Strongsville Resident Since: 1977
Career: Police officer since 1994, currently serves as School Resource Officer at North Olmsted High School
Family: Married to Alison Zamiska Carbone since 2006, son Michael Anthony Carbone born in 2010
Education: Cuyahoga Community College and University of Toledo, studies in criminal justice
Awards: North Olmsted Policeman of the Year, 2008; Trash Oscar from Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, 2009
Community Involvement: Tree planting project at Route 82 and I-71, bus stop beautification project at Drake and Howe, Strongsville Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club of Strongsville, Westwood Farms Homeowners Association Trustee, annual “Day of Giving” at North Olmsted High School
FAMILY AND UPBRINGING. I’ve called Strongsville home since 1977, when I moved here at the age of 5 with my father Jim Sr., my mother Louise and my three older sisters Christine, Lisa and Dawn. I am proud to call myself a Mustang, attending Allen Elementary, Albion Middle School and Strongsville High School (’91).
Even in my school years, I was committed to involvement in my community and my school. I was president of my class; served on Student Council and Key Club; ran track, wrestled and played football, where I was named “Most Dedicated” in my senior year. I was also one of the first role models named in the early years of the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program.
After studying criminal justice at Cuyahoga Community College and the University of Toledo, I entered the Police Academy in 1994. I was a deputy sheriff for Cuyahoga County from 1994 to 1998, serving the people of Cuyahoga County in the patrol division, courts and the narcotic unit. Since 1998, I’ve been a member of the North Olmsted Police Department, currently serving as School Resource Officer at North Olmsted High School, heading a highly effective program serving students and their parents and families.
In 2006, I married Alison Zamiska, also a lifelong Strongsville resident, and in 2010 we welcomed our first child, Michael Anthony Carbone.
A COMMITMENT TO STRONGSVILLE. My heart belongs to the City of Strongsville, and I don’t shy away from doing the hard work required to make our community stronger. My community involvement is grounded in the advice I got from my father, Jim Sr., before he died: “If you want something done,” he told me, “don’t look at someone else to do it.”
Back in 2005, my father and I campaigned to improve the bus stop at Howe and Drake Roads, once just a dirt lot where Strongsville residents were forced to wait for the bus. I walked the streets collecting signatures, got other residents involved and pressed hard on RTA, which finally invested $50,000 to improve the stop. My father died during that time, so Strongsville City Council voted unanimously to name that corner in my father’s honor.
With that successful project under my belt, I began to raise funds to plant 250 trees at Route 82 and I-71. Since 2009, I’ve raised over $20,000 for the project — more than double the $10,000 commitment I originally made to the city — and the trees are scheduled to be planted in spring 2011.
I also initiated a Tailgate for Teens party at Strongsville High School held before the highly anticipated Strongsville vs. Brunswick football game. The first-time event in 2010 drew about 300 kids and 20 local business sponsors, providing a drug- and alcohol-free event for Strongsville’s youth.
I’m currently involved in Strongsville Chamber of Commerce and the Optimist Club of Strongsville. I’m a trustee of the Westwood Farms Homeowners’ Association and former vice president of the Deerfield Lake Homeowners’ Association, where I helped bring a new pool and landscaping to the residents.
A PASSION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. In my years as a School Resource Officer at North Olmsted High School, I’ve had the honor of serving thousands of teenagers and their families as a friend, confidante and role model. I organize programs that promote safety, making positive choices and giving back to the community, and for these efforts I earned the Policeman of the Year Award in 2008. Just a few examples:
• Every fall, I host a high school football tailgate party that draws 500 students and involves 15 to 20 local businesses. I also organize an annual “Mocktail Party”where students can enjoy listening to music and sampling non-alcoholic beverages. Both events emphasize having fun without drugs or alcohol.
• I spearhead an annual “Day of Giving” that involves students in collecting hats, gloves and scarves for people in need; “adopting” a classroom in an inner-city school; creating anti-bullying programs; or raising money for school and community improvements.
• My efforts to improve recycling in the North Olmsted School District have resulted in 10 tons of paper each month being diverted from landfills and earned the school district money to purchase supplies. As a result of the program’s success, I was asked to help with recycling programs elsewhere in North Olmsted, and in 2009 earned a Trash Oscar from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.