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HOME ADDRESS SIGNS
Hopefully the end of winter is not far off.  As we approach the change in seasons it will be time to start planning the outdoor maintenance of our yards and homes.  Winter can take a toll on the exterior condition of our homes and properties.  Many times address signs can become worn or damaged making them hard to view. Having  a highly visible address sign is very important as it relates to our Police and Fire Department in times of an emergency.  Now may be the time to order your reflective address signs.

For a fee of $15, members of your Fire Department will assemble an address sign made out of metal with reflective numbers with either a horizontal/vertical installation or an installation on top of the mailbox.  If you're physically unable to install your sign, arrangements can be made for the Fire Department to come to your home and install your sign on your mailbox so that it is visible in all seasons.  This will certainly assist our Police and Fire Departments in locating your home in an emergency situation.

For more information please visit North Royalton Home Page and go to the Fire Department's link and there you will find a form for the sign.  If you have any questions, please call the Fire Department at 440-237-4315.

NEWS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Even though it doesn't look like or feel like it, winter could still make an appearance, and in recognition of Winter Weather Awareness Month (February 1-28, 2017) the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management (CCOEM) would like to share a few tips to be safe and healthy in the winter weather.

Home Heating Systems
*Have your heating system serviced professionally to make sure it is clean, working properly and ventilated to the outside.
*Inspect and clean fire places and chimneys.
*Install a smoke detector. Test batteries monthly.
*Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuel available.

Get you car ready for cold weather
*Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level: check tire tread or, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
*Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

Items to keep in emergency kit for car
*Blankets
*Food and water
*Booster cables, flares, tire pump and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction).
*Compass and maps
*Flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries 
*First-aid kit
*Plastic bags (for sanitation)

When traveling
*Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.
*If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival.

Follow these safety rules if you become stranded in your car
*Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, but continue to move arms and legs.
*Stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running and raising the hood when snow stops falling).
*Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour.
*Keep a downwind window open.

Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio, which provides an audible alarm when the National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning.  Sign up for ReadyNotify to receive information on possible county office closures and severe weather warnings.
 

NEWS FROM THE POLICE DEPARTMENT   
Driving when you are taking medications.
For most people, driving represents freedom, control and independence.  Driving enables most people to get to the places they want or need to go.  For many people, driving is important economically--some drive as part of their job or to get to and from work.

Driving is a complex skill.  Our ability to drive safely can be affected by changes in our physical, emotional and mental condition.  The goal of this brochure is to help you and your health care professional talk about how your medications may affect your ability to drive safely.

How can medications affect my driving?

People take medications for a variety of reasons.  Those can include:
*allergies
*anxiety
*cold
*depression
*diabetes
*heart and cholesterol conditions
*high blood pressure
*muscle spasms
*pain
*Parkinson's disease
*schizophrenia

Medicines include medications that your doctor prescribes and over-the-counter medications that you buy without a doctor's prescription.  Many individuals also take herbal supplements.  Some of these medications and supplements may cause a variety of reactions that may make it more difficult for you to drive a car safely.  These reactions may include:
*sleepiness
*blurred vision
*dizziness
*slowed movement
*fainting
*inability to focus or pay attention
*nausea

Often people take more than one medication at a time.  The combination of different medications can cause problems for some people.  This is especially true for older adults because they take more medications than any other age group.  Due to changes in the body as people age, older adults are more prone to medication related problems.  The more medications you take, the greater your risk that your medicines will affect your ability to drive safely.  T help avoid problems, it is important that at least once a year you talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all the medications--both prescription and over-the-counter--you are taking.  Also let your professional know what herbal supplements, if any, you are taking.  Do this even if your medications and supplements are not currently causing you a problem.

Can I still drive safely if I am taking medications?

Yes, most people can drive safely if they are taking medications.  It depends on the effect those medications--both prescription and over-the-counter--have on your driving.  In some cases you may not be aware of the effects.  But, in many instances, your doctor can help to minimize the negative impact of your medications on your driving in several ways.  Your doctor may be able to:
*adjust the dose;
*adjust the timing of doses or when you take the medication; 
*add an exercise or nutrition program to lessen the need for
          medication; and
*change medication to one that causes less drowsiness.

