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BENEFIT BEAT Area nonprofits continue innovating by offering safe ways to raise funds through pandemic TRAVEL Marietta’s Sewah Studios is America’s largest maker of handcrafted historical markers By Sarah Jaquay FASHION This season’s fashions feature stylish, cozy comfort for warmth By LAURI GROSS REAL ESTATE – AT HOME Magnificent Jacobean-style home for sale in Shaker Heights By Rita Kueber



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THE MAGIC OF THE MENORAH Visit Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage to discover menorahs used throughout time for the Festival of Lights By Rita Kueber HOLIDAY DINING Make a reservation at Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills to experience fine dining this holiday season By Barry Goodrich COVID CHRISTMAS Decorate your home in style this season for magical, memorable holiday despite pandemic By Lauri Gross

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This year, more than any other, perhaps, there’s some stark reality and mutual understanding to the phrase “there’s no place like home” … for the holidays. While our celebrations might be scaled back and somewhat different than in years before, and while the people with whom we typically gather may be unable to travel or join us in 2020, this month’s issue of Currents offers plenty of inspiration for creating a magical, memorable and meaningful holiday season at home. From Thanksgiving through Hanukkah and Christmas, our team has reported on the latest in decorating for this holiday season, holiday happenings in Northeast Ohio, options for dining out as safely as possible, Thanksgiving menu recipes, gift ideas, home and landscape design with winter in mind, and much more. Our next issue of Currents publishes early, on December 10, so until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving to you from all of us at Currents!

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NOVEMBER EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Cynthia Schuster Eakin, Barry Goodrich, Lauri Gross, Sarah Jaquay, Rita Kueber, Paris Wolf PHOTOGRAPHERS: Peggy Turbett ADVERTISING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES: Nancy Kelley, Alana Clark, Tobe Schulman AD DESIGNERS: Connie Gabor, Ashley Gier

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Edwins strengthens its mission by opening ‘edwins too’ at Shaker Square By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN Edwins, the fine French eatery and training center, where formerly incarcerated adults gain culinary and hospitality skills, is doubling down on its mission to bring culinary adventure to Shaker Square with the opening of edwins too this month. Located at 13220 Shaker Square, Chrostowski in the former fire food and drink space, edwins too opens with dinner service on Nov. 20. Reservations are required for the restaurant’s two Friday and Saturday dinner seatings, Saturday and Sunday brunch and Sunday evening service. Weekday private dining may be booked for lunch and dinner events. Phone 216.400.6091 for reservations. Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, and his team will offer prix fixe menus with bold flavors and vegan options. A chef-inresidence will complement the edwins too experience with his or her own flourishes. “The restaurant will offer a three, five and seven-course option with wine pairings available,” Jon Khanna, Edwins director of education noted. “We started taking reservations on Nov. 9 and guest chefs will be posted on the Wednesday before the weekend that they will be here.” Khanna said the motivation for opening a second restaurant fits the Edwins mission. “It’s for our students,” he said. “With the current restrictions that are in place, the dining room at Edwins has been cut in half, which also means we need half the students. The problem is we have more students now than ever, more people looking for hope and help. By opening edwins too, it gives us the opportunity to keep giving that hope by being able to accept everyone who wants or needs that hope. Edwins mission has always been about giving people a second chance. In this crazy time, edwins too allows us to keep doing that.” “Edwins too allows our students, graduate and management fellows to elevate their crafts and showcase the healing power of food, while delivering on the Edwins promise to strengthen, support and enrich the community,” Brandon Chrostowski added. “When the space across the way became available, we had to take the chance to create something extraordinary.” Chrostowski signed a six-month deal with a five-year option to operate edwins too in the complex occupied by fire food and drink, which restaurateur Doug Katz recently closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edwins has been doing a brisk business, but with inside seating limited and patio season ending, Chrostowski said he was motivated to do something different to satisfy the tastes of his diners and accommodate the educational needs of his growing number of students. “We realize, all across the country, and especially right here in Cleveland, our friends and families are faced with adversity,” he noted. “In these less than ideal times, however, we’re here and we are doubling down on the Edwins mission. This is our solution and our greater calling right now.” With the safety and well-being of diners as a top priority, edwins too will operate with proper social distancing, and seating capacity in line with state and local guidelines. Routine disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and deep-cleaning protocols, as well as an iWave air purifier, will be in place. In addition to the restaurants, Chrostowski operates a life-skills campus in the Buckeye neighborhood, along with a diner, bakery and butcher shop. He started a management-training program this year, which some of the edwins too workers have gone through. Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute graduates nearly 100 students a year, with a 95 percent employment rate and a less than one percent recidivism rate. www.currentsneo.com  November 19, 2020 CURRENTS  A3

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival “11th Annual Film Festival” The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF), one of the top 50 documentary film festivals in the country, celebrated its 11th annual event October 6-11. The festival featured 101 documentary films from 32 countries, including 19 world premieres and 21 Ohio premieres. CDFF traditionally draws audiences from all over Northeast Ohio, the United States and the world to experience culturally rich documentary films. However in a year when a pandemic has caused nearly all aspects of life and community gathering to pause or adjust, CDFF Director Mary Ann Ponce and her team forged ahead with a commitment to provide innovative, safe ways for festival-goers to enjoy the quality, inspirational films that festival attendees and French General Consul others have come to to the Midwest, Guillau- know. me Lacroix introduced CDFF 2020 expandand honored four WWII ed with the launch of veterans before the start both an online platform of “The Girl Who Wore and a drive-in option. Freedom” at CDFF Drive- For the first time ever, In-Docs October 10. viewers could stream film from home. Response was tremendous with more than 15,000 views. Also new in 2020, Drive-In-Docs at Chagrin Cinemas featured large outdoor LED screens and hosted an audience of more than 1,100 over a five-day period. Filmgoers were able to safely enjoy films from the comfort of their vehicles while maintaining the “community” atmosphere that CDFF is known to offer. The physical presence of the festival in the heart of the village was still felt with celebratory signage and the festival’s signature 24/7 big screen in Riverside Park for Films by the Falls (free for all). Under normal circumstances filmmakers from around the globe travel to Chagrin Falls to attend, and interact, with audience members. CDFF continued the tradition by bringing its audiences and filmmakers together via Zoom, where participants enjoyed live interviews with filmmakers, panels and even a “Filmmaker Zoom Happy Hour” to safely connect with the talented documentarians. Earlier this year, CDFF announced a new partnership with Gravitas Ventures to benefit documentary filmmakers and further their shared missions of promoting the art of documentary film by guaranteeing distribution to the win-

Cuyahoga County Councilman Jack Schron and his wife, Mary Ellen, enjoy the festive atmosphere of opening night from the comfort of their vehicle. ners of two categories at this year’s festival. The two films offered distribution are “Kusasa,” directed by Shane Vermooten, which won the David Ponce Best of the Fest award, and “The Girl Who Wore Freedom,” directed by Christian Taylor, which took home the Emerging Filmmaker honors. Learn more about CDFF and the films that contributed to a successful CDFF 2020 at chagrinfilmfest.org. STORY SUBMITTED BY CHAGRIN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL; PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHARLES DAKOTA PHOTOGRAPHY Chagrin Documentary Film Festival Director Mary Ann Ponce addresses the opening night crowd at Drive-In-Docs, a new feature of the festival this year. The audience later enjoyed the film “Playing with Fire - Jeannette Sorrell and the Mysteries of Conducting.”

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland “Jam for Justice” For more than a decade, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland has hosted a summer-festival-style concert to raise funds for the nonprofit’s important mission. “Jam for Justice” features law students, attorneys, judges, and their other professional friends from Northeast Ohio who moonlight as rock stars. This year, the live show came back – but in a COVID-safe way! The eight bands and their loyal followers believed the “show must go on,” because Legal Aid’s work to promote fairness, equity and justice is now more important than ever. In September 2020, Jam for Justice went virtual with four nights of live-streamed performances from the iconic downtown Cleveland House of Blues. 850 people tuned in, and in total, the events raised $75,000 for Legal Aid. The complete list of bands at Jam for Justice 2020 (in alphabetical order): • DJ Wolfe Entertainment • Faith & Whiskey


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• First Offenders • Luke Lindberg and Hung Jury • The No Name Band • Out of Order • Rule 11 & the Sanctions • Six Sometimes Seven • Razing the Bar Band members included Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael Donnelly (Faith & Whiskey) and Case Western Reserve University’s law school dean Michael Scharf (Razing the Bar), among others. See more details about the bands (including full band rosters, professions, and what instruments they play) at www.lasclev.org/Jam2020. And, visit www.lasclev. org for more information Legal Aid’s work to extend justice throughout Northeast Ohio. STORY SUBMITTED BY LEGAL AID SOCIETY; PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARBARA MERRITT (except the Luke Lindberg band photograph).

Bath Volunteers for Service Bath Volunteers for Service will be sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive on December 3, 2020 at Bath United Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall at 3980 Bath Road in Bath, Ohio. There is currently a great need for Blood donations. Donors must register for an appointment ahead of time by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting RedCrossBlood.org. We will be unable to accept walk-in donors on the day of the drive. Please be aware the Red Cross will be using an enhanced disinfection process before and after each blood donation. All donors will automatically have a free Covid-19 process before and after each blood donation. All donors will automatically have a free Covid-19 Antibody done on their donated blood. Please help us to help others by donating blood! ~ Marie Dusini, Bath Volunteers, 330.836.2552.

Deck the House from your house! When: Tuesday December 8, 2020, 6 p.m. This year’s Deck the House will take place on Tuesday, December 8th. Join us for an exciting evening featuring: • Live and Silent Auctions • Festive Decorated Christmas Trees • Raffles • Holiday Performances • 2020 Ed Block Courage Award presented to a Browns player All from the comfort of your own home! To register: https://www.provhouse.org/events/2020/ 12/08/deck-the-house-2020

Cleveland Christian House Many of you have begun to ask for information on how Cleveland Christian Home will handle the donation of gifts this year, for Christmas wish lists, and other logistics given the many restrictions with COVID and our need to protect the kids and staff. After a great deal of consideration, we have made some decisions that we believe will keep EVERYONE safe while still maintaining the spirit of love, generosity, and caring that is Christmas at CCH. CHRISTMAS GIFT DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT PROSPECT AVENUE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES INSTEAD OF THE LORAIN AVENUE LOCATION. We will make every effort to accommodate your schedule, and the office is staffed until 6 p.m. each day. However, we request that you please let us know in advance of any drop offs so that we know to expect you. The address of our administrative office is: 4614 PROSPECT AVENUE, SUITE 240, CLEVELAND 44103.Please contact Deanna Baber at dbaber@cchome.org or 216-6887224 or me at jmansour@cchome.org or 216-688-4103 to make arrangements, with questions, or if you need additional information. We are happy to help. Thank you for all that you do to show your love to our kids and staff. We are so grateful that we are not alone. Much Love, Judith Mansour

How a tiny Ohio town became America’s biggest story teller: Marietta’s Sewah Studios By SARAH JAQUAY “At one point, prisons were the only manufacturers of historical markers. They were very crude, all caps [capital letters] and made of iron,” notes Brad Smith, president of Sewah Studios located in the quaint town of Marietta just across the Ohio River from West Virginia. Smith is the president and third-generation family member to run America’s largest maker of historical markers. And these aren’t just any markers: Sewah Studios is the company that designed Ohio’s eye-catching and decorative “buckeye” pattern for the state’s bicentennial in 2003. This pattern sports the shape of Ohio with a chocolatey background and gold lettering topped by decorative gold buckeyes surrounded with green leaves. These attractive markers might be the envy of the 39 other states that are Sewah customers along with cities, towns and the Garden Clubs of America, whose Blue Star Memorial Highway program was an early customer. In a recent conversation, Mr. Smith recounted the illustrious history of this firm that’s been conveying bits of our nation’s history since the 1920s. Edward M. Hawes (“Sewah” is Hawes spelled backward) started the company when aluminum became widely available. It was durable, cheaper to ship than iron and easy to paint on. Perhaps more importantly, Hawes was a cartographer who “had a passion about creating a market for historical sites,” notes Smith. Hawes knew content was king and had the idea to make signs “that read like a newspaper, with headlines, text that reads left to right and tells a story.” The business was growing until WWII when metals were diverted for the war effort. Hawes took a job at Remington-Rand making airplane propellers where he met Brad’s grandfather, Gerald Smith. Gerald was a “manufacturing guru” and Hawes convinced Gerald to join Sewah after the war. That’s when orders for historical markers really took off. President Eisenhower had started building the interstate system and traveling families were bypassing small towns and roadside historic sites. Business owners and civic organizations knew they had to do something to bring tourists back and started ordering markers to tell the stories of battles, town founders and even notorious criminals. By this time Hawes had retired and Gerald’s brotherin-law, Lloyd Thomas, joined the firm to handle the business and administration side. It was during this era that Sewah’s signs grew from a “few patterns for a few states” to multiple patterns for customers nationwide. Sewah’s signs are very customized. “Each one is a work of art. They are handcrafted and lettered by hand,” Brad notes. Sewah’s markers can relate quite a lengthy tale that starts on one side and continues on the other, or they can relate different stories on each side. Brad encourages Sewah’s workers to “make sure you pour yourself into these works of art.” He knows they are going to last and that generations will read or discover local history when they stroll through towns, parks or visit sacred ground where blood was shed for one cause or another. Before the pandemic Sewah Studios was open to the public for tours. The tour is extensive and takes 1.5-2 hours. It demonstrates just “how labor intensive creating one of these masterpieces can be.” The group tours start with a “Made in America” film about the process of manu-

Sewah Studios’ employee Rhinnah Ward puts the finishing touches on a marker depicting America’s canal history. Photograph courtesy of Sewah Studios facturing their markers and progresses through the various stages of designing and pouring the sign. “You really want to see a sign poured,” notes Brad, so don’t leave early. Unfortunately, with COVID-19 restrictions, Sewah is currently closed to the public and has had to lay-off some employees. Brad realizes America is at an inflection point about interpreting its past and believes part of the reason demand has slowed is that “people are hesitant to write anything on signs right now.” But it may turn out that telling a story from only one perspective, whether it be the Civil War or the wars fought against Native Americans, may ultimately create demand for even more markers on the same sites to portray a more complete version of events from multiple perspectives.

Brad hopes when things are safe again, Sewah will go back to offering free tours to the public in one of Ohio’s most historic towns. Marietta was the first settlement in the Northwest Territory. In fact, the founding of Marietta was the subject of David McCullough’s recent best-seller, The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West (Simon & Schuster 2019.) This reporter has visited charming Marietta many times and was elated to discover the plaques I grew up reading on every road trip when my mother would exclaim, “Don, please pull over. There’s a historic marker. Let’s see what happened,” are made right here in Ohio. I imagine many a budding historian has Sewah Studios’ markers to thank for his or her passion. For more information, visit https://sewahstudios.com/.

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Local Spirits make great holiday gifts to toast, taste and enjoy By PARIS WOLFE Get into the holiday spirit with spirits from local distilleries. Serve them at gatherings or wrap them as gifts. You’ll find standard libations – vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, bourbon – sometimes with a twist to differentiate them. Better yet, you’ll find specialty products unavailable elsewhere. These will impress the most discriminating gift recipient. And you’ll be supporting local businesses and their local sources. Kevin Suttman, owner and distiller at Seven Brothers in Leroy, began production with a vodka in 2010. Today, he says, “I try to not clone anything. I go off on my own path and try to not replicate everything else. Most of my products are different from the big producers.” And his refinement is a good thing. His gin, for example, isn’t a juniper-forward London Dry style, but rather a balance of juniper and citrus with background spices. Speaking of juniper, Suttman is going hyperlocal sourcing ingredients. Just this summer he drove to southern Illinois to pick up a gin juniper species and planted 50 on his property. Other products that are popular include a spiced rum, espresso vodka, and cinnamon vodka. Seven Brothers’ hickory-smoked whisky is made from Ohio-grown soft red winter wheat and yellow corn. The smoking process leaves the whisky with a spicy, fruity bourbon character and the smokiness of single malt scotch. The real treasure, however, is his Palo Santo or “holy wood” gin, which just won a Gold Medal at the 2020 U.S. Bartender Spirits Awards. “I’ve become a gin geek. I love making gins,” says Suttman. “Our original gin is selling well so I started playing with other gin flavors. My son introduced me to palo santo wood. It is a hard, South American wood used in rituals to smudge and invite good spirits.” “The aroma was pronounced and floral, so I decided to experiment with it in different spirits. It was a perfect match with gin. The aroma and flavor go with juniper so well,” he says. “After a bit of experimentation, I figured out how to extract those characteristics during our patentpending vacuum distillation process.” The result is not a smoked, but an infused spirit that starts and finishes with a light, yet complex floral note with a nod to juniper and citrus in the middle. It gives a twist to gin cocktails and makes an especially good martini. It is being placed on retail shelves in Northeast Ohio this fall. At Red Eagle Distilling in Geneva, visitors can sample locally distilled spirits, order craft cocktails or pick up spirits to stock a home bar. Gene Sigel, who also owns South River Winery next door, started with bourbon and rye in 2012. Today he makes bourbon, rye, brandy and vodka. The vodka and brandy are products of grapes grown on property adjacent to the distillery building. The bourbon and rye grains come from a mill in Jefferson, Ohio. Two years ago Sigel tapped the folks at Bissell Maple Farm, also in Jefferson, and added a specialty product known as Red Maple. While not technically defined as rum, it’s made like one. Traditional (and regulated) rums start with sugarcane, molasses, or sorghum. Sigel uses local maple syrup and ages the spirit two years in small oak barrels. The finished Red Maple has oaky notes with maple characteristics on the finish. Red Eagle products are only available at the distillery. Yet another distillery for holiday shoppers is The Still House on the estate of Gervasi Vineyard in Canton. Like Red Eagle, The Still House is a sister business to a winery. It offers tastings of individual spirits and/or creative craft cocktails. The winery relationship has led to supplemental barrelfinishing three of the seven spirits. The first, Wine Barrel Bourbon, is barrel-aged in decommissioned wine barrels-- cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel, sangiovese. The different barrels are then blended for a final product that is nuanced by the residuals of the wine, picking up a touch of color and softening its edge. In October, Gervasi Spirits released two new barrelaged bourbons a Rum-Barrel Bourbon and Brandy-Cask Bourbon. “We have seen an affinity in our customers for new experiences,” said, Andrew Codispoti, director of winemaking and distilling operations. “Building on the popularity of bourbon, we decided to broaden our offerings in this category to create new experiences.” Scott Swaldo, general manager and CEO for GV Destinations, notes, “We seized the opportunity to create these new spirits as we were able to secure rum barrels from South America, and cognac casks from France.” The project kicked off in mid-2019 with both barrel types simultaneously. The rum barrels introduce aromas of dark fruits, caramelized sugar and deep spice notes to complement the bourbon. The cognac casks are rich in fruit aroma with undertones of spice from the grape brandy that ages to make cognac. While small-batch vodka is another part of the product lineup, it’s elevated in Sinner’s Blush, a vodka-based spirit with rose’ wine. It starts with small-batch vodka and is blended with wine produced from Frontenac Gris grapes grown on the Gervasi estate. A 60-proof spirit, its enjoyed straight or in cocktails. A small-batch gin offers a citrus-forward experience. But the real star is Saint’s Desire, a gin-based spirit that increases that citrus note with blood orange flavors. “We


The Still House distillery on the estate of Gervasi Vineyard in Canton.


