Scouts Light Up River

I am a WEBELOS in Cub Scout Pack 212 at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. One of our service projects each year is Yard Charge, where we rake leaves for people. But it snowed a lot on our assigned day, so we couldn’t do it. Instead, we decided to set up luminarias for Light Up River on December 21.

What is a luminaria? A luminaria is typically a white paper bag with weights (like sand) and a candle inside. Some people confuse luminaria with the word luminary, which is a famous person who inspires other people.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.18.2015

Rx: Create! Event to Benefit North Coast Health

Beat off those winter blues and support North Coast Health. Join us for a one-of-a-kind art auction featuring donated works by local artists and designers.  Rx:Create! will take place on Friday, January 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Around the Corner’s Warehouse Room located at 18616-20 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood.  The evening will feature raffles as well as an auction of unique art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture and more. There will be heavy finger food and a cash bar.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:13 AM, 01.13.2015

Rocky River Meals on Wheels

Most people have heard of Meals on Wheels (MOW), but many do not know the particulars about this valuable community service.

The Rocky River Meals on Wheels is a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to prepare meals for those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food. It has been proudly serving the Rocky River community since 1976.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 3:52 PM, 12.10.2014

Cuyahoga Land Bank Featured in New Report

An estimated 120 land banks exist in the United States, and their ability to adapt to local conditions and needs is helping communities, large and small, address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties, according to "Take it to the Bank: How Land Banks Are Strengthening America’s Neighborhoods", a new report from the Center for Community Progress. (Download the report)

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Volume 2, Issue 6, Posted 2:39 PM, 12.12.2014

DINE TO DONATE Cancer Fundraiser

Join us for our cancer support fundraiser DINE TO DONATE.  Tommy's Place, located at 1325 Linda St. in Rocky River, will donate 10% of all food item purchases on Saturday, November 15, from  6 p.m. until closing.

The fundraiser will include door prizes, raffles, a Chinese auction, and a vintage jewelry a special appearance by Billy Donato - Las Vegas Showman. Billy's show will start at 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 3:59 PM, 11.11.2014

Report on Westshore Council of Governments Meeting on October 8

This report is not an official LWV statement.  Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association (CCMCMA)

Mayor Sutherland reported that HB5 municipal income tax changes will be taken up by the lame duck Ohio Senate and will require close monitoring to ensure progress.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 2:56 PM, 11.12.2014

Drug Free Community Coalition Receives Funding

The Westshore Young Leaders Network (WYLN), an emerging coalition in Cuyahoga County that serves six communities in the West Shore region, received notification that it had been selected to be mentored by The Community Awareness and Prevention Association (CAPA) for the Coalition of Excellence - Mentoring Grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The communities include the suburbs of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 2:57 PM, 11.12.2014

"Holidays Go Miniature" in Miniaturia Society's Show

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

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

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

Cravings Cafe Reinvents Itself

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

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

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

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

Fairview Park Parish to Hold European Festival

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

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

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

Golf Outing Fundraiser at Red Tail

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

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

Bright Spots Are Coming Back to Rocky River

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

Roses of the Rockport Area

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

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

Tri Delta Bridge-a-Rama Event Benefits The MetroHealth Foundation

On Sunday, June 1, under the leadership of Rocky River’s Elda Krach, members of Delta Delta Delta West Side Alumnae Chapter and over 100 Cleveland-area bridge players gathered at the Cleveland Yachting Club to celebrate sustained giving to The MetroHealth Foundation. Elda Krach started the Tri Delta Bridge-A-Rama organization 49 years ago to support MetroHealth’s research and Child Life and Education Department. Funds are raised by more than 1,000 bridge players donating each time they play, in addition to other fundraising events during the year. 

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 4:48 PM, 06.05.2014

Dr. Terri Pope Named President of Westshore Campus

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) announces that Dr. Terri Pope has been named president of Westshore Campus in Westlake. Pope had served as interim president of Westshore Campus since October.

Pope brings a unique perspective to the position forged through experiences as a Tri-C student, instructor and leader. “It is a privilege to serve the same College I attended as a student,” Pope said. “Our new  Westshore Campus is a vibrant and innovative place. I am working  with a team dedicated to student success and I am very honored to serve as campus president.”

