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Grab The Bubbly!

Few things embody the true sensation of celebration like a bottle of bubbly. We toast unions and the New Year, christen ships, splurge on promotions, build overflowing glass fountains, and spray the bubbles of victory on the heads of our teammates. Whatever you call it - champagne or sparkling wine - every pop and fizz is a tiny cheer for the milestones in our lives.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:03 PM, 07.02.2014

Bright Spots Are Coming Back to Rocky River

The entrance sign to West River Estates, off Spencer Rd. in souther Rocky River, has been selected as a Community Bright Spot.

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s popular Bright Spot program celebrates its fourth year! Homeowners will be recognized for taking extra time and effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping.

To kick off this summer's program, we selected the entrance sign to West River Estates as a Community Bright Spot. It was planted and is cared for by Claire & Gary Pildner, coordinated by Tracy Quaiser, and supported by John & Maria Patsue and residents along Sunnyhill Dr.

Nominations were open in early June and we had a variety of great suggestions. Our four Ward Teams are reviewing the nominations and will choose six homes in each ward. Recipients will be announced at River Days on July 12.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:55 PM, 07.04.2014

Lakefront Cruise-In to Raise Funds for Scholarships

Just imagine... a beautiful summer evening right on the lake—live music, food and refreshments, and lots of fancy cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River—a car, truck, and motorcycle cruise-in is set for Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—at Edgewater Park’s Lakefront Reservation, Lower Area.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 07.04.2014

Fairview Park Community Events

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton, the City of Fairview Park, and the Fairview Park Recreation Department are excited to announce upcoming community events for 2014.

The food trucks are rolling into Fairview Park on Saturday, August 2, from 4-9 p.m. The first Food Truck Festival is an event featuring eight area food trucks, inflatables for the kids, beer for the adults, and entertainment by the popular 80’s rock tribute band, Cleveland’s Breakfast Club. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:16 PM, 07.02.2014

Career Transition Center Offers Classes at RRPL

Are you unemployed or under-employed and looking for a new job? In addition to the many classes being held at the Westlake Library on Tuesday mornings, the following classes will be held at the Rocky River Library. These classes are free and you do not have to enroll in advance. Call 216-367-3011 for details or check for more information.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:00 PM, 07.04.2014

Rocky River Fall Arts Festival

The first annual Rocky River Fall Arts Festival took place in 2009 on a beautiful day in late September. Mayor Pamela Bobst wanted to highlight the talent of Rocky River artists and the diversity of the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping area.  

This year, the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   So far, 72 artists are participating in the event. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:54 PM, 07.04.2014

The Coaster & The Highway

Families have started making plans to spend some vacation time together, which might include highway driving to visit relatives or amusement parks. This means that the newest drivers in these families might get some driving time on the highway to relieve their parents during a long journey.

At the driving school, one of our instructional drives is a highway drive—which may be the student's first time on a highway. Many students are obviously apprehensive. So, I try to get a student to relax by comparing the anxiety he or she feels about entering a highway to the anxiety I feel about getting on a roller coaster.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:12 PM, 07.04.2014

Art Show at the Rocky River Senior Center

Visitors viewing the artwork at the Senior Center last year

The 23rd Annual Art Show at the Rocky River Senior Center will be held July 11 through July 25.  Seventy-eight area artists are presenting one to three pieces of art. The RRSC hosts many art classes throughout the year. This is a chance for senior artists to show what they’ve created. 

There will be an artist reception on opening day—Friday, July 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is a chance to meet the artists and view their works—while Ken Aufmuth plays the piano. Admission is free and dessert is available for $3.

On Saturday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the art exhibit and sale will be a part of River Days. Leigh Eastman will provide piano music, and there will be a free Matisse lecture by popular art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman in the auditorium, at 11:00 a.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:59 PM, 07.02.2014

The Ritzy Chic's Cottage Charm

Much charm to see at The Ritzy Chic

The Ritzy Chic is a charming new shoppe located in the heart of Rocky River at 1413 Linda Street. The shop offers a huge selection of upscale and cottage-style furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing and jewelry, and designer label clothing. Many items are from estate sales. The bride-to-be will be delighted by the selection of vintage bridal items.

