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Charity Guide means better business
he Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a trustworthy organization that has recently published a very helpful guide for people looking into philanthropic giving and volunteering. The BBB in Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan recently published its “2013 Charity Giving Guide,” which, as reported in this issue by Toledo Free Press Managing Editor Sarah Ottney, is a free 40-page report that includes most local charities as well as the most frequently requested national charities. The report also includes an overview of the BBB’s standards for charitable accountability, tips for giving and what to watch out for. A full list of charities and their ratings is available online at toledo.bbb.org. What the local BBB is doing is innovative, said Dick Eppstein, president of BBB of Thomas F. Pounds Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. “We started four years ago to put letter grades on charities and when we started it we were the only BBB in North America to do so,” Eppstein told Ottney. “Consumers are always approached for money by charities and the BBB’s rating system nationally was very unclear. The rating system was either the charity does or does not meet standards. Well, consumers ask, ‘What does that mean?’ The national BBB went with letter grades for businesses. People understand that. So we decided to do the same for charities. “To my knowledge, we are the only BBB in North America to put out a book like this,” Eppstein said. “Very few bureaus put out a book [of charities] at all and none do with letter grades, so no one’s seen anything like this.” As we report, “A few other chapters have now started assigning letter grades to charities, but Eppstein is hoping the practice will expand. “Eppstein’s only disappointment is some local charities did not respond to requests for information and were marked “Failure to Disclose.” “Sadly, there are a number of local charities that simply do not respond,” Eppstein said. “We go to them, write them, phone them, ask, ‘Will you please tell us what you are doing with the money? Provide information so we can report on you.’ And they just do not respond and you will see that in the book. “We’re not saying they are a bad charity. We’re saying we don’t know, because they won’t respond to us. Some of them don’t answer us because they know they don’t meet our standards. Some of them don’t respond because they are just too busy. We ask a lot of questions and they don’t want to take the time. They may be wonderful charities. I know some of them are.” Those charities have the right to decline participation, and when looking at the BBB guide, potential donors have a right to consider that in their decision-making process. Transparency and accessibility are key components to a good nonprofit, and the BBB guide helps codify those principles for all to see. O Thomas F. Pounds is president and publisher of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at email@example.com. Toledo Free Press is a sponsor of the Better Business Bureau’s “2013 Charity Giving Guide.”
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LIGHTING THE FUSE
The White Deer
he bloodline running through my mother’s lineage enclosed Walmarts, my name would have been “Dances reaches full-blooded Native American just a few gen- with Air Conditioning.” But my recent efforts to exercise at least 60 minutes each erations back. I presume this is where I inherited my day by taking long walks has pushed me furquick temper, fetish for women in Thanksther from the womb of my living room into giving-themed clothing and penchant for the harsh, natural-lit realms outside. When I gambling. If Hollywood Casino Toledo ever can, I prefer to take these walks on the Indian dresses its hostesses in pilgrim and squaw Crossing Trails Park in my Tecumseh, Mich., gear and allows me to bark the f-word every neighborhood. The entrance to the trail is time a slot machine drains my wallet, I may about a quarter-mile from my home, a good take a pillow and some basic toiletries and live warm-up distance. The park covers 130 acres under the turkey and mashed potato station and offers a maintained, woodchip-covered at the Epic Buffet. trail that winds along the River Raisin for one One thing I did not inherit from my Cherokee forefathers is an affinity for the Michael S. miller mile. Two other trails wind deeper into the woods and add optional distance to the walk. outdoors. My refrigerator, television, couch, books and bed are indoors, so there is no motivation to By hiking the full trail, then backtracking to the half-mile dwell outside in the open weather with bugs, the sun and point and returning home, I can rack up three-and-a-half other inconveniences. If I had been a member of a Cher- miles and more than an hour of exercise. okee tribe when buffalo roamed the open plains instead of n MILLER CONTINUES ON A4 Thomas F. Pounds, President/Publisher firstname.lastname@example.org
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Baby, we know it’s cold outside
he following is a public service customer and voila: insert your faannouncement on behalf of vorite it’s cold outside quip. Rinse. every gas station clerk, grocery Repeat. Call the next customer. store checkout worker and bank teller. This happens all day long. What The aforementioned employees are all I find most fascinating about this well aware that it is freezing cold out- incredible human behavior is how side, so can you please pick another we just all overheard the customers topic of conversation for your one- in front of us and yet when it is our turn, we jump right minute transaction? into the weather thing, Part of my morning like there is nothing routine is a trip to my else going on in the local Speedway, where world or our lives. I I purchase an overknow there are nusized diet soda and, merous clerks that will on occasion, a peanut start the conversation butter and chocolate and steer it toward treat in the shape of the weather, but they an upcoming holiday’s are just trying to be symbol, like an Easter Jeremy BAUMHOWER friendly and topical. Egg. As I fill my soda, Can you imagine working in one I tend to watch the clerk’s station and always eavesdrop on the meant-to-be- of these lucky professions, where you have the same exact conversaoverheard conversations. The majority of the time, these tion hundreds of times every day? 60-second conversations cover the I am surprised the suicide rate isn’t escalating gas prices, the current Pow- higher. This may be the sole reason erball amounts and some measure of Speedway doesn’t sell rope. If you suggestive selling. One recent morning believe you have a unique weather I watched with pure amazement as a connection with your teller, then you line of 10 people all discussed the very need to submit that clerk’s name to same topic with the clerk when it was the Academy Awards, because the their time to pay. Every customer com- person deserves an Oscar! It is not my intention for you to plained about the freezing temperature outside, a blistery 6 degrees, as if they ignore your local clerk. What I am had never lived in Northwest Ohio be- asking for is that you come a little fore, as if the collective population of more prepared for your morning Toledo magically had its mind erased conversations. Listen to the cuslike in an episode of “Lost.” The fasci- tomers in front of you. If they spend nating part of my people-watching was their moment complaining about how the clerk handled each customer, the weather, maybe you can address like he had not heard the news before, the Super Bowl during yours. If they nor had the ability to feel the tempera- complain about the gas prices and somehow indirectly blame the clerk ture or look outside. “Man, it’s freezing out” a cus- for the economy, you may want to choose talking sports or Kardashians. tomer complained. Here are some other starters: “Six degrees, I’ve been told,” the O Who do you think is going to clerk responded. “Blizzard Bill said it was supposed win “Stars in Danger: The High Dive?” O Who would win in a fight, a to reach zero tonight,” the next cusSmurf or a Snork? tomer coldly opened. O Should there be a law that bans “Yeah, I heard it’s 6 outside right now,” the seasoned clerk replied. This stripping over a certain age? O If you were to be trapped on went on with every transaction until an island with one member of the it my was my turn to pay. “How do you do it?” I asked. WTOL-11 news staff, who would you “How do you have the same exact want it to be? You could make someone’s day at conversation all morning long and work. Who knows — it could be your maintain sincerity?” The clerk looked up and calmly quip about aging strippers that saves a man from jumping off the High replied, “This is what we do.” My bank is conveniently located Level Bridge into a frozen river. O within my local Kroger. Later that morning, I watched the very same Follow Jeremy Baumhower on Twitter behavior in an entirely different @jeremytheproduc or friend him on venue. The bank teller called the next Facebook.
Opinion n MILLER CONTINUED FROM A3 I have made this trip close to 100 times by now, through dry summer days covered in a green canopy, muddy fall afternoons exploding with color and crunching-snow mornings in the gray winter. I am never alone on the trail, as many people and their dogs utilize the paths, but it still offers a tranquil slice of solitude that provides stark contrast to walking through Downtown Toledo, dodging cars and trying to time the walk light at intersections. In addition to the physical results of walking the Indian Crossing Trail, the silence and beauty of the experience offers some mental benefits. The rushing water of the River Raisin and the wind through the trees, punctuated by the hoots and trills of geese and other birds, provides a gentle soundtrack for the brain to tackle a problem or just ease into low gear. As I have grown bolder in my explorations, I have taken the deeper paths, which wind far from the open river trail into thicker trees and foliage. As I am wary of coyotes, mountain lions, boa constrictors and feral cats, I look for a strong broken branch with a sharp point and carry it through the deep-woods paths, brandishing it like an amateur Gandalf. I have never seen a coyote, mountain lion, boa constrictor or feral cat in Indian Crossing Trails Park, but there are some aggressive-looking squirrels always circling around, undoubtedly plotting an Ewok-style attack. Deer rule the park. There are always deer in the background, leaping through the woods in packs. Deer are beautiful animals with a reputation for being gentle, but when alone in the woods armed with only a broken branch and an overactive imagination, even Bambi can look like a wendigo. So as the weather has grown colder and the deer venture closer and closer to the trails, I have grown more hesitant to take the deeper paths. I have seen what a deer can do to a car. I imagine if one were to rear up and plant its hooves in my skull, the resulting brain damage might require a drastic career change, from journalism to, say, politics. Shudder. I cannot imagine being a Native American hundreds of years ago in those very woods, having to sneak up on a deer, cut its throat, gut it and harvest its skin and meat. No thanks. My educated guess is that my Native American ancestors were the ones who discovered slower, more easily hunted foods, like corn and apples. The first time I took the outer loop at Indian Crossing Trails Park, I found a large rock adorned with a brass plaque. “The White Deer of Tecumseh,” it read. “2004-2007. She roamed free and captured our hearts.” Contemplating a pure white deer
JANUARY 27, 2013 living in the woods through which I walked, and morbidly imagining that the poor animal undoubtedly met its fate at the end of a hunter’s rifle or the front of a rushing car, I was daydreaming along the unfamiliar path when, about 10 yards in front of me, several large deer raced across the trail and bolted into the woods. My heart reached its maximum rate for the day and I stood still, watching the deer dash away and experiencing an overwhelming déjà vu. I used to live in an apartment building on a South Florida beach, and would swim in the ocean nearly every day. I explored further and further out as weeks drifted by. One day, something — maybe a dolphin, maybe a school of fish, but maybe something scarier, toothier and hungrier — swam so close to me that it brushed my skin and its swell lifted me up in the waves. I was frozen with fear until I could make myself swim to shore, and I have never ventured that far into the water again; not in the ocean, nor any lake, nor any Marriott Fairfield Inn hotel pool. That same sense of primal nearmiss galvanized me to turn around
and head back to the more familiar and open paths where I have never seen the deer tread. I wondered if my discovery of the white deer memorial, combined with the spirits of my Native American ancestors, had summoned the pack of deer. A warning? A greeting? A coincidence? I could easily Google “White Deer of Tecumseh” and learn about the animal that is memorialized in the park, but I prefer the spirit over the knowledge. I can imagine that white deer leaping and running with the ghosts of the Native American warriors and farmers in the park. I can also imagine those deep-woods trails will be my new deep ocean — territory I will choose to respect and avoid in my non-warrior cowardice and modern-man preference for the comfort of the indoors. I wonder how many laps inside the casino it would take to equal three miles … O Michael S. Miller is editor in chief of Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Email him at mmiller@ toledofreepress.com.
