Birth of a backroom deal.

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The attached documents are the birth certificate of a backroom deal between the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board, County Council representative Sunny Simon, and the South Euclid mayor and city council. Three totally tax supported public entities made this $12.6 million decision. No matter what your opinion about the Library issue, there is no question […]

Cooking, Comedy and WWII

My Dearest Anna
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Cooking, Comedy and WWII No, I’m not writing about a Downton Abby spin off.  I am writing about giving life to local voices this holiday season by giving a book to all your loved ones. A very popular idea this gift giving season is to support local.  Why not support local voices, local authors and […]

Mayor Welo is giving away the Telling Mansion: Massage anyone?

Telling Mansion's future if the Library moves out.
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        In last week’s Sun Messenger Mayor Georgine Welo accused me of spreading false information about her plans to develop the land adjoining the South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. I stand behind every word I wrote. Mayor Welo is giving away Telling Mansion Library. Mayor Welo has been […]

Why is the Library for sale? South Euclid officials have been salivating over this land since 2008.

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If you tell someone that the Cuyahoga County South Euclid-Lyndhurst Mansion Library is for sale, they usually ask, “Why” We have a logical theory that answers that question: The city of South Euclid wants the Library and the surrounding land to be developed into mixed use and residential buildings. How can we support this statement? […]

Bulldozers on Taylor: Children, people with visual impairments and homeowners don’t count.

How will this help the residents of these buildings?
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  The bulldozers are on Taylor Road; these machines are busy digging up and moving dirt, concrete and asphalt. But these bulldozers wouldn’t be there if it were not for Cleveland Heights city officials. They bulldozed over the expressed desires and concerns of the city residents who live along Taylor Rd between Mayfield and Euclid […]

A MOMENT WITH…Michael Ruhlman

Top Chef
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Michael Ruhlman is the author of nine books including Ratio, Charcuterie, and The Soul of a Chef, as well as the co-author of seven cookbooks written with notable chefs, including The French Laundry Cookbook.  He regularly writes about food for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, on the web at Ruhlman.com and other food journals.  He has appeared as a judge on Iron […]

If Only | Polaroid had hired… me!

Bella Dog
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Remember taking a polaroid?  Gosh it seems like awhile ago.  Click!…  and after it shot out of the camera … you might have waved it around as the crowd of friends around you eagerly waited for it to develop?  Well recently – I’ve been waving my cell phone around taking photos with the uber cool […]

A Moment with … Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Ohio Philharmonic Orchestra
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Born and raised in Foggia, Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi first came to the U.S. in 1999 to participate in the Cleveland International Piano Competition in which he then won First Prize.  Shortly there after he and his wife, Italian pianist Emanuela Friscioni, decided to make Cleveland Heights their home. Mr. Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively in four […]

On the persistence of dandelions

One (of several) that got away.
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I have turned into one of those gardeners—the kind who pours through early-arriving plant catalogs to get through the long winter months when hands-on gardening is impossible. (Houseplants are no substitute, and seem to require a different kind of green thumb than I possess.) This year’s warm and extended early spring gave me fleeting hope that […]