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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #1741
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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:46 PM   #1742
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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:47 PM   #1743
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How bout them Hens?? Went down to the field even tho it was sold out... Watched from under the Monroe video board outside the stadium.... To bad we didnt walk down superior cause if we would have Dane Sardinhas homerun ball would be sittin on my mantle... Took it out just as we were walkin up..... But anyways.... The seats werent filled but there was people everywhere...... Id have to say there was about 20,000 people in the neighborhood of 5th 3rd field.... Good way to kick the season off to with a win.

Anyone read what Lee Fisher had to say in yesterdays pages of opinion?
At the same time the national Weak Signals convention is in town, since Mud Hens won opening game something tells me it's going to be another good season.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:49 PM   #1744
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Old April 4th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #1745
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Old April 4th, 2008, 04:03 PM   #1746
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At the same time the national Weak Signals convention is in town, since Mud Hens won opening game something tells me it's going to be another good season.
I think with Larry Parrish back in the hot seat, and with a pretty good line up, the Hens have a chance to go all the way again this year.

There were some empty seats, but at the same time, there were A LOT of people up in the concourse (trying to find beer I should mention, since the concessions kept running out), a lot of people in the back, and THEN a lot of people just outside watching. The official number was 12,750 sold tickets. Not to mention, tailgating was busy getting going at 3 pm at both the Blarney, Frickers, and at my employers (in the art gallery on St. Clair). It was certainly a successful night.....and I think it'll continue that way at least more towards May and June when its' not so damn cold out.

Now I just look forward to that same success at the new arena.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #1747
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Pilliod Njaim: You have no idea what you are talking about. Southwyck will never ever be a successful mall. There is too much riff-raff around that location that simply put, keeps anyone with any kind of REAL income from wanting to shop there. This project, if it ever happens, will be right up there with Portside as far as monumental Toledo failures. Like you pointed out, Fallen Timbers was developed by an out-of-town group...why do you think they picked that location to invest their own money????? Because it makes sense economically.
I too went to OU and am quite aware of the insulated, liberal environment you are currently exposed to...don't confuse it for real world experience.
I'm with b1gh0u5e. I live right by Southwyck - could walk there I wanted to - and while anxious to finally see the redevelopment of the Reynolds Road corridor, I am very skeptical that the end result - at least in its currently proposed form - will be as good as what is already in place on the west side of Maumee.

I'm all for local devlopers and believe that a redeveloped Southwyck will be great for the area. Reynolds Road was a hot spot for development 35 years ago, but hasn't changed much since. The commercial strip between the Turnpike and Brownstone Blvd feels old and dingy and a major new development like the Village at Southwyck would definitely give it a jump start.

While the area does have a dense population base, much of that is market rate apartments with low-to-middle income residents, housing some of the riff-raff that b1gh0u5e alluded to. Southwyck has more nearby residents, but Fallen Timbers has more disposable income.

Fallen Timbers has other advantages, the first of which is available land. There are hundreds of acres adjacent to the mall property that will eventually turn into new restaurants, stores and offices. Once Southwyck is razed, there will be land for similar commercial, but since the surrounding area is already fully developed, that limits future growth opportunities. Personally, I would like to see at least a dozen more outdated buildings along Reynolds razed and re-developed. The entire strip needs a major face lift.

Beyond that, Fallen Timbers has direct highway access, lying near the crossroads of two major highways. Highway access is something that gave Spring Meadows a leg up over Southwyck in the late 80's/early 90's. People traveling from outer parts of the region like the convenience. Reynolds Road has the Turnpike, but how many people in metro Toledo actually use that to get around?

I think a redeveloped Southwyck has the potential to be a very nice neighborhood shopping center. The mixed use developement is good and Mr. Dillin should try to incorporate some entertainment options... bars, restaurants, a nightclub or two. I think the days of big retail at Southwyck have passed. Maybe a Sears would work as an anchor. Hopefully Wal-Mart and Target will not be included and cheapen up the project.
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Drive-in restaurant, Sonic, coming to Crossroads
Posted on Rossford Record Journal website 4-1-2008


Plans for the only current drive-in restaurant in northwest Ohio were presented to the Rossford Planning Commission at a March 12 meeting.
Kevin Lent of Fresh Dirt LLC of Toledo, explained that he is interested in developing a Sonic restaurant on a one-acre parcel in front of the Meijer store on U.S. Route 20.

