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Ravenna - Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center (Ohio Army National Guard) is one of four new sites being considered by Congress as an “East Coast” national missile defense location. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) hosted an informational open house for the public at Ravenna High School gymnasium on August 5, with representatives posted by various placards to answer questions from the public. An environmental impact statement is also being prepared for presentation to Congress.

If the local site is selected, ground-based interceptor missiles would be transported along public roads from Akron-Canton Regional Airport or Youngstown Air Reserve Station to Camp Ravenna. Lieutenant Colonel Chris Snipes said the 55-foot-long, 22-27-ton solid propellant missiles would be housed in 20 underground interceptor silos (missile defense complex), with possible future expansion of up to 60 such silos housed under Camp Ravenna’s 22,000 acres. Their range would be up to 10,000 kilometers to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile.

During the public meeting, if a civilian wanted their concerns expressed in a formal report to Congress, they could fill out a survey form or speak to a court reporter stationed in a corner of the gym. People opposed to the missile interceptor site being located at Camp Ravenna taped paper bulls-eye symbols to their shirts, saying that Portage County is too densely populated for such a purpose, property values would plummet, and the community would become an attack target if the missile site were located here. They also voiced concerns that the large number of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) waste injection wells in Ohio makes the state more prone to seismic activity, which may not be a stable environment for ground-based missiles.

The other federally-owned locations under consideration include Fort Custer Army National Guard Base in Michigan, SERE East Navy Base in Maine, and Fort Drum Army Installation on New York. Thirty ground-based interceptor missiles currently stand at the ready for homeland defense from Fort Greely, Alaska and Vandenberg AFB in California. Aegis warships are equipped to deploy sea-based interceptor missiles.

In what was termed by MDA representative Ken Anderson as a “capabilities race” rather than an arms race, these additional East Coast sites are being submitted to Congress for consideration in order to bolster the homeland’s capacity to defend itself “against threats from nations such as North Korea and Iran.”

According to an MDA Fact Sheet, “One of the greatest threats facing the world today is the increasing proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction.”

The estimated $1-$5 billion proposed Ballistic Missile Defense System at Camp Ravenna would “engage and destroy limited intermediate and long-range ballistic missile threats in space,” intercepting and destroying them before they reach their intended targets. In doing so, the MDA says, “The ultimate goal of missile defense is to convince aggressors that ballistic missiles are not militarily useful or a worthy investment and place doubt in the minds of potential aggressors that a ballistic attack against the U.S. or its allies can succeed.”

Camp Ravenna — formerly the Ravenna Arsenal — was used by the Army during World War II, employing up to 18,000 people to manufacture bombs and projectiles. The site became a National Guard training center in 1971 and now is used to train troops for deployments. Proponents of the missile defense plan see it as an opportunity for Camp Ravenna to be fully utilized again, with the potential for economic benefits for Portage and Trumbull counties.

Of the four sites under deliberation, none is “preferred,” but all meet the criteria for consideration. The environmental impact statement for Camp Ravenna could take up to two years to complete, assessing potential environmental changes on land use, water resources, air quality, transportation, socioeconomics and other factors. The Department of Defense has not made decision to deploy or construct the CIS at this time. This proposal is considered a fact-finding mission in response to Congress’ request in December 2013 for this study to be conducted.

For more details, go to www.mda.mil. Members of the public can respond to this proposal through September 15. Email comments to MDA.CIS.EIS@BV.com, fax to (913) 458-1091 or mail a written letter to Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp., ATTN: MDA CIS EIS, 6601 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS  66211-1504.


Newton Falls – Fields soggy from the recent rains and sharp springtime winds didn’t dampen the day for hundreds of local children on the hunt for thousands of brightly-colored plastic spheres left behind by a big fluffy pink bunny on the grounds near the Community Center on Quarry Street. On the last Saturday before Easter weekend, the sun shone overhead, glistening off baskets tightly clutched by children eagerly awaiting the signal to clamber through the rope fence sectioning off the tennis courts and scoop up as many eggs as they could gather.

