FP Auxiliary Meets with Success

The Auxiliary Unit will be at Fairview Park's Summerfest on July 7-10 and the Food Truck Festival on August 6. If you are interested in learning more about the unit, becoming an Auxiliary, or supporting the Association, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  We hope to see you there!

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 2:53 PM, 07.06.2016

Learn to Play Bridge in a Day

The game of Bridge is a favorite with people all over the world. If you don't know this great game, have never played, or need a refresher course, here is your chance. The American Contract Bridge League and the Cleveland Whist Club are underwriting an event, Learn to Play Bridge in a Day. The event will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 4:07 PM, 07.07.2016

Common Threads’ Grand Opening Set for June

Common Threads – a place for thrift, décor and more – is just a few weeks away from opening its doors at 22049 Lorain Road in Fairview Park. City leaders and community members are invited to gather at the store on June 24 at 10 a.m. to kick off the grand opening weekend with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Shoppers visiting the store during opening weekend are eligible for prizes and special deals on merchandise, which includes adult and children’s clothing, housewares, small furniture and more.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:56 PM, 05.31.2016

Nominate Your Favorite Bright Spot

Spring and summer are always busy for the Rocky River Beautification Committee.

To nominate a residence, please email by June 9. If you have contact information for the person you are nominating, please share it, but contact information is not required. Abby Marshall is leading the project again this year. To see pictures and lists of past recipients, go to Please stop at the committee’s table at River Days on July 9 when we announce the recipients.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 5:55 PM, 05.31.2016

FP Fire Department Receives American Heart Association Award

The Fairview Park Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:57 PM, 06.02.2016

Hospice Walk in Memory of Loved Ones

Residents of Rocky River, Fairview Park and surrounding communities are invited to walk in memory of their loved ones while "paying it forward" to help hospice patients and their families. Now in its fifth year, Hospice of the Western Reserve's Walk to Remember will take place on Sunday, June 12, from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland. The event is sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. 

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:57 PM, 05.04.2016

FP Community Council Names Citizens of the Year

The Fairview Park Community Council has named Nancy and Dick Cause as the 2016 Citizens of the Year. Only once before has this recognition been awarded to a husband and wife at the same time.

Please join the Fairview Park Community Council in congratulating Nancy and Dick Cause at this year’s Citizens of the Year dinner and recognition on Wednesday, May 25 at the Fairview Park Senior Center. The cost of the dinner is $25.00. Tickets are available at City Hall, the Senior Center or by calling Roberta Sunkle at 440-333-9339 or Tom Davis at 440-333-8721.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:47 PM, 05.04.2016

Irish Dance Draws Crowds at The Hooley

Join the crowd of Irish dance enthusiasts gathered around the Family Stage at the 7th annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™, which will be held on Saturday, May 14, from noon to 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue in Kamm’s Corners. “Hooley” is Irish slang for party or celebration, and this one will have guests tapping their toes to entertainment from two stages, one at each end of the avenue. Irish dance plays a major role in this annual festive day presented by Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:54 PM, 05.04.2016

Common Threads: Resale with a Mission

Common Threads, a new resale store with a unique mission, is excited to open its doors at 22049 Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park with a Grand Opening celebration June 24-25. The store will carry all types of quality goods for bargain prices, including adult and children’s clothing, toys, small housewares and appliances, and more.

Weaving together a love for thrift with a charitable mission, Common Threads will not be a typical thrift store.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 2:09 PM, 05.03.2016

Power of More Business Showcase

Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce and the Power of More held the 5th annual Business Showcase at the Gemini Center in Fairview in April.  Hundreds of people visited the 70 vendors who had tables and tasted food samples from eight local restaurants. A wide variety of businesses were on hand to satisfy almost every need a visitor could have -  health care, insurance, real estate, legal help, funeral planning or banking needs.

Twenty-four members of the Fairview High School football team put their muscles to work, unloading vendor cars and setting up tables.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:44 PM, 05.05.2016

RR Recruiting Auxiliary Officer

The Rocky River Police Department Auxiliary is currently recruiting for the position of Auxiliary Officer. Auxiliary officers are not sworn police officers, but they do support the department in the areas of patrol operations, special events and details. It is a volunteer position. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lieutenant David Wagner at or at 440-331-1234.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:49 PM, 05.04.2016

Connecting for Kids Hosts Meet and Greet

More than 60 local, pediatric professionals and organizations will participate in the 5th Annual Connecting for Kids Meet and Greet featuring therapists, programs and camps.  This free event will be held on Thursday, April 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River.