What can I do if I am taking medications?

Talk to your doctor honestly.
When your doctor prescribes a medicine for you, ask about side effects.  How should you expect the medicine to affect your ability to drive?  Remind your doctor of other medications--both prescription and over-the-counter--and herbal supplements you are taking, especially if you see more than one doctor.  Talking honestly with your doctor also means telling the doctor if you are not taking all or any of the prescribed medication.  Do not stop taking your medications unless your doctor tell you to.

Ask your doctor if you should drive--especially when you first take a medication.  Taking a new medication can cause yo to react in a number of ways.  It is recommended that you do not drive when you first start taking a new medication until you know how that drug affects you.  You also need to be aware that some over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements can make it difficult for you to drive safely.

Talk to your pharmacist.
Get to know your pharmacist.  Ask the pharmacist to go over your medications with you and to remind you of effects they may have on your ability to drive safely.  Be sure to request printed information about the side effects of any new medication.  Remind your pharmacist of other medicines and herbal supplements you are taking. Pharmacists are available to answer questions wherever you get your medications.  Many people buy medicines by mail.  Mail-order pharmacies have a toll-free number you can call and a pharmacist available to answer your questions about medications.

Monitor yourself.
Learn to know how your body reacts to the medications and supplements.  Keep track of how you feel after you take the medication.  For example, do you feel sleepy?  Is your vision blurry?  Do you feel weak and slow?  When do these things happen?

Let your doctor and pharmacist know what is happening.
No matter what your reaction is to taking a medicine--good or bad--tell your doctor and pharmacist.  Both prescription and over-the-counter medications are powerful--that's why they work.  Each person is unique.  Two people may respond differently to the same medicine.  If you are experiencing side effects, the doctor needs to know that in order to adjust your medication.  Your doctor can help you find medications that work best for you.


NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING
Spring Food Box Distribution:
The Royal Redeemer/North Royalton Kiwanis Food bank will distribute a Spring Food Box on March 25th at Royal Redeemer Church (11680 Royalton Road) for all eligible applicants from the city of North Royalton.  We will start taking applications at the Office on Aging (13500 Ridge Road) on Friday, February 24th from 9 am - 3 pm.  There will be no hold over of prior applications.  Please bring the following when applying:
*Current ID with your picture on it.
*Current utility bill.
*Proof of income.
*Eligibility will be determined by using the following levels of
  2017 income:
Household of 1---------$20,790.00
Household of 2---------$28,035.00
Household of 3---------$35,280.00
Household of 4---------$42,525.00
Call the office at 440-582-6333 for larger household
eligibility standards.
You will be given a numbered ticket when you apply to use on the day of distribution.

Senior Center Activities:
*Monday, February 20th (President's Day) we are open and will have Wii Bowling at 10 am; White Elephant Bingo (bring a prize or two) at 11 am and celebrate February Birthday Monday around noon with cake and ice cream.
*IPhone and IPad classes at 10 am fpr those who have pre-registered on Tuesday, February 21st.
*Senior trip to the Hard Rock Rocksino on Thursday, February 23rd.  Check-in at North Royalton Office on Aging is at 9:15 am.
*Tuesday, February 28th, Jim Aust will counsel residents regarding Medicare.  Please call to schedule an appointment on that day.



AN UPDATE FROM OUR ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Updated February 8, 2017
Royalton Road WM Replacement - Phase 2:
Plans are currently being finalized to submit to Cleveland Water for approval to replace approximately 1,940 LF of 12" watermain between State Road and Prince Charles Drive along the north side of Royalton Road. This project is being funded 100% by the CWD and will be out for bid this winter for a Spring construction.

Cedar Estates Regional Basin:
Finals plans are being reviewed by the Engineering Department, along with the bid documents, to send this project out for public bid later this month.  This project is the last remaining project that the City planned to undertake as part of the $5 million capital project list that began back in 2007/2008.  This project will take approximately 180 days to complete and when completed will help relieve erosion and flooding issues downstream along Baldwin Creek in the Cedar Estates area.

