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Howard Hanna Amherst Office 1711 Cooper Foster Park Road Amherst, Ohio 44041 (440) 282-8002

George Abram (440) 610-1150

Candy Adams (440) 320-8031

James Balas (440) 396-7575

Jamie Brasee (440) 935-4494

Robert Bromley (440) 320-7152

Audrey Bruck (440) 320-1812

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Robert Kritz (440) 879-7236

Amanda Leadbetter (440) 670-2258

Donald Lugar (440) 242-7004

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Susan Sharpnack-Dunn (440) 666-0177

Linda Shubeck (440) 258-4261

Kathleen Standen (440) 567-5926

Shelia Suleski (440) 670-3269

Jeanne Tishma (440) 371-4110

Joyce Wilhelm (440) 653-3986

Eddie Young (440) 986-0289

Anne Zacharias (440) 315-9597

Ronald Zidek (440) 725-5635

Timothy Jama & Tom Jama (440) 213-1565 & (440) 213-9192

Donna Miller & Donna Templeton (440) 320-1341 & (440) 522-5677

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Amherst 2015-2016

MAGAZINE & COMMUNITY GUIDE This is an Image Builders Marketing, Inc.™ Trademark Publication created and produced for the City of Amherst, Ohio.


City of Amherst David A. Taylor, Mayor 206 S. Main Street Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-4380




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ON THE COVER: Area business and community leaders, see page 11. Cover Location: Arabica Coffee & Bistro at 254 Park Avenue in downtown Amherst. Photographer: Jason Shaffer, Jason Shaffer Photography.


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Welcome to Amherst! Amherst is situated on State Route 58 between State Route 2 and Interstate 90 to the north and the Ohio Turnpike to the south making Amherst conveniently accessible to other areas, while allowing us to maintain our “small town” atmosphere. Our City offers an unmatchable quality of life with affordable housing, and top-notch police, fire and city service departments. We have a highly rated school system, the Amherst Public Library, numerous places of worship, the Amherst Historical Society, and University Hospital. Two Lorain County Metropark facilities located in the City offer indoor and outdoor recreational activities, and Maude Neiding Memorial Park has four outdoor pavilions and a public swimming pool for summer fun. Main Street Amherst and our historic downtown area feature various independently

owned businesses and host several annual events for the community to enjoy. The sponsoring businesses and organizations have made this fifth edition of the Amherst Magazine and Community Guide possible. This publication is designed to provide information about our City and those local businesses. I encourage you to support those highlighted in this magazine. It is through their generosity that you are receiving this copy. As I complete my 12th and final year as your Mayor, I thank you for the honor of serving you. It has been a privilege and pleasure. It is the spirit of our close-knit residential community that continues to make Amherst “home.”

Mayor David A. Taylor

David A. Taylor, Mayor



City Overview

Amherst, Ohio... A Wonderful Place to Live, Work and Play By Teresa Gilles, Main Street Amherst and Jami Anderson, The City of Amherst

In 1811, the first land clearing in the Amherst area was done by Jacob Shupe. He brought with him a carpenter from Pennsylvania and together they built the first sawmill in Lorain County, as Shupe knew there would be a great need for lumber as settlers arrived. With lumber from his new sawmill, Shupe built the first frame house in this area next to a stream he later named Beaver Creek. This framed house still stands today on a hill near what is now Cooper Foster Park Road. Today, situated a stone’s throw from Lake Erie, Amherst is 7.12 square miles in area and with 12,021 residents, is the ideal hometown for people of all ages.


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The City offers suburban, as well as urban living by retaining small town friendliness complete with commerce and industry, excellent public schools, St. Joseph Catholic School, University Hospital, numerous churches, parks, service clubs and other amenities that enhance the quality of life. Amherst has something for everyone. It is a great place for families, millennials and retirees. The City of Amherst has a statutory form of government administered by an elected fulltime Mayor and part-time Safety Service Director. The law director, auditor and treasurer are part-time positions and are elected to four year terms. City council members are part-time and elected to serve two-year terms. All city council and committee meetings are televised and open to the public. Among Amherst’s distinctive

CITY VIEWS: Events such as Dancing on Main Street (opposite page, top), held every August, bring residents and visitors downtown; our quaint downtown streets (above) feature unique businesses such as Erin Link’s Etc. Boutique (left).

community features are our state-of-the-art, top-notch safety forces and city service departments, Office on Aging, Main Street Amherst, the Amherst Public Library and the Amherst Historical Society. The Amherst Exempted Village School District, with over 4,000 students, is far from being considered a small town school system and is regarded as one of Ohio’s “excellent” districts. Our parks, Maude Neiding Memorial Park, Grace Sprenger Memorial Park, Jaworski Park and DePaola Park provide a public swimming pool with a children’s spray ground, picnic shelters, a large wooden playground, wooded areas, and soccer fields. The Lorain County Metro Parks has two facilities located in the City, Amherst Beaver Creek Reservation and the Mercy Wellness Center. Easy access to highways such as Route 2, Route 58 and



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the Ohio Turnpike makes Amherst an ideal place to locate a business. A group of committed citizens, government representatives and business owners work to preserve the mission of Main Street Amherst – “To promote and maintain an economically vital historic downtown and business district that is attractive and accessible to people of all ages.” In 1998 a small group of Amherst citizens and business owners formed the Amherst Downtown Business Association. The purpose MAIN STREET AMHERST, located at 255 Park Avenue, is dedicated to helping local businesses and organizations. of this group was two-fold: to facilitate the application for a Community Development a wonderful place. Take a look around Amherst and see Block Grant and to develop and foster an economically the quaint shops, services and salons, restaurants and strong business district. We have seen much improvement bars, bowling alley, bed and breakfast, and the cinema. We and progress through these grant awards. encourage you to visit and discover what Amherst has to It is the spirit of our community that makes Amherst offer. You will be glad you did!


