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5-19-09 CHANGING AVON'S CURRENT GRADING SCALE

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9-25-09 Marc's coming to Avon

10-9-09 Community Health Partners to build in Avon?

6-15-10 City Center of Avon news

12-15-10 Objections to Internet cafes

10-26-11 Panini's Coming to Avon?

2-15-13 Property Taxes Due

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 4-4-09 by Karen Farkas/Plain Dealer Reporter

``WESTLAKE -- It's a West Side border battle.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough abruptly closed Avon Road to the Lorain County line, saying it was unsafe for traffic. The move didn't upset many people in Westlake because few residents use the road. But it caused a stir in Avon, where Avon Road continues to Lear-Nagel Road.

Avon Mayor Jim Smith -- upset that his city's residents were cut off from quick access to Interstate 90, Crocker Park and other Westlake businesses, and St. John West Shore Hospital -- thought Clough could be more neighborly.

"We wish he would have waited until Lear-Nagel interchange at Interstate 90 was built in two years," Smith said. Once that interchange is completed, residents won't need to use the Crocker Road I-90 interchange in Westlake.

So Smith offered $150,000 to pave Westlake's mile-long, potholed portion of the road. Clough refused, saying the road needs a new base and would cost at least $1 million to repair.

Smith is also slightly miffed that Clough gave no advance notice of the road closing. Clough called only when the barriers were in place on March 20 [2009] ...

Only one person lives on it and he is allowed to drive around a wooden barricade to get to Bradley Road, Clough said. The barricade at the Avon border is impassable.

Westlake always maintained its portion of the road but it was owned by Cuyahoga County until about three years ago, when the county gave it to the city. Some Avon residents, who think Westlake officials wanted them to use well-traveled Detroit Road, believe the city wanted Avon Road so it could close it.

"It seems awfully spiteful to me," said Kevin McConnell, who lives in the Willow Creek development off Avon Road. The subdivision of more than 160 homes is directly affected by the closing.

McConnell, like many of his neighbors, took Avon Road into Westlake nearly every day to get to Interstate 90 at Crocker Road to go to work. Many shopped at nearby Crocker Park. Now they have to drive several miles out of their way, adding five to 10 minutes, McConnell said.

McConnell and Simon Martin-Dye, who also lives in Willow Creek, said they are most concerned with safety and the added response time for fire trucks and ambulances, especially if Westlake provides mutual aid ...''

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Source: http://www.loraincounty.com

Title: Avon Road

The offer was for $150k according to the Press to help surface the road. Clough said that was not enough and it was more like a $1m problem. I think that's a red herring. What this is really about I have no idea but it's not the money to fix the road. What is Clough thinking? This is just dumb.

Written by: Commentator 1 on April 6, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

This is really about those who want five lanes of pavement on Detroit Rd. in East Avon.

Written by: Commentator 2 on April 7, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

This is really about the elitist that Westlake thinks it is. What the Mayor doesn't get is many other people that use that road also work in Westlake. I for one will not ever purchase anything in Westlake that I can get somewhere else.

Since Mayor Smith knew that they kept trying to do this, been reported that Westlake has wanted to close this road for years, we should have tied it to the sharing of taxes that Avon was being held hostage by pretentious cities like Westlake when trying to get the Nagel road off ramp done. Additionally, did we get any tax revenue shared when Crocker Park was built?

This is ridiculous and I truly feel for the people in Willow Creek if there is ever an Emergency and the closets hospital is West Shore but they die because it takes 5 minutes longer to get to the hospital or there is an accident on the other end of Avon Road and the residents have no way out ...

Written by: Commentator 3 on April 7, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

Avon does have EMH which is much closer than St. John West Shore. If it's a big emergency they can life flight from there. So in reality it doesn't take any longer to get to the closest emergency room.

I think the main thing is we didn't have any warning at all and it is simply an inconvenience for those of us who work in Westlake or anywhere east of Avon adding at least 5-10 minutes each way onto our commutes. The Plain Dealer finally did a story on it ...

Written by: Commentator 4 on April 7, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

I'm not certain about this, but I think the tax-sharing agreement required Avon Rd. to be kept open but Westlake has refused to ratify the tax-sharing agreement.

Written by: Commentator 5 on April 8, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

Channel 3 news was in Willow Creek today (Friday). Things are just getting started. I'll give you an except from the letter to the editor that I'm sending in to the Avon Press, Westlife and whoever else is willing to print it.

"The second reason to open the road is simple economics. I have a family of 5. Avon Road provides easy access to Westlake.

When I previously traveled to Westlake I filled my gas tank ($100/month average), my family had their haircut ($15/month average), we shopped for food ($800 per month), we went to movies ($60/month average), we bought books ($20/month average), we frequented restaurants ($100/month average), and so on. That's about $13,000/year I previously gave to Westlake businesses.

I don't think I'm that far from a typical family and there are about 200 of us in the Willow Creek Development in Avon. $13,000 x 200 is $2.6 million per year.

Now picture this Mayor Clough: I'm with my family driving to run errands. As I exit my development my car now turns west towards Avon, Avon Lake and Sheffield rather than east towards Westlake. I come to the intersection of Nagel and Avon Roads. I have a decision to make. Do I turn left and take the Nagel-to-Detroit-to-Westlake route to spend my $13,000 or do I make a right and take my money and business elsewhere? If you were me, what would you do Mayor Clough.

