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Lorain – Common Core? values and math? PT 4.

Part Onehttps://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-1/
Part Two-https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-2/
Part Three- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-3/

Community Development – not for CVSI- the math doesn’t add up!

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey


Oh! back in the days of ” we can do this – we can make a difference” the Charleston Village members knew we had a tough job if we were to turn this neighborhood around. We knew we weren’t popular with the Community Development Dept. at the time.


” They (CVSI) are nothing but a middle class clique”

according to Chuck Urindriski(sp)

I won’t go into telling you the obstacles that were put in our way by Community Development Dept. at the time. Why? when they were bending over backwards to get South Lorain group recognized as a CDC

“A community development corporation (CDC) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated to provide programs, offer services and engage in other activities that promote and support community development. CDCs usually serve a geographic location such as a neighborhood or a town. They often focus on serving lower-income residents or struggling neighborhoods. They can be involved in a variety of activities including economic development, education, community organizing and real estate development. These organizations are often associated with the development of affordable housing.”

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South Lorain CDC- description :
http://www.loraincounty.com/slcdc/

“The South Lorain Community Development Corporation assists homebuyers by providing new and rehabilitated housing opportunities for low-mod income, market rate and first-time, income qualified families and individuals. The SLCDC promotes and encourages private sector commercial investment in the South Lorain Neighborhood.”

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And then there was Community Development bending over backwards for Direct Action for Central Lorain http://www.loraincounty.com/directory/display_5235.html

Direct Action, a non-profit, builds and rehabs commercial and residential properties to generate revenue to provide home ownership counseling, educational and safety programming, youth recreational programs, and other activities to revitalize the Central Lorain neighborhood.”

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You would have thought with the interest Community Development had in apparently recognizing the historic worth of “downtown Lorain” and putting in the tools back in 1987- their interest in South Lorain ( a struggling neighborhood and business community) and Central Lorain- also a struggling neighborhood and business community- the mere fact a whole group of people were banding together in a grass-roots effort to promote, stabilize , research the history and therefore historic tax credits etc. and use our own money to rehab the homes would have been met with delight! Far from it!
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Once again, we were naïve, we didn’t understand the unwritten rules- no place for this grass-roots group- we had no paid Director ( through government funding) , we were a democratic volunteer organization – the will of the majority- and therefore it seemed the proverbial loose cannon and maybe just maybe this “middle class clique would not fit the “plan”- lack of “control” and we asked too many questions – did not accept the status quo ( in my opinion that is having dealt with Community Development as it was for decades.)

It was the mere fact Lorain Community Development Dept. (at the time) put so many obstacles in our way and were very unhelpful when we went to them for advice etc. we exist today. We basically said, fine we will do it ourselves. You see we had people in the “village” who had expertise in various areas of government, research and who knew the protocol.
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We raised money through opening our homes, put in our own money and did the paperwork for our own 501c3. It wasn’t easy, we as a neighborhood were unique, according to the IRS because we had not gone through the regular route of “local government” such as South Lorain CDC and Direct Action. But we managed independently of Sandy Prudoff, Chuck Urindriski(sp) and company of the City of Lorain Community Development Dept. and in 1993 we received , after a great deal of paperwork, our 501c3 and incorporation.

We were never listed on the City of Lorain website as one of their sponsored , non -profits, CDC’s or organizations such as South Lorain CDC, Direct Action CDC and Lorain Growth Corp. CVSI – never received or applied any monies from Community Development – contrary to some of that opinion! But whenever a grass-roots organization was needed for a study or grant funding- we were the first to be contacted.

We have however, through the years sent them a copy of our Annual Report and our Tax Filing status. In fact we have had in recent years after the Foltin administration( which was adversarial in nature) a partnership with the City of Lorain. A partnership which continues today ( hopefully) .

I believe our independent nature ruffled more than a few feathers. We have never received any of the numerous grants as did South Lorain CDC- For example The Stocker Foundation write in their report of 2007 they had given $15,000 to South Lorain CDC using the new houses built in their Annual report
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Curious I went to the Lorain County Auditors site to see what had happened to those properties knowing the South Lorain CDC IS NO LONGER A CDC , NON- PROFIT OR ORGANIZATION.

It seems the city had transferred these properties over to the South Lorain CDC in 2006– they were transferred back to the city in 2011 and then the city transferred them to Direct Action of Central Lorain.

Direct Action of Central Lorain has also received numerous grants throughout the years as an example another of Stocker Foundations annual reports 2008
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Memory came back into play concerning issues with the City of Lorain and Direct Action-
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/08/14/action-slow-for-lorain-houses-demolition/

“Mason said earlier this month that he was frustrated by the delay and that Direct Action was slow to provide paperwork regarding the use of HUD money without producing new houses.

