ORCHID: To Bloomfield-Mespo High School, Maplewood Middle School and Girard's Intermediate, Senior and Prospect elementary schools in Trumbull County; and Boardman Robinwood Lane Elementary, Jackson-Milton High, Springfield Elementary, Youngstown Early College and Austintown's Lynn Kirk and Watson elementaries for being named high performing schools of honor by the Ohio Department of Education.
ONION: To Mahoning County Highway Engineer Patrick Ginnetti for hiring Paul A. Bindas of Beech Court in Canfield, who pleaded guilty in April of 2012 to a fourth-degree felony theft of more than $35,000 from the Ohio Turnpike Commission, for whom he was a toll booth collector.
ORCHID: To Girard Police Det. Greg Manente, one of six officers recognized for their work with the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
ONION: To Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem and Warren CityAuditor David Griffing for spending taxpayer money to battle in court over whether Gysegem is bound by a city ordinance limiting double dipping employees to 20 hours of work per week. A cost-neutral resolution process should be used. Of course, this wouldn't happen if double dipping were simply banned or if government employees were in the Social Security system.
ONION: To Warren Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa, whom former golf course owner and potential Old Avalon Golf Course manager Marc Beechy has been trying to call for about three months. Cantalamessa never returned Beechy's many calls. Now the city-owned course has missed the critical spring business during one of the best springs, weather-wise, in years for golf courses.
ORCHID: To The Western Reserve Port Authority for securing a $600,000 federal grant that will be used to inventory 25 brownfield sites in Trumbull County. The money will also be used to perform 50 environmental site assessments, plan cleanup for seven sites and organize community engagement. This could serve as a catalyst for economic development.