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November 15, 2018 Newsletter



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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.



State Road Sidewalk Extension - Update
Plans have been submitted to ODOT for the construction of a sidewalk on the west side of State Road between Trumpeter Drive and City Hall.  This work will begin sometime in the Spring of 2019 thanks to a NOACA grant.

Royalton Road Resurfacing
The resurfacing of Royalton Road from York Road to the East Corporation Line will take place next Summer 2019.  ODOT is providing 80% of the project
                                            funding.

  
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

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the North Royalton Fire Department.  As you are cooking your Thanksgiving dinner, we would like to remind you about fire safety.  Did you know - Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires?  The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving.  So, let's add a pinch of fire safety to the menu.

Here are some Fire Safety Cooking tips:
  • Keep food packaging and other combustibles away from burners and heat sources.
  • Heat cooking oil slowly and watch it closely; it can ignite quickly.
  • Don’t wear loose sleeves while working over hot stove burners – they can melt, ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  • Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.  Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top.  Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Deep fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire safety for good taste.  If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials. 
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck. 
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.  Most units do not have thermostat controls.  If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. 
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades.  Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosive hazard. 
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight. 
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby.  Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.  If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher.  If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help. 

 NEWS FROM THE OFFICE ON AGING-SENIOR CENTER

Monday, November 19, University Hospital Clinical Nutritionist Julie Wise will be at the center to speak on “Mindful Healthier Thanksgiving” at 10:00 a.m. Come and listen to what Julie has to say to help get us through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Need a break from preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, come at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 21 to the center for free lunch and a movie sponsored by Pleasantview.  We will be showing “Philomena” which is a story of a mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock and given up for adoption. Nearly 50 years later, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith, a former BBC reporter looking for his next big story. Together, they embark on a journey to locate her long lost son. As the pieces of the puzzle come together, the unlikely travel companions form a comic and heartwarming friendship.

The Office on Aging will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving.  We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgivings!

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. - W.T. Purkiser

St. Albert the Great (6667 Wallings Road) will provide a community meal on Sunday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m. You will be enjoying meatloaf, potatoes, vegetable medley, salad and dessert.  All are welcomed!

Our Annual Christmas party will be held at the center (13500 Ridge Road) on December 10, 2018. Come to the center to purchase your tickets now until December 5. The ticket price is $10.00 (cash only please) and one non-perishable food item (which will be donated to the Food Pantry Partnership). Doors open at 10:45 a.m.  There will be entertainment and a delicious meal of Breaded Chicken cutlet, rigatoni, salad, green beans, roll and beverage catered by Augie’s.   Make sure you dress in your Christmas apparel.   

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!

 

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 holidays are here and during these last two months  of the year, we tend to generate lots of extra trash.  Consider how you and your family can reduce and reuse this season to create less waste.  See some tips.

'We won't Recycle Our Way Out of Our Waste Problem'
Executive Director, Diane Bickett recently wrote an editorial for cleveland.com and the Suns News.  "We all should be concerned about the environmental impact of the waste we create.  Unfortunately, curbside recycling alone will not solve our waste problem," said Bickett.  See the story.


What Do I Do With?...Campaign Signs

Following an election, recycle unwanted campaign yard signs - plastic film, corrugated plastic and cardboard signs plus the metal stands - at the Solid Waste District, 4750 East 131st Street in Garfield Heights.  A drop box is in the lobby.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 - 4:30.



  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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NOVEMBER CALENDAR



NR Community Meal
Sunday, November 25 at St. Albert
3 - 5 pm
Dinner will include:
Meatloaf, Potatoes, Vegetable medley, Salad & Dessert






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



Click here for Upcoming December Events
at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center