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 4:22 PM, 04.30.2014

Career Transition Center Assists in Job Search

The Career Transition Center offers programs to assist jobseekers and those making a career change through job clubs. CTC provides assistance in many areas: managing the job search process, peer support, resume development and more.  Job seekers set their own priorities and select the CTC services that meet their needs. Workshops are now offered at both the Westlake Porter Library and the Rocky River Library, and a job club meets every other week in the Fifth Third Bank Building on Center Ridge Road in Rocky River.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 3:47 PM, 05.01.2014

Get Ready for The Hooley on Kamm's Corners™

Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation is pleased to present the 5th annual The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™!Tagged “West Park’s Homecoming Celebration”, The Hooley™ takes place on Saturday, May 10, from noon 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 165th Street to Rocky River Drive.

Last year, more that 30,000 people visited The Hooley™! Admittance is free! Please join us for a great day of music, food, and family friendly fun. See you at The Hooley™!

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 3:32 PM, 04.29.2014

Help Someone Dress for Success

On May 2 through May 4, help Dress for Success and the women it serves by spring cleaning your closets and donating items that made a difference in your life. These items could make a difference in another woman's life. In return, every person who donates on this weekend will receive a Beachcliff coupon card with specials and savings from many of the merchants at Beachcliff Market Square. 

Hours for the donation center in the Beachcliff Market Square in Rocky River will be Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, Noon to 5 p.m.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 3:43 PM, 04.29.2014

Valley Riding's Dusty Boots Benefit

On Saturday, May 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Valley Riding will be hosting one of its largest fundraising events, the Third Annual Dusty Boots Derby Benefit. Attendees will watch the Kentucky Derby on four large-screen TV's, enjoy a catered meal and open bar, listen to live music, and bid on silent auction items.  With the winning bid, one attendee will even become the owner of a horse for the evening. And for the creative, make a derby hat and enter the Derby Hat Competition.

All proceeds will be used for the Therapeutic Riding Program, Youth Outreach Program and Scholarship Fund. To purchase a ticket, visit  No tickets will be sold at the door.

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Volume 1, Issue 11, Posted 3:37 PM, 04.29.2014

Our Ice Skating Event

What a wonderful evening we skaters shared in Rocky River on the Hamilton Ice Rink on March 23.  More than 60 people attended our event and some 50 plus even skated.  The success of this event is an endorsement of the friendships ice skating has created. 

A special Thank You to Jeff Waddell, Facility Manager for the Rink, who made this happen and to his wonderful staff - Rich Schultz, Rink Supervisor and Shirley Verbanik, Skate Guard, who made every effort to make us feel welcome.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.04.2014

Kathleen Lyons-Henderson Named Senior Center Volunteer of the Year

Kathleen Lyons-Henderson was honored as the 2013 Rocky River Senior Center Volunteer of the Year at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on February 19. Kathleen volunteered over 300 hours in 2013. Every Friday, she's in the center's kitchen making sandwiches for the deli lunch. On a different day, you will see her volunteering in the gift shop, enthusiastically greeting people. Kathleen is a member of Play Readers and also works with the props and costumes. She is a member of Rocky River Seniors Council, Inc. During the Craft and Quilt Show, Kathleen chaired the bake sale.

She began attending the senior center after her retirement from Fairview Hospital, where she was a unit secretary for 32 years. Kathleen said she "loves it at the senior center" and appreciates the opportunity to give back.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:34 PM, 04.02.2014

The Hooley on Kamm’s Corners™ Returns on May 10

On Saturday, May 10, West Park's annual homecoming celebration features great food, live music, children's shows and activities, Irish dancers, pipes and drums, fine art, and more!  The 5th Annual Hooley on Kamm's Corners™ takes place from noon to 8 p.m.  Lorain Avenue will be closed for the festival between Rocky River Drive and West 165th Street.

Show up to eat, drink, mingle, and enjoy! Once again, the event is free of charge. Purchase unique goods and pick up interesting information from the many booths lining each side of Lorain Avenue.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:05 PM, 04.02.2014

Help Freshen Up Fairview Park

Freshen Up Fairview Park is a special event that brings together residents, community organizations, and businesses to beautify Fairview Park and make the community more attractive for themselves and for visitors. The members of the Fairview Park Green Team would like to encourage all residents and business owners to participate in a day devoted to continuing to make the City of Fairview Park a “Great Place to Grow”. 

