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Why Don't I Sleep Well?

If you have trouble sleeping, you are not alone.  Approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a sleep problem, with about 40 million classified as chronic sufferers and the other 30 million affected by intermittent sleep-related problems. However, an overwhelming majority of sleep disorders remain undiagnosed and untreated, according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research.

Come join us at our next community event and learn what the most common causes of sleep trouble are and what you can do about them.  Our Solutions to Sleep Trouble event will be held on December 1 at 7:15 p.m. at Panera Bread in Rocky River in the Event Room.  Please call 440-331-4744 to reserve your seat or email

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:28 AM, 11.04.2015

New Association In Fairview Park

The Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association is a fully established and accredited 501(c)3 whose mission is to provide auxiliary police officers with the proper equipment and training to better serve the residents of Fairview Park. Established in April of this year, FPAPA is guided by two auxiliary officers and two regular officers.

The FPAPA is a new organization looking for support from local businesses and individual donations to support the men and women who give their time. For more information, please visit our Facebook page and our website at and

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:54 PM, 11.04.2015

maurice's Opens at Westgate

Mayors Bobst and Patton do the ribbon cutting!

On October 30, Fairview Park and Rocky River welcomed a new woman's clothing retailer, maurices, to the Westgate Mall.

A national chain, maurices bills itself as "simply the best hometown specialty retailer."

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:14 PM, 11.04.2015

A Neighborhood Cornerstone Comes Back to Life

Project donors, Mayor Bobst, and Beautification Committee members celebrated the restored stone wing walls in October.

Everything ages, some things better than others. Eventually the time comes when we need to restore the fading jewels surrounding us and preserve them for future generations. Lauren Miller decided that now was the time to bring old school elegance back to a Rocky River corner.

Lauren brought the project to the Rocky River Beautification Committee and had its full support. When an anonymous donor offered a challenge grant to double match donations, the project really took off.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:50 PM, 11.04.2015

Fairview Park Chamber Recognizes Its Bright Star

Katie Drdek

At its annual recognition program celebrating members of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce, the  Fairview Park Chamber honored Katie Drdek, Director of Staffing/Sales for Anchor Medical Staffing, as its 2015 Chamber Bright Star.

Katie joined the chamber less than a year ago when Anchor moved to Fairview but has been a very active and supportive member from the beginning. 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:59 PM, 11.04.2015

The Fireplace and Its Mantel

The Federal mantel is simple, not a large profile.

Fall is here with its cold nights, damp days and, soon, whitewashed landscapes. These changes in the season send me dreaming of a warm fire in our fireplace. This daydream is vivid, with a glowing flame framed out by mosaic tile and topped by a nice mantel decorated for the season.

So, where and when did this come to be - not the daydream or the fire but the mantel and all its potential for decorative glory? The present day fireplace mantel is actually a modern invention.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:45 PM, 11.05.2015

Veterans: Good Entrepreneurs and Employees

Veterans Day celebrates the sacrifices of those who have served in the military. These veterans need meaningful work when transitioning to society. Entrepreneurship can provide opportunities for veterans to own or work for businesses.

Veterans have specific issues finding work when they return to civilian life. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said 95% of veterans cannot live on their military pension alone and must look for other sources of income. More than 53% of vets experience an extended period of unemployment.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:43 PM, 11.05.2015

A Winning Student Project: Cleaning Up Lake Erie

Students happy at work on their science project.

Under the guidance of science teacher Mary Ellen Scott, nine students from Saint Joseph Academy have constructed a new filtration system using slag from steel mills. The simple system they’ve constructed could save Lake Erie by removing the dangerous phosphates that poison drinking water by causing the growth of toxic algae.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:05 PM, 11.04.2015

FP Boy Scouts Earn Merit Badges

Scouts from Troop #421 rejoice on earning their Plumbing Merit Badges. Congratulations!

The Cleveland Plumbing Industry, Cleveland’s premier resource for experienced plumbing and mechanical contractors, recently hosted the Fairview Park Boy Scouts Troop #421 at its training facility in Brooklyn Heights.

On a Saturday in October, the boys worked hands-on with experienced contractors in order to earn their Plumbing Merit Badges.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:56 PM, 11.04.2015

Goldfish Swim School Coming to Fairview Park

Come on in! The water is fine!

