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FASHION Stylish outerwear options for 2020 By Lauri Gross

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HOME DESIGN Guest Bedrooms & Baths, Tabletop, Comfortable Seating, Wallpaper’s on a roll! By Lauri Gross & Paris Wolfe

Northeast Ohio’s First Social Network The primary mission of Currents is to feature and spotlight the nonprofit, arts, educational and cultural organizations so vital to Northeast Ohio, as well as the volunteers and philanthropists who guide, support and sustain them.

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AT HOME Luxurious Moreland Hills home for sale By Rita Kueber

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REAL ESTATE Cotemporary Colonial for sale in Pepper Pike By Rita Kueber

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SENIOR LIVING Resources available to address concerns about dementia By Cynthia Schuster Eakin

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Get outdoors to explore, take in fall foliage in NEO By Barry Goodrich

HALLOWEEN, 2020 Halloween-themed events planned in NEO for safe family enjoyment By Barry Goodrich

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There’s no need to travel far to enjoy fall’s glorious, brilliant colors. Northeast Ohio’s many parks provide a perfect way to spend a day in the great outdoors while taking in the beautiful fall foliage this season. Read page A4 for a sampling of suggestions.

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EDITOR’S NOTE This October issue of Currents is full of suggestions and tips for anyone who might be preparing to host family and friends this holiday season. From the guest bedroom and bath, to comfortable seating and the latest in tabletop designs and décor, to fall wines and brews to serve your guests (or yourselves), Sections A and B of this month’s Currents offers plenty of inspiration as you begin compiling your “to-do” list in preparation for holiday entertaining at home this year. With the COVID-19 pandemic still very much a daily reality for all of us, perhaps you don’t feel comfortable or won’t be able to host guests in your home, but the change of seasons we are experiencing in Northeast Ohio now provides an opportune time to clean, organize, spruce up and settle in comfortably as we prepare to spend more time indoors for the next few months. The thermostat in my home got switched from the “cool” to “heat” mode within a matter of days early this fall, and I’ve already enjoyed a fire in the fireplace. Does it seem to you as it does to me that the chill has set in a littler earlier this year than last? Maybe I say that every year – when I go from walking in shorts and a t-shirt to needing pants and a sweatshirt or coat all in the same week. If you have already noted fall’s chill when outdoors, see page A6 for this season’s most stylish outerwear recommended by area retailers for keeping it at bay. Our Education section (B) offers tips for parents to enhance their students’ online learning experiences, and our Senior Section (A) touches on Memory Care and staying safe, staying connected with our beloved seniors through a pandemic. With Halloween on the horizon, see page A9 for a sampling of Halloween-themed activities scheduled around NE Ohio, all planned with safety for all in mind. Fall in Ohio is prime time to get out and enjoy the foliage and fresh air. Page A4 offers a sampling of places to explore before Mother Nature’s beautiful fall display comes to an end in the not-too-distant future. Northeast Ohio’s real residential real estate market continues to be strong, with Section C offering plenty of luxurious homes for sale in our region. Currents next publishes a week before Thanksgiving, when our Charitable Giving section will address how area nonprofits are addressing and meeting the challenges of fundraising in the midst of a pandemic. From Small Business Saturday through Giving Tuesday, it’s more important than ever in this particular year to donate to the charity of your choice if you are able to do so. ~ Kelli Cotesworth McLellan

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Correction On page B3 of the September issue of Currents, the captions were reversed for the photographs featured in a home design story about bedrooms, beds, mattresses and luxury bedding items. The photographs, provided by Block Bros. at Home in Pepper Pike, pictured luxurious throws and dreamy sheets to search for when you next visit the store. We apologize for the error.

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Historic Ashtabula Harbor... A Unique Experience

Squire’s Castle, North Chagrin Reservation of the Metroparks, is a scenic spot to enjoy fall’s brilliant colors this season. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks/Kyle Lanzer.

Northeast Ohio’s brilliant fall foliage provides stunning sights to see By BARRY GOODRICH There’s no need to travel to such places as New England or the Blue Ridge Mountains to see some of the most stunning fall foliage in the country. The season’s brightest colors can be found right here in Northeast Ohio with all the reds, golds, oranges and yellows peaking in mid to late October each year. One of the best places to get an up close and personal look at fall foliage is the Holden Forests & Gardens at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland. The Arboretum’s Leaf Trail is an immersive autumn identification activity identifying 28 deciduous trees, including tulip trees, dawn redwoods and golden weeping willows. Two of the most popular activities at the Arboretum during the fall are the Murch Canopy Walk and the Kalberer Emergent Tower. The Walk invites guests to a 500foot long elevated walkway built 65 feet above the forest floor. Those who climb the 120-foot Tower will experience a breathtaking aerial view of the surrounding area

and all the way to Lake Erie. The Cleveland Metroparks, a delight all year long, really flourishes during the fall season with colorful displays throughout its river valleys, upland forests and meadows. There is no shortage of overlooks that offer scenic views. Self-guided driving tours of the Metroparks are available at the Valley Parkway from Scenic Park in Lakewood to the Brecksville Reservation, Chagrin River Road between the North and South Chagrin Reservations and the Hawthorn Parkway between the South Chagrin and Bedford Reservations. The shale cliffs of the Rocky River Reservation are an ideal spot for foliage watching with the Fort Hill Steps allowing guests to experience views from 90 feet above the Rocky River. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio’s only national park, is another perfect spot to see the splendor of fall foliage. The park’s 33,000 acres showcase red, yellow, orange and purple bursts of color all along State

Road 303 and there are 125 miles of hiking trails. Two of the best spots for fall visitors are Blue Hen Falls and Brandywine Falls. The Cuyahoga Scenic Railroad is a fun way to enjoy the colors of fall. The Railroad’s Fall Flyer trips are back this year and advance tickets can be reserved by visiting www.cvsr.org/booktickets. One of the region’s most popular destinations during the summer, the Lake Erie Islands are also a perfect spot during the fall with most campgrounds, hotels and bed and breakfast locations open through November. Ferries for South Bass, Middle Bass and Kellys Islands also run through November, when visitors can experience more of a relaxed atmosphere than during the busy summer months. With the air’s higher moisture content, leaves at the islands change colors later in the season and stay on the trees longer before falling, making a late fall trip an enjoyable alternative.

Foundation for Geauga Parks holds trail challenge to raise funds People spending time in their parks is at the center of the Foundation for Geauga Parks (FGP) mission to “fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County.” For 30 years the FGP has fulfilled that mission by raising money to create some of the most beloved parks and nature education programs in the region. The 2020 pandemic made it impossible to hold the annual Twilight Soiree fundraising event, but it has not dampened the enthusiasm of Foundation Trustees and staff to continue to raise funds and support parks in Geauga. The Foundation for Geauga Parks announces their first-ever Geauga Trail Challenge: Walk-Run-Ride as a way to engage the public in enjoying their parks while supporting the work of the Foundation. What: Geauga Trail Challenge is open to any individual park supporter to set personal activity goals for exploring their parks, while appealing to friends and family to “sponsor” their goals with donations and pledges to the Foundation for Geauga Parks. When: Now through October 31, 2020 Why: Foundation for Geauga Parks is the only philanthropic nonprofit organization in Geauga County dedicated solely to raising money for any and all parks in

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Geauga. Large signature fundraising successes are The West Woods preservation and Nature Center campaigns, the Observatory Park campaign, and full support of the Nature Scope binocular program for students. Current projects include launching a Pollinator Garden Pilot Program, providing mobile nature education supply tubs to be used in Geauga schools, and underwriting habitat improvements in Frohring Meadows and Observatory Park. Who: Park lovers across Geauga County and beyond may participate by creating a team, joining a team, or joining as an individual. How: There are numerous ways to participate: Walk, Run, Ride-a-bike, Ride-a-horse or other favorite park activity 1. Create a team to complete an activity challenge during the month of October, and invite friends & family to join you in the activity and/or donate to your efforts 2. Join a team to complete an activity challenge and invite friends and family to donate to your efforts 3. Participate as an individual by setting an activity goal and inviting friends and family to donate to your efforts. 4. Make a donation to the Foundation for Geauga Parks. Park lovers everywhere may participate in the chal-

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lenge and enjoy their parks as an individual or part of a team. You are not required to do so as a fundraiser. Log in to https://secure.qgiv.com/event/fgpchallenge/ for all details about the event. The Foundation for Geauga Parks is grateful to the following partners: Lead Sponsor: Auxin Wealth Management Sustainability Sponsors: 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 an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises funds to support all parks in Geauga County. Its mission is to raise money to fund community engagement with nature through education, preservation, conservation and appreciation of the unique natural character of Geauga County. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 440.564.1048, admin@foundationforgeaugaparks.org or www.foundationforgeaugaparks.org

We invite you to explore the Harbor and Bridge Street where you’ll find a unique combination of history, great dining and gathering spots, shopping and recreation and iconic sights like the hundredyear-old Lift Bridge. BOOM TO BUST...In the late 1880’s Ashtabula Harbor was one of the busiest ports in the world with thousands of immigrants from Scandinavia and Western Europe unloading ships of iron ore heading for the mills in Youngstown and Pittsburgh. Bridge Street was filled with bars and brothels and earned the reputation, along with Calcutta and Shanghai, as one of the three roughest ports in the world! By the early 20th Century, automation had largely replaced manual labor and the Harbor had gone from Boom to Bust. During the next hundred years, the Harbor and Bridge Street slowly but inexorably slid downward. BOOMING AGAIN...Early in this Century new stores and restaurants began to appear on Bridge Street. A community organization was formed which adopted a mission to become a Regional Destination for Tourism, Recreation and Entertainment. Bridge Street, at the confluence of the Ashtabula River and Lake Erie, now offers a collection of restaurants, shops and experiences that is unequaled in Northeast Ohio. Our restaurants range from fine dining to casual family fare. A Cleveland food critic wrote the Harbor is the best dining between Cleveland and Erie. All restaurants are owner operated; no chains. All the shops on Bridge Street—-clothing, art gallery, gifts and wine, homemade chocolates and ice cream, popcorn, antiques and wood crafting, and more—-are owner operated; no chains. Most are housed in 1880 buildings. As you stroll along Bridge Street check out the plaques on each of the buildings which details the history of that building. Bring your bathing suit and rent a kayak or water bike. Or enjoy the two nearby beaches. Or rent a charter boat for some of the best walleye and perch fishing in the U.S.A. Take the steps or drive to Point Park to watch the huge Great Lakes freighters unload or pick up their cargo. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY ON BRIDGE STREET. ENJOY YOUR EXPERIENCE!