Freshen Up Fairview Park will be held on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers willing to devote a few hours of their day to freshen up a city park or other designated area should meet at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:39 PM, 04.02.2014

Learn to Compost at Home

Zero waste is the designation for 2014 and the Fairview Park Green Team is working to help its community and neighbors pursue that goal. Recycling rates are up in Fairview Park, but other opportunities exist to further divert solid waste from landfills. One such tactic: composting food waste at home.

The Green Team is hosting a seminar to provide residents with the knowledge and tools on how to compost at home. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District will conduct the seminar, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Gemini Center.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:32 PM, 04.02.2014

Missing Mini Schnauzer

Simon, a miniature schnauzer, is missing in Northeast Ohio. His family has launched an extensive search. In the short time they've had Simon, the family has fallen completely in love with him and just want him back.

He was on a walk when he was startled by some pedestrians, jerked out of his harness, and took off onto Clarence Avenue toward Lakewood Heights Blvd., running up every driveway, confused. Simon eventually went up a driveway, possibly into a garage or backyard, and disappeared from sight. He was last seen on March 9 or 10 on Cohassett Avenue in Lakewood.

If you have any information on Simon's whereabouts or you spot him, please contact Lauren at 440-258-6945. There is a substantial reward being offered. Help bring Simon home!

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:13 PM, 04.02.2014

Annual Hair of the Dog Fundraiser for Lakewood Shelter

The Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter is proudly sponsoring its 10th Annual Hair of the Dog Happy Hour and Silent Auction on Thursday, May 1, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Around the Corner Saloon in Lakewood.  Support animal welfare in your own backyard by enjoying an evening filled with music, food and local merchandise!

Dozens of Lakewood and Cleveland-area businesses have donated items and services for a silent auction, including tickets to Cleveland sporting events and live shows, spa certificates, and more!  Tickets for the event are $25 per person, and local comedian Mark McKenzie of Last Call Cleveland is returning as emcee.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 5:21 PM, 04.02.2014

Heroin - The Accidental Killer

Heroin can be deadly, even if all you are looking for is one more “high”.  Parents might think, “My kids would never do that”, and hopefully, they are right.  But what about your kids' friends and classmates and teammates? I bet if you ask your teenage kids, maybe even your preteen kids, if they know of anyone at school who is using drugs, they will admit that they do.  Pretty scary, isn't it?

The Addiction Ministry team at West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River is presenting a program about heroin addiction on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 pm.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.02.2014

Recruiting Irish Maidens

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre, an affiliate of The Rose of Tralee International Festival in Tralee, Ireland, is seeking applicants from Ohio for its fourth annual Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration to be held August 25 at LaCentre in Westlake.

Festival eligibility requirements and a local application packet may be requested by emailing The local Rose selection is the annual fundraiser for Westlake World Partners Co., a non-profit organization.

In the photo is Kelsey Higgins, the 2013 Ohio Rose, in Portlaoise, Ireland, with Festival emcee and Irish television personality Dáithí Ó Sé.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:15 PM, 03.04.2014

Rotary Foundation Awards over $46,000 in Grants

Over $46,000 from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries, and fund grant requests made by Lakewood and Rocky River 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 1, Issue 9, Posted 1:30 PM, 03.04.2014

Support the Lakewood Animal Shelter

Come out March 11 and support CCLAS and the Lakewood Animal Shelter at "Pay It Forward" Tuesdays at Jammy Buggars! Bring your appetite - Jammy's has one of the best menus in the city, including burgers, gourmet fries, and several vegan/vegetarian options.  The restaurant is located at 15625 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:28 PM, 03.04.2014

Rocky River Minister's Journey Leads to Inner-City Church

Often when a church “calls” a new minister, its members ask, “How can this person help us?”

Not so for the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in inner-city Cleveland, where Rocky River resident Reverend Kelly Burd began her ministry on Sunday, February 2.

“I see my calling not only as I am being called,” Burd says, “but that the Pilgrim congregation is also being called. We will be in ministry together, enhancing our lives and impacting many places.”

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 4:02 PM, 02.05.2014

Rotary Club Honors Talented Winners

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony April 7 at the Beck Center for the Arts. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

“This annual event is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our youth,” stated Ed Gallagher, Beck Center Director of Education, “and the quality work of the participants truly shows that the arts and creativity are alive and well in our community.”