Summer hours are Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m.—Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m.—Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.03.2014

How to Choose... and Wear, a Fragrance

Testing for the perfect scent

Scents have a fascinating ability to activate memories and feelings. Our sense of smell is instinctive. The olfactory receptors in the nose connect directly to the brain's limbic system—the area of the brain responsible for emotions and memory.

Before you become consciously aware of a fragrance, your brain has already been analyzing and categorizing the scent. This sense is so powerful that it is used as a therapeutic tool in treating Alzheimer's patients. The patients are asked to identify scents and describe the memories associated with them.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:53 PM, 07.03.2014

Tips For Lustrous Summer Hair

Hot weather and water recreation affect the look of your hair, but with some simple strategies you can stay looking great all summer long.

Cut away seasonal blahs and split ends. As a hair stylist and color instructor, I see that clients' hair grows fastest in summer months. A refreshed style that’s well maintained will be easier to manage over time. If you’re washing your hair more often due to increased sweating or a greasy feeling, consider using a natural-based, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and try a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner once weekly.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:55 PM, 07.03.2014

Original Work, Print or Copy?

Is it an original work of art, a print or a copy? I am asked these questions every day. Let’s explore what the differences are and how one can tell the difference between them.

Art has probably been enjoyed from the beginning of time. It has been a way of expressing one’s feelings and thoughts. Viewers are pulled into it and have a visceral reaction. Most of the art we at Mitchell Sotka look at has been produced over the past 200 years. Themes range from paintings depicting landscapes, portraits, still life, and interior views—to abstract images. Paintings can be labeled as a gauche, watercolor, acrylic or oil. These colorful renditions are created one at a time by hand. And although they may depict a famous work or have a repetitive theme, they are still one-of-a-kind and not mass produced.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:05 PM, 07.04.2014

Avoiding Dog Behavior Problems In Your Home

I do in-home dog training in the Rocky River and Fairview Park areas. I specialize in severe aggression and anxiety cases. However, in this article I’d like to talk a bit about how to prevent behavior problems from occurring, especially the first time you bring a dog home or even better before you head out to get your new canine friend!

Initial leash and collar supervision is the number one way to set your dog up for success and establish rules in the home!

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:50 PM, 07.03.2014

Family Businesses Survive the Test of Time

Family businesses that are managed by multiple generations of family members can create continuity in those firms. But keeping the business in the family may be more complicated than it first appears. Overall, fewer than 30% of family businesses survive to the second generation and just 10% hold on through the third.

While many founders of companies hope or plan for one or more of their children or other family members to take over the business, sometimes the children have other ideas. Children often do not have the same enthusiasm as their parents had in starting and growing the family firm.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:56 PM, 07.03.2014

Who Sews?

Jackie hard at work sewing

Recently, I tried a new activity that I’ve really enjoyed. Believe it or not, it’s SEWING! That’s right… sewing with fabric, needle, thread, and machine—making all sorts of fun projects.

I got interested in sewing by a strange coincidence. I was visiting a friend when her mom asked us to go to the Stitch Cleveland sewing store to purchase some fabric. When we got there, I was amazed at how bright, colorful, and interesting the shop was.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:01 PM, 07.03.2014

Carole Calladine's Countdown

Carole Calladine 

When this article appears, Carole Calladine will be getting ready to say her goodbyes to the wonderful staff and seniors at the Rocky River Senior Center. Carole was hired by Mayor William Knoble in January 2004 to be the new director, upon the retirement of the center’s original director, Joyce Waltz-Umerley.

