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

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

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

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

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

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

Rocky River Public Library's Newsletter Wins National Recognition

Rocky River Public Library’s lively news and events publication has won the American Library Association’s award for best newsletter.

“Inside View,” Rocky River Public Library’s lively news and events publication has won the American Library Association’s award for best newsletter. The annual PR Xchange Awards recognize the very best public relations materials produced by libraries across the country in the past year. Winners were chosen based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing. Nearly 375 entries in print and electronic formats were submitted from over 100 institutions including public, academic, school, state, and special libraries.

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

Free Antiques Appraisal Fair

Rocky River Public Library and the City of Rocky River will cosponsor the eighth annual Antiques Appraisal Fair on Sunday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center. The event is free and antiques experts will provide free informal appraisals on two items.

Rocky River Public Library and the City of Rocky River will co-sponsor the eighth annual Antiques Appraisal Fair as part of the city’s annual River Days celebration on Sunday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center. The Center is located at 21016 Hilliard Boulevard on the City Hall campus complex.

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

Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library

“Appalachian Trail History & Tips” will take you along on the adventure on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Rocky River Public Library.

Cool off at an “Afternoon at the Movies” for students completing grades 3-6 on July 6 at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy popcorn, drinks, and friends while watching a hero movie on the big screen.

“Appalachian Trail History & Tips” will take you along on the adventure on July 7 at 7:00 p.m. The Appalachian Trail is celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Join section hiker Gary Dittmar, who has been hiking the trail for over 10 years, and learn about the history and lore of the Appalachian Trail. You will even get some tips to prepare for your own AT adventure.

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

Clear Your Clutter, Put Your Junk In Your Trunk and Cash In Your Pocket!

Rocky River Senior Center "Junk In Your Trunk" Sale August 29 from nine to noon!

Where did it all begin? A pile here, an unsorted drawer there. Season after season, year after year, our lives become filled with debris from the past. There’s no time like the present to start removing clutter and organizing your stuff so that you can truly enjoy your home as you spend more time inside this fall and winter.

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Fairview Park Parish to Hold 6th Annual European Festival

St. Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Church at 5390 W. 220th Street will hold it's 6th Annual European Festival on Saturday, September 12th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come experience cultures from across Europe while enjoying live entertainment, children's activities, raffles, ethnic cuisine, beverages and homemade bakery. Crafts & religious gifts will also be available for sale. Various ethnic dance groups will perform throughout the day. The evening will be highlighted by polka band, Jimmy K and Ethnic Jazz, performing from 6:30-10:30. Menu items include stuffed cabbage, pierogi, goulash, paprikash, cabbage & noodles and kielbasa & kraut. Guest speakers will be Rev. Michael Lee (1:00pm) and Rt. Rev. Dennis Hrubiak (3:00pm). Church tours will be held at 2:00 and 4:00. The evening will conclude with a Divine Liturgy (mass) celebrated at 11 p.m. Admission is free. $2,000 raffle- tickets $5 each. For raffle tickets or more information, contact 216.906.3463. For the latest updates, entertainment schedule and menu, visit www.stmmeurofest.com. A nonperishable food donation to the Fairview Park Hunger Center is suggested.

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

Recyclable vs. Recoverable

Recycling fact: nearly everything can be recycled if you have the necessary resources, i.e., equipment, money, manpower, etc. In Cuyahoga County, our ability to recycle is robust but still not perfect. It is therefore essential for the residents of Fairview Park and Rocky River to educate themselves about what can and cannot be recycled locally. At a town hall meeting in March, a Republic Services representative explained to a group of Fairview Park residents that the key to effective recycling is figuring out what items are “recoverable.” Recoverable refers to what items can actually be accepted and recycled using our existing resources.

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

Cleveland Rocks with Green Day’s "American Idiot" at Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of Green Day’s "American Idiot," July 10 through August 16, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: GREENDAY to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by July 9. Beck Center has established a PG-13 rating for this piece.

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

Fairview Park Community Garden is Growing

The Fairview Park Community Garden has grown to 68 garden plots! 

In 2008, a resident approached the City of Fairview Park expressing interest in starting a community garden because her own property was not conducive to gardening. Many Fairview Park residents had similar issues of small lot sizes, damage from deer, and poor growing conditions like shade and wet backyards that are impediments to gardening on their own property.  Later that year, the Fairview Park Community Garden was established on Maple Drive between West 227 and 229 Streets on a piece of excess land remaining from the construction of I-480. 

