April 2014


From the Mayor’s desk 

April 1, 2014   

Complimentary Yard Waste Bags
An exclusive announcement from the Mayor's desk, you are hearing it first before an official public announcement! Complimentary Yard Waste Bags are available for Residents at the North Olmsted Service Department. Five bags per households, first come, first served.  You must pick up the bags at City Hall/Service Department 5200 Dover Center Road. If you have any questions please call 440-716-4151.  

North Olmsted/ Top Sellers' Market
Zillow, an online real estate database, has reported North Olmsted as the top sellers' market for local real estate. As a top sellers' market, North Olmsted has low inventory with homes selling more than the asking price with a quick turnover. Due to the underlying commodities and services that the City of North Olmsted has to offer, sellers are able to obtain better conditions for the sale. http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20140319/FREE/140319751&template=mobile  

The Mayor's Art Show
The North Olmsted Arts Commission will host The Mayor's Art Show opening on Wednesday, April 2nd. Artwork from North Olmsted High School students has been selected and will be hung throughout City Hall for display during the month of April. The public is welcome to join city and school officials at the gallery opening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. which will celebrate these outstanding student artists in our community.  

City's 2015 Bicentennial
Planning for the City's 2015 Bicentennial has started, anyone interested in participating in the planning process should contact Planning & Development Director Kim Wenger 440-716-4118.  

May 6, 2014 Primary Election
Part of being a good citizen is voting.  Have you seen some new neighbors move in?  Did you just get married and change your name?  Remember to register or update your voter information with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.  The voter registration deadline for the May 6th Primary is April 7th.  Here's a link to the voter registration form:  http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/Voter_regcard.pdf  

Do you normally vote by mail?  The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections no longer automatically sends out applications.  If you want to vote by mail you must complete an application and send it to the BOE.  Here's a link to the vote by mail application: http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/pdf_boe/en-US/Applications/absenteeApplication2012e.pdf  

City Hall Closed
North Olmsted City Hall will be closed at noon on April 19th, 2014.   

North Olmsted Fire Department Promotion
Congratulations Lieutenant Brian Shlapack! On March 18th, 2014 Shlapack was sworn in as a Lieutenant of the North Olmsted Fire Department. Lieutenant Shlapack has been in with the department since 2001.  

North Olmsted Police Department Retirement
Congratulations Officer Carol Willson on her retirement. Officer Wilson has been with the Police Department since 1995.  

City Text Messages
The City of North Olmsted is offering a text messaging service for residents to receive the latest city information, community updates, and safety alerts. Residents have the opportunity to subscribe for free to the City's VIP TEXT LIST by texting T724 (message) to 36000. Standard rates and messaging services will apply; residents with inclusive and unlimited text messages in their plans will not be charged for the service.  Residents can receive up to 5 text messages per month. The service is powered by HomePages. The only information required to opt-in to the VIP Text List is a mobile number. Residents can be assured that according to HomePages and the FCC their mobile number is secure and will not be sold to a third party.  

The VIP Text List is a great opportunity to send an instant text message to residents of North Olmsted. Types of messages may include city events, safety alerts, road closures, Fire and Police announcements, and/or weather advisories. Mayor Kennedy agrees that the service will create a resourceful avenue to the residents about city information that may directly affect them and their families. "We are always looking for tools to assist in communicating city news to the residents. The VIP Text List has the potential to be an effective resource in reaching out to a large population of our residents instantly". The program will complement the City's other resources for communication such as the Mayor's E-Newsletter, city's website, cable channel, and the new digital city sign at Lorain and Dover Center Road.  For more information on the VIP Text List please visit the City's website www.north-olmsted.com.  



Springvale Fish Fry's
The Fish Fry's at Springvale begin on March 7th.  They are held every Friday during Lent from 4:00pm-8:00pm.  Senior dinners are $9.95 unless you can make the Early Bird Special ($8.95) from 4:00pm-5:00pm.  Local non-profit organizations will serve as waiters and waitresses and the tips will go to the group working that evening.   