Written by: Commentator 6 on April 9, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

I'm a Willow Creek resident as well and I totally agree with your post. We have also moved our spending west because of Avon Road closing. If there is a bright side in this, I'm glad that Lorain County and its businesses will benefit from Mayor Clough's asinine decision. The tax revenue alone is a significant boost to Lorain county and its residents.

One thing that I have not heard mentioned, but I believe is another legitimate concern, is that the closing of Avon Road has left Willow Creek Residents with only one "point of entry/exit" (at Lear and Avon.)

Should a catastrophic event (chemical spill, fire, flood, traffic accident, etc...) force the closing of this intersection, we would be left with no way in or out of our development. I realize that this is a worst case scenario, but however unlikely it may be, I believe its posts a realistic safety concern.

Written by: Commentator 7 on April 10, 2009

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Title: Avon Road

I totally agree and have not gone to Crocker Park to shop since Clough closed the road. It seems the safety of Avon's residents is not a concern for Mayor Clough -- that's too bad because many of Avon's residents spent a lot of $$ in Westlake. Not this resident--the city of Westlake will no longer get my $$--I'll spend it Avon and Lorain County.

Written by: Commentator 8 on April 15, 2009

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 4-8-09, by Steve Fogarty

``EMH to grow in Avon ...

[AVON] -- EMH Regional Medical Center plans to open an emergency room with other amenities in the fall of 2010 on a 23-acre parcel of land bordered by the Ohio Turnpike and Lorain and Cook roads [in North Ridgeville].

In addition, the EMH board of directors and parent company Comprehensive Healthcare of Ohio, Inc. also announced Tuesday [4-7-09] that the EMH campus in Avon will grow by 36,000 square feet to add features to the already bustling locale.

EMH spokeswoman Kristen R. Davis declined to give cost figures on the projects, each of which will include physician offices and imaging centers offering a variety of diagnostic services including CT scans, MRIs and ?-rays ...

The 91,000-square-foot Avon complex located off Detroit Road just west of Route 83 opened in 1999 with a 60,000-square-foot fitness center. It was enlarged in 2005 with a freestanding 18-bed emergency department. The two-floor expansion will extend into the parking lot to the right of the main entrance ...

The addition will add more doctors' offices and enlarge existing imaging services, Davis said. Construction is expected to begin in October [2009] ...''

Contact Steve Fogarty at sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 4-8-09, By SCOT ALLYN sallyn@MorningJournal.com

``EMH expanding facilities: North Ridgeville to gain ER, Avon to add on 36,000 square feet

ELYRIA -- After learning that many people in Lorain County seek medical services elsewhere, EMH Regional Medical Center announced plans to break ground on an emergency room in North Ridgeville and expand its health care campus in Avon.

"We found that 35 percent of health care services provided to Lorain County residents are provided outside of Lorain County," said Kristen Davis, an EMH spokeswoman. "We would like to offer those services here in the county, so we want to make sure we're in convenient locations."

A 25,000-square-foot facility is planned for a 23-acre parcel on Lorain Road near the Ohio Turnpike in North Ridgeville, Davis said. It will include physician offices, a freestanding emergency department, a laboratory and an imaging center ...

EMH's Avon campus includes a 60,000-square-foot fitness center, which opened in 1999, and a freestanding emergency room that opened in 2005 with 18 beds, physician offices, helicopter pad and imaging center. It will be expanded with a 36,000-square-foot addition including physician offices and more imaging facilities.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September [2009], adjacent to the existing facility, Davis said ...''

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EDITORIAL from The Morning Journal, 4-9-09, ``Growth opportunities exist in Lorain County

EMH Regional Medical Center knows where growth opportunities can be found during these tough economic times -- in the growing cities of Avon and North Ridgeville ...

Avon's existing EMH health care campus off Detroit Road is in for another major expansion. The Avon facility opened as a fitness center in 1999 and expanded in 2005 with an 18-bed emergency room, physician offices and imaging center. Work will begin soon on a 36,000-square-foot addition to provide for more doctors' offices and imaging facilties.

Avon officials haven't been sitting back waiting for opportunities to come to them. This summer the Frontier League Lake Erie Crushers will play ball in the $10 million All Pro Freight Stadium at I-90 and SR 611. And next to the new ball field, work continues on a $13.5 million recreation complex ...''

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apsforfairgradingscale.webs.com/

Avon Parents and Students for a Fair Grading Scale

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CHANGE AVON'S CURRENT GRADING SCALE...

Julie Frick writes:

``I will be bringing this topic up at the next board meeting on Tuesday, May 19 [2009] at 6:30 pm in the media center at Heritage North. If anybody would like to show up for support and/or to comment it would be greatly appreciated."

LETTER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, 5-14-09, by Julie Frick

``Dear Mr. Reitenbach,

Hello, I am writing in regards to Avon's grading scale. When I previously questioned the grading scale I received the response that the grading policy was determined by the "Lorain County Board of Education." However, I recently found out that the grading scales are governed locally by the school district. Which means that Avon Local School District and the board members can change the grading scale to mimic our neighboring schools such as Avon Lake, Westlake, Bay Village, and North Ridgeville.

As you are aware Avon's current grading scale is:

A 93 - 100

B 85 - 92

C 74 - 84

D 65 - 73

F 0 - 64

*with Honors/AP courses weighing an additional 1 point.