“Something doesn’t smell right,” Mason said of Direct Action, which owns 13 properties in Lorain besides the Lakeview property, according to the Lorain County auditor’s website”

That Woman decided to check the auditors site this morning and to her chagrin found Direct Action of Central Lorain owned 15 properties
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I say to my chagrin because Direct Action of Central Lorain owes over $77,000 in back taxes on those properties and has seemingly done for many years:

1015 West 14th- $4,033.48 annual tax bill $489.22
1140 West 18th -$7,589.57 annual tax bill $622.54
1722 Washington -$4,466.16 annual tax bill $877.40
Washington lots – $2,469.21 annual tax bill $157.72
Direct Action headquarters 1850 Washington – $47,828.35 annual tax bill $819.60

1849 Washington -$5,222.13 annual tax bill $509.46
1037 W 22ns – $5,437.60 annual tax bill $751.10

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THAT CAN’T BE RIGHT – DIRECT ACTION IS A NOT FOR PROFIT AND THEREFORE DOESN’T HAVE TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES.
I contacted the City of Lorain – I was told the City of Lorain cancelled their contract with Direct Action ( CDC) in August of 2013.
So I contacted the Lorain County Auditors office. There wasn’t any paperwork filed for tax exempt status on any of these properties – OH! OH! been there and done that before .
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Howard Goldberg of Lorain Community Development Dept.
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20121210/updated-goldberg-resigns-lorain-city-post-under-cloud
had neglected to file exempt status on over a dozen properties- a fact brought to light when Black River Historical Society ( now Lorain Historical Society) was caught up in the mess see pages 4 and 5 in the following PDF

http://www.loraincounty.com/lorain/agendas/2008/December_4_2008_packet.pdf

Looks like somebody didn’t do due diligence and the paperwork to file exemptions on these properties belonging to Direct Action of Central Lorain.
No exemptions – no taxes …. Oh Lorain all that money and what do we have to show for it?

Ironically, Patrick Metzger who used to be the Director of South Lorain CDC , now in charge of

“The county’s Land Reutilization Corp. — most refer to it as the land bank — was incorporated in May 2012 as a way to deal with structures in need of demolition, identify tax-delinquent properties and redevelop those properties to restore them to their “tax-paying, useful life,” says Patrick Metzger, assistant director of the land bank and director of the Lorain County Port Authority, which is its administrative agent.

will be taking down his old headquarters as 2835 Pearl Ave,( which also owed back taxes. The old South Lorain CDC offices is now owned by LORAIN COUNTY LAND REUTILIZATION CORPORATION and owed
Unpaid Taxes: $39,355.90
Full Year Tax(includes any unpaid taxes & special assessments): $43,396.95
Total Taxes Paid to Date: $0.00 (once again according to the Auditors website.)

Guess South Lorain CDC didn’t file for an exemption either with the Lorain County Auditor and now it has been taken for TAXES???? among other issues I am sure!

My head is beginning to ache BUT good news is Charleston Village Society gets a PASS– We succeeded in our paperwork and managing to stay “profitable ” for the past 22 years we have been a non-profit without a paid Director, without grants and without relying on the previous Community Development Dept.

We have been transparent in all our dealings and reports – we didn’t fudge numbers and we didn’t and haven’t budgeted on “projected income” and when we spent money , every dollar went toward the designated project. We may not have much but we still have it and our records with the IRS are up to date.
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June 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm 4 comments

Lorain – Common Core? values and math? PT 3.

Part One- https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-1/

Part Two – https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-2/

source: WEWS News net 5.

source: WEWS News net 5.

“ON BROADWAY!!!!”

Still stuck in 1991 –
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I didn’t know whether to laugh out loud or cry when I read what I had said in 1991 . I loved living in an “urban setting” where the homes in the neighborhood were not the typical slab homes or the new cookie cutter neighborhoods of the USA.

Maybe because I had lived in a London suburb where I would daily walk to the tube station , shop on the local high street, attend functions within the community- all without that car. I was used to that way of living . How bloody naïve was I to think I was going to find that continuing in Lorain on Broadway.

BUT we, the Charleston Village idiots ( as we had been called on more that one occasion) thought we could help bring back that feeling of Broadway that had been lost .

I was told Broadway in Lorain was at one time reminiscent of the “High Streets” from whence I came.


In 1991 I could do quite a few of those errands- I can no longer do most of them – can’t go to the drug store, shopping????? Luckily I can still go to the Palace- although I have to say the last time I went, Saturday the 20th, upon exiting, we were met by a drunk slumped in a doorway- such a friendly welcoming ambiance.

By 1990 we were “INVOLVED WITH BROADWAY” The City Of Lorain recognized a healthy safe neighborhood brought foot traffic downtown- They held yet another meeting , to which the Village Idiots were invited
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We went and the upshot of those meetings as featured in our May 1990 Newsletter
“Community should have a clear vision of what it wants to become”

I am not sure our “current downtown buildings” fit the vision we had.
But we tried, we got on the bandwagon – after all a bad downtown reflects negatively on the neighborhood and vice versa.

