Archive for February, 2009
I received this information from Denise- one of TWB readers There has been a change of venue for this fundraiser and Denise would like to make sure that everyone who already purchased tickets and potential participants are aware of the change:
We the Committee for Nancy Smith are having a fund raiser for her freedom and her health concerns. (Her dental situation primarily).
We invite you to please join us at the VFW at 4562 Oberlin Avenue Lorain.
, Lorain on Saturday March 7th. We will be having spaghetti and meatballs/sausage along with dinner rolls, salad and beverage. Tickets for this fundraiser are $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. You may purchase tickets at the door. Doors will be open at 5:00pm till 10:00pm. If you can not attend, you may send a donation to:
“Committee for Nancy Smith”
C/o Retired Judge Joe Zieba
814 Reid Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44052
To Contact daughter (Amber Bronish) by phone
Please make all check payable to “Committee for Nancy Smith”
We urge you to bring in an item that is not of value to you as we will be auctioning off items to those who attend.
The monies from this auction will also go to the benefit for Nancy.
For those who are not familiar with this tragic injustice you might read below an outline for your understanding.
We thank you in advance for your support and we are hoping to see as many of you as possible. If ever there was a good cause to ask for money, this my friend is one that warrants the utmost support to bring Nancy home and to help her with her dental
work that she will need.
Story starts in May of 1993. This was the first of allegations made against Nancy.
Nancy was a school bus driver for Head Start. She and another man (Joseph Allen) were accused of molesting 4 of those children. In November 1994, Nancy was indicted on gross sexual imposition charges.
To catch you up to recent speed:
Recently in February 2009, Nancy is released from the county jail after the county Pleas
Judge James Burge finds that Nancy is entitled to a new sentence hearing because of a technical problem with the original hearing. Nancy is now free on $100.000 bond. Her friends put up 3 pieces of their property to get Nancy out of prison.
This injustice that was served to Nancy, goes beyond words. Nancy’s hair in now grey, and she has lost all her teeth. She now asks to leave a room. She has nightmares that someone will snatch her out of her bed, and put her behind those cold steel bars again…only to have a cot and a toilet to comfort her. There is no amount of money that could be offered to this family that could ever make this ordeal worthy. We ask that you read the story by Lona Manning, (Shame of Lorain). www.crimemagazine.com .
We are hoping for a new trail for Nancy as to clear her name.
A mother that was snatched under the cover of darkness from her children, her home, and her community. A single mother that had taken 3 jobs to take care of her children so they would not go without. Ironically, that is exactly what happened. Her children did go without. But it was their mother they went without!
See you then, and again Thank You!
ED NOTE: Paula’s Perspective on the State of the City luncheon can be found following this “perspective” of the luncheon and Lorain
By Loraine Ritchey email@example.com
I haven’t been able to be very involved lately with ” community” due to the health issues that are all consuming. However, I had a day off from travelling to the hospitals and attended the State of the City Address.The Morning Journal was there
Editors, Publisher and reporters Morning Journal table.
and was covering with a live feed whilst we were feeding
Paula was also taking notes and photos for this blog so I decided to just listen and catch up with all the people there I haven’t seen ( or told off) in a while .
Mayor Krasienko touched on a number of issues, however basically it came down to ownership in a community and pulling together. I thought of my journey through the side streets of Lorain to get to De Lucas’ – I thought on the way there, looking at all the deteriorating infrastructure and the bricks showing through the asphalt on 6th and elsewhere ” this is almost too overwhelming- where do you as an Administration or City Council even “start” to fix our problems and what with ??? – the money has dried and is drying up-
Who is important to the city – what jobs should be saved- can we do without police/fire protection cutting city services to the quick- only makes this city bleed?What is it going to take for Lorainites to approve a tax of any kind ?
We have seen and heard that people are experiencing their own economic problems, there isn’t much money to go around. But without ownership in this community _ I hate to think of the consequences. What does “ownership” in a community really mean?
I was thinking about what I could write about the State of the City Address luncheon when I drove past Veterans Park – it was a warmish day and children of the Academy of Arts and Sciences were in the park with an instructor.
