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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

Do You Get Dizzy or Lightheaded When You Stand or Sit Up Fast?

 So you get up fast and feel a little lightheaded or a little dizzy. You think nothing of it because it goes away in a few seconds. Do you really think this is normal? It’s not! This is far from normal and can indicate some serious health issues. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 08.07.2014

HealthSpan's Summer Safety Tips

During summer, accidents happen everywhere and we aren’t just talking about on the freeways. They are right in your backyard- literally. From pools to bikes and trampolines or even summer chores, injures this time of year are common. "With a few good rules of thumb and a couple preventative measures, nearly everyone should be able to enjoy their summer injury free," says Aaron Smith, MD, Interim Chief, Emergency Medicine for HealthSpan.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:39 PM, 08.06.2014

Rep. Baker Hosts Press Conference on Job Resouces in Cuyahoga County

Rep. Baker discussing the OhioMeansJobs website.

In late July, State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) held a press conference in Cleveland at the OhioMeansJobs office for Cleveland-Cuyahoga County to raise awareness on job opportunities in various industries and the many resources that are available to jobseekers, including OhioMeansJobs.

Rep. Baker, along with fellow speakers, discussed the OhioMeansJobs website in detail, outlining its various functions. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:52 PM, 08.07.2014

League of Women Voters Merger

The three local Leagues of Women Voters - LWV-Cuyahoga Area, LWV-Shaker Heights, and LWV-Cleveland Area - have voted to merge, thereby forming one single League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland.  The central league now encompasses all of Cuyahoga County, with nine chapters - Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake/North Olmsted, Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Hillcrest, Shaker Heights, and Cleveland Area.  This merger will help the organization better meet its mission of encouraging an informed and engaged electorate.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.10.2014

Rocky River Community Garden: A Plot of My Own

Meg tending to her crops.

My family and I downsized last summer, leaving behind a large house and yard in Medina for a townhouse-style condo in Rocky River. The idea of having a smaller space to care for and minimal yard work was very appealing to me—no more tending to the lawn and gardens!

By the end of the summer though, I realized that something was amiss at our new home. When I was cooking, I could no longer step out into my backyard and pick fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden for what I was preparing!

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:27 PM, 08.06.2014

Library Mural Project

A team of enthusiastic and talented teens recently worked over three days at Rocky River Public Library with an artist from the Progressive Arts Alliance to learn the basic principles of design and mural-making. As a result, they created the dynamic mural now on display in the Teen Area. The program was a great opportunity for students to learn about visual art to create a large-scale artwork.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.10.2014

RNC Is a Great Opportunity

The Republican National Convention is going to be a great opportunity for the City of Cleveland. People will be visiting from all over the country. They will eat in our restaurants, stay in our hotels and take in the incredible entertainment that we have to offer. My hope is that we join together and welcome our visitors as excellent hosts and hostesses. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.10.2014

Zucchini Chips

These baked zucchini chips are a healthy alternative to fried potato chips and they're a great way to use up bumper crops of zucchini!  Zucchini slices are dehydrated in an oven until they become crispy and crunchy.  Top them with parmesan for a low-fat hint of salty cheesiness. 
Feel free to get creative and use your favorite flavored oils or salts.  Basil or garlic oil would be delicious.  Try smoked sea salt for a gourmet touch.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:47 PM, 08.07.2014

Romanian Festival at St. Mary's

Don't get us wrong... We love attending all the ethnic festivals in town, but we're making a big promise: You will experience something new when you come to St. Mary's Romanian Festival on August 15-17 in Cleveland's Westpark/Kamms Corners neighborhood. 

Try the authentic Romanian cuisine!  All cooked fresh.  Romanian delicacies include grilled mititei (not burgers, not sausage, just mighty delicious), mamaliga cu branza, which is polenta baked with sour cream and cheese and is the star of the menu, tasty homemade sausage and sauerkraut and, of course, the ever-popular stuffed cabbage.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:31 PM, 08.06.2014

Grab The Bubbly!

