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Hot Topic Lecture: Ohio’s Constitution

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will present a Hot Topic discussion in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The one hour lecture, “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” will be presented by Cleveland-Marshall’s Dean Emeritus, Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.  

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:43 AM, 03.02.2015

New FP Superintendent of Schools to Speak

Dr. William Wagner, Fairview Park Superintendent of Schools  

The Fairview Park Democratic Club is pleased to announce that the newly appointed Superintendent of Fairview Park City Schools, Dr. Bill Wagner, will speak at its March 5 meeting. Dr. Wagner's presentation will address the "State of the Schools". He will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m.

Dr. Wagner, who most recently served as Director of Human Resources at Lakewood City Schools, has more than 22 years of demonstrated success in various administrative positions in the education field, including principal at Lakewood High School, Principal of Clearview Jr./Sr. High School and Dean of Students at Lorain High School.


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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:44 AM, 03.02.2015

Chamber Music Society Presents Vienna Piano Trio

The Vienna Piano Trio

It is not every day that the Vienna Piano Trio comes to Rocky River!  The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is hosting  the Trio on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the acoustically excellent sanctuary of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church at 20401 Hilliard Blvd. As is true of all concerts presented by the Society, there is no admission charge and all are welcome.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:43 PM, 03.02.2015

Century Cycles Partners Up for Bike MS

Locally-owned bicycle shop Century Cycles has been a supporter of Bike MS for every year since the company's founding 23 years ago. The two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride is a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

At the Team Left Hand/Century Cycles Kick-Off Party, attendees will have the opportunity to meet current team members and get more information about joining the team.

  • Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Time:  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Winking Lizard, 3634 Center Road, Brunswick, Ohio
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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 12:02 PM, 03.04.2015

Connecting for Kids Hosts Meet and Greet

Last year's Meet and Greet presented parents with a host of options.

More than 60 West Side pediatric professionals and nonprofit organizations are expected to participate in the 2015 Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet featuring therapists, programs and camps.  The free event will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., in Rocky River.  The event is sponsored by The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:37 PM, 03.02.2015

CLF Foundation Presents Spring Jazz- A Celebration of Care

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, a nonprofit 501c-3, was set up by Dr. Charlie Farrell, MD, and his daughter Rev. Katie Norris, of Westlake a few years ago to help other families caring for family members with dementia at home. In creating the foundation, their mission was to empower those affected by dementia through art care and community outreach. With supportive community, people with dementia can live lives of meaning and purpose.

The Foundation is holding a benefit, Spring Jazz – A Celebration of Care, on Saturday, March 28, at 5:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center at Rocky River Memorial Hall.


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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:41 PM, 03.02.2015

Rocky River Community Garden Fundraising Breakfast

Help keep the Rocky River Community Garden growing. 

Rocky River Community Garden announces it will launch its sixth year with its Annual Breakfast and Raffle to be held at the Beachcliff Tavern on April 19. The event will feature a Chinese auction and "April Shower of Spending Power" raffle.

Funds from this year's raffle will be used for continuing improvements at the garden such as repairs to the garden shed, operation of a Food Pantry garden for Rocky River Meals on Wheels and the Rocky River Assistance Program, and educational programs that both help the gardeners keep their crops growing and provide information to the public.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:57 AM, 03.04.2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood

VitalHealth Partners is a caring, dynamic group practice of medical doctors led by Dr. Todd Pesek, Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Ronald Casselberry, who specialize in the very best of preventive, integrative, and holistic healthcare. The practice is opening a West Side location in our neighborhood at 19800 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

Come and meet these innovative doctors and their caring staff and welcome them to our community! Heinen’s Grocery Store at 19297 Detroit Road will be hosting a welcoming party on Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Superfoods hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to 440-331-3830 by April 2.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:22 PM, 03.03.2015

Let Your Inner Artist Grow at Beck Center!