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City Council is not a rubber stamp for Mayor Bell
otes by a legislative body should be based on accurate information and due diligence. Recently, questions of yet another instance where members of Toledo City Council were purposely given incorrect information came to light. On Oct. 18, 2011, council was asked by the administration of Mayor Mike Bell to appropriate funding so that a derelict building located next to Scott High School could be demolished. The administration gave the impression that the city would hold the title to the property and that additional legislation would be needed beyond approving the demolition money for the title to be transferred to Toledo Public Schools (TPS). While I supported the purpose
eveloping and implementing optimal solutions to difficult and vexing problems should never rely on dumb luck. Chance can be involved and fortuitous circumstances are hoped for, but they are no replacement for a process that embodies effective planning, defined action steps, accountability and hard work. A process is a systematic series of actions that are directed at achieving a defined objective. Such processes are never more important than in the arena of public decisionmaking, where each action can impact so many and public funding is deployed. Take for example the recent decision of the Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education to conduct a performance audit. From an outside and uninformed perspective, it would appear that the board is taking a proactive step to improve its operations and hopefully improve student outcomes. But when you get the microscope out and peer closely at what transpired, you realize that we had better cross our fingers and hope that luck is on the side of students, parents and taxpayers. Instead of acting upon concerns in 2010 when several community organizations called for a performance audit after an income tax levy failure, the board ignored the calls and put a
of the legislation, I felt that the city that assurance, I removed my request to should take the opportunity to get hold the legislation and voted yes. Later, in response to a Council something in return for the funding referral seeking an update and the title transfer. I because legislation had suggested that the former not come before Council Beverly Elementary to transfer title, it was School property be given stated that the city did not to the City of Toledo and hold title “Title holder of turned into green space for the 440 Winthrop site is the neighborhood. the Lucas County Land No action was taken on Reutilization Corporathis suggestion that was first D. Michael tion (LCLRC). It is the made at the Oct. 11, 2011, COLLINS LCLRC’s intent to recoup agenda review, so when it came up for a vote Oct. 18, 2011, some of the costs of demolition with I asked for the legislation to be held their transfer to TPS.” Mindful of other recent problemfor two weeks. Deputy Mayor Steve Herwat stated on the Council record atic matters such as: vehicles being that the matter would be brought before purchased for the use of the mayor’s Council again for the title transfer. On office from funding approved for street
Cross your fingers property tax levy on the November ballot. It also failed rather handily. In the fall of 2011, the board implemented a Transformation Plan and without evidence that this plan was succeeding asked voters to trust it and vote for a somewhat reduced property tax levy in 2012. Even with a large voter turnout, especially in areas traditionally sympathetic to TPS, the board miscalculated and another levy was defeated despite the lack of opposition. Steven The board was now zero for three on new levies and in panic mode. It was left without new funds to restore employee givebacks and increase salaries — 85 percent of all funds are spent on employee salaries. Worse yet, TPS union leadership claimed the board and administration sandbagged the levy. So how could the board salvage the situation and find a means to convince an unsympathetic and skeptical community to pass a levy in 2013? With critics calling for a performance audit, the board (without admitting it was genuflecting) quickly began looking at an audit as itssalvation. And because it had scoffed at and then ignored the calls for the
audit and therefore had no Plan B should a levy fail, it is scrambling to find the magic bullet that will secure levy passage. The board never conducted a comprehensive survey of firms capable of conducting a performance audit; it considered just the Ohio State Auditor and the Council of Great City Schools. Further, a request for proposal was never prepared and distributed to prospective organizations to FLAGG ascertain capabilities and ensure that taxpayer dollars were used most effectively. The firm selected, Evergreen Solutions, self-identified itself approximately four days before the board’s finance committee met to make a recommendation. The company contacted the treasurer and left a message. What if the treasurer had been out of town or failed to return the call due to a hectic schedule? Blind luck intervened and possibly a better option identified, but it’s still too early to know if Evergreen’s selection was the right decision. A reasonable process including steps necessary to establish public confidence was bypassed because the board again failed to plan ahead
sweepers and other necessary vehicles for the benefit of constituents; a shell game involving who would reimburse the city from donations collected for Navy Week; and paper games to make it look as if our deficit was lower through the transfer of money to the rainy day fund and several other scenarios, I wrote a letter to the mayor expressing my concerns. The mayor’s response came a week later and did not address the concerns raised about the misinformation provided to bring about a vote on Oct. 18, 2011. He stated the purposeful misleading of Council was “much ado about nothing.” The mayor has tried to paint my due diligence efforts as mayoral ambitions or as obstructionism, suggesting that I
am the only one who raises questions and therefore, the questions do not have merit. I will continue to raise questions with or without the support of other members of Council. You can count on me to continue to bring valid concerns to the public’s attention, because you have a right to that information. A legislative body should not be a rubber stamp. There are times when it should follow but there are also times when it should lead. O D. Michael Collins is the Toledo City Councilman for District 2. He is currently serving his second term of elected office. Email him at dmichael.collins@ toledo.oh.gov.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
and unwisely expedited the effort. This board hopes it will be enough to undergo the audit and publicly support implementing the findings. Unfortunately, the board doesn’t realize that such reasoning requires the public to believe it will keep its word and actually implement the findings. During the past 15 years there have been a number of other plans, studies and audits conducted without TPS’ implementation of the findings, leaving us to believe these efforts were mostly for public relations and not reform. Like the boy who cried wolf, you can only use a stratagem so many times before it is considered disingenuous and disregarded. When will the Toledo Public Schools Board of Education realize that transparency in decision-making and operations is the currency of public trust? Planning ahead, developing operational alternatives, establishing defined processes and accountability and truthful, timely communication to the community are desperately needed but nowhere in sight. All we can do now is cross our fingers and trust that luck bails the board out and this community along with it. O Email Steven Flagg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO THE EDITOR, I read with interest Frank Kuron’s “Remember the Raisin” piece in the Jan. 20 Toledo Free Press. I thought that it portrayed Native Americans as vicious savages, war criminals and inhuman barbarians, in line with the way we were taught about Indians from the history books of our youth and old television shows and movies. I found that there may have been at least a reason behind the native peoples’ brutal actions. The Smithsonian Magazine reports that “Indians attacked 65 wounded American prisoners, in apparent reprisal for atrocities the Kentuckians had committed against natives. Reports of the slaughter were quickly exaggerated in wartime propaganda, with political cartoons and recruitment broadsides depicting a drunken massacre and scalping by Indian ‘Savages,’ abetted by their British allies.” The paper classifies Mr. Kuron’s article as a perspective of the author. I’m not asking anyone to excuse any act that resulted in unjust murder, even if it was a reprisal for the atrocities of an opponent. However, I think we need to take the author’s perspective in the context of both exaggeration of what actually happened and government propaganda ginned up to rally the people around an extremely unpopular, poorly planned and underfunded war in the infancy of our country. O Martin Extejt, Toledo
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Blue returns to Toledo as WNWO News Director By Sarah Ottney
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It’s been a busy week for new WNWO News Director Jim Blue. The 60-year-old veteran newsman, who was an evening news anchor at the station from 2002-08, anchored his final 10 p.m. newscast at WFFT in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 18, moved back to Toledo that weekend and started work at WNWO on Jan. 21. A day and a half into his new job, Blue said he has not only been re-acclimating to the Toledo newsroom he left four years ago, but also meeting staff, interviewing candidates for open positions and brainstorming ways to boost the station’s viewership. On Jan. 23, he debuted as co-anchor with Angi Gonzalez on the 6 p.m. weekday news. “It’s just been very busy,” Blue said. “I knew we had a lot to do.” On Jan. 22, Blue recounted how he had walked out of the restroom earlier that day and caught himself heading toward his old desk. “It was like I had never left,” Blue said. Blue left Toledo after WNWO didn’t renew his contract in 2008, but he said he holds no ill will toward the station. “There’s no point to that,” Blue said. “At that time, all of broadcasting was in quite a recession and this station was no exception. Although I can’t speak for the management, I’m quite sure it was a cost-cutting move. It was just a very, very difficult financial time for all broadcasting stations and in a lot of ways stations were cutting off limbs in order to save the patient. “It didn’t come as a surprise, although I would have preferred that it had not happened,” Blue added. “We all had to make difficult choices.” Blue soon landed a job as news director and 10 p.m. news anchor at WFFT, but said moving to Fort Wayne while his wife, Kay, an English professor at Owens Community College, stayed
behind in Toledo was hard. He commuted home on weekends. “A lot of folks sacrificed (during the recession) and so did Kay and I, but it allowed both of us to continue in our respective careers and a two-hour commute is, while not a pleasant price to pay, certainly less difficult than what some other folks were forced to do,” Blue said. “Now that things are looking quite a lot better for Toledo and the economy in general, this is just a really great time to be back here.”