I am advocating for a 10 point scale with pluses/ minuses and an extra point given for Honors and AP courses. [This standard traditional] grading scale, if implemented would look like our neighboring communities of Westlake, Avon Lake, Bay Village, and North Ridgeville which is:

A+ 97 - 100 4.33

A 93 - 96 4.00

A- 90 - 92 3.67

B+ 87 - 89 3.33

B 83 - 86 3.00

B- 80 - 82 2.67

C+ 77 - 79 2.33

C 73 - 76 2.00

C- 70 - 72 1.67

D+ 67 - 69 1.33

D 63 - 66 1.00

D- 60 - 62 0.67

F 0 - 59 0.00

Please keep in mind our high standards are due to our quality teachers, our strong curriculum, and motivated students- not the grading scale. A school district's academic standards are measured by their four year college attendance rates for High School graduates, MEAN SAT scores, and advanced placement class performance- not their grading scale.

The current scale results in Avon students having a lower GPA than the students on a 10 point scale in our neighboring communities. Our kids are playing catch up when it comes to grades.

Many Avon families know the current grading policies are costing their families money and lost opportunity. By implementing the 10 point scale it will bring our school district and students onto the same level with nearby, competitive school districts and level the playing field for them during the scholarship and college application process. These changes would also put Avon in line with the US Department of Educations recommended grading procedures.

You may ask yourself if a 10 point scale would 'dumb down' Avon schools; however, other elite school districts, like neighboring Avon Lake, Westlake, and Bay Village have the standard 10 point scale and these schools carry no stigma of having 'dumbed down' their schools. You may also think that the 10 point grading scale would lower academic standards; However, the Superintendents of Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville would argue that the 10 point grading scale does not 'lower academic standards.'

Therefore; transforming the current grading policies would not change the rigorous academic curriculum and high test scores that have given Avon its elite status among school districts. It would allow our students to compete at the same level as the other neighboring school districts.

Please keep in mind that the grading scale has NO bearing on a schools academic standards. A vast majority of our nations very best high schools use the 10 point scale (The 2008 Gold Medal Winner High Schools).

My question would be for you to ask yourself, what is the harm to the students if we implement the 10 point grading scale. What evidence supports that the current grading policy helps the students? The 2008-2009 Handbook states that our grading scale is "the Lorain County Board of Educations grading policy." Maybe Avon Local School District can look into their own grading policy. I am looking for strong leadership that will reach a fair decision on this issue.

Thank you for your time,''

Julie Frick

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CHANGE AVON'S CURRENT GRADING SCALE...

Sign the ipetition at:

www.ipetitions.com/petition/apsforfairgrade/

and forward it to everyone you know in Avon, Ohio!

Email letters to the Superintendent and the School Board members.

Superintendent Jim Reitenbach, ReitenbachJ@avon.k12.oh.us

Dale Smitek, President, Dale.Smitek@avon.k12.oh.us

Debra Polovich, Vice President, Debra.Polovich@avon.k12.oh.us

Susan Harrison, Susan.Harrison@avon.k12.oh.us

Kevin Romanchok, Kevin.Romanchok@avon.k12.oh.us

Art Goforth, Art.Goforth@avon.k12.oh.us

Avon Board of Education, 35573 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio 44011

Board Office 440-937-4680

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Source: http://www.loraincounty.com

Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

``I agree that most decisions are based on the SAT or other standardized testing and class rank. However, when these two are close between children from different school districts then the GPA becomes important.

If a district uses the standard 4.00 scale versus the Avon scale this is when our children can suffer. For example, if a child earns a 91% in every class then on a standard scale they graduate with a [3.67] cumulative average, where in Avon it would be a [3.00].''

Written by: Commentator 1 on May 14, 2009

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TO: Kent Zeman, Treasurer, Avon Local Schools

FROM: Bob Barnhart

DATE: October 21, 2008

``A few days ago, I observed our Avon bus returning from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and I started wondering:

a. Does our Avon JVS bus travel to/from the JVS four times daily?

b. If yes, is this bus making two daily trips (one way) with only the driver in the bus?

If both of my questions are answered affirmatively, I would like you to consider the following:

a. Purchase a used 11 passenger van with reasonably low mileage (approximately 10,000-15,000 miles; estimated cost @ $10,000-12,000.

b. Adjust the JVS bus daily schedule whereby the bus is used only to take students (A.M.) and return students (P.M.),

c. The used van is used to return the driver to Avon each A.M. and back to JVS each P.M.

d. The used van would remain at the JVS overnight to accommodate the driver, which would result in significant savings.

ESTIMATED SAVINGS

Avon to JVS mileage (est.) 24 miles x 4 daily trips

= 96 miles

96 miles/day x 180 days

= 17,280 annual miles

17,280 annual miles x $2.25 (est.) per mile

= $38,880

The bus driver is the only passenger for

8,640 annual miles at a cost of $2.25 (est.) per mile

= $19,440 (est.)

If the driver had the van instead of the bus for these 8,640 miles, the cost would be:

8640 miles x .55 per mile (est.) = $4,752 yearly cost

$19,440 - 4,752 = $ 14,688 ANNUAL SAVINGS

In addition, our Avon school bus would travel 8,640 fewer miles each school year.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 5-14-09, By Larry Wright, Correspondent

``The good word spreads

AVON -- The recent relocation of the Brouse McDowell law firm from Elyria to the city is just the latest in a series of events -- like a chain reaction -- that is catapulting this once-sleepy village into Lorain County's and the region's fastest growing community.

"Brouse McDowell brings with it some high profile clients -- clients who will see what Avon has to offer in the way of services, commerce and amenities," Mayor Jim Smith said.

The opening of Avon Commons, the 2-year-old shopping complex on the city's east side was the catalyst, according to Smith.