Participants can visit with representatives from various organizations to discuss services and explore program options.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 4:02 PM, 04.06.2016

FP Democrats Welcome Leader of Common Good

The Fairview Park Democratic Club will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at City Hall featuring a presentation by Paul Henderson, Executive Director of the Common Good Ohio. The Common Good is a member-based community organization that works toward empowering low-income, working class people and communities of color to create stronger and healthier communities across Cleveland and the rest of Ohio. Its work includes examining the impact of Federal Reserve policy on these communities. Don't miss this interesting evening!

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:57 PM, 04.05.2016

The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™

Tagged West Park’s Homecoming Celebration, the 7th annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ kicks off at noon on Saturday, May 14, and runs until 8 p.m. on Lorain Avenue in the City of Cleveland neighborhood of Kamm’s Corners. Lorain Avenue will be closed to traffic from West 165 Street to Rocky River Drive.

“Hooley” is Irish slang for party or celebration. This one started out as a celebration of the new streetscape installed seven years ago. Today, The Hooley™ remains an annual day of live music, festival food, entertainment, and activities for all ages, presented by Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:56 PM, 04.06.2016

Swim-a-Thon to Benefit Two Organizations

Girls with Sole and the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support from the sixth annual Swim-a-Thon on March 13 at the Rocky River Recreation Center pools from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Swimmers or those wishing to make a pledge should contact Harlan Radford, Rotarian and event coordinator, at The recreation facility is located at 21012 Hilliard Blvd.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:04 PM, 03.02.2016

Seeking Ideas to Make RR a Better Place

Each year, the Rocky River Women's Club raises thousands of dollars through their Holiday Home Tour and other fundraising efforts. The group disburses these monies directly back into our community.

Private residents, businesses, non-profits, and community organizations alike are invited to request funding. We consider proposals that will benefit multiple Rocky River residents. The deadline is March 15. To download an application, go to

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:02 PM, 03.02.2016

Connecting for Kids Honors RR Resident

Connecting for Kids honored Rocky River resident Stacy Miner as its Parent of the Year at its Annual Fundraiser in late February. Connecting for Kids offers education and support for families with questions or concerns about their child, with a focus on children birth through age 12.

 “Last year was the first time we presented a parent award and now we are making it an annual tradition to honor a parent who has made a difference in the lives of area families and their children with special needs,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 2:52 PM, 03.04.2016

Dan Coughlin Honored at Ohio Rose Selection

Local celebrity and longtime Rocky River resident Dan Coughlin was honored in February as the third recipient of the Westlake World Partners Founders Award.  The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through their support of the Ohio Rose Centre.

Dan was recruited as event emcee for WWP’s inaugural Rose selection in 2011. Northeast Ohio’s legendary sportswriter, sportscaster and author was not only instrumental in helping to get the event off the ground through his celebrity draw, but he also is well regarded for his care in working with Rose hopefuls.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:26 AM, 03.04.2016

Lakewood High Class of 1971 Reunion

The Lakewood High Class of 1971 is having their 45th Reunion on June 10 and 11. Friday night at 6 p.m. there will be a gathering at VOSH in Lakewood with a cash bar. This event is free. On Saturday, there will be a picnic at 4:00 p.m. All food will be  provided for a cost of only $15.00 per person.

RSVP with you check for $15.00 to LHS Class of 1971, 1311 Marlowe Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio 44107 by May 15.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 11:38 AM, 03.01.2016

Meet the Candidates

Eight Democratic organizations from the western suburbs are joining forces to host an exciting forum for all the Democratic candidates running in the March 15 primary. If you are planning to cast a Democratic primary vote in the spring, this event will help you make an informed decision. The forum is an opportunity to hear all Democratic judicial candidates, as well as those running for County Prosecutor, and the Ohio House and Senate. The U.S. Senate candidates and representatives of Bernie Sander's and Hillary Clinton's campaigns have also been invited.

The forum will take place on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m., at the Western Cuyahoga Lodge, #25 FOP Hall, 26145 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 3:42 PM, 02.01.2016

Recycling to Keep Your Holidays "Green"

The Christmas season has come and gone once more leaving your home full of trash-bound items. Wait! The Fairview Park Green Team is encouraging residents to think before they pitch and to consider the following opportunities to keep recyclables out of the landfill: Republic Waste Services will be collecting live Christmas trees on Monday, January 4 and Monday, January 11.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:22 PM, 01.05.2016

A Thank You to All

The year 2015 was bittersweet. The Fairview Park Police Department hired four new officers. But for every new officer, one officer retired. It is not only a person retiring but also a legacy. Each individual officer carries with them a legacy in years of experience that many get to hear through stories or recognitions.

