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North Coast Health’s Celebration of Caring Gala

North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, September 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction conducted by Bob Hale of Benefit Auction Services and raffles.  Honorary chair for the event is Mrs. Charles Rini, Sr. Event co-chairs are Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin, and Carol Sterba.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:10 PM, 09.01.2015

Ohio Board of Education Member to Speak in Fairview Park

On Thursday, September 3, at 7 p.m. the Fairview Park Democratic Club will welcome Ohio Board of Education member, Roslyn Painter-Goffi, who will address critical education issues in our state and community. Painter-Goffi is a retired teacher and librarian with over 30 years of experience working in public schools. For the last 22 years of her career, she worked in the Berea City School District, where she also served on the Berea Federation of Teachers as a building representative, director of membership and as president of the local chapter for six years.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:34 PM, 08.31.2015

Annual Greek Festival at Kamm's Corners

Chef Steve Nikolakis of the Cretan Party Center will serve up flaming saganaki at the festival.

See, taste, and hear Greek culture at the 5th Annual Kamm’s Corners Greek Festival hosted by the George Varouh Cretan Club of Cleveland. West 168th Street from Lorain Avenue south to Albers Avenue will be closed for festival use. The festival takes place over the Labor Day weekend, from Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Live music, Greek folk dancers in traditional costumes, and plenty of food highlight the festival weekend.

Amazing Greek food may be purchased inside the Cretan Center, a 200-seat banquet hall located at 3853 West 168th Street. In addition, the grill outside features gyros, shish kabob, and lamb on the spit, along with calamari, saganaki, and french fries.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:24 PM, 08.31.2015

Author D. M Pulley to Speak at RRPL

D. M. Pulley

Join author D. M. Pulley for a discussion of her book, “The Dead Key,” on Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The author will join us to talk about the book and answer questions.

Pulley’s “The Dead Key” was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Based on her experience as a professional engineer specializing in historic structures, this atmospheric and richly detailed novel weaves together the story of a mysterious Cleveland bank closure and the civil engineer hired to survey the abandoned, yet perfectly preserved site two decades later.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:30 PM, 08.31.2015

Rocky River Fall Arts Festival

The first Rocky River Fall Arts Festival took place in 2009.  Mayor Pamela Bobst wanted to celebrate the talents of Rocky River residents and highlight the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping Area.

This festival has now become a fall tradition. The 2015 Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 12, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

About 60 artists will be showing their wares, while Jazz bands and musical soloists perform throughout the day.  Local organizations will also be represented at the festival. 

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:20 PM, 08.31.2015

Concert by Harpist Cecilia McKay

You are invited to a concert by Cecilia McKay, harpist, on September 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Rocky River Presbyterian Church, located at 21750 Detroit Road, about one mile east of the Detroit-Clague intersection. Celia will be performing a varied mix of well-known music.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:32 PM, 08.31.2015

Helping Seniors Buy and Sell Homes

Julie Weist with her client Mary, who had lived in her home for 51 years.

There are a lot of real estate agents around town and most of them are utilizing the "latest and greatest" technologies to sell homes and communicate with their clients.  The following letter serves as a review of a local real estate agent, Julie Weist of Howard Hanna, who has not lost touch with the personal side of the business. Selling a home that someone has lived in for 40+ years can be a very traumatic experience.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:23 PM, 09.01.2015

We Do it ALL...Just Make the Call

BUYING? SELLING? MOVING? DOWNSIZING? EXECUTOR OF AN ESTATE? JUST TRYING TO DECLUTTER?

Whatever the reason...we can help!  With over 30-plus years experience, I've helped many people deal with the task of what to do with the contents of their home or the property they are responsible for.  The answer is simple: Estate Liquidators and Deborah Simone will let you know what your options are.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:16 PM, 09.01.2015

How to Sell Your Home Fast

A crafty home seller knows incentives are a bit like a prize at the bottom of the cereal box.  If you offer your buyer something a little different, it can improve the chances of selling your home quickly and at the right price.  I am dedicated to providing the best real estate services and products available while helping clients with their individual needs.  

