Sunday, January 20, 2013
Learn more about the trips the city is offering this year
Beachwood seniors will have three opportunities to hit the road this summer with their neighbors. The city has approved deposits for three recreational trips offered to senior citizens and hosted by the Community Services department. Deposits for trips to Chicago, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake and a Mississippi River cruise total $80,000. The city will be reimbursed for those costs once the trips are booked. Officials say the trips typically sell out quickly. "People should know that the city does not pay for these trips," Beachwood City Councilman Melvin Jacobs said. "It's a break-even amount for the city, all these trips sell out immediately." Beachwood City Council approved the deposits at Monday's meeting. Here's a breakdown…
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.
Friday, January 4, 2013
TIME magazine named President Obama their person of the year for the second time. Tell us who you think should win from our town!
On Dec. 19, Time magazine named President Obama their Person of the Year, again! The magazine invited votes on 40 candidates, including the president, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options included The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Apple CEO Tim Cook. But, the president took the title again four years after he first won the award as president-elect in 2008. But who cares about the same-old, same-old? Who is Beachwood’s Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”? Tell us your pick in the comment section below!