NDA shadow deadline nears

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Notre Dame Academy

Girls interested in exploring being part of Notre Dame Academy’s seventh and eighth-grade classes in the fall have until May 18 to experience what it is like to be an eagle by “shadowing” for a day.

To arrange a shadow day, contact:

A student who shadows will have a host student who will escort her for the day, introducing her to NDA’s student-centered schedule, which includes mid-morning flex time for meeting with teachers or friends and a single lunch period for the entire school so students can always connect with their friends.

Notre Dame’s pre-IB (International Baccalaureate) seventh and eighth grades prepare middle school students for high school and beyond with hands-on STEM investigations, critical thinking, and time management skills. 96 percent of NDA eighth graders choose to take IB high school courses. In 2016, both the valedictorian and salutatorian started at Notre Dame Academy prior to high school.

Notre Dame Academy is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 7-12.
Sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, it promotes the holistic development and empowerment of young women for leadership and service.


MAY 5, 2017

Sylvania City Schools

On May 1, 2017, the Superintendent’s Task Force voted unanimously to recommend the Hybrid Option to the Sylvania Board of Education. On May 8, 2017, at 5:00 p.m., Sylvania School district leaders will be presenting their blended Hybrid Option as the official recommendation for redistricting to the Board of Education at their regularly scheduled work session. If approved by the Board of Education, this plan will take effect in the 2018-2019 school year.  The Board of Education intends to make a final decision at their May 22, 2017, meeting.

Please see the link for more information:

  • Current grade configurations will remain intact for Sylvania Schools at all current school buildings (7 elementary schools (Grades K-5), 3 junior high schools (Grades 6-8) and 2 high schools (grades 9-12)
  • Boundary maps have been revised and redesigned meeting the goal of balancing enrollment across the district
  • K-12 direct feeder patterns and keeping students together as much as possible were achieved
  • Opportunities for future growth in preschool programming for the district were gained
  • Grandfathering and Open Enrollment recommendations are included in this presentation
  • Transition planning is outlined



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


Redistricting Task Force to combine options for revised hybrid model

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff


“We’ve listened to what the community has had to say in two separate surveys,” noted Adam Fineske, Sylvania Schools Teaching and Learning Executive Director and Redistricting Task Force co-chairman. “The feedback that we have received from close to 1,000 community members on our latest survey indicated that a hybrid model containing the best of both Option Number One and Option Number three is what we need to develop,” he explained.

A small group of task force members will be working on this to design a revised plan using the best parts of Option One and Three and will take a final look before the next board meeting on May 8.

The current grade configurations and buildings will stay the same. The seven elementary schools will feed to three junior high schools that feed to the two high schools. The boundary maps will be revised and redesigned to balance enrollment across the district and keep in mind socioeconomic diversity at all levels. “In our new hybrid model we will be trying our best to keep elementary children together from kindergarten through 12th grade, which we learned through the surveys was one of the major positives from option 3 from our parents, “ Fineske reported.

“With this hybrid plan, we are able to meet all of our goals with this redistricting task,” he pointed out. “We are able to best use district resources to make a greater educational impact. We will have a better balance of enrollment in each of the schools and we will achieve adequate class sizes,” he said.


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Cure Bars creator wants to help cure hunger one person at a time

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

The Original Black Seed Bar

CURE is geared to foster health and happiness by promoting acts that CURE the world. By using CURE, you are empowering your mind and enhancing your body by taking the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle as well as elevating your soul by giving back to those less fortunate. CURE yourself, CURE Your World. 

Zobaida Falah developed the recipe for her Cure Bars after several trials.

“We have all been blessed in so many ways. I have made it my mission to do something for others that leaves a resonating footprint,” said Zobaida Falah, the creator of the Cure Bar. “I decided that one thing I could do is for every bar I sell to give one to someone who is hungry,” she reasoned. “I like to think that maybe I will help to cure hunger one person at a time,” she said.

