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June 22, 2018 Newsletter



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   NORTH ROYALTON
   COMMUNITY CIVIC
   ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

   Council President Larry Antoskiewicz and Councilman
  Dan Langshaw have teamed up and they are asking the
  community to become partners in helping the city's service
  clubs by participating in a survey.
  The service clubs and organizations in North Royalton do so
  much.  It is important to make sure people are aware all of
  the different clubs and ways to become involved in our
  community.

We are asking you to take this survey.  It will provide valuable feedback that will help the city's service clubs in finding ways to increase membership and participation of the community.  The survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete.

The survey is available electronically by visiting:
SurveyMonkey
Please visit and complete the survey by June 30, 2018.  After completing the survey there is an opportunity to enter a raffle to win one of the $25 Visa gift cards donated by Larry and Dan.  Only one entry per participant is accepted.  The data collected will be analyzed by Council President Antoskiewicz and Councilman Langshaw and will than be shared with the city's service organizations.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE 
POLICE DEPARTMENT

           Distraction
Burglary



What is it?
Distraction burglary or diversion burglary is a crime in which the perpetrator seeks to draw a resident out of the house on a pretext.  While the resident is occupied, an accomplice enters the home and picks up valuables such as money and jewelry.  Thieves may also pick up papers with the intent of committing identity theft.  In a variation, the accomplice enters the dwelling by a second door while the resident is occupied at the other door.  In a recent variation, criminals tell the resident that he has won a gift card or some other prize.

To prevent distraction burglary, be suspicious of anyone who comes to your door under any of these guises:
  • Utility worker or surveyor  
  • Someone asking about a lost pet     
  • Person asking about working on your property
  • "Lost" person asking for directions
  • Police officer or firefighter
  • Door-to-door salesperson
  • Public official
If someone IS claiming that they are there on official business, it is a good idea to ask for official ID, but be aware that can be faked.  It is a better idea to call the agency and confirm that there are legitimate representatives in the area.  Be especially suspicious of anyone who wants access to your home.  Here are some additional practices you should follow:
  • Do not leave your purse or wallet out in the open.
  • Keep jewelry and small valuables in a safe.  Use jewelry boxes only for costume jewelry.
  • Keep all doors locked.  If you believe a caller has a legitimate reason to get you out of your house, take your key and lock the door behind you. 
Very often elderly individuals are targeted, in part because:
  • They are more likely to live alone.
  • They may need more help in maintaining their property and may be especially vulnerable to those offering to do yard work, trim trees, and maintain fencing or other similar tasks.
  • They may suffer from impaired cognition or judgement.
  • They are often conscientious individuals who want to be cooperative.
Do your part to foil distraction burglars by passing on this information 
individuals who may be targeted.  If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to the police.  It is especially important that victims do not let their embarrassment about falling for a scam keep them from reporting it.  Don't let your guard down, even if the person knocking at your door is a female or has a child in tow.  Thieves will sue any con to get your money or valuables.  
   
DON'T BE A VICTIM!



A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department




A MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

Safety Tips from your Fire Department
Open Water Safety Checklist

These essential tips will help keep kids safe when swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans and other open water.  

Read below for some Tips for Families When Visiting Oceans, Lakes and Rivers from our partners at Safe Kids Worldwide.
  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted.  Keep young children and weak swimmers within arm's reach of an adult.  Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
  • Choose a Water Watcher.  When there are several adults present, choose one t be responsible for watching children in or near the water for a certain period of time, such as 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, select another adult to be the Water Watcher.
  • Teach children how to swim.  Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready--consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
  • Make sure kids learn water survival skills.  Children should be able to do these five things:
  1. Step or jump into water over their head and return to the surface.
  2. Turn around in the water and orient to safety.
  3. Float or tread water.
  4. Combine breathing with forward movement in the water.
  5. Exit the water.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is different from swimming in a pool.  Know the hidden hazards of open water such as limited visibility, sudden drop-offs, uneven surfaces, currents and undertow.
  • Use designated swimming areas and recreational areas whenever possible.  Look for posted signs about open water hazards.  Also look for signs that say when lifeguards will be present.
  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating or participating in other water activities. Choose a life jacket that is right for your child's weight and water activity.  Weak swimmers and children who cannot swim should wear life jackets when they are in or near water.
  • Learn basic water rescue skills and CPR.  It is important to know how to respond in an emergency without putting yourself at risk of drowning.






NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING-SENIOR CENTER

Aging Mastery Program® helps seniors age well

The North Royalton Office on Aging invites seniors to attend the Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) beginning August 7, 2018. This 10 week program will be held at the Senior Center, 13500 Ridge Road, North Royalton.                            

AMP helps older adults and boomers build their own playbook for aging well. It is a fun, innovative, and person-centered education program that empowers participants to embrace their gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for themselves and for others.

By participating in this program, older adults will:

  • Make and maintain small but important changes in health behaviors, financial well-being, and social engagement.
  • Get incentives and rewards for taking small steps that can improve well-being.
  • Meet new friends, provide support and encouragement to their peers, and become more involved in their community.

Sessions include: Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery; Exercise and You; Sleep; Healthy Eating and Hydration; Financial Fitness; Advance Planning; Healthy Relationships; Medication Management; Community Engagement; and Falls Prevention.

AMP was developed by the National Council on Aging. It is provided free of charge through One Call for Wellness, a coordinated programming initiative from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, City of Cleveland Department of Aging, ESOP, Fairhill Partners, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and Rose Centers for Aging Well. The initiative is funded in part through a Senior Center Innovation Grant awarded by the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services through the Health & Human Services Levy.

Class size is limited so sign up now!  Call the office to register now at 440-582-6333.                                  