Planning to move
Blue said he had been planning to move back to Toledo even before he heard about the opening at WNWO. “After four years of really very satisfying and enjoyable professional work there in Fort Wayne, it was still taxing personally to be separated from Kay for the majority of the week,” Blue said. “I realized I was going to have to make a decision to come back and I was fully intending to make that move not knowing what kind of job might await me here, if anything. And then, just serendipitously, this position opened up. “I feel very, very grateful and humble about being able to continue doing this business in the community where I want to live,” Blue said. “We’ve maintained our home here. Our kids grew to adulthood here. Most of our friends are here or in the region. So we have really solid roots in this community. It’s home and it feels very much like home.” WNWO President and CEO Chris Topf, who has been with the station since 2011, called Blue a “pivotal addition” to the news team. “In Jim you’re getting an on-air talent that people want to watch and you’re also getting someone who knows how to develop and groom a news organization,” Topf said. “He was very successful with that in Fort Wayne and I expect that with the group we’ve put together here, Jim will be instrumental in making them better jour-
nalists and making us a better news organization. “Jim being paired with Angi at 6 o’clock is going to be a great duo,” Topf said. “We’ve spent a lot of time over the past year and a half trying to get the right people in place at this station. We’ve got a lot of very solid pieces in place and we want to build on that. I think Jim’s going to help bring together all those pieces we’ve brought together and make them one big fighting force.”
WNWO, Toledo’s NBC affiliate, consistently draws the fewest viewers among the city’s major news outlets, according to data gathered by the Nielsen Media Research Co. According to the most recent numbers, released in November, WNWO drew an average of 2,000 viewers to its 5 a.m. newscast compared to 13,500 for WTVG and 8,000 for WTOL. WTVG also has the most viewers at 6 a.m. with 30,000. WTOL was next with 21,000, while not enough people watched WNWO to measure. WNWO’s evening newscasts also lagged behind WTOL and WTVG, drawing an average of 5,000 at 6 p.m. and 4,000 at 11 p.m., compared to WTOL’s 68,000 at 6 p.m. and 48,000 at 11 p.m. and WTVG’s 64,000 at 6 p.m. and 42,000 at 11 p.m. Staff turnover likely plays a role in WNWO’s lower ratings, Topf said. “There has been so much change at this station,” Topf said. “It’s gone through so many different ownerships and each time there’s been a completely different philosophy and a full change of personnel to go along with it, so it becomes tough for people to come to know and love the people you’ve got on air and want to watch them on a regular basis. “Midsize markets like Toledo are very tough markets to keep good talent. [WTOL and WTVG] are lucky to have people like Chrys [Peterson] and Diane [Larson] and Lee [Conklin], who have made Toledo a home for themselves. A lot of times people will quickly
move up in market size and you become the station that’s a stepping stone to other things. I’d love to have somebody who is going to be here for a long time.” Both Blue and Topf feel the Nielsen rating system, based on a small sample of regional viewers self-reporting viewing habits in handwritten diaries, is antiquated. “We utilize another rating service called Rentrak and we have seen that our audience has grown a little bit over the past year, year and a half,” Topf said. “It’s not tremendous growth, but it is growth nonetheless. We think that having somebody with Jim’s experience and expertise can only help us grow and probably at a quicker rate than we have been.” Blue said ratings are important, but he doesn’t like to dwell on them. “If expectation is simply based on the past, you’re never going to go anywhere,” Blue said. “You’ve got to be willing to defy expectations. The past is not necessarily a prologue when it comes to the ratings and we proved that in Fort Wayne.”
‘A great leader’
Blue helped build and launch the news operation at WFFT, formerly a FOX affiliate and now an independent station. “We started it up from scratch in seven weeks,” Blue said. “It was fascinating. It was very challenging. It was a lot of fun. It was quite an opportunity to start something up and create something really out of nothing. Hire a staff, build a set, have all the equipment installed. It was very gratifying.” The show, which debuted in 2009 as a 35-minute weeknight show, is now an hour-long nightly newscast and has risen to the No. 2 slot for late local news in the Fort Wayne market, Blue said. WNWO Regional News Director Kathy Reynolds said Blue is “a great leader.” n BLUE CONTINUES ON A7
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n BLUE CONTINUED FROM A6 “He’s got sharp news judgment, great instincts and a strong moral compass,” Reynolds said in a news release. “On top of that, he knows this market and as an anchor can put stories in context and explain their impact on our viewers.” Blue said balancing duties as news director and anchor is not difficult. “I’m glad to see there seems to be a trend to going back to somebody with overall responsibility for the news product also appearing as the face of the news product,” Blue said. “There’s a public perception that if people see someone on the air they expect that person has a good deal to do with the creation of that product, that they aren’t simply a talking head, and in our case it’s truly a reality. I think people can respect the integrity of that.” Blue said he hopes to provide a fresh, independent voice. “A lot of it is simply the basics,” Blue said. “Do good journalism, report accurately and fairly and tell the stories well. People relate to narratives. Whether they are doing news, weather or sports, I want us to be good storytellers, meaning tell people’s stories well and accurately and fairly.”
Jim Blue anchored his final 10 p.m. newscast at WFFT in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Jan. 18, moved back to Toledo that weekend and started work at WNWO on Jan. 21.
Blue will also continue to make social media a focus. “Providing news over multiple platforms is a very important part of what we do,” Blue said. “It’s the way people get their information these days. They use what’s most convenient for them and they will use multiple platforms during the day.” Blue was an engineering major at the University of Illinois, but changed his major to communications after spending a summer working for WBBM Newsradio in Chicago. “It exposed me to a lot of very interesting things and places,” Blue said. “We covered the first Mayor [Richard J.] Daley, the Black Panther Party. We covered a lot of things in Chicago that were fascinating of that era. It was an exciting time to be in Chicago and an exciting time to cover news in Chicago.” Having worked in television since 1974, Blue said he can use his decades of experience to mentor younger journalists and draw more viewers to WNWO. “I can provide coaching and feedback in terms of creating, writing, shooting and editing their stories. I also can provide some context for what news is important because I’ve experienced this market over a decade and I have a fairly good sense of what Toledoans consider important,” Blue said. “I feel confident we can shape this into a very, very valuable and worthwhile experience for the people who watch us.” O
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By John P. McCartney
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Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education member Lisa Sobecki’s concerns about the balance in the district’s capital improvement budget dominated discussion following the board’s decision Jan. 22 to not hold a special election May 7 for a 6.5-mill, five-year renewal levy. “Capital improvements is nearly depleted,” Sobecki said. “There’s only about $42,000 in the account, but believe me, that’s nothing. We’re broke. If we have to replace a sidewalk in front of a school building, those monies have to come out of capital improvement funds. We need to have serious conversations about this.” Sobecki said she “sounded the alarm again” because she has raised the issue at meetings “for a number of months, and I’m not hearing board members embrace the fact that we’re going to have to have this conversation. That’s why I want to keep raising the red flag — to make sure we’re aware that our capital improvements funds are dwindling and we don’t have any means at this point of
replacing that money.” In 2011, when the capital improvement levy was up for renewal, Sobecki said the board chose not to place the levy on the ballot. As a result, the board has no other means of adding to that budget other than by putting forth a new levy. Sobecki cited an unexpected expenditure that she, as the 2012 board president, had to approve as a symptom of a larger problem. “Last summer, when the air conditioning went out at the Thurgood Marshall Building (TPS’ administrative headquarters on Manhattan Boulevard), I had to authorize $30,000 just for an air conditioning truck to come in to be able to cool that building off when it was 104 degrees outside,” she said. “There are things at Manhattan and Elm that we’re going to have to make a decision on. Do we spend the money to fix that building? Or are we at a point where we are ready to close that building?”
