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Vintage Ceramic Pots Hold the Key to Spring

The print may be Japanese but the simple style of the pots and the monochrome color work well with it.

Spring is around the corner. Soon we will have flea markets, green vegetation in our yards and fresh air blowing through our windows. There are decorative objects that make warm weather seem not so far away. Vintage ceramics molded into pots, vases and vessels in monochrome, bright colored or mottled finishes give us a taste of spring and summer no matter what the weather conditions outside. So, do more than think of these iconic American treasures, start the hunt for them as a great way to banish the winter blues.

These colorful pots with interesting shapes are from companies such as McCoy, Haeger, Roseville and others. They were made in factories in Ohio, Chicago and California. The iconic forms have deco influences from the 1940s to streamline shapes and wild colors from the 1970s to jazz up any interior. Depending on condition, glaze and type, the pots may set you back $8 to $50.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:25 PM, 04.02.2014

A Log Roll That Doesn’t Roll Is No Fun!

What do you do with a zip line that doesn’t zip? Or a log roll encased in mulch? Goldwood Primary School PTA decided to rip them out and install dynamic new playground equipment.

To raise funds for the renovation, Goldwood PTA is getting students involved. What do kids really want to do? Watch a group for a little while and the answer is obvious: they want to move. Out of that need for motion came the Kids’ Triathlon. Tweaking the traditional concept, Melissa Walsh took the lead in designing an event that combines walking, reading, and (choice of) dancing or martial arts.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:00 PM, 04.02.2014

Our Ice Skating Event

 A good time was had by all!

What a wonderful evening we skaters shared in Rocky River on the Hamilton Ice Rink on March 23.  More than 60 people attended our event and some 50 plus even skated.  The success of this event is an endorsement of the friendships ice skating has created. 

A special Thank You to Jeff Waddell, Facility Manager for the Rink, who made this happen and to his wonderful staff - Rich Schultz, Rink Supervisor and Shirley Verbanik, Skate Guard, who made every effort to make us feel welcome.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2014

Lavert Stuart, Minister of Music

Lavert Stuart

On any Wednesday evening, if you look toward the musician’s pit at the Christian Science Church in Rocky River, you will see the back of the pony-tailed head of Lavert Stuart. “The substitute for Berdie d’Aliberti, the regular church organist, couldn’t make it one night, so I filled in,” said Mr. Stuart. “Then when Berdie could only play on Sundays, I became the Wednesday organist.” Thus began Mr. Stuart’s 20 years plus with the church.

The son of a Cleveland police officer and a librarian who went on to become the first black insurance sales woman in Ohio, Mr. Stuart started young. “When I was a baby, my mother kept my playpen next to the upright piano in the front room. As long as she heard me picking out notes, she knew I wasn’t getting into anything else.”

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:41 PM, 04.02.2014

Kathleen Lyons-Henderson Named Senior Center Volunteer of the Year

Kathleen Lyons-Henderson

Kathleen Lyons-Henderson was honored as the 2013 Rocky River Senior Center Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on February 19. Kathleen volunteered over 300 hours in 2013. Every Friday, she's in the center's kitchen making sandwiches for the deli lunch. On a different day, you will see her volunteering in the gift shop, enthusiastically greeting people. Kathleen is a member of Play Readers and also works with the props and costumes. She is a member of Rocky River Seniors Council, Inc. During the Craft and Quilt Show, Kathleen chaired the bake sale.

She began attending the senior center after her retirement from Fairview Hospital, where she was a unit secretary for 32 years. Kathleen said she "loves it at the senior center" and appreciates the opportunity to give back.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:34 PM, 04.02.2014

Fairview Park Chamber Showcases Local Businesses

Attendees shop and snack at the Business Showcase in 2013.

The Fairview Park community is being offered the chance to discover what its local businesses have to offer, courtesy of the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s annual Business Showcase is taking place Thursday, April 10, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gemini Center.

The Business Showcase serves to connect our local businesses with each other and with our residents. Free samples, brochures, and goody bags are typical as businesses seek to form mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with new customers.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:30 PM, 04.02.2014

Get Ready for Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase

Racers at the starting line in 2013

Join friends, family, neighbors and the West Side community at the 13th annual Lakewood Hospital Ambulance Chase on Sunday, May 4, at Lakewood Park. Proceeds from the race will benefit LakewoodHospital’s Rehabilitation Services and patient care programs.

