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Fill-a-Cruiser and Support a Cause

fillacruiserMentor Police will be hosting their second annual Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Giant Eagle located at 7960 Plaza Boulevard in Mentor.

Donated food is distributed to food pantries to benefit families within the City of Mentor.  Money collected is used to support Mentor’s Kops-N-Kids program.

Last year, generous shoppers helped fill two police cruisers and donated over $800.00 in just four hours.

“We felt it was a nice way to give back to the community,” says Detective Steve Ondercin. “Last year, we held it right before Christmas. This year we wanted to host it a little earlier so those in need could enjoy their Thanksgiving as well.”

The Kops-N-Kids program is a volunteer program which started in 1983 which provides holiday gifts for kids in need. The program accepts outside donations and holds annual golf outing to raise the funds for the program.  Families are identified with the help of the Mentor School System, Mentor’s Victim’s Assistance program and police officers themselves.

In addition to the funds raised by the program, several local businesses including the Longo Family, Chick-fil-A and Best Buy donate their time and services.

“The program has been in place for over 30 years. We’re really proud of the effect it’s had on needy families in our community,” says Police Chief Kevin Knight.

Mentor Firefighters Rescue the Needy Food Drive

mentorfirerescuetheneedyMentor firefighters will be presenting the Salvation Army with a check and non-perishable food items raised at their annual Rescue the Needy Food Drive.

Mentor firefighters collected cash and non-perishable food items at the Northeast entrance of the Great Lakes Mall on November 7th and 8th.  Through the generosity of donors, they were able to raise $5,131.00 and a trunk full of food.

The Rescue the Needy Food Drive has been held every year for the past 20 years and has raised over $100,000  during that span of time. Mentor firefighters have worked with a number of organizations over the years. This is their fourth year of donating to the Salvation Army.

“It’s important for us to help those in our community in need. The Salvation Army has been a great partner over the years and ensures that the money and food raised stays in Lake County,” says Firemedic Dominic Vivolo, who along with Lt. Mike Smith, started the program back in 1994.

Mentor Fire Chief, Robert Searles, adds, “I am privileged to be able to work not only with firefighters who care about their community, but also, to work in a community who care so much about the needs of others.”

The check presentation will occur on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM at the Salvation Army of Painesville & Lake County located at 69 Pearl Street in Painesville.

Snow Emergency Update

Updated: November 14th, 2014 – 10:45 AM

A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Lake County until 9 AM Saturday.  Snow accumulations of 2-4 inches may be expected today with an additional 2-4 inches of snow this evening. White out conditions with further accumulations can occur where snow bands persist.

All available city snow crews remain active. Residents are advised that a street parking ban is still in effect until further notice in the City of Mentor.

Residents are advised to limit travel as much as possible and to remain alert to the presence of emergency vehicles.

Motorists are further advised that icy conditions make it difficult to maintain traction on bridges, hills, curves, railroad crossings and even minor slopes.

Additional information will be shared when it becomes available.

Public Meeting: Central Lake County Blueway and Greenway Plan

bikewayThe City of Mentor has teamed up with neighboring communities as well as several Lake County agencies to identify and plan a regional network of recreational trailways.

The Central Lake County Blueway and Greenway Plan will connect existing bikeways, pathways and water trails throughout the area.

We encourage area residents to join us for the initial public meeting which will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the Mentor Senior Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m to share your input on the proposed plan.

One of the areas of focus will be on incorporating beautiful lakefront locations such as Headlands Beach State Park, Mentor’s Lakefront Preserve and other scenic destinations in neighboring communities.

Please be sure to join us.

Click to View a Prelimary Design of the Central Lake County Connectivity Plan

LEGAL NOTICE: Forestry Maintenance

Sealed proposals will be received at the office of the Purchasing Department, City of Mentor, 8500 Civic Center Boulevard, Mentor, Ohio until 12:00 Noon on November 17, 2014 and will be opened and read immediately thereafter for the following project:


Bids must be in accordance with specifications  and on forms provided on website or Request For Proposal packets will be available for pick-up at the Purchase Office for the cost of printing bid proposal.   The bidder shall be responsible to check for Addenda and obtain same from the website.

Kenneth Filipiak, City Manager

Bid Packet for Forestry Maintenance

Post Job Openings on The Mentor Channel

The City of Mentor wants to help job seekers and local businesses connect. Mentor businesses with job openings can now have the notice posted on The Mentor Channel and on the City’s website.

Mentor companies, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants can email job opening details to, and the information will be added to The Mentor Channel’s bulletin board that is broadcast between video programs, and listed on the new Community Employment page found under the Work tab at Employers are asked to include a job title, short description (25 words), and how potential employees can apply. The free job listing will be broadcast and advertised on the City’s website for a two week period.

According to Economic Development Director Ron Traub, “The new service will serve as a valuable tool to help both Mentor businesses and those seeking employment. Mentor’s unemployment rate has dropped dramatically over the last few years and connecting employers with potential employees will only help that trend continue.”

