Archive for March, 2009
by Loraine Ritchey email@example.com
I am not Paula! I apologize, you will not be reading her excellent coverage- you are stuck with my take and the talk!
I don’t pay attention – in fact if this were high school civics I would be standing in the hallway in disgrace.
There weren’t a lot of people at tonight’s meeting – and a lot of coming and going too-ing and fro-ing. I saw Sean and Brian and Sandy ( all of us in the back row of the class – that in and of itself says a lot )
– I found it rather humorous that there passed between the three entities a polite nod when they all have been linked for a few days “blog wise” from pictures to comments – and yet nary a word was spoken between the bloggers and the bloggee.
This blogger had no such problems -and someone should have smacked me, and I talked and talked whilst the “unspoken” lay like a fog of civility between the participants!
Since I wanted to watch the season finale of TOP GEAR – I left just after Mr. Dore, Safety Director – stated that the Firefighters would be receiving letters tomorrow rescinding the layoff notices and that hopefully the same situation would apply to the Police Dept as they were having some constructive talks. Which sort of negated the comment by Mr. Holcomb ( paraphrasing here) after his suggestion of “using comp time funds” which was found to be needing … that no one was finding way to keep the safety forces.
Denise was there with her sign of support for the safety forces and was outside when I drove past…… Denise it may have worked ya think!!!
PAULA COME BACK!!!!!- I am absolutely rotten when it comes to covering council meetings!
Fire Bombing Update
Morning Journal – Scot Allyn
LORAIN — Lorain police have struck back at the Detroit heroin trafficking crew that is believed to be connected to the firebombing of an undercover police vehicle early Thursday morning.
by Loraine Ritchey – firstname.lastname@example.org
As most are aware, I have been making the trek to Cleveland daily . I watch on 90 – or 480 for the parked police cars checking for speeders. I must admit at those times they irritate me a little with their radar guns pointed at me- especially since my recent speeding ticket.
Then the drive down less familiar streets ( that are now becoming all too familiar) in areas I am not comfortable with to get to the Cleveland Clinic.
My perspective changes, I am relieved to see the number of police cars and officers, even if I tend to be more aware of speed limits and traffic signals. I feel safe and secure knowing that help, if I should need it, is there.
Driving home Friday there was the usual amount of “special drivers”- the elderly woman that stopped dead on 90 in the right lane as an ambulance was coming fast and furious in the fast ( passing) lane…..as everyone pulled into the right lane ….. we nearly all had a reason for ambulances.
Then there were the entertaining folk – one who was doing his own rendition of “head banging heavy metal maniac dance” I really thought he was going to explode out of the top of his car and the woman who was reading her book propped up on the steering wheel or the post it note lady whose steering wheel was covered with post it notes as she talked on her cell phone.
Yes, my daily drives have been interesting as the weather gets better- I almost prefer the snow and ice as everyone seems to be a little more careful.
As I made my way home north on Oberlin Avenue – wary of the potholes- a LPD officer and his vehicle going south – lights and sirens flashing and in a hurry came into view. The vehicles duly pulled over and stopped – there was an extreme sense of urgency in this call. I was wondering how the cruiser was going to deal with the pothole dilemna – if he would bottom out – but as the young officer passed me I noticed the total look of concentration on his face.
I wondered ” what was this call that had called for his presence“- I thought of the officers that answer those calls knowing that they might be put in harms way – of their families – of this young man’s mother – and how life can change in an instant –
I want to feel safe and secure in my home and neighborhood just as I do when driving into the “Clinic neighborhood”-
I want Lorain to have a “strong police presence”
Lorain police say heroin crackdown led to firebombing of undercover vehicle
Cop vehicles vandalized: SUV firebombed, 2 cruisers damaged vandalized
Historical photos of the LPD- found here
A gentler time
Photo Paula Tobias
ED NOTE: THERE ARE 38 PAGES -10 TO A PAGE OF INMATES ON PAROLE IN LORAIN COUNTY – APPROX- 380- HOW MANY ARE IN OUR ZIP CODE????????