DANCECleveland Announces “Fall for DANCECleveland” DANCECleveland’s Fall for DANCECleveland Virtual Fall Series includes Contra- Tiempo’s “Agua Furiosa,” BODYTRAFFIC’s “SNAP” and “A Trick Of The Light” and David Dorfman Dance’s “Around Town”. The streamed performance(s) for each dance company will take place on a specific date and be available for 24-96 hours depending on the streaming ticket pass level that viewers purchase. The calendar of streaming performances is as follows: • October 17- Contra-Tiempo, “Agua Furiosa” • November 7- BODYTRAFFIC, “SNAP” & “A Trick Of The Light” • November 14- David Dorfman Dance, “Around Town” Two different ticket prices and streaming options are available to purchase online at dancecleveland. org. The Bronze- Limited Access Streaming Pass for $20 allows pass holders to stream each dance company for up to 24 hours after the “release” date. The Gold- All Access Streaming Pass for $35 allows viewers four full days of available streaming time for each dance company. The Gold-All Access Streaming Pall also provides access to view Preshow conversations with Executive Director Pam Young and the Artistic Directors for each dance company. Also, Gold level pass holders will receive an invitation to participate in a Live Zoom Watch Party on Saturday, November 7, at 7 p.m. with BODYTRAFFIC’s Artistic Director, Tina Finkelman Berkett, and “SNAP” choreographer Micaela Taylor. Registered Pass Holders will receive an exclusive link where they can view content and download the digital playbill.


Oenophiles share their favorite wine choices to serve, enjoy this fall By PARIS WOLFE In 2004, Jim Morgan of Chardon received wine classes from the then-Cleveland Wine School as a Christmas present from his wife Katrinka. He was hooked. He took more classes, at the renamed American Wine School, and expanded his wine knowledge and taste. Now Morgan has his favorite wines – mostly Old World burgundies– but, when entertaining, he adapts to the season and the food he’s cooking. “For me choosing a wine is about trying to match the weight and body of the wine to the food,” he says. “The transition to fall brings pot roasts, stews and casseroles. These call for bigger wines like Barolo, Rhone blends and Brunello.” While many people like only red or white any time of year, others go seasonal. “Some people prefer a cooler white wine in the warm weather and bolder red to fend off the winter cold,” says Jeff Harrod, general manager at Red, Wine and Brew in Chesterland. Harrod has worked in retail wine sales for more than 25 years. He currently curates a collection of 6,000-plus wines at Red, Wine and Brew. “Warmer weather usually brings lighter meals and a lighter wine complements them while cold weather brings hearty meals and a red wine works better with those types.” “As the weather starts to get cooler this fall a heavier white can still be enjoyable, for example a California Chardonnay like Duckhorn or French Cote du Rhone like Guigal,” says Harrod. “As for a red in the slightly cooler season I suggest a French Beaujolais from Louis Latour or perhaps an Italian Chianti from Banfi. Both are still light enough to drink on a fairly warmish fall day.” As we get closer to Thanksgiving, Harrod suggests wine based on the main course. “For turkey (or ham) I

suggest a La Crema Pinot Noir as the red or a French Alsatian white like Trimbach Gewurztraminer. They are dry wines with enough body to stand up to the variety of side dishes that come with a holiday meal.” Winner of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, the 950-plus selections at Cru Uncorked in Moreland Hills

are heavily French-focused, with the addition of European and New World wines. When it comes to seasonal pairings Cru’s president and wine expert Chris Oppewall is down to earth. “I still have rose in my fridge. We live in Ohio and you never know if it’s going to be 90 F in November.”

“I like Frog’s Leap Pink La Grenouille Rouganté (2019), because of it has wild strawberry and rhubarb hints that lead to an elegant, long finish,’ he says of the California wine. “Many roses will do, but the best are fresh. The 2018 or 2019 are preferred vintages. A 2017 is OK, if you must, but a 2016 is a ‘no’ in most cases.” Weather aside, he says, “As soon as I get into fall flavors I think about stewed meats, squash and baking spices. Then, I wind up in the Rhone and South France with selections like Grenache, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. “In fall, I also love to get into a Bordeaux with a little age; something about 10 years old,” he says. “Perhaps a moderately priced Bordeaux or a second label from a classified vineyard. A wine like that is memorable independently, it doesn’t take a perfect food pairing to shine.  He cautions, “To get Bordeaux with eight to 10 years age is difficult outside of the restaurant space. But, if you’ve collected and are patient, wines like the 2010 Arômes de Pavie [on the Cru wine list] really are exciting.  A second label from the 1er Grand Cru Classe wine, Chateau Pavie, it shows great maturity already and is exactly the kind of wine to sit by a fire and think about.” Those looking for the full winery experience can enjoy a scattering of fire bowls on the main terrace at Sapphire Creek Winery in Chagrin Falls. “We offer luxurious faux fur blankets as well as overhead radiant heaters to keep our guests warm and cozy,” says Kathleen Birkel Dangelo, president and owner. As weather chills and menus grow heartier, she recommends the winery’s Napa Valley Cabernet which features flavors of hazelnut, vanilla and cocoa nibs.  “Another wine to pair with fall flavors is our Anderson Valley Pinot Noir,” she says describing the palate experience as deep and savory with flavors of cranberry, dark cherry and currant with pleasant hints of tobacco.”

The best seasonal beers take center stage this season By BARRY GOODRICH When the nights get frosty, the Browns start playing and leaves begin to accumulate, it’s time for fall beers. These seasonable brews are typically darker and heartier than their summer counterparts, with local brewers using the freshest ingredients available. In Chagrin Falls, fall means the return of an annual high school senior tradition, the Pumpkin Roll. The Chagrin Beer Company, founded in 2011 by Mike Howson (aka the Swami of Suds), has immortalized the Roll with its Pumpkin Roll beer, a porter made with, what else, pumpkin. Pairing well with everything from sausages to chocolate, Pumpkin Roll beer is the perfect brew for a crisp autumn afternoon or evening. Another Chagrin Beer seasonal is Lake Effect Oatmeal Stout, a malty brew with hints of chocolate. Double Wing Brewing Co., which has a beer bar at Debonne Vineyards in Madison, was just named Ohio Brewery of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition. Double Wing’s Bourbon Barrell Stout, a hearty (10.2 ABV) fall and winter beer, won a gold medal at the event.

A popular fall favorite at Double Wing Brewing is the Butter Pecan Porter. A lighter style porter, the beer has a malty, pecan taste and with a 5.4 ABV, beer lovers can enjoy more than one. Akron’s Thirsty Dog, another New York International Beer Competition winner for Ohio Ale Brewery of the Year, has a pair of seasonal brews on tap. Thirsty Dog’s Pumpkin Ale is brewed with pumpkin, squash, honey, ginger and a hint of cloves. For the more adventuresome drinker, Thirsty Dog offers the Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager, a 6.7 ABV dark, smoky lager with a chocolate, malty profile. Leave it to Great Lakes Brewing Co. to stack its lineup with three fall favorites, led off by Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale. Great for the Halloween season, the red ale’s roasted malt and biting hop flavors is a seasonal treat not to be missed. The annual tradition Oktoberfest may have been cancelled in Germany, but Great Lakes’ Oktoberfest traditional German-style beer is a reason to celebrate. A three-time Gold Medal winner at the World Beer Championships, Oktoberfest features earthy hops

with notes of caramel and baked bread. Great Lakes’ limited edition 73 Kolsch is an ale brewed in collaboration for former Cleveland Browns standout Joe Thomas. Available in cans and draft, 73 Kolsch is brewed with rye and is an easy-drinking beer that is ideal for game day. Fat Head’s Brewery in North Olmsted has always come up with creative fall brews and this year is no exception. Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a 9 percent ABV malty brew with brown sugar, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg flavors. In other words, it’s like drinking a pumpkin pie. Another popular Fat Head’s fall offering is the G’Suffa! Oktoberfest Lager. This smooth, deep gold lager is made with imported German malts, giving it a touch of sweetness with aromas of toasted grains. The Collision Bend Brewing Company pays tribute to Riverfest, one of Cleveland’s most legendary events from the 1980’s and 1990’s, with its Riverfest beer. An Oktoberfest Lager, the copper-colored Riverfest has deep malt flavors with a caramel aroma. Crude Attitude is a Collision Bend creation that

is aged in Cleveland Whiskey distillery barrels for 9 months. A hearty imperial stout with a 10.1 ABV, Crude Attitude has notes of coffee, vanilla and oak for an unforgettable drinking experience.

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Stay warm and stylish through fall and winter in seasonal outerwear for men, women By LAURI GROSS

Puffer coats remain popular this year. This style from Knuth’s is twice as nice, since it’s reversible. Photograph courtesy of Knuth’s

Two-layer Gortex fabric makes this A-shaped coat from Kilgore Trout waterproof. Goosedown and tapered seams add to its outstanding performance. Photograph courtesy of Kilgore Trout

How’s your outerwear game? Need to update your look? Northeast Ohio has plenty of options for getting great advice and great styles. For starters, raincoats for women this season are mostly casual. Sherri Knuth Bryan, who owns Knuth’s in Pepper Pike with her husband, John said anorak-style raincoats are popular. She explained that these are often “hooded and with higher front hems and longer in the back.” Riley’s of Hudson carries jackets for men and women in performance fabric that combines cotton, nylon and spandex. Owner Jeff Riley said, “These have a lot of stretch and they’re a little shorter in length.” For men, these come in navy, black or chestnut while the women’s versions come in a rainbow of colors. When fall weather gives way to snow, women should look for a nylon quilted or “puffer” coat, advised Sherri. She said these can be short or long and often come with fur or faux fur trim. “Our best-selling puffer item,” she said, “is a long zip vest that comes in a variety of great colors. It can be easily layered and stuffs into its own zipper pouch.” Other outerwear trends that Sherri noted include jackets with a contrasting lining in deep fuzzy “Sherpa” and what she described as “lumberjack plaids in barn-coat shapes.” Or, go for a wrap trimmed in fur or faux fur, Sherri suggested. These are popular in neutrals like camel, or in looks that combine camel with prints. Some of this season’s best coats for men also include a Sherpa vibe. For instance, Riley’s features two styles. Jeff said, “From Italy, we have beautiful bomber-length coats for men that combine genuine sheepskin shearling with wool knit.” Jeff explained that the front and back of these coats are 100 percent shearling. One version includes sleeves that are 100 percent wool knit and the other version features side panels of wool knit. “They’re beautiful and different,” he added. Kilgore Trout in Eton Chagrin Blvd. also offers coats that combine materials in what Andrea Pierce-Naymon, women’s wear buyer/owner refers to as mixed media. “We are the exclusive dealer of Herno, an outerwear company from Italy,” Andrea explained. These are “very light jackets but they keep you very warm and they’re very stylish,” she said. “You can get partly wool and some puffer to it. Or choose one where the front is puffed and the back is like a cable knit sweater. These are for men and women. They are packable and you can throw it in the washer.” These are available in classic neutrals plus a dark teal, red and more. See for yourself at an Oct. 28 Herno trunk show at Kilgore Trout, where the store will have an even larger selection than usual. Darla Schmeider, merchandising manager for Abigail’s of Aurora expects cozy jackets to be popular this fall, especially, she said, “everything from an oversized blazer, or ‘boyfriend blazer,’ to plaid jackets and leather or vegan