Last week, during their spring break, eight Girl Scouts from Crestwood Intermediate and their siblings took a tour at Streetsboro Metal Recycling to get a head start on Earth Day. The girls brought aluminum cans with them, which they had started collecting  when the school year began. While at the facility, they learned first-hand about recycling, while earning funds for their troop in the process.

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, gloves spats, seven flag line flags, Marching Pride banner, two rifles, and honor guard flags. Next, came the luggage for 73 members, plus one director and 11 chaperones, all packed under the bus. It was like a life-size version of Tetris, fitting all the equipment in but they did it and did it well.   The buses were finally loaded and they were off to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, aka Disney.

“Garrettsville is burning!”

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, that message blazed out across phone lines, the internet and news agencies throughout northeast Ohio. Main Street’s newly-renovated historic Buckeye Block Building was on fire at lunchtime. Despite prompt and robust response by local and regional firefighters, the angry fire had devoured the storefronts from Center Street to High Street by dinnertime — all but the small brick building that houses the Mishler and Kohli law offices.

Garrettsville – Last month I challenged the James A. Garfield Community to take an active part in a massive fundraising campaign to kick off renovations to the schools’ athletic facilities. I am proud to report that over the last month more than 325 of our students, parents, staff and community members have accepted the challenge! As of Monday, March 17, ticket sales total $19,660. This is a monumental start!  In just one month we are nearly halfway to our annual minimum goal of $50,000. It is inspiring to see so many individuals working together toward the goal of making our facilities safer and more enjoyable for our students and fans.

There is still time!

Tickets will be on sale through April 30, 2014. Each $10 raffle ticket buys a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize as well as numerous coupons to local businesses.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the School Board Office on Friday, May 30 at noon.

Community members wishing to purchase tickets or acquire tickets to sell can contact Ted Lysiak at 216.534.7413.  Parents with children in grades K-6 can request additional tickets by sending a note with them to school, and students in grades 7-12 wishing to sell tickets should contact Jim Pfleger at 330.527.0039.

We cannot let up now.  With six weeks to go in this first fundraising campaign, we are edging closer to making the first phase of our project a reality!  I challenge all of us to keep the momentum going!

The complete renovation will take four phases to complete and will be completed as follows:

Phase 1 – Safety of players and fans

? Move field away from home bleachers by 10 feet

? Replace wood posts and ropes with four foot safety fencing

? Install new goal posts (donated by G-Men Foundation)

? Stabilize visitor bleachers with a permanent concrete pad

? Completion set for Fall 2014

Phase 2 – Spectator seating

? Purchase safety and ADA compliant aluminum bleachers

? Construct new press box

Phase 3 – Fan experience

? Construct new concession booths

? Construct permanent ADA compliant restrooms

Phase 4 – Scoreboard and track

? Construction of all-weather track

? Installation of new field scoreboards


I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported these efforts by selling or buying tickets.  Your commitment to excellence is inspiring!

As always, if you have any questions, please call me directly in the office (330.527.4336) or on my cell (216.534.7413).

Students from the elementary, middle, intermediate, and high schools have been asked to sell raffle tickets. Pictured are those students who have (to date) met the challenge. 



Portage County – The 2014 Northeast Ohio Envirothon is an outdoor academic competition that provides area high schoolers with a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about environmental conservation and sustainability. The event features an “ecostation” format, where students travel to five outdoor stations to answer questions from the content areas of Soils, Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, and Environmental Issues. The students’ work is graded, and the top four teams move on to the State competition.  The State competition has the same format, but is spread over a two-day period. This year’s State Envirothon will be held on June 9th & 10th at Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County.  The winning team from the State competition will move on to the National Canon North American Envirothon which will be held July 20-24, 2014 at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Georgia.

Mantua - Last week, students at Crestwood Primary School were on their feet, clapping wildly as their school gymnasium was filled with music and dance. Was it simply a cure for cabin fever, or the result of far too many recess periods spent indoors?  It was all that, and much more, as these fortunate kids received a visit, and a performance by the dancers of Ballet Excel Ohio.

