Imperial Cleaning

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Until , each constituent community had its own coat of arms as a self-administering community.

Terri Jeanne Anderson, 61

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In the Plague claimed victims. Only 26 inhabitants lived to see the war end. In , Dudenhofen had 38 households and inhabitants. In there were 1, people in the village, almost all Evangelical but for one long established Jewish family, the Reinhardt family, that was driven out of the village in shortly after Kristallnacht.

In there were 2, inhabitants and in , 4, In late the constituent community had 7, inhabitants. During floods, it was once known to run red rot in German. Whereabouts the monastery lay is to this day unknown. Finds, however, confirm that people were settling in what is now Nieder-Roden long before the Christian Era.

In the Middle Ages , the surrounding woodlands belonged to the Wildbann Dreieich, a royal hunting forest, one of whose 30 Wildhuben special estates whose owners were charged with guarding the hunting forest was maintained in Nieder-Roden. Nieder-Roden had another documentary mention in when the Frankish nobleman Erlulf donated all his holdings in Nieder-Roden rotahen inferiore , Ober-Roden rotahen superiore and Bieber to the Lorsch Abbey.

In the village became an independent parish, although in the years that followed it still remained in a certain dependency relationship with its former mother parish of Ober-Roden. Formerly an Eppstein holding, the place belonged from to to the Archbishopric of Mainz and enjoyed great importance as the centre of a tithing area and the seat of a tithe court.

When the Rödermark a communally held parcel of land to which belonged several villages was divided up in , Nieder-Roden received a share of the forest. In , Nieder-Roden passed to the Offenbach district. From to , the community was in the Dieburg district. In the Rodgaubahn railway with a railway station in Nieder-Roden opened. After the war, Nieder-Roden grew, especially in the s and s from 2, inhabitants to now almost 16, In the course of district reform in Hesse in , the community was transferred from the Dieburg district to the Offenbach district, to which the town of Rodgau also belongs.

In there were 66 households. In , people lived in only 29 households. In Nieder-Roden had inhabitants. In , this had risen to 3, and by the number had reached 11, In late the constituent community had 15, inhabitants.

Town council, as the highest political body in Rodgau, is elected every five years by eligible citizens. The municipal election held on 26 March yielded the following results: This has further yielded the following seat apportionment: These two parties are also the ones from which the two full-time members of the town executive come.

These are each elected for six-year terms. This altered the seat apportionment and therefore the majority relationship as follows: Town council furthermore chooses eight of its members to sit on the town executive Magistrat , two full-time and the other six part-time. The mayor, who is directly elected by the citizenry every six years, chairs the executive. These, however, have only an advisory function at town council, and seats are apportioned according to election results in each constituent community.

Political bodies sit in the session chamber at Town Hall, which was completed in and stands in the constituent community of Jügesheim. Party per bend sinister azure a rose argent surmounted by a heart gules, itself surmounted by a Latin cross sable, gules a wheel spoked of six of the second, surmounting the parting a bend sinister wavy of the second, itself surmounted by five mullets of five of the fourth.

In , the then greater community of Rodgau was granted a coat of arms. The German blazon reads: Das Wappen zeigt in Blau und in Rot einen gewellten silbernen Schräglingsbalken, belegt mit fünf Sternen, begleitet oben rechts von einer silbernen Rose mit silbernen Kelchblättern, diese belegt mit einem roten Herzen, dem ein schwarzes Kreuz aufliegt Lutherrose , unten links von einem sechsspeichigen silbernen Mainzer Rad.

This symbolizes the Rodau, which runs through the whole municipal area. The five mullets stars stand for the five constituent communities. This recalls the time when Electoral Mainz succeeded the Lords of Eppstein in all constituent communities in Until , each constituent community had its own coat of arms as a self-administering community. Out of this family grew the Eppstein dynasty, whose arms with three chevronnets are included here in an inescutcheon.

The tinctures silver and red refer to the arms borne by the Archbishops of Mainz, into whose ownership the village was sold in The silver and red here likewise refer to the Wheel of Mainz arms borne by the Archbishops of Mainz.

Granted in The churchtower shown in these arms is the one found at the local church, and is interesting from an art-history point of view. These stand for former feudal overlords. Much as agriculture may have defined life in the formerly self-administering communities until the early 19th century, this changed with creeping industrialization , above all that in Offenbach. Most farmers took work in the nearby cities of Offenbach and Frankfurt and thereafter ran their farms only as a sideline.

Its products — handbags, suitcases, belts, wallets and purses — were made mostly in private homes as a kind of cottage industry. By , this had led to the almost complete disappearance of the farming sideline. In , only eleven farms were still being worked as main income earners, mostly to grow asparagus , and four were still being worked as a sideline. Besides leatherworking, metalworking also locally became a field of endeavour at roughly the same time to supply belt buckles, suitcase handles and suchlike.

