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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…

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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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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain last week appointed three residents to serve on the assessment equalization board, a committee to hear the concerns of those affected by the sanitary sewer assessment on Gates Mills Boulevard.

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 25 residents gathered at the South Euclid Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library last week to plan how to stop the rezoning proposal for the Beech Brook property. SOM Center Road residents Manny and Judi Naft, who started the political action committee Say No to…

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In a presentation intended for design drawings, conversations quickly shifted to financial capacity for the renovation of the Orange High School girls locker room Monday with concerns resurfacing on the district’s permanent improvement fund.

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PEPPER PIKE — City officials have differing opinions on the $1.9 million service center renovation proposal and whether it’s the most cost effective solution. Mayor Richard Bain and Councilman Scott Newell voiced their support for the project, while Councilman Tony Gentile had questions abou…

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After adopting a new online tool for math called DreamBox, students at Moreland Hills Elementary School are showing major strides in math concepts, according to math coach Christa Krohn.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education voted to tear down the old Orange library at a cost of $201,000. The district still is paying for utilities in the old library, even though the new Orange Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library opened in 2015 across the street on Chagrin Boul…

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 60 people packed City Council chambers last week to voice concerns about a proposal to rezone 68 acres of land near Lander Circle for development that could include a town center. The property is owned by Beech Brook, a behavior health agency, and is being sold.

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PEPPER PIKE — In the midst of a global pollution crisis, a group of Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon have found a way to make an impact. These 12 women, who are part of an organization called Jellyfish, weave totes and purses from plastic bags. Laila Zahed, who leads the group,…

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When Cyndy Fellenbaum began volunteering with the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland as a teen, she worked at a home for the elderly and decided it wasn’t for her. After her request to work with children, she was placed instead with United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, and was…

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PEPPER PIKE — A 30-inch gas mainline running underneath Brainard Circle exploded at 1 a.m. on Nov. 15, causing 60-foot flames on the traffic circle and extensive damage to the road, trees and utility poles, according to Mayor Richard Bain. Dominion Energy recently replaced the gas main and w…

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PEPPER PIKE - A 30-inch gas main running underneath Brainard Circle exploded at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, causing 60-foot flames on the traffic circle and extensive damage to the road, trees and utility poles, according to Mayor Richard Bain. Dominion Energy recently replaced the gas main and …

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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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PEPPER PIKE — More than 50 people crowded into the council chambers at City Hall last week as the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended the rezoning ordinance for the Beech Brook property to move on to city council. Audience members are typically not permitted to speak at pl…

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PEPPER PIKE — The service department is in need of a major renovation, according to city officials. After no updates to the structure for 50 years, but major changes in city services over the last 20 years, Service Director Bob Girardi said that the building needs improvements.

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 40 residents on Gates Mills Boulevard last week signed and filed a petition against the city’s septic to sanitary sewer conversion project. City officials already accepted an $838,000 grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the $1.67 million project …

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council voted to move forward with a sanitary sewer project on Shaker Boulevard after receiving a $1.44 million grant from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Officials said the $2.8 million project is needed because tests along storm sewers showed high levels of E…

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In his time at University School, Rob Mayes, a native of Pepper Pike, said he began participating in theater and requested the roles that simply “came on stage, said a line and left.” Carol Pribble, currently the Hawley Chairholder in the Arts, saw his potential and gave him lead roles instead.

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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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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.