Following in the fine tradition of offering welcoming and innovative programming, Carole began her 10-year tenure. She taught The Artist Way, Altered Books, and Soul Collage. As a social worker, she did home visits and shared community resources with seniors and their families.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:59 PM, 07.03.2014

BayComm Welcomes New Members

BayComm is an all-volunteer group of West Shore residents who practice emergency preparedness communications with one another. Associated with first responder organizations such as CERT and Bay Police and Fire—BayComm is looking to expand its "safety net" of residents who want to maintain contact with others—if and when traditional forms of communication go down. Think of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), or a man-made EMP, or even a cyber-attack! There are many things that could bring down the communications grid. Don't be left with that feeling of not knowing what's going on around you.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:02 PM, 07.03.2014

Dad Makes Kids Proud

Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst visits with David Gabe and his family at the Rocky River Recreation Center

A Rocky River family of five celebrated with a healthier dad on Father’s Day.

David Gabe, 47, of Rocky River wrapped up Fairview and Lakewood Hospital’s 8-week fitness challenge in June by tying for third place after saying goodbye to almost 20 pounds. He suffered from chest pains and acid reflux, and his family was concerned about his health. His wife encouraged him to compete in the Adult Fitness Challenge to kick start a better lifestyle. “The challenge was the kick in the pants I needed to make some healthy changes,” Gabe said. “I feel as though it was a chance to change my life in ways that were long overdue.”

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:07 PM, 07.03.2014

Local Residents Advocate Suicide Awareness

Jane Lewins

Jane Lewins provided oral testimony to the Ohio Senate Education Committee Hearing on the Jason Flatt Act (HB 543) in November 2012. She was part of the push to have a bill passed that requires teachers, counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, and administrators in Ohio schools to receive training in youth suicide awareness and prevention. 

Jane shared her own powerful story of how she was impacted by the unexpected suicide of her 18-year-old son, Micah Kellen Lewins, in January 2011. Jane described how the overwhelming support of the Rocky River community and the legacy of her son’s vibrant life have propelled her into working in the field of surviving suicide loss.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.03.2014

Heartburn: More Serious Than you May Think

Your body is an amazing machine. It has the ability to change the chicken you just ate into liver cells, heart cells, muscle cells, etc. This action is completed by your amazing digestive system. Your entire body lives and dies by how well you are able to break down and utilize what you eat. If this is affected in any way, you could be looking at a long history of health-related problems.

In my many years of practice, I have seen many people suffering from digestive problems, the most common being heartburn.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:11 PM, 07.03.2014

Roses of the Rockport Area

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre's "Rose Bouquet" includes Ohio Roses: Kelsey Higgins (2013), Grainne Mangan (2014), Bridget Linton (2011) and Ashley Speaker (2012), pictured at the 2014 selection celebration.

Area residents attending Irish festivals this summer should keep an eye out for a very special young lady—The 2014 Ohio Rose, Grainne Mangan of West Park.  One never knows when a “Rose” sighting may occur!  Roses keep their titles for life because “Once a Rose, always a Rose!”

Miss Mangan was bestowed the title during a late April selection celebration—emceed by Danny Coughlin, a Fairview Park resident.  The annual fundraising event was co-hosted by the 2011 Ohio Rose Bridget Linton, a Fox Sports Ohio girl since last August.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:07 PM, 07.04.2014

Rotary Awards Four College Scholarships

Scholarship winners Emma McGorray, Neelab Abdullah, Irina Vatamanu, and Teodora Bodeo with Phil Ardussi, Rotary club president.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its weekly luncheon on Monday, June 9. Graduating seniors Teodora Bodeo and Emma McGorray from Rocky River High School, and Irina Vatamanu and Neelab Abdullah from Lakewood High School—each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The scholarship program is part of over $50,000 that the club donates to the community each year.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:08 PM, 07.04.2014

Magnificat Graduates' College Scholarship Offers Exceed $15 Million

Catherine Collier addresses her classmates as the student speaker at Magnificat's graduation ceremony. 