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Riley’s of Hudson offers bomber-length jackets that combine shearling with knit wool like this style from Italy. Photograph courtesy Riley’s of Hudson. leather jackets.” She added, “Of course the denim jacket is still around with many accents and cuts for fall. Pairing any of these with high-waisted pants/jeans or black bike shorts with a simple turtleneck or light sweater show a put together, but simple look.” Abigail’s has new items arriving daily. Before stepping out in your new coat, don’t forget your feet. At Knuth’s Sherri said, “Many of our fashionable women’s casuals (footwear) are also com-

pletely waterproof. They don’t look like rain or snow wear, but they are waterproof which is terrific for Cleveland.” For the finishing touch on your outerwear style, check out Riley’s scarves from Sweden. Some are 100 percent wool. Others combine 100 percent wool with angora hair, or wool with cashmere. These are for men and women and come in dark plaids, plus florals and other prints.


Native Clevelander Wes Craven brought his genius to horror films for the masses By BARRY GOODRICH When Wes Craven took his first stab at directing a horror film with the now iconic “Last House on the Left” in 1972, few knew what the native Clevelander would go on to accomplish during his five decades in the industry. And each Halloween, when trick or treaters hit the streets disguised as Freddy Krueger from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” or Ghostface from “Scream,” Craven’s legacy lives on. The famed director, who died at age 76 in 2015, became a household name to horror fans around the world by putting his own twist on the traditional slasher movie, transforming seemingly serene neighborhoods into nightmarish landscapes. Craven’s first blockbuster was 1984’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” when a disfigured man named Freddy invaded the dreams of teenagers. The genesis of the character came from Craven’s upbringing while living with his mother on East 82nd St., East 86th St and East 176th and Euclid. One evening, Craven saw a strange looking man wearing a fedora, striped sweater and work boots outside his apartment building. The stranger seemed to look directly into his soul, horrifying the young boy. While delivering newspapers, Craven was routinely tormented by a neighborhood bully. His name was Freddy. The only movies Craven was permitted to see while growing up in a strict household were Disney films. His mother, a member of the Hough Avenue Baptist Church,

Wes Craven, photograph courtesy of Never Sleep Again/Shudder. would never see any of his hugely successful films. Craven’s second smash hit was 1996’s “Scream,” which was a bloody parody of the traditional horror movie. The film proved to be the perfect combination of fear, humor and social commentary. “Scream came out when I was in the sixth grade,” said

Matt Waldeck, a Bainbridge native and St. Ignatius graduate who produced the 2019 thriller “I See You,” shot in Chagrin Falls and Lakewood. “I was scared to take our dog out for walks for two weeks after seeing it. I experienced real fear from that movie. It’s something that definitely stuck with me.”

The horror genre has always been a fertile ground for filmmakers such as Craven, who made the most of low budgets, small casts and centrally located filming sites. “I used that same blueprint for “I See You,” said Waldeck. “We had a cast of about six people that shot in the same house for 15 days. Craven bootstrapped his own films and that’s something I’m going through myself right now.” Waldeck feels Craven was a true pioneer in breaking through the old stereotypes of the horror genre. “He brought horror into the mainstream,” said Waldeck. “In Scream, he was self-aware of all the horror film tropes that he had created. Wes is on the Mount Rushmore of Horror.” Chagrin Falls native Tyler Davidson, whose Clevelandbased Low Spark Films recently released the thriller “The Beach House,” is another producer influenced by Craven. “My introduction to Craven was ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’,” said Davidson. “It terrified me so badly as a kid that I didn’t revisit horror until “Scream” reinvented the genre 10 years later.” Davidson saw that Craven had a particular talent for transcending the typical while crafting his own brand of terror. “He always understood that successful horror is so much more than gore and jump scares.” Craven, whose blood ran cold when locking eyes with that creepy man in the hat and sweater, evolved into a master storyteller. “Stories and narratives are some of the most powerful things in humanity,” he once said. “They’re devices for dealing with the chaotic danger of existence.”

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The Village at Marymount’s 2020 Virtual Celebration of Life Gala The Village at Marymount will host its 11th Celebration of Life Gala in a different format this year – it will be held as a virtual event beginning Sunday, October 18 and culminating with a Facebook Live virtual campaign end-of-event celebration, which will be livestreamed from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. The gala will feature an exciting Silent Auction with

mobile bidding, a 50/50 raffle, and celebrity guest appearances. For sponsorship opportunities, to donate an auction item, or to make a donation, please contact Liz Pencak, Director of Marketing & Clinical Liaison, at 216.332.1396 or 440.552.8754, or via email: lpencak@ marymounthcs.org.

Sixty-Ninth Annual Starlight Soiree to shine light on programs to combat childhood poverty

Deb Yandala greeting Sue Heikkila (MTD Products)

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park “Picnic in Your Park” On Sunday, September 13, just as the skies cleared and the Browns got ready to step onto the field, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park launched “Picnic In Your Park” – a new fundraising event complete with social distancing and touch-free service. Many of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP)’s biggest supporters, as well as new friends enjoyed a unique “drive through” fundraiser at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. Guests followed the musical sounds of “Hey Mavis” down the drive to the welcome station where they were greeted by CVNP Superintendent Craig Kenkel, Conservancy CEO Deb Yandala and Conservancy Chief Development Officer Sheryl Hoffman. After a quick socially distanced hello from their cars, a custom Conservancy picnic basket was loaded into their car by a dedicated Conservancy crew masked and practicing all social distance protocols.    With a big thank you and a wave goodbye, guests headed off into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to find their favorite picnic site and enjoy their gourmet picnic. The baskets, filled to the brim by Driftwood, included everything one would need to have the perfect picnic: delicious appetizers, a grilled chicken entrée, salads and a beautiful late summer dessert along with a special bottled “mocktail.” More than 300 people enjoyed picnics, raising more than $60,000 to support operations at the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and its mission to enrich lives and enhance Northeast Ohio by inspiring use, preservation and support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To learn more about the Conservancy and

The Christ Child Society of Cleveland is pleased to announce that its 69th annual charity event: The Starlight Soirée, a Virtual Charity Event, will be held Friday, November 13, 2020. The event will be broadcast from the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society. Brendan Gulick, the voice of BuckeyesNow.com and WKYC Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling will host the broadcast. This year’s event will feature unique auction items ranging from a vintage bourbon collection to a fabulous trip to Myrtle Beach. And, because diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Marlen Jewelers has donated a winner’s choice of an 18-karat white or rose gold diamond bangle or a 14-karat white gold straight line tennis bracelet for the annual Jewelry Raffle. If green is more your color, a $5,000 Cash Raffle is also planned. The Christ Child Society of Cleveland is in its 104th year. Our members’ commitment to the well-being of children began by providing needy infants with a layette bundle containing clothing and other necessities for newborn babies. More than 100 years later, they are still creating these layette bundles, distributing over 1,700 last year. The group also provides school unforms, winter coats, “My Stuff” bags, twin beds, portable cribs, and staff and fund two elementary school libraries and two preschool literacy programs. Striving to give children hope for the future, Christ Child Society

of Cleveland served more than 8,000 children last year. Each year, the Christ Child Society of Cleveland honors a person or persons for their outstanding service and support. This year, they are proud to announce Karen and John Kirk as the 2020 Persons of the Year. Karen and John have supported the Christ Child Society of Cleveland, touching the lives of many children in the Greater Cleveland area. Their generosity has allowed the group to meet the material, educational, and emotional needs of our community’s impoverished children. This year, it is exceptionally challenging to meet the increased needs of these children as they now struggle even more during this pandemic. Approximately 400 volunteers have joined the Cleveland chapter and have committed to the mission of “Challenging Childhood Poverty in Greater Cleveland”. All children need to know their lives have meaning and purpose and that there is hope for their future. Founded by Mary Virginia Merrick in 1887, the National Christ Child Society – and each of its 44 chapters – are moved to action by her words: “Nothing is ever too much to do for a child”. To help support the efforts of the Christ Child Society of Cleveland, register at https://christchildsocietycleveland.org to attend the auction, to purchase raffle tickets, and donate.