"It started the ball rolling. After that, the law firms, the medical groups such as EMH Regional Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic turned their attention to Avon," Smith said.

"People want to be in a place that's business friendly. When people talk with me, they say, their biggest concern is taxes," he added.

The city supplies a lot of services that are paid for by the residents, Smith said.

"100 percent of the police budget is paid for only by people who work in the city of Avon (and) 75 percent of the fire budget is also paid for by the people who work in the city," Smith said, adding that the city collects more than $4 million from non-residents.

"Income tax collections have increased by about 9 percent for each of that past eight or nine years. I expect that trend to continue this year, " he added.

And there are more good things are on the horizon, according to Smith. He cited the June 2 opening of All-Pro Freight Stadium, home of the Frontier League's newest entry, the Lake Erie Crushers, and the anticipated spring 2010 opening of the YMCA and recreation center, which will be adjacent to the stadium, off Interstate 90.

According to Smith, all of this development is like "killing a lot of birds with just one stone."

"First off, you give the people the services they want -- the quality of life issues." Smith said. "The service is a new rec center, the quality of life, being able to take your family to see a baseball game for a reasonable price," he added.

"The first thing is to entice more businesses to locate around the area (YMCA and stadium), where you have at least a half million (people) visiting each year. When business sees that kind of traffic, they're apt to pay more for a specific piece of property, and what is being built on the property increases its valuation," Smith said.

He likened it to a ripple effect. "Not only will Avon benefit, all of Lorain County will feed off of Avon's success. People will come to town and stay at one of our hotels. They'll go to Lorain, maybe charter a fishing boat, visit Elyria, Avon Lake," he said ...''

Wright is a freelancer from Avon Lake. Reach him at lawrencewrightjr@gmail.com.

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[The next board meeting 1s Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm in the media center at Heritage North.]

Source: http://www.loraincounty.com

Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

Let me put it into perspective for you; the Avon student has to run a 93/84 yard dash vs. the Westlake, Bay Village, and Avon Lake student who only has to run a 90/80 yard dash. The Avon student has to run 3 or 4 yards further to achieve the same goal ...

I do love the quality education that my children are receiving in the district; However, I would like to see our grading scale comparable to our surrounding neighboring school district's grading scale. The opportune question would be: What would be the harm in changing the grading scale?

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 17, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

You may ask yourself about the student who received an 84.44% which is a "C" in Avon versus 84.44% which is a solid "B" in our surrounding districts and than maybe you will change your mind on "the only kids it hurts are the ones who don't typically get good grades."

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 17, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I was a student who graduated in 2005 and actually was going to start a petition in 2004 to get the grading scale changed to a 10 point system.

I changed my mind because I believe that the current system pushes student to do the best that they can ...

All of those in favor of lowering the grading scale, are you in favor of it because you have the best interested of the students in mind, or are you trying to make it so your kids don't have to try as hard.

I am thankful for the education that I received from Avon and am also thankful they pushed me to be the best student I could be.

Written by: Commentator 3 on May 19, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

You raise a good point: Does the grading scale affect the graduation rate? Published educaional research is not much better than drug company research, but there may be something out there.

My gut feeling is that the graduation rate in Amherst and Avon is the result of their commitment to education; but, who knows, the grading scale may make a difference.

Written by: Commentator 4 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

The graduation rate is comparable to the surrounding districts according to 2007-2008 Ohio Department of Education Report card of these schools:

Avon Lake 98.9%

Westlake 99.9%

Bay Village 96.8%

Avon 98%

The SAT/ACT scores are comparable; however, we have at least 10% lower students graduating with an honors diploma in Avon compared to Westlake and Bay Village.

Fairfax county schools had an extensive report of this same scenario it was 120 pages of statistical data. When the independent survey was done the switch to the 10 point scale was unanimously voted into effect.

The graduation rates are relative it is when they are applying for admissions and merit based scholarships that is when the GPA affects them. If the Avon student received a 92.3% their GPA would be a 3.0; whereas the other districts mentioned that student would have a 3.67 GPA.

According to the National Association of College Admissions, 55% of colleges do not recalculate the grades and 98% compare individual applicants against their entire applicant pool.

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I am not sure how many signatures are needed if their is a specific number at all. My plan was to let the school board know that this is a concern with a large number of families in our community. I am planning on petitioning door to door also and going to the June 23rd board meeting with the names. If enough people would like it to see it changed and our reasons support this change. I believe that it will occur.

On Monday, May 18th 2009 Brecksville/Broadview Heights school district voted to adopt this 10 point grading scale also.

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 20, 2009 9:30 AM

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

... You may think that our grading scale puts our students at a higher standard which is more desireable, and it is good that we have a tough grading scale because it raises expectations and makes our kids work harder. However, my POINT is not the higher standards, but our present grading scale which places Avon students at a disadvantage when seeking college admissions, merit scholarships, and good driver discounts.

Keep in mind a 92% in Avon the student would graduate with a GPA of 3.0, whereas the other school districts mentioned they would have a GPA of 3.67. If they were trying for admissions of a minimum GPA of 3.5 their application would be dismissed.

When the NACA surveyed colleges they found out that 55% of colleges surveyed DO NOT recalculate grades and 98% compare individual applicants against their entire applicant pool.

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I just look the liberty to search a few local colleges criteria for entrance and according to Baldwin Wallace the GPA is condisered very important when determining acceptance and the standardized testing was condisered important.

I also checked Case Western who said that both GPA scores and Standardized testing were on the same level of importance.

