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Storewide Sale at The Ritzy Chic

Pick up something for spring that will make you smile! 

For the month of April, The Ritzy Chic Resale Shoppe is having a storewide 75% off sale.

This sale includes items such as furniture, glassware, collectibles, vintage, retro, nearly new clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. The sale also includes pictures, paintings, lamps, kitchenware, metal and pewter items and more!

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:35 AM, 03.31.2015

Rocky River Community Garden Fundraising Breakfast

Help keep the Rocky River Community Garden growing. 

Rocky River Community Garden announces it will launch its sixth year with its Annual Breakfast and Raffle to be held at the Beachcliff Tavern on April 19. The event will feature a Chinese auction and "April Shower of Spending Power" raffle.

Funds from this year's raffle will be used for continuing improvements at the garden such as repairs to the garden shed, operation of a Food Pantry garden for Rocky River Meals on Wheels and the Rocky River Assistance Program, and educational programs that both help the gardeners keep their crops growing and provide information to the public.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:57 AM, 03.04.2015

Gluten-Free Vendor Fair

The Northeast Ohio Celiac Network is sponsoring a Gluten-Free Vendor Fair on Sunday, April 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at Rocky River's Memorial Hall in the recreation complex at 21012 Hilliard Blvd. The event is free to the general public.  Vendors will be giving samples and selling their gluten-free products.  Most of the vendors are local to the greater Cleveland area.

The fair is sponsored by The Northeast Ohio Celiac Network, a group dedicated to people with celiac disease (CD), gluten sensitivity, their families, and the gluten-free diet. This greater Cleveland group has been active for over 20 years.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:56 PM, 03.31.2015

Mozart Opera Comes to Rocky River

Rocky River Chamber Music Society is excited to bring opera to its stage at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will feature Baldwin Wallace Conservatory’s production of concert selections from Mozart’s rarely heard madcap opera "La Finta Giardiniera" (The Pretend Garden Girl).  Seven cast members will perform in this concert version under the direction of Benjamin Wayne Smith, with Jason Aquila on the piano.  

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:53 PM, 03.31.2015

Rocky River Public Library Book Festival

For book lovers of all ages!

Rocky River Public Library Book Festival takes place on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center on 21016 Hilliard Boulevard. 

Meet 50 fiction and non-fiction authors, children’s and teen authors, poets and book illustrators/photographers at this free event.

Hear popular authors talk about their books throughout the day, talk with your favorite authors and get signed copies of their books. Mary Doria Russell, Linda Castillo, Les Roberts, Jonathan Sawyer, Mary Ann Winkowski, D.M. Pulley, Michael Heaton, James Renner and more of your favorites will be there. 


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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:42 AM, 03.31.2015

Alternative Solutions to Joint Pain

A few months ago, I wrote an article on arthritis. Given the great turnout at our arthritis workshop, I thought I would elaborate a bit more on the topic. Millions of Americans suffer with joint pain. It is one of the top five reasons for doctor’s visits in the U.S.

Please join us on April 29 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River as we take an in-depth look at the causes of joint pain, inflammation and arthritis and what alternatives are available to help alleviate the pain and suffering. Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve a space.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 03.31.2015

The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ Returns

Join the crowd at The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ 

On Saturday, May 9, West Park's annual homecoming celebration will feature great food, live music, children's shows and activities, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, fine art, and more!

The 6th Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ takes place from noon to 8:00 p.m. Lorain Avenue will be closed for the festival between Rocky River Drive and West 165 Street. Show up to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy! Once again, the event is free of charge.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:52 PM, 03.31.2015

Rotary Foundation Offers Four Grants

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

Applications must be received by 3 p.m., Monday, April 13. The awards will be presented on June 8.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:06 PM, 03.31.2015

Volunteers Needed for PGA Tour Event in Westlake

Want to rub shoulders with some of the best golfers on the planet? Want to help ensure that a PGA-sponsored tour event in Westlake runs smoothly? Volunteer to help out at the upcoming Rust-Oleum Championship golf tournament, set for June 8-14, at the beautiful Lakewood Country Club in Westlake. Volunteers are needed for course marshals, security, scoring, admissions, on-course services, clubhouse services, volunteer services, and to assist the Golf Channel. 

