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How to order sushi

by on 09/11/2015 - 01:24 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Food

By Lawrence Suen-Owner, House of Hunan
Since the first California roll was invented in (where else?) California back in the 1970s, sushi has made its way west, gaining in popularity everywhere from five-star restaurants to football games and street vendors.
For sushi rookies, here are some tips that will have you holding your own and even impressing fellow diners with your refined palate and parlance.
The basics:
• Sushi Rice - A short-grain white rice that’s delicately seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt.
• Wasabi - A very spicy green condiment that comes from the wasabi plant and tastes like strong horseradish.
• Nori - Seaweed tha ...

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What are the top hair trends for fall...

by on 09/08/2015 - 02:00 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Sandi Donafee
Owner, Capelli Davanti Salon
With fall right around the corner, now is the time to master trending style tips, consider a new signature cut, or focus on the glossy, rich hair color that is already the rage.
For starters, try a fishtail braid to stand out at school or work. Gather hair at the nape of the neck, split the ponytail in two, and crisscross small sections from each side. Once the weaving is complete, fasten at the bottom and gently loosen the hair at the top for a carefree, cool style that is on trend for fall.
For another look that makes a statement, turn to beachy bohemian waves. This style is best accomplished by wrapping hair around ...

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A braces basics survival guide

by on 08/31/2015 - 01:22 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Smart Living

By Milton Ntragatkis, DDS–Brunswick KiDDS Laser Dentistry
Starting off a new school year can be a challenge for any student. There may be a new school, a different bus, unfamiliar teachers, and new surroundings to deal with. But many kids stepping on the school bus this fall will also be sporting a new set of braces.
At Brunswick KiDDS Laser Dentistry, believe me, we’ve seen it all.
Here are a few tips that we’ve developed over the years to help kids survive their experience with braces:

 • Moms should consider packing “braces-friendly” lunches. Think soft fruits, sandwiches, pasta salad, pudding, or Jell-O cups. Avoid foo ...

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High paying jobs in skilled manufactu...

by on 08/31/2015 - 02:33 pm
Categories: Community, Home, Smart Living

By Rich ParrottMachine Technology/RAMTEC InstructorCuyahoga Valley Career Center This country is manufacturing more now than ever before in our history. And manufacturing is ranked the second largest industry in the state of Ohio behind agriculture.
With a promising number of small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies, those employing less than 200 people, in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, our region has become increasingly diversified within the industry, which has kept us healthy and growing.
Our RAMTEC facility expansion really could not come at a better time. Positioning ourselves to train students for the most advanced manufacturing and engineering jobs of tomorrow is in direct res ...

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Spreading the word about dementia

by on 08/28/2015 - 04:10 pm
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Christine Dabramo
Founder of MindSet
My brother and I care for our sister—Gloria Grant—who has suffered from frontal lobe dementia since 2009. Only in her early 60s, the sister I’D always looked up to growing up, who went to Hollywood and made a name for herself in television and movies, has deteriorated to the point that she can only speak a few words. 

To raise awareness about dementia, and to let others out there know they are not alone, I’ve been writing about our journey together, the ups and downs, and the whys (why her and why me), that come along with this devastating disease. This is our story, but we’d like to hear yours, too. Sha ...

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You are running out of time

by on 08/24/2015 - 04:42 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Michael Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
In its 2014 survey, the Center for Retirement Research estimates that 52 percent of working-age adults were “at risk” in 2013 of not having enough assets or income when they retire. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) 20 percent of those 85 or older are dying with less than $10,000, including the value of their homes. Many more are woefully underprepared for longer life expectancies.
Often we hear that people plan to work longer to avoid spending what retirement savings they do have. Unfortunately this may not be possible for many. The EBRI found that 50 percent of retirees in its 2014 survey stop ...

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Yikes! Stop wasps now

by on 08/20/2015 - 02:42 pm
Category: Home

By Gary Jones, Ideal Pest Control
Right now most bee and wasp nests are about the size of a golf ball, but with these stinging insects working 24/7, nests can quickly grow to the size of a basketball. It happens because most people do not generally walk around their property looking up, and few homeowners have the time to inspect their property every few days. As a result, nests can grow very large—and dangerous—before being noticed.
The best thing you can do right now to protect your family is to perform some basic preventive maintenance with a structural power spray. Different from a power wash, a structural power spray destroys existing nests, discourages the ...

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Follow these four tips before turning...

by on 08/20/2015 - 01:56 pm
Category: Smart Living

By June Kasidonis
Owner, Kasidonis Heating and Cooling, Inc.
The hot summer sun is fading and the cool promise of fall has us turning off our air conditioners for the season.
You may not be aware, however, that air conditioners need to be maintained throughout the year to keep them in top shape. Here are four tips that can protect your unit, even while it sits idle over the coming cool months.
1) Be sure to check for dust and debris around your unit. Clean the grills and coils of your air conditioner thoroughly. Unwanted debris and dirt cause inefficiencies and can create complications with your unit.
2) Change out your air filters with fresh, new filters. This a ...

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That’s not how you say it: Commonly m...

by on 08/20/2015 - 01:52 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Food

By Mark Giardina
Owner, Mr. G’s
If only all Italian words could be spelled phonetically like “fuhgeddaboudit,” a phrase stereotyped by every modern gangster movie as an Italian colloquialism, it would be a lot easier to order food in an Italian restaurant.
While most Americans are familiar with Italian food, some diners butcher the names when ordering. By following this pronunciation guide of 10 Italian foods, you can order with confidence instead of quietly mumbling.
Bolognese (boh-luh-neez) – A meat-based sauce originating from Bologna Italy, bolognese recipes vary as restaurants add their own twist to this pasta sauce.
Braciola ...

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How to prevent concrete cracks

by on 08/20/2015 - 12:45 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Vince Cabot
Owner, Accurate Concrete Leveling
We all remember the childhood chant, “If you step on a crack, you’ll break your mother’s back.” While your mom’s back is probably safe from youngsters skipping on a well-maintained sidewalk, your home and bank account could take a hit if you do not tend to severely cracked concrete floors, patios, or driveways.
It is important to understand that some cracking is expected—even when the concrete is poured by a top-notch contractor. That’s because concrete shrinks as it dries, which places internal stress on the slab. But when cracks in a concrete foundation become too deep, there is an ...

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