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Calling All Golfers

Avon Oaks Country Club is once again the home of the annual Fairview Park/West Shore Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Outing. It will be held on Monday, August 8 with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. All proceeds raised at this event will support the Education Fund at both chambers. These funds supply a college scholarship to a worthy student in each of the local school systems - Fairview High School, Westlake High School and Bay High. 

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 2:47 PM, 07.06.2016

Learn to Play Bridge in a Day

The game of Bridge is a favorite with people all over the world. If you don't know this great game, have never played, or need a refresher course, here is your chance. The American Contract Bridge League and the Cleveland Whist Club are underwriting an event, Learn to Play Bridge in a Day. The event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 4:07 PM, 07.07.2016

FP Board of Ed Votes for Option 4

On Tuesday, June 21, the Fairview Park City Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to pursue Option 4 of the proposed District Facilities Plan, which includes renovations and additions to Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School, updates at Gilles-Sweet Elementary, and upgrades and additions at Parkview Early Education Center. The BOE also approved the two resolutions required to place a bond issue/permanent improvement levy to fund the plan on the November 8 ballot.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.03.2016

"Billy Elliot" Leaps to Beck Center Stage

Seth Judice plays Billy and Maurice Kimball plays his best friend.

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of "Billy Elliot the Musical," July 8 through August 14, in the Mackey Theater. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Please note this production contains strong language. 

Based on the Academy Award® nominated film and winner of 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, "Billy Elliot" is the story of a young boy in a depressed mining town in England.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 3:52 PM, 07.07.2016

Do You Know This Person? - Police Need Your Help

The Rocky River police are looking for a man in his mid-late-20s, with pale skin and jet black (probably died), shoulder-length hair. Wearing black canvas shoes whit white trim, black skinny jeans, and a silver hoop piercing in one of his nostrils.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 3:29 PM, 06.25.2016

Fairview Park Branch Library

July 11 at 7:00 p.m.   Relax to Music Montag. Local violinist Mary Beth Ions will perform a wide range of musical genre favorites and even your requests! Enjoy her music, wit and stories about being in the orchestra pit for performances of Broadway shows. Registration required. 

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 3:48 PM, 07.07.2016

Events at Rocky River Public Library

July 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The library and the city will co-sponsor the ninth annual Antiques Appraisal Fair as part of the city’s annual “River Days” celebration at the Don Umerley Civic Center. The center is located at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard on the City Hall campus complex. The fair will feature six local experts who will speak with you individually about your antiques and collectibles, give you some idea of their value, and tell you where to find further information. They will provide free informal appraisals.  Participants will be limited to two items or sets per person. 

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 3:50 PM, 07.07.2016

FP Auxiliary Meets with Success

The Auxiliary Unit will be at Fairview Park's Summerfest on July 7-10 and the Food Truck Festival on August 6. If you are interested in learning more about the unit, becoming an Auxiliary, or supporting the Association, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We hope to see you there!

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 2:53 PM, 07.06.2016

A Holistic Approach to Allergies

Allergy season is here. Sniffling, sneezing, stuffy head, sinus congestion, and headaches are just a short list of the symptoms associated with allergies.  Allergy symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to something that is harmless to most people, but triggers a reaction in those sensitive to it. This substance is known as an allergen.

The most obvious step is to try to eliminate the allergen.  However, for most people, changing their environment is not an option. So, since you are going to be exposed to the same allergen year after year, there are various ways to prepare your body to deal with it.  

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.03.2016

Car Cruises in Rocky River

A little of the old with a lot of the new!

The car crazies at Rocky River United Methodist Church are offering six opportunities this summer for their fellow auto aficionados to either show off their classic rides, or come by and drool over cherished chariots of others!

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of June, July and August, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the church parking lot on the north side of 19414 Detroit will be full of classic, antique, and custom cars, as well as great food, games for the kids, and music.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:01 PM, 06.02.2016

Water Safety Tips for the Summer

Ready to hit the water for summer fun!