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:07 PM, 03.31.2015

Cahoon in June Seeking Vendors

Strollers enjoying the crafts at last year's event.

The 46th annual Cahoon in June fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is seeking vendors to fill Cahoon Memorial Park on June 13 and help make this the biggest and best event in its history. The yearly festival of art, music, food and fun attracts more than 1,500 visitors. Admission to the show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and parking are free. Vendor spaces are very affordably priced.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:10 PM, 03.31.2015

Let Your Inner Artist Grow at Beck Center!

It’s finally time to think spring (and summer!) so let your creativity grow with a class or workshop at Beck Center for the Arts. Whether you are interested in one-day music or pendant-making workshops, or an eight-week visual arts class, our dedicated faculty looks forward to getting creative with you.

First in line of our new music workshops is Rhythm Jams with Dave Brewer. Held on Saturdays, March 14, April 18, and May 9 (save $5 when you sign up for all three), this opportunity is open to drummers, percussionists, and hand drummers who want to explore the connection between rhythm and other art forms.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 03.04.2015

Three Arts Club Scholarship Program

The Three Arts Club of Lakewood was founded in 1919 to further interest and enjoyment in the arts and to provide awards for deserving students pursuing advanced studies in music.

To request an application form, please email the Completed applications and a letter of reference must be received no later than April 27. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 10:24 AM, 03.04.2015

Just-A-Buck Stores: Save & Do Good

All items are just a buck!

Just-A-Buck, a cheerful dollar store located in the River Plaza on Center Ridge Road, allows shoppers to save money while contributing to social good. The store is one of three in Northeast Ohio owned and operated by Solutions at Work, Inc. (SAW), the non-profit partner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. SAW is one of the largest employers of adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio.

The Rocky River store opened in 2013, preceded by stores in Parma and South Euclid. Stores are staffed entirely by adults with developmental disabilities (except for managers).

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:17 PM, 03.31.2015

Welcome Spring with a New Vision for Your Home

Open any home magazine and you will see vintage and antique pieces in photos of high-end homes as well as more cost-conscious homes. Readers of The Rockport Observer may differ in aesthetics and lifestyles, but that is the cool thing about antiques. There is something for everyone - from simple lines to heavily carved ornate cabinets. Today’s trend or the direction of consumers’ purchases can be summarized easily:  clean lines, practical décor and fewer pieces.



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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:19 PM, 03.31.2015

RiverSouth Townhomes Selling Out Fast


Sales and construction at RiverSouth are moving along rapidly with over 12 residents already committed to a home. Three buildings are already under construction and two are under roof with the first resident planning to take occupancy in the next 90 days. Like other Brickhaus communities, the townhomes at RiverSouth are eco-friendly, dramatically designed, and have incredible views. In addition, they utilize the finest materials and feature the Brickhaus exclusive design of “clear span construction” that enables each homeowner to custom design their floor plan to fit their specific lifestyle.



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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:21 PM, 03.31.2015

New Epilepsy Unit at Fairview Hospital

Ready, set...the new EMU unit at Fairview Hospital is officially opened.

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital has opened a new four-bed adult epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) to deliver state-of- the-art evaluation, diagnosis and monitoring of patients with epilepsy.

As an expansion of the Epilepsy Center located on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the facility features the latest technology of all-digital video EEG equipment. Operating around the clock, the unit is staffed by a team of nurses and EEG technologists specializing in epilepsy and backed by the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center’s large team of epileptologists.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:22 PM, 03.31.2015

Volunteers Makes a Meaningful Impact

Nominees for Volunteer of the Year Dottie O'Neill, Nancy Talbert, Nancy Schneider, Ted Kibbey, Rosanne Gavin, Kitty Stafford, and Pat Hendy.

The Rocky River Senior Center honored over 130 volunteers in a Hollywood-style Gala complete with red carpet, paparazzi, and screaming fans in late February. Volunteers were treated to a catered dinner with entertainment and dancing.

After the walk on the red carpet, volunteers enjoyed an Oscar Awards movie presentation featuring, of course, the volunteers.  Excitement mounted as volunteers were recognized for their service and, can we have the envelope please – Nancy Schneider was named Volunteer of the Year!

