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November 9, 2018 Newsletter



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Thank you to Saint Albert the Great Church for honoring our veterans during Veterans Day weekend.  It was an emotional experience.  Also, thanks to North Royalton's veterans liaison representative Wally Ohler who works with veterans in need 365 days a year!


The widening of Royalton Road between W. 130th Street and York Road has officially begun as of November 5, 2018.  The contractor for this project, DiGioia Suburban Excavating of North Royalton. OH, has begun to place the temporary pavement along the north side of Royalton Road.  This will allow for the shifting of two-way traffic to the north and allow for the widening on the south side to begin.

A detour is in place so please follow this detour to avoid traffic delays during construction.  The contractor will be working on the large storm culvert just east of Olesia's Place first, and then proceed to replace the storm sewer system and water main along the project corridor.  Expect delays during construction s this is a major widening project anticipated to last until July 2021.

The Cuyahoga County Public Works Department is responsible for construction of this project.  Any questions should be directed to their field office in North Royalton at (440)628-9229.  The City of North Royalton understands that this is going to be a major inconvenience.  The anticipated completion is July 2021.  This includes work during two consecutive winter seasons.  As always we thank you for your questions and concerns.




  
REMEMBER THESE TIPS WHILE OUT DOING YOUR FALL CLEAN UP!


Do you know grass and leaves can be harmful to our waterways?

Many leaves will naturally fall into the waterways, but we should be mindful not to upset the natural balance.  The leaves that fall into your yard should never be put in or near a creek, stream or river.  Leaves can also get into waterways through storm drains.  Leaves and other pollutants are easily washed into the storm drain when it rains.

While out cleaning up this year's leaves, remember these simple steps to keep our waterways clean!

RAKE THEM!  Leaf pickup is done as part of our curbside yard waste collection program.  Prepare leaves by placing them in paper or plastic bags.  Never rake leaves into or near storm drains, ditches, creeks or the river.

LEAVE THEM!  Mulch leaves with your lawn mower.  Leaves provide nutrients for healthy soil, more of nature's fertilizer.

DID YOU KNOW?  
Researchers found mulching leaves in the Fall resulted in a greener lawn and up to 80% less dandelions the following Spring!

MULCHING LEAVES ISN'T A TRICK, IT'S A TREAT FOR YOUR LAWN!

If there are any questions regarding curbside collection services, call the North Royalton Service Department at 440-582-3002.

NEWS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Tips for Safe Driving In Construction Zones

Drivers are conditioned to respond to colors.  Red brake lights, red traffic lights and red octagon signs tell a driver to stop.  Yellow flashing lights and road signs caution drivers of conditions ahead.  And everyone knows what green means.  However, many drivers need to be reminded of the fourth, and possibly the most important color they'll encounter when  driving:

orange
- the color that indicates construction on the roadway.
Spring and summer months promise construction zones along America's highways, byways, side streets and main drags.  While beneficial in the long run, roadway construction can be inconvenient and quite dangerous unless drivers remember a few basic guidelines.  Below are some tips to help ensure safe driving, no matter how much orange you see.
  • Follow the signs.  Signs posted in work zones provide important information designed to protect motorists and construction crews.  Construction signs indicate everything from traffic lane changes to speed limit reductions.  Remember, a construction zone speed limit applies regardless of the presence of workers.  Be aware that sometimes fines are doubled for traffic violations in construction zones.
  • Be alert.  Not everyone is well versed in construction zone driving etiquette, so pay extra attention to your surroundings while in these areas.  Continuously scan the roadway for rubbernecking drivers, moving equipment, vehicles and workers.  For increased concentration, avoid distractions such as eating and talking on a cell phone.
  • Plan ahead.  When making travel plans, take time to research where construction zones will be and use an alternate route if possible.  Construction zones can cause delays, so give yourself extra time if you know you have to drive through one.  Maintain adequate fuel levels to ensure you don't run out of gas and have some drinks and snack available to keep your passengers occupied.
  • Remain calm.  Never allow speeding and impatient drivers to modify the way you drive.  Keeping your cool in heavy slowdowns will make your drive safer and help keep traffic flowing.  Be aware of tailgaters and motorists trying to create their own lane on the shoulder, but calmly focus on your driving; always leaving yourself enough space between you and the vehicles around you.
  • Give trucks room.  Because of the length and weight of trucks, they need more room to stop or change lanes, especially in the narrow lanes construction zones often create.  If a truck has its turn signal on, assist the driver by moving over or slowing down.  While you should increase following distance for all vehicles when driving through a construction zone, remember trucks need nearly twice the time and room to stop as cars do.
The color orange on the road means construction zone -- enter these zones using extra concentration, caution and common sense.  And always, think safety first.                  


   A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department




Safety Tips From your Fire Department

Several years ago, the Fire Department began making and installing the address signs that you see in the picture below.  The sign is green aluminum with reflective address numbers on both sides.  When you call 9-1-1, every second counts.  Each of our vehicles has a city map book in it, however, the signs can help us locate your residence quickly, especially in the night time hours when it is dark.  The Fire Department has made and installed over 1,000 signs since the program began in 2000.  The reflective address signs are $15.00 each and the form can be found on our city website, under Fire Department (the link is below) or you can stop at Fire Station #1 to fill out the form.