Mantua –  The Mouse and the Motorcycle  came to life at Crestwood Primary School last week, as Principal Cindy Ducca appeared, dressed as a mouse at her school’s “One Book, One School” assembly. According to Mrs. Ducca, her attire was a reward to her students, who exceeded their goal of reading five books per child during the school’s special reading program that highlighted the classic book by Beverly Cleary.

Garrettsville – The lights are coming back on at Garrettsville Cinema at 8009 Main Street. The Garfield Plaza movie theater is now under new management, renovated and updated with digital projectors and surround sound. New tenant Justin Dlugokecki of Showplace Theaters plans to re-open “the new and improved Garrettsville Cinema” on Friday, March 7, with showings  of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”, “Winter’s Tale”, “Lego Movie” and “Robocop”. Check back at www.showplacetheaters.net for current updates.

Hiram - Recently, on a brisk winter afternoon, Hiram College unveiled the Homefront Education Ready Op (HERO) Program at the Freedom Center; the first on-campus housing dedicated to veterans in the Midwest. Hiram College President Thomas Chema acknowledged, “We, as a country, are so fortunate to have these dedicated men and women.” Chema continued, “We, as a college, seek to provide the exact kind of environment that our veterans need to launch themselves into the next phase of their lives.” To that end, Hiram College partnered with the Patriot Development Group, located in Bratenahl. Patriot Development is on a mission to assist servicemen and women as they transition from military service to careers in the private sector. 

Well, THAT was Fun!

Garrettsville- Hiram Rotary’s annual Family Week ended with a bang, as all—or a lot, anyway—of  the folks who had been cooped up by the weather  for longer than  had been the case for quite a while came out to do a whole raft of things  on Saturday, February 1.  There was something for everybody.  

Mantua – When Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation  (DMRC) member Mary Hannah saw the vacant storefront on Prospect Street in the Village, she came up with a plan to revitalize a little portion of the Village she loves so much. She also thought it could be a great venue to give locals a unique shop to find some unusual items. Thus, on the day before Thanksgiving, Mantua’s Secret Attic officially opened, offering handmade and collectible treasures for sale locally.

Mantua - Principal Arden Sommers is pretty proud of “his kids” at Crestwood High School.  At a recent visit to the school, Sommers proudly shared their stories, as he discussed a program called the Junior/Senior Seminar. The class, which is an elective, and therefore, not a requirement for graduation, is always one of the most popular, even though it is what Sommers calls a “service learning” program. Students are allowed to use their own creativity to design something they feel is lacking, or something that would be beneficial to the local community. They are then encouraged to figure out how to make their vision a reality.

Windham – Folks flocked to the streets and braved the bitter cold Sunday night to watch the first Winter Lights Parade sponsored by Community in Action for Windham (CIAFW). The event was held in conjunction with the Windham Community Church Fellowship Tree Lighting in the gazebo on the township green.

Mantua – For the first time ever, the Rotary Club of Mantua is hosting its Christmas Tour of Homes during the first two weekends in December.  While usually held in November, this year’s December tour of homes will help you get into the holiday spirit, giving you ideas for decking your own halls while it begins to look a lot like Christmas around town.

Tour tickets may be purchased at the Red Caboose at the Mantua Station Pharmacy at the time of the tour.  Reservations for the Candlelight Tour on Thursday, December 5th may be purchased by making a reservation for a 7 pm, 8 pm, or 9 pm time slot, with only 50 tickets available for each hour. Candlelight Tour ticket will allow guests to visit any homes during the daylight tour hours if they do not have the opportunity to view them all that evening. Please note that only 50 tickets are available for each hourly time slot.

Garrettsville – The holidays are prime time for devastation-turned-redemption dramas. For a real-time example, look no further than downtown Garrettsville and its restored historic district on Main Street. A little before-and-after reminder is in order, now that buildings are beautiful, lights are twinkling, and businesses are bustling.

Garrettsville – Neighbors helping neighbors.

That’s the basic premise that inspired local volunteers to establish the Nelson-Garrettsville Community Cupboard (NGCC) more than three years ago, in a storage area behind Isaac Mills’ Bakery at Nelson Circle. Now the NGCC has outgrown its original home and has moved into a new locale with double the floor space at 8147 Center Street, just off Main Street in Garrettsville.