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Official budget numbers
TPS Board President Brenda Hill deferred official comment on the
capital improvement budget to James Gant, TPS’s chief business manager, who she said was more familiar with the details. According to Gant, as of Jan. 24, TPS’s capital improvement budget’s balance is $3,871,018.68. Budgeted expenses are: O $2.2 million for Scott and Woodward high schools’ football fields. O $1.5 million for the five-year maintenance cost of older buildings. O $100,000 for student storage. O $28,575.57 for the upkeep of TPS’s buses and maintenance staff vehicles. The remaining balance — $42,443.11 — is the money to which Sobecki refers. Gant said he has the same concerns Sobecki has expressed. “Ms. Sobecki is absolutely correct,” Gant said. “It’s not a lot of money. It really isn’t. I think her point is well-taken, but if something were to happen today or tomorrow, we would probably take it from the $3.8 million and readjust our anticipated cost. Maybe my five-year maintenance cost ends up being four or three years, depending on what major happens.”
Issues with proposed levy
The board chose not to hold a special election in May when no member seconded Bob Vasquez’s motion to place a 6.5-mill, five-year renewal levy on the ballot. Cecelia Adams, vice president, said she wanted the board to pass on the May 7 levy opportunity and to send it back to committee for further discussion and a recommendation as to whether to place it on the ballot Aug. 6 or Nov. 5. Adams said she had four concerns: O The $200,000-plus cost of placing the levy on the May 7 ballot was money that had to be spent upfront. O There was an inadequate amount of money in levy fund.
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Sobecki said she was also disappointed because cabinet-level administrators sent board members an email at 10 a.m. on a Thursday informing them of a special Finance Committee meeting the next day at 10 a.m. “That’s not communicating to your board members effectively,” she said. “I had plenty of questions, and I was not afforded the opportunity to go through committee structure to get to the chair or the co-chair of the committee.” Hill said she is “in 100 percent agreement” with what TPS ombudsman Cedric Brock called his “disgust” with local media’s presentation of the voters’ decision not to approve the November levy with words and phrases like, “defeat,” “failure,” “rejected,” “futile,” “aversion to taxes” and “entrenched frustration.” “We almost passed the levy,” Brock said. “It only lost by maybe 3 percent of the vote. (The levy failed with 52.45 percent against to 47.55 percent for the levy.) The district should emphasize just how close the levy was to passing and how we can invest manpower and resources into swaying an additional 3000-5000 citizens who did not support it in November to change their minds the next time.”
‘Very, very lean’
Despite her occasional criticism, Sobecki said she acknowledges the daily hard work of cabinet-level administrators. So-
becki, a six-year board member, said she has been a part of the $125 million-plus budget cuts, which included the loss of 20 of the 26 cabinet-level administrators. “We are very, very lean. We have so few cabinet members because we need money. And I’m estimating there are $17 million in unfunded mandates within our budget that we have to take care of, and all of these things need people behind them. “I might be critical sometimes, but I know the tireless work of every cabinet member, along with our staff out in our buildings. “But sometimes you just have to stop the boat to repair it. And I think it’s time we stopped the boat and we reseal it, much like Mr. Vasquez and I did a couple of years ago with the transformation. We didn’t make huge cuts and changes like what normally happens. We came out and said, ‘We’re going to transform this district.’ And we’ve really done a lot of things, but much of that has taken a lot of people’s time and energy. “Quite honestly, I think people might need a break.” Pecko said he recognized Sobecki’s concern that the cabinet did not request the May 7 levy earlier than it did. “Quite frankly, after losing on Nov. 6, after the comprehensive campaign that we just went through, I think our brains just went blank while we were trying to reinvigorate and catch up,” Pecko said. “There were a lot of other things we really had to put attention on.” O
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O She felt forced to make a pressured decision. O The board only had two months to mount an effective campaign. Sobecki said she felt discouraged that she was given so little time to make the decision and was confused by the cabinet-level administrators’ lack of a plan for what she considered an important decision. “Our administration knows our board well enough to understand that we like to have plans of actions,” Sobecki said. “We’ve had three operating levies defeated recently. And after every defeat, we looked back and asked why. “The first time the levy failed, [Superintendent Jerome] Pecko said he wasn’t prepared. He was new on board. The second time it failed: ‘We weren’t prepared.’ The third time, this last November, it failed. I don’t want to go into a fourth time when I’m making a decision on $200,000 of taxpayer money. Without a plan, it’s a crapshoot. If we don’t have a plan, but I’ve asked the voters to support us and it’s defeated, I’ve just taken almost a quarter of a million dollars out of taxpayers’ bank account — our general fund — and flushed it down the toilet.” “That thoughtlessness of this administration, in my opinion, is done. It has to stop. “I was extremely disappointed with the administration’s lackadaisical approach of taking board members’ concerns properly, waiting until the eleventh hour and then pressuring the board to make a decision,” Sobecki said.
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National School Choice Week rally scheduled for Jan. 31 By John P. McCartney
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“I think it’s important that if you want to go to a charter school like mine that you have the opportunity and as equal a chance as anyone else. I think you should get a quality education while doing what you love. It’s priceless. You can spend that time without worrying about getting bullied but focusing on your craft and focusing on your academics so you can go to a good college and have a good start in life.”
resource for Ohio families. We would love to hear from families who can’t make it and talk to them about the options that are available to them.”
In celebration of alternatives to New to Ohio conventional public school education, National School Choice Week Ann Riddle, executive director of (NSCW) will host a free reception Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund and rally at the Valentine Theatre, 401 (NOSF), oversees a need-based scholAdams St. in Downtown Toledo, from arship foundation for K-8 private 9-10:15 a.m. Jan. 31. schools and home schooling. Riddle “[The rally] is a public inforsaid her organization operates on the mation event, a celebration and an premise that “every parent should information session for families Not one size fits all have a choice to do what’s best for who may want to learn more about Kaleigh Frazier, communica- their child as far as education.” This is sending their child to the school of tions director of School Choice NOSF’s 14th year of making scholartheir choice, including [traditional] Ohio, said she’s excited that the rally ships available. public schools, public charter schools, is “going to feature parents, students “For example, this year, the Jon magnet schools, blended schools, and school leaders from all different Peterson Special Needs Scholarship private schools, online learning and types of schools, which gets to the (JPSNS) is new to Ohio,” Riddle said. home schooling,” said Andrew Cam- message of what we stand for at “That scholarship is giving parents panella, NSCW president. School Choice Ohio — ‘Education who would have had only one option, Ohio was the school choice move- is not one size fits all.’ other options. Now they can take their ment’s “original pioneer,” Campan“And this program is going to own little suitcase of funds and use it ella said. “Ohio passed the Cleveland highlight that and show what can where they think it will be best for Scholarship Program and took it all happen when students are placed in a their child. the way to the Supreme Court to de- school that fits their needs and it al“I think many times parents — if fend it. I think when your history as a lows them to thrive.” they’re not necessarily in the loop — state shows that you’re willing to take Frazier says it is important for take for granted and assume the school something to that level — protect and people who can’t attend the Jan. at the corner is what’s best for their defend it — and you see that it works, 31 rally to still research their chil- child because that’s where they went to people come on board. That’s why dren’s options. school. That’s not always the case.” we see Democrats and Republicans “If a parent calls us from Toledo working together to expand all sorts and says, ‘I’m interested in knowing Best for each child of programs. And that’s why we’re able my options,’ we can look at it from a The initial recipient of the JPSNS is to get all sectors of education together scholarship perspective to see if the Bridget Allen, the 6-year-old daughter for an event like this.” public school their child attends is not of Amy Allen, an assistant professor in School choice movement sup- the right fit for them, is that public the Department of Early Childhood, porters will gather to celebrate the va- school or that child eligible for a schol- Physical and Special Education at The riety of Ohio school choice options. arship from Ohio Council of Commu- University of Toledo’s Judith Herb In addition to Campanella, featured nity Schools? College of Education, Health Science speakers will include: “There are several groups that have and Human Service. O Rochelle Gould, a grandmother joined efforts at this event to serve as a “For me, I think the biggest reason of three boys who each attend a different type of school — traditional brick-and-mortar public, charter and private. O Ruthanne Johnson, a Toledo School for the Arts eighthgrader and founder of BeYou YouthEmpowerCome to Franklin Park and Use Your ment, an antito Drive Home the Car of Your Dreams! bullying organization she estabJOHNSON to Drive Home the Car of Your Dreams! lished in 2011. O John Jones, the Greater Toledo BAD CReDIT! Urban League’s former president and No CReDIT! Ohio Council of Community Schools No PRoBLeM! board member. CALL NOW! Johnson is an ardent believer that CALL NOW! school choice is “a right of ours even though we’re not adults. We can make decisions on what we want to do with franklinparklincoln.com franklinparklincoln.com our life, even when we’re young.