Shae Pridemore, head distiller at Gervasi Spirits in Canton, checks the large, pot still that the operation uses to make vodka and gin. developed a formula focused on accentuating blood orange peel,” says Codispoti. “The nose has orange with juniper in the background.” This spirit won a platinum award in the 2020 Great American Spirits Competition, partnership with Raise a Glass Foundation. Products are available only at Gervasi Vineyard. Cleveland Whiskey has embraced the holiday spirit with a Christmas Bourbon, a product influenced by familiar holiday baking flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, orange peel. “Think of it as the Christmas ale of whisky,” says national sales director Andrew Lix. “It’s the only bourbon my wife will drink.” The artistically labeled spirit became available at local retailers in October and will be on shelves until it sells out. Lix recommends it with eggnog, cider or alone. Other bourbons are part of the company’s wood-finished, underground line. “With our proprietary technology, we use pressure-capable stainless-steel containers and different woods that you can’t typically turn into barrels for aging spirits,” says Lix. “Maybe they don’t have the right pore structure or hold liquid.” The most popular in this line is finished with black cherry wood which gives it a slightly tart, slightly sweet spice note. Meanwhile the maple wood finished bourbon has subtle sweet maple, vanilla and caramel undertones. Other

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aging woods include apple, honey locust and hickory. The newest product, which became available in July is Wheat Penny 1958 Bourbon. It’s the distillery’s first wheated bourbon and is finished with black cherry and toasted oak. Products are available in area liquor stores. Western Reserve Distillers in Lakewood is Ohio’s only certified organic, craft distillery. They offer more than a dozen spirits, including vodka and gin made from spelt, an ancient grain. Not only is the spelt grown organically within 75 miles of the distillery, the farmer grows heirloom seeds. The distillery describes the vodka as smooth with a subtle sweetness. Meanwhile the gin is comparable to a London Dry style. The distillery also offers a gluten-free corn vodka as well as a silver rum made from dark organic molasses, then barrel-aged for three to five months. The newest, gift-worthy product is Ohio’s first organic agave spirit, just launched in November 2020. Think Ohio-made tequila, though legally it can’t be labelled tequila. It will be available in blanco and reposado, only in the distillery gift shop. Co-founder Ann Thomas says they chose the agave spirit because the tequila market is growing and Ohio should get some of that business. Many Western Reserve Distillers spirits can be found in local retailers and at the distillery.

From Seven Brothers Distillery 2 oz Seven Botanicals Gin 2 oz apple cider .5 oz maple syrup .5 oz lemon juice 1 dash ground cinnamon Shake over ice and serve with ice and a lemon peel garnish

Spelt Vodka Recipe: Apple & Cranberry Martini

2 oz Western Reserve Distillers Organic Spelt Vodka 2 oz local apple cider 1 oz pure cranberry juice 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz simple syrup Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice & shake until chilled. Using a hawthorn strainer, stain contents into a martini glass and serve. If desired garnish with a fresh slice of apple and enjoy!

Reposado Agave Spirit Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Margarita

2 oz Western Reserve Distillers Organic Reposado Agave Spirit 1 TBSP 100% Pure Pumpkin “use the organic if you can find it” 2 shakes or 1/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice “you can adjust spice level to fit your flavor profile” 1 oz lime juice 3/4 oz simple syrup Add all ingredients to a shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Pour ingredients into a rocks glass, garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Wild Winter Lights, presented by NOPEC, features hundreds of lighting displays in holiday-themed areas, carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice carvers, live music with choirs including the Singing Angels and a dazzling light show with a 50-foot tall tree. The event’s capacity is limited, and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in adance. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

Flexjet is headquartered at the Cuyahoga County Airport and handles both business and personal travel needs. Photograph courtesy of Flexjet

Holiday travel plans moving forward with some uncertainty By BARRY GOODRICH This will be a holiday season like no other as the COVID-19 pandemic figures heavily in the travel plans of families throughout Northeast Ohio. And while airports once packed with holiday travelers will be strangely silent, the region’s roadways will be the preferred mode of travel this year. According to AAA’s East Central office, travelers are making vacation and holiday plans through the end of the year but with a degree of uncertainty. A survey by AAA shows that 67 percent of adults planning travel through the end of the year said they aren’t sure if the COVID-19 virus will result in those plans being cancelled. Among those who are planning trips prior to the end of the year, one in five expect to book plans within one week of traveling. AAA’s polling also shows that 80 percent of all plans involve road trips, a safer mode of travel that also takes advantage of gas prices averaging 50 cents less per gallon than last year and the lowest prices since 2016. Those making road trips are urged to check AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map and the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker for the latest state travel restrictions. Travelers can also visit www.TripTik.AA.com to determine which rest stops, gas stations, restaurants and hotels are open along their routes. AAA also encourages road trippers to pack facemasks, disinfecting wipes, sanitizer, thermometers, water and extra snacks for road trips. For those who prefer to travel by rail, Amtrak is offering limited bookings on reserved trains that allow for social distancing. “We want to ensure our customers feel a renewed sense of confidence when they travel with us this holiday season,” said Amtrak president and CEO Bill Flynn. Amtrak, which has adopted enhanced cleaning protocols in addition to new, sophisticated air filtration systems, urges customers to book early to guarantee available tickets for holiday travel. Passengers who download the Amtrak mobile app (www.amtrak.com) can take advantage of contact-free travel. The app provides a streamlined experience with booking, boarding and train status information. While commercial airlines have been hit hard by the pandemic, many people are flying private. “We see quite a few people flying privately for the first time to avoid exposure to jetliners and airline terminals,” said Megan

Wolf, COO of Flexjet, which is headquartered at the Cuyahoga County Airport. “Our flight activity has recovered to about 15 percent of what it was last year at this time.” Flexjet typically handles an equal amount of business and personal flights each year. “Flying began to recover for us in late June, most of it was personal,” said Wolf. “People were flying other family members closer to them, flying from one location to another to shelter in place.” Like most firms, Flexjet has implemented new safety protocols, including ferrying its flight crews to their assignments rather than having them take commercial flights. All cockpits and cabins are cleaned after each flight and all jets are equipped with PPE kits. “We are preparing for an increase in holiday travel and have been reactivating more of our fleet since October,” added Wolf. “We believe there will be more extended travel for Christmas and New Year’s.”

Get in the holiday spirit with these festive events By BARRY GOODRICH If there was ever a year to count your blessings and celebrate the spirit of the season, 2020 is it. And while many traditional events will not be held this year, some of the most popular seasonal happenings return. A top holiday attraction is Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Wild Winter Lights, presented by NOPEC. Wild Winter Lights is highlighted by hundreds of lighting displays in holiday-themed areas such as Candyland, Enchanted Forest, the Conservation Trail and Santa’s Workshop. Guests can either walk or drive-thru in their vehicles. Other Wild Winter Lights attractions include carousel rides, costumed characters, model train displays, ice carers, live music with choirs including the Singing Angels and a dazzling light show with a 50-foot tall tree. The event’s capacity is limited, and guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Wild Winter Lights is now running from 5:30-9:30 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays through Jan. 3. A drive-thru option will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Individual tickets are $20 ($18 for members) with four-packs available for $60 ($54 for members). The drive-thru experience is $60 per car ($54 for members). For ticket and membership information, visit www. clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo/programs. The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Glow 2020 returns, running through Jan. 3. Glow showcases

plants used to celebrate the holiday season including conifer trees and poinsettias, herbs used in cooking, fruits and vegetables and other traditions of the holiday season. Glow will also feature two sessions of its Gingerbread House competition with entries judged by the public. The first session runs from No. 21-Dec. 13 and the second session is slated for Dec. 15-Jan. 3. Winners will receive Holden Forests & Gardens gift cards. For more information, visit www.cbgarden.org. Each year during the holidays, hometown favorite Jim Brickman has brought his distinctive version of Christmas cheer to his fans in Cleveland and across the country. Brickman is putting a special spin on his holiday tour this year with a series of streaming virtual concerts that benefit each entertainment venue on the tour. Brickman’s “Comfort & Joy at Home Tour” will partner with PlayhouseSquare for a virtual concert Dec. 5. The interactive concert will feature songs from his new Soothe Christmas vol. 6 album, including new takes on holiday favorites such as “Oh Christmas Tree,” “Mary Did You Know” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” For tickets and more information, visit www.jimbrickman.com/tour. While Playhouse Square has cancelled the majority of its programming this season, two holiday favorites are still scheduled. The Cleveland Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has performances scheduled for Dec. 18-20 at the Conner Palace. For more information and updates, visit www. playhousesquare.com.


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From cashmere to Sherpa, this season’s fashion is all about cozy comfort




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tay warm and cozy this fall and winter in the season’s best looks from local shops, where you’ll find the perfect outfits and accessories for yourself and your gift-giving needs. Susie Kelly, owner of Nola True in Chagrin Falls said, “This season it’s clear it’s the three ‘Cs’ of casual, cozy comfort. That means lots of loungewear, sweatshirts and joggers, but in the most amped-up manner. Sweatshirts might have a puffed sleeve or a mock turtleneck, or even be embroidered. I love the look of a sweatshirt with a little cluster of rhinestone brooches.” At Lisa Moran Ltd., at Eton Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere, you’ll find lots and lots of cashmere (although the store is also well known for its selection of the finest eveningwear). Owner Lisa Moran said, “We have really stocked up on cashmere sweaters, and cotton sweaters. It’s all about the sweater in the fall.” Hedges Designs in Chagrin Falls also has cashmere sweaters. Store manager Sharon Garofolo, said, “We have cashmere sweaters from London with a metallic print. These are a sweatshirt fit so they are looser and easy to wear for everyone.” At Lisa Moran, Ltd., shoppers can outfit themselves head-to-toe in cashmere with cashmere track pants and a matching cashmere sweater, Lisa explained. The store’s cashmere and cotton sweaters come in beautiful rich colors. “Cashmere is so luxurious, and it works especially well in shades of lavender, blue and pink, and there will always be black,” Lisa said of the sweaters in her store, some of which come from Paris or Italy. “We also have these amazing sweaters from Paris, in silk and cashmere in equestrian prints and florals that look like artwork. These have matching scarves. They’re very luxurious and beautiful,” Lisa said. Hedges carries mix-and-match loungewear sets that can also be worn as streetwear, including some from the LA-based Electric and Rose. “These are all hand-dyed and fashion forward,” said Sharon. Hedges has other loungewear sets in everything from tie-dye to black and rich jewel tones. “We’ll also have some in holiday prints and in December, we’ll be getting some for resort wear in lighter colors,” Sharon explained. Tie dye is also popular among Susie’s customers and she said she is also seeing “atypical fleece terry colors like sage or khaki.” For those who want to fluff up their fall wardrobe with some of that sage or khaki fleece terry, consider adding some faux fur and Sherpa. Susie said, “Faux fur is the best whether in the form of a long fur overcoat or a short Sherpa jacket. We even stock Sherpa face masks which are an unexpected hit.” Although your bottom half might not show on a Zoom call, you will need pants to venture outdoors. “We have track pants and a lot of jeans and nice pull-on pants,” Lisa said. “People are looking for comfort. And we have these in just about any color from prints to navy, black and taupe.” A plaid flannel coat from Nola True might be the perfect outer layer this fall. “It adds that little bit of polish and looks fetching around your backyard fire pit,” said Susie. Cashmere hats, gloves and scarves at Lisa Moran Ltd. are great for looking your best while engaging in some socially distanced outdoor gatherings. And, Lisa added, “As people are layering and continuing to sit outside, we have everything from slim-fitting sweaters to oversized hoodies.”


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Jackets and scarves at Nola True capture the season’s fashion mantra of casual, cozy comfort. Photograph courtesy of Nola True At Hedges, shoppers will find luxury mittens and gloves to complete any outdoor ensemble. “These are lambskin leather and they’re beautiful,” said Sharon, who added that Hedges also carries plenty of hats, including some embellished, and some with real or faux fur poms. “Some of our hats are whimsical with a smiley face and in bright colors,” she said as she explained their popularity by adding, “People want things that make them happy.”

This sweater in cashmere and silk, available at Lisa Moran, Ltd., features an equestrian pattern. Photograph courtesy Lisa Moran, Ltd.

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The magic of the menorah flickers on through every Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights

This (replica) limestone menorah from the 2nd3rd century C. E. from Israel probably held ceramic lamps in the hollows on its top surface.


By RITA KUEBER f you’ve ever enjoyed the warmth and light from a campfire in the wilderness, you know how comforting a simple flame can be. Creating a fire as a focal point of gathering is probably one of mankind’s oldest accomplishments. Rituals and traditions all over the globe reflect this desire for light to hold back the darkness: the Hindu Festival of Lights, Diwali, the Siamese Loi Krathong, the floating lantern festival, the Chinese Lantern Festival marking the Lunar New Year, Christmas, and of course, Hanukkah. Each one of these invokes a victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Historically and culturally, the menorah (literally meaning lamp) is perhaps the most important symbol in Judaism. The original menorah was a candelabrum with seven branches, made of gold, standing five feet high. In the ancient temple in Jerusalem it was lit every night as a symbol of God’s presence, a sacred metaphor for light over darkness. The Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah honors the victory of the Jewish Maccabee army over occupying Greek Seleucid forces. The Seleucids, in an attempt at assimilation, had desecrated the temple and had forbidden any expression of Judaism. In 165 BCE, the Maccabees took back the temple and re-consecrated the sacred space. They found one jar of oil, only enough to fuel the menorah for the night. But miraculously, the oil from that single jar lasted eight nights. To commemorate that event, at Hanukkah (meaning dedication) a hanukkiah, a menorah with nine branches is lit starting with one candle the first night using a shamash, or servant candle, and then lighting one additional candle over eight consecutive nights. This year Hanukkah begins the evening of December 8.

The Maltz Museum displays a collection of hanakkiahs, menorahs used during Hanukkah, from Poland, England, Morocco and more. The collection is the property of The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

The menorah is an enduring symbol of Judaism used prominently in a wide variety of objects, some ritual and some practical, like this modern-day matchbook cover and stand. later it was discovered and donated. That’s the story of just one menorah. “Each piece has a unique history,” Koletsky says. “Some come from thriving communities, and some from places where many people perished during WWII.” In years past, the Temple has removed one of the historic menorahs from the case at the Maltz – the one from England on the lower right – to use in the present-day Hanukkah celebration. “We won’t use it this year,” Ko-

“There are Jewish communities all over the world – in China and India, throughout Africa and Egypt, in Canada,” says Susan Braham Koletsky, director of The Temple Museum of Jewish Art, Religion and Culture at The Temple-Tifereth Israel. “Depending on where they have settled, they are part of a larger culture, and absorb some of the artistic styles that we see in these different objects.” The Temple-Tifereth Gallery at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage has a display of menorahs from Jewish communities all over the world. “It’s exciting to see how Jewish communities live in different countries and how their art reflects that,” she says. “That one case has pieces from England, Germany, Ukraine, Italy and Morocco, some 19th century, some 20th.” Koletsky explains how the Temple began collecting in 1950 to celebrate the congregations’ 100th anniversary. “The Temple has over 2,500 objects – some ritual, some fine art,” she says. While the Temple has gallery space and regular exhibits, many more items are on permanent display through partnership with the Maltz. The museum does not collect pieces to own as does, say, the Cleveland Museum of Art. Rather, it offers a series of galleries to showcase the history of Jewish people and culture in the US, and the rituals marking life cycle celebrations and events both historical and current, using artifacts and antiques, but also using contemporary art and objects, narratives and videos. The menorah on the top left of the case is a traveling piece meant to come apart. It was donated to The Temple by a family that found it in their attic. Apparently, a Jewish family hid the pieces under their clothing when they left Dunkirk for England in the 1940s. The family begged their rescuers to hide the menorah to keep it safe. Years A10

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letsky says. “Our service will be live over Zoom and the menorah is very delicate, we don’t want candle wax all over it.” But more importantly, she explains how lighting menorahs at home is integral to the holiday. “Hanukkah is celebrated in synagogue, yes, but it’s mostly a home holiday – the celebration is with your family around the table. It’s a way of teaching the history and having fun with the next generation.” She adds it’s often the case that family members have their own menorahs; all lit all eight nights

as part of a mitzvah, a good deed. A quick look at Etsy, Amazon, even the gift shop at the Maltz reveals a dizzying array of menorahs in wood, glass, metal, clay and more, in styles from whimsical to contemporary, ornate to minimalist. “We offer a wide selection from unique kids’ styles to portable menorahs for college students or travelers, plus so many different kinds that span style, taste and age range,” says Dahlia Fisher, Director of External Relations for the Maltz Museum. “Usually a family has a collection of menorahs from something kids made at school to one passed down from grandparents. The juxtaposition of something decades, even centuries old, to something unique and fun reflects the vibrancy of the Jewish community. It’s part of the miracle of life, the very core that we continue on.” The Maltz Museum is open and has regular visiting hours. Maltzmuseum.org For information about The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s Hanukkah celebration, ttti.org.