North Olmsted Recreation Center: EGGSTRAVAGANZA
Saturday April 19th, 2014 10:00AM - Noon

Join use for face painting, coffee, juice, pastries, and a visit from a special bunny! Be sure and check all your eggs, special eggs will contain fabulous prizes! Each age category has a chance to find the winning egg that holds a $100 Toys R Us gift card!

Coloring contest winners announced at 11AM. Entries can be obtained at the Recreation Center. Deadline for coloring contest is Wednesday, April 16th. All entries must be turned in to the front desk.

Egg Scramble: North Olmsted Park Field 3

Ages 0-2 10:15 AM

Ages 3-5 10:30 AM

Ages 6-9 10:45 AM

Bring your own basket to collect your eggs. Event will run rain or shine.


North Olmsted Service Center News:

Household Hazardous Waste Round Up April 14- April 28, 2014

Drop off location: Service Yard / Fleet Garage at 5200 Dover Center Road

Items collected: Oil or solvent-based paint (aerosols or liquids), sealers, primers, or coatings (aerosols or liquids) paint thinner, mineral spirits, turpentine, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, caustic household cleaners, pool chemicals, automotive fluids, motor oil, car batteries, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, mercury, and fluorescent bulbs


Do not drop off Latex paint
Latex paint is comprised mostly of water and is not a hazardous material to dispose of. You can dry out latex paint by removing the lid. Once it has solidified place it in your curbside trash.


Curbside Brush Chipping Program Starts April 28th through September 22, 2014
Please check the City's website for dates and additional information, www.north-olmsted.com or please call the Service Department 440-716-4151. Chipping is completed by Ward.


North Olmsted Senior Center News:

AARP Tax Assistance: The North Olmsted Senior Center is currently taking appointments for income tax assistance.  This free service is provided by the generous men and women volunteers of AARP.  If you would like to make an appointment to have your taxes prepared please call the Senior Center at: 777-8100.  All appointments will take place on Wednesday's beginning February 6th through April 10th.  The appointment time begins at 11:45 and take place in 30 minute time slots, the last appointment of the day can be scheduled at 2:45.   Please be sure to inform the staff member or volunteer who is making your appointment if you have sold any stocks, bonds or mutual funds because you will need a longer appointment.  Please remember to bring all of your tax information with you at the time of your scheduled appointment. If you have questions concerning your taxes please call the center on Wednesday's between 11:00-3:00 so you may speak with an AARP tax volunteer.     


"EARTH DAY" Month of Celebrations at the North Olmsted Senior Center:

Tuesday, April 1st/ 12:15/ Cabin
Talking Parrots "No Fooling!"  Wendy Horton, Wildlife Celebrity, will present her wildlife show complete with exotic tropical birds.  Wendy mixes fun with facts to bring awareness and appreciation for the feathered creatures as well as their habitats.


Thursday, April 24th/ 12:15/ Cabin
Nature Center's, Christine Cain of the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will be presenting an array of wildlife and educating us on the importance of their environment.


Tuesday, April 22nd/ 9:00/ Atrium Walking Club Breakfast
Attention all previous and potential walkers! Time to kick off the walking season with our annual breakfast. Sign up with Beth to find out more about the exciting new walking program this year! (440-716-5434)



Thursdays 9:00/ Activity Room
The NOSC is excited to be offering a new exercise program with "Chair Yoga".  Your first class is free and every class is free to Silver Sneaker members; $5.00 for non-members. Please sign up with Beth. (440-716-5434)


Fall Prevention & Balance Screening: Lunch & Learn


Wednesday, April 23rd from 12:00-1:30pm.  Lunch & educational lecture:
Via Quest Home Care & Hospice will present a program regarding fall prevention. Following the program a free gait and balance screening will be available. This informative lecture will teach you the benefits of physical activity to help you stay safer, longer. HCR Manor Care will be providing the lunch.

