State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday announced state money for a local community development project in Cuyahoga County. The City of Lakewood will receive $105,000 to replace playground equipment and the playground surface at Lakewood Park.


“I am pleased to announce this funding to our community and our beloved Lakewood Park. Parks and recreational areas enrich our lives, improve our overall health and strengthen our community ties,” said Rep. Antonio. “These park improvements will surely benefit families in the city, providing our kids an improved place to get active and play.”


The funding is made possible through the state’s NatureWorks Grant Program. The program provides up to 75 percent reimbursement assistance to local governments and related subdivisions, including townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, joint recreation districts and conservancy districts. Ohio voters approved a 1993 bond issue that provides funding for the grant program.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the next round of NatureWorks grants until May 1, 2015. For more information on the program, visit http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/grants or call 614-265-6477.

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.