With the arrival of summer, many families are looking forward to the start of beach, boating and pool season. It’s an exciting time of year, and the perfect time to ensure that every child has the skills he or she needs to be safe in and around water.

Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:31 PM, 06.04.2016

Rethinking Your Garden

We may never visit this garden in Russia, but the tall plynth elevates the urn above the foliage and blossoms giving the evey a focal point. 

We have shed our wool sweaters, headed outside to clean our yards and contemplated the flowers to plant. So, what should we do to make this year’s garden more interesting?

Antiques and vintage garden pots, statuary and found objects can be part of the answer. These accents, vintage and otherwise, can easily be found by searching your parent’s basement, looking in shops of all sorts, and browsing for tree lawn finds (garbage day).

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:32 PM, 06.04.2016

Roles of Intention, Intuition, and Manifestation

Everything that happens in the universe starts with intention and it is the starting point of our dreams. The creative power of intention fulfills everything in our life - be it love, relationships, spiritual awakening, or money.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:42 PM, 06.03.2016

FP Fire Department Receives American Heart Association Award

The Fairview Park Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:57 PM, 06.02.2016

Loving Cup Kids Academy Awarded for Quality Program

In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Loving Cup Kids Academy of Fairview Park has received a Two-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the state of Ohio. 

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs.  Participating programs can earn a one to five-star rating. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:51 PM, 06.02.2016

Hospice of the Western Reserve to Relocate West Side Team

Hospice team moving to 22730 Fairview Center Drive in Fairview Park.

Late last year, Hospice of the Western Reserve was notified that the building in which it has been occupying an office in Lakewood was slated for demolition. After scouting multiple locations, the nonprofit agency has signed a lease and will be relocating its staff to a new office located at 22730 Fairview Center Drive, Fairview Park, early this summer.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:49 PM, 06.02.2016

Justin R. McCaulley Appointed to RRPL Board

Justin R. McCaulley

Justin R. McCaulley has been appointed by the Rocky River Board of Education to a seven-year term on the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees.

McCaulley is president of McCaulley & Company, a strategic consulting and professional services firm focused on communications and opportunity development for clients, serving nonprofit organizations, local governments, higher education, and corporations.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:00 PM, 06.02.2016


Growing up, I was the only boy in our pack of townies that wouldn’t jump off the falls in Chagrin Falls. It was dangerous and illegal, of course, and there were plenty of kids over the years who didn’t stick the landing – primarily because they dove instead of jumping out past the jutting rocks.  But everyone did it anyway. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:28 PM, 06.04.2016

West Shore Council of Governments Meeting of May 11

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters.  Mayor Bobst's office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Memorial Hall in Rocky River and was called to order at 9:38 a.m. Mayor Pam Bobst presided.  The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 a.m. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:33 PM, 06.04.2016

Bay Village Theater Presents Staged Readings

"Overruled" at Mojo's Coffee & More. Part 1 of the "All The Worlds A Stage[d] Reading Series presented by Bay Village Community Theater.

Under the title "All the World's A Stage[d] Reading" the Bay Village Community Theater is performing staged readings at Mojo's Coffee & More on the second Sunday of each month, June through December.

Just you, the actors and the author's words in a cozy coffee shop. The free performances will take place at Mojo's, located at 600 Dover Center Road in Bay Village. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., giving patrons an opportunity to purchase coffee or other tasty treat before the performance at 6 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:45 PM, 06.03.2016

Visit a Senior Today!

Senior citizens are a valuable part of our society.  They protect our traditions and the history of our society. If you sit and chat with a senior, you will find a wealth of knowledge and information not found in textbooks.  Their stories are priceless. In fact, the way things were in the not-too-distant past is often hard to believe. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:43 PM, 06.03.2016

RRPL Presents “Lovingly Yours Langston and Lorraine”

As part of its popular performing art series On Stage In River, Rocky River Public Library presents “Lovingly Yours Langston and Lorraine” by the Ensemble Theatre on June 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rocky River Senior Center, 21014 Hilliard Blvd.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:30 PM, 06.04.2016

Summer Reading at RRPL

Sign up for RRPL's Summer Reading Program, beginning June 13.