Goldfish Swim School, Cleveland’s leading water safety and swim lesson school offering infant and child swimming lessons, is pleased to announce that construction of a new 8,900-square-foot location is currently underway in Fairview Park. The newest addition to the Goldfish Swim School family joins a thriving East Side location (open since 2012) and dozens of other Goldfish locations throughout the United States.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:07 PM, 11.04.2015

A Slice of Confusion

I was racing sundown with my lawnmower one evening, when my son started a pizza protest in the front yard. He was hungry. I, on the other hand, was hungry, hot, and grumpy with grass allergies.  So, when I finally relented, I was quick to grab my phone out of our minivan, skipping the trip inside to find my reading glasses.  Glasses aren’t required when all you have to do is google "Fairview Dominos."

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:54 PM, 11.05.2015

What Is an Etiquette Breach?

Etiquette refers to rules of acceptable behavior.  It is how one makes others feel comfortable in his or her presence.  A breach is an infraction or a failure to comply with something. Hence, an etiquette breach is a failure to comply with a particular behavior necessary for a situation or environment. 

Now that we have that out of the way, how should you handle a situation when you "mess up"?   

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:50 PM, 11.05.2015

RRPL Brings the Library to You!

Rocky River Public Library's Outreach Service provides free delivery and pick up of library materials for homebound residents.  

RRPL’s Outreach Service provides free delivery and pick-up of books and other Library materials to Rocky River residents who are permanently or temporarily homebound, regardless of age. 

If you or a loved one are unable to leave your home due to illness or physical disability, please contact Outreach Librarian Carol O'Keefe at 895-3755 to find out more about the program.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:48 PM, 11.05.2015

Ongoing Book Sale at RRPL

Check out the ongoing book sale in Rocky River Public Library's lobby.

The Women’s Committee of Rocky River Public Library hosts an ongoing book sale in the library's lobby. Recent bestsellers and old favorites are snapped up almost as soon as they hit the shelves. The sale consists of donated books, audiobooks, movies, and music CDs that are in excellent to good condition.  Vintage books, even vinyl records, are available periodically.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:44 PM, 11.05.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Programs

November 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   John Gingerich, Board Chairman of the Geauga Amish Historical Library, will talk about the history and culture of the Amish in his presentation Getting to Know the Amish.  Mr. Gingerich will be accompanied by members of the Amish community, who will answer questions from the audience.  Sponsored by The Friends of the Fairview Park Branch Library.  Registration required. 

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 3:56 PM, 11.05.2015

Issue 8: Critical to Arts & Culture in the Community

On November 3, Cuyahoga County voters will have the opportunity to continue to reinvest in Cuyahoga County’s critical Arts & Culture community by renewing the penny-and-a-half per cigarette tax they originally approved in 2006.  In the decade since voters passed the levy by a resounding 57%, our arts and culture sector has helped fuel Cuyahoga County’s revitalization.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 2:53 PM, 10.26.2015

State Representative Mike Dovilla Announces Candidacy for Ohio Senate

State Representative Mike Dovilla

State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) has announced his candidacy to serve as state senator for the 24th Ohio Senate District, comprised of 28 suburban communities in Cuyahoga County, during the 132nd General Assembly.

“For nearly five years, I have been honored to serve the people of Cuyahoga County in the Legislature,” said Dovilla.  “Throughout the summer numerous community leaders and constituents have asked if I would consider continuing to work on their behalf by seeking our district’s Senate seat.  I am humbled by their strong support and enter this race with great confidence that we will earn that opportunity.”

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:13 PM, 10.11.2015

O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park Accredited

O'Neill Healthcare's new facility in Fairview Park

O'Neill Healthcare Fairview Park, the 118-bed nursing home newly constructed on the site of the former Garnett School, is now accepting Medicare patients.

The $14.5-million nursing home and rehabilitation facility, the fifth in the O’Neill Healthcare’s family of senior facilities, recently earned certification by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Medicare Services, the standard among nursing-home certifications.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:34 PM, 10.11.2015

Oktoberfest at the Fairview Park Senior Center

Come on guys! We'll teach you how to polka.

All 140 people in attendance had an absolute blast at the first annual Fairview Park Senior Center Oktoberfest! The festivities took place on September 21. The food was plentiful and all enjoyed the kielbasa & kraut, cabbage & noodles, apple strudel and root beer floats. Johnny Pastirik and his polka pal entertained us and kept us on our feet dancing. Thanks to all who participated.

Missed the party? Our next blowout will be the Halloween Party on Friday, October 30, at noon.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.07.2015

CTC Program Helps Mature Workers Transition

Legos bring the program to an end with an understanding of your place and behavior in a group.

