Orchids and onions
• ORCHID: To Trumbull Family Fitness for its continued transformation. The latest phase includes plans for a $7 million to $9 million investment in the building to renovate the wellness center and develop apartments on the top two floors. What a great addition to downtown Warren!
• ONION: To former Warren City Schools teacher Tracy Gogel whose attorney pleaded with a judge last week to release her from a drug intervention program. Once completed, she could see her record cleared of her two felony convictions. We see that as a pretty good deal. The attorney argued, however, that the program is preventing her from getting a job. Perhaps Gogel should have thought of that before she committed crimes that left her without her teaching license.
• ORCHID: To Brookfield Township fire Chief Keith Barrett and the township for securing a $65,705 federal grant to purchase new rescue equipment. Grants are always a wonderful way to stretch local dollars.
• ONION: To Niles City Council. After 10 years of temporary moratoriums, council on Wednesday passed an ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses as an emergency measure. Really? An emergency? If it’s taken a decade, why not give the measure two more standard readings?
• ORCHID: To local Girl Scout Troop 80543 and the Vienna Historical Society for their effort in recording data from the oldest section of Vienna Cemetery. The work is important for genealogy tracking and helps families locate graves.