Friday, June 23, 2017

So Far, 152 Elyria “LITTLES” Have Graduated From Safety Town This Year… There’s Still Time To Register!

This morning reminded me about why I love to be Mayor.  I had an opportunity to congratulate 72 of the “Littles” graduating from Elyria Safety Town.  It was an inspirational morning made possible by the City of Elyria, the Elyria Kiwanis Club, and many sponsors and volunteers. 
If you have a child preparing to enter Kindergarten this year, I would highly recommend enrolling in this wonderful program.  Please see the explanation below.  There are still slots available for the last session that begins June 26.  You can register on the city’s website at under the Parks and Recreation Department.  We hope to see you there!   
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.  And please, mark your calendars and plan to attend both the Bicentennial Edition of the Great American Picnic and Fireworks Show on July 3 at West Park (rain date July 7), and the Bicentennial Parade on August 5. 
Holly C. Brinda, Mayor

What is Safety Town?
Safety Town is a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide a complete hands-on safety education for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Safety Town consists of a child sized town which has working traffic signals, miniature buildings, cross walks, complete with personal traffic provided by the children on tractors. We at Safety Town wish to give the children a hands-on experience to take with them.
Safety Town is a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices both at school and at home. The children are instructed on when, where, and how to cross the street. They are taught bike safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, fire safety, seat belt safety, 911 emergency calls, stranger danger and what to do if they find a gun. This program is also geared towards getting children to be comfortable around Law Enforcement and many other important agencies and what the many different uniforms and cars look like.

Safety Town is held at Northwood Junior High School, 700 Gulf Road, Elyria, Ohio.  Registration can be completed online at

Safety Town is $10 per child for all citizens of Elyria and surrounding areas through the cooperation of the Elyria Police Department, the Elyria Kiwanis Club, and other generous donors. The class are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Parents are welcome to stay during the classes.

Safety Town would like to pay thanks to all the supporters and sponsors of Safety Town. Thanks to these businesses, public and private agencies civic organizations for helping make Safety Town the “Safest Place In Town!”

Goals for Safety Town?
  • Our goal here at Safety Town, is to ensure the safety of our children. The volunteers at Safety Town dedicate their time to teaching the children proper street safety. These are some eye opening statistics on road safety.
  • Children suffer a higher risk of disability or death through preventable injury than all childhood diseases combined.
  • 70% of all fire ending in a childhood death are started by children.Bicycle and Pedestrian accidents are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children.

Safety Town Schedule
Safety Town consists of three (3) one-week sessions:

  • June 12
  • June 19
  • June 26
Monday through Thursday 9:00am to 11:30am
Special graduation ceremony on Friday at 9:00am

Parents are asked to have their little ones there by 9:00am for roll call and other special events prior to class starting. A light breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria from 08:30-09:00. Breakfast is provided by Elyria City Schools.

Safety Town is open for children entering Kindergarten.

  • Registration can be completed online at
  • For all other inquiries please contact, Annette Solet  at 440-326-1503.
  • Now accepting applications for Safety Town Instructors. Candidates must have completed at least the 5th grade by the end of this school year. Please click here to download an instructor application 2017 INSTRUCTOR APPLICATION 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bicentennial Plates Are Available!
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As many of you know, the City of Elyria is celebrating its 200th Birthday this year, and to commemorate that, the Bicentennial Committee has commissioned official City of Elyria Bicentennial Plates!  Each beautiful, historical, ceramic plate shows buildings that illustrate that rich history of our City, from Elyria High School (including the Washington Building), to Monteith Hall, The Hickories, and more!  They truly are beautiful and have to be seen in person to be appreciated...but pictures are posted below anyway!  Each plate costs $25.00 and can be purchased from the Mayor's Office, located at 131 Court Street, Suite 301.  All proceeds from the plate go to the Ely Square Bicentennial Fountain Fund.  Contact the Mayor's Office at 440-326-1402 with any questions.

As a bonus, while supplies still last, anyone who would like an official Sesquicentennial Ice Cream bowl from the last celebration is welcome to one free with the purchase of a Bicentennial plate!



Concerts on Kerstetter and Farmer's Market by Invest Elyria
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A summer of family-friendly fun is underway in Downtown Elyria!  Invest Elyria is working with the City of Elyria to bring some excitement downtown.  Starting this Saturday, the first of several Summer Concerts on Kerstetter Way kicks off at 7:00pm this Saturday, June 24th at the East Falls Riverwalk on Kerstetter Way.  The concert is 100% FREE.

Music will be provided by the band Firelight, and they have at least one food truck and some craft vendors on site.  Bring your friends and your family down for a fun night!

And don't forget, running all summer long is the Farmer's Market in Pioneer Plaza! Invest Elyria kicked off their the season on June 17, 2017 at the newly-adorned Pioneer Plaza on Broad Street (next to the Elyria Arts Council at 336 Broad St.)  Mayor Brinda was there with her iPhone to capture a few memories, and the footage is below.  Please join them every Saturday throughout the rest of the summer!

Lorain County General Health District July Vaccination Calendar

The Lorain County General Health District has finalized their vaccination calendar for July.  See below for more information, or contact them online (, in person (9880 South Murray Ridge Road in Elyria) or by phone (440-322-6367).  Click image below to embiggen!