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2016 Mentor Coupon Book

2016couponbookcoverThis past year, the City of Mentor expanded our Shopping & Dining Guide into a Visitors Guide to help support our eateries, taverns, retailers and associated businesses.

Now, we’re taking this effort a step further by introducing a Coupon Book which will be distributed at ALL MENTOR EVENTS including Headlands BeachFest, Mentor CityFest, Mentor Rocks, Fireworks, Mentor Farmer’s Market, Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and more!

The Coupon Book will be available at all city facilities including the Mentor Ice Arena, Mentor Pools, Mentor Lagoons Marina as well as libraries, hotels and other locations throughout the city.

Finally – the book will be distributed to event promoters for regional softball, baseball, hockey and pickleball tournaments – plus you’ll have the opportunity to reach RNC attendees who will be staying in Mentor for the convention next summer.

It’s easy to see that this is a fantastic way to reach visitors in our area. Similar books in the area have had terrific success and we want you to benefit from this effective advertising opportunity.

LEARN MORE about how you can be a part of it!

Mentor Seasonal Job Fair Targets Area Job Seekers

seasonaljobfairArea job seekers are invited to attend a Mentor Seasonal Job Fair to be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Mentor Community Center located at 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, OH 44060.

Representatives from over two dozen companies in a variety of fields will be accepting applications and answering questions regarding seasonal and permanent positions which are available.

“Given the low unemployment rate, the City and its partners are trying to help support our businesses as well as identify employment opportunities for area residents,” says Ronald M. Traub, Mentor Director of Community & Economic Development.  He continues, “The City of Mentor is experiencing an unemployment rate which is at a 9 year low, therefore there is value in presenting this type of event to all stake holders.”

The Mentor Seasonal Job Fair is sponsored by the City of Mentor, OhioMeansJobs – Lake County, Laketran, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, The News-Herald, WINT 1330 AM, and Cougar 93.7.

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26th Fall Bridal Gala

Bridal Gala - 250x250If you’re planning your wedding, then you don’t want to miss the 26th Fall Bridal Gala.  Over 25 wedding professionals specializing in Bridal Wear, Catering, Formal Wear, Invitations, Photography, Music, Floral Designs and more will be on hand Sunday, October 4th from 12-4pm at the Holiday Inn Mentor located at 7701 Reynolds Road (Rt 306).

Hair and makeup demonstrations, courtesy of Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa, will occur at 2:30 p.m. An elegant fashion show, courtesy of Expressions Bridal & Formal Wear and Jesse Webb Entertainment, will follow at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Holiday Inn Mentor. Be sure to register for door prizes as you meet each vendor.   Admission is just $2.00.

The 26th Fall Bridal Gala is sponsored by City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center & Community Arts Commission, Holiday Inn Mentor, Jesse Webb Entertainment DJ Service,  Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Day Spa, and Expressions Bridal & Formal.

Interested vendors should call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735.

Coastweeks Cleanup at Mentor Lagoons

plasticbottleWalk any beach and you will see that littering is still a big problem; not just in Ohio, but around the world. As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, the State of Ohio is sponsoring “Coastweeks” to educate and encourage people to help clean up Ohio beaches. The debris collected at all cleanups is recorded on data cards and is used as support for state, federal and international laws relating to water quality and pollution prevention.

The City’s “Keep Mentor Beautiful” program is hosting a Coastweeks Cleanup on Saturday, September 19th starting at 8:30 AM at the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina.  Community groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals can volunteer to help.

Our big event will be on Saturday, September 19th at the Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve and Marina.

Volunteers are asked to gather starting at 8:30 a.m.  You will be asked to sign in, form into teams of up to 6, receive data reporting cards and then be assigned an area to clean.  Clean up is usually completed by noon. whats my ip  Volunteers are reminded to dress for the weather as it can be cooler by the lake.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves if you have them.  Some gloves are available but are limited in sizes.  If the 19th is not good for you we can schedule another day or time that is more convenient for your group.

To register for the program or for further information, please contact Bonnie Rice, Keep Mentor Beautiful Director at or by calling 440-974-5780

This Ohio Coastweeks program is sponsored in part by the National and International Ocean Conservancy, the Lake Erie Commission, Great, the City of Mentor and “The Keep Mentor Beautiful” program.


Tree Commission Vacancy

The City of Mentor has a vacancy on the Tree Commission for an unexpired 4-year term ending 12/31/15.  Mentor residents interested in the position must submit a resume with a completed City supplied Application for Commission/Board Appointment/Reappointment form. For more information, contact the Clerk of Council @ or call (440) 974-5754.  Deadline for submission is September 23, 2015.

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Mentor Marsh Phragmites Management

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has received a grant from Sustain our Great Lakes to manage the phragmites which have choked out native species in Mentor Marsh over the past 50 years.

phrag250The program will consists of spraying and cutting in the coming weeks. A ground team is scheduled to start spraying the perimeter on foot the week of September 14th. A helicopter will be deployed on September 21st to spray the interior of the marsh.

A “Marsh Masher” will then be brought in sometime in October to cut down the phragmites stalks in an effort to provide native species which exist in the seed bed to re-emerge.

