Friday, January 18, 2013
In the past year, resident recycling grew by nearly 300 tons
Beachwood residents saved nearly 300 more tons of reusable materials in 2012 than in the previous year. Beachwood Service Director Dale Pekarek said the city's curbside recycling program collected 772.45 tons of recyclables last year, compared to 481.59 tons in 2011. At the same time, solid waste collections trended downward by almost the exact amount. Residents disposed of 3,488 tons in 2011, compared to 3,189 tons last year. "It was almost a direct crossover," Pekarek said. "We've shifted from dumping in the ground to recycling, and that's all curbside." Pekarek told Beachwood City Council this week that it would have cost the city about $11,000 to put the extra materials under the ground if residents had not recycled them.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Youngsters get to explore cars, trucks of various Beachwood services
Nothing quite catches your attention like a huge honking sound from a fire truck. Now imagine encountering that sudden shock of sonic boom if you’re under 5-years-old – the imagination can run wild with infinite possibilities. The City of Beachwood hosted a free event Sunday afternoon where kids had a chance to tinker with the sirens of squad cars and climb up on snow plows. It was all part of the Honkin' Haulin' Hands-On Trucks event that was held Sunday afternoon at the Beachwood Municipal Service Center where kids could also get a street named after them or receive a special driver’s license to ride around on a special track. The event was free and open to the public. And another added benefit to the festivities: Kids and parents also …
Monday, September 26, 2011
On the first Sunday of autumn, the kids were in the drivers' seats
In Ohio, the legal age for a full driver's license is 18. On Sunday, Sept. 25, though, dozens of kids got the keys to the city's service vehicles during the 5th annual "Honkin' Haulin' Hands-On Trucks" in the parking lot of the Family Aquatic Center. Twenty-four vehicles, with an estimated worth of $3 million, were open to exploration and imagination. Youngsters got to sit in the cab of a fire engine and climb into the bay of an ambulance. The children also received a driver's license and a key. Luckily, they didn't have to pass a driver's test. Nearby, the Beachwood Historical Society held its Chalk Drawing Festival. Both events were originally scheduled for Sept. 11., but were postponed because of bad weather.