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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 — Several residents voiced concerns about the cost to connect to the new sewer line on Gates Mills Boulevard. Depending on the plumbing set-up at each house, some residents said that their costs could hit $30,000.

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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 — A day in the life of a police officer is no longer a mystery to the children who took part in the recent Junior Police Academy Camp in Pepper Pike.

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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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Democrat Isaac Powell has thrown his hat into the ring for the District 11 Congressional seat. He describes himself as an “average person” who is always looking out for his community. Mr. Powell, 68, of Bedford Heights said that he can relate best to the constituents of District 11 because t…

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Harvard Law School graduate Martin Alexander, 58, of Boardman is vying for the District 11 Congressional seat. Mr. Alexander, a Democrat, lives outside of the area, but said that he plans to move into the district if elected.

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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.