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Conservancy Crew Ready to Load Picnic Baskets: (left to right) Craig Kenkel (Superintendent CVNP), Tim Riley (Conservancy), Deb Yandala (CEO Conservancy for CVNP) Brandon Henneman (Conservancy), Sheryl Hoffman (Chief Development Officer, Conservancy), Andrew O’Leary (Conservancy), and Dan Blakemore (Development Director, Conservancy) to stay up-to-date on fundraisers and events, please visit forcvnp.org. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS SUBMITTED BY CONSERVANCY FOR CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

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People say, I will execute my legal documents later, when needed. Covid-19 has made that need immediate. Those that executed documents and got Covid were prepared and those that did not ended up with a choice being made for them. Those without documents called our office frantically trying to get an appointment. We of course could not execute in person and online notarization is a challenge. The only option then was to file for guardianship. Guardianship is the process where the Probate court appoints someone to make decisions for you. Often it is family, many times it is a professional. Getting documents ahead of time is cheaper and more private. The most important documents to have in place are health care and financial powers of attorney that allow you to designate someone to handle health and financial decisions, respectively. A will is also important so that you can name who you want to have your assets upon

your death. There is also the very real risk, that you cannot sign a document due to incapacity like Covid or even Alzheimer’s. Your old will or intestacy laws will govern who inherits from you. You might be surprised by the outcome. When should you call the attorney? The best time is when you have a change in circumstances, like a marriage, divorce, child turning 18, getting diagnosed with a chronic condition or after the death of a spouse. That will prevent accidental choices from becoming your fate. Rachel Kabb Effron The Kabb Law Firm 21825 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 310 Beachwood, OH 44122 216-991-5222 info@kabblaw.com


Area’s Halloween-themed events should be a special treat for all ages this year By BARRY GOODRICH While many communities have put Halloween on hold due to COVID-19 concerns, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holiday in safe and secure environments. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is offering its Trick or Treat Fest, presented by Citizens Bank, from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each weekend through Oct. 31. The event features live performances at the Zoo’s amphitheater and access to Trick or Treat Way, featuring more than a dozen candy stations located throughout the Zoo’s Halloweenthemed Australian Adventure. The Trick or Treat Fest will also include Meet and Greets with costumed characters and unlimited rides on the Circle of Wildlife Carousel and entry into the Dinosaurs Around the World exhibit. Guests are required to wear face coverings and are encouraged to wear fun costumes. To learn more, visit www.clevelandmetroparks. com/zoo. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is getting in on the fun with its Pumpkins & Piranhas seasonal fun days from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Masked and costume-wearing guests of all ages are invited to the Aquarium for an event that includes underwater pumpkin decorations and costumed staffers and divers. All children will receive take-home bags containing a pumpkin craft, stickers, a temporary tattoo, a Captain NEO activity book, a treat and a coloring contest. In keeping with the Halloween theme, guests can view piranhas, moray eels, poison dart frogs and sea lampreys.

The Aquarium is also holding a virtual aquatic-themed pumpkin carving event with contestants emailing photos of their pumpkins by Friday, Oct. 30 to info@greaterclevelandaquarium.com. Holden Forests & Gardens and the Cleveland Botani-

cal Garden are holding Virtual Halloween House Parties, online costume parties on Zoom on Fridays through Oct. 30 and Saturdays through Oct. 31. The parties come with a kit full of activities and treats and the take-home pack includes an optional on-site scav-

enger hunt at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.holdenarb.org and www. cbgarden.org. Lake Metroparks Farmpark is having Halloween Drive-Thru events every half-hour from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 15-18, Oct. 22-25 and Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Guests can use the Farmparks’ roadways after dark an observe many playfully frightful sites. Tickets are available online only at www.lakemetroparks.com/events. Mapleside Farms in Brunswick is hosting The Magic of Halloween, a spectacular light show with music, stateof-the-art video projections, animations and pixel lighting. A Farm Favorites Food Truck will be on hand, offering kettle corn, cinnamon sugar donuts and apple cider. The Magic of Halloween will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 31. Tickets are $20 for vehicles of up to six people and $30 for vehicles of over six. For more information, visit www.mapleside.com. For years, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends was a fall fixture. This year, the park has a new attraction – Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, a family-friendly event with food, entertainment and trick or treating. Tricks and Treats Fall Fest is held on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1 as Cedar Point brings the Halloween tradition to life in a fun and safe new way. The event includes fall-themed games, hay mazes, pint-sized tractor rides, costume contests and designated trick or treating spots. For more information, visit www.cedarpoint.com.

Fairmount Center for the Arts presents Virtual “Pull Back the Curtain” Speaker Series Fairmount Center for the Arts presents the next virtual program in their “Pull Back the Curtain” Speaker Series on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 3 p.m., with Cleveland Orchestra Third Horn and Conn-Selmer artist, Hans Clebsch. Mr. Clebsch will present “The Art of Being an Orchestral Musician.” Hans began his orchestral career with Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera orchestras as acting principal horn. He was also acting principal horn in the Houston Symphony and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Mr. Clebsch joined the Cleveland Orchestra in 1996 and made his solo debut at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1997 in Schumann’s “Konzertstück for Four Horns,” conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi. For questions and to make a reservation for this program, call (440) 338-3171, email info@fairmountcenter.org or visit https://www.fairmountcenter.org/special-events/.

The link to access viewing of this program will be emailed to registrants in advance of the program and will also be available on the “Pull Back the Curtain” event listing at www.fairmountcenter.org .

Virtual programs in FCA’s Speaker Series continue with Steven Litt, art and architecture critic for The Plain Dealer, on Sunday, December 12, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. The “Pull Back the Curtain” Speakers Series is FREE, thanks to the generous support of Toby and Melanie Maloney, the Figgie Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road, Novelty, 44072. For nearly 50 years, Fairmount Center for the Arts has provided a space for individual expression and the opportunity for all to explore the arts through classes, workshops, community performances and cultural programs. Fairmount is proud to be recognized by Cleveland Magazine as “Best of the East for Dance/Theatre Instruction.” For more information or to register for classes and programs, visit www.fairmountcenter.org or call 440.338.3171.

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Resources are available to address concerns about dementia By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN As we age, health concerns can affect our mental as well as physical health. If you have concerns about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, it is important to understand and address them promptly. It can be difficult to know what to do if you have noticed changes in yourself or a family member or friend, particularly when they are related to memory loss, thinking or behavior. However, these are significant health concerns, and it is vital to take action to find out what is going on. Many conditions can cause memory loss or affect thinking and behavior, so it is important to get a full medical evaluation, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. If the cause is not Alzheimer’s or another dementia, it could be a treatable condition. If it is dementia, there are many benefits to receiving an early and accurate diagnosis, including an opportunity to plan for the future, access support services and explore medication that may address the symptoms for a time. Many people find it helpful to bring a trusted friend or family member to the medical evaluation. There is a distinct difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to Sheryl Sereda, vice president and chief advancement officer at Eliza Jennings. “Dementia is a general term for a decline in cognitive/ mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life,” she explained. “Symptoms of dementia include memory loss such as forgetfulness and an inability to recognize common things, decline in self-care, lack of concentration, limited social skills, paranoia, anxiety and depression. Alzheimer’s is a specific degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia.” Sereda noted that many dementia patients can benefit

significantly from in and out-patient memory care offered by nursing home facilities. “For individuals with dementia who require a higher level of skilled care and supervision, memory care units are an ideal option. Su-

Where you live matters: Life in a Senior Living Community For some, your day starts off with a group hike on the grounds among nature or breakfast with friends and ends with an afternoon shift as a volunteer. Life in a senior living community is about what matters. Who’s able to enjoy this kind of lifestyle? A lot of people like you! Whether you visit an independent living community, an assisted living community or a PACE center, you’ll find people participating in a host of different activities, programs, clubs and committees. This is not about simply keeping busy, but about opportunities designed to give residents choices to do what they want, to do what they enjoy and find fulfillment! Each community has a culture shaped by the people who live there. People come from all backgroundssmall business owners, big business CEO’s, housewives, nurses, lawyers, teachers, engineers, musicians, professors-all making the choice for a Life Plan Community (also known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community). Ohio’s 60-plus population is expected to grow 30 percent by 2030, suggesting that 1 in 5 adults will be over the age of 65 years. Recently, the U.S. Depart-

ment of Housing and Urban Development announced a landmark grant to awardees in the State of Ohio- one of whom was McGregor- to build new homes for lowincome seniors. McGregor is growing dramatically, serving seniors in the community through PACE [the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly] helping qualified seniors in Cuyahoga County and serves as an alternative to residential homes by allowing participants to enjoy the comfort and security of familiar surroundings, neighborhoods and their community. Providing access to three PACE Health Centers; PACE at Forest Hill, PACE at Warrensville Heights and PACE at Old Brooklyn, participants have the option of being picked up and transported one or several times a week to a center for social engagement, cultural activities, meals and giving peace of mind to family members! McGregor is a recognized leader of innovation and high value services while continuing it mission of philanthropy, workforce development and total quality of life programming. — Lee Ann O’Brien, Chief Marketing Officer, The McGregor Foundation

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pervision is provided around-the-clock by licensed and certified staff who have been trained to specifically address the needs of those with memory impairment,” she said. “Similar to traditional nursing care facilities, mem-

ory care units often provide small units with higher staffing ratios, increased supervision, and activities tailored to stimulate memory and possibly slow the disease’s progression. Activities may involve music, reminiscing, household-style tasks such as folding laundry that provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment, gardening, pet therapy and one-on-one visits. Staff are also required to participate in special dementia care training.” There is an additional cost due to increased care services provided on memory units, she added. Family members caring for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients at home are faced with a unique set of challenges, Sereda said. Coping with memory loss and the impact of the disease on a loved one causes emotional and physical stress. Caregivers may lose patience with a loved one and subsequently feel guilty. Managing and coping with a loved one’s mood swings and behavior changes can be difficult. Medications must be administered and managed, medical appointments must be made and there are the financial concerns and impacts of required care. “Typically, families should secure a move to a good memory care unit when a parent or spouse begins to wander from the home, requires 24-hour oversight for care and safety, or displays combative behavior,” she said. Explore the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP Community Resource Finder to locate resources such as a health care professional or your closest Alzheimer’s Association chapter office for information about services available. The Alzheimer’s Association Training and Education Center offers online courses that you can take any time to learn more about a variety of topics related to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Call the association’s 24/7 helpline at 800.272.3900 to speak with a master’s-level clinician about your concerns and next steps.

The Benefits of Socialization for Seniors Out of necessity, humans evolved into social beings. Our survival depended on cooperating with one another. But beyond survival, we need other people to be happy. Even though COVID-19 has made it more difficult for local seniors to take part in typical socialization activities, with proper precautions taken, seniors can still enjoy the many health benefits of being social. The National Institute on Aging recognizes a strong correlation between social interaction and the health and well-being of seniors who choose to be social. Seniors who adapt to the changes and challenges of aging often fare better than those who can’t. One thing that can lead to better adaptation is having a support system. This can be family, neighbors, friends, doctors or clergy. For the seniors living at Hamlet at Chagrin Falls, providing a support system to new residents at the community is top priority. Through their ambassador program, current residents acting as ambassadors introduce new residents to their neighbors and welcome them to community life. “They are so good at not only showing people around and getting them involved but finding people with shared backgrounds and interests to introduce to each other,” Executive Director Lesley Humpal said.

