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FP Community Council Names Citizens of the Year

The Fairview Park Community Council has named Nancy and Dick Cause as the 2016 Citizens of the Year. Only once before has this recognition been awarded to a husband and wife at the same time.

Please join the Fairview Park Community Council in congratulating Nancy and Dick Cause at this year’s Citizens of the Year dinner and recognition on Wednesday, May 25 at the Fairview Park Senior Center. The cost of the dinner is $25.00. Tickets are available at City Hall, the Senior Center or by calling Roberta Sunkle at 440-333-9339 or Tom Davis at 440-333-8721.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:47 PM, 05.04.2016

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

One Year Down, a Lifetime to Go

April 27 marked the one-year anniversary of the Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association. In the first year, we have made great progress in our efforts to better equip the Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Unit.

We have formed partnerships with several organizations, including the Ohio Tactical Officers Association, one of the state's leading bodies for law enforcement training; 5.11 Tactical, an apparel and equipment manufacturer; and Nightstick by Bayco, a safety light manufacturer.

As a way of celebrating, we would like to cordially invite you to our Benefit and Reverse Raffle on June 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at American Legion Clifton Post 421 on Brookpark Rd. and West 220th Street.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.04.2016

Hospice Walk in Memory of Loved Ones

TV 5's Leon Bibb is this year's Walk to Remember Master of Ceremonies. 

Residents of Rocky River, Fairview Park and surrounding communities are invited to walk in memory of their loved ones while "paying it forward" to help hospice patients and their families. Now in its fifth year, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Walk to Remember will take place on Sunday, June 12, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. The event is sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:57 PM, 05.04.2016

Common Threads: Resale with a Mission

Common Threads is located at 22049 Lorain Road in Fairview Park.

Common Threads, a new resale store with a unique mission, is excited to open its doors at 22049 Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park with a Grand Opening celebration June 24-25. The store will carry all types of quality goods for bargain prices, including adult and children’s clothing, toys, small housewares and appliances, and more.

Weaving together a love for thrift with a charitable mission, Common Threads will not be a typical thrift store.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 2:09 PM, 05.03.2016

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

Theres 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 Lowes

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

Connecting for Kids Honors RR Resident

Stacy Miner and her sons.

Connecting for Kids honored Rocky River resident Stacy Miner as its Parent of the Year at its Annual Fundraiser in late February. Connecting for Kids offers education and support for families with questions or concerns about their child, with a focus on children birth through age 12.

 “Last year was the first time we presented a parent award and now we are making it an annual tradition to honor a parent who has made a difference in the lives of area families and their children with special needs,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.04.2016

Dan Coughlin Honored at Ohio Rose Selection

Dan Coughlin received third Westlake World Partners Founders Award.

Local celebrity and longtime Rocky River resident Dan Coughlin was honored in February as the third recipient of the Westlake World Partners Founders Award.  The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their support of the Ohio Rose Centre.

Dan was recruited as event emcee for WWP’s inaugural Rose selection in 2011. Northeast Ohio’s legendary sportswriter, sportscaster and author was not only instrumental in helping to get the event off the ground through his celebrity draw, but he also is well regarded for his care in working with Rose hopefuls.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:26 AM, 03.04.2016

A Unique Offering: Drive-Thru Ashes

One Rocky River church brought itself to the curb to serve Ash Wednesday commuters with the mark of the cross, signifying the beginning of Lent, the Christian season of repentance.

Ignoring the bone-chilling cold and icy footing, Rocky River United Methodist Church's Rev. Dan Bogre and Pastor Paul Bennett went car to car during the morning and evening rush hours on Ash Wednesday (February 10) to serve individuals heading to work, parents taking kids to school, and anyone else who happened to drive by.

Volunteers stood along the street with signs announcing the offer of ashes, a personal prayer, and a Lenten blessing.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:50 PM, 03.04.2016

A Better Fish Fry

The Seafood Department at Whole Foods Market.

When you walk up to the seafood counter at the Whole Foods Market in Rocky River, you’ll find a team swimming in knowledge.  Led by Geoff Crump, the team of four is sourcing some of the freshest fish in Northeast Ohio.  In fact, not only can the team often trace the seafood to the boat it was caught on – occasionally they can tell you the name of the fisherman who caught it!

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:21 AM, 03.04.2016

Lakewood High Class of 1971 Reunion

The Lakewood High Class of 1971 is having their 45th Reunion on June 10 and 11. Friday night at 6 p.m. there will be a gathering at VOSH in Lakewood with a cash bar. This event is free. On Saturday, there will be a picnic at 4:00 p.m. All food will be  provided for a cost of only $15.00 per person.

