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Hudson is home to PodPopuli, first full-service podcast hub in country By BARRY GOODRICH Podcasts are giving people something to talk about. And PodPopuli, the first full-service podcast hub in the country, is providing an opportunity for anyone with ideas and viewpoints to have their voices heard while finding an audience. Created by New York native Brian Howie, who hosts three podcasts himself, PodPopuli opened in downtown Hudson last December and as been an instant success. With a storefront location at 238 N. Main Street, the business provides a retail podcast experience by providing high quality recording, producing, creative and distribution services. “This is a place where people of all ages can learn to podcast, launch a podcast and watch podcasts being created,” said Howie. “We are beyond excited with the reception we have received and the opportunity to imagine and produce shows hosted by people from all backgrounds, walks of life and experience levels.” PodPopuli has already launched 35 podcasts from its Hudson location. “We spent about a year looking for the right spot,” said Howie. “There are more places like Hudson than New York City or L.A. Podcasts are low cost to produce and consume. They have become a really valuable platform.” From sports to psychics to pets, podcasts have taken the country by storm. PodPopuli has over two decades of experience developing shows hosted by entrepreneurs, celebrities, coaches, business owners, moms and dads,

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are still learning how to access a podcast. The other day we had an 84-year-old here after his kids told him to tell his stories on a podcast.” All of the podcasts produced by PodPopuli can be distributed via Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, Audible and all other global and local podcast platforms. Howie first had the idea for a retail podcast hub after working with Adam Carolla’s team in 2015. “They made it so easy for me to do a podcast that I wanted to be able to give that experience to everyone,” he said. PodPopuli also has a PodKidz program designed to help children develop their confidence in a safe, engaging, creative space (a series of PodCamps are scheduled for this summer). “When I was a kid, I talked into a tape recorder in my room and now I see how kids love to put the headphones on,” said Howie. The popularity of podcasts can be attributed to the ease in which they are enjoyed by their audiences. “People want to multi-task while they consume content,” said Howie. “It’s the same reason that audiobooks sell more than hardcovers now. “We think a good podcast should sound like a good Brian Howie, creator of PodPopuli. Photo- conversation.” graph courtesy of PodPopuli Howie plans on rapid expansion this year with 20 new locations planned by the end of 2021. “We’re definitely teachers, students, best friends and community leaders. “We focus on what people want to talk about and make opening a spot in downtown Cleveland in the next couple FOR SALE he said. it easier for those who don’tMONTHLY want to get involved HOME with of months,” For more information on PodPopuli, visit www.podtechnology,” said Howie, who feels there is a huge upside to podcasts. “It’s the tip of the iceberg … so manyFEATURE people populi.com.

Playhouse Square Partners “Party Apart to Jump Back Together” to Celebrate 30th Anniversary and Raise Funds for Education Programs Playhouse Square Partners – the young professionals’ organization of Playhouse Square – is turning 30! While they would typically recognize their anniversary at the annual Jump Back Ball, the celebration will be held online this year, and everyone is invited. On Saturday, February 27, the Partners will host “Jump Back Together,” a virtual cabaret to raise funds for Playhouse Square’s education programs, featuring entertainment by Broadway Sings PARTY! Six Broadway actors with Cleveland connections will perform favorite Broadway show tunes. The cast includes Shaker Heights native Max Chernin (Sunday in the Park with George, Bright Star), Cleveland native and Baldwin Wallace (BW) University alumnus Warren Egypt Franklin (Hamilton), BW alumna Keri René Fuller (Cats, Jagged Little Pill, Waitress), Strongsville native and BW alumnus Corey Mach (Flashdance the Musical, Godspell, Hands on a Hardbody, Kinky Boots, Rent, Wicked), Cleveland native and BW alumna Nyla Watson (The Color Purple, Wicked), and Dee Roscioli (Cats, The Cher Show, Wicked). On May 2, 2014, Dee appeared at Playhouse Square’s “Dazzle the District” event, with her rendition of “Defying Gravity” serving as

the cue to light the GE Chandelier. Jump Back Together streams live on February 27 at 7 p.m. The event will be available to view for an additional 72 hours following the livestream. Tickets, available for purchase at playhousesquare.org, are $30 ($100 for a VIP experience including a Q&A with the performers). All ticket buyers will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win Playhouse Square swag. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit education programming at Playhouse Square. Although live theater experiences are not possible right now, Playhouse Square’s Community Engagement & Education Department has created ways for educators to continue sharing theater for young audiences with their students. They have worked with national artists to develop streaming packages that include performances and educational resources plus workshops produced by Playhouse Square teaching artists. So far, 3125 classrooms reaching nearly 65,000 students have registered for streaming performances. “While current circumstances have changed many things, they have not altered Playhouse Square’s commitment to our educational mission or to providing world-

class performances to our community, in particular to our children. The artists we are streaming are among the finest in their fields, and we could not be prouder to share their good work,” said Playhouse Square Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Daniel Hahn. A Social Justice Series is included in the Streaming Performances for Schools lineup: five plays, all of which explore the issues we continue to face as a community and a nation, through the perspectives of a range of outstanding artists of color. In addition, the Community Engagement & Education team is continuing – virtually - the Dazzle Awards high school musical theater program, the Disney Musicals in Schools program for underserved elementary schools and sensory-friendly offerings. Jump Back Together is hosted by Playhouse Square Partners and co-chaired by members Jeremiah Guappone, Kate Vlasek and Amy Wojnarwsky. With a focus on developing leadership skills and building community connections, the young professionals group supports the not-for-profit mission of Playhouse Square through fundraising and volunteer work. Membership information is available at playhousesquare.org/partners.

The Cleveland International Film Festival will present its one-of-a-kind event Get Shorty, sponsored by Huntington, on Friday, February 26, 2021. While this is the 18th consecutive year for Get Shorty, 2021 marks its first time online. Get Shorty has been an audience favorite for nearly two decades, offering film fans something they typically do not have a chance to do – help program CIFF. This year the Festival is presenting the event in two ways: LIVE ONLINE EVENT – YOU HELP PROGRAM CIFF45 STREAMS! | Tickets $20 / $18 for CIFF Members For those who want to help program CIFF45 Streams, join CIFF on Friday, February 26th at 7:00 PM ET for the LIVE Get Shorty event. Ten shorts will be presented, and at the conclusion of each film attendees will be prompted to text their vote. At the end of the evening, CIFF will have a live announcement of how the films scored. The film with the most votes is guaranteed a spot in this year’s line-up. PRE-RECORDED / ON DEMAND EVENT – NO VOTING ON FILMS | Tickets $10 / $9 for CIFF Members For those who do not wish to help program CIFF45 Streams, the pre-recorded program, including the live announcement at the conclusion of the event, will be available online Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 AM ET – Sunday, February 28th at 11:59 PM ET. For full information on CIFF’s Get Shorty, including ticket information, please visit clevelandfilm.org/getshorty. CIFF45 Streams, taking place April 7-20, 2021 at clevelandfilm.org, will consist of hundreds of films, filmmaker conversations and Q&As, audience voting, filmmaker awards, podcast episodes, and merchandise, as well as audience engagement activities and events. CIFF45 Streams will also include two extra days – making it a 14-day presentation – for extended viewing. The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival will announce its program lineup in March 2021. For more information on CIFF, please visit clevelandfilm.org.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning set for CALbaret: At Home on Feb. 27 Where can the arts take YOU? “Travel” the globe with us for an evening of engaging performances and interactive art-making! Fun for the whole family, the event is not only virtual; a “Mystery Box” will arrive on your doorstep in advance with a few surprises for the evening! Ensuring arts education is provided to Cleveland area youth, this performance benefits Cleveland’s own Center for Arts-Inspired Learning. Showcasing interviews and performances by local and international artists, this cabaret-style event explores the theme “Where the Arts Can Take You”. As a guest at the virtual performance, you will receive a link to enjoy the show from wherever you are in the world on Saturday, February 27, at 7 p.m. Visit arts-inspiredlearning.org for more information.

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BOOKS Suggested titles for better health, wellness and fitness By Paris Wolfe CLE TREASURES Discover Charles F. Schweinfurth’s beautiful bridges, staircase designs along MLK through Rockefeller Park HOME DESIGN Pandemic creates demand for designated exercise spaces at home By Lauri Gross AT HOME Magnificent home set on 11 acres for sale in Gates Mills By Rita Kueber


With the Ides of March ahead of us, Peggy Turbett interviewed Interior Designer Kim Carroll about a couple who dreamed of a basement makeover in the style of a Dublin pub. Kim worked with them through every detail, resulting in a multi-layered, cozy and intimate space in which anyone would relish spending time. Read more about this Dublinstyle pub makeover on page A12.

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PODCASTING Brian Howie creates first full-service podcast hub in Hudson By Barry Goodrich HEALTH February is Macular Degeneration & Low Vision Awareness Month By Lauri Gross EDUCATION Educators give their perspective on teaching through pandemic By Paris Wolfe Terry Young of Young Team offers tips for sellers before placing home on market By Maren James



EDITOR’S NOTE Pandemic-weary friends and family have been voicing their dislike of the month of February. But personally, I always enjoy this short month. First, I love snow, and lots of it, particularly when it falls during the daytime and I can watch the beauty of it from my home office window. Second, it’s a big birthday month in my circle of family and friends, and whether by Zoom, or in person, socially distanced and with masks on, of course, we celebrate! Third, I enjoy the easy excuse of Northeast Ohio’s weather this month to stay mostly indoors on weekends, doing some of my favorite things. I clean out and organize closets, drawers, and basement clutter, I read a new novel (or several) cover to cover which I otherwise might put aside, I knit, I watch Netflix in the evening with a fire burning in the fireplace, and I also bundle up and head outdoors to give Oliver the daily walk he needs and we both enjoy. But for many people feeling more homebound than ever this year, with the frigid weather Mother Nature has sent our way, the month of February simply seems like an endurance test. So, to help pass the time until spring arrives, Currents reporters offer several suggestions in this month’s issue to help get you through any mild or moderate case of the winter doldrums, pandemic style. For better health, wellness and fitness, try reading one or more of the books suggested by area librarians and bookstores on Page A7. Consider preparing your favorite “comfort foods” of the season, or better yet, see page A9 for area restaurants and caterers offering a variety of delicious healthy and hearty comfort foods on their menu, available for pick-up or dining out. Register for any one of several virtual cooking and baking classes described on page B6 just for fun, or to hone your skills in the kitchen. Dream of a dedicated space in your home for exercising toward better health and wellness and find ideas for inspiration on page A9. As detailed on page A10, tackle spring cleaning early with help from area professionals who specialize in rug and upholstery cleaning (or repair) before the rush and demand for these services begins. Or shop now for new, vintage or Oriental rugs to freshen your décor. Most all of us spend hours in front of computer, TV and iPhone screens daily, so in recognition of February being Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month, detailed on page A6, schedule an appointment with your optician or ophthalmologist, and shop for a new pair of frames to brighten your outlook or pick up a new pair of sunglasses in preparation for the sunnier seasons ahead. Teachers and students have been through a lot this past year, experiencing entirely new ways of educating and learning, detailed in Section B. Stress is experienced by people of all ages from time to time, but for seniors and their caregivers, read Section B for symptoms and solutions. Northeast Ohio’s luxury real estate is also featured in Section B, with some tips and advice from Terry Young of the Young Team to consider before marketing your home for sale this spring. Until then, stay warm, stay safe, and discover new ways to spend the leisure time you have this winter, whether indoors, or outside. ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan www.currentsneo.com  February 18, 2021 CURRENTS  A3

Mandel Foundation’s $3 million gift benefits WRHS By BARRY GOODRICH The future looks brighter than ever for the Western Reserve Historical Society. Thanks to a $3 million gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, WRHS will be able to renovate its library’s public spaces in addition to upgrading its staff office areas at the main campus and headquarters in University Circle. The WRHS library, a four-story, 64,000-square-foot building completed in 1983, houses a vast collection of published materials, including 250,000 books and 25,000 newspapers as well as maps, sheet music, broadsides and printed ephemera. The Society’s collection of personal papers and records, photographs and audio and video recordings have been an important source for research by students, scholars and the general public. The library’s collections include extensive African American, Jewish, Italian American, corporate and philanthropic and LBGTQ archives. Resource materials are available for religion, politics, immigration, gender, ethnicity, transportation, business, labor, war, philosophy, medicine, neighborhoods and entertainment. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has been a longtime supporter of WRHS and helped the Society to engage with the community and its history. The Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to be a presenting sponsor for the Cleveland Starts Here permanent exhibit

about the city and Northeast Ohio, supported the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel restoration project and served as a major supporter for the History Center campus’ master plan. “We are thankful to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Man-

del Foundation for their ongoing support of the WRHS,” said the Society’s board chair Peter Kelley. “This very generous grant allows us to transform our library public space and create a modern work environment for our employees. Our community will benefit from the moderniza-

tion and flexibility of the restored space.” “The transformation of the library, the beating heart of WRHS, represents our future while honoring our rich history,” said Kelly Falcone-Hall, president and CEO of the Society. “The project is especially relevant now in the way WRHS works and responds to the changing needs and interests in the community.” “Mort Mandel would always say that WRHS is a hidden gem of the Cleveland community,” said Jehuda Reinharz, president and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. “He wanted to ensure the community knew WRHS’s collections and that its employees had a workspace that is reflective of this high-quality organization.” The Western Reserve Historical Society was founded in 1867 to preserve and present the history of Northeast Ohio. WRHS is one of the nation’s largest regional historical societies with a mission to inspire discovery of the American experience by explaining the history of the region. WRHS was scheduled to reopen to the public Feb. 5 with reservation only tickets from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays. The library is currently closed to the public but is answering research requests by email and in person, accommodating research needs by appointment. For more information, visit www.wrhs.org.