For seniors to fully realize the health benefits of being social, the support must encompass more than physical presence or conversation alone. It should involve activity. Such activities can include art classes, yoga, walking groups and many others readily available at a senior living community like Hamlet at Chagrin Falls. With socialization so convenient and achievable, seniors at Hamlet can realize benefits like stress reduction, better physical health and fewer psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. Loneliness can have a physical as well as emotional impact. Seniors who are chronically lonely often have elevated systolic blood pressure and are also at greater risk for depression. Staying social into one’s senior years is good for the mind, body and spirit. It starts with the decision to become more active and involved and continues with the right lifestyle choices that open the door to making social connections more easily. At Hamlet in particular, friends at neighbors look out for one another and soon come to feel like family. “We pay attention to each other here and immediately step in to help anyone who needs it,” Humpal said, which couldn’t be more important during these uncertain times.


How to stay safe, connected with beloved seniors this season By Cynthia Schuster Eakin With the fall and winter months approaching, we should consider ways to stay safe and be connected with aging loved ones. “As we get into winter, we should remind ourselves to do a home safety evaluation,” Lisa Weitzman, WeCare Manager of Business Development at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and a dementia care specialist said. “Is there anything inside the home that would cause someone to fall? Should a handrail be installed to make getting in and out of the bathtub easier?” “You should also do an outside safety check prior to winter. Are there railings on the stairs? There may be one step up from the garage, but a handle on the wall might make it easier to get into the house. You should think about who is going to do the outside maintenance, like cleaning the gutters,” she added. “You should come up with a family safety plan. What happens if mom falls and she is alone? Does she have a safety bracelet? Think through an emergency situation and get everything in order so that you know what to do.” In addition to maintenance inside and outside of the home, there are other things to consider when caring for older loved ones. “How do we bring community into the home? This year, COVID has certainly thrown a ringer into that,” Weitzman noted. “We need to help seniors access technology so that they are comfortable with it. We can help them understand that they can utilize technology and feel safe. A lot of people fear that they will lose something in a relationship by communicating through the computer. Even a phone is technology.” “Technology can sometimes be a challenge for older adults. How do we get them to use resources that they are comfortable with? That resource is often the grandkids. They feel comfortable calling the kids to walk them through current technology,” she said. “There is

even technology designed specifically for older adults. The GrandPad tablet has larger buttons and can be preprogrammed by family members. Then, they can simply press a button to facetime with the family, or to access a program at the senior center. Family can help older adults to stay connected and in control.” “Seniors can have access to so much more these days, if someone can show them how to do it,” she said. “They can access virtual tours of art museums and concerts. Apollo’s Fire and the Chagrin Film Festival, for example, are offering virtual performances that can be viewed through your computer.” “We should also make sure seniors are focused on nutrition. Are there comfort foods and nutritious snacks that they would enjoy? Enjoying food is a very social experience. So, if you don’t have that experience, older adults can lose interest in eating,” Weitzman explained. “Maybe you can have a virtual lunch together to add a social component to mealtime. You can also sign up for a home delivered meal program. When the delivery person knocks on the door, it reminds our older loved ones that it is time to sit down and eat. Then, you know that they have at least one warm, nutritious meal a day.” “With the holidays coming up, we can think about new ways to create and enjoy family traditions. Think about the favorite dishes that your family enjoys during the holidays. You can each make those dishes at home and enjoy them at the same time through technology, even though you can’t be there together,” she said. “If you do decide it is safe to visit relatives, the holidays may also be the first time that you have seen older family members in months. You have seen them through the computer, sitting in a chair. But, what does the rest of the house look like? You may have to be prepared to have a difficult conversation as a caregiver. The holidays can be a mixed bag for a lot of families,” Weitzman said.

Flexibility: What is it? Why is it important? How is it achieved? Physical fitness depends on strength, endurance, optimal body fat, and flexibility. Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to elongate and allow a joint to have a full, normal range of motion without injury. All of our muscle groups (agonist) have an opposite muscle (antagonist). When one muscle group contracts and your joint moves, the opposite muscle group must relax and elongate. If one muscle shortens and overpowers an inflexible opposite, that muscle may tear and injury results. Further, if the contracting muscle is resisted by an inflexible opposite muscle, performance will be restricted (i.e. less explosive movement, less endurance, and less speed). Stated succinctly, flexibility is important for performance so an opposite muscle can contract unopposed, over a long period (endurance), and without injury. There are certain guidelines to achieve maximum flexibility: • Increase muscle length and don’t try to get more than is possible. Gradually increase over time by consistent repetition. • Always stretch both groups: agonist and antagonist. • Have a complete program: upper and lower extremi-

ties, back and trunk. There may be added attention to the body areas that are sport specific. For example, upper extremity and trunk for throwing activities; hip, trunk, and leg for running and jumping activities. • Recognize the discomfort of a stretching exercise and restrain effort so as to not tear a muscle, but hold that suboptimal effort for a slow, prolonged stretch. Remember to relax. • Do Not bounce: That is ballistic loading and does not allow a muscle to sustain increased length and therefore, muscles contract and shorten in response. Slow, static stretching does not cause injury. • Be consistent: Repeat the stretching program frequently – there is an additive effect. Irregular stretching does not achieve lasting flexibility. • Do not stretch a “cold” muscle. Warm up first - indoors on cold days. If outside, cover with layers, and do light non-ballistic movements to promote blood flow to muscles. Remember – a warm muscle is more flexible. Specific stretching exercises will be discussed in future articles. May the Flexibility be With You! — Patrick Hergenroeder, M.D.

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Anna Maria of Aurora The humble beginnings of The Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora began over 55 years ago when Bob and Loretta Norton had a vision – assisting their family members as they aged. Wanting his mother and aunt living closer, Bob purchased an available house and land at 889 North Aurora Road. A small nursing home was established, and as they say, the rest is history. Now second and third generations own and operate this five-star skilled nursing facility. Over the years, the Norton family has lovingly developed the campus into a continuum care residential community, with the different levels of care all under one roof: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short Term Rehabilitation, and Skilled Nursing. The Independent and Assisted Living apartments (known as Norwood) are licensed for assisted living, meaning if an independent resident’s needs change, a move to a different apartment is not necessary. He or she can remain in that same apartment and receive assisted living services. Couples can remain together even if the needs of one change. The Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora is family-owned, not part of any large chain of senior living communities. Working with a compassionate and caring staff, many who have been here over 10 years, we can keep true to our motto: Every Resident, Every Family, Every Day. For more information, please call 330.562.0600 or visit our website at www.annamariaofaurora.com

Executive Home Management, Inc. Executive Home Management is your solution for hassle-free homeownership. Our mission is to create a lifestyle where you can step away from the time-consuming and sometimes frustrating tasks related to the maintenance, upkeep and beautification of your primary residence and/or second home. A dedicated home manager is your go to contact for anything your property may need. This includes a watchful eye on your property whether leaving for a vacation, a weekend getaway or the next six months while sharing time in a warmer climate. Detailed reports are shared and your home manager is just a phone call or text message away to address any concerns. We meticulously care for your home as if it were our own. In addition to knowing what needs to be addressed and who to call, we leverage our experience of over 20 years in real estate, property management and home maintenance to make sure the minor repairs, preventative maintenance needs and larger projects are being done correctly and by one of our previously screened contractors (or we can work with your people too!). In many cases we won’t only save you time, we will also save you money! We are offering a free home evaluation where we will help assess the current condition of your property while adhering to current COVID-19 precautions. You will be provided with a comprehensive report that indicates projects that should be addressed and a preventative maintenance checklist to ensure all of the systems are kept in optimal working order. Whether your lifestyle has you spending more time at work, with family on vacation or looking for a solution to age in place, Executive Home Management will cover it all. We very much look forward to meeting you and providing peace of mind along with outstanding service! Jared Zak, President, Executive Home Management Inc., 800.891.2965 office, 216.244.5589 mobile.

A Partnership of Note: Judson and CSU debut a new Music Therapy Program Anyone who has ever bounced along to the Beach Boys or wept during “Adagio for Strings” already understands the power of music to move us. In fact, music’s unique capacity to bring back memories, stimulate emotions, facilitate physical movement, or just reduce stress and encourage relaxation forms the core of the concept of music therapy. That’s why the modality has long been a valued part of life at Judson Senior Living. Now, thanks to an innovative new partnership with the Music Therapy Department at Cleveland State University, even a pandemic can’t stand in its way. According to Jessica Kulczycki, Judson’s community life and care director, the groundwork for the new relationship was laid almost two years ago, when Jim Carnovale, Judson’s CFO, put her in touch with Lori Lundeen-Smith, from the Music Therapy Department at CSU, where she serves as assistant professor of practice and clinical manager. Then – just as the ink was drying on the contract – the pandemic hit. “We had made plans to begin the program this fall,” recalls Lori. “But in light of COVID-19 and its restrictions, we had so many questions about how we could move forward – and the students were feeling a little despairing. Jessica, however, was just amazing. She told me that Judson had already started bringing

programs in remotely, using resources like Zoom, largescreen TVs, and even headsets. It was so heartening to hear that they had these things all figured out. It was really exciting!” The music therapy partnership launched in September. Jessica and her team selected a group of four or five residents from each Judson campus to participate in the program. Each group gathers once per week in front of a large-screen TV – in a socially distanced manner, of course – and works virtually with their student-therapist for one hour. According to the American Music Therapy Association, while music therapy is appropriate for all ages, it has particular benefits for older persons who may have functional deficits in physical, psychological, cognitive, or social functioning. “Isolation can have serious ramifications,” Jessica adds. “And this is a wonderful chance to bring people together and let them play and connect.” Both Jessica and Lori are optimistic that the partnership will extend beyond the current semester. “Everything has gone so well,” says Lori. “It’s been a big success story for our students, and we are just thrilled.” Jessica agrees. “It’s exciting stuff, and a wonderful fit with our mission: Even in the face of COVID, Judson brings community to life!”

