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Pepper Pike native co-wrote script for new Liam Neeson film By BARRY GOODRICH When Danny Kravitz first teamed up with Chris Charles to write the script for “The Marksman” more than a decade ago, he never imagined that the movie would one day end up being filmed in his backyard. The film is the first major feature for Kravitz, a Pepper Pike native and graduate of Orange High School. Much of it was shot in Lorain, Portage County and Chardon during the fall of 2019. “There were a lot of reasons to do Kravitz it in Cleveland and I was thrilled to be able to film it there,” said Kravitz. “It’s gorgeous in the fall and the cast and crew really loved it. I stayed with my parents and my mom would literally make me a lunch bag each day before I went on set.” Liam Neeson stars in “The Marksman” as a former Marine sharpshooter trying to save his Arizona ranch from financial ruin. Neeson’s character comes across an 11-year-old migrant and his mother who are fleeing from Mexican drug cartel killers. After the mother dies, the rancher protects the boy from the cartel members as they drive across the country to the Midwest. The film, directed by three-time Oscar nominee Robert Lorenz, opened in theaters Jan. 15 and will soon be available on video on demand. The 10-year wait proved to be more than worth it for Kravitz, who teaches screenwriting at Columbia College of Chicago.

“The Marksman” is the first major feature for Danny Kravitz, a Pepper Pike native and graduate of Orange High School. Starring Liam Neeson, much of the film was shot in Lorain, Portage County and Chardon during the fall of 2019. Photograph courtesy of Briarcliff Entertainment

“It was so extraordinary from start to finish,” said Kravitz of the film. “I was so fortunate to be working with that team and being on the set to watch it was like gravy. The experience could not have been more beautiful.” Co-writer Charles was one of Kravitz’s first students at Columbia College. “He wrote something for the class that was so good I told him if he ever wanted to make a movie to call me,” said Kravitz. “Now, we’re working on lots of new stuff.” Kravitz was raised in an atmosphere that celebrated the arts. “My father is a really well-read guy who is into literature and the movies and my mother is a visual artist and musician,” he said. “By the time I was in high school I was already performing a lot of music and writing poetry, prose and fiction.” Accomplished in music and writing, Kravitz has had six books published with three more on the way. His experiences with “The Marksman” were memorable as he had an up close and personal chance to watch Neeson bring his talents to a role he was uniquely qualified to play. “It was great to be able to explore a human character like that,” said Kravitz of Neeson’s role. “He has that gravitas and charm. He’s carved out a really great niche for himself.” It is a minor miracle for any movie to get made and the story behind Kravitz’s project is no different. “As a creative person, it was so incredibly rewarding to be able to tell a story and bring it to life,” he said. “If you really believe in something, it’s worth the journey.”

Take up new, or brush up on shelved hobbies to pass extra time at home this winter By PARIS WOLFE Pandemic restrictions are keeping people at home. Because of the changes in lifestyle, many have more time and are looking for ways to banish boredom. That has added or renewed interest in a variety of hobbies. Linda Gardner of Aurora has returned to a youthful hobby of composing puzzles. “My mom would have the puzzle on the glass dining room table so we could each work on a color or the best part of all, the edge,” she recalls. “She and a neighbor used to exchange puzzles. Some were really cool – they were about ½-inch thick made of wood.” Fast forward to the pandemic. “When the governor advised working from home, I was slow at work. I went into the basement for something and saw a jigsaw puzzle that had been there for at least 20 years. I brought it upstairs and started on it.” The 1,000-piece puzzle of macaw parrots hooked Gardner. She has done at least 15 puzzles of similar size since March 2020 and has another 10 at the ready. Gardner does her puzzles on a tall café table while listening to music. “It’s become an addiction,” she says. “My mom and I are exchanging them. I’ve sent two to my daughter in California.” “I’m trying to only buy from local stores,” she says. “I bought several at Mulholland and Sachs at Eton then a

“We are seeing people who are cleaning closets and find abandoned knitting projects. They’re getting them out and revisiting them. Sometimes they need yarn to add and complete a project. So, they come to us.” — Liz Tekus, owner of Fine Points few more at Playmatters. I bought some at Discount Drug Mart, too.” Gardner is not alone in her puzzle interest. Todd Bahler, buyer, at Ohio-based Discount Drug Mart says, “When COVID restrictions began our stores got wiped out of puzzles, board games, card games…more than any Christmas season we’d ever had. It took a month or two to get replenished, and the sales level has continued. Everyone is still staying inside and needs something to do.” “One of our big success items is an Ohio State University puzzle,” he says. Knitting has also seen an uptick as a pandemic hobby, even former First Lady Michelle Obama has taken up the art. In Northeast Ohio, Liz Tekus, owner of Fine Points in Cleveland’s Larchmere District says she’s seen a lot of new and returning customers browsing her curated selection of fine yarns. “We are seeing people who are cleaning closets and find abandoned knitting projects,” she says. “They’re getting them out and revisiting them. Sometimes they need yarn to add and complete a project. So, they come to us.”

In addition to keeping people busy, knitting is considered therapy. “Knitting is like meditation. It produces a sense of calm and does wonderful things for body and brain,” says Tekus. Among the most popular projects are shawls and wraps. Fine Points is offering Zoom classes, knitalongs and mystery boxes to hobbiests. The store, which recently moved into a one-story space near its former location, has shortened hours during the pandemic. Customers who desire can use curbside pickup or shipping. Kelly Clark of Chagrin Falls is a knitter and gardener who recently added fermentation as a pandemic hobby. She attributes the decision to having more time at home. “Fermentation is a way of doing food preservation, so it goes well with the gardening. Plus, I’m science-oriented so I like the ‘bio-chemistry experiment’ aspect of fermentation,” she says. Naturally, she’s toyed with beer, wine and mead. She’s also branched into yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut. She recently fermented hot peppers with peaches to puree into hot sauce. Clark has learned a lot from books, especially from au-

thor Sandor Katz, and from trial-and-error. “Fermentation can be part of your daily or weekly ritual. A lot of the projects take only a small amount of time, but need some regular attention over the course of a couple days,” she says. “You can get into the habit of attending to your current fermentation project (or projects) at a particular time each day, or be more flexible.” Like many people, Audrey Hudak of Cleveland Heights, has found her pandemic hobby in the kitchen. “I have dietary restrictions and have always  done a lot of home cooking,” she says. “In March, when the pandemic became serious, cooking brought me comfort. At first, I made soup because the weather in March and April 2020 remained cold. I used my cute, teal Dutch oven and I bought new soup bowls from Crate and Barrel.” Creativity took over and now her repertoire includes butternut squash soup, chili, chicken tortilla soup, chicken and rice with curry, beef barley, white chicken chili, tomato soup, chicken and dumpling soup, West African peanut stew, cucumber gazpacho and so much more. “I am dairy-free and replaced dairy in recipes with nondairy options,” Hudak notes, “I use the “Joy of Cooking,” “Go Dairy Free” by Alissa Fleming, and various Internet blogs.” “Homemade soup is a perfect pandemic meal,” she says. “You can be classic or creative. You can customize for dietary restrictions. And, you can make a big pot and eat for several meals.”


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FILM Liam Neeson stars in “The Marksman,” co-written by Pepper Pike native Danny Kravitz By Barry Goodrich



ART Professionals share tips for getting started in the art of outdoor photography By Paris Wolfe

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WEDDING BELLES Spencer Giesen marries Mallory Joan Carl in WI

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EDUCATION Area students describe their unique experiences of learning through pandemic By Paris Wolfe



HOME DESIGN Wendy Berry’s passion for design, working with clients shines through in her ‘W Design’ business By Paris Wolfe



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s we turned the calendar to 2021, it was heartening to have received stories and photographs for several Benefit Beat “happenings” held in our region within the last couple of months, through which area nonprofits and agencies were able to raise much-needed funds. Most were held virtually, involving people watching from home, enjoying wine tastings, dinners, speeches, auctions and more. While we miss such events once held in person, it’s remarkable how innovative area nonprofits have been in creatively pivoting through the pandemic to meet the challenges of fundraising via Zoom or by holding socially distanced benefits outdoors. If you are planning a virtual or socially distanced benefit event in the future, visit currentsneo. com and complete the form found on the “Submit an Event” tab, or email the pertinent information to editor@currentsnews.com. We’ll do our best to spread the word about it in Currents, and you’re invited to submit a story and photographs after the event is held. It was also heartening to read how area couples who wanted to marry in 2020, despite Covid-19, shifted their original wedding plans, holding micro-weddings indoors, or smaller, more intimate gatherings outdoors to celebrate with close family and friends. Read more about these special events on pages B6-8. Students have had to shift their ways of learning through a pandemic, whether that be virtually from home, in class, or some combination of the two. Paris Wolfe interviewed several area students who were candid in describing the challenges they have faced, as well as some of the benefits and advantages they have realized as students and individuals through this pandemic. Read page A6 for more information about this, and in next month’s issue, we’ll be interviewing teachers for their perspective as educators, in terms of the challenges they have faced and how they have adapted to meet their student’s needs. Senior living and senior care facilities spotlighted in Section B describe the many unique ways they have planned and worked to care for and keep their residents engaged throughout this time. Of particular interest is Laurel Lake’s new CATIE system, spotlighted on page B1, helping residents there enjoy art, photography, rug hooking, music, camaraderie and much more. Hobbies, virtual classes and other remote or outdoor opportunities have become a means of entertainment for people of all ages through this time. From knitting and puzzles to outdoor photography, online cooking and wine- tasting classes to informative speakers and lectures available today, people spending more time at home have taken to their computers or are pursuing new hobbies and interests to help pass the time in a productive and more meaningful way. See pages A2. A4, and A7 for more information about a hobby, class or new skill of interest to you. Home Design and Building and New Construction trends for 2021 are spotlighted in Section A, and luxury real estate in Section C. Enjoy reading and learning more about how we’ve all turned the page into a brand new year, in some different and exciting new ways that may just survive and help us thrive going forward through 2021 and beyond! ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan

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Pros share tips to get you started in the art of outdoor photography By PARIS WOLFE Outdoor photography could be one of the best hobbies to pick up during the pandemic. It’s entertaining, facilitates exercise and makes it easy to stay socially distanced. And, in the 21st century its accessible to anyone with a cellphone. It requires practice to do it well, and there’s no time like the pandemic to learn. Cleveland commercial photographer Karin McKenna says it well. “Right now, we are living in circumstances that are scary, new, difficult. We can’t do anything the way we’re used to. It’s a good time to get out of our heads, to see this beautiful world through a new lens and to notice that, while sometimes it all seems like too much to take, if we go outside there is always something beautiful to surprise us and help to lift our spirits. It’s a good way to feel hopeful, and of course fresh air and exercise are always good.” Before you complain about Ohio’s grey winter skies, know that the diffused lighting of a cloudy sky has a silver lining. That lighting is actually desirable. You won’t get hot, white spots or dark, harsh shadows caused by bright sunlight. On any day, some of the best lighting comes at dawn and dusk. When you start shooting it helps to know a bit about your equipment (camera or phone) as well as photo composition. A series of four, one-session digital photography classes are available at Cuyahoga Community College to orient you to a digital camera. OR, to learn about using your mobile device read the eBook “iPhone Landscape & Nature Photography,” by Ohio’s renowned outdoor photographer Ian Adams. While Adams focuses on iPhones in his eBook many of the book’s principles apply to android phones as well. For example, anyone can benefit from Key Elements of Great Nature/Landscape Photography or Tips to Avoid Camera Shake. In addition to learning fundamentals, experts like Adams and Cleveland-based fine art photographer Barney Taxel suggest studying great photographers. Adams suggests Ansel Adams (not a relative), William Neill, Guy Tal, Art Wolfe and other listed in his eBook. Taxel suggests some of the following Ansel Adams https://www.anseladams.com/ Minor White  http://www.artnet.com/artists/minorwhite/ Paul Caponigro  https://www.icp.org/browse/archive/ constituents/paul-caponigro?all/all/all/all/0 Emmet Gowen  http://www.artnet.com/artists/emmetgowin/

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Eliot Porter http://www.artnet.com/artists/eliot-porter/ Joel Meyerwitz   https://www.joelmeyerowitz.com/ everyday-life Naturally, the works of Adams (ianadamsphotography. com/news/) and Taxel (barneytaxel.com) is inspiring. “I don’t recommend copying the photographs,” says Adams, “but look carefully. Look at the lighting, the way they composed the pictures. Study the images.” Taxel notes that composing a great photograph starts with seeing – really seeing – what’s around you. That means going beyond the object and seeing the moment. You want to capture a moment and tell a story that others will sense as well, he says. Taxel has been taking photos since he was eight years old and doing commercial and fine art photography professionally since the 1970s. Armed with inspiration and oriented to equipment, start taking photos. Some images will make you happy, others will be practice. Success requires making mistakes as you grow into your eyes and equipment. Your groove may be nature or urban photography, it might be landscapes or closeups. Just keep shooting them. This isn’t like the “old” days when you had to pay to acquire and develop film.

ing panoramic images than a traditional camera setup. If you’re looking beyond your backyard and local parks, pick up copies of Adams’ “A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio,” Volumes 1 and 2. These books list about 300 of the best natural, rural, historic, and garden spots in Ohio. They not only suggest locations but read like travel guides.

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Focus on a subject that you’re passionate about. The more you love a subject the harder you’ll work on it. Know the basic controls on your camera. Understand what good lighting means. Realize that the photograph doesn’t end when you push the shutter button. Learn some basic photo-editing skills, even if they’re just an app on your phone. Little Italy, detail. Photograph by Barney Taxel While his sophisticated digital Nikon offers the best resolution and detail control, Adams says his iPhone may be his favorite camera. It’s easy to carry on a hike and fairly sophisticated, he says. In facts it’s easier when tak-

Tips from Taxel: Have fun. Have realistic expectations. Don’t compare yourself to others. Find what is satisfying to you and go after it.

Area nonprofits notice surge in pet adoption, fostering through COVID-19 the group’s Facebook page and contact them through FB Messenger. Rescue Village also uses a foster network. “When Covid first happened, we cleared out and sent everyone to foster families and furloughed half our staff and deep cleaned here,” Rebecca explained. “Then, two weeks later, we started bringing animals back. Our foster families have been great.” Valley Save-a-Pet is another important local non-profit for pet lovers. For more than 40 years, Valley Save-aPet has partnered with area veterinarians in the Have-AHeart program to provide low-cost spay and neutering to pet owners who cannot afford the regular cost of these services. Carol Keehn, co-chair of the program added, “The veterinarians have discounted the cost of the first rabies and distemper vaccines at the time of spay/neuter.” Through their “Trap, Neuter, Return” project, Valley Save-a-Pet works with caretakers of feral cat populations to spay and neuter those animals. In addition to accepting donations and holding fundraisers, Valley Save-aPet generates income at The Purr-fect Place resale store (715 Broadway Avenue, in Bedford). For info on store hours, or how to donate, visit ValleySaveAPet.org or call 440.232.9124.

By LAURI GROSS It’s no secret that, during Covid, many people have been adopting pets. In one of the few bright spots of the last year, the stay-at-home orders created the perfect opportunity for families to adopt because being home all day means pets get the attention they need and humans have an enjoyable new distraction. Rebecca McNish, director of development at Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village in Russell Township said, “Adoptions have been strong. We are not open to the public in terms of our building but we are very much open for adoptions, for spay and neuter, and our food pantry is operational. All services except in-person things are open.” Adopting through Rescue Village begins with completing an online application. Rebecca explained that wouldbe pet adopters should first look at the animals available at RescueVillage.org. “As soon as an animal is available, it is on our website,” she said. “And as soon as it’s adopted, it’s off the website.” Next, an adoption counsellor will call the applicant and ask a lot of questions to ensure the pet and the adopter are a good fit for each other. Then, there’s a meet-and-greet. “That is done outside if possible, or in our community room,” Rebecca said. Then, the paperwork is completed via a socially distanced and/ or curbside process as much as possible. The process is similar for cat adoptions but it’s even a bit more hands-off and curbside. A group called Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups also plays a big role in area dog adoptions. Founded approximately ten years ago by Karen Braun, who serves as president of the non-profit, Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups is a network of volunteers – or as they refer to themselves: a group of friends – who care for dogs that shelters cannot typically handle. “Dog shelters cannot handle taking care of pregnant dogs and litters.” said Heather Thompson, foster coordinator and adopter for the group that includes more than 160 volunteer foster homes and drivers scattered from Youngstown to Cleveland. Heather explained that most of the dogs they take in have physical and/or emotional problems but they cannot take in aggressive dogs. In addition to pregnant dogs, Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups takes in puppies less than six months old. Heather said all dogs in the group come from “owner surrenders and dog shelters throughout Ohio and neighboring states.” Puppies are typically in a foster home for about three weeks. After that, Heather said the group sends the mom dogs and puppies to rescue partners for adoption. “One of our big partners is friendship APL in

A Veterinarian weighs in on adopting and caring for dogs

Puppies napping in a foster home as part of the Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups program. Photograph courtesy of Jill Savin, a volunteer and driver with the program. Elyria,” she explained. “We transfer pups to them on Sundays. They get spayed or neutered on Mondays and then put on their website and then they are adopted fast. Partly

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because everyone is home, puppies are adopted fast.” Anyone interested in fostering, serving as a driver, or donating to Geauga Mama Dogs and Pups, should visit

Dr. Carol Osborne, D.V.M. is a world-renowned integrative veterinarian and author. She founded the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center and Pet Clinic where she combines natural holistic therapies with conventional therapies. “We try very hard to get to the root cause of the issue to resolve it, rather than covering it with antibiotics and steroids so it never goes away,” she said. When choosing a dog, Dr. Carol (as she is known) advised, “Temperament is the single most important trait.” She added, “In all cases, a pet is a very personal decision, so never buy a pet for someone else. Be honest about the time you will be putting into it. It’s like adding a child to the household for 10-15 years. Read books (about dogs). Go to dog shows. Volunteer at a shelter. If ownership is not the right option for you, you can foster a pet.” Dr. Carol also advises potential pet owners to be aware of the costs involved with pet ownership. “The bigger the dog, the more it will cost in ongoing care,” she said. “And, the more hair; double on the dollars,” she added, referring to grooming costs. In addition to grooming, Dr. Carol said the general annual care that most dogs require can cost between $500 and $1,500.