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The fundraising effort to restore the bells in the tower of Trinity Episcopal Church has passed its halfway point — but more people need to chime in to complete the project. Wayne North, a local veterinarian, and The Old Trinity Foundation started the drive to raise the $50,000 needed to restore the bells on Nov. 30. About $27,000 has been raised so far from foundations and individuals. “We’ve had a lot of individual donations from all over the country,” North said. He added that people from California, Texas and Florida have donated and many donors have past connections to the church. The Waite-Brand Foundation, the Walter E. Terhune Fund and the Lamb Foundation have also donated, North said, adding he would like to see more support from Downtown businesses. There are 12 stationary bells and one swinging bell in Trinity’s tower. The bells are bronze, meaning they are 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, and weigh 9.6 tons together. The largest bell is 4,600 pounds; bells today aren’t made to weigh more than 1,000 pounds, North said. The chimes have been silent for more than 20 years due to rust, weather and age. In 1941, Ellen Gardner, whose brother designed the Gardner Building, purchased the bells to hang in the Downtown church in memory of her parents and siblings. The Meneely Bell Foundry, established in 1826 in Troy, N.Y., made the Gardner Memorial Bells. The company closed in 1952, making the bells irreplaceable, North said. North, formerly a member of the now closed St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, became interested in the bells when his congregation merged with Trinity at the beginning of 2012. “One of the things that fascinated me was the bells. But when I went in and talked to people and said, ‘What about the bells?’ you’d get sort of these blank looks, like, ‘Bells, what are you talking about, bells?’” North said. North and a representative from a bell company decided to go into the tower to see what was up there. The veterinarian was shocked to see the bells after his steep and dusty ascent into the tower.
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By David Yonke
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When George and Sarah Williams felt called to be missionaries, they were ready to go anywhere. “I said I’d go live in a hut in Mexico if God wanted me to,” said Sarah, who has a degree in Spanish from Hillsdale College. She shook her head slowly. “God is so funny.” Of all the places on Earth they could have gone, the Williamses became missionaries to Toledo — their hometown. They are the founders of the Lewis House, a nonprofit Christian outreach center in the heart of West Toledo’s Five Points Neighborhood, near the intersection of Lewis, Sylvania and Phillips avenues. Their missionary journey to West Toledo started after George’s mother bought a 90-year-old house at 4130 Lewis Ave. in 2005. For decades, the 3,300-square-foot house had been used as a funeral home, a union hall and a social club, but not as a residence. “It was basically unlivable,” George said. But the couple moved into the house that year while renovations were being done by friends, family and volunteers, and began using it as a
base to reach the neighborhood. They had no plans to start a church. Their only goal was to live out Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus’ words in Matthew, Chapter 22, about loving your neighbor “radically changed the way I lived,” George said. “It recalibrated everything in my life. If Jesus said, “‘his is the most important commandment, then that’s what I’ll do.” George, 30, and Sarah, 31, wanted to create a sense of community, driving out fear and violence with love and kindness. “We just took real simple steps. We needed to find people and start loving them,” George said. Their first venture was to bring hot chocolate to people waiting at a bus stop and just hang out with them. “I imagined that these people waiting for a bus to get to work on a cold winter morning could really use some love,” George said. People would ask what church they were from. “We’d say, ‘We’re not from a church,’ and they’d ask, ‘Well, why are you doing this?’ And we’d say — and we still say this today — ‘We’re here because God loves you and so do we.’ We let everything build from there,” George said. Their next outreach was to the
“goths” — young people who wear black clothes, black lipstick and black fingernails, and who congregated at what they called “Freak Fountain,” near what is now Imagination Station in Downtown Toledo. “We’d get close enough to where they could hear us pray but far enough away that we could run if they tried to beat us up,” George said. “We’d start singing worship songs and none of us are musicians, but it turned out they really liked bad music. They embraced us, they took us in. They said, ‘We don’t like God, but we like you.’” Soon, Sarah and George were busing the goths to the Lewis House for meals on Friday nights. Their weekly dinner crowd in the summer of 2006 grew from 30 to about 100 people. “I asked this one guy, he was about 18, what he wanted to eat and he just shrugged, so I made him a plate of food,” Sarah said. “When I handed it to him, he said, ‘You’re the nicest person I’ve ever met. Nobody has ever made me a plate of food before.’” The Lewis House has continued to reach out to the neighborhood with block parties, Bible studies, free weekday lunches for children during the summer, and delivering bags of bread donated by Panera Bread. In the past year, the Williamses’ mission has taken another turn as the
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City Light Church this fall. Sam and Allana Guidry moved into the Lewis House to run the mission. “I know the urban missionary concept works. I’m hoping that the urban church concept works,” George said. More information is available at www.theLewisHouse.org or by calling (419) 476-8359. O David Yonke is the editor and community manager of Toledo Faith & Values (ToledoFAVS.com), a website that provides in-depth, nonsectarian news coverage of religion, faith and spirituality in the Toledo area.
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The Port of Toledo saw a decrease of nearly 13 percent in total tonnage of materials handled in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the year-end report released by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We are down about 13 percent from 2011 mainly due to reduced coal and salt shipments,” said Joe Cappel, director of cargo development for the Port of Toledo, in an email. Coal was down due to reduced demand from Canada, which phased out some coal-fired power plants, and U.S. salt shipments were down due to the mild winter in 2011, according to Cappel. Coal shipments were down 33.8 percent, petroleum and liquid bulk down by 27.6 percent and dry bulk, including salt, down by 22 percent. Total tonnage handled by the Port of Toledo in 2012 was 10 million compared to 11.5 million in 2011. The number of vessels visiting the Port of Toledo dropped from 601 in 2011 to 508 in 2012. Lake vessels numbered 487 last year compared to 584 in 2011, but overseas vessels increased from 17 in 2011 to 21 in 2012. The Port of Toledo nearly doubled the tonnage of overseas materials from 467,793 in 2011 to 925,565 in 2012. Tonnage for domestic shipments decreased by 20 percent and Canadian shipments were down by 13.9 percent in 2012. The largest increase was recorded with 1.3 million tons of grain handled in 2012 compared to 945,489 in 2011, a 36 percent increase. General and miscellaneous cargo increased by 32 percent in 2012, with 73,476 tons over 55,678 tons in 2011. “The important thing to note is that while tonnage for certain traditional bulk materials may have been down in 2012, the Port Authority and our terminal operators are constantly seeking new opportunities to handle new commodities,” Cappel said. “We have partnered to invest in material handling equipment and facilities to not only improve on our existing cargo-handling ability but position ourselves for the cargo-handling opportunities of the future,” he said. The Port of Toledo continued to make major progress in its modernization program in conjunction with several major economic development projects in the community in 2012, ac-
cording to the Port Authority. More than $985,000 was invested to reconfigure the entrance of the general cargo facility operated by Midwest Terminals. The new entrance integrates a truck scale with two lanes of entry and exit from the facility. A new guard house and camera systems were added to enhance security at the site. The second phase of construction at the new Ironville Docks, also operated by Midwest Terminals, was completed in 2012. The rail loop at the docks, completed during the first construction phase, began to be utilized. About $2 million was invested in construction of the dock wall and dredging in 2012. The third phase of construction to be completed this year, will introduce bulk material handling infrastructure to the site, according to the Port Authority. More than $897,000 was invested to construct a new guard house and improve lighting and fencing at the Toledo Shipyard operated by Ironhead Marine. Another $668,000 was invested to reconstruct the dock wall between the large 805-foot and smaller 550-foot docks. The Port Authority also purchased One Maritime Plaza, the seven-story building that houses its offices, from the American Maritime Officers. It invested an additional $757,000 in the building for roofing, lighting and other improvements. The Port Authority partnered with the City of Toledo on a number of energy efficiency projects through the Better Buildings Northwest Ohio Program. It administered $1.6 million in energy projects for the city through the program in 2012.
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By Sarah Ottney
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Most people know the Better Business Bureau (BBB) grades businesses, but many people don’t realize it also rates charities. The BBB of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan recently published its “2013 Charity Giving Guide,” a free 40-page report that includes most local charities as well as the most frequently requested national charities, said Gregory Heldt of the BBB Foundation. The report also includes an overview of the BBB’s standards for charitable accountability, tips for giving and what to watch out for. A full list of charities and their ratings are available online at toledo.bbb.org. “A lot of people have pet charities and want to know how they are doing and how they stack up ethically,” Heldt said. “There are a lot of A+ charities and I think that’s a relief to donors when they see that and have been giving to that charity for years.” BBBs nationwide evaluate charities based on 20 standards of charitable accountability. Heldt devised an algorithm the local BBB uses to translate those standards into letter grades. “People are very familiar with the report card system,” Heldt said. “It’s a way for us to convey immediately what the standards mean to the donor. If they have more questions, we encourage them to read the full report, but the typical donor just wants to know, ‘Should I donate or should I not?’” What the local BBB is doing is innovative, said Dick Eppstein, president of BBB of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. “We started four years ago to put letter grades on charities and when we started it we were the only BBB in North America to do so,” Epp-
stein said. “Consumers are always approached for money by charities and the BBB’s rating system nationally was very unclear. The rating system was either the charity does or does not meet standards. Well, consumers ask, ‘What does that mean?’ The national BBB went with letter grades for businesses. People understand that. So we decided to do the same for charities. “To my knowledge, we are the only BBB in North America to put out a book like this,” Eppstein said. “Very few bureaus put out a book [of charities] at all and none do with letter grades, so no one’s seen anything like this.” The national BBB transitioned to a letter grade rating system for businesses years ago, but has been reluctant to adopt a letter grade system for charities, Eppstein said. “It’s a really good system. It gives you much more information about a charity than just meets or doesn’t meet standards,” Eppstein said. “It works beautifully. Consumers understand it. Charities love it. Businesses love it.” A few other chapters have now started assigning letter grades to charities and Toledo is hoping the practice will expand. “We are the first bureau to do this and we’ve been helping other bureaus across the nation,” Heldt said. “We’re hoping it will eventually be a national standard. We’re hoping this is the future of how charities are evaluated.” The BBB plans to distribute copies of the report to businesses and charities. Free copies will also be available by calling (419) 531-3116 or (800) 743-4222, emailing info@toledobbb. org, or stopping at the BBB office, 7668 Kings Pointe Road, in Toledo. “Consumers can put it on their dash or by their phone and when they get these appeals in the mail, they can
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Dick Eppstein and Marilyn LEVINE of the local better business bureau.
