Feminist Alliance makes their voices heard

–by Marisa Mercurio

People Called Women
6060 Renaissance Place, Suite F
Toledo, OH. 43623

phone: 419-469-8983
email: pcwtoledo@yahoo.com

Store Hours:
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday and Monday:

If a visitor stops at the People Called Women bookstore, located at 6060 Renaissance Place, on the right day, they might run into several dozen women making their voices heard. The new political action group, which calls itself Northwest Ohio Feminist Alliance (NOFA) Indivisible, now has more than 150 members in their Facebook group and have participated in protests at fundraisers, along with calling campaigns, tele-town halls with Senator Rob Portman and Congressman Bob Latta, Lunch with Latta on Fridays, and Fulton County Indivisible Alliance events. Approximately 50 people attended the first meeting on Feb. 19 at People Called Women.

Gina Mercurio, owner of People Called Women bookstore, Susan Shelangoskie, a Lourdes University professor and resident of Sylvania Township, and Debbie Schwartz, a retired Lourdes University professor and resident of Sylvania Township, started the group to give local women a space in which to develop a strong voice and get involved in political action. According to Schwartz, one of their members was instrumental in planning a successful Equal Pay Day event in Sandusky on the same day Kasich gave his State of the State address there. Meanwhile, another NOFA member worked with other Ohio District 5 Indivisible groups on a town hall at Congressman Latta’s office on April 14 to showcase his “non-responsiveness to his constituents.”

On May 27, a
“Revitalizing Democracy” conference
will be held at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.

NOFA Indivisible is affiliated with the national Indivisible movement started by former congressional staffers.
They can be found on Indivisibleguide.com
Facebook, and Twitter
and can be contacted at nofaindivisible@gmail.com.




Toledo SOUP’s fifth-anniversary spring social to raise funds for four groups

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Toledo Soup

Sylvania architect Lyndsey Stough is the event chairwoman for the
fifth-anniversary spring social for Toledo SOUP
to be held on May 21
at Top of NINE
in Hensville in downtown Toledo.

Doors will open for a crowdfunding dinner at 4 p.m.
The cost is $5 per person,
which buys a bowl of soup from one of five chefs, a salad by Pam Weirauch of Pam’s Corner, bread by Rosie’s Italian Grille, and a vote for one of four community improvement projects that will receive the proceeds from the spring event before the end of the night.

Beginning at 5 p.m.
guests listen to four presentations that last for four minutes each. Every presenter will answer up to four questions from guests.

From 6 to 7 p.m.
guests enjoy soup from Chef Tony of NINE, Kelly Mettler of Ye Olde Cock n’ Bull, Scott Bowman of Fowl and Fodder and Cynthia Bunch of Cynthia’s Catering.

Southview graduate Molly Sullivan and Sylvania resident Bill Horvath are also helping to plan the event, which helps good ideas become a reality.

Since 2012, Toledo SOUP has hosted 11 crowdfunding dinners, raising over $15,000 to support community improvement projects. Some of the past microgrant winners include Glass City Pedicabs, Glass City Goat Gals, FDCA Late Night Basketball, Soul City Boxing & Wrestling, Sisters-n Law, Harvey House, Deep in Design and Toledo Streets.

The ideas can be about anything but must be based in the greater Toledo area. Anyone can submit at no charge.

“By hosting our crowdfunding dinners, we raise up to a $1,500 microgrant for a small, local project that could have a big impact on the community. Our events empower residents, encourage new relationships and networks, promote action and change, foster critical dialogue and fill heads, hearts and bellies…all over a bowl of soup,” Stough pointed out.

SOUPs are located in cities around the world. To learn more, go to

If you are interested in more information on sponsoring, donating, and/or volunteering,
please email at 


Memorial Day parade planned

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Nick Marsalek, Alex Miller and Tyler Beattie of Boy Scout Troop 154 handed out flags to those watching the parade.

Local Sylvania area veteran’s groups, the city of Sylvania, and Sylvania Recreation, which is assisting with coordination of events, announced that the 2017 Sylvania Memorial Day observances will be held on Monday, May 29. Area citizens are encouraged to come out to show honor and respect for veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

A brief service will be held at
Toledo Memorial Park
6832 Monroe St.
beginning at 9 a.m.

More than 14,000 local veterans are laid to rest at Toledo Memorial Park. The “Sea of Flags” that decorate their graves each year is a truly magnificent sight. Local veteran’s groups and color guards will also visit Association, Ravine, and St. Joseph’s cemeteries to honor area veterans buried there.