Major works were located in Weiskirchen, Jügesheim and Nieder-Roden. In the s the company shifted its production focus to manufacturing porous concrete presicion blocks Plansteine , today known under the name Porit.

In the early s, Adam Opel AG chose Dudenhofen as the location for their test centre, which came into service in In the middle of a 4. All together, in mid, there were reported to be 3, businesses in Rodgau, among them 23 supermarkets from the best known chains and 16 hotels with beds.

The trend of shifting from producing industries and crafts to service industries became clear when is compared to In Rodgau, roughly high technology companies are resident. Dominating the technological field is information and communications technology for aviation and space travel, followed by sensor, measuring, control and analytical technology. Furthermore, production technology, automatic surface finishing , microelectronics and optoelectronics are also represented.

Moreover, there were roughly 3, jobs for the self-employed, officials and those marginally employed. Until that time, Rodgau had been served by the Rodgaubahn railway. There is regular bus service to the railway stations at Nieder-Roden and Jügesheim on the S1 through district buslines to Babenhausen, Seligenstadt , Dietzenbach and Langen and town buslines to Hainhausen, Weiskirchen and Rollwald. Since , the signposted Rodgau-Rundweg has run through fields and woods right round the town. Special bicycle parking places with stands and lockable rental boxes are to be found at every S-Bahn station.

Areas with much reduced traffic with their attendant paving can be found in all constituent communities, mostly in the old community cores and in new development areas. Walking paths through the Rodau-Aue in Dudenhofen and Jügesheim, partly laid out like a park, are reserved for pedestrians.

Adjoining the northern rest area is a motel. This concept, however, was abandoned in the early s and they were converted to self-service restaurants. Since , six heavily used intersections within Rodgau town limits have been replaced with roundabouts with raised, plant-covered islands.

To reduce traffic in residential areas, four further, small roundabouts have been built. At the bathing lake in Nieder-Roden there are roughly 2, parking places right near the entrance to the bathing beach. Jügesheim has at its disposal two underground parking garages in the community core, and at the community centres in Dudenhofen, Weiskirchen and Nieder-Roden, and at every sport hall are found major carparks.

The proximity to Frankfurt Airport — and the easy access thereto afforded by the S-Bahn — make possible international economic links. Of course, holidaymakers also benefit from this proximity. With its roughly 77, movements each year, it relieves and complements Frankfurt Airport. The widely distributed daily newspapers Frankfurter Rundschau and Offenbach-Post contain in their editions for the Offenbach district a Rodgau local section. Also free are two further locally oriented weekly newspapers which are delivered to households, the Bürgerblatt and the Rodgau-Zeitung.

Also, the Dreieich-Spiegel deals with Rodgau happenings peripherally. Many households in Rodgau can choose to have a supply of 32 television and 35 radio channels over the cable network run by Unitymedia.

The signals are fed into the system at the Rödermark centre. Since , Rodgau has also had a broadband network which can bring digital television and radio channels to every household.

Digital terrestrial broadcasting DVB-T took over broadcasting over the area the next day. Reception of the broadcast television signal has been forecast throughout the town according to whether a mere indoor antenna will be enough to receive it or a simple outdoor antenna.

The map at the side shows the areas in which each kind of antenna should be used. Owing to the proximity to the economic metropolis of Frankfurt, Rodgau lies within the reporting area of the following radio stations:. Since August , the local radio station K. This was so even after the merger into the greater community in , except for Nieder-Roden. The nearest one is found in Seligenstadt. Carefully laying out new building developments since has on the one hand made possible the population growth that has led to the current levels, but on the other hand it has also led to the establishment of the needed social infrastructure such as kindergartens, schools, and sport and leisure facilities.

Although the town has slowly been growing together, as yet there is no true town centre. The individual constituent communities look after their own structures as they have thus far grown.

Since , the Lokale Agenda 21 has been flowing as the leading stream of thought in shaping the town. The board was granted an advisory function to town council and the right to speak at council meetings, and it worked out suggestions for, among other things, renaturalization and desegregation. Since , the Agenda 21 Quality Phase has been running, that is to say the actual implementation of the suggestions until The board itself was dissolved in after the end of the Growth Phase — At five Evangelical and six Catholic churches and community centres, regular services are held.

The Islamic community gathers at a small mosque in Nieder-Roden. Evangelical Christians number Besides 25 kindergartens, there is in Rodgau — owing in some measure to the long time during which the current constituent communities were self-administering — a broad array of different kinds of school. There is the Gymnasium upper level at the Claus-von-Stauffenberg-Schule in Dudenhofen with grade levels 11 to There are six primary schools: The Georg-Büchner-Schule, the Heinrich-Böll-Schule, the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule and a few other schools located elsewhere form a school league within whose framework an exchange of experience and the planning of common projects and classwork take place.

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