I watched as the instructor allowed the children to climb and jump and run around the “Firefighters Memorial”. Surely, I thought he will stop them- I remembered a day not so long ago when volunteers came out and took “ownership “ and cleaned and planted and spruced up the little park
I watched and waited, finally I couldn’t stay quiet any longer the Scotch Broom planted so lovingly , the bushes , the plantings and the area all around the monument was being trampled and faced destruction from 20 little feet.
photo Scott Bakalar
I got out of my car and walked toward the tiny culprits and their instructor and said :
“You do realize that the children are trampling and jumping all over a memorial- a memorial for the Lorain Firefighters!”
The young man said :
“Oh! I was stopping them”
“Not from what I have seen- I would like to talk to the children” – he looked a bit concerned – I said
“I just want to tell them a story”
“welllllll OK!” but he looked doubtful.
By this time the children had made their way over anyway so I started
“Do you know what a memorial means?” Some said yes some said no – I told them how they were damaging a very special place – how this little park had seen children for 200 years playing under the trees- the trees that were planted to remember the people who were killed in a tornado, the people who fought in the Civil War, and other wars – how the little park was the birthplace for the whole of Lorain and that the firefighters would be very sad to see them hurting their memorial to firefighters who had died.”
“Can you read to us what it says ?”
The questions came fast and furious- as children are want to do – I looked at their little upturned faces and told them the tale of the Roger Blough and other fires-
I told them how this park belonged to them and all the children that had played before and how we should keep it for all the children who were coming to play in the future.
I suggested to the instructor he take the children to the Fire Dept to meet the Firefighters- ( I don’t think he was really happy with me) but as one little boy stepped back into the Scotch Broom bush his friend said don’t do that – its the Fireman’s special bush …..
Will those children the next time they play have a little more respect for their little part of Lorain – will they take ownership – WILL WE ?
photo Scott Bakalar
I’ve never been to a State of the City Address before. I liked it!
Unlike the State of the Union Address where they stand and applaud every 10 seconds they didn’t do that until the speech ended.
(Oh yeah, except for the round of applause for The Skodny family for decorating the City this year, maybe there were a couple of other times such as the Pipe Yard and Fire Dept.)
Many representatives from the City, Politicians, Media, Non Profits and Business Community were present, about 200 I believe.
The meeting began with Rev. Dr. Brad Donahue explaining the background of Rotary (our Hosts today).
He mentioned a Four Way Test the Rotary uses that I believe should pertain to Government as well.
2. Be Fair
3. Build Goodwill
4. And do what is beneficial to all concerned
As always I claim I don’t hear everything as it can be a challenge to write, listen, think, comprehend, hold back the questions that keep popping into your brain, not be distracted by the people surrounding you (Loraine!), etc etc but I try my best.
Here is last year’s transcript:
The Mayor began by noting the significant challenges/crisis faced by the Federal, State and Local governments today.
Mention of providing service to the citizens is their responsibility.
Back to the State of the City.
Key phrases and terms I noted were:
• Sound fiscal management is imperative
• Galvanize efforts
Mention of the reduction in crime rates and homicides and the opening of the jail with 2,400 customers last year. “Criminals know they have consequences.”
The Mayor said if you asked citizens and groups like the Neighborhood Watch Group they have noticed a difference.
Lorain Fire Department and their help with nonworking street lights and the ability to do 1,100 inspections with just two members and the glowing report the Department had in 2008. (side note: I told Chief Brown he should be happy as the Morning Journal told Elyria’s Fire Department to take note of the cost savings they’ve had).
The Mayor said it is built on relationships, and partnerships. The businesses that have moved to Lorain and Emerson that has remained were noted. (Side note: just received a letter that M and M Mower is moving down the street to Sheffield Village, there goes more revenue for the city).
They’re targeting impacted areas, rewriting rental laws and holding Landlords responsible.
Operates without tax assistance.
The City is working with.
Possibility of our new Waste Water Treatment plant that would move up the river could be a Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant. Regionalism, the future of government.
Mayor Krasienko said the city is moving forward with Projects.
“We will remain resilient and make the difficult decisions”.
He wants everyone to renew their support for the City.