Charleston Village teamed up with the Downtown Lorain Growth Association
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“We’re also excited over the Charleston Village’s grass roots organization which is banding homeowners together to improve the community-

Yes, even the Morning Journal got involved and would feature a home in Charleston Village every week in its real-estate section:

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Oh we tried – Charleston Village reached out and we opened our homes for a the Ohio Preservation Statewide Preservation Conference ( a progressive dinner in each home). They came they saw and they were impressed.
I doubt they would have the same thoughts now a quarter of a century later. That lovely Renaissance Inn mentioned in their articles – look at it now

source Morning Journal

source Morning Journal


I could go on.

Downtown Lorain Growth Association – became Mainstreet Lorain 1995/6 ( not then affiliated with the Main Street Program- that came later). Charleston Village was one of the founding members of that new organization and had a seat on its board. Later Mainstreet Lorain did become a MAIN STEET Organization the first in Northern Ohio ( 2000)
Yours truly, ( when times got tough and we didn’t have enough in the kitty to pay for a Director) was the “volunteer” Director for 7 months of Mainstreet Lorain until we saved enough with memberships and grants to pay for another Director. It was during that time (2002) Mainstreet Lorain did not have its contract renewed with the Main Street program. We eventually changed the name to Lorain Growth Corporation http://www.loraingrowth.com/
which is still part of the downtown today.

Oh we cleaned Broadway with the Lorain Litter Council, started the Lorain Arts Council, promoted its events, decorated windows of terrible eyesores of buildings, actually charged people to join us in searching for the Black Pearl as we searched along Broadway and each merchant’s premises , had car shows on Thursday nights- ending up at Scorchers. We worked with the Port and the usage of the land given ( now known as Black River Landing), yes and so much more !

Yes! we have been around the Broadway block for decades and watched the “vision” go “dark”
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“60 percent of downtown Lorain empty; hopes of rezoning as entertainment district to breathe new life”

‘It looks like a ghost town’
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-lorain/60-percent-of-downtown-loran-empty-hopes-of-rezoning-as-entertainment-district-to-breath-new-life

I admit not having given completely up on Broadway , as a blogger, I have had my say of late.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/is-this-a-bad-area-mum-the-44052/

and https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/on-broadway-downtown-the-44052/

That particular post brought me into combative mode with a member of the Downtown Review Board – remember the one that was put in place to promote preservation in 1987 OH! yes we were there too.

Yes, Cathy Dye – a whole series on my blog where she was the subject matter – the mother of the owner of 418 Broadway which has its problems
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/dye-abolical-goose-gander-inspection-process-pt-4-lorain/

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ED. NOTE:
It is my opinion( based upon her emails etc. ) that Mrs. Dye tried to use coercion and intimidation of City of Lorain officials in order to get what she wanted re her son’s building via her position of the Design Review Board , took vindictive action using the Design Review Board moniker and the Lorain Building Dept. It is also my opinion her son’s building, which has been well documented as to its problems, IS one of the problem buildings on Broadway.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/the-dye-is-set-a-sign-of-trouble-lorain/

A Morning Journal article recently had some quotes as to what was needed on Broadway :
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150606/broadway-slow-to-bring-new-residents-to-lorain

ERRRRRRRRR where have I heard this before

Lorain also has a neighborhood of single-family houses immediately west of downtown, so incentives and training could help residents living just a few blocks from Broadway.

• Enforce property and zoning codes.
When run-down properties hurt the values of nearby properties, cities have to force property owners to act, Siegler said.

OH yes! I remember same thing they said in the LAST CENTURY and to add insult to injury Cathy Dye is quoted :

Dye said Lorain should require Broadway building owners to keep the historic and picturesque facades, but give them more freedom to modify the interiors and rear sections of buildings to create usable spaces

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418 Broadway

Be patient.

ED NOTE– sorry but patience has worn thin – a quarter of century of the same rhetoric becomes numbing!!!

Lorain and other cities need a shared vision and a process of gradual action to implement that, Brachman said. She called the approach “strategic incrementalism.”

Revitalization “isn’t going to happen overnight,” she said. “It’s an incremental process.”

OVERNIGHT??????? we have been waiting and working on this for decades! Same old clap trap and so much yada yada yada and regurgitated ideas. And the newspaper decided to go to the “problem people” for the solutions …..now that at least was a was a novel approach………………

So Charleston Village how did we do when it comes down to revitalizing Broadway ?
a resounding FAIL!!!!

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June 25, 2015 at 11:56 am 1 comment

Lorain – Common Core? values and math? PT 2.

PART ONE: https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/lorain-common-core-values-and-math-pt-1/

artwork Chris Ritchey

artwork Chris Ritchey


Twenty eight years- what I could have accomplished in twenty – eight years, time energy money spent elsewhere– I could’ve moved- walked away- from this house I call home.

