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PEPPER PIKE — Officials projected in 2015 that the Orange City School District would receive $3 million in annual revenue from Pinecrest, the new mixed-use district at Interstate 271 and Harvard Road. Since Pinecrest opened in May of 2018, Orange schools received $233,132, Orange schools Tre…

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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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PEPPER PIKE — Added tax revenue for the city is one of the top priorities of leaders working to find new purpose for the sprawling Beech Brook property that is under contract to be sold.

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PEPPER PIKE — Current council members and the mayor have no opposition in the upcoming Nov. 5 general election. Incumbents Jim LeMay, Anthony M. Gentile, Jr. and Manohar Daga are running for three available council seats. Mayor Richard Bain is the only candidate for the highest office in the city.

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PEPPER PIKE — When Orange High School government teacher Jon Keller told student Tanya Somanader that she should work in politics, she said “over my dead body.” More than 16 years later, Ms. Somanader is one of 12 inductees into the Orange Hall of Fame for her work in political communications.

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PEPPER PIKE — Representatives of Landerwood Plaza told the mayor and City Council last week that the Beech Brook property could be overdeveloped without proper research. Mayor Richard Bain emphasized that the city is in no rush to rezone the property or approve a development plan.

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PEPPER PIKE — The city is moving forward with its sanitary sewer conversion project on Gates Mills Boulevard, but some residents are not happy about the cost and are looking for more information.

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PEPPER PIKE — Despite the anticipated sale of the Beech Brook property, the organization’s community services are far from over, said Tom Royer, president and CEO of the private health agency.

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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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PEPPER PIKE — After scoring an A on the state report card, officials from the Orange City School District reviewed how their district has improved and where work still needs to be done. The district ranked high in the county in various categories, but still had a reporting error.

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The Orange City School District is working to decrease spending on outside staff training, according to 21st Century Curriculum Director Karen Moore. Teachers and staff members are now required to give more information about conferences and travel expenses during the application process.

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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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PEPPER PIKE — After an inspector noticed that only one of the two Orange preschools was rated for Step Up to Quality, the Ohio Department of Education required the Orange Early Childhood preschool to be rated for the first time. Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the preschool was grante…

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PEPPER PIKE — Questions about entertainment, fast-food restaurants and building sizes surfaced last week when the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed details of a proposed addition to the city zoning code.

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 35 people showed up last week to hear the city Planning and Zoning Commission members review the proposed mixed-use district that would lay out zoning regulations of a town center on the Beech Brook property.

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain reassured council members last week that nothing is set in stone yet with the Beech Brook proposal calling for a district with retail, housing and a town center.

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council last week spent more than an hour discussing a hot topic that was not even an agenda item: the Beech Brook proposal. Councilman Jim LeMay said that council needs to make Axiom Development Group reveal the details of its plans for a town center, but Mayor Richard Ba…

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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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With a growing problem of trash left at City Hall, Pepper Pike is seeking to regulate the rubbish. Service Director Bob Girardi said that non-residents and contractors are dumping trash at City Hall and the problem is getting out of hand.

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents spoke out at a public hearing on Tuesday questioning the impact of a proposal to turn the 65-acre Beech Brook property into a mixed-use town center. Increased traffic and the possibility of creating more rental units were among the issues raised by residents.

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PEPPER PIKE — Jim LeMay came to council in 2011 after the city barely averted a financial crisis. He said he is running for re-election to keep the city moving in a positive direction. He has served two terms so far and filed his petition with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to run du…

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PEPPER PIKE — Councilman Manohar Daga filed his petition to run for re-election on Nov. 5 at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

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PEPPER PIKE — Patricia Sharpnack, dean of the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College, was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the field of nursing, along with alumnae Kelly Hancock and Beth Faiman. This is a highly sought after honor worldwide…

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PEPPER PIKE — The Architectural Board of Review last week gave final approval for Orange High School’s new football scoreboard, which school officials say is desperately needed for the upcoming fall season. The new scoreboard, which will stand 4 feet taller and 5 feet wider than the current …

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Skye Garfinkel of Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike will step foot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., next week to meet with national lawmakers as part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress.

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PEPPER PIKE — Councilman Anthony Gentile is planning to run for a third term this fall saying that he wants to see the city continue its stability and financial strength. Mr. Gentile, who has served on council for eight years, pulled a petition recently from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

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PEPPER PIKE — After pulling a petition to run for re-election, Mayor Richard Bain said that he has a lot more to accomplish in the city, including maintaining infrastructure and planning for sustainability.

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PEPPER PIKE — Police are investigating a person of interest after a shooting at Landerwood Plaza early Sunday morning that left four teens injured, according to reports. At least 21 rounds were fired with most aimed at a Volkswagen Jetta as it left the parking lot of the north plaza, officia…

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PEPPER PIKE — Three people were shot and another injured after a private party at a restaurant at Landerwood Plaza early Sunday morning, according to police reports.

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PEPPER PIKE — Rezoning the Beech Brook property near Lander Circle will not be on the November ballot after Pepper Pike council members sought more information about the proposal for a mixed-use district. Mayor Richard Bain said he came to a consensus with Bryan Stone and Steve Bittence of A…

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PEPPER PIKE — Bryan Stone and Steve Bittence of Axiom Development Group along with Yaromir Steiner of Steiner and Associates presented their plan to council for a town center at the Beech Brook property near Lander Circle. The property would need to be rezoned and could appear on the Novembe…

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain announced plans to close two city cemeteries on Pinetree Road after he found out that both cemeteries are full. More than 40 people already paid for a spot, and City Council passed an ordinance last week to refund deposits and allow only interment of crematio…

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PEPPER PIKE — After receiving a $127,000 NatureWorks grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources last year, the city plans to replace its current playground with new items that are more accessible and inclusive.