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Nearly 200 people made their way into Morrison R. Waite High School’s cafeteria to listen to Toledo Public School officials present its “Transformation Plan” last week.
Talk about a guy who doesn't let a handicap slow him down.
Leland Foster has suffered from cerebral palsy his entire life, and he uses a wheelchair. But as instructor Tony Spallino's integrated machining and engineering students found out last fall, Foster is perfectly capable of taking care of himself.
“He's a brilliant mind, very personable,” Spallino said. “He'll joke about things, even his CP. To him, he doesn't have a disability. He's done more than 10 able-bodied people I know. He's done marathons, he snow skis, he water skis, he's done the New York Marathon. He's the most active person I know, but he's trapped in this body that limits him.”
Jodi Gross has lived in East Toledo her entire adult life, so she doesn’t need a lot of motivation for her newest job.
An employee of the East Toledo Family Center, Gross has taken on the official role as “community builder” for a new organization, East Toledo United. She is to assist in mapping the community and survey the Garfield and Birmingham neighborhoods for member organizations of East Toledo United.
The mission of ETU “is to capitalize on the unique assets, geographic location, talents, and skills of all entities, including residents, to improve the East Toledo community and to enhance communication and collaboration.”
It is one of the realizations coming out of a $200,000 T-grant from the Local Initiative Support Coalition’s (LISC) “Connecting the Pieces” project. The grant was originally established to support the development of a neighborhood transformation plan to connect old and new neighborhoods in light of the pending development of the 127-acre Marina District.
The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on where the state’s public trust authority begins and ends along the Lake Erie shoreline.
In 2009, the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled property lines change with the water level and that land beneath the water is open to the public and land above the waterlines belongs to lakefront property owners.
The appeals court wrote that by setting the boundary at the water’s edge it was recognizing the private property rights of the landowners and also providing for the public use of Lake Erie and the land under the waters when submerged.
“The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for the both the public and littoral landowners,” the appeals court ruled.
Last year, Northwood struggled with reduced revenue that sparked lay-offs and other budget tightening measures, to improve its financial condition. It also put a proposed income tax rate increase on the ballot, which was defeated by voters.
By the end of the year, the city had collected revenue that was approximately $500,000 more than the previous year, thanks to the austere budget cuts.
As the area continues to reel from the economic recession, the city is hoping to change course with a plan that sets goals for the future.
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