The Mentor Channel is broadcast on Time Warner channel 12 (digital adaptor) and 96.12 (digital), or AT&T U-verse channel 99. The channel is also streamed live online at

Removal of the “Bridge to Nowhere” Scheduled to Begin

Work on the Mentor Harbor Bridge Demolition Project commonly known as the “Bridge to Nowhere” is scheduled to begin on or about October 20, 2014 according to the City of Mentor.

This project will remove the 186 foot long Mentor Harbor Bridge which is currently standing over a portion of the Mentor Lagoons. A temporary haul road will be constructed, maintained and removed to facilitate the demolition work.

Actual removal of the bridge is scheduled to begin on November 3, 2014 and should last between 4 to 6 weeks. During the bridge removal phase the channel will be closed to boat traffic.

The scheduled completion date for the demolition phase of the project is December 15, 2014. The removal of the haul road will be performed in the spring and the completion date for the restoration is June 12, 2015. Work will be performed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.

For additional information regarding the demolition project, please contact the City of Mentor Department of Engineering at (440) 974-5785.

Trick-or-Treat in Mentor is October 31

The City of Mentor will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 31st. Trick-or-Treat hours are scheduled from 6 to 8 PM.

The Mentor Police and Fire Departments want to remind our little ghosts and goblins (and their parents) to keep safety in mind when preparing for Halloween night. Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
  • Don’t use candles in your jack-o-lantern; rather use a flashlight to light up your pumpkin.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Be cautious with face paint. Test it before putting it on. Some may trigger allergic reactions.
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Always walk, don’t run from house to house.
  • Stay on sidewalks. Look for cars when walking by a driveway.
  • Eat only wrapped candy. Parents should check candy and discard any that appears suspicious.
  • Report anything unusual to the Mentor Police Department at 440-255-1234, or for an emergency call 911.



Lane Closures on I-90

LAKE COUNTY (Thursday, October 9, 2014) – Overnight Thursday, October 9, crews will close the right lane on I-90 westbound near SR 615 and the right two lanes on I-90 westbound at SR 306 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, October 10 in order to perform pavement repairs.

On Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m., crews will close the right lane on I-90 westbound near SR 615 and the right two lanes on I-90 westbound at SR 306 until 4 p.m. Sunday, October 12 in order to perform pavement repairs operations. Traffic delays are expected. Motorists are encouraged to use SR 44 to SR 2 as an alternate route.

All work listed in this update is weather permitting.

ACHA National Hockey Showcase Schedule

Some of the best college club hockey teams will be coming to the Mentor Ice Arena  October 10 – 12. The American College Hockey Association National Showcase Men’s Division II will start on Friday, October 10th at 10 AM.

The top Division II teams in the country will bring their sticks to Mentor to play in a showcase format. Tickets are available at the door.

All Tournament Passes are $30 – Adults, $25 – Seniors and $20 – Students.

Or purchase a Day Pass for $15 – Adults, $12 – Seniors, $10 – Students. Kids ages 5 & under get in free.

Game times are as follows:


ACHA SCHEDULE National College Hockey Showcase Division II


FRIDAY 10/10                                                         

EAST RINK                                                                                          

10:00 AM
Belleville vs.  Kentucky

12:15 PM
NJIT vs. Cincinnati

2:45 PM
Dayton vs.  SIUE

5:00 PM
AZ State vs. Lindenwood

7:15 PM
Davenport vs. Rowan


WEST RINK                                                                                         

10:15 AM
St. Cloud vs. Louisville

12:30 PM
Utah vs. Toledo

3:00 PM
Central Michigan vs. Delaware

5:15 PM


SATURDAY 10/11                                                  

EAST RINK                                                                                          

9:00 AM
NDSU vs. Delaware

11:15 AM
NJIT vs. St. Cloud

1:30 PM
Toledo vs. AZ State

3:45 PM
GVSU vs. Utah

6:00 PM
Lindenwood vs. Louisville


WEST RINK                                                                                         

9:15 AM
Cincinnati vs. Davenport

11:30 AM
Belleville vs. Central Michigan

1:45 PM
Rowan vs. Dayton

4:00 PM
Kentucky vs. SIUE

6:15 PM
Davenport vs. NDSU



SUNDAY 10/12                                                        

EAST RINK                                                                                          

8:00 AM
Kentucky vs. NJIT

10:15 AM
GVSU vs. AZ State

12:30 PM

2:45 PM
Lindenwood vs. Dayton

5:00 PM
Toledo vs. Belleville


WEST RINK                                                                                         

8:15 AM
Rowan vs. Central Michigan

10:30 AM
Utah vs. Davenport

12:45 PM
Delaware vs. Cincinnati

3:00 PM
Louisville vs. St. Could


Click here for a printable schedule.