April 20, 2014

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Elyria teacher starts online petition for changes to standardized tests

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ELYRIA — It started with a guest column in the Washington Post, where Elyria teacher Dawn Randall lamented about the exhausting standardized testing schedule of Ohio students. Now, the educator with 24 years in the classroom under her belt is letting her voice be used to drive an online petition calling for changes in the Read More…

Ice jams local water intake pipes for second time this winter

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Seen as a rare occurrence, frazil ice is a phenomenon that has struck Lorain County twice this winter, first at the Avon Lake water plant and on Monday at the Elyria water pumping plant — prompting Elyria officials to issue a water conservation alert. Read More…

Updated: Elyria water customers asked to conserve

  UPDATE — SEE EARLIER STORY BELOW FOR MORE:   North Ridgeville, which contracts for about 75 percent of its water needs from Elyria, reported no problems with its water supply today, according to Al Swindig Jr., a supervisor with the city Service Department. “We’ve had no problems at all,” Swindig said. “They called us Read More…

Elyria blotter: Man allegedly stole aluminum cans from neighbor’s yard

Elyria Police

Elyria police Friday, March 14 3:07 p.m. — 400 block Concord Ave., David Woodburn, 48, 300 block Concord Ave., Elyria, cited for theft. A neighbor accused Woodburn of stealing aluminum cans from her backyard. She said she followed a trail of cans from her backyard to Boston Avenue where she said Woodburn was putting cans Read More…

Two Elyria Schools liaisons work with families to improve attendance

ELYRIA — The school district’s two liaisons have a variety of duties, including improving students’ attendance. Erik Burnett and Troy Hill each average 10 to 15 home visits per week, said Amy Higgins, Elyria Schools spokeswoman. Generally, 10 unexcused absences during a school year trigger a visit. Visits usually come when parents don’t return calls Read More…

Sorting out ahead in Elyria counsel issue

Holly Brinda

ELYRIA — Two laws and two lawyers with different opinions on whether a lawyer and his law firm can both have ties to the city — as is the case with Mayor Holly Brinda’s administrative legal counsel Ken Stumphauzer and his private practice — have set the stage for a discussion that will not be Read More…

Elyria High School adds salad bar to lunch menu

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It’s lunch time at Elyria High School, and the menu has all the staples of teenage dining — pizza, burgers and french fries. But there is also a new offering that has become a popular choice among students: a salad bar. “We did it because the students were basically asking for it,” said Scott Teaman, Read More…

Elyria City Council seeks review of legal counsel costs

Scott Serazin

ELYRIA — City Council wants an outsider to tell them if Mayor Holly Brinda should have used her administrative legal counsel’s law firm to negotiate labor contracts on behalf of the city. In 2013, Elyria law firm Stumphauzer O’Toole racked up more than $68,000 in legal fees sitting at the table as the city worked Read More…

Elyria Council debates role of mayor’s legal counsel

Holly Brinda

City Council members are questioning the role of the mayor’s legal counsel after she asked them to hire another firm for a job they thought he was doing. And, the firm is not just any firm. It is Walter Haverfield LLP, where Ken Stumphauzer is a non-equity partner, raising the question of whether it’s appropriate Read More…

Elyria, Lorain tackling potholes as weather permits

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ELYRIA — With a gently used hot box and tons of cold patch, Elyria workers are tackling this year’s scourge of potholes the only way they know how: one hole at a time. Scott Payne, Elyria’s Street Department superintendent, said the plowing and patching cycle of this winter has taken on a life of its Read More…