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City Overview

Main Street Amherst

Preserving Our Heritage In an effort to preserve Amherst’s heritage, the City was pleased to receive the designation of Main Street Amherst in 2002. Main Street Amherst is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and maintain an economically vital historic downtown and business district that is attractive and accessible to people of all ages. The City received the designation from Heritage Ohio, Inc., a statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve our heritage. The Main Street program is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown or central business district, producing both tangible and intangible benefits. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street’s future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings and expanding parking. The Main Street program has earned national recognition as a practical strategy appropriately scaled to a community’s local resources and conditions. And because it is a locally driven program, all initiative stems from local issues and concerns. Main Street Amherst volunteers are striving to bring special events to the downtown and surrounding area to increase public awareness of what goods and services are available to the general public. Our motto has become WINE TIME: Participants strolled downtown and enjoyed samples during the annual Wine & Chocolate Walk.

For more information:

Main Events (L to R): Dancing on Main Street; Main Street Amherst Building; Miracle on Main Street.

“Come Help Us Grow.” Come to Amherst and experience the quaint, smalltown feeling of a community that cares about its economic growth. Make Main Street Amherst your next destination! Main Street Amherst is located in the Main Street Community Center at 255 Park Avenue, Amherst, OH 44001. For more information, call 440-984-6709 or email

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High Quality Education at Amherst Schools Comets Shoot for Academic Excellence For the second year in a row, we’re proud to say no Lorain County district earned more A’s and B’s on the state report card than Amherst Schools. We met all 24 performance indicators and had the highest overall valued-added ranking in the county. Comets were recognized statewide in cross country and track, culinary arts, theatre, and TV production. We also had two National Merit Semifinalists, and Amherst Junior High was nominated for National Blue Ribbon Status. Best of all, the Class of 2015 earned more than $3.2 million in academic scholarships! Adding tuition-free, all-day kindergarten, new high school electives, a middle school strings program, and Comet College Campus options will help us continue to grow and excel.


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Integrated Technology Comes to Amherst Schools

Steve Sayers, Superintendent

After investing in learning technology, Amherst Schools staff and students are now able to do things that never would have been thought possible just a few years ago. New learning technology helped Mrs. Stephanie Boggs’ 5th graders use Google Docs to practice working in groups, a critical skill in college and in the workplace. New technology helped other teachers fit lesson plans with different learning styles and track student growth. Check out more examples on The Official YouTube Channel of Amherst EVSD!

Amherst Schools in Best Financial Position in 15 Years and May Become More Stable The Amherst Schools may be in their best financial state since 2000. If there are no state budget cuts and our renewal levy passes in 2017, Amherst Schools will be financially stable with a cash balance through at least the 2018-2019 school year. We’re grateful to committed staff and administrators who sacrificed to make this possible. We also offer this high quality education at a great value to taxpayers. A

Amherst students learn about growing their own vegetables.

Lorain County Auditor’s Report from January 2015 shows that our cost to taxpayers ranks in the lowest third of Lorain County districts, while we continue rank as one of the top performing districts in the county. As always, thank you for your support for Amherst Schools. We owe our strength to our community.

Board Approves Tuition-Free, All-Day, Every Day Kindergarten for 2015-2016 The school board voted in January to implement tuitionfree, all-day, every day kindergarten for Amherst Schools starting next school year. The additional instruction time will help further young Comets’ reading skills, social skills, and confidence, and allow for more enrichment activities currently not possible in half-day kindergarten. We will provide this opportunity for all families while preserving financial stability through 2018-2019. Please call Powers Elementary at 440-988-8670 to enroll your child!

Tablets are being used in the classroom to facilitate individual learning skills.