Presented by long-time supporter Donald Martens & Sons, the Ambulance Chase is for everyone - from the youngest to the most serious runner to the leisurely walker – and includes a 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and Children’s Chase.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:23 PM, 04.02.2014

The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ Returns on May 10

The 5th Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ includes a family stage at West 165th Street to entertain the younger crowd.

On Saturday, May 10, West Park's annual homecoming celebration features great food, live music, children's shows and activities, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, fine art, and more!  The 5th Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ takes place from noon to 8 p.m.  Lorain Avenue will be closed for the festival between Rocky River Drive and West 165th Street.

Show up to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy! Once again, the event is free of charge. Purchase unique goods and pick up interesting information from the many booths lining each side of Lorain Avenue.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 04.02.2014

Help Freshen Up Fairview Park

Volunteers cleaning up the flower beds at the historic Bain Park Cabin.

Freshen Up Fairview Park is a special event that brings together residents, community organizations, and businesses to beautify Fairview Park and make the community more attractive for themselves and for visitors. The members of the Fairview Park Green Team would like to encourage all residents and business owners to participate in a day devoted to continuing to make the City of Fairview Park a “Great Place to Grow”. 

Freshen Up Fairview Park will be held on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers willing to devote a few hours of their day to freshen up a city park or other designated area should meet at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:39 PM, 04.02.2014

Learn to Compost at Home

Zero waste is the designation for 2014 and the Fairview Park Green Team is working to help its community and neighbors pursue that goal. Recycling rates are up in Fairview Park, but other opportunities exist to further divert solid waste from landfills. One such tactic: composting food waste at home.

The Green Team is hosting a seminar to provide residents with the knowledge and tools on how to compost at home. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District will conduct the seminar, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Gemini Center.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:32 PM, 04.02.2014

Missing Mini Schnauzer

Have you seen this handsome guy?

Simon, a miniature schnauzer, is missing in Northeast Ohio. His family has launched an extensive search. In the short time they've had Simon, the family has fallen completely in love with him and just want him back.

He was on a walk when he was startled by some pedestrians, jerked out of his harness, and took off onto Clarence Avenue toward Lakewood Heights Blvd., running up every driveway, confused. Simon eventually went up a driveway, possibly into a garage or backyard, and disappeared from sight. He was last seen on March 9 or 10 on Cohassett Avenue in Lakewood.

If you have any information on Simon's whereabouts or you spot him, please contact Lauren at 440-258-6945. There is a substantial reward being offered. Help bring Simon home!

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:13 PM, 04.02.2014

Annual Hair of the Dog Fundraiser for Lakewood Shelter

Won't you help?

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter is proudly sponsoring its 10th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Around the Corner Saloon in Lakewood.  Support animal welfare in your own backyard by enjoying an evening filled with music, food and local merchandise!

Dozens of Lakewood and Cleveland-area businesses have donated items and services for a silent auction, including tickets to Cleveland sporting events and live shows, spa certificates, and more!  Tickets for the event are $25 per person, and local comedian Mark McKenzie of Last Call Cleveland is returning as emcee.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:21 PM, 04.02.2014

Heroin - The Accidental Killer

Heroin can be deadly, even if all you are looking for is one more “high”.  Parents might think, “My kids would never do that”, and hopefully, they are right.  But what about your kids' friends and classmates and teammates? I bet if you ask your teenage kids, maybe even your preteen kids, if they know of anyone at school who is using drugs, they will admit that they do.  Pretty scary, isn't it?

The Addiction Ministry team at West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River is presenting a program about heroin addiction on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 pm.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.02.2014

Popular Option for Starting a New Business: Franchising

One of the more popular ways for starting a new business is to buy and operate a franchise. While most people are familiar with the big competitors in this market such as McDonald’s, franchises are available in a wide range of businesses.

In addition to restaurants, automobile dealerships and other more visible retailers, franchising opportunities exist in many service industries, including home repair, business services, and real estate. The Quick Serve Restaurants category is the largest in the franchise industry, while aging Baby Boomers have created one of the newer and faster growing categories — healthcare.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:37 PM, 04.02.2014

Dangerous Distractions: Cells and Holes

Dale Drottar

We all have our opinions about cell phone use by the driver of a car.  Personally, I believe it is a very dangerous distraction and a contributing factor to road rage. Many people see the cell as a big convenience, which it can be at the appropriate time and place. However, I know of drivers who use their cells - while driving - to enter contests!