Garrettsville - Chris Perme believes in the power of collaboration to achieve the best possible results for his clients. As a twenty-five year financial advisor, one of Perme’s greatest strengths is his ability to coordinate planning efforts and tactics with attorneys, CPAs and other advisors with whom a client is already likely engaged—helping ensure that all advisors are communicating with each other and working together to create an integrated strategy to keep their mutual client financially healthy. 

Windham - It was a “Make a Difference Day” like no other in Windham, this past Saturday. It was a cold, blustery fall day, but that did not deter 200-plus folks from coming out to express their love and appreciation for Maruf Awad, owner of the local Sparkle Market in Windham. Instead of doing something specific for the community as a whole, they decided it was time to pay it forward to one of their own.

Ravenna – On October 2, Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice volunteers were honored for their dedication and service to Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice and the Portage County community. The annual event, held at the Ravenna Elks Lodge, celebrated those who are committed to serving individuals and families in hospice care.

Mantua – At the start of the meeting, Mayor Linda Clark welcomed James Carrozzi, an auxiliary officer who recently joined the village police department. Carrozzi is a Ravenna resident who graduated from the Academy at Kent State University in June of this year. Next, the Mayor reported that Congressman Joyce’s visit to tour several local businesses previously scheduled for September 30th was cancelled due to the government shut down. She will let council know when the Congressman’s visit has been rescheduled. In other news, council accepted a donation from Mantaline Corporation in the amount of $4,000. Council appropriated the donation to the Parks/Lodge fund to cover repairs and improvements. 

Mantua –    Since March, I have been leading a small group of Mantua Township residents in attempting to establish a Community  Center at Mantua Center in the old school building on Center Road, just north of SR 82.  We meet in the fully accessible cafeteria wing (at left  in attached photo) on Wednesdays, starting at 10am.  Coffee and tea are always available, and we’ve been enjoying very good potluck lunches each noon, with folks bringing a good variety of food to share.  People come to socialize, play cards, or work on a jig-saw puzzle.  Some bring their portable projects, such as scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, or quilt piecing, and are willing to teach or share hints with others interested.  A box of board games includes Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Racko, and many others.  Most afternoons there is a group playing cards.  Hours were recently expanded to accommodate a 7pm beginner Yoga class, and we will be open until 8pm through October 3oth, when the class ends.  There has been no response so far to the invitation to add a potluck supper, so we will probably go back to closing at 4:00 in November.  We will not be open Nov. 6th, (or the day after any other election) because the election board reserves that day as well as election day, for removal of their equipment. We have avoided calling this a “senior center” because we want everyone to feel welcome. 

Mantua – Imagine millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind. Pinwheels around the world in Great Britain, South America, the Middle East, and here in Mantua, Ohio. Yes, on Friday, September 20th, in honor of the International Day of Peace, Crestwood students will take part in an international art and literacy project called “Pinwheels for Peace.” On Friday, students will plant hand-made pinwheels with messages of peace at Crestwood Intermediate & Primary Schools as an art installation and public statement of peace.

Garrettsville – Last Saturday, the 900 Coalition presented their second Tools of the Trades. The event was held in the side parking lot of Sky Plaza IGA. It offered many vehicles and large equipment used everyday in various trades. The Tools of the Trades gave one a chance to get an up close view of the vehicles and some of them they could even get their hands on. 


Randolph – The Portage County Randolph Fair concluded another successful season this week, celebrating its 155th year with the theme of “Boots & Jeans in 2013.”

A nearly weeklong festival of events kicked off bright and early on Tuesday morning with the crowning ceremony of the Horse King and Queen in the park gazebo, which is located just about as “in the center of it all” as a visitor could be. Throughout the coming days, spectators were invited into the sprawling fairgrounds where they could explore, among other intrigues, seemingly endless stables housing stalls full of various livestock. Dairy cows, beef cows, horses in sizes from little to big to even bigger, pigs, goats, sheep, and even the everyday man’s best friends that are puppy dogs made not-so-everyday by a doggie costume contest rounded out the parade of four-legged creatures. Horse shows in several categories and livestock judging added even more flair to the non-human attendees, bringing the animals and their people together to show what they could do and decorating the victorious with all manner of awarded ribbons and trophies for their efforts. Artists, bakers, quilters, collectors, fashion designers and musicians also shared their talents with several of the buildings framing examples of the many ways a county resident could spend free time. The grandstand played host to an array of special events as well including the fan-favorite demolition derby and tractor pulls. Various Boy and Girl Scout Troops and 4-H groups showed off the skills they have been learning with well-designed exhibits showcasing recent projects, progressing in the latter’s stated motto “To Make the Best Better”.

