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Why Pass a Tax Increase?

We are facing an important decision in our community and will soon be making a choice about our future.

As a result, a proposed 0.5% increase in our municipal income tax has been placed on the November ballot. This only comes after the City has cut its budget by more than 27% since 2008.

Our Frequently Asked Questions lays out the details of the tax increase and associated credit. It is important to note that the additional funds generated by the increase, estimated at $2.3 million, can only be used for capital projects and equipment purchases.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 9:09 AM, 10.02.2014

October Is Voter Education Month

If you have the right to vote, you also have the responsibility to research.  A listing of voter education resources and links compiled by LWV - Greater Cleveland is available below.

Your Registration, Ballot, and Polling Place:  See the upper left corner of to verify your registration, find your polling place, view your ballot, request a vote by mail application, track your ballot, register to vote, and update your address.

Vote by Mail:  If you request a Vote by Mail ballot, please use it.  If you go to the polls instead, you will have to cast a provisional ballot.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:38 AM, 10.01.2014

Chamber Music Society's 56th Season Begins

Austria's Vienna Piano Trio will perform in March as part of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society's 2014-2015 season.

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce its 56th season of presenting high-quality professional chamber music concerts for the Northeast Ohio community.  Concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in the outstanding acoustical environment of the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church.  In addition to its five evening concerts, the Society presents its second children’s concert on Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 p.m.  This performance will feature stories and music from Cleveland's West Side, composed and conducted by former Lakewoodite Max Mueller.

The first concert, on October 6, features pianists Thomas Labé and Hyunsoon Whang performing music for "one piano, 4 hands."  

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:45 AM, 10.04.2014

Library's Popular Chef''s Secrets Series Continues to Entice!

Chef Taki, owner of Taki’s Greek Kitchen

Want to learn some Chef’s Secrets?  Rocky River Public Library presents “Mouth-watering Moussaka” with Chef Taki, owner of Taki’s Greek Kitchen, on October 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Find out what makes his restaurant so special and why it won Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon award for Best Greek Restaurant.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:39 AM, 10.04.2014

Fall Open House and More at Magnificat

•  Annual Fall Open House

Sunday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This event is open to all prospective students and their parents—both public and private school students are encouraged to attend. Take a guided tour with a current student, meet our teachers and coaches, talk to our students, observe classroom demonstrations and enjoy observing rehearsals by our performing arts students. Refreshments will be served.

Magnificat High School has many events planned this fall. For more information about any of these happenings, please call 440-331-1572 or visit

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:16 AM, 10.02.2014

The Ritzy Chic Supports All Cancer Survivors

Treasures can be found at The Ritzy Chic.

In October, The Ritzy Chic is planning a different sale and promotion every week.  As a special thanks to our customers for their continuing support, we will be handing out a customer appreciation card that entitles them to 10% off any item in the shop, including sale items. 

You must have this card and only one purchase per day will be permitted. In the first week, October 1 through 5,  our sale will be all nearly-new clothing at 75% off (vintage clothing and accessories excluded).  From this sale, we will donate 100% proceeds to our beneficiary of the month.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 6:28 PM, 10.01.2014

Aquarelle Art Show at Fireside Room Gallery

"Row Boat" by Bob Parry

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying an art show from September 20 through October 24 in the Fireside Gallery at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church located at 20401 Hilliard Boulevard, Rocky River.

 Most of the paintings in the show are for sale. The Gallery is open most weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the Fireside Room is not scheduled for meetings. Please call the Gallery at 440-333-2255 for times when viewing is available.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:37 AM, 10.01.2014

Framing from the Heart

This morning a large envelope was in my mail. Not expecting anything of size, I looked at it wondering what could be inside, and then I noticed a return address sticker from my favorite aunt. Inside was a gift she'd received from friends who had just returned from four months of traveling. It was a print from a Chinese antique store. These are the framing projects I love the most.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 10.02.2014

Revitalization in Upholstery Industry

Fabric Showcase, established in 1974, specializes in furniture reupholstery. General Manager Andrew Bodjanac, a third-generation upholsterer, grew up around furniture. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Bodjanac to discuss the business.

