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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

Connecting for Kids Hosts Meet and Greet

Last year's Meet and Greet presented parents with a host of options.

More than 60 West Side pediatric professionals and nonprofit organizations are expected to participate in the 2015 Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet featuring therapists, programs and camps.  The free event will be held on Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., in Rocky River.  The event is sponsored by The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:37 PM, 03.02.2015

CLF Foundation Presents Spring Jazz- A Celebration of Care

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, a nonprofit 501c-3, was set up by Dr. Charlie Farrell, MD, and his daughter Rev. Katie Norris, of Westlake a few years ago to help other families caring for family members with dementia at home. In creating the foundation, their mission was to empower those affected by dementia through art care and community outreach. With supportive community, people with dementia can live lives of meaning and purpose.

The Foundation is holding a benefit, Spring Jazz – A Celebration of Care, on Saturday, March 28, at 5:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center at Rocky River Memorial Hall.

 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 3:41 PM, 03.02.2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood

VitalHealth Partners is a caring, dynamic group practice of medical doctors led by Dr. Todd Pesek, Heinen’s Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Ronald Casselberry, who specialize in the very best of preventive, integrative, and holistic healthcare. The practice is opening a West Side location in our neighborhood at 19800 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

Come and meet these innovative doctors and their caring staff and welcome them to our community! Heinen’s Grocery Store at 19297 Detroit Road will be hosting a welcoming party on Thursday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Superfoods hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Please RSVP to 440-331-3830 by April 2.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 4:22 PM, 03.03.2015

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

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

College Club West Scholarships

College Club West is pleased to announce that it is offering scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age and enrolled in a bachelor’s or graduate degree program. Tuition grants of a minimum $2,000 per grant will be awarded. Applications for CCW scholarships are available at www.collegeclubwest.org. The deadline for all applications is March 15. 

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 5:31 PM, 02.17.2015

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 threeartsclub@yahoo.com. 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

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 www.vintage2voguestore.com.

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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

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

Winter!

“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 Chic...it's a BLOWOUT SALE!  Look at what we're offering. First, the point-of-purchase sale: items priced from $5-$10...you pay $3 each;  items priced from $11-$20...you pay only $8 each; and items priced from $21-$35...you 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 girls...you 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

Share Your Blessings...Fund a Tree

The Ritzy Chic is decked out for the holidays.

Not every year...but every day we should count our blessings for what we have and what we have accomplished.  I've taught my children..."be the best person you can and live your life to the fullest".  One day you may be on top of the world and the next, you may be told you have cancer. Then the world becomes all about love, compassion, respect, hoping, and the will to survive. With that in mind, I would like to ask for the support of the community in our "Fund a Tree" event.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:45 PM, 12.10.2014

Jamie L. Mason Appointed Director of RRPL

Jamie L. Mason is Rocky River Public Library's new director.

The Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees recently announced that Jamie L. Mason is the new director of the library. “I am very pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees appointed Jamie Mason as director,” said Rocky River Public Library Board President Audra Bednarski. "We have great confidence in Jamie's leadership skills, his vision for the library, and his concern for our staff,” she said.

Mason has been the library’s interim director since July 2014. Prior to this, Mason served as the library’s deputy director since 2009.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:53 PM, 12.10.2014

"Drones" to Bring Jobs to Fairview Park

Anthony Serio and Michael Hach with small drones.

It’s been a long time since Cleveland has seen any new innovation. Ever since the industrial days of LTV Steel, our city has been starving for new advancements in the job sector. It would only make sense that the time is now, given the way things are now going for our city - the RNC convention, LeBron’s return, and new developments downtown.

What’s next? Cleveland Aerial Media LLC. (a year old company) plans to be the pioneers and pave the path for new innovation in Fairview Park.

Drone technology requires many different applications such as software development, mechanical engineering, and piloting abilities. Because of this, Cleveland Aerial Media LLC. plans to expand and create new jobs in Fairview Park.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:48 PM, 12.10.2014

New Barber at Rockport Barber Styling

With a family lineage tracing her barbershop roots back to Italy, the newest addition to Rockport Barber Styling - Marie Simeone - is blending that heritage with her love for "All Things Cleveland" to create a welcoming environment for all ages.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 12.11.2014

The Importance of Dog Socialization

Zelda is the perfectly trained dog of Daniel Makara.

Everyone from the veterinarian to the pizza delivery guy seems to tell the new owner of a puppy or dog that he or she needs to get the dog “socialized”. In the dog world, socialization is in every doggy magazine, training advertisement and Website. The message is absolutely right - socialization is very important.

While the message is clear, the how-tos and the dangers of improper socialization are usually not discussed. It’s a point that I often cover many times in my in-home dog and puppy training.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:08 PM, 12.11.2014

Shelini's Fine Jewelry Treasures

A variety of jewelry from different manufacturers is on display.

Christopher and Vera Shelini recently established Shelini’s Treasures, a fine jewelry store located at 17810 Detroit Avenue.  The store provides quality items at manufacturer and wholesale prices. "Our goal is to give quality back to the consumer.”

Thus, the Shelinis established “Shelini’s Treasures” in Lakewood specifically to offer fine jewelry at reduced prices.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:42 PM, 12.12.2014

Rocky River Meals on Wheels

Rocky River MOW's Monday cook and volunteer kitchen staff put together another healthy meal. 

