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Minkin Music: Bevan Strikes a New Chord

by on 02/07/2013 - 11:14 am
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin
Last month, I was persuaded to visit the jazz club Nighttown and attend local legendary troubadour Alex Bevan’s CD release. His new record, I Have No Wings, was produced by former Clevelander Holly Gleason, now a Nashville-based writer and publicist. She explained that the new album was magical and that Alex had written songs that hearken back to the days of his Grand River Lullaby record.
For some, you may have thought Bevan’s work has eroded over time. But I’m here to tell you that the new album is the real deal. Once again, Bevan is writing brilliant songs with personal experiences of life, loss, and tears. Songs that offer hope during tou ...

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Do I need three estimates?

by on 09/20/2012 - 01:20 pm
Category: Home

By Brent Moore
RQ: How many estimates should I get before moving forward with a home remodeling project?—Alex M., Richfield
A: It’s my opinion that the industry standard dictating that a homeowner get three estimates is flawed. What exactly is the contractor estimating?
Not only is there a vast range of finish materials available, but different finish materials also have different installation costs.You may have decided that you want “middle of the road” materials. That’s perfect. But how much does a middle of the road faucet cost? Three contractors plus one homeowner equals for different prices. That’s why the standard is flawed ...

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Avoid the Hit

by on 09/19/2012 - 03:02 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady
Taxes on investment accounts are going up. Mike Brady, CFP, has the solutions to maximize your gain.
If you are a regular reader of this column, you know that we have consistently talked about the rising cost of living and the need for investors to put growth-oriented investments into their retirement portfolios. We have cautioned against an all-fixed income portfolio in a rising cost world.
Now, it seems, the ability to keep up with the rising cost of living is going to get more difficult. We are in for higher taxes on our investment returns. Some investors may experience significantly higher taxes on their dividends and capital gains. So ...

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Reducing Your Midsection

by on 09/19/2012 - 02:52 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Jeff Cook
Q.How do you determine what is the best plan for your clients?
A. We develop a fitness plan jointly after discussing each client’s goals and commitment level. We consider time availability, previous exercise and fitness experience, support structure, goals, anticipated obstacles, etc. Then we develop—together—a realistic, personal plan. Once we have an agreement, we work the plan together, making adjustments along the way to ensure continued progress toward the client’s goals.
Q. I want to reduce around the midsection. What would you suggest?
A. Unfortunately, “spot reducing” is a myth. It’s impossible withou ...

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Botox is Therapeutic and Cosmetic

by on 09/19/2012 - 03:01 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Drs. Vienna and Bizga
At Vienna Dental Group, as part of our comprehensive approach to dentistry, we focus on oral health and our patients’ total well-being, including esthetics.
We now offer esthetic enhancements, using Botox and Juvederm, to round out our cosmetic dentistry offerings. A member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Dr. Vienna merges techniques and knowledge from various medical fields to employ innovative non-surgical facial treatments. We are well-trained in the anatomy of the face and are used to giving injections in the mouth.
Dentists already use Botox to treat dental problems so it is a logical extension of what we already do. ...

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How Do Agents Get Paid?

by on 09/19/2012 - 10:42 am
Category: Home

By Matt Lasher
Myth #1: Real estate agents are salespeople.
The real estate market has changed. Thanks to the internet, anyone can find homes for sale at the click of a mouse.Realtors no longer rely on their own vast network of potential buyers or traditional sales tactics to sell your home.
These days, it’s all about price and presentation. So look for a Realtor who offers services to help you price and present your home in the most effective way. Ask your Realtor how she or he thinks about pricing your home. For example, we’ve developed the SPIndicator, a proprietary Northeast Ohio-specific home pricing model indicating the range of potential selling ...

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New Law Affecting Furnaces

by on 09/19/2012 - 10:37 am
Category: Home

By Andy Pech
The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized new regional minimum energy conservation standards for residential heating and air conditioning equipment. For gas furnaces in our region, the new minimum standard of 90% AFUE takes effect May 1, 2013.
So what does this mean for Northeast Ohio homeowners?
Today’s gas furnaces are rated in efficiency by their Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) value. Simply stated, there are two types of gas furnaces available today— 80% efficiency and “90 Plus,” which includes gas furnaces that are rated between 90% and 98% AFUE.
The 80% AFUE-rated furnaces are “non-condensing&rdq ...

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Stink Bugs!

by on 09/19/2012 - 10:32 am
Category: Home

By Gary Jones
They smell, they’re ugly and they’re in our homes. Stink bugs (specifically, brown marmorated stink bugs) were unwelcome house guests this past winter throughout central and northern Ohio, leaving homeowners scratching their heads.
And holding their noses.
Right now you may notice only a few stink bugs, but as temperatures begin to fall, those few will turn into ten, hundreds possibly thousands. In 2007 stink bugs began making their way into Ohio, and with no natural predators, they’ve been multiplying quickly. 
Don’t crush the stink bugs or you’ll discover how they got their name.  They don’t bi ...

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No more heavy periods

by on 09/18/2012 - 02:11 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. Jeff Christian
Are you one of the many women who, month after month, suffer from painful, heavy periods? Maybe you bleed so much that it interferes with your job or limits your activities. Perhaps your periods simply last too long, or your period begins with an unexpected flood that ruins both your day and your outfit.
You may think that the only option for you is a hysterectomy—the removal of your uterus. You simply can’t afford to stop your busy life for a major surgery, which could result in complications, and, even in the best of circumstances, require four to six weeks of recuperation time.
There is another choice.
Since 2007, I&rsq ...

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Effective, Natural Support for Gout

by on 09/18/2012 - 11:28 am
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Mike Ventresca
Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. Symptoms usually occur without warning and include intense joint pain, inflammation and redness lasting anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It usually affects the big toe, but can occur in other parts of the body.
This painful condition is often diet related. The main culprit is an unhealthy build-up of uric acid that forms crystals in the joint tissue leading to tremendous inflammation. Uric acid is a by-product of purine metabolism. Purines are found in many foods but in higher concentrations in anchovies, sardines and meat. Alcohol, especially beer, also increases uric acid production.
An ...

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