“Growing up in my dad’s shop, an upholsterer was the last thing I wanted to be,” says Andrew. “Working directly with clients and seeing the transformation of an old piece of furniture into something beautiful opened my eyes to the beauty of the trade.”

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:12 AM, 10.02.2014

Teammates Critical to Entrepreneurial Success

Part of becoming a successful entrepreneur is knowing when and how to choose professionals to assist in the starting and running of a business. This month’s column will discuss issues related to choosing an accountant. The November column will examine the process of working with an attorney.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:52 AM, 10.02.2014

Defeating Arthritis Pain and Suffering

Arthritis pain and suffering is a serious epidemic that affects millions of Americans.  It's a condition that affects more than 46 million U.S. adults - and the number is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030. No matter the type, the pain can be debilitating and affect an individual’s overall function, preventing them from doing the things in life they enjoy most. 

The question behind all types of arthritis that we need to ask is WHY?  Why do joints become inflamed?  For all those who suffer with arthritis, it is important to understand why this occurs.   

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

NCH's Gala Raises over $145,000

Dr. Sunita Matthew, Dan Karchmer, Dr. Thomas Sferra, and Dr. Jessica Philpott enjoying the gala.

More than 300 people turned out for North Coast Health’s annual Celebration of Caring gala in late August 28 at LaCentre in Westlake.  Over $145,000 was raised through the event, which represents 10% of the organization’s operating budget and will be used to continue the life-saving care that NCH provides to the medically underserved.

"We are touched by the faithful support we have received through this event," says NCH Executive Director Lee Elmore. "Despite the many changes transforming our nation’s health care system, the need for our services continues.  With the financial help of our community, we are able to continue to see those who need us most.”

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:49 AM, 10.04.2014

Cleveland Clinic to Launch Initiative in West Park

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital has teamed up with the City of Cleveland and several community partners to offer a new wellness program called “Be Well West Park.” The program will kick off an adult wellness challenge at the West Park YMCA on Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:43 AM, 10.04.2014

Use It or Lose It!

Anyone who watches election returns knows that we Americans take our right to vote for granted.  But just how fragile is that right?
Are you a white male landowner who's over 21 years old?  When the United States was founded, that's what it took to vote in most states.  By the Civil War, most states had removed the wealth requirement, but you still had to be male, white and, in most states, 21.
Are you a naturalized citizen?  You couldn't have voted until the 14th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1868.
Is your skin dark?  The 15th Amendment, passed in 1870, provided that voting rights could not be abridged based on race, color or previous condition of servitude.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:32 AM, 10.01.2014

You Have a Choice!

Todd LeVeck

When this race began in the spring, many voters had never heard of me.  I’ve never held an elected office; my life experience has been raising my family, serving my country, teaching kids, and paying my bills. But I’ve also been paying attention to what goes on in Columbus. 

What I see is that there are many representatives in the  Ohio General Assembly who seem to be most interested in taking care of special interests, raising campaign contributions, and furthering their own political careers. I am running for State Representative because I feel that we need a representative who will support our public schools, local governments, seniors, and middle-class families.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:30 AM, 10.02.2014

The Roles of the County Executive and Council

Jack Schron

This year, for only the second time in the 200 years of Cuyahoga County, voters will elect a County Executive and half of the members of the County Council.

Some people know that acting upon the decision of voters, we have changed our form of government to a Charter with a County Council and County Executive. Others might think we still have three County commissioners. Even those who are aware of the Charter may ask, “What are the roles of the County Executive and the County Council? What do they do? Why should I care?”

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:07 AM, 10.03.2014

Transforming Ohio - It's All About Jobs!

Nan Baker

Thank you to The Rockport Observer for giving me the opportunity to share some of the exciting work we've accomplished in this 130th General Assembly.  I am serving my sixth year at the Ohio House as your District 16 State Representative representing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.  I currently chair the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee and serve on the Ways and Means and Labor and Commerce Committees. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:53 AM, 10.02.2014

I Want to Earn Your Vote, Again

Dave Greenspan

January 1, 2011 was the day in which a voter supported referendum designed to transform our government from a three member Board of County Commissioner structure to a County Executive and Council form of representation went into effect.  I am honored to serve you on our inaugural County Council. 

