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Red light cameras and Woodville Mall were hot topics

Let’s give the last word to those who made the pages of The Press in 2013.


The state of housing in 05
“I invested in my home on the east side 13 years ago. I invested again this year. I look at three (dilapidated) properties on my street— one of them I see right outside my front door and one of them I see right outside my back door. That’s what I get to look at, and another one is two doors down next to my daughter who has a

newborn baby, (and that house) has been burned down.”

An East Toledo resident attending a talk on the demolition efforts of the Lucas County Land Bank.


“The housing is really affordable and interest rates are low. I encourage my friends to look in Toledo for homes. We wanted to be in the city and closer to the activities. Living here has allowed us to put money into other things like student loan debt. Look, you dream of owning a home and you can do it in a cost effective manner that allows you to not get into a hole you can’t dig out of.”

Dr. Christy Mesaros-Winckles, on moving to East Toledo after living six years in Springfield Township.


“We don’t have that feeder system coming into Oregon, Genoa, Northwood and Rossford. That’s what’s affecting sales and prices in those areas. People have to sell their home in East Toledo to move to the suburbs and they don’t have enough equity to do that…People my age have lost their equity, the kids who buy today, hopefully, if the natural thing happens, will gain that equity.”

Chris Hall, vice president of Danberry Realtors.


The Woodville Mall
“That mall is coming down.”
Juanita Jones, former manager of the Woodville Mall and spokesperson for the current owner.


“This is a land grab for the city. The owners cannot complete the demolition on the property without a city permit. And the city has blocked us at every turn.”

Adam Burke, attorney for owners of the Woodville Mall.


“We’re not ignoring them. There’s a lot of asbestos involved. It’s a complicated deal. They missed the deadline of September 30. But we still want the owners to tear down the mall. We don’t want to have anything to do with that mall.”

Bob Anderson, Northwood city administrator addressing a complaint from the owners which contends the city is now responsible for tearing down the mall because it didn’t meet a court deadline to submit paperwork. Anderson contends the mall owners didn’t provide enough detail to guarantee public safety.


Red light cameras
“Woodville Road is dead. Anything we can do to bring traffic back to Woodville Road, we need to do. If those red light cameras scare away five drivers, that’s five drivers too many. I go over to Navarre Avenue, I can’t even turn back onto the road from a parking lot, there’s so much traffic. Our businesses are fleeing over there. I have had so many people tell me they will not drive through Northwood. I’m not talking two or three people, but probably there are 100 people who tell me that. As a business owner on Woodville Road, I don’t need clients being scared away. I’ve had people tell me they will go to our Central Avenue office just to stay away from Northwood.”

Ed Schimmel, Northwood councilman, on eliminating the red light cameras in the city.

“The loss of businesses on Woodville Road has fueled this decrease in traffic. With a decrease in the number of cars moving through the intersection, of course the number of accidents has decreased. The number of businesses on Woodville Road has also greatly decreased since the placement of the cameras. I do not believe that this is a coincidence.”
Ed Schimmel.

“If that was truly the case, why is Franklin Park thriving. They have cameras near there. If those cameras were causing an issue, then their businesses would suffer.”
Thomas Cairl, Northwood police chief.

“If we do have the availability of safety money from the cameras, I see this as a good area in which to put some of it. The number of people who end up paying the fine might not even live here. So instead of taxing our own people to provide a service, we may be able to tax a region to pay for a service. As a resident, I would support that.”
Greg Clark, Northwood schools superintendent, on using traffic camera money to hire a school resource officer.

“We, in essence, by putting it off, have made a decision. So whether they just don’t sign a contract and keep it tabled forever, or vote not to renew the contract, the result is the same: The red light traffic cameras are not operating.”
Bob Anderson, Northwood administrator, on council three times tabling a vote to eliminate the cameras which allowed the contract to expire.


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“I hate to sound morbid, but someone, somewhere is planning a shooting.”
Terry Mitchell, Clay Township police chief, speaking to Genoa school parents about an emergency response program called ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate).

“After high school, you're offered scholarships. That's to get you in the door. It's hard to turn down those scholarships. If you think you can handle it, if you're academically gifted, give it a shot. But if not, take a break, work at a job and learn the value of money, because in high school, you don't live on your own. I'd recommend taking a break, experience the world and when you have some of the skills, like time-management and organization, go back to school.”
Abbey Schell, Clay graduate and student at Owens Community College, on a strategy to avoid accumulating too much student debt by entering college before you’re ready.

“Most people prefer to be with their pets in order to hold them during the final moments. Why should it be any different for a shelter dog?”
Teresa Landon, executive director of the Ohio SPCA, praising the decision by the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners to change its policy of euthanasia by gas chamber to one of injection.
 