Cleveland International Film Festival (Ciff) unveils plans for 2021 The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival, which will take place April 7-20, 2021, will be held online in its entirety. This decision, which was unanimously approved by the CIFF Board of Directors at its September 29, 2020 meeting, is based on science and community circumstances, as well as the state of the film, theater, and event industries. In addition, during this time of great uncertainty and in the throes of a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, the organization believes it is the most responsible option when it comes to the safety of all those involved – including attendees, filmmakers, volunteers, trustees, and staff. “We are very much looking forward to building on the success of CIFF44 Streams, during which our audience proved that an online Festival is not only an option, but also the newest component to making CIFF the best and most accessible experience for our incredible patrons,” said CIFF Board President Chris Blake. After quickly pivoting from an in-person Festival to the online CIFF44 Streams earlier this year, the CIFF’s invaluable connections to film, filmmakers, and the community remain unbroken, as well as deepened. The organization is viewing CIFF45 as a bridge to its future and looks forward to CIFF46 taking place in its new home at Playhouse Square during the spring of 2022. CIFF45 will consist of hundreds of films, post-film conversations and Q&As with filmmakers, balloting, awards, and a slew of activities to make the online Festival a robust experience for all involved. The Festival will also include two extra days (making it a 14-day presentation) for extended viewing and engagement opportunities. CIFF Speaks (the organization’s podcast series) will be returning with episodes surrounding and during the Festival. The road to CIFF45 also brings a change in the organization’s artistic leadership with the promotion of Mallory Martin to Artistic Director, effective October 1, 2020. Mallory joined the CIFF full-time in October

2011 as Programming Assistant. Following a number of advancements, she became Director of Programming and Projection in 2015 and remained in that position until her most recent appointment. “We are so very excited for Mallory Martin and for the organization, knowing that the programming for CIFF45 and beyond is going to be remarkable. Both the filmmaker experience and the viewer experience will be exceptional because of Mallory’s talent and expertise,” CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman stated. “At a time when the entire film industry is facing a transformation, I am both honored and eager to help lead CIFF into its new chapters and towards new possibilities. No matter where the CIFF will live in the future – be it our own living rooms or Playhouse Square – we remain dedicated to bringing the best of independent cinema home to Cleveland for many years to come,” said CIFF Artistic Director Mallory Martin. Mallory Martin replaces Bill Guentzler, who has stepped down from his role after 22 years with the organization and 15 years as its Artistic Director (2005-2020). The CIFF is appreciative for Bill’s decades of dedication to the organization and for all of the amazing team accomplishments that occurred during that time. “I couldn’t be more grateful to have spent half my life at CIFF. While I will no longer be the Artistic Director, I will always be part of the heart and soul of what CIFF is and stands for — and CIFF will always be a huge part of me,” noted Bill Guentzler. The 45th Cleveland International Film Festival will announce its program lineup in March 2021. For more information on CIFF, as well as its Halfway to CIFF45 event, Powered by PNC and taking place October 7 – 10, 2020, please visit clevelandfilm.org The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Discover Your Next Chapter with Encore Cleveland It’s no secret that the face of retirement is changing, due in large part to Baby Boomers who are nearing or in retirement from their primary careers and who have a strong desire to remain active and engaged in the community. Retirement today isn’t defined by idle time. Rather, it’s an opportunity to experiment with a second act – whether volunteering, working part-time or turning a hobby into a small business. This is good news for both the individuals, who can stay active and socially engaged in retirement, and the community that can benefit from the expertise, time and passion they offer. This is the idea behind Encore Cleveland, launched in 2013 by the Cleveland Foundation to connect and fund a network of organizations that provide experienced Greater Clevelanders with an array of meaningful opportunities in the community. “Looking at the data, 30 percent of the Cuyahoga County population will be age 55 or older by 2030,” said Kathy Hallissey, Cleveland Foundation Program Director, Leadership Development. “And these people have decades of career experience and knowledge under their belts. What if we could harness their time and talent to fill needs in the community? That’s what Encore Cleveland aims to do.” Meet Ann Hunter: “I am an Encore, continuing to do work similar to what I’ve done for more than half of my career – helping people find meaningful employment. When the nonprofit I had co-founded and operated for six years was closing in 2017, I was already familiar with the Encore program, both nationally and locally. I had, in fact, been referring some of my clients to Encore Career Network since the Cleveland Foundation provided grant funding to the start the program in Cleveland. Never did I imagine then that I would become an Encore participant myself. To my surprise, when my organization was nearing its closing date, I was recruited to join Encore Staffing Network.” Encore Cleveland programs are offered through 13 nonprofit partners in Cuyahoga and Geauga Counties: • Business Volunteers Unlimited • Cleveland Leadership Center • Cuyahoga County Public Library • East End Neighborhood House • Economic Community Development Institute • Encore Staffing Network: VANTAGE Aging • Fairhill Partners • Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association • Greater Cleveland Volunteers • JumpStart, Inc. • Leadership Geauga County • Manufacturing Works • Teach for America Whether you want a one-day volunteer project, a paid fellowship at a nonprofit organization or training to launch your own business, Encore Cleveland offers options. Learn about the opportunities available through Encore Cleveland and find one that fits your interests and schedule by visiting https://www. greaterclevelandvolunteers.org/programs/encore_ cleveland.php or by calling 216.391.9032 or by emailing encore@greaterclevelandvolunteers.org.

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Mulholland and Sachs offers everything for the well-dressed autumn table, including Gien Toscana dinner and salad plates, Vietri Aladdin flatware, monogramed napkins and a French Guinea Hen to keep watch over each place setting. Photograph courtesy of Mulholland and Sachs

Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, ASID, owner of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors thinks guest rooms work best with a choice of pillows and blankets, plus a bit of whimsy like the tic tac toe game here. Photograph courtesy of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors.

Be our guest: Tips for creating a beautiful, functional space for overnight visitors By LAURI GROSS A guest room may be an after-thought and maybe you tossed some unwanted furniture in there with a plan to straighten it out at some future date. Well, that date has arrived. While a mattress on the floor and an old bookshelf can indeed provide someone a place to sleep, why not upgrade the space so your guests truly feel welcome in a room brimming with thoughtful touches to ensure a pleasant stay. Lisa Lavy, an interior designer and sales representative at Wayside Furniture said, “When setting up your guest room, comfort and functionality should be a priority. Guest room colors should be soft and serene to create a peaceful retreat for your guests to enjoy.” Laura Grygorcewicz, an interior decorator with Wayside, added, “Giving the room a home-away-from-home feel is pulled together with accessories. Mixing of modern and vintage styles offers a fresh look with depth and balance.” Be sure you’ve included things like a clock and a mirror, and space to unpack their things, not to mention a place to sit. “Adding an inviting chair or chaise lounge creates a cozy spot for your guest to relax,” Lisa said. “A decorative wall clock is a fun accessory and helps your guests keep track of their day, and hanging a full-length mirror provides both a cosmetic function for your guest and an elegant embellishment to your guest room.” To add to the list of must-have amenities for the properly equipped guest room, Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, ASID, owner of The Valley Design Team/Decorating Den Interiors suggests keeping the guest room stocked with extra pillows with options for those who prefer theirs overstuffed as well as those who’ll choose a slimmer pillow. Kathleen also said to provide the “WiFi password shared in a creative way, plus include tissues, a pen and note paper, a local magazine, a couple paperbacks, an eye mask, nightlight, long-handled scrubber, toiletries, hair-care products, hair dryer and, depending on the climate, a ceiling fan.” Laura likes mixing colors and tones to add interest. “Blush tones work well with natural wood accents, and creams, blues and black,” she said. Also, consider a hall tree which, “serves well for any space,” Laura said.  Kathleen agrees that some version of a Zen-inspired décor is “most welcoming and calming.” Following her rule to “keep it simple,” Kathleen says to include several lighter layers on the bed, and several types of blankets. If your guest room is small, Lisa suggests a tall dress or chest of drawers, which she said provides more storage without taking up much floor space.  Lisa added, “Remember to leave a few drawers empty for your guest to utilize.  Keep with clean lines and uncluttered spaces so your guests feel welcome to set out their personal belongings.” She also likes the idea of a placing an upholstered bench at the end of the bed. “It offers your guest an extra seat as well as a logical place to set down a suitcase.” When it comes to a guest bed, Lisa suggests an upholstered headboard that she said “gives your guest room a comfortable yet sophisticated feel and is a creative way to add color and texture to the room.” She added, “Consider lighter tones such as painted whites or driftwoods on the dressers and nightstands.” Laura added, “Depending on the size of your room, an upholstered day bed will add texture and interest. Or, in a larger room, using a queen-size wrought-iron bed offers a timeless classic look, that goes well with any color of furniture.” Kathleen’s suggestions for the perfect guest-room colors include ice blue, mint, sage, coral, cream/ivory/white, or mocha. “Nothing too dark or heavy, and keep it classic instead of trendy,” she said, as she added that natural medium wood finishes work best. Plus, she said she “loves a surprise of whimsy!” Since so many people are currently working remotely, Lisa said, “a small writing desk can provide a pretty and practical solution for your guest room.  Be sure to include a decorative lamp to enhance task lighting.” To ensure two thumbs up from your guests, use a large wooden tray to set up a single-serve coffee maker. Lisa said be sure to include a “selection of specialty coffees, teas, and cocoa, and add a few snacks in case your guests get the midnight munches.” She added, “Consider including a special treat from your local chocolatier.” For another special touch, Laura suggested including lighting fixtures with sparkle because, “Everyone likes a little glam.”  

A dresser in a guest room allows your visitors to unpack, and don’t forget to include an inviting place to sit. Items available at Wayside Furniture. Photograph courtesy of Wayside Furniture.

Details like a stylish mirror and sparkling lights add glam to any guest room. Photograph courtesy of Wayside Furniture.

Including a clock in your guest room is functional but one like this wall version at Wayside, also makes a great style statement. Photograph courtesy of Wayside Furniture.