The newest program being offered by the Career Transition Center (CTC) on the West Side is “2nd State Institute”, an addition to CTC’s basic classes and job clubs. This is a joint venture with Vision 21 Consulting’s Dave Clements and Rev. Charles Eduardos of Victorious Living System.

In this series of specialized classes and group coaching, workers in the managerial, professional, technical and upper level administrative fields will receive assistance in moving on to the next stage of life. The students will learn specific techniques to handle the transition.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:27 PM, 10.11.2015

Fall Events at Magnificat High School

Magnificat High School, 20770 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, has many events planned this autumn, including a musical production of "Cinderella". Please plan on joining the Blue Streaks for these family-oriented events that are open to the public. For more information, call 440-331-1572 or visit

•  Scholarship Placement Exams and Parent Information Fairs

Saturday, October 10 or 17 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:17 PM, 10.06.2015

Chamber Member Wins Grand Prize

John Allensworth from Montrose Kia hands over the keys to Eileen Donahue.

All six chambers in the Power of More have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes every time they attend a networking event.  This September the raffle tickets were combined from events held in 2015 and Fairview Park chamber member, Eileen Donahue, was the lucky winner.

Upcoming events for the chamber include the Power of More Oktoberfest on October 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the North Ridgeville VFW Hall and a breakfast meeting of the Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Olmsted chambers on October 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the German Club in Olmsted Falls.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:22 PM, 10.06.2015

Singing for the Health of It!

Join the River Singers on Mondays at 1:00 p.m., no experience necessary.  

According to the Music Teacher’s National Association, music helps lower depression and decrease loneliness in older people.  Engaging in musical activities can alter moods and outlook.  Studies show that music can actually minimize the effects of depression.

Depression is a major health problem that affects many older people.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:30 PM, 10.11.2015

Breast Cancer Patient Shares Her Journey

Dana Watts paints an umbrella during an art therapy session at Fairview Hospital's cancer center.

When Dana Watts of Fairview Park first learned she had breast cancer, she was shocked. The mother-of-two never imagined she would get cancer. "My life was so wonderfully under control," she explained. "I lived a very healthy, active life. And there was no history of cancer in my family."

Dana was faithful in getting her annual mammogram and was surprised to feel a lump on her breast just five months after her last screening. She didn’t even have any symptoms.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:32 PM, 10.11.2015

Have No Fear, the Flu Shot Is Here!

As summer winds down and the air gets crisp, "cold" season starts to descend upon us. There are many precautions to take and information to obtain as we are coming into this season. While I am not here to persuade you, I would like to share some valuable information to help you stay healthy!

Many people get a flu shot every year, but some may not know exactly what the "flu" is! Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza, A or B virus.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 3:58 PM, 10.06.2015

NCH's Gala Raises Over $125,000

North Coast Health hosted 275 guests at their signature fundraising event, Celebration of Caring, held in early September. Through the gifts of event sponsors, donors, and other generous supporters, North Coast Health was able to raise over $125,000 to continue providing healthcare to the medically underserved, including almost $35,000 to expand our Behavioral Health Program to address the significant gap in mental health services in our community. 

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:33 PM, 10.11.2015

Interest Rates: The Bad and Good News

One of the reasons for the recent roller coaster ride in the stock market has been the anticipation of a possible increase in interest rates. While the effect of interest rates can be seen in the trading of stocks of larger businesses on the major exchanges, its influence on smaller businesses may not be as obvious.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:28 PM, 10.11.2015

On A Mission


Several years ago, I walked into a grocery store in Michigan to see what all the buzz was about. Upon entering, I went into sensory overload. It was a culinary dream. Neatly stacked pyramids of ripe and shiny apples, oranges, pears - for miles. Amazingly unique items, shore-quality seafood, colorful healthy salads, and freshly packaged pre-cut vegetables waiting to be added to a dish.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:22 PM, 10.11.2015

Kale Yes!

Veggies as a work of art

Area food-fanatics rejoiced as Whole Foods – the high-profile grocery gang that super-sized the natural-food concept, and who once prompted the singer Jewel to tweet “At Whole Foods... Dear Lord, lead me not into temptation” – opened the doors to its brand new location in Rocky River. It was a highly anticipated event that – if nothing else – finally concluded the “Whole Foods is coming" rumor, which simmered in River for what felt like an eternity.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:23 PM, 10.11.2015

We Do It All...Just Make the Call

Debbie Simone and Carl Dondorfer, a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services have been working together for over 18 years.

