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Come to the annual GREATER TOLEDO TRAIN & TOY SHOW on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Owens Community College/Student Health and Activities Building (30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551).

Former center for choice building coming down this morn

A great danger to Toledo is the unfettered shedding
Of innocent blood. God judges nations/ cities for that.
This abortion building was typical - near a minority neighborhood , high % of black babies terminated here , fulfilling planned parenthood/ Margaret Sanger's wishes of
Limiting minority population .
This plot will become a memorial/prayer garden .
See www.hopepark.org

PH2 recall rumors

Word on the street is that there's a supposed recall petition out there for the recall of PH2.

Possibly led by a former fairly-known Democrat.

Not Carty or Konop. They would make this rumor even more juicy.

Anybody know anything?

Why is the downtown (main) library a haven for the homeless?

I'm a frequent user of the downtown library, known as the Main Branch. I'd noticed that the homeless are frequent 'users' of that branch too, but not for what I was using the branch for.

I'd never seen a bedbug until I went to the main library one fine day about 6 months ago. And that made sense, considering the place is an absolute haven for the homeless. They have lots of comfy chairs which the homeless fill. You couldn't pay me enough money to sit in one of those chairs now.

16,000 pages about inequality at TPS ? How about under parented kids . Let's rate schools by parent participation

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A settlement that accomplishes little .
http://m.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/01/21/TPS-Education-Dept-reach-d...
Are we so scared of PC , that the truth can't be told ? Solve the parenting gap , you solve a lot

Forrester's on the River: Why it's damned stupid to open a restaurant there.

On 2016 Jan 22 Fri 10 am, the contents of "Forrester's on the River" restaurant will be auctioned off as a total liquidation to satisfy debt. The auctioneer Pamela Rose Auction Company has posted [1] that the sale will be "down to the walls" [2] but there might be contention about that, regarding installations like the wooden bars and ventilation system.

Toledo Interim director of economic and business development has income tax liens

Calvin Lawshe, the newly named interim director of economic and business development for the city of Toledo, has two active Ohio income tax liens.

A search of the Lucas County Clerk of Courts finds that Lawshe has a lien filed on his home for back Ohio income taxes of $2,901.34 (filed in 2012) and another lien for $35,105.80 in unpaid Ohio income taxes (filed in 2011). And this man is supposed to be an economic developer?

I'm sure that Mayor Hicks-Hudson and Lawshe will have some convoluted excuse for this situation, but if Toledo is willing to allow a person with these financial issues (Lawshe also had two previous liens) to assume a role in the mayor's inner circle--you may as well put the final shovel of dirt on the City's grave.

privatizing city services would put toledo on the right track

A recent comment I made to a story on Swampbubbles where I indicated that one way Toledo could afford to boost its police force (and thus help rid itself of the gangs and losers who have brought the City to the brink of Detroitism) is to privatize as many City services as possible.

It's a simple concept--get government out of the employment business. Other than covering the safety and judicial needs of its citizens, a City shouldn't have people on its payroll who perform services that the government could contract out. These services include maintaining City property (cutting lawns, etc.), clearing snow, fixing streets, etc.

My comment was met by one Swampbubbles contributor with the response, "prove that this would save money." Well, here's some proof.

What's your favorite Toledo Christmas memory?

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The Andersons bringing back the giant cheese wheel that was a highlight of the Christmas season at Tiedtke's spurs memories of other Toledo holiday traditions. Here are things I remember--how about you?

*My family would make a seasonal trip downtown to the Bassett Nut Company. The smell of freshly roasted peanuts and cashews was amazing!

*As a kid, our family Christmas Eve tradition was to have dinner at either Linck's Cafeteria or the 4-E Ranch House and then on to a movie at the Colony theater.

*We stood in line for what seemed like hours to enter Children's Wonderland at the Lucas County Recreation Center. It didn't matter that the displays were the same year-after-year--it was magical. You would cleverly end up in a refreshment area where I would always convince my parents to buy me a paintable wax sculpture of Santa Mickey Mouse (you watched as the machine molded the 3-dimensional statue--really cool)!

Shootings take us on A trip down memory lane

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With the news tonight that two people were shot in the Kroger parking lot, it brings back fond memories of the experience I had in that exact spot. I posted the article below on Swampbubbles in July describing the fine people I observed. DTOM commented then that he knew the names of the people I saw--Pimp George, Susie the panhandler, and Trick Willy the homeless guy. I shudder to think that any of these citizens were involved in tonight's shootings.

I try to stay west of Talmadge Road as much as possible. But a family member was in town and from her days in Toledo, she was familiar with the layout of the Kroger store on Monroe and Secor. So I took her over and waited in the car, Wow--talk about your sociological experience!

First, I see this interesting fellow in a pimped-out Mercedes (gold trim, fancy rims) pull up to a spot in the far reaches of the lot. Sure enough--a woman who looked like she would be more at home on a section of Monroe Street in the heart of downtown--gets out of her car. The Mercedes dude, wearing his rust-colored zoot suit (with matching shoes), gets out of his car. They embrace, she gets into his car--and off they go into the night. I felt the need to immerse myself in a vat of antibacterial soap.