On Thursday, May 29, a capacity crowd filled the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts to watch 176 seniors become the 56th graduating class of Magnificat High School. The graduates, along with their family and friends, heard a beautiful reflection from classmate Catherine Collier—chosen by her peers to deliver this year’s student address. This year's graduating class was offered over $15 million in college scholarships.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:14 PM, 07.04.2014

A Fourth of July Parade

Police Guard at the West Park parade

The family plans start around July 1. Friends and relatives are called, the menu is planned, gas grills are cleaned, and patriotic decorations of red, white, and blue appear everywhere. Flags are displayed and every last person will wear its tri-colors. Kamm's Corner will be the image of pride for our country.

The nucleus of these activities is the Fourth of July Parade.  This will be the 46th parade of marching contingents of bands, the Police Color Guard, bagpipers, fire trucks, school and church groups. We even have Mayor Jackson and Chief of Police McGrath—who grew up on Flamingo—Shriners in full regalia, war veterans, clowns, dancers, antique cars, political candidates, and last but not least, the Boy Scouts that started the parade in 1968.


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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:14 PM, 07.02.2014

An Historic Repair Job: The Original "Star-Spangled Banner"

When the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., reopened in 2008, the centerpiece of the museum was the original Star-Spangled Banner, the very one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem.  The flag has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1907 and first flew during the War of 1812.The flag was removed from the museum’s walls in 1994 after years of public viewing. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:02 PM, 07.02.2014

Report of the Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of June 11

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a WCOG meeting, is not an official statement of the LWV.  Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.04.2014

Rep. Baker Applauds Governor's Action on House Bills

Representative Nan Baker, Governor John Kasich, Representative Al Landis

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) recently joined Governor John Kasich for the signing of House Bill 314 and House Bill 393.  House Bill 314 requires prescribers to obtain informed parental or guardian consent for minors to receive a controlled substance containing opioids.

Under the provisions of the bill, the "Start Talking" consent form for the controlled substances—which have the potential of being abused—would be separate from other documents seeking consent for treatment and be maintained in the minor’s medical record.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:03 PM, 07.04.2014

Old School vs. New School

I have been accused of being “Old School”. I am quite okay with it. Actually, I think of it as a compliment. I believe Old School people are traditionalists. We care about what people think and consider others when making decisions.  We think big picture and long term. We are normally consistent, committed to routines (from which we rarely deviate), and punctual. Many times we are black and white.  There is not always a “gray” to a situation and Old School people know this.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:00 PM, 07.04.2014

Grilled Pork Chop with Grilled Balsamic Pineapple

Grilling season is in full swing here. We know it might be difficult to imagine getting sick of hot dogs and hamburgers—but once you are, keep this recipe handy! It only requires a few ingredients and you’ll turn out a gourmet meal in less than 15 minutes (with the grill preheated). 

The balsamic grilled pineapple from this recipe is incredibly versatile, too. Use one of The Olive Scene’s flavored balsamic vinegars, such as Vanilla, Strawberry or Dark Chocolate, to serve the pineapple for dessert (vanilla ice cream accompaniment highly encouraged). Or, make a grilled fruit salad by applying the same method to peaches and watermelon.  Throw in fresh mint for good measure.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:57 PM, 07.04.2014

Antiques Appraisal Fair

On Sunday, July 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., area appraisers will provide a free informal appraisal for two items per person.

This is the sixth year that the Rocky River Library has organized the Antiques Appraisal Fairin conjunction with the City of Rocky River’s “River Days.”  The fair will be held in the Don Umerley Civic Center.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:28 PM, 07.02.2014

Take a Tour of Historic Sites

The Rocky River Historical Society is thrilled to be a part of this year’s expanded Rocky River Days Fun Fest.  The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in organizing the first Rocky River Day, which was held on August 8, 1953.  The tradition continued with the chamber's involvement in celebrating the city's 75th Anniversary on May 3, 1978 and the Bicentennial in 2003. 

Come to Rocky River Days on July 12 and 13 and learn more about the history of Rocky River.  Trolley tours of lesser-known historic sites in and around Rocky River will run on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 07.02.2014

Art in Action Masterpieces

Masterpiece #1 - Flower!

