Amherst News-Times, 2001-10-10
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Teachers honored by ATA — Page 5 I Scouts enjoy camping weekends — Page 12 Amherst News-Times Wednesday, October 10, 2001 Amherst, Ohio Powers Elementary School students rush to get to seats in the football stadium to watch the Steele High School marching band New ordinance to target homes left to crumble by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter A dilapidated house at 27S Tenney Avenue in downtown was torn |; down by the city in an effort to both beautify the neighborhood and pro- ' vide additional downtown parking. According to mayor John Higgins, the city purchased the land from fanner owner Milad Abraham who had been using it as a rental property. Higgins said that the house had been in a state of disrepair for many years. Higgins said that before the house could be torn down, the city had to spend $57,000 in remedial work to the house in order to satisfy the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency. The work included the removal of asbestos shingles and plaster. Higgins said that the city has a number of plans for the property. "We are working on plans for a parking lot right now which will hold approximatedly 100 cars," Hig- gins said. "We hope some day in the future to have retail space in there." The parking lot will provide free community parking for the downtown area. The Tenney Avenue property was one of many in Amherst that have fallen out of repair, said Higgins. According to Higgins as well as many members of city council, many complaints are called in by residents concerned that blighted homes will diminish their own property values. "We have the same 10 or 12 people that, every year, ruin their neighborhoods," Higgins said. "These people should be prosecuted if they don't take care of their properties. These people just do not care." Amherst city administrators, city council and the Amherst Police Department are currently working on an ordinance that will allow the city to prosecute property owners for failing to maintain their properties. The ordinance, a more strict property maintenance code based on one adopted in Avon Lake, will give Amherst's building inspector more authority to cite homeowners for failing to keep up their properties. According to Lt Dennis Seger of the Amherst Police Department, the ordinance came about as a result of frustration that little could be done to homeowners who wouldn't main- 'Last of Red Hot Lovers' auditions are Oct. 21, 23 Workshop Players has announced auditions for Neil Simon's comedy "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," which will be staged by the troupe. Auditions will be held Sunday, Oct, 21, from 2-5 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct 23 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the theater. Production dates are Jaa 10-27,2002. All rotes are available. The director needs one man in his mid- forties to mid-fifties, and three women ranging in age from late- twenties to mid-fifties. Those who audition will be asked to read excerpts from the script The show is a late sixties mid-life crisis comedy about one man's attempted seduction of three very different women. A small amount of strong language is used. Contact director Don Wozniak at 440-244-3960 for further information. Actors should note that some rehearsal time will be scheduled through the holiday season. Cops get extra cash to target local speeders The Amherst Police Department will conduct a speed enforce- ment program during the week of Oct. 14. The target areas will be State Route 58 and Stale Route 2 within the Amherst city limits. This enforcement program is made available by a grant obtained bom the Governor's Office on Highway Safety. The grant pays for overtime pay to the officers making it possible for them to enforce Che traffic laws in an effort to change motorists' driv- ing habits and reduce traffic crashes and deaths on Ohio highways. Get ready for the show last Thursday. The band played a special show for the kindergarteners, first and second graders. A blighted home on 275 Tenney Avenue is torn downtown down. The city of Amherst bought and destroyed parking, the delapkJated home in order to beautify the area and provide for additional tain their properties. "It actually started by getting involved with the community policing project," Seger said. He added that both the police department and the building inspector's office have received numerous complaints from Sausage king bids farewell to wagon by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter For 28 years, Amherst resident Mario Lombardi has been taking his special Italian sausage recipe to area festivals. He has now sold the sausage wagon business he started to fund his children's college educations, making this year's Woolly- bear Festival in Vermilion hit last According to Lombardi, the idea first came as a result of eating some festival food at the Festival of the Fish in Vermilion. Lombardi raid that he and his wife Carolyn had stopped for sausage sandwiches at a wagon vendor. "It was the worst thing I ever tasted," Lombardi said. He added that a year later, they had their own wagon. Since then, the wagon bas been a mainstay at such festivals as the Milan Melon Festival, the Vermilion Festival of the Fish, the WooUybear Festival and the Amhem Old Town Jamboree. They are neighbors of certain run-down properties. Seger said that if the ordinance is passed, police will work to report homes in violation, but that most citations would result from neighbor complaints. "We're not going to be the building department police," Seger said. The ordinance is currently being drawn up by the city's law department and will go back to city coucil for review in their next committee meeting. Mario Lombardi sold his last saridwtch at tne Woohybear Festival in Vermilion. Lombardi sold the business to a Lorain couple. the longest running food vendors at all of the festivals they attend. In addition to Italian sausage, they have sold hot dogs, corn dogs, soda, lemonade and teed tea. They also developed their own recipe of hot sauce and have created their own iced lea flavors. Over the yean, Lombardi has seen to it that all four of Us children, Mark, Tony, Lisa (now Kkk- patrick) and Ride have worked with him at the wagon. "Oneofiheieasoiiswhyldtf this is when I went to school, the kids that worked far their degrees look it more seriously," Lombardi said. "I wanted my kids to work far their Now that all of his children have rftw**r)f] roWflpn or universities, Lombardi said that the experience they received at Ihe wagon has been very valuable to them. He said that CONTINUED on page 2 Amherst works for two new landmarks By the time the Ohio Bicentennial rolls around in 2003, the city of Amherst hopes to have two new landmarks. The city is currently raising funds to refurbish an antique street clock and if they can do that, Amherst will also receive a bicentennial bell. To commemorate the state's bicentennial, Governor Bob Taft commissioned 88 bells lo be made for Ohio's 88 county seats. And although Amherst is not a county seat, an extra bell will be made and given to the city if they can complete the downtown clock project The Verdin Company of Cincinnati, will donate the bell as a tribute to Dr. William Harlan and his wife Elaine who found the antique downtown clock. The clock was previously mounted on Broadway Avenue in Lorain. Higgins said the cost to have the clock refurbished and retrofitted is $17,539. He said that the fundrais- ing has just begun and will be done via letter and personal request Higgins said that those who make dona- tions will be recognized on a plaque near the clock. "We would like lo have it done sooner so we can have the bell in place far the bicentennial," Higgins Cartridges mean cash in school fundraiser Empty ink cartridges mean money at Powers Etemenosry School Angelique Mohnickey, a member of the Powers Parent Teacher Organi- zation has spearheaded a project recycling used computer printer ink cartridges. The project started ia May. involves parents sending empty primer cartridges with their children to school. According to Mohnickey. llyi 4*m—afm%f^a—aaaw—a) SBSMl g^MMfe a1¥—\m\-*-f*a\-\Wa\ m——af her and bought Ivy a company catted Recycle Rewards Incorporated. "It's growing/ of the project I've had tfrrfffttt get Involved According to Mrmasrkey. most of the exposure to the protect has coats) through word of month, pawn, hearing about it front their cUttaC Now, she aid. the PTO has pat a% on the i ia the hope of White the project ia CONTINUBon ■*• ii I ■
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-10-10|
|Date of Original||10-OCT-2001|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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