In The Community


Chief justice will give

oath to local officials

Mayor-Elect Ann Womer Benjamin has announced Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court will swear in city officials and Municipal Judge Barbara R. Oswick on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

The ceremony will be in the Center for the Performing Arts (Aurora Community Theatre) in the library building on East Pioneer Trail.

O'Connor is the 10th chief justice in Ohio history and the first woman to lead Ohio's judicial branch, having joined the court as an associate justice in January 2003.

Her career in public service and the law spans three decades and includes service as a private lawyer, magistrate, common pleas court judge, prosecutor and justice.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree at Seton Hill College and her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She was elected lieutenant governor in 1998.

The chief justice will swear in Womer Benjamin, Oswick and City Council representatives, with a reception following. The public is invited.

Council to reorganize

Aurora City Council will conduct its every two years reorganizational meeting Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council chambers.

The session will include election of a president and vice president, appointment of the clerk and deputy clerk, swearing in of the officers and clerks and assignment of Council reps to committees, boards and commissions.

Girl Scout cookie sale

kicks off Jan. 6, 2014

Beginning Jan. 6, 2014, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio will continue the nearly 100-year tradition of cookie sales. The 2014 lineup includes favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles.

The cookie program activity is the nation's largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Designed for girls in grades K-12, it is a key element of the Girl Scout leadership experience.

The sale begins with girls taking orders from families, friends and neighbors at their homes and offices. For those who miss out on the in-person sales, they can still find their favorite cookies being sold at booth sales beginning March 14,, when troops set up in front of local businesses and shopping centers.

A cookie booth locator app can be downloaded for the iPhone and Android devices by texting **GSCookies. The sale ends on March 30.

Cookies cost $4 per package. Last year, cookie customers who donated their purchase to the GSNEO Gift of Caring project - Operation: Sweet Appreciation - sent 37,525 boxes of cookies to members of the military serving overseas.

Home repairs possible
CHIP is a citywide program to assist primarily low to moderate income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes.

Through the program, homeowners can receive grants and loans of up to $10,000 for repairs and $40,000 for a rehabilitation.

A home rehabilitation addresses all health, safety, energy deficiencies, and accessibility issues throughout the entire home. A home repair is for one or two large items.

To qualify for this program, the homeowner must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income as established by HUD, they must occupy the home, and be current on their property taxes and homeowner’s insurance.

For details, call Neighborhood Development Services at  330-297-6400 or visit The availability of CHIP funds is limited.

Trash pickup altered
Rumpke trash pickup service will not occur on Christmas Day for local residents, and collection will be delayed one day the remiander of the week.
Wednesday’s collection will move to Thursday, Thursday’s collection will move to Friday and Friday’s pickup will move to Saturday.
 The schedule will be the same for the week of New Year’s. Collection will return to normal the week of Jan. 6.

Library to be closed
Aurora Memorial Library will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Regular hours apply for all other days.

‘Rent’ this weekend
at community theater
Local residents are reminded that Aurora Community Theatre will present “Rent,” the rock opera musical, for two shows Dec. 27-28 at 8 p.m. The show also was presented during the summer.
“We sold out nearly every show in the summer, and the cast so loved performing it that they each agreed to give up part of their holiday to do the show again,” said Marianne Paul, producer and ACT board president.
Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for age 18 and under can be purchased anytime at or by calling 330-562-1818.

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