Reminder:
With the recent rains that have occurred throughout the area this winter, it is important to remember your responsibility as a homeowner to keep all ditches, swales and drainage ways on your property "free and clear".  Failure to keep these areas unobstructed can result in flooding in areas not intended to flood.  Remove leaves, twigs and garbage from ditches that may obstruct the flow of storm water so that the water can travel along it's intended path.


NEWS FROM THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT 

We have been going through all of our developments with our patch truck filling any potholes we see.  The crews will be out clearing the streets and salting. 

Don't forget to have your trash
AT THE CURB
BY 7:00 AM.

Place your rubbish and recycling at the curb by 7:00 a.m. rain, snow or shine! Routes can change at any time and so can your pickup time.

RECYCLING TIP!
What Do I Do With? Plastic 1-7

For the past few years, you've been instructed to look for a number on plastic to see if it should go in the recycling bin.  While that was an easy way to help people decide what to include, it didn't actually mean that all of those items could be recovered and recycled.  There are many plastics marked with a 1-7 that do not belong in the bin.

In Cuyahoga County, we're trying to reduce the amount of garbage and unwanted plastics being included with recycling.  At the MRFs, removing trash from the good, recoverable materials takes time and energy which raises costs for our residents and the communities they live in.  Clean, recoverable recycling includes plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs.  Now, we are asking all of Cuyahoga County's residents to focus on the shape of the container instead of its number.  See more about what plastic should (and shouldn't) be included, no matter what community you live in.

What is a MRF?
Whether your recycling is collected by your city or a private company, recyclables from Cuyahoga County go to one of three Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in the area.  They are owned and operated by private companies (Kimble Co. in Twinsburg, Republic Services in Oberlin and Waste Management in Akron). Each MRF accepts, sorts and processes tons of recyclables every day.  All of these facilities accept metal cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper and plastic bottles.  Learn more about MRFs.






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Come Celebrate 12th Annual Lunar New Year
Sunday, February 26, 2017 4 - 6 pm
Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet
Adults $35.00 Children $12.00
For Information and Tickets 440-773-9552
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North Royalton City Schools
Kindergarten Registration starts February 1st.
Click here for details
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Community Meal February 26th
St. Albert the Great 3 - 5 pm.
Menu: Broasted Chicken quarter, Baked potato-Sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese available, Vegetable, Salad, Roll/butter and Dessert
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NRBB Writing Contest - Earn free Registration and Prizes
To enter visit nrbaseball.com
Contest ends March 1, 2017.
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2017 North Royalton Baseball & Softball Registration
Details online at www.nrbb.org
Join the fun!

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North Royalton Community Band's winter concert
'Lounge Night with the NRCB" will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
The concert will feature big band and some of our favorite vocalists!
The concert will be held at the North Royalton United Methodist Church located at the intersection of Ridge and Bennett Roads.
Overflow parking will be available at the Red Geranium and old City Hall.
As always, admission is free.  Go to nr-cb.org for more information on the band or call Brian Brainard at 614-937-7183.
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ACT Test Prep Workshops, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 2017-Math Test
Saturday, February 25, 2017-English Test
Saturday, March 4, 2017-Reading Test
Saturday, March 11, 2017-Science Test
Saturday, March 18, 2017-Review
Cost $20 per workshop.  Register at: www.cvccworks.edu/CollegeCareerPlanning.aspx  
For Questions: Nanci Coleman, ncoleman@cvccworks.edu.
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CVCC Student Job Fair
If you are an employer and would like to host a booth
or if you are a student, and would like to register
www.cvccworks.edu/studentjobfair.aspx
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North Royalton Athletic Boosters Presents
The 18th Annual Night at the Races
Saturday, April 8, 2017
 
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Calendar Feb2017

February 20th-4:00 pm Special Civil Service Meeting
February 21st-6:00 pm B & BC, Finance & Safety Meeting
        7:00 pm Council Meeting
February 22nd-7:00 pm Planning Commission Meeting
February 23rd-7:00 pm BZA Meeting