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PEPPER PIKE — A roundabout and a connector road between Chagrin Boulevard and Lander Road would greatly ease the traffic issues at Lander Circle, according to a May 2020 traffic study. Axiom Development Group hired AECOM, a local engineering firm, to analyze the traffic conditions and offer …

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.

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PEPPER PIKE — A flurry of questions were asked and opinions shared about the proposed development for the Beech Brook property during a three-hour virtual City Council session last week in which about 77 residents joined the meeting.

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group is heading toward a fork in the road. The company continues to collect signatures to get a rezoning issue for the Beech Brook property on the Nov. 3 ballot while also working with City Council to move forward with a pending application.

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PEPPER PIKE — Surveyors from Chagrin Valley Engineering are planning to visit about 80 homes in the city to observe the conditions of creeks in the back of the properties. City Engineer Don Sheehy said that there have been multiple severe rainstorms and the city needs to get a better handle …

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PEPPER PIKE — Declaring that now is the time for change, Bishop Eugene Ward told a crowd of about 200 last week that, “There’s only one race and that’s the human race.”

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College recently announced that classes will resume in person this fall with extra precautions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy LaFontana said that face-to-face instruction is vital to the college’s curriculum, so fall cl…

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group introduced its revised plans for the Beech Brook property last week, which include major changes such as eliminating multifamily housing and limiting the permitted uses on the property.

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PEPPER PIKE — Orange City School District Superintendent Lynn Campbell has established a back to school discussion group to help guide the planning for classes this fall. With future restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic still unknown, he said that the district needs to be prepared for a…

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PEPPER PIKE — Principal Bryan Stone of Axiom Development Group said that he plans to continue working with City Council to get rezoning Beech Brook on the Nov. 3 ballot, but may resort to an initiative petition by collecting signatures from residents instead. Working with the city to get the…

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents of Pepper Pike were drenched with heavy rain throughout the weekend of May 15-17, leading to 34 flood reports and 17 streets with high water. Some residents reported interior damage such as flooded basements, while others reported exterior flooding such as creeks runn…

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For many of us, the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University is a historical tragedy that played out in the news. For 73-year-old Ned Vederman of Pepper Pike, it is far more than a story; it is a memory filled with sadness, regret, frustration and even anger. As a graduating senior, he…

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PEPPER PIKE — The congregation of Park Synagogue donated $60,000 to five charities to aid in the fight against COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Senior Rabbi Joshua Skoff said that he came up with the idea of a telethon via Zoom to raise money while writing lectures for Passover services.

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Pepper Pike planted 60 trees on Chagrin Boulevard along the school campus to honor all students who reside in the Orange City School District, especially graduating seniors, for their hard work and perseverance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The students have been engaged in distance lear…

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education unanimously voted to move into termination proceedings for Michael Klubnik, a science teacher at Orange High School, on the grounds of alleged improper conduct with students. The resolution to suspend his contract without pay or benefits was effect…

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The construction of a sanitary sewer on Gates Mills Boulevard in Pepper Pike was scheduled to begin on April 6. In 2018, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District awarded the city with an $838,000 grant to convert septic systems to a sanitary sewer. The project affects about 60 homes betwee…

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Mayor Bruce Mavec of Hunting Valley worked quickly to address a letter that was mailed out last week to encourage residents to vote down the Orange Community Education and Recreation levy renewal that was supposed to be on the Tuesday primary ballot. Director of the Ohio Department of Health…

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ORANGE — After Pepper Pike recently passed an ordinance to curb vaping in the city, including on the Orange City School District campus, Orange Village Council is considering similar legislation.

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain and council members have rescheduled the public hearing for the Beech Brook rezoning proposal for March 31, a delay of six weeks from its original date.

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PEPPER PIKE — Brainard Circle reopened last week after being closed for more than three months due to a gas line explosion. Although traffic can access the circle again, Mayor Richard Bain said that the work is far from over.

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Surrendering a 12-2 run in the first quarter, the Orange boys basketball team’s perfect mark at home was tested in a non-league clash against University School (13-6) on Friday night in Pepper Pike.

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Letter to an Elder Day is right around the corner on Feb. 26, and Jacob Cramer is all geared up to spread love. Jacob, a 19-year-old Yale University student and Pepper Pike resident, is studying cognitive science but found his true passion in making everyone feel loved.

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PEPPER PIKE — The public hearing scheduled for tonight, an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed Beech Brook rezoning, was delayed until an indefinite date in March, according to Mayor Richard Bain.

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PEPPER PIKE — Ryan Nelson of RedTree Investment Group presented an update of the Orange City School District’s $31.87 million investment portfolio. He noted that interest rates fell in 2019, but the district continued to prioritize the safety of the principal.

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PEPPER PIKE — Director of 21st Century Curriculum Karen Moore and her English Language Arts team presented their strategy for quality education for students in the Orange City School District. Mrs. Moore, along with literacy coaches Renee Borgione and Amy Shiever, literacy specialist Maren K…

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PEPPER PIKE — City council reviewed an ordinance last week to curb vaping as it continues to be popular among teenagers, often at the Orange City School District campus.

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PEPPER PIKE — The police department will soon purchase 10 new mobile radios as part of the MARCS radio system at a cost of $45,000 to communicate with other departments with more ease. The MARCS system, which stands for Multi-Agency Radio Communication System, is a new, robust, statewide rad…

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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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PEPPER PIKE — As Pepper Pike City Council continues to field comments from residents about rezoning the Beech Brook property for a mixed-use district, council members said last week that the questions are “premature.” Residents have questioned potential problems with rezoning the 68-acre pro…

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PEPPER PIKE — Brainard Circle could be open to traffic by the first week for February, according to City Engineer Don Sheehy. There may be an end in sight as Dominion Energy and its subcontractors complete repairs on the gas line and related infrastructure.

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents have crowded into many meetings at City Hall over the last year to question the proposed town center at the Beech Brook property, with traffic as one of their biggest concerns. Bryan Stone and Steve Bittence of Axiom Development Group have said that the tax revenue fr…

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PEPPER PIKE — As the rezoning discussion continues for the Beech Brook land, Bryan Stone and Steve Bittence of Axiom Development Group took time to clarify their vision for that area. Axiom is under contract to purchase the 68 acres of land with the intent of building a town center.

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College recently named six new trustees to further enhance the educational opportunities at the college. Four of the six have a background in education, including three Ursuline sisters, while the remaining two come from a corporate background.

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PEPPER PIKE — After months of dealing with trash left at Pepper Pike City Hall, residents are no longer permitted to leave rubbish and recyclables at the service center on weekends. Service Director Bob Girardi said that employees arrived on Monday mornings to find an excessive amount of tra…

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PEPPER PIKE — A “girth weld failure” likely caused the Nov. 15 gas line explosion in the city, according to a preliminary report from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents crowded into the council chambers at City Hall once again last week to discuss Beech Brook, a potential rezoning issue for the largely forested property near Lander Circle. In anticipation of a large audience, the hallway was lined with seats.

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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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PEPPER PIKE — A board of city residents voted to affirm most of the assessments on Gates Mills Boulevard for a sanitary sewer to be installed between Lander and Cedar roads. Several residents came to the assessment equalization board meeting on Dec. 17 to object to the required conversion fr…