FROM THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Please remember, only certain materials are recoverable through curbside recycling.  What goes IN the bin is the same for everyone across Cuyahoga County. Curbside recycling is designed to collect five types of materials. These five materials form the basis of the District’s message around recycling and reflects the industry standard at this time. New markets may develop down the road but for now, the following are recoverable through curbside recycling:
• Cans
• Cartons (milk, soup, broth and juice)
• Glass bottles and jars
• Paper and cardboard (excluding sanitary items and those contaminated with food)
• Plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs

Contamination: Wish-cycling (and why we wish it would end)

We like recycling, however, we do not like wish-cycling which causes contamination.  Wish-cycling is a term the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District likes to use to describe the act of throwing something not recyclable into the recycling bin because you think you are doing the right thing.

Contamination of your recycling bin can effectively contaminate the entire load of recyclables.  When recycling is contaminated the recycling facility has no choice but to landfill the materials.  Recycling is an industry that runs like an economy: What goes in, must come out...and hopefully at a profit.  Unfortunately, the markets for some materials, like plastic and Styrofoam clamshell containers are not profitable or the machinery to process the material is not available.  When the recycling facility is forced to sort out large amounts of incorrectly discarded material, it costs money.  This reduces the profit for them on the acceptable materials and increases the cost to you and your community.

The dangerous side of contamination is not pretty.  When people put items in their curbside recycling such as scrap metal, batteries or plastic bags, it becomes a serious issue.  Scrap metal damages machines and can injure employees, batteries explode when compressed by the machinery, and plastic bags tangle up the machines which can cause shutdowns of the facility. These are all results of wish-cyclers tossing their waste in the wrong place.

There are a variety of ways to recycle or reuse items that are considered contamination, so don’t be discouraged!  For instance, plastic bags can be taken to grocery and retail stores for recycling and scape metal can be taken to a scrap yard.  While recycling has its limits, we urge everyone to learn the recycling rules to recycle more and recycle better.  It’s easy to find a recycling location or service with the CuyahogaRecycles.org What Do I Do With search function. Or give them a call at 216.443.3749.

Don't forget to have your trash
AT THE CURB
by 7:00 a.m.


  

Simple Recycling Program

SIMPLE RECYCLING CUSTOMER SERVICE:  866-835-5068

Residents can recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories and other household items such as kitchenware, tools, toys, home goods and books.

Step 1: Place items in Simple Recycling provided bags.

Step 2: Leave the filled bags beside your recycling bin on your regular scheduled trash and recycling pick up day BY 7AM.

Step 3: Simple Recycling will pick up and recycle contents for reuse!  The driver will leave replenish bag/s that day.

General Information:

You can request additional bags by calling Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.

This program is in addition to your current recycling program and is free of charge to North Royalton residents.

For a list of Acceptable and UN-Acceptable items visit http://simplerecycling.com/supplies/


The next Community Meal will be at St. Albert the Great on Sunday, June 24th. 

Here's what's on the menu:

BBQ chicken leg quarter
Traditional macaroni salad
3 bean salad
Watermelon
                Dessert


 

Click here  for information on schools.

Click here to get your very own
North Royalton Schools
specialty license plate!



Ohio Public Utilities Commission


PUCO offers tips to prepare for a power outage

COLUMBUS, OHIO (June 21, 2018) – This summer, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is reminding consumers of important outage preparation information.

While the electric distribution system in Ohio is typically safe and reliable, weather conditions such as thunderstorms, high winds or tornadoes can cause service interruptions.

The PUCO offers these tips for being prepared in the event electric customers experience an outage.

What should I do during a power outage?

All outages should be immediately reported to your electric company.  This will let the utility company know the location and extent of the outage. The company must keep a record of all outages.  Most utilities allow you to report outages by phone, online or even mobile apps.

Unplug all major appliances and electronics, such as computers and televisions, to protect them from a possible power surge when the power comes back on. By leaving one light on, you will be able to tell when your service is restored.

How can I be prepared year-round?

For practical purposes, every home should have a storm kit. The following items should be included for unexpected power interruptions.

  • Portable, battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Manual can opener and bottle opener
  • A supply of non-perishable foods needing little or no cooking (Be sure you pack any special dietary foods, baby food and formula, if needed.)
  • Water stored in clean, non-corrosive, non-breakable, tightly covered containers such as soft drink bottles ― plan for at least two quarts per person per day
  • Personal hygiene products, sanitary supplies, diapers and first aid supplies
  • Ice chest and ice or frozen ice packs
  • Camp stove or canned heat stove, and fuel for three to five days; or hibachi grill and charcoal
  • If possible, have access to a cellular phone. A hardwire or cordless telephone may not work without electricity.

Make sure you know how to manually open and close any electric garage doors, security doors or gates. Have surge protectors on important electrical equipment such as computers, DVD players and televisions. Be aware that during an outage, gas appliances with electronic ignitions will not work because electricity is needed to ignite the natural gas. Appliances requiring fans or other electric devices to run (such as central air conditioning units and gas clothes dryers) will not operate.

For additional tips on being prepared during a power outage visit www.Ready.gov or www.PUCO.ohio.gov. For help with utility-related questions or concerns, call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826).


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative. 
For additional information, contact: Matt Schilling | (614) 466-7750







Tuesday, June 26th-Recreation Board Meeting
                              6:00 pm 

SAVE THE DATE

BE PART OF OUR BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION



The City of North Royalton is having a Bicentennial Celebration Gala Ball on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Carrie Cerino's Ballroom from 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. ---Semi-formal Attire.

Join us for an evening of dining with open bar, dancing to the music of Twist.