Mr. Lent noted that Sonic has six drive-in restaurants in the state, but this will be the first in northwest Ohio where diners are served in their cars by wait staff on roller skates.

Mr. Lent is asking the planning commission to approve a special use permit for the drive-through service. The area is zoned planned commercial PC, which requires a permit for a drive-through.

Along with the drive-in service and drive-through lane, he said there will be tables on a patio for diners to eat outdoors.

That's fantastic news! I lived about two blocks away from a Sonic in down south for about 5 years. Best banana cream pie shakes and chili-cheese tater tots on the planet. They've been torturing NWO residents with their commercials on cable for years. This gives me one more reason to stay here instead of heading back south.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #1749
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The bigger question is how much retail does SW Toledo need? They have the huge strip mall complex at Spring Meadows, and two brand new malls at Fallen Timbers and Levis Commons. It's way too late for Southwyck to redeem itself.
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Old April 5th, 2008, 09:05 PM   #1750
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WTOL Editorial

Downtown Toledo is a whole lot cleaner than it used to be. Much of the credit goes to the Downtown Toledo Improvement District. This organization is mostly funded by the downtown property owners. A couple of years ago they decided to make the downtown streets cleaner and safer. Without any help or interference from the city, the clean and safe program was developed. And it has been very successful.

More than 71 tons of litter and debris have been picked up and removed. They have also cut out weeds, maintained the landscaping, pressure washed sidewalks, and kept the trash cans in good shape. They give directions to visitors, discourage panhandlers and keep rowdy kids and skateboarders from taking over.

You gotta admire people who choose action and results over whining and waiting. The next time you're downtown, notice how clean the sidewalks are. It didn't happen by magic, but the results are magical. Well done guys.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 12:55 AM   #1751
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National City reported also in talks with Fifth Third
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NEW YORK - National City Corp., the ninth-largest U.S. bank, is looking to sell itself and is in talks with more than one potential buyer, including Fifth Third Bancorp, people briefed on the matter said yesterday. The talks are preliminary, the sources said.

Media reports have said for weeks that National City was looking to sell itself under the strain of mounting mortgage losses, exposure to the hard-hit Ohio and Michigan real estate markets, and a badly timed foray into Florida.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that National City was in talks to sell itself to Cleveland rival KeyCorp.

Spokesmen for National City, Fifth Third, and KeyCorp declined to comment on the news reports.

National City is looking at a number of options, but a deal with KeyCorp could win a capital infusion from private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., sources told the newspaper.

A transaction involving banks within Ohio is more likely than a buyer emerging from another region because of the potential for cutting costs through branch closings, said Tony Davis, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Regulators are unusually receptive right now to combinations "to the extent that they can resolve earnings issues and create stronger financial institutions," he said.

Fifth Third is awaiting regulatory approval for its planned acquisition of First Charter Corp., a Charlotte, N.C. bank with about $4.9 billion in assets .
Damn, this is NOT good. Expect layoffs regardless of whether Keybank or Fifth Third buys the bank (I personally prefer Keybank due to fast online updates). Hundreds were laid off in Northwest Ohio when Skybank was absorbed by Huntington.
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Yeah that sucks. My Dad actually owns a National City retail bank building in Toledo. I checked a map, and there's a Key bank about a mile away from it.
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The bigger question is how much retail does SW Toledo need? They have the huge strip mall complex at Spring Meadows, and two brand new malls at Fallen Timbers and Levis Commons. It's way too late for Southwyck to redeem itself.
SW Toledo has room for more retail. There is a good population base and it's where the major interstates converge. Travelers from all parts of NW Ohio come here to shop.

The mixed use idea is probably best for the new Southwyck... small or specialty shops, condos/townhomes, restaurants, entertainment options.

Based on how Levis Commons turned out, you can expect that whatever the result, it will at least look really nice... modern architecture, landscaping, a clock tower, fountain, etc. Should class up Reynolds Road big time.
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Indeed to give them credit because the DTID does a bang-up job in keeping downtown clean, friendly and safe.

