August 28, 2014

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Mayor: School bond passage could lead to creation of N. Ridgeville ‘city center’

This conceptual drawing shows what a new city center at the corner of Center Ridge Road and Route 83 North Ridgeville might look like. PHOTO PROVIDED

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — If voters approve a $58.1 million bond issue Tuesday to build a new middle school, it could be the beginning of a sweeping change for the city and lead to a long-discussed project that would give the community its first-ever downtown feel. “We have a real opportunity to improve not only the Read More…

After big win, Rangers deliver game ball to recently retired football coach

Football coach

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — North Ridgeville High’s Rangers football team came up big in the second half Friday night, coming from behind to beat the Elyria Catholic High School Panthers 23-15. But even as the game ended, the team wasn’t done for the night. After delivering a big win for the home crowd, the team boarded Read More…

North Ridgeville schools treasurer resigns

Biagio Sidoti, North Ridgeville Schools treasurer, gives a high five to Becky Rowe, co-chair of Citizens for Better Schools as Amy Rutledge Communications Coordinator reads off the final winning results for the school levy in this May 7 file photo. CHRONICLE FILE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — After 15 years with the North Ridgeville Schools, Treasurer Biagio Sidoti will be leaving his post to take a similar position with North Royalton. Perennially honored for his work, Sidoti announced his resignation at the school board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. He will begin his new job Jan. 1. The move Read More…

Committee pushing to replace 90-year-old North Ridgeville middle school

NR Middle School

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The committee charged with convincing voters that a new middle school is very much needed to replace the existing 90-year-old building is keeping busy with Election Day three weeks away. “We’re really trying to get people in the community, and not just parents, to see the building,” Marci Saxon, chairwoman of the Read More…

Speed limit reduced on heavily trafficked North Ridgeville street

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Motorists will have to slow it down on a heavily trafficked section of state Route 83 after the city moved to lower the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph. Safety-Service Director Jeffry Armbruster announced the change this week, saying it was made in response to a significant number of traffic accidents Read More…

Less than 10 attend inaugural citizens advisory committee on feral cat problem

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The inaugural meeting of a citizens advisory committee being formed to try and reduce numbers of wild and stray cats in the community was a far cry from the summer’s emotionally charged City Council meetings during which dozens of people demanded the firing of a humane officer who shot and killed a Read More…

$400,000 in grant money available for home improvements in North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Residents needing home improvements ranging from a new hot water heater or furnace to a leaky roof will be able to apply for help under a state grant. The funds will be made available to needy households from a $400,000 Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP grant, the city recently received from Read More…

Dad gets 7-month sentence for permitting abuse of sons

Winkler

ELYRIA — Joseph Winkler acknowledged Wednesday that he should have done something to stop the draconian punishments his wife was imposing on his twin teenage sons before they escaped from the couple’s North Ridgeville home in February and sought help from police. “The punishment went too far. … It was a bad situation and I Read More…

High school football: Seniors-only meeting sparks Avon Lake past North Ridgeville

Avon Lake's Collin Lucas digs for long yardage as North Ridgeville's Jacob Ruoff and Shawn Stumpf try to stop him. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — It may have taken 21½ hours to complete the game, but Avon Lake coach Larry Laird isn’t complaining. His Shoremen rallied Saturday to pull out a 14-7 win over North Ridgeville in a game postponed by bad weather Friday night. Avon Lake improved to 3-1 while North Ridgeville fell to 2-2. The Read More…

H.S. Football: North Olmsted rallies past North Ridgeville in battle of unbeatens

DeMario McCall sprints through for a touchdown early in the second quarter at North Ridgeville High School. RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Rangers were a quarter from improving to 3-0. But North Olmsted had its own perfect record to protect, and North Ridgeville saved its worst mistakes for the most inopportune times. The Eagles (3-0) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday to hand North Ridgeville its first loss, 35-28. North Ridgeville (2-1) was its Read More…