So I strongly agree that we need to change the grading scale of Avon School district students since GPAs rank very high when colleges are considering to accept or deny our students.

We need to keep in mind that we need to change the grading scale which Avon has so that are children have the same opportunity as the connecting districts.

Would you sent your child to his baseball team on stilts just to make it more challenging, or simply take the stilts off and let him play on a fair advantage field. i think that's what we are missing here.

Written by: Commentator 5 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I'm sure all the information that was found on these school districts is located either on their respective website(s) and/or written in their respective handbook(s).

We need to also remember that our children should be allowed to compete academically on the same playing field as other school districts when it comes to scholarships.

If changing the grading scale to a 10 point system will allow more of our juniors/seniors to obtain scholarships based on a higher gpa, then we owe it to them to get the grading scale changed in Avon as soon as possible. Especially in this economy, one can assume many more students will rely on scholarships in order for them to be able to attend college.

Written by: Commentator 6 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I called Brecksville Board of Education Tuesday and asked what the outcome of the vote was after reading that they were voting on this issue Monday, May 18th, 2009. The website is:

blog.cleveland.com/suncourier/2009/05/brecksvillebroadview_heights_s_9.html

If this does not work go to google and search Brecksville - Broadview heights grading scale and it will come up. The article was written on May 11th [2009].

I got the grading scales from the surrounding schools by going to Westlake, Bay Village, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville's High Schools and asking for a student/handbook which states their grading scales and the numerical values they equate to. I copied all of these for the School Board members and I also gave the full report (120 pages) that was prepared for Fairfax County Board of Education. You can find this by going to

www.fairgrade.org

This website was very valuable to me. I hope it will be for you too.

Written by: Commentator 2 on May 20, 2009

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Title: Changing Avon School District's Grading Scale

Message:

I got into a discussion about something similiar to this with an Amherst parent last year. His concern was more local regarding some of the scholarships that LCCC awards (full tuition) - there are a few based on GPA. His kid just missed out on the top scholarship offering. His frustration was created by the thought that someone with a lower percentage but higher GPA from another local school did qualify.

Written by: Commentator 7 on May 20, 2009

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 7-16-09, By Alison Meaney, ameaney@sunnews.com

``Changes prompt a reminder about recycling guidelines

AVON -- Avon's trash pickup changed recently; recycling coordinator Ellen Young hopes to remind citizens of the city's recycling guidelines.

Acceptable recyclable material for the city of Avon includes plastics numbered 1 and 2, aluminum cans, bi-metal cans such as soup and tuna containers, newspapers, other paper excluding phonebooks -- staples and spiral rings do not have to be removed, corrugated cardboard, paperboard including cereal, books and shoe boxes, any glass food bottles and jars -- no light bulbs, mirrors or windows.

Although Young is looking into recycling Styrofoam and plastics higher than "2," she said these items will be thrown out rather than recycled if residents put them in their Allied Waste recycling bin.

Allied Waste's weekly curbside pickup includes yard waste for composting. To save yard waste from the landfill, residents can put clippings in brown compostable paper bags or traditional trash cans. Additionally, branches can be tied in 4-foot, manageable bundles.

Plant material can also be taken to Kurtz Bros., located at 1180 Miller Road in Avon. The yard waste service is free to Avon residents and extended to their other customers for a fee of $10 per yard.

Kurtz Bros. recycle organic material in their compost pile including leaves, shrubs and tree branches, though logs must be less than ten inches in diameter. Contact the Kurtz Bros. at (216) 986-7033 for more information.

Old phonebooks can be deposited in the yellow Paper Retriever bins located at every school in the city along with any other kind of paper.

Residents can drop off their old motor oil at the WalMart located at 35901 Chester Road by calling their Tire & Lube Department.

According to an Avon WalMart employee, there is no fee for the used oil service, but residents are limited to bringing in five gallons of used oil per day. The oil will then be recycled and reused. For more information, contact the Tire and Lube Department at (440) 937-4750.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-23-09, By MEGAN ROZSA, mrozsa@MorningJournal.com

[Marc's coming to Avon]

``AVON -- Within the next year, Avon residents will have yet another retail option available within the city. Today, the Planning Commission will vote on a Marc's store locating at the southeast corner of SR 83 and Detroit Road in the City Centre.

According to its Web site, Marc's specializes in food, health & beauty, general merchandise products and closeouts ...

The developers, DeVille Developments, intend to build a brand new 46,000-square-foot store, which is unusual for most Marc's buildings ...

A representative first approached the Planning Commission at a Sept. 16 [2009] meeting, but the original plans were turned down because of flaws in engineering and design. Developers then had 10 days to revise their plans and submit them again for approval ...

There were no vacant buildings available in Avon that could accommodate a Marc's store, so DeVille decided to move into the City Centre and have a long-term lease. Other buildings coming into the center include Chipotle, an AT&T store and InkStop, which sells computer and printer supplies ...

Mayor Jim Smith said it will be situated near the water tower, and the outside will be designed in the usual French Creek architecture.

Officials from DeVille Developments and KS Associates, who attend the meetings on behalf of DeVille, did not return calls yesterday.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-24-09, By MEGAN ROZSA. mrozsa@MorningJournal.com

``Marc's gets go-ahead to build in Avon

AVON -- It's official: Marc's is coming to Avon's City Centre.

In a special meeting last night [9-23-09], the Avon Planning Commission approved plans for the 46,000-square-foot building at the southeast corner of SR 83 and Detroit Road ...

Marc's specializes in selling food, health and beauty supplies, general merchandise and closeouts at discount prices ...