It’s finally time to think spring (and summer!) so let your creativity grow with a class or workshop at Beck Center for the Arts. Whether you are interested in one-day music or pendant-making workshops, or an eight-week visual arts class, our dedicated faculty looks forward to getting creative with you.

First in line of our new music workshops is Rhythm Jams with Dave Brewer. Held on Saturdays, March 14, April 18, and May 9 (save $5 when you sign up for all three), this opportunity is open to drummers, percussionists, and hand drummers who want to explore the connection between rhythm and other art forms.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 03.04.2015

Three Arts Club Scholarship Program

The Three Arts Club of Lakewood was founded in 1919 to further interest and enjoyment in the arts and to provide awards for deserving students pursuing advanced studies in music.

To request an application form, please email the Completed applications and a letter of reference must be received no later than April 27. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.04.2015

College Club West Scholarships

College Club West is pleased to announce that it is offering scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age and enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate degree program. Tuition grants of a minimum $2,000 per grant will be awarded. Applications for CCW scholarships are available at The deadline for all applications is March 15. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 5:31 PM, 02.17.2015

Senior Transportation: Leave the Driving to Us

Leave the driving to the Rocky River Senior Transportation Program.

Over 8 million senior citizens depend on others for transportation. The skills and abilities associated with driving tend to diminish with age, making alternate forms of transportation for our elderly an important issue that must be addressed.

Alternate transportation is available in our community. The Rocky River Senior Center provides curb to curb transportation for older residents traveling to medical appointments, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and the senior center!  Residents are asked to register with the Transportation Coordinator and then call to schedule rides as needed.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:31 PM, 02.19.2015

Upcoming Programs & Events at Rocky River Public Library

February 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Volunteer Youth Crew for students in grades 4-6 meets. Make a difference at your library by volunteering to work in the Children’s Department. Projects include shelving books or DVDs, examining the condition of a group of books, and working together on a community service project. Registration required and snacks provided.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 2:24 PM, 02.18.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

February 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   In this competitive marketplace, Returning to Work After an Extended Break, such as raising children or becoming a caregiver, may seem challenging.  Knowing where to start, what to say and how to prepare to re-enter the workplace can seem intimidating.  In this workshop, gain helpful strategies to transition back into the work world.  Registration required.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 2:20 PM, 02.18.2015

WCOG Meeting of February 11

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

At the Westshore Council of Governments meeting, the following issues were discussed.

We Share:  By the end of February, Mayor Sutherland would like feedback from the communities that have been “stakeholders” in the past and those who are currently involved in this program.  These “talking points” should focus on the issues and concerns with training.  Chief Reese identified two important points:  the program has gotten away from its mission that was established over 30 years ago; the hospitals involved do not have the same goals as the cities.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 5:20 PM, 02.17.2015

Scouts Light Up River

Scouts Ben Tousey, Gabe Harmath, Leo Bonacci, Melanie Harmath (honorary) and Den Leader Liz Harmath at St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

I am a WEBELOS in Cub Scout Pack 212 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. One of our service projects each year is Yard Charge, where we rake leaves for people. But it snowed a lot on our assigned day, so we couldn’t do it. Instead, we decided to set up luminarias for Light Up River on December 21.

What is a luminaria? A luminaria is typically a white paper bag with weights (like sand) and a candle inside. Some people confuse luminaria with the word luminary, which is a famous person who inspires other people.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.18.2015

Rx: Create! Event to Benefit North Coast Health

Beat off those winter blues and support North Coast Health. Join us for a one-of-a-kind art auction featuring donated works by local artists and designers.  Rx:Create! will take place on Friday, January 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Around the Corner’s Warehouse Room located at 18616-20 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.  The evening will feature raffles as well as an auction of unique art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture and more. There will be heavy finger food and a cash bar.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Storewide New Year's Sale

Ringing in the New Year is more than just a sale at The Ritzy's a BLOWOUT SALE!  Look at what we're offering. First, the point-of-purchase sale: items priced from $5-$ pay $3 each;  items priced from $11-$ pay only $8 each; and items priced from $21-$ pay only $15 each. But wait, we're not finished. Second, clip out the coupon in our ad and receive 50% off any single item in the store. Third, take 25% off the original price on winter coats. Fourth, take an additional 10% off any clearance item.  