I could have spent my energy nagging my husband to take those other job offers out of Ohio, even out of the country. I didn’t – I loved this house, although now in hindsight, I am sure I would have found something elsewhere that I would have loved. It didn’t happen because I, and a few others, have clung onto the fact that a neighborhood could be saved – these old houses by Ohio history standards are worthy .

Looking at the early records of this Charleston Village Society – I realized we are failures! We have been flogging that dead horse to no avail. Twenty eight years and the mission statement decided upon so naively as to the doable of just a few blocks . So much talk …………

Our mission , was to preserve the neighborhood, promote the history , to make this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood one of pride, to hold landlords and out of town landlords accountable- to toughen up the accountability with regard to building inspections.

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We started with committee meetings, talking to City Council and Administrations , Community Development – and Mayor Olejko:

Ah the way back machine
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sound familiar
“Residents last night (10/1/91) told a committee , which is formulating a model on how to spend federal and state housing funds….” Morning Journal

and a quarter century later
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150511/lorain-city-council-seeks-resident-input-on-how-to-spend-115-million
1991– Morning Journal 24 years earlier

But Several Landlords said not all landlords are out of town hustlers looking to hold onto dilapidated housing for profit….

That statement is certainly correct….some of those landlords held on to those dilapidated properties were Lorainites… and old slum lords never die their properties just fade away OR DO THEY??
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/george-schneider-a-property-legacy-what-now/
Landlords, they pretty much own the housing stock in this Ward 2 of Lorain and yes they are making money what was known as Section 8 housing now known as a much more affable name – Housing Choice ( Vouchers)
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-4/

“housing choice vouchers alone pump 1.4 MILLION A MONTH
into Lorain County but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!

How about that BIG Business for you – lucrative one would say and that is just the “private” landlords and LLC’s .

Vouchers Per Zip Code
Amherst 44001 1.1%
Avon 44011 4.0%
Avon Lake 44012 0.6%
Col Station 44028 0.1%
Elyria 44035 23.2%
N Ridgeville 44039 1.1%
Grafton 44044 0.2%
LaGrange 44050 0.3%
Lorain 44052 32.5%
Lorain 44053 10.4%
Lorain 44055 21.3%
Sheffield 44054 1.5%
Oberlin 44074 1.5%
Vermilion 44089 1.3%
Wellington 44090 0.9%
100.0%

but The City of Lorain gets 64% of that money EVERY MONTH or approximately $900,000.00 PER MONTH COMES INTO THE CITY OF LORAIN-!!!

THAT was just 10 months ago!

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From meeting in 1991 ( as covered by the Chronicle Telegram) a quote from Cynthia Shaffer ( another “village person” ) who now has her glass of wine out of this city…

“”Right now ( 1991) you’re giving Lorain away a house at a time , a piece at a time and no one seems to care”

well some of us did care – for all the good it seems to have done ! We have failed in our mission for owner occupied homes and landlord accountability .. these were the stats two years ago and they have changed because we know have South Carolina on the list… more about that later
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https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/
** All data gathered from Lorain County Auditors site, Ohio Secretary of State June 29th 2013 “Clarification” the only LLC shown below are those that are not under known names – such as Spitzer, Veard, religious communities, funeral homes etc.

The number of LLC’s tracked totaled “197” OWNING PROPERTY IN LORAIN.

THEY OWN APPROXIMATELY 2,289 PROPERTIES / PARCELS BETWEEN THEM

” 193” TRACKED BACK TO “OWNER PLACE OF RESIDENCE”

“146” OUTSIDE LORAIN LLC. ETC OR “75.64 %” percent of ownership is outside Lorain

47 LORAIN OWNED LLC ETC. or 24.35 %

******Breakdown is as follows (OUTSIDE OWNERSHIP) PROPERTIES CAN RANGE FROM 1 PARCEL TO over 100 AT THE TOP END)

AMHERST = 30 REG. LLC = 15.5 %
ELYRIA = 12 REG. LLC = 6.2 5%
WESTLAKE = 11 REG. LLC = 5.7%
AVON = 10 REG. LLC = 5.2 %
AVON LAKE =7 REG.LLC= 3.6 %
NORTH RIDGEVILLE = 7 REG.LLC=3.6 %
SHEFFILED LAKE/VILLAGE= 6 REG.LLC= 3.1%
CLEVELAND = 5 REG.LLC= 2.5%
VERMILION = 5 REG.LLC =2.5%
COLUMBUS = 3 REG.LLC = 1.55%
CALIFORNIA= 3 REG.LLC= 1.55% NOTE AT LEAST ONE CALIFORNIA OWNER HAS 58 PROPERTIES
PENNSYLVANIA= 3 REG.LLC = 1.55%
HURON- 2 REG.LLC = 1.03 %
WELLINGTON= 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
LAKEWOOD= 2 REG LLC. = 1.03 %
FLORIDA = 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
BEECHWOOD= 2 REG LLC= 1.03%
NORTH OLMSTEAD = 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
MEDINA= 2 REG.LLC = 1.03%
GRAFTON= 2 REG.LLC = 1.035
AURORA= 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
BAYVILLAGE= 2 REG.LLC= 1.03%
CANADA = 2 REG. LLC =1.03% (NOTE: ONE IS FOR A TRAILER PARK)

