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Known as being a Tree City, Sylvania was named for the dense forests that cover the area. The city has grown in population by nearly 50 percent since 1970. It now has over 18,000 residents, up from 12,000 in 1970 and just 5,100 in 1960. Actress Katie Holmes, wife of actor Tom Cruise, was once a notable resident of the area, as was 2011 American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox.

Population: 18965
Local Newspapers: The Blade
Local Sports Teams: Toledo Mud Hens (International League)
Local Colleges: University of Toledo Bowling Green State University Davis College Lourdes College Mercy College

Zip Codes associated with sylvania, ohio: 43560
Towns/Cities near sylvania, ohio : Toledo Oregon Ottawa Hills Rossford Walbridge Perrysburg Sylvania Northwood

Sylvania News
Going into a slide

Above, Raegan Schlieman slides head-first down the slide while spending a warm afternoon at Olander Park in Sylvania. Also pictured above, Blaine LaPoint of Perrysburg plays with a spinner clock on the playground equipment at Swan Creek Metropark.

Sylvania offenders to go to Wood County jail

Offenders convicted with violating Sylvania city law now will be sent to the Wood County jail instead of to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker. The switch only affects a small number of offenders, but Sylvania officials say it will save the city more than $20,000.

Directions Credit Union moving into downtown Toledo

The Fiberglas Tower is pictured in October of 2016. Directions Credit Union has announced plans to occupy the 15th, 16th and 17th floors of the 28-story building in downtown Toledo.

Synagogues always think about security

The Toledo-area Jewish community has been extra-vigilant in light of recent bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the nation, but local officials say security precautions are nothing new at their religious institutions. The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo has a longstanding relationship with local and national law enforcement to keep the community safe, CEO Joel Marcovitch said.

Retiring Southview principal to pursue doctorate

Southview High School's longtime principal will resign at the end of the school year to pursue his doctorate in educational administration. Dave McMurray recently submitted his resignation letter to the Sylvania Schools Board of Education.

No print edition of The Blade on Presidents Day

There is no print edition of The Blade on Presidents Day. For electronic delivery of The Blade, please go to on your computer or tablet for today's newspaper.

Holiday schedule: 2-20

Toledo, county, state, and federal government officers will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents' Day; government offices in Sylvania and Perrysburg will be closed; Maumee and Oregon city offices will be open, but municipal courts will be closed.

Library campaign aims to enhance children's vocabulary

Iasha McNeal helps her son Jakeyvon McNeal, 5, with an activity that teaches children about patterns, during playtime at the Toledo-Lucas Public Library in downtown Toledo. Weiser, a kindergarten teacher at Central Trail Elementary in Sylvania, said her son attends story time at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library twice a week, as well as tries to incorporate at least 20 minutes of reading each day.

Ohio man imprisoned for life for fatally shooting Iowa woman

An Ohio man has been given life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing an 18-year-old woman in western Iowa. Online court records say 27-year-old Mark Troutman, of Sylvania, Ohio, was sentenced Monday in Mills County District Court.

Primary elections could shift to May in Lucas Co.

Lucas County's long history of holding municipal primary elections in September could end under a charter amendment being considered by Toledo City Council. The charter proposal would move the primary up from September to May. The candidate-filing deadline would move from July to February, as is done in cities in 85 other Ohio counties.

Lawrence W. Van De Velde

Lawrence W. Van De Velde, an owner and partner for a decade in a Temperance-based window manufacturer, who infused his sports announcing with gusto at Sylvania Southview and then Onsted High School, died Friday in ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania. He was 70. Asked during his treatments how he was doing, Mr. Van De Velde replied, "Utterly fantastic," his son said.

Water: Mayor must make a deal

The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments held a meeting on Wednesday about forming a regional water district. The mayor of Toledo was not there.

Mayor addresses safety, partnerships, other issues

Business developments, water quality, safety, and regional partnerships dominated Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson's second state of the city address Thursday - a speech she used to set the pace for 2017, when she is likely to face fierce competition for re-election. The mayor touted economic growth and continued to laud Toledo as a "21st century city" during her second state of city address, which was before about 250 people at One SeaGate and those watching via a live Internet stream.

Sylvania Schools draws up 3 options for redistricting.

Parents and other community members are being urged to weigh in on the Sylvania Schools' redistricting plans after officials unveiled three options under consideration for the 2018-19 school year. A task force of parents, teachers, administrators, and board members will spend the next two to three months analyzing the choices on the table and weighing input from those who live in the district or send their children to Sylvania Schools.

Sylvania Schools addresses bus policy after child goes missing

By the time the yellow school bus outside Amber Maier's Sylvania home closed its doors and drove off, the mother of three was panicking. Her 6-year-old son, Daniel, had ridden the bus to Hill View Elementary School on Monday morning, but he didn't get off the bus that afternoon.

Area priest speaks on Trump's travel ban

One of northwest Ohio's most distinguished faith leaders opened a 90-minute discussion at Lourdes University about the Trump Administration's controversial immigration ban Wednesday night by acknowledging he and others may not have much pull with the American public. "The attitude of religious leaders is not reflected in average people," the Rev.

Suburban water customers want stake in plant ownership

Toledo's suburban water customers made it clear they are not bluffing when they say they are considering other options for attaining bulk water. Mayors from Sylvania, Perrysburg, and Maumee at a Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments regional water planning committee meeting this morning implored the City of Toledo to allow them a governing voice in a proposed regional system.

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