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Fulfilling a life-long dream, Streetsboro resident David Zuccaro is now a published author, with his first book, "Chombie's First Adventure."
David always wanted to be a writer. When he was in elementary school, he wrote short stories for fun and made comic books. He went on to graduate from Cleveland State with a BA in communications with an emphasis in journalism. But it was the birth of his daughter, Layla, that inspired him to pursue his writing and create a children's book.
"When Layla was born, my wife Caroline and I split those sleepless nights," explained David. "In the early morning I would work on the book. Initially it was something I was making just for Layla, but when it was finished, I decided to see what kind of feedback I got." David contacted a publisher and received positive feedback. He decided to publish the book himself through Halo Publishing. It became available in November and has already exceeded his sales expectations.
The story is about a young puppy who has a fun adventure and faces several obstacles along the way. The puppy Chombie is based on the family's own mischievous dachshund.
David works part time in a residential facility for adults with autism, but is currently focusing on marketing his book and spending time at home to raise his daughter. "I feel it's time to follow my dream in being an author and to build the best life I can for my daughter."
The book is available at halo publishing both in hardcover and ebook at http://www.halopublishing.com/bookstore/Chombies-First-Adventure or on amazon.com.
Streetsboro resident Chrissy Motz will once again take a plunge into the freezing waters of Lake Erie to raise money for the Special Olympics. This will be her 5th year participating in the Polar Bear Plunge, Feb. 22 in Geneva, Ohio.
Chrissy participated this month in the Special Olympics at Kent State University and received at silver medal for figure skating.
"Being a Special Olympic athlete I know first hand the benefits that Special Olympics can provide. We have the chance to participate in sports just like everyone else and show we do have special talents also," said Chrissy.
Chrissy is studying early childhood education in a certificate program at Kent State University. She should finish next year, and hopes to get a job working with children or older adults.
Anyone can help Chrissy meet her goal of $1,000. To donate online, visit, http://shar.es/UAxdj and then click on "Christine Motz" to get to her page. Or contact her mom Fran at 330-653-6939 or firstname.lastname@example.org to send them a check. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics of Ohio and 20 percent of all that Christine and her team raise will come back directly to Portage County to be used for the local Special Olympic athletes
Calling all poker players: St. Joan of Arc is hosting a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament Feb. 15 at noon at the Stenson Center located at 8894 Route 14. This is a no limit tournament with a $75 entry -- or if you preregister, it is $65. The prize pool is determined by the number of entries, but past winners have walked away with $700. Contact Mike Marsinek at 330-671-2315 or email email@example.com.
Congrats to the boys and girls varsity basketball teams on their winning seasons! There is still time to catch the boys games before the tournaments begin. The Rockets play James A Garfield Feb 14 at 7:30 at Streetsboro High School. Grab your family and go cheer on the Rockets!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Karyn Hall, Vice President, Parents for Public Schools Streetsboro; 330-995-3503.