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:40 PM, 09.01.2015

Discover Holistic School and Wellness Center in Rocky River

Yoga is a way to relax from the stress of the day.

Want to learn about Aromatherapy, take a Kundalini Yoga class, or start a career in Holistic Health? It’s time to visit Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine (GLSIM) and Community Wellness Center in Rocky River.

Relocated from Northfield, GLSIM successfully launched its open house on June 20, with over 200 in attendance. “With our ‘Taking Care, Taking Charge’ motto, our pledge is to provide education that concentrates on the benefits of the proven natural therapies for holistic and wellness healthcare,” states Mary Jo Ruggieri, president of the school.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:39 PM, 09.01.2015

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Best Kept Secret for Back Pain

With 60 million Americans afflicted with back pain every year, I am amazed how many people have never heard of Spinal Decompression Therapy. I am not sure as to why it is kept such a secret. Given its success, it is a surprise to me that it is not used more or even offered in more health care settings.

Pain in the back or neck is usually a result of poor joint function, joint irritation, muscle tightness and spasm, and disc-related problems, most of which are caused by compressive forces on the spine.   

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:44 PM, 09.01.2015

Working Hard vs. Working with Heart

Everyone reaches a point in life where he or she starts to look for the true purpose of life. More and more people are in the quest for a meaningful life. Successful people who have enjoyed material comfort often conclude that it is no longer enough. Now they are seeking greater meaning in life. In a society where businesses undergo crisis - accounting scandals, market crashes, downsizings, burnouts, and more - a new ideology is needed.

Spirituality and business did not co-exist before, but people are now suffering from not being able to address the spiritual part of themselves. Today, corporate leaders are beginning to understand that to succeed in a competitive global marketplace, they must figure out how to tap into the creativity and innovation within people.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:47 PM, 09.01.2015

Does a New Era Await Fairview Park Schools?

Rabon Allen, School Board Candidate

In reflecting on recent board decisions (e.g., the initial superintendent selection process and the sale of the Coffinberry School property), I considered several questions. Is the Fairview Park City School system poised to usher in a new era filled with a renewed and heightened sense of connectedness and achievement? Or will we experience controversial decisions that result in ongoing discontent and disappointment? I have no doubt Dr. Wagner and a few members of the board will be diligent in maintaining the district’s fiscal and academic success while working to make our schools a better place to learn and grow.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:14 PM, 09.01.2015

Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program Kick-off

Nan Baker discussing the program at Marrell Music Instrument Repair store in Lakewood.

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) joined the Ohio Development Services Agency in August to announce the start of the second round of the Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program. The program provides grants to certain businesses for employing high school students, which in turn help participating high school students gain valuable on-the-job experience in a field that interests them.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:19 PM, 09.01.2015

Making Recycling Simple for Fairview Park

The Simple Recycling program at work.

The Simple Recycling program is as simple as its name suggests. You put the items you want recycled in a green specialty bag and place it curbside with your blue and green carts for pickup. A Simple Recycling truck drives through Fairview Park each Monday, collects bags, and leaves replacements. Collected items include everything from clothing to bedding, fashion accessories to Halloween costumes, kitchenware to toys and books.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:21 PM, 09.01.2015

Youth Theater Season at Beck Center

Illustrations by Pat Miller

Founded in 1948, Beck Center Youth Theater is considered to be one of the longest continuously running youth theater programs in the country. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the program, and the 2015–2016 season is filled with just the right balance of titles that allow teaching opportunities and draw community interest. Ranging from family favorites to a twisted take on "Macbeth" for teens, this upcoming season is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

With such a spectacular season in store, it is important to note that students must be enrolled at Beck Center in the semester in which the show goes live. By enrolling in any art form, children and teens may participate in the productions.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:12 PM, 09.01.2015

School Daze

There are plenty of times during the year when life erupts into a full-blown fire drill. You can’t ramp up for the holidays, vacation, or the relatives without feeling like you’re on a toboggan ride. But in my world, the ultimate calendar chaos unleashes itself in August. One moment, our summer is Fourth-of-July fabulous and, the next moment, a Halloween catalog lands on our doorstep like a grenade, blowing August to pieces.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:29 PM, 09.01.2015

Educating Young People to be Future Leaders

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  The luncheon included the top three winners of a speech contest hosted by the Rotary for local high schools.  The young man who won first place -  a senior from John Marshal High School - gave an unbelievable speech about living a non-violent life.  He explained that violence serves no purpose.   He sited the example of a friend who had been killed and how it affected him and his school. He mesmerized the room.  He and his speech gave the entire room amazing hope. 

