Amherst News-Times, 2001-02-28
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I / • _--__-_______^_--_-_-_----___--__----_------__-_-__---__--__--_---------------_^ / Auditions set for Workshop show — Page 5 Grappler to face state test — Page 12 Amherst News-Time -- : z z - o _ _ - -ft z _■■ s -) ■'.'. X rH S n <-s o .-> *!_>._: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 Amherst, Ohio ADBA meeting will outline grant uses So you have a suitcase full of money. What do you do with it? That is just one of the questions that will be answered at the Amherst Downtown Design Fair on Thursday, March 1, at the Nordson Depot While the city doesn't exactly have a suitcase full of money, they do have $400,000 in grant money to revitalize central business districts, provide downtown housing, eliminate blight, and create and retain private sector job opportunities for low-and moderate-income residents. The public is welcome to attend the fair, but Amherst Downtown Coordinator Greg Balbierz hopes to sec local contractors and business owners. Balbierz. has gathered a slew of people and organizations to give a detailed presentation on just how the money should be spent, and what the rules are regarding the spending of the money. Of those who will be in attendance are the Urban Design Center of Kent State University, State Treasurer's Office, Pogge- meyer Design Group, and local banks. "This will hopefully bring together everyone who will be involved in the revitalization project together," stated Balbierz. "The contractors will be hearing the same thing as the business owners. Everyone will be on the same page. We want the downtown property owners and contractors to understand the procedures for usage of the grant," The day will begin with the regu- An Amherst police dispatcher keeps things ready for the next call. The dispatch room in side the Amherst police station looks more like the situation room inside the White House. Where's Jay? N-T reporter Jason Tomaszewski hopped a ride with the police to see what happens at night in Amherst. "Bad boys, bad boys, what 'cha gonna do?" If they are in Amherst, apparently nothing. Recently I had the pleasure of riding along with the Amherst Police Department for one nighL The idea was, not only to see what the criminals of Amherst were up to, but also to see how the boys in blue work. I had made arrangements with sergeant Dan Makruski to ride along during his Thursday night shift SgL Makruski works 9 pjn. until 7 ajn., so I was prepared for a long night When I arrived at the police station, I was greeted by Sgt. Makruski. He introduced me to patrolman Rosebeck. Rosebeck is a new trainee, who would be going along with Sgt. Makruski and me. Once we all made acquaintances, I was handed a release form to sign. As I printed my name and added my signature, I thought to myself, 'What's the worst that can happen?" We had some time before we had to hit ihe , streets, so Sgt Makruski gave me a complete tour of the police facilities. He showed me the Jispatch office, which looked more like the war room in the Pentagon than a small town police headquarters. I saw the locker facilities, and the workout room that everyone has access to. It was while I was viewing the locker area that Sgt Makruski showed me a kevlar vest He asked me to pick it up so that I could get a led for what it is like to wear something like it To my amazement I had to exert some energy to lift it The vest had to weigh at least 75 poundst But when given the choice of being k little ___cc*mfortabie or having a bullet logged in year chest I'd take uncomfortable any day of Ihe week. To be honest, I couldn't help but think of the scene from "Dumb and Dumber." "What if they shot you in the face? That was a risk we were willing to take." From the locker facilities, we visited the holding cells. Sgt Makruski informed me that gey had the capabilities lo hold someone for five days when the department is fully funded. Bach cell had a stainless steel sink and toilet a had that was nothing more than a ledge molded dnt of the wall, and a small window in the door. Even though I knew that I wasn't in any uouble, and the door was never closed, I couldn't help but feel a little scared standing in the cell I can only imagine what it must be like to be incarcerated. As the tour continued, I saw where the prisoners are booked, and where evidence is stored. One room that was particularly fascinating was an interview room. Inside this small room was a table and two chain. Upon the table was a laptop computer. Sgt Makruski Informed that the computer can detect stress levels in someone's voice and tell police that they are lying. I guess long gone are the days of a bright light in your face. When the tour was over, it was time to go on patrol. Sgt Makruski asked me if 1 wanted to wear a vest while we were out I politely declined stating, "I wasn't expecting any shoot- outs tonight" As we drove through the streets of Amherst Sgt Makruski and patrolman Rosebeck made conversation. At times one would look back and ask if I was drooling on the seats. Of course it was late, but I was amazingly alert I think it was the constant possibility that at any time something could happen. As we talked, I noticed something about the officers. They would stop mid-syllable whenever something would come over the radio. Even though it was a particularly quiet night these guys were all business. They were always prepared. After a short while in the car. we beaded back io the station. There Sgt Makruski and Roseback completed some paper weak as I reviewed my notes. Makruski then held a short meeting of all the officers on duty before we headed out again. This time there was actually While patrolling around the back of the Brickhouse Cafe, Roaebeck naked that the door to one of the parked can waa open. He went over to inspect the car and noticed that there was an expensive amp in the back seat Concerned that someone might have tried to take it officer Rosebeck and Sgt Makruski at- CONTINUEO on page S lar meeting of the Amherst Downtown Business Association at 9 a.m. There business owners will hear a review from the Kent Suite Urban Design Center, who has had a representative been walking the streets of Amherst collecting data for the project Poggemcycr Design Group will also make a presentation. According to Balbierz, Pogge- meyer will show the business own- en just where the city is, where it is going, and how it is going lo get there in terms of revitlaizatkxi. At 10:15 a rehab specialist will explain the rules of the road for contractors. Specifically the specialist will discuss CHIP Grant and Downtown Revitalization Grant procedures for contractors. