Chagrin Shop with Cop on Dec. 7

Officers from the Chagrin Falls Police Department have chosen Dec. 7 for their annual Shop with a Cop, an all-donation driven holiday event for local families suffering economic hard times this year.

The shopping spree for food, clothing and gifts along with a pizza party and Santa visit provides a respite from need for them during the season of joy and fellowship.

Shop with a Cop runs not just on good will, but also support from the community. Deadline for donations is Dec. 6.

Checks in any amount may be made out to the John Murtaugh Benevolent Fund and sent in care of the Chagrin Falls Police Department, 21 W. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

For details contact Lt. Jason Weiskopf at 440-247-5036 or email

Route 87 closed until May

South Woodland, also known as Route 87, closed on Monday between Route 91 and Chagrin River Road for an erosion repair project and will not reopen until late May 2020. The Ohio Department of Transportation is leading a $1.48 million project to repair a landslide edging up to the pavement on Route 87. Moreland Hills Village Engineer Jeff Filarski said that the landslide is at the top of the valley on the south side of Route 87. He said that it has eroded over the years, but there was a drastic change in 2017. The project involves drilling holes in the ground and placing steel beams with a concrete encasement, which Mr. Filarski said will be a permanent fix. Access will be maintained for local business and residents. The detour will be SOM Center Road (Route 91) to U.S. 422 to Chillicothe Road (Route 306), according to ODOT.

US honored by food bank

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank recently honored University School with the School Partner of the Year Award for the students’ volunteer work with the nonprofit. At the annual meeting and recognition ceremony on Oct. 30, the food bank recognized US with the first partnership award for a school. Nicole Lawrence, the school’s director of community partnerships, said that middle and upper school students must complete a certain number of volunteer hours every year.

“Since Oct. 1, 2018, we’ve had over 200 University School students and staff volunteer over 1,000 hours of their time helping out on many different projects to support the food bank’s mission,” said Matt Jackson, food bank volunteer experience manager, in the press release. “This isn’t the first year that University School has supported our organization with strong volunteer numbers, but it is the continuation of a long and growing partnership,” he said. “I couldn’t think of a more deserving partner.”

Author Dave Lange to speak

Vietnam veteran and former Times editor Dave Lange will discuss freedom, patriotism and his coming-of-age memoir, “Virginity Lost in Vietnam,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Geauga West Library.

Mr. Lange served with the U.S. Navy’s riverine forces in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and then deployed on board aircraft carriers with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11.

He is the former editor of the Times newspapers. Prior to that, he was editor of the daily Geauga Times Leader in Chardon, Habitat, the Greater Cleveland Real Estate News and the Lake County Telegraph’s Sunday Paper. During his journalism career, Mr. Lange was named Ohio’s best columnist by the Cleveland Press Club in 2011 and by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2000.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing. The Geauga West Library is at 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester. Call 440-729-4250 for more information.

Rep. Grendell sets regional meeting

State Reps. Diane V. Grendell, R-Chester, and Tavia Galonski, D-Akron, announced that the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Criminal Sentencing will be holding a regional hearing at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

The committee plans to discuss protecting the public, making laws less complicated, reforming prisons and helping offenders who are looking for a second chance.

The discussions will be held with experts on each topic, Rep. Grendell said, who will provide a breadth of knowledge on these pressing questions. The committee plans to hear testimony from seven individuals including four professors from CWRU and the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

For more information about the session call Rep. Grendell’s office at 614-644-5088 or email her at

Chili cook-off benefit set

The public is invited to take part in a tasty effort to prevent homelessness in Geauga County.

The Geauga County Housing Coalition is hosting a “Chili Cook-off” Nov. 8 at the Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Road, in Chesterland. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 per person.

If unable to attend, but still wishing to donate, residents are asked to call Teresa Slater at 440-285-2282.

Cost of fighting sewer plan

Residents of the Berkshire Estates subdivision in Chardon Township now know the cost of fighting central sewers for their neighborhood.

Geauga County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to set a $100 bond for those filing appeals of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 order to eliminate septic tanks for approximately 114 families in the subdivision after high levels of E. coli were found leaching from some septic systems.

Gerald Morgan, county administrator, explained that the bond is intended to cover the county legal costs in residents’ appeals filed in Geauga County Probate Court. He said residents will “technically be suing the county.”

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