The value in a (slightly) more expensive can of tuna

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I was at Dave’s the other day at Cedar and Fairmount. This is the store that might have become a giant Giant Eagle a decade ago, if a small group of vocal citizens hadn’t stood up to object. They succeeded in halting a proposal by the Pittsburgh-based supermarket chain to greatly increase the store’s footprint […]

A singular feat of driving – 8 min. to I-271 without breaking the law

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Saturday, Feb. 4. 8:17 a.m. Leaving 10 minutes late to get the youngest member of the family to an indoor soccer match. Road surfaces are dry, traffic is light. The details are worth noting, as this was the situation when the unthinkable occurred: We made the drive up Cedar Road to the I-271 (South) on-ramp […]

How 9/11 brought me to a more local life

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On September 10, 2001 I ate dinner in suburban Chicago with a member of my sales team  whose territory I was visiting. We ended up debating religion and politics, which was as much a mistake then as it would be now. I woke up early the next morning, used the hotel workout facility, showered and […]

Before the city council elections, let’s define ‘excellent’

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If you want to get a rise out of a Cleveland Heights City Council member, float the suggestion that our city government is just OK. For example, several weeks ago – in the aftermath of the Coventry flash mob and an unrelated violent assault near Lee Road – I sent a note to the entire […]

The real meaning of the closing of Seitz-Agin Hardware

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Retail shops come and go. To me, Seitz-Agin is more than a store; it’s part of the fabric of my life and writing this post feels like the presentation of a eulogy. I’m pretty sure that sentiment will make Joel Borwick, the store’s owner for the last 38 years, uncomfortable – though that’s not what’s […]

The rehabilitation of invasive foliage: Public Enemy No. 1

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My bride has always enjoyed puttering in the garden. But it wasn’t until she took a job at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History a few years ago that her interest started to take focus. She has become interested in native flora. Among the many dimensions of this interest has been her evolution into the […]

Cool people I know: Rick Porrello

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Rick Porrello has built his life around crime. Porrello is author of To Kill the Irishman – on which the movie Kill the Irishman is based. It’s his second book about organized crime, and he’s working on a couple others. He has a website at AmericanMafia.com. By day, he is the mild-mannered chief of police […]