The Rocky River District Art Show celebrated its opening night on May 13.  Artwork from every student was showcased in the halls of Rocky River Middle School.  During opening night, 4th graders from Kensington Intermediate School were treated to a very special experience. 

The students worked side-by-side with professional artist, Augusto Bordelois, to create a 4th grade mural.  The 4th grade mural is a tradition at Kensington –  one that promotes class unity and pride.  This project was funded by the Kensington PTA. 

This year’s project was titled “Art in Action” in which the students learned a technique called action painting. 

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:44 PM, 06.04.2014

Fairview Park Summerfest

An extra evening of rides are part of the many new and exciting changes to the Fairview Park Summerfest, Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29, at Bohlken Park. Stop by for a “sneak preview” of the new rides on June 26 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The official start of Summerfest is Friday, with an evening parade opening a weekend of fun, food, music, and rides. A hot air balloon, Metro Lift Flight, Dick Nicoloff Memorial Classic Car Show, CERT softball games, beer tent, pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner are on the schedule as well.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:50 PM, 06.04.2014

Remembering Others on Father's Day

When you look back on your life and try to figure out how you got to where you are, there doesn’t seem to be one defining event. The first part of life is molded by others. Your parents, siblings, home life, education and neighborhoods are pretty much decided for you. Maturity brings career decisions, sometimes marriage and perhaps children. All these things make you what you are today, but in the sum total of my life, I feel one of the indispensable parts was decided 109 years ago by a 22-year-old immigrant, my Great Uncle John.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:47 PM, 06.04.2014

A Senior Get-Away

The Rocky River Senior Center 

The Rocky River Senior Center opened on February 8, 1989 and has been a pleasant and busy hub of activity ever since. The building features a senior-friendly, open floor plan and a 300-seat auditorium. The Center offers a variety of senior services and activities.

It is a place for seniors to come and spend the day…to make new friends, learn, exercise, laugh, create, listen, shop, lunch, volunteer, and more.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:52 PM, 06.04.2014

Welsh Home Hosts National Convention

The Welsh Home

This year marks the 97th Anniversary of the Annual Women’s Welsh Clubs of America National Convention.  The Welsh Home will be host to all Welsh Clubs in the U.S. on June 18. The facility staff will showcase the pride and joy of goodness and the caring culture of the organization.  We invite the residents of Rocky River, Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Westlake, North Olmsted, and surrounding communities to experience the culture of the Welsh traditions on June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served on the front porch overlooking the pond.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:54 PM, 06.04.2014

Seniors Attractive Market for Smaller Businesses

The year 2014 marks the 50th birthday of the last of the Baby Boomers. This is the age cohort born between 1946 and 1964. This group of 77 million Americans has long been an attractive target market for businesses. They make up about 35% of the population and control over 75% of the nation’s wealth. As they move into their senior years, Boomers are becoming potential customers for the products and services offered by small businesses.

It is a common misperception that older Americans do not have money to spend. While some have retired and are not earning wages, many seniors have substantial savings and pensions to spend.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:58 PM, 06.04.2014

LeVeck Hires Campaign Manager

­Todd LeVeck, the Democratic candidate for the State House of Representatives in Ohio’s 16th State House District, announced that grass­roots organizer and retired teacher Steve Holecko has been hired to be Team LeVeck’s campaign manager.

Holecko has organized and participated in initiatives for numerous Democratic candidates and issues, dating back to the 1970s. Recently, he has served as a Neighborhood Team Leader for Organizing for America (2008 and 2012), as the leader of the Southwest Office for We Are Ohio (repeal of SB5/No on  Issue 2), and as an Ohio Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (2012). 