Two lieutenants and two officers retired, taking with them a combined 122 years of service. That is more time than the 13 officers hired between 1993 and 2014 combined! In addition, the Auxiliary Unit had two officers retire - Jim Thompson and Mary Ann Malinky, who had over 80 years of combined service. Both the regulars and auxiliaries have very big shoes to fill. 

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 4:53 PM, 01.05.2016

Wishing Tree for Special Needs Kids

I wish bullies weren’t so mean; I wish people would accept me, autism and all; and I wish that I could see. These are just some of the wishes that children with special needs have added to the Connecting for Kids’ Wishing Tree at Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park, 198 Crocker Park Blvd. in Westlake. The tree will be on display through the holiday season.

“We wanted to build something amazing in our community and we are so excited to see it all come together,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids.

Additional messages will be added to the tree once a week.  If you would like to purchase a leaf for $10, simply visit

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:35 PM, 11.30.2015

Light Up River

Light Up River is just around the corner and the Rocky River Beautification Committee has kits ready for you! Sunday, December 20, is the evening that people around Rocky River will set out luminarias and enjoy the soft glow of light as they walk around their neighborhood or take a leisurely drive.

Kits consist of white bags and candles, and are available to order until December 11 at Kits are $10 for a set of 10 (suitable for most homes), or $30 for a set of 35.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:40 PM, 11.30.2015

Recruiting Rose Hopefuls for 2016

On February 13, 2016, everything will be coming up roses when one special young lady of Irish descent becomes the 2016 Ohio Rose.  The upcoming Ohio Rose Selection Celebration is one of several North American Rose Centre selection rounds conducted in affiliation with Ireland’s Rose of Tralee International Festival, where the “2016 Rose of Tralee” will be named in August.

It’s also advisable to apply sooner rather than later. While the posted application deadline is December 31, there’s always a chance that an earlier close date may be imposed if the application threshold is reached before the end of this month. All inquiries may be directed to

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:05 PM, 11.30.2015

Lock Your Cars

My name is Officer Antoon and I am with the Fairview Park Police Department.  I am writing this column to address an easily preventable crime that has occurred far too often.  Crime is unfortunately everywhere.  I do believe, however, that we live in a safe and comfortable community and that the law enforcement officers in this and surrounding communities are dedicated to keeping it that way. 

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:13 PM, 11.30.2015

Rotary Recognizes Edward Gallagher for Arts Program

Edward P. Gallagher, Director of Education for the Beck Center, received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River in November in recognition of his 11 years running the club's speech, music and art awards program.

"This annual event is a time to showcase our local schools, the students, and the power of speech and the arts.  I am proud to work closely with Rotarians each year to make this event a way to bring students together as they strive to further develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime," Gallagher remarked.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:07 PM, 11.30.2015

RR Citizen Police Academy

Mayor Pam Bobst, Police Chief Kelly Stillman, and the City of Rocky River Division of Police are pleased to announce the 6th Citizen Police Academy.

The goals of the Academy are to provide a basic understanding of the operation of the RRPD, to provide insight into police work, to provide a clearer understanding of citizens’ role in assisting law enforcement, to help citizens feel comfortable communicating with police and City officials, and to strengthen the partnership between the police and the community.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:39 PM, 12.01.2015

Celebration of Fairview Park Veterans

The Fairview Park Senior Center celebrated its first annual Veterans Day Hero Celebration in November.  The program began with the American Legion Post #738 Color Guard of Fairview Park.  All joined in the singing of the National Anthem led by Alyssa Gruttadauria.  Mayor Eileen Ann Patton offered a moving personal view of what Veterans Day means to her in her opening remarks.  Rev. Dan Sewell of New Hope Church offered an inspiring invocation. 

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 3:11 PM, 11.30.2015

It's Official! Rep. Baker Files for State Senator

Nan Baker (R-Westlake) announced in November that she has officially filed her petition for the March 15, 2016 election at the Cuyahoga County Board of Election for State Senator representing the 24th Senate District.* 

"After months of meeting thousands of our neighbors across the 24th Senate District, walking door-to-door, participating in all the parades, festivals, and events, our message has been strong - It's All About Jobs!