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Area students describe their experiences of learning/schooling through a pandemic


and meet my new teachers. I don’t believe you can get to know someone through the computer. It’s not the same as being in one biology lab together, asking questions in person, writing on the white boards. I’m a hands-on learner.” On the flip side, Roche sees new skills developing. “I learned that I’m more adaptable than I thought. My junior year, a big problem was being able to focus at home,” she says. That has shifted. “I can’t use that excuse anymore. I’ve found motivation and have been doing really well online.” Mia Dent, a sophomore at Laurel School, started the 2020-2021 using a hybrid rotation between school and home. Now she’s fully remote, working from a new desk in her bedroom. “I feel like not being in the school environment makes it harder to have accountability with teachers and peers. While the academics are familiar,” she says, “It’s harder to stay on top of what you’re supposed to be doing since you’re not in the building and they can’t see you.” Remote attendance, she says, has shown her flaws in her approach to academics. While school was easier in early grades, she says, she takes more time to get work done during the pandemic. “I’ve learned how poor my time management skills were beforehand,” she says. “It’s so easy to fall into doing more leisure activities. I’ve been working to do better.” Socially, she’s disappointed. “There are fewer options to socialize with my friends. My relationships with other students have dissolved in some ways because I don’t see them in class.” Sara Cody, an eighth-grade student at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, attended in-school classes for a while before shifting to online. “I like in-school way better,” she says. “The end of the year (Spring 2020) online wasn’t good. This year it’s gotten better, but I would still rather be in school with my friends.” Cody attends class via Zoom and works on an iPad from an office in her home. A lot of success depends on motivation, she says. “At the end of Spring 2020, I wasn’t motivated. I didn’t want to do school because I wasn’t with friends and it wasn’t fun. I had missing assignments.” Time and experience help. She admits, “It’s gotten a lot better. I don’t have missing assignments.” And while she visits with friends on Facetime, it’s not the same as going to someone’s home to hang out. Recently, to combat loneliness, she started to call classmates at random. “I’ve made more friends by calling people,” she says. The benefits of working from home, she says are improved relationships with her siblings and parents as well as stronger organizational skills. “I’m more organized than I thought I was. Last year at the end of the year it

was not good. I’ve learned that I can do more.” Perin Romano, a junior at Hathaway Brown, started her classes online, eased into a hybrid model, then transitioned back to online. She prefers the privacy of a desk in her bedroom while taking Zoom classes. Change hasn’t been easy. “I miss the experience of having a routine when you wake up and get ready to leave your house. Getting used to this home environment has been hard, but it’s been a good opportunity to learn how to stay focused and get work done,” she says. “One of the hard parts is being unable to ask a simple question. I have to reach out to teachers on my own.” Romano is connected to friends through social media, but that’s not good enough. “It’s been an adjustment not seeing people. I’ve learned there are so many ways to stay connected with people,” she says. “I still have a support system all around me even if they’re not physically here.” She says her parents have seen how she learns and are more confident in her efforts. “They see that they don’t have to push me now,” she says. Perhaps the best bonus of being home so much was adding a golden retriever to the family. At University School in Hunting Valley, most of the student body chose in-person classes, until the statewide increase in COVID cases forced a transition to remote school. Junior Peter Pich studies in different locations throughout his home. “Usually, my siblings work near the dining room. When I work near my siblings, school feels more normal and natural,” he says. “During breaks, we sometimes crack jokes or discuss our upcoming and previous classes. If I want to work in a quieter place, I’ll attend classes or work from my room. There, I won’t be distracted or annoyed by background noises. The only issue with working in my room is that classes can sometimes feel isolated and lonely.” Like his peers at other schools, isolation is a drag. “Although I stay in contact with my closest friends, other experiences have changed. We can’t study together or interact with each other in between classes,’ he says. “I miss interacting with my teachers and my classmates. Although I do socialize and communicate with my teachers and peers during class, the conversations don’t have the same feel.” “It’s more difficult to participate in extra/co-curricular. In our remote schedule, we only have one block of time for club/organization meetings,” he notes. “With that in mind, many clubs have opted to have meetings after school. By doing so, students can attend more meetings for different clubs. The only issue is that it sometimes conflicts with homework or other class-related activities.”

Pich finds it easier to meet with teachers using online platforms – when internet connections are strong -- because the student and teacher don’t have to be at the same place; they can log in from anywhere. And, eliminating 90 minutes of driving from and to the West Side has added time to his day. “The most important thing I learned during the pandemic, was how important schedules are,” says Pich. “For me, the key to making the most out of my pandemic experience was to maintain a sense of normalcy. I didn’t let myself adopt unhealthy habits. Online schooling was not an excuse to put less effort into my classwork. It wasn’t an excuse to play video games all day after school. It wasn’t an excuse to quit exercising and become unfit. Instead, I created a schedule and followed that schedule every day. It brought normalcy to a time of irregularity. That schedule helped keep me sane during those long months at home.” Che Jarvis, a senior at University School, refinished his dad’s old desk and created an office space within his home for studying. He feels that academic expectations have remained the same, but teachers have been more accommodating of student needs. “Often my teachers try hard to encourage group work and interaction, however it’s still not quite the same,” he says. “Active participation is a basic expectation from all teachers which I like because it affords me an opportunity to hear from my classmates.” “I miss the small normalities of life before the pandemic; the things you don’t really notice until they are gone. I miss handshakes and high-fives, awkward smiles in passing, and greeting hugs. I miss eating at restaurants and seeing most of my friends,” he says. “All these realizations of things I miss makes me extremely grateful for them and anxious for their eventual return. “The most difficult part of my day is managing my time,” says Jarvis. “It’s very easy to lose focus and fall into a daze scrolling through Instagram or watching Netflix on my phone.” “Outside of school has been rougher. I see a limited number of people and often spend weekends at home or at the park,” he says. His family has taken steps to manage the downsides, like trying new foods, following painting tutorials and watching new movies. “The most important thing I have learned about myself is how well I can adapt during these odd times; I believe that I made the best out of the situation presented,” he says. “I have learned to listen to myself more and to work in goal-oriented ways. For example, every night before bed I write down my goals, things I want to accomplish, people or things I’m grateful for, or even just thoughts I had during the day.”


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Empowered Girls Starting in the Primary School girls in grades K-4 spend time daily talking about the “3 Rs”— respect, responsibility, and resilience. Students show high regard for themselves and others by listening to each other, working peacefully for the common good, and treating everyone as they themselves would like to be treated. Middle Schoolers in grades 5-8 expand on that important foundation as they develop autonomy and design their own learning with exploratory and innovative programs. The curriculum along with leadership and service activities present a world of possibilities that ignite a student’s passions and interests.

Ninth through 12th graders in the Upper School have the benefit of signature programming through the school’s Fellowships in Applied Studies. These fellowships allow girls to work closely with professionals in the fields of business and finance, global studies, science research and engineering, creative writing, and more. Learn More HB welcomes students of all ages, with all-girls classes in K-12 and co-ed Infant Care through Pre-Kindergarten. Transportation and flexible tuition are available. To learn more or RSVP to a virtual admission event, visit HB.edu/ bestgirlsschool.

By PARIS WOLFE he pandemic has upended the traditional school day. Instead of gathering in classrooms, many students are sitting in their bedrooms using Zoom to “attend” class. Most are seriously missing their friends and social lives. Before this they had no idea how much they like school … when it’s a physical destination. Whatever the drawbacks, there’s a silver lining to virtual learning. Students are adapting in ways that will serve them well in college. They’re improving organization skills, learning to motivate themselves and adapting to independence. Painting everyone with a broad brush, however, isn’t totally fair. “How students are faring is variable, depending on their support at school and outside of school, financial stability, physical and mental health, and other conditions,” says Tori Cordiano, Ph.D., Consulting Psychologist at Laurel and Director of Research, Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. “Many students are faring okay and maintaining strong connections with loved ones and their communities,” she notes. “Others are facing more difficult circumstances and experiencing more significant challenges that may have long-term effects for their physical and mental health.” Whether extrovert or introvert, connecting with others helps in times of distress. “Connection with others benefits not just mental health, but physical health, as well,” says Cordiano. “It is extremely important for teenagers as so much of their social support derives from connections with peers.” The news isn’t all negative. This generation will grow up with strengths. “The pandemic has been a master class in flexibility and resilience,” she says. “It has presented immense challenges to how students learn and interact with the world around them, and in many cases, they have had to develop strong self-advocacy skills to ask for what they need from teachers, organizational skills to manage different learning formats and platforms, and motivational techniques to keep them focused and working, even when they are not physically in class.” Erin Roche, a senior at Laurel School has been attending class virtually all year. She feels the weaknesses and strengths that go with this new normal. Roche’s classes are all via Zoom, five classes a day with 20-minute breaks between. She logs in from a new desk in her bedroom, something she considers less than ideal. “I work best in a school environment,” she says. “Being in my room all day, it’s hard to find motivation and it’s hard to focus. I miss being able to walk into school

Hathaway Brown is the best investment you can make in your daughter’s education For more than 140 years, Hathaway Brown School has educated and empowered girls to learn not just for school, but for life. Additionally, HB’s coed Infant and Toddler Center and Early Childhood Program are ideal academic and social settings for the development of young learners. HB’s Signature Learn for Life Approach to education is

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Personal Enrichment courses now readily available online due to pandemic By PARIS WOLFE From author presentations to wine education, social distancing restrictions have pushed personal enrichment classes to online formats. While social interaction is missing, some people find the online format makes classes more accessible. No more drive-time or parking struggles to discourage them. And class sizes have fewer limits. The Cleveland Public Library, for example, originally planned to have 600 seats available for a December 5, 2020, presentation by civil rights attorney and New York University Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy.” “Just Mercy,” also a major motion picture, tells the story of Stevenson taking on the wrongful conviction of a young black man.  An unexpected 1,000 people logged in to his webinar. “We found we’re expanding our reach by offering online events,” says Aaron Mason, ​Director of Community Engagement at Cleveland Public Library. And so, the library is planning more of the same in 2021. “It’s a great opportunity.” That doesn’t mean curtains for in-person presentations. Mason predicts a renaissance of in-person events once COVID-19 restrictions lift. But, he says, “With what we’ve learned we’re not going to set online aside, it will become part of how we deliver programming.” The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University has also gone virtual through mid-2021, with plans to continue some offerings via Zoom when the pandemic gives way to a new normal. Enrichment opportunities are presented to the public by internationally renowned scholars and local experts. These include cutting-edge research and current topics of interest. Some are free, others have a cost of admission. Coming up are a variety of courses and lectures such as Reading Love: What Does Literature Tell Us About the Human Heart?, Law and the Holocaust in Film, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg: Landmark Dissent Opinions. “We are looking forward to returning to live programming as the face-to-face engagement and social interaction for our students and instructors is so clearly missed during these times,” says Brian Amkraut, Executive Director of the Program. Challenged to bring the outdoors to the indoors, Holden Forests & Gardens piloted virtual programs with summer camps for youth. Virtual programming for adults was

the next step. Today, courses are offered in three formats : Live lectures accessed through Zoom at a pre-planned time. Pre-recorded programs that can be viewed when and as often as desired for several months after purchase.  Kit classes which can be viewed live and reviewed later. Participants pick up materials curbside then follow along as the instructor demonstrates a skill, craft, or project; for example, making a terrarium.  “We have been pleased overall with the success of our virtual programs, though not all of our class formats translate well to a virtual platform,” says Elie Rial, Associate Director of Public Programs. Those that don’t translate include natural-area hikes and some experiences such as the annual Winter Greens make-it-take-it program. 

“We also recognize that a lot of people are experiencing Zoom fatigue right now,” notes Rial. “Asking our participants to continue to sit in front of a screen during their leisure time can be challenging. Our ideal program model would be a mix of in-person and virtual classes, which we look forward to offering.” On the plus side using a virtual format has expanded participant reach geographically to several states and countries. “Virtual programs have also enabled us to expand our capacity, so we rarely have to turn people away,” she says. “From an education standpoint, our goal is serving anyone with an appetite to learn and now we can. I’m also really excited by the opportunity to partner with regional and national experts which, without virtual programs, was typically reserved for special programs such as conferences or symposia because of cost.” Like Holden Forests & Gardens, Loretta Paganini School of Cooking is varying class delivery. Small, live classes are still held at the Chesterland cooking school, while Zoom and YouTube experiences have become part of the curriculum.

For Zoom classes, attendees pick up a prepared meal to enjoy while watching two chefs demonstrate live. A recent class themed around Maine culinary traditions – sea scallop chowder, lobster risotto and more – ended with participants chatting about their experiences and travels to the state. “We’re lacking the spontaneity of social interaction because of the pandemic,” says Stefanie Paganini, Executive Director “Zoom classes give us the opportunity to do that from a safe distance.” LPSC’s  most interesting innovation is meal kits for adults and children at the Paganini online gourmet store –  www.lpscinc.com. The kits include  ingredients  for an online cooking class that the purchaser can take on their own time. When consumers buy these, they receive a link to a YouTube video. In that video a chef demonstrates the preparation of dinner. Kit themes include  Chinese Take Out and Comfort Foods. Ohio City Provisions, a butcher/grocer in Ohio City, has hosted cooking classes as part of their past marketing efforts. COVID isn’t stopping them now. For a Valentine’s Day celebration – on Saturday, February 13 – they’re taking dinner online. Couples will pick up a ready-to-reheat short rib dinner for two and a bottle of local wine – M Cellars Meritage.  While eating they can watch video from Wholesome Valley Farm demonstrating where the cuts are on the steer as well as a live cooking segment discussing the marinade/brine, the braise, stock making, and the finish.   The American Wine School (originally the Cleveland Wine School) was already preparing for online classes when the pandemic changed nearly everyone’s lifestyle. When, in March 2020, all in-person classes were canceled, owner/instructor Marianne Frantz pivoted her Cleveland- and Chicago-based business. She dropped the proprietary online platform she was planning to use and moved to Zoom. And she prepared to teach live, online. For consumers and professionals, AWS offers an internationally recognized program of study through its affiliation with the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The school also offers a series of consumer classes designed to help wine lovers and novice sippers understand the styles of wines they like and how best to select those wines from a retail shelf. Frantz finds that more people than ever are taking her wine classes by Zoom. They can order wines from a pre-

EDUCATION CSU Receives $1 Million Gift to support Student Success Initiatives A recent $1 million gift from Cleveland State University supporter Marjorie Brintnall Shorrock will help the university continue to lead and transform public higher education through advancing student support programs that directly impact student progression and graduation rates. “Our brand of Engaged Learning is built upon the notion that we will get every single student through, and gifts like Marjorie’s help us deliver,” said CSU president Harlan Sands. “We are incredibly grateful for her generosity, and for recognizing how important our work is for the respective futures of our students, our university and our community.”  CSU is a national leader in creating innovative student success programs like the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise, first announced in June 2020, in which CSU covers Spring 2021 semester tuition for freshmen who successfully completed the Fall 2020 semester, after all other financial aid has been applied. The university  recently announced that it will continue to offer the 2-for-1 Tuition Promise to freshmen who enroll and successfully complete the Fall 2021 semester. Other CSU programs like Lift Up Vikes! and Last Mile Scholarships are designed to provide support to students facing a variety of challenges during their time at CSU. Last Mile Scholarships provide relief to students facing financial stressors during their final two years of study.  “I’m very dedicated to the university and to the success of its students and am pleased to be able to support CSU financially and in other ways,” said Marjorie Brintnall Shorrock.  Shorrock’s connection to Cleveland State started in 1969 when her husband Bill joined the faculty in the history department. She later enrolled in CSU’s graduate program at the former Nance College of Business and earned an MBA in 1998. As an CSU alumna herself, coupled with her late husband’s decades-long career at the university, Shorrock has a deep appreciation of the unique composition of CSU’s student body – first generation students, underrepresented populations and working professionals – whose lives are changed by a Cleveland State education.  In 1974, Shorrock joined Resource Careers, a not-forprofit career development and referral service that helped college-educated women identify and obtain careers in business. She transformed the business into a for-profit corporation and expanded the company’s services to provide career assistance for spouses of employees who were relocating throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Fifth Graders at Laurel School’s Butler Campus walk to the pond to watch the installation of the dock they built as Fourth Graders. Laurel has long been a proponent of the benefits of outdoor learning, but the pandemic opened up unique opportunities to expand curriculum for Grades 3-5 at its Butler Campus in Russell Township.

Students at Gilmour Remain Actively Engaged in Learning, Whether In Person or Remotely Throughout the pandemic, Gilmour has remained committed to delivering the same rigorous, personalized and engaging academic experience that have always been the

hallmark of a Gilmour education. When schools in Ohio shifted to remote instruction last March, Gilmour’s transition was seamless. In the weeks leading up to the shutdown, the Coordinator of Academic Technology worked round-the-clock to build a technology resource repository called gilmour.online for instructors to use. Teachers set to work, reconfiguring their lesson plans and shifting them online. Their ingenuity and resolve ensured that

ferred vendor – The Wine Jug – or shop for the list locally. Then they can taste and learn along with the class. “It’s a way to treat yourself during isolation and make the best of it,” she says. “I have entire families taking it together.” She anticipates an all-new approach when the pandemic ends. For that she will do lectures online and tastings in person. Cuyahoga Community College pivoted to deliver digital versions of its Professional Development, Community Education, and Encore 55+ Learning programs. These are produced live using the WebEx meeting platform. Those who sign up learn and test their access before classes begin. “The benefit is we can offer online classes to both sides of town, not at just one campus” says Suzanne Ortiz, Program Manager – Open Enrollment Programs. She’s referencing Cleveland’s eastside/westside divide and the location of Tri-C campuses on both sides of the city. In fact, she notes, “People from far away can take our classes and still have interactivity.” These aren’t simple videos, but live presentations where students interact with instructors and each other. Ortiz also touts the new availability of classes for people with physical disabilities that make it hard, even impossible, to attend in person. One-night culinary classes are among the popular offerings. Personal enrichment classes offered in Encore 55+ – for those age 55 and over – and starting in March include The Enlightenment: The Journey to a Secular Morality, Enneagram: Understanding Yourself and Others, Gardener’s Gazette and so much more. These are 50-minute classes, once weekly for six weeks. Ortiz says the virtual format has been popular and will be part of the course mix when pandemic restrictions let up. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROGRAMMING: American Wine School - americanwineschool.com Cleveland Public Library - cpl.org/eventsclasses Cuyahoga Community College - www.tri-c.edu/community-education/index.html Holden Forests & Gardens - www.holdenarb.org/hfgvirtual-classes/ Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program case.edu/lifelonglearning/programs/ Loretta Paganini School of Cooking – www.lpscinc. com/# Ohio City Provisions - ohiocityprovisions.com

their students remained engaged in their learning as well as connected to their teachers and classmates. Over the summer, a task force planned for fall. Thanks to their efforts, Gilmour was able to safely welcome students back to campus for face-to-face instruction in August, while also providing a remote option for families. Families chose between remote and on-campus instruction at the start of each semester. Lower and Middle School students who chose to attend in person are learning face-to-face each day and are cohorted to allow for precise contact tracing. At the Upper School, Gilmour has prioritized face-to-face instruction for the younger students. All freshmen and half of the sophomore class learn in person in small, cohorted groups. The remaining Upper School students’ classes are divided in half, with students attending in person one day and participating remotely from one of the campus Virtual Learning Zones the next day. Those who opted to attend remotely, which includes a significant portion of the school’s international population due to travel restrictions, remain actively involved in their coursework and in the community. They take advantage of teachers’ daily office hours, engage in class discussions via Zoom, enjoy weekly advisory meetings and join the rest of their classmates each morning for a virtual Convocation. Students express gratitude for the lengths to which the teachers and administrators have gone this year. One senior, who attends school virtually due to immunocompromised family members, said, “I was really impressed with how effective the online learning environment has been... The teachers have done a miraculous job and are more than available to help students when needed.” Director of the Upper School, Dean of Faculty and Director of Curriculum Elizabeth Edmondson expressed her gratitude. “Our teachers have been incredible. In the midst of all the uncertainty around this virus, their students have remained their priority. We have teachers here before school, at night and on the weekends, meeting with kids on Zoom, answering questions, or just talking to them, to ensure that all their needs are met. I have always known what a committed group of professionals we have here at Gilmour, but never has that been more evident than this year. I am so grateful.”

Bath Volunteers for Service to make awards to graduating seniors Bath Volunteers for Service (BVS) will once again award at least two $750 Merit Awards to graduating seniors selected from area high schools who have demonstrated that volunteer service is an integral part of their lives. Applications for the BVS Merit Awards are due April 9, 2021. Applicants must reside within the Revere Local School District but are not required to attend Revere High School. The Merit Awards Committee shall select the recipients and will present the checks and certificates at their Senior Awards Assembly or equivalent. Applications may be obtained from the student’s high school guidance office or from the BVS website at: www.bathvolunteersforservice. com (under the Scholarship tab). Bath Volunteers for Service will also award a $4,000 Grant to a graduating senior from Revere High School to attend either a 4-year college or a 2-year vocational school. Applications for this grant should be made on the Revere Local Scholarship form obtained through the Revere High School guidance office and returned by April 15, 2021. Given all of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, BVS is pleased to be able to offer these awards again this spring. For more information please contact Marie Dusini, 330.836.2552.

