SocksPLUS donation drive benefits county’s homeless population: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridg –

Avon Lake, Ohio

The Community West Foundation began its popular SocksPLUS initiative in 2014 after learning socks are the most requested item by people who are homeless. Over the years, the campaign has grown and additional items needed include underwear, toiletries, winter gloves and hats, backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents (must be folded tightly in order to be accepted for donation).

Good Neighbor Thrift store Avon Lake

Good Neighbor Thrift Shop, a ministry of Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 158 Lear Road, Avon Lake, is now a drop off location for the Community West Foundation’s SocksPLUS initiative.

The foundation recently announced the SocksPLUS campaign has expanded into Lorain County through partnerships with organizations that assist with people experiencing homelessness. SocksPLUS items can now be taken to the Good Neighbor Thrift Shop, a ministry of Avon Lake United Church of Christ. The shop is located at 158 Lear Road, Avon Lake. According to information submitted by the foundation, the donations will be picked up by the Neighborhood Alliance, a non-profit community service agency, for sorting and distribution to those who are struggling through the Lorain County Taskforce for the Homeless.

“We are thrilled about the program expansion into Lorain County because it means more support for those who are suffering,” said Marty Uhle, president and CEO of Community West Foundation, in a press release.

If you or your organization would like to start your own collection, call 440-360-7370.

If you are not familiar with the Community West Foundation, it was established in 1997. Originally known as the Fairview/Lutheran Foundation, Community West has been supporting Cleveland Clinic hospitals, as well as many other community non-profits through grants. In 2020, Community West distributed $7.4 million in grants. For more information, go to


New location opens: The new Panera Bread opens Oct. 27 (Wednesday) at 35680 Chester Road (in front of Hobby Lobby). The Avon Commons location is now closed. The new location offers a drive-thru.

Charter Review Commission members needed: Applications are now available to serve on the city’s 2022 Charter Review Commission. Selected commission members (nine members and two alternates) will be seated by Jan. 31 and meet monthly beginning Feb. 3 (for a period not to exceed 150 days). The commission may recommend to council alterations, revisions and amendments, if any, to the city’s charter. If there are recommendations, city council members will vote to submit the items for placement on an upcoming election ballot.

Applications are due by Nov. 5 and are available on the city’s website,

Diverse art collection: Meijer recently announced plans to begin featuring artwork in stores across the midwest in 2023. The retailer is encouraging local artists to submit their artwork for consideration by Nov. 7.

“At Meijer, we want our products and business partners to reflect our communities, customers and team members,” said Peter Whitsett, Meijer executive vice president of merchandising and marketing, in a press release. “That’s what makes this collection so special. Our customers will see perspectives both similar to and different from their own reflected through art on products they can bring into their homes.”

Artists are encouraged to submit art inspired by cultural events/categories including Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Pride Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month. Meijer officials will then select artwork to be featured on products, including stationery and home decor, and sold in celebration of the events listed. Artists can also submit locally-inspired art to be included in the collection. Sales from the collection will benefit nonprofit organizations. Selected artists will receive a monetary prize and partner with Meijer to identify nonprofits to benefit from the sales of the products.

To submit artwork, go to

Republican Club meeting: The Avon-Avon Lake Republican Club will host two speakers Nov. 11 at the Red Tail Golf Club at 4400 Lear Road. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Speakers in attendance include former senator and current State Representative Gayle Manning; and State Representative Dick Stein. Cost is $5 for guests.

School board candidate: Incumbent Avon Local Schools Board of Education member John Weigman is seeking re-election. He recently emailed information regarding his campaign including noting he has served on the board of education for 12 years. He is an Avon High School graduate and his two daughters also graduated from Avon. He is employed at Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne) as the continuous improvement manager.

An important issue he listed facing the Avon schools is ‘maintaining academic excellence during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

“We’re focused on keeping our students in the classroom and out of quarantine,” he said in an email. “No one on Avon’s Board of Education pushed harder last year for in-person learning than me. It was the correct decision. Every student and teacher was given the option to attend in-person or virtual schooling depending on their circumstances. The decision to have the vast majority of the school attend in-person allowed for Avon to remain one of the top performing districts in the state.”

During his tenure on the board, Avon has added many educational opportunities such as College Credit Plus and AP courses for students. Avon’s schools are ranked in the top 3 percent in the state on the Performance Index (18/607 schools) and are in the top 5 percent of Ohio schools for academic achievement. According to Weighman, all of this has been accomplished while being careful with taxpayer dollars resulting in Avon being in the bottom 7.4 percent of school districts in dollars spent per student.

