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East Toledo developer Don Monroe, then director of the now-defunct River East Economic Revitalization Corporation, came up with a plan to develop a mini-version of Cleveland’s “Flats” in International Park in 1995.

Then-Mayor Carty Finkbeiner gave his support to the redevelopment of the 10,000 square foot Streets, Bridges, and Harbors building in the park. Monroe saw the old metal building on the river becoming a center of dining, entertainment and specialized retail shops.

However, the idea of a restaurant in International Park had been born nearly two decades prior. An adopted plan of the park in 1978 showed the building with restaurants, entertainment, and retail shops.

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The Woodmore school board and administration plan to devote much of a forum Monday night to explaining the district’s financial status to residents and to listen to the concerns residents have about district operations, says John Fernbaugh, superintendent.
 
The forum will be held Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the gym of Woodmore Elementary School.
 
“We want to show our people the status of Woodmore schools, particularly the financials and what we’re facing and what’s driving our costs,” Fernbaugh said. “We want to clear up any misconceptions.”

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Oregon Police Chief Richard Stager bid city officials goodbye at a council meeting on Jan. 24.
 
“I’m going to make the most out of retirement,” said Stager.
 
“Since I took the job, I probably have more passion for the Oregon Police Department than ever before. It’s kind of tough walking away. But I think I’ll manage somehow,” Stager joked. “I’m leaving Friday for Florida for my condo, and hopefully on Monday I’m playing in a softball game. I’ll be thinking about the officers and praying for their safety.”
 
Stager expressed concerns about the recent spate of violence against police officers across the country.
 
“If you’ve heard in the last 30 hours, seven police officers have been shot. It just seems like I’m hearing about it all the time. Even in communities about the same size as Oregon. I have a son who is a police officer in Sylvania, so I’ll be praying for him, too. I do have some concerns. Times have changed somewhat. There seems to be more violence toward police officers. Hopefully, that will stop in the immediate future when the economy gets better.”

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Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men.
 
The estimates for prostate cancer in the United States for 2010 is about 217,713 new cases will be diagnosed and about 32,050 men will die from prostate cancer. About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Prostate cancer accounts for approximately 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in men.
 
Seeing those statistics, a group of Eastwood High School “wrestling moms” looked at their own sons and the coaching staff, and decided that because wrestling is a male-dominated sport, they saw the potential in holding a fundraiser to raise awareness for prostate cancer at the 10-team Claire Simpson Eastwood Duals on February 5.
 
The “Pin to Win Against Cancer” fundraiser will include the selling of t-shirts, a silent auction, a bake sale and possibly sticker sale, multiple 50/50 raffles throughout the day, and the sale of paper “pins” to put on the team’s memory wall. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The “wrestling moms” saw fundraisers being done by basketball, volleyball, and soccer teams for cancer awareness, so they wanted to get in on the action.

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Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of a new camera system that will be used to inspect sewer and water lines. The equipment will help the city in its investigation of inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from the wastewater collection system.
 
Significant rainfall sparked I&I issues a few years ago when several residents, particularly in the Wheeling trunk sewer service area, had complained about flooded basements. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing have also been used to help identify I&I.
 
The State of Ohio Purchasing Contract for the equipment has been awarded to Jack Doheny Supplies, Ohio, Inc., for $188,342.50. The cost includes the installation of the camera in the 2011 Sprinter CCTV Van, which was purchased last year and is currently being outfitted at Jack Doheny Supplies.
 
The equipment, called an IBAK Closed Circuit Televising (CCTV) system, consists of two cameras, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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