Rockefeller Park’s romantic bridges: Schweinfurth’s fab four By SARAH JAQUAY I won’t belabor the adaptive behaviors this pandemic has required. Most of them are odious at best. And I’m not a Pollyanna when it comes to hard times. They are arduous. But focusing on visible structures in lieu of the microbial world can yield hidden pleasures and treasures. Noticing and savoring our built environment is something we’ve been doing a lot of as we seek to escape isolationist routines and hope to find something new or under-appreciated. “People know architecturally significant neighborhoods when they are in them, whether it’s Beacon Hill, Georgetown or Richmond’s Fan District,” local architect Robert Gaede once said at a lecture about Terminal Tower (who knew it was built on sand?!) And that’s what I know every time I drive through Rockefeller Park’s Cultural Gardens to connect with Interstate 90. John D. Rockefeller gifted approximately 200 acres of parkland along the valley created by Doan Brook on the occasion of Cleveland’s centennial in 1896. He also donated $300,000 for its “beautification and upkeep.” This cocooned parkland extends from Gordon Park on Lake Erie southward to Shaker Heights. The most popular part is the winding route along Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Drive that hosts Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens (another topic for another day), tennis courts, playgrounds, a greenhouse, plus a bike and walking trail. What transports me along this two-mile stretch are the romantic stone bridges with arched underpasses and curvilinear staircases. There are four of them that move

traffic over Rockefeller Park at: Wade Park Avenue, Superior Avenue, St. Clair Avenue and the most northerly one hosts Conrail Railway tracks. And while no one would mistake the built environment around the Cultural Gardens for Notre Dame or the Louvre, driving under these bridges evokes memories of drifting down Charles Frederick the Seine on one of the Schweinfurth moved Bateaux Mouches: that is, to Cleveland in the being surrounded by cenearly 1880s to be- turies of thoughtful (albeit come one of the most deteriorating) architecture. prominent architects The other idyllic place that of Millionaire’s Row. Rockefeller Park reminds Photograph courtesy me of is Boston’s Back of Cleveland Public Bay Fens (a.k.a. the Fens.) The Fens is an “urban Library wild” parkland designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to serve as a connector in that city’s park system, the original Emerald Necklace. It’s a sylvan parkway that connects Cambridge to Jamaica Plain. Driving through the Fens always reminds me of driving down the old Liberty Blvd. to get to Cleveland’s Shoreway, complete with interesting stone bridges. In fact the iconic Boylston Street Bridge was designed by

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famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson. How did Cleveland acquire these four graceful bridges over its urban wild park? Fortunately, the city attracted architect Charles Frederick Schweinfurth in the early 1880s. Schweinfurth practiced in New York City and worked in the office of the supervising architect of the U.S. Treasury for several years before he moved here to build some of the most elegant mansions along Millionaire’s Row, including for financier Sylvester T. Everett, political king maker Marcus A. Hanna and homes for Samuel Mather that are still standing, Cleveland State University’s Mather Mansion and Mather’s Shoreby residence in Bratenahl. Before being curious about Rockefeller Park’s bridges, I’d never heard of Schweinfurth. Yet he was one of Cleveland’s most prolific Gilded Age architects. According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History’s entry about him, Schweinfurth designed the four Rockefeller Park bridges between 1897 and 1900. He also worked on Old Stone Church (1884), Calvary Presbyterian (1890) and Trinity Cathedral (1907). His productive relationship with Samuel and Flora Stone Mather led to designs for the Union Club (1905) and several buildings on what is now Case Western Reserve University’s (CWRU’s) campus: Harkness Chapel (1902), Hadyn Hall on Bellflower (1902) and the old Backus law school on Adelbert (1896.) I worked on CWRU’s campus for seven years. And I could feel when I was in an architecturally significant portion of it. Most of the time I was standing in front of a Schweinfurth-designed building. So until it’s safe to visit Paris or Boston again, check out what Chuck built for generations of Northeastern Ohioans to enjoy and ad-

A beautiful, curved staircase allows pedestrians to descend into Rockefeller Park from Wade Park Avenue. Photograph by Sarah Jaquay mire, including a drive through Rockefeller Park to see Schweinfurth’s “fab four” bridges.

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February is Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month By LAURI GROSS If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s not to take anything for granted, including our vision. February is National Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month and, for starters, the National Eye Institute at the NIH has plenty to say about the topic. Low vision, the Institute says, can’t be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery. The good news, they say, is that vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision stay independent and make the most of their sight. LowVision.PreventBlindness.org explains that “low vision rehabilitation is like physical therapy for someone who has lost a limb. Its purpose is to develop strategies to maximize or substitute for diminished sight in order to maintain independence and a sense of self-worth.” It could include things like using brighter lights or a magnifying lens or setting up your home to make it easier to get around. The process includes an evaluation, goal setting, use of assistive devices, and training. Support groups and counseling are also available. The Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness reports that rehabilitation can significantly improve a person’s functional abilities, including improvement in reading and distance vision, and general satisfaction with the quality of life. On the other hand, age-related macular degeneration

(AMD), the Institute points out, is an eye disease that affects the part of the eye called the macula. It can blur the sharp, central vision needed for reading, driving and more, although it does not cause complete blindness. AMD can progress very slowly or quickly and it can affect one eye, or both. The Institute says the first noticeable symptom may be a blurry area near the center of a person’s vision. This blurry area may get bigger or may progress to where a person sees blank spots, or things may seem less bright than before. For other people, the condition may cause straight lines to appear wavy. A person experiencing any of these symptoms should contact their eye doctor right away. People more likely to have AMD include people over age 60, or those with a family history. Other risk factors include being Caucasian, or a smoker. To lower your risk, quit smoking (or don’t start), exercise regularly, maintain a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and eat a healthy diet. The Ohio affiliate of Prevent Blindness certainly agrees that regular, comprehensive eye exams are key for achieving optimum vision and eye health. Darcie Downie, Regional Director of the Northeast / Northwest Ohio Chapters of the Prevent Blindness Ohio Affiliate said of your eyes, “you only get one pair and no spare.” She explained that Prevent Blindness is a non-profit, public health organization that partners with other organizations that serve older

Low Vision Awareness Month Visual impairment and blindness cases in the U.S. are expected to double by 2050. Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) is participating in Low Vision Awareness Month with a social media campaign to offer tips, tools and techniques about vision health, contrast, lighting, minimizing your risk for vision loss and more. The agency is asking the community to join their campaign by following them on social media and spreading the word about blindness and low vision by sharing their posts and content in an effort to provide widespread education and awareness about low vision and how to protect your eye health. As a preview of the content that will be shared, here are five habits people need to break to protect their eyesight: 1. Smoking: Cigarettes produce cyanide, which is damaging to the eyes 2. Refusing to Wear Your Glasses: This causes unnecessary eye strain 3. Neglecting Your Veggies: The way the nutrients break down in your body affects the behavior of your genes 4. Forgetting Your Sunglasses: Sunglasses that block 99% or 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation are essential to protect your eyes from damage that could lead to cataracts, snow blindness and other issues 5. Staring at a Screen without Breaks: Take frequent breaks by looking away from the screen for 2-3 minutes every 15-20 minutes. Intentionally blinking your eyes

will help refresh your eyes as well. As a premier resource for vision rehabilitation in the region, Cleveland Sight Center is dedicated to the evolving challenges the blind and visually impaired community faces and continues to find innovative ways to improve their lives and educate the community. “I moved to Cleveland, became a Cleveland Sight Center client and my world forever changed. I was shown that I didn’t have to be afraid. I didn’t have to live the rest of my life staying at home, afraid to go outside.” – CSC Client WHO: Cleveland Sight Center WHAT: Low Vision Awareness Month WHEN: February 2021 WHERE: https://www.facebook.com/clevelandsightcenter/ NOTES: Questions can be directed to Steve Frohwerk at 216.534.4280 or sfrohwerk@clevelandsightcenter.org. About Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) Cleveland Sight Center (CSC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency and is one of the most comprehensive service providers in the country for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision. Cleveland Sight Center provides rehabilitation services and other programs to individuals with a vision-related need. CSC’s mission is to empower people with vision loss to realize their full potential and to shape the community’s vision of that potential. For more information, go to http://www.clevelandsightcenter.org.

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“Judson has a good, long reputation in the community. They have really invested in their programs. There is always something interesting and engaging to do,” says Don. The Kuhns also sought out the best in care. “I’m retired from Cleveland Clinic, and Dottie is retired from University Hospitals. We are used to being well taken care of – and we knew we would be at Judson.” “After all these years we can truly say, Judson was absolutely the right decision,” says Dottie.

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an optometrist and/or ophthalmologist who has donated their vision care services to Prevent Blindness.”

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adults and those in need of vision care but are uninsuredunderinsured for vision care. “The Vision Care Outreach Program (VCO),” she said, “is based out of the state office in Columbus and is designed to provide vision education, vision screenings, risk assessments, eye examinations and eyewear for those in need throughout the state of Ohio.” As part of the process of applying for help from Prevent Blindness, the group conducts a risk assessment based on general risk factors, Darcie explained, “such as date of last eye exam, diabetes and other eye health factors,” she said. “Individuals who are in need of a professional eye examination and/or glasses are given access to

Geauga Vision Group has locations in Middlefield, Chagrin Falls, Bedford and elsewhere. When a client needs glasses, Geauga Vision Group opticians discuss options such as super-lightweight materials and antireflective treatments. Next, the optician takes meticulous measurements of the patient’s eyes and the frames. “Geauga Vision has an on-site lab where we manufacture the lenses,” said Courtney Munn, Chief Operating Officer. She continued, “Geauga Vision offers many designer frames, including Zach Posen, Ray-Ban, Lilly Pulitzer, Oakley, and others. We also carry many exclusive frames such as the colorful and shapely Faniel. Geauga Vision has a wide range of children’s frames including the brand new ‘Pups Eyewear’ due out in March.” Courtney added, “Plastic (Zyl) frames seem to be all the rage right now. Bright colors, florals and earth tones are popular, but we see people looking for traditional styles as well. Cat eyes, thick temples, and aviator styles are all trending right now. For seniors, we carry specialty soft nose pads, plus we offer house calls, curbside service, and special appointment times.” More at GeaugaVision.com.

Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation Being able to see the world around us is one of life’s most precious gifts. Yet, more than 82% of American adults over the age of 50 suffer from impaired vision or blinding eye diseases including corneal disease, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. This number only continues to rise. The Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation supports local breakthrough research initiatives aimed at improving strategies to prevent, treat and reverse vision loss associated with eye disease and aging. Our partnerships with the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, University Hospitals Eye Institute and Akron Children’s Hospital Vision Center has secured Cleveland as a hub for groundbreaking discoveries by supporting scientists in furthering their advancements in treatments for some of the world’s most prolific and devastating eye diseases. Thanks to generous funding from individuals, corporations and foundations, we have supported vision research and education in Northeast Ohio since 1958. This year we were able to pivot and push ahead and take advantage of the virtual world to connect with our community and the world to announce new vision therapies through our inaugural Virtual Vision Research Symposium. Local renowned physicians and scientists

presented their current research in blinding eye diseases, now published in Ophthalmology Times. We are pleased to confirm that even in the midst of challenging times, the important work of treating and saving vision continues. Collaboration with professionals, engaging with patients and families and educating the public about blinding eye diseases as well as the need for eye tissue for research and transplantation are also hallmarks of our activities. “I don’t think people think about bad eyesight or blindness too much, but if you can’t see, it makes life doubly hard. And if there’s anything we can do to identify and help prevent blindness and vision problems, we should be doing it,” according to Charlene Phelps (d) past board member and Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation Planned Giver. Gifting a charitable contribution to the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation means accelerating new therapies, treatments and cures for vision loss, an investment that will change tens of thousands of lives each year. Go to cleyebankfoundation.org to impact future generations facing loss of sight. — Debbie May-Johnson, Executive Director

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), with their focus on keeping participants at home and in the community, are safer and more effective than nursing home care. According to the National PACE Association (NPA), the rate of PACE residents that have died from COVID-19 is one third lower than for nursing home residents. The rate of cases among PACE participants was also one third lower than nursing home residents. Using a Community-based approach, McGregor PACE-the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly serves residents throughout Cuyahoga County enabling older adults to remain among familiar surroundings while receiving the help they need. During the pandemic, the PACE model has demonstrated resiliency and increased potential for the future by continuing to provide all the care and services necessary to keep their participants safe in the community. In response to COVID-19, PACE programs have substantially and swiftly transformed to continue to meet all participants’ care and service needs: • Maintained existing home-based services for participants and shifted provision of most of their center-based services into participants’ homes to minimize the risk of infection and protect their extremely vulnerable participants from COVID-19 complications. • Expanded Use of Telehealth and other communication with participants • Redeployment of center-based staff • Use of Mobile Health Vans • Social supports/socialization • Repurposing of PACE Centers for overnight care and respite care • Continue access to PACE health centers and clinics What is PACE? PACE is a wholly integrated, coordinated, person centered, provider led, capitated and fully risk bearing model of care. Driven by the objective of maintaining the independence of program participants in their homes and communities for as long as possible; PACE programs are the lifelines that enable frail older Americans to live at home instead of in a nursing facility; 95 percent of participants live safely in the community. A total of 137 organizations operate PACE programs in 31 states across the United States. More than 55,000 people are enrolled in PACE. Enrollees are age 55 and over and meet their state definition of needing nursing home care. PACE organizations serve approximately 1 in 10 of those that could benefit from their care in their communities; of the 2.2M lower-income older adults estimated to need long-term services and support (LTSS), PACE organizations serve just 2.5 percent approximately. PACE was proven safer and more cost-effective even prior to the pandemic: • PACE employs strong financial incentives for PACE organizations to avoid duplicative or unnecessary services while encouraging the use of appropriate community-based alternatives to hospital and nursing home care. Care decisions are provider-led through the IDT in consultation with the participant and his or her family. This construct empowers the PACE model of care to achieve the Triple Aim of better care and patient experience, better population health and lower costs. • Lower out-of-pocket costs for participants with no Medicare or Medicaid deductibles or copayment • Better care leads to lower costs o 13% lower cost for state Medicaid programs • Comparable Medicare costs • Reduced Hospital Admission-: 24% lower hospitalization rate than dually eligible beneficiaries who receive Medicaid nursing home services • Decreased Rehospitalization-: 16% less than the national rehospitalization rate of 22.9% for dually eligible beneficiaries age 65 and over. • Reduced ER Visits: Less than one emergency room visit per member per year. • Fewer Nursing Home Admissions: Despite being at nursing home level of care, PACE participants have a low risk of being admitted to a nursing home. • PACE participants have fewer unmet needs and receive better preventive care, specifically with respect to hearing and vision screenings, flu. • PACE incorporates many of the reforms the Medicare program seeks to promote, including person-centered care, delivered, and coordinated by a provider based, comprehensive system, with financial incentives aligned to promote quality and cost effectiveness through capitated financing • PACE provides care to older Americans in their preferred environment— home; 86 percent of those 65 and older surveyed either strongly or somewhat agreed that they want to remain in their current home for as long as they can according to AARP • PACE and other alternatives to nursing homes will be in great demand to meet the needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries and others in the coming years. The National PACE Association (NPA) works to advance the efforts of PACE programs, which coordinate and provide preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community. The PACE model of care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. For more information, visit http://www.NPAonline.organd follow @TweetNPA. ~ Lee Ann O’Brien, Chief Marketing Officer, The McGregor Foundation, McGregor PACE

Focus on better wellness, fitness with recommended titles for reading By PARIS WOLFE In “Shadowlands,” William Nicholson writes, “We read to know we’re not alone.” If that’s true (and it is) we need books more than ever during the social distancing of the pandemic. Non-fiction titles that address physical and emotional matters show us that others have the same concerns, and these books help us cope with the unique stressors of pandemic life. Jean Butler at Fireside Books in Chagrin Falls sees COVID-19 fears as adding to ordinary life stressors. “I don’t have any great words of wisdom, I just know for myself I need a break from the relentless running around, trying to keep up with work, family and chores,” she says. “I’m doing my best to take a few minutes for myself as often as I can whether it’s reading, coloring, or taking a bath. Last year was rough and hopefully we can help by offering some good books and other options to get through this difficult time.” In addition to fiction and non-fiction, Butler notes, “Fireside has puzzles, coloring books – Johanna Basford is a personal favorite – and journals for both kids and adults. In fact, our front window has been merchandised with books on being kind, self-care, mindfulness and more.” Available items also include wooden yoga dice printed with poses as well as mindfulness cards with inspir-

ing phrases and mindfulness exercises. Book titles Butler suggests include … • Be Kind: A Year of Kindness, One Week at a Time by Melissa Burmeister • Do One Thing Every Day That Makes You Happy: A Journal by Robie Rogge • Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice Of Taking Nothing For Granted by Kristi Nelson • Official Bob Ross Coloring Book by Bob Ross • Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh Physical health contributes to emotional health and thus coping skills. With that in mind, Sarah Dobransky, general research collections manager at Cleveland Public Library, put a sleep book atop her list of pandemic reading. She also chose a book on work-life balance, something that’s presenting new challenges as so many people work from home. • Sleep: Harness the Power of Sleep for Optimal Health and Well-Being by Petra Hawker • Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle For WorkLife Balance by Gail Golden • Stress-Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect your Brain and Body - and be more Resilient Every Day by Mithu Storoni • Burnout: The Secret To Unlocking The Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski • The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional

Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg • Yoga Therapy for Stress & Anxiety: Create A Personalized Holistic Plan to Balance Your Life by  Robert Butera In 2021, libraries and bookstores are about more than printed paper. Dobransky recommends audio books, music and meditation CDs as well. Among her tops is Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. She suggests searching hoopladigital.com for titles relating to sleep, meditation and self-care. Hoopla is a digital media service offered by public libraries for borrowing music, audiobooks, ebooks and more. Katy Farrell, head of mobile services for the Geauga County Public Library system recommends several books that suggest daily action. • Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity and Change by Maggie Smith • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: a 10% Happier How-to book by Dan Harris -- Harris has a podcast – 10 Percent Happier with Dan Harris. • Simple Abundance: 365 days to a Balanced and Joyful Life (2020 edition) by Sarah Ban Breathnach • Get Some Headspace (audiobook) by Andy Puddicombe – A companion to app, Headspace, is available. And Netflix recently premiered a show called Headspace Guide to Meditation.

Don’t Let Stress Get the Better of You! It’s been said that stress is the cause of all disease. Not just the stress you feel when under a tight deadline, facing a big change or feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, but a combination of physical, chemical and emotional stressors you’re likely not even aware of. This year, the emotional stressors from COVID-19 have been weighing down on our bodies. However, the good news is that there are numerous ways to mitigate their negative effects. What is Stress? “Everybody experiences stress,” says Sara Peckham, former long-time director of wellness at Judson and member of Judson’s board of directors. “It’s the body’s natural reaction to a stimulus or stressor that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. It’s also commonly known as our ‘fight or flight’ response.” Your body’s physiological responses to this type of stress can include increased heart rate and pulse, increased blood pressure, and immune system suppression. So what can we do? How do we eliminate this stress

and ensure a vibrant, healthy life? Chances are the stressors in your life will never be totally eliminated. But we can learn to control our reactions to alleviate our “fightor-flight” response, thus mitigating the negative effects of stress on the body. Here are some easy ways to reduce stress: Mindfulness A sense of mindfulness is one of our primary means of dealing with stress, according to Sara Peckham. To quiet a busy mind and become more aware of the present moment means we’re less caught up in the past and we reduce our worry for the future. We’re able to enjoy “the now” while still acknowledging and accepting our feelings and thoughts. Exercise In addition to physical benefits like increasing lung capacity, bone density and overall longevity, exercise has a distinct impact on brain health. And because this is where most of our stress originates, exercise’s impact on reducing stress levels cannot be overstated.

Body Manipulation In addition to traditional exercise like walking, aerobics or weight-lifting, there exist more subtle forms of what we’ll call “body manipulation” that can have a major impact on reducing stress levels. Consider taking up Reiki, massage or craniosacral therapy. Many activities like yoga and Tai Chi exist in a class structure. This has the added benefit of bringing people together and encouraging a sense of community, which also helps to reduce stress. In today’s world, one of the many invisible effects of COVID-19 is the burden of stress we feel on a daily basis. The effect of this stress on the body is cumulative, but so are the efforts to reduce stress. The longer we engage in these stress-relieving activities, the more positive their overall impact. Which also means that there is no better time to start than today. Visit judsonsmartliving.org. CCDEC20

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WeCare helps caregivers to care for their loved ones and themselves By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Being a caregiver can necessitate filling a number of different roles. You may be called upon to be a chauffeur, housekeeper, short-order chef, novice pharmacist and an emotional lifeline. “Caregiving slowly creeps in. One family member may wake up to find that they are suddenly a caregiver for another family member. We don’t often realize how overwhelming this can be,” said Lauranne Scharf, a caring consultant at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. “The WeCare program at Benjamin Rose helps caregivers to take a step back by connecting them to services that are available to them.” “The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has many components. One of them is our research department,” she noted. Through research, the institute developed BRI Care Consultation, an evidence-based nationwide carecoaching program that helps care professionals deliver cost-effective assistance and support to individuals with chronic conditions and family caregivers by phone and email. WeCare, a result of BRI Care Consultation, connects

caregivers with a personal care consultant who works alongside them to develop a customized plan to take care of themselves and the people who need them the most. “WeCare is an empowerment program. The empowerment piece of our program is our resources. Communication is key. We make sure that everyone is on the same page on the same day. We have a data base of 700 resources on many different topics,” Scharf explained. “The beauty of our program is knowing that the caregiver doesn’t have to come in to an office. It is designed to be done over the phone or by email. When COVID-19 hit, it didn’t affect WeCare at all.” “We provide guidance. We don’t make caregiving decisions for you and your family. We help you to navigate the community resources that are available. We want folks to be the best consumers of the services that they are purchasing,” she said. WeCare is designed to simplify access to community services, provide trustworthy information to answer caregiving concerns, help a caregiver communicate with other family members and address issues like long-term financial planning, legal concerns and housing options.

“We develop action plans for caregivers to give them respite, so that they can take care of themselves. We counsel them on ways to pay for care and talk with them about what insurance will cover. We take one thing off their plate at a time,” Scharf said. “Our program is very flexible and interchangeable. Our domain has many points to draw on to develop an action plan. Assessment is always a conversation and we have four months to complete the process.” “Some people may need our consultation for a month or two. Other may need it longer. They can check back with us until they feel that they don’t need us anymore,” she said. Scharf added that the caregiver always deals

with the same care consultant, making the care assessment process run more smoothly. She said the cost varies, depending on the client’s location and the length of consultation. Scharf said that she has worked as a care consultant with clients locally and as far away as California. “We think about the caregivers. They may have their own chronic conditions. Stress may worsen those conditions,” she noted. “If something happens to the caregiver, then who takes care of the family member who originally needed the care?” “Our goal at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging is to help people to age with dignity and respect. WeCare supports them in that role,” Scharf said.

