Wednesday, May 30, 2007

R.I.P. Conneaut

Hello my fellow Tattlers... sorry it has taken so long for me to post but I've just got caught up with a few issues...

Anyways, I recently read some articles and even an editorial in the Post-Gazette about Conneaut Lake Park not opening this year.

"For those with fond memories of the Blue Streak Roller Coaster or beautiful Conneaut Lake itself, the 115-year-old amusement park was more than Crawford County's version of Kennywood for folks on a budget.

It was a provider of hundreds of summer jobs for young people, a place for couples to get married, a regional economic engine and a swell place to hear local bands one night and legends like Bob Dylan the next."

This Tattler wholeheartedly believes that this is a complete travesty. As a young Tattler, I would always vacation at Conneaut. My family would rent a cabin and all pile up in a cabin for a week.

From the Blue Streak to the Hell Hole, it gave me some memories to last a lifetime. I apologize for digressing from talking about the North Hills, but this little amusement park touched the lives of everyone who stepped foot inside - including myself.

I just wish there was something we all could do to stop this....

Working to keep you posted....

Monday, May 14, 2007

Election Day...

Remember my fellow readers, tomorrow is primary election day and there are several school board and commissioner races that will affect you locally. Also, voters will make a decision on a referendum question, which will increase income tax for property tax relief if approved.

I generally hate to interfere, but below are just a few picks of some candidates worth getting your vote in the primary:

North Hills School Board - Jeff Meyer, Ed Wielgus, Lou Nudi, Lorenz "Chip" Stocker and Robert Barto

Ross Township (Ward 1) - Dan DeMarco but challenger Tom Sunday would also be a good pick

Referendum question - Vote "NO" - This will establish a permanent tax increase with temporary property tax relief. It also will screw renters who will only see a tax hike without any cut since they do not own property.

While primary election day will not be nearly as exciting as next year's -- you still have the opportunity to let your voice be heard on the direction of your community.

I'll do a follow up later this week and highlight several other races throughout the North Hills.

Working to keep you posted...

Vacation ... at last!

Well, even this Tattler needs a vacation from time to time. Just came back from the sunny beaches in Aruba and I must tell you that I got some much needed rest and relaxation. From the white sandy beaches to exciting casinos -- it was a blast!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Meet the Candidates...

This Tattler has heard that North Hills community members have planned a "Meet the Candidates Night" on Friday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at West View Elementary School along Chalfonte Ave.

Most, if not all, of the twelve people running in the primary election for five seats will lay out their respective platforms. Candidates who attend will discuss issues and answer questions from community members.

Of the twelve candidates, three are incumbents including Arlene Bender, Ed Wielgus and Jeff Meyer. Challengers include Robert Barto, Sam DeFrancesco, Paul Frye, Dennis Gsell, Tara Howey, Louis Krummert III, Shea McKinney, Lou Nudi and Lorenz Stocker.

Having events like this are great because it gives candidates another opportunity to discuss the issues facing North Hills School District. It will also give local residents a chance to become familiar with all of the candidates in the primary so they can make an educated decision.

Stay informed and be sure to vote in May.

Working to keep you posted...

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The Ballot Box - Ross Township

This Tattler has some information about the upcoming elections in May, which are only a few weeks away. There are a ton of candidates throughout the North Hills so get out there and vote.

Ross Incumbent Commissioner Dan DeMarco will face a challenge from local resident Tom Sunday to represent the first ward (Berkley Hills area). DeMarco is aiming to get elected to a third term while Sunday, a former Shaler commissioner, thinks it is time for change.

From the Trib:

DeMarco, a lawyer who has been endorsed by the Ross Township Democratic Committee, is standing on his record over his two four-year terms.

"I believe that I've done a tremendous job in the nearly eight years that I've served as commissioner. I've voted a lot of the time to not only take care of my own residents, but making sure I'm involved in region wide efforts, such as the issue with our sanitary sewage system," DeMarco said.

Sunday, a community manager who served as commissioner in neighboring Shaler and recently moved back to the ward, said it needs better representation.

"I personally feel the 1st Ward needs more attention in Ross Township. I feel the ward needs more attention by a commissioner that wants to be more involved with the community and its constituents. After you're in office for a couple terms, you forget what you're supposed to be doing," he said.

As you may have gathered, this is not the only race for commissioner but the only one that is contested in the primary. In this Tattler's opinion, this race is pretty lackluster because DeMarco will most likely get re-elected based on name recognition over Sunday.

Don't get this Tattler wrong, DeMarco has done fairly well as commissioner. But it is probably difficult for a challenger to point out many problems in the ward when they're basically non-existent.

Remember, this is the North Hills not the City of Pittsburgh.

If you really think about it, the majority of a commissioner's job is working on the yearly budget and approving monthly expenses to keep things running smoothly. So it can be hard for them to make their mark in the community but DeMarco has been pretty visible.

If you would cast your vote for either of these candidates, Ross Township's first ward would still be in good hands.

Working to keep you posted...