When the Fairview Park Community Garden first opened, there were 15 garden plots. With assistance from local volunteers and Eagle Scouts, and with contributions of supplies from the City of Fairview Park, Home Depot, and Cox Communications, the Community Garden has grown steadily year after year. Today, the Community Garden occupies almost a ½ acre of growing space with 68 garden plots. In addition to the garden plots, the garden site has a small fruits, herbs, and perennial vegetables area and a fledgling orchard.

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

Summer Reading at RRPL

There is something to read for everyone in the RRPL Summer Reading Program.

Summer reading is FUN! Hurry in to sign up for our Summer Reading Program, beginning June 8!

Meet our own Rocky River heroes at our Summer Reading Kick-off on Monday, June 8.  Firefighter Captain Bednarski and Police Sergeant Lichman will be at the Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Come see a fire truck and police car up close! Free snacks provided by EarthFare.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 1:00 PM, 06.08.2015

Nominate a Rocky River Bright Spot

Bright annuals and resilient hostas grace a tip of the north triangle after work by the Beautification Committee.

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s popular Bright Spot program celebrates its fifth year! Nominations are open until June 11 to recognize homeowners who make an extra effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping. Don’t miss your chance to send us your nominations! No yard is too big or too small.

The Beautification Committee is extremely proud of this Resident Initiative. It shows how time spent with initial planning – and a strong dose of hard work – can reap vast rewards.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:21 PM, 06.03.2015

Emerald Necklace Inn and the Fairview Park Cemetery

Gloria Cipri-Kemer is ready for the next tour. A portion of the proceeds of the tour and luncheon will benefit the cemetery. 

Gloria Cipri-Kemer and Sharon Guinaugh have planned four dates in the summer for a cemetery tour followed by a luncheon at the Inn. Sharon will take guests on her favorite tour, "Off the Cuff", unscripted and largely unrehearsed. She will share the area's rich history and introduce some of the "permanent residents" as you explore the grounds. After the cemetery excursion, Gloria will host lunch at the Inn and tell some endearing Gilles stories.  There will be an informal Q-and-A with Sharon and her book will be available for signing.

The tour dates are June 12, July 17, August 21, and September 18.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.05.2015

Support Trials for Hope at Cahoon in June!

Have you noticed the billboards alongside of our local highways depicting young children with the staggering statistic that one in five does not get enough to eat?  Can that be true, here in the United States, in Ohio, in our community?   Unfortunately, it is the sad fact for thousands of children and adults. 

You can make a difference by bringing canned goods to our booth at Cahoon in June on June 13 in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 3:39 PM, 06.04.2015

County Fair for the Poor Clares

The Friends of the Poor Clares invite you to a County Fair at Linus Hall at Our Lady of Angels parish on Sunday, June 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be a wonderful afternoon for the whole family, featuring Bobo the Clown and balloon animals, face painting, an ice cream truck, a cotton candy machine and plenty of games for the kids.   A Chinese raffle, silent auction and mystery bags will keep the adults busy.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 5:30 PM, 06.02.2015

Help for Allergies and Inflammation

This is the time of the year when many people suffer with allergies.  From sniffling, sneezing, and postnasal drip to sinus congestion, headaches, and feeling run down, allergies can affect your life in myriad ways.  I want you to know and understand that the allergen is not the problem.

Join us for a complete look at allergies and inflammation on Tuesday, June 23, at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:17 PM, 06.03.2015

Honoring Vincent Price

This portrait of Vincent Price by Joel Robinsons will be available at the Six Degrees of Vincent art show.   

We are honoring Vincent Price with two special Cleveland events. He made an enormous impression on the world through his movies, his very recognizable voice, his love of art, and his passion for cooking. Vincent was classically handsome, with an elegant demeanor and well-known gentle spirit.

Monday, June 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   Enjoy an intimate and formal Vincent Price Wine Dinner at the Luxe Kitchen & Lounge in Gordon Square (6605 Detroit Rd., Cleveland).

Tuesday, June 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.   Join us at the good goat gallery (17012 Madison Ave., Lakewood) for a private preview of Six Degrees of Vincent.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:19 PM, 06.03.2015

"The Young Man from Atlanta" arrives at Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "The Young Man from Atlanta", May 29 through June 28, in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are now on sale. Buy early and save with promo code: ATLANTA to receive $5 off each adult/senior ticket purchased by May 28.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:17 PM, 06.03.2015

Preserving History: One Piece of Sandstone at a Time

The Beautification Committe needs your help to restore the elegance of several landmarks. (Picture of exhaust stains, April 2013.)

