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Fiscal responsibility and the success of students are issues that have surfaced in the Orange City School District Board of Education race. Vying for the two seats on the Nov. 5 election ballot are incumbents Melanie Weltman and Beth Wilson-Fish as well as political newcomer Meredith Bond.

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WOODMERE — Four Village Council seats are up for grabs during the Nov. 5 general election with eight candidates looking to win a spot. The field includes three of the four incumbents and five newcomers. Councilwoman Alberta Fanning is not running for re-election.

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WOODMERE — There’s an ongoing need to improve how the village Fire Department is staffed, especially when considering purchasing a new truck, according to the council members. Treasurer Rhonda Hall and Fire Chief Johnny Brewington are working to find a new model that will provide enough fire…

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Meredith Bond is running a unique campaign to capture a seat on the Orange Board of Education. Dr. Bond, a resident of Hunting Valley, is hosting a private fundraiser next week with the invitation listing contribution levels of $500, $1,000 and $2,500.

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WOODMERE — The Village Hall renovation project will stay on budget, village Engineer Ed Hren told the Finance Committee last week. With three recent change orders, Mr. Hren said that the new guaranteed maximum price, also called GMP, is about $694,000.

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Sometimes a face-to-face thank-you is worth the extra effort. Carole DePaola drove more than two hours last week to thank state Rep. Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, in person for her quick action to protect the Orange City School District from losing millions in revenue during the state budgetin…

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WOODMERE — A crowd of 1,500 or more gathered on Sunday for the second annual Woodmere Music Festival, which featured games, activities for children, food and drink tastings, tech demonstrations and, of course, music. One performer after another entertained crowds both inside and outside of E…

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WOODMERE — Village Council appointed Rhonda Hall as the new treasurer last week. Mrs. Hall replaces Tom Cornhoff, who served as the village treasurer for 22 years and retired in May.

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WOODMERE — Residents of Belmont Road gathered at a council meeting on Aug. 8 to address concerns about encroaching development and sewage on their property. Six residents on Belmont were contacted by a commercial property company in regard to selling their homes.

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Councilwoman SharNette McCully pulled a petition to run for re-election in Woodmere in July. She was appointed in February of 2018 to fill the seat of Mayor Ben Holbert, formerly a councilman before he was elected mayor. Ms. McCully is a budget analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice and …

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WOODMERE — The Village Council race is heating up as two newcomers have pulled petitions to challenge the incumbents during the Nov. 5 general election. Seth Young and Beata Fleszar are working to collect their signatures before the Aug. 7 filing deadline with the Cuyahoga County Board of El…

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WOODMERE — Mayor Ben Holbert’s final push for $25,000 to fund a 75th village anniversary celebration dinner in November and other items hit a brick wall last week when council members didn’t even take a vote allowing the proposal to simply die.

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WOODMERE — Nakeshia Nickerson pulled a petition earlier this month from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to run for a seat on Village Council with a goal to offer a unique and fair perspective. Ms. Nickerson, 38, a 12-year resident of the village, said that she is ready to invest more …

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WOODMERE — Council members convened for a special meeting last week to discuss the ongoing tension between the administration of Mayor Ben Holbert and council members. Each council member aired a variety of grievances throughout the two-hour meeting, but most focused on improving communicati…

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WOODMERE — Community identity came to the forefront as the village Steering Committee met regarding a master plan. After the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission held a public meeting in March to hear feedback about the village from community stakeholders, steering committee members discussed…

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WOODMERE — Village Council voted to override Mayor Ben Holbert’s vetoes on two ordinances and a resolution in a meeting that lasted 5 minutes this past Saturday morning. Councilwoman Alberta Fanning was not present, but otherwise council’s vote was unanimous and there was no discussion.

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WOODMERE — Councilwoman Alberta Fanning has been absent from every council session since January due to undisclosed medical issues, and council has granted her requests to be excused from those meetings, according to village records.

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WOODMERE — Mayor Ben Holbert used his veto power for the first time since taking office in 2018 on three ordinances approved last week by council involving calling meetings, donations and a new council handbook.

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WOODMERE — Law Director Frank Consolo, Treasurer Tom Cornhoff and Engineer Ed Hren plan to donate a total of $1,200 to the village after council expressed concerns over a $1,100 expenditure linked to the annual holiday party for 80 guests.

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WOODMERE — Treasurer Tom Cornhoff plans to retire at the end of May after 22 years as the village treasurer. Mr. Cornhoff, 66, oversaw significant changes in the village, including the renovation of Eton Chagrin Boulevard, the increased income tax and the new service department.

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WOODMERE — Council President Jennifer Mitchell Earley drafted a handbook for council members in an effort to maintain the village’s administrative structure and improve efficiency and transparency. After Councilwoman SharNette McCully joined council in 2018 and asked for a handbook, Ms. Earl…

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WOODMERE — Since the start of this year, members of council and the administration have not seen eye to eye, according to Mayor Ben Holbert and Council President Jennifer Mitchell Earley. Various topics, including the credit card policy and the 75th anniversary celebration have caused disagr…

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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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WOODMERE — Preserving the quiet streets, building a new community center and widening Chagrin Boulevard to include bike lanes were among the ideas residents shared during a meeting last week about the village’s future.

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WOODMERE — Village Council met in a special session for two hours on Monday to hash out the details of a credit card policy that officials have been debating for several weeks.

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High winds with gusts of more than 60 mph pulled down trees, power lines and even an apartment building roof on Sunday throughout the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County. Crews this week continued to clear debris and large trees that blocked a number of roads, including Chillicothe (Route 306) …

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Regionalism is what the Chagrin/Southeast Hazmat Response Team is all about. Everyone benefits from a small investment that offers great capabilities, said Mark Vedder, director of the team and a Chagrin Falls firefighter. The hazmat team serves 33 communities in the Chagrin Valley and beyond.

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WOODMERE — Council members are debating details of a village policy required under Ohio House Bill 312 which mandates municipalities either adopt specific rules for credit card use or abandon the cards altogether. Though the bill required cities, villages and townships to approve a policy by…