The commission turned down the original plans at a meeting on Sept. 16 [2009] because of engineering and design flaws ... the roof line wasn't consistent with the French Creek architecture other buildings in Avon model. The developers, DeVille Developments, of Canton, also didn't have plans to build with the same materials other building in Avon use.

Now that the plans are revised, contractors can break ground ... The official representing DeVille Developments wasn't sure when the building would be completed. She said the decision to come to Avon was probably built on a market study.

[Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza] said building a new facility isn't normal for the Marc's chain, as they usually move into previously occupied buildings. However, there are no vacant buildings in Avon available or big enough to have a Marc's store.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 9-17-09, By The Morning Journal Staff, news@MorningJournal.com

[Cleveland Clinic to break ground at Nagel Road]

``AVON -- The Avon Planning Commission granted approval [9-16-09] to the Cleveland Clinic to begin grading the ground on the 40-acre site where the Clinic will build a large medical building.

Clinic representative Brian Smith asked the Commission last night for approval for the site plans so construction crews can begin grading the ground before winter. The parcel is off Just Imagine Drive, east of Nagel Road [northeast corner of Chester and Nagel] ...

Also coming to Avon is a Firestone Tire facility at the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 83 and Main Street, across from Lowe's. The business will offer full auto service ...

Also at the meeting was DeVille Developments representative Christina Eavenson. The Commission approved her company's request for an additional 1,900 square feet to be added to the end of the City Centre at SR 83 and Detroit Road ... Eavenson didn't announce a specific vendor coming into that site ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 10-8-09, By Lisa Roberson

[Community Health Partners to build in Avon?]

``AVON -- The buying frenzy between the two top hospitals in the county continued with an announcement Wednesday that Community Health Partners, parent company of Community Regional Medical Center in Lorain, has purchased approximately 33 acres of land in Avon. [Community Health Partners is a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners. The current Community Regional Medical Center sits on 33 acres in Lorain.]

The property is at the intersection of Interstate 90 and state Route 611. Reportedly the property sold for upwards of $6 million ... The hospital has not released its plans for the undeveloped property ...

CHP already has a small presence in Avon with a physician's office and pediatric practice in the area, according to LeeAnn Stover, hospital spokeswoman ...

EMH Regional Medical Center already operates a medical complex off Detroit Road complete with a health and fitness center, emergency care center and imaging center. In addition, the Cleveland Clinic as recently as November 2008 was reportedly looking at building a four-story doctor's office/outpatient surgical center in Avon on a 40-acre area near where the new I-90 interchange will be constructed at Nagel Road.''

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 10-9-09, By Brad Dicken

``CHP scraps plans for Elyria hospital

ELYRIA -- Community Health Partners has scrapped a plan to build a new hospital on Schadden Road in Elyria.

The parent company of Community Regional Medical Center in Lorain, "abandoned" the plan about a year ago, Megan Manahan, vice president of marketing for Community Health Partners, said Thursday. [Community Health Partners is a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.] ...

The hospital has been trying to sell parcels of land it purchased in the run-up to announcing the St. Mary's plan in 2007 ...

CHP also has just paid more than $6 million for about 33 acres of property in Avon near the state Route 611 interchange off Interstate 90.

Manahan said the hospital system is still developing plans for the site, but both doctors and patients have expressed a desire for CHP to have a presence near Avon ...

Manahan said the new Avon facility won't have a negative impact on Community Regional Medical Center, which is located on Kolbe Road ...

CHP will continue to operate its cancer center on Schadden Road and plans to keep much of the property that had been purchased for St. Mary's to use for future expansion of the cancer center, Manahan said ...

This isn't the first time CHP has dropped plans to build facilities. In 2005, the hospital system announced plans to build a facility in North Ridgeville, but that project never left the drawing board.''

Contact Brad Dicken at bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-8-09, By JORDAN CRAVENS, jcravens@MorningJournal.com

``CHP buys Avon land, has plans to develop

AVON -- Community Health Partners is the buyer and has plans to develop 33 acres of vacant land at the intersection of Interstate 90 and SR 611 in Avon. [Community Health Partners is a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.]

CHP purchased the two parcels for more than $6.5 million on Tuesday, [10-6-09] which was well over its listed value at the Lorain County Auditor's Office.

While CHP has confirmed it was the buyer of the land off Colorado Avenue, across from BJ's Wholesale Club, plans are still being finalized and are awaiting approval of CHP's board, according to Megan Manahan, vice president of marketing and communication.

One of the properties purchased by CHP, which was 25 acres of commercially zoned land, was valued at $1.5 million, but was sold for $5.7 million. An 8-acre residentially zoned property to the west of the larger property was purchased for $900,000, but was valued at $160,000 ...

Manahan said it was too early to say what the plans are for the property or when development would begin. Specifics of how the land will be used still has to be approved and finalized by the hospital board ...

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said he believes this purchase is a sign of more good to come for the area. "That intersection is going to be in demand now and you are going to see things going in there," Smith said.

With the recent addition of a recreation center and All Pro Freight Stadium, Smith said he expects the 300 or 400 acres of available land in that area to be purchased and developed ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun Sentinel, 4-29-10, By Cody Peck, Sun News

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Avon OKs Lake Pointe settlement

``AVON -- City Council voted Monday [4-26-10] to pay $199,000 to Lake Pointe Construction Co. in a settlement that will resolve pending litigation between the two parties.

The litigation concerned Lake Pointe's claim that the city maintained improper zoning on more than 25 acres of property constituting and surrounding the City Centre development at state Route 83 and Detroit Road.