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 3:49 PM, 05.01.2014

Light Up River -- Without Electricity

The third annual Light Up River will be hosted by the Rocky River Beautification Committee on Sunday, December 22, 2013.  Please enjoy a few samples from past years! To join the fun, go to for an order form, or pick up a kit at All Aglow, Holiday Walk or First Federal of Lakewood (20425 Center Ridge Rd.).

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 12:42 PM, 11.27.2013

Light Up River -- Without Electricity

Twilight comes early these days and it’s easy to be drawn to our couches. But on December 22, the Rocky River Beautification Committee will give you a reason to jump up and get out the door. Streets throughout the city will be twinkling with light again this year during the third annual Light Up River.

Luminarias, the term for petite candles nestled in small, weighted paper bags, are part of a growing Rocky River tradition. Seen individually, they are very pretty. But walking down a sidewalk where many people on the street are participating, it’s spectacular. In fact, it makes me think that I might have missed the decorating mark when planning my wedding. This would have been a great addition! The magic of the glowing bags – coupled with just a little snow if we’re lucky – is unforgettable.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 12:48 PM, 11.27.2013

Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Third Family from Brazil

In August, The Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary welcomed its latest Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Leonardo Borges Jacinto from Canarana, Mato-Groiso, Brazil.  He is one of three cousins who have been sponsored as exchange students by the Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Clubs.  Leonardo’s cousin, Felipe Jacinto Drummond, from the same town in Brazil, was hosted by the Sunrise Club in 2007-08.  Another cousin, Ana Diaz from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was hosted by the Monday lunch club in 1998-99. The three cousins are part of the Rotary Student Exchange Program of Rotary International.

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 4:26 PM, 11.30.2013

Rocky River Bicycle Fair on May 3 will help residents get ready to ride

Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Rocky River Bicycle Fair on Wednesday, May 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Rocky River Middle School (1631 Lakeview in Rocky River). Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license and learn about the benefits of bicycling as well as the Rocky River Middle School Bike To School Challenge. It is free and open to the public.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 2:48 PM, 05.23.2012

Sharing plants to make Rocky River beautiful

The Rocky River Beautification Committee announces the Perennial Plant Sale at Don Umerley Memorial Hall, on Saturday, May 5th, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.  This will be the perfect opportunity for residents to inexpensively enhance their properties this spring.  Plants will be priced from $1 - $10 so buyers can impact their garden without overtaxing their budget.  Or they can take Mom to pick out her Mother’s Day gift!

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 2:48 PM, 05.23.2012

Rockport Artist, Lori Paximadis, to be Featured at Exclusive Art Sale and Benefit This Saturday

Fairview Park artist, Lori Paximadis, will be featured at an exclusive art sale and benefit on Saturday, August 11, 2012. The event, Art & Beer in Cleveland, is the First Annual ABC Benefit for Project Learn.

Project Learn is Cleveland’s renowned adult literacy organization, now in its 38th year.

The event will be held at Visible Voice Books in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood from 1:00-6:00 pm. Guests at the ABC Benefit will shop an exclusive Art Sale while sampling summer beers.

In addition to Lori Paximadis, who creates beautiful jewlery, the Art Sale will also showcase the work of five other artisans from the group Cleveland Handmade: Jen Doss, prints on wood; Kylee Koszela, jewelry; Coretta Kutash, appliqué handbags; Melissa Major, soaps and candles; and Theresa Yondo, ceramics and hearts.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 6:25 PM, 08.07.2012

Award-Winning Author Michael Koryta Launches his Newest Novel at Rocky River Public Library

Meet award-winning author Michael Koryta, one of today’s pre-eminent thriller writers, on Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Rocky River Public Library’s auditorium as he launches his newest novel, The Prophet, which is set in the Cleveland area.