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Better: Tips for Psychological Wellness

The new year brings a wonderful opportunity to start fresh.  Many of us use this as a time to reflect on our goals for wellness—emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual.  As you establish your resolutions for the new year, use the tips below to maximize the likelihood that you will succeed.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Become a Fat-Burning Machine

Hopefully, all of the holiday cookies and chocolates are gone and you can start fresh in the new year.  This is the time of the year when we are getting our diets back on track after they were derailed by all the holiday food and fun.  Weight loss is often a top priority as we look to get back into shape and drop the holiday pounds.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Territorial Aggression in Dogs

Oops...a distraction, but training will correct that!

In many neighborhoods, there’s that one dog. Whether in the home or outside in the yard, he or she is barking at anyone or anything that comes near the house. While many people like a dog that “alarm barks“, an owner must be careful that his dog does not develop a case of territorial aggression.

Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t mind it if my dog went after a robber trying to break into my house. But some dogs will take their territorial guarding/aggression too far, focusing it on family, friends, or completely innocent people.

Training Cosmo

Back in the fall of last year, I received a call about a very territorial dog named Cosmo. According to his owners Trevor and Lauren,  Cosmo was initially a great guard dog. He would bark briefly at the sound of the doorbell or knocking, and he also let his owners know when strangers were approaching the home.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Entrepreneurs Need Good Legal Assistance

A couple of months ago, this column discussed the need for an entrepreneur to choose an accountant as part of his business team. This column addresses the need for a good attorney to help with legal issues when starting and running a business.

As with choosing an accountant, it is critical to find an attorney who specializes in working with entrepreneurial ventures. A good criminal attorney may not know much about corporate or commercial law.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Be Inspired by Period Dramas

January is not only the start of the New Year but also the new season of “Downton Abbey“. If you are like me, you love period dramas and for more than just the wonderful story lines. Some period dramas allow us to see aristocratic life and all its fineries.

A well-written story line of the struggles of the rich and the intersecting lives of their servants can keep us hooked and coming back for more. But for antique lovers, it’s much more than the story line. Period dramas offer a world of decorative splendor.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

An Early New Year’s for the Westshore Young Leaders

Ah come on can do it!

The Lakewood High School Westshore Young Leaders held an early New Year’s ice skating party on Sunday, December 28.  For the third year, the ice skating party was held at the Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst Ice Skating Rink in Lakewood. 

More than 40 middle and high school students from the Westshore School Districts (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) enjoyed an afternoon of music, skating and excitement. The students celebrated the upcoming year with party favors and delicious cupcakes.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

The Protocol of Gift Exchange

Is it okay to tell someone that you have exchanged his or her gift? In the protocol world, the answer is NO!  It is not acceptable to tell the giver that you have taken back a gift unless it is to exchange it for a different size. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

A January Vegetable Dish

Stovetop Cauliflower with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Capers

This easy yet gourmet side dish is a healthy yet filling dish for the January detox.  Toasted pine nuts enhance the nuttiness of roasted cauliflower, while salty Parmesan and capers pack this dish full of flavor.  Serve with roasted chicken or broiled salmon for a complete meal.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Share Your Blessings...Fund a Tree

The Ritzy Chic is decked out for the holidays.

Not every year...but every day we should count our blessings for what we have and what we have accomplished.  I've taught my children..."be the best person you can and live your life to the fullest".  One day you may be on top of the world and the next, you may be told you have cancer. Then the world becomes all about love, compassion, respect, hoping, and the will to survive. With that in mind, I would like to ask for the support of the community in our "Fund a Tree" event.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:45 PM, 12.10.2014

Jamie L. Mason Appointed Director of RRPL

Jamie L. Mason is Rocky River Public Library's new director.

The Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees recently announced that Jamie L. Mason is the new director of the library. “I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees appointed Jamie Mason as director,” said Rocky River Public Library Board President Audra Bednarski. "We have great confidence in Jamie's leadership skills, his vision for the library, and his concern for our staff,” she said.

Mason has been the library’s interim director since July 2014. Prior to this, Mason served as the library’s deputy director since 2009.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:53 PM, 12.10.2014

"Drones" to Bring Jobs to Fairview Park

Anthony Serio and Michael Hach with small drones.

It’s been a long time since Cleveland has seen any new innovation. Ever since the industrial days of LTV Steel, our city has been starving for new advancements in the job sector. It would only make sense that the time is now, given the way things are now going for our city - the RNC convention, LeBron’s return, and new developments downtown.

What’s next? Cleveland Aerial Media LLC. (a year old company) plans to be the pioneers and pave the path for new innovation in Fairview Park.

Drone technology requires many different applications such as software development, mechanical engineering, and piloting abilities. Because of this, Cleveland Aerial Media LLC. plans to expand and create new jobs in Fairview Park.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.10.2014

New Barber at Rockport Barber Styling

With a family lineage tracing her barbershop roots back to Italy, the newest addition to Rockport Barber Styling - Marie Simeone - is blending that heritage with her love for "All Things Cleveland" to create a welcoming environment for all ages.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 12.11.2014

The Importance of Dog Socialization

Zelda is the perfectly trained dog of Daniel Makara.

Everyone from the veterinarian to the pizza delivery guy seems to tell the new owner of a puppy or dog that he or she needs to get the dog “socialized”. In the dog world, socialization is in every doggy magazine, training advertisement and Website. The message is absolutely right - socialization is very important.

While the message is clear, the how-tos and the dangers of improper socialization are usually not discussed. It’s a point that I often cover many times in my in-home dog and puppy training.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:08 PM, 12.11.2014

Shelini's Fine Jewelry Treasures

A variety of jewelry from different manufacturers is on display.

Christopher and Vera Shelini recently established Shelini’s Treasures, a fine jewelry store located at 17810 Detroit Avenue.  The store provides quality items at manufacturer and wholesale prices. "Our goal is to give quality back to the consumer.”

Thus, the Shelinis established “Shelini’s Treasures” in Lakewood specifically to offer fine jewelry at reduced prices.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:42 PM, 12.12.2014

Rocky River Meals on Wheels

Rocky River MOW's Monday cook and volunteer kitchen staff put together another healthy meal. 

Most people have heard of Meals on Wheels (MOW), but many do not know the particulars about this valuable community service.

The Rocky River Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to prepare meals for those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food. It has been proudly serving the Rocky River community since 1976.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:52 PM, 12.10.2014

Silent Victims of Civil Unrest

Most of the media coverage of last month’s civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri focused on the legal issues leading to the protests and rioting after a grand jury decided not to indite a white police officer who shot a black man. What the media did not spend much time reporting was the massive loss of property for small business owners caused by the riots.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 12.12.2014

A Healthy Holiday Wish!

This time of year is a time when families get together to celebrate the holidays.  As we gather ourselves around the dinner table, the most common discussions are usually about one's health.  Sharing doctor experiences, along with health challenges, becomes a very common practice, unfortunately. 

This month I would like to share with you the greatest holiday wish -  a wish for your good health.  Good health is something we should never take for granted, nor should we search for it only when it is lost. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:05 PM, 12.11.2014

Holiday Tips for Seniors

The holidays are a hectic time of the year for many, and we want to make sure that the season is enjoyable for seniors. If you are a senior, the following tips should help you prepare for the holidays so that you can fully enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

The first thing you need for the holidays is a plan. Make a schedule of events and plan for these celebrations. Try not to overextend yourself. Many invitations will go out for the holiday season. Don’t feel like you are obligated to attend every event, especially if an event is expected to go late into the night. It is alright to say “no” sometimes.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:56 PM, 12.10.2014

WYL Hosts 5th Annual Leadership Training

Rocky River High School students taking a break.