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:36 PM, 09.01.2015

Create a Picture with Words

Photo by gaukartifact.com

This image shows five hallmarks identifying a British piece of silver. Although there are five marks here, there are many pieces of British silver with only three marks. These marks do change based on maker, city and date. The delicate and detailed nature of the marks tend to differ them from American silver marks.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a picture can be key when discussing  antiques. Most antique shops field calls from people asking for assistance on what to do with Aunt Betty’s buffet or grandmother’s china. Without the piece or even a picture in hand, the antique dealer must rely on a verbal description  to assess an item. Let’s dive into the language and the important marks that will help you communicate with an antique dealer.

China or dinnerware is a common inquiry so let’s start here. First, turn the plate over and see what is marked on the bottom. There could be up to three types of marks. One, a transfer or decal identification may be there, representing the factory, retailer or pattern.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:32 PM, 09.01.2015

Crowd Pleasing Fall Drinks

Fall is my favorite time of year. There is nothing better than fresh apples, campfires and, most of all, tailgating!  It’s always fun to be the one who brings a delicious drink that can be pre-made and ready to go. The best part about Hard Cider Sangria is that it is super versatile. This recipe is served cold and can be made beforehand with the hard cider added at just before serving. You can play around by swapping fresh cider, mulling spices, or all the new apple infused liquors.

A hot drink is great for taking the chill out of the air and for sharing during a gathering. A tasty variation is this classic toddy that is a creamy and rich Hot Buttered Rum.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:34 PM, 09.01.2015

Help Needed by Meals on Wheels

Rocky River Meals on Wheels is looking for substitute drivers to deliver meals to Rocky River residents. Service is required only one day a week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You must have a valid driver's license. If interested, please call Bob Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, at 440-333-6298 or email bobb@mealsonwheelsrr.org. Visit our website at www.mealsonwheelsrr.org.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Activities Assistant Needed at Presidential

The Presidential Apartments has a part-time position, 20-24 hours a week, open for a person to take responsibility for the smooth operation of scheduled recreational activities for senior and other residents. The person in this position will report to and assist the Activities Director. Previous work experience preferred but not required. Individual must be motivated to interact directly with residents throughout the afternoon. Please send resumes to Tiphaney Lanham at tlanham@ownerslive.com.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Programs

September 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Women in History will present First Lady Florence Harding. Ruth Pangrace of Women in History will re-enact the life of First Lady Florence Harding. Sponsored by The Friends of the Fairview Park Branch Library. Registration required.

September 8 at 7:00 p.m.   Join us for Alzheimer’s Early Detection. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will present a workshop on the importance of early detection for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:39 PM, 09.01.2015

“Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library”

Calling all Teen Volunteers!  Are you a student in grades 9-12 looking for a place to fulfill school assigned volunteer hours? The Library may be able to help. Opportunities will range from collection maintenance to assisting librarians with program preparations and implementation. Please contact Megan Alabaugh, Teen Librarian, at 440- 895-3752 or m.alabaugh@rrpl.org to find out more about this new opportunity.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:40 PM, 09.01.2015

Much to Enjoy at St. Mary's Romanian Festival

The women of St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral are hard at work finalizing the food preparations for the 10th annual St. Mary Romanian Festival, to be held on August 21-23 at the cathedral, 3256 Warren Road, in the Westpark/Kamm's Corners neighborhood.