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 2:30 PM, 12.02.2015

Zephyr Teachout Speaks on Corruption in the 2016 Election

League of Women Voters is bringing campaign reform activist Zephyr Teachout to Cleveland on November 5 and 6 to speak on the history of corruption in the United States from its founding to the present day. Teachout will examine the various issues surrounding corruption from their constitutional origins through the Citizens United ruling, and expose the sources of power behind it.

On November 5, she will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Rd. in Rocky River.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 4:44 PM, 11.03.2015

Sip, Shop, Stroll in Rocky River

The Winter Market: Sip, Shop, Stroll is being hosted for its second year by nine Rocky River businesses located along Linda Street. The event will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

As the name suggests, the Winter Market is a chance to sip beverages, to get a head start on shopping local for the holidays and to stroll between the shops along Linda Street. The event will showcase the nine host locations as well as 25 artisans and food trucks from around the area.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 1:07 PM, 11.03.2015

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

A Neighborhood Cornerstone Comes Back to Life

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

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

Tri-C Hosts Open House at Westshore Campus

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 17, at its Westshore Campus, located at 31001 Clemens Road in Westlake.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:50 AM, 10.06.2015

"Alice in Wonderland" Theme of Miniaturia Society's Show

"Alice in Wonderland" celebrates its 150th birthday this year and we are still enthralled by the spell cast by Lewis Carroll when he wrote the much-loved children's book in 1865.

The fantasy world of rabbit holes and mad hatters, magic cakes, and secret doors will be on exhibit at Cleveland Miniaturia Society's 44th annual show. Please join us 'down the rabbit hole' on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.

Come dressed as your favorite Wonderland character for the occasion.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 4:11 PM, 10.06.2015

Down Syndrome Achievement Center Coming to West Side

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

Bright Spots Announced in Rocky River

Rocky River has a new collection of Bright Spots for 2015! Each of the city’s wards is sprinkled with recipients who take extra time and effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping.

After gathering over 150 nominations, Beautification Committee Ward Teams cruised the city to make their selections. “It was very difficult to make choices among so many wonderful nominations, particularly when there were multiple options on one street,” said Abby Marshall, Chair of the Bright Spot program.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, Posted 12:19 PM, 08.04.2015

HEALING HEARTS | Transportation from West Side Available for "Together We Can" Children's Bereavement Camp

For the 15th consecutive year, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Together We Can, a children’s bereavement day camp, at Red Oak Camp, 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road in scenic Kirtland.

This year’s camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Camp buses will pick up and transport children from the west side to the camp. The following drop off location has been arranged for Rocky River, Fairview Park, West Park and other west side neighborhoods: The Holiday Inn, 4181 W. 150th Street, Cleveland.

Cost for the camp is $25 per camper; scholarships are available. Space is limited. The registration deadline is July 1.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 6:48 AM, 06.10.2013

BLOOMSDAY | Rocky River Beautification Committee Holds Second Annual Perennial Plant Sale This Saturday

The Rocky River Beautification Committee is preparing for its Perennial Plant Sale at Don Umerley Memorial Hall, on Saturday, June 1st, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Most plants will be priced from $2 - $15 so buyers can enhance their garden without overtaxing their budget. Plants remaining in the last 30 minutes of the sale will be discounted by 40% with the exception of specialty items. Admission is free. While the focus of the sale remains perennials, the selection is slated to expand to include vegetables this year.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:52 PM, 05.29.2013

CENTER OF ATTENTION | Upcoming June Events at the Rocky River Public Library

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program, beginning June 10. To be part of the “Children’s Summer Reading   Program,” come in, register and pick up   your free summer reading kit to start the summer reading fun. Pre-readers can join in, too, and have friends and   family read to them. No reporting is required. Experienced readers may draw a picture, write a summary, or present a brief oral report for every fifth book they read (only five reports total).

All teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to participate in the “Teen Summer Reading Program.” Sign up at the Reference Desk and receive a free gift. Then start   reading (or listening to audiobooks) and fill out a slip for every title you read. Use those slips to enter drawings for awesome weekly prizes. The more   you read, the better your chances of winning!