Fortunately, I'm not skilled enough to text, driving or not, but I'm apparently in the minority. It amazes me that people actually believe that texting while driving is not a deterrent to their driving skills. I’ve observed vehicles weaving in their lanes, traveling left of the center line, or going off the right side of the road.


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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:43 PM, 04.02.2014

Rep. Baker's High School Internships Bill Signed into Law

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) has announced that Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 107, which creates a $1 million pilot project to provide grants to certain businesses for employing high school students to career exploration internships.

With the Governor (from left to right), Pauline Van Dyle; Duane Van Dyke, owner of Van Dyke Architects; State Rep. Nan Baker; Garrett Van Dyke; Andrew Mangles, President of Westlke Porter Library; John Sobolewski, President of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce; Athena Fassett, mother of Nan Baker; and Craig Baker, husband of Nan Baker, President of Cricket Power and Lawn Equipment.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 2:56 PM, 04.02.2014

Democratic Candidate's Night

A Democratic Candidate's Night will be held April 3, 7 p.m., at 20777 Lorain Road,  in Fairview Park City Hall's Dunson Room. This informative evening is sponsored by West Shore Democrats, a coalition of the following groups: Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, Westlake, Westside and Stonewall Democratic Clubs. 

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:03 PM, 04.02.2014

When Political Parties Become a Bore

Next week, the absentee ballots will be going out for the May Primaries.  Every two years, members of each of the political parties get to vote in the top-tier leadership of their parties.  There are 33 Districts and each District gets one man and one woman.  This is Ohio rule for both the Democratic and the Republican Parties. But do the citizen voters really have a choice?

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 2:02 PM, 04.03.2014

Report of the Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of March 26

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.

NOACA: Mayor Sutherland and Mayor Summers are on the Board of Directors.  NOACA has $44 million in sustainable community funds for infrastructure repairs throughout the five counties included in NOACA: Lake, Geauga, Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga. Cuyahoga County wants the funds distributed on the basis of greatest need, while the exurban counties want the funds distributed on a percentage basis.  Current estimated need is $20 billion.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 1:56 PM, 04.03.2014

Girls With Sole LULA Celebrates Fifth Year

Go girls, go!

Rocky River-based non-profit Girls With Sole is providing the tools for girls who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who are at-risk, to "Lace Up for A Lifetime of Achievement" (LULA)!  By offering a curriculum that provides weekly fitness and wellness programs, as well as free running shoes, sports bras, journals and entrance into races, the organization helps girls to be empowered and gives them the confidence to believe in themselves and their abilities. 

"It's a natural source of anger management and channels their energy toward something that is positive while also building confidence and leadership skills," says founder and executive director Liz Ferro, a former foster child and abuse surviver turned thriver who has completed 25 marathons and 5 Ironman Distance Triathlons.

At 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, the non-profit will celebrate it's fifth year with it's annual 5K run and 1 mile walk and the newly added 5 mile run, at Beachcliff Market Square, 19300 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 2:50 PM, 04.02.2014

Welcome to Zero Period: An Eighth Grade Math Program

Jon Barker is an EGAP Algebra I teacher at Saint Ignatius High School.

It’s Monday at 7:00 a.m. and about 50 eighth grade boys and girls from Cleveland Catholic diocese schools gather in two Saint Ignatius classrooms for Honors Algebra 1.  They’re committed to learning – and being competitive in mathematics.  Parents are committed too, as they adjust schedules to bring their child to this free program offered since 2010. 

It’s the Eighth Grade Algebra Program (EGAP) and the brainchild of Rev. William J. Murphy, S.J., President of Saint Ignatius High School.  “We saw a clear need for eighth graders to be able to take Algebra 1,” he explains.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:47 PM, 04.02.2014

AYF Thanks Sunrise Rotary

AYF students at Sunrise Meeting

Several members of the American Youth Foundation at Lakewood High School attended a meeting of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club to thank its members for providing scholarships for the Camp Miniwanca Leadership Camp in Michigan each summer.  The Foundation and the Camp inspire boys and girls ages 5-18 to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the world. 

Funding for Leadership Camp scholarships is provided by the annual Sunrise at Sunset Fund Raising Auction whch will be held  Friday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.,in the Umerley Hall of the Rocky River Civic Center.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:20 PM, 04.02.2014

West Shore Career-Tech's Student Awards

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its noon luncheon on March 10 at the Don Umerley Civic Center.