have the BBB book right there,” Eppstein said. “We encourage donation to charity. We think it’s great. The problem is there are so many look-alikes. When you get five letters in the mail for five different wish organizations, you’ll be able to open the BBB book and get a much better feeling of who to donate to than you would any other way. It’s all consumer-oriented. No charity pays us money. It’s completely a public service and we’re very proud of it.” Eppstein’s only disappointment is some local charities did not respond to requests for information and were marked “Failure to Disclose.” “Sadly, there are a number of local charities that simply do not respond,” Eppstein said. “We go to them, write them, phone them, ask, ‘Will you please tell us what you are doing with the money? Provide information so we can report on you.’ And they just do not respond and you will see that in the book. “We’re not saying they are a bad charity. We’re saying we don’t know,
because they won’t respond to us. Some of them don’t answer us because they know they don’t meet our standards. Some of them don’t respond because they are just too busy. We ask a lot of questions and they don’t want to take the time. They may be wonderful charities. I know some of them are.” Eppstein said he hopes the report helps put people’s minds at ease. “There are a lot of organizations out there that rate charities — Guide-star, Charity Navigator and others — but all of them use very limited information,” Eppstein said. “They basically look at 990 tax forms. Only the BBB has these 20 very rigorous standards. “They are reviewing everything from the Internet, but we’re local,” Eppstein said. “We can drive over and meet with the charity. We can ask questions. It’s very rigorous. It’s by far the most effective rating system for charities that exist.” Toledo Free Press is a media sponsor of the “2013 Charity Giving Guide.” O
008 was a year for the history books in the economic world. Not since the ’70s had we seen such a sharp drop in equities in such a short amount of time. Losses were not contained to the equities sector, or even to this country. Europe saw substantial losses as well, and the real estate industry is still recovering, slowly but surely, from that time. Highly leveraged investors and risky derivatives were the source of this market catastrophe, so surely we as investors would be smart enough to avoid them in the future. Flash forward to 2013, hedge fund and money managers are at it again, this time in the bond market. According to The Wall Street Journal, more and more managers are engaging in the “risk parity strategy.” The traditional portfolio, as described by most finance professors, consists of 60 percent stocks and 40 percent bonds, but when looking at the risk of the entire portfolio, the 60 percent stock portion carries 90 percent of the risk of the whole portfolio. This investment style aims to spread the risk around to various instruments, such as commodities or futures. It’s marketable strategy, but a dangerous one as well. The article notes that in Fairfax, Va., the Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System has a 90 percent exposure to bonds when calculating in their leverage. As I have mentioned in several of my articles, the bond market is an incredibly dangerous place at this point in time. n TREECE CONTINUES ON A19
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JANUARY 27, 2013 n TREECE CONTINUED FROM A18 Bond prices and interest rates vary inversely, so if interest rates are low, bond prices are high, and vice versa. With rates at historic lows, bond prices can really only go one way. Many investors will read that and say “No problem, when it turns down I will sell it off and be done with it.” That is just the type of dangerous thinking that will leave many market participants flat broke. Who exactly would you sell to, theoretically? Realize that if long-term federal debt goes from 3 percent to 6 percent interest, the value of the bond has been slashed in half. Who would possibly want to buy in that type of environment? Furthermore, when prices fall, they do not decline gradually, they plummet quickly. Many risk parity proponents have been singing a different tune when it comes to marketing their strategy. “We’re not as leveraged as Wall Street was back in 2008,” and “We have ample liquidity” are both commonly heard defensive positions for those selling the strategy. It is all smoke and mirrors. Risk parity has only been around commercially since 2001 and has not truly stood the test of time. In that time, bond prices have done nothing but go up, and the theory has yet to prove that it can achieve substantial gains when interest rates begin to rise. Another one of the fundamentals of this theory is that when stock prices fall,
bond prices rise and the investor wins. The Dow Jones recently surpassed a five-year high; does that sound like a good sign for bond exposure? Ray Dalio, president of Bridgewater Associates, said that if bond prices go down, equity gains should offset losses in risk parity portfolios. Let’s assume that same scenario of 3 percent interest rates rising to 6 percent and your portfolio is half debt exposure, half equities exposure; by Dalio’s theory, the Dow Jones would have to rise to well over 27,000 in order to counteract bond losses. Quite a far-fetched proposition to say the least. Dalio’s assertions sound very much like those of managers who used the modern portfolio theory of the ’80s, which resulted in substantial losses for investors in the crash of 1987. Use common sense and do not be sold on highly leveraged and risky investment strategies. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. If someone tells you that their strategy is immune to losses, run like hell. O Ben Treece is a 2009 Graduate from the University of Miami (FL), BBA International Finance and Marketing. He is a partner with Treece Investment Advisory Corp (www.TreeceInvestments.com) and a stockbroker licensed with FINRA, working for Treece Financial Services Corp. The above information is the express opinion of Ben Treece and should not be construed as investment advice or used without outside verification.
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o you know what your best possible strategy is to draw Social Security benefits for your family? For a husband and wife, there are 729 different possible combinations for when to draw Social Security benefits. Collecting Social Security benefits as soon as you can is very tempting for many families; however, drawing benefits right away could be a costly mistake. Reviewing the variety of strategies available can mean the Mark difference between Nolan thousands, and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars over the span of a retirement. Yet, with all of the choices and options available, most families are confused on the best possible time to draw Social Security benefits. How do you know if you are eligible to start receiving Social Security benefits? Americans who are between the age of 62 and 70 can start at anytime they choose. The longer a person waits to draw, the more benefits that person will be able to receive. Full retirement age is 66 for people born between 1943 and 1954, and increases for those younger. The maximum monthly benefit for a worker retiring in 2012 at the age of 66 was $2,513. There is roughly a 30 percent reduction in payments for someone who retires at 62 and starts Social Security benefits. Workers who wait to draw benefits can get as much as an 8 percent increase for each year they delay payments. To find your exact benefits,
visit www.ssa.gov and log in to your account online. For some families, drawing Social Security benefits as soon as they are eligible may be the best possible strategy. This could be good for a family that needs the income now to live off of and has limited options. It also might make sense for a family where both individuals are disabled or have severe health problems that could limit the number of years of income they CLAIR expect to receive. BAKER Yet, for most people between 55 and 66 who have not yet started Social Security payments and have a pension along with investment income, proper planning should be done to maximize the expected benefits a family could receive. Drawing Social Security benefits along with work income can result in additional taxes and reduced payments. There is $1 in benefits deducted for every $2 earned above $14,640 for those younger than full retirement age. After full retirement age, the reduction is $1 in benefits for every $3 earned above $38,880. To compound the problem of drawing benefits while receiving work income, not only could benefits be reduced, but the remaining benefits could be considered taxable income. Taking benefits right away at the age of 62 may not be the best option, even for someone who is retiring. We recently ran an analysis for a husband and wife, both 60, who plan on
retiring in two years. Assuming they live for another 25 years, the best possible strategy provides an expected $1,102,205 during their lifetimes. This strategy involved applying for and then immediately suspending benefits then drawing in the future to maximize the spousal benefits for both of them. If they both applied for benefits right away at age 62, it is projected they would only receive $915,575. That is a difference of $186,630 during their lifetime! Not understanding how to correctly use spousal benefits can also be a costly mistake. Your spouse may be eligible for benefits even if he or she never worked under Social Security. Even if the spouse is entitled to their own benefits, drawing spousal benefits may be a much better option. Those benefits can be as much as half of your benefits if they start getting benefits at their full retirement age. We recently showed a couple this example, which resulted in the lower income earner being able to get $817 more a month by drawing from the spouse’s income record versus her own. The big Social Security mistake is starting to collect benefits without running an analysis. Get educated about your family’s best possible strategy concerning Social Security benefits. Don’t just assume what worked for your neighbor or what we said in today’s column is the best option for you and your family. Instead, take action and have the numbers run to develop a customized plan for you. Again, there are 729 possible combinations are available when it comes to drawing benefits. We encourage you to utilize the technology available to see the over 700 possible outcomes. Take action and determine the best possible combination of when to draw benefits for you and your loved ones. To help our Toledo Free Press readers pick their best strategy, we have posted the software on our website at www. RetirementGuysRadio.com. O
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SHAG ON SPORTS
Blue over lack of Blue Jackets coverage A
fter four months of “Will they? know the role players. The sixth man. Won’t they?” the NHL owners The trench guys. The enforcer. How do you pick a favorite team and players finally came to when you’re in your a new collective barmid-20s, though? gaining agreement, and Particularly when a the league launched its pro-level team isn’t 48-game regular season in your town, and nolast week. So begins a body in your family breakneck sprint to the was a fan of the sport playoffs, with every win before you? Jumping meaning twice as much on to follow the Deas it did the year before. troit Red Wings felt Last year, the lowestdisingenuous, simply ranked team only had 65 because they’ve been points. This year, 50 will Shaggy CULBREATH so good for so long. be plenty to get you in. With the start of the new season There was no suffering required to began my annual tradition. I get off the get into that fanbase, you just hop air at 1370 WSPD, race home and turn on and enjoy the winning! No, I needed a little more at stake. on the TV. I find Fox Sports Ohio and pray that this is the year the Columbus So my eyes drifted south, toward the Blue Jackets are shown in Toledo. And upstart Blue Jackets. Only a few years every year, I’m greeted with the same old, the team had just drafted this slick Russian named Nikolai Zherdev in the disappointment: poker on TV. “Columbus?” I hear you all ask. draft, and this Rick Nash kid was pretty good, too. It wasn’t the best team, but Allow me to explain. A few years back, I decided I it had the foundation to build a conwanted to follow hockey more closely, tender. Yes, I’ll suffer now, but it will and in order to accomplish that, you pay off in success in a few years. That was 2003. I’m still suffering. need to follow a team. It’s easy to I’m not worried about the quality watch a star play — I’m not the biggest basketball fan, but I could watch of the team. The Blue Jackets hired LeBron James or Kobe Bryant high- John Davidson in the front office, and light reels all day. To really understand he’ll turn the team around just like he a sport, however, you need to get to turned around St. Louis. It traded Rick
Nash for building blocks to finally lay that foundation it supposedly had in 2003. I really do believe in this team, or else I wouldn’t have worn my jersey in the headshot that’s attached to this column. What I’m worried about is how it’s still nigh impossible for me to watch this team on television. The NHL has decided Toledo is a Red Wings market, and there will be no others. In fact, as far as I can tell, Lucas County is the only market that won’t carry the Jackets —friends in Wood County report that the CBJ play on their television sets. I guess I’m just a bit flustered because Toledo is a battleground in
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nearly every other sport. Buckeyes and Wolverines. Tigers and Indians. Lions and Browns. Pistons and Cavaliers (at least, during the LeBron years). Since when has distance or success dictated anything when it comes to rooting interests in this town? The only thing that’s keeping Columbus out of the market is that it is an expansion team of only 11 years. Its fanbase has struggled through some terrible years. Why cut off one of Ohio’s big cities simply because of old allegiances? I know this might be a pipe dream for me. I know the fanbase is miniscule in the 419, and it’s not about to get any bigger unless the team starts winning.
