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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…

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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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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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WOODMERE — More than 20 people joined a public hearing last week to hear whether a family should be allowed to have a chicken coop. Mehtap and Daniel Akben have requested a special permit from the village to keep chickens at their home on Irving Park Avenue.

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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 — 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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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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WOODMERE — Village Council convened last Friday night to authorize an expenditure up to $5,000 to repair a sinkhole on Chagrin Boulevard, the main drag through the village that carries up to 20,000 cars per day. Service Director Frank Paparone reported the sinkhole July 30 and traffic was re…

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WOODMERE — Village Square is slated for a makeover for a modern, fresh appearance. Denver Brooker, principal of Vocon architectural firm in Cleveland, presented renderings for a new facade at Village Square at Woodmere’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 14.

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WOODMERE — Village Council unanimously voted to table the master plan last week after a number of residents voiced concerns that their feedback was not included in the draft document. The master plan draft was completed in January by the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission in collaboration w…

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Orange Superintendent Lynn Campbell presented two recommendations for returning to school this fall, a blended learning option and a fully remote option. Two hundred people piled into the Zoom meeting on Monday to hear proposed plans for the Orange City School District.

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.

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WOODMERE — Village residents and other protesters marched down Chagrin Boulevard last Friday night from Village Square to a gazebo in front of Trader Joe’s to demand justice for George Floyd and others who were victims of police brutality. As the protesters marched down the main thoroughfare…

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WOODMERE — The village is considering which path to take regarding its mass communication system, CodeRED. The village could keep the service through OnSolve at a cost of $2,000 per year for a three-year contract. The other option is to join Cuyahoga County’s system, which is also CodeRED th…

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WOODMERE — Council voted 6-1 to suspend payment to three contractors who provide non-essential services to the village. The three contractors include Stephanie Gandy who managed the village website, former Woodmere police officer Amy Mengay who managed the police department’s social media an…

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WOODMERE — Councilwomen Vivian Walker and Glenda Todd-Miller proposed a $600 senior watch program with double-sided door placards for older residents, but the plan drew criticism from Law Director Frank Consolo. The proposal uses a door hanger to indicate whether a senior needs assistance, b…

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WOODMERE — Councilwomen Vivian Walker and Glenda Todd-Miller proposed a $600 program to take care of seniors in their community. This senior outreach would consist of a door hanger that signals if a senior needs assistance in addition to a small survival kit with necessary household items.

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WOODMERE — Council members and Mayor Ben Holbert have not seen eye-to-eye for a long time, and this month was no exception. Mayor Holbert introduced several pieces of legislation late in 2019 and early in 2020, most of which were voted down by council. Both the mayor and council members say …

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WOODMERE — Village Council unanimously appointed Tennyson Adams to the vacant council seat last week during a conference call meeting. He replaces Charles Smith who resigned on March 17.

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WOODMERE — Village income tax revenues are in question after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all nonessential businesses to close on March 22 to help contain COVID-19, a novel coronavirus. Chagrin Boulevard, the main drag through the village, is filled with shops, restaurants and offices that provi…

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WOODMERE — Village Council members have a position to fill now that Councilman Charles Smith resigned on March 17 after his recent election to the post. Mr. Smith, who served as mayor of the village from 2010-2017, said that his resignation was effective immediately.

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WOODMERE — The village is likely to receive grant money for the Chagrin Boulevard widening project next year instead of this year. That is due to a conflict with the timeline of the project and the grant application deadline for the Ohio Public Works Commission.

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Mayor Bruce Mavec of Hunting Valley worked quickly to address a letter that was mailed out last week to encourage residents to vote down the Orange Community Education and Recreation levy renewal that was supposed to be on the Tuesday primary ballot. Director of the Ohio Department of Health…

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WOODMERE — Council President Jennifer Mitchell Earley filed a formal complaint against Mayor Ben Holbert for alleged harassment and a hostile work environment, according to a Jan. 23 email to village human resources consultant Jennifer Osborn.