Avon Early Childhood PTA to hold membership drive Aug. 10: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

AVON, Ohio — If you are new to Avon (or have lived here for a while) and have young children, the Avon Early Childhood PTA (AECPTA) is an organization you should strongly consider joining. It’s a great way to meet other families/children and participate in a host of fun family activities.

My family was a member when my son was little, and I cherish the friendships we made and have fond memories.

The AECPTA is looking to add new members, as well as renew current memberships, during the club’s annual membership drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Schwartz Road Park Pavilion, 35001 Schwartz Road.

It’s a great time to meet other members and learn what the club offers. Fun activities planned for the family during the event include a presentation by Dr. Awesome, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records honor for largest bubble. He will show off some bubble magic.

Membership dues are $30 for the 2021-2022 school year. Checks will be accepted at the event, or you can pay/renew online.

“After a crazy year and a half, we are so excited to start seeing our members again and welcome new ones to the AECPTA,” Val Porterfield, AECPTA president, said in a press release.

“We did a great job adapting to the limitations of the pandemic and found creative ways to program and get involved in our community during a time of huge transition for us all,” Porterfield said.

“We look forward to what we hope will be a more normal year with engaging activities for our children, families and the Avon community. On behalf of our board and members, I hope you’ll join us and participate in all of the wonderful things the AECPTA has to offer you and your family.”

AECPTA membership is open to families with children from birth through kindergarten in Avon and the surrounding communities. General meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. from September through May at Avon Heritage Elementary School, 35575 Detroit Road.

For more information or to request a membership form online, go to avonecpta.org.


Mills Road project: Work will begin this week on the Mills Road bridge project, which includes replacement of the existing bridge, water main and drainage structures on Mills Road between Westminister and Greenwich avenues.

Those roads will be closed at Mills Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained using one lane and temporary traffic signals.

The alternate access for Greenwich Avenue will be off Jaycox Road and the alternate access for Westminister Avenue will be off Ohio 83 (Avon Belden Road).

Signs posted note that construction will take 120 days to complete.

Renewal levies: Voters will see two 0.5-mill, five-year levies on the Nov. 2 ballot for the city’s police and fire departments.

The money generated from successful passage of the police levy would be $397,319 annually during the life of the levy and would be used to “maintain motor vehicles, communications, other equipment, buildings and sites used in operating the Avon Police Department,” according to city information.

Passage of the fire department levy would generate $447,767 annually during the life of the levy, and the funds would be used for “maintenance of motor vehicles, communication equipment, buildings and other infrastructure used directly in the operations of the Avon Fire Department.”

Safety Town open houses: Avon Safety Town is hosting open houses from 9 to 11 a.m. July 30 and Aug. 6 for families with children ages 7 and younger. Come take a tour on the pedal cars (weather permitting).

Parent supervision is required and children must bring a bike helmet to wear. The free event is first come, first served for the pedal cars. No registration is required.

Avon police officers will also be in attendance. The Safety Town village is located behind the Avon Board of Education Administrative offices, 36600 Detroit Road.

Upcoming Republican Club events: The Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club is sponsoring a Breakfast with the Republicans event from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 4 at Sugar Creek Restaurant, 5196 Detroit Road (corner of Detroit and Abbe roads) in the Sheffield Village Plaza.

According to information supplied by the club, there is no agenda, as the breakfast is just a free exchange of ideas about current events with like-minded conservatives.

Future breakfasts will be offered periodically to help the public get to know fellow Republicans. Some candidates and elected officials may attend to socialize, as well.

Attendees are responsible for purchasing their own food. Deadline to RSVP is Aug. 2. Email Tomie Patton at [email protected]

The Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club is also sponsoring two speakers at its 5 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. meeting Aug. 12 at Red Tail Golf Club, 4400 Lear Nagle Road.

Scott Andrews, CEO of EagleFire, will discuss technology, the 2020 election and how EagleFire can assist online. Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield Judge Darrel Bilancini will help to clarify any confusion regarding the roles of the 17 trial judges who serve the eight different trial courts in Lorain County.

The meeting is free to members (cash bar available) and $5 for guests. The club meets on the second Thursday of each month. Attendees are encouraged to bring a GOYA product for donation to a local food bank.

Orthodontics practice expansion: Kevin Ward of Ward Orthodontics recently requested approval from the city’s Planning Commission for the site plan for a proposed 2,177-square-foot building addition to the existing building located at 36422 Detroit Road.

College graduate: Quintin Walters recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in computing security.


