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Lori Lindner

Buona sera, Solon

New restaurant brings Italy to Main Street

SOLON– There are many things to love about Italy: its wine, its warm people, its masterful historic artists, bold history and ancient architecture.
Its food.
The Red Vespa Italian Restaurant now brings some of those fine Italian qualities to the heart of downtown Solon.
Aziz and Angie Longou are the couple behind the venture, the long-anticipated eatery that opened Aug. 25. Aziz has many years of experience as a chef and restaurateur in the Corridor area.
“I started cooking in 1978, and I think I did a good job,” said Aziz.

Haluska, Hauer elected to Solon school board

Area school boards welcome new members

JOHNSON COUNTY– A few local school boards are experiencing a great deal of change since last Tuesday.
In Iowa City, the Sept. 8 school board elections brought five new members to the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board, as directors Patti Fields, Jeff McGinness, Marla Swesey and Orville Townsend declined to seek reelection, and director Tuyet Baruah stepped down with two years remaining in her term

Unusual suspects

Five Solon community leaders to be incarcerated for a good cause

SOLON– They did nothing wrong, but on Sept. 23, five members of the Solon community will be sent to jail.
It’s up to supporters of Solon’s Old Gold Diner to bail them out.
The five men are donating their time so that others may continue to enjoy a hot noon-time meal each weekday.

A major invitation

CCA marching band, color guard to travel to nation’s capitol in May

TIFFIN– Brighten the brass, shine up the sousaphones and unfurl the flags. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper Marching Band is going to Washington.
The 106-piece marching band, under the direction of John Smith, along with the CCA Color Guard led by Crys Smith, were selected to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade to be held May 30, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

Off-leash dog park group appeals to NL parks board

NORTH LIBERTY– They just want to be thrown a bone.
A group of residents hoping to get an off-leash dog park visited the North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board meeting last Thursday, Sept. 3, to make another pitch for the park.
“Our primary goal is to be added to the city’s Parks Plan,” said dog park spokesperson Jake Villhauer, of North Liberty.

Higher minimum wage on agenda for Solon council’s Sept. 2 meeting

JOHNSON COUNTY– After many public meetings, a litany of stories of personal hardship, lengthy debate and an overwhelming push of public support, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage countywide.

Feeding a community

NORTH LIBERTY– Turns out, there is such a thing as a free lunch.
And North Liberty served more than 3,700 of them over the summer.
North Liberty’s free Summer Lunch and Fun program celebrated its final weekday lunch on Friday, Aug. 14, with volunteer recognitions, cake and Dilly Bars for dessert and additional activities for kids, completing the program’s second successful year.

Stone walled

...floors and counters, too, at L&C Marble Granite Supply

NORTH LIBERTY– Cody Chen is used to serving up hot, delicious Chinese take-out cuisine.
Now, he and a family member can also create a beautiful kitchen counter on which to serve it.
Cody, owner of Yang Chow Wok, and his cousin, Lam Chen, have established a second business in the North Liberty area, L&C Marble Granite Supply.
Lam learned the trade of cutting and installing beautiful stone– primarily marble and granite– in Hong Kong, where Lam’s family has a long-established business in the industry.

Higher minimum wage gets maximum support

Public hearing moves county closer to new wage ordinance

JOHNSON COUNTY– Though the Johnson County Board of Supervisors heard overwhelming support for an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage countywide, there are still many unanswered questions, pockets of uncertainty and details to be worked out before a final vote.
The board held a public forum Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building to allow the public to weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would increase the minimum hourly wage for all workers in Johnson County from $7.25 to $10.10 by January 2017.

It’s fun to Just Tri

NORTH LIBERTY– When nearly 100 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 come out on a Sunday to swim, bicycle and run, everybody wins.
That was the scene at the fourth annual Just Tri! Youth Triathlon in North Liberty on Sunday, Aug. 2. Co-hosted by the North Liberty Recreation Department and Tri-Fit Agape of North Liberty, the event is not timed and places are not recorded. Distances of each leg of the triathlon are modified to accommodate three different age brackets.
The intent is as straightforward as its name: organizers just want kids to give it a try.

Clippers everywhere!

CCA staff, students get cuts for a cause

TIFFIN– When is getting a haircut nothing short of an act of love?
When it is done to benefit the nonprofit organization that provides prosthetic hairpieces to pediatric patients.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School student council organized a Locks of Love hair cutting and fundraiser event– a hair raiser, if you will– in May before the end of the school year. Stylists Kati Burns of 965 Salon & Spa in North Liberty and Dannelle Soppe and Breanna Gassmann of Shear Inspiration in Anamosa donated their time and talents to give the haircuts, with the tresses being donated to Locks of Love.

NL council votes to provide childcare funding, in short term

City may still step out of BASP at Garner

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty will work with Iowa City schools to continue before-and-after-school childcare at Garner Elementary, at least through the end of December.