Finding the right home care can relieve your stress In today’s world, stress is a major factor in everyone’s life even without a pandemic. No matter how hard we try to make the right decisions, we can’t always be sure of our choices. A decision you might face is how to care for a loved one who has recently become ill or has had a health decline. Do I care for them at home by myself or not? It is difficult to watch decline. Sometimes it is so subtle we don’t see it and other times we ignore it hoping it will improve or go away. We live with the guilt of not being there or the fear of our loved one not receiving the right care. We all have that nagging feeling no one can care and love our family as we do. Not only is having that feeling stressful, but the work of being a caregiver is stressful. Many times we translate that stress to our loved ones, compounding the situation. Caregiver burnout can happen quickly in a family and the result is not good for anyone. We can no longer have the relationship of being a spouse, son, or daughter. The family caregiver’s health can suffer too. Sometimes, the best thing we can

do for our loved one is to find professional home care assistance. Though no one can replace family, there are people who dedicate their life to the care of those who cannot care for themselves. Rent A Daughter Senior Care Services can provide a professional vetted care giver. We are here for the care you need. Our caregivers can be with a loved one a few hours for a day or two a week up to 24/7. Our care includes rides to appointments, shopping/ cooking, light housekeeping/laundry, bathing/dressing, incontinence care, or simply companionship. Our goal is to keep your loved one as independent as possible, for as long as possible, at home. We want to create a sense of security for your family. Choosing home care can reduce your stress and allow you to be the family member again. From our heart to your home, your family is our family. RentaDaughter.org Serving Ohio & Florida We invite you to contact us with your questions at 216.633.3604 Nadine Glately; owner Rent A Daughter Senior Care nadineglately@gmail.com

Cleveland International Film Festival launches CIFF Streams Membership Program The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival, which will take place entirely online April 7-20, 2021, is excited to announce the launch of its revamped membership program. Memberships are now on sale! The streamlined membership program offers the easiest access to – and best possible viewing experience of – Festival films. CIFF45 Streams has three levels of membership, priced at $50, $250, and $1,500, and each with its own unique set of benefits – including passholder access at the top two levels.

For full information on CIFF’s membership program, please visit clevelanfilm.org/membership. CIFF45 Streams will consist of hundreds of films, filmmaker conversations and Q&As, audience voting, filmmaker awards, and merchandise, as well as audience engagement activities and events. The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival will announce its program lineup in March 2021. For more information on CIFF, please visit clevelandfilm.org

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Comfort Foods we most enjoy evoke happy memories By PARIS WOLFE The definition of comfort food varies by person. But everyone seems to agree comfort food engages memory. Both comfort foods and comfort memories have become especially important during pandemic uncertainty. We need both to nurture body and spirit. “Comfort food transcends nourishment,” says Chris Oppewall, president at Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills. “It sprinkles in nostalgia and evokes contentment.” Oppewall goes French when it comes to his favorite comfort food – coq au vin. “After a day of vineyard and cellar visits in Meursault, when I was a wine buyer in the 2000s, we had lunch at a winemaker’s home and enjoyed coq au vin,” he remembers fondly. “After cold cellars and traversing the vineyards in a constant, almost-freezing drizzle, the warm, red-wine stewed chicken and mushrooms with fresh bread warmed us completely.” He revisits those memories of visiting France’s Burgundy region when he eats Chef John Stropki’s coq au vin. Those who want to create their own coq au vin memories, can do so by ordering from Cru’s new take-out program. On Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and March the restaurant is offering coq au vin and other comfort foods to be reheated and enjoyed at home. “We wanted to extend the comfort of scratch-cooking to those who are most comfortable with the strictest distancing,” says Oppewall. “These are a collection of John’s favorite comfort foods, including cassoulet, short ribs bourguignon and more.” For Chef Kimberly McCune Gibson, owner of Hungry Bee Catering in Chagrin Falls, childhood memories define comfort food. “Comfort food to me is Sunday suppers, dishes reminiscent of my grandparents’ house when the family ate together. Comfort food is simple ingredients with great technique, prepared with love.” Among the comfort foods available for takeout at Hungry Bee are hearty portions of beef stroganoff, cabbage, noodles and kielbasa, mac and cheese, Swedish meatballs and more. Perhaps the most popular dish is chicken paprikash with spaetzle dumplings. This recipe comes from Cleveland’s old Sterle’s Restaurant where Slovenian grandmothers taught Chef Jimmy Gibson – Kimberly’s husband and business partner – their secrets. “Comfort food feels nostalgic,” says Chef Kathryn Neidus at Stonewater Golf Club’s Rustic Grill in Highland Heights. “It’s food that brings back memories … who you were with, where you were, what the occasion was and so many of those memories are happy ones.” “During the pandemic when we have limited contact with friends, family and few social gatherings, I think the simple reminder of those happy times, lessens the loneliness,” she says, “Comfort food makes you feel hopeful and offers a bit of normalcy.” “My favorites are my mother’s beef stroganoff and my mother-in-law’s stuffed cabbage,” she says. “When I think of Cleveland restaurants, Sokolowski’s was always the top of my list and a real loss for the city.” Rustic Grill’s menu changes seasonally. Currently it includes a deconstructed chicken pot pie served with a homemade, cheddar-and-chive biscuit. This is a spin on Neidus’s mom’s recipe. “It was always a family favorite in our house growing up and I wanted to reinvent and modernize how the dish is composed and served,” she says. Elevated comfort foods on the dinner menu are lobster risotto and crab cake benedict. Chef Ryan Kelley at 17 River Grille, which opened last summer overlooking the falls in Chagrin Falls, sees comfort food as different things to different people. His favorite comfort food is the egg-and-sausage breakfast casserole his mom makes on Christmas morning. “The ingredients are simple, but her personal touch makes it what it is,” he says. At 17 River Grille he points to the heavenly biscuits or chicken meatballs as comfort food. “For entrees I would recommend the pork chop or lemon parmesan chicken,” he says. Regardless of the personal preference, Kelley says, “Many people cannot travel or see family due to the COVID restrictions. Comfort food with its happy memories is more important now than ever.”

Foundation for Geauga Parks announces Preston Superstore as lead business partner The Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) is pleased to announce that Preston Superstore in Burton Ohio has joined the Foundation’s 2021 Business Partnership Program as Lead Business Partner. Preston’s gift of $10,000 will help the Foundation continue their work of assisting parks in Geauga County to fund park and trail improvements and nature education opportunities. “We are so appreciative of the Preston family’s commitment to the community,” says FGP President Adam Henry. “This gift will go far in helping us engage with more parks and municipalities in the county and continue enhancing our amazing parks and preserves.” The Foundation for Geauga Parks was formed in 1990 as the Geauga Park District Foundation and was responsible for raising funds for several signature properties and programs in Geauga: The West Woods, Observatory Park, and the popular Nature Scopes Binocular Program for fifth grade students. After these great success stories, the FGP broadened their mission in 2015 to allow them the latitude to support any and all parks in Geauga, and therefore changed their name to the Foundation for Geauga Parks. In 2020, with support from the Cleveland Foundation, the Foundation initiated a Pollinator Garden Program in collaboration with Geauga Park District. Phase one of the program began by creating plans to expand the pollinator plantings and interpretive signs in Frohring Meadows. Going forward in 2021, the goal is to create expanded community outreach and education about the importance of providing habitat for pollinators in parks and in our own back yards. Learn more about the Foundation for Geauga Parks Business Partnership Program at http://www.foundationforgeaugaparks.org/pages/partnerships.

Enlist the help, expertise of trained designers when planning workout spaces at home By LAURI GROSS Today, interior designers find that some clients seek to blend workout areas into existing multi-functional rooms and others want to establish spaces dedicated to exercise. Either way, a designer can definitely help ensure the best outcome. Ingrid Porter of Ingrid Porter Interiors, LLC said, “The pandemic has forced people to be creative in their health.” Ingrid is happy to offer her design talents to help clients in any way that makes them feel healthy and that works for the whole family. “The most important piece of all this is to be healthy,” she said. Rather than large weight-lifting units, Ingrid said, “I see a lot of Peloton bikes. I also see a mat to do yoga and some free weights. I feel the client trends are moving away from having to go to a place to get a workout in.” Marissa Matiyasic, owner of Reflections Interior Design agreed and added, “A lot of people are investing in smaller-scale units like Peloton or Echelon and also the Mirror. You can put those in any room.” Marissa described a job where the husband had a home office and the wife wanted to re-design the area into a space she could share with him. The plan included painting and new furniture. “The wife is a part-time yoga instructor so she wanted her equipment in there and they also have a loveseat in there that pulls out into a bed. We ordered a shelf with yoga-mat storage and big baskets for her stuff. Now while he is working or taking a class, she can be beside him.” Marissa designed the space with a masculine feel. “It’s his space, so it’s modern with greywashed wood and gold details,” she explained. The walls are neutral, the loveseat is navy and Marissa added emerald green throw pillows. An architectural-looking lamp in brass and drapes in navy and green pull it all together. Similarly, Ingrid has helped a client design a home office with space for a Peleton “to ride after the long day at work,” she said. “It sits in the corner by the window.” Some clients are instead looking for a dedicated workout space, which they often achieve in a spare bedroom, or a basement remodel. Ingrid described a client whose new home is in the design phase where she is helping them create space “to do yoga, work out, ride a bike, and have a bathroom.” Another client, she said, “has matting on the hardwood floor with a yoga mat, a bike, some free weights and a TV, in a spare room.” Marissa, whose company specializes in whole-home design, described a basement remodel that included workout space. “They wanted the basement to be functional for entertaining. They had a bar. They wanted storage. They wanted an area for a kids’ room for gaming and that sort of thing and they wanted a specially dedicated exercise room.” They already had a treadmill. They added an Echelon bike and the wife wanted a wall-mounted barre plus mirrors. “We closed off the (exercise) space with barn doors,” Marissa said. “These are common with workout areas in a basement. You can close it off or you can open the barn doors to make it more of a unified open space. The kids’ area has built-in cabinetry with a TV and storage so this is also multifunctional. If several people want to do yoga at one time, they can open it (the barn doors) and fit more people.” White walls and LED lighting keep the space bright. Marissa did the floor in luxury vinyl tile

This work-in-progress shot shows a complete basement remodel that incorporates areas for multi-functional use, including a dedicated workout space concealed behind sliding barn doors. Photograph by Reflections Interior Design

This exercise area features all the bells and whistles for a variety of workout options. Photograph by Ingrid Porter Interiors, LLC.

Marissa Matiyasic is the owner of Reflections Interior Design which specializes in wholehome design, including helping to create great spaces to exercise. Photograph by Reflections Interior Design.

throughout the space (except the bathroom). “LVT is really great for workout space,” she said. “It easily wipes up. It has a little bit of give.” We are all about function and making it so they can transition the space as kids get older.” No matter the vision for an exercise space, Marissa advises, “Find the equipment you want first. You cannot have a plan or put anything together without knowing what you’ll use. Once you have those, you build from there. If it’s a basement, you can do the layout and then they can create the function from that.”