Few things embody the true sensation of celebration like a bottle of bubbly. We toast unions and the New Year, christen ships, splurge on promotions, build overflowing glass fountains, and spray the bubbles of victory on the heads of our teammates. Whatever you call it - champagne or sparkling wine - every pop and fizz is a tiny cheer for the milestones in our lives.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:03 PM, 07.02.2014

Bright Spots Are Coming Back to Rocky River

The entrance sign to West River Estates, off Spencer Rd. in souther Rocky River, has been selected as a Community Bright Spot.

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s popular Bright Spot program celebrates its fourth year! Homeowners will be recognized for taking extra time and effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping.

To kick off this summer's program, we selected the entrance sign to West River Estates as a Community Bright Spot. It was planted and is cared for by Claire & Gary Pildner, coordinated by Tracy Quaiser, and supported by John & Maria Patsue and residents along Sunnyhill Dr.

Nominations were open in early June and we had a variety of great suggestions. Our four Ward Teams are reviewing the nominations and will choose six homes in each ward. Recipients will be announced at River Days on July 12.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:55 PM, 07.04.2014

Lakefront Cruise-In to Raise Funds for Scholarships

Just imagine... a beautiful summer evening right on the lake—live music, food and refreshments, and lots of fancy cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River—a car, truck, and motorcycle cruise-in is set for Thursday, July 31, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—at Edgewater Park’s Lakefront Reservation, Lower Area.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 07.04.2014

Fairview Park Community Events

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton, the City of Fairview Park, and the Fairview Park Recreation Department are excited to announce upcoming community events for 2014.

The food trucks are rolling into Fairview Park on Saturday, August 2, from 4-9 p.m. The first Food Truck Festival is an event featuring eight area food trucks, inflatables for the kids, beer for the adults, and entertainment by the popular 80’s rock tribute band, Cleveland’s Breakfast Club. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:16 PM, 07.02.2014

Career Transition Center Offers Classes at RRPL

Are you unemployed or under-employed and looking for a new job? In addition to the many classes being held at the Westlake Library on Tuesday mornings, the following classes will be held at the Rocky River Library. These classes are free and you do not have to enroll in advance. Call 216-367-3011 for details or check for more information.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:00 PM, 07.04.2014

Rocky River Fall Arts Festival

The first annual Rocky River Fall Arts Festival took place in 2009 on a beautiful day in late September. Mayor Pamela Bobst wanted to highlight the talent of Rocky River artists and the diversity of the merchants in the Old Detroit Shopping area.  

This year, the Rocky River Fall Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   So far, 72 artists are participating in the event. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:54 PM, 07.04.2014

The Coaster & The Highway

Families have started making plans to spend some vacation time together, which might include highway driving to visit relatives or amusement parks. This means that the newest drivers in these families might get some driving time on the highway to relieve their parents during a long journey.

At the driving school, one of our instructional drives is a highway drive—which may be the student's first time on a highway. Many students are obviously apprehensive. So, I try to get a student to relax by comparing the anxiety he or she feels about entering a highway to the anxiety I feel about getting on a roller coaster.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:12 PM, 07.04.2014

Art Show at the Rocky River Senior Center

Visitors viewing the artwork at the Senior Center last year

The 23rd Annual Art Show at the Rocky River Senior Center will be held July 11 through July 25.  Seventy-eight area artists are presenting one to three pieces of art. The RRSC hosts many art classes throughout the year. This is a chance for senior artists to show what they’ve created. 

There will be an artist reception on opening day—Friday, July 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is a chance to meet the artists and view their works—while Ken Aufmuth plays the piano. Admission is free and dessert is available for $3.

On Saturday, July 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the art exhibit and sale will be a part of River Days. Leigh Eastman will provide piano music, and there will be a free Matisse lecture by popular art historian Felicia Zavarella Stadelman in the auditorium, at 11:00 a.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:59 PM, 07.02.2014

The Ritzy Chic's Cottage Charm

Much charm to see at The Ritzy Chic

The Ritzy Chic is a charming new shoppe located in the heart of Rocky River at 1413 Linda Street. The shop offers a huge selection of upscale and cottage-style furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing and jewelry, and designer label clothing. Many items are from estate sales. The bride-to-be will be delighted by the selection of vintage bridal items.