Join the Adult Summer Reading Program by stopping by the Adult Reference Desk to register and receive a free gift. Participants who return to record titles they’ve read are entered in weekly drawings for gift baskets. The more you read the more chances you’ll have to   win! Go to or the library’s Facebook page to check out weekly prizes.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 10:31 AM, 06.05.2013

Inner Artists Unleashed at the Rocky River Senior Center

So, you finally retired after decades of work and dedication to your job. Suddenly you have all kinds of time on your hands. Hmmm, but what to do with all that extra time? The answer is easy-- pursue an artistic hobby! Participating in the arts has been proven to boost your happiness and wellness, and it is a great way to stay active and involved with your community!

So what’s your artistic dream? No matter what your dream is, retirement is the perfect time to embark on an adventure. Clare Rochford has taken several art classes at the Rocky River Senior Center. She always wanted to take an art class, but they didn’t offer it at her school while she was growing up. Years went by and she forgot about her dream as she was busy raising her family.  Once retired, she took a watercolor class and discovered that she loved it. She has been taking classes ever since.  Clare describes, “When you are older, you don’t have the pressure of earning a grade. Instructors help you to do your own thing, they help you bring out what is on the inside.  It’s enjoyable. Therapeutic even.”

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Baldwin Wallace Student Takes on Climate Change at White House Conference

When The White House convened a summit on climate change for select college student leaders on June 2, Baldwin Wallace University sustainability major, Tammy Blankenship, class of 2016, had a seat at the table. Blankenship and BW student body president, Ashley King class of 2016, plugged into the conversation as representatives to the White House Youth Climate Conference organized by the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC).

Student body presidents and sustainability advocates from colleges around the U.S. met to discuss campus sustainability, including best practices and challenges ranging from funding to education to student behavior. Under the hashtag #ActOnClimate, conferees were invited to meet with an impressive list of key administration officials, including EPA administrator, Gina McCarthy, and senior White House advisor, Brian Deese.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Summer is the Season to Bare All

It's that time of year for very special occasions, including weddings, parties, outdoor events and vacations. P.J.'s Day Spa, celebrating 33 years in Fairview Park, is excited to add sugaring to its many salon and spa services. The Simple Sugar Hair Removal System is a unique and safe process to remove unwanted facial and body hair.  

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Clear Your Clutter, Put Your Junk In Your Trunk and Cash In Your Pocket!

Where did it all begin? A pile here, an unsorted drawer there. Season after season, year after year, our lives become filled with debris from the past. There’s no time like the present to start removing clutter and organizing your stuff so that you can truly enjoy your home as you spend more time inside this fall and winter.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Fairview Park Parish to Hold 6th Annual European Festival

St. Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Church at 5390 W. 220th Street will hold it's 6th Annual European Festival on Saturday, September 12th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come experience cultures from across Europe while enjoying live entertainment, children's activities, raffles, ethnic cuisine, beverages and homemade bakery. Crafts & religious gifts will also be available for sale. Various ethnic dance groups will perform throughout the day. The evening will be highlighted by polka band, Jimmy K and Ethnic Jazz, performing from 6:30-10:30. Menu items include stuffed cabbage, pierogi, goulash, paprikash, cabbage & noodles and kielbasa & kraut. Guest speakers will be Rev. Michael Lee (1:00pm) and Rt. Rev. Dennis Hrubiak (3:00pm). Church tours will be held at 2:00 and 4:00. The evening will conclude with a Divine Liturgy (mass) celebrated at 11 p.m. Admission is free. $2,000 raffle- tickets $5 each. For raffle tickets or more information, contact 216.906.3463. For the latest updates, entertainment schedule and menu, visit A nonperishable food donation to the Fairview Park Hunger Center is suggested.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Recyclable vs. Recoverable

Recycling fact: nearly everything can be recycled if you have the necessary resources, i.e., equipment, money, manpower, etc. In Cuyahoga County, our ability to recycle is robust but still not perfect. It is therefore essential for the residents of Fairview Park and Rocky River to educate themselves about what can and cannot be recycled locally. At a town hall meeting in March, a Republic Services representative explained to a group of Fairview Park residents that the key to effective recycling is figuring out what items are “recoverable.” Recoverable refers to what items can actually be accepted and recycled using our existing resources.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Fairview Park Community Garden is Growing

The Fairview Park Community Garden has grown to 68 garden plots! 

In 2008, a resident approached the City of Fairview Park expressing interest in starting a community garden because her own property was not conducive to gardening. Many Fairview Park residents had similar issues of small lot sizes, damage from deer, and poor growing conditions like shade and wet backyards that are impediments to gardening on their own property.  Later that year, the Fairview Park Community Garden was established on Maple Drive between West 227 and 229 Streets on a piece of excess land remaining from the construction of I-480. 