Honor the season by setting a table brimming with autumn warmth By LAURI GROSS Before the world became so strange, back when there was such a thing as normal, many people found it comforting and enjoyable to set a beautiful table with some of their favorite things in preparation for sharing a hearty cold-weather meal with friends and family. It seems the pandemic – and the changing seasons - have only intensified these feelings. Rita Sachs, partner at Mulholland and Sachs described it as honoring the season. “Customers have felt a deep need to make life at home feel more welcoming and comfortable,” she explained, as she described customers who have been home too much, unable to travel and unable to go to their favorite restaurants. Others, she said are simply tired of their dinnerware after so many months of serving meals at home seven nights a week. “They’re looking for a change,” she said. Mulholland and Sachs, at Eton Chagrin Blvd., describes itself as having gifts for all occasions, but they carry plenty for those shopping for themselves – and their tabletops - too. For instance, Rita described a new dinnerware pattern of handmade Simon Pearce pottery from Vermont, called Burlington Pool. “All the pieces are sold individually so a buyer may have as many or few (of each piece) as they think they might want,” she said of the line that is dishwasher and microwave safe and features a bold pop of deep blue. “It has been a hit with our customers looking for a change,” Rita said. Barbara Strom, owner of La Bella Vita in Eton and Little Italy said, “People want life, color and fun in their decorating for the table and in floral arrangements!” Despite the turmoil Covid caused in their supply chain, travel schedule, markets and events, Barbara sees what she calls, “Shut-in Syndrome” making the home decoration business strong. Barbara explained, “Our Italian tableware is vibrant and fun to coordinate with patterns or just mix it all up.” La Bella Vita does have popular neutrals, including some in geo shapes but Barbara said, “For our customers that entertain a lot and want to step out of the norm, our vibrant-colored dinnerware is an affordable way to make a statement that is a celebration of life! It may not replace their more conservative (white/neutral) dinnerware, but it’s a way to spark excitement to the table.” Hand-made glass pumpkins by Simon Pearce are perfect for dressing up that colorful autumn table, as are Simon Pearce napkin rings and hurricanes (all at Mulholland and Sachs). Candle lovers will also want to check out the handmade Baobab vessels at Mulholland and Sachs. Rita said these come in “a variety of sizes, colors, subtle scents and shapes. The multiple wicks burn slowly and they have offered many a family a luxury treat for the long weeks at home in 2020.” For the many families looking for ways to make life at home more comfortable and nurturing, Rita said these beautiful candles really help relieve stress. To personalize your meal presentation even more, consider monogramed napkins by Kathy Grabner of Meadowlane Monograms. “She has all colors of lovely napkins that can be monogramed in any color or style,” Rita said, as she explained that Kathy is happy to monogram napkins for customers including brides registered at Mulholland and Sachs. La Bella Vita also creates spectacular silk floral arrangements. “We have a very high-quality floral assortment,” Barbara said. “This is a big business for us as people are putting life into their tables and homes for holiday. We are expecting a very strong holiday and we have wonderful ideas coming for the joy of Christmas decorating.”

Blue and white dinnerware from La Bella Vita is a fun way to introduce color, especial for those who prefer neutrals but with a kick. The silk florals, also from La Bella Vita, add elegance and depth. Photograph courtesy of La Bella Vita

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Downtown’s Longest-Running Halloween Event Goes Virtual The 19th Annual Halloween Run for Justice is changing course in more ways than one. We are using our new normal to create an event that’s so big, it fills up a whole month! Registration is now open for The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Virtual Halloween Run for Justice: Next Generation Edition! More activities! More chances to compete! More ways to support our students who depend on CMBF programs. Starting on October 1, we have an Olympic-sized list of sports to choose from! Run, kayak, yoga, golf, cycle, walk, paddleboard, or swim your way to victory! Take the entire month of October to complete as many of these fun activities as you wish! Participate solo or with a team of friends or family (six feet apart of course). Planned with Hermes Sports and Events Cleveland, we expect over 500 participants to join the fun. Those teams and participants are encouraged to raise funds to help pay for CMBF educational programs in Cleveland and East Cleveland in 2020 and 2021! CMBF’s mission is to drive impactful programs that deliver law-related education, mentoring, hands-on educational experiences, and access to resources. We help Cleveland’s next generation succeed in high school, college, law school and beyond. All participants will be sent a long-sleeved t-shirt, medal, and an invitation to our Saturday Night Virtual Halloween Party on October 31, where we will celebrate your achievements with a fun and festive virtual party! You can sign up, set up your fundraiser, or learn how to become a sponsor by visiting clemetrobar.org/halloweenrun. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation changes lives in the greater Cleveland community by funding award-winning pro bono legal services and educational programs. In close partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), both organizations leverage the legal talent of attorneys as well as the broader professional community in support of others in need. Together they deliver significant measurable and transformative outcomes to diverse groups, all of whom make Cleveland stronger. One Cleveland. One Mission. One Bar.

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Marshall Carpet One enjoying record-breaking year as homeowners invest in remodeling By BARRY GOODRICH With more and more people spending time in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners are taking on remodeling projects like never before. And that has been great news for Marshall Carpet One, which is experiencing an unprecedented surge in sales this year. “In a traditional year, the fall would be getting into our busy season,” said Matt Wien, Marshall’s director of sales. “But this has already been a record-breaking year for us. I can’t imagine it’s going to get any busier.” With people not spending money on vacations, dining and entertainment, many homeowners are looking to invest in home remodeling projects. “People are at home looking at their 12-year-old carpeting or 10-yearold flooring, said Wien. “It’s great to see how people are getting creative with usable spaces for work or for the kids to unwind.” Coming off its best year ever in 2019, Marshall Carpet One saw a 14 percent drop in sales when the pandemic hit in March and residential installations were shut down for six weeks. The family-owned business is now up over eight percent for the year after being flooded with installation work. “Everyone has been very patient and a pleasure to work with,” said Wien. “We have gone from booking jobs eight to 10 weeks out to now working four to six weeks out.” Customers who visit Marshall Carpet One’s showroom in Mayfield Heights are required to wear masks, but with an expansive 17,000 square foot layout, there is plenty of social distancing. “If we have 17 people here at the same time, they can all have 1,000 feet to themselves,” said Wien. Virtual shopping is another option. “Our web traffic has increased significantly,” said Wien. “We are working online and sending samples directly to customers.” Cost-effective and practical, luxury vinyl continues to be one of the most popular offerings at Marshall Carpet One. In the past, the vinyls had been imported from China but the store is now sourcing domestically with American made products. In addition to carpet and hardwood flooring, Marshall carries the area’s largest in-stock inventory of area rugs, including unique pieces sourced first-hand from around the world. Selected as a top Karastan showroom by Architectural Digest, the store offers the latest in laminates and green and natural flooring. Marshall remains involved with both its Mayfield Heights community and the Northeast Ohio region. In March and April, the company partnered with local restaurants to donate meals to area first responders. “We want to give back to businesses in the community that have been negatively impacted,” said Wien.

LAURA BENANTI November 14, 8 PM VANESSA WILLIAMS December 5, 8 PM ON SALE NOW Playhouse Square is one of a select group of nonprofit arts organizations participating in a three-part streaming concert series, Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone on October 24, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti on November 14, and critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams on December 5. All three livestream events are on sale now at playhousesquare. org for $30 each. A series package of all three concerts is available for a limited time for $75, a savings of $15 off the cost of the individual concerts. All purchases include an additional 72 hours of on-demand viewing of the livestream(s), available beginning one hour after each live broadcast ends. Proceeds from sales of the livestreams will support Playhouse Square.

Visit Marshall Carpet One & Rug Gallery for all of your flooring needs this season. Marshall Carpet One has changed its hours since the onset of COVID-19. The showroom is now closed on Sundays but is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

As always, Marshall offers free measures and free estimates. For more information, drop by the Mayfield Heights Eastgate showroom or visit www.marshallcarpetone.com.

Have Neue Auctions Review First We’ve recently heard of folks giving their items to local consignment shops or paying for a clean-out service in their journey to downsizing. One couple paid $2000.00 to have items cleared out of their home; the items were furniture, antiques, artwork and oriental carpets. The service gets paid to take your items and can do whatever they want with them, such as sell, donate, throw out or even consign to auction for a profit. The carpet was worth more than what they paid to have it removed. They were in a hurry and thought that was their only option. Another person consigned items, which they didn’t really know the value of, to a local consignment shop. Their things were sold for months before they were paid because they weren’t notified their items had sold. They had to follow up on their consignment or they never would have known they had funds due to them. The point is, have your items reviewed first before making the decision to consign or sell. Most auction houses will provide auction estimates on valuable items for no charge. You may also obtain multiple free esti-

mates from local antique dealers too. Most all will work from pictures via email if you’re concerned about coronavirus exposure or having strangers in your home. Ask your friends, family and neighbours if they’ve had any experience with disposing of treasures, home furnishings and the like before you commit to something you may regret. At Neue Auctions, our staff are experienced trained professionals of estimating and valuations and we’ll gladly review your items and advise you at no charge and there’s no obligation to consign to auction with us. If it’s not for us, we’ll refer you to another vetted seller in

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Special touches in a guest bathroom create a welcome retreat By LAURI GROSS Having overnight guests, even during a pandemic, means sharing your home and hospitality. Make sure your guests feel truly welcome with an upgrade to your guest bathroom that will show you care. When choosing a color scheme for your guest bath, Martha West, director of marketing at Hurst Design Build Remodel in Westlake said, “gray no longer reigns supreme. We are seeing a bold color palette, especially in cabinetry. We are also seeing more clients select interesting tile with bold patterns.” Some clients, Martha explained, are still going for a “Zen spa-like feel” when they choose colors and fixtures but others, she explained, “are choosing high-contrast colors to make a statement.” As for countertops, she said quartz is more popular than marble because, “People are drawn to its durability.” Emeil Soryal, designer and owner of Kitchen and Bath, Etc. in Bainbridge also sees clients adding more color in their bathrooms. A popular color combination, he said, is white, black, and navy blue. “Black or navy-blue vanities

Bold tile patterns, as seen in this bathroom by Hurst Design Build Remodel, make a statement while keeping a spa-like overall feel to the space. Photograph courtesy of Hurst Design Build Remodel.

Tile creates a mosaic effect on this beautiful shower wall by Kitchen and Bath, Etc. Photograph courtesy of Kitchen and Bath, Etc.

with satin gold faucets and hardware, or a white vanity with black faucets and hardware” are other ways to keep the look classic while adding some bold detail, Emeil explained. He also said some are using classic white subway tile but using dark grout to change it up. “We are also seeing a lot of green this year, and vanities with organic finishes,” he added, referring to natural and white-washed wood. For flooring, Emeil said, “The current trend is tile that looks like wood or a patterned tiled floor.” If you’re looking to upgrade one element of your guest bath, Martha suggests lighting because it makes the biggest impact. If the rest of your bathroom is dark or poorly lit, she explained, a brand-new vanity or shower won’t

even be noticed. Emeil agrees that changing the light fixtures is a quick, inexpensive way to change the look. “You should consider painting the walls and changing the mirrors,” he added. “If you want to do more, replace your vanity, hardware and countertop. Replacing your bathtub with a large walk-in shower is most desired,” he added. Don’t overlook technology in your guest bath. “Heated floors are the most requested tech feature in bathrooms,” Martha said, “and multi-function shower faucets are becoming standard.” Also, consider a towel warmer but, Martha pointed out that these might not be necessary if there already a heated floor.

