Archive for November, 2008

Light Up Lorain _ the Movie

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PHOTOS – Get your look at Light Up Lorain

Henerey has a beautiful visual report

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The LIST – updated Nov. 29th –

“Now don’t tell me there’s nothing to do!”
by Loraine Ritchey and Kelly Sagert

ADVENT WALK NOVEMBER 30TH- Lorain Downtown Churches
THE WALK WILL BEGIN AT 3:00 P.M. AT FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH ( 4TH AND WASHINGTON) ending at St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Seventh Street
– participants will walk to six of Lorain’s downtown churches. At each church there will be a brief reading, a short talk and the singing of several Christmas hymns. At some churches their choir or bell choir will participate.
First Congregational Church, 423 Washington Ave., will offer “A Simple Christmas.’’
Christian Temple Disciples of Christ, 940 W. 5th St., will offer “Hope.”
First Lutheran Church,
603 Washington Ave., will offer “Peace.”
Church of the Redeemer Episcopal, 647 Reid Ave., will offer “Joy.”
St. John United Church of Christ, 715 Reid Ave., will offer “Love.”
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 309 W. Seventh St., will offer “Fulfillment at Christmas.”

The event, which is free and open to the public, lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

The Black River Historical Society has decorated the home/museum for the festive season and new
additions to the gift shop this year is Lorain Lighthouse charms and
necklaces in 14k gold and sterling silver by Nielsen Jewelers. Now accepting Visa and MasterCard. Check out those charms what a great gift idea and while you are looking check out more gifts from the gift shop right here


7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Lorain Community Music Theater presents Festival of Carols. All tickets are $3.00; all seats are general admission; tickets are available at the door ; doors open 7 PM

12/06/2008 Saturday 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM FREE Visits With SANTA CLAUS12/06/2008

Saturday 12/06/2008
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lorain public Library Presents MADCAP PUPPETS
More Information to Follow ( check Palace Website)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Lorain Quota Club presents the Singing Angels.

All Seats are General Admission; $11 for adults and Children (Under 12) $6.00
Please check out the Palace Website for more to do !

santaland photo Henery Hawk
Dec 10th- Dec 23rd-M-F 5:30-8:30 pm. Sat-Sun 4:00-8:pm
Santa and his wife can be found at Century Park Harbor House 1901 East Erie Ave.– he has made the journey for 40 years in his home on the lake away from the North Pole .You can visit with Santa , decorate cookies with Mrs. Clause- watch you favorite holiday movie.
FREE admission ( A donation of canned food is appreciated) $5 Photo with Santa. Lorain Parks and Recreation 244-9000

jansw2 photo Campbell
Ohio Dance Theatre/ Stocker Center – THE NUTCRACKER
THE NUTCRACKER at LCCC’s Stocker Center
Dec. 19-21.For Tickets Call
440-366-4040 or 1-800-995-5222

A Breakfast Feast without Santa
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On Saturday, December 13 from 7 to 10 a.m., the Lorain Admiral King NJROTC is hosting its annual pancake breakfast in the LAK cafeteria. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast can be purchased by emailing or by paying at the door. Adults pay $5; seniors and students pay $4; and children aged 4 and under are free. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, orange drink and coffee and all proceeds go to support the NJROTC program at LAK.

lakeview-in-winter photo Henery Hawk

December 8 through December 30
Lakeview Park

Rose Café open Mondays thru Wednesdays, 5-8pm
The all ready elegant Lakeview Park will be decked out with enough lights and glitz to brighten an entire beachfront for the holiday season. Some new lights as well as the lights of years past will be featured in the spectacular displays. The lights will light up the lakefront December 8 through December 30, from 5-8pm.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – get your reservations!!!!
Lakeview Park- December 20th- 10 am- 2pm
Avoid long lines in the mall and join Santa Claus at Lakeview Park. While families enjoy brunch, Santa will be on hand to meet children, take pictures and learn what each girl and boy wants under the tree this Christmas. Families can also take part in Holiday-themed activities and crafts, including an elf workshop where kids can buy parent gifts for $1.00. Reservations highly suggested by calling Deluca’s Place in the Park at (440) 233-7272. The brunch cost $10 per person. AND THAT ISN’T ALLSpecial Addition: A horse-drawn carriage ride around Lakeview Park will be included with brunch price!