Lorain County Community College and its University Partnership


Established in 1963, Lorain County Community College is the first community college in Ohio with a permanent campus. For 52 years LCCC has served the diverse needs Dr. Roy Church, of Lorain County and the region by President providing affordable access to high quality higher education. LCCC offers a progressive, diverse educational environment serving more than 14,000 associate degree students per year and offering more than 100 academic programs and majors. LCCC has emerged

as an innovator in higher education through the success of its University Partnership – the only one of its kind at an Ohio community college – where more than 3,000 students pursue more than 50 bachelors and masters degrees from 12 of Ohio’s leading universities on LCCC’s campus. This makes LCCC and its University Partnership the “Best Value in Higher Education.” LCCC also offers theater and arts opportunities, men’s and women’s athletics and a variety of clubs to engage students and enhance their experience. For more information, visit

Amherst Library: More Than Just Books The Amherst Public Library still operates in part within the walls of its original 1906 Carnegie building, being just one of over 100 libraries built in the state of Ohio with funds from the Andrew


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Carnegie Foundation. This makes the library a part of the very history it seeks to retain in its commitment to being at the center of lifelong learning in our community. A recently remodeled programming area and local history collection are still housed in the original sandstone structure, a monument to philanthropic foundations and small towns working together. The library remains a dynamic civic resource offering a variety of programming for all ages and a collection that continues to evolve to match the changing technology and the needs of the community. Library hours: Mon-Thurs 9am – 8:30pm; Fri & Sat 10am – 5pm Sun (Sept – May) 1pm – 5pm

The Faces of


Profiling some of Amherst’s most interesting and recognizable faces.

FRONT ROW (seated, left to right): Teresa Gilles, Executive Director, Main Street Amherst; Karen Linn, Principal, St. Joseph School; David A. Taylor, Mayor, Amherst; Judy Recknagel, Owner, The Mermaid’s Tale; Jami Anderson, Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, City of Amherst. SECOND ROW: Jennifer Elliott, Manager and Mark Mather, Owner, Edward Jones Investments; Liz Concar, Manager, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Jerry Perch, Owner, Arabica Coffee & Bistro; Dr. Mark Gigliotti and Dr. Kristin Yacobozzi, Owners, Amherst Animal Hospital. THIRD ROW: Brian Jankowski, Owner, BCT Alarm Services; Tony Gallo, President, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce; Angel Wright, Amherst Branch Manager and Ernie Jackson, CEO, CommStar Credit Union; Steve Sayers, Superintendent, Amherst Schools. MISSING FROM PHOTO: Rev. Timothy J. O’Connor, Pastor, St. Joseph Parish. PHOTO LOCATION: Arabica Coffee & Bistro. PHOTOGRAPHER: Jason Shaffer, Jason Shaffer Photography.


CommStar Credit Union



ommStar Credit Union, in business since 1938, continues to expand, offering new products and presenting an alternative to a “one-size-fits-all” banking experience. CommStar offers services tailored to their members’ needs, ranging from Checking and Savings products, youth and teen programs, Mortgages, Home Equity Loans and Sallie Mae Student Loans, which can all be acquired through CommStar Credit Union. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Lorain County is eligible for membership. CommStar offers the same types of accounts as banks, but generally at lower costs, including business products and lending for community businesses. Because a Credit Union is owned by its members (account holders), they do not pay a board of directors or shareholders and return profit to members in the form of dividends. This also allows CommStar to offer lower rates on loans. CommStar’s competitive mortgage department helps homebuyers with low cost, low down payment, conventional home loan options that boast competitive interest rates. They offer Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA and USDA Mortgage Loans.

Streamlined refinancing enforces their “people helping people” philosophy, helping members capture today’s great rates, even if you owe more than your current property value. For those building a new home, they offer one of the most competitive construction loan programs in the area. Open and fixed Equity Lines of Credit top off their line of Mortgage Services. CommStar Credit Union is active in the community and they want to be your one-stop for financial needs. At CommStar, they know their members by name and will help find the products you need, not the ones you don’t.

Left to Right: Dave Jezewski, Director of Business Development; Mark Patterson, MortgageSpecialist; Angel Wright, Amherst Branch Manager and Ernie Jackson, President

Call or visit CommStar today to experience a better way to bank! Avon, Elyria, Lorain & our New Location in Amherst • 866-365-7345


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name a few. Amherst Animal Hospital also offers full boarding facilities, doggy daycare and full grooming services so your pet has everything it needs at one location.


or almost 60 years, Amherst Animal Hospital has been serving the Amherst Community by providing for your family pets. Taking great pride in personalized and compassionate care, they have earned the community’s loyalty and trust, one customer at a time. The family-owned, full service animal hospital provides a welcoming and friendly environment for all of your pets’ needs. They utilize the most advanced technology and most current techniques, while maintaining a hands-on approach. Amherst Animal Hospital provides medical, surgical & preventative care for dogs, cats, avians, exotics & reptiles. They offer physical wellness exams, vaccinations, in-house lab testing for complete blood profiles and heartworm and intestinal parasite testing, Class 4 Laser therapy, dental cleanings, and a full range of surgeries from basic spay and neuters to more extensive procedures involving ophthalmic and orthopedic surgeries, to

There are two doctors/owners at the hospital, Dr. Mark Gigliotti and Dr. Kristin Yacobozzi. Dr. Mark’s dad and uncle founded the hospital and he has been there for 34 years. Dr. Kristin has been working there for over 8 years and is now a partner, ensuring another generation of devotion to the Amherst community. Dr. Gigliotti, Dr. Yacobozzi and the Amherst Animal Hospital staff look forward to continued service to the area communities with the highest level of veterinary care available, and would be honored to bring a new, innovative, and caring veterinary experience to you and your family. Dr. Mark Gigliotti and Dr. Kristin Yacobozzi

Amherst Animal Hospital is located at 1425 Cooper Foster Park Road. Office hours are Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 440-282-5220 or go to for more information.


