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North Ridgeville notebook: June 18, 2009


Rotary club May winners

A medical career and one in art history are the goals of North Ridgeville High School students selected as the city’s Rotary students of the month for May.

Sophomore Feyikemi Osundina has already packed a lot of learning and accomplishments into her first two years of high school.

A 4.5 GPA High Honor Roll student, she is a member of Student Council, Spanish Club and Youth 4 Youth, has earned a varsity letter in track and plans to play on the volleyball team.

In addition, Kemi plays oboe in the concert and symphonic bands. A gifted artist, she enjoys painting landscapes and watercolors. Kemi plans to study anesthesiology, physical therapy, pediatrics or pharmacology in college. She will attend a pharmacy camp this summer and hopes to do volunteer work at St. John West Shore Hospital.

Senior Jessica Francu placed second in the Buying & Merchandising section in a State DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi competition held in California.

DECA is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service.

In her senior year, Jessica took part in Student Council, National Honor Society, Drama Club and the George Enescu Choir. She also volunteered at her church, St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, as well as at North Ridgeville’s Community Care.

A High Honor Roll student, Jessica earned a Golden Key Award in the Scholastic Art Show. She plans to pursue a career in art at Eastern Michigan University where she will study art history and literature. Her favorite period in art history is the Renaissance. Jessica aspires to earn a doctorate degree and become a college professor.

The May Rotary meeting also saw the service organization swear in North Ridgeville Fire Chief Rick Miller as an honorary member.

Miller worked with Rotary on its project to deliver a former fire department ambulance donated for service in South America.

All atwitter over Twitter

Have you heard of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, but still don’t understand exactly what they’re all about?

Then check out the free 2 p.m. program Saturday at the North Ridgeville Branch Library.

The program is designed for beginners on all three popular social networking Web sites.

Learn the basics about these sites, including an overview of what they consist of, how to create accounts, and how to keep yourself and your children safe in these online environments.

For more information, call the library at (440) 327-8326. The branch library is at 35700 Bainbridge Road.

Adding new voices to a sweet sound

The Sweet Adelines International’s award-winning Lake Ridge Chorus invites women of all ages who enjoy singing to attend free vocal lessons beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and continuing for the next three Mondays at Community United Methodist Church, 680 N. Abbe Road, Elyria.

Anyone who qualifies may be offered a free trial membership in the chorus. Reading music is not required.

Performing at civic and charitable events, Lake Ridge Chorus is among the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses who sing a cappella, barbershop-style four-part harmony.

To learn more, call (440) 245-1231 or e-mail

Bop till you drop

Ever wanted to learn how to do the Hand Jive, Macarena or the Electric Slide?

Learn how at the free “Bop Till You Drop” family program at 2 or 7 p.m. June 23 at 2 at the Lorain Public Library System’s North Ridgeville Branch Library.

Call the library at (440) 327-8326 to learn more.

Busy seniors

They haven’t been letting any grass grow under their feet at the Senior Center lately. The center teamed up with city firefighters in May to put on a big Pride Day Breakfast.

The Senior Center Craft Ladies teamed up for the second year with first-graders at St. Peter School to create bookmarks for seniors attending events at the center.

The art of cartooning

Cartoonist Jeff Nicholas will host a free program designed to offer step-by-step instruction on the art of cartoon drawing at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the branch library, 35700 Bainbridge Road.

Nicholas will also share stories that capture the imagination for all ages. The session is designed for kindergarteners through 12th-graders and their parents.

Preregistration is required. Call the library at (440) 327-8326.

Read your way through summer

Preschoolers through fifth graders can sign up for the “Get Creative” Children’s Summer Reading Program at the branch library.

At the same time, students in grades six through 12 can register for the “Express Yourself” Teen Summer Reading Program.

Kids and teens who read books throughout the summer-long program that ends Aug. 8 can earn free books and gift cards, attend free fun activities, and enter grand prize drawings to win Toys ‘R Us and Best Buy gift cards.

Youngsters taking part in the “Get Creative” program can also earn free books, and a Borders gift card.

Adults can also take part in their own summer reading program.

For complete details on all reading programs, call the library at (440) 327-8326, go online to, or stop in.

The library is at 35700 Bainbridge Road. The summer reading program is funded by a grant from The Stocker Foundation. Special program sponsors include Lorain County Metro Parks and the North Coast Knights.

Summer theater camp

The Olde Towne Hall Youth Theatre will again hold its Summer Youth Camp from 6 to 9 p.m. July 6 to 17.

Area youth who take part will experience all aspects of theatre from singing and dancing to acting and design.

Cost is $25 per child, or $35 per family. Anyone wishing to take part is invited to attend the first session July 6. The camp concludes with a performance July 18. Call Sharon at (440) 323-0073.

Educator of the year

Ronda Rak, a Family and Consumer Science Teacher at North Ridgeville High School, has been chosen a co-winner of the 2009 Insurance Educator of the Year award by the Ohio Insurance Institute.

Rak receives a plaque and cash prize of $1,000. A secondary cash award of $500 goes to North Ridgeville High School.

Rak shares the honor with a teacher from Wadsworth High School.

Schools’ Golf Outing

Bob-O-Link Gold Course in Avon will host the North Ridgeville City Schools Endowment Funds Golf Outing June 25. The 9 a.m. shotgun start event includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch, beverages, and a 1 p.m. steak or chicken dinner.

The tourney features a $500 grand prize, plus assorted golf gifts and prizes. A 2009 Buick Lucerne will be won by anyone who wins the hole-in-one contest. The car is provided by Joyce Buick Pontiac GMC in Lorain. Cost is $75 per golfer for all activities and meals, or $30 for dinner-only.

Reservations should be mailed to: Mr. Biagio Sidoti, Treasurer, North Ridgeville City Schools, 5490 Mills Creek Lane, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.

For information, call Sidoti or Superintendent Craig Phillips at (440) 327-4444. Payment deadline is June 24.

Coffee with Craig

City Schools Superintendent Craig Phillips’ “Coffee and Conversation in the Community” meetings continue in June and July.

The informal discussion groups have no agenda or presentations and do not require appointments.

All sessions are from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Upcoming sessions are set for June 30 at Arabica, 33101 Center Ridge Road, and July 23 at Pioneer Ridge Community Center, 9479 Saw Mill Trace. More sessions are expected to be scheduled.

One big garage sale

The North Ridgeville Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau is holding the eighth annual Garage Sale Days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Saturday.

This city-wide event offers hundreds of individual sales. Homeowners taking part in this extravaganza will receive a laminated sign, balloons, and postings on a master list to be published at

To find out where all the sales are, yard salers can visit, or pick up a list of addresses at area banks, City Hall, the branch library or the Senior Center.

Participating residents will have their yard sales identified by laminated signs, balloons, and their address posted on the chamber of commerce Web site.

For more, call the Chamber of Commerce at (440) 327-3737 or visit

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