A record number of middle and high school students and staff from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River braved the cold and snow to participate in the annual Westshore Young Leaders (WYL) Training event held at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River in late November.  Over the past five years, the event has drawn almost 400 students in the Westshore District. 

The Westshore Young Leaders Network partnered with McKeon Education Group to facilitate the invigorating day of interactive training.  The quote, If your actions inspire others to dream more and do more, you are a leader” from John Quincy Adams, was the spur for one activity.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:09 PM, 12.11.2014

RRPL Honored as American Star Library

Rocky River Public Library was recently named a "Star Library."

For the fourth consecutive year, Rocky River Public Library has been selected as one of the best libraries in the nation in Library Journal’s 2014 “Index of Public Library Service.” The rating identifies 258 Star libraries, based on data from more than 7,500 public libraries nationwide.

“We are honored to be chosen again as a Star Library,” said Library Director Jamie L. Mason.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:06 PM, 12.11.2014

Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Meeting of November 18

This report is not an official LWV statement.  WWTP staff prepares official minutes.

Thermal Sludge Conditioning:  Sludge removal cost $185,000 in 2014.  The local farm that has taken sludge during the warm months at $17 per wet ton will stop doing so in 2015.  Alternative estimate is $22.  Microwave drying is meant for smaller plants, and the resulting product retains an odor.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:37 PM, 12.12.2014

Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of November 12

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Mayor Patton's office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Fairview Park's website.

RTA:  County Council may discuss a tax increase for RTA.  Much discussion of the new Clifton Boulevard shelters.  Amenities encourage ridership.  Lakeshore Express buses will come every 10 minutes for two hours in the morning and evening.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:36 PM, 12.12.2014

Cuyahoga Land Bank Featured in New Report

An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and their ability to adapt to local conditions and needs is helping communities, large and small, address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, according to "Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods", a new report from the Center for Community Progress. (Download the report)

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 12.12.2014

Publishers Note Dec 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Byers

As I begin writing this month’s Publisher’s Note, the song What a Difference a Day Makes comes to mind.  Reflecting on this past year and the many changes in my lifeI realize how precious our time on this earth is, and how quickly it can slip away. Although I have received many blessings this year…I did not escape the loss of several special friends.  I am also mindful of the fact that not everyone has been blessed with the magnitude of family and friends that I have.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:45 PM, 12.12.2014

Grandma's Christmas Tree

If I stare at the picture long enough, I can feel the draft from the windows behind the plastic covered couch, see the family portrait sitting on the TV set, and smell the turkey in the oven. Christmas Day at Grandma’s in the 1960s.

We would meet after mass and crowd into Grandma’s small house on Kirton Avenue. The tree was always the center of discussion. It was aluminum - you could see right through it. A pitifully under-decorated tree hung with the few ornaments that survived our youth.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:44 PM, 12.10.2014

Poem: Thank You

A boy of seven, almost eight
Who couldn't wait, he rushed
His bicycle to the street, didn't
Check lest he meet a vehicle
And nearly meet it, he did.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:40 PM, 12.12.2014

Get Creative with Holiday Tipping

This holiday season, take a moment to recognize those around you and tip.  If you don’t usually tip, give it a shot.  If you do normally tip, do something extra special and creative.  Take care of people you normally do and people you normally don’t.  For example, if the cashier at the car wash treats you nicely or someone brings your heavy items to your car, slip him or her a couple of dollars.  Most people take these folks for granted. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:05 PM, 12.11.2014

Roasted Mushroom, Kale and Bean Soup

This roasted mushroom, kale and bean soup is both hearty and healthy.  Pureed beans give the stock a rich texture without adding cream. Roasted mushrooms are meaty and filling, and the kale adds nourishing fiber and protein.  Garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and parmesan pack this soup full of savory flavors.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:38 PM, 12.12.2014

Shop Local for the Holidays

With the holiday shopping season getting into full swing, local businesses are encouraging people to buy from local businesses. Local independent retailers have several distinct advantages over national big box competitors.

