Amherst News-Times, 2000-07-19
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msmsmmsmamm MUll • 3 j 'Anew' flower shop opens — Page 3 I III "1 Little League All-Stars compete — Pa| *c - i 11 . i t H Amherst News-Time ■ Wednesday, July 19, 2000 Amherst, Ohio Car crashes fence; plunges into a po by VICKIE HAUFF News-Times correspondent Imagine the looks on the faces of police last Tuesday morning when they arrived at SS6S Linn Road to And a car submerged in Betty Re- horeg's swimming pool. Imagine Betty Rehoreg's surprise when she heard a noise and looked out to see a car — and driver — sliding into the pool. Lynette Lay ton, 46, of Lorain was traveling north on Oberlin Road when witnesses say her car slowed down momentarily and then sped up again, traveling through an intersection at North Ridge Road before hitting a utility pole on North Ridge Road. According to police, the car then went airborne fix about 74 feet before it bottomed out on a down- slope where it continued to travel onto the Rehoregs' property. Betty said her husband Louis had just left the house to get gasoline for his lawn mower when she heard a loud noise. She said she immediately looked to see if someone had crashed into him as he left the driveway but when she saw he was driving away, she looked to North Ridge Road and that is when she saw smoke coming from her swimming pool area from the comer of her eye. She rushed to the pool where she found Layton's car teetering on the edge of the 10-foot end of the pool with Lay ton slumped over her steering wheel. "I was scared," Betty said. "I didn't have any help." Thinking quickly, Betty rushed back into her house to call 911 and when she returned to the scene, she found a good Samaritan, who had uncoiled a rope from one of the Rehoregs' landscaping displays and af- CONTINUED on page 5 Despite the unusual circumstances of last Tuesday, the Rehoregs, Louis and Betty, and their granddaughters, plan to have a safe summer, though they probably won't be doing much swirhming. Overpass to honor man who aided cop by VICKIE HAUFF News-Times correspondent A man who was killed while trying to help an Amherst police patrolman has been honored by the city. City council last week voted to name the RL 2 overpass at Crosse Road the James R. Hunt Memorial Bridge. The decision was encouraged by mayor John Higgins, after he received a letter from Hunt's son on May 25, requesting his father be honored. "I am sending you this letter as a request to acknowledge a person that is unlike many people in today's society." the letter read. "My only request is that my lather be recognized in a way that be deserves. My rather has helped countless people on many occasions, putting other's needs and interests before his own." On Feb. 25 while assisting at a crash scene on the overpass, good Samaritan James Hunt of Vermilion and Amherst police officer Marc Zappa went over the Rl 2 bridge that passes over Crosse Road, when 8 vehicle speeding past the scene nearly struck them. Hunt was killed as a resulL - Zappa sustained compression fractures to his back, injuries to his legs, pelvis, arms, a collapsed lung snd broken ribs in the fall and will be in therapy through September. ' The concern end kindness people have shown us is very thought- fed," Zapr^ said of the outpouring of support he and his family have received from Amherst citizens as well as people from all around Lorain County and police departments as far away as Cleveland. "It has really helped my family through all of this, especially the kids," he added. Zappa received well wishes from aroaet the nation v well as numerous flowers, cards, meals, gifts, vol- fbr baby-sitting and errands family and neighbors. IUEO en page Police and fire department divers were quick to jump into this swimming pool, made murky by the car crash, to search for a child that might have been in the submerged car. A good Samaritan who stopped at the scene and helped save the driver's life, left without giving his name to the residents. %, Vie i 'ni I mi e«et • Qlllnei ■ - City hires downtown director by KATHLEEN WILLBOND News-Times editor Greg Balbierz sees beauty in rubber and sandstone. Once involved in the economic development of the city of Akron — the rubber capital of the world — Balbierz is prepared to bring the same kind of downtown rejuvenation to AmhersL the sandstone capital of die world. Balbierz was hired earlier this month as Amherst's new downtown coordinator. A native of western New York, he attended the University of Chicago where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and urban studies. He started his career in the seventies with the city of Chicago, working in the department of development and planning. He then moved to a position with Cleveland Heights as its community development planner working to improve commercial and retail development, the use of block grants, housing and other grant monies. During the 1980s, Balbierz had moved to the city of Akron to work in economic de- velopmenL where he served as the liaison to the Downtown Akron Association. There he was active in projects involving the University of Akron and Quaker Square. In Akron, he saw the initiation of a business improvement district special tax, one of just a handful in the country at the time. Balbierz was a charter member of the Ohio Downtown Association, the predecessor of the current Downtown Ohio organization, a group which helps communities get their "main street" areas back on track. Balbieiz's development roots go even further, to the city of WiUoughby. where he was also director of planning "* t The city's new downtown revitalization coordinator. Greg Balbierz, stops to chat with a worker in the downtown area. and development and heavily involved in that community's downtown restoration. Moat recently, Balbierz has been working as an independent consultant, until he spotted the position of downtown revitalization coordinator of Amherst advertised. He was chosen from among more than 30 applicants for the job. He started the week of July 4 and helped where he could with the Amherst Historical Society-sponsored Jamboree festival A resident of the east side of Cleveland. Balbierz said he brought friends to Amherst to enjoy the Jamboree and get a look at Amherst's historical downtown. When asked what he thinks about AmhersL he said, "I think k's a diamond in the rough. It has a tot of history, and a quality group of landowners and business owners." CONTINUED on page 2 Coastal mayorthon makes pit ' stop here Mayor John Higgins participated in the First Family Pledge Millennium Mayorthon July 11. Mayorthon is a nationwide campaign sponsored by the American Red Cross along with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. The campaign's goal is to make the critical need for organ and tissue donors one of the first public health problems to be solved in the new century. Starting at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, hundreds of mayors from large cities to small towns are joining in the first ever coast-to- coast mayoral relay. San Francisco mayor Willie Brown kicked off the 20 week event on April 16,2000 taking the special baton and walking across Marina Greens Park. Since then the baton has made its way across the country by way of mayor, former and current, handing it off to one another. South Amherst mayor diet Areata picked up the baton and arrived by fire engine to South Amherst village hall where he signed the First Family Pledge and handed off the baton to Higgins. Higgins carried the baton via police cruiser driven by patrolman Luther Smith to Amherst City Hall where he also signed the First Family Pledge. After a short speech on the steps of city hall, Higgins signed the First Family Pledge, a pledge stating that he will discuss with family and friends the need for organ and tissue Tbe large canvas holding mayoral signatures will be added with other canvases collected throughout the campaign and will be displayed ia Washington D.C. on Labor Day weekend in the nations capital where a celebration will be told. The baton will be carried 5,913 miles on its journey and apecW mayors were arranged to cany flit CONTINUED en page 1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-07-19|
|Date of Original||19-JUL-2000|
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