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Business gets back overpaid taxes PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:09
Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa (left) speaking with Pericles Paputsakis, owner of Cosmos II Family Restaurant, before giving Paputsakis a tax refund check due to an overpayment of business taxes made a few years ago. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
For more than two years, Pericles "Pete" Paputsakis didn't know he made a $2,000 mistake.
By overpaying his sales taxes and not knowing of the error, Paputsakis risked losing that money. Fortunately, Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa disagreed with a former practice that required business to request their money back. Otherwise, it went into state coffers after four years.
Testa made the rounds to a few Northwest Ohio businesses Wednesday, handing out checks for some of the $30 million that the state has collected in overpayments in the past few years alone. He made additional stops in Findlay and Toledo.
Paputsakis received $2,172.61, which includes interest. He said he plans to put the money back into his business, Cosmos II, the Bowling Green restaurant on South Main Street.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:30
Perrysburg couple partners for BGSU’s Literacy in Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:35
Joe and Judith Conda pose with some of the books written by authors who have been featured at BGSU’s Literacy in the Park. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Judith and Joe Conda lavish their time, talent and treasure on dozens of organizations - they call them jewels - around the area.
Bowling Green State University could be the crown jewel, in the Perrysburg couple's opinion.
The Condas have set up scholarships, serve on boards there and are the main sponsors of Literacy in the Park, which is in its 10th year.
Their partnership with BGSU started a few years after they moved to the area when Joe Conda took a job with Owens-Illinois.
"We came in 1988. In 1993, my mother moved here with my sister, who was developmentally handicapped," Judith Conda said. "I became very involved with Wood Lane."
As they got to know the Wood Lane staff, the Condas kept seeing a common thread: Almost all of them were BGSU graduates, interns or students.
They established a scholarship for Wood Lane staff members who were also BGSU students.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:26
Teachers in BG get pay hikes PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:40
Bowling Green teachers have a three-year contract  including a pay increase because of the increasing health of the district's finances.
The district's 198 teachers will receive a salary boost of 2.25 percent for each of the three years of the contract, though they will not get step increases.
The Board of Education unanimously approved the deal with the Bowling Green Education Association on Wednesday.
The agreement will run from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017.
The current one-year contract expires June 30. The deal was reached in one day.
"We're happy that both sides reached an agreement pretty quickly," said board President Steve Cernkovich.
Superintendent Ann McVey called it "a focused collaborative discussion with the financial well being of the district in mind."
Jeff Nichols, union president, said it was "a very long day" but that much of the language had been negotiated during last year's talks.
Longevity increases were not part of the deal, according to Treasurer Rhonda Melchi.
"Because the teachers are not getting step increases, the 2.25 percent somewhat compensates for that but not completely," she said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:29
Students rally for change PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:09
BGSU student Jessica Echales (right) leads a march on campus for clean energy. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The students gathered for the Rally for Change on campus Wednesday had many messages and one goal — they want to be heard.
About 50 Bowling Green State university students, representing a variety of interest groups, gathered in 20-degree weather to hear speeches, chant and deliver a message to President Mary Ellen Mazey.
After listening to speakers representing the constituent groups, the students marched from the union area to McFall in hopes of speaking with Mazey face to face. Trudging up to the second floor, they were met at the door by a security official who said only one of them, amended to two, could come in and they couldn’t bring anything with them, not the banner, not even purses.
Kaitlyn Trent, one of the students who was admitted to Mazey’s office, said they were told she was “out.,” though Trent said she heard what she believed to be Mazey laughing in another room. “She has a very distinctive laugh.”
David Kielmeyer, university spokesman, said the president was in meetings outside of McFall. She has met with the group three times in the past year, he said.
“We largely agree with their goals, and we appreciate their passion and enthusiasm,” but Kielmeyer added, “we cannot agree “to some arbitrary deadline.”
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:25
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