Wheeling Mayor Honors Residents During State of the City Speech

Photo by Scott McCloskey Community award recipients gather for a group photo at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack on Tuesday afternoon following Mayor Glenn Elliott’s State of the City address. Shown from left are former Councilman Barry Crow, Phillip Kendall, Lara Graves, Pat Duffy, Elliott, John Billie, Margaret Brennan, Amy Jo Hutchison, Good Mansion Wines owner Dominick Cerrone and Will Turani.

Former Wheeling City Councilman Barry Crow admits he took some criticism for promoting the purchase and demolition of dilapidated downtown buildings 10 years ago, but he is proud the 1100 block now features the brand new headquarters of The Health Plan.

Mayor Glenn Elliott acknowledged Crow with the 2018 Gateway Award during the State of the City address Tuesday, when Elliott bestowed honors on several others for their contributions to the community.

“I was very surprised,” Crow, who served on council from 1998-2008, said after receiving his award. “I had never thought about it. It was always a team effort. I am very honored and very humbled by this.”

In 2008, Crow, along with former Mayor Nick Sparachane and other members of council, developed a plan to purchase the dilapidated G.C. Murphy, Rite Aid, Feet First, and Downtown Wheeling Antiques buildings left in the 1100 block of Main and Market streets. At the time, Crow strongly advocated for this without any certainty of what may develop from the action.

To see how far downtown has come in the last decade, Crow said, is satisfying.

“I think we’re on the upswing. I really do,” he said. “We have made important strides.”

Elliott also honored Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan on Tuesday with the 2018 Community Spirit Award.

“I think this is truly an honor. To be honored by your mayor, your city council and your community is really something special,” she said. “It means a whole lot.”

Elliott thanked Brennan for her “timeless contributions.”

“Margaret’s passion for Wheeling and unwavering commitment to preserving our history and architecture epitomize the spirit of the Friendly City,” Elliott said.

Others receiving community involvement awards Tuesday included:

∫ Pat Duffy, who serves as a member of the Wheeling Traffic Commission and with Wheeling Elks Lodge 28;

∫ Dominick Cerrone of Good Mansion Wines;

∫ Lara Graves and Phillip Kendall of Avenue Eats;

∫ Will Turani of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP;

∫ Dino Figaretti of Figaretti’s Restaurant; and

∫ Amy Jo Hutchison of “Our Children, Our Future.”


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