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WTOL Editorial

Downtown Toledo is a whole lot cleaner than it used to be. Much of the credit goes to the Downtown Toledo Improvement District. This organization is mostly funded by the downtown property owners. A couple of years ago they decided to make the downtown streets cleaner and safer. Without any help or interference from the city, the clean and safe program was developed. And it has been very successful.

More than 71 tons of litter and debris have been picked up and removed. They have also cut out weeds, maintained the landscaping, pressure washed sidewalks, and kept the trash cans in good shape. They give directions to visitors, discourage panhandlers and keep rowdy kids and skateboarders from taking over.

You gotta admire people who choose action and results over whining and waiting. The next time you're downtown, notice how clean the sidewalks are. It didn't happen by magic, but the results are magical. Well done guys.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 06:09 PM   #1756
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Brand Whitlock LMHA Homes Development

Great article with a bit of a historical background; I think they should raze the entire Brand Whitlock along with Port Lawrence and Gunckle Subdivision which surrounds the beautiful St. Patrick Church and clusters in the area along Indiana Avenue from Washington to Collingwood and rebuild it with mix-use developments (combination of commercial, retail, housing, with schools) with market-rate and subsidized single family homes or brownstone-like developments, with mixed-income it would improve the livelihood of the low-income population to get the school training, better access to jobs, get them off welfare support and safer surroundings. It would enable to enhance quality of life. The architectural structure of these housing complex are pathetically designed and very military-1950s-look to it.

The brand new TPS Libbey Middle School on Nebraska/Junction/Collingwood is the step in the right direction, now we need to raze the rest and redevelop all the complexes to more "green-like" concept (i.e. pedestrian access, mini-transit station, bike trails, parks, etc, etc) and mixed-urban village concept which would be friendly to all income brackets.
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Fostoria: ThyssenKrupp Development Update

Just 6-8 months ago the company received tax abatements, chose to re-invest, and stay in Fostoria. This is pretty somber that really reflect the national economy and the gas prices.

Fostoria's ThyssenKrupp closing; Idling 359 workers
Company consolidating operations to Danville, Illinois due in part to transportation costs
Posted on WNWO 24 Website 4-4-2008


Officials with ThyssenKrupp told workers Friday that the Fostoria plant will close by November 2009, costing the community over 350 jobs.

A spokesperson for ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft said they would consolidate operations into a single plant in Danville, Illinois. The spokesperson said that by November 2009, all heavyduty forging and machining operations will be moved to Danville.

The company spokesperson said that layoffs will start within the next 18 months. He said the transportation costs are partially to blame for the need to consolidate the two plants. Currently ThyssenKrupp moves parts from Illinois to Ohio.

The ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft plant in Fostoria employs 359. No word on how many workers will be offered jobs with the Danville operation.

The Fostoria and Danville machining plants produce crankshafts for the North American heavy-duty automotive, truck and engine markets.
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Springfield Township: Super Cinema Development

I'm wondering with the lack of reporting on both sides in this story whereas the new movie theatre opened up earlier this year at Shops at Fallen Timbers should be considered to this decision. Also I certainly hope the Showcase Cinema would provide independent movies at Franklin Park and Maumee because there is a market for those type of movies. Super Cinema shows both older big-box movies and independent films, I could care less for the older movies but independent screening should be retain.

Super Cinema May Be Closing
Posted on WTVG ABC 13 Website 4-5-2008


Super Cinema, a discount theater and also one of the oldest movie theaters in the Toledo area, might be closing.

To a lot of people, buying a movie ticket is a luxury. In a tough economy, that's one luxury some are doing without, and it's affecting the Super Cinema in Holland.

The company operates more than 1500 movie screens around the world. That includes most of the theaters in northwest Ohio from the newest addition at Fallen Timbers to the Super Cinema, a discount theater and also one of the oldest movie theaters in the Toledo area.

When 13abc asked Super Cinema manager Tom Morman if his theater was closing, he said he couldn't comment, and a press release would be sent out Monday. So 13abc tracked down the National Amusements spokesperson out of Boston and asked her. She also said she would not confirm any details about a closing until Monday.


However, Super Cinema employees tell a different story, their bosses made it clear to them the theater would be closed by the end of April, and they'd all be given the option to move to a different theater.

Bottom line is, your option of catching a flick at a bargain price is about to disappear. You can catch a fairly new movie at Super Cinema for $2. The average price for a ticket at other area theaters is $10.
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