acres of woodland adjacent to the facility will be. During previous city meetings, it has been suggested the land will be transformed into a park with walking trails and a potential amphitheater Read More…

Officials in Avon consider storm water fee

AVON — City officials might implement a storm water utility fee that will be tacked on to water bills. The City Council’s Service Committee, along with the mayor and members of the engineering and planning departments, met earlier in the week to discuss the fee and the need to generate money for storm sewer projects. Read More…

Avon residents say noise from venue is excessive

AVON — Residents of a quiet Avon street near the French Creek District are fed up with hearing wedding marches, music and noise from events at a nearby business. Ron Larson, owner of The Clifton, 36840 Detroit Road, formerly Henry’s at the Barn, is seeking an amendment of a special-use permit to operate as a Read More…

Avon Council considers land tract for flood control

AVON — City Council is considering rescinding an ordinance that approved plans for a subdivision. Instead, Council might buy the land for stormwater management purposes. Garland Griffin Homes Inc. initially came to the Avon Planning Commission in April 2013 with plans to build a two phase, 49-home subdivision on 56.8 acres of vacant land along Read More…

Avon officials seek experts in logistics of running pool

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AVON — It’s no secret how the future Avon Municipal Aquatic Facility will look. Over the past several weeks, city officials and Rocky River-based architectural and engineering firm Sixmo, Inc., have described a facility that will includes a 50-meter, eight-lane competitive pool and separate recreation pool with two 35-foot water slides and water park-style features. Read More…