Koryta will read from The Prophet, his ninth novel, and talk about his work. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Koryta is probably best known for his Lincoln Perry Series, including Tonight I Said Goodbye (Winner of the Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel Award and Great Lakes Book Award, Best Mystery), Sorrow’s Anthem, A Welcome Grave and The Silent Hours. His other novels include Envy The Night (Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Best Mystery/Thriller), So Cold the River, The Cypress House and The Ridge. Additionally, three of these books have been named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

No registration is necessary. For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at (440) 333-7610 or visit www.rrpl.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 6:14 PM, 08.02.2012

The Line Starts Here | Speaker to Address Important Topic of Redistricting Campaign at Bain Park Tonight

The Fairview Park Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, August 2, at 7pm at Bain Park Cabin (off of 210 just south of Lorain Rd. and Fairview High School) will feature as guest speaker a representative from the organization Voter's First, Ann Henkel, from Columbus, who will share information on their campaign to change the redistricting process in Ohio.  Ann is on the board of the League of Women Voters of Ohio. 

Voter's First, a coalition of groups led by the League, turned in 450,000 signatures of Ohioans to the Secretary of State's office last week to propose an amendment that would change the way we draw legislative and congressional districts in our state.  Come learn about this campaign and what it might mean for our districts, so recently chopped up by partisan re-districting. The Fairview Park Democratic Club welcomes all interested Democrats and Independents.  

Call Jane Reilly at 440-333-2072 with any questions.   

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.02.2012

The Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise New Officers and Directors

On July 11, Terry Vincent of the Brouse McDowell, LPA, law firm was installed by Rotary District 6630 Assistant Governor, Shawn Mueller as the sixth President of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary Club.

Terry joined the newly formed Club as a charter member in June 2007 and has served on various club committees over the last five years. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and Vice President in 2011. Terry has also served the community in various other ways including, Chairman of the Board of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2011. He has been active in many organizations in Lakewood.  Terry is also an avid supporter of sports programs at Lakewood High school, where his son, Johnathan, was a starter on the football and basketball teams and a Regional qualifier on the track team this past school year.  Terry and his wife Candace are also the proud parents of two daughters, both currently attending college.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 5:45 PM, 07.30.2012

Pay It Forward Rocky River

One of our great founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, after providing a financial favor to one Benjamin Webb, wrote an eloquent note to him in 1784 saying the following.

         I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you. When you meet with another honest
         Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to discharge
         the Debt by a like operation, when he shall be able, and shall meet with another opportunity. I
         hope it may thus go thro’ many hands, before it meets with a Knave that will stop its Progress. This
          is a trick of mine for doing a deal of good with a little money.

Benjamin Franklin’s humanitarian effort was more recently embodied in the novel “Pay It Forward,” which was later adapted by Warner Brothers into a film starring Helen Hunt and Kevin Spacey. The novel and film focus on the idea that we are all obliged to perform three good deeds for others in exchange for every good deed received. 

What a wonderful world we could create by practicing such a simple principle! That is what my Canadian sister Terie thought when she recently sent me a rubber bracelet reminding me to pay-it forward whenever possible.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 7:54 PM, 09.03.2013

The Majority Rules Youth Prevention Training in September

It’s no secret that substance use and abuse can have a devastating impact on youth. Moreover, health risk behaviors established in childhood and adolescence have been shown to be a leading contributor to illness, injury, disease and death rates among adults, according to the 2011 “National Youth Risk Behavior Survey.“ While many high school students continue to engage in unhealthy, high-risk behaviors, the majority of youth are choosing not to indulge in these activities.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 7:54 PM, 09.03.2013

Compeer Program Listed In National Registry of Evidence Based Programs

ComThe peer Program at Far West Center in Westlake has been creating friendships, promoting mental health and wellness, and changing lives since 1989. It is funded by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County and serves adults countywide, including Rocky River and Fairview Park.  Compeer serves to empower individuals on their paths to recovery from mental illness. Trained community volunteers are matched, one to one, with same-gender adults seeking mental wellness treatment services to help them in managing symptoms.  Volunteers offer friendship and encourage socialization in order to decrease the isolation that too often accompanies mental illness.

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Volume 1, Issue 3, Posted 7:54 PM, 09.03.2013

Calling All Middle School Bands!

Bay Village, OH- On March 22, 2013, School of Rock will host the Middle School of Battle of the Bands at Bay Middle School (27725 Wolf Road, Bay Village).  Students will have the opportunity to play in front of their friends and family on stage, featuring professional lighting and sound. 

Bands may perform original material as well as cover songs from other artists.  The competition will be judged on musical ability, showmanship and overall presentation.  Winners of the competition will receive a full month of tuition to School of Rock, Cleveland (with locations in Rocky River, Highland Heights and Strongsville).