The annual Memorial Day Parade will again
start from St. Joseph’s School
5411 Main St.
beginning at 10:15 a.m.

The parade will proceed north on Main Street to Erie Street and finish at Veterans Memorial Field. The Northview and Southview High School Bands, local veterans, military, scout and civic groups, and local political dignitaries will also participate in this year’s parade.

A 30-minute Memorial Day service honoring America’s Veterans will begin at
11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Field with the city of Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough serving as master of ceremonies.

Five large bronze monuments are in place at Memorial Field, describing five American wars and listing the Sylvania area residents who gave up their lives in those conflicts.

Your Go-To Event: ProMedica Flower Hospital Ice Cream Social

by Mary Helen Darah

ProMedica Flower Hospital
5200 Harroun Road
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

ProMedica Flower Hospital is hosting an Ice Cream Social Cancer Survivor Celebration,
June 6
5:30 to 7 p.m.

The event will take place at the Conference Center/Garden on the campus of ProMedica Flower Hospital, located at Harroun Road.

Jill Johnson, CNP, Coordinator of the Cancer Survivor Program at Hickman Cancer Center, as well as a cancer survivor, feels the event is meaningful to those who have battled and are battling cancer. “I think we need to celebrate the blessing of life,” stated Johnson. “It is a celebration of making it through the continuous journey of cancer survivorship. Every year that I am asked to put this event together, I want it to be a celebration and a time to reach out and reconnect with other survivors and the physicians and nurses that made such a difference during treatment. The celebration is a reminder we went through a difficult time in life and we survived.”

To RSVP for the event, call 844-320-5863
or visit

Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles Selected as 2017 Outstanding Sylvania Area Small Business

–by Jennifer Ruple

Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles
6600 W. Sylvania Ave.

From left: Laurie Weaver; Steve Weaver; Cindy Weaver; Braxton Weaver; Steve Weaver Jr.; Jennifer Ruple, of Sylvania AdVantage and Boomers & Beyond; Tara Sibert, manager of the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank; and Marty Sutter, president and CEO of GenoaBank.

Congratulations to Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles for receiving the most community votes in the We Love Sylvania Area Small Businesses campaign, sponsored by the Sylvania AdVantage and GenoaBank. A reception was held to honor business owners Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. at the Sylvania branch of GenoaBank on May 10.

Laurie, Steve and Steve Weaver Jr. are the owners of
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza and Edibles.

Owners since 2010: Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr.
Year established: 1996

For the father and son duo of Steve Weaver and Steve Weaver Jr., Charlie’s is all about giving their customers a great dining experience. The restaurant is a family affair with Weaver as front of house manager, Weaver Jr. as Chef, and mom Laurie as head server. “We are a true family run, locally owned business, and my job is to make sure the customer is happy and the food is right when it walks out the door,” said Weaver.

What makes your business unique?
Charlie’s Homemade Pizza, a multi-year trophy winner at the annual Pizza Palooza competition, took First Place in the People’s Choice category and Second Place in the Judge’s Choice category in 2016. “Our pizza is like no other. When you ask for a topping, you get a topping,” laughed Weaver. “We make everything from scratch. Our Alfredo sauce, pesto sauce, our lasagna – they’re all freshly made. Our veggies are very fresh and are from local suppliers. In the summer, we go to the farm and pick our own. It’s the little things we choose to do those other restaurants don’t,” he added.

Who or what inspired you to create your business?
“Ultimately my dad inspired me. Being involved in a family business was something I always wanted to experience myself. My goal is to see the business grow in an environment in which people enjoy coming to. We want folks to leave with a smile on their faces and full stomachs.”

Charlie’s is a popular go-to for donations and fundraisers. “We support our local schools by hosting fundraising events where we donate a portion of our sales. We also cater many events for community organizations and donate gift certificates for special events and golf outings. It’s imperative to us to be involved in the local community, and we look forward to serving it for years to come,” explained Weaver.

What is your definition of success?
“Of course, you always want your business to grow. As my former supervisor once said, ‘You either grow or you go,’” said Weaver. “But at the end of the night, when you see a bunch of people having fun, having a good meal and enjoying their evening, that is success.”



Sizzle Simmer Sauté Sylvania — 05.16.17




It’s the season for celebrations …
–by Jennifer Ruple

 Jennifer Ruple
Jennifer Ruple

… graduation parties, bridal showers, and baby showers are just a few opportunities to gather with family and friends and mingle over some sweet spring desserts.

