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Pepper Pike voters passed Issue 5, a rezoning initiative from Park Synagogue, in the primary election on Tuesday. The synagogue sought to rezone land for future development and preservation efforts. The results tallied 532 to 157, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Boar…

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PEPPER PIKE — The city of Pepper Pike is financially stable and continues to flourish, according to Mayor Richard Bain. The dedicated city staff provides municipal services to its residents, hosts events to build a sense of community and works to address infrastructure repairs.

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PEPPER PIKE — Robert Girardi, 64, announced his retirement from his position as the service director in Pepper Pike effective May 31. He served in that role for 21 years and looked back with fond memories of the department’s achievements, his fellow employees and the residents of the city.

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PEPPER PIKE — Pavement changes around Brainard Circle would enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians alike, City Engineer Don Sheehy said last week. Dominion Energy is in line to pay for the pavement rehabilitation, which Mr. Sheehy said is more than $1 million.

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PEPPER PIKE — Detective Sgt. Karl Dietz will become the new Pepper Pike police chief on May 1 pending confirmation from City Council on April 28. Mayor Richard Bain selected Sgt. Dietz from a pool of internal candidates. He has been a member of the department since 1999 and has served as det…

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents spoke out during a heated public hearing on Monday about a use variance for Medina Creative Housing, which seeks to build homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on 3 acres off Fairmount Boulevard. Thirteen residents commented during the hear…

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PEPPER PIKE — Cole Gagnon, director of people for OKW Architects, appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission to give an update on a site development plan for the Country Club. The commission approved the site development plan, but Mayor Richard Bain and a neighbor on Lander Road requ…

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PEPPER PIKE — City residents will see a rezoning issue, known as Issue 5, on the May 4 ballot to pave the way for improvements at Park Synagogue. If the parcels are rezoned, representatives from the synagogue plan to move forward with an addition for a community hall and a public walking trail.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Pepper Pike Police Department is due for a makeover to the tune of $850,000. City Council voted to enter into a contract with architectural firm Bialosky Cleveland to make needed renovations in the police department to improve safety conditions for officers, meet ADA requir…

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Nina Turner, a former state senator, is running to fill Marcia Fudge’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. President Joseph Biden selected Ms. Fudge to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was sworn on March 10 after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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Three students at Ursuline College were recognized for their artwork in the latest showcase, “Fortitude: Courage Through Adversity.” This is the third annual student showcase, which always takes place during Women’s History Month.

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PEPPER PIKE — More than 115 people crowded in a Zoom meeting room on Monday to hear from Medina Creative Housing about their plans to build 25 residential units for people with disabilities on land owned by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College’s new curated Master of Arts in integrative wellness studies is the only program of its kind in the state. The Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions’ new degree comes in response to a growing demand for careers in health and wellness, college officials said.

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PEPPER PIKE — After many lengthy discussions on the U-2 zoning code for public buildings, Pepper Pike City Council unanimously passed an ordinance with amendments to the code. Mayor Richard Bain and City Planner George Smerigan said that the code was outdated since it was the original langua…

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents showed support at a public hearing last week for the proposed rezoning and expansion of Park Synagogue to add a community center. Dale Markowitz, legal counsel for Park Synagogue, said that they would like to have a rezoning issue for part of the property on a May 202…

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PEPPER PIKE — Representatives from Beech Brook and the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland last week aired grievances about proposed U-2 zoning amendments that they said would restrict development and impact the sale of property.

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PEPPER PIKE — Almost one year after a gas line explosion at Brainard Circle, City Council awarded a landscaping contract to restore the circle to its natural beauty. Council members approved a $715,737 contract with Facemyer Landscaping to replant the center of the traffic circle.

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council last week reviewed plans for rezoning land at Shaker Boulevard and Brainard Road to allow for an expansion of Park Synagogue. Attorney Dale Markowitz of Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan is representing the synagogue and presented the plans at the Oct. 21 council meeting.

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After months of following guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange City School District is considering veering away from the county’s recommendation.

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PEPPER PIKE — Beech Brook CEO Tom Royer released a statement claiming that the city’s rezoning process helped lead to the failed land sale to Axiom Development Group, which fell through in September.

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The Orange City School District plans to implement its hybrid model on Oct. 19 after spending weeks devising a schedule for each building, ordering plenty of personal protective equipment and fielding hundreds of questions from parents.

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Former Vice President Joseph Biden stayed in a private rental residence on Gates Mills Boulevard in Pepper Pike overnight on Tuesday following the presidential debate in Cleveland, according to Mayor Richard Bain.

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PEPPER PIKE — Principal Bryan Stone of Axiom Development Group announced Friday that he will not purchase the Beech Brook property after two years of discussion on rezoning the 68-acre parcel for a mixed-use district. Axiom used an initiative petition to place Issue 34 on the ballot for the …

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain said that the city will look at a program to replace some parts of its stormwater infrastructure due to the increasing number of heavy rains and the resulting floods. Parts of the current stormwater system were built for a 10-year-storm, he said, and the city…