The economic argument for why customers should shop locally is simple. Spending at local businesses helps the local economy by providing jobs. Local entrepreneurs also tend to buy from local suppliers and use local professional services such as attorneys and accountants.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:57 PM, 11.11.2014

Become a Part of the Improving Job Market

Are you an underemployed or unemployed person looking to start a new phase of your life? Do you wonder what you can do when you retire to bring in some income or to keep yourself occupied and your brain alert? Or are you just tired of doing the same old thing and want to change careers to something more fun and enjoyable? If so, the new 2nd Stage Institute is for you.

Classes will be held at the Fifth Third Bank Building at 20220 Center Ridge Road and at the recently remodeled Plaza West Conference Center of River Properties. The basic module of five classes will be held in the third floor conference room on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for a five week period, November 13 through December 18 (excluding Thanksgiving).

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:24 PM, 11.11.2014

Beck Center Dance Education Offers Festive Events

Beck Center Dance Education brings in the holiday season as it presents A Journey with Clara to the Land of Sweets and its popular biannual Holiday Tea Party.

A Journey with Clara to the Land of the Sweets takes place on Sunday, November 23, in the Recital Hall of Beck Center’s Music & Dance building. This dance workshop offers 90 magical minutes of fantasy fun for children ages 4 to 8 years. Students may select from two class times - 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per student. Class size is limited, so enroll today!

The Dance Alliance of Beck Center is inviting children and their families to a Holiday Tea Party on December 6 and 7 in the Recital Hall of the Music & Dance building at Beck Center. Guests will enjoy entertainment by the Beck Center Dance Workshop and select dancers as they perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, "The Nutcracker".

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:18 PM, 11.11.2014

"The Pajama Game" Comes to Magnificat

"The Pajama Game" comes to Magnificat in November. Cast members pictured are Cindy Trannguyen '16, David Faust (senior at St Ignatius), Mary Hearns '15, Nora Dillon '15, and Casey Sobecks (senior at St. Ignatius).  

Grab your favorite blanket and a pillow, and head to the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts on November 22-23 and 28-29, as Magnificat High School presents "The Pajama Game".

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $10 for students, and can be purchased by visiting or by calling 440-331-1572, ext. 261. Magnificat is located at 20770 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:01 PM, 11.12.2014

Dance Alliance of Beck Center Hosts Social Event

Dolinar Spahija

The Dance Alliance of Beck Center invites you to Afternoon Reception & Acoustic Concert with Dolinar Spahija on Sunday, November 23. This social event will take place at 3 p.m. in the intimate Studio Theater at Beck Center. Tickets, which include one drink ticket, are $25. Appetizers and beverages will be served as a concert featuring the internationally and classically trained Spahija takes place. All proceeds benefit the Dance Alliance of Beck Center.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 2:50 PM, 11.12.2014

New Alzheimer’s Trial at Lakewood Hospital

People aged 60 to 90 who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from something as simple as sitting in a chair – a state-of-the-art chair, that is.

Clinical trials for the new chair therapy began last fall at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. This non-invasive therapeutic system uses cognitive training and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on targeted areas of the brain. The trial was expanded to Lakewood Hospital in early 2014.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:15 PM, 11.11.2014

DINE TO DONATE Cancer Fundraiser

Billy Donato, Las Vegas Showman, will be performing at Tommy's Place on November 15.

Join us for our cancer support fundraiser DINE TO DONATE.  Tommy's Place, located at 1325 Linda St. in Rocky River, will donate 10% of all food item purchases on Saturday, November 15, from  6 p.m. until closing.

