County: low-rate Fix-It Funds available to homeowners

houseThe Medina County Treasurer's Office has announced the 2015 Fix-It Fund Home Improvement Loan program. The Fix-It Fund loans money to Medina County homeowners at interest rates up to 2% lower than current bank rates. This money can be used for a wide variety of home improvements, but it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more.

Sky lanterns:
what you need to know

The relatively new popularity of sky lanterns has raised questions about these devices.

The Brunswick Division of Fire has released this information about the legality of owning and operating sky lanterns.

City welcomes new director

The City of Brunswick is pleased to welcome Grant Aungst as the City's new Director of Community and Economic Development. Aungst's work experience in both the private and public sectors made him the wise choice for the job. He holds both a Bachelor's degree and Master's Degree from the University of Toledo.

"Grant has a solid record of sales management experience for a variety of regional and national corporations. That, combined with his public sector experience as Director of Hudson's Community Education and Recreation program gives him the experience needed to work directly with the business and residential communities," said Anthony Bales, City Manager. "One of his primary duties will be to sell Brunswick to new businesses, but will be able to do that while keeping the residents' best interests in mind." (continued)

Summer Celebration plans come together

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Kevin Schemrich, president of the Brunswick Summer Celebration, explains the special events at this year's festival.

Update on WOW construction

WOW! has notified the City of the status of their cable build.

Click here for a map of currently active areas. Anything else is on hold until WOW! restarts construction. (continued)

Temporary refuse rate reduction

The standard refuse rate for the City of Brunswick households will be temporarily reduced from $58.35 to $50.67 for this quarter (April 1, 2015 thru June 30, 2015). This reduction is directly related to the tipping fee decreases approved by the Medina County Commissioners and the City’s contractual obligation with the trash hauler. This reduction is expected to be temporary but the City felt it was important to pass along those cost savings to the customers. Once the CPF and related tipping fee discussions are resolved by the Medina County Commissioners, the City’s refuse bill will then be amended accordingly.

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Summer Concert series launches June 7 with The Diamond Project

Good times never seemed so good as the Rec Center gets set to open another rollicking Summer Concert series.

This year the music kicks off with the return of The Diamond Project, a Neil Diamond tribute band. Following that is a something-for-everybody mixture of classic rock, pop, dance hits, country and Motown.

All concerts are 6-8 pm and are held outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved indoors. See the list of bands here.


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Summer Celebration is coming!

The 2015 Brunswick Summer Celebration festival runs from Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 5.

This year the festival celebrates Brunswick's 200th Birthday with a photo contest of historical pictures of the city. Start looking through your photo albums and scrapbooks and submit the pictures that you think captures the best of Brunswick.

The royalty program has opened up the age groups to include newborns through high school seniors and little boys up to age 6. Put on your Sunday best and join us to show off your adorable little one -- and while you're on grounds, you can also drop off your picture for the Cutest Baby Contest in the Information Booth. Shower singers can sign up for the Karaoke Contest and the Talent Show. All of the information, application and contest forms can be found at www.summer-celebration.com.

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This year will feature a special fireworks display held on Saturday, July 4 at 10:30 pm.

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It all ends with the 2nd Annual Summer Celebration parade on July 5. Groups wanting to be in the parade can find the parade application here.


Happy 200th, Brunswick Area!

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of our community. The Brunswick Area Historical Society is organizing spring, summer and fall events to commemorate our bicentennial, including a Lolly the Trolley historical bus tour. Read all about it.

Refuse pickup late May 25-29

shreddingBecause of the Memorial Day holiday, refuse pickup will be one day late this week.

Document shredding May 30

The spring document shredding event has been set for Saturday, May 30th. As usual, it will be held from 10 am to noon in the City Hall parking lot. Donations of canned goods to the Brunswick Food Bank are requested.

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Photo: Loren Genson/Medina Gazette

BHS students show support for local police

Some Brunswick High School students wanted to get a positive message out. Read more here.

Garage sale, block party or other event? Here's how to apply

New on the website is the City's application form for parades, events and other assemblies. It joins separate applications for other events such as garage sales and block parties.

All three of these forms can be found in the Fast Find menu above, under the tab Applications for events.

Back to the farm!

Heritage Farm will be growing again this summer…not with the addition of new buildings, but with heritage farma crop of soybeans.  The City of Brunswick has leased the farm portion of the property to a local farmer who will be clearing some of the small trees that have grown over the past few years of non-use, tilling the earth and planting seeds for a fall harvest.  The soybean farm will make an excellent backdrop to the community gardens, and bring an abundance of farming activity to the home of the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

Proceeds from the lease will be donated to the Society for its Save the Farm fund.  Work is nearing completion on the farmhouse renovation in anticipation of reopening to the public this year, as part of the Community’s 200th birthday celebration.  The weekly Farmers Market will return on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm beginning on June 14, 2015.  A special historical bus tour is being planned for late summer for community members to learn about the early days of Brunswick.  More information can be found on the Historical Society website at www.brunswickhistory.com.

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Sealed bids accepted for Grafton Road reconstruction; concrete repair program deadline extended

The City is accepting sealed bids for Grafton Road reconstruction Phase 3.

Additionally, the City is still accepting bids on the concrete repair program. Please note that bids must include this page acknowledging that the acceptance date has been changed to noon, Thursday, May 28, 2015.

The Red Cross needs your donations

Red CrossDuring the summer, about two fewer donors give blood at each American Red Cross drive than hospital patients need. That's up to more than 100,000 fewer donations this summer.

But you can help. During June the Red Cross will be accepting blood donations at:

Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are enouraged to schedule an appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App on their smart phones, visiting www.redcross.org, or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

May is Business Appreciation Month

Brunswick City Council has declared this to be Business Appreciation Month in the city. City Manager Anthony Bales said that the City thanks them for their involvement and sponsorship of local youth and adult sports activities, charitable causes and community events, and for the support and services they provide to the residents of Brunswick.

You can show your appreciation too by shopping locally, especially in the month of May.

BATvanBATs around Brunswick

As the weather gets nicer, you may see BAT's new BATvan around town, taking still and video "beauty shots" of aspects of Brunswick -- its neighborhoods, schools, businesses, etc. Beauty shots may be used in publications, on the website and on BAT's cable TV channels. So if you see BAT around...smile!

Opening on Drug Abuse Commission

There is an opening on the Medina County Drug Abuse Commission (MCDAC) for an alternate. Interested persons must be a registered voter and have a minimum two year residency in the City of Brunswick. If interested, please call Barb Ortiz at 330-273-8012 or e-mail bortiz@brunswick.oh.us.

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