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 6:03 PM, 06.04.2014

Report on Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of Wednesday, May 14

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a meeting of the WCOG, is not an official statement of the LWV.  Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

Mayor Patton announced that WCOG minutes are now available on Fairview Park's website [under Mayor's Office].  Fire District Joint Implementation Committee minutes will also be posted.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:57 PM, 06.05.2014

A Bigger and Better Ritzy Chic

Ritzy Chic has a new location with more space and a bigger selection of unique items.  The store now carrys upscale furniture and home furnishings as well as vintage clothing and accessories, designer handbags, and vintage and signed designer jewelry.

Ritzy Chic consigns selectively and Deborah Simone thru Estate Liquidators Inc. handles many estate sales items.  The shop actively seeks high-end, designer-quality clothing and home furnishings, and considers buying designer handbags or jewelry.  

The shop supports cancer survivors through sales and donations.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:59 PM, 06.04.2014

Simplify Your Kitchen and Bath Remodel

Some kitchen trends include black islands with white cabinetry.

Remodeling your kitchen and bath can be a fun, but it can also be overwhelming. Today’s options for materials are endless, and the search for installers can be tedious.

The following steps can get you started on the right path.

Gather ideas on the look and style you like from home décor magazines, or better yet, log onto or and create your own ideas book.

Search for specific items, such as “modern kitchen with tile floors” or “traditional bath with quartz counter tops.”  Save your ideas into your own idea book or folder on the website.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:09 PM, 06.04.2014

Power of MORE! Give-Away

John Sobolewski, Chamber Executive Director, and Michael Patterson of Margaret Wong & Associates Co., LPA in Cleveland

In late April, over 300 members from six West Side Chambers of Commerce attended the Power of MORE! Grand Prize Drawing event held at Outdoor Dreamscapes in Avon.  Over $10,000 in prizes were given away, including the grand prize of a customized outdoor kitchen designed and built by Outdoor Dreamscapes.
Power of MORE! chambers help its members grow their businesses by networking with other business and community leaders across the West Side. Every member that attends a Power of MORE! event is entered into the Power of MORE! drawing. The more events a member attends, the better his or her chances to win. Power of MORE! chamber members grow their businesses, make new friends and win prizes along the way.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:17 PM, 06.06.2014

Tri Delta Bridge-a-Rama Event Benefits The MetroHealth Foundation

On Sunday, June 1, under the leadership of Rocky River’s Elda Krach, members of Delta Delta Delta West Side Alumnae Chapter and over 100 Cleveland-area bridge players gathered at the Cleveland Yachting Club to celebrate sustained giving to The MetroHealth Foundation. Elda Krach started the Tri Delta Bridge-A-Rama organization 49 years ago to support MetroHealth’s research and Child Life and Education Department. Funds are raised by more than 1,000 bridge players donating each time they play, in addition to other fundraising events during the year. 

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:48 PM, 06.05.2014

Caution: School's Out for Summer

The warm weather we all have been looking forward to comes with some "obstacles" in the form of two-legged little people, commonly referred to as our children. These precious beings will be out of school and playing outside, assuming mom or dad can pry their children's fingers from computers and such!

While children are on summer vacation, you as a driver cannot be. In fact, you should change your driving habits - more attentiveness and more defensive driving.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:03 PM, 06.05.2014

Project Pedal: A Day of Bike Riding and Fun

It’s time to get on your bike and ride.  Gather the whole family together on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Project Pedal at Bay High School Memorial Stadium.  It will do you a world of good!  As you pedal and participate, you’ll be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project.  

Project Pedal is not just a bike ride – it’s a community event.  There will be music from the School of Rock, a bicycle rodeo sponsored by Bay Bike Co-op, sports challenges, a dunk tank, and much more, including Mitchell’s ice cream.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:59 PM, 06.05.2014

Walk to Remember

The Burning River Roller Girls will serve as "rolling ambassadors" to kick off the event.

Residents of Rocky River, Fairview Park and surrounding communities are encouraged to join the third annual Walk to Remember at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Honorary Chair for the event is Monica Robins, Senior Health Correspondent at WKYC TV Channel 3. Sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, the event will be held Sunday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Helping to kick off the Walk will be the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland’s first all-female, skater-owned, flat-track derby league.