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Defy Mother Nature this spring with quality carpets, professional care and cleaning By LAURI GROSS Ah, spring. Nothing says springtime like mud on your floors. Defy Mother Nature by making good design choices and seeking help from area experts who specialize in this sort of thing. First, chose a good rug with a visit to Larchmere Oriental Rugs in Cleveland, where everything is one-of-a-kind and handmade. Most of the rugs in this store, that has been coowned since 2001 by husband and wife Sarah Matters and Erdogan Gezer, are made from hand-spun and hand-carded wool with natural, organic vegetable dyes. The rugs are from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. “And, we can have rugs custom made to a client’s specification,” said Sarah. “While this can take from six to 12 months, the results are always spectacular.” Sarah went on to explain that all the rugs in their shop are made to last generations. The styles range from traditional to contemporary, transitional and abstract. Sarah said, “The popular colors now are soft blues and greys although reds and warmer colors always do well in Northeast Ohio.” Even during Covid, the store is busy but a bit quieter, Sarah explained. “We are happy to educate people about our rugs and help them narrow down what they are looking for by asking them lots of questions about color, design, dimensions etc.,” she added. Because of the materials and methods used to make the rugs at the store, Sarah

Arslanian also offers rug repairs, and cleaning of upholstery, blinds, tile and grout, plus wall-to-wall rug sales and preparation for carpets going into storage. Also, get to know Fiber-Seal in Bedford Heights. They like to say their fabric-care system makes the pretty practical and the luxurious livable. Owner Gavin Green said “We try to focus on preventative care to keep things looking fantastic rather than wait until they look soiled.” Through a combination of cleaning, spot-treating and applying the Fiber-Seal protection, the company cares for wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, upholstered furniture, patio cushions, wall coverings and draperies. The process begins with a consultation and proposal before treatment, and everything is customized according to what each client needs. The Fiber-Seal protection makes it easier to clean up spots and spills and makes vacuuming more effective. Also, clients receive a fabric-care kit and there’s no extra charge for follow-up emergency service. The Fiber-Seal team is always available to answer questions and clients can sign up for a service program which includes scheduled routine maintenance, which helps fine fabrics last longer.

said they are very resistant to dirt. But, she added, “All rugs need to be cleaned every three to five years and we do hand washing on site.” Arslanian Bros. Carpet, Rug and Upholstery Cleaning in Warrensville Heights helps clients keep their homes clean all year, but they definitely see an uptick each spring. One of the store owners, Ted Arslanian said, “We clean mostly Orientals: good rugs that have been in the family forever. Oriental rugs can hide soil. They don’t show it but you go to lift it to take it to the factory and it weighs a ton.” Some experts speculate that a 9 x 12 rug can hold more than 80 pounds of dirt. Oriental rugs and loose woven rugs really need to be cleaned in-plant. “The reason,” Ted said, “is that (while cleaning), the rug goes totally under water. It lays flat. Both sides get washed. Then it goes through the ringer to get out excess moisture. We have a huge room for drying. If a rug is cleaned on the floor (at home) with a steam cleaner, the warp and weft of the rug gets damp and doesn’t thoroughly dry. It can rot on the floor. It has to be hung to dry. Hot steam can cause the colors in vegetable dyes to bleed.” Arslanian’s full process includes inspection and pickup, pre-treatment, special care for fringe, combing and finishing by groomers, and delivery. Ted added that many other rug-cleaning companies bring their customers’ rug to Arslanian to be cleaned. “We have one of the few rug-cleaning plants in Ohio,” he said.

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For Jan Sedlak, time sees changes and continued success For several years beginning in 1947, World War II veteran John Sedlak was a pioneering work-from-home dad. He worked from a makeshift office in his garage, selling diamonds, small appliances and even auto parts. His wife, Dorothy and two young children, Jeff and Jan, tried to give John the space to work. “Dad would try to conduct business,” recalled Jan recently. “Jeff and I are a year apart (and were later joined by three other siblings). With two babies in the house, it was time for dad to find a place where he could hear on the phone. He moved the business out, but since day one, I was involved in the business.” That business is Sedlak Interiors, marking its 74th anniversary this year. Today, Jan and Jeff are co-presidents and Dorothy is CEO and still comes into the store every day. John passed away in 2013, at age 87. Jan’s childhood memories revolve around the family business. “Dad used to sell TVs and every house had a TV except our house,” Jan laughed. “When a special program came on, we got to watch it on a TV in the store. We had to sit quietly and watch the show while dad worked.” When Jan was about 12 years old, she and her siblings helped with mailings. “Postage was cheaper if the mailers were bundled by zip code so we used to sort them,” Jan said. “Then as a reward we got milkshakes at a store down the street. It was a thrill and they were the best in the world.” For nine years after college, Jan taught health and physical education at the high school and college level. “The whole time I was teaching, I worked at Sedlak’s,” said Jan, who was learning a tremendous amount about the business from her mom and dad, including getting to understand the 600 furniture manufacturers whose products were sold at Sedlak’s. “Dad requested I stay on as human resources manager, because of my master’s degree from John Carroll University in guidance and counseling,” she said. At that time, the store was located on Larchmere Boulevard and was spread out over 14 different buildings. “If a customer wanted to see something, we’d walk them down the block to another building,” explained Jan. Then came a family decision – and a vote – on whether or not to move the business. Of course, they did move – to Solon

Multiple Sclerosis. “At that time, people couldn’t change insurance (if you had a pre-existing condition),” she explained. So, even if she wanted to leave her job at the store, she couldn’t. “I was in a wheelchair. It was really bad,” Jan said. Eventually, Jan tried an experimental medication and it worked very well. “With the medication and God’s help, I just got better and better,” she said. The pharmaceutical company that made the medication asked Jan to testify before the Board of the FDA in Washington. Unable to attend in person, she wrote a letter instead and someone read it aloud at the FDA hearing. “I got a call from the pharmaceutical company thanking me for my letter. The medication was approved and it is still available today,” she said. “In 2001, I stopped taking that medication and I don’t have MS anymore. Yes, it can come back but I do not have any active lesions. I am fine.” Recently though, times have gotten much tougher. “It’s been a challenge since my dad died, especially now during the pandemic. But I thought, “We can do this.’ And we are doing this,” Jan said. New ways of conducting business has forced Sedlak’s employees to learn to communicate with customers wearing masks. “No longer can you see the excitement on their faces when finding the


Jan Sedlak, co-president of Sedlak Interiors, the 74-year-old furniture company in Solon, offers customers the most recent home furnishings styles and trends. – and have been in that location for more than 30 years. Jan planned to do her part to help with the move and then leave to pursue her next career, which she envisioned in physical therapy. The physical therapy program proved too demanding on Jan’s personal schedule and then, life threw her another curve ball: She was diagnosed with

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perfect furnishings”. Sometimes it is really hard to hear what customers are saying, but we manage and in the process create a fun experience despite the inconvenience.” Keeping the store stocked with new merchandise has served up its own set of challenges as well. “We are working closer with our manufacturers on delivery dates to ensure our customers get their furniture as quickly as possible. Finally, and most importantly, the top priority for our customers is their safety.” That’s evident as you walk around the 140,000 sq. ft., 27-gallery showroom and see the many hand sanitation stations. “Yes, time has dealt us new challenges, but we remain passionate about what we do and are fiercely committed to our customers’ needs. Our entire team has adapted well to a new selling environment and are succeeding in spite of the new obstacles and challenges.” John used to tell Jan: You never work a day in your life if you enjoy what you are doing. “Every time I get frustrated now that he is gone, I think of that quote and think how I can make things more joyful.” Among other jobs, Jan is the merchandise manager of the store’s large outdoor furniture department and Ye Olde Clock Shop, named by her dad, with a nod to Charles Dickens’ Curiosity Shop.

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Kim Carroll Interiors transforms basement into ‘The Pale,’ reminiscent of a Dublin Pub fication by Ron Nandor at Eastwood Cabinetry. Keeping with the color scheme, the base echoes Dublin blue while the countertop is cherry-stained wood. “The homeowners and I discussed in detail the storage that we wanted,” said Carroll. “One of the most interesting parts is the refrigerator that fits into the side of the bar. It comes in very handy for entertaining!” That would be the EdgeStar beverage cooler found at build.com The original scalloped soffit, with its dated fluorescent lighting, was easily replaced by pendant lamps made from recycled glass, found online from Minneapolisbased Bicycle Glass Company. Behind the bar, the fluid wood frame of an antique mirror complements the curved liquor cabinets. Marking the spot above the mirror hangs a “hurley” – a stick used to play hurling, the national game of Ireland.

By PEGGY TURBETT Imagine – because that’s all most travelers can do in this icy winter of pandemic-induced restrictions – dropping into a Dublin pub to bide awhile by a glowing fireplace, sipping a perfectly pulled pint or a neat spot of Tullamore Dew. Now imagine walking downstairs to what was a 1950sera basement and finding your Dublin dream come true. No, this isn’t a remake of “The Twilight Zone,” but the realization of a transplanted Irishman’s sense of home and the collaborative expertise of a seasoned Cleveland Heights designer. Three decades ago, marriage brought the Irishman to Cleveland and into the couple’s eastern suburb home. Built in the 1950s, the house came with a finished basement, outfitted with a rounded bar and trimmed with a scalloped soffit over open liquor shelves. A new pool table became the dominant focal point for family and friends visiting from across The Pond. But as years passed and visits became less frequent, the felt covering served more as an oversized display for an impressive collection of beer coasters. Blame the laundry room, though, for the ultimate ouster of the pool table. A few years ago, when a contractor estimated work needed to replace its floor and replaster the ceiling, he looked into the pool room and mused, “By the way, what are you doing in here?” His suggestions included taking down the ceiling, then painting the exposed beams and ductwork black. When the couple came across a photo showing a basement pub with a ceiling covered in beer coasters, they decided it was time to call Kim Carroll Interiors. Early conversations centered logically on the Irish theme, according to Kim Carroll, who has been designing residential and commercial interiors since 2004 and had worked with the couple on an earlier project. But transforming a pale-yellow, mid-century basement into a Celtic showcase was going to be a challenge. “I mean, it was so 1950s you could have filmed ‘Happy Days’ there,” said Carroll. As the concept took shape, the Irishman was given carte blanche in the design “as long as I didn’t screw it up.” He insisted that the theme not only be Irish but specifically a Dublin pub. That meant ditching the black paint and incorporating St. Patrick’s blue, a shade of azure enveloping the harp on the Irish coat of arms. Carroll found stateside versions of the hue in two Sherwin Williams colors: Secure Blue and Rainstorm. “In designing the pub, I thought about how the space would be used,” said Carroll. “We talked about a bar. We talked about a space to watch TV. We talked about sitting by the fire. So it’s divided up naturally into three or four spaces. After I did that and I knew the color we were starting with, I also included the artwork in my thinking.” That collection featured an original watercolor of the family home, along with what became a rogue’s gallery of Dublin-sourced posters collected over the years from all over Ireland: Guinness ads, Book of Kells illustrations, Bloomsday sites and James Joyce quotes, many custom framed by The Wood Trader and exhibited on a long wall of original knotty pine paneling. “In all of my research, the romance of the Dublin and Irish pubs came from the layers of history that you see in antiques,” said Carroll. “[It’s a] collected layered look as if people had added to it over the many many years.” So, Carroll and the owners scoured antique stores, consign-

The Entertainment Space

The L-shaped sectional in mossy chenille folds around the leather-topped ottoman in the entertainment center. Photographs by Peggy Turbett

Set between the welcoming entry and the well-appointed bar, a comfortably contemporary entertainment center fills the center space. “The TV viewing area brings us into the 21st-century,” said Carroll. “We wanted it to be really comfortable AND functional.” A sectional seemed to be the best choice for folks to watch TV, listen to music or just chat. Covered in mossy soft chenille, the L-shaped sectional from Fish Furniture in Mayfield Heights faces a flat screen television and top-notch sound system. The oversized leather ottoman from Spaces Consignment Showroom serves as both a footrest and, when custom trays are pulled from an underside shelf, extra serving space for movie snacks and TV dining. “The seating arrangement is very much of today – comfortable, but with a wonderful TV and sound system,” said Carroll. To streamline the setting, the wall behind the television screen was built out to hide any distracting cords and wiring.

The Pub Table A pair of carved-oak presider’s chairs flank the original stone hearth in “The Pale,” a personal Irish pub designed by Kim Carroll Interiors. ment shops and design centers in and around Cleveland as well as online sites to find furnishings to enhance the collected family artifacts.

The Fireplace Dubbed “The Pale,” the pub was ready for Bloomsday 2020, an annual James Joyce celebration in June. Heavy curtains pulled back to reveal a glowing fire beckoning from the original stone hearth. On either side, two ornately carved presiders’ chairs flank a small server’s table, with just enough surface for a few coasters, a couple of pints or whiskey glasses and a good novel or fine flask. So far, so “Ahhhhhhh!” “We replaced the wood-burning fireplace with a gas fireplace to be more effective,” said Carroll. “But the [existing] stone wall and wood mantel were beautiful. Those are important textual elements.” The red-cushioned chairs, however, were a delightful discovery in Century Antiques in Cleveland. “The two presiders’ chairs are carved oak, probably100

The entertainment center invites comfy frontrow seating, with the pub table and fireplace to the upper right. years old. They’re very heavy!” said Carroll. “We don’t know which church they came from. But they were for the presiders or the priests. The chairs have traces of red paint, which was traditionally used to acknowledge the status or rank of the priest or bishop.”