RSVP with you check for $15.00 to LHS Class of 1971, 1311 Marlowe Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 by May 15.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:38 AM, 03.01.2016

NCH Earns National Recognition for Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized North Coast Health as a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, Level 3, for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships. By enhancing patient engagement and improving outcomes, North Coast Health earned the highest level of recognition.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care, and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians. 

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:23 AM, 03.04.2016

The RR Home Furnishings Loop

Cleveland is filled with hot spots, from University Circle with museums and Severance Hall to the near West Side with top-rated restaurants in Ohio City and Tremont. Some of these hot spots focus on food, others on theater or shopping. If one thing has not brought attention to a neighborhood, the mere existence of the whole has made it a hot spot. Unique areas like Chagrin Falls or Little Italy are great examples.

Believe it or not, Rocky River has also developed into a hot spot. Many may say the great restaurants that attract River residents and East siders alike are the draw. But there is another draw too: The “Loop” with its many options to help you feather your nest. Yes, Rocky River is a growing district for home furnishings.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:54 PM, 03.04.2016

Is Tipping Becoming Obsolete?

Recently some restaurants and other service businesses have started to ask customers not to tip their staff. Moreover, the Food Channel predicted a no-tipping future on its list of 2016 Top Ten Trends.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:47 PM, 03.04.2016

RR Municipal Income Tax

The City’s process to convert to RITA from CCA for municipal income tax administration continues. The CCA transaction volume is winding down, while the RITA activity is ramping up.  As of February 16, access to the RITA electronic filing services was not yet available, but it is expected to come online as other steps in the conversion process are completed. 

All transactions should be made to RITA.  Estimated payments for 2015 and 2016 may be made to RITA.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 03.02.2016

West Shore Council of Governments Meeting of February 10

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

Topics discussed were proposed RTA service cuts and fare increases although ridership is up.  A meeting is planned for February 23 to discuss consolidating fire services in WCOG.  It was noted that ambulances now in use provide many more services and capabilities than in the past.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:31 AM, 03.04.2016

Airplane Protocol: Put Friendly Back into Travel

If you have had the opportunity to fly lately, you may have noticed that there is very little “friendly” in the sky.  In fact, flying has become rather chaotic and abrasive at times.  Passengers are shuffled from line to line and expected to maintain a calm disposition when told that a flight has been canceled or delayed for some ambiguous reason. 

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:48 PM, 03.04.2016

Reel Relief

March is when the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) sweeps in like a movie star hero and saves us from our own Hi-Def hibernation. Call it “Winter Washout”, “Slush Syndrome,” or anything you want, but it’s a fact that even the most ardent film fan is vulnerable to some sort of couch–based collapse that leaves one craving nothing more than  a remote control and a family-size bag of Ruffles for the winter homestretch.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:46 PM, 03.04.2016

A Tale of Irish Ingenuity

I never knew my grandparents, never even saw a picture of them. I was a child of immigrants, raised in an enclave of the newly arrived Irish. I didn’t have a relationship with my grandparent because they lived some 3,000 miles away.

But there was one story in my family history that I think had a long-reaching effect on all the descendants of my family. It is the story of my great grandfather's visit to Cleveland.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:49 PM, 03.04.2016

Fairview Park Branch Library Programs

March 3 at 7:00 p.m.   Hip to That - a four-piece jazz band - will swing the socks off the library!  Playing jazz standards, crossover charts and even a few pop tunes, Hip to That is a diverse group that works their own flavor into each song they perform.  Registration required.   

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:56 PM, 03.04.2016

Upcoming Programs and Events at RR Public Library

March 1 at 1:00 p.m.   Join us for an inspirational book discussion ofI Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by Malala Yousafzai. The youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala, a young Pakistani student, is an advocate for women's rights and education who survived an assassination attempt. Come share your thoughts of this amazing young woman's life.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:55 PM, 03.04.2016

Forward Fairview Park

Have you noticed that businesses on Lorain Road in Fairview Park have a high turnover rate?  If you have, you’re not the only one.  After seeing multiple business closings, a group of concerned citizens have banded together with the goal of revitalizing the Fairview Park Lorain Road corridor.  Lorain Road runs directly through the heart of Fairview Park and has high potential to become a proper main street, flush with people, activity and small businesses. The group, Forward Fairview Park, was formed this past summer to help make that vision happen. 

Monthly meetings are held at the Fairview Park Town Hall on the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The next meeting is February 23.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:36 PM, 02.01.2016

Martinez E-B Exhibit at Beck Center

"By His Stripes" by Martinez E-B.