BRECKSVILLE, COLORADO, TEXAS, AKRON, ARIZONA , TOLEDO, KENT, UNION TOWN, CHAGRIN FALLS, MARSHALVILLE, ROCKY RIVER, MILAN, NORTH ROYALTON, AKEMAN, CHAGRIN FALLS, NEWARK OH, LICHFIELD , STONGSVILLE, SEVEN HILLS, BRUNSWICK , ST. MARY’S, OBERLIN 1 REG LLC

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Charleston Village Society report Card : 1987-2015
Owner Occupied – Fail – Landlords accountability – Fail – Building Dept accountability – Fail


To be continued……………..

June 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm 10 comments

Lorain – Common Core? values and math? PT 1

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Three couples sat on the porch of 1139 4th Street- 28 years ago- we were all in our 30’s, idealistic, raising young children. After a few glasses of wine, we naively decided we should do something about “this old neighborhood”- to preserve its history, the lovely homes that were starting to be sliced and diced.
http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/

It is now 28 years later and two of the three founding members of Charleston Village Society are drinking their wine elsewhere- no longer in Lorain.

As the 2nd founder left this week , he turned over the early paperwork of our organization. Already depressed as to their leaving , it took a couple of days for me to look over the information. I soon realized we had not made much of a dent in our ambition to preserve the history and integrity of these old homes. (More on that in part two)

broadway lights Then I found , thanks to Dan Brady http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/ a file of a newspaper cutting tucked away in one of my desktop files.
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Christmas coming to Broadway- Merchants rallying around to get the customers downtown – now where have I heard that before ? No! it wasn’t the latest incarnation of 2015 Light up Lorain- “Winter Fest” – http://lightuplorain.com/. It wasn’t even the 1996 version of Light Up Lorain https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/the-legacy-light-up-lorain-1996/

Photo Morning Journal

Photo Morning Journal

“I had met, at the end of 1995, with Al Kirchner (Herman Kirchner Furniture) and members of the Downtown Merchants Association. Charleston Village Society, had at that time, been a somewhat viable organization representing Lorain’s oldest neighborhood for half a dozen years. The merchants had decided to move in a different direction wanting to be inclusive of the abutting neighborhood, after all you can’t have a healthy downtown without a healthy neighborhood, something that still holds true today!

Healthy neighborhoods???? In that same front page where Christmas was coming to downtown was the conclusion The housing conditions, and rentals in the city were ” astounding” ( ly bad) “city
The print is hard to read but the cry was there something had to be done!


“City legislation has been offered as the answer to “astounding conditions” found in Lorain housing … Dayton has adopted a law requiring rental permits, something like that might be a solution here”

No! it wasn’t from the meetings held in this part of the 21st Century where multi- property landlords and banks filled council chambers to overflowing and fought against the Point of Sale

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

These articles made the Lorain Journal. November 1954

Not much has changed it seems in 61 years…….
http://www.morningjournal.com/opinion/20150612/editorial-there-are-endless-possibilities-in-downtown-lorain
(Note the headline June 12- 2015- Lorain editorial Morning Journal )- and the quote

Attracting more people to reside in downtown Lorain could be gaining some steam, especially on Broadway

Interesting as I segue to numbers games – “two people” on a blog make mention of looking for rental properties on Broadway and we “could be” gaining some steam” ….


If I have learned one thing in those 28 years – Lorain still looks for success, as did previous generations – finds it in spurts and starts – wants to reinvent herself- and each generation has the answer and it seems a lot of them regurgitated from previous generations!

I have also noticed with each “idea” of what will work in this 21st century -there are seemingly no longer ” checkable facts and figures “ in order to show success……. numbers are thrown out ( without being substantiated and grow with each media account) like so much confetti at a celebration. And sadly not one journalist, citizen, board member , administration, council person asks –
“show me the figures”……. the purveyors of success, base their successes on “figures without foundation”, and we gleefully lap it up because this just might work this time and we are desperate so even two people looking for an apartment warrants an editorial!

I am not being a “hater” here but once deceived numbers wise – twice shy– and the numbers game (https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/morning-journal-lorain-going-going-oops/ )- how is one hit turned into 10 ? How many boards have I been involved with whose budgets are based on over inflated “projected income” ? Yes! been there done that.

Lorain and the numbers game – as an example

Lorain International 2012 Photo  Lisa Miller

Lorain International 2012 Photo Lisa Miller


Ralph Bruening – Lorain International and the Lorain Port Authority claimed in the Chronicle Telegram 2010-
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com the attendance of 60 thousand was down – they had expected 80 to 90 thousand

I would have thought 60 thousand was a good attendance !

