Anita Lopez, Lucas County Auditor, will speak to the East Toledo Club, Noon, Thursday, October 21 at Michael’s Café located in the Weber Block at Front and Main in East Toledo.
Lopez was elected auditor in 2006. Shortly thereafter, she created an education and outreach department to serve as the public’s initial point of contact for information about the services the auditor’s office provides such as the homestead exemption program.
Prior to her election to the auditor position, she was elected to and served for two years as Lucas County Recorder. She grew up in Toledo and graduated from Central Catholic High School, the University of Toledo and the University of Toledo College of Law.
The auditor is the elected watchdog over county funds and is responsible for property appraisals. The auditor also oversees dog, kennel vendor and cigarette licenses and ensures measuring devices on gas pumps and store scales are accurate.
The luncheon is open to the public. Reserve your seat by calling Andrea at 419-691-7651.
The Press Wins
General Manager John Szozda, News Editor Kelly J. Kaczala, and contributing reporter Melissa Burden, recently won top awards from the Cleveland Chapter of the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.
Szozda won Best of Show for columnists for all papers with less than 100,000 circulation. His six columns included one about a divorced couple who put aside their differences to undergo anger management counseling to better interact with their three children, another about a police sting of businesses selling alcohol to minors and another about four local athletes who overcame disappointment to achieve success.
Kaczala and Burden won first place in the Best Investigative category for newspapers with a circulation of less than 100,000, for “Women’s Complaint against Mayor’s Son Sparked Probe,” the first article in a series on the Oregon Police Department’s internal affairs investigation of former Oregon police officer Jeff Brown.
Brown was suspended for 20 days last September after an investigation showed he had repeatedly and illegally used a Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) to gain information about an ex-girlfriend over a two year period, and was reprimanded for interfering in the private business or affairs of a teacher at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Elementary School. The series also looked at whether Brown received lenient treatment from authorities because he is the son of former Mayor Marge Brown, who was mayor at the time of the investigation.
Kaczala and Burden also won second place in the “Best Public Records Use,” for the same series.
Kelly Shank NP, has joined the staff at Orchard Villa as a Nurse Practitioner. She is a 1996 graduate of Case Western Reserve and has 22 years experience in long-term care. She will assist the physicians in managing the medical care of its short and long term care residents.
Orchard Villa, a 164 bed facility in Oregon, provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, speech and respiratory services. It is accredited by JCAHO.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, 7:30 am at Bay Park Community Hospital.
The foundation has changed its schedule of meetings effective with the October meeting. Meetings will now be held every other month and the site will be alternated between Bay Park and Mercy St. Charles Hospital. Call Linda at 419-693-9999
Growing Your Business with Social Media will be the topic of the quarterly meeting for the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce to be held Thursday, October 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 am at Lutheran Home of Toledo, 131 Wheeling.
Custom Training Solutions, a division of Northwest State Community College, will present ideas on how to grow business through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.