The Bar Tucked into the back of the room, the bar area showcases both warmth and function in a combination of antique treasures and custom-designed construction. Two stunning carved-oak cabinets, each about a century old, display an array of spirits behind curved glass doors. “I love the glass cabinets because they sparkle in the light and they show off the bottles and the homeowners’ collection of Guinness beer glasses,” said Carroll. “I like the contrast of showing off the glassware but also keeping them dust free, as opposed to the bottles that are on the open shelves.” The bar itself is a custom design by Carroll, with paneling and corbels to give a sense of age and built to speci-

There’s one more spot, tucked between the fireplace and entertainment area, that is perfect for a light supper or a multi-day jigsaw puzzle: the pub table. “I wanted to have a place where people could sit and visit as if they were in a restaurant, or a dining area of a pub, or even just to play a card game,” said Carroll. “I think it’s very conducive to that and very, very welcoming. We found this table in a barn at Jameson Homestead Antiques in Avon, Ohio. It’s had a life, and that’s what I love about it. I love all the dings and the patina that it has gained over the years.”

Authentic and Cozy On a new shelf next to the old fireplace is a small clay pipe. Not that there is any smoking of any kind allowed in the place, just like there won’t be any large gatherings of friends – from across The Pond or even the Cuyahoga River – until the Covid coast is clear. But the small pipe is an authentic piece of Irish culture, a symbol of fellowship, shared stories, and respite from the stresses of the day. For now, just a flight of steps downstairs, is a very cozy place filled with favorite Irish features. And in the midst of an icy winter, the basement is the warmest room in the house. SOURCES: Kim Carroll Interiors, www.kimcarrollinteriors.com.

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By RITA KUEBER With a wow factor of ten out of ten, this custom-designed Paskevich home built in 2011 is casually elegant from its handsome cedar and stone façade to the dazzling details inside. The all-encompassing charm of this house is not only the exceptional attention to detail and the thinking that went into every aspect of every room, but more, the solid build of it using the best materials possible. The two-story foyer has a stunning reverse staircase plus artistic touches in the wrought iron railings. Straight through the foyer, the formal living room has a marbleframed fireplace and tall windows, offering the first of many panoramic views of the valley and river below. This room has a wet bar that includes a hammered copper sink and understated shelving. Off the foyer to the left, is a banquet-sized formal dining room that has a high ceiling and wood crown molding. Flowing from both living and dining rooms is an irresistible kitchen – there’s space for everyone. For the cook, there is a center island that seats six, granite counters, side by side Sub-Zero refrigerator freezer, a 60-inch Wolf range and a nine-foot-wide walk-in pantry. For the family, there is an airy dining area that’s open to a cozy hearth room with a spacious corner fireplace. Through this area is a screened porch, also having a fireplace, plus

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a heated floor and timbered ceiling. The porch connects to the outdoor patio. All these rooms at the back of the house share that magnificent view. Beyond the kitchen is a sizable laundry room holding two sets of washer/dryers and loads of storage. There is also a hallway/mudroom connecting the garage to the house and the back staircase. This transition space includes a wall of built-in, locker-style wood cabinets for organization and storage. The glamorous first-floor master suite has its own marble-framed fireplace and wall of windows to catch that view, a super-large walk-in closet/dressing room, and a bath with a free-standing soaking tub, separate shower and lav. Up the front stairs is a landing, perfect for a reading nook. The second level has four generous bedrooms, two of which are contained suites, plus a bonus play/craft room. The walk-out lower level gives this house superstar status. Every inch of this space is as detailed and as well built as the rest of the house. There is a 16-foot-long mahogany bar, adjacent to a kitchenette and a huge, walk-in wine room. Beyond that is a den and fireplace open to a game area, as well as access to the outdoor lower patio. Beyond the entertainment area of this level is an exercise room, bath with steam shower, media room, a gorgeous office space and incredibly, an indoor half-court for basketball. While this is a large house having 21 rooms, each room is gracefully proportioned so that no area feels stuffy or imperiously formal. Every space has a delightful, quiet serenity all its own, and it’s easy to picture gatherings in the living room or kitchen, as well as celebrations in the wine bar or on the patio, all surrounded by incredible views of the Chagrin Valley. 7900 Gray Eagle Chase has 13,316 square feet of space on 11 acres, six bedrooms, five fireplaces, six full and three half baths, a zoned, geothermal HVAC system and central air, a tankless water heater and an attached fourcar heated garage. Represented by Cici Riley of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the property is listed at $3,900,000 at press time, with annual taxes of $69,079. Contact Cici Riley at cicireily@howardhanna.com or at 216.410.3114.

Piano Cleveland launches new program aimed to provide access to the Arts Piano Cleveland launches a Piano and Keyboard Donation Program that will significantly impact the lives of piano students and listeners across Northeast Ohio, allowing individuals who otherwise would not have access to the instrument to follow their passion for music without the burden of cost or maintenance. The program will rehome high-quality donated pianos and digital keyboards to spaces that need them. The organization is committed to moving at least 20 pianos into new environments within its three-year pilot. During this time, Piano Cleveland will fund the cost of moving expenses, maintenance fees, and tuning for each instrument. To serve the needs of students who live in smaller apartments or move regularly, the program is thoughtfully designed to offer full-size (88-key) weighted digital keyboards that are donated and new portable Casio keyboards purchased by Piano Cleveland. To en-

sure families and spaces are not taking on an undue burden when accepting a piano donation, they may choose at the end of the three-year term to keep the instrument or return it to Piano Cleveland to be recirculated in the donation program. The Piano Keyboard Donation program is a twofold initiative to help serve the needs of the community; not only are Clevelanders able to request a piano, but they can donate underutilized pianos to the program. Donors will receive tax benefits by making an in-kind donation of an instrument to Piano Cleveland, a 501(c)(3) organization. For those interested in receiving or donating an instrument through the Piano and Keyboard Donation program, please fill out the online forms on the Piano Cleveland website at pianocleveland.org or contact Emily Shelley, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at emily.shelley@pianocleveland.org.

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Helping seniors to recognize, avoid scams By LAURI GROSS Life’s toughest moments bring out the best in a lot of people but of course there are always bad actors preying on others during times of need by attempting to scam people out of their money. Often, seniors are particularly vulnerable but, there’s plenty that seniors and family members can do to help, and plenty of community groups ready to help as well. A December 16, 2020 blog post at JudsonSmartLiving. org says that, according to the FBI, seniors are a desirable target because they often have investments and excellent credit. Also, con artists count on seniors being embarrassed or frightened to report the crime, and even if they do report the crime, crooks count on seniors to be bad witnesses. Jim Carnovale, Judson’s Sr. V.P. of Finance and CFO said, “Seniors like to see the good in people and that unfortunately is where it can get people in trouble. People should not feel like they can’t talk to somebody. Talk to somebody: an authority or family member if you sense something isn’t right.” Pre-pandemic, Judson communicated with residents about scams – and other news – in resident association meetings. Now, it’s mostly through Zoom or emails. “Our residents are pretty well-informed,” said Jim, who added, “If our security department sees something isn’t right, they’ll put out communications about it.” Currently, there are scammers claiming to be selling quick access to Covid vaccines “Anything that is trying to market or sell something related to Covid, I would be extra careful about that,” Jim said. Other times, scammers will “try to get you to open an attachment or click a link and by doing that, they can get access to network accounts and if they did that, there’s a chance they can get personal information, so make sure you’re using security software like McAfee etc.” said Jim. The Judson blog said, “Never respond to pressure to send money. Any reputable charity, service or organization will give you time to think about their offer. Be especially wary of demands to wire money, purchase B2


gift cards, or send cash through the mail. If you want to donate to a certain charity, seek out their website yourself instead of sending money through a link provided to you. And never give out personal information over the phone or on a computer. Instead, call the ‘insurance agent,’ ‘technician,’ or ‘credit card company’ back on a number you know to be legit, and get confirmation that the request is authentic.” Jim also explained that someone might strike up a relationship with someone from social media. They say they want to meet you but they need money for some legal misunderstanding before they can meet. So, you send money and then they ask for more and you send more. It continues on like this for a while and then, they disappear. Jon Bokovitz, Chief of Police for Bainbridge Township has seen all these scams and more. “Someone might call and say they are a court or a law-enforcement official and you have an outstanding warrant,” he said. The Chief explained that the caller then directs the victim to purchase gift cards to pay off their warrant. “These are scams every time,” he said. “Store clerks are pretty good at spotting seniors buying stacks of gift cards.” Chief Bokovitz said his department works with managers at many local retail stores to help spot these scams as they unfold. “We have pretty good success preventing this,” he said. Chief Bokovitz warned against another scam that has to do with filing for unemployment. If someone files for unemployment but doesn’t receive the expected payment, a scammer could have received it instead. In these cases, the Chief advised reporting it to the County Department of Jobs and Family Services. Pre-pandemic, the Bainbridge Police Department participated in events with the Geauga Department on Aging to help educate seniors about scams. Sandy McLeod, the Senior Center Supervisor at the Geauga Department on Aging said the Department has done programs at Kent State Geauga, the Sherriff’s Department, at local banks and elsewhere on this topic. “We usually do a scam program two or three times a year. It is a popular topic,” she said. Their website includes helpful info for spotting and avoiding scams, and also updates on their programs and presentations, at co.geauga.oh.us/departments/aging.

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Gilmour Academy is unique in its ability to provide students a highly personalized, rigorous curriculum designed to develop critical thinkers and effective communicators. Gilmour students learn in an environment that is coed, incisive, encouraging and rooted in faith.

Hawken was founded to be different From its earliest days, Hawken School has been committed to developing both character and intellect. We believe that living meaningful, productive lives requires traits such as compassion, integrity, initiative, confidence, and resilience as well as a commitment to lifelong learning. Our motto of “Fair Play” is displayed in every classroom, encouraging every member of our community not only to be smart, but to be mindful of how we treat others. Hawken was founded as an educationally progressive school, and we remain academically progressive - because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a coeducational environment to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to and reflects the values of the present to prepare students for a promising future. For more than a decade, Hawken faculty have been creating nationally recognized programs that place students in the real world and engage them in solving authentic problems. At Hawken, learning doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. It happens throughout our campuses, at labs, museums, at non-profits across Cleveland, and even in canoes on the rivers of Pennsylvania. The Mastery School of Hawken, which opened in University Circle in August of 2020 for students in grades 9 -12, takes this approach to scale through designing programming built entirely around mastery – the simple notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. Hawken’s academic infrastructure is designed to meet each child’s needs and interests. With a focus on handson learning, our programs from toddler through high school enable your child to be an active participant in his or her education. By exploring science, math, and the humanities using an interdisciplinary and experience-based approach whenever possible and appropriate, students dive deeper into subject areas and become immersed in the process of learning and discovery. The best way to learn more about Hawken is to visit. Both in-person individual family and virtual tours of all campuses are available. To view our parent visit and open house dates and to RSVP, go to hawken.edu/admission.

