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Jan 10

A Moment with the Mayor for January 13, 2018

Posted to A Moment With the Mayor by Cathy Porchowsky

Moment with the Mayor for January 13, 2018
Goals
Looking back over the activities of 2017, I am amazed at all that was accomplished! Our City departments were kept busy working on the goals that were set at the beginning of last year. Some of the highlights are listed here: the Assistant Service Director reported that Interurban Trail Project was completed and includes a new trail house that will be available for event rental in the future. A new sand volleyball court was installed near the outdoor pool; benches and trash cans were replaced downtown; and a kiosk and bike racks were installed close to Subway near the trail head. In Economic Development, the City’s website was completely redesigned making it much more user friendly and packed with valuable information, and the development of an updated City logo was initiated. I’m also happy to report that two industrial business expansions were completed with the City’s assistance, and the City welcomed over 14 new and expanded commercial/retail businesses! To stimulate even more business growth, the Assistant Service Director attended 8 site selector meetings with representatives from national firms and manufacturing companies looking for available land and buildings, and he also met with several developers who expressed interested in Wadsworth. Grant funds were received by the City to help downtown business owners with improvements to their buildings and facades. In the Finance Department, the rollout of Ohiocheckbook.com was completed to provide transparency in reporting, and the department was selected to receive the Auditor of State Award with Distinction and GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2016. The Public Safety Director reported several goal accomplishments last year that included a successful EMS Levy campaign, continued site search for land for development of a new Fire Station #1 and delivery of a new rescue-pumper for the fire department. In conjunction with Wadsworth City Schools and the Wadsworth Drug Free Community Coalition, enhanced community access to drug treatment, awareness, education and counseling services was achieved. Continued expansion of lights & gates funding for railroad grade crossing improvements and plan completion for ODOT installation of a traffic signal at College Street ramp and SR-57 were addressed, and the Wadsworth Citizen Police Academy was restarted. Look for more 2017 accomplishments in next week’s article!

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Christmas tree pick up, provided by the Street Department, will take place during the whole month of January! Simply place your tree by the curb or on your tree lawn and make sure that you have removed all lights and ornaments since the trees will be chipped for recycling. No artificial trees will be accepted. The last day for tree pick-up is January 31st.

Extreme Cold
Battling extremely cold weather conditions and snow can make life challenging, as we all know. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency reminds us to check on our neighbors. and family members – especially those who are older or have functional needs – to ensure that they are OK and have the resources to stay safe and warm. Offering to pick up food and supplies at the store for those in need could make a big difference to them, as well as helping to clear their driveways and sidewalks. It’s a good idea to exchange phone numbers with neighbors to make it easier to communicate in case of severe weather or emergencies. I’m proud to live in a caring community where people look out for one another.

First Friday
Despite the frigid temperatures, Main Street Wadsworth’s First Friday Cocoa Crawl was a success! In case you missed that, plans are in the works for the next First Friday event on February 2, the Soup-er Bowl! Downtown businesses will be open and offering food, live music, art and fun from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for this fun event!

Until next week…..

Dec 21

Wadsworth First Friday

Posted to Economic Development by Danielle Rich

NEW IN 2018: WADSWORTH FIRST FRIDAY!
Hosted by Main Street Wadsworth

First Fridays

Main Street Wadsworth will be hosting First Fridays in the Downtown starting in January! Mark your calendar- the first one will be Friday January 5th!

Main Street Wadsworth is a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of Downtown Wadsworth. That cute little bear- that's Grizz, the new Main Street Wadsworth mascot! First Friday is a once-a-month themed event in Downtown Wadsworth, held the first Friday of each month, 12 months per year, from 5:00-9:00 pm, focused on fun, food, live music, and art. The purpose of First Friday is to increase foot traffic to downtown businesses and organizations, who will offer a variety of fun activities and events.

THE 2018 SCHEDULE: (details subject to change)

Friday, January 5, 2018 - Hot Cocoa Crawl
Grab a Hot Cocoa Crawl passport at Wadsworth Brewing Company and visit downtown hot cocoa stops. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win gift cards. “Check in” on Facebook @MainStreetWadsworth between 5 and 9 p.m. with a photo of you and your hot cocoa with hashtags #mainstreetwadsworth and #wadsworthfirstfriday for a chance to win gift cards.

Friday, February 2, 2018 - Soup-er Bowl
Sample a variety of soups at participating businesses and choose the best for an opportunity to win prizes. Cozy outdoor fire pits and S’mores. Punxsutawney Phil might even show up to take photos for Groundhog Day. Cuddle or adopt a furry friend at the Puppy Bowl pop-up pet rescue.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - Downtown Mini Golf
18 downtown Wadsworth businesses and organizations will have fun and challenging putt-putt greens set up inside of their buildings. Pick up and drop off putters, scorecards, and golf balls at the Wadsworth Brewing Company. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories.

Friday, April 6, 2018 - Once Upon a Time
Your favorite books, movies, and plays come to life downtown. Kids can wear their princess or superhero costumes for a chance to win prizes. Get photos taken with characters. Favorite ideas are fairytales, superheroes, classic literature, Broadway, Alice in Wonderland, and Harry Potter.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - AstronautFest: May the Fourth Be With You
With three astronauts connected to Wadsworth, space is a part of our city’s history. NASA Glenn exhibits. Dippin’ Dots. Storm Troopers. Wadsworth Brewing Company will serve their Milky Way Stout. We might even call the International Space Station. No, really. You can also pre-register your kids for the Higher Orbits STEM Camp, taking place in Wadsworth in June.

Friday, June 1, 2018 - Wine, Cheese & Jazz Stroll

Wine samples. Cheese samples. Jazz music. What more could you want? Meet your local wineries and cheese makers. Stroll downtown and kick off the summer with this fun event.

Friday, July 6, 2018 - Wadsworth Art Walk
A juried art show and event in collaboration with the Medina County Art League. The streets of downtown Wadsworth will be lined with local art vendors and exhibitions.

Friday, August 3, 2018 - Hot Air Balloons and American Legion Pig Roast
The kick-off to Wadsworth’s Balloon Festival weekend. Enjoy a tethered balloon ride in the heart of downtown Wadsworth. Get up close to a balloon glow and baskets. Enjoy barbecue at downtown restaurants and vendors, including The American Legion’s famous Pig Roast.

Friday, September 7, 2018 - PiratePalooza
Pirate takeover of downtown Wadsworth. Inflatable pirate ship for kids. Meet some talking parrots. Pirate-themed food and drink. Photo booth. Scavenger hunt for lost pirate booty.

Friday, October 5, 2018 - Wadsworth Oktoberfest
The Fourth Annual Wadsworth Oktoberfest. Live polka band. German-themed food and craft beer. Traditional German dancing. Kid Zone and photo booth. And lots of lederhosen.

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Wadsworth Chocolate Walk
This Main Street sensation is coming to Wadsworth starting in 2018. A limited number of tickets will be sold for this event. A Chocolate Walk ticket gets you a swag bag and wristband when you arrive downtown. Walk around to 20 businesses on the Chocolate Walk Map that are self-appointed “chocolate stops” to receive a unique chocolate treat at each stop.

Friday, December 7, 2018 - A Victorian Christmas: Win the Window!

Enjoy a beautifully-lit and authentic Victorian historical downtown. Chestnuts. Carolers. Shopping. Dining. Admire the wonderfully decorated storefront windows and purchase raffle tickets for your favorites. A winner will be drawn for each window, winning its contents!

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