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Color, texture remain important elements in home design for 2021 By LAURI GROSS


s we take stock of our hopes for the new year and determine our resolutions, people may gaze past the four walls of home where we were largely confined during 2020. But instead of looking beyond where we live, maybe we should be looking at where we live, since our homes may actually hold the secret to helping us achieve our hopes and stick to our resolutions. Home became even more important than usual last year and even post-pandemic, it is likely to remain so. For instance, everyone now appreciates having efficient and attractive areas conducive to work and schooling. Plus, who doesn’t love a bright and welcoming overall vibe in a home where a family can enjoy spending time together and where we might even be able to gather with friends again? Here, some experts share ideas for getting there and in many ways, it starts with color. This year, instead of the usual color of the year, Pantone announced two: the neutral “Ultimate Gray” and a vibrant yellow called “Illuminating.” On their website, Pantone said this is the first time an achromatic shade (gray) has been selected, and the second time two colors have been chosen (the first was 2016). Pantone explained that, in years with undercurrents of uncertainty – such as 2020’s global pandemic – they often choose colors that are meant to soothe, calm or uplift. Tyler Story, marketing and sales coordinator at Timan Custom Window Treatments (with locations in Cleveland, Rocky River and Chagrin Falls) explained how windows play a big role in the comfort, beauty and enjoyment of a home. For example, Tyler said, “In recent years, we have loved seeing our clients go bold with their windows treatments. Especially as we spend more time at home, these four walls can be a wonderful canvas.” She suggested that, in a room with “Ultimate Gray” as a base for furniture or walls, the color “Illuminating” would be a great addition in window treatments,

Pantone Colors of the Year (“Ultimate Grey,” and “Illuminating”) will be showing up in a lot of home interiors.

Home design in 2021 will include a focus on color and light. Introduce both with Solera® Soft Fabric Roman Shades with Top Down Bottom Up functionality from Timan Custom Window Treatments. Photograph courtesy of Timan Custom Window Treatments

throw pillows, and even bedding. Julie Pawlowski, owner of MOD Matter of Design, a boutique home-design studio in Hudson said she sees gray fading in popularity. “People are leaning toward more greige and warmer colors.” As for “Illuminating,” like Tyler, Julie said, “I can see it being incorporated in small amounts in accent pieces (pillows, throws, art, vases) that are easily changeable.” Many homeowners are now seeking more – and larger – windows than ever. While increased light and expansive views bring joy, Tyler pointed out some challenges as well. “More light brings the need for UV protection,” she said. “As you have invested in new floors and furniture, it is also important to invest in

window treatments to protect these investments from fading and damage due to the sun.” She also said better outside views can reduce a sense of privacy. Timan has products that offer solutions including automated shades controlled by push button, phone, tablet, or voice commands, plus products that incorporate light-filtering and room-darkening options in one. Julie said, “We’ve seen an increase in designing and rethinking how the overall space within homes is utilized based on new needs. Many are taking advantage of their time at home by working with us on creating a whole-home remodel built around their new needs and the new prioritization of enjoying their home.” Tyler added that “The latest textiles are gorgeous: full of on-trend colors, with patterns and textures to coordinate your home. In general, we like to tell clients that if you’re selecting paint colors, it’s a good time to start browsing fabrics for your new window coverings. You’ll add an incredible level of style to your new space with our beautiful fabrics.” Texture is important for any room design, explained Jennifer Green, with furniture manufacturer BDI. She said, “Sumptuous textures — think nubby upholstery, high-pile rugs, pillows made from velvet and faux fur, and cashmere throws — add variation and visual depth. Texture will play an important role in 2021 and can give an artistic nuance to the space.” Tyler agreed and added, “A fabric shade like a Pirouette or Vignette adds softness and luxurious texture to any room.” In the pandemic era, much of normal business is conducted virtually. Julie shared an example of how she helped a client re-design a home during Covid. The family was re-patriating back to the US from Singapore. “They purchased the home without seeing it in person and, together, we created a complete remodel of the home via FaceTime and virtual meetings. As we’ve been doing for years now, we continue to offer project consultations virtually using photos and videos. Although we prefer visiting your space in person, designing from a distance is nothing new to us.”

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What will kitchens look like in 2021 and beyond… According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association annual design trends study, the early 20’s will see more L-shaped kitchens with large islands even if it means taking down walls to include a conversation area. Natural materials designed in a minimalistic style using organic products in lighter earthy wood finishes and paints will continue to be popular. Blues and Greens will be the color to add for accents. Homeowners want easy-to-clean surfaces, flexible workspaces and are foregoing open shelves for wall and tall cabinets that provide more storage for larger food and essentials purchases. And of course new technology is a must for any new kitchen design. To learn more about 2021 trends from a designer at Somrak Kitchens, visit our showroom at 26201 Richmond Road or call us at 216.464.6500 to schedule an appointment. Visit our website at www.somrakkitchens.com or follow us on Facebook or Houzz.

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With smart shades, you can make adjustments from across the room, or across the country. Compatible with most smart home systems! Visit one of our showrooms to experience these exciting innovations. TIMAN CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, 216.741.8285, timanwindowtreatments. com.

As 2021 unfolds, the home interiors industry is in a major state of flux. In anticipation of these changes, Maison Maison has taken the steps necessary to ensure our family of clients and supporters weather this storm in the best possible fashion. Flowing onto our sales floors are hundreds of items – upholstery, furniture, rugs, etc., scheduled to arrive soon, insuring select custom offerings of sophisticated, classic stylings to our marketplace. We want your home and ours to be your favorite place on the planet. Maison Maison, a Paysage International family company located in downtown Rocky River. LOVE HOME. MAISON MAISON #LoveHome.

Design styles for 2021 will feature an earthy, grounded color palette with coordinated colors of yellow and grays providing a comforting, warm and welcoming feeling. Add wooden, woven and rattan furnishings to add to the overall look of your space. Bringing outdoor colors and textures indoors will complete the sense of tranquility and calm -- something all of us could use this year. Visit SEDLAK INTERIORS, 34300 Solon Road. 440.248.2424. www.sedlakinteriors.com.

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Area builders stay busy during Covid with renovations, rebuilds, additions Perrino notes trends for 2021

By LAURI GROSS If you feel like you’re seeing a lot of new-home construction, or homes getting additions or renovations, you’re not imagining it. During Covid, Northeast Ohio builders are busier than ever. Mark Verdova, Vice President at Payne and Payne Builders said, “We’re incredibly busy: our new homes business and our renovations business.” The company (Payne-Payne.com) includes Payne and Payne Builders, and Payne and Payne Renovations and Design. Mark explained that since everyone has been spending so much time at home, homeowners are “realizing more of what they don’t like and the challenges they have. They might realize they don’t like their kitchen or they don’t have a good space for work.” Pat Perrino, President of Perrino Builders and Remodeling (PerrinoCustomHomes.com) said they are building a lot of homes in the modern farmhouse style, plus modern Tuscan and French Normandy styles. “We’re mixing in older-looking materials with new-looking materials,” he explained. “For people who still want an old-fashioned look, we still do Tuscan but we modernize all our plans. It’s like the Chevy Camaro. It’s the same car that looks similar to what they made in the 1970s, but it’s also very modern looking. We take the same approach. We still have old styles but we put a spin on all of our existing floor plans.” Pat described his company as a one-stop shop as he explained that all Perrino customers can work with an interior designer at no extra cost. “We are direct dealers for lighting, flooring, cabinetry, furniture, etc. We don’t send you to retailers. We are the retailer,” he said. Ted Otero, owner and President of Otero Signature Homes (OteroHomes.com) said “It’s challenging working in the Covid environment,” as he explained that some items like appliances might be back-ordered and some fixtures might be priced higher but he said, clients are being very understanding and patient. Otero Signature Homes is known for design, build and high-end remodeling. In addition, they offer interior design through Ovation Interior Design, and real estate services through the Otero Group LLC, under the Remax Traditions brokerage. The process of working with a builder or remodeler is different during Covid. Mark said, “Before, we’d meet at our design center. Now we talk about revisions and floor plans and we talk about changes on Zoom. We go through proposals line by line. It’s so efficient. For the last 15 years I never ran a meeting on a computer. Now we have changed the way we do things. Clients like it. We like it. We haven’t missed a beat.” These builders all said that technology inside the home is also key. Mark explained Payne and Payne often includes built-in devices for boosting WiFi signals. Many Payne and Payne clients also make use of smart technology that allows them to use their phones to control lights, sound, appliances, security systems, sprinklers and more. Perrino Builders includes various smart devices in their homes as well. Pat said these systems often include the ability to control cameras, door locks, thermostats and

Otero Signature Homes sees a trend away from two-story great rooms, toward homes that offer more noise-control by having a two-story foyer like this one, instead. Photograph courtesy of Otero Signature Homes.

Modern home styles, like this one from Perrino Custom Builders, LLC are popular in Northeast Ohio. Courtesy Perrino Custom Builders, LLC more with a smart phone. Other building innovations are improving the efficiency of homes, from windows to roofing, insulation, HVAC systems and more. Ted said, “In renovations or new homes, efficiency is very important. We strive for that all the time in all our builds and remodels.” As for floor plans, some homeowners are moving away from excess open spaces, as Covid makes it more important to have private spaces for work and schooling that now takes place at home. Mark said, ‘We have had people

Many homeowners are upgrading their home office space, like this one by Payne and Payne Builders. Photograph courtesy of Payne and Payne Builders with wide open spaces and they want us to put in walls or finish a basement or add on a room for privacy.” Ted agreed and added, “There is a strong trend to lean away from two-story great rooms with a railing overlooking from the second floor.” Instead, he said, people want to separate the spaces to keep noise from filling a home. Dream kitchens and baths are still must-haves on many homeowners’ lists. Since Covid, many people’s lists now also include a need for maximum natural light and fabulous outdoor living spaces, for getting together, while socially distanced, of course.

Following their latest trends Perrino Builders is modernizing all there plans to incorporate large walls of glass windows to bring the outdoors into living spaces. Popular requests include clean lines with open spaces. Open living space is a hot trend, removing walls and creating seamless open spaces between kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms create popular floor plans. Recent trends show that less trim is more, although a growing trend is to install shiplap on coffered ceilings and walls giving an elegant feel to the home. Other popular features include custom built-ins with shelving on each side of a 72” linear fireplace which is in high demand and a highlighted feature in all of our model homes. Smart home systems are all the rage, and we offer a smart home package at no cost, please see details at perrinobuilders.com. There is huge demand for a few different exterior styles which includes black windows with black trim coupled with white stucco or siding. Also popular is dark blue or dark gray siding highlighted with white trim on the home’s exterior. A current trend is foregoing a formal tub in the master bathroom in exchange for a larger glamour shower. Although we have seen homeowners removing tubs from their master bathrooms, some have gone another way, placing the tub inside an oversized shower creating a combined wet room which is especially popular with families with small children. Demand is huge for covered patios and porches with owners adding exterior fireplaces, outdoor grilles and even pizza ovens to the outdoor living space. Other popular exterior features include swimming pools and outdoor fire pits. A premium is being placed on outdoor living spaces. Often homeowners are adding large tv’s and audio equipment. Beam and coffered ceilings with crown molding have been popular for years and remain popular to this day. Finished basements with a bathroom as well as other interior features such as built- ins and bars are a frequent request from homeowners. Other features like hidden pantries seem have been a growing trend in new home construction. Owners are adding pot fillers at their stoves and highlighting their kitchens with beautiful tile backsplashes that include the popular herringbone pattern. The subway tile remains a popular option as well. At the end of the day, style is subjective and we can build a home with features that suit your specific tastes. ~ Brian Perrino, Perrino Builders, Direct: (440) 321-1962, Office: (440) 919-1000, www.perrinocustomhomes.com PERRINO BUILDERS & REMODELING, 7976 MAYFIELD ROAD, CHESTERLAND, OH, 44026

Akron Marathon Charitable Corp. announces Summa Health as presenting sponsor of race series credible passion for this community. We’re thrilled to expand our relationship and together promote health and fitness in our community!” The Akron Marathon Race Series presented by Summa Health continues its goal of encouraging participation of all fitness levels. As a three-event race series with distances ranging from one-mile to the marathon, runners are encouraged to choose the series distances that suit their personal goals. “We are honored to be named the presenting sponsor of the Akron Marathon Race Series,” said Dr. Cliff Deveny, Summa Health president and CEO. “Like many organizations, giving back to the community is one of the most important things that we do. Through our participation in these important races, we are able to not only provide medical care to event participants, but also economic

support for one of our community’s greatest assets. We congratulate the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation for its great work and we look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.” Summa Health and the Akron Marathon event organizers are working closely with the City of Akron and Summit County Public Health on race weekend plans that align with Summit County’s public health and safety efforts. The public registration window opened on Jan. 18. Race officials are encouraging early registration to guarantee your spot as they anticipate all events to sell out with limited space due to COVID-19. If the state of the pandemic subsides additional spots may become available. A comprehensive Operational & Safety Guide has been developed and approved by Summit County Pub-

lic Health, the City of Akron, and the Akron Marathon’s medical team at Summa Health. While we are optimistic about the live events taking place, if the 2021 Akron Marathon Race Series in-person event(s) are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be automatically converted to the virtual event. There will be no refunds or deferments offered for the event. The following race dates are confirmed: FirstEnergy Akron Marathon, Half Marathon & Team Relay, Sept. 25, 2021 Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k, Aug. 14, 2021 National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile, June 26, 2021 For more information, race registration, and volunteer opportunities, please visit AkronMarathon.org.


The Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation staff and Board of Directors are thrilled to announce Summa Health as its presenting sponsor of the Akron Marathon Race Series through 2023. With Summa Health’s mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care to its patients and members and to contribute to a healthier community, the partnership has been a natural fit since the beginning of the Akron Marathon. “Summa has been a long-time partner of the Akron Marathon,” shares Anne Bitong, President and CEO at Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation. “Since our inception, Summa has been our Official Sports Medicine sponsor supporting our medical aid stations across all events, and they’ve had more than 100 employees and volunteers support each race we’ve hosted with an in-



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Wendy Berry’s talent and passion for design resonates with clients of W DESIGN By PARIS WOLFE The pandemic hasn’t slowed W Design and its team of 37 talented, design professionals. In fact, with Americans looking to their homes for comfort during unexpected lockdown days, the almost 20-year-old design firm has been busy creating perfect spaces for clients and their families to live their best lives. The creativity is driven from offices in Chagrin Falls and in Naples, Fla. In 2020 the firm moved just blocks from Main Street to West Street in Chagrin Falls and opened an interior décor retail showroom, W Home. The renovated block is two-thirds office, one-third showroom with plenty of light-giving windows. In the meantime, a 10-person office and showroom in Naples is also moving, from the Design District to historic Old Naples. W Design officially started in 2002 in founder/principal designer Wendy Berry’s home office and eventually moved to downtown Chagrin Falls. The actual start date goes further back in Berry’s psyche, she’d been informally “designing” since she was a child rearranging furniture in the family’s Lyndhurst home. “I’m a victim of pure passion,” laughs Berry. “I loved design so much that I made it my life’s work. And I’m lucky to work with an amazing group of talented people who appreciate it as well. We get to work with beautiful things and amazing clients to make spaces beautiful.” Many of those beautiful things can be seen in W Home. You’ll find essentials from custom furniture and original art to jeweled napkin rings and embroidered cocktail napkins. “I travel a lot and everywhere I go I seek out the coolest, best stores or even quirky flea markets,” says Berry. “I find amazing special treasures and bring them back. On one trip I found a candle line from Belgium. They’re hand-poured in hand-cut crystal containers. They weren’t easy to source. It took almost five months to get my first order. You’ll never find them in a ‘normal’ store.” She’s brought sculpture from Florence, art from Venezuela and so much more to give clients exactly what they want. “When I can’t sleep at night, I google artists and reach out to them. That’s part of the passion of this job. We’re constantly growing and seeking something new and different.” The W Design aesthetic resonates with clients in Ohio, Chicago, Michigan, Florida, New York, Missouri, the United Kingdom, Mexico and so many other places. A review of W’s online portfolio showcases the team’s visionary design in different settings. “Our philosophy for design is to stay classic with a degree of sophistication, comfort and some unexpected twists,” says Berry. “We love to create a space that’s interesting and has layers.” When it comes to layers, she explains, “We can do a white room, but it’s not ‘really’ white. Oatmeals, creams and soft white colors all layered together are a white room. The layers of neutrals create an overall look that’s not clinical or harsh.” The resultant peaceful spaces are popular as Americans spend so much time at home. “Homes are peoples’ sanc-

Fresh Floral adorns a vignette featuring a cane-back chair from designer Alfonso Marina as well as a tray of NUDE glassware and a Ralph Lauren ice bucket and cocktail shaker. tuary, where they have family and feel safe,” says Berry. As people spend more time at home, they determine what changes might enhance their lifestyle. Then W Design makes it happen. Popular spaces include media and recreation rooms. Many people are using their homes’ lower level or auxiliary rooms to increase living space. Outdoor space is also being re-imagined, she says. That includes outdoor kitchens, pavilions with fireplaces and heaters. W Design takes a team approach to creating dream spaces. Team members come from diverse backgrounds such as CAD drafters, ASID certified designers, project managers, procurement specialists and more. Together, this group utilizes their creativity, enthusiasm, and passion for design to exceed clients’ expectations time and time again. “The value of working with the team is you get balance, accuracy and efficiency,” notes Berry. “We even have architects on staff in both locations so we can accurately enhance an interior and offer viable drawings.” The scope of services is broad. “We do complete builds starting from working with the client’s architect to create the space to placing the final bowl on the dining room table,” she says. “We think of everything. We visualize a project completely finished. For example, we might suggest where the HVAC vents are positioned so they don’t blow behind the drapery. We know where the art will go and make sure a thermostat doesn’t interfere with the visual.” Completed projects have been seen on local home shows and in national magazines including “Elle Decor.” W Design’s reach is broader than single-family residential. Teams have also worked on multifamily buildings in Florida, waterfront apartments in New York City, pent-

W Home’s entry showcases the Ril dining table from Taracea – a combination of Guanacaste wood paired with a rich oxidized metal base. An oversized candle from Baobab Collection greets visitors with the warm scent of grapefruit and amber. houses in Manhattan, senior living centers, medical offices, and restaurants. Some of their work can be seen at 17 River Grille, Chagrin Falls, just across from the showroom.

W Design is at 86 West Street, Chagrin Falls. For more information call 440.247.4474, email info@wdesign. com or visit wdesign.com or whomecollection.com.

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Staff adapts communications to keep residents connected

Celebrating Family Caregivers: Healthcare Worker of the Year 2020 will forever be known as the year of the pandemic, a year dominated by conversations focused on what was lost, not only lives and livelihoods but opportunities and moments of connection. But 2020 will also be remembered as the year we recognized and honored our frontline workers, those individuals who consistently and tirelessly put the wellbeing of others before their own and give selflessly of their time, expertise, and care. In the spirit of 2020, we celebrate unpaid family and friend caregivers – our unsung heroes. Approximately 41.8 million Americans provide unpaid care to a loved one over age 50 each year. Sixtyone percent simultaneously work outside the home, approximately 20% are millennials, and 40% of these millennials are male. Caregiving thus impacts every demographic and every community. Their commitment often goes unnoticed, they often are asked to take on far more than they think they can handle, and many do not even talk about all that they do as caregivers. They may help with errands or finances. They may provide transportation or coordinate medical care. Or they may help an older loved one with bathing, dressing, and eating. They are our ultimate frontline workers. As a community, we salute family and friend caregivers as our true heroes. It is the hero within each caregiver that allows that person to care for family, manage homeschooling, work from home – and now care for an older loved one even more intensely than ever before. All with more worries, all with more concerns, but always with dedication, commitment, and humility. It is these individuals who ensure that our older adults may age in the way they wish, where they wish, for as long as they are able. In striking contrast to the underlying themes of 2020, family caregivers are forever focused on preserving life and maintaining connections. Often, by virtue of simply being present, they are a source of hope, comfort, and inspiration. Thus, in a time often defined by darkness, let us shine light on all of the remarkable family caregivers amongst us. For more information on recognizing and supporting family caregivers, please contact Lisa Weitzman, Administrator and Manager of Business Development for WeCare…Because you do: 216.373.1755 or lweitzman@benrose.org.