Cru Uncorked, located in Moreland Hills, is following all safety protocols for its indoor diners and staff, including the installation of top-of-the-line Swiss air cleaner/purifiers. Photographs courtesy of Cru Uncorked

Cru Uncorked provides safe, fine dining that’s perfect for the holidays By BARRY GOODRICH Few industries have been hit as hard as the restaurant business during the pandemic of 2020 but there is still one place where guests can unwind from the stress of the year while enjoying a fine dining experience in a relaxed setting. At Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills, where contemporary and classic French New American cuisine is prepared from scratch with a wine list of more than 350 selections from around the world, the philosophy remains the same – comfortable surroundings, superb dining and a personal interaction between staff and guests. “All of us have reCru Uncorked’s wine list alized how important features more than 350 our favorite restauselections from around rants are,” said Cru the world. Uncorked president Chris Oppewall of conducting business during the COVID crisis. “We have learned that it’s not just how much we mean to our guests, it’s how much our guests mean to us.” A summer of beautiful weather allowed Cru Uncorked to flourish as guests flocked to its scenic outdoor patio. As the colder fall and winter months close in, the spacious indoor layout of the restaurant will allow guests to dine in an environment that is both safe and pleasing to the eye. “We have done literally everything we can do, including the installation of new top of the line Swiss air cleaners,” said Oppewall of Cru Uncorked’s adherence to all Ohio safety protocols. “The bottom line is, if we didn’t feel safe here, we wouldn’t be open.” And while most are not traveling for wine tastings due to the pandemic as well as the fires across California, Cru Uncorked still boasts one of the country’s most extensive wine lists. In fact, the restaurant was just named as a winner of the Wine Spectator Best Of Award of Excellence for the second straight year. Cru Uncorked will once again offer its annual early

As the colder fall and winter months close in, the spacious indoor layout of Cru Uncorked will allow guests to dine in an environment that is both safe and pleasing to the eye. December salute to truffles with freshly shaved truffles served tableside. A multi-course dinner with wines paired per course and an option to add white truffle to each dish will be offered. For the fall/winter menu, Cru Uncorked features appetizers of steak tartare, tuna tartare, escargot, hot foie gras, smoked trout croquettes and Spanish octopus. Entrees include duck, chicken grand mere, dual of lamb, 16 oz. bone-in ribeye, short rib bourguignon, Comte agnolotti, Cru burger, halibut, monkfish and sea scallops. Dessert lovers will enjoy Cru Uncorked’s peanut butter strawberry verrine, apple streusel tart, chef’s whim baked Alaska and chocolate stone. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.cruuncorked.com or call 440.903.1171.

Judson Senior Living announces connection through art – A Judson Virtual Art Series Judson Senior Living will host its first-ever virtual gallery talks with three resident artists who live at Judson Park. Each session will be broadcast live via GoToWebinar at 3:30 p.m. and will be available on Judson’s website after each session. As Judson continues to practice safe distancing in the midst of the pandemic, the virtual gallery talks will safely bring people together to showcase the work of these artists. Throughout the past few months, these residents have been using art to express themselves in a time of isolation and uncertainty. This virtual art show is in collaboration with Ursuline Graduate students, artist-in-residents Menna Asrat and Erin McCall as well as the undergraduate students Jordan Gidley and Shelbie Sporcich. Friday, November 20 - Leonard Trawick Artist, Writer, Educator. Leonard has recently been experimenting with monotypes in Judson’s art studio, “…with materials that are simple and the effect is one of spontaneity.” Friday, December 4 - Beth Hoffmann Artist; Poet; Educator. Designing collages in her apartment has become Beth’s favorite activity during months of self-isolation. She enjoys the challenge to connect di-

verse materials into meaningful artwork. Friday, December 18 - Alex Cook Maritime Artist of the Great Lakes; Art Educator; Museum Curator; Shadow Box Artist. Alex, while mostly limited to his apartment due to the pandemic, has used this time to create detailed 3D shadow box depictions of maritime and local scenes. Alex states that he is “...trying to do what artists have been trying to do for centuries” For more information or to register for the sessions, please visit https://www.judsonsmartliving.org/events/ Meeting invitations will be emailed with instructions and links.

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Plant bulbs now for beautiful spring blooms. Photograph courtesy of Ohio Valley Group

Make your beautiful home even more beautiful at night with an expert outdoor lighting project, like this one by Cleveland Lighting. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Lighting

Exterior lighting enhances architectural details and adds safety, security throughout winter By LAURI GROSS As the hours of daylight dwindle, the extra darkness presents the perfect opportunity to make sure the exterior of your home is properly lit for safety, security and beauty. Marty Bursky, president of Cleveland Lighting in Lyndhurst and Fairlawn described how to get started, whether you want to accent your home, add uplighting on your trees, or anything else. “We generally start the process with a meeting discussing the goals of the client, then move to current power sources on the home,” he said. He added that access points under driveways and walkways, for instance, are also important considerations. Then, Marty said, it’s time to review photos of the home. “If necessary, we visit the home for a final review. We then develop a lighting plan, customized for their home and project,” he said. Marty said there are many reasons to add landscape lighting. “The biggest benefit,” he said, “is from our clients’ daily enjoyment of their properly lit homes. Additionally, landscape lighting adds increased security as it eliminates dark areas of your home, and certainly improves home values.” Mark Dymidowski, owner of House of Lights in Mayfield Heights agreed and added that a “house that is lit up is less likely to get burglarized than a pitch-dark house.” If you’re not looking for a whole outdoor lighting makeover, Mark said, “a simple easy fix is just changing garage lights or carriage lights on the house. You don’t need an electrician. There are no transformers. Just change out the lights, and we have many choices here.” For lighting outdoor stairs and railings around your patio or deck Marty suggested exterior wall sconces, step lights, and hardscape products. “The idea,” he said, “is to create soft light sources that provide glare-free lighting, while demarking architectural details in addition to safety while moving through the space.” For any type of landscape lighting, Mark said, “It’s all done with low-voltage and LED bulbs. Use low voltage so you don’t have to trench and you don’t need an electrician. You don’t even have to bury the wires.” Mark explained that LED bulbs last for years so you don’t have

Remember your patio and seating areas outdoors when adding exterior lighting. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Lighting to change bulbs in bad weather. Considering adding lampposts along your driveway? Marty said the posts can be round or square and come in various finishes and materials. “From a design standpoint, it’s mostly about the fixture that goes on top,” he explained. “That is generally the style statement, which usually matches lighting on the home.” Mark added, “A lot of times, new developments require that you have post lights at the end of your driveway. They are a nice feature and we do sell posts and lights.

The most popular are either black or bronze and again, we use LED bulbs.” As for style, Mark said, “Clean lines and simple styles are popular.” Marty said style trends are similar for path lights. “We see a trend toward simple clean design as the choice for most consumers,” he said and added, “Good landscape plans blend safety, security, and enhancement to one’s home and outdoor living spaces. This is achieved best by multiple lighting sources.”

Area experts offer fall landscape tips for a great-looking yard next spring By LAURI GROSS In Northeast Ohio, there is plenty to enjoy all year round, but to fully enjoy each season, it helps to plan ahead. For instance, during fall, it’s important to take care of some things in your yard for maximum enjoyment during winter and into next year’s growing season. We sought advice from Bill Dysert, owner of Exscape Designs; and Andy Dangelo, who owns Ohio Valley Group, along with his wife, Kathleen. Andy said, “Fall is a great time to transplant anything and everything. Also, if your perennials have gotten way too big and you want to split them, this is the best time to do any of that.” Bill agreed but cautioned not to transplant perennials past mid-November because if the plant hasn’t had a chance to get established in its new spot, “frost heaves can be an issue so you can lose the plant,” he said. For roses, Andy said it’s best to “cut them back to about eight inches above the ground and put mulch around them. It stabilizes the up-and-down temperatures a lot. Their roots are very sensitive,” he said. Fall cleanup should also include “removing broken branches and dead limbs from shrubs and trees,” Bill said. Andy explained that, often, an expert is needed to know if a tree or limb is actually dead. “My staff is very qualified for that kind of stuff,” he said. Some things in your yard may need some protection in the winter. Bill said for trees and shrubs “in high-traffic areas that may get exposure to salt damage, burlap is a help.” Andy added, “A big problem with burlap wrapping is when people let the burlap touch the plant. That will actually hurt the plant. You want air circulation in there. Another option instead of burlap is (a product called) Wilt Pruf. When we use burlap, we spray with Wilt Pruf.” Andy also said it’s a great time to protect plants that deer might eat. “It’s a good time to spray for that. There are a lot of things on the market. Once it rains or snows, you may have to reapply.” Bill suggested protecting trees from other deer damage as well. “Some trees are definitely susceptible to buck rubs so you want to protect trunks from deer.” You can buy tree-protection products, Bill said, or, “You can use corrugated pipe that you slit and then wrap around trees, and we are happy to do all of this for customers.” When planting tulip, daffodil or other bulbs in the fall for spring blooming, protect them from critters, too. Andy said, “Use bone meal when you plant bulbs. Dig to the depth you need and then fertilize with bone meal. It also deters animals from digging up the bulb. Put it in the bottom (of the hole) and then place the bulb and then bury it and then put bone meal on top as well.” It’s also important to “remove leaves and obstacles from drainage areas,” Bill explained. “Clean surface drains in your yard and at exit doorways from walkouts so they don’t create water-intrusion issues in your home,” he added. As for fall lawn care, Andy said “you want high phosphorus. It’s for root growth. It’s not to green it up. Then we do a lime application. It’s very important. It neutralizes the ph and helps slow down the growth of moss in shaded areas.” Bill agreed and reminds everyone to “keep leaves off and debris off so you don’t end up with snow mold. The last cut of the lawn should be ½ inch shorter than typical,” he said.

A pair of black and gold pendants from Kichler make a stunning style statement while adding functionality. Today, two larger pendants are more popular than three smaller fixtures.

A penchant for pendants Replacing or adding lights above your kitchen island or bar with statement fixtures adds plenty of visual impact and also enhances the overall space, since everything looks better when it’s properly lit. Mark Dymidowski, owner of House of Lights said, “A

few years back, everyone did three mini pendants over the island. Now the trend is just two larger pendants.” As for colors, he said,” black is very popular and so are two-tone fixtures that combine black and silver or black and brass.” Marty Bursky, president of Cleveland Lighting said

in-demand styles include modern farmhouse, midcentury modern, and industrial minimalism. Popular finishes, he said “are soft golds, black, and natural materials. Additionally, we are seeing a number of combination fishes that are exquisite.”

The experts at Exscape Designs are ready to help with all your fall landscape needs, including clearing leaves from your yard. Photograph courtesy of Exscape Designs

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Create a comfortable, functional family room to enjoy this winter


By LAURI GROSS our family room has probably been well used the past several months, and it’s probably going to be even in more in-demand this winter. Now’s a good time to make some changes for maximum comfort and enjoyment for months and years ahead. Let’s start with flooring. Matt Wien, the manager of Marshall Carpet One and Rug Gallery, in Mayfield Heights, said, “Some families are floor families. They wrestle or lounge or sit on the floor to watch TV. They’ll want something soft, comfortable and warm and carpet is the right choice for them. There are certain fibers that resist staining and a lot of these are a popular choice among families. What’s also nice about us is what customers don’t see: the padding underneath. Our standard pad is pet proof, odor eliminating and antimicrobial. It’s included with all our carpets. We just started stocking a pet-proof moisture-resistant rug pad for area rugs, too.” Marshall Carpet also sells a lot of hardwood and luxury vinyl tile (LVT). “LVT is much easier to maintain,” said Matt. “And it’s more cost effective because in most cases, it can go over your existing floor so it prevents a lot of the costs in floor prep necessary in hardwood.” LVT mimics the look of wood or tile, and it’s nearly indestructible. There’s even an LVT option that carries a warranty against pet scratches. Next, you’ll want the perfect couch to top off that beautiful floor. Kim Davis, a staff interior designer at Sedlak Interiors in Solon, said, “Many people like deep-seating sofas and sectionals for their family room. In the furniture industry they are known as furniture you ‘sit in’ not ‘on’.”

When considering fabric, Kim said, “You may want to give thought to polyester or polyester blends. Don’t let the name fool you. Technology has advanced these fabrics and they offer substantial softness and feel. They stand apart when it comes to stain resistance, cleanability, and durability.” Accommodating a family in a family room means being able to also accommodate family stuff like toys, games, blankets and more. Sedlak’s selection of cocktail tables, trunks, end tables and storage ottomans offer beautiful and flexible storage solutions. Also, consider

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As for artwork, Kim suggests a large piece over a sectional, console, or fireplace to give the room personality, and adding throws and toss pillows for an inviting and cozy look. Now that your family room looks great, select some audio and video components that will surround all those fashionable furnishings with stunning sound. Michael Machi, sales and design manager at Sound and Vision in Beachwood (with locations also in Cuyahoga Falls and Columbus) said, “We offer real, authentic, great-sounding and great-looking solutions. Sound bars, bluetooth, tiny speakers, wireless options and the like, just don’t have the performance that our discerning clients are seeking.

There is no substitute for authentic gear, a properly designed system or custom solution. That’s where the magic happens.” Compared to products found at discount stores, Michael said Sound and Vision offers “much higher performance speakers to go with real surround-sound receivers to give the home a much more thrilling and immersive effect.” As for TVs, Michael said, “What’s new is 4K and 8K TVs. The picture quality is amazing and we offer the best-performing models. The bigger the screen size, the more crucial and important the picture quality and technology becomes. Never buy an inexpensive large TV. That is a mistake many people make.” Sound and Vision also offers analog options including turntables, two-channel gear and quality floor-standing speakers. Michael said these are “extremely popular among our discerning clients. Many people falsely believe these things have been replaced by sound bars and portable bluetooth radios and speakers, but that could not be further from the truth. Finer options and sound quality never go out of style.”



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These modern kitchen staples offer tremendous new features



f you didn’t know that you can put a refrigerator in a drawer or that you can turn on your oven by talking to your phone, or if you don’t know what sous vide is, you might appreciate the following crash course in kitchen appliances. Gayle Niessen, the showroom director for Trevarrow Inc., in Parma, said many people are now choosing to conceal their appliances behind cabinet fronts, an option from certain manufacturers. For instance, if your kitchen includes a warming drawer, or a microwave in a drawer, those can be paneled to match your cabinets. You can even have your refrigerator and freezer in drawers, also concealed behind cabinet panels. A more traditional fridge-freezer style can be paneled also. No matter what you choose, Gayle said, “It looks like a beautiful wall of cabinets.” Currently open by appointment only, Trevarrow includes many fully functioning kitchens for shoppers to test-drive top-brand appliances including models from Sub-Zero and Wolf. Trevarrow doesn’t sell the appliances. Instead the expert staff educates shoppes and guides them to dealers and designers. For tricky situations, such as a kitchen with extremely high ceilings, where a traditional vent hood isn’t practical, Trevarrow offers cooktops with downdrafts. “Wolf offers many options for ventilation,” Gayle said. “While we still offer traditional wall hoods, island hoods and liners and blowers for custom hoods, we also have downdrafts and the new in-ceiling ventilation, which is a ventilation flap in the ceiling for a sleek very unobtrusive look.”” Convection steam ovens offer flexibility and features that other cooking methods do not. “They’re more efficient than a microwave and you can do many more things with it,” said Gayle. Although they have a smaller interior than a regular oven, Gayle said, “You can cook a 16-pound turkey in there or make pie, bake potatoes etc.” Gayle said these steam ovens also allow for steaming vegetables or fish, or cooking hard-boiled eggs, or using a method called sous vide, or cooking in water. Gayle said meat is fantastic cooked this way. “You put it in plastic and cook it at a low temperature for a long time. It’s very tender. Then you sear it on both sides to add color,” Gayle explained. Unlike in a microwave, when you reheat food in a steam oven, it doesn’t get overcooked. Gayle said, “It’s as good as when you first made it. You can also defrost in there without cooking the food.” Bob Somrak, Jr. a certified kitchen designer, and one of the owners of Somrak Kitchens in Bedford Heights agreed that convection steam ovens are a great addition to most kitchens. He said these ovens are a timesaver. “You take meat with a marinade and vacuum seal it in a bag,” he said. “Then you can freeze it, and when you’re ready for that prepared, marinated meat, put it in a steam oven and it’s cooked with all the flavors and juices in the bag. You can have all your recipes and meals prepared and ready to go and pull out of the freezer and put into the steam oven.” Some traditional ovens from Thermador and Miele have a steam mist function, Bob explained. “And some include selective functions like dehydrate, and a crisp function. “To crisp on top, you punch that in, and the oven

This Wolf convection steam oven offers many cooking methods and features not possible with traditional ovens or microwaves.

This Delta faucet is one of many new models that pairs with your smart speaker for handsfree operation. This stylish kitchen includes a clever innovation from Wolf that’s barely visible: a ventilation flap in the ceiling, instead of the traditional vent hood. Photograph courtesy of Trevarrow, Inc. will selectively turn on the broiling element for so many minutes to give the dish a crispy crust or coating. You couldn’t do that before,” he said. Switching to refrigerators and freezers, Gayle said, these appliances from Sub-Zero have separate compressors which means food stays fresher longer. “The fridge needs to be a little more humid and the separate compressor allows you to maintain that extra humidity,” Gayle said as she explained that the air in a freezer needs to be more dry, and separate compressors control that as well. Bob said other innovations in refrigeration include smart technology. “You scan barcodes to tell (the fridge) what you put in and it tells you menus (based on the ingredients you have),” he said. Bob said smart technology is also appearing in faucets from Kohler, Moen and Delta. “You can tell your Siri or Alexa to turn on the faucet and disperse eight ounces of water,” Bob said, as an example of what these faucets can do. Bob also mentioned an oven that can be paired with a phone app so you can specify which burner you want it to turn on. And then there’s the blast chiller freezer from Freddy. Bob explained that, because it freezes food so quickly, ice crystals don’t form. This makes it great for maintaining hard-to-freeze foods. “No food particles break apart,” he said. “Freeze blueberries or figs and bring them back to life, with the same consistency as when they were just picked.”