The 15 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for 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 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:42 PM, 04.02.2014

Westshore Young Leaders Rally

Westshore Young Leaders enjoying being locked-in at the Westlake Recreation Center.

While many high school students continue to engage in unhealthy, high-risk behaviors, the fact remains that a majority of youth are choosing not to use.  Over 100 high school students representing Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood and Westlake braved the cold to attend the 4th Annual Westshore Young Leaders High School Lock In in late February at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The lock-in is the Westshore Young Leaders high school signature event. Westlake’s SADD students took the reins to orchestrate a fun-filled evening.  The group brought students from Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School to perform the play "The pHarming Effects".

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 2:54 PM, 04.02.2014

What's All the HOOPLA About?

Watch streaming movies and television shows for free with your RRPL card.

Rocky River Public Library is excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. All you need is a valid RRPL Library card!

RRPL card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:02 PM, 04.02.2014

Is It Okay to Point Out a Social Faux Pas?

Recently, I had a familiar conversation with a new friend.  Whenever I tell people I am a Protocol Consultant, it seems to immediately spark a pet peeve.  The next sentence is always, “you know what drives me crazy?  When people . . .” It can be anything: people who don’t RSVP and then show up; kids left to run wild in restaurants; people who don’t send thank yous; texting at the dinner table. The list goes on and on. 

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:22 PM, 04.02.2014

A Spring Favorite: Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan Breadcrumbs

One of the culinary highlights of spring is the arrival of asparagus.  While you can find it year-round, asparagus is most tender and flavorful in April. 

This recipe showcases asparagus by roasting it with olive oil to intensify its flavor.  Breadcrumbs toasted with olive oil, herbs and Parmesan add salty texture.  And a drizzle of balsamic ties the dish together. 

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:17 PM, 04.02.2014

Morton Park Gets New Playground from State Grant

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton and ODNR Director James Zehringer with Fairview Park staff Recreation Director Kenn Kaminski, Jack Abbruzzese, Amanda Creque, Mary Long, and Matt Hrubey

What a winter this has been! During this season of snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, and more snow, the City of Fairview Park has kept its eyes on the horizon, confident that the onset of spring and warmer temperatures is inevitable. To prepare for spring, the city has taken a thorough look at its parks and created a master project list to enhance these outdoor recreational areas for the younger residents of Fairview Park.

Plans for the enhancement of Morton Park received a boost this past February, thanks to a $55,534 grant the city received from the state of Ohio. The grant funds will assist us in purchasing and installing brand new playground equipment at Morton Park.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:04 PM, 03.04.2014

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis to Appear in Rocky River

Stephan Pastis and friends

Meet cartoonist Stephan Pastis,creator of the best-selling comic strip “Pearls Before Swine” on April 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Boulevard. The event is sponsored by Rocky River Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 

Joseph-Beth Booksellers is donating a percentage of all book sales to Rocky River Public Library. For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-333-7610 or visit  

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:09 PM, 03.04.2014

Introducing The Daily Driver

Drive Time!  Having retired from a satisfying career in law enforcement and currently working as a driving instructor, I'm taken aback by some of the bad - and dangerous - driving habits I see every day.

So I had an idea. My thought was to try to make our roads safer by keeping the public updated on driving laws and by sharing safe driving tips. My idea was to have potential and current drivers submit questions or observations that I would answer or comment on.

The Rockport Observer has afforded me the platform and opportunity to do this.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:44 PM, 03.04.2014

Casey's Irish Imports: Celebrating 25 Years of Bringing Irish Treasures to Cleveland

Cead Mile Failte, One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, awaits you at Casey's Irish Imports, Inc. in Rocky River. After just celebrating 25 years of business in October, the Casey family and staff are gearing up for another brilliant St. Patrick's Day!

Original founders, Vera and Tom Casey fulfilled a lifelong dream of importing the treasures of their native Ireland to America when they established their business in 1988.  Today, two of their daughters, Maureen Casey Brubaker and Kathleen Casey Proctor, continue to run this unique family-owned buniness.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:51 PM, 03.04.2014

Recruiting Irish Maidens

Photo Courtesy of The Rose of Tralee InternationalFestival.