By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN While the COVID-19 pandemic drove many of us farther apart, some of us found ways to come closer together. Susan Busko, Wellness Manager at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, and Laurel Lake Chaplain Jon Dodson were part of a search group that started looking at communications systems for use in their community. “About three years ago, we decided that we needed a communications tool that we could use with our residents,” Busko said. “We held discussions on meeting the needs of our community. We met with various departments, residents and our resident council. Eventually, we set up a meeting with our entire population.” Busko said that they decided to look at the Status Solutions CATIE System. CATIE TV is a digital signage application that can be set up on any existing television with an HDMI connection. It can be programmed to display banners and information for residents in common areas or can be connected to cable equipment and inserted into a community’s in-house TV channel. “The creators of the system came from Columbus, OH to talk with us about it and to explain how it was being used in various communities across the U.S. We had a few residents from a retirement community in Columbus visit us, as well. They met with the members of our resident council and they spent two and a half hours explaining to them how the system worked,” she noted. “We formed a group called the CATIE Champions. This was a group with good technology skills. They received specialized training before the launch. We did a week-long rollout. We also had to consider groups with special needs like the vision and hearing impaired. It was quite an amazing week. We trained our entire campus of more than 300 people,” Busko said. “That was late in January, 2020. At the time, we didn’t realize how fortuitous that was.” When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, everything changed. “We went from being a campus that was totally open to one segregated by levels of care,” she explained. “Jon had been on board with the training, because he helps with various support groups. He masterminded a live talk show and how it could be broadcast on CATIE.” “The residents wanted information that was changing every day,” Dodson said. “We had members of our housekeeping staff talk with them about sanitation. We had security talk with them about taking temperatures and monitoring who was on campus. We had dining staff talk with them about ordering meals. CATIE became their go-to place for information. Residents could call in with their questions.”

“We developed an icon for COVID-19, where the answers to their questions were uploaded. We developed meal-ordering icons. We had to think about the daily elements of living and how to handle them in a contactless way,” Busko explained.

Solon Pointe commends Sylia Bost for her tireless work there through Covid-19 “Sylvia Bost, our housekeeping supervisor, has gone over and beyond to contribute to the flow of healthcare during the pandemic,” Tanya Allison, Solon Pointe admissions director said. “She reports to work on her off days. She stays late and comes in early. She never reports off. She has perfect attendance. She often goes beyond her scope of practice to contribute to the daily affairs of patients.” “Sylvia is a great communicator. She translates for us from Spanish to English,” Allison noted. “She is always up-building and positive. She is an awesome team player. She even steps in and works as the receptionist when needed.” “Here are some things that I know about Sylvia. Her favorite color is red. She loves her children. She loves dogs. Sylvia would like to become a director of nursing for a nursing home one day. She would like to improve communication in the healthcare field to improve quality care,” she added.

Susan Busko, Wellness Manager at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, and Laurel Lake Chaplain Jon Dodson “It was the perfect communication tool at the right moment,” Dodson said. “We had someone demonstrate chair exercises so that residents could do them in their own space. We had someone praying the Rosary, for those who couldn’t go to the chapel. We recorded a non-denominational prayer service. We found ways to record videos of programs that would normally be open to them. And, we found ways to utilize the skills and talents of our residents.” “We have an art gallery where residents can show their work,” Busko added. “One of our residents is very good at rug hooking and we recorded her explaining the process and talking about some of her rugs. Another resident had been on a month-long trip to Vietnam. She displayed her photos in the gallery and talked about her trip. Our residents love the live shows and we film twice a week.” “One of the big things we like about the system is that we are transitioning to going paperless,” Dodson noted. “Every week, we put out a one-page newsletter

for our residents. We started putting it on CATIE. Having information readily available has helped to relieve anxiety. We can still promote our programs, but now residents can call and sign up for activities in advance. They can also post their maintenance requests.” “We conducted a survey asking residents what they thought about letting visitors back on our campus. We would have been happy with a 30 percent response. We received almost a hundred percent response,” Busko said. “We also sent out a survey asking residents if they felt isolated or depressed. It allowed us to take the temperature of people’s emotions and create a resource list to help them get through this.” “We are really excited about the potential of this system,” Dodson added. “The residents can use it to play solitaire or to listen to CATIE radio. They can send messages to each other and to our staff. And, they can see the pictures of new residents moving in. CATIE has been a godsend to keep us connected.”

Hamlet bridges gap between seniors and greater community Since its inception in the 1960s, Hamlet at Chagrin Falls has strived to provide a comfortable, beautiful and safe place for area seniors to age in place. Some 60 years ago, the leaders of Chagrin Falls were intentional in creating an active retirement community set on 47 wooded acres, which has since proved to be a strong and steadfast pillar in Cuyahoga County. Lesley Humpal, Executive Director of Hamlet at Chagrin Falls, attributes this longevity to Hamlet’s strong ties to the greater community. “Growing up in this area, you know you’ll find a first job here and you’ll retire here,” Humpal said. “This is where our friends are; this is where our family is — all within this tight-knit community.” It’s a sentiment that’s clearly evident on Hamlet’s campus. A community garden provides space for local residents to grow and harvest their favorite flowers and produce — with the help of Hamlet seniors. The retirement community also serves as an emergency shelter for the town in times of disaster and has even provided space for the local fire department to train using its rappelling equipment on the banks of Hamlet’s ravine. While the senior living community has faced uncertain times during the coronavirus pandemic, Chagrin Falls has banded together in support of Hamlet residents, associates and their families. Humpal is grateful for her participation in the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club and the outpouring of help offered by them and local businesses.

“Our partners in the greater community reached out to us right away to say, ‘how can we help you?’” Humpal said. “They truly put their arms around us.” The community faced the difficulties of COVID-19 head-on in May by testing all of their residents and staff to establish a baseline. Since then, Hamlet has provided weekly testing to maintain that baseline and put precautions in place for any outside vendors or visitors. Humpal said other senior living communities faced resistance when it came to adhering to coronavirus precautions, which wasn’t the case at Hamlet. “We are very blessed that, within our community, we had this willingness to come together and rely on each other to stay safe,” Humpal said. That’s not to say social isolation has been easy for Hamlet seniors, who are accustomed to being active and involved in Chagrin Falls and beyond. “It’s been very difficult for our seniors — their whole world has changed — but we’ve learned how close-knit our community really is,” Humpal said. Even through this adversity, Hamlet seniors have remained connected to the outside community. “Years of being friendly with organizations in the Chagrin Valley by partnering with them and supporting them has only strengthened us all,” Humpal said. “I can look out my window and see our local landscapers stopping to help residents take in their groceries — that’s what it’s always been about.”

Judson’s health services team leads the charge against COVID-19 “The oddest year, ever.” That’s how Cindy Struk, vice president for health services at Judson Senior Living, sums up 2020. And, probably, that’s putting it mildly. From the point where COVID-19 made its chilling debut last spring, right up to the moment a vaccine arrived at year’s end, Cindy and her team of nearly 300 healthcare providers have been in an all-out battle with an enemy as challenging as it is dangerous. As a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, with a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Case Western Reserve University, Cindy – whose job duties include overseeing all of the health and wellness services and staff at Judson’s three campuses – has guided her team with a thoughtful, science- and experience-based perspective on how best to prevail against COVID-19. “We have been very fortunate at Judson,” she says. “In the past six months, we have had only seven cases of COVID-19 among nearly 600 residents.” But, she adds, achieving that feat has required extraordinary levels of vigilance, sacrifice, and plain hard work for both residents and staff. “The presence of the virus threw up barriers to care that made life very, very difficult for all of us,” she says. “Because of social distancing, our ability to touch or hug our residents was restricted. Because masks were required, it was very hard for some of our residents to see or to hear. And then the most horrible part was the isolation from their families. Pre-COVID, it was so easy to share information with families, because they were always welcome here. But during lockdown, finding ways to connect residents to their families and to help keep families abreast of their loved ones’ health became a very big challenge.” For these reasons and more, there was an incredible amount of stress on the staff, says Cindy, who made herself available around the clock to address concerns from her team, the residents, and residents’ families. “I’ve been doing this work a long time,” she says, “and this was the most challenging year in my career both for myself and our health care staff.” Still, Cindy remains deeply grateful for her team’s hard work and commitment. “Our people stepped up in ways I would never have imagined, taking on extra roles and helping out wherever they were needed,” she says. Everyone at Judson has put our residents and their families first in keeping them safe with as much quality of life as possible. “It’s been really hard but we have an awful lot of heroes here at Judson.” — By Elaine T. Cicora

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Betsy Kling checking in with “Cross Out Cancer” guests at home

University Hospitals “Cross Out Cancer” On Wednesday, November 18, University Hospitals raised more than $132,000 during the second annual Cross Out Cancer benefit, this year as UH’s first-ever 100 percent virtual fundraising event to benefit cancer immunotherapy research and care through the Wesley Center for Cancer Immunotherapy at UH Seidman Cancer Center and the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute at UH Rainbow. Presented once again by Bank of America Private Bank, Cross Out Cancer offered sponsors the opportuniEvent Co-Chairs ty to enjoy a personalized atGeoff and Linda home wine tasting, produced Masten in studio exclusively for this event by Wente Vineyards. More than 300 guests tuned-in to the live program, hosted for the second year in a row by Betsy Kling, WKYC TV-3 Chief Meteorologist and 5pm Anchor, who eloquently weaved together the personalized Wente Vineyards wine experience with cutting-edge insights into University Hospitals’ life changing cancer immunotherapy research and care.  During the event, Char and Chuck Fowler were recognized as honorary chairs for their longtime commitment to UH Rainbow and attendees had the opportunity to hear from top UH physician-scientists as well as a cancer immunotherapy patient. To accompany the livestream program, sponsors were offered a beautifully presented wine-tasting package, hand-delivered to each attendees’ home.  Each package included a Wente Vineyards Single Vineyard Riva Ranch Chardonnay and the Single Vineyard Charles Wetmore Cabernet to accompany tasting notes outlined by Carolyn Wente during the program.  In addition, a custom cheese, charcuterie and dessert box, branded Corkcicle ® wine tumblers and a bottle of the Single Vineyard Riva Ranch Pinot Noir was included for top supporters.  Planned and executed by event co-chairs Ryan Cross and Geoff and Linda Masten, Cross Out Cancer proved to be both entertaining and impactful for sponsors and guests.  The

Carolyn Wente, fourth generation Winegrower and CEO, Wente Family Estates

Greg Kimble (second from left) accepts the Giving Kids Hope Award

Research Institute for Children’s Health “Giving Kids Hope” Virtual Fundraiser

Event Co-Chairs reveal total raised online full event program is still available for viewing at www. uhcrossoutcancer.org. Cross Out Cancer was created in 2019 by Ryan Cross, University Hospitals Vice President, Development, in honor of his late mother, Mary Ann Cross. “Thanks to excellent clinical care and innovative research at UH Seidman Cancer Center and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, my mother successfully battled Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) for 23 years. She appreciated that living in Cleveland afforded her access to some of the most advanced cancer care available in the world. My mother would be thrilled that UH is at the forefront of immunotherapy care and research and that her memory is associated with this important work through Cross Out Cancer.” STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED BY UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

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On Saturday, October 24, 2020, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine hosted Giving Kids Hope to benefit the Research Institute for Children’s Health. The event honored James Demuth and Greg Kimble on behalf of the Doris and Floyd Kimble Foundation with the Giving Kids Hope Award for their continued dedication to the treatments of genetic-based disorders and ongoing support of the institute. As a result of the success of the event and support from our sponsors, donors and guests, we were able to raise nearly $110,000 to improve outcomes for children suffering from devastating diseases and disorders by accelerating breakthroughs into new therapies and cures. Millions of children across the country are affected by medical conditions for which effective treatments are either non-existent or could be substantially improved. Genetic disorders like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, phenylketonuria, neurological and mitochondrial disorders could all benefit from better treatments, as could more common disorders like diabetes and asthma. The proceeds will allow Dr. Mitchell Drumm and colleagues at Case Western Reserve to continue to perform their research and address these needs by employing the latest technologies in genetics

Giving Kids Hope guests toast with Research Institute for Children’s Health wine glasses and genomics, cell biology and pharmacology to rapidly pinpoint the causes of these disorders and develop new drugs or other approaches to treat them. To learn more about the Research Institute for Children’s Health, visit https://case.edu/medicine/ genetics/affiliations-and-institutes/research-institutechildrens-health

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland “115th Annual Meeting” On Tuesday, December 8, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland held its 115th Annual Meeting as an online livestream at noon. For the first time ever, the event was free and open for all to join, thanks to support from more than 40 sponsors. The poignant, condensed program began with Legal Aid Executive Director Colleen Cotter, Esq. introducing the theme, which was a quote from the eminent suffragette and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1931): “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” Wells’s role in U.S. suffrage movement was inextricably linked to her lifelong crusade against racism, violence, and discrimination towards African Americans. Born a slave, she went on to co-found the NAACP and led an anti-lynching crusade for which she won, posthumously, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize. “We at Legal Aid are inspired by Ida B. Wells.,” Cotter said. “Last year, nearly 17,000 people were impacted by our cases; thousands more empowered by our community legal education and outreach. We stopped evictions, we increased safety, and we saved our clients more than $13 million dollars.” Mike Ungar, Esq., Legal Aid Board President and Partner at Ulmer Berne, then delivered an impassioned message of gratitude for all of the staff members, board members, and volunteers who rose to the challenges 2020 posed and contributed to Legal Aid’s success in helping those most in need during a global pandemic. He also spoke to the impact of The Campaign for Legal Aid, which enabled the organization to grow its staff by 20 percent in 2020. As of this writing, Legal Aid has raised $14 million towards its goal of $15 million for the Campaign. These funds support Legal Aid’s efforts to grow and sustain existing programs while developing new opportunities to serve clients and communities throughout its five-county service area. Keynote remarks from the Honorable Justice Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of California’s Supreme Court, emphasized the justice gap and untenable inequality in our society. “The pandemic has affected everyone, but not to an equal degree,” he said. “For millions of people, the pandemic has meant economic struggle, insecurity, and serious health risks …. The work you are doing to provide legal aid to those who need it is urgent work of the highest priority.” While 2020 has been characterized by great uncertainty, Legal Aid achieved much success: The organization has sustainably grown its programs, expanded partnerships, and implemented new service delivery models for a socially-distant world. Staff and volunteers helped thousands of Northeast Ohio residents weather the coronavirus pandemic and secure basic needs such as safety, shelter, economic stability. A number of awards were presented during the program. Among the staff honored was Susan Stauffer, Esq., an attorney who has worked at Legal Aid for 50 years – since 1970. She will be presented with the C. Lyonel Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of C. Lyonel Jones (1932 – 2006), who himself dedicated his entire legal career to Legal Aid and served as Executive Director. In addition, Tracy Ferron, Hilda Hernandez, Heather Lynch, and Laura Post were presented with the Claude E. Clarke Award, and Deborah Dallman, Esq. was presented with the staff Leadership Award. Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program proudly presented the Community Impact Award to attorneys Jason Dawicke,

Board President Mike Ungar (a partner at Ulmer & Berne) presents his Legal Aid update for the 115th Annual Meeting livestream on December 8.

Keynote speaker, Justice Goodwin Liu of California’s Supreme Court, presented his remarks virtually. Donna Kolis, Betsy Rader, and Christina Royer. These individuals were pivotal to the successful launch of Legal Aid’s new Virtual Advice Clinics during COVID-19 to ensure legal information, advice, and guidance was provided to people facing employment and unemployment compensation issues. Nearly 200 Legal Aid clients and their family members were served by these four volunteers in the past year. Finally, the Legacy of Justice Award was presented to Ann McGowan Porath, Manager of Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyer’s Program. Ann is retiring this year, and Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Committee unanimously voted for her to receive this award in recognition of her exemplary 38-year career at Legal Aid. The Volunteer Lawyers Program Ann built from the ground up is a model for legal aids around the United States. She has made an indelible impact on attorneys, law students, paralegals, clients, and the broader Northeast Ohio community. If you weren’t one of the 450 people who watched the show live (or the additional 1,500 who viewed it later), you can access the recording at www.lasclev. org/2020event. And if you are wondering who contributed that gorgeous background music: local violinists Isabel Trautwein of the Cleveland Orchestra and Ariel Clayton Karas of Opus 216 recorded two songs especially for 1) Legal Aid’s video about how Change is Happening and 2) a highlight film about Legal Aid’s recent success. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED BY LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital “Winterful Tea” Nothing is the same as last year, so why not try something new! Rainbow Circle of Friends of the Western Reserve hosted a drive-up fundraiser to benefit UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at a home on Hines Hill Road in Hudson. The pandemic has made us rethink how we celebrate many of our favorite holiday traditions including attending annual performances of The Nutcracker. Instead of a traditional event, the Winterful committee hosted a drive-through style pickup line for their donors. Orders were placed in advance for tea party meals provided by The Cleveland Field Kitchen which consisted of delicately cut sandwiches, savory scones, and scrumptious cookies. On December 5 between the hours of 11:00AM and 1:00PM supporters of a Winterful Tea drove through a whimsical world of colorful signs, delighted in watching a 30-step dance to the “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, and also had the opportunity to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus from the safety of their vehicles. The tea was provided by Angela Strach-Gotthardt owner of Hudson-based Secret Tea Society, who handcurated three distinct teas to accompany the meal. Donor’s also had the option to purchase a beautiful winter-themed arrangement with lovely greens and red and white flowers supplied by Rosie Standish of Field of Blooms. “We didn’t know how it would look this year with our Winterful Tea, but this team of ladies reinvented the event, and in some ways, I think it was better than the first year because it just meant more this year, shared Susie Schmitt, a Winterful Tea committee member. “Everything means a little more this year!” A Winterful Tea was launched in December 2019 to bring a multigenerational holiday event to Ohio’s Western Reserve. Last year’s event was at Inn Walden and raised over $12,000 for UH Rainbow and was a traditional tea party where family and friends gathered and delighted in each other’s company. “We are hoping this year’s event makes just as much if not a little more,” shared Patty Owens, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation, Trustee. “I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude for these wonderful ladies and friends who share in the passion of helping others.” “The dancers had a wonderful time at the event and we thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital for the Winterful Tea this year,” shared Kelly Meneer, of Ballet Theatre of Ohio. “Children are the heart of Ballet Theatre of Ohio. Every year, it gives us the most pleasure to make a child’s eyes light up when they see our Nutcracker and we love to carry that same joy into the community any way we can! There is nothing better than bringing magic to a child. It’s wonderful to collaborate with Rainbow Babies because they know just how much that means as well.” Even though we are celebrating many of our favorite holiday events and traditions differently, we can still embrace the whimsy and wonder of the season in new and safe ways. In 1887, nine women met on Thanksgiving Day to form an organization dedicated to caring for children in Cleveland. That organization eventually grew into the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation we know today. In the spirit of these women, a group of

Dancers Rylie Banks and Quin Prado

Pictured from back left to right: Lexi Dudones, Rachel Sulek, Abby Minear, Rylie Banks, Dominic Gomez and Joshua Isley Pictured from front left to right: Quin Prado, Sara Sarkisian, Blake Prado and Elena Gomez women from Aurora and Hudson, who include, Sarah Filipovitz Hudson Meredith Hudec (Hudson) Megan Cook (Hudson) Patty Owens (Aurora), Sarah Zarlinga (Aurora) and Susie Schmitt (Hudson) have joined forces to create a new fundraising circle to follow the philanthropic tradition of these remarkable women. A Rainbow Circle of Friends can be any size or group of people who want to support UH Rainbow – a school club, a business or religious group, or just a group of like-minded friends – who have been touched by Rainbow. Circles can provide materials, volunteers or raise money for important programs benefiting sick and injured children. A Circle can range from an informal one-time get-together to a more structured, ticketed event. For more information on Ballet Theatre of Ohio please call Kelly Meneer, Asst. Artistic Director/Marketing Director at 330.688.6065 (office) or (mobile) 330.612.3704

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WEDDINGS 2021 Planning a wedding in the midst of a pandemic? Area experts share their experience, ideas and trends By LAURI GROSS Prior to 2020, the conventional wedding-planning lexicon would not have included the word “pandemic” but now, like everything else, weddings are being planned around and in spite of Covid. “Needless to say, 2020 was a very different year for weddings,” said event planner Maura Kehoe, owner of Crysalis Weddings and Affairs. Jonathan Koslen, founder of New Image Photography added, “Life should be celebrated and I believe that when there is something really wonderful to celWhile platinum remains ebrate, why wait?” Jewelry Art in Hudson a popular choice for wedding and engage- has found that couples ment rings, yellow and are still seeking beautirose gold are also fa- ful, meaningful wedding vored choices. This set jewelry. Owner Barbara is from Jewelry Art in Johnson said, “We have Hudson, a family busi- found that Covid has not ness specializing in stopped love and gifting custom design and ar- each other jewelry to tisan fine jewelry since symbolize love.” 1977. Photograph courFor engaged couples tesy of Jewelry Art and experts like Maura, Jonathan and Barbara who help them realize their wedding dreams, 2020 was a rollercoaster of on-again off-again plans. “People had big giant wedding plans,” said Jonathan but then added, “Everyone had to reschedule for 2021.

