Newton Falls – Business resumed as usual at the November meeting of the Newton Falls Area Commerce Association.
The agenda opened with the financial reports for September and October as well as approval of the minutes for both months before proceeding to old business. The annual tree decorating has been scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 29th, at noon. Anyone who wants to come out and help make the little spot at Four Corners Park (by Positive Images) festive for the holidays is welcome to join in the effort. Although the tree that was planted in 2012 did not last, another tree has already been chosen and will be transplanted with the intention of becoming a permanent fixture. The official tree lighting will be the following weekend on Saturday, December 7th at 6pm. Santa is expected to make an appearance, so bring out the whole family for an evening of Christmas merriment. Residents will have a chance to chat with Santa even earlier than Saturday as he visits the Newton Falls Family Dollar store on Thursday, December 5th at 5pm.
In new business, the members discussed plans for the annual NFACA holiday party which will be held Wednesday, December 18th at 6pm at the usual meeting place of Roby Lee’s. Members will soon be receiving an invitation for themselves and a guest with all the details. Also in new business, the NFACA plans to start off the new year by redoubling its advertising efforts. Conversation centered around updating and freshening the website for 2014 as well as ways to support the businesses of current members. Further, moving forward into 2014, elections were held for next year’s officers. A motion was made to sustain the officers as they currently stand which means President Lyle Waddell, Vice President (yours truly) Mialie Szymanski, Secretary Lara Reibold, and Treasurer Tanya Allman are officially reelected for another year.
For the city manager’s report, Mayor Waddell relayed that various business properties around town are in the process of changing hands or will be up for sale soon. It is expected that there will finally be a new owner for the St. Mary’s property (the site of the former SS. Mary & Joseph School) in the near future. Mayor Waddell is still focusing on working with the city to bring businesses to town and teaming up on the JEDD initiative with Braceville. Also in new business, the annual Shop Newton Falls campaign has started. If businesses would like an 11×17 poster for their store window, contact The Bridge. Mayor Waddell reiterated the importance of keeping business dollars in local businesses, so while doing your holiday shopping, please remember the wonderful offerings that exist right in our own community. Further, there’s no better time to shop local than Saturday, November 30th which has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday”, a national movement to recognize the opportunities presented by small businesses!
In other news, The Bridge will be recognizing local veterans who cannot be home for the holidays on the cover tribute of their Christmas issue. Anyone wishing to submit information about a serviceman or servicewoman who is away from home this holiday season, send it to The Bridge at NFBridge@earthlink.net or contact Rich Miller at (330) 847-9300 by Thanksgiving.
Also to be noted, Santa needs our help in helping the children in our community. He will be passing out gift bags of candy to the local kids throughout the holiday season and any donation of the sweet stuff will be most appreciated. For any business that can contribute candy to the effort, Santa will work with the store to arrange a visit or another way to say thank you. For more information or to drop off candy, stop by Our Towne Construction (in the plaza by the new fire station across from Arby’s) or call the shop/ Santa Line directly at (330) 872-1700.
The next NFACA meeting will be noon on Tuesday, December 10 at Roby Lee’s.