Join us for our Summer Reading Kick-off on Monday, June 13 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the library front lawn.   Be sure to say hello to the Lake Erie Crushers baseball team mascot, Stomper, and sign-up for our Summer Reading Program.  Cycle to the library and register your bicycle with Rocky River Police Safety Officer Camp. River Dog Café will be here to help us celebrate by giving free hotdogs to kids at this kick-off event!

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 4:03 PM, 06.02.2016

Bible Camps for Kids

Plans are in place for two summer Bible camps for kids offered by Faith Lutheran Church, Lakewood, and its ministry partners.

To register or for more information, call Faith Lutheran Church (216-226-6500) or print out a registration form from Faith’s website (

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:48 PM, 05.04.2016

Power of More Business Showcase

Thank you Fairview High School football volunteers!

Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce and the Power of More held the 5th annual Business Showcase at the Gemini Center in Fairview in April.  Hundreds of people visited the 70 vendors who had tables and tasted food samples from eight local restaurants. A wide variety of businesses were on hand to satisfy almost every need a visitor could have -  health care, insurance, real estate, legal help, funeral planning or banking needs.

Twenty-four members of the Fairview High School football team put their muscles to work, unloading vendor cars and setting up tables.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.05.2016

Annual RR Bike To School Challenge Underway

Students' bicycles lined up at Rocky River Middle School during the first day of the Bike To School Challenge in 2015.

May is National Bicycle Month. For over 1,200 middle school and elementary school students in Rocky River, that means Bike To School Month as the annual Rocky River Bike To School Challenge returns for the sixth year. The Rocky River Bike To School Challenge began in 2011 at Rocky River Middle School, and expanded to Kensington Elementary School in 2015.

The Bike Challenge for Rocky River Middle School began on Monday, May 2 and ends on Friday, May 20. The one-week Bike Challenge for Kensington Elementary School begins on Monday, May 16 and ends on Friday, May 20.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:00 PM, 05.02.2016

RR Recruiting Auxiliary Officer

The Rocky River Police Department Auxiliary is currently recruiting for the position of Auxiliary Officer. Auxiliary officers are not sworn police officers, but they do support the department in the areas of patrol operations, special events and details. It is a volunteer position. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lieutenant David Wagner at or at 440-331-1234.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:49 PM, 05.04.2016

There’s Still Ice Cream!

We would scream to get ice cream!

No worries—you can still get a frozen treat at Story and Lorain Roads. East Coast Custard is relocating down the street, but The Emerald Necklace Inn is pleased to announce that it is offering ice cream and frozen yogurt from Pierre’s Ice Cream daily from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be available by the cup, cone, or in a sundae.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:58 PM, 05.02.2016

Doctor Teaches Medicine as Teamwork

Are there any future doctors here?

Not everyone who goes into medicine likes or even excels at biology or chemistry. Some have no plans to go into the medical field.  Ironically, these are the students Neil Smith, DO, President of Fairview Hospital, is trying to ignite a spark of interest in to consider a career in medicine.

According to Dr. Smith, medicine is about figuring out puzzles. For nearly 15 years, he has wanted to start a class that would give kids a different look into the field. He himself never liked biology or chemistry, yet today he’s a successful physician and hospital president.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:56 PM, 05.04.2016

Sensing Spring

Mangoes come in a variety of colors.

April showers bring more than just May flowers.  Spring is the first chance to put many in-season vegetables and fruits on your shopping list. Asparagus, artichokes, mangoes and strawberries are stepping into the spotlight.

But just how do you pick these spring specialties?

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:10 PM, 05.04.2016

NCH Receives Grant from CVS Health Foundation

North Coast Health is one of only 34 clinics nationwide to receive CVS Health Foundation funding this year! The grant will provide more access to health care and improve patient outcomes in the Greater Western Cleveland community. 

The $35,000 grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities.  The grant will help NCH support Improving Outcomes for Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension and Depression.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:13 PM, 05.04.2016

The Debate on Hiring Foreign Workers

Presidential candidates in this election season are debating the hiring of foreign workers by U.S. firms. The use of H1-B visas by companies is one major point of contention in this discussion.