LORAIN CITY SCHOOLS -ring the bell!
The Lorain Admiral King band concert is Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. It is free. Prior to the concert, the band is having a spaghetti dinner. Contact Tracy Isenberg at for details.

On Thursday, December 4, Irving Elementary is holding an instrumental and choral concert. Watch this blog for more details.

And our neighbors in Amherst and Vermilion
WORKSHOP PLAYERS AMHERST PRESENTS –‘CHRISTMAS BELLES’ a rollicking holiday show, will be performed from November 20th through December 14th-Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 3:00 p.m. House opens 45 minutes prior to the show.44820 Middle Ridge Road, Amherst, OH 44001 Box Office Phone: 440-988-5613

Vermilion- Their ship comes in “Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. in Vermilion when the Christmas
Tree Ship arrives! Dave Childers will sing Christmas songs and read the story of the Christmas Tree ship at the dock by Red Clay on the River at 5150 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion. Eden Valley Enterprises

For more happenings check out Lorain County dot com calendar and also Kalin’s ‘Click Lorain”

November 29, 2008 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

AFRICA- THE ARRIVAL-Notes on a Plane-Pt 5 Rich R

far-from-home Far From Home

The landing is quite smooth. Water everywhere with land off in the distance was awesome! I can’t believe I was flying south of Africa’s furthest point. I wonder how many miles it really was below the continent before we were in line to touch land.

The shuttle to customs was a bit harried! Everyone hurrying to get on the bus; suitcases flinging, bumping other…what for? To stand in line again? The ride was quite long.. must have been on the complete other side of the airport. Bus stops! People hurry to get off and get in line again. Nobody telling the crowd where to go, what line to get into! Just the blue striped aisles up to 3 customs agents. Wait! This isn’t customs! It’s passport checkpoint.

Shuffling of feet …some laughter..people tired….agents behind the desks ..some smiling, others doing their daily job! Some talking, some just staring…others asking “How long you going to be here?” People shuffling again…following the signs to customs. There’s a Currency Exchange booth…nobody there……the airport basically empty. People standing around awaiting their luggage.

One guy up ahead, stopping everyone. Must be customs officer. Who knows. When I approach him, he only asks “How many cartons of cigarettes do you have?” I reply, “One”. Go on, he says. THAT was customs?

Following the blue striped lines like the other ‘cattle’…we enter into the large room where there are a lot of people standing in lines again….blank faces! It was a weird feeling to see all these people and hear nothing.

There’s my driver …standing there with a sign TELETECH looked like he was not very happy! I greet him, he says his name is Edgar! First thing he says, “Welcome to Cape Town. Your plane was quite late!”… very apologetic yet I could tell he was put-out by the whole thing.

Late? The captain said we were arriving early! Oh well, nothing I could do about that!
Edgar puts all of my luggage and carry-on atop one of the luggage carts! Thank God!
I did not want to have to lug those things one more step.

We immediately exit the airport! I follow him. Quite stiff from all the sitting and cramped quarters of my last 26 hours either sitting on an airplane or standing in line.
We walk out to the parking area….”Not very warm for Africa” is what I thought to myself! Hmmm. Must be due to it being 6:30 p.m. almost night time. My adrenaline kept me going! Excited, nervous..not knowing what was next!

Edgar talks to me but I had a very difficult time understanding him. Very softspoken. Not only were my ears still plugged but his accent! Very ‘British/Scottish” and definitive of what I’ve heard on television for South African people.
We get into the van. It felt good to stretch out. Immediately we get out of the parking lot and head onto the freeway! Nothing around but what you could see off in the distance.
Then, all of a sudden…rough metal shacks…attached to each other. Some with metal roofs, others with huge chunks of construction plastic covering boards to keep the rains out!

“What is that area known as?”, I ask.

Edgar says “Those are the squatters or townships. A lot of people living there have nowhere else to live so the government lets them set up homes like that.”

I am amazed at the living conditions. I did see they had electricity but ….the garbage every where, behind barbed wire fences the people walking, children playing. Just amazing.

