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July 12, 2018 Newsletter

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Statement from a burglar..."I'll rip off a house that doesn't have any noise, dogs, or lights on.  I don't mess around with anything chancy or that's going to take a lot of work."

It is estimated that one burglary occurs every 11.2 minutes.  Approximately 71.8% of all burglaries involve a residential dwelling, and 68% were accomplished by forcible entry.

A burglar is more likely to pass up a house with
  • Light fixtures illuminating the garage, driveway, and front and  back entrances.
  • Shrubbery that has been kept trimmed and away from windows and doors.
  • A dog in the yard or in the home.
  • Noise or lights inside the house indicating that the owners are at home.
Burglary prevention tips for in the home.....
  • Do not leave lawn tools, bicycles, and other property unattended in your yard.
  • Never admit anyone into your home unless you know them; install a one-way door viewer.
  • Do not hide keys outside your home.  Burglars know where to look.
  • When you leave town, arrange for someone to mow your lawn and pick up mail and newspapers.
  • Don't advertise your absence or plans.
  • Use first initial and last name on your mailbox rather than your entire name---for example, S. Smith instead of Sally Smith.
  • If possible, list only your name without your address in the local phone book.
  • Set a timer to switch the lights and radio on and off inside your home at varying times.
If you return home and think you've been burglarized or there is a burglary in progress:
  • Don't touch anything.
  • Leave immediately.
  • Call the police.

A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department

Tips from your Fire Department



  • Helmets are a necessity, not an accessory
  • Helmets could prevent an estimated 75 percent of fatal head injuries and  up to 45,000 head injuries to kids that ride bikes each year.
  • Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by 88 percent, but many  children simply do not wear them.
  • A helmet is the most effective way to prevent head injury from a bike crash. Make sure your child’s helmet fits.
  • Does your kid hate putting on a helmet? It really IS important! More children ages 5-14 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries relating to biking than any other sport.
  • Make sure the helmet fits and your kids know how to put it on correctly. We recommend the “Ears, Eyes and Mouth” test.

EYES Check: position the helmet on your head.  Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eye brow. 

EARS Check:  Make sure the straps of the helmet form a "V" under your ears when buckled.  The strap should be snug but comfortable.

MOUTH Check:  Open your mouth as wide as you can.  Do you feel the helmet hug your head?  If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

Make sure bike is right size

  • Make sure the bike is the right size for the child. There should be about 1’ of clearance between the bike frame and the child’s groin when the child’s feet on the ground.
  • A child should be able to sit on the bike seat and touch both feet to the ground.
  • As the child develops more confidence in bike riding, the seat can be raised so that they can just touch the toes of both feet and only one foot to the ground.

Make sure the bike is in good repair

  • Before a child takes the bike out make sure to do a safety check.
  • Make sure the reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gear shift smoothly and tires are tightly secure and properly inflated.

Rules of the Road

  • Model and teach proper bicyclist behavior. Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible.
  • Teach kids to obey traffic signs and the rules of the road. Kids should not ride without supervision until they have demonstrated that they always follow the rules.
  • Remember bike helmets should only be worn for biking and other wheeled sports like skateboarding and rollerblading – not while on playground.
  • Children should stay on sidewalks or paths – not roads – until age 10.
  • Children should only ride or skate in good weather and during the day.
  • Children should wear bright colors while riding their bikes. Let’s make sure they have reflectors on their bikes, helmets or clothing. Be safe be seen!
  • Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • When your kids are riding at dusk, dawn or in the evening, make sure they use lights – and make sure their bikes have reflectors as well. It is also important to have them wear clothes and accessories that have retro-reflective materials to improve visibility to motorists.
  • Tell your kids to ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it. Stay as far to the right as possible. Use appropriate hand signals and respect traffic signals. Stop at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Teach your kids to make eye contact with drivers to make sure drivers are paying attention and are going to stop before they cross the street.

Are you looking for something to do?  Why not consider joining us at the Office on Aging, we have a variety of activities and speakers on interesting topics for anyone age 55 or over.

We're looking for men and women to help us start up our very own "Kazoo" band so we can share the joy of music and friendship with others.  Contact Debra for more information, 440-582-6333.

On Monday, July 16th at 10 am Julie Wise, UH Clinical Nutritionist will be here to discuss the benefits of "Hydration" for our bodies and wellness.