Employers apply for H1-B visas so they can temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations. Workers on this visa come to the U.S. specifically to work for the company that applied for the visa. They are required to return to their home country or renew their visa if laid off by the sponsoring company. An H1-B is granted for three years.  A maximum of 65,000 visas can be issued each year.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:07 PM, 05.04.2016

Fibromyalgia - A New Approach

Fibromyalgia is one of the most depressing conditions I have seen in my patients. The pain and the suffering caused by this condition can have a profound effect on a patient's entire life.

Fibromyalgia has been known as the “waste basket” diagnosis. It is a chronic condition that is associated with pain, stiffness, and tenderness of muscles, tendons, and joints. It is characterized by restless sleep, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:43 PM, 05.04.2016

Healthy Relationships in Modern Times

Since ancient times, people believed that relationships play a very vital role in our lives. One of the main reasons we see relationships declining today is people's clouded outlook. In today's world, people pay more attention outwardly and they have forgotten about one very important being: Themselves. Life can be compared to a pearl white light. To the naked eye, the light looks white, but it is actually made up of seven different colors. Life is the same and relies on the same principle. Life is made up of multiple elements.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:50 PM, 05.04.2016

Bills that Benefit the 16th House District

As State Representative, representing the 16th Ohio House District - Westlake, Rocky River, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Bay Village, I am pleased to report a flurry of legislative activity after returning to the statehouse in March.  House Bill 310, otherwise known as the Capital Budget Bill, included two District 16 community projects. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 4:12 PM, 05.04.2016

Little Big League

Little League coaches hold a special place in our spring and summer memories. It’s been this way since Lundy Lumber – coached by George and Bert Bebble – won the first Little League baseball game played back in 1939.

I’m not saying things haven’t changed since ol’ George and Bert.

My little league coach smelled like Dewers, chain-smoked like a champ, and paid us in cash for singles, doubles and triples. (“Home runs,” he always said, “are their own reward.”)

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:43 PM, 05.05.2016

How to be a Good Guest

Spring is finally here!  Soon the smell of cut grass and barbeques will fill the streets.  Spring and summer are big seasons for entertaining and gatherings. We come out of hibernation with enthusiasm for entertaining outdoors.

If you and your children are planning to attend a future gathering, here are some tips to ensure that you are good guests.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:48 PM, 05.05.2016

Fairview Park Branch Library Programs

May 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Wrestling with how to fill in that application and with the computer? Drop in for  Job Applications Made Easy.  Join a Career Counselor and learn the basics of what is required when completing a job application, how to develop a profile as part of the application process and how to copy, paste and upload a resume.  Prerequisites: Computer and Internet Essentials or equivalent.  Registration required.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:49 PM, 05.05.2016

Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library

After School Teen Scene takes place most days after school from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please check the calendar in the Teen Room for activities and locations. Activities range from video and board games to movies, anime, and crafts. Snacks are a staple. Grades 7 and up.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:50 PM, 05.05.2016

It's Never Too Late to Learn

"Poppies" by Marilyn Sherako.

Life-long learners from the Rocky River Senior Center oil painting class under my direction have spent the past year learning the basic skills of oil painting. All started as novice oil painters last March. They culminated their year-long lessons by studying and painting works of art by "Master Artists" of the past.

We took a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art's show "Painting the Secret Garden: Monet to Matisse" to find inspiration.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:58 PM, 04.06.2016

Collector, Not Hoarder

Americans are the number-one consumers in the world. For most of us that live relatively "normal" lives, our procurement and retention of goods would not be considered hoarding or collecting.  In the definitions of these words, there’s no mention of anything negative or even passionate about hoarding or collecting, respectively.

Even though we are big time consumers, do you know a collector? As the new generation of adults comes along, the interest in collecting seems to be weakening. I would hope, however, that being a collector would never be viewed as hoarding.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:29 PM, 04.07.2016

Recycle Plastic Plant Containers at Lowe’s

Spring has begun to stir in Northeast Ohio! That means gardening season is just around the corner. Whether you are sprucing up your garden beds or redoing your landscaping, you will likely amass your fair share of plastic plant pots and trays. How do you dispose of these items?