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present Martinez E-B’s solo exhibition "So, Let Them Have Color"in the Jean Bulicek Galleria from February 5 to March 6. An Artist’s Reception will take place Friday, February 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This exhibition will coincide with Beck Center’s production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s "In the Heights", the Tony Award® winning musical.

Martinez E-B’s exhibition at the Beck is a series of paintings and collages. This collection of work re-contextualizes signs, flags, mementos, color, and the notion of social belonging.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:38 PM, 02.01.2016

Fun to be Had at FP Senior Center

Lent is just around the corner and you know what that means – Fish Fry!  The Center will offer a fish fry every Friday during Lent, with the exception of Good Friday. Be sure you mark your calendar to give ours a try!  You may dine in or carry out.  We will be offering a choice of four adult dinners with all the trimmings: beer battered cod, lake perch, butterfly shrimp, or pierogi dinner with grilled onions. Adult dinners are $8.00.  A kid’s meal of macaroni & cheese and applesauce will cost $4.00.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:53 PM, 02.03.2016

Harriet Beekman: A Passionate Patriot

Harriet leads the Pledge of Allegiance at the Fairview Warriors Stadium.

I received a call last week from Harriet Beekman, a Fairview Park resident, asking me if The Rockport Observer could publish a letter she received from a member of the military in Afghanistan. I am not typically a writer, but when I went to Harriet’s home to meet her, I knew that those in the Rockport community who did not know her would want to.

Harriet is the chairperson and founder of the We Do Care Committee in Fairview Park. She called because she wanted to share the letter with the students of St. Angela’s, Messiah Lutheran, and Mayer Middle School.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:48 PM, 02.03.2016

If You Would Like to Donate...

The We Do Care Committee is in need of the following items for packages being sent overseas to our military:

  • Powder Drink Mix (Gatorade, Kool-Aid, Crystal Light)
  • Hot Chocolate Packets (Swiss Miss, Nestle, etc.)
  • Tuna & Chicken Salad (In Foil Pouches, or Ready-To-Eat Kits) – No Cans
  • Beef Jerky / Slim Jims
  • Sunflower Seeds & Pumpkin Seeds
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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:49 PM, 02.03.2016

Letter from an American Soldier

The following is excerpted from a letter sent to Mrs. Beekman and addressed to her,  the We Do Care team, and the students of Fairview Park schools.

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. The care package with the letters from Kelly DeGross, Sean Conlan, Claire Horansky, Tiffany Delamater, Amanda Slotta, Elizabeth Coulter, and Daniel DeVenny made it to a strategic FOB in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, about 37km from Pakistan. It was awesome to receive things from home that we don't get very often, but the letters were the real high point.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:46 PM, 02.03.2016

FP Chamber Honors First Federal of Lakewood

First Federal of Lakewood was honored as Fairview Park Chamber's Business of the Year.  Branch Manager, Kathy Murphy, accepted the plaque on behalf of the company along with Vice President, Jeff Bechtel.  Kathy has served on the chamber's board as Treasurer for four years and has been an active member for many years.  First Federal of Lakewood has been a strong supporter of the chamber, as well as an original Power of More sponsor, since it came to Fairview in 1985.

In photo are First Federal of Lakewood staff Jeff Bechtel, Marie Marrali, Bethany Germano, Kathy Murphy, Bonny Carroll, and David Worcester.


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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:50 PM, 02.03.2016

Entrepreneurship and Depression

Studies of entrepreneurs recently have reported high levels of stress, isolation, fatigue and fear of failure. These are also symptoms associated with people suffering from clinical depression. The connection may not be a coincidence.

In the U.S. more than 30 million individuals age 12 or older have been diagnosed as clinically depressed. Antidepressants are the most prescribed medication for adults under the age of 45. Unfortunately, reports show a 50% failure rate for antidepressants. Half of the people taking them stop, with only 10% of them following up with doctors.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:54 PM, 02.03.2016

Police Officers Are People Too

A police officer is someone who voluntarily makes sacrifices to protect others. In some cases, they make the ultimate sacrifice and lose their lives. They enforce laws to protect society and respond to calls for service.  Officers make split- second decisions that citizens, the media, lawyers, judges, and politicians sometimes spend years debating. A split- second decision may be the last one an officer ever makes. If everything a police officer does is scrutinized, why would anyone want to be one? A police officer chooses to accept the risks and sacrifices.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:52 PM, 02.03.2016

Goldfish Swim School Opens in Fairview Park

Goldfish Swim School, Cleveland’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swim lessons, is pleased to announce that its new 8,900-square-foot location in Fairview Park opened in January. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family joins a thriving East Side location (open since 2012) and dozens of other successful Goldfish locations throughout the United States.

Goldfish Swim School provides year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio), warm 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 4:33 PM, 02.06.2016