Burton – Geauga County Fair Band celebrates their 75th year as they perform at the 191st Great Geauga County Fair (GGCF) this Labor Day Weekend.  The band is the only all-volunteer fair band in Ohio and was organized by Cliff Rossiter after the 1936 fair. They first performed at the 1938 Great Geauga County Fair, under the direction of Azro Cheney and have performed at every fair since that time.

Mantua – According to the 2007 National Agricultural Statistics Service census, only 662,264 barns built before 1960 remain across the country. In our area, a rare gem built in 1820 has been removed, but thanks to a local man, won’t be lost or forgotten. The nearly 200-year-old gem, which once stood in front of the Green Family Funeral Home in Mantua, is in the process of being rebuilt for reuse roughly two miles from where it formerly stood.

Mesopotamia – End of the Commons General Store announces that the chain saw carving by Mr. Bob Anderson, a Rock Creek, Ohio artist, is complete. The carving was sculpted in a 350 year old oak tree trunk that stands 15’ tall, located at the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia, Ohio. The focal point of the carving is a multi-dimensional frontiersman representative of the early settlers to Mesopotamia, Ohio and which honors the many frontiersmen that helped build this great community.

Garrettsville – Well, wasn’t it just!  The heavens opened and at least some of us got a taste of the other end of the spectrum.   If having several feet of water in the basement or watching the backyard doghouse swirling down the street doesn’t qualify as a premature look at a fate to be devoutly avoided, I don’t know what does.

Mantua – When the information came home from school last spring for Crestwood’s Hershey Track Camp, we had no idea what to expect. As a parent, I was looking for fun and interesting activities for my girls, ages seven and nine, to try over the summer. The weeklong camp looked good to me. Luckily, my girls agreed, so we signed both of them up for Hershey Track Camp. Although we weren’t quite sure what to expect, we were looking forward to the opportunity for the girls to try out various track and field events.

Newton Falls – While residents of Garrettsville and the surrounding neighborhoods are getting ready for next weekend’s Summerfest, the town of Newton Falls and its community members are hard at work planning for the rapidly-approaching Fourth of July festivities. Part of that preparation every year is the organization of the warm-weather favorite that is the annual Car and Bike Show which helps raise money for the approaching July activities.

Congratulations to the 2013 Portage County Soap Box Derby winners. Pictured are (left to right) PJ Moore - Super Stock, Matt Adkins - Stock and Tyler Fleming - Masters. These winners will go on to the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron on July 27, 2013.

Congratulations to the 2013 Portage County Soap Box Derby winners. Pictured are (left to right) PJ Moore – Super Stock, Matt Adkins – Stock and Tyler Fleming – Masters. These winners will go on to the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron on July 27, 2013.

Mantua – The Portage County Soap Box Derby race was held on Saturday, June 15 in Mantua. Forty-three racers competed  in three race divisions resulting in three  first place winners who  will compete at the First Energy All American Derby race in July.

In the Stock Division, brothers Stephen and Matt Adkins battled each other throughout the race and met for a second time in the finals.  Matthew Adkins remained undefeated in the race, and is the Stock 2013 Champion.

P.J. Moore was the Super Stock 2013 Champion. The S.S. field was the largest division with twenty-five  racers, and the most experienced with two champions from last year competing in it.  P.J. beat Brent Christman by 0.20 seconds the first time they met.  Brent went  on to compete in the challengers race, worked his way to the finals, only to lose a second time by three thousands of a second.  P.J Moore remained undefeated.

