September 1, 2015

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Illegal dumping plagues Lorain

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LORAIN – Jose Ortiz said he spent four weekends cleaning up around the vacant home he owns at 1726 Reid Ave., preparing for his mother to move in. On April 17, shortly after finishing, Ortiz said he found a 4-foot high pile of dirt, cinder blocks and railroad ties illegally dumped between the home and Read More…

Elyria, Lorain educators and leaders study methods to improve

STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE 
Jeanine Donaldson, left,  executive director of Elyria YWCA; Erica Lasion, of Elyria Catholic Charities; Jason Williams, founder of Get With the Program; and Tony Richardson, of Nord Family Foundation,  listen as John Zitzner, president of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, describe a student workbook, at E Prep Cliffs Campus in Cleveland on May 9.

It was an eclectic mix of people who boarded a passenger van on a recent Friday morning at the Elyria YWCA. The community members, educators and leaders all headed to the east side of Cleveland with one goal in mind: to see what successes can be gleaned from other schools educating children of color that Read More…

Democratic executive director quits post

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Cory Shawver has resigned as executive director of the Lorain County Democratic Party. Shawver stepped down this week around the same time he came under fire for an election night Facebook post in which he referred to two successful Lorain City Council candidates as “morons.” But the post regarding Angel Arroyo and Read More…

Law enforcement officers salute the fallen

Members of the Avon Lake police offer a rifle salute on the Route 6 bridge in Vermilion for the Lorain County Police Memorial Service on May 14. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

VERMILION — Louise Palermo was 5 when her father, Deputy John Palermo, was shot and killed in the line of duty. Palmero, now a parent herself, has carried the memory of that loss for a half a century. On Thursday, she addressed a crowd of police officers and some of their family members for the Read More…

Commerce expert: Lorain County must prepare for 2016 GOP convention

When the Republican National Convention arrives in Cleveland in July 2016, Lorain County must be ready for thousands of visitors. During a meeting Tuesday at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center, Mike Mulhall, vice president of Partnerships Destination Cleveland, said Cleveland can expect to see about $200 million in direct spending as a result of Read More…

Lorain County turnout low, but above predictions

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election beat the predictions of Lorain County election officials, but it was still the lowest in at least the last 15 years. Elections Board Director Paul Adams said 19,061 of 164,348 eligible voters voted Tuesday or in early voting for a turnout of 11.6 percent. Adams had Read More…

8 is enough when it comes to grass length in Elyria

ELYRIA — The city is lowering the threshold for allowable grass height by 4 inches to match county guidelines. City Council members voted Monday night to approve the change, now requiring residents to limit grass or weed height to no more than 8 inches. Previously the city capped the limit at 12 inches. Safety Service Read More…

Lorain County joins budget information initiative

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ELYRIA — Lorain County commissioners are prying open the county checkbook. Lorain County is joining Mahoning County in a partnership with the state Treasurer’s Office to place the county spending ledger online in a Google-style search engine at OhioCheckbook.com. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel joined Commissioners Lori Kokoski, Matt Lundy and Ted Kalo on Monday morning Read More…

Memories from the Vietnam War

Joe Gee in 1968 (left) and now.

Andy Drwal, 68 of Lorain Enlisted in U.S. Navy serving from 1965-69 including 1967-68 in Vietnam. Drwal was a Lorain firefighter from 1970 to 2001, but the worst fire he ever encountered was on July, 29, 1967, while serving aboard the U.S.S. Forrestal, an aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin being used to launch bombing Read More…

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…