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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

Valentine's Day Benefit Concert

Make Valentine's Day special! The West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church and the Rocky River Chamber Music Society present Members of the Cleveland Orchestra and friends in a Valentine's Day Benefit Concert on Sunday, February 14, 4 p.m. The works to be performed include Franz Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock" and several selections from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including excerpts from "The Magic Flute" and "Marriage of Figaro". 

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:45 PM, 02.01.2016

FP Green Team Hosts Sustainability Forum

This is what can happen with plastic bags.

The Fairview Park Green Team is pleased to announce it will host Cuyahoga Councilwoman Sunny Simon and the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Hyle Lowry in a sustainability forum on single-use plastic bags in February. These bags create unnecessary waste, pollution in our waterways and on land, deplete our natural resources, harm wildlife, and jeopardize human health and food supplies.

The sustainability forum will be held Tuesday, February 16, at the Fairview Park Senior Center, located at 20769 Lorain Road. The event is open to the public and will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:40 PM, 02.01.2016

Winter Snowflake Luncheon

The Traveling Girl Scouts

Fairview Park Girl Scout Troop 86 is hosting a Winter Snowflake Luncheon for area children ages three to 10 years on Saturday, February 20. The theme is Doll/Bear and Me! There will be a doll/bear parade, crafts, balloon animals, beauty stations and photo fun. Attendees should bring their favorite doll or stuffed friend.

The Winter Snowflake Luncheon is being held at the Bain Park Cabin at 21077 North Park Dr. in Fairview Park. Two seatings are availabe: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and an adult must accompany children.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:34 PM, 02.01.2016

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

Overcoming Fatigue and Tiredness

Worn out and weary? Women across the country named fatigue among their top five health concerns in WebMD’s annual Year in Health Survey in recent years.  Energy is an important aspect of everyday life.  Without it, we cannot function and our body cannot heal.  Low energy and fatigue are becoming major problems in our society, affecting millions of Americans. 

If you want more information on how to solve your fatigue concerns and how to begin your journey to regaining health and vitality, please join us on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River. Call 440-331-4744 to reserve a seat.  

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:53 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

Recycling to Keep Your Holidays "Green"

The Christmas season has come and gone once more leaving your home full of trash-bound items. Wait! The Fairview Park Green Team is encouraging residents to think before they pitch and to consider the following opportunities to keep recyclables out of the landfill: Republic Waste Services will be collecting live Christmas trees on Monday, January 4 and Monday, January 11.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:22 PM, 01.05.2016

FP Chamber and Power of More Holiday Party

Volunteer Patty Zinn welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gilles.

Dave & Buster's in Westlake hosted the final gathering of 2015 for the Power of More.  Over 300 members attended from the six local chambers within the Power of More, including Fairview Park.  New additions to the 2016 Power of More sponsors include Burntwood Tavern, Ray's Auto and Truck Service and Bass Ohio Real Estate.

The Fairview Park Chamber Awards Luncheon will take place on January 21 at the Gemini Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:34 PM, 01.05.2016

Tips for a Healthy New Year

Did you survive the holiday season without too much guilt?  Without adding too many extra pounds?  Did you have one too many servings you wish you could put back?  You are not alone. 

At the Power Of Life Holistic Health Center, we are dedicated to giving you the tools needed to make 2016 a healthy year. Please join us for our health seminar on Healthy Weight Management on January 19 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:24 PM, 01.05.2016

Rx:Create! to Benefit North Coast Health

Art comes in many different forms and, at Rx:Create! 2016, you’ll have the opportunity to win a unique piece of local art – and support health care in our community.  Last year’s event was a huge success and we’re hoping you’ll break out of the winter blues and join us for a laid back evening of art appreciation!  Same great event in a new venue!

The event will take place on Friday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Vosh, 1414 Riverside Drive in Lakewood. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:20 PM, 01.05.2016

Achieve Fitness Studio Moves to Lakewood

Training room #2 is waiting for you!

Achieve Fitness Studio recently moved from its Rocky River location on Detroit Road to right down the street and across the bridge into Lakewood. “We offered personal training, nutritional coaching and small group training at our Rocky River studio. I wanted to expand and offer more to my clients,” explains Lisa DeSico-Boyd, owner of Achieve Fitness Studio. 