This was not the first time that I was elected to serve on an inaugural legislative body.  In 2005, I was elected to serve on the first City Council of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia.  This experience - more importantly, the related experience of forming a new governmental structure - has proven invaluable as we forge forward in Cuyahoga County.  This experience coupled with my professional executive background has afforded me the tools necessary to effectively represent this district and county.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:08 AM, 10.03.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Collaboration Jennifer Scofield

Ms. Scofield spoke for most of the meeting.  She has been employed in the office of the executive since December 2010.  Previously, she served as Cuyahoga County Deputy Fiscal Officer.  Her prior experience with regional collaboration includes the County Health Alliance, LakeStat involving the Lake Erie watershed and the Cuyahoga River, and the Center for Excellence in Local Government. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 2:45 PM, 10.06.2014

Magnificat Salutes its National Merit Scholarship Students

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named two Magnificat High School seniors as National Merit Semifinalists in the 2015 Merit Scholarship Competition, and four as Commended students. Students are chosen on the basis of high scores on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT).

Semifinalists are Caitrin Campbell and Alexandra Norris (seated in photo) and Commended students are Elizabeth Leszcz, Hanleigh Heinzmann, Caitlyn Harrington and Megan Hricovec.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:21 AM, 10.02.2014

New Trustees Appointed to RRPL Board

Jodi Penwell and John Hosek recently joined the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees.

Jodi Penwell has been appointed by the Rocky River Board of Education to a seven-year term on the Rocky River Public Library board of trustees. She takes over the position vacated by William Henson, who retired from the board after 14 years of service. In addition, John Hosek was also sworn in at the library’s August 27th board meeting to fill the unexpired term of Betsy Lanzen. Hosek’s term ends in June 2018.  

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:46 AM, 10.04.2014

Being a Gentleman in 2014

What do you do when you are trying to be a gentleman and the woman you are with does not appreciate your manners?  What do you say if the lady insists on paying her portion of a bill or wants to open her own door?  What do you do if a woman says, “I can do it myself”, when you attempt to pull out her chair?  Obviously, you are not doing these things because you feel the woman is incapable of doing them herself. You may be trying to demonstrate that you are a gentleman and this is how you show respect. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 10.02.2014

Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos

This healthy, hearty fall dish is so filling that even the staunchest meat eater won’t notice that it’s vegetarian.  Roasted spiced sweet potatoes, smoked cheddar, creamy avocado, crunchy pepitas and a sweet and spicy honey chipotle drizzle combine for a new take on tacos.  Add black beans to stretch the meal for more people and to add protein.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:42 AM, 10.04.2014

"Holidays Go Miniature" in Miniaturia Society's Show

"Christmas Morning" Roombox by Joyce Waltz-Umerley will be on exhibit on October 11.

If you would like to discover the hobby of miniatures and be enchanted by the world of miniatures, come to Cleveland Miniaturia Society's 43rd annual show on October 11 at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 2116 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2014 theme is "Holidays Go Miniature." My dollhouse will not be on display, but I will be exhibiting a vintage Christmas roombox, titled "Christmas Morning," and a Halloween scene titled "Witches' Brew Coffee Shoppe.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 6:23 PM, 10.01.2014

Business Expo Returns on October 9

The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce presents its 12th annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. You are invited to attend and meet the business people who have products and services that are right here in our own backyard.  Admission is free when you present your business card.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 10:35 AM, 10.01.2014

Remembering Local Legend and Suffragist Josephine Saxer Irwin

Josephine Saxer Irwin

 On October 3, the 100th Anniversary of the 1914 Suffrage March in downtown Cleveland, Gloria Cipri-Kemer and the Emerald Necklace Inn will host a gala afternoon tea in celebration of this event and in remembrance of suffragist legend Josephine Saxer Irwin who as a young woman was in the parade.