Jennifer Valo, owner of The Next Sweet Thing, a bakery in Mayberry Square, is an expert in all things sweet. Her shop specializes in custom cakes, decorated sugar cookies, and a vast assortment of donuts including her signature cookies and cream flavor. “We actually put Oreos in the batter,” explained Valo. “Our donuts are the number one things that bring people through the door.”

Valo’s enthusiasm for Oreos doesn’t stop there. Prior to opening the bakery in 2014, she began making chocolate covered Oreos out of her home. “I started decorating them with a whole cast of Christmas characters, and their popularity spread from there.” She now uses other flavored sandwich cookies such as lemon, peanut butter, key lime and chocolate mint in her line of decorated, chocolate enrobed treats. “My goal is to expand our sandwich cookie business so we can sell them online and in boutiques and shops,” said Valo.

Before Valo began creating irresistible confections, she worked as a chef for seven years. Her culinary degree, which she earned at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., gave her the opportunity to participate in some unique cooking experiences. “For four months, I worked for the master chef on a ranch in Montana where I cooked for the family who owned the ranch as well as their staff and ranch hands,” she reminisced.

Although she enjoys cooking, Valo’s passion is baking. “You put a lot of love into it,” she said. “I want to help make memories for people by bringing them beautiful and delicious cakes and cookies for their special events. The number one comment I can receive is that my food tastes as good as it looks.”

To help make your upcoming events more memorable, Valo offered recipes for three of her favorite springtime desserts.


Simple Key Lime Pie

Simple Key Lime Pie
“This creamy pie has a nice tart flavor, and it’s not too sweet. It’s got great balance,” said Valo.

9-inch prepared graham cracker crust
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
½ cup sour cream
¾ cup key lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Heat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice and zest. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. Do not brown. Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars
“The addition of a fresh mint garnish gives this dessert a very festive and springy look. Feel free to make it a day or two ahead of time,” suggested Valo.

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced
Fresh mint for garnish

Heat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, blend together butter, 2 cups flour and ½ cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.

Bake for an additional 20 minutes. The bars will firm up as they cool.

For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and add a drop of green food coloring to give them a very pale green color. Cut into 2-inch squares after


Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

“Soaked with coconut cream, this cake is decadent and rich. Flaked coconut adds just a little texture,” offered Valo.

1 package white cake mix
3 eggs
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
½ teaspoon coconut extract
14 ounce can sweetened cream of coconut
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup flaked coconut

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water and coconut flavoring. Beat for 2 minutes and pour into pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

In a medium bowl, combine coconut cream with sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. When cake comes out of the oven, poke holes into it in even rows using a large fork. Pour milk mixture over, allowing it to soak into the cake. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

In a large bowl, whisk cream until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue whipping until stiff. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with coconut.

Jennifer Valo is the owner of The Next Sweet Thing

Celebrating Our Mothers …

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Phyllis Jean

Mother’s Day is coming, and it will be the seventh without my mother since she passed away just before Mother’s Day in 2011. She had been leaving us slowly, however, as the Alzheimer’s took much of her piece by piece during her last 10 years.

Since her death, it has become easier to remember her as she really was – the strong, active and loving mother she was when I was younger. She was college educated and a teacher, but as many of her generation were able to do, she chose to stay home with my brother and me as we grew up. It was a great gift I didn’t recognize at the time but have come to more fully appreciate as I have grown.

She was always there for us. We were her job – making our meals, doing our laundry, putting on band-aids, taking us to the doctor, being a volunteer at church and school, driving us everywhere, teaching us all we needed to know, and so much more.

Everybody’s mom is their number one fan, and my mom was mine. Cheering me on when she should, prodding me when I needed it, protecting me when I needed that, knowing when to correct and when not to. In her later years, she never lost that. What a gift she was to me.

Thank you, Mom, for always being there for me! I love you and miss you dearly.
—Craig Stough



My dad has always referred to my mother as our, “domestic engineer”. It’s hard to imagine a woman who once took 36 photos of her eyeball (before realizing she had the disposal camera facing the wrong way) having the know-how to erect a great structure. Yet, she built a strong foundation and fortress of family, faith and friendship that has weathered many a storm.

There are many attributes to her work, such as her continual presence at her grandchildren’s milestones that can be seen from the exterior. However, as with many gravity-defying edifices, it is the unseen, silent “building” that I most admire.