Due to Covid, this elegant wedding at the Bay Head Yacht Club in New Jersey was small but still was a beautiful event. Photograph by Jessica Hendrix of Jessica Hendrix Photography After our calendar was almost empty, we got a whole new batch of brides. So we’re very lucky. Weddings are not quite as big but some are still extravagant. We wound up with a nice batch of beautiful brides and we got through the year.” Now, Jonathan said, his 2021 calendar is nearly full and he is busy booking into 2022. Barbara added, “This past year has been one where we cherish our families and loved ones a little more. Our brides have put a lot of thought into the jewelry that they are choosing -- their engagement rings and wedding bands as well as what they will wear on their wedding day. We have been creating even more custom jewelry pieces focused on symbolism sometimes incorporating customer’s family diamonds and gems that have been passed from one loved one to another. At times we use these stones in

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addition to newly purchased diamonds.” Maura described her experience this year. “Some couples decided to cancel their wedding until Covid-19 subsides,” she said. “Some postponed their weddings, keeping the same reception venue until next year. Despite the pandemic, some couples moved ahead with their wedding plans, but with a significantly scaled down guest list of family and a few close friends.” The weddings Maura is planning for 2021 and 2022 are also smaller than usual. “They seem to be the safe way to go at this time,” Maura said. It’s not surprising that recent weddings were mostly outdoors, and that trend continues. “Any beautiful outside venue with fresh air and social distancing is a plus,” said Maura who has done recent weddings on the shores of

Lake Erie, at Yacht Clubs, and beyond. “Some of the most beautiful weddings that I plan are inside the small, breathtaking Wade Chapel (at Lake View Cemetery) which holds 60 guests comfortably,” Maura said. “It’s perfect for an intimate wedding, commitment ceremony, or vow renewal.” As of mid-December, the Chapel was still closed due to Covid but Maura, who is the official wedding planner for the Chapel, is hopeful it will soon open again. Jonathan has found that, since weddings are smaller, couples tend to have more time for photos. “We’ll do a whole big photoshoot and spend more time doing fun things. We’ll go downtown or on a boat. We find creative things,” he said as he added that these fun photos also work great for engagement shoots. Barbara has seen a trend more toward simplicity in bridal jewelry. She said, “Platinum remains strong but yellow and rose gold have become increasingly favored. Stacking bands continue to be very strong…stacking bands of every imaginable design.” Maura said, despite weddings being smaller, “Brides still want the stunning bridal gown, the groom still wants to look like he stepped out of GQ magazine, and the guests are ready and very willing to get out of their sweats and into something a lot more stylish.” As a family business specializing in custom design and artisan fine jewelry, Jewelry Art focuses on relationships. “That is the heart of our business,” said Barbara. Jonathan, whose work is described as photojournalism and event portraiture with a twist of high fashion, recently opened a new, larger studio at 49 West Orange Street in downtown Chagrin Falls. “It’s the perfect location,” he said. “Even with Covid, we still decided to expand the business and place our bets on 2021 being better.”

Dreams Come True at Historic Stan Hywet Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio provides a spectacular setting for every part of a wedding, from engagement photos to the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, wedding photography and the reception. Stan Hywet’s experienced team of planners will ensure that the bridal couple’s special day is unique and memorable. Wedding ceremonies take place in the historic gardens filled with vibrant color and against the backdrop of the 64,500 sq. foot historic Tudor revival Manor House, setting the stage for a one-of-a-kind wedding. More than half of all weddings take place at the Tea Houses at the end of the iconic Birch Tree Allée, a 550-foot-long pathway with more than 100 gray birches lining both sides — a natural wedding aisle. For a smaller gathering, the sunken walled English garden is a perfect setting. Couples interested in a rustic setting head to the Dell, a secluded location shaded by a canopy of tall trees and surrounded by wildflowers. Other popular gardens for ceremonies include the West Terrace as well as the Hidden Aspect, a recently restored picnic pavilion. Stan Hywet offers several unique spaces for wedding receptions. The Manor House Reception Hall features skylights and a post-modern exposed duct work ceiling. Accom-

modating 175 guests, this space also has a fireplace hearth and balcony —perfect for the band or D.J. The cocktail hour is often held outdoors in the “Service Well” of the Manor House, an expansive bricked “patio” near the Great Garden. The Carriage House Reception Hall is an ideal location for smaller receptions. French doors lead to the Carriage House Tent with chandeliers and a view of the Great Meadow and Apple Orchard. The estate also has several locations for tented outdoor receptions to accommodate weddings of more than 175 guests. For information, visit magic@stanhywet.org and call 330.315.3210. About Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Completed in 1915, Stan Hywet Hall was the home of F.A. Seiberling, co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and his family. The Manor House is one of the finest examples of Tudor revival architecture in America. The Seiberlings lived at Stan Hywet until 1955, and in 1957, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens opened to the public as a house museum and garden. Above the Manor House entryway, the crest bearing the motto Non Nobis Solum (Not for Us Alone), welcomes guests as warmly today as it did more than a century ago.

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When love can’t wait, consider a Micro Wedding, with assistance from Kimpton Schofield By RITA KUEBER Despite the flip of the calendar page, 2021 is still an uncertain time, especially for anyone hoping to host a significant event such as a wedding. While many couples get engaged over the holidays, given current circumstances, ‘What now?’ is a planning question that may have no quick or reasonable answer. However, at least one venue is working pro-actively to assist couples wanting to tie the knot, leveraging the micro wedding as not only a viable solution, but a heartfelt celebration, and a festive, intimate affair. The Kimpton Schofield (2000 E. 9th Street, Cleveland) has developed a micro wedding package. “The Schofield spaces are perfectly suited for a micro wedding; and we will do whatever it takes to make the day spectacular for the bride and groom,” says Nicole Bakker, the hotel’s Experience Specialist. “Couples are realizing that they do not have to sacrifice style or safety, and they can honor traditions, as well as have a theme with meaningful details, just on a smaller scale. It actually allows for people to celebrate with more amenities, upgrades and personalization, often resulting in a more memorable affair with way less stress. “What we’ve been seeing is that the couple doesn’t care about the mundane details –that’s my job,” Bakker adds. “I can handle every little detail and they can trust it’s going to be taken care of. I’ve done this thousands of times over 10 years. I just want them to let me make the judgment call as needed, make the wedding happen and it’s all going to be OK.” Bakker recalls the dilemma facing Patrick and Emily Kramer (nee Loosi), who had a “slower than most” engagement due to long-distance dating, plus a year of planning. Both are doctors with busy schedules, both simply wanted to get married. Their date was always December 5, 2020, but when their guest list dwindled from 250 to 35 it made no sense to rent the large west side venue they had booked. But with one phone call, and one in-person meeting, they compressed everything into a romantic evening at the Kimpton Schofield. The Kramer’s wedding was at St. John’s Cathedral, and the couple took photos around downtown afterwards. The sit-down dinner at the Kimpton followed, with a live band and just a dance with the bride and groom and the bride and her father. “We felt stressed about doing the right thing for the safety of our guests,” Emily says. “But we didn’t want to delay either. It was great that my grandparents, Bob and Ann Loosi got to come because of all our precautions.” As both bride and groom are residents at Akron Children’s Hospital and University Hospitals respectively,

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Drs. Patrick and Emily Kramer (Photograph by Rustic Light Photography)

they had no time to second guess themselves. “I’m glad we’re both so busy – we made decisions and stuck with them. We didn’t have time to rethink everything. Nicole is a planner through and through, and I’m not,” Emily adds with a laugh. “It was all really wonderful and I’m thankful to them.” Bakker explains how the hotel staff can shift rooms around to accommodate the bridal couple’s wishes. She describes a wedding just this past New Year’s Eve in which until the last minute, the couple wasn’t sure if they would be married in the Penthouse or the Ballroom, but just rolled with the fact their ceremony was set for a date, time and location. “We have a bride for July who’s planning on a larger wedding, four food stations in the ballroom, and a dance floor. But if we can’t allow for socializing at that time, it will have to change to a sit down. Everyone understands that there are a lot of unknowns. They are just happy to be able to get married and have a celebration at all. “It took a pandemic, but brides are finally hearing me when I say it will all be fine,” Bakker continues. “As I tell them, no one is going to say ‘wow, I wish that linen had been a shade darker,’ or ‘there should have been six tulips in the centerpiece, not three.’ As long as the speeches aren’t too long, there’s a killer music list and a good flow, do not stress about the little things.” For 2021 Bakker advises newly engaged couples to lock in their date and venue as quickly as possible. She mentions the Kimpton’s slots for micro weddings are quickly filling up for the coming year. “We have everything we need right in our building, and the staff and expertise to handle the details,” she says. “Six months ago you couldn’t have a wedding at all, so brides and grooms are more flexible these days. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but for now everybody’s okay with that.”

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Addison Wellens marries Allison Rowe By RITA KUEBER “... Because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” - Harry Burns, “When Harry Met Sally”


ddison and Allison Wellens (nee Rowe) planned for a late spring wedding in church with a reception for 300 guests and a champagne theme at a large hotel downtown. “We spent over a year planning the wedding, we did the research, and we created a vision which we didn’t want to compromise,” Allison says. When the shutdown began in March, just two months before their date, the couple considered their options. They weren’t willing to wait yet another year, and in order to keep all of their vendors, they went with October 23. “We thought even if we have a legal ceremony, we could have dinner with our immediate family, and then maybe in 2021 have the big celebration we hoped for,” Allison says. The couple started to look for restaurants that could accommodate a private party of 20, but many were not prepared for serving under the new CDC guidelines. Addison had the inspiration to contact hotels instead, and the couple had the good fortune of finding an accommodating team at the Kimpton Schofield hotel. “They already had a brochure – they were already thinking about the situation and people like us,” Allison says. The couple met with the chef and event planner, describing the simple vows and dinner they pictured. “They encouraged us to do something more ‘wedding-esque,’ more than what we thought of. They showed us what a micro-wedding could be. We talked with the chef about our favorite foods and hand-selected the menu and beverages, something the larger venues don’t even offer.” In glowing terms Allison describes the ceremony held in the Penthouse, which has a 180-degree view of Cleveland and Lake Erie. A special treat is that the Kimpton is pet-friendly so their dog Samson, adopted in March, wore a corsage collar, matching the groom’s boutonniere, and walked down the aisle with Addison’s sister, Abigail, just ahead of the bride and her father. An extra delight was that Allison’s 92-year-old grandmother, Esther Kovacs was able to attend the ceremony due to all the safety measures in place. Instead of walking down the aisle following the vows, a walk that would have been disappointingly short, the hotel arranged for a champagne toast in the Penthouse, with dinner immediately following in the Ballroom several floors below. There the party dined on Chef Robert Stauch’s mini lobster rolls, Amish-style fried chicken, plus lemon cheesecake with pistachio brittle and other dishes created by Betts Catering. The champagne theme continued with Betts general manager Jason Reiss successfully instructing Addison in the art of sabrage –opening a corked bottle with a saber. Afterwards, the couple retreated to a Penthouse suite that the staff had decorated with rose petals, balloons and a framed photo of their special day. Addison and Allison confess to hoping for another

Addison and Allison Wellens with Samson on their wedding day at the Kimpton Schofield Hotel in downtown Cleveland. chance at a larger celebration in the coming year. She held back her wedding gown as ‘too fancy’ for the reimagined occasion, which she dubs wedding 1.0. Addison also wore a different suit and tie. “We’re saving those outfits for more people, hopefully wedding 2.0,” she says. “Eventually we’ll get married in a church.” And for that too, the couple is holding back. Instead of hefty scripture readings at 1.0, members of the wedding party read quotes from the couple’s favorite movies, like the ones above, and below. “Weddings are very structured and filled with a lot of expectations,” she says. “We didn’t miss out on the wedding things, we did things differently. We had our dog with us, and we had a champagne toast. Our microwedding allowed a little more creativity, but it felt like us, and it was more fun for us and our guests.” “Because that’s what people do – they leap and hope to God they can fly.” - Alex ’Hitch’ Hitchens, “Hitch”

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Giesen on their October wedding day in Wisconsin

Spencer Palmer Giesen marries Mallory Joan Carl Mallory Joan Carl and Spencer Palmer Giesen were married on a warm, sunny afternoon on October 9, 2020 before friends and family in St. Robert Catholic Church in Shorewood, WI. The bride, the daughter of Joan Carl of Ashippun, WI and Thomas Carl of Las Vegas, NV graduated from St. Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is an investment advisor with Edward Jones in Evanston, IL. She was attended by her sisters, Emily (Maid of Honor) and Chelsea Carl (of Ashippun,WI), Shannon Bongel (Matron of Honor) (Cedar Grove, WI),  Lindsay Giesen (Sudbury, MA) (sister of the groom)*, Valerie Burkhart (Champaign, IL), Steffany Amacher (San Jose, CA), Jacqui Hewett (Pinnacle, NC), and Sabrina Pauls (Jr. bridesmaid) (Deerfield, WI). 

The groom, the son of Lynn and Richard A. Giesen, Jr. of Bentleyville, OH, graduated from Chagrin Falls High School and The Ohio State University. He is a Technology Implementation Consultant at Accenture in Chicago, IL. His two best men included his brother Reggie Giesen (Richard A. Giesen III) (Boston, MA) and Stephen Herbener* (Louisville, KY). Serving as groomsmen were Kevin Tremblay (Boston, MA)*, Nick D’Eramo (Columbus, OH), Jake Cashman (Chicago, IL), Michael Palmer (Chicago, IL), and Jeffrey Shaknaitis (Chicago, IL)*. The couple plan a honeymoon to the Seychelles and Banff, Canada in 2021. They live in Chicago. *Due to COVID-19 concerns or illnesses, names with an asterisk are those who attended virtually only.

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Couple gets creative in making wedding their own By RITA KUEBER “People are meant to go through life two by two. ’Tain’t natural to be lonesome.” ―Thornton Wilder, “Our Town”   There are proposals, such as the Victorian-era down on one knee, ring whisked out of a pocket proposal. There are weddings –the bride in custom-made finery walking down the aisle of a large, important structure, multiple attendants, prescribed words, and a formal reception. And there are brides who take ‘it’s your day’ literally to heart and run with that. The latter have probably had an easier time of it given the world’s current situation, and Meghan Grover is the joyous, energetic poster girl for having your own wedding your own way in these challenging times. Meghan, an alum of West Geauga High School and the University of Minnesota, spent a semester in London in 2014. She Joseph Chittenden-Veal met Joseph Chitand Meghan Grover. tenden-Veal, now a Meghan was married graduate of Oxford wearing the purple Con- and NYU at a pub, verse sneakers and her and Meghan leveraged several journal engrandmother’s garter. tries from those early, heady days into a paean of love, read at their wedding. Their first date, attending a performance of “Our Town” also figured prominently in their vows, as the Thornton Wilder play addresses major life issues, not the least of which is friends becoming husband and wife. An element of theater runs through this couple’s DNA. Meghan has a degree in Drama. Her father, Jeffrey Grover is an actor. Joseph’s mother, Sam Chittenden is a theater director. It’s no wonder that to overcome her general anxiety about marriage and proposals, last December Meghan orchestrated an elaborate sort of virtual performance art/scavenger hunt involving friends and relatives and asked Joseph to marry her. The couple was patient – after long-distance dating and dealing with Joseph moving to the States and subsequent visa issues, not to mention the pandemic, their intended date for a small wedding in Brooklyn slipped from spring to summer to fall. But finally, in October 2020, the couple found themselves surrounded by a dozen family members walking down an aisle of sorts in the backyard of an accommodating airbnb near Cooperstown, New York, an area sentimental to the Grover/Thompson family through previous visits. (Due to visa restrictions and red tape the couple had to get married in New York State, and worked with Project Cupid to get their marriage license.) “I always knew Meghan wouldn’t have a big wed-

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From left, Jeffrey Grover, Ann Thompson (mom and dad of the bride), groom Joseph Chittenden-Veal, bride Meghan Grover, her grandmother, also Ann Thompson, and the bride’s brother, Brian Grover. The couple married in Cooperstown, NY. ding, and that she would probably be married barefoot in our backyard, so I just went along with it,” says mother of the bride Ann Thompson, Development and Communications Manager of Hopewell. “I was disappointed that Joseph’s parents and grandmothers couldn’t be with us, even though they originally planned to travel from England.” Ann’s grandmother, also Ann Thompson, at age 80 drove from North Carolina to Ohio so the two of them could drive an SUV filled with the wedding cake, and cookies made by Annette Weinfurtner of Top Tier Cakes in Westlake, as well as other accoutrements for the celebration 420 miles east. Through the magic of the Internet, Joseph’s parents, mom Sam and dad Chris Veal were able to make speeches at the 40-minute ceremony, via laptops and phones. The bride wore one of the white dresses she bought online, plus her grandmother’s garter. She picked up the bouquet ordered just days previously from Mohican Flowers in Cooperstown. Meghan borrowed her mom’s purple Converse sneakers and hoped for a good hair day. (It was.) Ann and Jeffrey walked their daughter down the aisle to ‘Beautiful’ by Carole King. For his part, Joseph wore a coat and tie and purple socks, purple

being Meghan’s favorite color. After failing to explain how a wedding breakfast in England is much more than waffles, the groom created an unforgettable meal himself, with pork, potatoes, salmon and more for the 12 people in the wedding party. Meghan’s brother, Andrew Grover was the officiant, and ‘cameraman,’ as he held a cell phone up so Joseph’s family overseas could see close ups. Also in attendance was Meghan’s other brother Brian Grover. A third brother, Jeremy Grover died in 2017, but it was meaningful to Meghan that his widow, Elise was present. Wherever the bride and groom went, laptops and cell phones followed, so those in England were part of the entire day. Also important to the couple was the fact that they wrote their own vows, journal notes and Thornton Wilder included, and more, that Andrew pronounced them not the traditional roles of ‘husband and wife,’ but as ‘adventure partners,’ a phrase inscribed inside their rings. The couple is at home in Brooklyn, New York. “You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face And show the world all the love in your heart…” “Beautiful,” Carole King

Foundation For Geauga Parks 2021 Slate Of Trustees The Foundation for Geauga Parks is pleased to announce the slate of officers and new trustees voted onto the board at the December 16, 2020 board meeting. Adam Henry, Board President, is the General Counsel & Senior Portfolio Manager for Rosenthal Capital Management where he focuses on portfolio management and compliance for the firm’s three independent hedge funds. Adam has served on the Foundation Board since 2013. In his current role as President, he will guide all board committees. Born and raised in Geauga County, Adam enjoys exploring Geauga’s parks with his wife and two sons. Matthew Burnham, Vice President, is the Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer of Auxin Group Wealth Management. He became an active member of the Foundation in 2018 and joined the Board in 2020. In addition to his role as Vice President, he is also the Chair of the Investment Committee. Jonathan Green, Board Treasurer, is a CPA recently retired from Meaden & Moore where he specialized in entrepreneurial business challenges, and business transition and succession consulting to help business owners, including family firms, successfully reach financial goals. Jon previously served as trustee and was a past President for the Foundation. As board Treasurer, Jon is chair of the Finance Committee and participates in other committees as well. Carl Langer, Board Secretary, is an attorney who joined the board of trustees in 2018. He serves clients as a business advisor and strategist.. Two new trustees were added to the board in 2021 – Bar-

bara McCullough and Marcia Owen. Barb McCullough is a skilled professional with experience in financial services and not-for-profit industries. She is an award-winning instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching all walks of life. Barb has long enjoyed the parks and preserves of Geauga County with her family. Marcia Owen began serving on committees for the FGP Board of Trustees in 2020. Marcia has long been a park-appreciator and has broad experience in business management in the areas of multi-media production, economic development and nonprofit. Marcia’s most recent success has been in her role of Director of Operations for Geauga Growth Partnership. Other acting trustees include Linda Brown, Susan Lundstrom, Mary Beth O’Neill, Jennifer Salo and Sheryl Vernon. Emeritus Trustee is Richard J. Frenchie. The Board of Trustees extend their heartfelt gratitude to Heidi O’Neill who completed her term on the board at the end of 2020. Heidi has had a great impact on the work of the Foundation, helping to plan and host the Foundation’s annual Twilight Soiree fundraising events. She has also been a guiding force in the development of the Geauga Skywatchers Club, a program that is a cooperative effort of the Foundation for Geauga Parks, Geauga Park District, Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society, the Geauga County Library System and Burton Library. For a full slate of trustees with bios, visit http://www. foundationforgeaugaparks.org/pages/board-of-trustees.