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2010/06/27/lorain-international-fest-attendance-down-organizers-blame-the-weather/

LORAIN — A little over 60,000 people attended the Lorain International Festival bazaar this weekend, [ ED. note for the Festival’s three days) according to bazaar coordinator Ralph Bruening.
The number was far below what he’d hoped — 85,000 to 90,000 — and he blamed that on the weather, particularly on Sunday, when he said attendance was only 9,000 to 10,000.

But then last year- 2014 -I read for the three days of the Festival the numbers had increased in 2014 over the previous years to 14,000- with a possible 5,000 on June 29th ( Sunday 2014) making the committee very happy… by my math a possible total figure of 19,000.

So – the headline from last years event should have been….

Lorain International loses over 40 thousand festival attendees over the course of three years….

NO! the 2014 headline in the Morning Journal http://www.morningjournal.com read ATTENDANCE UP from the previous year

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140629/lorain-international-festival-closes-with-parade-attendance-up-from-last-year

Nickerson said through Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, almost 14,000 people attended the International Festival.
He estimated 5,000 would show up the night of June 29.[Sunday 2014] The number doesn’t include the entertainers, volunteers and children younger than 12, he said.

I asked last year :

why were they so pleased – considering, if the numbers were correct in 2010, by 2014 they had NOT increased their attendance BUT had lost 2/3 of the people (IF THOSE PREVIOUS FIGURES WERE TO BE BELIEVED)

I was informed:

numbers in previous festivals had been “greatly exaggerated”

hmmmmmmmmm Now I wonder why anyone would do that – marketing to the media perhaps and why didn’t media ask for documentation for those numbers, instead of apparently perpetuating a myth of the math? Are we THAT desperate to show success? I believe the answer to that is YES!

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So forgive me, City of Lorain, Lorain Port Authority if I see the same people of the Port, media etc. giving me numbers re the latest “successes of festivuses“, I have lost my trust in their ability to count
http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150609/lorain-port-authority-to-collect-7500-rental-fee-for-roverfest

I was told people made $60,000 off of one event for one night last year alone But no one has been forthcoming with the documentation for those numbers ! Instead all I get is the usage of the English language – “appeared” – ” we think”it is possible“could be” and the all encompassing “MAY”

Why don’t we “know”???? and prove the math

Oh well- let us blame it on the Common Core Math and marketing of Lorain !

In the meantime 76 trombones led the big parade

to be continued………..

June 15, 2015 at 11:53 am 5 comments

Ship builder- Lorain – recognized at last!

Photo Lisa Miller

Photo Lisa Miller

The mast from a minesweeper ( built-in Lorain) used to hold the flags of the United States and American Ship Yards (in front of the American Ship offices on Colorado Avenue) still stands at the Admiral King Tribute Site( 1st and Hamilton) as a testament to Lorain’s ship building past.

USS Lorain
Just a very few people knew or know of Lorain’s wonderful early ship building history and the ships that came from her port to ply trade on the Inland Seas. That is about to be changed with a new book on Augustus Jones and his shipbuilding empire . The book written by
James H. Jones, Great, Great Grandson of Augustus and Lorain Historians Paula Shorf and Matthew Weisman sheds new light on Lorain’s maritime history.

Jim Jones at Augustus Jones Gravestone
James H Jones with the headstone of Augustus Jones.

“Jones was acknowledged to be one of the best, if not the best, shipbuilder of his time. All five of his sons became shipbuilders, and all owned yards. This one family had more influence on the era of wooden ships on the Great Lakes than any other individual or family, and together they built more vessels than any other family on the chain of lakes.” Dr. Richard J. Wright wrote this in his thesis, Adz, Caulk and Rivets.
Augustus Jones settled at the Mouth of the Black River in 1818 with his family from Essex, Connecticut. This new book helps tell the fabulous story of Augustus and his five sons and the vessels they built all over the Great Lakes.

front cover

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You can meet the authors , see the displays at the ” Inaugural Book Signing and Reception ”
Sunday, June 21st, Noon to 4 PM
at Jackalope Lakeside- light refreshment served by Jim Andrews- the host for the afternoon.
301 Lakeside Ave
Lorain, Ohio 44053
Phone(440) 288-2051


What a delicious place to partake of Lorain’s Maritime History with a view that reminds us of what was and what could be…..
jackphoto

Sourcehttp://www.visitloraincounty.com/directory/jackalope-lakeside/
Matt Weisman co – author stated : This new 360 page book will be a wonderful addition for all Great Lakes fans, Lorain historians and every Boatnerds bookshelf

The place to be seen and to see – the tales of the Inland Seas Sunday – June 21st 12-4 pm.

June 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm 3 comments

This dust (ing) of community- Apathy – Hope?????

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Anti  Political Correctness Ad by  Chris Ritchey

Anti Political Correctness Ad by Chris Ritchey

We are the common man– we are the ones who pay our taxes, raise our children , try to do the right thing -if at all possible. We are, for the most part, ignored – except when it comes ( in a democracy) wanting our vote. We are not really important, unless they need our children, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives to fight a war, give money or put them in office.

