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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 Mayor Richard Bain and City Planner George Smerigan said that the code was outdated since it was the original langua…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…

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PEPPER PIKE — City planner George Smerigan has proposed revisions to the U-2 zoning district for public buildings to give the city more control over future developments and possibly more tax revenue.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education passed a resolution to allow four students living on North Pointe Drive at The Pointe subdivision to remain in the Orange schools, even though they live in the Beachwood City School District, Orange school board President Beth Wilson-Fish said on S…

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group’s proposal for a mixed-use district could benefit the city by creating new tax revenues and a walkable area with niche shopping and housing alternatives, according to urban studies and economic experts at Cleveland State University.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education members brought the discussion of a new front entrance at Orange High School back to the table at their Monday meeting. Discussion should begin early, they said, to ensure safety for the children at the school and to stay on track for prime constru…

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The Say No to Rezone Political Action Committee will host an informational rally at Landerwood Plaza in Pepper Pike on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be Say No to Rezone T-shirts and yard signs, in addition to free ice cream while supplies last. There are more details at saynotore…

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Director of 21st Century Curriculum Karen Moore said that this fall, Orange City School District students will have a new and improved version of virtual learning.

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After calling off sports practices at the end of July, Superintendent Lynn Campbell announced last week that sports were to resume on Monday for the Orange City School District.

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More than 170 people joined the Orange Board of Education meeting on Monday to hear about the district’s plans for reopening this fall. In the meeting that lasted three and a half hours, 24 parents and students expressed their disappointment with Orange’s reopening plans. Some were requestin…

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PEPPER PIKE — To educate the community before voting “yes” or “no” to rezone Beech Brook land on Nov. 3, Bryan Stone of Axiom Development Group held a question and answer session on Aug. 4. There were 46 people present at the start of the Zoom meeting, but more joined later. Attendees heard …

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Pepper Pike City Council last week approved a $1.76 million bid from Rycon Construction for the Service Department renovation project. Architect Paul Deutsch of Bialosky and Associates said that the estimate was $2 million, so Rycon offered an attractive bid. There were 13 bidders for this project.

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PEPPER PIKE — Last week, Mayor Richard Bain and council members were unsure of how Axiom Development Group planned to proceed with its proposal to rezone the Beech Brook property. Now, Axiom’s attorney, Dale Markowitz, says that the rezoning issue will be on the Nov. 3 ballot unless it is ce…