All middle school students may enter through application, available at School of Rock or their local middle school office.  Bands entering must be in middle school and provide a $20 entry fee.

The sponsor of the event, School of Rock, is a performance- based music program which focuses on the development of students through practice and performance.  General Manager Louie Novotny believes The Middle School Battle of the Bands provides students with an opportunity to shine in front of their peers.  “Middle school bands don’t get a lot of chances to play on stage in front of a big audience,” says Novotny.  “We look forward to enabling students to rock out on stage”.

Questions can be answered by calling School of Rock at (440) 333-7625.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 1:03 PM, 12.08.2012

Fairview Park City School District Treasurer Receives Prestigious Award

Fairview Park City School District Treasurer/CFO Ryan Ghizzoni was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Treasurer/CFO of the Year by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials [OASBO]. The Fairview Park Board of Education members nominated Ghizzoni for the award.

"Ryan Ghizzoni has been a great asset to the Fairview Park City School District," said Fairview Park City School District Board Member Mark St. John. "His knowledge and understanding of school finance have not only helped the district today, but will help the district for many years to come. We cannot thank him enough for all the time and effort he has put into his job to make our schools a better place for students to learn."

Ghizzoni was honored at the closing general session of the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference at The Greater Columbus Convention Center. He received a plaque and a cash award in the amount of $500 to be awarded to a Fairview High School graduating senior. The scholarship is sponsored by American Fidelity Assurance Company.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.09.2011

COMMUNITY HELPERS | Rotary Sunrise at Sunset Fund-Raising Auction Tonight

Friday, April 19 | Rocky River Civic Center

The 2013 Sunrise at Sunset Auction on Friday, April 19 will also raise money for the many Community Service Projects of the Lakewood Rocky River Rotary Club including support of the Lakewood Community Service Center and the Rocky River Assistance programs for needy residents, the North Coast Health Ministry, and student service projects in high schools. International projects of the Club include providing school andgift items for needing children in Nicaragua, clean water wells in Africa, and polio eradication throughout the world.

In addition to the AYF student service auction there will be raffles, silent and live auctions. Entertainment and Sports events tickets, sail boat rides, gift certificates for dinner outing packages, attractive art and gift items, and baskets of food, wine and gift items, and many other valuable items will be featured.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 5:25 PM, 04.18.2013

High School Rowing Program Looking for Athletes to Walk Right On

Cleveland Scholastic Rowing Association (CSRA) is a co-ed junior rowing program for local 7th-12th graders who do not have a rowing program available to them through their school.  We row out of the boathouse in Rivergate Park on the Cuyahoga River and have 85 athletes from all over the Cleveland area, including several from Rocky River.

We are currently welcoming high school men & women to join us for Winter Conditioning.  No experience necessary.  All sizes welcome.  Walk right on.

Practices are held at the boathouse at 1003 British Street, just over the Columbus Street bridge in the Flats.  CSRA will compete on February 9th at an indoor "Hammer Ergatta" at CSU on rowing machines.  We will hit the water in preparation for our Spring Regatta season starting in March. 

Rowing is growing in popularity and Cleveland is fortunate to have a little known, but tremendous, rowing community.  Besides the obvious health & wellness benefits, rowing provides a great spirit of community, coooperation & teamwork.  Studies have also shown that rowing provides the greatest opportunity for college scholarships for high school athletes.

If you've ever had an interest in crew, want to make a change in your current sport or just thought sports had passed you by, now's the time.  Come check us out and see if rowing is right for you.

For more information, go to

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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 9:17 AM, 12.18.2012

Rocky River City Schools' Facilities Update

CONSTRUCTION IN THE Rocky River City School District continues to move along, on schedule and under budget. There’s a lot visible from the outside when you drive past the High School and Kensington Intermediate, and there is a lot going on inside these buildings and others as well.

All of this continues to be financed by the Bond Issue that voters passed in 2010. The bond funds are separate from general school funds, and by law can be used only on capital items, or items that are intended to be in use for a long period of time, like building and construction. Bond money cannot be used for operations, which includes salaries, athletics, and textbooks and other supplies.

