Amherst News-Times, 2000-09-27
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Seniors enjoy puppet show — Page 6 I Gridders have perfect season — F D — D 3 ________ D £ X X ' | - X rt - - / 3 3 a r Jl — o' fi e-—ee-e—ej Amherst News-Tinu -a. -< •"* j> i-- 'o < n -^ -r J> SI Taking it all in William Reinwald takes in some of the beautiful fall weather we on Jackson Street, had last week while he sits in the front yard of his daughter's house Quarterback Dominic Pellittieri has his sights sst on a pert set season, which Include* besting Avon Lake. Leading his team. is QB's top goal in 5-0 year by JASON TOMASZEWSKI Nebs-Times reporter If you ask anyone who knows anything about the game of football what the most difficult position to play is. they will always say it is quarterback. On each play the quarterback must know what each one of his offensive player's reponsibilines is, and .he must be able to tell what the defense is doing so that he can make the right decision in the blink of an eye. Repeat this chain of events about 30 or 40 times and that is the typical night in the life of a quarterback. So it is no surprise that as the QB goes, so goes the team. The Comets are fortunate to have a solid quarterback in Dominic Pellittieri. The second year starter has guided his team to a perfect 5-0 record by destroying opponents with the force of a neutron bomb. "We knew coining into this year that we would be a good team," explained Pellittieri. "We feel like no one can stop us." This season is the culmination of years of hard wok for Pellittieri. He first began playing organized football in the Christian Youth Organization, "I played for St Joe's and 1 was the fullback on tuning plays and the quarterback on the passing plays," stated Pellittieri. From there he moved to Lorain GuhoJic seventh grade where he played wide receiver, tt wasn't until he reached tbe eighth grade that he would become a fatkbne quarterback. CONTINUED on page 3 X ^ Schools en more students at every grade level this year by JASON TOMASZEWSKI News-Times reporter Growth is a good thing. Just about any kind of growth makes people happy. Economic growth, spiritual growth, and even physical growth cause joy for some people. However, the growth that the city of Amherst has experienced is the source of a lot of headaches for school superintendent Robert Boyton. He has to find room for the growing number of kids that are flooding into Amherst's limited number of schools. "Right now there is no room at the inn," stated Boyton. "All we can do is keep increasing t \e class size." Many of the schools in Amherst have been experiencing an influx in enrollment Shupe Middle Schoolis up from S87 in 1999 to 590 this year. Powers Elementary has seen its numbers jump by 19 from last year. They now have 831 children attending their school. Nord Junior High School has also expanded to 613 from last year's total of 608. The high school is also bursting at the seams. Marion L. Steele had an enrollment of 1,193 in 1999. Now the school boasts 1,236 students. That is an increase of 43 students, about 11 more students per grade. The school board has a bond issue on the November ballot that, if passed will provide .the district with a new junior high school. The proposed bond issue will cost homeowners $2.83 per each $25,000 of their home value. , Naturally the first group to protest the increase is the elderly. Being on a fixed income it would be difficult to afford an increase of any kind. To deal with this concern, the bond issue provides a reduction on property taxes for senior citizens on a fixed income if they meet certain criteria. They must be 65 years old or totally and permanently disabled, are the owner and have occupied the home as of Jan 1, 2000, and their income is less than $23300 including the income of a spouse. If a person falls into this category they can receive up to a 75 percent reduction. While the bond issue will raise money to build a new school, no new money will be needed to operate the school until 2005. Opponents of the bond issue claim that by eliminating open enrollment the overcrowding problem wil) also be eliminated. There ate currently 103 students from other districts that are enrolled in the Amherst schools. Eighty-four students, who live in Amherst attend schools in other districts. Nineteen students spread over 13 grades have very little impact on class size. By eliminating open enrollment the schools would still be overcrowded and the system would lose over $300,000 from he general fund each year. The reason that the plan calls for a new junior high is because a new high school would cost $10 million more. Also there is not enough land on the Harris property to build a new high school. In addition to the new junior high, the proposed plan also calls for additions and alterations to the high school and junior high. With the bond issue being so critical to the success of the school system, it begs the question "What happens if it fails?" While everyone involved with tbe schools is hoping the issue will pass, there is a plan of acton that will go into effect should the issue fail. The high school will be split CONTINUED on page 3 Nordson makes deal to buy R.I. manufacturer The Nordson Corporation announced last week that it signed a deal to buy EFD, Inc., a privately held company headquartered in East Providence, RJ. The company is the world's leading producer of precision, low- pressure industrial dispensing valves and components. The $280 million transaction is expected to be complete at the end of October. The company's valve applicators are used to dispense a vareity of fluids, including solder paste, electronic coatings and adhesives, fluxes, inks, paints, sealants and solvents. EFD's products are especially well suited tor the high-growth electronics and medical products markets. "EFD's product line complements our high growth business for dispen- ing high-performance materials for markets such as electronics and product assembly," explained Edward Campbell, Nordson president. "This acquisition will leverage Nordson's unique global potation and accelerate growth in targeted markets with EFD's outstanding reputation and high-quality products." EFD president John S. Carter will be retiring from the company. Carter founded EFD in 1963 and built the company into an organization with more than 280 employees at four locations in Rhode Island, the United Kingdom and France. Randall D. Richardson, vice president of Nordson's nonwovens systems group, will succeed Carter at EFD. Richardson joined Nordson in 1981 and previously was vice president of the company's packaging and product assembly group. Fire department to flush township fire hydrants The Amherst Fire Depeitment will be testing the fire hydrastt in Amherst Township starting the week of Sept 25 .wd continuing for .tout two weeks. If fire (fcipsfrtmeu equipment is observed m your neigtthratMod, avoid the use of water, particularly Cor wari^ dothes. After the flushing is complete, residents should nm their water for two or three nuhutet until it becomes clear. !%ehyd*^ifa^.sptribn»edtocMure ia inset wetting order md to measure aad ceooni ttteaamatof
|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2000-09-27|
|Date of Original||27-SEP-2000|
|Submitting Institution||Ohio Historical Society|
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