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The longtime rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun in Pepper Pike resigned last week following his arrest in connection with a sex sting.

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The Institute for Women, Wellness and Work at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike has something for everyone, according to its executive director Gina Messina. After celebrating its one year anniversary, the institute leaders plan to launch a fundraiser to collect $50,000. This would match the r…

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Precious metal clay jewelry is the latest offering at the Orange Art Center, a newer artistic process that may deter people due to its confusing name. But according to Terri Hickey, the course instructor and a metal clay artist herself, said there is no barrier to this course for newcomers. …

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A Ballet for Balance class at the Orange Senior Center reminds Barbara Bergsten that she is a ballerina, she said. Even though she does not have any past dance experience, Ms. Bergsten said she loves to participate in the recreational dance classes.

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Pepper Pike’s City Council approved a resolution to conduct a Pepper Luce Creek stream assessment through the Chagrin River Watershed Partners. The assessment comes at a cost of $8,000 to the city. The creek also runs through the Village of Hunting Valley, so the village will contribute $2,000.

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Pepper Pike’s City Council recently took the next step toward converting septic tanks to sanitary sewers. This time, their sights are set on side streets around Shaker Boulevard and the project is expected to begin this month.

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The Pepper Pike City Council approved a $1.2 million bid from Rycon Construction to renovate the 46-year-old police station on Shaker Boulevard. City officials are looking to modernize the police station and efficiently use its space, according to architect Paul Deutsch of Bialosky Cleveland.

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PEPPER PIKE — Many students did not attend classes at Orange High School on Thursday following an alleged threat. District officials did not specify the type of threat, but Communications Director Lou DeVincentis said the threat was found to be “not legitimate.”

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PEPPER PIKE — Newcomers Melanie Weltman, Cathy Hwang and Emmy Zatroch won seats on City Council in Tuesday’s general election, along with returning incumbent Scott Newell. Councilman Richard Leskovec was not re-elected, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Electi…

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Pepper Pike’s Girl Scout Travel Troop is seeking donations of gently used shoes and textiles. They are collecting these items to earn money for an educational trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in June 2022. The troop already collected 1,750 pairs of shoes but needs 2,250 more pairs t…

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council last week unanimously approved modifications on a use variance to allow Medina Creative Housing to build homes for people with disabilities on property owned by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. The resolution came after an appeal by the Ursuline sisters.

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PEPPER PIKE — Although a requested zoning variance was approved, the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland filed an appeal objecting to two city-imposed conditions termed “premature, unreasonable and unnecessary” by their legal counsel.

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PEPPER PIKE — After a 90-minute debate, City Council voted 5-2 to keep in place a pending application for a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for a trail in the median of Gates Mills Boulevard.

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An audience of more than 200 people gathered to probe the Pepper Pike City Council and Orange Board of Education candidates with questions about the future of the city and school district at Candidates Night on Tuesday. Residents wanted to hear their stance on issues such as the Gates Mills …

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After former Judge K.J. Montgomery stepped down from the bench at Shaker Heights Municipal Court, four candidates are vying to fill her spot. Judge Montgomery held the position since she was elected in 1993 and stepped down for personal reasons.

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Beech Brook will host its 11th annual 5K Race and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 10 at the Orange City Schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike. The event begins at 9 a.m. In addition to the timed 5K race and a 1-mile course for walkers or casual runners, the family-friendly ev…

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PEPPER PIKE — The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District awarded a $1.67 million grant to Pepper Pike to replace failing septic tanks with a sanitary sewer line branching off Shaker Boulevard. This will be phase two of the conversion project in the area of Shaker Boulevard.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the final site plan for changes to Park Synagogue at their Sept. 9 meeting. Members of the synagogue plan to build an addition and reconfigure the traffic flow and parking at the site.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for work within the riparian setback. This is part of the Luce Creek culvert and rehabilitation project on Gates Mills Boulevard. Despite objections from several neighbors, City Engineer Don Sheehy recommended…

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PEPPER PIKE — Five candidates are vying for four council seats in Pepper Pike in the Nov. 2 election. Councilmen Richard Leskovec and Scott Newell are running for re-election, while Councilmen Bob Freed and Jim Juliano will retire at the end of their terms in December. The incumbents running…

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Families living on North Pointe Drive scrambled near the start of the school year to determine whether their children would continue attending the Orange City School District or transfer to the Beachwood City Schools. Ultimately the issue was resolved, according to Orange Board of Education …

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Following inquiries about a master plan for the city, Mayor Richard Bain said that Pepper Pike is already “pretty built out” and does not require a strategic planner to study only one piece of undeveloped land, which is the Beech Brook property.

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After Orange Community Education and Recreation faced a deficit of $750,000 per quarter in October of 2020, the department ended fiscal year 2021 with a deficit of $64,545. Orange City School District Treasurer Todd Puster said that the work of Recreation Director Jill Korsok and her team si…

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The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland appealed a decision from the Pepper Pike Planning and Zoning Commission, which granted a use variance for housing for people with disabilities but included restrictions on the location. City Council will hear the appeal at the Oct. 20 meeting.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Planning and Zoning Commission Monday unanimously approved a variance to allow housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities on property owned by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. Due to conditions that were placed on the variance approval, the Ursuli…

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PEPPER PIKE — The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has invested millions of dollars in the city through sewer and stormwater projects over the years, said Jeff Jowett, a senior watershed team leader for the sewer district.

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PEPPER PIKE — Centerbrook architect Mark Simon and Park Synagogue’s legal counsel Dale Markowitz presented a preliminary site plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission. The synagogue’s leadership plans to build a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Pepper Pike location at 27500 Shaker Blvd.

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PEPPER PIKE — Residents are questioning the survey sent out by Mayor Richard Bain last week about whether to build a recreational trail in the median of Gates Mills Boulevard. A few residents voiced concerns about biased questions, but Mayor Bain said that a survey is not intended to be a sc…

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PEPPER PIKE — After a 2019 gas line explosion at Brainard Circle left burnt trees, scorched pavement and damaged infrastructure, the circle is almost fully restored to a better state than before. The price tag for the restoration is $1.62 million, covered in full by Dominion Energy.

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Manny and Judi Naft, Pepper Pike residents and co-treasurers of the Say No to Rezone Political Action Committee, approached the Orange Board of Education last week for help in preventing development on the Beech Brook property.

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Lateek Shabazz, 67, of East Cleveland is one of 13 Democratic candidates running for the Congressional seat in District 11. As a teacher, he said he has witnessed some of the most significant problems in the district, including lead poisoning due to aging infrastructure.

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Felicia Washington Ross is running for the vacant Congressional seat in District 11. She is one of two Republicans in the race and will face Laverne Gore during the primary.

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Dr. Seth Corey, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic and a researcher at the Lerner College of Medicine, is running for Congress in District 11. As the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, Dr. Corey, a Democrat, said that Congress could use a member like him to guide the federal government through a futu…

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PEPPER PIKE — A meandering trail along the Gates Mills Boulevard median could link the city to a countywide greenway, enhance the entrance and promote wellness in the community. These were some of the reactions shared by residents and city officials last week when city Engineer Don Sheehy pr…

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