CHEERS: to all who pitched in to make Project Lifesaver a free service to Brunswick residents. Available since 2006, itâ€™s a public safety program that helps locate those who may wander from home, such as Alzheimerâ€™s patients and individuals with disabilities, using a small transmitting device placed on the ankle or wrist. Foundations, government agencies and civic groups all pitched in to pay the $300 enrollment fee for participating families. For information, contact Brunswick police Sgt. Michael Matheis or officer Charlie Webber at 330-725-9111.
CHEERS: to the partnership between Hickory Ridge Elementary School and Madd Chefâ€™s Cafe/Bistro on Pearl Road to create healthier, tastier lunches for students. Chef Richard Cicic created a monthâ€™s worth of original recipes â€” including whole-wheat pizzas and broccoli macaroni and cheese. â€œKids accept change sometimes. You just got to do it with a positive spin,â€ Cicic said. â€œThe best way to do that is through their bellies.â€ Students and parents will evaluate the program when the pilot program ends this week and help the school decide if it should be continued.
CHEERS: to Brunswick for already working to get a piece of the stimulus pie â€” if itâ€™s approved by Congress, of course. President Obamaâ€™s plan could include some $550 billion in investment spending and $275 billion in tax cuts to help spur the nationâ€™s economic recovery. Some of that is expected to filter down to the local level. City Manager Bob Zienkowski and others are trying to put Brunswick in the best position possible, lobbying representatives and making sure projects for potential federal funding are, as they say, â€œshovel-ready.â€
CHIDINGS: to the parade of Obama administration appointees in hot water for failing to pay their taxes. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner survived the Senate confirmation process after he belatedly paid $34,000 in income taxes. Fellow appointees Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer withdrew their nominations after it was revealed they, too, owed taxes to Uncle Sam. â€œThis is a self-inflicted injury that Iâ€™m angry about, and weâ€™re going to make sure we get it fixed,â€ Obama told ABC News. We hope so.