Over 2,000 participants are expected to enjoy the leisurely walk through the zoo while celebrating the memory of their loved ones. The event benefits patients and families cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve, including home care patients and those being cared for at nursing and assisted living facilities in the Rockport area.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:05 PM, 06.05.2014

All in the Family: Fairview Park Mother & Daughter Creative Duo

The Birthday Triplets

Former American Greetings artist, my mother, Lynn Tooman-Cser and myself, a writer, have introduced new children’s characters to the marketplace, The Birthday Triplets. 

With a Facebook following of already 14,000 fans worldwide, the magical triplets - Cookie, Candi, and Coco Birthday - burst onto the scene through their first book, "The Birthday Triplets: Granny’s Amazing, Magical Day". The book is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

In writing for children ages 4-8, our goal is to impact the culture through characters that inspire the reader to view others with empathy.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:56 PM, 06.04.2014

"We are the Majority" Rally

We are the Majority!

Westshore Young Leaders from Westlake, Rocky River and Lakewood high schools joined more than 100 other high school youth leaders, school officials, resource officers, parents and professionals from Cuyahoga County at the "We are the Majority" Rally in late April.

The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness that the majority of youth make healthy choices and do not use drugs and alcohol. The rally looks to be an annual event for all schools in Cuyahoga County to actively participate.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:07 PM, 06.04.2014

Summer Reading Programs at RRPL

Rocky River Public Library's Summer Reading Program starts on June 16.

Summer is the perfect time to read for FUN! Sign up for Rocky River Public Library's Summer Reading Programs beginning June 16. To be part of the Children’s Summer Reading Program, come in, register and pick up your free summer reading packet to start the summer reading fun! Pre-readers can join in, too, and have friends and family read to them. No reporting is required. Experienced readers may draw a picture, write a summary, or present a brief oral report for every fifth book they read (only five reports total).

All teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to participate in the Teen Summer Reading Program.  Sign up at the Reference Desk and receive a free gift.  Then start reading (or listening to audiobooks) and fill out a slip for every title you read. Use those slips to enter drawings for awesome weekly prizes.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:04 PM, 06.04.2014

Resume and Cover Letter Tips

Tired of revising the same resume over and over again? Looking for modern styles and new approaches? Want to learn the latest tips and trends to create a standout resume?

Come to the Fairview Park Branch Library on Tuesday, June 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:16 PM, 06.06.2014

Waterford Crystal: A Beautiful Classic

A Waterford vase, the ultimate classic

Waterford Crystal, known by generations for its gorgeous cut crystal stemware, chandeliers and other luxury goods has a history that stretches back much further than our grandparents’ holiday meals. Let’s explore Waterford:  where its roots are, how it grew into a worldwide brand, and where it stands today.

The story begins with George and William Penrose, brothers who wanted to create quality glass equal to that of European factories.  They started on their quest in 1783 with a small factory in Waterford, Ireland.

Several factors augured for success. Glass imported from Europe was heavily taxed, but Ireland was exempt from this tax. Moreover, demand in England was higher than the supply.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:46 PM, 06.05.2014

“Seminar” Brings Big Laughs to Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is proud to present the regional premiere of "Seminar," May 30 through June 29, in the Intimate Studio Theater. Nominated as Best Play by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League, "Seminar" is a new provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck.

This play tells the story of four aspiring novelists who sign up for private writing lessons with Leonard, an international literary figure. Wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious in this biting comedy.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 6:10 PM, 06.04.2014

The Fickle RSVP

Recently, a good friend of mine invited me to a First Holy Communion party for her daughter. Due to a conflict, I was not able to attend. I told her immediately and sent my card. The invitation requested an RSVP, which is quite common for parties that require a head count for food and beverages. 