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 NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING-SENIOR CENTER

Veteran’s Day is celebrated to honor military veterans every year on November 11, this year since it falls on a Sunday it will be observed on Monday, November 12. The holiday is observed to give honor to those persons who served for United States Armed forces.  There are a lot of organizations and restaurants that offer discounts to military members to thank them for their service. Fox8 News has listed many discounts, free meals and free service on their website Fox8.com. Just to name a few; Applebee’s, Boston Market, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Panera, Great Clips.  Don’t forget to bring your proof of service when visiting these establishments.

Happy Birthday to everyone born in the month of November.  Who doesn’t like a birthday party?  Come celebrate Monday at noon as we sing to all the November birthdays and enjoy a sweet treat.

Julia Ellifritt Education Director with Corner Stone of Hope will be at the center on Tuesday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss How to go through the holidays after suffering a loss. This could be a difficult time, but Julia will discuss how to make it through the holiday season.

The Office on Aging offers activities for anyone over the age of 55. You can find our calendar on the website www.northroyalton.org, under Aging and Human Services.  We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and are located at 13500 Ridge Road in the Deaconess-Perry Senior Apartment building (South side entrance). If you have any question or comments, contact Judy McLaughlin or Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333.

 NEWS FROM THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT

It took a little while, but now in November, the leaves across Northeast Ohio are finally changing to beautiful shades.  That means it's FINALLY time to get out those rakes or hire a lawn company to start fall clean up!  Here's some tips and tricks to make leaf cleanup easy!

LEAVE THEM! Consider mulching leaves with your lawn mower for some of nature’s fertilizer, leaves provide nutrients for healthy soil.  Mulched leaves aren’t just good for your lawn they’re also excellent to add to any garden space!  Adding your mulched leaves, pine needles and evergreen branches in your flower beds help reduce the amount of yard waste you need hauled away.  All while providing you with first-rate material to fertilize the gardens in the spring!

RAKE THEM! If mulching leaves is not for you or you have more than you need, rake the leaves and set them at the curb for yard waste collection.  The Service Department is reminding residents, and their lawn care providers, all leaves must be bagged for collection in North Royalton. 

The leaves that fall into your yard should never be put into or near storm drains, ditches, creeks or the river.  Roadside ditches and other stormwater drains are critical elements of our storm sewer system and to prevent flooding they should not be purposefully blocked.  Many leaves naturally fall into the waterways, but we should be mindful not to upset the natural balance.  Leaf litter is one of the biggest contaminants when it comes to stormwater.  We all need to play our part to collect and reuse or properly dispose of yard waste to keep our waterways clean!

REMEMBER ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN!

Clean up your home and stay green this fall!

Lawns aren’t the only thing getting attention this fall, many residents are preparing their homes and garages for impending winter.  That means cleaning up and clearing out which can produce a lot of excess stuff such as leftover hazardous waste, old clothing and outdated electronics.  What’s an environmentally-minded Northeast Ohioan supposed to do?

CuyahogaRecycles.org has all the answers.  It’s the go-to resource for residents to learn about recycling rules, composting, donating and everything to do with reducing, reusing an recycling in Cuyahoga County.

Here are just a few recycling tips for a cleaner and greener fall season:

  • Fall is the perfect time to gather up all your household hazardous waste products and participate in North Royalton’s collection program.  We collect household hazardous waste year-round at our Recycle Yard located at 11545 Royalton Rd.  Hours are Saturdays ONLY 8 am – 3 pm.

  • Upgraded from last year’s gear and gadgets and get a new phone or computer?  Don’t let those old electronics go to the landfill.  Recycle them.  Just not in your curbside recycling.  Bring your old computers, cell phones, mobile devices, tablets and handheld electronics to our Recycle Yard.  Other electronic items can be dropped off at Staples, Best Buy or Cleveland nonprofit RET3 job corp.

  • Old clothes and shoes seem to pile up at the end of the season and nobody wants them taking up space around the house.  While you can’t recycle them in your curbside recycling, they can be donated for reuse.  Take advantage of Simple Recycling’s curbside collection by placing your unwanted items in the orange Simple Recycling bags and put them out on your regularly scheduled recycling day! To request additional bags, visit their website at www.simplerecycling.com/supplies or contact Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068.  You can also search “clothing” on CuyahogaRecycles.org to find other donation locations across Cuyahoga County.

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Thanksgiving Day 2018: Thursday November 22, 2018

Service will NOT occur on Thursday, November 22nd.

Service will be delayed one day during the rest of the week (Thursday will move to Friday; and Friday will move to Saturday). Rumpke will return to its regular collection schedule the following week.

View Rumpke’s holiday schedule to see a complete list of days that impact your service.

THE RECYCLE YARD WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH FROM 8 AM – 3 PM.




  The Royalton Hills Lions Club is holding an Open House to invite members of our community to join our club.  The Open House will be held Monday, November 12 at 7 pm at the North Royalton Library.  Please join us for refreshments and to learn what our club has to offer and how you can give back to the community.  At our open house we will be collecting items for our Military Box Project (assembly is Saturday, November 17).  Items can include single serving snack foods, single use personal care products, etc.

Saturday, November 17th at the North Royalton Library at 10 am Lions will be assembling boxes to send to the Military.
We will be accepting single use snack foods.  Some items could be powdered drink mixes, single serve snacks, hard candy (peppermint candies), gum, travel size personal care products, holiday decorations, personal notes, etc.



 
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The North Royalton Community Band presents a Christmas concert 
 Sunday, December 9, 2018.
Featuring traditional and modern holiday
music.
6 pm at Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church
11680 Royalton Road
Admission is free