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NRHS alumna aids in the fight against coronavirus: Talk of the Towns

The Plain Dealer  Cleveland logo The Plain Dealer Cleveland 4/24/2020 By Shirley MacFarland,

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio - North Royalton High School alumna, Alyssa Kasaris, has been doing her part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by working with her family to make homemade masks for healthcare workers.

North Royalton native, Kasaris, and her family have been sewing masks for workers at the Cleveland Clinic to wear while in the coronavirus environment. Kasaris said a family friend who works at the Clinic sent out a post on Facebook, asking people to sew masks at home if they were able.

Since graduating from NRHS, Kasaris is now at the end of her freshman year at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. She is studying exercise science and is a member of the women’s volleyball team. She has played in all 30 matches this season and led the team in digs, with 541. The team went 20-10 overall for this season.

Volleyball Coach at the university, Melissa Mahnke-Morrison, who also is a NRHS alumna said, “This is just an example of the kind of teammate and person that Alyssa is. When she sees something that needs done or someone that needs something, she is one of the first to step up."

The University of Mount Union Office of Admission stated that Kasaris has been living the university’s mission of preparing students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship.

From Brecksville Mayor Hruby:

1/4 u00b7 The May 9th Shred Day has been cancelled. No decision has been made regarding the September shred date at this time.

1/4 u00b7 The construction of the Community Center outdoor Aquatics Facility and expansion of the Natatorium continues, but we do anticipate some delays due to late shipments and availability of work force.

1/4 u00b7 The 2020 City Road Program has begun and will continue throughout the summer. We cannot afford to cut back or delay this program. It is important to continue to maintain our roadways on schedule.

1/4 u00b7 Unfortunately, there are some who disregard the signage prohibiting the use of the tennis courts behind City Hall. Therefore, the Recreation Department is going to padlock gates until further notice. We had to take similar action to basketball courts adjacent to Kids Quarters. Please comply with signage closing off certain facilities and areas. This is for the welfare of our community.

1/4 u00b7 The Service Department continues to pick up solid waste and curbside recycling. Saturday drop-off recycling has been suspended as well as the white goods pick up on Fridays. Please help us by flattening cardboard boxes and bundle them. We have no plans to limit or cut back on services any more than thus far indicated.

1/4 u00b7 Those wishing to donate nonperishable foods or financial donations for our Human Services pantry can do so by contacting Human Services Department at 440-526-2499. Normally we receive nonperishable food during the shredding events and we will not be having that opportunity in May. Therefore, we certainly anticipate the need for donations. We are making food available to our residents in need, and we appreciate the generosity of those of you who are able to assist their fellow residents at this time.

1/4 u00b7 Yes, we are encouraging our residents to support our local businesses. Thank you for supporting our local businesses at a most critical time. I know the merchants appreciate it and look forward to serving you in the future.

Memorial Day: The City of Broadview Heights would like to invite the residents and businesses of Broadview Heights to create a sign thanking our veterans for Memorial Day. The City will display all the signs along the parade route on Broadview Rd. and the City Campus main drive throughout Memorial Day weekend.

You may pick up a blank sign at City Hall to take home and decorate as you wish. All signs will be placed outside the main entrance with instructions. When your sign is complete, it can be dropped off by the front door outside the main entrance of the building. The signs will be displayed Fri., May 22 and remain until Tues., May 26.

Help thank our veterans.

Virtual arts: Beck Center for the Arts is excited to announce the first online only arts educational programing in its 86-year history. During the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic Beck Center sees and meets the needs in the community for arts as a healing tool, stress reliever for people of all ages, and a way to come together, virtually.

In lieu of in-person classes, lessons, and arts education programming, Beck Center’s Education team has curated 18 classes, running April 27 to June 6, 2020, online. There are classes in each art form, from Kids-N-Tunes to ballet, cartooning, acting, and more. Each class is around 30-45 minutes each week and has several ways to engage, so the student can work on the course material when it works best for them. These classes will take place on platforms like Zoom and/or Google Classroom, and other already proven education resources. Classes are open to continuing students, and new students. Registration is available now through May 8.

Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. For more information visit or call Beck Center Customer Service at 216-521-2540 x10, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Read more news from the Sun Star Courier here.

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