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre, an affiliate of The Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, Ireland, is seeking applicants from Ohio for its fourth annual Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration to be held August 25 at LaCentre in Westlake.

Festival eligibility requirements and a local application packet may be requested by emailing The local Rose selection is the annual fundraiser for Westlake World Partners Co., a non-profit organization.

In the photo is Kelsey Higgins, the 2013 Ohio Rose, in Portlaoise, Ireland, with Festival emcee and Irish television personality Dáithí Ó Sé.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:15 PM, 03.04.2014

Take a Tour with Diana: An Artisan of Travel to Italy

Diana Maiola Cirino

Diana Maiola Cirino is the owner of two Rocky River based businesses:  Italian Tours & Travel by Diana and Anna Mia Jewelry.  Both boutiques are located in the Old River shopping district and offer customized experiences based on Maiola’s Italian heritage.  Maiola says she feels fortunate to be able to share and represent her deep, longtime passions for both Italian jewelry and travel to Italy.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:06 PM, 03.04.2014

Sport Clips Haircuts Makes It Good to be a Guy

Sport Clips Haircuts, a place that makes it good to be a guy, has just opened in the River Commons Shopping Center on Detroit Road in Rocky River. This is the first Sport Clips location in the city, adding to the more than 1,000 shops across the country. "What's better than being in a relaxing enviroment with sports on TV everywhere you look, well-trained stylists, and no need for an appointment when it's time for a haircut?" said Lori Yeager, Team Leader for the new Sport Clips.  "These are just a few reasons why we know Sport Clips will be a hit for the guys in Rocky River."

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:04 PM, 03.04.2014

Is the Cloud Right for You?

There is a lot of buzz right now about working “in the cloud”.  If you have a Yahoo, Gmail, or AOL account for email, or use web backups, or share pictures and updates on social media, you are in fact working in the cloud – you’re just borrowing resources on someone else’s hosting machinery.

Pushing your company resources to a cloud platform can make sense, especially if you have a large territory to cover, with lots of highly mobile employees.  It’s usually not a hard transition to make and, depending on needs, can be very cost effective.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:54 PM, 03.04.2014

Unique Treasures at Ark too

Jennette Bando and Julie Kline

Local natives Jennette Bando and Julie Kline decided to bring a taste of the sunny Southwest to Cleveland. Thus, in their first business venture, the pair opened The Ark too in Rocky River last April. With items from around the world and local artisans, The Ark too is a community-oriented business that prides itself on featuring unique gift items.

Putting a local spin on the Southwestern idea, Bando and Kline order products from other small businesses and carry several limited edition, handmade items. Currently, The Ark too has stuffed animals from bijoukitty by Rocky River's own Susan Hank and ceramics and jewelry from other local artists, as well as a natural personal care line from Olmsted Falls.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:09 PM, 03.04.2014

First Federal Lakewood’s First Time Homebuyer Seminar

For centuries home ownership has been the essence of the American Dream. For most of us, it becomes reality only when we realize that we are just as worthy of that dream as our landlord. The ability to pay yourself each month, let alone paint your walls any color other than “renter’s white”, is a goal that’s within reach. First Federal Lakewood wants to help you get started. Join us for our free First Time Homebuyer Seminar on Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the University of Akron, 14725 Detroit Avenue, just across the street from the First Federal Lakewood Branch.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 11:33 AM, 03.05.2014

Women Face Challenges as Entrepreneurs

In the 21st century, it would seem obvious that female and male entrepreneurs would be treated equally. However, that is not necessarily true. Although most new businesses are started by women, some men still do not deal with women business owners in the same that they deal with business men. 

Maryann Winterich, owner of Innuendo, a women's clothing boutique in Rocky River, has been in business for 22 years. She has little experience with this issue. “The vendors and sales reps I have worked with have always treated me with respect and professionalism. It is their job to sell me their products and merchandise. Their behavior has always been appropriate."

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 11:31 AM, 03.05.2014

Entrepreneurship for Women (and Men!)

As we return from the long holiday hiatus to our workplaces, we settle into our workaday routines.  But for some among us, there’s no pride in settling—and there’s no fun in routine.  We seek a sense of adventure and creativity, to express our can-do spirit, and we desire more control over our daily work.  If you’re feeling that way, you just might be an entrepreneur.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:35 PM, 03.04.2014

Rotary Foundation Awards over $46,000 in Grants

Over $46,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River community organizations. The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:30 PM, 03.04.2014

Upcoming STARRS Programs

Rocky River Senior Center continues its highly entertaining STARRS series of free programs. On Wednesday, March 12 at 1:30 PM, Michael Roy will present Cirque du Papier, One Square of Paper- Magical Possibilities. His presentation is not your grade school teacher's origami, but Michael Roy's mind-bending, paperfolding, dazzling, digital dexterity.