When Falah first started her business nine months ago from her home kitchen, she hand delivered Cure Bars to the homeless in downtown Toledo. An online blogger happened to capture a video of Falah distributing her bars among the homeless, which went worldwide. “That video really opened doors for me, and as the business grew, I could no longer keep up with the demand. I had to find a manufacturing plant and a distribution center,” she said.

Cure Bars now can be found across the nation and worldwide. Locally, Cure Bars are available at Sautters, Muna Market, the Middle East Market, Sip Coffee, Brew Coffee and Bleak House.

“I want to make the Cure Bars available for everybody. It’s great to see people buying the bars, which allows us to give bars to those in need,” she added.

Now that her business has grown and manufacturing is outsourced, Falah supplies Cure Bars matching the number sold to designated organizations, which in turn distribute the bars to needy people each month. In less than a year, Falah has distributed over 160,000 bars.

Last year, this young entrepreneur put together the recipe for her Cure Bars inspired by her grandmother Wafiqa Odeh, who lived a very healthy and long life. “These are many of the things I incorporate into my daily diet anyway,” she stated. “I started with 25 or more ingredients, adding everything I eat,” she explained. “I did spend a good bit of time getting the recipe perfected until I came up with my nine favorite ingredients that work well together,” she said.

“I had to include black seeds, which my grandmother claimed was a cure for everything. We were forced to eat them every day. My grandmother ate them every day and was never sick in her 95 years of life. As I grew older, I became interested in nutrition and did extensive research on those black seeds,” Falah pointed out. In addition to black seeds, she includes almonds, coconut, oats, chia seeds, honey, sesame seeds, puffed millet, organic coconut oil and sea salt.

Falah grew up in Cincinnati and completed her formal education from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to her marriage and moving to Lambertville, she sold commercial real estate following graduation to earn enough money to fund her own business, a dream she held since she had been a little girl and one she is realizing today.



–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.

MAYOR’S MESSAGE – 05.02.17

Spring and Summer Events
by Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough

Mayor Craig Stough
Mayor Craig Stough







Downtown Sylvania in bloom!

Sylvania is always a wonderful place to be in spring and summertime, and 2017 looks to be another great year for our community. Here are some of the many community events already being planned for our residents to enjoy and participate in and to welcome visitors to Sylvania:



Friday, June 23 – Summer Disco Party
Centennial Terrace – 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 25 – V Collection Exotic Car Show
Downtown Sylvania – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28 – Quarry Ridge Triathlon / Duathlon
Centennial Terrace – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 3 – Star Spangled Celebration
Centennial Terrace – 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 6 – Chamber Movie Night
Downtown Sylvania – 7 p.m.

Friday, July 7 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 – 8 p.m.

Friday, July 8 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

Thursday, July 13 – Ohio/Michigan 8K Race/5K Walk
Centennial Terrace – 7 – 10:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22 – Pizza Palooza
Centennial Terrace

Sunday, July 23 – Women’s Only Triathlon
Centennial Terrace – 7 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 3 – Chamber Movie Night
Downtown Sylvania – 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 4 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5 – Sylvania Superkids Triathlon, Duathlon – Run & Splash-N-Dash
Olander Park – 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 6 – Sylvania Triathlon & Duathlon
Olander Park – 7:30 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 11 – S.C.A.T. Golf Scramble
Bedford Hills Golf Club – 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1 – First Friday Art Walk
Downtown Sylvania – 5 – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2 – Community Days
Sylvania Historical Village – 1-4 p.m.

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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Kathy Smith’s silent auction plans underway

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

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After Gabe Ng of Spacebar, a computer shop located at 5687 N. Main St. in downtown Sylvania, put out a call to local downtown merchants to gather donations for an auction for Kathy Smith, he got responses. Ng’s request is to raise funds for a familiar figure on Main Street, Kathleen Smith, who has multiple sclerosis. An author and artist, Smith lives near downtown Sylvania and makes her way through the downtown area thanks to her motorized wheelchair. Her books, If I Could Make It, So Can You, and Rose Petals of Life, detail her challenges associated with her disease.




