May 24

Moment with the Mayor for May 26, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:43 AM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for May 26, 2018
May is always a busy month, with graduations, schools term end, and award and recognition ceremonies. It was a busy week for senior citizen groups last week, as the Wadsworth Older Adult Foundation and the Soprema Senior Center recognized volunteers and individuals who advocate for seniors. The Wadsworth Salvation Army also held their annual community dinner last week, highlighting program services and volunteers. The Wadsworth Army is proud of their Women’s Auxiliary that was started 11 years ago by Captain Debbie Grace, and whose membership has grown to a total of 96 today. In 2017, the Salvation Army Office offered several services, including GED classes for 101 attendees, 9,764 Learning Center/Care Team Education sessions, Group Therapy for 773 individuals, the Summer Learning Center for nearly 2,000 people, and Family Enrichment Parenting Workshops. All in all, volunteer hours totaled 7,382! They also provided 1,084 community meals, 3,810 bags of groceries, and facilitated 4,518 requests for various services. School back packs and thousands of school supplies were distributed last year, while 270 households were served at Christmas with food, clothing, gifts cards and toys. In attending these annual events, I am reminded once again how fortunate we are in Wadsworth to be blessed with so many individuals willing to give time and financial support to those in need.

Recycling Bins
Medina County Solid Waste District would like to remind everyone about the items that are legally acceptable at the recycling drop-off containers at Buehler’s, The Charles R. Parsons Administration Building, the City Transfer Station, Franklin Elementary School, Friedt Park and Weatherstone Park. Plastic bottles, and jugs and food containers #1-7 may be placed loose in the drop-off box. Please do not wrap them in a plastic bag. Paper, newspaper, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, clean pizza boxes (free of grease and food) and loose shredded paper are also accepted, with the request that you flatten all boxes. As an added reminder, you may throw latex paint cans in your regular trash barrel, as long as you dry it up with kitty litter or sawdust. Leave the lid off so that the sanitation crew can see that it is dry. Aluminum, metal and tin cans are acceptable, as well as juice and milk cartons. Glass bottles and jars, regardless of color, may be dropped off without removing the labels. However, drinking glasses, window panes, mirrors and light bulbs can NOT be recycled due to properties of the product. Please do not put garbage, food, yard waste, plastic bags of any kind, Styrofoam or paper food containers, tissues, paper towels, Styrofoam packing material or electronics in the bins. Pots and pans, syringes, needles, batteries, foil juice pouches and large plastic buckets (Lowe’s or Home Depot, etc.) are also not acceptable. Depositing these items in the drop boxes is considered illegal dumping, which is a fineable offense. Note that you may drop off many of the unacceptable items at the District Facility at 8700 Lake Road in Seville at no charge, but contact them first for specific information by calling 330.769.0289 or accessing their website at http://recyclemedinacounty.com.

A.L.I.C.E. Overview
The Wadsworth Police Department and the Wadsworth City School District are pleased to offer an overview for community residents on the A.L.I.C.E. philosophy for dealing with intruders in our schools. A.L.I.C.E., which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, was discussed at the March 5 school safety meeting where a suggestion was made to hold a special community meeting to focus exclusively on this philosophy. An overview will be provided by Adam Innocenti, our School Resource Officer, on May 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the James R. McIlvaine Performing Arts Center at Wadsworth High School. If you have any questions about this overview, please contact me at 330-335-1301 or at ahill@wadsworthschools.org.

Until next week………
Robin L. Laubaugh
Mayor
May 24

Moment with the Mayor for May 19, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:40 AM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for May 19, 2018
Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28, at 10:30 a.m. As always, the parade will begin downtown in front of the American Legion and continue through town to Woodlawn Cemetery, where a memorial ceremony will take place. The American Legion is encouraging all veterans and their families to join the parade as it passes by.