Laurel School—Two campuses, one community Laurel’s two-campus advantage gives students the edge. At its traditional Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights, students thrive as members of a community that spans Pre-Primary through Grade 12 all under one roof. Just seven miles away from Shaker in Russell Township, Laurel students immerse themselves in the natural world at the beautiful 150-acre Butler Campus. During these unprecedented times, Laurel has benefited even more from being a two-campus school as Grades 3-5 moved to the Butler Campus fulltime in order to safely accommodate more in-person, on-campus teaching and learning. Laurel’s curricular tradition is research-based. Over a decade ago, the school began to develop original research and now Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) is a nationally-recognized resource for independent schools. LCRG conducts, disseminates and puts into practice research that connects exceptional academic outcomes with social and emotional well-being. The value of LCRG is central to each Laurel girl’s experience. What girls learn from LCRG programming will serve as a foundation for life beyond Laurel. An option for its youngest learners is Laurel’s Outdoor Pre-Primary School. In the forest, and away from highly-structured indoor curriculum, children make their own choices about how to spend their time and how to manage their own body signals. They become empowered, engaged and highly motivated learners. The Outdoor Pre-Primary program provides a curriculum that ensures children are developing the skills that are necessary for them to be successful in Kindergarten while also gaining the resilience, motivation and creativity that comes from learning in the forest. In Laurel’s Upper School, girls can apply to participate in the Capstone Experience. By design, Capstone cultivates purpose, relationships and leadership using one of four lenses—civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics). Over three-and-a-half years, Capstone Candidates explore issues through guided research, intellectual discussion, relevant internships and, in non-pandemic times, purposeful travel. Using expert guidance from mentors, each Capstone Candidate creates a research focus based on her individual interests. This innovative program provides students with opportunities to approach real-world issues while building mentor and peer relationships. To learn more about Laurel and its innovative programming, visit LaurelSchool.org and save the date for the 18 months-Grade 12 Open House on Saturday, April 17 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm or call 216.464.0946 to schedule a tour.

In the January 2021 issue of Currents students shared their perspective on education models during the pandemic – in-person, online, hybrid. In this issue, four teachers talk about their perspective on education model shifts over the past year. Like the students, teachers said the abrupt adjustment in March 2020 was challenging and that, during online periods, they missed people. The social aspects of the day are a big part of delivering and receiving information. Twodimensional Zoom classes – with occasional technology glitches – just aren’t the same as three-dimensional reality. It all started nearly a year ago when, during spring break, teachers found they would be teaching online for the rest of the school year. They scrambled to revise and recreate lesson plans for the upcoming weeks. Like students they set up card tables in living rooms, desks in bedrooms or reorganized a playroom. “Delivering a lesson in person is different than delivering it virtually,” says Betsy Hauptman Coy, Dean of Students, Upper School, University School in Chagrin Falls. “Everything had to be reworked, even veteran teachers have had to rework their lessons.” The hardest part with online classes, says Coy, is connecting with the students and keeping them engaged. “We are such a relationship-driven school, that it is taking us time to figure out how to connect in the same way. In-person classes are small enough that, if you see a student who is acting differently, you can pull him aside and ask what’s going on.” “Online you lose that ability to tune in in the same way,” she says. “It’s difficult through a screen to read a student in the same way. And it’s hard to see so many kids on a screen. You can’t always tell if someone looks confused.” Despite the cons, some students find a benefit. “Some stay focused better because there’s no social pressure,” she adds. Likewise, teachers are looking for a silver lining. “Faculty have recognized things they didn’t know about them-

selves, like how they can better use tech tools as well as different strategies that might translate well back into the classroom,” says Coy. “A lot of us had to reevaluate content and how we’re delivering it.” Last month students waxed philosophical about newfound self-awareness. Teachers are finding the same. “I have learned less about delivering instruction but more about my own ability to be flexible. I’ve learned to be patient with technology and the process. We all learned some good qualities about ourselves and how that can translate long term to enhance student experience.” Meaghan Teitelman, a middle school French teacher at Laurel School in Shaker Heights, spent part of her 2020 spring break setting up coursework and readying to use video conferencing platforms. “The main differences are the learning activities,” says Teitelman. “I love to do hands-on activities where we’re mingling and have a lot of interaction. Instead of walking around asking different questions now I assign them to online breakout rooms, or I may assign work individually. It’s a different mindset. Fortunately, there are so many amazing tools online already.” Laurel students can attend in-person or online. “I really miss those outside-of-class, organic moments interacting with the students in person,” she says. “The next time I have an entire group of students in the same room, it’s going to be amazing. There’s already so much joy from those who are back together and more appreciation for simple things like homeroom or field hockey practice.” The Brightside: “I feel like no matter what the rest of my teaching career throws my way, I’ll be ready for it,” she says. Some teachers have had to reconsider their strengths. “I like to think what makes me a good teacher is teaching collaboratively and working hands-on,” says Darrah Parsons, a third-grade teacher from Hathaway-Brown School, Shaker Heights. “It’s hard to translate that into

silo teaching when everyone is home by themselves.” The social distancing required of in-person classes doesn’t make it much easier. “The pandemic approaches take away collaborative, authentic experiences,” says Parsons, citing an economic lesson around the Lemonade War. Girls can’t work in groups and sell lemonade in person. She says, “We have to figure out how we can sell something in a safe way.” The good side comes from necessary self-reflection. “[New teaching models] make you more aware of what you’re doing. They make you look at your curriculum and decide the most important content and this the best way to teach it,” says Parsons. The changes may contribute to accelerated maturity. She notes, “These girls have had to manage things that they normally wouldn’t until middle school. They’re developing more executive functioning skills like organization and self-motivation. These skills will help them down the road to be more proficient students at an earlier age.” Jeff Brown, a chemistry teacher and basketball coach at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, shares many observations of his peers at other private schools. “For me, the biggest difference is it’s hard to get students to participate on Zoom. Most are muted so they must unmute, pay attention from home, and want to contribute. I’ve had to adjust my patience level … pause longer and give them time to think and respond.” “I want parents to know how important social interaction is,” he says. “We might be able to deliver the chemistry content and it can be graded, but essential learning is still taking place knowledge- wise in person. The most important part of my room is the door where I can stop a student to talk. I don’t get that interaction on Zoom.” One good thing about using Zoom is the ease of setting up conferences. “It can be harder to see them after school or during office hours because they’re busy with extracurriculars. Sometimes it’s easier to get through via Zoom to students who need individual time.”


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Sellers’ Market: How savvy sellers can help themselves and their bottom line before listing a home By MAREN JAMES What home buyers want today is simple, but not necessarily straightforward. According to Terry Young, Founder and Buyer Specialist of the Young Team, a seller in the know thinks of their house as a canvas that’s mostly blank. “Most people can’t visualize a house any other way. Buyers, looking at a particular carpet or paint color can only see the seller in that house. They can’t see themselves living there, so that obstacle has to be removed,” she says. The kitchen, as the heart of the home is the most important area to update. The next priority is the master bath. After that, curb and indoor appeal both depend largely on the house configuration, its updates and frankly, the owner’s savoir faire. “We have to go on a case by case basis,” Young says. But here’s a hint – the interior is more important than the exterior.

Young mentions houses in which everything is looking great except for maybe the pantry, or a half bath or the super-used family room. “If you go someplace where the hardwood is scratched or the floor is stained most buyers are thinking it’s not well maintained and the dollar signs go off in their heads. They’re thinking ‘I’ll have to carpet the whole house,’ even though that’s not true,” she adds. “Everything needs to look crisp and fresh in today’s colors, very much like a model home.” But let’s face it – many families, empty nesters and aging singles are entirely content with well-worn, comfortable (if dated) surroundings, until it’s time to sell. And then the questions begin. Does the entire kitchen need a makeover? Does the bath or master need a redo? The floors? The walls? Before a home owner flips out over the potential cost concerns, Young mentions how just a few clever additions or

subtractions can make a big difference. “If the kitchen cabinets are in good shape, and the whole room is fairly updated, the owner might just need to switch out the hardware or change the countertop, which creates a whole new look. It doesn’t have to be a total makeover. If a room seems dark or cold, buy more lamps.” Similarly, a bedroom can be transformed with a new spread and a bathroom can have a different feel just by changing the color or pattern of the towels. Young likens buying a house to buying new clothes. “I ask people ‘can you see yourself living here?’ and I watch them trying on the house, just like a person trying on clothes in front of a mirror. Are they a baker – can they see themselves in the kitchen with enough counter space? Can they see their four children at the breakfast bar? If there’s too much clutter like coffee pots or decorations they can’t see

Dancing Classrooms of Northeast Ohio has pivoted to provide needed break By PEGGY TURBETT Like Mardi Gras celebrations and the St. Patrick’s Day parade, anti-Covid protocols have suspended another regional tradition this spring. Tango teams and fox-trotting fifth graders will have to sit out the Colors of the Rainbow competition once again. Yet, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio is energizing more students than ever. With innovative thinking, program flexibility and some green-screen ingenuity, the grade-school dancing program tripled the number of students physically moving while teaching core values of belonging, respect, hope and trust. Minding social distancing, the program has stretched into and beyond regional classrooms, across the United States and overseas to the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. All because, in this age of computer screen classrooms, everybody needs a break. In pre-Covid 2020, the Dancing Classroom Northeast Ohio organization engaged 102 classrooms in 52 schools throughout Northeast Ohio, according to JoJo Carcioppolo, executive director. But then the specter of Covid 19 shut down in-class teaching last March, making the essential physical aspects of dancing the waltz and merengue impossible under Covid compliance. “None of us knew how students would be learning. We knew it wasn’t going to be the traditional program,” said Carcioppolo. She turned to the principals and teachers in the DCNEO program, asking what they needed. The survey returned a resounding response: “We need brain breaks.’” “Yes, we need breaks,” said Carcioppolo. “But how do we take DCNEO’s goals and the schools’ goals and accomplish them through smaller doses throughout the day?” Enter DCNEO program manager Anna McGonigal, who partnered with Carcioppolo to create BREAK Dance, a virtual curriculum for the hybrid, in-person and remote learning models used this year. “We looked at our traditional program and identified our core values – belonging, respect, hope and trust – and with those in mind created the BREAK Dance experience,” said Carcioppolo. Even the title is an acronym for reinforcing the positive effects of intentional pauses: Breaks Reset Engagement Attention and Knowledge. The two dance veterans blocked out a series of BREAK Dance video lessons, lasting from three to ten minutes each. To distribute the lessons, they moved from blackboard to green screen and from classrooms of boisterous students to a cartoon setting. “We knew we’d be on a set that is drawn,” said Carcioppolo, describing the illustrated settings of familiar rooms used for the dance breaks. She tapped the budding talent of several colleges and universities, establishing a team of 11 interns to produce the segments. Animators, video edi-

Jo Jo Carcipolo, executive director, left, and Anna McGonigal, program manager, teach steps to the Baby Shark song in the BREAK Dance illustrated school gymnasium during a segment in the new series developed by Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio. Photograph courtesy Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio tors, graphic designers, and social media specialists from a bevy of colleges and universities earn academic credit for their work developing the series. “We got a studio kit from Amazon that came with lights,” said Carcioppolo. But the green screen backdrop, on which a kitchen or living room would be projected, was too narrow. So they extended the backdrop to give space for dance steps. “We McGuyvered a studio set in an empty room in our office building.” The curriculum was created with fifth graders in mind but designed to span interests from fourth to eighth grades. BREAK Dance sessions in the hybrid learning model are up to ten minutes; the “@Home” home adaptations are three minutes or less. All the ‘brain breaks’ allow students to physically get up and move in an organized manner and still adhere to pandemic-related guidelines. The lessons incorporate social emotional learning goals and core values while encouraging the students to have fun with familiar music and dances. Signature moves like “The Floss” from the video game Fortnight, offer action and readily recognizable steps. “We start with some form of movement to warm up,” said Carcioppolo. “Then we go into a full movement, and every break ends with our ABCs.” That is, Applause, Breath (deeply), and Class (as in, get back to…) The signoff is comparable to the traditional in-class program ender: curtsy and bow. The consistent formula establishes a sense of security

and comfort. “From that ritual experience, the students know what to expect,” said Carcioppolo. “There is routine. There is structure. That is a component of creating a safe space, in which they feel comfortable engaging in a new experience. What’s the scariest part of taking a new class? The unknown. With the expected structure, the students can relax and lower their guard.” The comfort builds as the sequence continues. The inperson/hybrid option uses a sequential approach in nineweek units, presenting six pre-recorded lessons each week. The first theme is dancing in line, with students learning 15 different line dances by the end of the series. The @Home virtual learning option includes 10 pre-recorded lessons varying in length from one to three minutes. To the multitudes experiencing bleary eyes and foggy minds of never-ending Zoom sessions, taking any break can be priceless. But for this initial school year, DCNEO is not charging any fees for its BREAK Dance series. “As an organization, we made the decision to offer this new program to all schools free of charge throughout the ’20-’21 school year,” said Carcioppolo. “Students need social emotional learning programming now more so than ever, and it was needed a lot before. To date, we have more than 310 classrooms who’ve signed up for this programming – triple the amount of students we’ve ever previously served in a single school year.” Looking toward the post-pandemic era, The DCNEO program is eager to bring ballroom dancing back into the classroom and stage the springtime Colors of the Rainbow competition once again. But the hiatus has its own silver lining in BREAK Dance, said Carcioppolo. “We have the ability to serve even more.” For more information or to sign up for the free BREAK Dance series, contact: DCNEO.org., email BREAK@DCNEO.org or phone 440.230.5170.

where their coffee pot or their things are going to go.” She acknowledges house sales are robust these days and circumstances don’t always allow buyers to make all the preparations they need. But as a general rule, time and money invested in the house pays off. “The more time you have to prepare your house for sale, the better the chance you’re going to get more money for it, not to mention it will sell more quickly,” she says. “Just organize the space and make it appealing so that a potential buyer can picture their life in that space. The Young Team was founded in 2003 by Terry and her husband Jeff, a builder. Subsequently joined by their sons Ryan and Josh, the team has more than 20 employees and is affiliated with Keller Williams. “I certainly have a passion for what I do,” Terry says. “I still love it.”