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Don’t let Covid spoil Christmas Christmas decorating traditions with a mix of nostalgia and new ideas By LAURI GROSS


or Christmas, there’s no place like gnome, especially at Lowe’s Greenhouse and Giftshop in Bainbridge. “We have a whole destination of gnomes,” said Darlene Garnek, Lowe’s buyer, as she explained that gnomes are perennial favorites around the holidays. “They put a smile on everyone’s face,” she added. At Lowe’s, shoppers will find tiny gnome tree ornaments, large gnome figurines and other variations of these whimsical creatures full of seasonal cheer. At Breezewood Gardens and Gifts in Bainbridge, shoppers can browse about a dozen fully decorated Christmas trees including one with a north woods theme (think pinecones and birch twigs), a polar theme (arctic animals, icicles and snowflakes), and a Ralph Laureninspired tree (tiny cognac bottles, feathers and libraryinspired ornaments). Another tree features a gingerbread theme and includes tiny lit gingerbread-house ornaments that also add a nice touch to any nightstand or bathroom counter. For families looking for environmentally friendly holiday décor, Better Homes and Gardens suggests wrapping gifts in festive cloth, tied up with a large knot for added flair, or using cloth gift bags. With both these options, the wrapping gets put away to be used again, instead of thrown out. Neutral colors are popular this year for Christmas décor, as is anything nostalgic. Better Homes and Garden loves the look of farmhouse whites as well as shades of black and grey for a midcentury modern look. Adding in navy and other neutrals and wood tones keeps the feel of a subtle color scheme while still adding plenty of holiday style.

Lowe’s Greenhouse and Giftshop offers plenty of festive mailbox “huggies” to add seasonal cheer. Photograph courtesy of Lowe’s

In keeping with holiday décor that has a natural vibe, there’s no bad place for greenery. Add a swag to your mantel, tablescape, or front door, or wrap your mailbox in a natural “huggie” of greenery plus pinecones and ribbons. Lowe’s offers all these options and more, including evergreen roping plus cedar and magnolia branches sold individually or strung together, plus some with lights and ribbon already added. The Lowe’s floral department is happy to customize any of these items, by creating pieces that fit customer’s personal specifications. At Breezewood, buyer Michelle Reardon said, for front door décor, start with a wreath. “We do fresh and artificial,” she said. “We can light them with battery lighting. We have ribbons for wreaths and berries and pinecones etc. You can build it here or we can assemble it for you or you can take one that’s already made.” Also, the Breezewood floral department is happy to create custom wreaths. Feeling nostalgic about Christmas? Better Homes and Gardens says you’re not alone. Many people this year are nostalgic for their grandmother’s iconic ceramic Christmas tree. Choose one that replicates the old-time look or update it by selecting an all-white or shimmering gold version, or add a whimsical take on the style with one that’s a cactus instead of a traditional evergreen shape. Lantern snow globes are another beautiful new twist on an old classic. Michelle said Breezewood has a large selection of these popular items for sale. Ranging from about eight to 12 inches tall, these faux lanterns light up and are filled with water and sparkling “snow” that drifts among scenes set inside, including Santa in his sleigh

This time of year, Breezewood Gardens and Gifts is brimming with a forest of fully decked-out Christmas trees. This one features a lush topper that the Breezewood floral department is happy to recreate or customize for shoppers. Photograph courtesy of Breezewood Gardens and Gifts

Shoppers at Breezewood Gardens and Gifts are snapping up charming lantern snow globes like this one featuring Santa and his reindeer. Photograph courtesy of Breezewood Gardens and Gifts high above a small town, a tree branch festooned with red cardinals, or cheery carolers. “These are perfect for grandparents to give grandchildren, or for one family to give another,” Michelle said. With more people than usual staying home this Christmas, the front door is receiving renewed focus as families plan their holiday decorations. The experts at RealSimple.com suggest incorporating dried florals, raw wood and fresh greenery for your front-door wreath or swag, to combine the popularity of natural décor with the urge to splurge on your front door. Add a couple large planter pots at your front entrance to complete the look. Lowe’s offers pots planted with simple greens, plus pots that Darlene calls “glammed-out porch pots,” which are festooned with surprises like huge cones from sugar pines, plus birch branches, and plenty of ribbons, bows and lights. Or try a Lowe’s grab-andgo kit, which contains everything you’ll need to decorate

your own porch pot, mantel, railing, or other area that needs some seasonal cheer. Michelle agreed that pots brimming with greenery, berries and ribbons are great for entries (all available at Breezewood), and she suggested adding a lantern, “to really warm up an entry or back door. We have lanterns with resin candles that can be outside. They’re beautiful with a sprig of pine and a bow.” Classic blue is the Pantone color of the year and RealSimple.com sees the popularity of the color continuing through Christmas. Also, since tie dye remains popular, combine the two in a blue tie dye Christmas backdrop on table runners, mantel garland, tree skirts and more. Michelle suggested adding some height to your mantel décor with beautiful “pencil” trees. Breezewood’s selection of these slender mini-trees includes ceramic and resin options. “We have many sizes in each style, and also Santas and angels” for mantels.

Gnomes appear in plenty of popular holiday décor items, such as this ornament at Lowe’s Greenhouse and Giftshop. Photograph courtesy of Lowe’s


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Area designers share tips for creating festive holiday tables By PARIS WOLFE Gatherings may be smaller this holiday season as social distancing continues. That doesn’t mean skipping the celebrations. It means doing them differently. Perhaps in heated outdoor venues or scattered sparsely around tables. Or even by Zoom. Decorating those tables is as important as ever – if not more so – for setting a festive mood in this age of anxieties. With fewer guests at the table, there just may be more space to exercise decorating creativity. “You might have more room at your table,” says Melissa McClelland, a professional set and food stylist who creates lush vignettes for advertisements and catalogs. “A table for 12 might have six people at it. With a more layered, full table it may feel less lonesome and echoey. And it will feel like you’re really pampering your guests.” She sees get-togethers as potentially more relaxed this year. “We have more things to think about like ‘when do I take my mask off’ and ‘how do I remain distant.’ With so much free-floating anxiety, this isn’t the year for stuffy, formal, matchy-matchy. It may not be the year for the tablecloth that must be professionally pressed. Instead, think about a more relaxed table covering. Make your guests feel incredibly comfortable.” For those who enjoy using fancy, heirloom china, she says, “Layer in some pieces that are more casual. Having things look more eclectic will make people feel incredibly welcome.” Centerpieces and candles are, of course, necessary to the presentation. “I always have candles,” says McClelland. “I like centerpieces that are longer and lower so people can see each other. I like people to be able to pass things across the table. One year, McClelland tied Christmas picture frame ornaments as napkin rings so guests could take home a memento of the day. “I love the idea that someone has a little something to take home with them,” she says. As November is the month of gratitude and Thanksgiving is its climax, she suggests going around the table to say what you’re grateful for. Those looking for table accessories or entire place settings may want to visit La Bella Vita stores in Eton Chagrin Boulevard and Little Italy for ideas and additions. The stores carry a variety of imported and domestic, heirloom-quality tableware, centerpieces and much more for dressing up any table. “I love all of the table decor for holidays that brings

The design gurus at VNTG Home know that a little dining room bling makes the food taste better, the company more engaging and of course the party merrier. Whether you are eating breakfast cereal or holiday fare, let it sparkle with unique and tasty lighting that warms your heart and your dining room! Live Beautifully. VNTG Home. 1235 Marquette Street, Cleveland OH 44114| Contact Us: 216-505-4322 info@vntghome.com | Shop 60,000 sq foot warehouse: Thu-Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Mon-Wed by appointment | vntghome.com | family together,” says owner Barbara Strom. “Traditional serving pieces passed down through generations tie families together, creating memories that keep us going.” “When I do table design, I start with the dinnerware and then accessorize with flatware, napkins, mats or table covering, flowers, glasses etc. That’s the ‘jewelry,’” says Strom. “I pick up elements of the dinnerware design and the surrounding room’s design and determine what design element is going to be prominent to make a statement and tie it all together into a total experience.” She suggests adding some sort of “favor” or activity for children. “I love having children grow up with traditions

of the season. Add fun dreidel placemats that the children make and decorate or place cards and paper napkin rings that children create.,” she says. “Put fake snow on the table with little hills and sleds and battery-operated lights twinkling through the snow.” Like McClelland, she advocates some mixing and matching if the themes work together. “It’s all about the overall design,” says Strom. “Planned mix and not match works in the right environment. Personally, I would go crazy if everything matched.” Centerpieces shouldn’t interfere with activity. “I usually put my centerpieces at one end of the table with candles

so that food is in the center on various levels with low florals and votives winding through,” she says. Anne Sachs Mulholland, of Mulholland and Sachs in Eton Chagrin Boulevard in Woodmere, also sees comfort as key this year. Her store offers many items to create the mood. Mulholland starts her table decorating with colors that fit the holiday. “If you think about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, they all present with different color arrangement. If you are doing any or all you can have fun with three to four different looks,” she says. “After a holiday I like to put everything away so when I think about my next table I’m starting over with a new look.” “I start with which holiday, what colors I want to do this year, what china I’m going to use, and I work around those ideas to make a lovely table. I think it’s fun to change up your table each year especially if you have the same guests coming year after year. I also love a small table favor for each guest,” she says. “You don’t have to have a lot of different china, you need to use what you have and have fun with it,” she says. “There are also wonderful paper plates and paper napkins to use that can be just as festive and fun on your table and give you a nice change.” She says restraint is smart. “You need to see your guests across the table, so I like low flower arrangements. And I love a lot of candles. Candles bring warmth and a lovely glow to the room.” Speaking of glow, just before the holidays is a great time to have a chandelier professionally cleaned. “When you’re setting the table with your finery, it should be something special,” says chandelier conservationist Christopher Axelrod of Bratenanl. Axelrod uses white gloves and hand-crafted cleaning products to bring out a chandelier’s “wow” factor. “That chandelier should be glistening, not just clean. When you walk into the room there should be that sense of awe,” he says. For some, Axelrod says, decorating moves the eye upward to satin ribbons dangling from the chandelier. Some homeowners even have him change out some clear prisms for colored ones. Last but not least, what about those Zoom guests? Tabletop expert Beth Schreibman-Gehring of Cleveland Heights says, “This year people may have a laptop on the table. Dress it up, put greenery around it. Prepare ahead with a holiday background.”

Loretta Paganini puts an Italian twist on Thanksgiving menu Compiled by BARRY GOODRICH For over 30 years, Loretta Paganini has been teaching people to cook from her home base at the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking in Chesterland. From amateurs to professionals, Paganini has brought a lifetime of culinary knowledge to the table. After studying the culinary arts in Bologna, Italy and Paris, France, Paganini started her school in 1989 and soon founded the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute. The goal of the Institute is to provide education in the culinary arts, facilitate employment of vocational graduates and foster career development of culinary and pastry professionals. Paganini puts a special twist on her Thanksgiving menu with squash ravioli, cranberry pear chutney, chestnut sausage stuffing and pumpkin roll with Mascarpone filling. She will be offering Thanksgiving take-out with full turkeys, stuffed turkey breasts and side dishes for orders placed by Nov. 23 with a Nov. 25 pickup at the school. For more information about classes and private events or to shop Paganini’s online store, visit www.lpscinc. com or call 440.729.1110.

Cranberry Pear Chutney Serves 8

This cranberry chutney is the perfect flavor combination of sweet and tart and it pairs perfectly with roasted turkey. It can also be used with leftover turkey to create the best sandwich. Chef Tip: Make it at least two days before serving to blend the flavors together and keep chilled in the refrigerator in a sealed container. 2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar 3 Bosch pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2 oranges, zested and juiced 12 ounces fresh cranberries 1 cup granulated sugar Zest the oranges. Cut away and discard peel and pith from each orange, then cut sections free from membranes. Squeeze out any remaining juice. Whisk zest, juice and brown sugar in heavy large saucepan. Boil over high heat. Add pear pieces, cranberries and granulated sugar. Cook until cranberries begin to pop, about 15 minutes. Stir over medium heat until heated through. Transfer chutney to a bowl and chill.

Chestnut Sausage Stuffing Serves 8-12

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, without casing 10 fresh, peeled chestnuts 1 cup celery, finely chopped 1 cup onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 8 cups unseasoned bread cubes 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped 2 cups de-fatted chicken stock, more if needed 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Melt butter in a large pot. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add celery, and onion and sauté until onions are transparent. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add remaining ingredients and toss together to fully saturate bread cubes. If mixture feels dry add chicken stock to moisten. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place in a 9x13-inch baking dish and bake in a 350°F oven for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

Pumpkin Roll with Mascarpone Filling Makes 1 Large Roll, About 10-12 Servings 4 large eggs, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup canned pumpkin 1 teaspoon lemon juice 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves Confectioner’s sugar for dusting Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x12-inch jelly roll pan, line with parchment paper, and grease parchment paper. Set aside. Place eggs and sugar in mixer bowl and beat on high speed for 5 minutes. Gradually mix in pumpkin and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and cloves. Add flour to pumpkin mixture, beating on low speed until blended. Spread batter evenly over prepared pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until center springs back when touched. Loosen edges with a knife. Place two clean dish towels or pieces of parchment paper on work surface and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Turn cake out onto towels, remove parchment paper from bottom of cake, and roll up cake using towels. Allow to cool for 20 minutes. Unroll cake when cool, spread with filling and roll up and dust with confectioner’s sugar. Wrap cake in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Unwrap and dust with additional confectioner’s sugar.

and puree in food processor or blender. Place crushed Amaretti cookies in large bowl. Add pureed squash, raisins, prosciutto, eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Break dough into lemon-size pieces and roll each into a long, thin sheet. On half of each sheet of pasta dough, place 1 teaspoon of filling about 2 inches apart from each other. Fold other half of the sheet over the first and pinch the edges together with your fingertips. Close each chamber by crimping the dough around the filling with a pastry cutter.

Cut ravioli into individual pieces and spread on parchment paper that has been lightly sprinkled with flour. Do not allow ravioli to touch. Prepare sauce by melting butter in a small sauce pan, lightly brown, add butternut squash, pancetta, sage, salt and pepper. Cook sauce until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the stove. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add salt and ravioli and cook for 5 minutes. Drain ravioli and toss with butter sauce. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

Mascarpone Filling 8 oz. mascarpone cheese 1 cup cream cheese, room temperature 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup confectioner’s sugar Place mascarpone, cream cheese and butter in mixer bowl and beat until mixture is light and smooth. Add vanilla and sugar and beat until well blended.

Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce Serves 8

For dough: 2 cups Italian “00” flour or all-purpose flour 3 large eggs 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 teaspoon salt For filling: 1 pound Hubbard squash, or acorn or butternut squash 2 Amaretti cookies, crushed 1/4 cup golden raisins, finely chopped 1/4 pound prosciutto, minced 2 large eggs 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For sauce: 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup Italian pancetta, diced 1/2 cup butternut squash, peeled & small dice 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese Place flour on wooden board and form into a mound. Make a deep well in the center and break eggs into it. Add wine and salt. Use a fork to break up eggs and mix contents of the well. Slowly add flour, beginning at the top of the well so that the walls collapse and blend into the mixture. When flour is almost totally absorbed, begin kneading, pressing with the palms of your hands. Knead dough for about 20 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. (If dough is dry, add a few drops of wine. If sticky, add a sprinkle of flour.) Gather dough into a ball, place in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes. To test for doneness, punch dough with index finger. If it springs back it is done.) While dough is resting, cut squash in half. Remove and discard seeds. Bake squash in preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, www.currentsneo.com  November 19, 2020 CURRENTS  B5

Keeping seniors safe, yet actively engaged through COVID-19 By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN The current COVID-19 pandemic threatens to put a damper on the holidays for most of us. Imagine how it would affect you if you were living in a senior care facility. “Things have been especially difficult during COVID,” Susan Busko, programming director at Laurel Lake Retirement Community noted. “We spend a lot of time on Skype, Zoom and Facetime. Our staff has been very involved in helping our residents set up technology devices. Because visitation has not been easy, we have tried to establish more points of contact.” “We have become their family and they have become our family. We’re in this bubble together. If they are safe, we are safe. We have to maintain our health to be safe for them. Many of our staff members leave here and go right home,” she said. “It has been a lot of pressure on staff members. If one of us were to get sick, we would feel so guilty because we are in contact with everyone else.” “We have a TV show that we record twice a week. One of our nurses tells the residents how to properly wear a mask, how to use a digital thermometer to take their own temperature, and explains things like contact tracing and how it works. We explain to them that they need to be vigilant at all times,” Busko said.