Festival hours are Friday, August 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 23, from noon to 10 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 6:09 PM, 08.03.2015

Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Back

There are many forms of arthritis and related conditions that can affect the joints, muscles and/or bones and cause problems like pain, stiffness, and swelling in the back. While any part of the back can be affected, the lower back is the most common site of arthritis because it bears more of the body's weight.  Neck pain associated with arthritis is also very common.  In conventional medical wisdom, we associate arthritis in the spine with age.

If you suffer with spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis or any of the symptoms mentioned, please join Dr. Ruocco at Panera Bread in Rocky River on August 26 at 7:15 p.m. 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:17 PM, 08.04.2015

Chance to Win a Dante | Tremont Dinner and Support NCH

The chef's dinner at Dante | Tremont will surprise and delight the lucky raffle winner! 

The winning ticket holder of North Coast Health’s Chef’s Dinner Raffle will be immersed in flavor that will expand the palette and challenge the taste buds at an exclusive dining experience for eight guests. The dinner will include 14 unique food courses and Sommelier-selected wine pairings at Dante | Tremont, 2247 Professor Avenue, Cleveland.  Even better, transportation will be provided to and from the restaurant courtesy of Motorcars Mobility.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Thursday, September 3, at North Coast Health’s Celebration of Caring gala at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake.  Winner need not be present to win.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:47 PM, 08.03.2015

Massage Green Spa Offers Luxury to Everyone

Another new and unique business, Massage Green Spa, is opening in the newly renovated Rockport plaza. Located at 19935 Center Ridge Rd., the day spa is set for its grand opening on August 5.

The Fired Up Taco Truck will be serving up your favorite mouthwatering treats, including tacos and empanadas plus soft drinks. Get your tacos to go or stay to play corn hole, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, trivia and more.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:45 PM, 08.03.2015

While the Seasons Change, the Arts Remain at Beck Center

Still time to enjoy the outdoors at Beck Center.

As summer unwinds and autumn gets closer, Beck Center continues to provide numerous arts experiences for the whole family. It’s not too late to register for August summer camps, and now is the perfect time to enroll in the fall semester. There are also plenty of exciting events, including Bike for Beck, Super Saturday, the Red Stage Summer Music Series, and the opening of the greatly anticipated 2015-2016 Theater Season.

The final camps of the summer will take place August 17 through August 20. These include the Arts Sampler for ages 7 to 12, and the new Ballet/Contemporary Sampler for ages 12 to 18.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:20 PM, 08.04.2015

Why We Get Sick

Whenever we are sick, we often think it is because of something we ate, a change in weather, or that we simply "caught" a cold or flu from our surroundings. We rarely see beyond the physiological symptoms. However, the truth is that sickness is the physical manifestation of some emotional imbalance within our body.

To learn more about ThetaHealing®, join us for three-day Basic DNA ThetaHealing® Class to be held on August 14 to 16 at Don Umerley Civic Center Memorial Hall, Club Room 1, located at 21016 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River. Registration required.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:36 PM, 08.05.2015

Estate Liquidations: We Do It All

Deborah Simone

If you are a probate attorney and are overwhelmed by your client not knowing what to do with an estate, help is here.  At Estate Liquidators/Deborah Simone, we live by our motto, “ We do it all...just make the call”. 

For over 30-plus years, we have been dealing with the elderly and families that are left with the hard task of handling an estate.  What do I do now?  Is there any value in anything? Where do I start?  Who will help me?  My answer to this is that there is value in everything!

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:35 PM, 08.05.2015

It's All About Renewing You for Summer

Debra Knotts Meadows

DKM Salon & Spa in Fairview Park is moving to a new space. The salon will be at the opening in its new location - 21724 Lorain Road, Suite 1 in the Fairview Medical Arts Building - in mid-September. 

DKM Salon & Spa offers services in haircutting, coloring and styling, makeup, body treatments, sugar hair removal, manscaping, facials and microdermabrasion.

Salon owner Debra Knotts Meadows has received extensive training in body sugaring and has been a practitioner of the art for 12 years.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:02 PM, 08.05.2015

Bright Spots Announced in Rocky River

Thomson Circle cul-de-sac after improvements made by neighbors.

Rocky River has a new collection of Bright Spots for 2015! Each of the city’s wards is sprinkled with recipients who take extra time and effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping.