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elebrating 23 years in business, The Mermaid’s Tale is an Amherst destination. This fashionably fun women’s boutique draws shoppers locally and from across the country. Owner, Judy Recknagel, pays close attention to her customers’ wants and needs. New merchandise arrives daily, making frequent visits a must! When you visit The Mermaid’s Tale, you’ll enter a beautiful space and be greeted warmly by the friendly, knowledgeable staff. You will find an amazing selection of women’s accessories from the truly unique to old favorites. The lines they carry include: Pandora, Vera Bradley, Brighton, Lindsay Phillips, Spartina 449, Chrysalis, Ginger Snaps, Uno de 50, Belle Etoile and more. Judy and her staff look forward to making your shopping experience nothing short of extraordinary, as customer service is their top priority. They would love to help you find that Judy Recknagel, Owner perfect accessory or gift!

Mark Mather, Financial Advisor Jennifer Elliott, Sr. Branch Office Administrator


nyone who is currently in the stock market knows what a whirlwind event it has been. Mark Mather is working hard to help his clients sleep well at night.

“Every client comes from a different walk of life. Whether a retiree, a young couple, or grandparents saving for their grandchildren’s education, they all have different situations in life and that’s what we do; help clients with their individual investment needs,” says Mather. “We get to know our clients and their children and truly care about them. We have been in Amherst for 18 years and we have met a lot of great people! Clients know that we have a local office and they can always call us or come in for an appointment and meet with Mark face-to-face,” says Jennifer. Client or not, come in and visit the Edward Jones office of Mark Mather. We can discuss a retirement strategy that fits your Member SIPC individual needs.

Mark Mather and Jennifer Elliott

Visit The Mermaid’s Tale at 201 Church Street 440-988-7826 • • Like us on facebook!

Edward Jones is located at 540 N. Leavitt Rd. in Amherst. Call 440-984-3639 or go to





oward Hanna is a full-service real estate company offering real estate, mortgage, title services, and insurance. Howard Hanna, Home of the Money Back Guarantee, provides the convenience of One Stop

“We strive every day, in every transaction, to reflect the pride we have in our company, each other, and in the people and communities that we serve,” states Liz Concar. Liz has managed the Amherst/Lorain office since 2004 and with more than 57 real estate agents, Liz and her team are prepared to help you through the home buying or selling process.


ather Timothy J. O’Connor is the new pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Amherst and the new administrator of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in South Amherst. He was recently appointed by Bishop Lennon to carry on the work of Father Lawrence Martello, who retired earlier this year after 26 years of service to the Amherst community. Father Tim comes to Amherst having previously served as pastor of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Akron and Saint Joseph Parish in Avon Lake. Having grown up in Elyria, he is delighted to be at home in Lorain County! Stewardship is very close to Fr. Tim’s heart: “As stewards, we show our gratitude to God by sharing our gifts generously with others. Having only been in Amherst a short time, but already meeting many talented parishioners and welcoming neighbors, I believe the Amherst community to be one based on stewardship.”

Call today and ask about Howard Hanna’s guaranteed services provided to sellers and buyers. IF YOU LIST IT WE WILL SELL IT!

Liz Concar, Sales Manager

The Howard Hanna Amherst/Lorain office is located at 1711 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, OH 44001 • 440-282-8002 •

Rev. Timothy J. O’Connor

Saint Joseph Parish is located at 200 Saint Joseph Dr. in Amherst. Call 440-988-2848 for the Parish Office or 440-988-4244 for the School. Visit us online at




CT Alarm Services was founded by Brian Jankowski in 2007 after years of experience working for Forthofer Alarm Systems. Over the past 8 years they have grown exponentially and now encompass most of Northern Ohio. With over 25 years of experience in the alarm industry, their team consists of Brian Jankowski, Tim Szilvasy, Bernie Jankowski, Mark Evans and Sara Garwood. BCT Alarm Services takes pride in offering their customers the best service in the business and strive to make sure all their clients’ needs are met. BCT offers a comprehensive line of design services and installation of security systems for homes and commercial businesses including burglar alarms, fire alarms, access control, surveillance, emergency button systems, and environmental monitoring. They are your LOCAL alarm service provider, giving peace of mind to Northern Ohio homes and businesses. Brian Jankowski, Owner

For all of your security needs, contact BCT Alarm Services at 877-215-0763. 103 Milan Ave., Amherst •


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Jason Shaffer Photography DIFFERENT, MODERN, AWESOME.


ust about anybody can snap a photo, but it takes vast experience and undeniable talent to capture the depth that Jason Shaffer has over his 15-year career.

Though rooted in the small town of Amherst, Jason’s footprint stretches far and wide. His first published photo was in 2002 in Goldwell Hair Products book of fashion photography, but he’s since made marks with Hewlett Packard, Chef Dante Boccuzzi, Heinen’s, Quaker Steak & Lube, and Food Network. Additionally, Jason was recently chosen to photograph Rose McGowan, Malcolm McDowell, and director George Romero. Later this year, Jason will be opening a large commercial- and editorial-based photography studio equipped with a full chef’s kitchen and multiple studio areas with limitless possibilities. Jason continuously pushes the level of quality of his images. He’s created timeless photos in various arenas, but his specialties are food, product, and commercial photography.