Given my motto - We do it all...Just make the call, people often ask me exactly what is "all."  My first answer is everything, but I qualify that by saying that we help people that don't know who to turn to when it comes to a home or house.  When people hear the words estate sale, many think that someone has died and someone is selling the contents of a home. This is only one type of house sale that we handle.  Whether you are buying, selling, moving, downsizing, trying to de-clutter or stuck with an estate (as executor or guardian), we offer the services that can help!

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.07.2015

Down Syndrome Achievement Center Coming to West Side

Missy Gibel, with her husband, John, and children Jack and Maggie at the GiGi's Playhouse Cleveland "Believe in our Build" gala in May.

Nothing can prepare a parent for those fateful words: “Your child has Down syndrome.” You are hit by a wave of emotions - fear, sadness, and uncertainty. The questions of what this diagnosis means for your life, your family, and your future invade your every thought. All of it blurs in your head.

When you Google “Down syndrome Cleveland,” you will find something new and exciting and hopeful - “Location in the works - Cleveland - GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center” with a link to This center is sure to change lives for the better in Northeast Ohio, home to over 900 families with a child with Down syndrome.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:02 PM, 10.06.2015

The Yardist’s Top 10 Tips for Fall

People in the Rockport community know that improving and maintaining curb appeal is important for the continued beautification of their neighborhoods. The steps you take in the fall to clean up and prepare your yard for spring are a critical part of the process.  Follow these 10 tips to protect your lawn and garden from Old Man Winter and for a beautiful yard next spring.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.07.2015

Riparian Buffers Help Improve Water Quality

An example of a well-vegetated riparian buffer zone. 

If you do not have a stream running through or along your property, you may be unfamiliar with the term “riparian buffer.” Simply put, a riparian area is the stretch of land along a streambank.  A riparian buffer zone refers to this area when it is naturally vegetated with trees and shrubs. A riparian buffer is arguably the most essential and underrated tool to ensuring the health of our streams, improving water quality, and reducing flood damage and risk.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.07.2015

Cleveland Treasures

Rose Iron Work, Muse with Violin, circa 1930

There are many treasures to be proud of in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Yes, we made it into the NBA playoffs last year, we are the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the National Republican Convention is headed our way. But dig deeper and you will find many treasures with national recognition. From pottery to metal, Cleveland has a legacy of well-known artists.

In my 20-plus years in the antique and decorative arts industry, I have fallen in love with some of these Cleveland treasures. I would like to bring them to life for you and provide the impetus for you to get to know them too.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.07.2015

Random Acts of Kindness

The importance of random acts of kindness came up during one of my 6th grade classes.  We had talked about etiquette and manners and why we should think about other people when making decisions. We had also covered the need to be appreciative of gifts and kind gestures. 

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:24 PM, 10.11.2015

Poem: Ring Bells of Saint Christopher

Ring bells of Saint Christopher
Bearer of Christ
Over the horns of the traffic and trains
Over the business of every day.

Call us to prayer, call us to Mass
Call us to weddings, funerals, births
Call us. Remind us.
Ring bells of Saint Christopher, ring!

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 10.11.2015

Passport and Photo Services at RRPL

Rocky River Public Library is pleased to announce that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.  U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the Library.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:38 PM, 10.11.2015

Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library

Play Book BINGO from October 1 through November 30! Would you like a chance to win prizes for reading? Stop by the Reference Desk for a Book BINGO card and then get reading! Once you complete a card, turn it in for a new one. Each completed card is an entry for a monthly prize drawing.  

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:26 PM, 10.11.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Happenings

October 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Join us for Our National Portrait: America the Beautiful, the New Eden.  Jesse Bryant Wilder, author of "Art History for Dummies", will use a multimedia presentation to explore how early American art—paintings of founding fathers, American landscapes and Native Americans—helped establish America's identity.  Registration required.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 1:31 PM, 10.11.2015

Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program Kick-off

Nan Baker discussing the program at Marrell Music Instrument Repair store in Lakewood.

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) joined the Ohio Development Services Agency in August to announce the start of the second round of the Ohio Career Exploration Internship Program. The program provides grants to certain businesses for employing high school students, which in turn help participating high school students gain valuable on-the-job experience in a field that interests them.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:19 PM, 09.01.2015

Discover Holistic School and Wellness Center in Rocky River

Yoga is a way to relax from the stress of the day.

Want to learn about Aromatherapy, take a Kundalini Yoga class, or start a career in Holistic Health? It’s time to visit Great Lakes School of Integrative Medicine (GLSIM) and Community Wellness Center in Rocky River.