There are many historic niches in Rocky River, but the stone wing walls at the corner of Detroit and Erie Roads are obvious landmarks of a bygone era. The Rocky River Beautification Committee has embarked on a project to restore and preserve these landmarks for future generations. We need your help!

The project’s cost is estimated at $7,700, which covers both masonry work and upgraded landscaping. The Beautification Committee is currently raising funds to cover that expense. The planting and ongoing maintenance will be managed by Beautification Committee volunteers.

You can support this project today! The donation period will conclude on June 30.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 3:41 PM, 06.04.2015

Ancient Science Transforms Modern Ailments

There is a very old saying, “where attention goes, the energy flows there.”

ENERGY TRAVELS WITHOUT TIME AND SPACE in quantum physics and that healing works in the same way. Even if someone is on another continent, ThetaHealing works just as if that person were right in front of me.

ThetaHealing is a healing modality that uses focused thought and prayer. In this technique, we tap into a Theta brainwave - a brainwave that you receive or get when you are dreaming - to reprogram our minds to become better people and better human beings.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:31 PM, 06.07.2015

Senior Centers: Meeting the Needs of Boomers

So, you've always wanted to be in show business. You still can be! Join the Readers Theater Group. 

Seniors centers have grown from the first established in New York in 1943, to an estimated 11,000, serving over 10 million older adults throughout the country.  Some centers are public, some are private.  Each one is unique, serving a growing population of older adults.  Senior centers serve people from those just preparing to retire to those struggling with the challenges of aging.

Baby Boomers will be delighted to learn that senior centers have grown and evolved over the years.  No longer do they provide only socialization opportunities.  A senior center offers services and activities that reflect the experience and interests of its participants.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:45 PM, 06.07.2015

Keeping Fairview Park Seniors Safe at Home

Captain Kevin Kilbane, FPFD, with a lock box

With so many seniors choosing to age in their home, there is usually concern for their safety, especially if they live alone.  To bring peace of mind to seniors and their families, the Fairview Park Senior Life Office suggests a combination of programs.

The Residential Lock Box Program allows emergency personnel to enter your home by using a house key that is inside a metal lock box (2” x 4”) affixed to the inside of your door jam.

The “Are You O.K.?” Program, a telephone reassurance system, consists of a computerized telephone call that is generated at the same time each day, which you specify, to check on your welfare.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:41 PM, 06.07.2015

Fairview Park Senior Center's ALL Senior Prom

This year's King Joe Kovach and Queen Betty Temesvari.

The 13th Annual ALL Seniors Prom took place in May and has been deemed a huge success!  With over 150 people in attendance, ALL had a grand time!

The ALL includes about 50 National Honor Society students from Fairview High School, who help to ensure that everyone has fun.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:36 PM, 06.07.2015

A Senior in the Electronic World

The lack of electronic comprehension is a plague on most senior citizens. I, for one, desperately need help.

Hey, medical professionals, this could be a real moneymaker. Would it be possible to establish a brain “re-habituation” division? A couple of one week sessions in all new things electronic - computers, cameras, cars, and remote anything. It could even be bigger than knee surgery or Silver Sneakers. And maybe our kids will pay for it to stop the constant barrage of needy technical questions.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:42 PM, 06.07.2015

Nan Baker Announces Her Candidacy for State Senator

State Representative Nan Baker

On May 7, I announced my candidacy for State Senator representing the 24th House District. It has been an honor to serve as State Representative at the Ohio House since 2009.  Most of my work has been focused on creating the environment to retain, create and bring jobs to Ohio.

I have chaired the Economic Development Committee over the last several years.  In this 131st General Assembly, the committee has evolved to the Economic and Workforce Development Committee as we have jobs to fill and we find our Ohioans needing the workforce skills to qualify for those jobs. 

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:39 PM, 06.07.2015

New Businesses Are Decreasing

Past issues of this column and other studies suggest new businesses are the most important source of new jobs in the U.S. economy. They also account for much of the innovation and productivity that create overall economic growth.

Despite this fact, the number of businesses being started in the U.S. is decreasing. New businesses need to replace dying firms. This reported decrease in start-ups slows the growth of the overall economy.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:33 PM, 06.07.2015

A Wife's Eye View

My husband, Christian Barnes

Owning a restaurant was a dream we fantasized about as dating evolved into married with kids. My hand to his glove, a partnership in life and in business. But like many dreams imagined on the back of young love, they were left at the door as reality and life took us in another direction.

A few years ago, we moved to Cleveland from Chicago. As our perspective changed that dream came back around nipping at our heels.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:46 PM, 06.07.2015

The Battle for Rosé

Rosé wines range from dry to sweet.