Jason Shaffer, Owner

For more information and to view Jason’s latest work, please visit


Are You Banking With Your Right Fit? Most people nowadays do their banking with the institution they’ve been with for years. Those catchy offers that come by postcard in the mail are often appealing, but do they have your best financial health in mind? Just as we shop around for car insurance, groceries and household items, have you considered shopping around for your finances? Financial institutions seem to be popping up on every corner, so choosing the right fit for yourself or family can be a grueling task. During the bank bailout, more Americans turned to credit unions as an option over corporate and state banks. Credit unions have always been around, but most often were for a specific group or organization. Over the years, credit unions have evolved into entities open to the public, serving millions of Americans with the same products and services as banks, just at a lower cost. Credit unions, by definition, are non-profit financial cooperatives that offer individuals a rewarding community approach to finance along with: checking, savings, credit and debit cards, home, auto, student and business loans, and mortgages. A credit union pools the deposits of its members to fund low-interest loans, reducing or eliminating reliance on outside capital. Any profits generated by the credit union are distributed and utilized for the benefit of all community members. They receive higher rates on their savings, lower interest rates on loans, and reduced fees on services. Corporate banks have always held an advantage to home town banks and area credit unions because of

the large number of branches they have. Addressing this problem, credit unions across the country created a cooperative network called Shared Branching, allowing the same conveniences as a large bank. Shared Branching gives members thousands of convenient locations to perform transactions just as if they were in their home credit union. Anywhere you see the Shared Branching swirl icon, you can conduct a range of transactions on your account. There is an app, downloadable GPS data, a phone number to call and website to visit that will assist you in finding the nearest participating Shared Branching credit union. A credit union is run by its members, so they always have your best interest in mind. Partnering up with common service providers to offer special discounts to members are an additional perk. Companies such as GMC, Sprint, Allied Moving Benefits, TurboTax, Dell, DirecTV and FTD are a few. In addition, there are even home and auto insurance companies that offer credit union members additional policy discounts. Read more about credit unions at or For information on Shared Branching, please visit If you have any questions about credit unions, or are looking for assistance in understanding your options, please contact CommStar Credit Union at 800-365-7345 or go to

A CPA firm big enough to offer the expertise of a large firm but small enough to provide great service at reasonable rates. Scott Caco 440-988-5500 400 N. Leavitt Rt. 58 Amherst

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Health & Wellness

The Fun Will be Unleashed in Amherst Amherst is finally getting its long-awaited Dog Park, thanks to the generosity of Amherst Animal Hospital, Dr. Kristin Yacobozzi and Dr. Mark Gigliotti! The Dog Park will be located on roughly 3 acres of beautiful, grassy land behind the Amherst Animal Hospital at 1425 Cooper Foster Park Road.  Amherst Dog Park, Inc. President, Matthew Yacobozzi, and Amherst City Councilman, Phil Van Treuren, have joined Amherst Animal Hospital to turn this dream into a reality for the City of Amherst, with the goal of working with local businesses and residents to build the Dog Park utilizing only private donations, and no tax dollars. Amherst Dog Park, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations of all sorts are being accepted, including monetary, labor, and materials, such as fencing, pavilion materials, waste receptacles, paving, and even yearly maintenance and upkeep for lawn mowing, landscaping, etc. Businesses that help with the project will receive prominent advertising at the park, as well as on


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the Dog Park website, which will be seen by thousands of residents each year. We envision an attractive Dog Park that will promote the health and wellness of animals and their owners. For more information, visit

Homes & Real Estate

Preparing Your Home to Sell is a Good Investment By Liz Concar, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

Buying and selling a home is the largest financial transaction most of us will ever make. Millions of homes are sold each year and, while each transaction is different, every owner wants the same thing: the best possible deal with the least amount of hassle. Home selling has become more complex than it used to be. New seller disclosure statements, longer and more mysterious form agreements, and a range of environmental concerns have all emerged in the past decade. Today’s real estate world requires experience and training. Experienced RealtorsŽ cannot only handle the nuts and bolts of the real estate transaction, but also the steps required to get homes on the market to sell. First they will look at the home through the eyes of a prospective buyer and determine what needs to be cleaned, painted, repaired and tossed out. Cosmetic improvements such as paint, wallpaper, landscaping, etc., help a home show better and are often good investments. Mechanical repairs that ensure all systems and appliances Liz Concar, Sales Manager, are in good working condition are Howard Hanna Real required to get a top price. The home Estate Services must then be competitively priced with others in the community. Realtors see numerous homes and are able to provide suggestions that are consistent with your marketplace. Once the home is listed for sale, an experienced Realtor will market and promote the home where people are looking (online, newspapers, TV). For all of your real estate services, call the Amherst office of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services at 440-282-8002.