“During the holidays, our independent living residents can choose to be with family, but how should that work? Some of our residents have winter homes in Florida and want to travel there, but Florida is a hot spot for the virus right now,” she said.

keep our brains going,” Busko noted. “One of our residents recently got a new iPhone. He is a photographer and was a university professor. He wanted to teach a class about photography using a phone. He ended up teaching an eight-week class on ways to use an iPhone.” “Another resident is into building trails. He has built seven miles of trails on the campus, working with Eagle scouts,” she said. “Another resident has teamed up with him to do presentations on wildlife and the trees along those trails. Then, they led small group tours along the paths of the trails. It was a great way to be outside and


“Our skilled nursing facility was shut down for some time. We just recently reopened for limited visitation. Residents there were able to get their hair cut for the first time in eight months,” Busko added. “Our residents in independent living have been wonderful in getting involved. They have volunteered as fitness room monitors to determine how many people can work out together safely,” she said. “Until recently, postal workers have refused to have daily temperature checks. So, some of our residents accepted the mail, sorted it in-

side the buildings and delivered it. That’s a huge undertaking. These residents have done a lot during the pandemic to keep life going. We have volunteer wellness monitors who check on each other to see if there is anything that anyone needs. They have set up a way to get groceries and have shown other residents how to order online. We have an iPad communication system called CATIE that we installed in January. We use it to get COVID updates to residents. They order meals for dining on this system and their meals are delivered right to their door.” “We also have small group programs such as trivia to

physically distance.” “We have a bike club. On their first outing, they rode to downtown Hudson and pre-ordered coffee at a local shop. They also rode trails through the valley,” she said. “Some of our staff and residents have run the Akron Marathon. This year, we had relay teams run 26 miles. We also had a fun run and walk. Some of our residents manned water stations along the way. We are planning a Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving. We also had a fall hiking spree.” “We’re trying room-to-room visits for the holidays,” Busko explained. “For Halloween, staff members dressed in costumes and filled carts with Halloween treats and delivered them since we can’t gather in big groups. We have to abide by the rules set by Ohio Governor DeWine. So, we took our show on the road. We had teams deliver door-to-door coffee and Continental breakfast to our independent living residents in more than 150 rooms. We are trying to maintain some sense of a party with them.” “We are known for our events. Laurel Lake is a very congenial community,” she said. “Our residents love to socialize. They love to go and are normally very welltraveled. This pandemic has really clipped their wings. It has been a dark existence.” “We are using this time to update aspects of our facility,” Busko noted. “Our mixing places are getting a media update. We are very excited about that. Our community room will soon be able to seat 240 people with a stage and a big screen with audio and visual capabilities. Once we can gather together once again, such a party we will have!” “Every year for Christmas, we set up two nine-foot trees and decorate them with hats knitted by our residents,” she said. “They work all year on knitting hats for Caps for Kids in Summit County and for homeless people in the area. The trees give everyone a chance to admire the hats before they are donated.” “Traditionally, we hold an annual event that we call the Christmas Convivial,” Busko added. “Our residents dress up for the evening, some in black tie. We have a gathering with multiple entertainment performers in the big hall and the chefs do food carving stations. We tell the residents that this is our party that the staff does just for them. This year, we are trying to figure out how to still make a nice Christmas for them.” Laurel Lake Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community offering multiple home styles within 150 scenic acres in historic Hudson.



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South Concourse Gallery Opens at Judson Manor: Partnership with AAWR yields new art space Like many good things, the recent collaboration between Judson Manor and Artists Archives of the Western Reserve (AAWR) was launched over lunch. Judson Manor resident Mark Corcoran had invited his friend Kelly Pontoni for a meal at the historic residence in the heart of University Circle. During a post-prandial stroll through the beautifully restored gem, Kelly, AAWR’s collection registrar, found herself particularly drawn to the recently remodeled South Concourse. When Mark, who serves as chair of the Manor’s house committee, told her there had long been hopes of using the concourse as a gallery, the table was set for an artful partnership. With the enthusiastic approval of Mindy Tousley,

AAWR’s executive director, the transformation of the South Concourse into a satellite gallery was soon accomplished. The first exhibition, “City Reveries,” opened Oct. 2 and will run through the end of December. The show, which complements “Bridges and Barriers,” on view at AAWR through Nov. 19, features 17 pieces by five archived artists: Phyllis Seltzer, Jennie Jones, Anthony Eterovich, Moses Pearl, and Moses’ son, Stuart Pearl. Three additional shows will follow, opening approximately every 12 weeks, through 2021. “The reaction from the residents has been enormously enthusiastic,” says Mark. “There are so many vibrantly colored pieces in the show, it has added a whole lot of life to the building!”

Home - Thinking About What’s Next It’s a conversation and question many of us delay: “When should mom and dad consider moving out of their house?” or “How do we tell the kids we want to move?” Many older adults wrestle with the decision of when and if it’s right for them to make a move to a senior living community. As holidays approach, and families may be spending more time together, now is a perfect time to think through the options. According to Schonda Grays, executive director of Rose Senior Living - Beachwood, while it can be an emotional discussion, it’s not one to put off. “One of the most important things families can do is to have these conversations early and often. Talking about it before there’s a crisis gives mom and dad the opportunity to share what’s important to them as they think about their future, and it helps take some of the emotion out of it.”

What to Consider

Grays said an important question to consider is “what does life need to look like for you to consider moving?” Conversations about this important topic are best when they focus on what the parents value most, and how they see their future. “Once there’s a good understanding of their vision for their own future, then they can start to explore their choices,” Grays said.

Exploring Options

When you have a good sense of what’s most important and those things that are must-haves, write up a list of questions to ask as you’re researching communities. Virtual tours are a great way to get a sense of the community you’re considering. “Even if a senior living community isn’t on the immediate horizon, thinking through this and researching can be so helpful down the road and can remove a lot of the stress that can accompany this big life decision,” Grays said.

Is Now the Right Time?

Only you know what’s right for you and your family, but some have asked if moving into a community during COVID makes sense. “For many of our new residents, the sense of community is welcome during this time when so many people have felt so isolated. We have safety precautions in place, and also are committed to creatively keeping people connected with each other and with their loved ones,” Grays said. Grays’ biggest piece of advice is to not wait to have the conversation about what “home” looks like for you or your parents in the future. For more information on Rose Senior Living, please call (877) 222-9724 or visit beachwood.roseseniorliving.com.

Judson Manor joins a long list of AAWR’s satellite galleries, which includes Cleveland State University, American Greetings, the Beachwood Community Center and the Lakewood Public Library. “We have an enormous collection – more than 10,000 pieces from more than 80 Ohio artists – and only about 1,000-square-feet of gallery space,” Mindy explains. “So community partnerships are key to providing more access to the public.” In addition to the visual pop, the show has proven personally meaningful for a number of Judson Manor residents, a group well-known for its devotion to, and support of, the arts. “While we were hanging the show, everyone was so engaged,” says Kelly. “Some of them knew some

of the artists, and others were curious about the connection between Moses and Stuart Pearl, so there was wonderful dialogue. And the pieces themselves, with their focus on Cleveland and its architecture, offer a richness of memory and experience that really speaks to this audience. Especially in this time of COVID, it’s a good thing to be able to immerse yourself in something beautiful.” “For me, this has been a fantastic partnership,” Mindy agrees. “Judson Manor is a community of art lovers. It’s a win-win for everybody.” For more information about Judson Manor visit www. judsonsmartliving.org or call 216-532-1351. — Elaine T. Cicora

A Holiday Like No Other The Thanksgiving season is a normally jubilant time full of meal planning and family gathering, but this year we must recognize that things are different. Our festivities this year are either being canceled or drastically altered. All the changes that COVID-19 thrust upon us can be overwhelming and confusing. As an older adult in a senior care facility, these changes can be even more overwhelming. Being in a senior care facility can be a blessing during this difficult time. Senior care facilities have caring staff members that become family to the older adults who reside there. A variety of events are planned through the holidays to ensure that everyone feels the joy of the season. Our community CAREgivers do their best to ensure that everyone residing with us celebrates the season. During this time of year, we all come together to make sure that a special holiday meal is planned for everyone. These meals include the traditional holiday fare, including special desserts. In most senior care facilities, special holiday-themed games are planned throughout the month, including the ever-popular Bingo games! Holiday décor and flowers adorn the communities, and everyone is encouraged to decorate their living space and doors. Many times, our CAREgivers will draw names, pur-

chase gifts, and have Santa deliver them. Unfortunately, because of COVID-19 and the restrictions put forth by Governor DeWine, we must adhere to strict rules to keep everyone safe. Video and window chats will be offered to family members in lieu of in-person visitation. We do this for the safety of our older adults. We all work together to make sure that older adults can visit with their families as often as possible. Even the most optimistic of people can get the blues during the holidays. Sometimes, it’s okay to not be okay. However, when someone has trouble processing the feelings of the holiday season, senior care facilities have licensed social workers that work closely with the clinical staff to ensure that a temporary mood does not slide into a depression. Our CAREgivers do everything we can to make every day a special day for the older adults we are privileged to take care of. The spirit of the holiday really enhances the relationships in senior care communities.We consider ourselves fortunate that we’ve been given the opportunity to make this season more special for the older adults we have gotten to know and consider family. ~ Shannon Blakely, Solon Pointe 625 Emerald Ridge Pkwy, Solon, 440.498.3000/Grande Oaks/Grande Pavillion, 24579 Broadway Ave, Bedford Hts.,440.439.7976.

Charitable Giving 2021 Strong Women, Powerful Voices: How National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland is remaining strong and relevant in the midst of a pandemic Like most other organizations, when COVID-19 hit, National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland (NCJW/CLE) – whose mission is to improve the lives of women, children and families –wasn’t sure what to expect. Should they cancel their upcoming programming? As a non-profit, they had 2,000 members, many of them actively volunteering in the community. How could they continue providing direct service at a time when schools were closed and the government was encouraging everyone to social distance? And for an organization, built on relationships, how could they make sure everyone stayed connected? NCJW/CLE’s strength has always been in their nimbleness; in their ability to see holes in community needs and find ways to fill them. Eight months after COVID-19 first hit, NCJW/CLE has actually expanded its membership and strengthened their partnerships. And thanks to Zoom, NCJW/CLE is offering triple the number of educational programming they offered prior to the pandemic. They’ve run sessions on dealing with isolation and stress with psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Lisa Damour; they’ve hosted a webinar with Lindsay Gottlieb, the assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers about the importance of mentorship and dreaming big; and brought in legal scholar Roberta Kaplan and the award-winning writer Dahlia Lithwick to talk about the importance of the courts. In November, they are hosting a webinar with Dr. Amy Acton, former Director of Ohio’s Department of Health and bringing in renowned expert on anti-Semitism Deborah Lipstadt to talk about the different ways hate manifests today. “With the pandemic, we’ve actually found ways to expand our reach, scope and connection,” says Michele Kaminsky, president of NCJW/CLE. “We are living our mission of strong women, powerful voices.” In addition to the multiple virtual programming NCJW/CLE is offering, they have also found innovative ways to provide direct service to communities in need during this time. NCJW/CLE volunteers have sewed and donated over 2,000 masks to health workers and nursing homes; they arranged a drive-through parade outside of Menorah Park to cheer up residents who were feeling isolated; and started a new virtual support program called “Caring Friend” to support special needs families and children, who needed a break during this time. They’ve also continued their social justice efforts; running webinars on issues like human trafficking and election security – and even leading a campaign to write 5,000 letters to people on the fence about voting sharing the importance of having their voice heard at the polls. “I’ve been amazed by our members’ creativity,” Kaminsky says. “What this pandemic has shown us is that NCJW/CLE members are resilient and resourceful. There’s a reason why NCJW/CLE is still going strong after 125 years.”


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The Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square innovate through pandemic Playhouse Square

Clevelanders of a certain age can remember a time when most of Playhouse Square was shuttered. A few shows, but no restaurants, no bars, no apartments. Before the entire space was allowed to become a massive parking lot, volunteers and donors stepped in and made Playhouse Square the thriving live/work/play neighborhood it is today. After decades of toil, Playhouse Square in March 2020 had eight venues with shows populated by resident companies such as the Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater and Cleveland Ballet, not to mention the Broadway Series and touring shows and concerts. With 46,000 season ticket holders, the second largest theater district in the country had the largest subscription base in the United States. And then it closed its doors. At first, according to Playhouse Square’s Senior Vice President of Advancement, Michelle Ryan Stewart, shows were rescheduled and then rescheduled again. For an organization used to planning two years in advance, shuffling the deck wasn’t unheard of, until it happened over and over. Both venues and shows are left in limbo while the pandemic rages. “This summer we realized we can’t keep moving shows around the calendar,” Stewart says. “We’re at a point where we are waiting until the wind slows down and we can announce what we can present. It’s all dependent on the Board of Health, the Governor’s office and the CDC. We won’t open until it’s safe for everybody – our guests, our employees.” The statistics are daunting. About 700 shows have been canceled or postponed for a loss of $6.9 million at a minimum, not to mention added expenses for air purification, additional cleaning costs plus regular maintenance. Just like a house, a theater – especially clustered historic theaters – can’t be left on their own. Heating and air conditioning has to be maintained as well as plumbing, electrical and IT systems. Sixty-nine percent of the workforce has been laid off, yet the people remaining work harder than ever, since the work continues, especially fundraising work. “Zooming [video conferencing] is okay, but people are meant to be together and celebrate the arts and friendships together. Trying to do it with Zoom and videos, saying hello and we miss you? Well, it’s humbling the number of people calling to ask how they can help,” Stewart says. She acknowledges Playhouse Square collects rent from the office and apartment buildings it owns throughout the district, including the newly opened Lumen. But even leases on a million square feet of space don’t offset the loss of ticket sales. “We ask that people wear a mask to get our numbers down, and to be safe,” she adds. “We ask that people consider making a one-time ‘Covid’ gift or become an annual donor. We’ve had some wonderful anonymous donations.” Stewart explains that for the first time in their history, Playhouse Square is making clothing with their

When it comes to the performing arts sometimes the world comes to Cleveland – think the Broadway Series, and sometimes Cleveland goes out to the world, like the Orchestra going on tour. Either way, in the past nine months, and counting, this Covid thing has really interrupted business as usual and a quick check-in with two anchoring arts organizations show some cracks in the plaster, but a lot of determination, grit and resolve to not only hang in there but thrive when freedom replaces our fear, or at least our uncertainty. Photograph of the Cleveland Orchestra by Roger Mastroianni logo available to buyers just in time for the holidays. They are also part of the Amazon Smile program. Additionally, ticket holders can donate the cost of their tickets rather than requesting a refund, although Playhouse Square has refunded millions of dollars for tickets over the past few months. “If people are thinking about making a donation, please do it now,” she says. From her office Stewart can see part of the Cleveland State University campus and some of the energy returning there. She indicates how Playhouse Square would like to be part of that reanimation, and soon. “We’re working hard to be here when everyone returns. We’re all worried about the same things – where to put the shows – what do we communicate to people. We didn’t think we’d be gone this long – it’s a longer intermission for us. But donations are an investment in us and we’re working to make our return as solid as it can be when we come back. We’ve made people proud, and it’s exciting to be supportive of the arts.”

The Gift of Nature In times of stress and uncertainty, people turn to nature for respite and inspiration, and that has been proven throughout this past year. In its 103 years, Cleveland Metroparks has both shaped and been shaped by society. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland Metroparks has worked to remain open and accessible for the community’s health and well-being. Millions of people turned to Cleveland Metroparks throughout the pandemic, some even for the first time, to rejuvenate and enjoy the richness and diversity of nature. Parks also serve as a great equalizer, welcoming people from all ages, beliefs and backgrounds to enjoy the healing benefits of nature. In June 2020, Cleveland Metroparks noted over an 80 percent increase in all-purpose trail usage year-over-year. From its first three acres established in 1917, to now over 24,000 acres across 48 diverse communities, one of the foundations of Cleveland Metroparks’ mission is land protection and the ability to conserve critical habitat, forests, rivers and valleys. The expansion of the park district from the original nine reservations to the current 18 was fueled by the understanding that land protection continues to be an unwavering priority. Strategic acquisitions of land, such as the former Acacia Country Club, are made possible through partnerships with area land conserva-

tion groups and philanthropists who share the priority of land protection. Acacia, now a 155-acre urban oasis, is a study and model for how to restore nature to its proper functions for the health of the environment and all who rely on it. With the growth of the park system over time, demand has also grown for connections between and among our communities, neighborhoods and our cherished lakefront. This demand has led to a significant increase in trails and trail linkages, including an additional 40 miles of trails in the park system over the last ten years, supported largely by Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund. The Trails Fund and the Conservation Fund work together to balance increased park use with care for our natural resources, ensuring the health and beauty of the Emerald Necklace for future generations. Residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township are to be commended for their faithful stewardship of Cleveland Metroparks. Our world-class parks also benefit from grants, annual and planned gifts, and support from the Emerald Necklace Endowment. These restricted donations enhance the parks, trails and programs, further strengthening our community and protecting the gift of nature.

Shoes and Clothes for Kids With more than 50 years of helping the Cleveland area’s neediest school children, Shoes and Clothes for Kids continues to provide new shoes, school uniforms, casual clothing, winter gear, books and school supplies to more than 10,000 kids and 4,000 teachers each year. We adjusted our programs during the pandemic to include distribution of kids masks, hygiene kits and laundry detergent, too. We do that through a network of 28 neighborhood partners throughout Cleveland, some inner-ring suburbs and partnerships with national organizations such as the Kids in Need Foundation and Delivering Good. Data from our programs shows a jump in school attendance up to 24 percent in many cases in the first month after children receive our shoes, clothing and school supplies. Here’s what one local school official had to say about our programs:

“Too often, our kids’ living situation changes two or three times in a school year. They can’t always bring their clothes and school supplies with them when that change happens. Your programs gives these kids, sometimes homeless, a chance to get to school where they can be warm, safe and fed. They need you. We need you.” Rather than throw a party to celebrate our 50th anniversary, our board, staff and partners are committed to raising $1 million more funding in order double our impact and serve more kids. It’s our gift back to the community and the kids who need our help. Those funds will be spent from 2021 to 2025 to help more kids have the shoes, clothing and supplies they need to get to and stay in school. To learn more about us, see our videos at www.sc4k. org and consider designating a donation to the SC4K 50th Anniversary Program Growth Fund. Your support today will have an immediate impact in 2021. Thank you!