I still think this team is poised to make some noise in the near future, and the NHL is missing out on a real opportunity. Nobody is going to stop rooting for a successful franchise like the Wings, even if it’s stumbled out of the gate this season. You can only make more fans out of those who want to check out the youngest team in the league. At the very least, you’re serving us Glass City Gunners — we who turned away from the easy path, because it will make success that much more sweet. O Matt “Shaggy” Culbreath is sports director at 1370 WSPD. Email him at email@example.com.
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Brandon Doriot and Calen Savidge, former co-hosts of “Andrew Z in
the Morning: The People’s Show,” are bringing their expertise to a new venture — opening their new bar, The Pour House. And what is that expertise? “We know how to party,” Savidge said. “We kind of put a face to the
nightlife in Toledo.” The Pour House is located in what used to be Dooley’s Pub, an Irish bar behind City BBQ on West Central Avenue. Doriot and Savidge are partnering with lawyer Beau Harvey,
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who owned Dooley’s and helped start Home Slice Pizza. “It’s a great partnership because they’re really well-connected socially. Calen’s connected musically and the three of us really work well together,” Harvey said. “We have a lot of experience on the other side of the bar. Now we’re going to try this side,” Savidge said. After the Andrew Z show ended in December, Doriot and Savidge found themselves looking for a new venture. Doriot said the experience made them “brothers.” Harvey allowed Doriot and Savidge to host a big party at Dooley’s about two weeks ago to see if they liked running a bar — and they did. “This is kind of like a comeback story, I guess, because Calen and I got canned so Beau scooped us up and Beau’s bar wasn’t working out,” Doriot said, adding, “People are going to feel a sense of ownership of the bar.” Harvey opened Dooley’s in September, but said, “It’s just time for a concept change. There’s a lot of Irish pubs around,” adding that he thinks people in the area want to go to a venue that values live music. The new bar will feature live music every night it’s open. Since Savidge is a musician and Doriot is a comedian, they said they know how to treat performers and can guarantee that the artists get paid. “We know when we have good money to get bigger bands, we’ll have a good rapport with artists,” Doriot said. Savidge put it simply, “Musicians tend to be loyal to the venues that are loyal to them.” In addition to the drinks, The Pour House will also have a few basic food items on its menu. “If the main draw is coming for
live music, you’re not gonna be that involved in the food,” Doriot said. However, Savidge added, “If somebody needs to sober up before they take off, they can have a pizza.” In addition to fostering musicians, the trio hopes to promote local artists and sell their work on the walls as part of “The Pour House Starving Artist of the Month Series.” The artists will keep the profits. “That’s all just part of keeping it somewhere where it’s very locally involved. Because lots of bars you go into have a feel like they’re trying to be from a bigger city or don’t quite identify with Toledo,” Doriot said. In addition to taking down the Irish flag and Guinness sign, the trio plans to redecorate the bar a bit. Savidge said they want it to look like a Wes Anderson movie but “more grown-up.” The Pour House will have 16 beers, including several craft beers, available in addition to a special Long Island menu. Each drink features a clever name and tagline like “Carmen Sandiego: You’ll have no idea where in the world you are,” “Tequila Mockingbird: The reason Boo Radley was so creepy” and “Princess Peach: Thank You! But your sobriety is in another castle.” “We just want to bring some fun here. We want to bring a party here that everybody can enjoy and be comfortable in,” said Savidge, who is set to perform at The Pour House from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2. Jake Pilewski is slated to play Feb. 7, The Rivets are featured Feb. 8 and Clif Milliman is set for Feb. 9. The Pour House is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. Jan. 24. Regular hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The bar is located at 7430 W. Central Ave. O
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Imagine if Sandra Bernhard recorded the Pure Michigan ads. That voice. That attitude. That political repartee and social commentary dipped in searing satire and topped with pop culture sprinkles. The comic could recycle some of her show names: “Without You I’m Nothing.” “I’m Still Here, Dammit.” “Everything Bad and Beautiful.” It’d be pure Sandra. She’s returning to the Mitten State to spotlight “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” at the Ark in Ann Arbor at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2. Tickets are $50 and $35. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. “I’m actually coming in the day before to go up to Flint and tour around my hometown with some friends, take some pictures and post them on Twitter and Facebook. It should be a fun day — or an interesting day anyway,” Bernhard said. It was in Flint where she discovered she could make people laugh. “When I was 5, that’s when I first knew. My dad was a doctor, and I remember talking to his partner’s wife, Marlene Rosenbaum was her name. She said, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And I said, ‘I’m going to be a comedienne.” And she laughed and thought that was so cute. “I knew back then that’s what I wanted,” Bernhard said. There’s been no stopping her since she performed at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in the 1970s. She’s graced Broadway and offBroadway stages, played a stalker in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” and appeared on “Roseanne” as Nancy Bartlett, one of the first openly gay characters on TV. The down-to-earth diva fielded a few questions for Toledo Free Press during a Jan. 23 call from her New York City home. Toledo Free Press: What can fans expect when you come to Ann Arbor? Bernhard: My work kind of covers the gamut, kind of a whole smorgasbord of ideas from political to personal to pop culture, and I also perform with a band and sing, so everything’s sort of interwoven in and out of music. It’s really a post-modern one-woman show, you know, cabaret meets rock ’n’ roll meets burlesque. TFP: You seem to love Twitter. Bernhard: I think it’s a great outlet for what I do creatively and to put
I loved Carol Channing, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore. Comedy was such a part of early television when I was growing up.”