There is a common joke among wine lovers about Rosé wine: 1986 called, they want their wine back! When you say Rosé, wine lovers think of a jug of White Zinfandel. White Zin is a bit of a hero when it comes to its bolder big brother, Red Zinfandel.

I often say wines are like people, in the right environment they bloom. But you can’t take all your friends everywhere and expect the same result.

We all know a big bold Cab, or a crisp, sauvignon blanc, and even that lovely, a touch of sweet, Rosé - the right place, the right time. At one point, White Zin represented 10% of all wine sold by volume, outperforming Red Zin by 6 to 1.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:50 PM, 06.07.2015

“Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library”

June 2 at 7:00 p.m.   Meet Author Joe Hurley.  Be here when retired newspaper reporter Hurley shares his experience of walking 3,600-miles as described in his book “Ten Million Steps on Route 6: A Fresh Look at America and Americans from Cape Cod to California.” Q&A followed by book signing.

June 8 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.    Hurry in to sign up for our Summer Reading Program. Meet our own Rocky River heroes at our Summer Reading Kick-off party.  Firefighter Captain Bednarski and Police Sergeant Lichman will be at the Library  Come see a fire truck and police car up close! Free snacks provided by EarthFare.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 1:01 PM, 06.08.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

June 1 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Take the stress out of planning your next event. Come to Celebrations:  Event Planning.  A professional event planner will share tips and techniques to keep you on track so that your event is successful.  Registration required.

June 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   In our Technology Learning Center, located on the second floor, learn the essentials of Digital Scrapbooking. Presented by GigaLearn Inspired Thinking, learn how to import images, create title slides and add music to video presentations using Windows Movie Maker.  Spaces limited.  Registration required.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 1:03 PM, 06.08.2015

Summer Rowing with CYRA

CYRA's competitive 2014 spring team at the Hoover Regatta in Columbus.

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (CYRA), Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently accepting registrations for all summer programming. Striving to be a premier competitive junior rowing program, the mission of CYRA is to provide a competitive rowing experience to positively impact the mind, body, and spirit of young athletes in the Greater Cleveland community.

Our rowers are comprised of girls and boys from numerous schools and communities throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan area.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:57 PM, 05.06.2015

The Ritzy Chic Offers Vendor Space

Something for everyone at The Ritzy Chic.

People come into our shop and not only look for specific antiques and collectibles, but also ask if there are any other antique shops on the street.  Given these requests, I decided to make things simple by offering vendor/dealer space. Vendors typically carry an assortment of interesting items that, I believe, would meet the needs of our general customer base. 

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:42 PM, 05.09.2015

Osteoporosis and Fracture Risks

Osteoporosis is one of the leading health conditions that affect seniors today. It ranks with the number one causes of bone fractures in those over the age of 50. Any senior can face this fear. 

In our next seminar at the end of May, I will explain the truth behind osteoporosis, why it is growing at such an alarming rate, and how to combat this frightening disease.  We will talk about diet and what you can do to support bone building.  In addition, we will discuss safe exercises to promote bone building.

Join us at Panera Bread in Rocky River on May 27 at 7:15 p.m. for an in-depth look at osteoporosis and what you can do about it. Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve a space.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:54 PM, 05.09.2015

Unlocking Abundance in Our Lives

Rajeev Ahluwalia addressed Brainwaves and Healing at the Fairview Park Library in April.

We are the product of our environment and the beliefs we carry in our life. Beliefs can be at the genetic level, the core level, the history level, or at the soul level.

Ancient sages and modern scientists believe that things happen to us only because we invite them into our lives, consciously and/or unconsciously.

Different studies have shown that people, who have brought about a synchronization of their mind-body-soul, have lived a more fulfilling life in every aspect.

I am currently offering a free 20-minute ThetaHealing® session on first-come first-serve basis. Only a limited number of sessions are offered. Book your sessions at www.NaturalHealingTrends.com.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.07.2015

Are the Seniors in Your Life Eating Well?

Serving lunch with a smile: Michelle Soneson, Gail Hine, and Ruth Flannigan.

Eating well is important at every age, but health issues and physical limitations can sometimes make it difficult for older adults to get the nutrients they need for a healthy diet.  Did you know that malnutrition and poor nutrition occur in 15% to 50% of our senior population?  The symptoms - weight loss, disorientation, lightheadedness, lethargy, and loss of appetite - are often mistaken for illness or disease.