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The Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra is another touchstone A-list organization in Northeast Ohio facing the fallout from the pandemic. Like the actors and dancers who perform at Playhouse Square, the professional musicians rehearse every day to stay at the top of their game, and also like Playhouse Square, concerts once scheduled were rescheduled over and over until lost completely to the circumstances at hand. From mid-March through September, about 50 concerts were canceled, including the entire season at Blossom Music Center. However, orchestra members were able to connect with their audiences over the summer. “We had outdoor concerts in small groups for safety, but we kept a presence all summer thanks to the musicians,” says André Gremillet, the Orchestra’s president and CEO. He estimates the orchestra lost $12 million in that nine month period, and explains what the orchestra is doing to move forward. “We prepared all summer for the fall, and to have the orchestra back on stage, Gremillet says. “We’ve made big adjustments – fewer than fifty people, roughly half the full orchestra is playing, and it’s all strings and percussion, with no winds.” With an eye towards safety, these concerts are all streamed. “We are being really careful before bringing back a full audience.” Happily, the orchestra has been planning to broaden its

accessibility for some time. “Classical music, symphonic music is global. It’s universal,” Gremillet states. “When we toured China, it was a triumph. We were extremely well received in China, Japan, and Europe. We created from scratch, in a remarkably short amount of time, Adella, which makes concerts available to all subscribers and donors, and anyone who can’t come to Severance Hall. We are in our first steps and the program will get more elaborate, but this is the future for us. This is how we can give access to people in Cleveland and Miami, and all over the nation and the world.” Adella, a streaming program created by and for The Cleveland Orchestra is named, charmingly, after the ensemble’s pioneering founder Adella Prentiss Hughes. The streaming service and app offer both free and premium content that can be cast to a television, computer or mobile device. The service began mid-October. Another way the orchestra is reaching out beyond its concert stages is its return to recording, which was planned pre-pandemic. “We were working on this for quite awhile, to reach out to music lovers. It’s very exciting that we are resuming a long and successful tradition,” Gremillet says. “We launched our own label which is new and gives us complete freedom to record and perform how we want. It’s more of a PR endeavor than moneymaking,” he adds. “But we are a global brand and recordings help us reach our supporters all over the world.” The orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst released A New Century box set in June. A recording of works by Schubert/Křenek, both recorded in March 2020 just as the corona virus was shuttering performances around the world, was released October 2. The recordings are available worldwide via streaming, download and on CD. Gremillet explains the orchestra’s approach to weathering this storm. “We want to be very careful not to touch the endowment,” he says. “That is the bread and butter of the institution. It produces revenue every year and we will not jeopardize the future.” He talks about extraordinary fundraising efforts in the shadow of complete uncertainty. “We are used to planning for events over a long period of time. Now we need to be flexible and nimble in a way that’s completely unusual for us.” Practically, the orchestra is leveraging three actions. They have applied for a Payroll Protection Program loan from the federal SBA, to keep people on payroll. They are engaging in special fundraising efforts throughout the community, and they are reducing costs across the board. “We ask that people continue to support us – be patient and watch our concerts on Adella, and send a donation if they can, understanding that every dollar counts. We’re sensitive to the fact some people have lost their jobs. We depend on philanthropy to keep ticket prices accessible, and even more so right now, when we are unable to have concert goers come to the hall. “It’s so impressive how much the community has missed us, especially this summer. The Cleveland Orchestra family is working together to get us through this crisis,” Gremillet adds. “The orchestra reflects this incredible community and we are making sure we preserve this great institution for the future. Our greatest assets go out the door every day when they go home, and we need to keep them safe. We will be back live as soon as we possibly can.”

Expert shares four strategies for effective end-of-year philanthropy By KRIS PUTNAM-WALKERLY This year there’s so much on the table in terms of endof-the-year giving. The challenge can be how to focus, and how to act. While established foundations likely have a grantmaking schedule in place, less structured family philanthropies or individual philanthropists may be facing the challenge of last-minute decision-making: when to give and what to give. The best approach is to accept that this year is different — and may require you make some adjustments to your usual strategy. Here are four simple strategies to follow for more effective end-of-the-year giving: Offer flexible funding. Restricting funding for certain programs or activities just may not apply in a year when some organizations — such as arts organizations — are simply hoping to just stay afloat until they can reopen and generate revenue with ticket sales. So this is a key time to offer more flexible funding — such as unrestricted, general operating support. This will allow the nonprofit to

Putnam-Walkerly navigate ongoing crises and take advantage of opportunities as they best see fit. And if that means just keeping the doors open, that could be a huge accomplishment. Decide and inform earlier. It’s likely been a very

tough year for your grantees. They may have lost revenue and be facing uncertainties ahead. With that in mind, make your decisions a little earlier than usual. Instead of waiting until the very end of the year, let your grantees know what they can expect. The sooner they know what to expect, the better — and this way, they can plan ahead. Ask how you can help. Do you know which areas your grantee needs the most support with? Consider having conversations with the nonprofit CEO and ask what they need specifically — and how you can help. It may be that they need something other than money, and you may be able to come through — with your knowledge, expertise, and connections. Support change. This year has laid bare so many inequities and injustices. Ask yourself how you can allocate your funding in ways that help support and create equitable, transformational change. Stuffing backpacks with school supplies and giving them to kids is great — no question. But we need to look at the larger picture as well: helping their parents get back to work in well-paying jobs so they can afford to buy their own school supplies is even

Seasonal giving more important than ever this year By BARRY GOODRICH While Northeast Ohio’s non-profit community has suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the good news is that individual giving has increased in 2020 even as corporate giving has leveled off. According to Philanthropy Outlook, total giving is expected to increase by 4.8 percent in 2020 and 5.1 percent in 2021. Giving by individuals and households will increase by 4.4 percent this year while giving by foundations should be up 6.3 percent in 2020. The only sector that has not shown significant gains is corporate, which is up 0.4 percent this year.

“People have been more generous than ever,” said Suzanne Allen, former CEO of Philanthropy Ohio and current executive director of the Barberton Community Foundation. “This pandemic has really shown the faces of people in need.” The size of the average donation may be smaller this year, but the amount is secondary to the act of giving, particularly during the holiday season. “You don’t have to give $10,000 to be a philanthropist,” said Allen. “You can give $100 or $20.” Northeast Ohio’s two Ronald McDonald House locations, the 55-room facility in Cleveland and the 42room home in Akron, have seen a downturn in donations this year. “It’s been a crazy year for fund-raising,” said Aristea Tzouloufis, chief development officer, southern region for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio. “Households giving $500 or less have held steady but the higher donation levels have seen a decline.” Tzouloufis said the biggest needs for Ronald McDonald House are financial donations and meal support, both

Photograph courtesy Ronald McDonald House of which take on added meaning during the holidays. “We always celebrate the holidays with a proper dinner for Thanksgiving and making sure the children have

presents for Christmas,” she said. “Those things mean a lot to families who are battling illness.” Those wishing to make donations can visit www.rmhcneo.org. The effects of the pandemic and the resulting widespread unemployment have created a huge need for the nation’s food banks, which have seen a 60 percent increase in demand this year. The total amount of food insecure people in Ohio alone has increased by 290,000 since the onset of the virus. Recent distributions by the Greater Cleveland Foodbank included serving over 900 families in Parma and approximately 2,700 families at the downtown Muni Lot. Organizations and individuals can participate in virtual food drives as well as donating money by visiting www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/give. Under the auspices of the Cleveland Foundation, The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has donated over $8 million since March to approximately 160 non-profits in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. The Rapid Response Fund was formed by a coalition of Northeast Ohio philanthropic, corporate and civic partners to aid organizations dealing with the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Since 1910, The City Mission has been providing basic needs and recovery resources to men, women and children in crisis. The Mission’s Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center aided 732 women and children last year while its Crossroads Men’s Crisis Center supported over 1,100 men. In addition, the New Horizons Program works with outside organizations to find housing solutions for women and families served by Laura’s Home. While The City Mission’s individual and group volunteering has been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, financial donations for operating costs have become a top priority. Used material and gift donations are being accepted from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays at the Mission’s Carnegie Ave. warehouse and Amazon Wish Lists are available. Donations can be made by visiting www.thecitymission.org or by calling 216.307.1382.

better. Look at the pain points the year has brought up, such as systemic racism and limited access to health care. If you can, direct your giving to address them. If there’s any year to shift gears, this would be it. The key is to truly support your grantees with the yearend contributions that truly speak to their needs — and to reach out to them to find out what those needs really are. So, make decisions that enable you to give with joy and meaning. Then, take the opportunity to revisit your overall philanthropic goals, and head into the new year with a renewed sense of purpose. Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a global philanthropy advisor, speaker and award-winning author of “Delusional Altruism: Why Philanthropists Fail To Achieve Change and What They Can Do To Transform Giving.” Kris and her husband have five children and are members of The Union Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Yachting Club. They reside in Avon Lake, OH. Learn more at putnam-consulting.com.

Blessing House At Blessing House, we get phone calls from parents who have many needs. They may call needing a place for their children to stay because their family is homeless. Or maybe they have reached the end of their rope because their child refuses to sit at a computer and do their schoolwork at home. The one thing that every caller needs, especially during these challenging times, is hope. We listen, we care and we respond knowing how important it is to provide that hope when it is in short supply. Blessing House is a children’s crisis care center that provides residential care for children up to 12 years old when there is an emergency in the family. Children come to us for many reasons and we provide loving care for them while we work with their parent or caregiver to help them address their family’s situation. We are an independent faith-based non-profit organization and have cared for over 1,500 children since opening 15 years ago. A child stayed with us recently who told us it has been hard for her at home with her Mom and siblings. When our Child Advocate asked her what was the favorite part of her day at home, she replied, “Sleeping.” This was her escape. When she was asked what she liked best about Blessing House, she replied, “Everything!” This was her haven, this was what gave her hope. Blessing House is now building a new home so that more of our children and their families can experience the hope they need to sustain them through difficult times. We are growing so that we can care for more children, support more parents and provide more positive experiences for our families. Sr. Mary Berigan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Blessing House says, “I am anxious to get into our new home so we can take care of more of the children who need our help. I worry about the children on our waiting list, especially as the effects of the pandemic are making it so much harder for our families.” The new Blessing House is under construction with plans to move in next Spring. We are raising funds for our new home and have already raised $1.9 million toward our goal of $3.3 million. If you would like to help, please consider making a generous donation to our campaign at www.blessinghouse.org or call us at 440.240.1851.

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When giving of your time can be best, most appreciated, charitable donation “We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers.”

By SARAH JAQUAY Let’s face it, in uncertain economic times it’s harder to write those year-end (or monthly) checks to favorite nonprofits. This pandemic has created uncertainty in everything from the stock market to rethinking the whole “70 is the new 65” mantra about taking your Social Security benefits. Add to that mixture the decreased ability to itemize charitable deductions coupled with the desire to remain productive in a pandemic; and it might be an ideal time to focus on critical nonprofits who are happy to take your money, but even happier to avail themselves of your time and some light labor. “We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,” notes Karen Pozna, director of communications at The Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Before the pandemic, the Food Bank typically relied on school groups and corporate volunteers to repack bulk donations, sort donations and help distribute food to partner organizations. The Food Bank partners with some 1,000 programs to distribute to those experiencing food insecurity by providing backpacks with food, including for the Cleveland Municipal and Parma School Districts, Boys & Girls Clubs, plus emergency food boxes for thousands of families. Since last March there has been record demand for Food Bank services. It has helped feed 40,000 new families. Every Thursday the Greater Cleveland Food Bank sets up a massive drive-through distribution system in Cleveland’s downtown Muni Lot where those who have registered on their website can get supplies via contactless delivery of emergency boxes containing shelf-stable items plus fresh produce and dairy. “They pull in; hold up their registration number and pop their trunk,” notes Pozna. Muni Lot distribution has averaged 3,000 families per week since March and Pozna anticipates demand will climb as the weather turns colder and unemployment benefits run out. These distributions are made possible, in large part, with help from the Ohio National Guard. They assist with handing out boxes, directing traffic and providing other logistical support. The Ohio National Guard, however, is only scheduled through the end of December. “My hope is that when the holiday season is over, people will think about the Food Bank and come out to help us in January and February. Unfortunately, our need isn’t seasonal – It’s year-round,” says Pozna.

— Karen Pozna, director of communications, The Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Every Thursday, the Ohio National Guard provides logistical support for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s massive drive-through operation at Cleveland’s Muni Lot. Photograph courtesy of Greater Cleveland Food Bank Pozna wants everyone to know they are welcoming volunteers back into their warehouse and taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of their staff and volunteers. There’s a mandatory mask requirement, limited capacity for volunteers and strict social distancing requirements. “We have thermal cameras that take everyone’s temperature who enters the building. We also provide gloves and plenty of hand sanitizer.” The Food Bank also asks volunteers to do a self-assessment, including current symptoms, and prohibits travel to hotspots within the last two weeks. As of the date of our interview, none of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s volunteers had tested positive for

COVID-19. Volunteers typically sign up for four-hour shifts under the “Give Help” section of their website. Another partner distributing food to alleviate hunger in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs is the Unity in Our Community Food Pantry that is supported by several Heights churches including: St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Christ Episcopal and Heights Christian Church in Shaker; plus Heights Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. “Our goal is to provide enough food for all who are hungry,” says Jodie Bowers, Pastoral Associate at St. Dominic’s. Bowers explained when the pandemic started, church staff members brainstormed about how to best

help their congregations and neighbors. “We discussed lots of ways to help, but hunger just kept coming up.” The Unity in Our Community Food Pantry is a partner of the Cleveland Food Bank and adheres to their distribution policies. Bowers notes the group quickly learned elderly residents and those too sick to get to a church to pick up emergency supplies required home delivery. So while the Food Pantry distributes food bags on the first two Mondays of every month from Heights Christian Church on the corner of Avalon and Winslow Roads, it also offers home delivery once a month from Christ Episcopal on Warrensville Center Road near Chagrin. Bowers says the work requires “an army of volunteers from procuring to sorting, to packing and assembling food bags.” He notes the Unity in Our Community Food Pantry uses Sign-Up Genius to schedule volunteers, accessible via St. Dominic’s website. This software allows volunteers to peruse a variety of shifts available based on the date, time and type of service needed. The Food Pantry also protects its volunteers by mandating masks, using gloves and social-distancing protocols. Bowers mentioned there’s a volunteer supervisor at every site. So if there’s an issue, someone is on-premise (often a church staff member) to handle it. He also wants people to understand the gravity of the situation and that every able-bodied person has something to offer. “We are in a financial crisis in the midst of a pandemic. So donations are nice, but we need your time.” As Karen Pozna likes to emphasize, “Food is a basic need. When you’re hungry, you really can’t think about anything else.” To volunteer for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, please visit: greaterclevelandfoodbank.org. To volunteer for The Unity in Our Community Food Pantry, please visit: stdominicchurch.net or call Jodie Bowers at 216.991.1444. If you need help with food supplies, please contact the Cleveland Food Bank via its website or call 216.738.2265. Please visit the Unity in Our Community Facebook page at: UNITY IN COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY.

Foundation for Geauga Parks is the fundraiser for all parks in Geauga County Who among us has not found great treasure in the many parks and natural areas in and around Geauga County? With the changes 2020 has brought, the one agreed-upon safe activity is to spend time in the parks. Folks are getting outside this year for fitness walks and runs, business meetings, fresh air family gatherings, and “classrooms.” The Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) is the only philanthropic nonprofit organization in Geauga County dedicated solely to raising money for any and all parks in Geauga, be they county, township, or community parks. Large signature fundraising successes are The West Woods preservation and Nature Center campaigns, the Observatory Park campaign, and full support of the Na-


ture Scopes binocular program for fifth grade students. Current projects include launching a Pollinator Garden Pilot Program, providing mobile nature education kits to be used in Geauga schools, and underwriting habitat improvements in Frohring Meadows and Observatory Park. Raising awareness and raising funds to protect the unique natural features of Geauga County is at the core of the work of the Foundation for Geauga Parks. Even though the Foundation cancelled their annual fundraising event Twilight Soiree in August, the Board of Trustees is reinventing the in-person silent auction as a virtual auction. Going live December 1 (Giving Tuesday) and running for six days, the FGP will host its first-ever “Treasure Our Parks” Virtual Silent Auction. Items may be previewed be-

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ginning November 23, 2020. Find the secure auction link at www.foundationforgeaugaparks.org/pages/virtual-auction. The FGP silent auction features nature experiences and other items not typically found in other fundraisers: a naturalist-led kayak float, private sky-viewing at Nassau Astronomical Station, millennium farmer for a day, nature art, the “Best of Geauga” basket, and much more. All proceeds support the FGP mission to fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County. The Foundation is grateful to all its Annual Business Partners: Auxin Group Wealth Management

Kinetico Incorporated John W. Rosenthal Capital Management Linda L. Brown, PhD LLC Patterson Fruit Farm Sheoga Hardwood Flooring & Paneling University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center The Foundation for Geauga Parks is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds to support all parks in Geauga County. Established in 1990, the Foundation’s work and mission have been greatly responsible for some of Geauga County’s transformational success stories in land conservation and nature education. Contact FGP at 440.564.1048 or admin@foundationforgeaugaparks.org.





This architect’s own home is absolutely spectacular! This one of a kind 4 level home is located in the most exciting spot with the Cuyahoga river as your front yard! The view from every window is mesmerizing including three bridges, the downtown skyline, and the Flat Iron Cafe! The dramatic interior of this one of a kind home features walls of windows, beautiful maple floors, and an open design perfect for entertaining and spotlighting artwork!




Outstanding transitional home in a coveted Beachwood location! This home has an amazing floor plan and is perfect for entertaining and luxury living! The dramatic two story foyer opens into the dining room and living room which both feature a soaring ceiling! The center island kitchen is open to the family room which features a gorgeous fireplace and a wall of built-ins!






One of Cleveland’s most remarkable and iconic homes! This in-town estate is a gated enclave sited on a park-like parcel offering sweeping views and incredible privacy yet within the heart of Shaker Heights and minutes to University Circle and Downtown Cleveland. The Georgian revival is a masterpiece eloquently blending traditional design with every modern amenity and luxury!



This absolutely remarkable 43 + acre award winning estate includes several buildings, a pool, tennis court and unique sense of privacy. The long private brick drive through the sprawling property is a fitting entry to this magnificent home.The property has won awards from the Builders Exchange for woodwork and stonework. Each room features custom millwork, and hardwood floors.





This magnificent waterfront estate is truly one of a kind! Sited on nearly two acres offering unobstructed lake and city views, this property is truly magical! The main home was built in the 1930’s and the present seller has expanded and transformed the home into a showplace that offers every imaginable luxury and modern amenity! Highlights of this home include the most breathtaking indoor pool.







Located in the heart of the Chagrin Valley, this one of a kind Paskevich designed country manor home is truly breathtaking! The current owner has done a complete renovation and expansion to create a truly one of a kind home that exudes quality and attention to detail! The incredible kitchen features every imaginable amenity including state of the art appliances, custom cabinetry, and a hearth room.