Community Information

Important Phone Numbers PHOTO: JASON SHAFFER

Zip Code 44001 EMERGENCY 911 Amherst Police Dept. 440-988-2625 (non-emergency) Amherst Fire Dept. 440-988-4117 (non-emergency)

City Administration 206 S. Main St. Amherst, OH 44001

David A. Taylor, Mayor 440-988-4380 Jami L. Anderson, Administrative Assistant 440-988-3720

City Council Meets at 7:30pm on the second and fourth Monday of the month at City Hall.

Council Members Council President John Dietrich 440-988-7444 Council Ward One Steve Bukovac 440-987-9895 Council Ward Two David Goodell 440-309-0654 Council Ward Three Chuck Winiarski 440-864-5437 Council Ward Four Jennifer Wasilk 440-985-3109

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Clerk of City Council Linda Turley 206 S. Main St. 440-988-2420

City Departments Auditor David Kukucka 480 Park Ave. 440-988-3742 Building Inspector David Macartney 480 Park Ave. 440-988-3734

Council at Large Phil Van Treuren 440-506-0449

Fire Department Wayne Northeim, Chief Emergency 911 440-988-4117 (non-emergency)

Council at Large David Janik 988-9110

IncomeTax/Treasurer’s Office 480 Park Ave. 440-988-4212

The Veterans Memorial at Patriot Field-Ridge Hill Memorial Park.


Council at Large Joe Miller 440-544-6353

Law Director Anthony Pecora 440-930-4001

Office on Aging Amy Davis, Director 621 Cleveland Ave. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm 440-988-2817

University Hospital Elyria 630 East River Elyria, OH 44035 440-329-7500

Police Department Joseph K. Kucirek, Chief Emergency 911 440-988-2625 (non-emergency)

University Hospital Avon Emergency Care Center 1997 Healthway Dr. Avon, OH 44011 440-988-6660

Safety/ Service Director Mark Costilow 440-988-3726 Treasurer Richard Ramsey 480 Park Avenue 440-988-3745

Public Schools Amherst Exempted Village Schools District Office 185 Forest St. 440-988-4406 Steve Sayers, Superintendent Steele High School 450 Washington St. 440-988-4433 Amherst Junior High School 548 Milan St. 440-988-0324 Nord Middle School 501 Lincoln St. 440-988-4441 Harris Elementary School 393 S. Lake St. 440-984-2496 Powers Elementary School 401 Washington St. 440-988-8670

Private/Parochial Schools Elyria Catholic High School 725 Gulf Rd., Elyria 440-365-1821 Lake Ridge Academy 37501 Center Ridge Rd. N. Ridgeville 440-327-1175 Open Door Christian School 8287 W. Ridge Rd., Elyria 440-322-6386 St. Joseph Catholic School 175 St. Joseph Dr. Amherst 440-988-4244



CABLE Time Warner Cable 1-877-772-2253

Amherst Public Library 221 Spring St. 440-988-4230

ELECTRIC City of Amherst 440-988-4224


NATURAL GAS Columbia Gas of Ohio 800-344-4077

Cleveland ClinicLorain Family Health & Surgery Center 5700 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-204-7400 Mercy Allen Hospital 200 W. Lorain St. Oberlin, OH 44074 440-986-4000 Mercy Regional Medical Center 3700 Kolbe Rd. Lorain, OH 44053 440-960-4000 University Hospital - Amherst 245 Cleveland Ave. Amherst, OH 44001 440-988-6000

We’re here to help Printing • Document finishing Packing • Shipping • Notary Stamps • Ink cartridges 121 N Leavitt Road (Next to Marco’s Pizza) 440.984.5100 Tel Mon-Fri 8:30-7:00 Sat 8:30-2:00 Sun Closed Copyright © 2015 The UPS Store, Inc. 5557060915

SEWER & WATER City of Amherst 440-988-4224 TELEPHONE SERVICE Century Telephone 1-800-201-4099 TRASH & RECYCLING Republic Services 1-800-433-1309 440-458-5191 >> Continued on next page

The Rotary Club of Amherst: Smile and the World Smiles with You The Rotary Club of Amherst represents a local group of citizens who value their community. Our membership participates in raising monies for local charities and local education. We meet each Monday at Noon by sharing our meal, our thoughts and our ideas. Visit us today at our website: We meet every Monday at noon at St. Joseph’s Church Auditorium in Amherst. Don’t forget our Great Wine Tasting Event coming again in January, 2016!


Community Information Main Street Amherst Calendar of Events General Meetings – The First Thursday of Each Month - 9 am to 10 am at the Main Street Amherst (M.S.A.) Community Center. Please join us and learn what is happening in Amherst during this hour-long gathering. All are welcome to attend.

Pride Day – The Saturday After Mother’s Day – 9 am to 12 pm at M.S.A. Community Center. Come and take pride in your community while sprucing up the historic downtown.

Wine & Chocolate Walk – The Sunday After Mother’s Day – 12 pm to 5 pm, Downtown Amherst. Stroll historic Downtown Amherst while being treated to samples of wine and chocolate from the local businesses. You will be sure to learn a new tidbit of information about our city while finding a new favorite shop or business.

Walkin’ on Wednesday – The Second Wednesday in June, July, August & September – 6 pm to 8 pm, Downtown Amherst. Stroll the streets of our historic downtown district while listening to local musicians and enjoying other free, family-friendly entertainment. Shops, restaurants and businesses stay open late!

