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Sept 20, 2018 Newsletter

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Start off your Saturday with North Royalton's Shred Day Event happening at City Hall/Memorial Park parking lot this Saturday from 9 am til Noon.

You may have seen recent media reports about the problems facing recycling these days.  These problems include people not recycling or contaminating recyclables with garbage and shrinking markets caused by China's decision to restrict imports of recyclables.

These problems affect us here locally and your cooperation is needed to reduce recycling contamination.  This will help keep recycling viable.

Recycling contamination is caused when a resident puts unacceptable or non-recyclable items into their recycle cart.  Some examples include every day garbage, food waste, yard waste, garden hoses, syringes, batteries, plastic bags, scrap metal, shredded paper and even bowling balls to name a few.  These items don't belong in your curbside recycling because they are either hazardous to employees, not recyclable, or were not designed to be sorted at the recycling plant.  It costs money to remove and then landfill these items.  This cost is passed on to our community through p rice increases.  Please recycle properly.  Here are the rules:


Empty & Rinse   Empty & Rinse   Empty & Rinse     Flatten         Empty & Rinse
                         Replace Cap                                                    Replace Cap

  1. FOOD AND BEVERAGE CANS--empty and rinse.
  2. MILK, JUICE AND BROTH CARTONS--empty, rinse and replace cap.
  3. GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS--empty, rinse and replace cap.
  4. PAPER AND BOXES--include all paper, mail, magazines, newspaper, cereal boxes and flattened cardboard.  Do not include shredded paper.
  5. PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JUGS--empty, rinse and replace cap.  Disregard the numbers on plastic.  Recycle bottles and jugs only.  Other plastics are not recyclable at this time.


(COLUMBUS, Ohio)--As the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots rise, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers to beware of phony calls and letters saying they've won millions of dollars.  The Ohio Attorney General's Office has received several reports of the scams this week.

"We just warn people to be careful," Attorney General DeWine said.  "In most cases, if you're getting a call saying you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam."

The scam generally begins with a call or letter claiming a person has won millions of dollars in a lottery or sweepstakes.  The person is asked to wire a few hundred dollars or more to cover "processing fees" or taxes in order to receive the winnings.  In reality, there is no prize and any money the person sends will go to a scam artist.

In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General's Office received about 150 complaints about sweepstakes or prizes.  Reported losses often topped several thousand dollars.

Tips to avoid sweepstakes and lottery scams include:
  • Don't send money to receive a prize.  Don't trust people who contact you unexpectedly, claim you've won a lottery or sweepstakes, and ask you to pay to receive the prize.  If you truly won, you shouldn't need to send your own money in advance to receive your winnings.
  • Be wary of requests for wire transfers, money orders, or gift cards.  These payment methods are used frequently in scams.  Once the money is sent, it is difficult to trace or recover it.  Also, be wary if you receive an unexpected check in the mail.  It may be a counterfeit check used as part of a scam.
  • Talk to friends and family about scams.  Older adults can be especially vulnerable to lottery and sweepstakes scams.  If you have older relatives, talk to them about scams and look for signs that they have been targeted.  Red flags include unusual banking activities, wire transfer receipts, and an increased number of phone calls made to them.
Report potential scams to the Ohio Attorney General's Office at or by calling 800-282-0515.

   A friendly reminder from the North Royalton Police Department

Please plan on joining us, Monday, September 24th at 11 am when Pleasantview Care Center will be sponsoring BINGO here at our Senior Center.

Are you low income and having trouble paying your gas or electric bill?  On Tuesday, October 2nd we will have a Benefit Bank representative in our office from 1:00 - 4:00 pm to assist with HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) applications.  You must have a Photo ID, current utility bills, and gross income for all household members over the age of 18.  In addition, you will need to provide birth certificates and social security cards for everyone in the household.  The Benefit Bank representative can assist with Medicaid applications also.

The North Royalton Office on Aging has activities for anyone over age 55.  Look for our calendar on the web under Aging and Human Services.  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 (South side entrance).  If you have questions or comments, contact Debra Burrows at 440-582-6333.

Safety Tips from your Fire Department

National Preparedness Month (NPM), recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. This NPM will focus on planning, with an overarching theme: Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.   

Week 3:  Sept 16-22 - Check Your Coverage

  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property Guide (link below)  
    • The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.
    • Document and Insure Property Guide:       
    • Flood Insurance allows communities and families to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit to learn more about flood insurance and how to protect your home or business.

Week 4: Sept 23-30-Save For an Emergency

  • Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.

o  Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Taking the time now to collect and secure these critical records will give you peace of mind and, in the event of an emergency, will ensure that you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.

    • Gather financial and critical personal, household, and medical information.
    • Consider saving money in an emergency savings account that could be used in any crisis. Keep a small amount of cash at home in a safe place. It is important to have small bills on hand because ATM’s and credit cards may not work during a disaster when you need to purchase necessary supplies, fuel or food.
    • Obtain property (homeowners or renters), health, and life insurance if you do not have them. Review existing policies for the amount and extent of coverage to ensure that what you have in place is what is required for you and your family for all possible hazards. Homeowners insurance does not typically cover flooding, so you may need to purchase flood insurance separate. 

Railroad Safety

 Rail Safety Week (RSW) is September 23-29, 2018.  The theme this year is "Stop Track Tragedies." 

Trains are exciting and fun for many reasons: The size, the speed, the sounds. But railroad tracks and train crossings can be dangerous as well. Here are some train and railroad safety tips to help keep your family safe near tracks and trains.

