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How to show your Northeast Ohio schoo...

by on 07/14/2017 - 10:54 am
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Sue Walick, Strongsville Spirit Shop
Proudly displaying your school’s colors and logo is a fun and easy way for students—and their parents—to build excitement, create fond memories and bond with classmates throughout the year. You can show your school spirit by sporting attractive school apparel, like sweats, tee shirts, hoodies, caps and letterman jackets.
When you shop for your school apparel and gift items, be sure to select quality merchandise from a reliable and reputable vendor. Personalized clothing and novelty items make fun gifts, but be sure embroidery and printing is meticulously crafted so that your items will look new, vibrant and display y ...

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A night out with The Gage Bros.

by on 06/19/2017 - 02:28 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

The artistic energy flowing from local songwriters, all in their mid-twenties, is just incredible.
Making fast strides are The Gage Brothers, who have gone from playing open mics to playing premier area clubs. Older brother Ben Gage (harmonica/Cajon beat box) and his younger brother Zach Gage (guitar, lead vocals) were playing music at church and began practicing folk songs afterward at home. This led to the duo performing in Akron at open mics and taverns in 2014, eventually breaking into Cleveland’s music network a year later.
Local mandolinist Brendan O’Malley (Honeybucket) was the first to join them followed by singer/songwriter Chris Volpe who added banjo a ...

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How to plan a budget-friendly backyar...

by on 06/13/2017 - 10:17 am
Categories: Community, Food, Smart Living

By Marc Glassman, Marc’s Stores
Whether it’s a soiree or a shindig, a barbecue is an occasion to plan ahead. Don’t let your time or money go up in smoke. Remember the Boy Scout motto: “Be Prepared.” Otherwise, your next backyard outing could turn out to be an ordeal.
Keep things casually controlled to make the most of the summer’s longer hours of daylight and warmer weather. Marc’s has you covered. As a discount closeout and grocery store, Marc’s has everything you need for your barbecue bash, all under one roof.
Relax—and remember to give your guests somewhere to sit, too. Your backyard is an ext ...

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50 Years of Rolling Stone

by on 05/23/2017 - 02:46 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
Before the digital computer age and MTV, there was one magazine that covered music and pop culture like no other. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate 50 years of Rolling Stone Magazine with a major exhibit that opened on Friday, May 5.
Founded in San Francisco in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine’s publisher, the magazine became a key voice from the “Summer of Love” through many generations thereafter. The list of journalists who have hung their hat with this publication is endless and includes Ralph J. Gleason, Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs, P.J. O’Rourke, Ben Fong-Tor ...

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Gotta Groove presses collectible vinyl

by on 04/26/2017 - 04:42 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

A large cluster of industrial buildings that still remain on Cleveland’s near east side were once home to iron foundries, motors, tube, metals and machine works. Named after the once thriving Tyler Elevator Company, the area now is the hub to a cluster of small businesses referred to as Tyler Village, located at East 36th Street and Superior Avenue.
On the ground floor of Building 42, Gotta Groove Records has channeled the manufacturing past into a thriving vinyl record pressing facility. Gotta Groove Records began operations in 2009 and was the first new pressing plant to open in the United States in decades. It took some foresight for owner Vince Slusarz, after a 25-yea ...

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Structured summer play at the Church ...

by on 04/17/2017 - 04:11 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community, Smart Living

By Sam Weisend, The Church at Stony Hill
School’s almost out, but kids still need to keep their skills sharp. Signing your kids up for summer sports leagues and summer camps can keep them in the game from the end of one school year to the start of the next.  
Structured play provides children with an opportunity to hone their skills and have fun. Structured play is any fun, goal-oriented activity that enhances either physical or mental development. Unlike free play, structured play is moderated. Teachers, coaches and camp counselors guide activities and then ask, “What did you learn?”
Structured play encourages children to set goals, reflect, ...

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Staying active and engaged after reti...

by on 04/17/2017 - 03:43 pm
Categories: Community, Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Jeff Risner, Renaissance of Richfield/Bath
On the road to retirement, day in and day out, we eagerly inch closer to our reward for our life’s work. We dream of retirement as a time to relax or reinvent ourselves. When we get there, and the day comes when we can finally chuck that early morning alarm clock, reality sets in.
Now what?
The road ahead may look empty, particularly as we continue to live longer lives well past the age of retirement. We should forge ahead, and remember retirement is our time to rediscover our mind, body and spirit.
We’ve all heard it’s not the destination; it’s the journey. So let’s be there for i ...

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John...and the Voices

by on 03/28/2017 - 02:26 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
Minkin’s Music celebrated its 10th Anniversary within the Mimi Magazine publication in February 2017.
Always keeping your ear to the rail, listen to the explosive sound of my new local favorites, John Patrick & The Outside Voices. This five-piece wrecking crew just released their debut album Hound Dogs and is now barnstorming the country.
A charismatic performer, John Patrick Halling began his musical journey in 2013 as a solo performer doing open mics while paying the rent as a warehouse worker after attending Kent State University. He recorded a few full-band arrangements for his 2015 solo debut, Boy In The Water, resulting ...

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Tips for navigating the first year of...

by on 12/07/2016 - 10:27 am
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Julie Regula
CVCC Career Specialist
The 100,000+ Ohio students calling themselves college freshman in the fall of 2016 will be entering a whole new world.
While working for Cuyahoga Valley Career Center for the past 16 years as a counselor, I’ve learned a lot about what to expect and how students can best navigate that first year on their own.
Academics: Setting Up a Support Network
The academics part of college is usually easier for most as there are clear-cut options. You must take ownership of going to class and being prepared. Teachers often don't even take attendance in college. Students need to be their own advocates to be successful, setting up their own support ...

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Emerging Artist: Margo Price

by on 11/02/2016 - 04:09 pm
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Community

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
One evening back in January of 2015, I took a flyer after seeing a show in the downstairs portion of Music Box Supper Club. The show was billed as “Margo & The Pricetags” and featured just Margo Price on acoustic guitar and her husband Jeremy Ivery playing bass who hail from Nashville. They were traveling the Midwest performing songs as a duo, some newly written compositions, without their usual backing band.
I was instantly drawn to their music and kept them on my radar awaiting an eventual LP release.
Fast-forward to March of this year, Margo Price releases Midwest Farmer’s Daughter and it causes the biggest sti ...

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