Wine raffle: Tickets for the Avon Early Childhood PTA’s (AECPTA) annual raffle for a chance to win a wagon full of wine are available for purchase from Nov. 1 through Dec. 13. Tickets are $5 each to possibly win at least 30 bottles of wine for the holidays. To purchase tickets, go to You must be at least 21-years-old to enter and live in the greater Cleveland area. The winner will be notified on Dec. 14 by email and arrangements for delivery will be made.

Curbside leaf collection: Weather permitting, curbside leaf pickup is underway throughout the city and will continue until the first week of December. City workers will make continuous runs throughout the city. Residents are reminded to rake all leaves to the front lawn, not in the street. Please do not pile leaves near mailboxes, or on storm drains or water meters. Also, bag tall grass and put on bulk trash day as the grass cannot go through the machine. After the first week of December, put leaves in brown bags and put them out on bulk trash day.

Miami Dean’s, President’s lists: Lauren Konold was named to the Miami University summer President’s list. Julia Ward was named to the Dean’s list for the summer semester.

College degree: Eric Amador recently earned a Master of Science in Computer Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology..


Photos with Santa: ‘Tis the season. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 for photos with Santa Dec. 3 (from 6 to 8:30 p.m.) and Dec 4. (from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 4 to 8 p.m.) at Veterans Memorial Park. The park will be decorated with thousands of lights and families can schedule a visit with Santa (15 minute time blocks). Tickets are $25 per family and proceeds benefit the Avon Lake Historical Society. Although the children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap, they will be able to talk with him and receive a photo to take home. There will also be a photo op near Santa’s Sleigh. Santa will be outdoors in the Gazebo. We will be prepared for a visit with Santa with or without a plexiglass shield, depending on COVID-19 conditions at the time of the event. Pre-registration is required for the event, go to

Garden Club meeting: The Avon on the Lake Garden Club (ALGC) will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Avon Lake Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. Master Gardener and former ALGC member and past President, Beth Murphy, will discuss orchids. The meeting is open to the public starting at 1 p.m. (members meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m). For more information, or to join the club, go to

Thanksgiving collection: Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS) is beginning preparations for Thanksgiving food baskets. If you would like to donate, a list of of items needed include: (non-perishables) stuffing mix, canned cranberries, canned sweet potatoes, boxed corn muffin mix, jars of turkey gravy, applesauce in plastic jars; (perishables) biscuits/crescent Rolls, butter, carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Deadline for items is Oct. 29. CRS is located at 33479 Lake Road C. For more information, email

Shout-outs: Parishioners at Holy Spirit Church recently collected 491 pounds of food, paper goods, diapers and other pantry items for CRS.

The Hooks for Hunger Committee held a food drive at Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake last month during the sign-up party for the Walleye Slam Fall Fishing Derby. They collected $1,521 in monetary donations and 1,807 pounds of food for CRS.


Veterans Day cards: The North Ridgeville Library and Senior Center are offering thank you cards for the community to show its appreciation for our military veterans. Cards are currently available at the Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, to write a message to a veteran. Cards must be completed and returned to the Senior Center by Nov. 9. Stop by the library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, during regular library hours from Nov. 1 to Nov. 9 and write out a thank you card for veterans. All cards will be delivered to the North Ridgeville VFW Post 9871 for distribution to veterans.

Utility bills online: A new payment service, set to begin in November, will offer residents more options to pay and view utility bills online. More choices to pay utility bill, including by text message, will also be offered. Residents can pay utility bills any time online, manage account and view payment history. Alerts will be emailed when a bill is ready, when a scheduled payment is pending, and a confirmation after making a payment AutoPay can be set up and bills can be paid with credit/debit card, eCheck, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

According to information from the city’s Utility Department, residents currently enrolled in AutoPay with ACH Bank Draft, will need to re-register in AutoPay with the new payment system. Current ACH Bank Draft system will no longer process payments after October.

Current paperless customers will need to re-register in paperless with the new system. Bills will come to residents in paper copy until registration. Current UBILL AutoPay customers paying with credit, eCheck or debit, will also need to re-register in AutoPay with the new system. Department employees will update residents on how to access the new payment service and how to re-register when the system is up and running.

If you have additional questions, call the Utility Department, 440-353-0840.

Holiday food/toy drive: It’s that time of year…food and toy collections for North Ridgeville Community Care begin Nov. 1 and end Dec. 3. Non-perishable food items and new toys in original packaging are needed for the holidays. Drop off boxes will be located at city hall (7307 Avon Belden Road), senior center (7327 Avon Belden Road) and the Parks & Recreation office (7307 Avon Belden Road).

Election Day: Get out and vote Nov. 2. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you don’t know your polling location, go to

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