After gathering over 150 nominations, Beautification Committee Ward Teams cruised the city to make their selections. “It was very difficult to make choices among so many wonderful nominations, particularly when there were multiple options on one street,” said Abby Marshall, Chair of the Bright Spot program.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:19 PM, 08.04.2015

Strike Up the Band...

Here Comes the Band by Lloyd Keller, second place winner

...for all the participants in the 24th Annual Art Exhibit at the Rocky River Senior Center!

See list of winners!

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:45 PM, 08.05.2015

An Alternative to Blood Thinners

Patients with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common type of irregular heart rhythm, are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than those without afib.

“Therefore, the most important aspect of afib management is the prevention of stroke,” says Oussama Wazni, MD, Director of the Outpatient Electrophysiology Department and Co-Director of the Atrial Fibrillation Stroke Prevention Center in the Cleveland Clinic Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:43 PM, 08.05.2015

Compost Your Food Scraps

A typical household throws away an estimated 474 pounds of food waste each year, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Perhaps more shocking is that approximately one third of the food produced worldwide never gets eaten and most of that excess ends up in landfills. Food waste is one of the largest segments of the waste stream nationally yet is the least recovered. One solution: Home Composting.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:48 PM, 08.05.2015

Summertime Fun for Fairview Park Seniors

A special photo of special people - 30 Fairview Park residents 90 years of age or older.

There have been many opportunities to celebrate summer at the Fairview Park Senior Center. These are a few of our past activities and some of our upcoming events. Join in the fun!

The Funsters Choral Group is always looking for new members to join them in song!  Don’t worry if your voice is not perfect, this group celebrates diversity! You do not have to be a Fairview Park resident to join.  Our chorus consists of members from Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 08.05.2015

Back to School Time Is Bike to School Time

Students parking their bicycles at Rocky River Middle School. Photo by Doug Charnock of One Gear Photography.

Late summer is when many families are preparing for their children to return to school. While you're out looking for new clothing, notebooks, pencils, and computers, be sure to add your local bicycle shop to the list of back-to-school shopping trips.

Many residents are finding that bicycling is a viable option year-round for riding to school, commuting to work, getting around town for shopping, going to the library or post office, and other local errands.

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can help students focus, improve behavior, and boost positive attitudes.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:39 PM, 08.05.2015

Westshore Young Leaders to Attend Training Institute

Students from the Westshore Young Leaders will join more than 1,500 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute in Indianapolis from August 2 to August 6. The week-long training will take place at the JW Marriott.

CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute is a one-of-a-kind intensive training opportunity, offering more than 70 half-day and two-day courses geared toward helping participants find solutions to their community’s toughest substance abuse problems. 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:41 PM, 08.05.2015

Catch You at The FlipSide

Try the Fries with BBQ Brisket for a tasty treat. 

While driving past the Old River Shopping area, I saw a sign that said FlipSide. I did the normal thing - Googled it and then had to check it out. Hmmm, burgers.

There is an inviting bar with a plethora of draft craft beer varieties, 17 in all. The wine menu is simple but better than basic. For those looking for a burger and a shake, FlipSide does not disappoint - from The Chef’s Special (peanut butter, pretzel, chocolate), Apple or Blueberry Pie, and Date Shake ($5.50).

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:33 PM, 08.05.2015

Make an Appointment, Please

Most people find antique shops fun and interesting. They are filled with things from our past, from far off places, and from distant times. The merchandise is not the only entertaining act. The knowledge of the owners and staff can be incredible too, with their quick informative remarks about the paintings on the wall and the silver in the cabinet.

But do not expect a command performance. Small business owners cannot always accommodate last-minute requests. If you call and make an appointment, you can be assured of my full attention and time.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:52 PM, 08.05.2015

Fairview Park Library Happenings

August 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.   Join us for the first day of Teen Writer Bootcamp. This five-day program for aspiring young authors ages 13-18.  The fundamentals of creative writing will be reviewed and participants will be guided in creating new work in poetry, fiction, and drama. Please bring along an example of your best writing, and plan on attending all 5 days. In-person registration required.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:46 PM, 08.05.2015

Taco Tuesdays at RRPL!