He asked the Media, Elected Officials, City Workers….. Young and Old….. Democrat or Republican …..
(( HEY !! What about us Independents !?!?))
To answer a call to serve our City and each other.
The Mayor likes this quote from Admiral King “We do all we can with what we have”. Here’s one I like better from Admiral King.
“If a ship has been sunk, I can’t bring it up. If it is going to be sunk, I can’t stop it.
I can use my time much better working on tomorrow’s problem than by fretting about yesterday’s. Besides, if I let those things get me, I wouldn’t last long.”
Also worth noting, during the meet and greet prior to the meeting Loraine was referred to as a “fixture”.
Oh My, the thoughts and pictures running through my mind on that one…….
by Loraine Ritchey firstname.lastname@example.org
TWIT-A British slang word for an insignificant, foolish or annoying person
I admit it -I simply plod along in this cyber world- I really do. I ignore requests to be a facebook friend ( sorry) or reunion buddy – I have been accused of not being a true blogger- ( Oh! Dear I WAS chagrined but decided to ignore that too) after all my 7- maybe 10 (depending how you count) readers don’t seem to mind my “blog” too much! I decided to follow the format of writing that I was used to following in my other writing life -transparency , fact checking and trying to gain all pertinent background information before publishing and hopefully some source features. Sorry if that isn’t blogging to some, but I just can’t help myself.
It took me a long time and actually wearing my glasses to discover that Blog Roll wasn’t a “bog roll” (toilet paper for the non Brit.) Although then again, come to think of it , there are a couple of people I would and have likened to a “bog roll” (one ply at that ) 🙂
Not wishing to get involved with a bunch of “Twit-ters” and Tweets” I decided to take a break and I checked my blog roll and went to The Wondering Brit – I do enjoy his site and his “blog roll” has a blog which I am thoroughly enjoying!
“The informative & funny Richard Madeley”
His tongue in cheek ( I didn’t say which one) take on “Twitters” and “Tweets’ is well worth the read ( even if you aren’t sure America who the celebrities are that are being discussed)
Excert from “The Richard Madeley Appreciation Society ” ??? Blog ??? ( see disclaimer at the bottom of the web page)
7. I left a space to let you regain your composure. I know it was a shock and it’s not something you want to think about when you’ve just eaten. But you should quickly follow as many ‘normal’ people as you can. Bite your lip and go click crazy. Get it over with because being ‘followed’ is the measure of your success on Twitter. Celebrities will not follow you (and, let’s face it, why should they?). You have to make up for this by following people you might normally cross the street to avoid.
Well I have enough of those types
“people you might normally cross the street to avoid.”
already so I have decided I will not be a Twit -ter or Tweet – Sorry Morning Journal I think there are enough “TWITS” as it is in my world without inviting anymore. Photo Source –Get Satisfaction
by Paula Tobias
ED NOTE: MINUTES OF POLICE AND FIRE MEETING
During Monday night’s Committee Meeting Chief Brown was available to discuss the “State of the Fire Department” and answer any questions by Council and the Public.
One item he mentioned caught my attention. Pumper 2.
This vehicle is 29 years old.
How old is your car? Most don’t last more than 5 years and think of the wear and tear a fire truck endures.
I called The Chief this morning and asked if I might stop by and take some photos of her (Chief referred to the Pumper in a female way).
I had the opportunity to discuss the fire department, the state of the city and the budget they have with several of the firefighters and the Chief. I did the same thing two years ago when I was campaigning. I went to each station and saw the equipment and talked to the firefighters. It reinforced my thought of “Do not judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”
They told me several times how much they appreciated that I came out to see for myself and wished more people would.
How many of you have ever had to call on our Safety Forces for service?
I remember the day I was coming home to see thick black smoke bellowing into the sky, the closer I came I noticed, it was near my home or it WAS my home!! The adrenaline started and I sped home. Jumped out of my car to find my neighbor’s home on fire; I watched the firefighters and tried to contact my neighbor to tell her about her home.
Your Fire Department, much like a parachute; you don’t know how good it is until you need it.
I also learned about their technique, I was told they don’t start the hoses until they’re in, causing less damage than starting to hose down before entering (unlike other cities).