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Charming colonial home set on 15 acres for sale on County Line Rd. in Gates Mills By RITA KUEBER This lovely, classic home is overflowing with charm and grace, alive with history and rich in texture. Dozens of little feet have scampered along its hardwood floors, upstairs to bedroom suites and downstairs to the family room with its large brick fireplace, the separate indoor pool room and attached deck. No doubt these journeys, including trips to the adjacent private pond will be duplicated by dozens more little feet in years to come. This is a house just waiting to be filled with life, laughter, entertainment and family fun.  From the tidy brick entry, up two steps into the foyer, the house expands in width but its depth has only one room back or front, allowing for generous views of the surrounding lawns and woods. To the left the step-down formal living room has a bay window and fireplace. Through this space is an extraordinary sunroom capped by a barrel vaulted beam ceiling. An additional cozy space toward the middle of the house, a library, offers paneled walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, built-in shelves and a brick fireplace and hearth. The formal dining room has sconce lighting, white wainscoting, and is currently painted an elegant Chinese red.  The cheerful kitchen has its own spacious eat-in nook, hardwood floors and cabinets. Updated and abundantly equipped, it has upscale appliances plus a countertop range, additional beverage chiller, and a work island/ breakfast bar. Sliding glass doors open to the top level of the tiered deck behind the house. Off the kitchen is a back entrance/laundry room. Located here is a tiled floor sink, perfect for rinsing off muddy boots or muddier dogs.  Built in 1961, the original owner scooped up architectural bits from Longwood, John L. Severance’s estate in Cleveland Heights, when that house was demolished. Those salvaged pieces were incorporated into this house. Examples include several wood lintels (seen in the foyer), drawers for sheet music in a room on the second floor, and wrought iron numbers displayed above the fireplace in the lower-level den.  Each successive owner has been a careful steward and has also added onto the the home, so that now the house has a fresh, bucolic sensibility, coupled with an air of refinement and authenticity. One of the most recent editions is a new wing housing the first-floor master suite. Inside this private world is a small center hall, walk-in closets and his and her full baths. The gorgeous bedroom itself has a high ceiling, arched windows, fireplace and private balconies.  Upstairs are four bedroom suites sharing three full baths, plus access to the back and front staircases. The walk-out lower level has a den/family room warmed by a brick fireplace, a wine room, kitchenette and the enclosed indoor pool. Outside, in addition to the various decks, a screened gazebo that has its own deck graces the small

The roomy, wood-paneled den has an inviting hearth, plenty of built-in shelves and a deep bay window overlooking the backyard.

The kitchen offers natural light, plenty of workspace and storage, plus eat in areas and access to the back decks.

The private lake has a gazebo with its own deck that overlooks much of the 15-acre property.

pier atop the man-made pond, perfect for watching birds or sunsets. Overall, 1260 County Line Road has a total of just under 8800 square feet, five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, four fireplaces and two garages, one attached, and one detached, ideal for a collector or hobbyist. The house has zoned heating and is air conditioned throughout. It is also convenient to shopping, dining, hospitals and the

highway. Although it cannot be seen directly from the property, Hawken Upper School is across the street. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 1260 County Line Road is listed at $1,795,000 at press time and annual taxes of $34,862. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216.831.7370, or  adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

Local ladies in red to highlight American Heart Month By BARRY GOODRICH When it comes to matters of the heart, Lorraine Dodero is the perfect spokesperson for Northeast Ohio’s Go Red for Women movement. Dodero, executive director of the Sam J. Frankino Foundation and noted philanthropist, is chairing the Cleveland chapter of the American Heart Association’s 2021 Go Red for Women campaign. Through the Go Red for Women initiative, AHA raises awareness and funding to eradicate the number one health threat to women – heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Last fall, Dodero committed to match $30,000 in donations to the AHA in hopes of inspiring others to contribute. At the end of a two-month period, an additional $130,000 had been raised.

“Someone you know has heart issues, it doesn’t skate around any of us,” said Dodero. “I went to a Go Red event and met Dr. Guilherme Oliveira from University Hospitals and we got to know each other. He said this would be perfect for me and I jumped in with both feet.” Nationally sponsored by CVS, Go Red for Women is

Photograph of Lorraine Dodero, courtesy American Heart Association/Cleveland.

presented locally by University Hospitals and the Sam J. Frankino Foundation. Over the past 17 years, the program has funded life-saving women’s research, advanced public health policy, championed gender gaps in research and STEM and created a platform for women to address their greatest health risk. “I became interested in STEM when I realized so many young ladies didn’t pursue that end of education,” said Dodero. “We want more young women to understand the benefits of heart health instead of waiting until they get older.” February is designated as American Heart Month

and Feb. 5 is National Wear Red Day when a Women’s Heart Health Facebook Conversation will be moderated by WKYC-TV’s Monica Robbins from 12-1 p.m. The conversation will feature Cleveland HeartLab and Quest Diagnostics. Another virtual program will be held from 7-8 p.m., Feb. 25 featuring Dodero, Heather Gronik MD of the University Hosital’s Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute and Go Red for Women National Ambassador Susan Lucci. “I met Susan in New York and she remembers thinking it couldn’t be her when the doctors told her she needed heart surgery,” said Dodero. “She was thin, she ate right and exercised. It just shows that heart disease really is a quiet killer.” The AHA’s year-round Heart of Cleveland campaign, chaired by Rob Durham, president of HKM Direct Market Communications, focuses on work done in the community by spotlighting opportunities to save and improve lives by creating meaningful change through education while finding cures for heart disease and stroke. The campaign has already raised over $260,000 and will culminate with the AHA’s Heart and Stroke Ball on June 5. Dodero, whose yearly AHA Cleveland fundraising goal of $750,000 has already passed the $640,000 mark with a month to go, has a new appreciation for her own health after serving in her role with the association. “I’ve learned how we take advantage of our good health,” she said. “It’s something you really should pay attention to.” For more information on the Go Red for Women and Heart of Cleveland campaigns, visit www.heart.org/ cleveland.

Buying a home for the first time involves some major decisions for newly married couples, young professionals or longtime renters who are ready to take the next step. And in today’s highly competitive market where multiple offers are commonplace, it pays to do your homework with the help of an established realtor. “The dynamics of first-time homebuyers have changed dramatically over the past few years and even more so during the pandemic of 2020,” said Michelle S. McQuade of Howard Hanna’s Chagrin Falls office. In past years, many first-time buyers looked to locations close to downtown such as Cleveland Heights and University Heights. “In the current market, more and more first-time buyers are looking in suburbs like Russell Township, Bainbridge and Chardon,” said McQuade. “And many of my clients have opted to rent until they are more established in their careers and have larger down payments.” Those substantial down payments can enable first-time buyers to be competitive for more upscale homes as opposed to the traditional starter home. “In 2019 and 2020, I have had several first-time buyers purchase homes in the $400,000 and even up to $700,000 range,” said McQuade. The profiles of first-time homebuyers have changed along with the markets in recent years according to Susan Delaney of Howard Hanna’s Shaker Heights office. “Starter homes are not what they used to be years ago,” said Delaney. “You now have two professional incomes and couples are jumping right over that starter home. There can be a lot of student debt involved but you see a lot of parents helping their children buy homes.” The record low interest rates have been a huge driver in home sales and that trend figures to continue in 2021. “We anticipate the rates will stay low and steady for a while,” said Delaney. “I feel interest rates will remain constant in today’s COVID environment and the FED wanting to keep the economy full steam ahead as the housing market affects so many other sectors,” said McQuade. The biggest advantage a first-time buyer has is a lender’s pre-approval letter, which streamlines the financing process. “I cannot stress the importance of a pre-approval letter enough, I am adamant about that,” said Delaney. “And it’s important to work with a brick and mortar bank or mortgage company. You want to be able to pick up the phone and talk with the same person throughout the transaction – you don’t want to be talking with someone in Cleveland one day and someone in Arizona the next day.” “It’s important to educate the buyer that a pre-approval letter is an absolute must to be competitive in today’s market of low inventory and multiple offers,” said McQuade. “This requires more due diligence on the lender/underwriter’s behalf to confirm not only the credit score but also income and current debt.” It is also vital for first-time buyers to determine exactly what they can afford when making their most important purchase. “A lot of people work by the 28-36 percent debt to income ratio,” said Delaney. “At the end of the day it comes down to your personal comfort level. You’re buying a home because its where you’re going to make memories.”

“General Maintenance” featuring Justin Brennan on exhibit at HEDGE Gallery HEDGE Gallery, located at 1300 West 78th St., Suite 200, Cleveland kicked off 2021 with an exhibition titled “General Maintenance” featuring Cleveland-based artist Justin Brennan.  Brennan has been producing a multitude of works in his eclectic mix of mediums: oil paint, oil stick, enamel, collage, latex and spray paint. Themes of pop art inspired portraits were evolving in 2019, but as COVID-19 became a reality in March of 2020, Brennan’s work became influenced by in-depth self-reflection. Feelings of unrest inspired his painting style to bounce from frantic markmaking to controlled strokes, and as the pandemic worsened, the work only got more personal. Soon a series of portraits developed based on the artist’s face and those of loved ones, rather than found imagery. Justin also created a series of narrative paintings with symbolism, exposing personal life issues such as mental health struggles and addictive qualities. His recent neo-expressionist paintings depict human figures, loosely painted in strident parodies, with underlying commentary on current urban culture.  Justin Brennan, mainly a self- taught artist, works out of his studio located in the 78th Street Studios. He has been exhibiting with HEDGE Gallery since 2014, and has shown work nationally, recently at The Other Art Fair in Brooklyn, NY in 2019. “General Maintenance” will be on view through March 5, 2021 at HEDGE Gallery.  For more information on this exhibition or artist, visit hedgeartgallery.com, contact Hilary Gent at hilary@hedgeartgallery.com or call 216.650.4201.

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ADAMS.KAUFMAN'S ADAMS.KAUFMAN'S ADAMS.KAUFMAN'S A DAM KAU AUF UFM AD DA AM S.KA KA FMA MAN AN'S Luxury Luxury Luxury Homes Homes Homes Require Require Require Adam Adam Adam S.S.S. Kaufman Kaufman Kaufman *Moreland *Moreland *Moreland Hills Hills Hills $3,675,000 $3,675,000 $3,675,000

*Hunting *Hunting *Hunting Valley Valley Valley $3,495,000 $3,495,000 $3,495,000

Moreland Moreland Moreland Hills Hills Hills $2,395,000 $2,395,000 $2,395,000

*Chagrin *Chagrin *Chagrin Falls Falls Falls $2,250,000 $2,250,000 $2,250,000

*Hunting *Hunting *Hunting Valley Valley Valley $1,675,000 $1,675,000 $1,675,000

Shaker Shaker Shaker Heights Heights Heights $1,275,000 $1,275,000 $1,275,000


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Hunting Valley Hunting Hunting Valley Valley $1,600,000 $1,600,000 $1,600,000

Gates Gates Gates Mills Mills Mills $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000


*Hudson $2,975,000

Gates Mills $2,205,000

*Moreland Hills $1,495,000

Chagrin Falls $1,250,000

Moreland Hills $2,900,000

Gates Mills $2,200,000

Cleveland Heights $1,395,000

Chagrin Falls $1,199,000

Chagrin Falls $2,495,000

*Pepper Pike $2,100,000

Chagrin Falls $1,375,000

Pepper Pike $1,195,000

Gates Mills $2,395,000

Gates Mills $2,000,000

Hunting Valley $1,375,000

Shaker Heights $1,150,000

Hunting Valley $2,395,000

*Hunting Valley $1,950,000

Cheserland $1,375,000

Gates Mills $1,095,000

216.831.7370 | WWW.JUSTASKADAM.COM | ADAMKAUFMAN@HOWARDHANNA.COM Prices reflect the listing price for each home, not the sold price. *Adam S. Kaufman listed and sold these homes.


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SHAKER HEIGHTS … Gorgeous and stately home on beautiful parklike lot. Gracious rooms with wonderful floor plan. $479,000. SUSAN DELANEY, Howard Hanna Real Estate, 216.577.8700, susandelaney@howardhanna.com.

CVLT to stream professional regional theatre production for NEOhio audiences. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in conjunction with Hudson Theatre Works of Weehawken, NJ, will offer a special online presentation of ELLIOT & ME - a new musical comedy by Steven Willensky and Scott Coulter with music by Elliot Willensky. ELLIOT & ME is filled with humor, colorful personalities, unexpected situations, and uplifting musical moments in a heartfelt story of brotherly love. The production will be available to stream for a $20 admission from Thursday, February 18 at 6 PM through midnight on Sunday, February 21 at CVLT.org. Based on the Willenskys’ real lives and their powerful bond, the two-man play centers on songwriter Elliot and his younger brother Steven as they prepare to pitch their original two-man show to legendary Broadway producer Max Stone. Elliot is a charming, free-spirited ladies’ man overflowing with talent, joie de vivre, and a knack for driving Steven crazy. Elliot and Steven both reflect on the volatile ups and downs of their shared experiences: from their raucous “wonder years” growing up in Bayonne, NJ; to the painful conflict when Elliot defies the expectations of his traditional middle-class Jewish family and drops out of medical school to write pop songs; to Elliot’s rise to stardom writing hits for the likes of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and Steven’s starry-eyed admiration for his Hollywood lifestyle; and eventually to their role reversals when Elliot’s career hits a few bumps in the road and he needs to rely on Steven for help. The production was staged and recorded at Hudson Theatre Works, a professional Equity company and a proud member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, in December 2020 and is being offered to Northeast Ohio audiences online through CVLT by special arrangement with Steven Willensky. It stars a pair of acclaimed actors performing musical arrangements by Michael Holland under the direction of Michael Bias and a highly skilled creative team.

Elliot is portrayed by Eric Briarley, who has traveled the world playing iconic characters such as ‘Rhett Butler’ in a musical adaptation of Gone With The Wind, and ‘Sam Carmichael’ in the international musical sensation, Mamma Mia! Briarley’s other credits include: Les Misérables (Broadway National Tour), My Fair Lady (Royal National Theatre - USA Tour), A Little Night Music (Goodspeed), Show Boat and Man Of La Mancha (Westchester Broadway Theatre), and Ben, Virginia and Me (New York Music Festival). Drew Seigla portrays Steven. He is a standout among theatre and opera audiences, recognized for his “stunning tenor voice.” He made his Off-Broadway debut as ‘Matt; The Mute’ in The Fantasticks where he continued for a solid two-year stint. He gained his second NYC credit after joining the cast of Sweeney Todd as their Standby ‹Anthony/Tobias/Beadle› at Barrow St. Theatre. Regional Theatre highlights include Kiss Me Kate at Flat Rock Playhouse and ‹Jack› in Into the Woods at Barksdale Theatre. Before returning to NYC in 2014, Mr. Siegla made his opera debut with Lyric Opera Virginia, where he sang ‘Gastone’ and covered ‘Alfredo’ in La Traviata. He was last seen as ‘Pertshik’ in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish at Stage 42, directed by theatre legend, Joel Grey. He holds a B.M. from The Juilliard School, and studied Music Theatre at Elon University. Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded through individual and corporate contributions. Our programming is made possible in part by the citizens of Cuyahoga Country through Cuyahoga County Arts and Culture and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

2020 was a year we could never have imagined. We adjusted in ways we never thought we would be forced to. We were more focused on family because family needed us more. It was the year of “View From My Window”... with views from the wilds to Tuscany, from Brooklyn to the Eiffel Tower. It was created because we all watched the world from the safety of our homes. For me, while not the first time I had to regroup and reprioritize my real estate career (the last time being far worse when I went out on a limb to protect my clients and, fortunately, found my way to Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan); it was certainly a year of “going out on a limb.” While I have always said, “I only want to own the home I live in,” I ended up with not one, but two other homes. Neither was my best real estate investment, but I rationalized it with “today, I helped a client.” I didn’t reach across oceans to help a struggling population, but I did help people who live in my community and clients who believe in me. Through my 40 plus years in real estate, I have never found it necessary to tout my production, and 90 percent of my business is repeat/referral business. No one cares if I sell ten million or eighty million. I have never been one to flaunt... today I am proud to do so. I said “if it doesn’t sell, I’ll buy it”; and indeed, I did. Fortunately, both homes have now sold (or are under contract) and I will soon own only the home I live in. As with many life experiences, it’s a great story and one I’ll certainly include in my real estate memoir. Here’s to 2021... a year that holds promise. We’re on the mend and will soon be able to depart from “our new normal.” Perhaps, this is your year to find a new view from your window. DEBBIE GARSON, Keller Williams Metropolitan, 216.509.4275 or debbiegarson@kw.com

GAR Foundation names Nicole Mullet as 2020 Glass Half Full Award-Winner GAR Foundation is thrilled to announce its 2020 Glass Full Award recipient, Nicole Mullet, the founding Executive Director of ArtsNow. This award was created in 2011 to recognize Summit County community leaders for their inspiring and optimistic leadership of nonprofit organizations. The award was created to honor long-time GAR Foundation President Rob Briggs and is awarded to a deserving leader each year. GAR awarded a grant to ArtsNow in honor of Mullet’s leadership in Summit County. ArtsNow is a nonprofit designed to help build and strengthen a thriving Summit County arts and culture scene that adds economic vitality and social vibrancy to our region. In her role at ArtsNow, Mullet collaborates with local leaders and organizations (including GAR Foundation) to advocate for the arts and culture sector, to connect local talent to resources, and to promote the diverse catalog of arts and culture offerings across multiple platforms to Summit County residents. “On a daily basis, Nicole exhibits the qualities of leadership and optimism that define this award. She has worked at this tirelessly for years — advocating for the arts, pulling people and organizations together around shared interests, and helping all of us to see

greater possibilities through collaboration. We are thrilled to honor her for her contribution to the arts and culture sector,” says Christine Amer Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. In addition to this award, other major accomplishments for Mullet include Crain’s Cleveland Business’s Notable Women in Nonprofit award in August of 2019 and her selection to the Private Sector Network Council of Americans for the Arts where she is serving a two-year term representing Summit County and Ohio. Also, Nicole was one of 16 arts executives from across the country selected to participate in Americans for the Arts’ 2018 Executive Leadership Forum. She also serves on the statewide board of Ohio Citizens for the Arts. She was a finalist for the Athena Akron Emerging Leaders Award in 2020. Mullet is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 34 and serves on the board of United Disability Services (UDS). Nicole is also a proud alumna of Torchbearers, where she served as a member, committee chair, and board member from 2013 to 2017 and as president in 2016. For more information, contact Rob Lehr, Program Officer, rlehr@garfdn.org.