Edgar goes on to say “a lot of them have escaped over the mountains to where it is safe for them. On the other side of that mountains a lot of people are put into slavery, women are beaten, children abused. They escape to beautiful Cape Town to get away. Those that are lucky not to be eaten by the animals or die from exposure to the mountains usually live here.”

I just don’t understand how people can live like that… mind goes back to my childhood. I remember being the only house of about 20 that had an indoor bathroom. I remember one of my childhood friends living in a house…not like this, but the inside…cardboard walls separating the outside from them. Pot belly stove in the middle of the room for winter months. Not that far off but then again, this IS 2008, not 1957. How my life and lifestyle have changed since I was a child. How my family has changed. One sister gone, both parents gone. Just me and my sister in Virginia left, with our own children. Life goes too fast!

People change! The world changes!

Edgar points out the hospital where Christian Bernard performed the first human heart transplant in the ‘60’s.

The original fort that protected Cape Town built, if I remember right, over 400 years ago. It is still used as a museum.
Continuing on …bright colored buildings….stop at a light, people crossing, running. In a hurry to get home! Me? I can’t wait to get to the hotel! Around the lower level of Devil’s Point ….I can see the harbor….turn right….narrow streets, cars parked on both sides, barely room for 1 to get down there yet it’s still a two-way street.

“This is where your hotel is, Mr. Rich.” Looking down a tree-lined street toward the ocean. Nice! Later on, I find out that some of them were olive trees! hotel
Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four

To be continued….

November 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm 7 comments


parklights1 Photo Henery Hawk ( Mark)
Snowflakes on lashes, warm woolen mittens , holiday “parks” and songs to sing….

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK ( aka Lorain’s historic Public Square across from City Hall – West Erie and Washington)


5:00 p.m. Life Share Mobile Blood Drive

5:15 p.m. Mac from Colorful Sound DJ Service and Lorie’s Photography play holiday music and take photographs. Lorain Public Library System’s mascot Browser will be looking for Elves little and jolly -Calliope and trains and a very special hat
gary HH(cropped)

5:30 p. FREE Hot Chocolate / coffee American Red Cross, FREE hot dogs ( please bring a non perishable food or cash donation if possible for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank ) free popcorn , donuts and cookies.

5:40 p.m. Little Lighthouse Learning Center children sing and delight with eyes shining bright and cheeks all a glow

5:50 Lorain City Schools High School Music Students from Lorain Southview and Lorain Admiral King perform under the direction of Dave Hager

6:10 p.m. Lorain Admiral King Brass Ensemble perform under the Direction of Dustin Wiley

santaland1 HH ( Santa Land – Lorain Parks Dept)

6:25 p.m Mayor Krasienko Twas the Night Before Christmas Welcomes Lorain International Queen and her court and of course the man of the moment SANTA CLAUS and the count down begins – TEN – NINE- EIGHT…………
fireworks Photo Liz (Tobias) Motsch

7:00 p.m. Lorain Palace Theatre movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua – tickets $3.00

Photos Henery Hawk ( Mark) from his piece “Traditions”

November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm 10 comments

POST KELO – Guest Blog- Larry Gilbert-California

Susette Kelo – NOT FOR SALE!!!

ED: Note Peoples lives are shattered, homes are lost and neighborhoods gone for the “business of development”
gamble Gamble House source Institute of Justice

People have suffered like Susette Kelo ” I wake from sleep exhausted” . The notoriety the fighting in the highest courts in the land and then for most of the population it is out of sight and out of mind – until it happens to you . LORAIN DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
an old, tired city, much of whose population has moved out over the years, and not some sort of hip place with a scenic, historical, or commercial cachet that is likely to draw visitors and trendy, affluent would-be residents


Post Kelo. Whatever happened to the New London, CT redevelopment project?
By Larry Gilbert

As a long time supporter of private property rights, and having met Susette Kelo and the Cristofaro’s whose names are known around the globe, I try to stay up to date with the redevelopment project for which they lost their homes based on the disastrous June 2005 US Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo Vs. New London.