When the Fairview Park Community Garden first opened, there were 15 garden plots. With assistance from local volunteers and Eagle Scouts, and with contributions of supplies from the City of Fairview Park, Home Depot, and Cox Communications, the Community Garden has grown steadily year after year. Today, the Community Garden occupies almost a ½ acre of growing space with 68 garden plots. In addition to the garden plots, the garden site has a small fruits, herbs, and perennial vegetables area and a fledgling orchard.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015

Nominate a Rocky River Bright Spot

The Rocky River Beautification Committee’s popular Bright Spot program celebrates its fifth year! Nominations are open until June 11 to recognize homeowners who make an extra effort to enhance their property with quality maintenance and landscaping. Don’t miss your chance to send us your nominations! No yard is too big or too small.

The Beautification Committee is extremely proud of this Resident Initiative. It shows how time spent with initial planning – and a strong dose of hard work – can reap vast rewards.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 4:21 PM, 06.03.2015

Support Trials for Hope at Cahoon in June!

Have you noticed the billboards alongside of our local highways depicting young children with the staggering statistic that one in five does not get enough to eat?  Can that be true, here in the United States, in Ohio, in our community?   Unfortunately, it is the sad fact for thousands of children and adults. 

You can make a difference by bringing canned goods to our booth at Cahoon in June on June 13 in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 3:39 PM, 06.04.2015

Preserving History: One Piece of Sandstone at a Time

There are many historic niches in Rocky River, but the stone wing walls at the corner of Detroit and Erie Roads are obvious landmarks of a bygone era. The Rocky River Beautification Committee has embarked on a project to restore and preserve these landmarks for future generations. We need your help!

The project’s cost is estimated at $7,700, which covers both masonry work and upgraded landscaping. The Beautification Committee is currently raising funds to cover that expense. The planting and ongoing maintenance will be managed by Beautification Committee volunteers.

You can support this project today! The donation period will conclude on June 30.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 3:41 PM, 06.04.2015

Fairview Park Green Team Offers Fun, Informative Events

The Green Team’s annual Freshen Up Fairview Park event is returning for its third year on Saturday, April 11. In lieu of a community clean up day, Green Team members and volunteers will be planting over 100 trees and shrubs in Bain Park along Coe Creek.

If you are interested in helping plant, join the Green Team at 9:00 am on April 11 at Bain Park Gazebo, 21077 North Park Drive in Fairview Park. This event is family and child friendly - all are welcome, no experience necessary! A demonstration of how to plant trees and shrubs will be offered to all volunteers.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 10:39 AM, 03.31.2015

Local Author's Book on Kindle

"Searching for Sebastian", a new short novel by Edward Staskus, has recently been published on Amazon’s Kindle Books. Based on extensive interviews with the 2011 freshman class of St. Edward’s High School in Lakewood, the novel is a comic and dystopian coming-of-age story. 

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 2:55 PM, 04.23.2015

The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ Returns

On Saturday, May 9, West Park's annual homecoming celebration will feature great food, live music, children's shows and activities, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, fine art, and more!

The 6th Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ takes place from noon to 8:00 p.m. Lorain Avenue will be closed for the festival between Rocky River Drive and West 165 Street. Show up to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy! Once again, the event is free of charge.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 3:52 PM, 03.31.2015

Cahoon in June Seeking Vendors

The 46th annual Cahoon in June fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is seeking vendors to fill Cahoon Memorial Park on June 13 and help make this the biggest and best event in its history. The yearly festival of art, music, food and fun attracts more than 1,500 visitors. Admission to the show, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and parking are free. Vendor spaces are very affordably priced.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:10 PM, 03.31.2015

RiverSouth Townhomes Selling Out Fast

Sales and construction at RiverSouth are moving along rapidly with over 12 residents already committed to a home. Three buildings are already under construction and two are under roof with the first resident planning to take occupancy in the next 90 days. Like other Brickhaus communities, the townhomes at RiverSouth are eco-friendly, dramatically designed, and have incredible views. In addition, they utilize the finest materials and feature the Brickhaus exclusive design of “clear span construction” that enables each homeowner to custom design their floor plan to fit their specific lifestyle.



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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:21 PM, 03.31.2015

Rotary Foundation Awards $51,000 in Grants

Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 4:24 PM, 03.31.2015

Connecting for Kids Hosts Meet and Greet

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

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