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HappyNew Year Thank you to my clients for choosing me for all your real estate needs in 2020!

I loved serving you! May your 2021 be filled with happiness, new opportunities, and many blessings

DEBBIE GARSON | Broker/Realtor Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan 216.509.4275 | debbiegarson@kw.com WWW.DEBBIEGARSON.COM C4

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Exhibitions On View

Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang through February 21, 2021 Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art through March 14, 2021 Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts through May 5, 2021 Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá through October 3, 2021 For those who wish to remain at home and visit the CMA virtually, a selection of high-level, digital-engagement offerings, for which the CMA is known worldwide, is available online. Home Is Where the Art Is offers an abundance of online resources and activities to enjoy the museum’s collections and includes a host of engaging programs and events.


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The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has reopened to the public, and will be open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I am delighted to welcome our community back to the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “We will reopen with the modified hours that we enacted in June, reserved and timed ticketing and a wonderful slate of exhibitions including Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art, Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts and Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang, among others.” “We remain committed to taking every necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff,” said Griswold. “No large groups will be permitted, and families will be encouraged to remain together during their visit.” The Transformer Station, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s sister contemporary art museum, located in the Ohio City neighborhood of downtown Cleveland, has also reopened. For information about safety procedures, hours of operation, exhibitions and ticket reservations, visit transformerstation.org. The museum was previously closed from mid-March through June 30. Prior to reopening, it established an internal task force and consulted with a board-certified epidemiologist and peer institutions across the country to establish coronavirus protocols and site-specific safety measures, which remain in place. The CMA will continue to monitor the situation and comply with all guidelines issued by state and local authorities and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For more information about the museum’s safety procedures, please view the FAQ sheet on the museum’s website at cma.org. Visiting the CMA’s permanent collections is always FREE to the public. The museum will continue its practice of reservation-only timed tickets for entry. Reserve FREE entry tickets. The museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. The last ticket reservation for the day is at 4 p.m. There will be no new entries into the museum after 4:30 p.m.

To My Dear Clients and Friends, My sincerest and heartfelt “thank you” for the opportunities you have given me by your support and referrals. I am truly so grateful. I simply couldn't d it without you! I want you to have the confidence that I strive to offer quality service, unparalleled marketing, and constant focus on all my buyers and sellers. All my best wishes for a happy, healthy, safe and peaceful 2021.



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Hard To Find Beachwood Condo At Fairmount Court! LESLIE KAUFMAN, Howard Hanna, 216.299.3561, lgk711@aol.com.



Located in Chagrin Township and situated on five private acres, this extraordinary home has been renovated to perfection in the past two years. Incredible high-end finishes and meticulous detail are found throughout the five bedroom, five full and two half bath home. The front entry opens to a traditional layout while the back of the house has been redesigned for open concept living. Enjoy your morning coffee utilizing the kitchen’s coffee bar while gazing at the fabulous views through the many windows. Daily meal prep is a delight in the large kitchen with custom cabinetry, and upscale appliances (two dishwashers, steam convection oven, warming drawer, microwave drawer, built in Subzero refrigerator/ freezer, fabulous range and hood). A library style ladder enables access to extensive upper level kitchen storage. Relax in the family room with white oak flooring and a custom Savannah grey brick fireplace surround. Easily hide the 77” television by utilizing the panels above the gas fireplace. Upstairs, the owner’s suite features large walk in closets, coffered ceiling, and a balcony overlooking the backyard. The owner’s bathroom is lavish with heated marble tile floor, oversized soaking tub, two custom vanities with honed marble countertops and a generous shower with three shower heads. Along with three more bedrooms, there is a fifth bedroom suite on the second floor. It features a living area with kitchenette, sun drenching skylights, two closets in the bedroom and a bathroom with wetroom. The lower level has been updated with high-grade mid century modern finishes with multiple spaces for work or play. The home office has heated flooring along with ample cabinetry and two desk areas. There is a Murphy bed and a full bathroom as well. The mirrored wall gym is an excellent space for keeping those exercise resolutions. Practical amenities throughout include tankless hot water heaters and a second floor laundry with a custom work table with quartz countertop and deep stainless sink. An outdoor kitchen extends your entertaining options and features a large gas grill, burner, Green Egg and sink. The greenhouse is climate controlled with automatic venting and has a dual farm sink along with Italian tile and drainage. Grow your own veggies in the backyard garden boxes with app controlled drip irrigation. Follow the trails leading to a spectacular view of the Chagrin River. Contact KAREN EAGLE of Howard Hanna for more information. 216.352.4700

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Cleveland Public Library makes list of America’s star libraries Cleveland Public Library earned the prestigious FiveStar rating from the “Library Journal,” the oldest and most respected publication covering library service.  “Cleveland Public Library is honored to receive the coveted  “Library Journal” Five-Star rating. Achieving this national recognition would not be possible without the dedication of our Library staff and the support of our beloved community,”  said Felton Thomas, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of Cleveland Public Library.    The “Library Journal”  Index of Public Library Service compares U.S. public libraries on the services it provides to the community. The ratings are based on per capita statistics for Library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public internet and Wi-Fi usage. Cleveland Public Library ranked fifth overall in the 2020 Index based on data collected in 2018 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  Cleveland Public Library has received four or five stars every year since 2009.  “The Five-Star rating shows the importance of Cleveland Public Library to the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. Our world-class collection, thought-provoking programming, and family-friendly atmosphere are what brings visitors from around the world to Cleveland Public Library, “remarks Thomas, Jr.  The “Library Journal”  has more than 100,000 readers. In 2008, the publication created the rating system to recognize America›s public libraries, improve library data, and promote self-evaluation. 

The Ultimate Home Gym! 7900 Gray Eagle Chase, Gates Mills. This home has it all! A basketball court, fitness room, steam shower and so much more. Custom designed by Tony Paskevich. CiCi Riley, 216.410.3114

The Cleveland Museum of Art Presents Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts  celebrates  the 2005 gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) of 65 color woodcuts and 26 drawings by the artist. These works, most of which have never been on view at the CMA, provide a comprehensive survey of Baumann’s long, productive career. The exhibition also illustrates how he worked and features his color woodcuts and drawings inspired by the landscapes, architecture and cultures of Illinois, Indiana, New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and California. While the works on paper exemplify Baumann’s extraordinary vision and skill, his writings, quoted throughout the exhibition, reveal his inner life and thoughts about art. This free exhibition is organized by Jane Glaubinger, the CMA’s retired curator of prints. It is on view now through May 2, 2021, in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery (101). “With the reopening of our museum, we look forward to showcasing this generous gift of works from the artist’s daughter, Ann,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Gustave Baumann was a master of color woodblock printing, and the works on view allow visitors to appreciate his sources of inspiration and distinctive technique.” Baumann did everything himself, including cutting a block for each color, mixing inks and printing. The exhi-

bition features Summer Clouds (1926), the only print in the collection for which the museum has the woodblocks and both the color proofs and the progressive proofs. This allows visitors to understand how Baumann printed layers of color to achieve rich effects. After living in Chicago and rural southern Indiana, in 1918 Baumann settled in Santa Fe, where he spent the next 50 years portraying the natural beauty of the Southwest and California. Exhilarated by the exotic landscape, he developed a sophisticated technique of printing layers of pure, brilliant hues to reproduce the intense, crystalline sunlight and clear, arid atmosphere of the region. Baumann was also captivated by the area’s cultural diversity and depicted the rituals of traditional Native American life and historical sites, including Roman Catholic Colonial-era churches. “Baumann produced exceptional color woodcuts, traveling widely in search of novel subjects,” said  Jane Glaubinger, retired curator of prints. “Mesmerized by the stunning scenery of the Southwest, he depicted shimmering golden aspens, the dramatic light effects and exquisite colors of the Grand Canyon and the majesty of giant redwoods. Re-creating the ambiance of each locale with consummate skill, Baumann produced works on paper that touch viewers through the beauty of his vision.”

Principal support is provided by Kenneth F. and Betsy Bryan Hegyes, Leon* and Gloria Plevin and Family, and the Print Club of Cleveland. Major support is provided by the Ann Baumann Trust. All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Major annual support is provided by the Estate of Dolores B. Comey and Bill and Joyce Litzler, with generous annual funding from Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Ms. Arlene Monroe Holden, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Claudia Woods and David Osage. *Deceased Visiting the museum’s permanent collections is always FREE to the public. Visitors must reserve FREE entry tickets. The museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. The last ticket reservation for the day is at 4 p.m. There will be no new entries into the museum after 4:30 p.m.  For more information about the museum’s new safety procedures, please view the FAQ sheet on the museum’s website at cma.org.

Visit Zanesville and Muskingum County There are so many things to do in Zanesville and Muskingum County…..even during the winter! Don’t let the cold weather keep you from your next adventure or relaxation trip. Explore Muskingum County’s very own Snowman Trail with six life-sized snowmen placed through downtown Zanesville, Putnam and McIntire Historic District. Each snowman has a different theme!  After participating in Frosty’s scavenger hunt be sure to warm up with a cup of snowman soup from the Welcome Center! Get cozy in a cabin at Dillon State Park or enjoy a romantic retreat at The Wilds’ Cabins at Straker Lake. Our hotels are a great option as well and many offer specials in the winter months. While you are in the area, take advantage of the Winter Tours offered at the Wilds. Get a truly unique perspective with close-up interactions with the animals and behind-the-scenes experiences. These tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and require advance reservations. Taste locally made beer at Weasel Boy Brewing Company and Y Bridge Brewing Company as well as local wines at Stone Crest Vineyard (open yearround) and Terra Cotta Vineyards (open in March). Don’t forget, most of our antique stores, pottery outlets and specialty stores remain open during the winter, many offering sales and specials so it’s a good time to take advantage of great buys.  Beat the spring and summer crowds and visit ZanesvilleMuskingum County this winter! Go online to VisitZanesville.com to learn more or call 740.455.8282.  

Valley Art Center reimagines signature event, Art by the Falls With the future of large-scale, in-person events very much unsettled for the immediate future, Valley art Center in Chagrin Falls has moved proactively to bring their largest annual event – Art by the Falls – safely to our community. Art by the Falls has been a beloved large-scale art fair held for decades along the beautiful banks of the Chagrin River. Consistently featuring over 100 artists and hosting well over 10,000 patrons over a single weekend in June,

this event has become a staple in the summer calendars of the residents of the Chagrin Valley, and Northeast Ohio. This past year is the first summer in almost 40 years that the festival has been cancelled. In response, the staff at Valley Art Center got creative and reimagined Art by the Falls to safely fit within the new considerations of our world. This year, Art by the Falls will be a summer-long event, split into two consecu-

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tive indoor gallery exhibits, exhibited onsite in Valley Art Center’s Main Gallery. These exhibits will run for five weeks each; June 4, 2021 – July 7, and July 23, 2021 – September 1, 2021. For this first iteration of this reimagined art fair, we will be inviting every artist who was accepted into last year’s festival to include their work, there will not be further open call-to-entry. Patrons will be able to browse each exhibit in socially

distanced bliss in-person by appointment, or online via video walkthroughs and our online shop. Additionally, pop-up booth spaces will be available to local ABF artists onsite at Valley Art Center, or throughout the Village of Chagrin Falls as we are able, with regards to public health. Valley Art Center is located at 155 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44022. For more information, visit www.valleyartcenter.org or call 440.247.7507.

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Charlotte Lees, Joshua Tree 2, Mixed media on wood, 28” x 15”, Collection of the AAWR

Artists Archives of Western Reserve exhibits ‘Women of the Archives’ at Judson Manor Title of Exhibition: Women of the Archives Dates: January 5 – March 29, 2021 Location of Exhibition: Judson Manor – South Concourse Gallery, 1890 E 107th St. Cleveland, OH 44106 Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Please call 216.532.1351 for additional information This winter, Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is pleased to announce Women of the Archives, the museum’s second collaboration with Judson Manor, a notfor-profit retirement community located in historic University Circle. The satellite exhibition, which extends into Women’s History Month, features 17 works by 10 notable women from the museum’s collection of Ohio art including Ruth Bercaw, Charlotte Lees, Lee Heinen, Rebecca Kaler, Elise Newman, Gail Newman, Algesa O’Sickey, Gloria Plevin, Judy Takács, and Marsha Sweet. Held in Judson’s newly christened South Concourse Gallery, Women of the Archives blends the elegance of the 1920’s architecture which surrounds it with premiere examples of textile sculpture, wood carving, print making, figurative oils, and colorful mixed media work. Highlights include 3 portraits by Judy Takács of fellow female Archived Artists Shirley Campbell, Marsha Sweet, and Lee Heinen, as well as newly acquired pieces never before exhibited by the museum. The continuing partnership not only allows public access to the Archives’ extensive collection, it enriches the lives of Judson’s senior citizens. “The reaction from the residents has been enormously enthusiastic,” says Mark Corcoran, chair of the Manor’s House Committee. “There are so many vibrantly-colored pieces in the show, it has added a whole lot of life to the building!” “We have an enormous collection—more than 10,000 pieces from more than eighty Ohio artists—and only about 1,000-square-feet of gallery space,” says AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousely. “So community partnerships are key to providing more access to the public…. For me, this has been a fantastic partnership. Judson Manor is a community of art lovers. It’s a winwin for everybody.” On view until March 29, Women of the Archives is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm daily. For more information on exhibiting artists and a preview of the show, visit artistsarchives.org About the Artists Archives: The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) is a unique archival facility and regional museum created to preserve representative bodies of work by Ohio visual artists. Through ongoing research, exhibition, and educational programs the AAWR actively documents and promotes this cultural heritage for the benefit of the public. The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would also like to thank Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the people of Cuyahoga County, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.

Gail Newman, Untitled, Acrylic on canvas, 18” x 14.5”, Collection of AAWR

Gloria Plevin, Snowy Day with Alexi, Aquatint with etching on paper, 20.5” x 17”, Collection of AAWR

Lee Heinen, Lilies of Okavango (Detail), Oil on canvas, 36” x 48”, Collection of the AAWR

Ruth Bercaw, Want to Contemplate Butterflies?, Mixed media on paper, 38.5” x 36.5” Collection of the AAWR

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Valentine’s Day menu for dining at home calls for more than just a cliche filet By PARIS WOLFE With restrictions on restaurant dining in Ohio, many couples will set a romantic table, light candles, and dine at home this Valentine’s Day. A renaissance in boutique butchers specializing in locally sourced meats gives home cooks more choices in 2021. The menu, area butchers say, could be and should be, something more interesting than a cliché filet. “Given the current dining scene and pandemic, this year presents an opportunity to challenge your cooking skills at home,” says Melissa Khoury, owner of Saucisson in Cleveland’s Slavic Village. Khoury and Penny Barend Tagliarina started the storefront butcher shop in 2013, to provide unique and hard to find products. From handcured meats to specially spiced sausages, Saucisson supports local family farms that are humane and hormonefree. Khoury says she’d start the Valentine’s Day celebration with a meat and cheese board. “We have so many local cheesemakers around Northeast Ohio that you’re bound to find a few makers that will satisfy everyone’s preference.” “When it comes to actual dinner, beef tenderloin, ribeye and higher-end cuts are always an option. But at Saucisson we push lesser-known cuts. A sirloin, for instance,” she says. “Most folks don’t consider roasting a larger cut of sirloin to medium-rare and slicing just as you would with beef tenderloin. But, in my opinion, sirloin has better marbling because it’s a muscle that works a bit more for the animal than the tenderloin. The result is a

marbled, delicious piece of beef for a quarter of the cost of tenderloin.” Willingness to experiment is wise given higher demand for better-known cuts. “Because Saucisson sources from small, family farms we have a limited supply of the higher-end cuts,” she notes. “So, we work hard to utilize the entire animal. Not to mention many cuts are just a damn, good piece of beef.” Khoury recommends potato sarladaise, as a side dish, basically potatoes cooked in duck fat. Saucisson sells duck fat for recipes like this. Something you’ll understand once you try it. Trevor Clatterbuck, farmer/co-owner of Ohio City Provisions in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, also recommends charcuterie and Ohio cheeses as a starter. Started in 2015, OCP is part grocer and part whole animal butcher. The butcher shop features freshly cut, pastured beef, heritage and heirloom varietals of pork, pastureraised chicken, and occasional specialty meats such as rabbit, lamb, duck, turkey, venison, and goat. They also cure meats and create terrines/pates for use on charcuterie presentations. “I would serve a spreadable, cooked charcuterie known as ‘ciciolli,’” says Clatterbuck. “It’s soft with tender pieces of pork belly braised in white wine and herbs; the entire spread is whipped together with house-rendered lard and dried cherries.” He suggests pairing it with the Elmsted Ash, triple crème camembert from Marchant Manor cheese of Cleveland Heights. Rosemary-black pepper crackers and ground cherry preserves by local makers and sold at OCP,

complete a basic board for two. “For an entrée, I would spend the time to braise a frenched beef short rib,” he says. “This cut is economical, intensely beefy and well-marbled. It will require careful attention from the cook. With a low, slow braise, it is fork tender and delicious.  When tied to the bone, it is an impressive presentation.” “I’d finish the short rib by glazing it in a pan with demiglace. Then, I’d rest it atop a bed of parsnip puree, plate it with roasted baby carrots and top with a drizzle of pan sauce.” And yes, OCP sells a homemade demi-glace so

home cooks don’t have to spend hours making it. Valentine’s Day is for sharing, says Nate Fagnilli, butcher/owner at Na*Kyrsie Meats in Geneva. Fagnilli opened Na*Kyrsie in 2016 as a sidebar to his gig as chef at Crosswinds Grille in Geneva-on-the-Lake. Today, he specializes in whole animal butchery and cured meats. He recommends sharing a chuck eye or tri-tip roast. Fagnilli says, “I prefer to indirect grill them on a charcoal grill. The key is to extend the cooking time as long as possible while still cooking to medium-rare 124 F.  Low heat is needed to do this, and grilling makes it possible. I like indirect grilling as it will also caramelize the outside,” he says. “An alternative is to roast in a 200 F oven to a temperature of about 115 F. Then, sear the meat on the stovetop or on a grill.” As a side, Fagnilli suggests roasted sweet potatoes or a cauliflower puree and seasonal vegetable. Catherine Chuha, livestock farmer/owner of G.A.R. Horizons in Chardon suggests a stuffed flank steak. She and her husband Steve choose a spinach/cheese/mushroom combination. “Flank steak was a cut I was never familiar with, but so many of our customers asked for it,” she says. That sparked her interest and she started trolling Pinterest. “I tried this recipe once and it is a household favorite.” The sliced presentation adds elegance to a plate. “Our favorite sides are a fresh, local hydroponic-grown salad and our own farm fresh potatoes,” she says. The flank steak, potatoes and other locally made products are sold at the small, farm store she started in 2018. Prior to the store she sold freezer meats at local farmers’ markets.