Well, we are in luck! Many people don't know that in 2011, Lowe’s expanded its recycling program at all 1,700-plus American stores to accept plastic plant containers.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:09 PM, 04.06.2016

What You Need to Know About Zika Virus

As awareness of the Zika virus increases across the U.S., public concern is growing about this
vector-borne illness. While we are not experts in the virus itself, we are experts in effective mosquito
control and support efforts to educate the public on both Zika virus and how to reduce mosquito
activity. Tthe following is some basic information about Zika, how to best protect yourself from contact with mosquitoes, and resources for up-to-date information on the virus.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:01 PM, 04.06.2016

All Styles Considered

We have been doing interiors and providing our friends with unique and comfortable home furnishings for over 30 years. Classic Style always remains fresh, sophisticated and new, if you have the talent to blend it wisely.  So get those creative juices flowing. Here are some tips to soothe the decorating angst of the most frustrated home owner.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.07.2016

Designing Ideas

Design is a buzz word that permeates the business and entrepreneurial press. Publications such as the "Harvard Business Review, Inc." and "Fast Times' have devoted entire issues to the topic.

The design concept is connected to innovation and creativity, but design means something more. It is a process that depends on innovation and creativity to implement that process.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:20 PM, 04.07.2016

West Shore Council of Governments Meeting of March 9

County Office of Sustainability Director Mike Foley spoke.  His department, formed 13 months ago, was created to encourage use of greener energy.  He spoke about the Clean Energy Finance Hub, which will help businesses, institutions, local governments, and homeowners reduce their energy costs and access affordable clean energy retrofits and renewable power supplies.  This bundling would take advantage of a 30% tax credit for solar power installations. His department will also help cities by performing energy audits.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:26 PM, 04.07.2016

It's Been an Honor to Serve

State Representative Nan Baker

Thank you to my loyal supporters and my campaign team over the past several years.  As the election results for the March 15 Primary did not support my candidacy for State Senator, I am very proud of our strong, positive grassroots campaign.

It has been an honor to serve at the Ohio House representing the 16th Ohio House District. 

We have prevailed to win four terms as State Representative and as I am term-limited, my service at the Ohio House will end December 31, 2016.  We have accomplished a great deal.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.07.2016

Rotary Honors Contest Winners

Winners of the Rotary club's Four-Way Test Speech Contest were (from left) Steven Webber, third place; Kerrigan Hall, first place; Breanna Redden, fourth place; and Elizabeth Pearlman, second place.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony in March at the Beck Center for the Arts. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Speech contest semi-finals and finals were held in March. Speeches were of original content and based on “The Four-Way Test of Rotary,” which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:22 PM, 04.07.2016

Rotary Foundation to Award Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 11. The awards will be presented on June 13.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:25 PM, 03.02.2016

Rotary Honors 14 West Shore Career-Tech Students

Rotary honors top performers in Career-Technical programs.

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its luncheon on March 14 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 04.07.2016

Politics and the Worst in People

Why does it seem the politics bring out the worst in people? I am getting ready to “unfollow” some people on Facebook.  I like these people and care about them, but I don’t care for the choices they are making right now.  I don’t believe social media should be used to express personal opinions - rudely.  Many people are passionate about what is going on in our country.  However, no one has the right to assume that everyone shares his or her views and dissatisfactions. 

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:31 PM, 04.07.2016

Camp Runamok

When my 11-year-old son went to his first overnight camp in Akron, the counselors encouraged my wife and I to write a reassuring letter that he could read on his first night.

For reasons I now find inexplicable, I decided to write a “humorous” letter from 10 years in the future. In it, I described his little brother’s college experience and his little sister’s new driver’s license.  I also told him we had moved to a new house in Westlake. I thought he’d find my creativity amusing.

By his own account, he cried for three nights.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:37 PM, 04.07.2016