And mark your calendars for the April STARRS program to be held on Thursday, April 10 at 1:30 PM. Outback Ray will host his Amazing Animal Show! Outback Ray has been doing animal shows since 1987.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:38 PM, 03.04.2014

Support the Lakewood Animal Shelter

Come out March 11 and support CCLAS and the Lakewood Animal Shelter at "Pay It Forward" Tuesdays at Jammy Buggars! Bring your appetite - Jammy's has one of the best menus in the city, including burgers, gourmet fries, and several vegan/vegetarian options.  The restaurant is located at 15625 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:28 PM, 03.04.2014

LeVeck Enters Race for State House District 16

Todd LeVeck

I am ready to be the next Representative of the people of the 16th State House District.  I have watched for the past six years as our schools, local governments, and essential services have been slashed to pay for handouts to special interests. I am running for state representative because I know we can do much better for our schools, our communities, and the families of the 16th District.

My experience as an urban educator has made me appreciate the importance of investing in our children. My military service has taught me the importance of putting the needs of our country ahead of our personal needs. I know that leadership is about listening to people, hearing their concerns, and seeking ways to work within existing systems to find solutions, while having the courage to look “outside the box” or “across the aisle.” 

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:33 PM, 03.04.2014

Gay Games Speaker, Matt Cordish, at Democratic Club

The Fairview Park Democratic Club meeting on March 6, 7 p.m., will feature a presentation by Matt Cordish, Marketing Manager of the Gay Games, presented by the Cleveland Foundation. Learn more about the events, opportunities and festivities heading our way August 9-16. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion immediately following the presentation.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:39 PM, 03.04.2014

Magnificat Dance Team Wins National Title

The Magnificat High School Dance Team recently won the AmeriDance National Championship Title.

The Magnificat Dance Team competed at the AmeriDance Winter Open Nationals in Columbus, Ohio on February 15 and brought home another National Grand Championship title and trophy. The team competed in 13 team and ensemble dances, and 15 solo performances, winning first place in many of those competitions. And besides winning the Grand Champion title, the team was awarded the Spirit Award, which honors sportsmanship and work ethic.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:46 PM, 03.04.2014

West Shore Career Tech's Work Ethic Awards

Award winners in the West Shore Career-Technical District

The West Shore Career-Technical District’s 2014 Outstanding Work Ethic Award winners were honored at a breakfast at Brennan’s Catering & Banquet Center on February 21. The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and the Lakewood/Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed nearly 100 Chamber members, Rotarians, school and school district administrators and principals, members of The Lakewood Board of Education, students, parents, and guests to the 8th annual awards event. Fifteen West Shore Career-Tech students, one representing each program at West Shore, were recognized for demonstrating professionalism, responsibility, and integrity in the workplace.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:47 PM, 03.04.2014

Rotary Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Three grants of $2,500 and one grant of $1,000 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 17. The awards will be presented on June 9.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:12 PM, 03.04.2014

Foundation, District Grants to Fund 'Seeds of Service'

A portable year-round greenhouse that will allow Magnificat High School students to expand on the school’s highly successful Seeds of Service project will be funded by a $5,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River and Rotary District 6630.

With construction of the “hoop house” greenhouse on Magnificat’s property, the project is slated to involve over 150 students and deliver about 200 pounds of produce to the Rocky River and Lakewood Food Banks. In addition to the greenhouse, funds from Rotary will be used for gardening equipment and a commercial-grade produce scale.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:32 PM, 03.04.2014

Happenings at Magnificat High School

•  MagnifiZoo Event for Girls in Grades 5-8

Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Magnificat Humility of Mary Center

A Day of Animal Appreciation

•  Spring Open House

Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Magnificat High School

The Magnificat High School Fathers' Club announces its Fish/Shrimp Fry dinners to be held Fridays, March 14 and 28, and April 11


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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 11:29 AM, 03.05.2014

Audra Bednarski Re-elected President of RRPL Board

Audra Bednarski

Audra Bednarski has been re-elected to serve a one-year term as the president of the Rocky River Public Library board of trustees. Bednarski, a resident of Rocky River since 1994, works with River Snow Management, LLC in Rocky River.  She has served as a trustee on the library board since 2009. 