New officer: Congratulations to Sandra Bockelman, Avon Lake’s newest part-time police officer.

Library donations: The Avon Lake Public Library (ALPL) is currently taking donations of books and DVDs/Blu-Rays that are in new, good or like-new condition.

Most of the donations will go to the Friends of ALPL, who in turn will sell the materials as a part of their ongoing book sale inside the library or at one of their larger annual book sales. All proceeds from those sales go back to support ALPL programs, events and materials.

Photography studio moves: Bobi Biederman started her photography business out of her home in 2013. The business has grown over the years. In 2019, she moved to the Lofts at Beach Park Station, 33489 Lake Road.

An opportunity later came up to move to the downstairs storefront previously occupied by Miss Jacqui’s Dance studio. The new space gives the photography studio more square footage and visibility.

“I specialize in newborn and family photography, offering a variety of sessions including maternity, newborn, cake smash, family and seniors,” Biederman said in an email.

“It’s really nice that my pregnant clients and new moms don’t have to climb stairs anymore. I photograph sessions in the studio and on location. I customize each of my portrait sessions for my clients. I want them to look back on their session as one of their favorite memories. I work to capture what is unique about each client and tell their story through fine art photographs. I walk my clients through the whole process to beautifully finished products that their family will cherish for generations.”

For more information, go to bobibiedermanphotography.com or email [email protected]

Rescheduled concert: The Cleveland TOPS Swing Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Miller Road Park Gazebo, 33760 Lake Road. No food trucks are currently scheduled to be at the concert.

The next concert in the city is from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Bleser Park, 32800 Electric Blvd., and features Beatles songs performed by Revolution Pie. Food trucks onsite will include Bearden’s and 808 Shaved Ice.

Live performance: Mighty Goliath Production is presenting its first live show since 2020 with a performance of “Grease in Concert” at 5 p.m. Sept. 4 at Beach Park Station, 33489 Lake Road. The event is part of the Avon Lake Historical Society’s Rockin’ the Rails series.

All are welcome to audition, but auditions are mandatory for this production. Auditions will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at St. Joseph Parish, 32946 Electric Blvd. Callbacks will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18. No walk-ins will be accepted. Vocal selection must be an excerpt from a musical sung a cappella.

For more information and/or to register for an audition, go to mightygoliath.com/current-productions.


Trap team update: The North Ridgeville High School Trap Team had a great outing at the recent USA High School Clay Target League National Championship held in Mason, Mich. Squad 1 placed fifth out of 160 schools from across the country. Squad 2 placed 21st. Congratulations.

School supplies needed: North Ridgeville Community Care, 34105 Center Ridge Road (behind Arby’s), is hosting a school supply drive from noon to 4 p.m. July 31. Stop by and drop off school supplies for clients in need for this upcoming school year. New items only please. For a list of items needed, go to nrcommcare.org/index.html.

Healthy strides: The Cleveland Clinic Healthy Strides walking program continues in August. The next walk is from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Pavilion 1 at South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road.

The program is free and pre-registration is not required. If the weather does not cooperate, walks will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted on the parks and recreation department website (northridgeville.recdesk.com), department Facebook page and the Rainout Line, 440-210-6226.

Coffee chat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for his next Coffee and Conversation from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 11 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

Fresh produce available: Support North Ridgeville farmers by reserving a fresh produce bag filled with a mix of fruits and vegetables for pickup at the North Ridgeville Branch Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in August, as well as Sept. 7.

Each produce bag is $10, and exact change is required.

Thank you, North Ridgeville Heart and Sole, for sponsoring the event. To reserve your bag, go to signupgenius.com/go/904044DABA72EAA8‑north2. For more information, email [email protected] or visit facebook.com/nrheartandsole.

Corn Festival: It’s almost time for the 46th annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival (Aug. 13-15). A host of events are planned, including a car show, parade, corn-eating contest and entertainment. All the information you need for the festival is available online at nrcornfest.org.


General election filing deadline: Time is running out to file petitions for the many races up for election Nov. 2. There are city council and board of education seats available, as well as some other board positions in Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville.

Nominating petitions of candidates in nonpartisan races must be filed by 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Many people have opinions on how cities and schools should be run. Here is your chance to be part of the process and really make a difference.

All the information you need is available online from the Lorain County Board of Elections. Go to voteloraincountyohio.gov.

Vacation: There will be no Short Takes column next week (Aug. 5 Sun Sentinel edition and online) as I will be off to enjoy the summer with my family. I hope everyone is having a great summer!

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