Now through January 31, Achieve Fitness Studio is offering eight 30-minute training sessions for $250 and eight 60- minute training sessions for $450. Lock in at $89 a month for 12 months of unlimited classes.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:28 PM, 01.05.2016

Chamber Music Society Hosts "Cabaret: Between Two World Wars"

Ensemble HD

The third concert of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s 57th season features Joshua Smith, principle flute of The Cleveland Orchestra, and his Ensemble HD on Monday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m., at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 20401 Hilliard Blvd. The Ensemble’s program is entitled Cabaret: Between Two World Wars, spotlighting French and Central European music of the 20th century from 1910 to 1936. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:30 PM, 01.05.2016

Energies That Bind: Parents and Children

Welcome 2016 – a New Year with new beginnings and infinite blessings. At the beginning of this New Year, let's take a moment to remember the greatest bond of life that we share - ties with parents and children.

Rajeev is conducting free ThetaHealing® Sessions for a limited time. Anyone interested in booking an appointment should visit and click on Book A Session. In addition, Rajeev is teaching ThetaHealing® Classes: Basic DNA, Advanced DNA, Manifestation and Abundance at the Rocky River Recreational Center. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:48 PM, 01.05.2016

College Club West Tuition Grants

College Club West is offering tuition grants for the Fall 2016-Summer 2017 academic year. A minimum of $2,000 will be awarded to qualified women applicants. The applicant must be at least 25 years old, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and reside in the counties of Cuyahoga, Lorain or Medina. College Club members and relatives are ineligible.

Visit our website at for details and application forms. Applications are due by March 15 (postmarked by March 12).

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:25 PM, 01.05.2016

Welcome to the Style Loop

Proud owners of The Style Loop.

The Style Loop, located in Beachcliff Market Square in Rocky River, is a Cleveland-based company that sells pre-owned women’s clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. It carries a mix of premium brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, contemporary brands like Kate Spade, and high-end mall brands, including Banana Republic and BCBG.

Sellers don’t need to make an appointment to drop off their items. They can be brought in any time during store hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:37 PM, 01.05.2016

Pita Pit Opens at Westgate Mall

  The new Pita Pit, located in Fairview Park, offers fresh, made-to-order pitas with a choice of savory meats, fresh produce, cheese and dressing in a healthy pita sandwich. Any of the pitas can be made into a "fork-style" option for those looking to avoid gluten.  

In the picture of the ribbon-cutting to open the new store are Fairview Park Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski, Owner Brian Borcziak (cutting the ribbon), Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Patton, Fairview Park Chamber President Tim Sacko and Councilman Angelo Russo.  

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:43 PM, 01.05.2016

Quality Hearing for Quality of Life

Everyone knows someone whose hearing loss is holding them back. They may avoid noisy restaurants, or bluff their way through conversations. You may have noticed them during family get-togethers looking on, but not participating. They say “no” to the book club or bible study or sewing group that they used to enjoy. You might even catch yourself shortening conversations with them because it’s so hard to communicate.

So why don’t people do something about it instead of allowing themselves to become so isolated?

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 6:27 PM, 01.07.2016

Eternal Salon's Makeovers for Cancer

Erin Schuler after her makeover.

A beautiful thing happened one Saturday in December when Eternal Salon and Loft in Rocky River held a holiday makeover to benefit the fight against cancer. Not only did the salon raise $300 from specially priced express services such as facials, shellac manis and satin hand massages, it was also able to contribute five wigs from loyal client signups.

The real star of the day was Erin Schuler of Strongsville, the wife of a brain cancer patient. Erin was nominated by Eternal Salon's new charity partner, The Gathering Place, a local cancer support center, to be pampered at the salon with a complementary makeover that included a cut/color/style with hair extensions, makeup, nail treatment and other services.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:50 PM, 01.05.2016

A Thank You to All

Lt. Shepard presents Auxiliary Malinky with a beautiful thank you gift. 

The year 2015 was bittersweet. The Fairview Park Police Department hired four new officers. But for every new officer, one officer retired. It is not only a person retiring but also a legacy. Each individual officer carries with them a legacy in years of experience that many get to hear through stories or recognitions.