Following is an Op-ed from Professor Gideon Kanner, an LA colleague who has extensive years of experience fighting “eminent domain” takings.
In the majority court opinion of Kelo Vs. the city of New London they avoid the question of economic performance of the project in stating:

“A constitutional rule that required postponement of the judicial approval of every condemnation until the likelihood of success of the plan had been assured would unquestionably impose a significant impediment to the successful consummation of many such plans. Just as we decline to second-guess the City’s considered judgments about the efficacy of its development plan, we also decline to second-guess the City’s determinations as to what lands it needs to acquire in order to effectuate the project. “It is not for the courts to oversee the choice of the boundary line nor to sit in review on the size of a particular project area.”

Professor Kanner’s Op-ed on the current status of New London follows.

Yes, Virginia, There is Redevelopment in New London, Connecticut, But It’s Downtown, Not on the Site of the Wretched Kelo Redevelopment Project, and It’s Pursued by Private Enterprise.

It shouldn’t be news to the readers of this (Gideon’s Trumpet) blog that the vaunted redevelopment plan for New London, Connecticut, the one that gave us the infamous Kelo case, has been a civic and economic disaster. Using the power of eminent domain, an entire lower middle class neighborhood was taken by the city and razed to the ground in order to . . . what?

Maybe we better take a look at the Supreme Court’s Kelo opinion and see what the city had in mind. After all, the project, according to the Supreme Court, was evaluated by a team of consultants who considered six alternative development proposals for the Fort Trumbull redevelopment area.

The reader of the Kelo opinion is struck by two things. First, a lamentation over the city’s declining condition brought about by the shutdown of local U.S. Navy facilities and consequent above-average unemployment, and second, the need for urban revitalization through redevelopment. Though couched in restrained judicial prose, Justice Stevens’ majority opinion ultimately depends on the assertedly thorough, carefully vetted redevelopment plan produced by the city, that the court’s majority accepted at face value in justification of the city’s proposed redevelopment project. In the end those city plans were used by the court as a justification for its refusal to provide meaningful review of the issue whether or not the city’s redevelopment plans were really in the nature of “public use,” as required by the Constitution, or whether the city’s own self-serving say-so that they were, was sufficient to deem a purely private, profit-making enterprise to be a “public use.” The court’s (5 to 4) majority concluded that the latter was the case.

But guess what? After all the foofaraw and a Supreme Court opinion that roiled the country, brought a storm of criticism upon the court, and made the phrase “eminent domain” a dirty word, the New London redevelopment project went nowhere.

We blogged about these things repeatedly, and if you are interested see our posts of July 13, 2007, Nov. 27, 2007, Mar. 25, 2008, and May 29, 2008, telling the story of how New London’s vaunted redevelopment plans for Fort Trumbul did not get off the ground and how its redeveloper could not even get financing for the project.

But all this leaves an open a question that until now has not been reported in the national press.

What has happened in New London after its Supreme Court victory, given that the Fort Trumbull redevelopment project proved to be a failure?

We now have a fascinating answer. While the vaunted redevelopment project has gone nowhere, there has been some revival in New London by – are you ready? – private enterprise.

The New York Times (Lisa Prevost, In Connecticut, Developers Change Tack, N.Y. Times, Nov. 9, 2008, p. 13 (Bus.Sec.)) informs us that in contrast with all the gloom about its future, that was successfully peddled by the city to the U.S. Supreme Court in the Kelo case, there are signs of revival in New London – not in the area that had been chosen by the city for the Fort Trumbull redevelopment project (so much for all those fancy, expensive studies), but largely in the downtown area.

It turns out that several downtown and waterfront buildings are being privately renovated and converted to condominiums with some success. What this article makes clear is that New London’s problem is that it is, well, New London – an old, tired city, much of whose population has moved out over the years, and not some sort of hip place with a scenic, historical, or commercial cachet that is likely to draw visitors and trendy, affluent would-be residents. The city boasts that it is located mid-way between Boston and New York. Which comes close to a definition of the proverbial middle of nowhere, where these days it’s hard to make a living and even harder to make a municipal silk purse out of that sow’s ear. Those charming sidewalk cafes in yuppified areas of hip cities that boast of successful redevelopment projects can be fun, but you won’t enjoy one on the Connecticut waterfront in, say, February.

But there is life in New London. Condominiums are being promoted by their developers with varying degrees of success. “Downtown rentals, on the other hand, have done well,” says an owner of 65 rental apartments in six renovated buildings in the center of city. And here you thought that without that Fort Trumbull redevelopment project, New London was about to roll up its sidewalks and shrivel up.