The Aging Mastery Programis coming to our center on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 and will run for 10 weeks.  Classes start at 10 am and are 1 hour long.  The program, brought to us by Benjamin Rose Institutes-One Call for Wellness, is designed to help seniors age well.  Each week will feature a different instructor with a gift card incentive based on participation points from all of the classes.  Everyone will be given a handbook for these fun, innovative, and person-centered education programs.  We need a minimum of 12 participants to hold the class but have space for 20 so sign up now!  Call the office to register now at 440-582-6333.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and we are located at 13500 Ridge Road in the Deaconess-Perry Senior Apartment Building.  If you have questions or comments, contact Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333.  Look for our calendar on the City's website,, under Aging and Human Services.


What Do I Do With?... Trees, Shrubs and Brush

Yard Waste, such as grass clippings, leaves, small trees and bushes are collected as part of your curbside collection.  Grass clippings and leaves must be contained in paper or plastic bags.  Tree branches & bushes must be cut to 4 ft. lengths and bundled weighing less that 60lbs.  Smaller twigs and other debris you are not able to bundle can be placed in paper or plastic bags.  All items are to be placed curbside at 7:00 am on your designated service day.

Residents wishing to drop off yard waste can do so at our Saturday Drop-Off Station from 8 am - 3 pm at 11545 Royalton Rd.  The same curbside guidelines stated above will be followed, NO LOOSE MATERIALS.  As usual, NO COMMERCIAL TRUCKS OR BUSINESSES WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Landscaping projects, tree removal stumps and wood, major garden projects, construction material, dirt, etc. will not be accepted.  If you have large amounts of yard waste, wood, leaves, brush, logs and dirt must be taken to a local yard waste facility. Prices and specifications are determined by the facility. See a list of registered Ohio EPA compost facilities in Cuyahoga County that accept yard waste.

Help put an end to illegal dumping. It is a crime against your neighborhoods, your property values and your health. Open dumping of scrap tires, garbage and other debris is a felony in the State of Ohio and punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and a jail sentence of two to four years.  The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Environmental Crimes Task Force works to investigate and prosecute environmental crimes – particularly open dumping. Learn more.

Don't forget to have your trash
at the curb by 7:00 am

How To Recycle: Conversation Continues About Recycling Contamination 

Recycling is a hot topic in the news today due to market changes around the world. This round-up of recent news coverage explains why it matters here in Cuyahoga County. See the stories

The list of acceptable items is simple. Only five core items belong in your curbside collection for recycling: Cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, paper and boxes plus plastic bottles and jugs.

Recycling Tip: Empty. Clean. Dry. Make sure that all of the items you put out for recycling at the curb are prepared appropriately.

Community Meal at St. Albert the Great, Sunday, July 29th

July 29th's menu:
Baked Turkey & cheese sandwich
Pasta Salad, Cucumber Salad
Watermelon & Dessert

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COLUMBUS, OHIO (July 10, 2018) — During the summer season, thousands of travelers visiting family and friends depend on Ohio’s network of highways to get to their destination safely. In fact, Ohio has the nation's fourth largest interstate system with over 8,000 lane miles.

As an increasing number of motorists often share the road with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers these safe driving tips to help ensure safe operation and arrival at your destination.

· Stay visible. Just as cars have blind spots, motor carriers have blind spots too. If you cannot see the truck driver or their mirrors; chances are the driver cannot see you.

· Pay attention. Drive carefully near motor carriers, as they do not have the same maneuverability as passenger vehicles.

· Avoid aggressive driving. Resist the temptation of driving too fast, changing lanes improperly or tailgating.

· Stay alert.  Even when driving cautiously, there is always one thing you have no ability to control — other drivers. Be aware of other drivers and expect the unexpected.

Motor carrier companies that transport commerce and operate in Ohio must remain in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations that are administered by the PUCO, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol regularly perform thorough inspections of commercial vehicles and professional drivers to ensure Ohio highways remain safe for drivers. The PUCO wants to help motor carriers and drivers understand and practice safe driving procedures to ensure a safe travel season.

For more information on motor carrier safety, contact the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the motor carrier industry section of

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: Brittany Waugaman | (614) 752-9468

Tuesday, July 17:
Building and Building Codes, Finance & Safety Meetings 
Special Review and Oversight Committee 6:00 pm
Council Meeting 7 pm

Thursday, July 19:
Board of Zoning Appeals 7 pm