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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Lisy wins Sun Banner endorsement


The Bedford Sun Banner has endorsed the re-election of Bedford Councilman Ron Lisy.

Lisy, completing his first four-year term, in challenged for re-election by former Councilman Warner Batten, whom Lisy defeated in 2001.

"His efforts to help spur redevelopment and his understanding of how to attract younger families to an aging inner-ring suburb show the makings of a committed ward councilman," stated the Sun Banner editorial. "All he needs is more time to grow into that role."

Upon learning of the Sun Banner's vote of confidence, Lisy stated, "I'm pleased to hear of their endorsement. I've worked hard to represent the people of Bedford, we've made a lot of progress, but there's still work to be done."

The election for Bedford's City Council is Tuesday, November 8th.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Autumn Harvest Day

The following is the text of an ad running on Radio Disney Cleveland:
"There is something going on in the CIty of Bedford.....
[SFX- crickets night sounds--wind blowing gently]
"Something exciting...Somethingvery NEW...something...FUN!"
[SFX-stop- Music upbeat pop in]
"Bedford Ohio, home of the Auto mile the longest span of roadway featuring over 30 new car dealer...[SFX-car zooms past] invites you to join in the fall family fun at Bedford's First annual Autumn Harvest day October 1st on Bedford Commons!  From 10AM and 12:30...Special thanks from the City of Bedford to all the sponsors who helped make Autumn Harvest Day possible..."
[SFX-music out-SFX-crickets night sound-wind blowing gently]
"October 1st Radio Disney is at Autumn Harvest Day in Bedford....With music, Games and tins of prizes.  This is something you won't want to miss!"
This ad will on 1260AM Radio Disney, from 9/26 thru the event.  (Run times are 8:13am, 9:34am, 1:53pm and 8:13pm)
submitted by Ron Lisy

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Beethoven's 5th at BHS

The Akron Symphony Youth Orchestra will present Beethoven's 5th at the Bedford High School Auditorium on Saturday November 5th.
Performance times are 3:30pm and 7:30pm.
Tickets are available as follows.
Main Floor $12 or (Seniors)$10
Balcony $8 or (Seniors)$7
Students or Children (Main Floor) $6 or (Balcony) $4
Proceeds will be used to fund Project STEP- Stability, Training, Employment and Progress, a charitable and nonprofit employment, training and job placement program.
For info or tickets call Joe Mestnik at 440-232-2080.

Monday, September 19, 2005

St. Peter Chanel edges Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin/ Bedford edged by Euclid

Ohio High School Football - St. Peter Chanel edges Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin
BEDFORD September 17, 2005 -- In Friday's league game, the St. Peter Chanel Firebirds (Bedford, OH) football team edged the visiting Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lions (Chardon, OH), by a score of 21-19.

The Firebirds (2-2) will now prepare for their game against Elyria Catholic (Elyria, OH). The Panthers enter the North Coast game with a 4-0 record. In their last game, Elyria Catholic edged Edgewood (Elyria, OH), 55-12, in a non-league game.

Next up, the Lions meet the Padua Franciscan Bruins (Parma, OH) in a North Coast game, on Saturday, September 24. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin will attempt to improve on its 0-4 season record. The Bruins enter the game with a 1-3 record after their 21-14 non-league win over Howland (Parma, OH).
Ohio High School Football - Bedford edged by Euclid
BEDFORD September 17, 2005 -- The Euclid Panthers (Euclid, OH) football edged the host Bedford Bearcats (Bedford, OH), 10-7 in Friday's non-league game.

Next up, the Panthers meet the Garfield Heights Bulldogs (Garfield Heights, OH) in a non-league game, on Friday, September 23. Euclid will attempt to improve on its 2-2 season record. The Bulldogs enter the game with a 2-2 record after their 38-7 non-league win over Lakewood (Garfield Heights, OH).