Two lieutenants and two officers retired, taking with them a combined 122 years of service. That is more time than the 13 officers hired between 1993 and 2014 combined! In addition, the Auxiliary Unit had two officers retire - Jim Thompson and Mary Ann Malinky, who had over 80 years of combined service. Both the regulars and auxiliaries have very big shoes to fill. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:53 PM, 01.05.2016

New Leadership for North Coast Health

Gina Gavlak

After serving North Coast Health since its inception - first as volunteer, then Head Nurse and eventually Executive Director for the past 20 years, Lee Elmore has retired from her post.  Under Lee’s guidance, North Coast Health has transformed the access and provision of care to thousands of individuals and families in western greater Cleveland, and has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, level 3, by the National Committee on Quality Assurance.

It is with great confidence and excitement that North Coast Health welcomes Gina Gavlak as President and CEO of North Coast Health, effective January 1, 2016.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 6:26 PM, 01.07.2016

Social Media as a Major Marketing Tool

Social media has become a major source of communication and entertainment for people around the world. Facebook is the biggest social media site with over 1.5 billion people having accounts. Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest are the next most popular sites.

For businesses, the popularity of social media has made it an attractive way for advertising and other types of promotion. This is especially true for smaller businesses as social media has the potential to reach their target customers at a relatively low cost.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:51 PM, 01.11.2016

Funds for Business Growth

In today’s economy, every business needs every available advantage to continue to succeed and grow. Over the past several years, government has been a vital partner for hundreds of companies in Northeast Ohio in helping them grow.  Surprisingly, many businesses have failed to take full advantage of these programs, allowing their competition to expand while their revenue streams remained stagnant.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:49 PM, 01.11.2016

Haan Places Third in Business Competition

Lutheran West Junior Sadie Haan was a member of a student team that won third place at the recent Tiffin University Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition. The team won a $250 scholarship. Haan was a member of a team made up of two Tiffin University students and a high school student from the Tiffin area. Haan lives in Rocky River.

In the picture, Perry Haan, Tiffin University Professor; Andrew Bachman, Tiffin University student;  Amanda Wildman, Mohawk High School student; Emma Wegner, Tiffin University student; Megan Borich, Tiffin University Professor; Sadie Haan, Lutheran West High School student.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 6:30 PM, 01.07.2016

A New Scarf Made with Love

Westshore young leaders making scarves for a holiday surprise.

The Westshore Young Leaders annual holiday celebration meeting took on new significance as the teens made no-sew fleece scarves for the children living in the OhioGuidestone Residential Treatment Campus at the Berea Children's Home. The young leaders cut, frayed and placed beads on each scarf.  A special touch was added with a “Made with love especially for YOU” sticker that was carefully placed for the recipient to see. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:48 PM, 01.11.2016

Snow Ban Parking in RR

The City of Rocky River has adopted a snow ban requirement that prohibits parking on city streets when snow is in excess of two inches of accumulation.  Once snow is accumulated over two inches, no parking will be permitted on city streets.  You may briefly stop to drop off or pick up persons or items at a residence.  Please note that once a snow ban prohibiting parking on all city streets is initiated, it will continue until weather conditions permit the parking ban to cease.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:47 PM, 01.11.2016

Returning Gifts

Christmas 2015 has come and gone.  It is a special time of year for many reasons, one of them being spending time with friends and family. Many gifts are exchanged as a token of love and friendship. 

So what are you going to do with that sweater you are never going to wear? Is it acceptable to ask the person who purchased the item for a receipt so that you may return it and purchase something you would like?  In the world of protocol, the answer is no.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:52 PM, 01.11.2016

A Drone for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions are just like your typical Cleveland Brown – unrealistic, misguided and prone to flame out almost immediately. So this year, why don’t we commit ourselves to one single resolution? Why not pick a singular element that really has the potential to improve things in 2016. (While I will concede that Vodka and Netflix are the obvious choices, they are not really in the spirit of my message.)

So, as an example of my one-resolution…resolution, I’ll go first. I’m going to buy a drone.  

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:51 PM, 01.11.2016