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. At 3 p.m. anyone wishing to view a project in progress can stroll down to 187 Park Ave. to see exactly what some of the renovations will look like. Balbierz has b * the fair by attem _. s- sion in Columbus, regarding the implementation of the Downtown Revitalization Grant Balbierz will also be able to answer questions regarding the grant money. The fair is being sponsored by the Amherst Downtown Business Association, the mayor's office, the auditor's office, the treasurer's office, and the building department More local lawyers throw their hats into judge ring Running for judge of the Oberlin Municipal Court has become a popular idea in Amherst ' Thomas Januzzi, Susan Ward, and Martin Conry have all submitted petitions to run for the seat that will be vacated by retiring judge Martin M. Heberling. Three more local attorneys have recently announced their candidacy for the seat John Keressi of Henrietta Township, along with Amhent residents Steve List and Frank Janik have tossed their hats into the primary race. Janik is a graduate of Kent State University and The Ohio State University. Janik, a democrat has practiced criminal law in every municipal court in Lorain County. He has also served as an arbitrator deciding cases in the Lorain County Common Pleas Court. "I feel that my extensive experience will help me in this itnce," stated Janik. "I'm not a politician but I understand that you have to run for this position. I just love the law and love practicing it" List is a farmer prosecutor in the city of Amhent and the village of Wellington. He has been practicing law since 1979 and has been engaged in private practice in Lorain County for 21 yean. He is a Republican. If elected, List said he will keep the court operating without delay. "No victime, witness or litigant would be expected to wait long periods of time without information and attention from court personnel," he noted. He and his wife, Faye Sutton List have two children and live in Amherst where they are involved in Steve Ust several community organizations including the Athletic Association, the Baseball Association and the fire department Keressi is a graduate of Kent State University and Akron University. He has been the assistant county prosecuting attorney under Gregory A. White since 1981 and has been in private practice since 1979. He is running on the Republican ticket Keressi is the former legal advisor to school district and township offices, and was a law clerk to two judges. Keressi is a Lifelong resident of Henrietta Township, where he and his wife, Lucia, have two children. He is active as a high school coach, is past president and current member of the board of Cornerstone Pregnancy Services, a Firelands Lions Club member and volunteer Frank Janik John Keressi coach of the Amherst Summer CONTINUED on page 5 American Legion to build new post on N. Lake Street by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter If you build it, they will come. That is the position that Bill Henning and the rest of the members of Amhent American Legion Post #118 are taking regarding the construction of a new post lodge. "There is still a lot of work that has to be done," explained Henning. "But we're very excited about where we are now." The legion has come a long way in the last two yean. It was about two yean ago that the legion was forced to sell their lodge home when they lost their liquor license. The license was taken when it was discovered that illegal gambling was taking place oa the premises. Now the legion is on the verge of building a new home. According to Henning, legion members have been looking for property to build a new lodge home ever since the old one was sold. "I would get calls to come and look at a property all the time, but taking one look I could tell that it wouldn't work," staled Henning. "It's very difficult to find property in Amherst Zoning can be a problem." That problem may have been alleviated. The legion is in negotiations to purchase property on North Lake Street in Amherst "We are just waiting for a formal transfer of the property," explained Henning. "We've already been through the planning commission, and we've been approved by die buildings and lands department Now we have to be approved by city council. It's just a matter of tune." Henning staled that he hopes to have the legion lodge home built by July, however he realizes that there are still a few hurdles left to jump. "We still have some procedures to go through," staled Henning. "But everyone is pretty excited. We have 316 members in our lodge and they realize that things don't happen overnight but we are still excited." According to Heiming, the legion plans to build a small lodge home at fust then add 00 to it as the yean go on. "We don't want a Taj Mahal," joked Henning. "Just something nice looking and small to get us started." Henning was quick to praise the help of the local VFW in keeping the legion afloat the past two yean "Those guys have been great" stated Henning. "They let us conduct meetings and dinners at their lodge. Without them I don't know if the legion would be around in Amherst" Henning feds that the group's community activities have been hampered by the loss of their lodge home. "We are normally very active in the community," explained 1 leaning, "But since we lost the old place we just couldn't financially do some things. We've had to turn down requests for charities that we usually take." According to Henning. there will be a big opening ceremony when the new lodge hone is nwyksed It will be like , .1
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-02-28|
|Date of Original||28-FEB-2001|
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