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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BayComm Welcomes New Members

BayComm is an all-volunteer group of West Shore residents who practice emergency preparedness communications with one another. Associated with first responder organizations such as CERT and Bay Police and Fire—BayComm is looking to expand its "safety net" of residents who want to maintain contact with others—if and when traditional forms of communication go down. Think of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), or a man-made EMP, or even a cyber-attack! There are many things that could bring down the communications grid. Don't be left with that feeling of not knowing what's going on around you.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:02 PM, 07.03.2014

Dad Makes Kids Proud

Rocky River Mayor Pam Bobst visits with David Gabe and his family at the Rocky River Recreation Center

A Rocky River family of five celebrated with a healthier dad on Father’s Day.

David Gabe, 47, of Rocky River wrapped up Fairview and Lakewood Hospital’s 8-week fitness challenge in June by tying for third place after saying goodbye to almost 20 pounds. He suffered from chest pains and acid reflux, and his family was concerned about his health. His wife encouraged him to compete in the Adult Fitness Challenge to kick start a better lifestyle. “The challenge was the kick in the pants I needed to make some healthy changes,” Gabe said. “I feel as though it was a chance to change my life in ways that were long overdue.”

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:07 PM, 07.03.2014

Local Residents Advocate Suicide Awareness

Jane Lewins

Jane Lewins provided oral testimony to the Ohio Senate Education Committee Hearing on the Jason Flatt Act (HB 543) in November 2012. She was part of the push to have a bill passed that requires teachers, counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, and administrators in Ohio schools to receive training in youth suicide awareness and prevention. 

Jane shared her own powerful story of how she was impacted by the unexpected suicide of her 18-year-old son, Micah Kellen Lewins, in January 2011. Jane described how the overwhelming support of the Rocky River community and the legacy of her son’s vibrant life have propelled her into working in the field of surviving suicide loss.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.03.2014

Heartburn: More Serious Than you May Think

Your body is an amazing machine. It has the ability to change the chicken you just ate into liver cells, heart cells, muscle cells, etc. This action is completed by your amazing digestive system. Your entire body lives and dies by how well you are able to break down and utilize what you eat. If this is affected in any way, you could be looking at a long history of health-related problems.

In my many years of practice, I have seen many people suffering from digestive problems, the most common being heartburn.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:11 PM, 07.03.2014

Roses of the Rockport Area

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre's "Rose Bouquet" includes Ohio Roses: Kelsey Higgins (2013), Grainne Mangan (2014), Bridget Linton (2011) and Ashley Speaker (2012), pictured at the 2014 selection celebration.

Area residents attending Irish festivals this summer should keep an eye out for a very special young lady—The 2014 Ohio Rose, Grainne Mangan of West Park.  One never knows when a “Rose” sighting may occur!  Roses keep their titles for life because “Once a Rose, always a Rose!”

Miss Mangan was bestowed the title during a late April selection celebration—emceed by Danny Coughlin, a Fairview Park resident.  The annual fundraising event was co-hosted by the 2011 Ohio Rose Bridget Linton, a Fox Sports Ohio girl since last August.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:07 PM, 07.04.2014

Rotary Awards Four College Scholarships

Scholarship winners Emma McGorray, Neelab Abdullah, Irina Vatamanu, and Teodora Bodeo with Phil Ardussi, Rotary club president.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its weekly luncheon on Monday, June 9. Graduating seniors Teodora Bodeo and Emma McGorray from Rocky River High School, and Irina Vatamanu and Neelab Abdullah from Lakewood High School—each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The scholarship program is part of over $50,000 that the club donates to the community each year.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:08 PM, 07.04.2014

Magnificat Graduates' College Scholarship Offers Exceed $15 Million

Catherine Collier addresses her classmates as the student speaker at Magnificat's graduation ceremony. 

On Thursday, May 29, a capacity crowd filled the Magnificat Center for the Performing Arts to watch 176 seniors become the 56th graduating class of Magnificat High School. The graduates, along with their family and friends, heard a beautiful reflection from classmate Catherine Collier—chosen by her peers to deliver this year’s student address. This year's graduating class was offered over $15 million in college scholarships.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:14 PM, 07.04.2014

A Fourth of July Parade

Police Guard at the West Park parade

The family plans start around July 1. Friends and relatives are called, the menu is planned, gas grills are cleaned, and patriotic decorations of red, white, and blue appear everywhere. Flags are displayed and every last person will wear its tri-colors. Kamm's Corner will be the image of pride for our country.

The nucleus of these activities is the Fourth of July Parade.  This will be the 46th parade of marching contingents of bands, the Police Color Guard, bagpipers, fire trucks, school and church groups. We even have Mayor Jackson and Chief of Police McGrath—who grew up on Flamingo—Shriners in full regalia, war veterans, clowns, dancers, antique cars, political candidates, and last but not least, the Boy Scouts that started the parade in 1968.


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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:14 PM, 07.02.2014

An Historic Repair Job: The Original "Star-Spangled Banner"

When the National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., reopened in 2008, the centerpiece of the museum was the original Star-Spangled Banner, the very one that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem.  The flag has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1907 and first flew during the War of 1812.The flag was removed from the museum’s walls in 1994 after years of public viewing. 

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:02 PM, 07.02.2014

Report of the Westshore Council of Governments Meeting of June 11

This report, which contains observations and selected highlights of a WCOG meeting, is not an official statement of the LWV.  Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:11 PM, 07.04.2014

Rep. Baker Applauds Governor's Action on House Bills

Representative Nan Baker, Governor John Kasich, Representative Al Landis

State Representative Nan Baker (R-Westlake) recently joined Governor John Kasich for the signing of House Bill 314 and House Bill 393.  House Bill 314 requires prescribers to obtain informed parental or guardian consent for minors to receive a controlled substance containing opioids.

