Thursday, December 28, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
12/21/06 UPDATE: We just added a link above to a wonderful Christmas card John sent (thank you, John).
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It’s time to say we’re throwing ourselves into the spirit of this most joyous time of the year. Right now, blogging about local politics seems so…well, so besides the point, plus we don’t want to miss a single opportunity to share the joy with family, friends, acquaintances, co-workers, or anyone else who crosses our paths.
We’ll be back after the first of the year, unless some unexpected blessing befalls our fair city that we just have to say something about. Actually, an amazing one just did. An announcement was made at the last council meeting: an anonymous donor has given $15,000 to make sure children here have Christmas toys. The Norwood Health Department and the Service League are teaming up with the schools to help bring this donor’s wonderful generosity to fruition.
Before we sign off, we declare this an “open” thread between now and Christmas to share information about food, clothing, and toy drives you know about, volunteer opportunities, ways to send Christmas greetings to Norwoodians serving our country or who may be home for the holidays, special church services and events, or maybe share some of the traditions your family enjoys this time of year (Good recipes of the sweet variety are encouraged. What? Recipes on a political blog?); in short, we welcome any comments that might feed our collective Christmas spirit…we might even leave a few ourselves.
And Happy New Year, too!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Our YouTube stats
Here are the links to the videos for anyone who missed them the first time around:
November "Norwood News"
"Wall that Heals"
September "Norwood News"
12/16/06 Update: "Wall that Heals" just keeps climbing - 300 views now.
October '06 Norwood Police call stats
A monthly feature
Total NPD calls:
August: 2,853 = 92 per day = 3.8 per hour
September: 2,688 = 89.6 per day = 3.73 per hour
October: 2,850 = 91.9 per day = 3.83 per hour
Auto Accidents: 78-78-70
Criminal Damage: 58-54-47
Dom. Violence: 35-34-39
Traffic Stops: 298-184-317
Noise Complaints: 50-71-49
Theft/Motor Vehicle: 21-12-14
Rape/Attempted Rape: 4-2-4
Monday, December 11, 2006
Developer estimates finished project could generate yearly tax revenues of $1 million for Norwood.
Friday, December 08, 2006
And one wins the argument in Ohio’s 2nd District Court of Appeals.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Imagine that...a civil civil lawsuit in this day and age.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
This just in…”Melody Makers” performing one night only this Saturday
Don't miss this and other treats at the Holiday Open House
The Open House is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the McCullough House at the Lindner Park Nature Preserve on Cypress Way. We’re all invited, and the appetizers, refreshments, and desserts are complimentary. Add in the music of the “Melody Makers,“ and we’re talking about an evening not to be missed.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Ohio seems to be fertile ground for this D.C. law firm. Maybe they should open a satellite office close by.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Rats! Tomorrow night's COW meeting is cancelled.
That makes two in a row. We'll just have to exercise a little patience here and wait for the one in January '07.
According to the February, ‘06 audit, “…many of the (personnel manual) policies remained in draft form while the Administration sought to consult various peers (peer cities) and other management sources for samples of effective policies which would best fit the needs of the City. Some of the draft policies grant the authority to interpret the policy to the Safety/Service Director. To reduce issues which could potentially arise out of misinterpretation and to avoid potential inconsistent application to employees, the City should carefully craft personnel policies which are comprehensive and detailed, similar to those peers such as Trotwood. Norwood should consider adding a policy…that addresses the issue of nepotism.”
It goes on to say on Page 3-24, “The City’s Safety and HR Committees should be responsible for ensuring the review and overseeing the required revisions using current resources. The City should not incur additional cost for this activity.” In other words, it would cost the City nothing to define nepotism once and for all and prohibit the practice. The return on this investment would be positively staggering in terms of restoring public confidence that our public officials will avoid nepotism or even the appearance of it. In fact, we’re hoping this latest employment episode will spark some discussion at the next council meeting on 12/12...but we’re not holding our breath.