Taco Tuesdays! fire up on August 4, 11 and 18 in the Library parking lot and on the lawn from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Fired Up Taco Truck will be serving up your favorite mouthwatering treats, including tacos and empanadas plus soft drinks. Get your tacos to go or stay to play corn hole, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, trivia and more.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 1:42 PM, 08.03.2015

Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library

August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   The Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase the digital content services available at Rocky River Public Library at Rocky River City Hall Campus. At this free event, readers of all ages will learn how to access eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos.

The Gadget Gallery—featuring Kindle® Fire, iPad® Mini,  Android™ Galaxy Tablet, NOOK™ HD+, Creative® Zen, Kindle® Paperwhite, Windows® Phone 8, and more—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library’s digital service. While you are visiting the bookmobile, enter the drawing to win a free Samsung Galaxy Nook! 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:50 PM, 08.05.2015

RRPL to Host Digital Bookmobile National Tour Event

Free digital titles with just a library card and an Internet-connected computer or device.

The Digital Bookmobile National Tour will showcase the digital content services available at Rocky River Public Library at Rocky River City Hall Campus, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., on Tuesday, August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

At this free event, readers of all ages will learn how to access eBooks from the Library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. The Gadget Gallery—featuring Kindle® Fire, iPad® Mini,  Android™ Galaxy Tablet, NOOK™ HD+, Creative® Zen, Kindle® Paperwhite, Windows® Phone 8, and more—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the Library’s digital service.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 6:11 PM, 08.03.2015

Inner Artists Unleashed at the Rocky River Senior Center

Dottie O'Neill views artwork at the 23rd Annual Art Exhibit at the Rocky River Senior Center.

So, you finally retired after decades of work and dedication to your job. Suddenly you have all kinds of time on your hands. Hmmm, but what to do with all that extra time? The answer is easy-- pursue an artistic hobby! Participating in the arts has been proven to boost your happiness and wellness, and it is a great way to stay active and involved with your community!

So what’s your artistic dream? No matter what your dream is, retirement is the perfect time to embark on an adventure. Clare Rochford has taken several art classes at the Rocky River Senior Center. She always wanted to take an art class, but they didn’t offer it at her school while she was growing up. Years went by and she forgot about her dream as she was busy raising her family.  Once retired, she took a watercolor class and discovered that she loved it. She has been taking classes ever since.  Clare describes, “When you are older, you don’t have the pressure of earning a grade. Instructors help you to do your own thing, they help you bring out what is on the inside.  It’s enjoyable. Therapeutic even.”

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Baldwin Wallace Student Takes on Climate Change at White House Conference

Baldwin Wallace University students Tammy Blankenship (right) and Ashley King attended The White House Youth Climate Conference this month.

When The White House convened a summit on climate change for select college student leaders on June 2, Baldwin Wallace University sustainability major, Tammy Blankenship, class of 2016, had a seat at the table. Blankenship and BW student body president, Ashley King class of 2016, plugged into the conversation as representatives to the White House Youth Climate Conference organized by the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC).

Student body presidents and sustainability advocates from colleges around the U.S. met to discuss campus sustainability, including best practices and challenges ranging from funding to education to student behavior. Under the hashtag #ActOnClimate, conferees were invited to meet with an impressive list of key administration officials, including EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy, and senior White House advisor, Brian Deese.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Come to Taste of River/Buy River to Solve the “Where Should We Eat (or Shop) Tonight” Dilemma

Do you have difficulty deciding where to eat out in Rocky River and surrounding communities? In the past year, Rocky River alone has seen numerous restaurants open their doors, including Bomba Tacos & Rum and Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar.

We’re certain that when you join in the FUN at the 11th Annual Taste of River/Buy River you’ll know the restaurants you will want to visit. Is there an easier way to meet the owners/managers and become familiar with food items offered at the local food establishments? We think not!