Don’t forget the Fire Department is called on to assist with people who are in accidents, cars, close quarters etc. Their Jaws of Life is probably older than my children.
I told them I would have a Bake Sale for a new Jaws of Life. If you were stuck in a car, wrapped around a telephone pole would you want the best equipment and trained personnel?
I understand why the Chief referred to Pumper 2 as a “Her”. She’s dependable, protects the ones she carries, and is able to help in times of emergency.
ED NOTE: ALL THE WORLD RESPECTS THOSE WHO DARE THE FLAMES
I try very hard to listen, think about what they’re saying, and write key points down. If I’ve missed something please let me know.
NO WE/Wi IN THE CITY
I took my computer, camera, packet of information, writing tablet, purse and cookies tonight. (I knew it would be a long evening; it was time to discuss the budget).
I expected a large crowd, employees of the city who would be affected and citizens too. Especially the citizens who hope to lead this city (council member wannabes). There were maybe 10 managers of the city and a dozen Union 6621 members. The only citizen who claimed their candidacy was the Democrat for Ward 2. The usual citizens that come on a regular basis were present, it was disappointing.
I set up everything, plugged in the computer and found the City is no longer Wi Fi friendly (they have a secret password now).Packet for this evening
We began the evening with an update on the Fire Department. I’m going to contact Chief Brown to find out more about Pumper 2, it is ready to retire, but we can’t afford to replace her.
At the break I offered Chief Brown one of my cookies and said I’d have a Bake Sale for a new Pumper and Jaws of Life, how much would I have to raise?
$350,000 and $35,000 = $385,000 wow, that’s a lot of oatmeal cookies……
Next on the Agenda: The Economic Development Fund https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/paulas-perspective-city-council-committee/
Ordinance for Economic Development Fund (Business Incentive and Job Retention). Mr. Given has been a champion of this for the past two years and had constructed the Ordinance. Several members of Council felt it was a good idea but not doable at this time due to the money constraints. Mr. Gilchrist felt it is necessary to market the city but said it was crappy the way it was written. Mr. Given suggested Mr. Gilchrist is in attendance at the work shops.
Mr. Edwards was unable to attend this evening so Mr. Given was the chairman. After review of the draft sent down by Mr. Gilchrist –Mr. Given asked for a Saturday 8 AM work session as this version was not going in the direction they wanted.
Next was a special call meeting and then they immediately adjourned into Executive Session regarding continuing negotiations (contracts?) When they returned they adjourned and then the Main Attraction: Discussion of the 2009 Budget. ED NOTE: THIS MEETING’S CHAIRMAN – MR. FALLIS
Before tonight’s meeting Mr. Mantini found that the City would be in the red an additional $284,000 since the last estimate.
Mr. Fallis wanted to go through the packet of numbers, 14 pages of revenue projections, 48 pages of expenses, 83 pages detailed expenses.
It was decided to not discuss Revenue as there was little or no control over that (Oh Really !?!)
And then on to individual expenses, with Mr. Renney explaining the cuts the Parks Department has taken as discussion of the Pools closing and other cuts. Mr. Schuster said several times, “A city without parks is a city without a soul”.
Thank goodness Mr. Given brought reality and logic to the conversation. In essence he said, “We can discuss all this until midnight, everyone has an issue/idea on where to cut and where it shouldn’t, they’d never agree. It is up to this Administration to take the numbers forecasted by the Auditor and make the Budget work. Administration should go back to the workforce and negotiate.
(I thought I heard Unions but I’m SURE they’ll negotiate with management as well…..won’t they?)
They turned the microphone over to the public. There were comments against union work, countered by the 6621 Union President Mary Ivan Garza asking Council to take a cut, give up their health insurance for a part time job and what a small percentage their union actually is responsible for out of the general fund.
Mike Matei, our Dog Warden reminded Council of the number of businesses supported by City workers, the three bars on Broadway for example.
By Law the City has to submit a balanced budget soon. What is submitted and what that Budget will look like at the end of 2009 is anyone’s guess.
I guess I better start baking more cookies; we’re going to need a marathon Bake Sale for this year.
Chronicle Telegram article
Morning Journal article