At 11:30 a.m. at the Fairview Gemini Center, luncheon guests will be greeted with suffrage songs, banners and "Women in History" members portraying suffrage leaders.  Laura Loew, from "Lost in the Past", will then present an overview of Woman Suffrage, the 72-year struggle to win the vote for the women of the United States.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:38 PM, 09.03.2014

Fall Rowing Season Starting at CYRA

Cleveland Youth Rowing Association, Cleveland’s oldest existing rowing club for high school students, is currently preparing for the upcoming 2014 fall rowing season. Registration is now open!

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. 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:41 PM, 09.03.2014

Author Nicholas Dawidoff at RRPL on September 11

Rocky River Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers present Nicholas Dawidoff, the author of  “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football,” the highly acclaimed case study of the NFL, on September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Rocky River Public Library.

Dawidoff takes you behind the scenes of the NY Jets, sharing fascinating stories about the players and coaches, including Browns current head coach Mike Pettine.

Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Joseph-Beth Booksellers is donating a percentage of all book sales to the library.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:37 AM, 09.03.2014

"Forever Plaid” Opens New Season at Beck Center

Beck Center for the Arts proudly opens its 2014-2015 theater season with the hit musical production, "Forever Plaid", on the Mackey Main Stage, September 12 through October 12. Show times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, "Forever Plaid" is a deliciously goofy musical comedy about four eager singers whose dreams of making it big end with a bus collision on the way to their first big concert. Miraculously revived from the afterlife, they fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:39 PM, 09.03.2014

Early Childhood “Super Saturdays” Return to Beck Center

Photo courtesy of Shannon Ahlstrand

Beck Center’s popular “Super Saturdays @BeckCenter” returned on August 23. It was a morning of fun, creativity and excitement as young aspiring artists explored music, dance, theater, and the visual arts at this free, interactive event.

Mark your calendars for future Super Saturdays @BeckCenter: December 6, featuring string instruments; January 17, featuring brass instruments, including the alp horn; and April 25, the percussion family of instruments.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:45 PM, 09.03.2014

Tri-C’s Brain Lecture Series Addresses Addiction

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will investigate issues of addiction at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Septemper 17. This event is part of an education lecture series - The Year of the Brain -  taking place this year at Westshore Campus. The series includes brown bag lunch discussions and interactive evening lectures.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:36 AM, 09.03.2014

“Year of the Brain” Series Continues

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will extend its “Year of the Brain” lecture series into fall semester, given the success of the free program last year.

The series is based on "Charlie Rose: The Brain Series on PBS", which explores the final frontier of neuroscience research while examining current advances in brain science.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:35 AM, 09.03.2014

Cravings Cafe Reinvents Itself

A new menu and a new look for Cravings.

Have you ever tried to reinvent yourself or your business ?  Paul Sykes has done it again by taking Cravings Cafe's long-time coffee shop menu and expanding it to include a Thai cuisine menu. 

People have told Sykes that Cravings has the finest Thai food in Cleveland. Sykes feels very blessed to have such a wonderful and kind family from Thailand.  And how beautiful they are is just the icing on the cake.

But we are not done yet with this story.  Sykes is adding another 900 square feet to the front of Cravings.  "We have to keep up with the 'foodie momentum' here in Rocky River." How soon will this happen?  Sykes says, "Just blink your eyes, then come and enjoy our new look at Cravings." 

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.03.2014

The Ritzy Chic Offers Online Liquidations and Sales

Looking for something special? You'll find it at The Ritzy Chic.

Once again, we are adding more features to enhance The Ritzy Chic shopping experience. We are including the same fine items we are now offering for sale on our website.  In our shop, each section has been organized by a theme.  When you first walk through the door, to the left, you will see a beautiful cherry hutch with a charming set of fine Danish china. Straight ahead in the same room, you will find our gleaming glassware sorted by their own vibrant colors. Wrapped around the far right-hand side of the room, you will find all of our pottery, collectibles, more fine china, cups, saucers, figurines, and more.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:30 PM, 09.03.2014

NADA BAR Opens in Rocky River

NADA BAR hopes to become a bar "where everyone knows your name".

NADA BAR opened for business on June 2.  It's mission is to provide an alcohol-free experience for all ages in a traditional bar atmosphere.