Remarkable and truly beautiful nearly new traditional stone and shingle country manor house built with the finest of everything! This stately home is reminiscent of a Shaker Heights home and offers quality materials and attention to detail second to none! The kitchen in this home is absolutely incredible and features a huge center island, hearth area with fireplace, custom cabinetry, high end

stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops!







This is an absolutely remarkable home that is designed for grand scale entertaining and offers every imaginable luxury and amenity! Sited on a private wooded lot, this home has a fabulous French flair yet offers an open floor plan highlighted by soaring beamed ceilings, walls of windows, and gorgeous wide plank hardwood floors. The magnificent great room has a spectacular two story stone fireplace.

Located in prestigious Arrowhead Farms, this amazing transitional home is designed for grand scale entertaining and luxury living! Completely redone from top to bottom with incredible bathrooms and a state of the art kitchen, this home has walls of windows throughout which overlook a wooded wonderland! The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream featuring a huge center island, & stainless steel appliances.




This landmark home sited on 4 plus glorious acres in the heart of Gates Mills within walking distance to the Hunt Club is an absolute gem! Built in 1853, this home exudes quality craftsmanship and the attention to detail is extraordinary! There is a great room addition that overlooks the rear yard and features a beamed ceiling, wet bar, fireplace, and French doors that open onto the rear patio!


This is a home that will truly take your breath away! Located on a secluded 5 + acre cul de sac lot, this custom built Stone and Stucco manor is a true showplace!! This home has every imaginable luxury including an indoor pool complex, a finished lower level second to none, and a 7 car attached garage! Built by Dino Palmieri and designed by Marc Graham, this home has extraordinary quality finishes.



This custom built Paskevich designed Stone and Shingle country manor home is truly extraordinary! Sited on an absolutely breathtaking lot offering privacy and serenity, this home is designed for today’s luxury living! The spectacular two story great room features a two story stone fireplace, wall of windows overlooking the stone terrace, and a fabulous bar area!









Sited on 7 spectacular acres, this gated estate has it all! The all brick Metzger built transitional manor house defies description! If you are looking for a wow house, look no further. The entry is truly breathtaking flanked by two circular staircases at either end of the two story foyer! Upon entering, the two story Grand Hall is designed for entertaining and features a wall of windows.

This is simply the most spectacular and outstanding unit available in Three Village! A complete renovation of this property has resulted in a state of the art and truly magnificent residence spanning almost 5,000 square feet and offering every imaginable luxury! Spectacular from the moment you enter the grand foyer, the wide open floor plan is highlighted by walls of windows.


Impressive stucco manor home designed for grand scale entertaining and luxury living! This magnificent home is sited on a gorgeous 2.5 acre lot and sits back off the road for maximum privacy! The dramatic and elegant two story foyer with a dual circular staircase is truly impressive and sets the stage for this home! A dramatic two story Grand Hall has a magnificent fireplace and French doors.




Located within walking distance to the Hunt Club, this one floor country house has been totally remodeled and offers every modern convenience along with a fabulous floor plan for today’s living!!! The covered front porch welcomes one into this utterly charming home which features hardwood floors throughout and a wonderfully decorated interior!




This modern masterpiece sited on over 3 acres overlooking the Cleveland Metroparks Polo field is truly one of a kind!! The design of this home is truly exceptional and it offers every imaginable amenity for today’s living! The dramatic entry foyer features a truly spectacular staircase and immediately sets the tone for the dramatic interior spaces. Highlights include walls of glass, & white rift cut oak floors.

















This peaceful and enchanting estate is truly special! Located across from the upper school of Hawken, this one of a kind property will take your breath away! A long private driveway leads to the main house which is a traditional country house that exudes charm, grace, and elegance! The gracious foyer opens onto the grand formal dining room which overlooks the magnificent landscape!

Located in Moreland Mews, a private enclave of luxury homes, this stone and timber country manor is simply unequalled! Designed by Tony Paskevich, built by P & T builders, and decorated to perfection by W Design, this home exudes quality and attention to detail beyond compare! The impressive two story entry features a spectacular custom metal staircase and a fabulous limestone floor!

This magnificent stucco estate designed by Mead and Hamilton features exquisite woodwork and detail inside and out. Sited on over 1.75 acres overlooking Green Lake, this spectacular residence features a gorgeous wood-paneled living room with a fireplace; cozy family room; walk-out lower level; heated in-ground pool; and 8 bedrooms on the second floor, including a spacious owners suite.


Located in sought after River Creek, this fabulous home offers a wide open floor plan and includes incredible upgrades throughout. The kitchen is amazing with top of the line stainless steel appliances (Viking cook top, dishwasher, wall oven) center island with seating, and granite countertops.

Truly extraordinary in-town estate! Sited on nearly 2.5 acres, this English country manor is an architectural treasure! Highlights of this home include an amazing music room/gallery paneled in quarter oak! The Grand Salon features walls of leaded glass windows and walnut paneling. The grounds of this home are breathtaking featuring beautiful English gardens and an amazing stone terrace.

One of the most renowned Shaker Heights homes, this all stone Jacobean Revival by John Sherwood Kelly has been restored to utter perfection while maintaining all of the exquisite architectural detail throughout! The La Cornue range, Wolf ovens, Sub Zero refrigerator/ freezer, Miele coffee system, and wine cooler are just some of the amenities. Upstairs, you will find the ultimate master suite.

Be prepared to be wowed by this 4000 + sq feet loft in the highly sought after and historical Cloak Factory Building! Exceptionally located in the heart of downtown Cleveland with gorgeous lake views, this incredible space is designed for luxury living and entertaining! Throughout this unit, you will love the exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, and walls of windows!

Here is your chance to own the most beautiful “Pied-a-Terre” in historic Moreland Courts.. This incredible unit is decorated to perfection and features beautiful hardwood floors and period detailing! The kitchen has been completely renovated and features high end professional appliances including a Wolf range! Moreland Courts affords one a truly luxurious living experience.


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Stunning Jacobean In-Town estate available in Shaker Heights

The inside of this gorgeous classic is as dazzling as the curb appeal outside.



uildings in the Jacobean style borrow from both 16th century Tudor and Elizabethan traditions, but lean toward stone rather than wood, and tend to have more symmetry and fewer decorative details. The house at 2678 Eaton is an outstanding example of this style, one that was much admired at the turn of the last century. Built in 1929, the house has a beautiful stone façade that runs the width of the lot, and is slightly elevated above the street, not to mention a perfect location in the heart of Shaker Heights, convenient to everything. A circular brick driveway leads the visitor to the original front door and vestibule, both trimmed in wrought iron, with stucco-finished walls and wooden beams. Just inside, the foyer is rimmed by a full gallery on the second floor. The doorways in the house are arched, the floors are hardwood, and there are many wall sconces plus chandeliers and dynamic lighting fixtures throughout. The feel of the house is what living in a castle might be like (if you were royalty) yet the owners have made slight modifications – elegant additions to enhance the historic design and bring it into the 21st century for both a tranquil and luxurious lifestyle. To the left of the foyer is a grand hall/living room measuring 41 x 20, with a tall, beamed ceiling, heraldic wood carved trim, leaded glass windows, and unique paneled gas fireplace. A three-season room sits behind this formal space. Down the hall is a private wood-paneled den with its own fireplace, and then an attractive formal dining room adjacent to the kitchen suite. This suite, white with blue accents was made by knocking down the walls of several smaller rooms – eschewing the ‘family-only’ eat-in area typical of 100+ years ago, and adding a great deal of graciousness to the entire home. This kitchen has it all – a wide white marble work/eating island, a separate eat-in area, loads of counter space and stainless appliances including a captivating white La Coruna ‘cooker.’ Behind the eat-in area a spacious, timbered great room with stone fireplace and wood mantel stands, offering views of the deep back yard and all its amenities. Upstairs, the master suite has a sitting room/library, fireplace, two huge walk-in closets, his and her baths and a roomy bedroom with a Juliet balcony overlooking the backyard lawns and gardens. Additional bedrooms and adjoining baths are grouped together in a kind of cozy warren of rooms, one of which could work as an alternate sitting/teen game room. The third story has space for an

The central foyer showcases historical architectural details in stucco, wood and wrought iron. A gallery overlooks the entry from the second story.

The house has an in-ground pool with slate patio, a tennis court and putting green in its spacious backyard.

The great room off the kitchen features a timbered ceiling and stone fireplace, yet has an easy, contemporary ambiance.

older teen/nanny suite with the possibility of a kitchenette and access to the lower floors via a back staircase. The lower level has room for an exercise space, game room, kitchenette, sitting area as well as an eight-seat cinema room with sound-proofed walls. While the lower level is plumbed for a washer and dryer, the laundry area

is currently located on the second floor. Overall, 2678 Eaton has 10,352 square feet of space, containing seven bedrooms, nine baths (six full, three half baths) air conditioning throughout and a four-car garage. The English-inspired landscaping offers an in-ground pool, tennis court, putting green, open lawns and profes-

Bright white with blue accents throughout, the kitchen is cheerful and cosmopolitan. sional landscaping, plus a gazebo and outdoor kitchen tastefully set on 2.26 acres. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 2678 Eaton is listed at $2,750,000 at press time with annual taxes of $61,852. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

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Extra precautions necessary for Alzheimer’s caregivers planning Thanksgiving celebrations Thanksgiving is a holiday that embraces giving thanks for one’s family, but this year because of COVID-19, there may not be any embraces or extended family present. On Oct. 15, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine suggested that families limit the size of their Thanksgiving gatherings. It was the same week that Ohio set a new singleday record of infections. As spikes in COVID-19 cases in Ohio continue to jeopardize extended family gatherings, Alzheimer’s caregivers are caught between trying to keep their loved ones safe and allowing them to participate in Thanksgiving family traditions. “I’m definitely not going anywhere for Thanksgiving, that’s not going to happen,” said Kim Willis, who cares for her mother with Alzheimer’s in her home. She said the risks for catching the coronavirus are too high. “She goes to the hospital for any reason we’re in trouble because she can’t communicate. In the past when she had been in the hospital I stayed in the room with her overnight. You can’t do that because of COVID.” While Alzheimer’s and dementia does not increase the risk of COVID-19, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often accompany dementia, may increase risk. Alzheimer’s Association officials agree with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations that anyone hosting a Thanksgiving celebration should consider current COVID-19 levels and determine whether to postpone, cancel, limit the number of attendees or do a virtual celebration. Rebecca Hall, Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association, said, while holidays can be a joyous time for many families, they can be challenging for families affected by Alzheimer’s. The current COVID-19 crisis is adding even more complexities that can feel overwhelming for many families impacted by Alzheimer’s. “Now we are getting into the holiday season and people really want to see their grandparents and their parents, but you have to consider the risk of infecting people,” Hall said. “Unfortunately, everyone does not take the same level of precaution to limit their exposure to the virus. You have to celebrate safe and you have to celebrate smart. Maybe it’s a smaller gathering this year.” Willis said this year, her Thanksgiving celebration will be with just her and her family – husband Norman and sons Matthew, 18 and Christian, 24. But even managing the COVID risk in the house is difficult at times because she has to regularly remind her sons to wear their masks properly over their noses when they go to work and interact with the public. “It’s very, very stressful,” Willis said. “There’s other people in the house. I don’t go out but when you have young people they don’t see it the same.” The Alzheimer’s Association is offering tips for families facing holiday gathering decisions. ● Be Safe: Encourage attendees to follow safety protocols during the celebration, including hand washing, and the use of hand sanitizer and masks, as appropriate. ● Take a person-centered approach: Focus on what is enjoyable for the person living with Alzheimer’s. If evening confusion and agitation are a problem, turn your holiday dinner into a holiday lunch or brunch. ● Keep it simple: Instead of potluck-style gatherings, encourage guests to bring food and drinks for themselves and members of that household only. ● Connect with your family member virtually: Consider taking the call to the next level by conducting a holiday activity such as baking cookies. ● Prepare a favorite holiday meal or dessert: Make plans to prepare your loved one’s favorite holiday meal or dessert. If you are unable to share the meal in-person, drop it off or have it delivered. The Alzheimer’s Association toll-free 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 is available to help families navigate disease-related challenges, including those resulting from the current pandemic.

Leadership Akron announces additions to its Board of Directors

Visit WOLFS new gallery located in Beachwood. Current exhibition Metamorphosis of an American Surrealist, works by Clarence Carter (1904-2000) and Sommer’s Children, portraits by William Sommer (1867-1949) November 27th. (Clarence H. Carter, Sphinx, c.1930). WOLFS, 216.721.6945, info at wolfsgallery.com

Leadership Akron is pleased to announce the following additions to its Board of Directors effective on Oct. 2, 2020. Additions include: • Deniela “Dee” Williams, Executive Assistant, Division of COVID Response, Summit County Executive’s Office As a leader in the community, Williams is sensitive and passionately driven to promote diversity and inclusion, especially as it relates to issues of race, education, and economic class. To this end, she works with various community organizations and serves on committees that advocate for equity in health, housing, education, employment, and business. • Justin Hilton, Kent State University Senior Administrator for Community Outreach In his role at Kent State, Hilton curates community relationships, resources and initiatives to execute and advance the missions and vision of the President and the University at large. He has continually augmented his professional career as a motivational speaker, an artist, and by serving on boards for schools, universities, businesses, associations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. “We’re pleased to welcome both Dee and Justin to our dynamic Board of Directors,” states Barry Dunaway, president of Leadership Akron. “They both have been actively engaged with Leadership Akron since completing the Signature Program, and we’re thrilled to be able to leverage their experiences and expertise as we work to serve as a catalyst to create equitable and inclusive workplaces, organizations and neighborhoods.” Since 1984, Leadership Akron has equipped participants for more effective community involvement and leadership. In addition to its Signature Program, Leadership Akron also offers Junior Leadership Akron, Diversity on Board, NEXT, and other Community Leadership Institutes. For more information about Leadership Akron, visit its website at Leadershipakron.org.


Leadership Lake County announces key staffing hiring Leadership Lake County is pleased to announce a key addition to the organization’s staff. Mentor resident Debbie Billings is Leadership Lake County’s Program Manager for middle and high school programs and started the position June 1. Billings has a master’s degree in Billings Education and previously owned a licensed childcare center in Painesville. She now oversees the Youth Leadership Academy, and Junior Leadership Program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary year. Her role is to be responsible for curricular, logistical and financial planning, and execution of these programs, which are designed to develop leadership skills in middle school and high school students. “I’d like to develop a very impactful program and something the kids are excited to come to every month and they are learning very hands-on the experiences in life,” Billings said. She works to have program participants learn new leadership skills and then apply them to their current situation whether that is school or home so it’s not just an abstract thought and then carry these skills with them throughout life. “I’m planning education opportunities, building the relationships with the kids, and giving them a safe place to ask questions to grow and learn,” Billings said. Leadership Lake County is in its 35th year of operation and a high-performing and talented staff is needed for the organization to remain impactful, said Jessie Baginski, Leadership Lake County CEO. “Any successful business leader will tell you sustainability is all about talent and culture. We create a culture that aligns our daily operations and our program experiences with the mission and values of Leadership Lake County,” Baginski said. “I believe it is our culture of being relevant, inspirational, and impactful that attracted these two talented female leaders to our organization. As much as we strive to provide experiences for all of our participants to grow in our programs, we strive to ensure that same growth opportunity exists within our operations to authentically be a learning organization.” Leadership Lake County is a private educational nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1986 and has become a highly respected partner in the community. Our goal is to develop and engage existing and future leaders within highly interactive leadership development programs in communitybased settings while in pursuit of civic and economic excellence in Lake County and surrounding communities. For more information about Leadership Lake County, visit leadershiplakecounty.org or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/LLCLeads.




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Tips for selling homes through holidays and winter market By BARRY GOODRICH The Northeast Ohio real estate market has been able to not only survive but thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic this year and that momentum is showing signs of carrying over into the holiday season and winter months. While some homeowners may look at the final quarter of the year as a slower market in which to sell, there are still interested buyers who are looking to take advantage of historically low interest rates before the end of the year. “We’ve had a lot of success selling homes in the fourth quarter and beginning of the first quarter of the new year,” said Ryan Young, CEO of Keller Williams’ The Young

Team. “Although there is less quantity, it’s more of a motivated, efficient market.” Homes with impressive interiors often sell well during the holidays and winter months. “We like to focus on the strengths of a home,” said Young. “If you have a beautiful pool and landscaping, we recommend you wait until the spring. But if you have a beautiful interior, nothing is better than marketing your home in November or December.” Despite the starker weather conditions during the fall and winter, a home’s exterior can be showcased by taking photos at twilight instead of during daylight hours. “With the home lit up in the early evening, there is more

emphasis on its unique imagery instead of just looking at a naked house,” said Young. Young says his team is continuing to take the state’s COVID-19 safety protocols seriously. “We’re doing the same things we’ve been doing since April,” he said. “Masks on, no open houses and single showings.” Howard Hanna’s realtor Adam Kaufman sees the market lag at the end of each year but knows there are still opportunities for certain sellers and buyers. “The market slows down during the holidays as people are busy that time of the year, but homes do sell in November and December,” said Kaufman. “There are out of towners who come in to look before

they are transferred at the start of the year,” said Kaufman. The fall and winter months can be an advantage for homeowners who have properties in need of work outdoors. “There are sellers who have landscaping that’s overgrown and those homes show better in the winter,” said Kaufman. “And heavily wooded lots show better without all the leaves on the trees.” If you do list your home during the holidays, it’s important to keep it as neat as possible, even when it comes to holiday decorations. “You want to declutter and if you do decorate, keep it simple,” said Kaufman. “If you’re serious about selling you don’t want to distract a buyer.”

