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Northwood will likely end its speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding, early next year. In addition, the city may discontinue the stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras installed at two intersections.
 
“I think it’s safe to say that the van is going to go away,” Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press last Wednesday.
 
“The cameras at the intersections could also end,” he added.
 
Council on July 2 voted 6-1 to stop contract negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets that have a high incidence of speeding. The contract with the van expires in January.

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A proposed overtime policy revision is causing a stir among Village of Genoa workers.
 
Village council is set for its third reading Monday of a comprehensive package of personnel policy changes for the nearly 20 village workers. The new policies stem from two years of committee work and are the first revisions made since 2001, said Council President Elizabeth Slotnick, head of the personnel committee.   
 
The proposal addresses policies ranging from sick time and drug testing to the writing of job descriptions and items based on recommendations from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
 
Employees have several concerns with the changes; but a new formula for calculating overtime is  causing the most disdain, Slotnick said.

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Former Oregon Mayor Marge Brown welcomed over 200 guests into a packed city

council chamber on Monday to say farewell.
 
Brown was defeated for a third term

by Oregon’s new mayor, former councilman Mike Seferian, on Nov. 3 by a 61 to 38 percent margin. Seferian was sworn in the day prior to Browns’ farewell party.
 
Brown vowed that she would remain involved in her community and Northwest Ohio.

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A start-up firm has received sufficient funding to begin production early next year of solar power inverters at a Moline-Martin Road building in Lake Township.
 
Norman Rapino, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nextronex Energy Systems, said the company has begun operations at the facility and already has plans for installing three inverters at the Ohio Air National Guard Base at Toledo Express Airport.
 
He projects the company could employ 15-20 workers by the end of 2010.
 
The company secured funding through the Rocket Ventures fund of the Regional Growth Partnership and University of Toledo Innovative Enterprise as well as local investors.

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Ethnic restaurants are a part of our present-day culture.

We are all familiar with restaurants that specialize in Hungarian, Chinese, Greek, Mexican, and food from other cultures. There’s one ethnic food that has African roots, but it’s become associated with African-American culture today.

Soul food, which became a part of America’s pop culture in the 1960s, has come a long ways from its roots in Africa. But a new business owner is introducing soul food to East Toledo.

Six months ago, J.R. McCardell and his family opened Serenity Family Soul Food Restaurant at the former location of O’Malley’s Pub at the corner of Woodville Road and East Broadway.

“Our food is good down to your soul...,” is the restaurant’s motto, and McCardell stands behind that.

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