“Despite all of her challenges, Kathy has a positive attitude and always has a smile and a good word for everyone she encounters,” Ng said. “And, she is certainly a part of our downtown community. But many people here don’t know Kathy and some may not even see her.”

He continued, “I want the community to be aware of the people that we see every day including Kathy, and if she or someone else needs help, we figure out a way to provide that aid. That is what being a part of the community is all about. I also think it is important that if we are part of the community, we should do things that make a difference.”

Ng has organized a community-wide “auction” to be held during the May Red Bird Art Walk. To date, he has amassed several auction items including a $100 gift card and $100 of products from Revé Salon & Spa; a $100 print from local artist Matthew Squibb; a watercolor painting from local artist Larry Golba valued at $150; a Sylvania Arts package from the Sylvania Community Arts Commission valued between $150 to $200; two haircuts valued at $70 from Kevin Charles Hair Artistry; $500 value Geek Pass Cards from Spacebar; a $50 gift card from Sautter’s Market; an advertising package valued at $242 and 12 subscriptions valued at $288 from Sylvania AdVantage; a two-night stay at the Marriot Residence Inn, Maumee valued at $140 per night; an Estate Planning Package valued at $600 from Mockensturm Ltd.; and digital prints valued at $100 to 150 from Lavinia. “We are still accepting auction items,” Ng reported. “And visit FACEBOOK for more,” he said.

In addition to the buying items at the auction, guests who stop by can enjoy finger food provided by Executive Diner; desserts by Brieschke’s Bakery; and live performances by glass mural artist Javonn Bruce and blues guitarist Tony Geha.

The Danberry Co. Realtors ranks as one of nation’s top firms

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

The Danberry Co. Realtors

The Danberry Co. Realtors, headquartered in Toledo recently announced its ranking as the number 417th real estate firm in the United States in sales volume and 196th real estate firm in total transactions, according to RISMedia’s 29th Annual Power Broker Report. The Danberry Co. Realtors reported a total sales volume of $580,736,131 in 2016, representing 3,785 closed residential transactions.

This year’s Power Broker Report is based on responses to RISMedia’s 2017 Power Broker Survey, distributed in early January. More than 1,000 real estate firms from across the country completed the Power Broker Survey, reporting a collective 3,648,075 closed residential transactions in 2016, accounting for a total of nearly $1.2 trillion in sales volume.

“We are honored to have helped so many buyers and sellers in our marketplace last year,” stated Danberry CEO, Lynn Fruth. “Our team of agents and our staff are dedicated to serving the various needs of our consumers and our ability to do that effectively is reflected in these results,” Fruth added.

Now in its 29th year, the Power Broker Report has long honored the incredible business feats of remarkable real estate leaders and brokerage firms who continue to shape the industry. RISMedia President and CEO John Featherston congratulated The Danberry Co. Realtors for their prestigious ranking in this year’s Power Broker Report. “The firms represented are the nation’s most elite brokerage firms serving literally millions of consumers with their real estate needs,” Featherston said. “2017 was a growth year for many real estate firms across the country, as low inventory created a ripe environment for home sellers and move-up buyers, and continued low interest rates and rising rents enticed more new buyers to take action. As market dynamics continue to fluctuate, today’s more knowledgeable, more tech-savvy real estate consumers will look to proven real estate firms and their agents to help guide them toward the best real estate decision. Being ranked in the Power Broker Report validates your firm’s reputation as a trusted resource for today’s homebuyers and sellers.”

Established in 1962, The Danberry Co., Realtors is the region’s leading real estate brokerage based upon sales. Its 240 agents work out of six conveniently located offices in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. In addition to traditional residential brokerage services, Danberry also professionally provides commercial brokerage, property management, auction and relocation services.