Homestead plans

on table for now

At its Jan. 18 meeting, the city's planning commission tabled a revised final plat of the Homestead subdivision's Phase 3-Block A and a revised development plan for the subdivision.

The action came after an attorney for the Westview Condo Association and several Homestead homeowners expressed concerns about potential future flooding. The attorney said 22 homes experienced water damage after heavy rains on July 14, 2015.

Developer Ed Wurm said his firm -- Classic Homes -- has decided to change 14 condo sites to eight single-family home sites in Phase 3-Block A, and add six sublots in Phase 4.

Several homeowners claimed the existing stormwater system does not operate properly, but City Engineer Justin Czekaj said a study by the engineering firm Stantec determined all engineering standards were followed and the system meets city code requirements.

Czekaj said the eight homes now proposed would reduce the impervious area, and he has proposed to reroute the stormwater directly into a pond instead of through the same pipes used by the Westview condos. That would reduce the overall impact on the existing stormwater system, he said.

Planning panel chairman Kathi Grandillo instructed her colleagues to review the Santec report before the Feb. 1 meeting, when more discussion on the matter was to take place.

In other action, the panel accepted for study the final plat of Phase I of the Preserve at Beljon Farms on East Pioneer Trail. The 70-acre parcel is a residential conservation development, and Phase I consists of 20 acres, with a proposed 26 single-family lots and 10.8 acres of open space.

Panelists also voted to extend preliminary plan approval for the Glenridge Chase subdivision at 1060-1120 S. Chillicothe Road for one year. The subdivision, approved by planners in January 2016, would consist of 57 single-family homes.

Auditions tonight

for next ACT play

There are major male roles available for "Brigadoon," and Aurora Community Theatre will conduct auditions tonight (Feb. 1) from 7 to 9 in the theater in the library building.

The Lerner and Loewe musical fantasy tells the whimsical tale about a love that transcends time. Set in a magical Scottish village which emerges from the Highland mists for just one day once every 100 years, "Brigadoon" features the songs "Heather on the Hill" and "Almost Like Being in Love."

Dustin Oliver is director and Tim Shaffer is musical director, with D. Keith Stiver as producer and Julianne and Sarah Kuchcinski as choreographers.

At the auditions, actors should take a current headshot and resume, along with sheet music in their key, and prepare 16 to 32 bars of music. No a capella singing or taped music is permitted, and actors should be prepared to dance and read from the script.

Rehearsals begin March 5 and performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays from April 28 to May 20, plus Sundays May 7 and 14. For details, contact Oliver at dustinmoliver@gmail.com.

Benshoff speaker

at KSU - Stark site

Aurora resident and psychologist Dr. Dixie Benshoff was the keynote speaker at Women's Impact Inc.'s fifth anniversary kickoff luncheon Jan. 25 at Kent State University's Stark campus.

Women's Impact Inc. exists to encourage women to realize their full potential. Benshoff presented "Realize Your Potential and Embrace Your Power: How Connection, Education and Recognition Drive Success."

She was sponsored by the Wasson Center for Clinical Skills, Interprofessional Education Services and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Benshoff is the author of "Increasing Your Personal and Professional Effectiveness: A Manual for Women Who Want to Accomplish More Without Changing Who They Are," available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

Benshoff is scheduled to appear Feb. 25 as a panelist at Akron and Lambda Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma's Spring Girls Academy.

Lots of music set

The Aurora School of Music has scheduled a recital for all of its adult students on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. It gives adult students a chance to showcase their hard work, and it is free and open to the public.

A weekend of younger student recitals also is coming up in February, where 300 students will perform in the Holczer-Waroquet Concert Hall for their families and friends.

Those recitals are Feb. 24 at 5 and 7 p.m. and Feb. 25-26 at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. They also are free and open to the public. The School of Music is at 211 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora.

Youths welcomed

at the local library

Aurora Memorial Library is offering youths an opportunity to make Valentine's Day crafts and cards using decorative washi tape.

Sample crafts and supplies are available in the young adult area of the library through Feb. 14. Youths in grades 5 and up are welcome to use the supplies during library hours.

In addition, those in grades 7 to 12 who enjoy writing and the creative process are welcome to join the Teen Writers Circle, which meets monthly during the school year. The next two meetings are Feb. 15 and March 15 at 3 p.m.

Registration by phone or in person is requested for the Teen Writers Cicle, and participants should take a notebook and pen to each meeting.

The local library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays to Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Thursdays and Sundays.

For details about the library, call 330-562-6502 or visit www.portagelibrary.org.