We are well and truly “played ” for the most part in all walks of life and yet we are also blamed for our apathy when we don’t turn out in numbers to jump on the political bandwagon of the day!

Every single day, this blog receives requests for some sort of help, why ? Maybe because yours truly has never been one to back down from a truth or because they hope by getting out the word through this blog ( which doesn’t have the restrictions of “other” media) , attention will be drawn to a situation and event.
I, for the most part, can no longer hold out any hope to those that write or call, I have discovered unless it falls in line with the “powers that be” in any situation you are ” spitting in the wind” – the “slobber” will only end back at you!

There are people in this town of Lorain– that decent folk ( and they are in the minority – socially and verbally speaking) would, in another day and age, would be ostracized -certainly not embraced and rewarded.

No longer the case , we, as a community- ( the vocal majority) embrace, classless
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/what-is-now-classy-the-class-definition/

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/freedom-of-speech-usa-really-pt-3/
( Note two of the videos in this post were taken down by You tube – the failed stripper because it did not meet even YOU Tube’s community standards ;)

and criminal behavior.
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/03/28/glass-houses-flores-isnt-lorain-council-candidate-criminal-record/
rug beating
The agendas and behaviors are swept under the political and media rug. It is not only tolerated but excused with ” Oh 2nd chances” etc. And so it evolves until the dirt under the rug finally destroys the fabric of civilized society.

There are those that have tried and found to their chagrin , the reality- no one wants to lift the rug- the dirt might start rubbing off on them.

This blog published one local instance – threats and coercion of elected officials ( in my opinion) in order to get their way.

……I know of several things if I spill the beans will cause a huge uproar in this city as well as a large number of law suits. I was previously asked to keep my mouth shut about all of it but my patience is running thin……..

I understand the mayor is planning to run again. Well after I start sending out my series of letters to all the tv stations, radio stations and newspapers I don’t think it will help his campaign. The ball is now in your hands. If things don’t straighten up immediately with my son and his building the letters will begin next week.

https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/city-officials-caught-between-a-ritchey-and-a-dye-place/
This individual, felt safe enough to put in writing her desires and “nothing- nada naught” ever came out of that little episode except the retaliation against me, the messenger! – What sort of a “community”-” system” countenances and rewards – let alone tolerates such blatant threatening behavior toward city officials???? ( see the whole email in the above link)

Apparently -Lorain does!!!! inclusive of politicians, businesses, media ( who were sent copies of the email – NOT BY ME I hasten to add- but a “credible source ;) and legal eagles hmmm Is there something under that particular rug after all??? .

So, the people watch , listen and learn the sorry fact – to make waves ultimately means death by drowning. They start walking away from difficult situations, turning a blind eye , stop getting involved, realizing that to point out the situations only gets you grief. They leave if they can, only to find it is the same no matter where you go.

World Cup Logo Chris Ritchey

World Cup Logo Chris Ritchey


The latest big scandal, FIFA-

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/33034422
everyone has known for decades, football associations, countries, clubs, knew of the corruption. No one did anything. The most powerful nations on the planet turned a blind eye to the ongoing corruption but one man tried and tried – Andrew Jennings– but even with his track record it has taken decades ! Why?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/03/how-a-curmudgeonly-old-reporter-exposed-the-fifa-scandal-that-toppled-sepp-blatter/

“I’m a document hound. If I’ve got your documents, I know all about you,” he said. “This journalism business is easy, you know. You just find some disgraceful, disgustingly corrupt people and you work on it! You have to. That’s what we do. The rest of the media gets far too cozy with them. It’s wrong. Your mother told you what was wrong. You know what’s wrong. Our job is to investigate, acquire evidence.”

I get the mike and I said, ‘Herr Blatter, have you ever taken a bribe?’”
Talk about crashing the party,” Jennings recalled Tuesday. “Reporters are moving away from me as if I’ve just let out the biggest smell since bad food. Well, that’s what I wanted. Thank you, idiot reporters. The radar dish on top of my head is spinning around to all these blazers against the wall, saying, ‘Here I am. I’m your boy. I’m not impressed by these tossers. I know what they are. I’ve done it to the IOC, and I’ll do it to them.’”

You would think the first whiff of corruption would have sent the “red flags flying. No ! but finally it was another “power that be” -the United States got involved, and you have to question WHY and why now– well it suited them , let’s face it- it came down to money essentially, agendas , money , power and politics. Doesn’t it always ?