The woman is a big advocate for developing inner beauty. I will always remember her telling me as a teen to “work on your inside”, to be “authentic” and that “beauty truly does radiate from within”. That passed down belief came in handy during my time battling breast cancer as a bald woman with drainage tubes. She also passed on her love and appreciation of nature, laughter, comfortable shoes, seeing the humor in every situation and of having a cold Molson on a warm Canadian day.

My Mom (AKA Noni) is my north star, the fixed, constant presence in my life and my ambassador of “memory making moments”. They say, “in life you don’t need a manual, you need a mother.” I have one, a silent builder, who has given me the tools for knowing what is truly important and the blueprints of how to be a successful “domestic engineer” of love.
—Mary Helen Darah



She is approaching 90 this July. A child of the Great Depression, her life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The mother of eight children, she buried an adult son, Bill, after he battled cancer off and on for nearly twenty years. Her husband and our dad, Bill, died in 1997 when she was nearly 70 years of age and she forged a new identity as an independent woman still maintaining her primary role as mom to now adult children with gratitude, grace, dignity and good humor.

Author and activist, Harriet Beecher Stowe said eloquently so many years ago “most mothers are instinctive philosophers”. Our mom, Adela, had enough mom-isms to last a lifetime and I still find myself saying them to my own children today. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” was her realistic approach to marriage and raising children. “If you don’t open your mouth, you will open your purse” was a saying she borrowed from her own mother on how important it is to speak up for yourself or it would cost you in more ways than what can be measured financially. And my personal favorite, “You may be smart in school, but you are pretty dumb at home” sums up the challenges of raising teenagers.

We all want to believe that mothering is so different than it was so many years ago. Although the joys and challenges of technology and social media have made it different, being a mom in today’s world is based upon many of the fundamental truths that my mom brought to her role so many years ago. Mom is a caretaker and also believes in the importance of looking out for the least among us. She values education and has instilled in all of us the importance of lifelong learning. She beams with pride about the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. She is grateful for a home-cooked meal and for spending time with family. She enjoys a good book and an occasional glass of wine. Her life has never been easy and yet she continues looking forward to each new day. Happy Mother’s Day to the best mom in the world.
—Lisa Urrutia



In myriad ways, my mother was a woman ahead of her time. She was a career woman while her peers were marrying young and having families, and she ventured away from her hometown of Toledo to forge a new start in Miami. There, she met the love her life, my dad. A devout Catholic, she espoused great respect and love for other faiths, and never required that my dad convert to Catholicism.

She has a lifelong passion for poetry, classical music, opera, Broadway, and fashion. From a young age, I learned to scorn velvet in favor of velveteen, and I can still recite verbatim childhood poems read to me from the luxury of her lap. “I’m hiding, I’m hiding, and no one knows where, for all they can see are my toes and my hair…”

My father traveled a great deal, often leaving my mother a single mom of four kids during the week. She left no room for being our “buddy” as she was focused on strong parenting. The indelible memory of my arriving home late to a completely dark house with only the amber tip of Mom’s cigarette as the signal to just how much trouble I was in is an image that only in the safety of full-fledged adulthood makes me giggle.

As age often dictates, the tables have turned somewhat. Now, when I first walk into her apartment at Sunset House, I derive tremendous joy when her face lights up and she says, “Oh, Mari!”
—Mari Davies



My mom, Carol Alexander, is one-of-a-kind. She’s a natural comedian. My brother Josh and I think she’s the funniest person on the planet. She’s also very talented. Who else could just whip up the most gorgeous flower bouquets for our weddings? And she’s super creative. Our campsites were always the most stylish in the park, not to mention the mean spaghetti dinner she could cook on the Coleman stove.

Whenever we’re together, something crazy happens. Once when we were running errands, Mom stopped at McDonald’s for an iced tea. Since it was sunny out, she was wearing sunglasses. While in the restaurant, she couldn’t help noticing that people were looking at her in a strange way. It was not until she got back in the car and looked in the rearview mirror and saw that one of her lenses was missing…

Mom was even funny when she was mad at us, “Jonifer!” and “Jesh!”

My Mom is quite the singer – our impromptu duets rival Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. Other greatest hits are Barry Manilow’s “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed,” Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough,” and of course, “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz.

Did you know that my Mom invented Friday Night Pizza Night? Our coffee table has hosted pizza greats such as Clover Bar in Grand Haven, Mich.; Snappy Tomato in Fort Thomas, KY; and J & G in Sylvania. However, nothing compares to Mom’s deep-dish Chicago version.

