Gina Mace
Ohio.com correspondent

Editor's note: This is part one of a special series previewing the Bicentennial celebration ward picnics on Sunday. Get to know the council members representing their respective wards along with finding out information about Sunday's festivities.


CUYAHOGA FALLS: As part of the Cuyahoga Falls Bicentennial celebration, the eight Cuyahoga Falls council representatives have invited their constituents to ward picnics, which will be held from 3 to 5 p.m Sunday.


Ward 1 representative Vincent J. Rubino and Ward 7 councilman Jerry L. James will join forces to hold one picnic at Water Works Aquatic Center. 


Rubino is in his fifth year representing Ward 1, while James has served Ward 7 for more than 11 years. They recently answered a few questions about their wards. 


Why did you run for city council?


Rubino: I wanted to do whatever I could to keep Ward 1 a great place to live, work and play.


James: I always liked to help people. I wanted to bring stability to the residents of Ward Seven. It had been a revolving door before I was elected.


What is most challenging about your ward?


Rubino: Residents in Ward 1 want to be sure neighborhoods remain safe, resources are available to monitor quality of life, and we retain the same good services they have enjoyed over many years.


James: Vacant homes are the most challenging. The Neighborhood Stabilization program has renovated two houses in the ward. All over the city, they're trying to have a downhome feel, even though we're the second largest city in Summit County. We're trying to make it a more appealing place to live.


What makes your ward a good place to live?


Rubino: The people. They're friendly and take pride in their neighborhoods and property. They enjoy sharing their time with others in the community. And, it's a convenient place to live. There are plenty of places to shop and dine. It's a good place for young families to settle in and raise their children.


James: I've met a lot of nice people while going door-to-door, campaigning and became friends with some I wouldn't have met otherwise. There's a closeness to each neighborhood. River Estates, the Price School area, all of the neighborhoods have their own personality. I like the diversity.


Pizza and beverages will be provided during the picnic. There will also be giveaways. People with last names beginning with A through L are asked to bring an appetizer to share. Those whose last names begin with M thorugh Z are asked to bring a dessert.  


 

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