According to court records, Lake Pointe wanted the property rezoned from residential to commercial property and petitioned the Planning Commission to do so in 2005.

Council rejected the petition and Lake Pointe filed a lawsuit in January 2006, requesting rezoning of the property and more than $5 million in damages.

Avon won a summary judgement in common pleas court, but Lake Pointe appealed, and the trial court's decision was reversed.

The city took the issue to the Ohio Supreme Court, but there was a 4-3 vote against hearing it.

Avon's legal counsel believed the matter wouldn't end without a second trip to the Ohio Supreme Court and, in a statement released following council's decision, the city contended that the price paid to resolve the conflict was less than the cost of attorney fees to further litigate the case ...''

Contact Peck at cpeck@sunnews.com

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Juournal, 6-15-10, By SCOT ALLYN sallyn@MorningJournal.com

``AVON -- Lorain County coffee lovers should rejoice: Starbucks has leased space at the City Center of Avon shopping center and the location of a drive-through window will be discussed July 16 [2010] at Avon Planning Commission's 7:15 p.m. meeting.

But it will probably be more than a month before steaming java concoctions will be served up ... the structure .. will also house a Vitamin Shoppe store ...

City Center of Avon, being developed on the south side of Detroit Road across from Avon Commons, is being built by Canton-based DeVille Developments, with engineering by KS Associates, of Elyria.

The shopping center includes a Marc's discount store, Chipotle restaurant, SportClips hair salon, Huntington Bank and AT&T store, according to DeVille's website.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-13-10, By JAMILA T. WILLIAMS jwilliams@MorningJournal.com

[Objections to Internet cafes]

``AVON -- ... Council ... took action on a popular trend in many cities lately -- sweepstakes cafes. City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would put a six-month moratorium on the cafes so city leaders can learn more about them and decide how to regulate them.

The cafes allow patrons to buy a phone card with Internet time and then log on to play sweepstakes games for the chance to win money. While the games played online are similar to slot machines, the state of Ohio has yet to rule them as illegal forms of gambling since the chances of winning is predetermined.

Vermilion, Sheffield Lake and Elyria all have recently enacted laws to regulate Internet cafes. Avon was recently contacted by someone looking to bring a cafe to the city, but she was turned down, because city code currently does not allow them.

Mayor Jim Smith said he would like to know more about the cafes. He, along with city leaders and city residents, will have that opportunity next week during a Planning Commission meeting when a presentation is given by an Internet gaming franchisee. The Planning Commission will meet Oct. 20 [2010] at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 12-16-20 By TAYLOR DUNGJEN tdungjen@MorningJournal.com

Avon mayor not in favor of Internet cafes

``AVON -- During a visit from the Attorney General's office, Avon Mayor Jim Smith made it known that he is not in favor of allowing Internet cafes within city limits.

"I wouldn't want to lower the caliber of Avon with Internet cafes," Smith said.

In October [2010], the city voted to impose a six-month moratorium on Internet cafes, allowing city officials to delve into the issue.

Brian Mooney, from the Cleveland branch of the Ohio Attorney Generals's office, met with the Planning Commission last night to discuss and answer questions city officials have about the cafes. Mooney works in the charitable law department.

Mooney told the commission that the Internet cafes are being built all over the country and the number of establishments, even in Northeast Ohio, are growing exponentially. Because of the popularity, Mooney said, other organizations are losing out.

"The VFW's and churches are screaming that they're losing BINGO players," Mooney said. It's killing churches. It's killing VFW's." ...

Mayor Jim Smith said bringing Internet cafes is not something he wants to see in the city ... Although some cities hope to generate revenue through regulating the cafes, Smith said Avon doesn't need the $5,000 a year from the establishments, citing the licensing fee some municipalities have put in place.

Mooney said some cities have sent undercover law enforcement officers into the Internet cafes and have found that some do violate gambling laws by having slot machines in a room in the back of the establishment.

"Are we going to send a $65,000 a year policeman to sneak around these places?" Smith asked. "We don't need it. We just don't need it."

Avon City Council could take action early next year if they don't extend the moratorium.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 10-26-11, By Rebecca Turman

Plans served to Avon Planning Commission for Panini's Bar and Grill

AVON -- The city of Avon may soon be able to add Panini's Bar and Grill as a dining option for residents.

During the Oct. 19 [2011] Avon Planning Commission meeting, Ken Laurie of Orlean Company provided the first presentation of a site plan for a 5,200 square-foot Panini's Bar and Grill. It would be built in the Marketplace at Avon retail development, located along the south side of Detroit Road and across the street from Avon Heritage North Elementary School.

The Orlean Company has been trying to reach agreement with the Westgates, who own the undeveloped property east of the retail establishment. On the site plans, city officials would like to see an access road built near the proposed Panini's that would connect to Middleton Avenue through the Westgate property. In doing so, it would prevent another curb cut on Detroit Road should the Westgate property be developed in the future.

The previous developer of Marketplace at Avon, formerly called Heritage Square, had an option on the Westgate property, according to Avon Law Director John Gasior.

Laurie is supposed to meet with Westgate, but he said as of Oct. 19, 'We just haven't been able to finalize.'

In order to give them more time to reach a deal with the Westgates, Avon Mayor Jim Smith suggested waiting to vote on the site plans for a week or two, without making the developer pay the Planning Commission fees again ...

