By now, we should be used to our town being included on various lists of “best” places for whatever reason the survey takers set out to prove.
As you know, my city dog Jack is the joy of my life. Just catching sight of his blocky tan and white head tucked under a pile of white paws as he sleeps in front of the fireplace stops me in my tracks.
Bill Maher and I are twins separated at birth (and a few years). In fact, we are so incredibly alike, I may demand a blood test! The left-leaning, cultural commentator and political wit thinks like me and I suspect by the enthusiasm of his audience there are others who might want a sample of…
I was talking with a friend the other day about immigration. It’s one of the most divisive issues of our time, and we, too, found ourselves divided. “Our country is full,” he quoted President Trump, who said this back in April. Let’s improve the country with the people we already have, my fr…
The downtown streets of Chagrin Falls are more crowded this week as the Chagrin Valley welcomes filmmakers and film fans to the annual Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. This is the 10th year for the fest started by Mary Ann Ponce in memory of her son, David, a documentary filmmaker who died…
We are noticing increased traffic on the secondary streets of Solon. We suspect that drivers are avoiding the main thoroughfares of SOM, Aurora and even Solon roads that have been under construction this summer.
I recently attended my daughter’s wedding and I would like to offer a “what to expect” wedding guide for those yet to marry. This has nothing to do with the venue, dress, hair, makeup, food or flowers. Instead, this is about logistics and planning.
My employer recently sent me the yearly reminder, “If you want to save a good chunk of money on your health insurance, you’ll have to get down to your recommended weight.”
Candidate budgets for school board races generally are modest. Two-term Orange Board of Education member Melanie Weltman of Pepper Pike spent between $3,000 and $4,000 in her first campaign mostly for mailings, yard signs and a newspaper ad. She pretty much has self-funded her campaigns and …
There is peace in the kingdom. It’s taken us all summer to get there, but we are, at long last, getting through entire days and nights without any hissing or growling.
Way back in the time of landline telephones, cable television and Calvin and Hobbes, three friends sat down with a bottle of wine and wrote a sardonic guidebook for those striving to personify the perfection that was Chagrin Falls at that time.
The grades are in. The Ohio Department of Education delivered report cards to the 608 public school districts statewide late last week, including those in the Chagrin Valley, Solon and Geauga County.
That sweet smelling mist coming from electronic cigarettes seems harmless. After all, it’s just flavored steam. The reality is that this vapor could be extremely harmful, especially to children.
The White House recently ditched a plan that would have reduced Americans’ pharmacy costs by boosting transparency in the prescription drug supply chain.
A wave of protests is roiling Moscow. Millions of people, young and old, have been crowding the streets in Hong Kong. If democracy is on the ropes worldwide, as many voices currently insist, you’d have a hard time making the case from these headlines.
I’m pretty sure some of you sophisticates know what a “breakfast pillow” is and what role it plays toward the greater good of society. I sure don’t.
Starting Monday, residents across the Chagrin Valley are being asked to show their support for local police, fire and medical rescue workers by lighting up their porches and windows. It’s a way to say, “We salute our first responders.”
The playground at River Road Park in Bainbridge is finally safe. Bainbridge Township Trustees late last week visited the park off Chagrin River Road to survey the playground and wisely decided that the hazardous equipment had to immediately come down.
Sometimes, you wonder if the world is doomed to descend into autocracy. Certainly, that’s what the coverage of the past few years suggests. We read about the nations that are already there, like China and Russia, of course, and Saudi Arabia and Iran. Or about countries like Hungary, Turkey a…
Sitting in traffic on Chagrin Boulevard last week, I found myself staring at the rear end of a Chevy SUV. Its nameplate said “Tahoe,” which is a year-round, outdoorsy multi-recreation spot on a mountain in California just across the Nevada state line.
Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.
Pull into River Road Park in Bainbridge and you’ll see sports fields, a scoreboard, a pavilion, ample parking, a 1-mile walking trail and a playground. All these amenities look inviting to leisure seekers, except the area for the very youngest. The playground for children at River Road Park …
I’ve been working on column ideas but after writing them down, I found one sentence that pretty much summed up what needed to be said on the subject and not a drop more to be wrung out of it.
I’ve been struck recently by news coverage of humans’ degradation of the planet. Two opposing themes keep appearing. One is the sense that, as individuals, there’s little we can do; the forces are too large. The other – and many Americans would agree with this – is that as citizens of the pl…
When I was about 10 years old in the 1970s, there was a TV commercial where a little boy said to his grandpa, “Grandpa, Joey says I’m prejudiced.”
They draw you into a thought. They catch your eye with an illustration. They use a few well-chosen words to convey an opinion or to pose a question about a community or national concern. You may laugh, you may smirk, you may shake your head, you may agree, you may disagree or you may feel outrage.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made a wise decision when he vetoed a last-minute amendment to the state biennium budget bill that would have significantly lowered school property taxes in Hunting Valley, one of the wealthiest communities in Ohio, and slashed millions of operating dollars from the Ora…
In a shameless pursuit to save the newspaper industry, we may have mentioned a time or two or 20 how much better our “hand-held devices” are than the kind you must plug into the wall every once in a while.
How do you experience your world? Is the glass half full or half empty? Do you observe the worst in a situation or the best? Do you justify identifying only negatives by claiming you are being realistic?
Today we celebrate the birthday of our nation with picnics, ballgames, parades and fireworks. Independence Day is indeed a time to recall when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates from the 13 colonies.
This week’s burning question is: Who attempted to murder Chagrin Falls’ zoning code, what was the motive and why was it not discovered until the hit was about to go down?