Toledo Water question

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I don't have a Toledo Talk account--so I hope you'll allow me to ask this question on SB. Ever since the Toledo water situation it seems like the water pressure in my house is lower. I'm debating if I should call my plumber to have it checked out.

Anyone else experiencing the same low-pressure issue?

City of Toledo Environmental Service Department - Where Are You?

The City of Toledo has an Environmental Services Department that employs more than thirty people, yet we never heard a peep out of them during the water crisis. Ohio EPA has an office in Bowling Green that was involved in the crisis. What was the City of Toledo's Environmental Services Department doing? I have an idea. Maybe they were too busy having one of their daily potlucks or tanning themselves next to their rain garden.

Public utilities director has questionable past

Prior to last weekend, probably most of us had never seen nor heard of Edward Moore, director of Toledo's Department of Public Utilities.  We found out all too well the important role that this man plays in making our lives comfortable.  We put a lot of trust in the person who holds that position.

Well, there is an interesting story behind Moore.  During the Bell administration, Moore was the director of the City's Department of Public Service.  When Collins became mayor, he replaced Moore with William Franklin.  Replacing Moore, who is African American, added to the heat that Collins took for not appointing enough minorities to high-level positions.  In a December 16, 2013, Blade article, Collins explained that he had nothing against Moore, but he needed to have "people in positions that I have confidence in."

Collins' choice for the director of Public Utilities, Robin Whitney, served for four months before leaving to take a job with ProMedica.

So what does Collins do?  He appoints the person who he previously did not have enough confidence in to retain in the Public Service position, as the new director of Public Utilities.

And there's more.

Public comment invited on Col. James Schoonmaker interior paint and woodwork restoration project

The City of Toledo is making plans for the next phase of restoration for the historic Col. James Schoonmaker which is now part of the “National Museum of the Great Lakes” that opened this spring on the east side of the Maumee River. Grant funding has been secured to paint interior spaces located on three decks of the ship including: the Engine Room, Boiler Room, Fidley, Windless Room, Dunnage Room and Foreword Crews Quarters. Other work includes: restoration of fumed oak paneling, trim work and ceiling beams in select interior spaces previously not available to the public.

Larry Sykes issues public apology over racial profiling accusations

Toledo Councilman Larry Sykes issued a public apology today to the two city police officers who stopped him last month and then were pulled into an internal affairs investigation on potential racial profiling.

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2014/05/14/Sykes-issues-public-apolo...

The Toledo Plan cannot survive in its current form

The Toledo Plan is one of the issues that divides the community. There are those in favor of it and those against it. The Board must weigh many factors and make a decision. We would like to clear the air regarding our stance on the Toledo Plan.

We believe the Toledo Plan cannot survive in its current form. Here are some supporting reasons why the Toledo Plan suffers from a number of flaws:

• TFT leadership control through the intern consulting teachers and the board of review of the firing of intern teachers;

toledo in top ten of most obese cities

Could we be any prouder of Toledo? According to Gallup, Toledo is the 7th most obese city in the Country.

The problem with Toledoans is not that we're fat, it's that we're too truthful. The Gallup rankings were based on telephone interviews. Honestly, when Gallup asked, "How much do you weigh?" you couldn't have knocked off 15 or 20 pounds?!

I don't think we should be ashamed that we rank above the beer-guzzling, brat and cheese-eating residents of Green Bay--their winters are typically colder and keeping warm burns-off a lot more calories.

idle Hands are the Devil's Workshop

Are we ready for this Summer when kids have nothing to do? Trust me, it won't be pretty, but it might give to Toledo Government añ excuse to jusify turning the City of Toledo into a Police State.

Honoring a Fallen Hero

This made national news. And the child is from right here in Toledo! Have any local news organizations picked up on this story?

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24863326/toledo-boy-turns-20-dollars-...

Remember when shootings in Toledo were rare?

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I went to the WTOL website today to take a look at what was new in Toledo and below the prediction for more snow was a headline indicating there were multiple shootings in the city overnight. One was inside a strip club on Matzinger and Stickney, one was at Detroit and Palmwood, and the other at Detroit and Fearing.

It's a bad sign for a city when there are multiple shootings in several locations on a given night. It also sends a message when citizens are rather ho-hum about these crimes. The deterioration of Toledo is irreversible. It's a little like hoping that your lazy brother-in-law will somehow become a go-getter.

Unfortunately, the reason that Toledo was thriving in the 1950s and 60s is what brought us to where we are today. Good paying, low-skilled factory jobs attracted a blue-collar workforce that didn't see a need for education. These jobs were eliminated leaving the city with a population that didn't have the marketable skills to sustain their lifestyles.

Professionals moved out resulting in a city filled with non-working, government-dependent people who don't share the same value system as the rest of us.

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