Here's just a sampling of the restaurants and sponsors participating this year:

  • Bearden's
  • Bomba Tacos & Rum (NEW!)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Ferris Steakhouse & Tavern
  • Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar (NEW!)
  • Giant Eagle
  • Lowe's of Rocky River (they’re giving away a grill!)
  • Mitchell Brothers Ice Cream
  • Nature’s Bin
  • Olive Scene
  • Pearl of the Orient
  • River Dog Café
  • Salmon Dave’s Pacific Grille
  • Thai Cravings Café
  • The Woods
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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

One-Stop Shopping for All Your Home Needs

Home Pros Advisor and Estate Liquidators are located at 1315 Linda St. Rocky River, Ohio 44116. We offer one-stop shopping for all your home needs. Whether you are selling, buying, downsizing, need your home staged, or have someone who needs help in making decisions while going through probate...We can help.

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It’s Wedding Season!

Antique Silver Wine Coaster, Sterling Cheese Knife, Waterford Wine Glass and a Classic Bread Plate, perfect for appitizers, not just bread.

It’s wedding season for some. You will either be attending a wedding or you may be in a wedding. For those who are attending a wedding, a gift will be on your To Do list. Many will choose from the mainstream: Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, and Macy’s. However, there are other ideas for sourcing a wedding gift, from antique boutiques or re-gifting a treasure from your home. So if you are purchasing a gift or putting together your bridal registry, think outside the box.

At our shop, "Mitchell Sotka," we not only offer Personalized Bridal Registries, but we can also assist those guests who refuse to purchase from a big box store. In my twenty-two years of being in the antique business, I have always provided guidance to those looking for bridal gifts—both to guests or to the newlywed couple-to-be. The following will provide some ideas for gifts and explain how I gather facts to build a selection.

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Picnic and Casual Party Etiquette

The question is: Do I still have to pay attention to protocol for casual, social events? If you’re with your family and friends, do you really have to use all the etiquette manners? The answer is yes, you do, however remember etiquette is about other people. It is about what we need to do to make others feel comfortable. If you’re at a picnic eating fried chicken and corn on the cob, and no one takes offense to the corn stuck to the side of your face, you’re okay. If you’re in a pair of cut-off shorts and a t-shirt because your picnic is at the beach, you’re good. Others will most likely be dressed the same. If you’re having a great time dancing, showing off your best moves and the rest of the group is participating, you’re good. 

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Food Trucks Gaining Popularity

Entrepreneurs look for trends to start new businesses. Food trucks are a recent trend that is catching on. These mobile food providers are becoming popular all over the country, and are quickly gaining popularity in the Cleveland area.

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Every Day is Taco Tuesday on Detroit Road

Last year, some friends and I went on an impromptu taco crawl in Lakewood, where three restaurants featuring tacos opened within months of each other. The unique thing about tacos is that because they lend themselves to thousands of different variations, it comes down to your personal preferences and to the care taken by their creator. There really aren’t bad tacos, there are just good, better, and best. I can tell that there is some guy at Barrio (Lakewood) like me, who lays in bed at night and thinks about what they are having for lunch tomorrow. They also taste some painstakingly braised meat and think, "OOOH! You know what would be good with this?" For me, Barrio in Lakewood is the standard for a unique, well-thought-out taste combination. Also, their tacos are individually wrapped in foil for those of us who need a taco bib.

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Help for Those Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

The Fairview Park Senior Center will be hosting two programs to help families and professional caregivers who provide care to those with dementia-related diseases. Both programs will take place at the Fairview Park Senior Center at 20769 Lorain Road.

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Summer is the Season to Bare All

It's that time of year for very special occasions, including weddings, parties, outdoor events and vacations. P.J.'s Day Spa, celebrating 33 years in Fairview Park, is excited to add sugaring to its many salon and spa services. The Simple Sugar Hair Removal System is a unique and safe process to remove unwanted facial and body hair.  

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Fairview Park Education Foundation Seeking Golfers

Do you enjoy golf? The Fairview Park Education Foundation is seeking single golfers and foursomes for its annual Golf Outing, slated for Saturday, August 1. The 2015 outing will be held at a new location: the beautiful Grey Hawk Golf Club in LaGrange, Ohio. Lunch is scheduled for 11:00 am with a shotgun start following at 12:00 pm.

