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• The owner of Toledo nightclub Gator’z Bar & Grill, 2567 W. Bancroft St., canceled a scheduled concert by hip-hop duo Ying Yang Twins at the urging of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner. The mayor said the move was to address concerns Bancroft Hills neighborhood residents had about concert-goers leaving the performance “intoxicated” and creating “disturbances.”
• Tony Packo’s celebrated its 75th anniversary. The famous East Toledo restaurant started with a Hungarian hot dog that once sold for a nickel and grew into a business with more than 200 employees working at six Tony Packo’s locations and a variety of products available at several major grocery stores across the United States. Tony Packo Jr. said he hopes to spearhead the creation of a “Hungarian village” in close proximity to the restaurant’s Front Street location.
• Business owners in East Toledo said the closing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge hurt business significantly. Tom Cousino, owner of Cousino’s Navy Bistro in The Docks restaurant complex, said business at his restaurant decreased by more than 50 percent due to the closing, which was supposed to have lasted for 18 days after it began Jan. 30.
• Paul LaMarre, executive director of the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship, said the vessel is in jeopardy of deteriorating to an irreparable state due to a lack of funding from the City of Toledo, which purchased it in 1986. The ship has graced the eastern banks of the Maumee River for about 20 years. When it launched July 1, 1911, the Boyer, then called the S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker, was known as the world’s largest bulk freighter.
• The City of Toledo announced the hiring of Katerina Bekyarska as Web master for the city’s Web site. Bekyarska, a native of Bulgaria, said her first priority was to revamp an outdated Web site that is in need of a major overhaul. City officials said Bekyarska must sell enough advertising on the Web site to cover her $54,000 annual compensation, which includes fringe benefits.
• Toledo police Detective Keith Dressel died early Feb. 21 after being shot in the chest once at close range following the pursuit of 15-year-old North Toledo resident Robert Jobe. Dressel, 35, had been a member of the Toledo Police Department since December 1993. Dressel was survived by his wife, the former Danielle Durham, a 6-year-old stepdaughter, Sydney, and a 4-year-old son, Noah, and his parents, Michael and Larraine Dressel of Ottawa Lake, Mich.
• Steve Mix, a former UT basketball star, had his number retired at a Feb. 17 ceremony.