The fundraiser will include door prizes, raffles, a Chinese auction, and a vintage jewelry a special appearance by Billy Donato - Las Vegas Showman. Billy's show will start at 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:59 PM, 11.11.2014

Publisher's Note: November 2014

Who would’ve thought that starting this paper would attract the man of my dreams…

I grew up in the "perfect" neighborhood...where our neighbors were considered Family.  Two summers ago the Morris’ who lived two doors from us hosted a Labor Day picnic with the Byers family; who lived just a few miles away but spent a lot of time on our street.  Mrs. Morris (Sally) shared my second issue of The Rockport Observer with the Byers Family.  One of the son’s visiting from Los Angeles noted my name as Publisher. 

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:06 PM, 11.12.2014

I'm With Mojo

Mojo, a licensed therapy dog, dressed to bring smiles to everyone.

It started in early 2010 when my wife, Rosine, insisted I do something besides read the sports page and bond with the remote. There was an article in the paper inviting people to attend a volunteer orientation class given by the Berea Animal Rescue. It was strongly suggested I attend this class.

Well, I got hooked and a few months later, in April, five-year old “Matt” (due to his matted state) was brought into the shelter. I fell in love with the little guy. Rosine and I decided to foster him, renamed him Mojo (after an old Blues song, “Got My Mojo Working“) and took him home. A few days later, we became what is known as “Foster Failures” -  we decided he had to become a permanent family member.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:19 PM, 11.11.2014

Rocky River Resident Is Tri-C’s Board Student Scholar

Mireille “Miro” Tabanji

Rocky River resident Mireille “Miro” Tabanji — the 2014-2015 Board Student Scholar at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) — can tell you all about perseverance.

In 1980, when Tabanji was 18, she fled war-torn Lebanon with her family and took refuge in Jordan. She left her homeland without graduating from high school, as the fighting often forced her to abandon class.

In 1980, when Tabanji was 18, she fled war-torn Lebanon with her family and took refuge in Jordan. She left her homeland without graduating from high school, as the fighting often forced her to abandon class.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:22 PM, 11.11.2014

Metheny Weir Brings Chalk Paint® to the West Side

Artistic duo Sue Weir and Kim Metheny

Now Cleveland Westsiders can visit Metheny Weir’s new Rocky River studio to learn easy DIY paint techniques that will enable them to channel their creative energies and transform their home decors. This new store is located at 20254 Detroit Road.

Demand for the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and for painting classes taught by co-owners Kim Metheny and Sue Weir has grown in recent years at their original studio in Shaker Heights. “We have a bunch of customers who make the trek over to Shaker from Rocky River, Lakewood, Westlake and Avon so we think there’s a great opportunity to grow here,” says Metheny.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:03 PM, 11.11.2014

Gestures Gallery: Local Art and Crafts

Gestures is filled with unique gifts created by local artisans.

Gestures Gallery - in the heart of Rocky River at 1150 Linda Street - has been providing over 130 different regional artisans a place to showcase their work for five years. Gestures is stocked full of one of a kind creations, including wall art, jewelry, hand-crafted soaps, pottery, cards, plus many functional fiber art pieces. 

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:54 PM, 11.11.2014

Meet the New Owner of Herb's Tavern

One of Rocky River’s venerable eating and drinking establishments recently changed ownership after celebrating its 50th anniversary in business. Herb’s Tavern at 19925 Detroit Road is now owned by Kim Berry, who bought the business earlier this year.

When Berry took over, a lot of work needed to be done. “My parents’ standards were very high for food quality, cleanliness and customer service. I had no choice but to start with a new staff. In May, Herb’s closed for three days to clean and train new staff." Many customers left, claiming that Berry was changing everything - from rewriting the menu to knocking down the walls.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:13 PM, 11.11.2014

Century Cycles Named a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Business

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Rocky River-based bicycle shop Century Cycles as a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Business. The league is a national non-profit advocacy group that is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. It announced the 2014 list of 150 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses on September 24. Century Cycles joins a list of over 800 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the country that are transforming the American workplace.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 4:07 PM, 11.11.2014