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:23 PM, 03.31.2015

Rocky River Tri-C Student Named to All-Ohio Academic Team

Congratulations, Nigmeh Abusbeih-Salti!

Nigmeh Abusbeih-Salti of Rocky River was one of seven students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, which comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools. 

Tri-C had more students named All-Ohio than any other school. “The All-Ohio results are indicative of Tri-C’s focus on academic excellence and the caliber of students that walk through our doors,” said Craig Foltin, the College’s interim executive vice president of academic and learning success.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:26 PM, 03.31.2015

Rotary Honors Outstanding Career-Tech Students

West Shore students who were honored and Todd Lessig (far right), Rotary club president.

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

The 16 students - top performers in their career-technical programs - were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:27 PM, 03.31.2015

Magnificat's Annual Endowment Gala

Magnificat Award Recipients Mrs. Pat, and Mr. Bill Reichard, with Sister Helen Jean Novy, H.M., Interim President of Magnificat(in center).

Thanks to Magnificat alumnae, parents and friends who joined together in support of the students of Magnificat, the school's 26th Annual Endowment Gala raised over $225,000! It was a spectacular evening under the dazzling lights of the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

Special congratulations to Rocky River residents, Pat and Bill Reichard, who were honored that evening with the school's Magnificat Award.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:35 PM, 03.31.2015

Rotary Foundation Awards $51,000 in Grants

Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by 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 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:24 PM, 03.31.2015

Introducing the Rockport Foodie

River Dog Café

The goal of any restaurant critic should be to offer a relatively educated opinion about a dining experience to the public. In the day and age of smart phones, Yelp, food blogs, and online magazines, getting someone’s two cents isn’t necessarily even that valuable. One of the things that is missing in most critiques is context.

Recently, I walked into a local spot known for creative hot dogs and sandwiches. It also offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and (my favorite) online ordering for takeout. Some of the local “Best of’s” were just published and River Dog Café won in one category and was a contender in some others.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.31.2015

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board traces its roots back to the Center’s founder, Elberta “Bert” Fleming. As a young woman, she had hopes and dreams of creating a museum to encourage interest in nature and the environment. In 1945, Elberta founded the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, then called the Lake Erie Junior Museum.  Her home and backyard provided the “beginnings”; her articles for local publications provided the funding.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:47 PM, 03.07.2015

Rocky River Taxpayer Assistance

The City of Rocky River will sponsor a Taxpayer Assistance Program to help residents prepare their 2014 City Income Tax return. 

The 2015 Taxpayer Assistance Program will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, March 12, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday , March 19,  2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, March 27,  2 p.m.-7 p.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:26 PM, 03.05.2015

Let The Participation Begin!

To my friends and neighbors in Rocky River and Fairview Park, hello! To those of you whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I want to introduce myself. With all of you readers, I would like to discuss the Observer Media Project. My name is Jim O’Bryan and I am proud to be your new publisher.

I am the founder and creator of The Lakewood Observer and the project, which has been heralded as the godfather of civic journalism. The Observer Project was started by a group of concerned residents who feared their concerns, views and ideas were not being reflected by mainstream media. So, in 2002, we created a platform to help residents get their voices heard.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:34 PM, 03.14.2015

The Ritzy Chic: Store Discounts & New Online Shop

Some that glitter...may be 50% off!

Given the horrible weather, we have had to close The Ritzy Chic many times. So, we decided to take the opportunity to turn this into a positive experience.  For March and April, we will have limited hours (basically closing in extremely cold or snowy weather). Our new hours will be 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuseday to Friday and 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Recently, we set up a 24/7 online shopping experience at

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:21 PM, 03.05.2015

Retailers Clash on Internet Sales Tax

Brick and mortar retailers are clashing with their online competitors when it comes to who should pay sales taxes. Up to now, transactions made by online businesses like Amazon or Expedia are not taxed. This is good for consumers who shop on the Internet but not so good for the competition - brick and mortar retailers - who are required to charge tax.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:46 AM, 03.14.2015

Sitting and Your Spine

If you sit all day at a computer, please be aware that this can have serious consequences on your health and the health of your spine. Sitting at a desk and working on a computer are among the main causes of neck and backaches today.