The Bonfoey Gallery Opens ‘Nevertheless, She Created,’ an exhibition celebrating regional artists In support of Women’s History Month, The Bonfoey Gallery will be opening “Nevertheless, She Created” on March 5, 2021, running through April 3, 2020. An all-day opening will be open to the public by appointment from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, March 5. The show will feature the work of nine well-established, regional artists: Ryn Clarke, Kristen Cliffel, Lane Cooper, Liz Maugans, Dana Oldfather, Jenniffer Omaitz, Pat Zinsmeister Parker, Pam Pastoric, and Susan Squires. Women’s History Month was officially recognized in March of 1987 and has since been acknowledged as a national commemoration of the achievements women have made over the course of American history. Despite any trials and tribulations faced by women and society at large, these artists have continued to create a collection of work that expands across numerous mediums. The show will feature photography, ceramics, paintings, printmaking, and metalwork. “Nevertheless, She Created” will open Friday, March 5 with an all-day opening event. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, we ask that you please schedule an appointment to visit the gallery and view the show. Appointments are available from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. To view available appointment times, or to find more information, visit www.bonfoey.com. For more information please visit www. bonfoey.com or contact The Bonfoey Gallery at 216.621.0178 or gallery@bonfoey.com.

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Virtual culinary classes help sharpen our chef skills By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN

A graduate of Magnificat High School, Ann LoParo launched her catering business, Annie’s Signature Sweets, in 2017 and began teaching virtual baking classes in March, 2020. LoParo teaches about 14 virtual classes a month. Photograph courtesy of Ann LoParo of Annie’s Signature Sweets

Since many of us are spending more time in our own kitchen these days, it seems like this would be the perfect opportunity to sharpen our chef skills. Here is where you can go for expert culinary advice. Ann LoParo launched her catering business, Annie’s Signature Sweets, in 2017 and began teaching virtual baking classes in March, 2020. She said that she teaches every weekend, averaging about 14 virtual classes a month. LoParo noted that, during the week, she bakes for corporate events and after-school kids’ camps. A graduate of Magnificat High School, LoParo said she grew up in Avon Lake and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and an Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC. She said that she left a career as a social worker to express her creativity and satisfy her sweet tooth cravings. “Two weeks after I went virtual, I received a phone call from someone out-of-town, inquiring about my classes. I asked how they heard about me and they said they read an article about me in “Country Living” magazine. I didn’t know anything about it. I don’t know how the magazine heard about me. No one ever contacted me. The caller sent me a link to the article and it was titled, ‘The Top 10 Cooking Classes in the Country’,” she said. ”In August, 2020, I was also featured in “Parade Magazine.” Most of LoParo’s classes are two hours in length. A few are a bit longer, like the donut-making class, because the dough has to rise and there are two fillings to create. Pricing varies according to the subject and ingredients. “My most popular class is French macarons. I’ve taught that class 75 times. Other popular classes are flourless chocolate torte, bagels and pretzels, whoopie pies and cinnamon rolls. I like to feature stuff that is different in my class list. I’ve done pop tarts, s’mores and

a funfetti cake roll. People like pumpkin roll during the holidays, but they don’t think of other cake rolls that they can make,” she added. “My personal favorite classes are the yeast breads. I like cinnamon rolls and cream puffs.” LoParo said that she has taught in-person classes in the past, but is not doing them at this time. She said that the students participating in her Zoom classes are from all over the world. “I’ve been a chef for 15 years. I’m kind of a laid-back chef. I want students to feel comfortable asking questions. Sure, baking is a science, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating,” she noted. Visit www.anniessignaturesweets.com to sign up for one of LoParo’s classes. Once you register for a class, you will receive a recipe, material list and Zoom invitation. LoParo guides you through each step of every recipe and shows you baking tips and tricks that she has learned. “Smiles and fun are highly encouraged,” she added. Chef Brandon Chrostowski of EDWINS recently kicked off the VIVANT @ Home virtual cooking class series, as well as a Kid’s Cook @ Home weekly class. He said the classes have been very popular and noted that participants seem to truly love learning how to cook. Chrostowski believes that everyone, from seasoned and novice home cooks to take-out pros and even kids can learn a thing or two in the kitchen. As founder of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, he said that he sees people in his restaurants and at his butcher shop who admit that they are clueless in the kitchen, while experienced cooks are always curious about new cooking techniques. Because of the pandemic, many people are forced to cook at home. “A common thing that I find when I’m talking to customers is that they don’t know how to cook. I thought it was time to start some classes, because people’s homes are their new restaurants,” he added. Chrostowski said the classes are designed for people looking for inspiration, those who are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated in the kitchen, or for anyone just

looking for some new tips and tricks. The VIVANT @ Home classes start at $20 and include tips on overcoming cooking challenges, step-by-step, and ways to help you master the basics in about an hour. Registrants receive a private Zoom link, a shopping list, recipe and helpful preparation suggestions. Pickup is at EDWINS Butcher Shop, 13024 Buckeye Rd., starting at 10 a.m. the day before the class. Visit www.edwinsrestaurant.org to complete the class registration form, or call 216-921-3333. Kids Cook @ Home classes take place on weekends and are for children above school age. Some adult supervision is required. The classes start at $10 for the class link, and $25 for a take-home kit that feeds four people. Pickup is at EDWINS Butcher Shop. EDWINS also offers socially distanced, in-person classes on a variety of food and beverage topics, from building an unforgettable charcuterie board and how to pair a fine Burgundy wine to how to make the perfect baked pretzel. Cuyahoga County Community College (Tri-C) offers a variety of hands-on and demonstration culinary classes for all skill levels, from beginners learning basic skills to advanced cooks discovering new techniques. Classes are held in the new state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, Chef’s Table, at Corporate College in Warrensville. Virtual classes are also available. Invite your family and friends for an evening of cooking, tasting and fun. Upcoming classes include a virtual session on preparing tamales and tacos on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. Learn to work with masa, the corn dough that is the foundation of many Mexican dishes. The chef will guide you as you create a Mexican meal to please a crowd on Apr. 27. The menu will include pork carnitas, pico de gallo, Mexican white rice with plantains and homemade flour tortillas. Visit www.tri-c.edu/community-education/ culinary for information.

EDWINS grows its mission to provide culinary training with addition of edwins too By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Fine dining concept edwins too is growing EDWINS’ mission to provide culinary training for its students while offering its customers top-notch hospitality. Launched last November, the French eatery and training center where formerly incarcerated adults gain restaurant industry skills, invites diners to experience a culinary adventure. “The concept behind edwins too has always been about expanding the classroom for our students while also offering Cleveland a haute dining experience. Our customers have come to expect exceptional hospitality and edwins too provides this on a whole new level,” Brandon Chrostowski, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute founder said. “From the moment you enter the restaurant, guests are treated to an exclusive experience that they won’t soon forget and our students gain specialized skills and training. Our three, five and seven-course prix fixe menus are meticulously crafted each week and feature seasonal, fresh ingredients and unforgettable flavor combinations.’ “Diners have come to expect the unexpected at edwins too and return to see what’s next. We are constantly mixing things up, from the ingredients and the flavors to the

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presentations,” he noted. “We introduced a Salon menu, and presented an American chophouse-inspired menu with all of the classics, from tableside-made Caesar salad to Baked Alaska. Looking ahead, we are bringing in some other guest chefs to collaborate and add their own flourishes.” “In December, we featured Chef Steve Schimoler and in January we brought back five EDWINS graduates, each of whom had a course featured on the prix fixe tasting menus. We have a couple of exciting chefs lined up, of both local and national acclaim, and we can’t wait to share them with you,” Chrostowski added. In addition to the Salon menu of a la carte small plates, with dishes like pan-seared halibut with honey parsnip puree and braised beef short ribs served with creamy brussels sprouts, edwins too now offers brunch on weekends. “Brunch was a natural next step at edwins too, and it was important for us to bring it back to Shaker Square, especially after the departure of Doug Katz’s Fire Food and Drink,” Chrostowski explained. “Our brunch is served a la carte and features fresh baked pastries and breads from EDWINS Bakery and breakfast sausage, bacon, burgers and steaks from the EDWINS Bitcher Shop. The biscuits and gravy dish on the menu has definitely been a crowd favorite so far, as well as our house-made marmalades and apple butters

that you can purchase and take home.” “Our latest introduction at edwins too is weekday lunch service with two for $10 or four for $20 menus. It’s exciting to put our spin on some delicious lunchtime classics like fresh salads, savory sandwiches and hearty soups that really hit the spot during these cold winter months. This has been a hit with kids and adults,” he said. “We are so fortunate to have the support from the community and our long-standing customers with all of our ventures. Without them, there would be no way to keep EDWINS’ mission going and the work is more important now than ever before,” Chrostowski added. “We’ve certainly had to evolve along the way, but as we have done this, we have to show our appreciation for how adventurous and eager diners have been to try some unexpected flavor combinations and edwins too menu items that they may have not encountered before.” “The biggest opportunity that edwins too has afforded us is space,” Jon Khanna, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute director of education explained. “We were going into another Cleveland winter, coupled with the pandemic, and dreading the fact that we’d have limited opportunity to provide skills training. We have so many people who could use our help, our time and the hands-on experience, but we


just needed more of a venue. Just by having the edwins too space, we’ve been able to start another class of 25 people. We might not have been able to do this without it.” Khanna noted that edwins too has a French cheese and wine tasting event, both in-person with limited seating or virtual, on Feb. 22. The annual butcher dinner, this year themed, “The Butcher in Spain,” is being held on March 16. “We always have something going on at EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. One of the programs that is now picking up steam is our Management Fellowship. This is a yearlong program that helps put EDWINS graduates on the path of leadership,” he said. “The Fellowship provides specialized and practical instruction in restaurant management and operations, and fulfills the increasing talent demand in the dining industry. We currently have five Fellows working front and back-of-the-house and are looking to expand with a sixth person. Providing the resources, tools and knowledge for future growth and success is critical.” “Additionally, we continue to expand our Second Chance Life Skills campus on Buckeye Road with new multi-family housing opportunities. We are also growing our in-person curriculum by working closely with GTL, an organization that provides educational tablets to over 1.8 million inmates in prisons across the country,” Khanna said.



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4 bed, 5.1 bath. Stunning presentation on almost 13 acres in Solon! Custom built all brick Colonial w/incredible detail! 2 story foyer w/Italian marble tile, Austrian crystal chandelier leads to formal living & dining rooms w/hardwood floors. Great room w/fireplace, skylights, wetbar, spiral staircase. Expansive island Kitchen w/granite, walk-in pantry, newer SS appliances. Morning room leads to wrap around patio. Office w/built-ins on first. 2nd floor Master Suite w/Master Bath w/jetted tub, dressing room. Finished lower level complete w/workout area, theatre/media room, bar, full bath. Room to build outbuildings or keep as your own nature preserve.

$950,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

Seth Task, Realtor® President 2021


Professional Realty

Offices throughout Offices throughout the the Chagrin Chagrin Corridor Corridor www.BHHSPro.com www.BHHSPro.com 440.893.9190 440.893.9190

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