City, Bainbridge continue
talks about land rezoning
At its Aug. 12 meeting, Aurora City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Bainbridge Township which is targeted at moving ahead with future rezoning of land formerly occupied by Geauga Lake Park and adjacent areas. The measure passed by an 8-0 vote.
Mayor James Fisher said the city and township have met with Cedar Fair executives to talk about the possible rezoning, and the company reps agreed that mixed-use zoning would be best for the former amusement park's land.
Fisher said current zoning for part of the land is industrial, and that designation doesn't fit in with what the city, township and Cedar Fair would like to see done with the property.
Fisher said rezoning talks will continue over the next few months, with the city hoping to place a rezoning issue in front of voters in May 2014. Mixed use zoning means the land could be developed for residential, commercial and office purposes, but not industrial.
Aurora is among finalists
for 2014 best hometowns
At City Council's Aug. 12 session, Mayor James Fisher announced that Aurora is among the finalists for Ohio Magazine's "2014 Best Hometowns" designation.
Fisher reported a representative from the magazine spent a whole day in town recently, meeting with officials from the Chamber of Commerce, schools and various city departments such as police and fire.
Fisher praised Chamber Executive Director Laura Holman and member Lisa Kusner, as well as schools Superintendent Russ Bennett, for spending time with the magazine representative.
Also in Fisher's report to Council, he said the city is planning another mailout of information about water/sewer backflow devices for residences and businesses. He added information, such as how to install the devices, also will be on the city's website.
The mayor explained backflow devices help keep stormwater from mixing with sewage. "The Environmental Protection Agency sets the guidelines, and we have to do what we can to see that they are met," he said.
Fisher also noted the city's new economic development website should be in place by the end of August.
Cyronek serves as Ohio's
Junior Miss Heart of USA
Julia Cyronek of Aurora has been awarded the title of 2013 Ohio's Junior Miss Heart of the USA in the Miss Heart of the USA LLC program, which produces the nationally recognized Miss Heart of the USA Pageant.
She is the daughter of Kristina and Nicholas Cyronek, and sister of Anna. During her 2013 Ohio state queen reign, she will make appearances and be involved in her community.
The Miss Heart of the USA Pageant program strives to provide contestants with the opportunity to have fun, establish lasting friendships and build confidence and self-esteem, while encouraging them to get involved with organizations in their communities that benefit those in need.
Cyronek will representing Ohio at the 2013 Miss Heart of the USA national pageant, where she will compete for a $5,000 scholarship.
The Miss Heart of the USA program began as a food drive for a local rescue mission whose pantry was low, and has blossomed into a national program that has collected and distributed more than 3 million nonperishable food items to nonprofit organizations and annually collects thousands of toys for organizations like Toys for Tots and Santas Of America.
Pageants also benefit organizations like the Women's Hope Center and the American Cancer Society.
Sign up to vote absentee
Any qualified Ohio voter whose registration information is up to date may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.
Applications for an absentee ballot now can be made for the Nov. 5 election by visiting the Portage County Board of Elections website at www.co.portage.oh.us/election/absentee_voting.htm. Applications must be in writing.
Absentee balloting begins 35 days before the election, meaning Oct. 1 for this fall's election. Uniformed services voters and overseas voters eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act can vote 45 days before the election.
Drunk driving is targeted
Aurora police will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through the Ohio Department of Public Safety. It will run until Sept. 2 (Labor Day). A kickoff for the campaign took place Aug. 14 at Walgreen's stores in Aurora, Streetsboro, Kent and Ravenna.
Fall festival set Sept. 28
This year's Fall Family Fest and Bark Bone-anza will be Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Sunny Lake Park in Aurora. It will be presented by the city, Aurora One Fund and Freedom Greyhound Rescue.
Activities include inflatables, hayrides, scarecrow making, carnival games, pony rides, dog costume contest and dog pledge walk. If interested in having a booth, call 330-995-9149. Volunteers also are needed and can call Colleen Martin at the same number.
Storytime signups start
Fall storytime registrations will begin Aug. 26 at Portage County District Library branch libraries, including Aurora. For details, call the Aurora Library at 330-562-6502 or visit the PCDL website at www.portagelibrary.org.
Chimney project is OK'd
The city's board of zoning appeals unanimously granted Robert Kohn of 50 Kingston Drive a 2-foot side yard setback variance for a fireplace/chimney addition at its Aug. 14 meeting.
Kohn was seeking approval for construction of a brick chimney which would be 8 feet from the side property line instead of the required 10 feet. He said the house sets close to the side yard because of the city's requirement for a side-loading garage.
Board chairman Terese Fennell said the variance was not substantial considering the shape of the lot, while member Tony Gramm said the essential character of the neighborhood would not be altered because other houses have chimneys on the side.
Signups in progress for
storytimes at the library
Registration for fall storytimes and Halloween programs has begun at Aurora Library. Storytimes begin the week of Sept. 16 and include programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Halloween programs will take place the week of Oct. 21, and include a family costume party and trick-or-treating through the library, with volunteer seniors handing out treats.
The tiny tot read and play program for babies up to 2 1/2 years old will be Mondays at 11:15 a.m. Sessions feature short stories, songs and fingerplays appropriate for this age group, followed by an unstructured play time.
Toddler storytime geared toward children 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old will take place on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. The program theme will be “Black and White, Day and Night, Learning about Opposites,” and each session will feature stories, songs, fingerpays and a craft.
Preschool storytime for children 3 1/2 to 5 years old will be Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. and also will feature an “Opposites” theme, with age-appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts.
The library’s annual family costume party for Halloween will be Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Children and adults are invited to wear a disguise and enjoy Halloween stories, songs, refreshments and a craft. The activity is geared toward children ages 3 to 8.
Trick-or-treating in the library is planned Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. It is followed by a Halloween story and a parade to the gazebo for a group photo. Parents and caregivers are asked to take a bag of treats to share.
To sign up, call the library at 330-562-6502 or visit www.portagelibrary.org. The local library is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
Party on patio planned
The Cabin Restaurant at 35 E. Garfield Road will host a business after hours party on the patio for Aurora Chamber of Commerce members on Aug. 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be availiable. The event is free for Chamber members and their guests. Registration is required by Aug. 27 at 3 p.m. at www.allabout.aurora.com.
Final gazebo concert set
The city’s final summer music concert will be tonight (Aug. 21) from 7 to 9 at the Veterans Memorial Park gazebo. Twist, which plays dance, rock and soul music, will play. If it rains, the music is moved inside Doogan’s or the Walker Building. The concert is sponsored by Aurora Manor and Independence Village.
Register a cell phone for
GeoCast® Web™ is an emergency warning tool used to make rapid emergency telephone notifications to residents and businesses in precise geographic areas, and is used by Aurora during emergencies to deliver incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instructions.
Residents also can opt in to receive crime alerts and public service notifications. It automatically calls listed and unlisted landline numbers for Aurora residents and businesses.
Cell phone numbers are not automatically included in the system database, nor are Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems.
Those who would like to receive emergency phone notifications on a cell or VoIP phone must register the phone numbers.
Residents can register by visiting the city’s website at www.auroraoh.com and looking under the “our community” category at the top, then “news” and then “police notification system.”
City will sponsor events
Aurora’s annual fall classic car show is scheduled for Sept. 7 (rain date Sept. 14) from noon to 4 p.m. at the southern end of Sunny Lake. The fall perennial swap event will be Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Kiwanis-Moore Playground beside the fire station.