After the party, I asked my friend how the ceremony and celebration went.  Everything turned out very well except she was a little hurt.  Several individuals who said they would be attending, chose not to.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:44 PM, 06.05.2014

Balsamic-Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta

Summer’s bounty is almost here!  We can't wait for the zucchini, corn, eggplant, basil, cucumbers...oh my!  Use up some of the cherry tomato harvest in this easy, delicious pasta dish.  It comes together in about 20 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight meal.  Bonus points for using tomatoes and basil from your own garden!

Pass a big bowl of freshly grated Parmesan for people to help themselves.  Serve with crusty rustic bread and a side salad.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:03 PM, 06.04.2014

My First Triathlon!

Fun during the martial arts event. Photo by Beth Kelly.

A few weeks ago, I was in the Kids’ Triathlon at Rocky River Civic Center with my friend Regan. Kids were divided by grade and did activities at different times, but every grade did three activities. I followed the second grade schedule. I even got a bib number, just like an adult triathlete!

Our group’s first event was walking. We walked (or ran) around the gym. We got to listen to dance music while we walked, because walkers shared the gym with dancers. I liked that there were hula hoops in the gym because sometimes the walking got boring.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 3:46 PM, 04.29.2014

Rotary Club Honors Talented Winners

With Phil Ardussi, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, are speech contest winners (from left) Natalie El Dabh, Rocky River High School; Anna Weixel, Rocky River; Isabella Olivio, Rocky River; and Mary Kate Campbell, Magnificat.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony April 7 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.

“This annual event is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our youth,” stated Ed Gallagher, Beck Center Director of Education, “and the quality work of the participants truly shows that the arts and creativity are alive and well in our community.”

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 3:49 PM, 05.01.2014

Local Music Legends Help Blues Icon, Mr. Stress

Cleveland blues harmonica players: Mr. Stress, Colin Dussault, and Crazy Marvin

No one cares about me, No, I ain't even got a friend...when will my troubles end. Black night is falling. Oh how I hate to be alone.

So sings Bill "Mr. Stress" Miller on an unreleased 1970s version of the Charles Brown classic. This song and many others can be found on the newly released "STRESS RELIEF" CD created to assist the Cleveland blues legend after he suffered a mild stroke in December 2013.

 “STRESS RELIEF” is a collection of music from more than 58 of Northeast Ohio's finest artists. The DVD-style box is accompanied by a 20-page booklet containing the history of Mr. Stress and rare photos from his personal archives. It is a testament to the way in which the music community in Cleveland bands together to take care of its own.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 4:25 PM, 04.30.2014

Women & Hormones What Your Doctor Might Not Be Telling You!

Do you struggle with PMS, menopause, endometriosis, irregular cycles, fertility challenges, and painful periods?  If so, you’re not alone.

Many women can relate to incapacitating cramping, heavy bleeding and abdominal bloating. The conventional medical approach is medication and potential surgery, but believe it or not those remedies deal with the symptoms, not the actual problem.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:56 PM, 06.04.2014

Probate? Non-Probate? What's the Difference?

Spring has made an appearance, then shrunk back behind a curtain of white, and then reappeared!  The time has come to clean up the garage, pump the bicycle tires full of air, rake out the flower beds, and begin anew!  The time for indoor activities is coming to a close.

Yet there is still time to complete your New Year’s Resolution and finally get that estate planning paperwork completed! You may recall the four basic estate planning documents from my article in the January issue (Vol 01, Issue 7) of this publication:  The Will, the Durable Power of Attorney, the Living Will, and the Healthcare Power of Attorney.  This article concerns one aspect of The Will, properly called the Last Will and Testament.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 4:19 PM, 04.30.2014

Signs of Spring: Barrels and Motorcycles

As spring weather puts forth an effort to make our days happier, road crews will be constructing vehicle obstacle courses throughout the area. Given our past winter, you can bet there will be a lot of orange barrels placed out as construction workers and road crews return to their outdoor employment.

Road signs indicating "road work" or "construction area ahead" will be placed before an actual working areas and should be taken seriously. Also, there will be a reduction in speed, usually a drop from the normal speed limit to 50 or 55 miles per hour.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 4:21 PM, 04.30.2014