The construction timeline projects that everything will be finished, district-wide, by the start of the 2013-2014 school year, with most projects completed before that time.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:27 AM, 12.09.2011

The Giving Tree | Gilles-Sweet Elementary Students Extend a Helping Mitten

DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, the Gilles-Sweet Elementary Mitten Tree gives students an opportunity to share with other children and adults that are in need. The Mitten Tree is a tradition that was carried over to Gilles-Sweet Elementary from the former Garnett Elementary School.

"Since children tend to be more excited about giving versus receiving, it is very heartwarming to watch the children as they enthusiastically look for the perfect spot to place their hat, mitten or scarf on the tree," said Gilles-Sweet Elementary PTA Member Cathi Patton.

Patton along with the Gilles-Sweet Student Council, helped organize this year's Mitten Tree. Donations will be given to children of local families in need, Laura's Home, Fairview Park Junior Women's League adopted families and the Fairview Park Senior Center.

The PTA and student council make donations throughout the school year. Regular donations are made to the Fairview Park Hunger Center.  After Halloween, students are asked to bring in extra candy to donate to the Berea Children's Home. During Right to Read Week, students bring in gently used books that are donated to Fairview Hospital's pediatric and emergency units. In addition,  students have donated books to the Kids Club at the Gemini Center and have helped the Cleveland Head Start Program start a lending library.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 10:39 AM, 12.09.2011

Gabba-Gabba Hey! (Gabba Hey!): Local School of Rock Raises Money for Cancer Charity

THERE IS A SUN STUDIO QUALITY to the School of Rock on Detroit Road – a brick building on a busy thoroughfare inside which each day a certain magic happens through music. Instrumentalists discover the right chords, performers find voice and sounds soar with spirits, be they the spirits of youthful exuberance or the echoes of Rock and Roll past, reinventing, reinvigorating, reestablishing its currency with each neophyte who takes the mike.

And on some days, when the hearts of gold combine to create a musical project designed specifically for the benefit of others, the glow grows even more.

Students at the Rocky River School of Rock spent many hours in November crafting their own version of Mike Peters and The Alarm’s classic “Love Hope Strength”. It was all part of a three-day recording workshop which provided an interactive educational music experience with an emphasis on vocal, instrumental and arrangement pre-production. “The students learned how detailed and competent one must be to cut tracks in a recording studio. And on the last day of the workshop, we did just that at Elevation Studios in downtown Cleveland.“, said Music Director, Tommy Rich.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 2:21 PM, 12.14.2011

Righteous Warrior Rankings | Fairview Park City School District Achieves Excellent Rating

THE FAIRVIEW PARK City School District (FPCS) recieved a banner report card this year from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE),  achieving an Excellent rating based on the 2010-11 Ohio Achievement Test and Ohio Graduation Test scores. The district earned  a total Performance Index score of 101.4, with over fifty percent of students passing their tests at accelerated and advanced levels.

"It is a very positive day for the Fairview Park City Schools and the entire Fairview Park community,” said FPCS Superintendent Brion Deitsch. “We are pleased to achieve an Excellent rating, and will strive to maintain an Excellent rating from ODE. My heart-felt thanks and congratulations go out to the students and teachers for their hard work and dedication."

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:01 AM, 12.09.2011

The Gifts We Give Ourselves

The Rocky River and Fairview Public Libraries

When we began the process of assembling the Rockport Observer, one of the foundations for outreach and involvement has been the Fairview Park and the Rocky River public libraries. It is an effort to seek connections with readers who appreciate print - books, magazines, newspapers. Readers who are passionate about the written word, if not the tactile, fabric of the print experience; maybe readers who’d like to be writers as well. We begin with an introduction and overview of the Rocky River Public Library, to be followed next issue profiling the Fairview Park Public Library. - Editors

ROCKY RIVER PUBLIC LIBRARY is delighted to be in the first issue of The Rockport Observer, and we wish the paper and its staff much success as they set out on this exciting new venture.

Over the coming months, we want to tell you as much as possible about the Library and its place in the history, the present, and the future of Rocky River. We have a wonderful story to tell. Part of it is the story of our materials, programs and services, the bread and butter of our trade. However, it is ultimately the story of many people; the people who work at the Library, the people who visit it every day, the support groups that work behind the scenes, and the Library Board of Trustees.

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Volume 1, Issue 1, Posted 11:34 AM, 12.09.2011