And so , I will receive more requests for help, that I can do nothing about because – scum rises to the top of the pond and they are enabled by media , politics, and a like-minded group supporting their rise …. and apathy is the least of Lorain’s worries……………as is the nations … and more and more decent thinking individuals find out hope of “the right thing” is just that a forlorn hope. “hope the other four letter word

June 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm 4 comments

Memorial Day- 2015- Respect through the ages

A little over 2 1/2 years ago Lorain Mayor- Chase Ritenauer, Chief of Staff- Derek Feurestein , Ariel Vasquez of the Lorain Utilities Dept. met, along with the parents and family members of three of the young men who had lost their lives for our freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan, on what was then a derelict waste and dumping ground .
swbef

We trudged , and I mean that literally, through bracken, weeds, over fallen trees and mud as Ariel explained his vision for what would become Eric Barnes Heroes Walk.
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Ariel explained how each young man would have a tribute garden with a bench , signage and artwork along a path which would meander through what was left of a woods, flower beds and a view of Lorain’s lakefront a priority . The pathway would connect the two areas already in place known as, Settlers’ Watch 2009
http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=390
and at the opposite end of the site Admiral King Tribute site 2011.
http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=668
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/eric-barnes-heroes-walk-lorain-county-beautiful/

The plan was ambitious. Ariel and his crew, with the support of the volunteers and donations through Charleston Village Society, would have phase one completed by November 11th-2012.
marks photos
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/dedication-ceremony-eric-barnes-heroes-walk-the-coverage/
As I walked the pathway on Pride Day,
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/growing-with-pride-day-2015-a-history-of-pride/
I could not credit how far the area had progressed in the months and changing seasons since that walk of vision. The plants grown and tended so beautifully by our volunteer “Constant Gardener- Joe” . Thinking back to that day in 2012 I remembered the look on the faces of the others as we stumbled through the undergrowth – they weren’t so sure themselves this plan would come to fruition!
gavin ryan

Once more this morning, I walked in the sunshine, the blue of the lake sparkling as the waves danced and the wind blew the clouds around an azure sky, with my two grandsons- ages 6 and 3. We were putting out the flags for Memorial Day, a job they hold very dear.
braedynryan

As we went along, making sure each garden and area was recognized, I admonished Gavin telling him to make sure the flags never touched the ground. Being six, the question arose,


WHY?

I didn’t want to confuse them anymore than I usually do with my explanations and this was an important WHY? I said it was

out of respect for the young men and woman who gave their lives for their country, in this case the United States and the flag was very important as it was carried into battle.

But why can’t it touch the ground- NOG?

I knew from my own history- being English- how important the flag was to my father, uncles and grandfathers , they gave their youth and in some cases their limbs and their lives for their own flag. . union Jack

Even from Roman times the “standard” was considered extremely important –

The standard-bearer normally was in close proximity to the unit leader. When the standard ‘fell’, the unit members did not have a visual point to rally around or return and the possibility that the leader had fallen was great. Loss of a standard in battle was considered to be one of the worst things to happen – the Honor of the unit was lost. By the same token, capturing a standard by an opponent was considered to be a tremendous act of courage.

https://legioilynx.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/standard-bearers-of-the-roman-legions/
With England’s long history emblems and flags ( standards) were most important on the field of battle and like the Romans the disappearance of the a standard/ flag on the battle field may well mean the battle was lost.
But I wasn’t absolutely certain about the United States history and the flag not touching the ground– was there another aspect my grandsons should know about?

Once again, the search for a reason – apart from respect as I knew it had to be – sent me to Google. To my surprise, I was brought full circle back to this community of Lorain. As I googled the reasoning, I was directed to a site about the Civil War and my eyes beheld a familiar painting .
gillmore  scan
COPY RIGHT 1890 STORMING OF FORT WAGNER – “CHARGE OF THE 54 MASS(COL) RGT JULY 18TH 1863- (UNION) GENERAL GILLMORE
Yes the Storming of Fort Wagner – the movie Glory – and my dining room companion General Gillmore !!![

Among the troops who assaulted Ft. Wagner was the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment of African-Americans led (as required by regulation) by white commissioned officers. Gillmore had ordered that his forces be integrated and that African-Americans were not to be assigned menial tasks only, such as KP or latrine duty, but instead they were to carry arms into battle. They and their assault on Ft. Wagner were the subject of the 1989 Civil War movie Glory, which starred Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick.

I eagerly read the following from that battle :
william_carney

There, also, Sergeant William Carney, who had earlier taken up the National Colors when the color sergeant had been shot, planted the flag and fought off numerous attempts by the Confederates to capture it. Without support, and faced with superior numbers and firepower, the 54th was forced to pull back. Despite two severe wounds, Sergeant Carney carried the colors to the rear. When praised for his bravery, he modestly replied, “I only did my duty; the old flag never touched the ground.” Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions, the first African-American to receive the award.

There was also a poem and later a song from that proud moment coming out from that battle –flag groundres

The next time I walk the path with my grandsons- I will tell them the story of General Gillmore, whose father owned all the land
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/generally-gillmore-lorain-part-4/
upon which we walk, when we wander through Settlers’ Watch, Eric Barnes Heroes Walk, and Admiral King Tribute Site and how it was the men under his command who “never let the old flag touch the ground”

Who I am by  Christopher D. Ritchey

Who I am by Christopher D. Ritchey

May 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

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