Dancing on Main Street – The First Saturday in August – 3 pm to 11:30 pm, Downtown Amherst. Rock-n-Roll to the sounds of great local bands during this free, all day music festival. The streets are closed so restaurants and vendors can offer their specialties. Come early for entertainment, stay late for the area’s most popular bands.

Miracle on Main Street – The First Friday in December – 6 pm to 8 pm, Downtown Amherst. Kick-off the holiday season with a visit to this free, family-friendly event. The evening starts with a parade down Park Avenue followed by live music and visit from Santa Claus himself. Head inside the M.S.A. Community Center for train displays, crafts and photos with Santa. Shops remain open so you can jump start your holiday shopping. Lolly the Trolley Rides – The Third Wednesday in December – 6 pm to 8:30 pm at M.S.A. Community Center. View the holiday lights and sing carols while winding through the streets of our great city on a historic trolley. A holiday tradition!

BARK N’ BUBBLES: The Alpha-Dog Self-Serve Pet Wash Station is open 24-hours a day, all year-round, and it is both heated and air conditioned. It works much like a self-serve car wash. Cash (or tokens) gets you wash time, so the final price depends on the size of the dog and how many “extras” you use. The Pet Wash Station is located at 46370 Middle Ridge Rd.

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Other Important Numbers Amherst Historical Society/Sandstone Museum Center 440-988-7255 Amherst Post Office 350 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-988-3421 Amherst Transfer Station (Seasonal Dump) 440-774-5381 Lorain County Board of Elections 1985 N. Ridge Rd. East Lorain, OH 44055 440-244-3186

Lorain County Collection Center 540 S. Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 1-800-449-5463 Lorain County Visitors Bureau 8025 Leavitt Rd. 440-984-5282 800-334-1673 Lorain License Bureau 4340 Leavitt Rd. #K Lorain, OH 44053 440-244-5445 Main Street Amherst 255 Park Ave. 440-984-6709

The Lorain County Chamber of Commerce has promoted and supported the success and growth of the Lorain County business community since it’s founding in 1988. The County Chamber has focused our efforts to help “Connect-PromoteGrow” our members and their business. We connect our members to local vendors, suppliers and entrepreneurs. We promote Lorain County Business with our ever-growing Business to Business EXPO, our new website and social media. And we grow our membership and business providers by offering educational seminars, networking events


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Tammy Cascio, Tony Gallo and Kris Lewandowski, the Chamber staff, in front of Amherst City Hall.

and cost saving benefits to our members. It’s never been a better time to join the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.



407 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-985-1372

7570 Oakpoint Rd. 440-985-1100

Krieg’s Frozen Custard

7582 Leavitt Rd. 440-985-7827

40045 Telegraph Rd (SR 113) Amherst Twp. 440-985-5300

Marco’s Pizza Arabica Burger Photo: Jason Shaffer

Dining Guide Every effort has been made to provide a complete and accurate restaurant listing. Please contact us in reference to errors or corrections for future publications.

Amherst Pit BBQ & Pub 150 Jefferson 440-984-0085

Arabica Coffee Bistro 255 Park Ave. 440-984-2908

Arby’s 1951 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-282-3456

Blue Sky Restaurant 917 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-984-2583

Bob Evans Restaurant 700 N Leavitt Rd. 440-988-8894

Brew Kettle 300 Church St. Coming soon!

Captain’s Club 232 Park Ave. 440-985-7276

Cedar Pub 200 Park Ave. 440-988-2637

Corks Wine Bar & Bistro 209 S. Main St. 440-984-7430

Dairy Queen 7502 Leavitt Rd. 440-988-8885


105 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-984-3700

McDonald’s 500 N Leavitt Rd 440-988-5919

Moose Head BBQ Grill

900 N Leavitt Rd. 440-984-2426

7660 Leavitt Rd. 440-985-7429

Domino’s Pizza

Mr. Hero

1905 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-960-1898

919 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-988-2288

Don Tequila Mexican Restaurant

Olde Town Pizza House

2269 Kresge Dr. 440-282-1065

D’Tutanelli’s Pizza 103 Milan Ave. 440-985-9866

East of Chicago Pizza 1002 N. Lake St., S. Amherst 440-986-3278

Amherst Diner 46323 Telegraph Rd. Amherst Twp. 440-986-8513

Golden Crown ChineseAmerican Restaurant 2292 Kresge Dr. 440-960-2299

Hot Dog Heaven 493 Cleveland Ave. 440-988-7404

Jilliano’s Pizzeria

Taco Bell 940 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-985-2355

Wendy’s 504 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-985-1680

Your Deli 395 Park Ave. 440-985-3354

Ziggy’s Sports Bar & Grill 193 Park Ave. 440-985-3663

195 Cleveland Ave. 440-984-2468

Panera Bread 8000 Oakpoint Rd. 440- 985-2000

Pour House 134 Park Ave. 440-988-7687

Quarry Cafe 161 Park Ave. 440-988-0337

Quesadillas Mexican 249 Church St. 440-988-0399

RC Brewhouse 223 Church St. 440-984-3103

Sal & Al’s / Danny Boys Pizza 2261 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-282-3366