THERE ARE NOW 650 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN THE COUNTY-
According to Family Watch Dog there are 571 various offenders in the 44052 Zip Code
ED: NOTE You can also read the background on “Freedom’s Light” by Kelly Sagert here
From Rick Fortney of TrueNorth Cultural Arts:
I am in the midst of casting and rehearsing an original piece entitled “Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad.” It is a drama based on Lorain County’s rich history in its involvement in the underground, taking place pre-Civil War.
I am still looking for two female actresses: one African American, the other white. We have assembled a large cast – dedicated and talented. The performances will take place the first 3 weeks in May, Thursday – Sunday, with tech week beginning Friday evening, April 24th. I need to fill in these 2 missing links, ASAP. If you are interested, please e-mail email@example.com, or call me at 440.724.7189. It is a great play, written really well … if you are not interested, but know someone who might be, please pass on … appreciate the help. Below are the two characters descriptions.
Eliza Brigham Burrell – This historical character married Robbins Burrell and aided him in Underground Railroad rescues. Eliza and Robbins married in 1824, which makes her in her 50s for this play. She was a very religious woman; in the play, she believes that God helps those who help themselves. Therefore, when it was needed, Eliza stayed up all night in a vigil. She is fearful for Robbins, because of all the risks that he takes, but she is also very proud of what he is doing to help the slaves. She is unaware of how courageous she herself is and how much she helps Robbins accomplish his rescues. This provides one of the two love stories of the show. Eliza sings a number of hymns in the second act.
Slave woman who tries to escape – She is very superstitious and a follower. She can be any age from 30, on up. She sings a number of spirituals near the beginning of the play.
FREEDOM’S LIGHT TICKETS ON SALE
Lorain County Metro Parks and TrueNorth Cultural Arts are pleased to present the original play, Freedom’s Light: a Stop along the Underground Railroad at the French Creek Nature Center Thursdays through Sundays May 1 to 17. Shows begin at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-LCM-PARK or (440) 949-5200 or online at www.LorainCountyMetroParks.com.
Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad is a play of hope and freedom. In the days leading up to the Civil War, helping slaves escape to freedom became increasingly dangerous – especially in Northern Ohio . Only the bravest of conductors on the Underground Railroad continued defying federal orders to stop helping slaves – and Robbins and Eliza Burrell of Sheffield Village , Ohio were two of those daring conductors who refused to stop. Federal marshals raided their home countless times, yet they were never caught. No one knows how they evaded detection – but Freedom’s Light: a Stop along the Underground Railroad suggests one possible way as it shares the story
of Nellie as she courageously flees slavery so that her baby could live in freedom.
Freedom’s Light: A Stop along the Underground Railroad was written by Kelly Boyer Sagert and is directed by Rick Fortney .
French Creek Nature Center is located at 4530 Colorado Ave , Sheffield Village , Ohio 44054 . For more information about this play and to purchase tickets, call 1-800-LCM-PARK or (440) 949-5200.
by Paula Tobias
I was invited by JR Lee to attend the Eastside Neighborhood Block Watch meeting last evening. I was impressed that around 40 citizens attended for such a small area.
Speakers for this evening were Lieutenant Reinhardt, Sergeant Pittak and Chief Rivera.
Key points I found interesting are the Lorain Police Department’s partnership this year with Federal, State and County officials / Safety Forces to help our city. In years past this was unheard of. Lorain is a member of NOVC, (Northern Ohio Violent Crimes).
Think about it, what happens in Elyria , Norwalk , Detroit , Chicago etc etc does affect us in the area of crime (drugs and more).
Many items most cities provide their police department we’d be without if it weren’t for the Grants the Chief has gained for the department: Bulletproof vests, communication systems, weapons, and personnel.
Without a Grant they would not have been able to focus on key crime areas this past summer.
With the threatened personnel cuts the areas impacted are not only Road Patrols
but investigative units such as Narcotics.
The Chief discussed the changes within the Department that have taken effect this year.
Software/Database of citizen’s complaints
New Policies / Procedures / Personnel have been put in place to assure the mistakes of the past do not reoccur.
It was also apparent at the meeting the citizens of Lorain need and want more education as to the responsibilities and duties (and accomplishments) of ALL departments of the city.