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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.

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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.