These backaches can be caused by the spinal stress and misalignments that result from long hours of sitting at a computer. Poor computer set-ups and ergonomics can have a negative impact on your overall health.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 03.05.2015

Natural Healing Trends

Rajeev Ahluwalia

The New Year brings a wonderful opportunity to start anew and set new goals. For many of us, our top goals include physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being. So how does one go about achieving a so-called “balanced life with a sense of abundance”?

A change in your brainwaves can lead to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual recovery. Yes, your mind can heal! This technique is known as ThetaHealing®.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:31 PM, 03.05.2015

Normal Signs of Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease?

As you spend time with your loved one, do you notice that they are not as “sharp” as they use to be? Mild memory loss may occur as we get older. Changes such as not being able to recall a name or details of a recent event are a frustrating but frequent occurrence for most aging adults. While it has been suggested by some that everyone might develop dementia if he or she lives long enough, it should be emphasized that Alzheimer’s is a disease and not simply an exaggeration of normal aging.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:28 PM, 03.05.2015

The Ride of Your Life

If you or someone you know is having trouble getting in and out of their "favorite" chair, this article is for you! It is time to look into purchasing a "new" favorite chair - a Lift Chair!

A power lift chair is a medical device designed to help you sit down and stand back up comfortably. Lift chairs are an ideal option for seniors or disabled individuals who need a bit of help moving from the sitting position. Most models will assist you in both, sitting down into your recliner and helping you get back up. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:23 PM, 03.05.2015

Senior Transportation: Leave the Driving to Us

Leave the driving to the Rocky River Senior Transportation Program.

Over 8 million senior citizens depend on others for transportation. The skills and abilities associated with driving tend to diminish with age, making alternate forms of transportation for our elderly an important issue that must be addressed.

Alternate transportation is available in our community. The Rocky River Senior Center provides curb to curb transportation for older residents traveling to medical appointments, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and the senior center!  Residents are asked to register with the Transportation Coordinator and then call to schedule rides as needed.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:31 PM, 02.19.2015

The Benefits of Citizen Journalism

“Everybody has at least one story to tell and most people have hundreds of stories to tell,” Jim explained.” Every person is a gardener, a photographer, has traveled to someplace nice, has a niece or nephew. The stories are limitless. Some of the people in Lakewood who I thought were the most boring and mundane had the most fascinating stories to tell."

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:53 AM, 03.14.2015

Nan Baker to Chair Economic and Workforce Committee

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) been named the Chairwoman of the Ohio House Economic and Workforce Development Committee for the 131st General Assembly.

"I am excited to again chair the Economic Development Committee with a focus on Workforce Training.  Since I began my service at the Ohio House, creating an environment to retain, create and bring jobs to Ohio has always been our goal,” said Baker.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:49 PM, 03.07.2015

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting of March 11

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

RTA: Public Square bus stops are being relocated.  Service interruptions due to ice have been a problem.  The Board is wrapping up CEO Joseph Calabrese's periodic evaluation.

NOACA:  External Affairs is doing legislative outreach.  A lobbyist is working to obtain ODOT funds.  ODOT recently shifted $1.7 million from other Metropolitan Planning Organizations' unfinished projects to reward NOACA for proven efficiency and efficacy.  Mayor Summers noted that it is a challenge not only to put projects together, but also to complete them.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:28 PM, 03.18.2015

How to Conduct a Meeting

At a training course I recently attended, the instructor's cell phone began to ring in the middle of the session.  This was disturbing enough, but what was even more inappropriate was that she answered it!  She took the call while 40 students sat and stared at her. 

The following suggestions on how to conduct a successful training event are based on the etiquette world.  These suggestions are designed to demonstrate respect for everyone involved.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:46 PM, 03.07.2015

Some Choices for Fish Fry Fridays

American Legion Post 421, 22001 Brookpark Road, Fairview Park. 
Fridays through March 27. Perch Dinner, $11; cod, $9; and shrimp, $8. For children age 12 and under, Mac & Cheese at $3. Call 440-734-1020 for more information.

