From the Mayor’s desk
WEBSITE- COMMERCIAL IMPROVEMENTS
We recently added a new feature to our website called "Around Town" which displays current news & events and commercial improvements taking place in the city. Visit www.north-olmsted.com and click on "Around Town" to find out more.
The North Olmsted Parks and Recreation Department is working on finalizing the plans for our new fitness center. These plans now include several other needed updates to our facility including locker room upgrades. The new area will accommodate both young and old alike. The cardio portion of the fitness area will include treadmills, stair climbers, elliptical machines, bikes and rowers. The fitness area will also include a circuit and free weight area. Monthly and yearly memberships will be available. Interested parties can join our Member-to-Be list. Please contact Rob Baird at firstname.lastname@example.org to do so. Phase I of our project has been completed. Stop by to see our new tennis and gymnastics area. Stay tuned for updates on our very exciting project.
WINTER GARBAGE AND RECYCLING TIPS
Here are some tips to consider when putting out your weekly waste and recycle during the winter months:
-Make sure your waste collector has a clear view of and easy access to your waste and recyclable materials at the end of your snow-cleared driveway. Do not place your garbage or recycling receptacles on top of or behind snow banks.
-On windy days, consider putting your recycling and garbage out for collection on the morning of your collection day by 7am rather than the night before.
-Don't overload your containers.
-Crush large plastic bottles and beverage cartons to save space.
-Flatten small cardboard boxes and place securely in your box.
-Place heavier items on top of lighter items to prevent papers from blowing away.
TRAFFIC SIGN UPDATE:
Please notice traffic sign update: traveling north on Revere Drive and turning west on to Butternut Ridge Road- "NO LEFT TURN 7:00AM-8:00AM on schools days, except buses"
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF OF POLICE JAMIE GALLAGHER
North Olmsted is a safe community to shop and live in, but we all must do our part to keep it that way.
Holiday Shopping Safety: Be aware of your surroundings. Have your keys in hand when approaching your car. Do not leave shopping items in view inside your vehicle. Lock items into your trunk. Take receipts with you and do not keep in the shopping bag.
Driving safety: No texting or talking on cell phones in the city of North Olmsted when driving. Be patient and please watch your speed.
If going away for the Holidays: Leave lights on timers, call NOPD for a vacation watch in case there is a problem at your residence and we need information on a contact person. Leave music on in the home and do not post your vacation or holiday plans on social media sites. Suspend your newspaper delivery and have someone pick up your mail.
If you are having Holiday parties, make sure your guest are not parking on the fire hydrant side of the street. If you have overnight guests, call for parking permission. We have no parking on city streets from 2am-6am.
If you see something unusual in your neighborhood that you ask yourself the question "should I call the police?" - your first instinct is probably correct, go ahead and call. It doesn't hurt to keep us informed.
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
North Olmsted City Hall will close at noon on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve. We will be closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day as well. Have a wonderful holiday season!
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 message 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.
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
On Monday, December 2nd, Mayor Kevin Kennedy will host the City's annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Springvale Ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m. Please join us at this free family-friendly event! New entertainment this year includes the Olmsted Performing Arts Winter Dance Team. Tasty refreshments will be provided by Baker's Square and Mare's Cake & Candies. Feature trees will be on display, decorated by volunteers of the North Olmsted Garden Club and the North Olmsted Early Childhood PTA. Children will have fun making ornaments and as always, Santa will be in town to celebrate the holiday season! We hope to see you for this fun evening of music, merriment and community spirit!
COPS & KIDS RAFFLE
Police Officers representing FOP Lodge 25 bring joy into the holiday season to children from the west side communities. Raffle tickets for the cops & kids event are available at the North Olmsted Police Department. For every $100.00 of raffle tickets sold, a Police Officer can take one child shopping. Raffle tickets are $5.00 for (6) tickets. You will also have a chance to win a TV, I-pod or $100.00 cash! Drawing is December 15, 2012. For more information, please contact Officer Bill Saringer @ 440-336-0635.
OLMSTED PERFORMING ARTS- DECEMBER EVENTS:
December 2nd and 3rd - Romeo and Juliet Auditions
Visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com to sign up for an audition slot
January 11th - Bye Bye Birdie Auditions
Visit www.olmstedperformingarts.com to sign up for an audition slot beginning December 11th
January 24th - Winter Luau
Free Admission Tickets are 1 for $1 or 25 for $20 Food provided by JoJo's Italian Restaurant
Featuring live music, games, crafts, open gym, sundae bar, and more!
NAVIGATOR NEWS FROM ST. BRENDAN PARISH & SCHOOL
All are welcome to St. Brendan's Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 7th from 10am-12pm in the Kenny Center. The morning's activities will include crafts, raffles, pictures with St. Nick and a breakfast of pancakes and scrambled eggs. Admission is $5 for children 12 and under and $7 for adults. Reservations are required. For more information please contact Gina Coyle at 440-777-2468 or email@example.com. St. Brendan is located at 4242 Brendan Lane.
HOLIDAY SKATE & SKATING EXHIBITION
Join us Sunday, December 15th for an evening of holiday music, treats and skating at the North Olmsted Rec Center! Ice skating is from 6:00-7:30pm and the Cleveland Edges will perform a skating exhibition from 7:45-9:45pm. There will also be a special visit from Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman!
NORTH OLMSTED SENIOR CENTER
The North Olmsted Senior Center is under construction. Due to severe flood damage over the last few months, the interior rooms will be under repair/renovation. This process will disturb activities and programming. Please be advised that the location of activities may be changed and or programming and activities may be cancelled. We will try our hardest to give you as much notice as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this very important and invasive process.
Due to interior renovations the following programs will be cancelled until further notice: Movies/ Wii Play/ Computer Lab/ Art League / BINGO— (BINGO will resume Friday March 14th 2014)
Frank & Dean: Thursday, Dec. 19th at 12:15- Join us at the senior center for a brand new entertainment treat! The Holiday Season would not be complete without the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. FND Productions presents the "Frank & Dean" show, to keep the Christmas Holiday's rolling! Festive holiday dessert will be served.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed: The North Olmsted Senior Center is currently in need of volunteers to pick up and deliver Meals on Wheels to our homebound seniors. Volunteers generally commit to meal delivery once a week and give about an hour and a half of their time. If you are interested please call Tiffany Hunt, LSW at 440-716-4264 for more information.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Ring in the New Year with ice skating, swimming, games, prizes and more at the North Olmsted Rec Center! There will be a balloon drop at midnight. Children 14 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult and children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the pool area. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:30 P.M. - 12:30 A.M. Cost: $12.00 in advance $15.00 day of event.