The Bearcats (2-2) will now prepare for their game against Cleveland Heights (Cleveland Heights, OH). The Tigers enter the non-league game with a 1-3 record. In their last game, Cleveland Heights edged Maple Heights (Cleveland Heights, OH), 36-25, in a non-league game.

CMHA to Help Suburbs Track Rent-Subsidy Recipients

Thomas Ott
Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
September 14, 2005

The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority will consider helping Cleveland's older suburbs keep tabs on low-income renters as they filter into the nervous cities' neighborhoods.

A draft agreement calls for CMHA to furnish 17 cities with a list of properties where landlords accept federal rent subsidies. The agency would alert a city when a new landlord agrees to take tenants from the Housing Choice Voucher Program, formerly Section 8.

CMHA also would beef up a tenant-orientation program with a video and booklet that place emphasis on being a good neighbor. Public housing authorities in other parts of the country have similar programs. Earlier this year, Cleveland Heights proposed running its own mandatory classes for residents moving into the city under the voucher program.

City and CMHA officials began meeting after suburbs complained about the increasing use of subsidies to rent single-family homes and duplexes. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Cleveland Democrat, mediated. The suburbs said they worried that the tenants would form pockets of poverty and cause friction with middle-class residents.

Rick Wagner, a Cleveland Heights housing official who helped to lead the cities' charge, said some of the changes were culled from "best practices" spotlighted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley praised the agreement, which needs approval from CMHA's board and the individual cities.

"We've made a lot of progress, and I'm happy with where we're headed," Kelley said.

CMHA Executive Director George Phillips said he had no major objections as long as the cities run education programs that take in other renters. Cleveland Heights will hold programs for all renters two or three times a year, but will not force attendance, Kelley said.

The agreement also calls for CMHA to make landlords fix housing violations, counsel problem tenants and yank vouchers from tenants who break laws dealing with drugs and violence. Phillips said CMHA already takes those steps.

"We're doing much of what they're asking," he said. "They just aren't aware of that."

Cities covered by the agreement would include: Bedford, Bedford Heights, Brook Park, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Parma, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, University Heights and Warrensville Heights.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 216-999-5739

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Lisy calls for regular recreation schedule

Councilman Ron Lisy calls on City Manager to impliment uniform recreation schedule.
At the conclusion of the public meeting of Council, Ward One Councilman Ron Lisy called on City Manager Bob Reid to have the City Recreation Department impliment a regular and uniform schedule for open gym events at the City's Ellenwood recreation center.
Prior to the meeting Lisy had inquired about the availablity of open gym sessions at Ellenwood. During the public meeting session of open comments from residents, resident Venezuela Robinson stated that there is no set schedule for use of the facilities--- youth wishing to use the facilities must call each day to see if the gym may be used.
"I think it is obvious that there should be a set schedule. Kids need to know that, every Tuesday and Thursday, for example, they can go to the rec. center gym and shoot hoops. Why is giving that so hard?" Councilman Lisy asked.

Every American City Must have an Emergency Plan

While the eyes of America are focused on New Orleans, Mississippi and the rest of the Hurricane Katrina damaged area, it is important that we learn from the tragedies there to minimize any future disaster, here in Bedford as well as across America.

                    -Councilman Ron Lisy


Senator Feinstein calls for every American City to Have an emergency plan.

"As we move forward together as a nation, we also need to focus on concrete solutions for improving our preparedness for calamities that engulf any part of the country.

In close cooperation with state and federal emergency agencies, each city in this country absolutely must have an effective emergency plan in place.

These plans need to include professional and skilled emergency operations directors, clear lines of authority, practical evacuation strategies, and previously determined command centers that can be up and running on a moment’s notice with satellite connections and powered by their own generators.

Key department heads should carry two-way radios with extra battery packs at all times.

The plans also must have mechanisms to immediately call for and facilitate the delivery of food, water, and medical supplies to areas in need.

But it is not enough to just have a plan in place. These plans must be rehearsed and drilled until they become second nature for the public agencies, emergency responders, and communities involved. When disaster strikes, there can be no confusion as to what must happen."