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:38 PM, 03.04.2014

New Cowan Pottery Museum Curator Appointed

Lauren Hansgen

Lauren Hansgen has been appointed the new curator of the Cowan Pottery Museum/Historian at Rocky River Public Library. She is responsible for the activities of the museum and assists with the Library’s archives and historical activities. Lauren was previously employed as the executive director of ARTneo (formerly the Cleveland Artists Foundation). She succeeds Carol Jacobs, who recently retired after seven years in this position.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:37 PM, 03.04.2014

Etiquette Corner: What Does R.S.V.P Mean Today?

What does R.S.V.P. mean and what does it mean today? R.S.V.P comes from a French term: répondez s'il vous plait.  Translated: Please respond. It doesn’t mean only respond if you are coming or if you are not coming.  It means please respond and let the person know whether or not you are coming.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:41 PM, 03.04.2014

The Best of Both Worlds: Get Your Greens and Eat a Warm Meal

Warm Mediterranean Chicken Salad

There’s no question that we crave hot comfort food during these cold winter months.  We tend to save salads for the warmer months, when simply the thought of turning on an oven or slaving over the stove makes you sweat.  This Mediterranean chicken salad bridges the gap between the desire to eat a warming, satisfying meal during the winter and the need to eat your greens. It’s healthy, filling and delicious.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:42 PM, 03.04.2014

Keeping Our Brains Healthy

Experts are now saying we need to exercise our brains. When we think of staying fit, we often think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a vital role in almost everything you do - from working and reading to simple everyday tasks. There are a few things we can do to keep our brains healthy and sharp.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:12 PM, 03.04.2014

Diabetes Alert Day!

Do  you know your numbers? One in four people has pre-diabetes, a condition that puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes, so you may have it and not even know. The first and most important step is to know your numbers - studies show that treatment with modest lifestyle changes can often return blood sugar levels to normal and lower the risk for developing diabetes by at least 58%.

On March 26, screenings will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wasmer Auditorium of Lakewood Hospital. No registration is required for this free event.  For more information, call 216-529-5312 or contact

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:30 PM, 03.04.2014

Free Lecture Hosted by Lakewood Hospital: The Power of Stress Relief

Stress. We all have it and many times struggle with the question, “What can I do?”  Receive expert insight on Wednesday, March 26, at the free Lakewood Hospital hosted lecture, “The Power of Stress Relief”.  The featured speaker is Cleveland Clinic Center for Lifestyle Medicine behavioral health specialist, Jane Ehrman, M.Ed, CHES.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:32 PM, 03.04.2014

New Name: North Coast Health

North Coast Health Ministry has changed its name to North Coast Health, in response to patient and consumer feedback on how to communicate our services to the community more effectively. “Our board decided to shorten our name to bring more clarity to our role as a provider of medical care,” said North Coast Health Executive Director Lee E. Elmore.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:11 PM, 03.04.2014

Report of Westshore Regional Fire District Study Meeting of February 24

Past Chairman Mayor Sutherland updated the committee.  Ohio's Local Government Innovation Fund notified her in July 2013 that the $100,000 grant application for the Westshore Regional Fire District Phase Two Feasibility Study had been approved.  While the grant is supposed to be used by July 8, 2015, Mayor Sutherland has been assured that an extension can be sought.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:35 PM, 03.04.2014

Report of the Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of February 12

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.

The Westshore Council of Governments was founded in 1971 "to foster cooperation between municipalities in all areas of municipal service."  All meetings are open to the public.  The next meeting will be March 26, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Fairview Park Gemini Center's Birch Room.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:27 PM, 03.04.2014

Report of the Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Management Committee Meeting of February 4

In keeping with the WWTP agreement, a 60-day study of sewage flow and strength (particle concentration) is conducted every four years to determine WWTP cost allocation among the four cities (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River, and Westlake).  The spring 2013 study, conducted by URS, was accepted by the four cities in August.  In December, Bay Village City Council questioned its allocation increase from 16.36% to 24.80%.  Bay Village engaged CT Consultants to review the URS study.  CT, URS, and the four cities' engineers reviewed CT's findings.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:21 PM, 03.04.2014