2261 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Ste. C 440-282-5900

Starbucks (inside Target)

Jin House of Japanese & Chinese Cuisine

Stubby’s Pub

2255 Kresge Dr. 440-282-4907

2273 Kresge Dr. 440-282-7827

8000 Oak Point Rd. 440-985-7100

209 S. Main St. 440-984-7432



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Community Information Places of Worship A Fresh Wind Church 1115 Milan Ave. 440-984-7278 Amherst Church of the Nazarene 210 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-988-9014 Amherst Congregational United Church of Christ 379 S. Main St. 440-988-9148

Good Shepherd Baptist Church 1100 Cleveland Ave. 440-988-4506 or 440-988-5597 Great Lakes Church 600 Shupe Avenue (440) 988-8000 Heritage Presbyterian Church 515 N. Leavitt Rd. 440-988-9409 Nativity Catholic Church – S. Amherst 333 S. Lake St. 440-986-7011

Cornerstone Community Church – S. Amherst 46400 Telegraph Rd. 440-986-8111

Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church – S. Amherst 9457 Baumhart Rd. 440-988-4332

Everspring Baptist Church – S. Amherst Baumhart & Middle Rdg. 440-988-9609

Old Fashion Grace Baptist Church – S. Amherst 500 N. Main St. 440-986-8805

Faith Baptist Church 440 North Lake St. 440-988-8255

Park Avenue United Methodist Church 396 Park Ave. 440-988-8330

St. Johns & Henrietta United Church of Christ 416 Leonard St. 440-986-7441

St. Peter United Church of Christ 582 Church St. 440-988-4965

South Amherst First United 201 W. Main St. 440-986-2461

St. Joseph Catholic Church 200 Saint Joseph Dr. 440-988-2848

Trinity Evangelical Free Church 46485 Middle Ridge Rd. 440-985-2419

South Amherst Congregational Church 114 W. Main St. 440-986-8416

St. Paul Lutheran Church 115 Central Dr. 440-988-4157

West Ridge Enterprise Baptist Church – S. Amherst 46280 Telegraph Rd. 440-986-6919

Family Fellowship Foursquare Church 780 Cooper Foster Park Rd. 440-988-2866 Free Pentecostal Church of God – S. Amherst 48143 Russia Rd. 440-986-2077


Church of Christ 591 Washington St. 440-988-4088

Amherst Congregational United Church of Christ

The Power and Simplicity of Endowed Giving Imagine making one gift that keeps on giving forever. THIS is the power of endowed giving. And it’s within reach for everyone. Donors simply make a permanent, taxdeductible donation to any fund at the Community Foundation of Lorain County, now or at the time of passing. The principal is invested wisely and only a percentage of the investment earnings are used to provide grants and scholarships. An endowment can support any charitable passion or benefit a specific organization like Main


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Street Amherst or Amherst schools. With a Donor Advised Fund, donors recommend what grants they want to support. Your gift will grow and make grants annually in your name…forever. For more information, contact the Community Foundation of Lorain County at 440-984-7390 or email The Community Foundation is located at 9080 Leavitt Road in Elyria. — Brian Frederick, President and CEO, Community Foundation

Ad Index

Grocery Store

Banks/Credit Unions


Community Star Credit Union .................... Inside Front Cover, p 12, 15

JD Indoor Comfort 17

Boutique/Gift Shop The Mermaid’s Tale 5, 13

Cemetery Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery ....................................Inside Back Cover

Chamber of Commerce Lorain County Chamber of Commerce 20 Main Street Amherst 7

Church St. Joseph Church, Amherst 13

Cleaning & Restoration Duraclean 16

Clubs & Associations Rotary Club of Amherst 19

Giant Eagle 21

Home Improvement & Remodeling Fraley & Fox Construction 16

Insurance Allstate/Scott Caco 15

Library Amherst Public Library 10

Office Supplies/Furniture Bobel’s Office Plus 6

Pet Grooming Lydia’s Pet Grooming Back Cover

Pet Services Alpha-Dog Pet Centers ...........................p 20, Inside Back Cover

Photography Jason Shaffer Photography 14

Colleges & Universities

Studio Q Photography Back Cover

Lorain County Community College 10, Back Cover

Real Estate

Computer Services & Repair Metro Computer Resources 19

Copying/Printing/ Packaging/Shipping

Howard Hanna - Amherst Office 1, 13, 17 Howard Hanna/The Donnas ........................................................p 17


The UPS Store 19

Arabica Coffee Bistro 21

Engineering & Surveying


Bramhall Engineering 6

Country Day School 9

Financial Services/Investments


Edward Jones - Mark Mather 5, 13

St. Joseph School, Amherst 9

Financial/Business Services/CPA’s


Walthall CPA’s 15

Amherst Exempted Village Schools 8

Funeral Home

Security Systems/ Commercial & Residential

Garland-Misencik Funeral Home 19

Gifts/Greeting Cards/ Jewelry/Accessories Etc. Boutique & Gifts 9

BCT Alarm Services 14, 17

Veterinarian Amherst Animal Hospital 12, 16

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