Magnificat High School Fathers Club, 20770 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.
Annual fish fry events, March 13 and 27, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Choices include ½-pound lake perch/shrimp or combo, pierogies; beer and wine available for purchase. Adults, $13; seniors, $10; and children, $5, (pizza or Mac & Cheese). Proceeds benefit Fathers Club. For more information, call 440-331-1572.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:47 PM, 03.07.2015

Taster Twins Find a Pearl

Last year, we, the "Taster Twins", embarked on a culinary adventure through a variety of restaurants in our community, attempting to offer our observations of dining establishments old and new. We have ventured outside of our usual Lakewood confines into the Rockport area.

A Rocky River favorite located in the Beachcliff Market Square on Detroit Road, the Pearl of the Orient has been pleasing patrons for around a quarter of a century. Its look may have changed over the years, but one thing that has not changed is the exceptional quality of the Pearl dining experience.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:35 PM, 03.14.2015


“I don’t think that I can take it anymore.” This is a line from a popular 1968 song, “MacArthur Park”. The song is a melodramatic wailing of complete desperation, a wolf-like howling in response to the opening line, “Spring was never waiting for us”.

The song was a pleasant memory from my youth - until now, this so-called 2014 -2015 winter’s end. Every morning when I raise the shades and look at the bleak landscape, I hear myself keening the words, “I don’t think I can take it anymore.” I feel like a banshee wailing at the confining walls of my house.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:36 PM, 03.14.2015

Poem: Bain Park Cabin After Snow

Unbroken by footfall or other track
As one might find deep in the woods
A cabin that in such snow once stood
Alone, here marks a neighborhood

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:40 PM, 03.14.2015

Book Captures Irish History in Cleveland

Irish Americans are now one of the largest and most active of the many ethnic groups represented in Cleveland, as demonstrated by the much-anticipated and well-attended annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. In February, Arcadia Publishing released "Images of America: Irish Cleveland", just in time for the parade and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Authors Judith Cetina and John Myers methodically researched the Irish heritage in the Cleveland area and display the results in over 200 images.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 11:02 AM, 03.08.2015

“Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library”

TUNE IN THURSDAY swings on March 5 when “Red Light Roxy” gives you an upbeat mix of jump blues, swing and boogie-woogie. 

March 2 at 6:30 p.m.   Mystery Monday kicks off with "Northanger Abbey" by Val McDermid. Pick up a copy and join the deadly discussion of this book! A modern day interpretation of Jane Austen’s gothic mystery of the same name, this book proves everything old is new again.

March 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Teens are invited to make some Duct Tape Creations at the Library. Grab your friends and stop by the library for a new teen event each month. Grades 7 and up.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:50 PM, 03.07.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

March 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Come and enjoy the musical duo Strawberry Sunday. Avant-garde flutist Kimberly Zaleski and cellist Trevor Kazarian, classically trained musicians from Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform original songs of alternative rock, improvisatory jazz and classical form. Influenced by Cleveland Orchestra, Radiohead and The Beatles—a sweet and passionate blend of musical styles with jamming high energy and beat-boxing swing. Sponsored by The Friends of the Fairview Park Branch Library.  Registration required.  

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:48 PM, 03.07.2015

WCOG Meeting of February 11

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

At the Westshore Council of Governments meeting, the following issues were discussed.

We Share:  By the end of February, Mayor Sutherland would like feedback from the communities that have been “stakeholders” in the past and those who are currently involved in this program.  These “talking points” should focus on the issues and concerns with training.  Chief Reese identified two important points:  the program has gotten away from its mission that was established over 30 years ago; the hospitals involved do not have the same goals as the cities.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 5:20 PM, 02.17.2015

Scouts Light Up River

Scouts Ben Tousey, Gabe Harmath, Leo Bonacci, Melanie Harmath (honorary) and Den Leader Liz Harmath at St. Thomas Lutheran Church.

I am a WEBELOS in Cub Scout Pack 212 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. One of our service projects each year is Yard Charge, where we rake leaves for people. But it snowed a lot on our assigned day, so we couldn’t do it. Instead, we decided to set up luminarias for Light Up River on December 21.