So while urban prosperitywise things may nor be beer and skittles in New London, neither are they as dire as the city represented to the Supreme Court. The important part is that progress is being made in New London, and it is being made by private enterprise — the people best qualified to make it: locals whose lives and fortunes have been invested in their city, not an out-of-state redeveloper who moves in, pockets a generous municipal subsidy, wreaks havoc on a community targeted for redevelopment, cleans up (or tries to), and then moves on to wreak havoc on some other community.

So are those New Londoners going to live happily ever after? A definite maybe. It appears that along with the moderately good news there is also a cloud on the horizon. The state of Connecticut is blowing $750,000 on a study of how to maximize the economic potential of New London’s downtown transit facilities. Uh-oh. Will it be another case of “We are from the government and we are here to help you”? We shall see. Stay tuned.

Oh yes, we almost forgot. What about Pfizer pharmaceutical company, the industrial giant that had built a $300 million research facility across the Thames River from Fort Trumbull. The one whose presence in the community was going to vitalize this redevelopment effort on account of all those well-paid Pfizer employees moving into the community and freely spending their money on upscale housing and merchandise that would become available on the site of the taken lower middle-class homes?

Actually, nothing happened. Pfizer has suffered some business reverses and laid off 10,000 employees. The investors who “rushed in to buy many of the brick buildings that line Bank Street, parallel to the riverfront” didn’t make out too well either — according to the New York Times report, “unfortunately, they didn’t always renovate them.” So much for city-sparked redevelopment.

Gilbert note. Gideon successfully defended the owner of the 99 Cents Only store in Lancaster, CA. He has also appeared at our MORR/CURE conferences and joined a group of us in a 2006 meeting with representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office discussing eminent domain in Los Angeles.

November 25, 2008 at 11:39 pm 3 comments

Lorain Port Authority- An Identity Search- Black River landing

it  ain't easy being green
thatwoman by Loraine Ritchey –

Last Monday I attended a public meeting at Black River Landing with regard to “identifying and linking Broadway to BRL and vice versa – the only thing really missing was the public. I missed the 2nd part of the meeting to do with the Architect’s plans for linking of the area- Mike Challender of Lorain Growth Corp. will be covering that part of the meeting in tandem with this blog.

Rick Novak introduced Natalie Pauken of STUDIO GRAPHIQUE
to those who were gathered. Mr. Novak stated in part :

“I believe it is critical to identify the desination for those visiting our community and our site. It creates a “sense of place” when one arrives.

In fact it signifies that you have arrived!!It also makes it easier and comfortable for those individuals visiting the area if sites are identified clearly and concisely. With the anticipated visitors to the Jet Express, I feel that this step is very critical. It also lets them know what they have missed. For example, if signage also includes sites such as lLakeview Park and the rose garden, a jet express visitor may not see it on the first trip, but they may plan on visiting the site as part of a re-visit.”

Consider this YOUR opportunity to be involved in the identity process for Black River Landing .
You will find below “concepts” and “graphics” – the colors are based on the maritime flags of many nations . You will see if you look closely option A and Option B eg. the logo on the Identity Board etc.

1. Lorain( LPA-BRL) Identity Board
Click on all images to enlage

Lorain Identity Board

2. Lorain(LPA-BRL) Banners
Lorain Banners

No 3. Lorain( LPA-BRL) Entry sign
entry  sign

No 4. (Lorain (LPA-BRL) Fence options
( ED: note the fencing that is there now is the black wrought iron and that would be utilized either one or more or none of the options displayed- that is why YOUR input is needed!)
fence options

5. Lorain Gateways

Lorain Gateways

6. Lorain (LPA-BRL) Trailblazers
Lorain Trailblazers

7. Lorain Directionals

So here is your opportunity – have a look- see what you think. I know that this is a poor second to the presentation and larger graphics as displayed at the meeting but you can still be involved in “Your Lorain”.

You can comment on this blog, either in the comment section or through or by sending your comments either to Lorain Port AuthorityRick Novak 440-204-2265 or Mike Challender at Lorain Growth Corporation 440-244-6503

November 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm 15 comments

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