Cleveland Botanical Garden to open 15th annual Flower Show ‘Orchids Forever’  Holden Forest & Gardens will open one of its most popular annual experiences Orchids Forever at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The show will run through Sunday, April 11th.  Orchids Forever is generously supported by Just Add Ice®.  “Orchids are one of the world’s most beautiful flowering plants and we are thrilled to be able to open this stunning show in Cleveland,” said Jill Koski, president and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens. “Being surrounded by orchids is a delightful and mood-lifting experience, one that’s perhaps more welcome now than ever before. At the same time, Orchids Forever will inform visitors about their incredible resilience and the importance of the Earth’s biodiversity to ensure that we can enjoy them for generations to come.”   Guests will be greeted with a stunning display of hundreds of  Phalaenopsis  orchids and a towering orchid sculpture “Orchids in Bloom” designed by copper, resin and steel artists Mark Lagergren and Anthony M. Ball. The experience leads to the Eppig Gallery for a visually striking timeline of orchid speciation and exploitation, as well as modern-day science and conservation. Clark Hall will have a conservation laboratory theme with orchids in test tubes and digital projections of orchids under microscopes. Horticultural displays will showcase exotic plants all surrounded by narrative panels about orchid science. The Glasshouse rainforest biomes will highlight orchid species from the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia and Central America, transporting visitors from the Northeast Ohio winter into a warm climate.  Over the course of the show, thousands of orchids will fill the galleries, hallways and Glasshouses at the botanical gardens.  Providing a safe and comfortable experience was topof-mind for the Orchids Forever design team. A socially distanced one-way path will guide visitors through the experience. A limited number of advanced reservations are available each day. Face masks must be worn in the interior garden building.  Orchid Artwork:  Silk paintings by Gunter Schwegler will grace the walls of Orchids Forever.  Rainforest Creature Feature: Guests are invited to meet the critters that call the Glasshouse home during special meet-and-greets with the animals Fridays through Sundays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Get up close with a panther chameleon, radiated tortoises, an eastern box tTurtle, African bullfrog or smokey jungle frog, and Madagascar hissing roaches. And don’t forget to check out the new addition to the amphibian case in our Costa Rica glasshouse—dart frogs! Ten bumble bee dart frogs will be on display in a new enclosure.  Learn as You Go: Guests will receive an Orchids Forever educational packet with activities for learners of all ages including: a labeled orchid cutout to color, assemble and display to have your own forever orchid at home; hidden picture art with pollinators unique to orchids and key bioindicators specific to the health of orchid ecosystems; and a special QR code that will transport guests to four different countries where they can search for orchids and orchid pollinators native to each of those exotic locations. Each guest will receive their own packet will supplies last. 

“Orchids Forever” at the Cleveland Botanical Garden runs February 13-April 11. Orchids-to-Go in the Garden Store: Orchids, including some exotic varieties, will be available for purchase at the Garden Store. Orchid soil, fertilizer and orchid pots will also be for sale. Learn and Grow with Virtual Classes All About Orchids  Register for all classes at cbgarden.org Basic Orchid Growing & Care on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 6 -7PM with Dawn Gerlica, Lantern Court Horticulturist. Live, virtual program; $10 per member, $25 per nonmember Does a  Phalaenopsis  send shivers down your spine?  Do  Oncidiums  make you quake in your boots?  This virtual class simplifies orchid growing by giving you a common-sense orchid grower’s checklist that can lead to blooming success with almost any orchid. A Q&A session will take place at the end of the lesson. Orchids on the Edge: Conservation in a Changing World  on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10 - 11:00 AM  with Dr. Lawrence W. Zettler, Hitchcock Professor of Biology at Illinois College.  Live, Virtual Program; $10 per member, $25 per nonmember Every orchid on this planet – from showy epiphytes that grow on trees in tropical rainforests, to hardy terrestrials found here in the Midwest - needs a fungus to grow and survive.  Many also require specific insect pollinators for the orchid’s reproduction and survival.  About one half of the 27,000+ orchid species worldwide are now vulnerable to extinction. Dr. Lawrence W. Zettler, Hitchcock Professor of Biology at Illinois College, will delve into the life history of the orchid from seed germination into maturity and what needs to be done to ensure their proliferation.  Ask the Orchid Doctor   - this popular FREE orchid clinic will be virtual this year. Throughout the course of the show, Ask the Orchid Doctor will allow participants to interact with orchid experts and diagnose problem plants.

Visit cbgarden.org for details. Orchids Forever hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays noon – 8:30 p.m. and Sundays noon – 5 p.m. The Botanical

Garden will be closed on Mondays except for Monday, February 15th with open hours from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please note hours are subject to change, check cbgarden. org for updated information.  Orchids Forever  admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child ages three to 12 (free for children two and under). Admission is free for Holden Forests & Gardens members. Orchids Forever tickets will be available cbgarden. org three weeks in advance, beginning January 30th. Advanced reservations are required  to control capacity for the safety of our members and guests.   The Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio.  Indoor parking is available for a fee based on availability. For complete details about Orchids Forever, visit cbgarden.org/orchids-forever. About Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Forests & Gardens  Cleveland Botanical Garden, located in Cleveland’s University Circle cultural district, is an ever-changing 10-acre urban oasis where visitors find enrichment and inspiration through themed outdoor gardens, an exotic Glasshouse and seasonal experiences. The Cleveland Botanical Garden is part of Holden Forests & Gardens along with the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio.  Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact on the community and region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses. For more information, visit cbgarden.org.

Emerald Direct Primary Care Launches First Cleveland Medical Practice with Affordable Monthly Membership Model Emerald Direct Primary Care, the first independent direct primary care practice in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that it is now accepting new patients. Emerald Direct Primary Care offers a new model of primary care, with unlimited visits. The practice works on a membershipbased model comparable to that of a gym membership. For adults, the fee ranges from $65 to $85 per month, based on the patient’s age. The fee covers all in-office visits, virtual visits, TeleMedicine and phone consultations, email and direct text messages to Dr. Megan Moini, the owner and lead practitioner at Emerald Direct Primary Care. “I opened Emerald Direct Primary Care because I knew there was a better way for me to practice medicine,” said Dr. Moini. “This new model of treating patients allows me to deliver a higher standard of care to my patients. It is so much better for patients, because most medical practices are owned by a hospital that has guidelines restricting appointment that sometimes should be longer and more thorough. When I worked in that system, my hands were tied regarding the time and attention that makes a difference in care and the relationships my patients deserve.” Direct primary care doctors can address 80-90% of most patients’ health concerns. The Emerald Direct Primary Care model is suitable for small businesses that have not traditionally offered health insurance to their employees. Now, they can now provide health services for their employees at affordable, predictable rates. This approach can bridge the benefits gap that many employees have experienced to date. As Dr. Moini put it, “I care about my patients very

much, and I want them to know they can see me or call me when they’re worried about something. Now I have more time with patients and instead of rushing through 15-minute visits. I can take my time addressing all concerns, and work on lifestyle modifications like diet and exercise that are often neglected in typical practices. It’s so rewarding, and my patients love the model.” Visits with Dr. Moini are longer than in traditional practices, averaging 45 minutes to allow time to address every patient issue. Communication and keeping track of concerning issues such as blood pressure and blood sugar are easy with email health updates and reminders. Unlike the usual methods in traditional healthcare systems, costs are transparent. Discounted labs and medications are available as well. The doctor’s patient panel will cap at 400 to 500 patients compared with 2000 to 3000 in a traditional practice. She added, “I am dedicated to giving my patients true continuity of care. Patients will always see their own doctor. Finally, Telemedicine and house calls are offered to patients who find that traveling to the office is difficult. In the U.S., very few doctors make house calls these days. I am happy to come to you if you need me.” Dr. Megan Moini is board-certified in internal medicine. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and received her medical training at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Moini has practiced in Colorado and at the Cleveland Clinic prior to opening Emerald Direct Primary Care in 2020. For more information visit www.emeralddpc.com. www.currentsneo.com  January 28, 2021 CURRENTS  C9

2020 proved to be banner, breakout year for Ryan Young and The Young Team It’s been 11 years since Ryan Young, a trained chef, joined his parents Jeff, a custom home builder and Terry, a realtor, in working in the housing industry in Northeast Ohio. Since then, he’s convinced his brother, Josh, a professional equestrian, to join the business as well. Today the Young team has 10 full-time realtors plus a unique specialist-model group of support staff, a sort of boutique set of services aimed at the team’s focus on the luxury market. “2020 was the year we just decided would be our breakout year,” Young states. “We made a commitment (before the pandemic) that we would go all out and spend more money on marketing homes, and work on techniques that are more standard in other parts of the country, but aren’t really seen in this market. Our clients deserve the same kind of services as clients in big metropolitan areas, and we are trying to change client expectations with each seller that we help.” Bottom line? Young estimates the team sold over $120 million in real estate last year. “That’s an increase of over 30 percent compared to 2019. We are also selling more properties over $1 million, and that has also helped the growth of our luxury division,” he states. Young’s take is that the luxury market here is fragmented as well as a bit archaic in the way leads and properties are handled. “So many industries are seeing so much growth and change,” he says. “But I don’t see that here. Agents continue to do business the way they always have, and that’s a huge opportunity for us.” Young describes how his team relies heavily on technology, videography and virtual reality. “It’s easy to market to people looking for a house, but I need to invest my money to address people who don’t know they’re looking,” he says. “Buyers in the luxury market don’t necessarily want to buy a house, but rather, a lifestyle. They are already comfortable in their current living situation, but if that one house comes up with a view or has been totally updated, our job is to get that inventory in front of them.” He gives the example of someone surfing the web for, say, the cost of in-ground pools. Currently the wait in this area for installation is two to three years. But should the team have a property available with a pool in place, the objective is to get that property in front of that family. Young admits techniques like geo-tagging and IP retargeting are over his head. “I don’t know much about it, but I provide myself with experts, which allow us to gain better results – better for our clients, and better in creating opportunities.” Young describes his team’s main territory as within an hour’s drive of Cleveland, and perhaps a bit farther if the property is extraordinary. Beyond that the team will recommend one of the partners they work with to help facilitate the best experience possible. Naturally, part of the Young team works on houses in the same territory at lower price points as well. As for the coming year, Young states: “I am one hundred percent certain 2021 [sales] will be massive, as long as interest rates are low and people continue to put an emphasis on comfort in their home. With less money spent on travel, more money spent on your property will be a major trend this year and in fact into the next decade.” For more information contact Ryan Young at 216.378.9618 or Ryan@TheYoungTeam.com. The Young Team is part of Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan.


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Gorgeous Amish custom-built log home on 9+ acres in Alliance! This spectacular home features a white cedar exterior, an open layout, and a luxurious first floor master suite. All that is missing is you! The great room features a stunning cathedral ceiling with log pine rafters and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. The eat-in kitchen boasts Amish custom-built hickory cabinetry, quartz counters, a breakfast bar, and sunroom access. First floor master features a vaulted ceiling, a cedar lined walk-in closet, and an en suite bath. Outside, you will find a 32x24 ft horse barn with 2 stalls, a 98x40 ft pole barn with a 1 bed, 1 bath apartment, two pastures, a riding rink, and a serene creek.








Stunning colonial situated on a serene 3+ acre lot in Hudson! Gleaming hardwood floors greet you in the foyer and flow into a living room on your right and the dining room to your left. The great room features skylights, a wet bar, and a fireplace. The kitchen includes granite counters, all appliances, and a breakfast bar that overlooks the sunny eat-in area. The first floor master bedroom suite includes a spacious bedroom and a recently updated full bath with his and her vanities, a jetted soaking tub, and a beautiful step in shower. Upstairs, you will find 2 additional bedroom suites. Outside, you will find a 3 car attached garage, a pond, a lovely patio, and gorgeous landscaping.














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Center for Arts-Inspired Learning to present Calbaret At Home Feb. 27 After a successful first event in September, our virtual event series, CALbaret at Home continues this February. Planning is underway to share more engaging performances from our CAL Teaching Artists and celebrity performers alike! As with the first event in the series, all attendees will receive a mystery package, sent to your home prior to the event with a few surprises for the evening.

TICKET INFORMATION Event Ticket: $30 This ticket level includes access to and mystery box for February 2021 event in the CALbaret series. Ticket Gifting Option Treat family or friends to join in the fun of CALbaret, by gifting access to the February 2021 event. Patron Ticket: $100 This ticket level includes access to and mystery box for the February 2021 and April 2021 events in the CALbaret series; plus acknowledgment in each event program. Ticket Gifting Option Go one step further and share both the February and April events in the CALbaret series with your family or friends! Unable to attend the event, but still want to lend your support? You can Make a Gift to the CAL Annual Fund and help ensure can provide arts education program to more Pre-K-12 youth across Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit arts-inspiredlearning.org.

Indigenous Tradition Meets Artistic Ingenuity in the Mola Textiles of Guna Women For the Guna women of Panamá, the mola, a handsewn cotton blouse and a key component of traditional dress, is a powerful symbol of culture and identity. A new exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá,  explores the mola as both a cultural marker and the product of an artistic tradition, demonstrating the important role women artists play in the construction of social identity. The exhibition is on view in the museum’s Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery now through October 3, 2021. The Guna (formerly Kuna) are an indigenous people living on the Caribbean coast of Panamá. Guna women began creating molas by the early 20th century. When the Panamanian government sought to suppress their culture, the Guna rebelled in 1925, rallying around their right to make and wear molas as a statement of their independence. Molas are crafted from masterfully handsewn cotton panels that are made in pairs and sewn into blouses. The panels feature a wide array of vibrantly colored, often whimsical subjects, ranging from geometric abstraction to motifs based on the natural world, Guna life and mythology, and Western popular culture. “A women’s art form, molas serve as visual embodiments of the strength and survival of Guna identity,” said William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “At the same time, they are practical elements of daily life as clothing and expressions of personal individuality and creativity subject to changing fashion trends from one generation to the next. Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá examines the mola’s complex role in Guna society and demonstrates the way they blend tradition and constant innovation.” “Strong expressions of duality, repetition, and equilibrium are evident in mola imagery, both in single panels and those comprising the front and back of a blouse. Driven by these and other aesthetic values along with

a spirited practice of artistic critique, Guna women are passionate about making ever more innovative mola designs that continue to push the boundaries of their artistic tradition,” said Andrea Vazquez de Arthur, who curated the exhibition while serving as the museum’s first Mary and Leigh Carter Director’s Research Fellow. Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá presents both individual panels and complete blouses (both are known as molas) and celebrates  several gifts that have entered the museum’s collection over the years. The exhibition also features generous loans from Denison University, which holds one of the most important Guna collections in the United States.  The molas on display span distinct periods of Guna history, from the era of the 1925 revolution to the 1980s. The exhibition is accompanied by bilingual (English/ Spanish) gallery labels, as well as a bilingual booklet that is available in the gallery and on the CMA website. All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Major annual support is provided by the Estate of Dolores B. Comey and Bill and Joyce Litzler, with generous annual funding from Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Ms. Arlene Monroe Holden, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Claudia Woods and David Osage. The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. Virtual Programming  Desktop Dialogue: Making and Meaning in Mola Textiles

How do materials and fabrication processes convey meaning in a work of art or design? Listen as CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur and museum guide Leonardo Pérez Carreño from the Museo de la Mola  in Panamá City, Panamá, discuss making and meaning in molas, a key component of traditional dress among indigenous Guna women and the subject of the exhibition, Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá. Visit cma.org/desktop-dialogues.  Close Looking at a Distance: Stitching Complexity Join program host Key Jo Lee and CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur for  a deep and guided  exploration of a single mola,  made using  appliqué and reverse appliqué  techniques. Learn about these  processes and  their  complex associations with the Guna understanding of the universe. Visit cma.org/close-looking-at-a-distance.  Principal support is provided by the Sandy and Sally Cutler Strategic Opportunities Fund. Additional support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual funding is provided by Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus and Dr. Roland S. Philip, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Visiting the museum’s permanent collections is always  FREE  to the public.  Reserve FREE entry tickets. The museum’s hours of operation are Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays. The last ticket reservation for the day is at 4:00 p.m. There will be no new entries into the museum after 4:30 p.m. For more information about the museum’s new safety procedures, please view the FAQ sheet on the museum’s website at cma.org.

Cleveland Public Theatre to present Pandemonium 2021 in September create an experience Pandemonium guests (both old and new) will be thrilled to discover. This year, CPT honors Randell McShepard (Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer for RPM International Inc) with the 2021 PAN Award, recognizing his advocacy for equity and inclusion, the environment, and our Greater Cleveland community. 

Pandemonium 2021 is Saturday, September 18 Tickets will be available for purchase in July. Proceeds support CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and lifechanging education programs. About the 2021 PAN Award Honoree: Randell McShepard Randell McShepard serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer for RPM International Inc. An active community and corporate leader, Randell serves on several boards in the Cleveland area including

Baldwin Wallace University, Destination Cleveland, and Taylor Oswald LLC. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region, and Co-Founder of the Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving urban farm and environmental education campus in Cleveland’s Lower Kinsman neighborhood. He also currently serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity, established in 2020. Randell’s previous community and civic leadership roles have included President of The Union Club of Cleveland, Chairman of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board, Chairman of the Manufacturing Advocacy Council of the National Association of Manufacturers, Chairman of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, Vice-Chairman of the Fund for Our Economic Future, and Vice-Chairman of Business Volunteers Unlimited. He has also served as a Trustee for the George Gund Foundation, the City Club of Cleveland Foundation, and United Way of Greater Cleveland. Among his many honors, Randell was inducted into the John F. Kennedy High School Hall of Fame and has been

recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University. He was also recognized as a “C-Suite Champion” by Crain’s Cleveland in 2019. He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and remains active at his home church, St. James AME Church in Cleveland, where he serves on the Steward Board. PANDEMONIUM 2021 HONORARY CHAIRS Mayor Frank G. Jackson Tom & Sandra Sullivan (in memoriam)  CO-CHAIRS Kristen Baird Adams Micki Byrnes Peter Lawson Jones & Lisa Payne Jones Jan Roller & David Abbott Others TBA soon For more information on sponsorship opportunities for Pandemonium 2021, contact Caitie H. Milcinovic, Director of Organizational Advancement, at caitiehm@cptonline.org or 216.631.2727 x213.



Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents Pandemonium 2021— CPT’s annual benefit and theatrical spectacular—on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Pandemonium transforms the CPT campus into a labyrinth of theatre, dance, visual art, and performance in every corner. Tickets are all-inclusive, featuring fabulous local food, free valet, and complimentary drinks served all night long. A feast for the eyes, mind, appetite, and imagination— Pandemonium proceeds benefit CPT’s groundbreaking artistic work and life-changing education programs.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pandemonium 2020 was adapted into Awakenings: A Virtual Gala, an experience that took guests inside the labyrinth—from the comfort of their own homes. With the generosity of CPT’s 2020 PAN Award Honoree Micki Byrnes, Awakenings: A Virtual Gala premiered a one-hour special, Awakenings, A Celebration of Cleveland Public Theatre, on WKYC Channel 3, followed by a virtual After-Party on Zoom.  While no one can predict what September will look like, CPT is excited to use learnings from this year to

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