Solon plans food drive

The Solon Police Department, in partnership with the Solon Fire Department and the Community Impact Advisory Board, will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

They will have a drive-up and drop-off set up at the Solon Community Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (Nov. 21). Due to COVID-19, officers ask that items are placed in a bag or box in the trunk or hatch area.

Officer will be wearing masks, collecting donations and have minimal contact.

Award goes to Tri-C president

Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson was honored by the American Jewish Committee in Cleveland for his service and commitment to Northeast Ohio.

 The organization recently selected Mr. Johnson for the 2020 Richard H. Adler Community Leadership Award. The distinction is given to civic leaders who make an exceptional impact on the community and the lives of its residents.

 Tom Adler, co-chairman of the award reception named in his father’s memory, commended Mr. Johnson for his inspirational and life-changing leadership. He said Mr. Johnson has helped create an environment of success.

 “His innovative vision has transformed Cleveland, expanded opportunities for higher education and enabled a generation of students to achieve their dreams,” Mr. Adler said.

 Mr. Johnson has served as Tri-C president since 2013 and reshaped the student experience with a strong focus on access, equity and success. Graduation rates and totals have reached record numbers and continue to climb under his guidance.

  “I am proud to accept, on behalf of Tri-C, the Adler Award from AJC Cleveland, who we join in helping to make Cleveland a city where all are welcome and able to thrive,” Mr. Johnson said. “We look forward to our collaboration for years to come.”

Panel approves skylights

Plans to install 14 small skylights in the roof of the new lower level porch on the river side of 17 River Grille fell flat with members of the Chagrin Falls Architectural Review Board Tuesday morning.

In the end, members compromised by approving three large sky lights at the wider eastern end of the porch.

The roof covering the full length of the outdoor porch provided shade through summer and well into fall but also served to shade the lower level dining room with its already-lower ceiling.

“You have southern exposure,” board member Wendy Naylor pointed out.

“I don’t think skylights add to the dining experience,” offered board Chairman Steve King.

The series of skylights would alleviate the gloom on winter days, owner Rick Doody said speaking for himself and his partner Joe Saccone.

It was board adviser and member George Clemens who called the skylights a “disingenuous” treatment for a self-inflicted wound. “If you really wanted to get light in there don’t put a roof on it [the porch].” Mr. Doody agreed. “We were trying to do both.”

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