Many seniors don’t eat as well as they should for a variety of reasons.  Arthritis makes cooking difficult.  Many medications reduce appetite making food unappealing.  One study found that 30% of seniors skip one meal a day, while another revealed that 16% of seniors eat less than 1,000 calories a day.  This is insufficient to maintain adequate nutrition.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.14.2015

Entrepreneurs’ Rights and Discrimination

The passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act has raised questions about the right of business owners to practice their religion and their obligation not to discriminate against any customer.

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act provides that a state or local government action may not substantially burden a person's right to the exercise of religion. The key here is the definition of substantial burden.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:40 PM, 05.09.2015

Rep. Baker Applauds Passage of Biennial Budget

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) applauded the House passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 64 (Am. Sub. H.B. 64), the biennial state budget bill that allocates funding to schools, community projects and government initiatives, as well as providing significant tax relief to all Ohioans and small businesses in the state.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:40 PM, 05.09.2015

Tri-C Honor Society Wins National Honors

The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter at the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) in Westlake was recognized with multiple awards at the 2015 PTK annual convention. The national recognition follows the chapter winning 10 awards at the PTK regional convention in March.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:43 AM, 05.14.2015

Steuben: An American Icon

Two French blue Steuben finger bowls with applied threading and a modern crystal Steuben decanter are beautiful examples of Steuben's wares.

Today, given instant gratification and carefree living, the demand for some products such as table top items - china, crystal, and silver flatware - to create gorgeous dining tables has fallen. Disposable, inexpensive and microwave-safe seem to be key words to an audience that has grown sharply over the past two decades. With this shift, we have lost some fine workshops here in the U.S. and in other parts of the world.

Steuben, an American glass factory, is one such company that created handmade fabulous stemware, accessories and other blown glass items. Thanks to antique stores and estate sales, we can continue to purchase Steuben and continue to be enamored by its beauty.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.09.2015

The Rockport Foodie: The Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom knows how to stuff a mushroom deliciously!

With such deep tradition and customer loyalty, it is always interesting when a trendy new pizza joint opens. The Mellow Mushroom opened recently to much fanfare from my social network friends who live in other areas. It offers salads, hoagies, specialized pizzas and calzones, gluten-free crusts, and a variety of healthy and vegetarian options.

My friend and I went for lunch to the new Mellow Mushroom on Detroit Road. Upon entering, I noticed the colorful walls and rock & roll décor.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:37 PM, 05.09.2015

The Proper Apology

I recently received an apology that I found upsetting. I realize that we are introduced to the apology at a very young age.  However, somewhere along the way, I think the true purpose of an apology has been forgotten.

An apology should restore faith and trust.  It is an acknowledgement that someone has made a mistake and regrets it.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:38 PM, 05.09.2015

Tales of Rocky River

"Incidents & Episodes, Tales of Rocky River and Rockport Township, Ohio" by George A. Christensen is the latest publication sponsored by the Rocky River Historical Society. The book is a collection of 180 true stories about the 1800s and early 1900s in Rocky River and the former Rockport Township and the surrounding area.

In 290 pages and 200 photos, "Incidents & Episodes" tells the stories of the bridges over the Rocky River, Scenic Park, the hog cholera epidemic of the mid-1800s, Metropolitan Park, the Rocky River Police Department, early businesses such as Candyland and Ingersoll’s Hardware Store, and schools, among others.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:45 AM, 05.14.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

May 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Join us and enjoy an informational program celebrating Frank Sinatra’s Music: The Prime Years. During the 1953-1993 period, Sinatra signed with Capitol Records and achieved artistic heights with arrangers Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Big Band leaders like Basie and Ellington.  Registration required.

May 12 at 7:00 p.m.  Sara Hume, Assistant Professor and Curator at Kent State University Museum, will present Fashions of Downton Abbey. She will discuss women’s clothing during the fascinating time depicted in the series Downton Abbey.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Fairview Park Branch Library. Registration required.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:49 AM, 05.14.2015

Upcoming Programs and Events at RRPL

Go Organic: Lawncare And Landscaping will be presented by Dan Norris on May 21 at 7:00 p.m.  

May 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Celebrate Free Comic Book Day in the Teen Room at the Library! Fans of all ages can get a free comic book while supplies last. Stop by the Teen Room in the afternoon for crafts using recycled comic books. Family friendly.  

May 5 at 7:00 p.m.  Join us for Writing the College Essay – Making Yourself Stand Out. The college essay is an important part of the college application process. Learn what you need to include in this essay and why it is different than the types of essays you usually write for your high school English class. This program is ideal for sophomores and juniors and their parents, but all are welcome. Grades 9 and up. Registration required.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:47 AM, 05.14.2015