The owners, Earl Speer and Patty Acra, were asked, “Why the name NADA BAR?”  There are two reasons:  1. If you say it out loud, it sounds like you are saying “not a bar” and it's not a bar because no alcohol is served, and 2. NADA is an acronym for No Alcohol or Drugs Allowed.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:20 PM, 09.03.2014

Fitness Tailored to Your Body

Achieve Fitness Studio's training staff: Shari, Nick, owner Lisa DeSico-Boyd, and Jason.

Everyone has fitness goals. If you want to meet yours, you need a workout and nutritional plan that’s as unique as your body. At Achieve Fitness Studio in Rocky River, personalized fitness training starts on Day 1. Achieve Fitness is a personal training studio that offers one-on-one and small-group training, as well as sports and conditioning training.

An initial consultation gives your new trainer an idea of your fitness goals, and a physical assessment evaluates key areas of your current fitness, such as strength and endurance.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.03.2014

Entrepreneurs Need Education Tune-up

With students returning to school, it is a good time for entrepreneurs to review their lifelong learning plan. It is critical for those working in competitive markets to stay on top of the latest changes and technology affecting their businesses.

Lifelong learning is a popular term for the need for people - entrepreneurs or not - to continue educating themselves for both personal and professional reasons. Scientists warn that people must keep their brains active if they want to avoid mental decay. Those who continually seek to learn are more creative, innovative and more likely to pick up new skills.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:35 PM, 09.03.2014

Aging Gracefully

“Age matters only when one is aging.” -- Pablo Picasso

Millions of older adults are concerned about aging gracefully and maintaining vitality.  Exercise is a key element of aging gracefully while simultaneously maintaining positive self-esteem and a productive, vigorous, and healthy lifestyle.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.03.2014

Exceptional Comfort and the Convenience You Deserve

The indoor pool offers swimmers a serene and inviting setting.

With its spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments and manicured grounds, the Presidential is a Rocky River gem. Just south of Center Ridge Road, it combines a tranquil neighborhood feel with proximity to many attractions such as Westgate, Emerald Necklace Marina, Rocky River Senior Center and three golf courses.

In addition to enjoying the look and location of the building, tenants appreciate the abundant amenities, which - along with gas heat, water, trash and recycling - are all included in the rent.


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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:49 PM, 09.03.2014

Happiness Is Being a Caregiver

Being a caregiver may not be the most glamorous job, but it can be one of the most rewarding. Although not without its challenges, caregiving offers a way to enrich someone’s life. A deep sense of gratification comes from knowing that you are providing a service that can help improve someone else’s life. It can be worthwhile assisting a senior on their journey through life at a time when they might need a little help.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:40 PM, 09.03.2014

Sleep Trouble Can Take Years Off Your Life!

Did you know that there are over 80 classifications of sleep disorders?  Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs.   It continues to amaze me how many people suffer with sleep trouble.

Before we jump to taking a sleep aid, it is important to ask the question “Why?”  What would cause someone to experience sleep trouble?

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:32 PM, 09.03.2014

St. Ed's Rowers Prove Up to the Task

Row, row, row...your shell!

It was a big gamble. The sun, wind, and waves…all had to be perfect. But the boys of St. Edward High School’s rowing team were prepared to take on Operation Maple Bacon.

Operation Maple Bacon?  St. Ed’s coaches, Matt Previts and Matt Carlsen, wanted to keep the plan to row from Canada to the Cleveland Rowing Foundation Boat House under cover until mid-summer. So they came up with the fun code name, Maple for Canada and Bacon.

The boys trained all summer long. Up and down the Cuyahoga River every day, except Sunday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. As August 16 drew closer, their excitement built, but the lake was just too rough to cross. Plan A was scuttled; Plan B went into effect.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:32 AM, 09.03.2014

The Beauty of Lighting

Photo Credit: Victoria and Albert Museum

The beauty of light. Light has been celebrated from the beginning of time, from the early fire pits of primitive man; to the oil pots that provided portable light; to the candles and oil lamps that provided light for dining and reading in more recent centuries. But how about the design and artistry of the lamp that emits the light. Do we take lamps for granted?

