Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-12
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■ [g Actors needed for special play — Page 2 Mom, daughter work together — Amherst News-Tim< o *-> c o O ID X X r- CO ^ r-> C IT O O 3 X Cf <IH a m m t/> r- f es 3 -IH 3> O — 33 CS j> i-1 ro < <^ **- m i> es r- oo o? o n 0 W I DNISDAY. 1)1 ( I \1HI K 12. 2 AMI RSI , OHIO Parking fines on up and up for violators in downtown Those who park in street spaces in Amherst's downtown area for too long will now find much higher fines underneath their windshield wipers. City council voted Monday to increase the fines for parking in excess of time limits downtown from $5 per offense to $25. The change came at the request of mayor John Higgins, who said that some downtown employees treated the $5 tickets like parking passes. "The violators just ignore the $5 fine," Higgins said. "You can see the same cars there day in and day out. I want to make the fine $25 in the downtown to discourage that" According to Higgins, the problem of people abusing the downtown parking spots has prompted some downtown businesses to consider relocating. He also stated that the lack of parking in the downtown has discouraged many potential businesses from moving into downtown Amherst Amherst patrolman Walter Gould said that people have been occupying downtown parking spaces far past die time limits for CONTINUED on page 16 Arnr plec insanity for sex 4 charges She's enhancing Gina Grasso stands next to a war memorial cannon which she was instrumental in relocating from town hall to a special memorial site seen from Rt. 2. Grasso is one of seven individuals being honored by city council with the Community Enhancement Award for their work to improve the quality of life. The attorney for Amherst Township resident Richard Armstrong en* tered a plea last week of not guilty by reason of insanity for his client, who bees 23 counts of sexual of* fenses involving young girls. Armstrong was formally charged in June with 11 counts of rape, six counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor, four counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance and one count each of gross sexual imposition and attempted rape. Armstrong allegedly invited girls as young as 11 years old into his home where he allegedly videotaped and photographed them nude. Prosecutors showed Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Kosma Glavas a videotape at Armstrong's arraign- CONTINUED on page 16 Brazilian student becomes active teenager here by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter Romina Gomes has three ways to describe what she feels is the American lifestyle. "Quick, unpredictable and sometimes sweet" she said. Gomes, 17, is a Brazilian exchange student attending Marion L. Steele High School this year. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Gomes is currently living with Jim and Linda Bodnar. as well as their three sons, Jimmy, 14, Chris, 13, and Steven, 8. Gomes said that the biggest adjustment she had to make in coming to the United States was learning to interact with people differently. "You start thinking like them," Gomes said. "You start to understand what is the American lifestyle." A private school student in Brazil, Gomes said that attending school in Amherst was a pretty drastic change for her. "The duration of classes (in Brazil), instead of an hour and a half, is 15 minutes," Gomes said. She added that there are six periods instead of four. She also said that in Brazil, the students do not have a choice as to what courses they will take. "I like the experience I'm going through," Gomes said of going to Steele High School. "I think you have more direction. You get more experience with different careers before you have to make a final decision." According to Linda Bodnar, Gomes has also enjoyed some of the clubs at the high school, another thing not offered at her school in Brazil. Gomes has participated in drama club activities, such as helping to build sets for "Our Town" and passing out programs. Gomes also played on the junior-varsity soccer team. In addition to taking advantage of extracurricular activities in Amherst Gomes brought a favorite activity with her from Brazil. Gomes is a champion in both judo and Brazilian jiujitsu. "Romina has been practicing martial arts since she was five years old," Bodnar said. Gomes said that she has traveled abroad in the past to compete in the martial arts. "It makes me feel better," Gomes said of her proficiency at the martial arts. While in America, Gomes is attending Mr. Dee's Karate Academy in Elyria. Despite her experience in the martial arts, she said that she doesn't plan to make a career of it "I'd like to go look for a career in the humanities," Gomes said. "Something dealing with people, different kinds of people and how CONTINUED on paga 10 Brazilian exchange student Romina Gomes (far right) spends some time on the deck with members of her host family, Linda Bod nar and her son Chris. Gomes, a martial arts enthusiast, is attending Steele High School while in America. • r ! In seven years, church goes from small crowd to service overflbweth by ERIK YORKE News-Times reporter The Trinity Evangelical Free Church grew from humble beginnings in a Spring Street dance studio with only 30 members. That was in 1994. Now the church, in its own building on Middle Ridge Road, has more than 1,000 members. Pastor Mark Wilke attributes the church's growth, though he says it may sound corny, to Jesus Christ. "I think they come because they're curious and they stay because they're convicted," Wilke aatd. Wilke has been a pastor at Trinity for five years. He's seen the church go from the dance studio, to the old Amherst post office building and two years ago, finally finding what he feels is a permanent home for the church. During those years he has watched the church expand. "The growth has been gradual and continual," Wilke said. "We've doubled every year." The church, which Wilke describes as "conservative theologically but really dynamic in worship," is made up of a varied congregation, comprised of all ages and backgrounds. Wilke said that members of the congregation are always willing to volunteer their help to the church. "It's a congregation that's very involved," Wilke said. One thing that makes the ch-ach unique, Wilke said, is that he goes through the Bible verse by vena, father than giving topical sermons like some churches practice. "I think people want to know what God said and not the opinion of the pastor," Wilke said. Wilke said that the growth of the church is not a result of any kind of recruiting or advertising, rather it is probably the experience people have at the church that brings them back. "Our goal was never to grow, but encourage people to walk with God." Wilke said. Another facet unique to Trinity is that the services are posted on the churches website, so that people can download and listen to them at home or anywhere they have computer access. Wilke said that he has received messages from Brazil and the Philippines from people that have listened to his ser- CONTINUED on paga 16 Pastor Mark WHkestands outside the Trinity "«• Evangelcal Free Church which he has been « * serving for five years. Over tha years WNke tha church, which rtudto, grow by once am out and!
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2001-12-12|
|Date of Original||12-DEC-2001|
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