Thanks Mom for being the most loving, caring and supportive Mom ever. You brighten our world. Happy Mother’s Day!
—Jennifer Ruple



When it comes to mothers, mine undoubtedly was the very best! Positive, cheery, likable, funny, courageous, friendly, compassionate, kind, generous barely begins to describe her and her “can do” attitude. No challenge was too daunting. No task too difficult, no person too unpleasant. She was always in the game. My greatest regret is that she had too little time to shine her light on all of us. But, I am most thankful for the time that she was part of my life and that my children do have memories of her which they too, cherish.
—Sharon Lange


My Sharona

To many of you, she is Sharon Lange, Editor of Sylvania Advantage. To others, she’s that nice lady who brings you papers. To some, she seems to be everywhere in the city taking photos and supporting every organization and event. And to many, she’s the crazy lady driving with her top down when it’s 40 degrees!

But to me, she’s my mom.

While I could write more about the many ways she serves our community, to celebrate Mother’s Day, I want to honor her by telling you what she means to me.

My mom…

  • Is constantly supportive of me;
  • Always takes my phone call even when she is under intense pressure (and she does so without letting me know she’s busy);
  • Makes me feel important, secure, loved and that I matter;
  • Clearly, wants the best for me;
  • Is my biggest fan;
  • Is the most selfless person I know.

And she has taught me…

  • That everything is a Not To Worry (NTW);
  • The importance of making memories for those you love;
  • The value of hard work and perseverance;
  • The importance of putting others first;
  • That relationships should come before tasks (although I admit it’s taken me a while to learn this);
  • The value of a positive attitude;
  • The value of treating others with kindness.

I am so thankful for my mom. She is truly amazing and I am so proud to be her son!
—Jim Lange

Sylvania resident, Sam Pfeiffer, delivers award-winning speech

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sam Pfeiffer delivering his award-winning speech.

Sam Pfeiffer delivered an award-winning speech at the Toledo Rotary Club. His speech was based upon his St. Francis experience and how it met the four-way test of Rotary: Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build good will and friendship, and Is it beneficial to all? Sam believes his teachers have taught in a manner that presented information but allowed him to make his own decisions on topics such as welfare and abortion.

Sam has a rare form of dyslexia, which has been a challenge for him, but he continues to overcome his disability at St. Francis by working with NHS tutors in the Student Achievement Center and by getting extra help from his teachers before and after school.

Pfeiffer highlighted the fact that his teachers and administration stress the motto of St. Francis de Sales “be who you are and be that well.” What this means to Sam is that every student is able to pursue his own interests and passions. According to Sam, “I realized I have a true passion for helping others and representing the interests of my peers.”

Pfeiffer states, “I entered St. Francis as a shy young boy, but now as I graduate in the coming weeks, I am exiting as a strong, confident, young gentleman.” Sam received a $200 award for his accomplishment in the 4-way Rotarian Speech Contest.

Pfeiffer will attend Miami University in the fall and will major in finance or possibly double major with Supply Chain Management at Miami’s Farmer School of Business. Sam will graduate seventh in his class at St. Francis.

L-R: Rotary member and Sam’s Uncle, John Nelson; Rotary member and Sam’s father, Michael Pfeiffer; Sam Pfeiffer and St. Francis World History teacher, Mike Wielgopolski.

The speech was delivered Monday, April 24, at the Park Inn in Toledo.
See link for all speeches: TOLEDO ROTARY CLUB SPEECHES



–by Mike Jones

Housing Permits
Sylvania Township, as measured by single-family housing permits, is continuing a pace of steady growth from the period when real estate starts nationally tanked with the general economy. Through the month of March this year, the township has issued 29 permits, an increase of slightly more than 25 percent, compared to the same time period last year when the township had issued 23. Five years ago, through March, the township had issued 16.

Daryl Graus, manager of the zoning and planning office, said there has been no single development with a large number of houses, simply a steady stream of builders seeking permits for construction in various areas of the community.

Although the number of permits has demonstrated a gradual increase, the estimated value of the dwellings this year took a decided leap. The estimated value of homes for which permits were granted last year at the end of March was $5.25 million. This year the value of the homes jumped to $10.57 million.

Last year the township issued an even 100 housing permits, the first time since 2006 it had reached triple digits. In that year the township got to a total of 134.

Noting the vagaries of the real estate and construction markets, Mr. Graus said he would shy away from making any predictions, but hopes to see the growth trajectory continue.