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— Sandra Bernhard out some of the funny or thoughtful ideas that kind of pass through every day. And it’s just a way of staying in touch with my fans and just staying relevant, really. TFP: You tweeted about the San Francisco-Baltimore Super Bowl with the Harbaugh brothers. Bernhard: It’s a great matchup. I am so happy with the playoffs; both games on Sunday were amazing and got the results I was looking for. TFP: What team are you rooting for? Bernhard: The Ravens; I like their narrative, I like their story — it’s kind of inspirational and a little dramatic and fun. TFP: Who were your comedic influences? Bernhard: I loved Carol Channing, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore. Comedy was such a part of early television when I was growing up; I was exposed to so many fun, smart people. TFP: Do you think you’re more mellow these days? Bernhard: I don’t think I’m more mellow. I think your performing style changes as you evolve over the years. And I think when you’re younger, you might be a little more hyped up. I think I have the same philosophical point of view that I’ve always had about the world and important sociopolitical ideas. I’m very much a liberal; that is reflected throughout my work. Also, I’m not someone who is didactic and somebody who likes to beat people over the head with the obvious, so I try to do a real good balance and combination of what I believe in a way that’s entertaining. TFP: What do you want fans to take away from your shows? Bernhard: Just the whole feeling that you can be who you want to be and who you are, and that everybody has their own voice and point of view, and it’s great when you can tap into it and kind of effect change through your point of view. O
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JANUARY 27, 2013
Black History Month exhibit opens Jan. 25 A new art exhibit, “Black History Month 2013: The American Experience,” will run Jan. 25 to March 2 at 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St. The show will include work from 10 local and regional African-American artists. The featured artist will be Steven S. Walker, a landscape painter living in Westerville, Ohio. The show will also feature Toledo-area artists Larenza Arnold, Aaron S. Bivins, Charles T. Gabriel Jr., Elizabeth V. Jordan, Ahavalyn Pitts, Brenda Price, Robert E. Shorter and Mack Walton as well as John Wade III from Fort Wayne, Ind. Exhibit hours will be noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. An opening reception is set for 6-9 p.m. Jan. 25. The event will include light refreshments. The annual exhibit was founded
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by Peggy Grant, art director emerita of 20 North Gallery, in 1977, shortly after Congress enacted legislation recognizing the month of February as Black History Month. The show is the longest-running Black History Month event in Toledo, according to organizers. This year, the first since Grant’s retirement, the show is being selfcurated by the participating artists, said 20 North Gallery Art Director Condessa Croninger. “The combined voices for this exhibit is just such a delight and such a wonderful change of direction for the show,” Croninger said. For more information, visit www.20northgallery.net. An online exhibition catalogue will be posted Jan. 25. O — Sarah Ottney
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f you are cold, your pet is, too. This reminder popped up on my Facebook (complete with sad puppy eyes) when the temperatures and wind chills plummeted below freezing. I immediately thought about the pets who live outside or who are kept outdoors for long periods of time, and I gave my pets an extra Brandi squeeze as we sat by the fireplace. Dr. Steven Reece, my pets’ veterinarian at Anthony Wayne Animal Hospital, said fur is not enough to protect dogs and cats from the elements. If it is too cold for children to walk to school or wait at the bus stop, it is too cold for pets to be outside. “The big issue is wind chill,” Reece said. “If it gets much below freezing, bring your pets inside. Pets cool off really fast.” While some northern breeds have double coats and do better in the cold weather, don’t mistakenly believe their fur is enough to withstand the bitterness, Reece said. Also, the effects of smaller the breed, the quicker the exposure set in. Single-
coat breeds will succumb rapidly. “The best rule of thumb is to assume it is not going to be good and to keep your pets inside,” he said. Reece said recent weather has been “ridiculous,” and pets should definitely be inside. If they need a bathroom break, they should be outdoors no longer than five minutes. BARHITE Very small dogs like teacup poodles might have to come in sooner. A common injury is loss of ear tips, Reece said. This is because the body diverts the blood to the chest, hence the extremities lose heat quickly. Pets are in even more danger if they get wet in the snow. Reece, however, only sees a few weather-related injuries at his practice because people who keep their pets outside do not usually invest in regular vet visits. Sadly, he knows he isn’t seeing the worst of the outdoor neglect. Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Bergh Memorial Animal
Hospital, worries about pets and the cold weather, too. She shared a list of tips she wrote for ASPCA the website, www.aspca.org. Murray suggested never leaving a pet in a car. A car can act as a refrigerator because it holds in the cold and can cause the animal to freeze to death. She also advised against letting dogs off their leashes in the snow because they could lose their scent and become lost. Another tip is to thoroughly wipe off their legs and bellies when they return indoors so they don’t ingest salt. Drying off their paw pads eliminates encrusted ice and snow, which can cause bleeding. Reece said if pet owners do leave their animals outside too long, act quickly. First, wrap them in blankets and snuggle them. Consider using a heating blanket, but put a towel under it so it doesn’t directly touch the pet’s fur. However, if the pet remains listless and is not acting right after a short time, go immediately to the veterinarian, Reece said. O Email Toledo Free Press Community Ombudsman Brandi Barhite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following Storage Units will be sold at Public Auction by Mr. Storage at the addresses indicated below, on Saturday, February 9, 2013, beginning at 10:00 am at Mr. Storage, 717 S Reynolds Rd. Toledo, OH 43615 – Richard Leonard Auctioneer:
THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS WILL BE SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION BY LOCK-IT-UP, LLC ON OR AFTER 2-12-13 AT LEONARD’S AUCTION SERVICE 6350 CONSEAR RD OTTAWA LAKE, MI RICHARD LEONARD AUCTIONEER. 7840 SYLVANIA AVE SYLVANIA 43560 4021 ANTHONY BARRERA 2927 SPRINGWATER HOUSEHOLD. 2210 ROBERT CUSTER 5383 LEWIS HOUSEHOLD. 12400 WILLIAMS PERRYSBURG 43551 4016 CANELA ROSARIO OVIEDO 12447 WASHINGTON HOUSEHOLD. 1046 S BYRNE TOLEDO 43609 1041 JOSEPH PAYNE 804 TECUMSEH HOUSEHOLD. 3316 DUSTIN OREGON 43616 2013 JOHN BOGNAR 3014 WINSTON HOUSEHOLD. 802 S REYNOLDS TOLEDO 43615 8401 JENNIFER AMECHI 2540 N ERIE HOUSEHOLD. 1058 JAMES DAVIS 26611 WOODMONT HOUSEHOLD. 2602 SHARITA JONES 6602 DORR APT 216 HOUSEHOLD. 3411 WM LAMONT LOCKARD 2675 GUNKLE HOUSEHOLD. 4010 SARAH CAMP 4741 OAKRIDGE HOUSEHOLD. 4033 JOHN DANFORD 4337 HILL APT 4 HOUSEHOLD. 3032 AIRPORT HWY TOLEDO 43609 4307 FRANCISCO ESQUIVEL 2560 KEY APT 3T HOUSEHOLD. 2152 NATHALIE GANGBO 3353 AIRPORT HOUSEHOLD. 6223 CHARLES WILLIAMS 3217 GLANZMAN UNIT C24 HOUSEHOLD. 5114 AARON FORD 2406 CHEYENNE #11 HOUSEHOLD. 5401 TELEGRAPH TOLEDO 43612 3040 FAYDRIAN WARREN 547 E STREICHER HOUSEHOLD. 6018 PATRICIA KURON 6255 TELEGRAPH LOT 268 ERIE MI 48133 HOUSEHOLD. 4035 CAROL MARTIN 627 W POINSETTA HOUSEHOLD. 4111 TROY MCCLENDON 1356 N COVE #2 HOUSEHOLD. 2503 BRANDI SMITH 4607 HADDINGTON HOUSEHOLD. 2025 RYAN MALKOWSKI 416 BRONSON HOUSEHOLD. 4136 BRENDA FOSTER 32 W WEBER HOUSEHOLD. 4000 TOMMY PORTER 3143 MAHER HOUSEHOLD. 4038 KAYLA HERMAN 115 EVERETT HOUSEHOLD. 6014 ERNEST BURGESS JR 24 E WEBER HOUSEHOLD. 4601 JACKMAN TOLEDO 43612 6502 BYRON EDWARDS 3706 DOUGLAS HOUSEHOLD. 5402 ANDRA BARBOUR 1725 TALBOT HOUSEHOLD. 1105 JEANETTE BARNES 1318 BERDAN HOUSEHOLD. 1084 ANTONY CLINT 346 BOSTON PLACE HOUSEHOLD. 3216 DARLENE RUCKER 1234 SLATER APT 201 HOUSEHOLD. 3223 DEMETRIA BURNS TAYLOR 1468 SCHUYLER HOUSEHOLD. 4210/11 BOBBY BATY 959 DORR HOUSEHOLD. 4601 BRITTNEY STURGILL 10487 COUNTY ROAD 4 LOT 52 HOUSEHOLD.
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SEALED PROPOSALS for bidding on Metroparks of the Toledo Area Restroom Facility, Pearson Metropark, Oregon, Ohio will be received; opened; and read aloud at the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area, Fallen Timbers Field Office, 6101 Fallen Timbers Lane, Maumee, Ohio 43537 Friday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m. local time. THE SCOPE OF WORK consists of constructing a 1,754 sq. ft. restroom building. General construction includes excavating, aggregate paths, rough and finish carpentry, concrete, masonry, metal roofing, electrical, plumbing, drywall, HVAC, and paint. Bidders may obtain copies of plans, specifications, contract documents and plan-holder’s list through Newfax Corporation, 333 West Woodruff, Toledo, Ohio 43604 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (check made payable to Newfax Corporation) or via the Newfax Digital Plan Room at www.newfaxcorp.com. Newfax can be contacted at 419-241-5157 or 800-877-5157. A non-refundable fee of $30 is required for each set of documents obtained. For additional information, please contact Jon Zvanovec @ 419-360-9184, email@example.com. EACH BIDDER MUST FURNISH either (1) a bond for the full amount of the bid or (2) a certified check, cashier’s check or irrevocable letter of credit in an amount equal to ten percent (10%) of the bid with its bid. The successful bidder must furnish a 100 percent (100%) Performance Bond and a 100 percent (100%) Labor and Materials Bond. No bidder may withdraw its bid within thirty (30) days after the actual date of the opening thereof. THE BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS OF THE METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informality in bidding. By order of the Board of Park Commissioners METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT OF THE TOLEDO AREA Stephen W. Madewell, Director
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This edition features Jim Blue, veteran broadcaster who returns to Toledo as New Director of WNWO (see page 6). The issue also features Mich...