Relocated from Northfield, GLSIM successfully launched its open house on June 20, with over 200 in attendance. “With our ‘Taking Care, Taking Charge’ motto, our pledge is to provide education that concentrates on the benefits of the proven natural therapies for holistic and wellness healthcare,” states Mary Jo Ruggieri, president of the school.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:39 PM, 09.01.2015

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Best Kept Secret for Back Pain

With 60 million Americans afflicted with back pain every year, I am amazed how many people have never heard of Spinal Decompression Therapy. I am not sure as to why it is kept such a secret. Given its success, it is a surprise to me that it is not used more or even offered in more health care settings.

Pain in the back or neck is usually a result of poor joint function, joint irritation, muscle tightness and spasm, and disc-related problems, most of which are caused by compressive forces on the spine.   

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:44 PM, 09.01.2015

Does a New Era Await Fairview Park Schools?

Rabon Allen, School Board Candidate

In reflecting on recent board decisions (e.g., the initial superintendent selection process and the sale of the Coffinberry School property), I considered several questions. Is the Fairview Park City School system poised to usher in a new era filled with a renewed and heightened sense of connectedness and achievement? Or will we experience controversial decisions that result in ongoing discontent and disappointment? I have no doubt Dr. Wagner and a few members of the board will be diligent in maintaining the district’s fiscal and academic success while working to make our schools a better place to learn and grow.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:14 PM, 09.01.2015

Helping Seniors Buy and Sell Homes

Julie Weist with her client Mary, who had lived in her home for 51 years.

There are a lot of real estate agents around town and most of them are utilizing the "latest and greatest" technologies to sell homes and communicate with their clients.  The following letter serves as a review of a local real estate agent, Julie Weist of Howard Hanna, who has not lost touch with the personal side of the business. Selling a home that someone has lived in for 40+ years can be a very traumatic experience.


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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:23 PM, 09.01.2015

We Do it ALL...Just Make the Call


Whatever the reason...we can help!  With over 30-plus years experience, I've helped many people deal with the task of what to do with the contents of their home or the property they are responsible for.  The answer is simple: Estate Liquidators and Deborah Simone will let you know what your options are.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:16 PM, 09.01.2015

How to Sell Your Home Fast

A crafty home seller knows incentives are a bit like a prize at the bottom of the cereal box.  If you offer your buyer something a little different, it can improve the chances of selling your home quickly and at the right price.  I am dedicated to providing the best real estate services and products available while helping clients with their individual needs.  

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:40 PM, 09.01.2015

Working Hard vs. Working with Heart

Everyone reaches a point in life where he or she starts to look for the true purpose of life. More and more people are in the quest for a meaningful life. Successful people who have enjoyed material comfort often conclude that it is no longer enough. Now they are seeking greater meaning in life. In a society where businesses undergo crisis - accounting scandals, market crashes, downsizings, burnouts, and more - a new ideology is needed.

Spirituality and business did not co-exist before, but people are now suffering from not being able to address the spiritual part of themselves. Today, corporate leaders are beginning to understand that to succeed in a competitive global marketplace, they must figure out how to tap into the creativity and innovation within people.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:47 PM, 09.01.2015

Making Recycling Simple for Fairview Park

The Simple Recycling program at work.

The Simple Recycling program is as simple as its name suggests. You put the items you want recycled in a green specialty bag and place it curbside with your blue and green carts for pickup. A Simple Recycling truck drives through Fairview Park each Monday, collects bags, and leaves replacements. Collected items include everything from clothing to bedding, fashion accessories to Halloween costumes, kitchenware to toys and books.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:21 PM, 09.01.2015

Youth Theater Season at Beck Center

Illustrations by Pat Miller

Founded in 1948, Beck Center Youth Theater is considered to be one of the longest continuously running youth theater programs in the country. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the program, and the 2015–2016 season is filled with just the right balance of titles that allow teaching opportunities and draw community interest. Ranging from family favorites to a twisted take on "Macbeth" for teens, this upcoming season is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

With such a spectacular season in store, it is important to note that students must be enrolled at Beck Center in the semester in which the show goes live. By enrolling in any art form, children and teens may participate in the productions.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:12 PM, 09.01.2015

School Daze

There are plenty of times during the year when life erupts into a full-blown fire drill. You can’t ramp up for the holidays, vacation, or the relatives without feeling like you’re on a toboggan ride. But in my world, the ultimate calendar chaos unleashes itself in August. One moment, our summer is Fourth-of-July fabulous and, the next moment, a Halloween catalog lands on our doorstep like a grenade, blowing August to pieces.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:29 PM, 09.01.2015

Educating Young People to be Future Leaders

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland.  The luncheon included the top three winners of a speech contest hosted by the Rotary for local high schools.  The young man who won first place -  a senior from John Marshal High School - gave an unbelievable speech about living a non-violent life.  He explained that violence serves no purpose.   He sited the example of a friend who had been killed and how it affected him and his school. He mesmerized the room.  He and his speech gave the entire room amazing hope. 

