Film fest lands grant

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and its Fevered Dreams Productions parent organization are recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in its Media Arts film festival category.

Festival Director Mary Ann Ponce said the $10,000 grant would be used for community impact projects.

This is the second year the prestigious NEA grant program has chosen the CDFF as a grant recipient.

“The creativity and resilience of artists and arts organizations across the country have inspired Americans during this challenging year,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairwoman Ann Eilers.

“These projects represent the vitality and perseverance of arts organizations small and large to overcome significant challenges, transform to new ways of engagement, and forge new relationships that benefit the diverse populations in neighborhoods and cities throughout the United States,” she concluded.

In 2020 when many film festivals canceled their events due to the coronavirus pandemic, CDFF worked quickly to provide the documentary filmmakers, fans and the community with a streaming option and more than 100 selections easily accessible across a myriad of devices.

Then to keep the social element alive, festival planners sought out a little used parking area behind the Chagrin Cinemas’ location in Bainbridge and turned it into a drive-in movie location for in-car doc-viewing safety complete with theater snacks and a level of camaraderie that included horn honking and windshield visits with other festival goers.

Both streaming and driving-in options were so successful, the CDFF board is looking into ways to incorporate them into the schedule when life and the festival returns to normal.

Memorial Day volunteers needed

The Village of Chagrin Falls is seeking volunteers to help plan and organize this year’s Memorial Day activities on Monday, May 31.

Those interested are asked to fill out an Internet application by going to the village website at or accessing the volunteer form directly at

Pepper Pike ranked best suburb

Based on a ranking consisting of 11 measurements, including income levels, crime rates and commute times, Pepper Pike is the most desirable Ohio suburb in which to live, according to a 24/7 Wall Street analysis published in January.

Pepper Pike, which is part of the Cleveland metropolitan area, has a homeownership rate of 98.8 percent and an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, according to a report published by the Center Square. Its median household income came in at $193,889.

The analysis indicated that interest in suburban living has risen during the coronavirus pandemic, since suburban properties tend to provide residents who are spending more time at home with more living space. 

Many of the suburban communities in the ranking also rank among the best overall places in the United States in which to live, according to 24/7 Wall Street.

Heating assistance available

The Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program designed to help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the winter months.

The Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than a 25-percent supply of bulk fuel.

Geauga County residents may apply for the Winter Crisis Program through Geauga County Job and Family Services, 12480 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon, until March 31. Application for assistance is by telephone interview by appointment only.

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25-percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $45,850.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must complete a telephone interview and provide the following items to complete the eligibility determination: proof of income, copies of their most recent energy bills, a list of all household members with social security numbers and birth dates and proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members.

Documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certificate of citizenship, permanent VISA and INS ID card.

In addition, households eligible for HEAP will receive a second credit for heating through the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act. The HEAP assistance is credited to their heating account vendor.

For additional information on applying for HEAP, or to set a telephone appointment to apply for the Winter Crisis Program, contact Geauga County Job and Family Services at 440-285-1299. Additional information may also be found at

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