Most people have heard of Meals on Wheels (MOW), but many do not know the particulars about this valuable community service.

The Rocky River Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to prepare meals for those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food. It has been proudly serving the Rocky River community since 1976.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:52 PM, 12.10.2014

Silent Victims of Civil Unrest

Most of the media coverage of last month’s civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri focused on the legal issues leading to the protests and rioting after a grand jury decided not to indite a white police officer who shot a black man. What the media did not spend much time reporting was the massive loss of property for small business owners caused by the riots.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 12.12.2014

A Healthy Holiday Wish!

This time of year is a time when families get together to celebrate the holidays.  As we gather ourselves around the dinner table, the most common discussions are usually about one's health.  Sharing doctor experiences, along with health challenges, becomes a very common practice, unfortunately. 

This month I would like to share with you the greatest holiday wish -  a wish for your good health.  Good health is something we should never take for granted, nor should we search for it only when it is lost. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:05 PM, 12.11.2014

Holiday Tips for Seniors

The holidays are a hectic time of the year for many, and we want to make sure that the season is enjoyable for seniors. If you are a senior, the following tips should help you prepare for the holidays so that you can fully enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

The first thing you need for the holidays is a plan. Make a schedule of events and plan for these celebrations. Try not to overextend yourself. Many invitations will go out for the holiday season. Don’t feel like you are obligated to attend every event, especially if an event is expected to go late into the night. It is alright to say “no” sometimes.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:56 PM, 12.10.2014

WYL Hosts 5th Annual Leadership Training

Rocky River High School students taking a break.

A record number of middle and high school students and staff from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River braved the cold and snow to participate in the annual Westshore Young Leaders (WYL) Training event held at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River in late November.  Over the past five years, the event has drawn almost 400 students in the Westshore District. 

The Westshore Young Leaders Network partnered with McKeon Education Group to facilitate the invigorating day of interactive training.  The quote, If your actions inspire others to dream more and do more, you are a leader” from John Quincy Adams, was the spur for one activity.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:09 PM, 12.11.2014

RRPL Honored as American Star Library

Rocky River Public Library was recently named a "Star Library."

For the fourth consecutive year, Rocky River Public Library has been selected as one of the best libraries in the nation in Library Journal’s 2014 “Index of Public Library Service.” The rating identifies 258 Star libraries, based on data from more than 7,500 public libraries nationwide.

“We are honored to be chosen again as a Star Library,” said Library Director Jamie L. Mason.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:06 PM, 12.11.2014

Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Meeting of November 18

This report is not an official LWV statement.  WWTP staff prepares official minutes.

Thermal Sludge Conditioning:  Sludge removal cost $185,000 in 2014.  The local farm that has taken sludge during the warm months at $17 per wet ton will stop doing so in 2015.  Alternative estimate is $22.  Microwave drying is meant for smaller plants, and the resulting product retains an odor.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:37 PM, 12.12.2014

Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of November 12

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Mayor Patton's office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Fairview Park's website.

RTA:  County Council may discuss a tax increase for RTA.  Much discussion of the new Clifton Boulevard shelters.  Amenities encourage ridership.  Lakeshore Express buses will come every 10 minutes for two hours in the morning and evening.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:36 PM, 12.12.2014

Cuyahoga Land Bank Featured in New Report

An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and their ability to adapt to local conditions and needs is helping communities, large and small, address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, according to "Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods", a new report from the Center for Community Progress. (Download the report)

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 12.12.2014

Publishers Note Dec 2014

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Byers

As I begin writing this month’s Publisher’s Note, the song What a Difference a Day Makes comes to mind.  Reflecting on this past year and the many changes in my lifeI realize how precious our time on this earth is, and how quickly it can slip away. Although I have received many blessings this year…I did not escape the loss of several special friends.  I am also mindful of the fact that not everyone has been blessed with the magnitude of family and friends that I have.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:45 PM, 12.12.2014

Grandma's Christmas Tree

If I stare at the picture long enough, I can feel the draft from the windows behind the plastic covered couch, see the family portrait sitting on the TV set, and smell the turkey in the oven. Christmas Day at Grandma’s in the 1960s.

We would meet after mass and crowd into Grandma’s small house on Kirton Avenue. The tree was always the center of discussion. It was aluminum - you could see right through it. A pitifully under-decorated tree hung with the few ornaments that survived our youth.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:44 PM, 12.10.2014

Poem: Thank You

A boy of seven, almost eight
Who couldn't wait, he rushed
His bicycle to the street, didn't
Check lest he meet a vehicle
And nearly meet it, he did.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:40 PM, 12.12.2014

Get Creative with Holiday Tipping

This holiday season, take a moment to recognize those around you and tip.  If you don’t usually tip, give it a shot.  If you do normally tip, do something extra special and creative.  Take care of people you normally do and people you normally don’t.  For example, if the cashier at the car wash treats you nicely or someone brings your heavy items to your car, slip him or her a couple of dollars.  Most people take these folks for granted. 

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 6:05 PM, 12.11.2014

Roasted Mushroom, Kale and Bean Soup

This roasted mushroom, kale and bean soup is both hearty and healthy.  Pureed beans give the stock a rich texture without adding cream. Roasted mushrooms are meaty and filling, and the kale adds nourishing fiber and protein.  Garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and parmesan pack this soup full of savory flavors.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:38 PM, 12.12.2014