Tyler Fleming was Masters 2013 Champion.  Tyler met Zack Michael in the first heat and won by one thousandth of a second.  Tyler won his second race by four-thousandths of a second, his third race by ten- thousandth of a second. In the final race he again met Zack who worked his way back to the finals.  This time Zack beats Tyler, now they are tied with one loss each — to be eliminated from a race you must have two losses.  The final race could not have been more exciting with two winners competing to be the champion — in the end,  Tyler was triumphant.

The Image Consultants is a perfectly-named hair salon at 149 S. Water Street in historic downtown Kent. Owned and operated by Cheryl Germano-Smith, the salon sets itself apart by providing free customized consultations for every new client.

People usually can’t answer the big question, which is, “What do you want to do with your hair?“ But they can easily answer smaller, more specific questions, which lead The Image Consultants directly to the answer they seek.

Nelson Twp. — The Nelson Township Trustees met for their regularly scheduled meeting on May 15, 2013 with all trustees present. Chairman Tom Matota opened the meeting with guest recognition. Mark Russell from Ellerhorst Russell Insurance presented the trustees with a rebate check from their insurance company OTARMA.  The township received a rebate of $1075.14 from the 2012 insurance premiums. Each year OTARMA board of directors evaluate their assets and liabilities; if they are in good balance they offer rebates to their customers.

Newton Falls – For many Americans April 16th was a day to breathe a little easier now that their government-required financial filing is done for another year. But Newton Falls Mayor Lyle Waddell had more to celebrate last Tuesday than just the end of tax season.

Members of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and their guests gathered at Ciminero’s Banquet Centre in Niles for a congratulatory dinner commemorating the accomplishments of the graduates of the 2013 Mahoning Valley Local Government Leadership Academy, a nine-week course that helps students become more effective leaders in their communities. 

Mantua – Dust off your tiara, because on April 19th to April 21st, you’ll be transported into one of childhood’s best-loved fairy tales. Crestwood High Drama Club will present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at the nearby CHS gymnasium, so pumpkin coaches are not required. You’ll be transported as Cinderella, Crestwood junior Amber Harrison, waltzes her way into the on-stage attention of her Prince Charming, played by sophomore David Bowles. Other notable players include seniors Paul Hanslik and Kelly Summers as the King and Queen. 

Mantua – Twenty-five volunteers — including one Cat in the Hat — came from four area churches on one evening to help spread a message of family literacy at Crestwood Primary School (CPS).

“We’re grateful to be invited into the school. Family Literacy Night is a great way for us to help children and families in our community,” stated Chad Delaney, pastor of Mantua Center Christian Church.  Members of his church, along with volunteers from Hiram Christian Church, Hilltop Christian Church and Brighter Day Church provided pizza, drinks and cookies; donated books and money; and manned ‘literacy’ booths throughout the school to help make the evening a huge success. 


Did you know that maintaining a successful balance in your pond starts with picking the right species of fish who occupy it? Do you have questions on selecting the right fish for your pond, or how to cultivate the most beneficial aquatic plants? Would you like to hear from local experts, and have time to ask them your specific questions? 

Aurora -  Aurora Memorial Library partnered with the Aurora Historical Society to hold a quilt code scavenger hunt this week. The quilt codes are from the Underground Railroad and Civil War era clues that helped escaped slaves reach freedom.

Mantua – Charlotte’s Web came to life at Crestwood Primary School (CPS) last Thursday. Students, teachers and staff learned that they had “Some School” as they saw their cafeteria transformed into Wilbur’s home at Mr. Zuckerman’s farm.  The menagerie included two sheep, one miniature horse, and one calf, courtesy of Larry Guyette, father of first grader Abby, and second grader Elaine. But the star attractions, weighing in at around 35 pounds each, were two little piglets, aptly named Charlotte and Wilbur.

Garrettsville  – If you’re looking for comfort food, it’s time to come home to The Pasta House. This Italian restaurant is downtown’s newest addition at 8126 Main Street, owned and operated by Sherry Quiggle and her son, Jeremy.

If these names sound familiar, they should. Jeremy took ownership of Italian Garden four doors up from The Pasta House two years ago, and the mother-son duo operate the pizzeria together.