Rotary Flag Program
The Wadsworth Rotary Club is once again promoting patriotic pride by offering an opportunity for Wadsworth residents in the Wadsworth School District to lease flags for $40 per year. For an additional $10, you may order a plaque to honor a Veteran. A Rotary member will place a 3’x 5’ flag in your front yard on a pole before holiday weekends and will remove it afterward. Holidays included are Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot’s Day and Veteran’s Day. The Rotary will permanently install a short PVC pipe, flush with the ground for easy placement of the flag pole and will also cap the pipe when not in use. The flag and pole will remain the property of the Rotary Club of Wadsworth. All proceeds will support the Rotary Club of Wadsworth’s local and international projects. More than 200 flags have already been placed, but the club is hoping that more people will take advantage of this great opportunity. For more information and to print off a Parade of Flags application, please go to their website at http://www.wadsworthrotary.org.

Matchstick Race
The Wadsworth Matchstick race organizers are busy registering participants and preparing for the race on Friday, June 22, 2018. In case you are not familiar, this event is part of Blue Tip Festival Week and offers individuals the opportunity for 5K, 10K and half marathon courses. Over the past 3 years, the Matchstick Race has donated over $20,000 back to the community via Blue Tip Festival, Main Street Wadsworth, Wadsworth YMCA and the Salvation Army. Race organizers are proud of the community coming together and participating, but still need additional volunteers to help coordinate the races. Nearly 800 runners and their families are expected to be a part of this year’s festivities. What a great opportunity to be involved in a fun event that benefits many! If you are interested, please go to the website at matchstickrace.com and click on the Volunteers tab at the top of the page.

June First Friday
Live jazz music, craft making opportunities, and wine and cheese are in store for those that attend June’s First Friday event on June 1st, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.in the downtown area. The Wadsworth Footlighters, Girls Scouts and NEO Dance members will also be contributing to the festivities. The Main Street organization is working hard to make the First Friday events enjoyable for all ages. Let’s celebrate summer together on June 1st!

Until next week…….

Robin L. Laubaugh
Mayor
May 14

Moment with the Mayor for May 12, 2018

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 3:49 PM by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for May 12, 2018
College Street Detour
City crews have been working hard to stabilize the area on College Street over Holmesbrook Creek, after the roadway deteriorated around the culvert there a few weeks ago. A temporary traffic signal has been installed to help direct single lane traffic, alternating between the eastbound and westbound roadway. Please be careful approaching the area, as this is a change from the normal traffic flow, and expect some delays, especially during peak periods in the morning and afternoon. This will remain in place for the foreseeable future as the City works to affect a timely effective solution to designing and constructing a full culvert replacement. Hopefully, this will also alleviate some of the traffic backups that motorists have been experiencing at the intersection of Seville Road and SR 57. This project is a priority, but will take time to complete. We appreciate your patience!

Robby’s Voice Family Matters Support Group
Robby’s Voice Family Matters Support Group will begin meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at LCADA Way, located at 215 Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth. If you have been affected by a loved one’s addiction, you are not alone. You are invited to join this newly available support group that meets every Thursday evening. The group will offer encouragement, strength and support for those who have been impacted by the disease of addiction. Please contact Kristina Sims at 330.421.1361 or Chris Kaye at 330.606.0608 for additional information or questions.

Free Summer Playground
The Wadsworth YMCA, together with the City of Wadsworth, is offering a free summer playground program for children ages 6 – 12 years who live in the City of Wadsworth. This is a drop-in program and children must be present from 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon for organized activities. The program will run from June 11 through July 19, 2018 at Central Intermediate School and offer sports, games, arts and crafts, snacks and playground time. Parents must register their children either in person during the summer program hours or at the YMCA. For more information, contact Ryan at ryanr@akronymca.org or call 330.334.9622.

Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in the lunchroom at City Hall on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. You may schedule an appointment by calling 800-733-2767 or just stop in the lunch room to donate.

Until next week…….

Robin L. Laubaugh
Mayor