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:36 PM, 09.01.2015

Create a Picture with Words

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This image shows five hallmarks identifying a British piece of silver. Although there are five marks here, there are many pieces of British silver with only three marks. These marks do change based on maker, city and date. The delicate and detailed nature of the marks tend to differ them from American silver marks.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and a picture can be key when discussing  antiques. Most antique shops field calls from people asking for assistance on what to do with Aunt Betty’s buffet or grandmother’s china. Without the piece or even a picture in hand, the antique dealer must rely on a verbal description  to assess an item. Let’s dive into the language and the important marks that will help you communicate with an antique dealer.

China or dinnerware is a common inquiry so let’s start here. First, turn the plate over and see what is marked on the bottom. There could be up to three types of marks. One, a transfer or decal identification may be there, representing the factory, retailer or pattern.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:32 PM, 09.01.2015

Crowd Pleasing Fall Drinks

Fall is my favorite time of year. There is nothing better than fresh apples, campfires and, most of all, tailgating!  It’s always fun to be the one who brings a delicious drink that can be pre-made and ready to go. The best part about Hard Cider Sangria is that it is super versatile. This recipe is served cold and can be made beforehand with the hard cider added at just before serving. You can play around by swapping fresh cider, mulling spices, or all the new apple infused liquors.

A hot drink is great for taking the chill out of the air and for sharing during a gathering. A tasty variation is this classic toddy that is a creamy and rich Hot Buttered Rum.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:34 PM, 09.01.2015

Help Needed by Meals on Wheels

Rocky River Meals on Wheels is looking for substitute drivers to deliver meals to Rocky River residents. Service is required only one day a week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You must have a valid driver's license. If interested, please call Bob Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, at 440-333-6298 or email Visit our website at

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Activities Assistant Needed at Presidential

The Presidential Apartments has a part-time position, 20-24 hours a week, open for a person to take responsibility for the smooth operation of scheduled recreational activities for senior and other residents. The person in this position will report to and assist the Activities Director. Previous work experience preferred but not required. Individual must be motivated to interact directly with residents throughout the afternoon. Please send resumes to Tiphaney Lanham at

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 1:42 PM, 09.01.2015

Fairview Park Branch Library Programs

September 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Women in History will present First Lady Florence Harding. Ruth Pangrace of Women in History will re-enact the life of First Lady Florence Harding. Sponsored by The Friends of the Fairview Park Branch Library. Registration required.

September 8 at 7:00 p.m.   Join us for Alzheimer’s Early Detection. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will present a workshop on the importance of early detection for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:39 PM, 09.01.2015

“Upcoming Programs and Events at Rocky River Public Library”

Calling all Teen Volunteers!  Are you a student in grades 9-12 looking for a place to fulfill school assigned volunteer hours? The Library may be able to help. Opportunities will range from collection maintenance to assisting librarians with program preparations and implementation. Please contact Megan Alabaugh, Teen Librarian, at 440- 895-3752 or to find out more about this new opportunity.

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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 3:40 PM, 09.01.2015

Much to Enjoy at St. Mary's Romanian Festival

The women of St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral are hard at work finalizing the food preparations for the 10th annual St. Mary Romanian Festival, to be held on August 21-23 at the cathedral, 3256 Warren Road, in the Westpark/Kamm's Corners neighborhood.

Festival hours are Friday, August 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, August 22, from 2:00 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 23, from noon to 10 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 6:09 PM, 08.03.2015

Arthritis and Diseases That Affect the Back

There are many forms of arthritis and related conditions that can affect the joints, muscles and/or bones and cause problems like pain, stiffness, and swelling in the back. While any part of the back can be affected, the lower back is the most common site of arthritis because it bears more of the body's weight.  Neck pain associated with arthritis is also very common.  In conventional medical wisdom, we associate arthritis in the spine with age.

If you suffer with spinal arthritis, spinal stenosis or any of the symptoms mentioned, please join Dr. Ruocco at Panera Bread in Rocky River on August 26 at 7:15 p.m. 

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:17 PM, 08.04.2015