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Akron Velvet Cushion April 2011

by on 04/25/2011 - 02:08 pm
Category: Community

I grew up here. Copley High my alma mater, Mr G’s pizza my comfort food, and Sand Run Park my playground. 
And then I left. Tempted by big city life, my now-husband and I moved to Boston to find it all: culture, history, fine dining, career opportunities, sports, arts, and entertainment. 
We found it. And we loved our corporate life, ivy-covered apartment, and things rated with 5 stars. But a few years later, a new siren called. Her name was Home. 
And she has plenty of stars.
So now I’m back in Akron to do some more growing up in a city I’m profoundly proud of—for its culture, history, dining, entertainment, and opportunities. With Mimi’s hel ...

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Birthday Treats!

by on 04/21/2011 - 11:43 am
Category: Community

By Cyndi Kellem
This week my friend, Adrianna Hartmann, told me about her quest to find cupcakes for her daughters who suffer from some allergies and knowing how hard it is for parents of kids with allergies to find safe baked goods, I had to share her experience.
“My twin girls celebrated their 2nd birthday in January.  I had never have to put too much thought into what kind of cake my oldest daughter, age 5, wants for her birthday, it is always more about the decoration!  But, things are different with my twins, as between the two of them they have allergies to dairy, egg, and peanut.  One thing I knew for sure, I wanted their birthday cake to be "sa ...

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Real Life Rescue Tales: Faith

by on 04/18/2011 - 11:29 pm
Category: Community

by Georjette Thomas
Most dog lovers can’t resist a quick peak into a traditional “pet store” to see all the adorable puppies on display. They make us smile as they play with each other, seemingly without a care in the world. If we are honest with ourselves, we may have even thought, “Who cares where they come from, what’ s the big deal? These puppies look healthy and happy. How bad could their birthplace be?”
To understand the cruelty of the puppy mills producing these pets, you must look past the faces of the dogs in the windows. There are an estimated 4,000 puppy mills in the United States, producing over a half-million puppie ...

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Minkin's Music: The Music Never Stopped

by on 04/18/2011 - 11:24 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

by JayMinkin
For those of you who love good films, a beautiful new movie is out based on the essay “The Last Hippie,” by Dr. Oliver Sacks, M.D. whom you may recognize from his many best-selling books of case histories including a film called Awakenings.
For those of you who lived (and I mean lived) during Woodstock or embrace the music and message from that generation, then you must see this movie.
The Music Never Stopped chronicles the journey of Henry Sawyer, played by J.K. Simmons, and his estranged son Gabriel, played by Lou Taylor Pucci, who left home in 1967 prior to his high school graduation. The younger Sawyer has reappeared 19 years later in a hospita ...

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Cob Webs Do Not Just Appear

by on 04/14/2011 - 10:04 am
Category: Health & Beauty

The Wrong Side of the Screen with Bug Man
Getting the spiders under control in your home begins on the outside with a good exterior whole house power spray. Once this is done, it is time to begin working the spiders out of the inside. The removal of spiders from the inside of a home is a process that takes days, weeks, or months to accomplish, depending on the size of the population. But the process is simple.
Spiders live in areas of the home where they are protected, can find food easily, and can reproduce undisturbed. The areas they frequent include the voids in the structure of the house, under or behind furniture and beds, and inside light fixtures and lamps.
Because access to some o ...

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Don't Be a Weekend Warrior

by on 04/14/2011 - 09:56 am
Category: Health & Beauty

The Wrong Side of the Screen with Bug Man
As homeowners, we have to make many choices to maintain our homes. When your furnace breaks down, you have to find a heating and cooling specialist to make the repairs. A lot goes into making that choice, but it is very clear that you have to find a specialist to do the required work.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is to overlook the need for a specialist when it comes to a pest control problem. A trip to the local home improvement store is often the answer to pest problem.
But once you have purchased a container of insecticide, there are a few questions you should ask yourself: Where are you going to spray? How are you going to d ...

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Spring Break Fun!

by on 04/01/2011 - 10:26 am
Category: Community

By Cyndi Kellem
Today I took my five year old twin girls to “open play” at Romp ‘n Stomp in Medina.  Since the weather has not cooperated during our spring break I needed an indoor activity that could let them burn off some steam and learn a little in the process and “jump time” on the inflatables was just what they needed. 
For those of you who don’t know, simply put, an “inflatable” is a big blow-up piece of a playground.  They can be slides, or bounce houses, or just about any other apparatus you can dream, but they are always fun.
Bonus for germ-phobic moms like me- the inflatables, toys and play areas are very cl ...

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