Conditional Use Permit
The Lucas County Plan Commission has recommended approval for a conditional use permit for a short-term, behavior-care hospital on King Road, just north of Sylvania Avenue. The commission also recommended approval of a zoning change from agricultural to residential for the 3.15-acre site. If the zoning change requests are approved in the future by the Sylvania Township trustees the property will be developed as a single-story building with 23 beds.

The hospital will specialize in providing individual, family, recreation and group therapies. Typically the programs last about two weeks while the patients are in the hospital.

Land has been cleared, although construction hasn’t yet begun on a senior-living apartment building on a tract abutting on the north of the area for the proposed hospital. It is proposed that the development will have to have drives along the 275-foot frontage of King Road.

The plan commission staff in their report encouraged both landscaping and a solid privacy fence along the eastern edge of the property to effectively shield the hospital use from the established residential neighborhood.

JEDZ Considered
Sylvania Township trustees, with a 2-1 vote agreed to have discussions concerning the possibility of forming joint economic development zones with the city of Sylvania which, in the future could allow for sharing tax revenues. The agreement stipulates that township and city officials will meet a minimum of three times each year to discuss collaboration on economic development possibilities concerning the two entities.

David Simko, fiscal officer for the township, termed it an “agreement to agree,” and though it binds neither party to much of anything other than discussions, he added, “It’s a good way for us to keep in touch.” He noted that there have been strained relations between the city and township when the city has annexed township property and that these meetings may reduce clashes in the future.

Joint economic development districts can be formed by governments, which allow both to share in revenue created by commercial activity on a specific site.

Chairman John Jennewine, who voted against the agreement, questioned whether it might be better to wait until the township’s new land use plan, currently being developed, is finished before entering into the agreement. He also said he had been contacted recently by business owners who were concerned about what they feared was the possibility of an annexation move by the city. Trustees John Crandall and Neal Mahoney voted in favor of the measure.

Zoning Amendments
The Sylvania Township Zoning Commission has recommended approval of three amendments to the township’s zoning resolution. If approved by the township trustees, the new regulation will reduce the requirement of five acres for property to have a pond to a three-acre parcel.

The staff of the township planning office noted that until 2002, the township regulations had ranged from three to five acres depending on the zoning district of the site. The staff could not find a record of why the resolution was changed to uniformly require five acres for a pond.

The staff also found that because of the earlier regulations, most existing residential ponds in the township are on parcels of less than five acres. The proposed amendment will require a rear setback of 50 feet from the rear property line to reduce nuisance and safety concerns with neighboring properties.

The township currently has a time limit of seven days during which political signs may be left standing after an election. Daryl Graus, manager of the township’s planning and zoning office, told members of the commission that he had been told by the Lucas County prosecutor’s office, that the limit would likely not survive a challenge in court. He said that regulations of that sort have been found to be an infringement on freedom of speech. Township regulations will continue to bar signs in the public right-of-way and to limit them to no more than a total of 16 square feet.

Current regulations ban the parking of recreational and utility vehicles in front of a line established by the front of the primary building on a property. The proposed amendment to the zoning resolution would exempt commercial dealers from that restriction.

Free dental care offered to veterans

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Hires Dental Care
3951 W. Sylvania Ave.


Hires Dental Care, 3951 W. Sylvania Ave., will host its eighth annual Stars, Stripes & Smiles event on Friday, May 12. The 501c3 non-profit event offers free dental care to any area veteran and takes place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– first come, first serve.
Stars, Stripes & Smiles has provided 684 veterans with $155k+ in free dental treatment.

For the first time, the event will also be held in Bowling Green on the same day at

Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka & Associates
Suite 125 of the Wood County Hospital
970 W. Wooster St.

While they wait for their choice of an extraction, filling, or cleaning, the veterans will be treated to free food, beverages and raffle prizes. At the Hires Dental Care Toledo location, there will also be a deejay, games, free health screenings courtesy of ProMedica, veteran employment services, mental health information from The Expressive Therapy Center, and the Dental Center of NW Ohio will be on hand to provide assistance for any future dental needs.

“A lot of people don’t realize that many veterans fall outside of the VA’s strict criteria for dental care,” explained Event Director Erica Emery. “And with many companies eliminating dental coverage from their insurance benefits, that means even more vets need to pay out of pocket for dental care, which might not take priority over paying other bills. Our goal during Stars, Stripes & Smiles is to alleviate any pain the patient might be experiencing, discuss additional dental treatment they may need, and help them find the care they need at a suitable cost.”

Guests must park in the ProMedica lot at 3909 Woodley Rd., which is directly behind Hires Dental Care.

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