This is an important first step in the long term restoration of the Mentor Marsh.

If you have any questions regarding this effort, please refer to flyer which is being distributed to residents who encircle the Marsh or contact the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Mentor Receives Award from Ohio Auditor of State

auditaward250The City of Mentor has received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for their 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The award is presented to entities which file an annual CAFR and timely financial reports in accordance with GAAP as well as receive a “clean” audit report.

The City’s audit financial audit did not contain findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or any questioned costs.

“We are very pleased to receive this award from the Auditor of State. It reflects the dedication to responsible financial reporting by so many employees of the City of Mentor administration. I am most proud of the excellent staff within the Finance Department, whose efforts made this award possible,” says David Malinowski, Director of Finance for the City of Mentor.

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is the highest award issued by the Auditor’s office and was presented by Rebecca L. Widowski, Northeast Ohio Regional Liaison for the Auditor of State.

In a written statement, Dave Yost, Ohio Auditor of State indicated, “Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability.”

Aerospace Leaders to Land in Mentor


Aerospace leaders will be in Northeast Ohio to discuss changes and recent updates in the industry as well as showcase opportunities for businesses in Greater Cleveland at a symposium hosted by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative.

The event will be held Thursday, October 1, 2015 from  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 pm at the Noah’s Event Venue, 8200 Norton Parkway in Mentor, Ohio.

Representatives from the Ohio Aerospace Institute, NASA, Boeing, Parker-Hannifin and others will be on hand to educate area businesses on available programs as well as help build valuable connections.  The conference will feature a number of presentations from thought leaders as well as the opportunity to schedule face-to-face meetings with giants in the aerospace industry.

“Business owners will have a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from Boeing on how to become part of their supply chain as well as learn how to comply with new and changing ITAR regulations, says Kimberly Holizna, International Trade Program Manager for the City of Mentor.

“If your company sells directly to the aircraft manufacturers or is a tier supplier, this program is for you,” she adds.

Aerospace Updates & Opportunities is the fifth in a series of symposiums presented by the City of Mentor International Trade Initiative whose mission it is to assist companies who seek to expand or develop new export markets. Learn more at

Mentor Receives Community Tree Planting Grant

treeplantingThe City of Mentor recently received a $5,000 Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant from Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation.

More than 30 grants, totaling $160,000, are being awarded to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates throughout the country.

The Keep America Beautiful/UPS grant program is intended to help:  sequester levels of carbon dioxide through strategic plantings; emphasize the importance of native tree planting; produce fruit from fruit trees for local consumption; and plant trees that will have a greater likelihood of withstanding natural disasters in communities that have lost a significant number of trees because of a recent natural disaster.

The UPS Foundation grants are part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative designed to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and rural areas in the United States and around the world. UPS has surpassed the company’s 2014 tree planting goals, planting more than 1.7 million trees during that year’s grant cycle. Since 2012, The UPS Foundation and UPS employees have planted more than 3 million trees across 47 countries to support the environment.

“It is a privilege for UPS to partner with Keep America Beautiful, an organization which has been advocating for and protecting the environment for decades,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Last year, The UPS Foundation gave nearly $4 million toward environmental sustainability efforts worldwide.  Our Global Forestry Initiative helps foster more resilient, sustainable communities globally.  Awarding these grants to Keep America Beautiful affiliates demonstrates UPS’s continued commitment to the environment.”

The UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant Program, now in its eighth year, is one element of The UPS Foundation’s overall support of Keep America Beautiful. The UPS Foundation also has supported Keep America Beautiful’s Vision for America Award, which is presented annually to distinguished leaders whose personal and corporate commitments have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the U.S. UPS was the recipient of the Vision for America Award in 2007.


Mentor Advances in Retail Sales Volume

salesThe City of Mentor has moved up to the sixth place in retail sales volume according to a Census of Retail Trade Report recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Columbus continues to dominate retail sales in Ohio followed by Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland and Akron. Mentor now ranks sixth; up from seventh in 2007.

One revealing statistic regarding the strength of retail sales in Mentor is the volume of retail sales in the city. With a population of approximately 47,000, Mentor ranks twentieth in the State of Ohio and is approximately a quarter of the size – population wise – of fifth place Akron.

“With a degree of levity, we like to tell people that if you can’t buy it in Mentor, it’s probably not worth having,” says Ronald M. Traub, Director of Economic and Community Development, “Mentor has become a shopping destination in Northeast Ohio due to our robust blend of independent retailers and national chains. As a result, it’s an ideal location for new retail opportunities.”

Annual sales volume among 303 establishments within Mentor is now approaching $1.5 billion. The retail sector employs 5,884 individuals with a $130 million payroll. Lake County’s sales volume is $3.5 billion, representing 789 establishments and 12,537 jobs.

Motor vehicle and parts dealers represent approximately one-third of the sales volume in Mentor followed by general merchandise stores (20%) and gas stations (7%).

The Census of Retail Trade Report is conducted every five years and compiles data from local communities as well as sources at the county and state level. The latest report pertained to sales data from 2007 to 2012.

For further information, contact Ronald M. Traub, Director, Economic & Community Development, City of Mentor at (440) 974-5736 or