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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.

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PEPPER PIKE — As Orange Community Education and Recreation offers more programming every year, the Orange City School District is looking for ways to pay for it all. The school district serves as the fiscal agent for OCER, and officials are considering increasing the recreation levy or the a…

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PEPPER PIKE — Bishop Nelson Perez of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland blessed Merici Crossings, the new $22 million residence building for the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, at a ceremony on Monday. During the blessing service, which attracted a full chapel of sisters and an overflow crowd …

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“Last year was an exciting year for the village as businesses started opening at Pinecrest,” Orange Village Mayor Kathy Mulcahy said during the Muffins with the Mayors meeting last week with other leaders of valley communities.

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PEPPER PIKE — Orange High School Principal Paul Lucas is proposing changes to the school’s grading policy, including adding a percentage grade to report cards and adjusting the quality points system.

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College is partnering with the YWCA of Greater Cleveland to offer a joint leadership certification to professional women looking to develop their careers. This partnership is part of Ursuline’s commitment to women’s leadership, college President Sister Christine De Vin…

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PEPPER PIKE — Construction crews are set to begin work in the media center at Brady Middle School in March. Yet Orange City School District officials still have details to work out for the project, including paint colors and furniture, according to Jeff Henderson of Then Design Architecture.

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain and city council members debated the merits of increasing the mayoral salary during a meeting this past Saturday in an effort to attract a larger field of qualified candidates to run when the office is up for grabs during the 2019 general election.

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain is working to address residents’ concerns and reconsider response policies following a water main break on Shaker Boulevard on Feb. 1. The break was between Lander Road and SOM Center Road, and was significantly larger in scope than officials first thought.

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a powerful spoken word performance by millennial poet Alexandria Gurley, also known by her performance name Alex Tha GREAT (Given Real Encouragement Against Turmoil).

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PEPPER PIKE — Third-graders at Moreland Hills Elementary School are learning about kindness rocks by working with a business headquartered in Pepper Pike. GoRock, a worldwide network of painted rocks, works to spread happiness across the world, one painted rock at a time.

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council last week granted a conditional use permit to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to move forward with a $1.2 million project to decrease erosion along the banks of Pepper Creek. Located slightly east of the traffic circle with Shaker Boulevard and Gates Mil…

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ORANGE — Village Treasurer Dana Kavander said that Orange is not receiving all of the income taxes from businesses at Pinecrest shopping center due to an apparent glitch on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

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PEPPER PIKE — The city Planning and Zoning Commission last week granted a conditional use permit to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for the $1.2 million Pepper Creek bank stabilization project designed to reverse long-term erosion.

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Beth Wilson-Fish and Deborah Kamat on Monday were named the new president and vice president of the Orange Board of Education, respectively. The elections, however, brought a contentious discussion among board members regarding the candidates and the transparency of the board.