Summer hours are Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m.—Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m.—Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.03.2014

How to Choose... and Wear, a Fragrance

Testing for the perfect scent

Scents have a fascinating ability to activate memories and feelings. Our sense of smell is instinctive. The olfactory receptors in the nose connect directly to the brain's limbic system—the area of the brain responsible for emotions and memory.

Before you become consciously aware of a fragrance, your brain has already been analyzing and categorizing the scent. This sense is so powerful that it is used as a therapeutic tool in treating Alzheimer's patients. The patients are asked to identify scents and describe the memories associated with them.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:53 PM, 07.03.2014

Tips For Lustrous Summer Hair

Hot weather and water recreation affect the look of your hair, but with some simple strategies you can stay looking great all summer long.

Cut away seasonal blahs and split ends. As a hair stylist and color instructor, I see that clients' hair grows fastest in summer months. A refreshed style that’s well maintained will be easier to manage over time. If you’re washing your hair more often due to increased sweating or a greasy feeling, consider using a natural-based, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and try a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner once weekly.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:55 PM, 07.03.2014

Original Work, Print or Copy?

Is it an original work of art, a print or a copy? I am asked these questions every day. Let’s explore what the differences are and how one can tell the difference between them.

Art has probably been enjoyed from the beginning of time. It has been a way of expressing one’s feelings and thoughts. Viewers are pulled into it and have a visceral reaction. Most of the art we at Mitchell Sotka look at has been produced over the past 200 years. Themes range from paintings depicting landscapes, portraits, still life, and interior views—to abstract images. Paintings can be labeled as a gauche, watercolor, acrylic or oil. These colorful renditions are created one at a time by hand. And although they may depict a famous work or have a repetitive theme, they are still one-of-a-kind and not mass produced.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:05 PM, 07.04.2014

Avoiding Dog Behavior Problems In Your Home

I do in-home dog training in the Rocky River and Fairview Park areas. I specialize in severe aggression and anxiety cases. However, in this article I’d like to talk a bit about how to prevent behavior problems from occurring, especially the first time you bring a dog home or even better before you head out to get your new canine friend!

Initial leash and collar supervision is the number one way to set your dog up for success and establish rules in the home!

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:50 PM, 07.03.2014

Family Businesses Survive the Test of Time

Family businesses that are managed by multiple generations of family members can create continuity in those firms. But keeping the business in the family may be more complicated than it first appears. Overall, fewer than 30% of family businesses survive to the second generation and just 10% hold on through the third.

While many founders of companies hope or plan for one or more of their children or other family members to take over the business, sometimes the children have other ideas. Children often do not have the same enthusiasm as their parents had in starting and growing the family firm.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:56 PM, 07.03.2014

Who Sews?

Jackie hard at work sewing

Recently, I tried a new activity that I’ve really enjoyed. Believe it or not, it’s SEWING! That’s right… sewing with fabric, needle, thread, and machine—making all sorts of fun projects.

I got interested in sewing by a strange coincidence. I was visiting a friend when her mom asked us to go to the Stitch Cleveland sewing store to purchase some fabric. When we got there, I was amazed at how bright, colorful, and interesting the shop was.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:01 PM, 07.03.2014

Carole Calladine's Countdown

Carole Calladine 

When this article appears, Carole Calladine will be getting ready to say her goodbyes to the wonderful staff and seniors at the Rocky River Senior Center. Carole was hired by Mayor William Knoble in January 2004 to be the new director, upon the retirement of the center’s original director, Joyce Waltz-Umerley.

Following in the fine tradition of offering welcoming and innovative programming, Carole began her 10-year tenure. She taught The Artist Way, Altered Books, and Soul Collage. As a social worker, she did home visits and shared community resources with seniors and their families.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:59 PM, 07.03.2014