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HUNTING VALLEY — In May of 2018, Sylvia Korey filed a lawsuit against the Village of Hunting Valley after she was denied a special use permit to turn her historic mansion, Roundwood Manor, into six luxury condominiums. There has been no word from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Mati…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Technology guru Dan Grajzl is the newest council member, replacing former councilman Bruce Mavec who now serves as mayor, the highest elected position in the village.

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PEPPER PIKE — At the end of 2019, the Orange Board of Education discussed a $2.5 million locker room renovation at the high school. The conversation soon expanded to include plans to renovate the front entrance of Orange High School and the board on Monday reviewed two rough sketches.

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At a special meeting on Dec. 17, the Orange Board of Education voted 4-1 to approve a proposal from ThenDesign Architecture to offer design services for the women’s varsity locker room renovation at a cost of $175,000. ThenDesign Architecture will make drawings for the project to update part…

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Giant Eagle announced last week that the grocery chain plans to eliminate all single-use plastic from its operations by 2025 in an effort to improve the environment. Starting Jan. 1, the chain plans to stop using plastic bags at its Cuyahoga County stores, supportive of the county ban. The s…

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Community bans on single-use plastic bags may become obsolete after the Ohio House of Representatives last week passed a bill taking away local control of that issue. With a plastic bag ban already in effect in Orange Village and a Cuyahoga County ban set to begin Jan. 1, local leaders are c…

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Meredith Bond, who lost her bid for an Orange school board seat, raised and spent significantly more money than her opponents during the Nov. 5 general election, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Council has continued to pay the Batchelder Company, a Columbus lobbying firm, to look for legislative paths to reduce public school property taxes for village residents even though Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed an amendment with this goal four months ago.

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HUNTING VALLEY — State Rep. Tom Patton, R-Strongsville, is working with Hunting Valley Councilwoman Barbara Burkhart to end vaping in Ohio. Representatives from the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayfield City School District and the Orange City School District Parent Teacher Association gathered to …

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Candidates in council and school board races across the eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County filed the required campaign finance reports last week with one of the largest contrasts seen in the Orange Board of Education race.

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Residents gathered last week to hear from the three candidates running for two Orange Board of Education seats during two separate well-attended forums in Pepper Pike and Orange Village. Though residents asked about the high per-pupil spending and seventh-grade math proficiency, much of the …

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HUNTING VALLEY — The village has spent more than $256,000 fighting the Roundwood Manor lawsuit since May of 2018, according to village records. The parties involved are now awaiting a decision by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia on the future of the historic home.

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Fiscal responsibility and the success of students are issues that have surfaced in the Orange City School District Board of Education race. Vying for the two seats on the Nov. 5 election ballot are incumbents Melanie Weltman and Beth Wilson-Fish as well as political newcomer Meredith Bond.

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HUNTING VALLEY — There are no newcomers in the Nov. 5 council and mayoral race in the village. Incumbents Bill Mulligan, Barbara Burkhart and Gerald Medinger are running for three available seats on village council. Mayor Richard Hollington is term limited after having served two terms over …

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State Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, sat down with local officials last week to address the Hunting Valley amendment, a provision in the state biennial budget that would have stripped between $3 million and $6 million from the Orange City School District. Though Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed th…

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Meredith Bond is running a unique campaign to capture a seat on the Orange Board of Education. Dr. Bond, a resident of Hunting Valley, is hosting a private fundraiser next week with the invitation listing contribution levels of $500, $1,000 and $2,500.

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HUNTING VALLEY — An 8-mill levy appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot for road repairs is necessary to decrease the village’s annual deficit and keep their investment pool at its current level of $54 million, according to village officials. Significant road improvements are becoming a major expense…

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Sometimes a face-to-face thank-you is worth the extra effort. Carole DePaola drove more than two hours last week to thank state Rep. Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, in person for her quick action to protect the Orange City School District from losing millions in revenue during the state budgetin…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Councilman Gerald Medinger is running for another term of office on Village Council during the Nov. 5 general election. Mr. Medinger, 79, is one of three candidates for three available council seats.

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Meredith Bond, an experienced professor and administrator, filed her petition to run for the Orange Board of Education during the Nov. 5 general election. She said that she wants to offer Orange students an outstanding education while being fiscally responsible at the same time.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Councilwoman Barbara Burkhart is seeking re-election to Village Council and filed her petition at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on July 16. Mrs. Burkhart said that her experience in finance is an asset to the village as she focuses on fiscal responsibility.

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Gov. Mike DeWine last week used a line-item veto on an amendment to the state budget that would have cut millions from the Orange City School District by reducing its revenue from Hunting Valley taxpayers. Although the amendment did not go into effect, local leaders remain outraged at the vi…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Nearly 80 spectators gathered at the corner of South Woodland and Chagrin River Road to watch President Donald Trump’s motorcade drive by en route to a private fundraiser in Hunting Valley last Friday night. Brian Colleran, head of the nursing home development company Founda…

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HUNTING VALLEY — Village officials are considering a $25,000 donation to the newly created Chagrin Falls Firefighters Charitable Foundation. The question is whether the money should come from the village or its foundation, if at all. No decision was made.

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HUNTING VALLEY — Since homeowner Sylvia Korey sued the village in May of 2018 for blocking her condominium conversion for the historic Roundwood Manor, Village Council has spent $194,000 in legal fees on court cases.

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Area residents will see two major road projects begin in June on Cedar and County Line roads and can expect road closures for several months. The projects span Hunting Valley and Gates Mills villages in addition to Russell Township.

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Showing glimpses of 2017, the University School tennis team cleaned up in both singles and doubles during the three-day Division I sectional tournament last week at Solon Community Park and the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Bainbridge.

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“Last year was an exciting year for the village as businesses started opening at Pinecrest,” Orange Village Mayor Kathy Mulcahy said during the Muffins with the Mayors meeting last week with other leaders of valley communities.