What is a luminaria? A luminaria is typically a white paper bag with weights (like sand) and a candle inside. Some people confuse luminaria with the word luminary, which is a famous person who inspires other people.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.18.2015

Rx: Create! Event to Benefit North Coast Health

Beat off those winter blues and support North Coast Health. Join us for a one-of-a-kind art auction featuring donated works by local artists and designers.  Rx:Create! will take place on Friday, January 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Around the Corner’s Warehouse Room located at 18616-20 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.  The evening will feature raffles as well as an auction of unique art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture and more. There will be heavy finger food and a cash bar.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Storewide New Year's Sale

Ringing in the New Year is more than just a sale at The Ritzy's a BLOWOUT SALE!  Look at what we're offering. First, the point-of-purchase sale: items priced from $5-$ pay $3 each;  items priced from $11-$ pay only $8 each; and items priced from $21-$ pay only $15 each. But wait, we're not finished. Second, clip out the coupon in our ad and receive 50% off any single item in the store. Third, take 25% off the original price on winter coats. Fourth, take an additional 10% off any clearance item.  

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Better: Tips for Psychological Wellness

The new year brings a wonderful opportunity to start fresh.  Many of us use this as a time to reflect on our goals for wellness—emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual.  As you establish your resolutions for the new year, use the tips below to maximize the likelihood that you will succeed.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Become a Fat-Burning Machine

Hopefully, all of the holiday cookies and chocolates are gone and you can start fresh in the new year.  This is the time of the year when we are getting our diets back on track after they were derailed by all the holiday food and fun.  Weight loss is often a top priority as we look to get back into shape and drop the holiday pounds.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Territorial Aggression in Dogs

Oops...a distraction, but training will correct that!

In many neighborhoods, there’s that one dog. Whether in the home or outside in the yard, he or she is barking at anyone or anything that comes near the house. While many people like a dog that “alarm barks“, an owner must be careful that his dog does not develop a case of territorial aggression.

Don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t mind it if my dog went after a robber trying to break into my house. But some dogs will take their territorial guarding/aggression too far, focusing it on family, friends, or completely innocent people.

Training Cosmo

Back in the fall of last year, I received a call about a very territorial dog named Cosmo. According to his owners Trevor and Lauren,  Cosmo was initially a great guard dog. He would bark briefly at the sound of the doorbell or knocking, and he also let his owners know when strangers were approaching the home.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Entrepreneurs Need Good Legal Assistance

A couple of months ago, this column discussed the need for an entrepreneur to choose an accountant as part of his business team. This column addresses the need for a good attorney to help with legal issues when starting and running a business.

As with choosing an accountant, it is critical to find an attorney who specializes in working with entrepreneurial ventures. A good criminal attorney may not know much about corporate or commercial law.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Be Inspired by Period Dramas

January is not only the start of the New Year but also the new season of “Downton Abbey“. If you are like me, you love period dramas and for more than just the wonderful story lines. Some period dramas allow us to see aristocratic life and all its fineries.

A well-written story line of the struggles of the rich and the intersecting lives of their servants can keep us hooked and coming back for more. But for antique lovers, it’s much more than the story line. Period dramas offer a world of decorative splendor.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

An Early New Year’s for the Westshore Young Leaders

Ah come on can do it!

The Lakewood High School Westshore Young Leaders held an early New Year’s ice skating party on Sunday, December 28.  For the third year, the ice skating party was held at the Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst Ice Skating Rink in Lakewood. 

More than 40 middle and high school students from the Westshore School Districts (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) enjoyed an afternoon of music, skating and excitement. The students celebrated the upcoming year with party favors and delicious cupcakes.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

The Protocol of Gift Exchange

Is it okay to tell someone that you have exchanged his or her gift? In the protocol world, the answer is NO!  It is not acceptable to tell the giver that you have taken back a gift unless it is to exchange it for a different size. 

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

A January Vegetable Dish

Stovetop Cauliflower with Parmesan, Pine Nuts and Capers

This easy yet gourmet side dish is a healthy yet filling dish for the January detox.  Toasted pine nuts enhance the nuttiness of roasted cauliflower, while salty Parmesan and capers pack this dish full of flavor.  Serve with roasted chicken or broiled salmon for a complete meal.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015