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Minkin Music: The Guy With the Saxophone

by on 02/07/2013 - 09:52 am
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin
I can’t count how many times I’ve been to downtown Cleveland, be it for a concert, a play, a sporting event, a Rock Hall event, or just some big city dining.
Many nights there are more than just the sounds of bustling footsteps, honking cars, exuberant sports fans, or obnoxious bar patrons. Sometimes you might hear the sweet sounds of a saxophone playing a few bars of “The Pink Panther Theme” or the classic television theme song from “Sanford and Son.” Chances are the beautiful music you hear sweeping through the nighttime air is being played by Maurice Reedus Jr., otherwise seen as “the guy with the saxophone.”

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by on 08/17/2012 - 10:26 am
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady
I’ve been watching the National Geographic series Doomsday Preppers and I’ve got to say that I’m both fascinated and horrified. I’m fascinated by their steadfast belief in a near-term doomsday—an end to society as we know it—and their determined single-mindedness to prepare for their survival, sometimes spending large sums of time and money to stockpile food, water, weapons and ammunition, generators, gasoline, etc.
I’m horrified that there are so many folks who take this extreme view and can imagine that there are many more folks who have thought about these end-of-the-world scenarios, but just haven’t had th ...

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The Icing on the Cake

by on 04/27/2012 - 12:29 pm
Categories: Community, Food

By Cyndi Kellem
I love when my twins’ birthday comes around. Not only because they are another year older (of course, I want them to be my little girls forever!), but also because we get to treat ourselves to our favorite cake, courtesy of Julie from Julie’s Custom Creations.
Julie and I met five years ago when our kids were in preschool together. She brought in her baked goods for a party, and I instantly fell in love. She has helped us design creative cakes when we were out of ideas (pink and purple cake with a silver glitter rocket ship anyone?). Julie has also helped us to bring some of our wackier ideas to life, such as a topsy-turvy cak ...

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Rescue Tales! from One of a Kind Pet ...

by on 04/25/2012 - 09:48 am
Category: Community

By Georjette Thomas
Bullying is a very important and well-deserved topic of conversation in our schools and communities today. The act is reprehensible and evokes sadness and distress with every reported incidence. We applaud individuals who have made it their mission to offer education and support to members of the community in an effort to cease this behavior.
Since 1987, the designated Pit Bull breed dog has been being bullied. In fact, they have been labeled “a bully breed” and have been subject to discrimination in Ohio. We are happy to report that 2012 has brought positive news with the passing of House Bill 14. When signed into law, Ohio will join 49 othe ...

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Rescue Tales! from Tracking Lucky Dog...

by on 04/25/2012 - 09:57 am
Category: Community

By Karin Shulin
Nobody wanted Heather. At just six months, old this beautiful Boxer/American Staffordshire Terrier mix was set to be put to death.
That’s when we stepped in and rescued Heather from a senseless, way-too-early death.
Since then, and for the last three months, Heather has lived in one of our foster homes with her temporary family. During her stay, Heather has undergone basic obedience training. She’s good with the kids and other dogs—even the cats. Heather enjoys her toys but allows you to easily take them from her. She calms quickly and loves to be touched. In addition to being spayed and up to date on her shots, Heather is house tr ...

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Start Your Summer Slim Down

by on 04/24/2012 - 12:17 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

Don’t we all love the early summer temperatures? Unfortunately, it has us trying to fit into our summer wardrobes long before we’re ready. It’s hard to hide the extra weight in sleeveless tops, shorts or bathing suits.
The agony of a day at the beach is not about the hot summer sun. It’s about feeling uncomfortable with your weight and feeling like you don’t belong there. Many people just stay home. They no longer participate in the fun family days, vacations, the outside parties or the afternoon picnics.
This doesn’t have to be you.
With Virtual Gastric Band hypnosis, you can take back control of your eating habits and begin a v ...

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Can an increase in lymph help?

by on 04/24/2012 - 02:10 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By  Natalie Rumbaugh
Fabulous spring weather invites our favorite outdoor activities. “Weekend Warriors” head to home improvement stores to purchase yard supplies and tools to beautify their yards. However, jumping into gardening can set up opportunities for pain.
When you overdo it, you will often experience pain in your soft tissue, muscles, tendons and fascia. This may happen because of some minor micro tearing of the muscle fibers, more commonly known as muscular sprain or strain. It may also be the result of hypertonic or tight muscles. An injury can occur from a single stressful incident, or it may come on gradually due to repetitive activity. The sho ...

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Your Pet's Health

by on 04/24/2012 - 11:09 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By  Jeffrey Peacock, DVM
For many of us the word “anesthesia” can cause some very stressful images. It is true that many years ago anesthesia for pets was a risky procedure, but today it has become very safe.
Even for older pets and pets with medical problems there is a high degree of safety. We have also greatly reduced the risk factors by performing preanesthetic laboratory testing and electronic monitoring of the heart, lungs, blood pressure and oxygen saturation of the blood during anesthesia.
Your pet also will get a complete physical and the doctor will discuss the outcome of the tests and examination. If there are any problems that might inc ...

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