This gas lamp (circa 1848 by R.W. Winfield & Co, England) in the picture is an extraordinary example of a time and culture that had a passion for nature and craftsmanship. Made of gilt brass and glass, the lamp was for a fine English home. For more great objects, view The Victoria and Albert Museum's website.


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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:12 PM, 09.03.2014

Poor Memory – Or Is It All in Your Head?

Some people seem to be born with a great memory while others seem to struggle. How well we remember things makes a huge difference in how well we do in school and even how successfully we navigate life.

Recall, or remembering, should be the fourth R, after the three “Rs” of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Remembering what we learn is essential, but we don’t get instruction about how to do it.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.03.2014

When Is Good Enough...Really Good Enough?

When is good enough...really good enough?  Most people go through life thinking they are "good enough".  After all, "how could we have gotten this far in life if we weren't?"  We live in nice houses, drive nice cars, our children go to good schools and we have good jobs and hobbies.  We are good enough! But is good enough really good?  

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:18 PM, 09.03.2014

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Steak and Gruyere Dip

Football season is back in full swing, which means one thing for food lovers: tailgating! Make this amazing caramelized onion, mushroom, steak and Gruyere dish ahead of time and reheat it on the grill as the coals heat up.  Serve it with grilled bread brushed with a garlic clove or your favorite crackers.

You certainly don't need to tailgate to make this delicious dip though.  Make it for game day from the comfort of your own home.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:26 PM, 09.03.2014

Do You Know When to Stop for a School Bus?

Sooner than you realize, you will be driving through school zones and seeing school buses transporting students to and from school. Many drivers are confused about when the 20-miles-per-hour speed limit can be enforced and when it is or is not permissible to pass a school bus.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:32 PM, 08.06.2014

God's Oasis: The Monastery of the Poor Clares

The Poor Clares Monastery is hidden by trees and shrubs, but if you pass by very slowly, you’ll be able to glimpse the lovely 108-year-old building at 3501 Rocky River Drive. This is the first permanent foundation of the Poor Clares in the US. The regal Georgian brick building with the 12 symmetrically-placed arched windows and roof cupolas is an architectural treasure. There is also a private cloistered garden and a cemetery for deceased nuns.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 11:02 AM, 08.08.2014

Fairview Park Parish to Hold European Festival

St. Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Church, located at 5390 W. 220th Street, will hold its Fifth Annual European Festival on Saturday, September 6, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There will be fun for the entire family!

There will be live musical entertainment throughout the day with performances by groups of various European heritages. European cuisine, hand-pinched pierogi and homemade bakery will be available throughout the day. Bier Garten will offer selections from Europe.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:29 PM, 08.06.2014

Golf Outing Fundraiser at Red Tail

The Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, in conjunction with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and Pillars of Lakewood, will have its annual golf outing at Red Tail Golf Club on Monday, September 8, with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.  The event raises over $4,000, on average, for Rotary projects.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:58 PM, 08.07.2014

Vacation Raffle to Support North Coast Health

Buy a chance to win North Coast Health’s Summer Vacation raffle. The winner of the raffle can choose between a seven-night, all-inclusive package, including airfare, to the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic or a four-night golfing package at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, including rounds of golf, airfare and rental car.  The winner may also select a $3,500 travel voucher to Independence Travel in lieu of these travel experiences. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:42 PM, 08.06.2014

Tour the Cowan Pottery Museum

The “Jazz Bowl,” an iconic piece of American decorative arts, was created by Viktor Schreckengost.

The Cowan Pottery Museum at Rocky River Public Library can be viewed at any time during regular library hours.  You can also arrange for a free guided tour for yourself or for a group of 20 or less.  To schedule a tour, please contact Curator/Historian, Lauren Hansgen, at 440- 895-3763.   The museum holds the largest publicly owned collection of Cowan Pottery in the world, a distinctive form of American art pottery produced in Rocky River from 1920-31.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:01 AM, 08.10.2014

Pilates as Therapeutic Exercise

Pilates exercises are designed to accommodate all fitness levels.