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Fairview Park Food Truck Festival Returns for Second Year

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton and the City of Fairview Park are happy to announce the Fairview Park Food Truck Festival is returning for its second year on August 1, 2015, and it promises to be BIGGER than last year. The Fairview Park Recreation Department is working hard to ensure visitors have a diverse collection of food trucks from which to choose. As of publication, over a dozen local food trucks have confirmed their participation. 

The festival will feature a number of attractions to entertain every family member. Billy Morris & the Sunset Strip with special guest Georgia Girl will provide live entertainment throughout the festival. In between sets, attendees can play a round of cornhole or try out the NEOS 360 system, which blends the fun of video games with physical activity. Thank you to sponsor Playworld Systems for providing this all-ages attraction. The Food Truck Festival will also feature activities targeted at our younger visitors, including both inflatables and the Gemini Center splash pad. 

Volunteers will be serving up adult beverages at the beer tent for those at least 21 years of age with proper identification. Cleveland Water will be on-site with its customized water buggy to provide a free, refillable water source for those visitors who provide their own water bottle.

The Food Truck Festival will take place from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on August 1. The event is free; food and drink will cost. The festival will be located in the Fairview High School parking lot at 4507 West 213th Street in Fairview Park. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or ride RTA. Information on parking availability and shuttle service can be found online at www.fairviewparkrec.com/food-truck-festival.

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Sola Salon Studios Comes to Rocky River

Our storefront

Sola Salon Studios will be opening its newest location at Westwood Town Center this August. The Rocky River location marks the sixth Sola in North East Ohio. Sola has grown to nearly 250 locations nationwide with over 5,000 salon professionals in 40 states. We provide salon professionals the support needed to be their own bosses, escape salon politics, and experience a new sense of freedom. Sola offers a turn-key environment for stylists, estheticians, nail technicians, and massage therapists to customize their studios, create their own schedule, set their own prices, and benefit from retail product sales. At Sola, we guide you and give you all the tools you need to make it easy and fun to start your own business. 

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Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

Eating for a Healthy Mind
The Fairview Park Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present Eating for a Healthy Mind on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room.  While we eat a variety of food to stay healthy, which food feeds the mind? A Certified Dementia Care Professional will discuss which food to eat to keep your mind healthy as you age. Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Fairview Park Branch Library at 440.333.4700.

The History of Superman
The Fairview Park Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will present "The History of Superman" on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room.  Superman—born on Krypton and created in Cleveland. Join us for a virtual tour of the story of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster who created The Man of Steel. Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Fairview Park Branch Library at 440.333.4700.

Encore Entrepreneur: The Customer—Your Boss! (Week 4)
The Fairview Park Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Encore Entrepreneur 6-week series. Join us for Encore Entrepreneur: The Customer—Your Boss! (Week 4) on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. Is there a demand for your business? Who is your target audience? This workshop will explore market segmentation and develop a marketing plan that distinguishes your brand. It will also explore how to use social media to market your business strategically. Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call the Fairview Park Branch Library at 440.333.4700.  

Encore Entrepreneur: Where’s the Money? (Week 5)
The Fairview Park Branch Library of Cuyahoga County Public Library will host Encore Entrepreneur 6-week series. Join us for Encore Entrepreneur: Where’s the Money? (Week 5) on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. You have a great business concept; now it’s time to find the financial support you need to get started. Determine your capital needs, operating costs and funding options. Learn what financial information should be a part of your business plan. Registration required. To register, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org or call Fairview Park Branch Library at 440.333.4700.  

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Rotary Awards Scholarships to Four Area High School Seniors

(From left) Todd Lessig, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River; Molly Schmidt (Magnificat); Anthony Mod (Rocky River); Mary Chudy (Magnificat); Alexis Mod (Rocky River); and Jon Fancher, scholarship committee chair.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its June 8 meeting. Graduating seniors Alexis Mod and Anthony Mod from Rocky River High School and Molly Schmidt and Mary Chudy from Magnificat High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

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