Under the provisions of the bill, the "Start Talking" consent form for the controlled substances—which have the potential of being abused—would be separate from other documents seeking consent for treatment and be maintained in the minor’s medical record.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:03 PM, 07.04.2014

Old School vs. New School

I have been accused of being “Old School”. I am quite okay with it. Actually, I think of it as a compliment. I believe Old School people are traditionalists. We care about what people think and consider others when making decisions.  We think big picture and long term. We are normally consistent, committed to routines (from which we rarely deviate), and punctual. Many times we are black and white.  There is not always a “gray” to a situation and Old School people know this.

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

Grilled Pork Chop with Grilled Balsamic Pineapple

Grilling season is in full swing here. We know it might be difficult to imagine getting sick of hot dogs and hamburgers—but once you are, keep this recipe handy! It only requires a few ingredients and you’ll turn out a gourmet meal in less than 15 minutes (with the grill preheated). 

The balsamic grilled pineapple from this recipe is incredibly versatile, too. Use one of The Olive Scene’s flavored balsamic vinegars, such as Vanilla, Strawberry or Dark Chocolate, to serve the pineapple for dessert (vanilla ice cream accompaniment highly encouraged). Or, make a grilled fruit salad by applying the same method to peaches and watermelon.  Throw in fresh mint for good measure.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 3:57 PM, 07.04.2014

Antiques Appraisal Fair

On Sunday, July 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., area appraisers will provide a free informal appraisal for two items per person.

This is the sixth year that the Rocky River Library has organized the Antiques Appraisal Fairin conjunction with the City of Rocky River’s “River Days.”  The fair will be held in the Don Umerley Civic Center.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:28 PM, 07.02.2014

Take a Tour of Historic Sites

The Rocky River Historical Society is thrilled to be a part of this year’s expanded Rocky River Days Fun Fest.  The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in organizing the first Rocky River Day, which was held on August 8, 1953.  The tradition continued with the chamber's involvement in celebrating the city's 75th Anniversary on May 3, 1978 and the Bicentennial in 2003. 

Come to Rocky River Days on July 12 and 13 and learn more about the history of Rocky River.  Trolley tours of lesser-known historic sites in and around Rocky River will run on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 4:06 PM, 07.02.2014

Art in Action Masterpieces

Masterpiece #1 - Flower!

The Rocky River District Art Show celebrated its opening night on May 13.  Artwork from every student was showcased in the halls of Rocky River Middle School.  During opening night, 4th graders from Kensington Intermediate School were treated to a very special experience. 

The students worked side-by-side with professional artist, Augusto Bordelois, to create a 4th grade mural.  The 4th grade mural is a tradition at Kensington –  one that promotes class unity and pride.  This project was funded by the Kensington PTA. 

This year’s project was titled “Art in Action” in which the students learned a technique called action painting. 

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:44 PM, 06.04.2014

Fairview Park Summerfest

An extra evening of rides are part of the many new and exciting changes to the Fairview Park Summerfest, Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29, at Bohlken Park. Stop by for a “sneak preview” of the new rides on June 26 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The official start of Summerfest is Friday, with an evening parade opening a weekend of fun, food, music, and rides. A hot air balloon, Metro Lift Flight, Dick Nicoloff Memorial Classic Car Show, CERT softball games, beer tent, pancake breakfast and spaghetti dinner are on the schedule as well.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:50 PM, 06.04.2014

Remembering Others on Father's Day

When you look back on your life and try to figure out how you got to where you are, there doesn’t seem to be one defining event. The first part of life is molded by others. Your parents, siblings, home life, education and neighborhoods are pretty much decided for you. Maturity brings career decisions, sometimes marriage and perhaps children. All these things make you what you are today, but in the sum total of my life, I feel one of the indispensable parts was decided 109 years ago by a 22-year-old immigrant, my Great Uncle John.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:47 PM, 06.04.2014

A Senior Get-Away

The Rocky River Senior Center 

The Rocky River Senior Center opened on February 8, 1989 and has been a pleasant and busy hub of activity ever since. The building features a senior-friendly, open floor plan and a 300-seat auditorium. The Center offers a variety of senior services and activities.

It is a place for seniors to come and spend the day…to make new friends, learn, exercise, laugh, create, listen, shop, lunch, volunteer, and more.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:52 PM, 06.04.2014

Welsh Home Hosts National Convention

The Welsh Home

This year marks the 97th Anniversary of the Annual Women’s Welsh Clubs of America National Convention.  The Welsh Home will be host to all Welsh Clubs in the U.S. on June 18. The facility staff will showcase the pride and joy of goodness and the caring culture of the organization.  We invite the residents of Rocky River, Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Westlake, North Olmsted, and surrounding communities to experience the culture of the Welsh traditions on June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served on the front porch overlooking the pond.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:54 PM, 06.04.2014

Seniors Attractive Market for Smaller Businesses

The year 2014 marks the 50th birthday of the last of the Baby Boomers. This is the age cohort born between 1946 and 1964. This group of 77 million Americans has long been an attractive target market for businesses. They make up about 35% of the population and control over 75% of the nation’s wealth. As they move into their senior years, Boomers are becoming potential customers for the products and services offered by small businesses.

It is a common misperception that older Americans do not have money to spend. While some have retired and are not earning wages, many seniors have substantial savings and pensions to spend.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:58 PM, 06.04.2014