Fourteen years ago I was told I needed a spinal fusion.  A second opinion suggested a rod in my spine would provide relief from the constant pain I had experienced for 18 months. Today I am pain free, at least as much as any 56-year-old diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, herniated discks and a formerly fractured cervical spine! Seriously, my body functions beautifully. I enjoy an active life and feel younger in my fifties than I did in my forties. And I never had surgery.

Pilates changed my life...truly. So let me share with you what Pilates is and how it might help you too.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:45 PM, 08.07.2014

Now Hiring Part-Time Activities Assistant at The Presidential

The Presidential Apartments in Rocky River is currently looking for a part-time activities assistant. This position is responsible for the smooth operation of planned, scheduled recreational activities for The Presidential Apartments. This could include overseeing, planning and implementation of classes, supervising volunteers and coordinating with other departments. Position will report to the Activities Director. Please send resume to:

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 AM, 08.10.2014

An Alternative to Foils for Hair Coloring

TOMORROWS Salon in Rocky River takes pride in using proven salon techniques that lead to consistent client satisfaction.  One such technique is the use of plastic wrap as opposed to traditional foils in applying color for highlights and lowlights. Several stylists at TOMORROWS, including Genevieve, have mastered this method with great success.

"This is a trademark of TOMORROWS," says Genevieve. "We've been doing it since 1981 and have perfected the process. The plastic wrap method allows you to cover as much hair as possible, which makes it ideal for big color changes. You can get closer to the scalp for a better overall result."

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.10.2014

WT Café = Healthy Lunches for Children

Debbie Aylward, WT Café franchise owner, is making healthy lunches available to children with her new service.

Some of the toughest food critics are children. Many children won’t eat what they don’t like. And we can all agree that food left uneaten has no nutritional value. So, for a lot of parents, schools and caregivers, serving meals that are delicious and healthy is a real concern.

When WT Café makes lunches for children, the reviews are always positive. Because lunch tastes so good, children might forget that it’s healthy too!


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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 2:02 PM, 08.07.2014

The Ritzy Chic Loves Rocky River!

Wow! What a great place to have a business.  I love the cottage-style house that I turned into The Ritzy Chic shop. Rocky River has so much to offer...I just love it!  Surrounded by the charm of the community and it's wonderful environment, we take pleasure in offering a wide selection of items.

The shop features furniture and home furnishings, collectible pottery, kitchenware, barware, beer signs, advertising items and more.  The highlight of my shop is definitely the vintage clothing and hats and a huge selection of designer and costume jewelry.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:43 PM, 08.07.2014

Look and Feel Like an Epic Beauty at Eternal Salon

Eternal Salon creates natural looks that resonate inner beauty as well as edgy looks that reflect fashion runways.

Eternal Salon, formerly known as Prive Hair Salon and Day Spa, is located in the quaint yet bustling Old River Shopping Center.  Owner Nicole Breitmayer is a long hair specialist with a background in hair extensions, makeup art, and on-set styling. 

She has worked with many of Cleveland's leading film and photography professionals such as Robert Banks, D. Trundle of "The Artist", and Global Entertainment.  Nicole has been certified in fusion, micro link, and tape in hair extensions through Donna Bella Milan since 2010. Her work with Cleveland's 48 Hour Film Project has landed her credits on IMDb (Internet Movie Database). 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:48 PM, 08.07.2014

It’s All in the Legs!

Example of a Cabriole leg, on a vintage arm chair made in Italy.

Even in furniture, it is all about the legs! Furniture legs come in many shapes and sizes. Some are thicker or curvier than others are. No matter what the style or shape, legs lift a piece, giving it not only stability or necessary height but also importance in some cases.

Yes, the execution of a leg can determine quality - as well as help in identifying the style of a piece, its age, and country of origin.

So, now when you look at a chair, a box, a table or case goods, pay attention to the legs. A great set of legs makes for a more elegant structure and moves a piece from being just practical to being a work of art.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:36 PM, 08.06.2014

Crowdfunding: New Source of Financing for Entrepreneurs

Financing is an ongoing concern for many new and existing businesses. As the availability of bank loans and other traditional financing sources has become scarcer in recent years, entrepreneurs have been searching for new ways to finance their ventures. One of the newer sources is crowdfunding, also known as crowd financing.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:53 PM, 08.07.2014