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WOODMERE — Village Council will host a committee of the whole meeting on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. to gather information about medical marijuana dispensaries. Mayor Ben Holbert has received inquiries from three dispensaries about setting up their business in Woodmere. Following those presentations, c…

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WOODMERE — The Chagrin Boulevard widening is still slated for construction in January of 2023, according to Village Engineer Ed Hren, but officials are working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to resolve concerns about cash flow.

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WOODMERE — Motorists on Chagrin Boulevard will see major changes in Woodmere in the coming months. Part of the south wing of Beechmont Towers is slated to be demolished and rebuilt soon, and T.J. Maxx is under construction with a planned reopening in August. The demolition and new wing at Be…

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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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WOODMERE — Members of the Finance Committee determined that the village’s new community garden will be free. With concerns about waivers and liability, village officials decided that there will be no charge for the first year.

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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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WOODMERE — Local businessman Tom Hobson recently inquired about opening a medical marijuana business in Woodmere. He is only testing the waters about a possible location in the village, Mayor Ben Holbert said, and has not chosen a definite storefront yet.

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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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WOODMERE — Village Council passed a resolution to approve a lot split at Eton West End to create a parcel for a new tenant, Erie Bank. Senior real estate counsel for Stark Enterprises Aileen Sexton Kopfinger said that a new parcel is necessary for financing for the bank.

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WOODMERE — Kurt Altenburger, owner of Restore Hyper Wellness and Cryotherapy, came before the Planning and Zoning Commission on May 11 to present interior renovation plans at Eton Chagrin Boulevard. Commission members tabled the plan due to concerns over whether a business that uses IV drips…

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WOODMERE — Mayor Ben Holbert announced plans to run for re-election this fall with hopes of bettering his community in the next four years. When he was sworn in more than three years ago, the mayor said that he would work for the residents until his final day in office. His term ends on Dec. 31.

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WOODMERE — Representatives from Stark Enterprises came before the Planning and Zoning Commission requesting approval for a lot split and five variances for Erie Bank, a new tenant at Eton West End. The commission approved five variances, but the lot split was tabled for further discussion.

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WOODMERE — Council members last week took action on several items that have been points of contention for months in the village. With four new council members and new Council President Nakeshia Nickerson presiding, steps were taken toward building a sidewalk on Brainard Road and maintaining …

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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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WOODMERE — Village Engineer Ed Hren reported a positive development in the Chagrin Boulevard widening project. The District One Public Works Integrating Committee, which reports to the Ohio Public Works Commission, recommended that Woodmere receive a $1.94 million grant to widen Chagrin. If …

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WOODMERE — In a Finance Committee meeting on Monday, Treasurer Bernice Schreiber said that the council members need to review expenditures and trim the budget. Projected expenses in 2021 are about $1 million higher than anticipated revenues, which she said is not a sustainable practice for t…

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WOODMERE — Councilwomen Jennifer Mitchell Earley, Lisa Brockwell and Glenda Todd Miller were recalled following Tuesday’s special election. The other councilman who was up for recall, Craig Wade, retained his seat by a two-vote margin, according to unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County…

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WOODMERE — Tensions appear to be reaching an all-time high in the village as the Feb. 23 recall election for four council members approaches. That was apparent as multiple residents expressed their concerns during last week’s council meeting. Their comments ranged from frustration over the p…

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WOODMERE — Village Council and other committees can meet now that public notice has been posted on the village website. Several meetings in January and February were canceled because the village was in violation of its own code.

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WOODMERE — After a virtual hearing that lasted more than two hours, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections unanimously voted to certify the Feb. 23 Woodmere Village recall election and denied a protest filed by the four council members who are being recalled.

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WOODMERE — Village Council passed an ordinance last week to transfer $162,887 to the coronavirus relief fund with consideration for using it for safety upgrades at Village Hall and police and fire department salaries. Service Director Frank Paparone proposed new heating, ventilation and air …

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WOODMERE — Village officials canceled their organizational meeting after it already began due to a resident’s concerns about notifying the public in advance of the meeting. In an email sent to village officials 20 minutes before the start of the meeting, Brainard Road resident Gerald Carrier…

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WOODMERE — The end of the year brought a flurry of emails back and forth between the Village Council members, Law Director Frank Consolo, other members of the administration and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

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WOODMERE — When three members of the Planning and Zoning Commission came up for reappointment this month, council members voted to retain one, Edward Johnson, and replace the other two, Seth Young and David Effron. The two new commission members are former Mayor Yolanda Broadie and former Co…

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WOODMERE — The special election to recall Councilwomen Jennifer Mitchell Earley, Lisa Brockwell, Glenda Todd-Miller and Councilman Craig Wade has been delayed. A misunderstanding between the petitioners, village officials and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections led the board to delay the …

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WOODMERE — After many disruptions at the Nov. 11 council meeting, council members are considering removing the first public comment section at council meetings. Last month, residents and council members kept interrupting each other and the meeting was almost adjourned early. Several resident…

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WOODMERE — Council voted to allow Stark Enterprises to use greenhouses for outdoor dining this winter at Eton Chagrin Boulevard. Stark representative Aileen Sexton Kopfinger said that the restaurants have been struggling while following the state-ordered COVID-19 guidelines including to soci…

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WOODMERE — Councilwoman Lisa Brockwell, who chairs the Finance Committee, adjourned the meeting early on Nov. 2 due to an argument that began on the virtual call between council members and Mayor Ben Holbert. The argument centered on disputes between village officials over the last two years…