“Maybe they’ll pay a little bit more attention to someone who is covered in tattoos and interested in punk music. Birds are kind of the gateway ‘drug’ to the rest of nature. Kids love them. We have a bird feeder in our backyard and my son says, ‘Dad, I wish I was a bird.’ I say, ‘why?’ He says, ‘Cause I wish I could fly.’ If we can gets kids into it, that’s awesome.”
Paul Riss, self-proclaimed punk rock birder.

“Go back to your childhood mind where anything is possible. From there set your intentions.  Decide on who you want to be and the path you want your life to take.  Then, just like you did when you learned to walk, make it happen.”
Bryan Golden, Press columnist, on making your dreams reality.

“If you don’t provide our youth with leadership avenues, they’ll find them themselves and a lot of times it’s not constructive.”
Dr. Romules Durant, Toledo’s new superintendent and a Waite grad, speaking about challenging young people by giving them responsibility in school.

“Why can’t that nursing home assessment approach work for schools? Why can’t teams of teachers and administrators, trained to look for the good and the bad, walk in some morning, observe classes, evaluate lesson plans, talk to students, parents, teachers and administrators, and make an overall assessment based on both qualitative and quantitative data? People and numbers count, not just numbers and numbers.
Chris Schillig, English teacher in Alliance Ohio, suggesting there should be more to the state evaluation of schools than test scores.

“People don’t have lawn services, so it can be a win-win to be poor, actually. I know it sounds crazy, but I know people who have bees in Perrysburg and they die every year because everybody has a chemical lawn service. But, on the east side you don’t have the money for lawn services so it’s a much healthier place for bees…They have the Maumee River for water a block away, they have no chemicals, and it’s a perfect place for the bees to live.”
Karen Wood of the Black Swamp Conservancy speaking on the success of producing honey at East Toledo’s Magyar Garden.

“It used to be feather parties, or Monte Carlo night, reverse raffles, and bingo. Now the regulations just for operating a bingo parlor are so restrictive. It’s hard to get people involved because of work schedules. Volunteer fire departments are smaller now than they’ve ever been. It takes so much to train and be qualified. There were not enough people to volunteer for the ox roast to make it run as well as it should.”
Capt. John Castellanos of the Millbury Fireman’s Association on cancelling the Ox Roast, a village tradition for nearly 40 years and conducting a raffle for a Bushmaster rifle instead.

“You get one shot at this deal. What you put into it (life) is what you get out of it. When its’ gone, it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Some get it and envision it and think about their legacy and then some get older and have regrets.”
Todd Drusback, Rossford head football coach, president of Parker’s Purpose, a foundation to raise funds for the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

“We really don’t know sometimes what exactly this will do in the future to a shallow body of water like Lake Erie. As I look at the foam and the suds out there day after day in the green water, it’s pretty sobering. I just want to make sure we continue to support programs that will help out. Looks like banning fertilizer, manure and bio-solids on frozen ground might be one way to help in the short run. But it’s a pretty serious threat.”
Sandy Bihn, Lake Erie waterkeeper and a homeowner on the Lake Erie shore.

“We will bring that trust back together. East Toledo is part of Toledo and not a step-child which identifies itself as a zip code.”
D. Michael Collins, Toledo Mayoral candidate talking at a mayoral debate to East Toledoans who refer to themselves as O-Fivers or as living in “The Nickel,” a reference to 43605.

“I think the minorities here have more opportunity to work and to study. In Hungary, the gypsy minority are discriminated against, so they don’t have opportunities because they don’t have a job. I think here finding an occupation is easier and I was happy when I saw black people, for example, in public office. In Hungary, you can’t if you are a gypsy. I think if I go home, we can be more motivated to do what I see here in the U.S. as a good example.”
Joszef Angyal, a Romany gypsy from Budapest, visiting Toledo for a month through a cultural exchange program.

"With all due respect, and saying it politely: gas money, beer money, and date money. He’s not doing it."
State Rep. Barbara Sears speculating in jest on whether her 27-year-old son will buy health insurance through the Affordable Health Care Act after seeing his premium go from about $60 a month to $190 and his deductible from $2,500 to $6,200.

“This modern energy revolution will provide the foundation for a manufacturing renaissance that will stimulate the economy throughout all of North America…I say what’s going to happen is people are going to seize that and say, ‘I’m going to build a plant in the United States instead of, say, in Dublin.’”
Thomas Nimbley, CEO of PBF Energy, parent company of the former Sunoco Refinery, speaking on the U.S. achieving energy independence from Middle East oil.


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