Commission members agreed to review the site plans again at a Nov. 2 meeting. If plans move forward, this would be the first Panini's location to open in Lorain County, according to www.paninisgrill.com. The closest Panini's to Avon is located at 23800 Detroit Ave. in Westlake.

After the meeting, Laurie told The Press the goal would be to open Panini's in the late spring or early summer of 2012. He noted a deal with Panini's, however, has not been etched in stone. A representative from Panini's Franchise Group echoed Laurie's statement in a recent interview, saying 'At this time, there is nothing finalized.'

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 7-10-11, By Rebecca Turman

New businesses moving into Avon shopping centers

AVON -- Mitchell's Ice Cream will soon be opening up a new location in the Marketplace at Avon shopping center, formerly known as Heritage Square, located on Detroit Road across the street from Avon Heritage North Elementary School.

Gary Ogrocki, of Dimit Architects, represented Mitchell's Ice Cream at the June 15 [2011] Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission approved the site improvement plans for the 3,284-square-foot building and a patio area, along with a special use permit for the outdoor patio.

Ogrocki said Mitchell's planned to submit its application for a building permit soon after Monday.

At the June 20 City Council meeting, council members approved the special use permit for Mitchell's outdoor patio ...

Mitchell's was started by Cleveland brothers Pete and Mike Mitchell in 1999.

According to Pete Mitchell, the goal is to have the Avon location open for business by November [2011]. Approximately 30 people will be hired to work there ...

Mitchell's also has locations in Beachwood and Solon. The ice cream is sold at Heinen's, Zagara's Marketplace, Lake Road Market and Rego's Fresh Markets, according to its website, mitchellshomemade.com.

In Avon Commons, Levin Furniture was scheduled to open last Friday in the former Linens-N-Things store space.

Goodman Real Estate Services Group also recently leased a 7,500-square-foot space in Avon Commons to discount retailer Five Below.

According to Randy Goodman, principal managing member of Goodman Real Estate Services Group, the space will be carved out of the current Old Navy location.

'It was a combination of two factors,' Goodman said. 'Old Navy has changed the size of their stores. They have downsized most of their stores.' The Avon Commons Old Navy will be downsized as well.

'That made way for Five Below,' Goodman said, adding the retailer wanted to be in the center of Avon Commons. Five Below markets its products to teens and pre-teens, with everything in the store having a price tag from $1 to $5.

The chain was created in 2002 in Wayne, Pa., and today there are more than 140 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

'We do have plans on opening up that this year, a late fall [2011] opening,' Five Below Director of Marketing Operations Liz Romaine said of the Avon location. 'We really can't commit to a date right now.'

Romaine said 35 people will be hired to work at Five Below.

Asked why the retailer chose to open a store in Avon, Romaine said, 'Last year we actually opened our first stores in the Cleveland market. The Avon store is really part of our expansion plan into the Cleveland market.'

'It's a really great area, a great community,' she added. 'We try to go into centers with big box anchors. We look for communities with value-minded families.'

Goodman Real Estate Services Group also leases space in the City Centre of Avon retail complex. 'It's been a good market for us in Avon,' Goodman said last week.

According to Goodman, several more businesses will soon open in the shopping center, including Jimmy John's, which will be located next door to Mattress Matters. Pat's Cleaners and Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will also be moving into City Centre of Avon ... Menchie's will be located next to Chipotle.

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com

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Filed by Brad Dicken January 12th, 2013

Property values down; tax rates up

ELYRIA -- Lorain County saw the value of its property drop by nearly $486.6 million between 2011 and 2012, according to Acting County Auditor Craig Snodgrass' office, which will mean property taxes will change for virtually every property owner in the county.

The total value of all of the property in the county was roughly $6.644 billion in 2011, but dropped to around $6.157 billion in 2012 based on an examination of property values that takes place every three years. That's approximately an 8.2 percent decrease, Snodgrass said.

The new property taxes, which were posted to the auditor's website this week, vary by community, school district and at times even between neighbors, Snodgrass said.

But there are a few generalities that can help property owners understand the reasons behind the changes to their tax bills.

"If value goes up, the rate goes down and inversely, if the value goes down, the rate goes up," Snodgrass said ... That's because, Snodgrass said, many of the levies that are already in place are guaranteed to take in the same amount of money every year.

In a typical re-evaluation where property values climbed that would generally mean the rates would go down, he said. But since the county has seen plunging property values in the past two re-evaluation cycles, the rates have typically gone up ...

For an Elyria city property owner who lives within the Elyria Schools district, values dropped by an average of 9.82 percent. That means that a home that was valued at $100,000 in 2011 would now be valued at $90,180 if it sustained the average value drop and the property taxes will fall by $62.74.

In the same Elyria tax district, a home that lost less value than average would see an increase in taxes. If a different property was valued at $100,000 in 2011 and dropped to a value of $95,180, the owner would see his property taxes rise by $35.60.

If a property worth $100,000 in 2011 saw its value fall by more than average to a value of $85,180, the owner would see taxes fall by $161.08, according to Snodgrass' figures ...

Snodgrass said because the figures can vary so wildly from property to property, it's hard to make comments about the broader impact of the tax rate changes ...

Those who wish to challenge their property value -- and by extension their tax rate -- must do so with the county Board of Revision by April 1 [2013] ...

County Treasurer Dan Talarek said property owners should start receiving their tax bills [for first half 2012] by the week of Jan. 21 and those bills must be paid or postmarked by Feb. 15, 2013. Those that aren't in on time will face a penalty of 10 percent.

Contact Brad Dicken at bdicken@chroniclet.com.

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