Viewing and touring commercial space in the time of COVID-19 The world of commercial real estate has not been immune to the impact of COVID-19 and has had to adapt and change as a result, including the process where buildings and spaces are marketed for sale and/or lease. Marketing commercial buildings has evolved over time and in the last few years electronic tactics have helped supplement traditional strategies such as cold calling and printed mailings. E-blasts, websites, online listing platforms, electronic brochures and social media posts are all now essential parts of a dynamic marketing strategy for listings. In-person open houses, as well as tours, or showings, are typically the fruition of a concerted property marketing campaign – leads that have turned into actionable events for a prospective buyer or tenant to get a true sense of a building or space. However, complications resulting from the pandemic have necessitated different approaches: queue the proliferation of recorded and live virtual tours and property videos. While both have been around for a while, brokers, landlords and owners have increased their use since in-person methods have had to be put on hold or dramatically altered. Not all virtual tours have to be recorded, however. For example, Newmark’s Terry Coyne and Kristy Hull recently conducted a multi-building, multi-person tour via Zoom for 10 people from across the country in the

depth of the crisis. This “live” virtual tour saved travel time and expenses and enabled the end-users to bid on the portfolio – while maintaining safety for all. During the pandemic, many brokers have shown properties in person with masks on and with proper social distancing. However, most tours are now smaller and additional measures taken to improve the safety of all participants. Before an in-person tour commences, brokers in the age of COVID-19 are communicating more than ever with property managers and owners to ensure that buildings and available spaces have been sanitized appropriately, waivers signed, etc. The use of stairwells rather than elevators has also increased to maintain distancing. For spaces that are being marketed but are still occupied, current tenants and building decision makers might ask all touring parties to agree to have their temperatures taken, in addition to wearing masks; while some may even require wearing gloves. Despite a predictable drop-off in deal volume, a combination of distanced human interaction along with “virtual” measures has allowed commercial properties to continue to be leased, sold and purchased during this health crisis. — Matthew Orgovan, Research and Marketing Manager, Newmark


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CREEKSIDE DRIVE – PEPPER PIKE. Charming Colonial in move-in condition! First floor ensuite bedroom. Three-car garage. SUSAN DELANEY, Howard Hanna Real Estate, 216.577.8700, susandelaney@howardhanna.com.


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45 Addison Lane, Chagrin Falls






Incredible offering of this stunning and modern architecturally designed home situated on two picturesque acres in Chagrin Bluffs! This home was thoughtfully designed for sophisticated and luxurious living at its best with breathtaking views of the mature trees that frame the south-west side. An expansive and open layout was planned for the ultimate entertainers dream in mind. Each living space presents an extensive flow with radiating natural light, soaring ceilings and designer finishes. The incredible 2 story foyer greets you with the magnificent floating staircase & leads to the exceptional great room that can easily service also as an open dining & family room with amazing walls of windows, wine service bar & gas burning fireplace. Extraordinary chef’s kitchen with the unique 16ft. gourmet island, Dekton countertops, high end cabinetry and all the bells & whistles you would hope to find including top of the line stainless steel appliances! Remarkable butlers pantry is a perfect caterer area with ample counter space & cabinet storage area. The awe inspiring staircase leads to the 2nd level of four ensuites, open office area & 2nd floor laundry room. No words can describe the master suite that features spectacular views, dual vanities and walk-in shower. Finished lower level includes a 2nd family room, recreational/exercise area and yet another bedroom ensuite! Guests will enjoy the serene ambiance of the covered patio area with built in grill station & gas fireplace.

11936 LaDue Trail, Chagrin Falls






First time on the market and a very RARE opportunity to have your own private sanctuary! This incredible custom built home is situated on 5.5 picturesque acres with breathtaking views of Lake Ladue. The property is exquisite on every level and perfect for entertaining small gatherings or large parties with the multiple patios, fully functional outdoor kitchen, a rustic pavilion with a stone wood burning fireplace & amazing stone fire pit to roast marshmallows and enjoy the views. Chefs will enjoy cooking in this high end kitchen featuring rich cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, quartz counters & large breakfast bar that opens to both the great and family room areas. The stunning great room with knotty pine vaulted ceiling has ample light from its wall of windows and features a two story stone gas fireplace, and million dollar views of Lake Ladue! Two lovely ensuites on the first floor! The master showcases vaulted pine ceiling, bath with dual sinks and large walk-in shower, and a private porch to enjoy nature at its best. Your guests will enjoy the walk out lower level with the extraordinary living area including a stone wood burning fireplace, yet another high end kitchen with custom cabinets, granite counters, subzero drawers and more! Fantastic four stall barn with wash room, tack room and large work shop. Whether its fishing, canoeing, kayaking or hiking the LaDue Reservoir offers it all.

8061 Chagrin Road, Chagrin Falls Extraordinary chance to live on seven picturesque acres just minutes from the Village of Chagrin Falls! The 1929 English cottage is one of the few residential homes designed by renowned architect A.C. Wolf and it is an exact replica of a home the original owners fell in love with in England. Only two families have ever owned this historic stone house with slate roof. A lovely sanctuary that is nestled high on the property and surrounded by mature gardens and trees, along with the rippling creek that surrounds the land...truly makes one feel as if they are in another place and time.

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Beautiful homes near every amenity to be discovered at Bridgeport in Mayfield Heights

Bridgeport streets are lined with charming, sophisticated contemporary Colonial homes.

By RITA KUEBER Bridgeport, one of the east side’s newest cluster communities, was created by the award-winning team of Jeff and Stacie Halpern, respectively the president and principal designer of Kingdom Home Builders. The company is well known for working with high quality building materials, offering numerous up-market fittings as part of their standard features, plus giving homeowners several tasteful choices regarding color and finishes. Bridgeport is a group of simply outstanding houses with access to highways, shopping and other amenities just minutes away, perfect for empty nesters, snowbirds and small families. Bridgeport has 47 contemporary colonials – 37 freestanding and 10 attached townhouses built in either the single-story Golden Gate Bridge style at 2,507 square feet, or the two-story/loft Brooklyn Bridge style at 2,838 square feet. Some units can have a walk-out lower level as well. The community is nearly completed, with residents in place, houses for sale, and some houses just now being finished. There are also a few lots available. The model at 106 Bridgeport Way (a Golden Gate, and for sale) has tours regularly. Inside and out it’s an outstanding representation of the kind of living environment residents can have – soothing hues, gracious floor plans, and high-end fixtures, floors, sinks, counters and finishes. A perfectly proportioned sheltered front porch leads the visitor inside to a foyer with two rooms to the left, good spaces for bedrooms, a study, den or office, plus a full bath. Past these, the foyer leads to a spacious, open arrangement that includes the kitchen with a vaulted ceiling, and the dining room/family room with cathedral ceilings. The kitchen has an open, efficient work area, upperend appliances, and a great deal of storage with an island/ breakfast bar semi-separating the long room. Behind the kitchen, set apart by a wall is a mudroom and laundry area. For the owner, there is direct access from the frontfacing two-door garage into the house through this area. Just beyond the granite-topped kitchen island is the dining area, and then the family room. With the high ceilings, this space flows with an uncluttered, airy feel. There’s plenty of room for seating groupings or sectionals, and features a framed tiled gas fireplace, and built-in shelves. An inviting 10 x 13 patio is accessed through a sliding door off the family room. The first-floor master suite is an exercise in luxury with his and her walk-in closets. The bedroom is awash in natural light. The master bath has a decorative slate-like shower with a bench, and also has a private loo and Jack and Jill sinks. The whole suite is like something lifted from a wonderful spa vacation experience, with glowing finishes, oversized mirrors and gleaming tile. The Brooklyn Bridge houses have the same layout


The great room has a variety of high-end finishes from which to choose, from flooring to shelves and lighting fixtures. A tile-framed gas fireplace serves as a visually arresting focal point.

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more or less, with the addition of an 800-square-foot loft. The staircase runs next to the master suite to second and third bedrooms and a shared full bath on an abbreviated second story. In the Brooklyn, the main floor two rooms off the foyer merge into a 12 x 12 den. There’s also an option for the master suite to be up in the loft or on the main floor. Bridgeport is conveniently located at the northeast corner of Lander and Cedar Roads just north of Pepper Pike in Mayfield Heights. Air conditioning, security system, audio system, and landscaping are standard. Much of the community maintenance is handled by the homeowners’ association. Bridgeport houses start at $589,000 and have many opportunities for customization and additions. For more information contact Ryan Young at 216.378.9618 or Ryan@TheYoungTeam.com. The Young Team is part of Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan. Both Bridgeport house styles – single story and single story plus 800 sf loft – are beautifully crafted, with comfort and convenience in mind.

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Stunning custom built colonial on 2+ acres in Pepper Pike! This spectacular home features an incredible great room, an elegant first floor master wing, and gorgeous details throughout. Gleaming hardwood floors flow through the main level from the foyer into the great room, which features a fireplace and floor to ceiling windows that frame the backyard. The kitchen boasts Corian counters, an island, all appliances, and a lovely eat-in area. You are sure to love the master wing, which includes a den, two walk-in closets, a luxurious bathroom, a spacious bedroom with a tray ceiling, a morning nook, and a private screened-in porch. Upstairs, you will find two spacious bedrooms and two full baths as well as a loft area that is perfect for an office or TV room. The lower level includes a large media room, an office, two additional living suites, a full bath, a rec room with a kitchenette, and a bonus room. Outside, you are sure to enjoy relaxing on the back patio which overlooks the beautiful backyard. Do not wait to view this exceptional home in person, as pictures do not do it justice!











Fall in love with this stunning colonial on 3+ acres in Hudson! Gleaming hardwood floors greet you in the foyer and flow into a lovely living room on your right and the formal dining room to your left. The great room features a vaulted ceiling, skylights, a wet bar, and a fireplace. The kitchen is built for entertaining, and includes granite countertops 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 two vanities, two walk-in closets, a soaking tub, and a step in shower. A guest bedroom suite, a half bath, and a laundry room complete the 1st floor. Upstairs, you will find 2 additional bedroom suites with spacious closets and en suite bathrooms. The lower level includes a large storage room with nature stone floors and a spacious rec room with a brick fireplace. Outside, you will find a 3 car attached garage, a pond, a lovely patio, and gorgeous landscaping. At the end of Deer Hollow, there is a walking trail and bike path that leads to Hudson Springs Park. Do not miss out on this gorgeous home in a prime location!














Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Highland Heights, this award-winning colonial is sure to take your breath away. The elegant gourmet kitchen boasts travertine floors, granite counters, a wood beamed ceiling, a planning desk, a pantry, and an island with breakfast bar that overlooks the gorgeous hearth room and dining area. Curved arches flow into a gorgeous vaulted family room with hardwood floors, a fireplace and a beamed ceiling. You are sure to love the 1st floor master, which includes a spacious bedroom, an en suite bath with a step in shower, a soaking tub and 2 vanities, plus a walk-in closet with shelving and a marble center island. Upstairs, you will find 3 bedrooms with large closets and 2 full baths, plus a bonus loft area. The lower level includes a spacious family room, a large rec room, an additional living suite, a full bathroom, and plenty of extra storage. Outside, you are sure to enjoy entertaining guests on the covered lanai with a fireplace and the multi-level patio, which includes a hot tub, a pizza oven, and a fire pit that overlooks the serene backyard. Do not miss out on this gorgeous home in a prime location!



















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Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in partnership with the Stanley I. and Hope S. Adelstein Environmental Fund introduces a new outdoor classroom for COVID and beyond

Mr. and Mrs. James Hayden Lane on their wedding day.

James Hayden Lane marries Kristine Leigh Spicer Kristine Leigh Spicer and James Hayden Lane were united in marriage at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Cleveland on Friday, September 4, 2020. The wedding was officiated by Reverend Caroli B. Shao and was followed by a reception at the home of the groom’s parents in Gates Mills. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas and Kathryn Spicer of Seabrook, Texas. The groom, a 2014 graduate of University School, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Agnes Lane of Gates Mills. The bride and groom, both 24, met at Tulane University in New Orleans, where each was recipient to a full-tuition Dean’s Honor Scholarship prior to graduating summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in biomedical engineering. Hayden completed a master’s in Bioethics at Case Western prior to joining Kristy in

Texas where they both presently attend medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The bride wore an ivory Tarik Ediz-designed lace floor-length fit-n-flare silhouetted gown with long sleeves, sweetheart illusion neckline, chapel length train, and intricate hand beading. The accompanying veil was fabricated by the bride. The silk brocade ties with gold threading worn by the groom and his groomsmen were made by the bride and her mother. Alexandria Lehrmann served as Maid of Honor and Graham Lane served as Best Man. Bridesmaids were Kourtney Johnson, Elizabeth Largen, and Annika Gunderson. Groomsmen included Matthew Spicer, Geoff Svensson, and Reese Wells. The couple currently resides in Galveston, Texas, with Holly, their Australian Shepherd, who makes sure that they are always busy, but also happy.

The Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School (Mandel JDS) built a new Outdoor Classroom in an immediate response to the need for students to be outdoors due to COVID safety, but the school believes deeply in learning outdoors as a progressive educational philosophy for future years. With a vision from Principal Leah Spector and Outdoor Educator Eppie Miller, the generous support of the Stanley I. and Hope S. Adelstein Environmental Fund, and logistical support from the City of Beachwood, it was a team effort to bring Outdoor Education to life at Mandel JDS this year. At a time when schools are restructuring their curriculum to comply with CDC and state-mandated distancing, Mandel JDS believes that a strong outdoor education program enhances their current curriculum while providing an innovative approach to teach subjects including science, math, language arts and Judaics. When students enter the Outdoor Classroom, they find a seat on tree stumps and begin their experience with a mindfulness exercise and then have a lesson from the school’s new Outdoor Educator, Eppie Miller. After gathering as a group, students engage in freeplay and can choose to work in the “Mud Kitchen”, read in the Tepee, play at the Music Wall, build in the Motor Skills Area, explore in the STEM or Sensory Centers, or just walk around and enjoy the beauty of the nature surrounding them. Leah Spector, Principal of Mandel JDS researched Outdoor Education in the past as a way to enhance the innovative curriculum at Mandel JDS and now was the perfect time to move into action. Leah states, “Spending time outdoors brings a sense of wonder and joy to children and helps them use their imagination, creativity and powers of observation. Studies show that learning outdoors inspires children to be more physically active and work together in groups. This helps our students improve their social skills, learn to manage conflicts, communicate, and cooperate with their peers in a more effective manner.” Eppie Miller, a seasoned Early Childhood Educator

with a passion for the outdoors, helped to design the space and was hired as the school’s new Outdoor Educator and adds, “Outdoor learning provides the perfect environment for children to have hands-on experiences with nature. Since most children learn better by using their senses, instead of viewing plants or wildlife on a screen, they can see, smell, hear, and touch them in real life. The children are loving the experience and enter the space buzzing with excitement.” Eleanor Karp, a second grader when asked what she likes the most about the outdoor classroom responded, “I love that they have magnifying glasses so I can explore.” Jay Leberman, new Head of School at Mandel JDS, who also happens to be a devoted naturalist, conservationist, and environmentalist is ecstatic about the new addition to the school and has led classes in the space himself. “Judaism has ties to nature through its traditions, values, and holidays, and using outdoor learning is an inspiring tool to connect our students to Judaism and highlight the agricultural roots of our history. Creating an outdoor T’filah setting for students will enable a more meaningful experience and connection between T’filah and nature.” It is the intention that this innovative Outdoor Education program will continue after COVID. Over the next year, Mandel JDS will work to secure funding enabling the program to continue and grow. The program will eventually become part of the ongoing operational budget and established curriculum. Founded in 1969, Mandel JDS is Cleveland’s first Jewish day school accredited for educational excellence by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Established as The Agnon School, the name changed to Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School in 2015 in appreciation of a $17,050,000 grant. Blending superior general academics and Jewish studies remains central to the school’s mission, as does teaching to a broad spectrum of learners. Open to the entire Jewish community, Mandel JDS enrolls more than 350 students, 18 months – 8th grade, from diverse Jewish backgrounds.

Small businesses are in crisis, Glo Cleveland responds with the We Love You Campaign platform for entrepreneurs to sell their products online. As we all transition into the colder months and we see an uptick in COVID-19 cases locally and nationally, small businesses are in more need than ever. #WeLoveYouCampaign launched a virtual pop up event in Brooklyn, NY in response on October 10 at BKLYN Commons with panelists including Johanne Brierre, Head of Growth at BKLYN Commons; Rafael Espinal, President of Freelancers Union (Brooklyn, NY); Jay Clouse, Creator of the Freelancing School/Unreal Collective (Columbus, OH) and Art Novoselsky, Founder of Brooklyn’s GFTD Collective; regarding proven strategies and resources available to entrepreneurs, small businesses and freelancers now that can help them pivot during these challenging times. They hope to continue to offer these types

of events as well as promoting their new Drop Shop e-commerce solution, but need funding to continue their efforts. “Small businesses are in crisis and we want to help,” said Shelly Gracon, Founder, #WeLoveYou Campaign. “It’s reported that more than 100,000 small businesses have closed due to COVID-19 and more than 44 million Americans have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic. We want to continue to innovate as well as bring together experts to provide insights, strategies and resources – local and national – that are needed to immediately help small businesses, freelancers, creatives and entrepreneurs pivot and thrive.” To donate to the campaign, visit https://www.facebook. com/donate/389423525746540/10158037530269107.

Merchandise is also available to purchase in the #WLYC Store at https://weloveyoucampaign.com/pages/shopwlyc. About #WeLoveYou Campaign #WeLoveYou Campaign, created by Glo Cleveland, is an innovative hub for entrepreneurs, creators and visionaries impacted by the small business crisis propelled by the global pandemic, COVID-19. It is a small business for small businesses, providing a digital platform and social tools that allow entrepreneurs to flourish and transform the current economic landscape by creating jobs and prosperity. #WeLoveYou Campaign seeks to ignite the spark of small business ownership globally through community and opportunity creation. Discover more at https://weloveyoucampaign.com/.


Over 100,000 small businesses have closed and we need to take action now. The #WeLoveYou Campaign, a digital platform created by Glo Cleveland, for entrepreneurs and creators affected by COVID-19 and the current small business crisis, is seeking support to bring awareness to their efforts. The global COVID-19 pandemic has created significant economic disruption due to the social distancing orders and operating restrictions placed on businesses. Small businesses are in crisis as customers, cash flow and supply chains continue to be negatively impacted by current events. The campaign has responded by launching a fundraising effort through Facebook as well as created memberships through their new Drop Shop, a dropshipping


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