Please RSVP at the front desk (440-777-8100)


Soup-er Wednesday– Everyone is welcome to join us for soup & salad Wednesday April 30th at 12:00.  Please call 440-777-8100 or stop in the NOSC to make your reservation on or before Thursday April 17th. Voluntary monetary donations will be appreciated. All money collected will help support the NOSC activities and programming.  Bring your friends, family and neighbors. Enjoy a delicious warm meal in a friendly atmosphere. 


NORTH OLMSTED SENIOR CENTER TRIPS: (please contact Beth/ 440-716-5434)

Wednesday, May 28th —*MYSTERY TOUR* NEW!
Come experience our very first Mystery tour and your chance to enjoy a fun Spring adventure as we head out to destinations unknown!  Be assured these are new stops that have not been visited on any previous trips.  (Excellent food, fun, treats and treasures!)

Cost: $75.00 (checks payable to JKL Tours)

Check in-7:00am Return-approx.-6:00pm                                                             


Friday, June 20th —Gateway Clipper-Riverboat Cruise/Rivers Casino
Enjoy a fabulous buffet luncheon while listening to an Elvis impersonator / Boat sails from 11:30am to 1:45pm

(Lunch: Sautéed Chicken Breast, Pork Loin in orange glaze, Vegetables, Salad, and Peach Cobbler.)

After lunch, try your luck at the Amazing Rivers Casino-$15.00 bonus money/$5.00 food.

Cost: $80.00 (checks payable to Kathy Doskoc)/ *Mandatory-check memo to read:

Rivers Casino Trip/ Lakefront    Check in-7:00am Return-approx.-6:00pm                                                              

Wednesday, July 16th —Tour of Cleveland/Tremont
Part history and part mystery, we'll explore Cleveland and its fascinating neighborhoods & unique areas to discover what makes them special.  (League Park, Coventry, Slavic Village, Steelyard Commons and trendy Tremont! Enjoy ethnic foods, yummy treats and the rich tapestry that makes Cleveland a special mosaic of people and places.) Cost: $65.00 (checks payable to JKL Tours) Check in-8:00am Return-approx.-5:00pm                                                             


North Olmsted Early Childhood PTA Saturday April 5th, 2014 from 8:00am - Noon

We are excited to announce that we will be holding our Kids Resale Event again at the Soccer Sportsplex (31515 Lorain Rd - Located west of Stearns Rd & just east of the 480/Lorain Rd exit).  Come find great deals on gently used infant/toddler/children's clothing, shoes, toys, games, furniture, and misc. items. With this location, we are able to offer sellers and buyers a large location with 2 soccer fields for selling and shopping!  We are offering an Infant/Toddler section and a BIG Kids section for sizes 6 & Up, along with a reserved area for Large Items!  We are now accepting contracts for selling. 

For more information and Contracts for Rental Areas, please see our website at: www.NOECPTA.com and click on "Forms."


St. Brendan Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast
Join us on Saturday, April 12th from 10am-12pm for a wonderful morning of activities.  A buffet breakfast will be served at 10am in the Kenny Center. There will be crafts and raffles for the kids, and a visit from a very special guest!  (Bring your cameras!)  The Easter egg hunt will follow.  Cost is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12, and children under 2 are free.  Reservations are required by Monday, April 7th. For more information please contact Gina Coyle at 440-777-2468 or clevelandcoyles@wowway.com. 


St. Brendan Tee Ball League
Signups have now begun for all children entering Kindergarten, First or Second grade in the fall of 2014.  Games will be held twice a week in June and July.  To register to play or help coach, please pick up and return forms to St. Brendan parish office.  Registration forms are due April 21st.  Please contact Jennifer Ontko at 440-915-6806 for more information.   


Junior High Theater Productions
Please join us for the St. Brendan Junior High productions of The Jungle Book and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at 7pm on both Friday, May 2nd and Saturday, May 3rd at the Westlake Performing Arts Center (27830 Hilliard Blvd). This two play event offers fun for all ages!  Tickets are available at the door for only $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for 2 and under (family max of $20).