Hard Facts about Safety around Railroad Tracks

In 2017, there were 2,106 collisions reported at rail crossings in the U.S.

Railroad Safety Tips

     Railroad Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  1. Only cross railroad tracks at a designated crossing. Designated crossings are marked by a sign, lights or a gate.
  2. Look both ways before crossing railroad tracks. Remember, trains can come from either direction at any time.
  3. If lights are flashing or the gate is down at a railroad crossing, wait for the train to pass completely before crossing. It is never okay
  4. to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think.
  5. After a train passes the crossing completely, wait for the gate to come back up and the lights to stop flashing. Then look both ways again before crossing to be sure a second train is not coming. A second train may be hidden behind the first one.
  6. If you are using a cell phone, headphones or a game, remember: heads up, devices down when you cross the tracks. Once a train starts to brake, it can take a mile for the train to stop. So when you see a train, it’s already too late for it to stop for you. Headphones should be removed, so you can hear an approaching train’s horn.
  7. Don’t be tempted to walk along the railroad track. It might be a shortcut, but it is dangerous and not worth the risk. It is against the law to walk on the track and the land around it because it is private property.

Railroad Safety Tips for Drivers

  1. Be alert near railroad crossings and stop for approaching trains. If the lights are flashing or the gate is down, wait for the train to pass before crossing. It is never okay to rush across and try to beat the train. Trains may be closer and faster than you think.
  2. Allow enough space for your vehicle to completely clear the entire railroad crossing, not just the tracks, before you attempt to cross. Remember, trains are at least three feet wider than the tracks on either side, so even though you clear the tracks, you may still get hit by the train.
After a train passes the crossing completely, wait for the gate to come back up and the lights to stop flashing. Then look both ways again before you cross to be sure a second train is not coming in either direction.  A second train may be hidden behind the first one.

The celebration of the 200th year of our great city is still going on!

The Museum will be Open during the Harvest Fest on Sunday, September 23rd.

Come get your Bicentennial Tee Shirt and Pennant before they are gone!

 We have Bicentennial Tee Shirts and
 Pennants with the above logo available. 
 Many shirt sizes available at $12 each or
 two for $20.  All proceeds benefit the NR
 Historical Society.  Thank you.

We are always looking for new people with new ideas on how we can preserve
the history of NR!  We appreciate your help and support!

Contact Georgia at 440-773-4509 (cell/text) or email



Don't forget its Shred Day this weekend! The event is Saturday, September 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. located at 14600 State Road (City Hall/Memorial Park parking lot).

This event is a public service open to all North Royalton, non-business residents at no cost. Please bring proper identification indicating you are a North Royalton resident. The best part about the Shred Events? All your documents are shredded on site and there is NO LIMIT to how much material you can bring!


Do Include: small paper clips, staples do not have to be removed
  • Accounting ledger paper
  • Adding machine tape
  • Advertisements
  • Booklets, brochures
  • Copy machine paper
  • Colored paper
  • Computer paper, Faxes
  • Envelopes
  • Manila file folders – bleachable
  • Greeting cards
  • Laser printer paper
  • Legal pad paper
  • Post-it notes
  • NCR paper
  • Receipts
  • All types of white paper
Do Not Include:
  • Newspapers, phone books, magazines
  • Binders
  • Books
  • Pendaflex folders
  • Food and candy wrappers
  • Waxed paper
  • Napkins 
  • Styrofoam containers 
QUESTIONS: North Royalton Service Department 440-582-3002

If you are unable to attend our Shred Event but still want to dispose of your personal records, there are many options for paper shredding and document destruction in Cuyahoga County see a list of options.

Don't forget to have your trash
 at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Curbside Recycling Is In Trouble

Curbside recycling in Cuyahoga County is in trouble and we need your help. Local recycling processors report that more and more recycling is contaminated with garbage – up to 25 percent garbage. Contamination happens when residents put unacceptable or non-recyclable items into their recycling cart. 

Recycling markets also are shrinking because of China’s decision to restrict imports. Simply stated, China no longer wants to be the global end-market for the world’s recyclables because for decades they had been accepting recyclables contaminated with trash and hazardous waste. This has left them with a spoiled environment they are now working to clean up. 

These two facts – huge contamination rates and China’s restriction of imports – have created a perfect storm for recycling here in Cuyahoga County. Everyone’s help is needed to do a better job of recycling correctly to keep recycling viable. 

Here are the rules for proper recycling

Put these five items ONLY in your curbside recycling:

  • Food and beverage CANS – empty and rinse.
  • Milk, juice and broth CARTONS - empty, rinse and replace cap.
  • GLASS BOTTLES AND JARS – empty, rinse and replace cap.
  • PAPER AND BOXES - include all paper, mail, magazines, newspaper cereal boxes and flattened cardboard. Do not include shredded paper. 
  • PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JUGS – empty, rinse and replace cap. Disregard the numbers on plastic. Recycle bottles and jugs only.  Other plastics are not recyclable at this time.


  • Place items loose, not bagged, in your recycle cart or bin.
  • Recyclables should be free from food residue and empty.
  • Boxes should be broken down.

Empty. Clean. Dry. Make sure that all of the items you put out for recycling are prepared appropriately. See the top 10 things you should know about recycling in Cuyahoga County.

If you have any questions regarding our trash and recycling programs please contact the Service Department at 440-582-3002.

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