Your guests will truly feel pampered with a high-tech toilet seat. Emeil mentioned, “You can get one with a nightlight, heated seats, and bidet seat with remote control.” For those wanting to lavish even more technology on their guests, Emeil said, ‘You can get a Bluetooth speaker in the shower head. You can get a hand shower nested into a showerhead (two-in-one), and you can get a digital thermostatic valve.” Emeil explained that the latter allows guests to choose the exact temperature of their shower so they never have to step into a cold shower. With all of these special touches, your guests may never want to leave.

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Today’s best seating options for flexibility and style

The designers at VNTG Home love mixing and matching traditional and modern looks, like in this family room. Photograph courtesy of VNTG Home.

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on’t be the person whose friends have to stand awkwardly during a visit, for lack of proper seating. Even if your guests are masked and socially distant, you’ll want to be able to offer them an appropriate spot to sit. Look around your home to see where you might need to add or upgrade to achieve a winning combination of seating that looks great and offers the flexibility you need to accommodate guests for dinner, talking, playing board games, watching sports, opening gifts or all of the above. Joy Ross, interior designer with Pine Tree Barn suggests seating that can be used more than one way, starting with hostess chairs (a chair with arms and an upholstered seat, like you’d see at the head of a dining table). “A couple hostess chairs can be pulled into a living room or a bedroom or placed at a desk, or by the fireplace in the great room,” she said. Megan Featherston, owner and founder of VNTG Home agreed that it makes sense to use pieces in more than one way. “The utilization of ottomans for extra seating works great for large gatherings,” she said. “Throw a silver tray on them with yummies and you have a party extraordinaire. Once the party is over, ottomans can be utilized as coffee tables, to make casual living uber chic.” Referring to them as cocktail ottomans, Joy said she uses ottomans frequently as well, and often puts them on casters. “Roll it out of the way from the sofa and put it in front of fireplace if you have an overflow crowd,” she said. “Or have kids sit there when you open gifts. It’s extra seating without having to take chairs from the dining room. Some of these ottomans include storage inside as well.” Don’t worry if all your chairs don’t have the same look. In fact, a little creative mixing and matching works great. Megan said, “At VNTG Home, our design team loves mixing furnishings, textures and patterns in untraditional

ways. Nestling wingbacks at the end of a grand table makes a ‘royal’ statement.” Megan explained that bold and interesting pattern combinations give vintage furniture personality. “Don’t be afraid of using modern furnishings in traditional spaces,” she said. “Pillows and fabrics on accent pieces take the edge off so to speak and build personality on the clean base of modern furnishings.” Joy said, if you choose a sofa in a neutral color, try accenting with pillows. “We usually recommend two or three different fabrics on those,” she said as she explained the options for personalizing each piece. “We can dress it up to look great and give you a designer look.” Pine Tree Barn offers a wide selection of upholstery and is happy to recover any customer furniture, whether they purchased it at Pine Tree Barn or not. “If the fabric on your dining chairs is outdated or worn out, replacing it is an easy way to update the dining room,” Joy said. “The fabric options now are also great - so many performance fabrics that wear great - much softer with more styles,

The top of this leather ottoman – available at Pine Tree Barn - is tufted and includes a recessed tray in the center, so it works as a footrest, seat and coffee table. Choose from a variety of upholstery and other style options. Photograph courtesy of Pine Tree Barn patterns and colors than ever before. “ For those shopping for sectionals, Joy said keep in mind that these large pieces generally only fit one way in a room but they do offer design flexibility. “Sectionals today come with a chaise on end or we can put recliners in them, or whatever fits best in your home. For a TV room, a reclining sofa or sectional is the route to go,” she said.

Whatever you choose, “there are no wrong answers,” said Megan. “The mix of prints and color can make old furniture, modern, relevant and perfect for home. We recommend fabric choices that lean more modern on traditional pieces. Old looks new really easily with fresh, bright patterns. Authentic furnishings give your living space depth, interest and make it inviting.”

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According to area designers, wallpaper is on a roll in today’s sophisticated interiors By PARIS WOLFE “Wallcoverings” are on a roll. A combination of factors – new designs, new technologies as well as ease of cleaning and replacement -- are driving a resurgence in homeowner interest. “We’ve seen wallpaper go in and out of style for centuries,” says Julie Pawlowski, owner/designer at Matter of Design in Hudson. “It’s evolved from using wallpaper throughout an entire room, to adding an embellishment with a border to completely eliminating wallpaper.” Today, wallcoverings are making a comeback. Emerging technologies make it possible to create all-new prints on new materials. And these materials are easier to install and remove. “According to Google data, wallpaper-related searches are up an average of 50 percent the past 12 months versus the 12 months prior,” Carol Miller, marketing manager for York Wallcoverings, told Business of Home. Searches are converting to sales. One study says the global market for digitally printed wallcoverings may nearly triple in the 10 years between 2017 and 2026. Those numbers are projected to go from $2 billion to $7.5 billion during that period. “We’re busier now than in the past 20 years,” says Gary Levine, owner of U.S. Wallcoverings in North Olmsted. Stocked with more than 4,000 patterns and able to order even more, U.S. Wallcoverings is one of the few wallpaper vendors that still has a brick-and-mortar store. “One of the reasons wallpaper fell out of favor was the inability to strip it if walls weren’t prepared right,” notes Levine. “Now, papers are strippable and come off the wall.” He warns, though, that peel-and-stick papers can be tough to position properly and may be better assigned to crafts, not walls. “We’re bringing in wallcoverings from around the world,” he says. “Europeans are turning out incredible materials. People are loving the patterns from Italy.” Whatever the source, Pawlowski adds, “As a designer, I consider wallcovering as a wonderful way to introduce a work of art into your room and make a huge statement without breaking the bank.”

“A lot of today’s prints are noticeably oversized and whimsical. Florals are returning, but in an updated fashion and with many more options that can fit your style,” she says. “Another exciting introduction is the wide range of digital wall coverings that offer more customization for any design need based on texture, pattern, and color. With the wide range of options, both full room and accent wall application are on trend.”

The clients asked us for a jaw-dropping space where they could entertain their friends for wine tastings. A stunning wallpaper (complementing the waves in their travertine floor tile) was selected in multiple shades of blues, greys and specks of sparkly gold as the focal point of the space. The look of exquisite marble in the wallpaper inspired the rest of the room which featured pops of blues, mint and other jeweled tones. Photographs courtesy of Decorating Den Interiors

The client wanted to get rid of old faux finish walls and asked for a very classy, glitzy look. It’s a silver ground paper with an open blue leaf pattern. can outdoors and so wallpaper that brings the outdoors in is popular now.” Kathleen Bliss Goldfarb, ASID and owner/designer of

Decorating Den Interiors in Chagrin Falls, contends that wallpaper never went away, but agrees today represents a revolution. “Color is back,” she says. “I am so over white

and grey. It’s been like looking at black-and-white TV for too long. Mother Nature offers such magnificence and possibilities.” “We see large scale, tone-on-tone, impressionistic, watercolor and organic, earthy designs,” she says. Dimension comes from sparkle, mixed media and handmade paper. Inspiration comes from all things nature. Larger scale visual textures are being used so you can see them from a distance in today’s larger spaces,” she notes.” Despite the resurgence, wallpaper shopping can be more challenging than two decades ago. That’s because fewer retail outlets carry it and some have limited retail access because of the pandemic. The U.S. Wallcoverings showroom in North Olmsted is open by appointment. A sister business – For the Love of Wallpaper – sells discontinued and vintage patterns online at fortheloveofwallpaper.com.

One of her recent clients Amy Miracle of Hudson, says, “Adding wall coverings to our home has completely changed our space. It has added warmth, texture, and dimension to rooms that were dull and had no life to them. It has also taken our 1800s home and has brought it into this century’s style while complementing the style and uniqueness of its history.” Ingrid Porter of Ingrid Porter Interiors says wallpaper adds dimension to a room. “It is another layer of texture in the home design. It adds a layer of interest that you can’t get with just paint. Some of my favorite papers look and feel like fabric. Some are large murals that cover the walls in the room.” A variety of materials are used in today’s wallpaper. Forget the red, velvet-flocking of grandma’s dining room. Today’s wallpaper gets texture from grasscloth, cork, bamboo, sticks, mirror, glass beads and more. It can be smooth, shiny or even handpainted. While history is repeating, it comes with a twist. “We are not using borders, they are a thing of the past. The theme of paper now seems to be photography blown up into paper,” says Porter “I have some paper here for a client that is a picture of watercolor blown up in a largescale. It’s super cool, new and different.” “People don’t want the little tiny prints now, they want an experience on the walls,” she says. And the pandemic has had an influence. “People are craving a calm, serene, picturesque feeling in their homes, especially after this year of COVID. We are all spending as much time as we

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Wallcovering will make ordinary rooms look extraordinary The largest in-stock wallcovering selection in the United States is in North Olmsted, Ohio. In the 7,000-square-foot showroom, in addition to wallcovering produced in the United States, patterns produced in Italy, England, France and Germany are also in stock and on display. Added to this in-stock selection are natural textures such as grasscloth from Korea and cork from Portugal. Customers appreciate the fact that they are able to feel the actual texture and see the true colors of over 4,000 in-stock patterns. Also appreciated is the fact that you are able to take the wallcovering home the same day and achieve instant gratification. In fact, you may comfortably take home extra rolls, because at US Wallcovering there are no return charges on any of their in-stock patterns. Just an added bit of comfort. You’ll be inspired by the in-stock selection of today’s wallcovering – patterns that are bold, unique, fun and funky. You’ll be impressed by serene neutrals, dramatic geometrics, contemporary florals and scenic murals. Wallcovering will make ordinary rooms look extraordinary. Picture navy grasscloth – timeless and elegant. A vast selection of designer wallcovering books are also available in the showroom. Impressive also is the pricing, All 4,000 patterns in the showroom are priced 50 to 65 percent off the “book price.” Because all patterns are available at in-stock pricing, the selling price will always be lower than any e-commerce site. The showroom at Clague and Lorain in North Olmsted is easily accessible. Twenty minutes from 271 and 480 (exit at Clague). Twenty minutes from Bratenahl on 90 (exit at Clague). To accommodate those who are not able to get to the showroom, our E-commerce division ships product daily around the world. Our E-commerce sites are http://www.uswallcoveringonline.com and http://www.fortheloveofwallpaper.com. At US Wallcovering, you can be confident in receiving the best products at the best prices delivered by the most knowledgeable design consultants We’ve been doing it for over a century. One family since 1905. US WALLCOVERING, 440.777. 9797, 23328 Lorain Rd. North Olmsted, Ohio 44070

Cleveland Play House announces virtual programming for 2020-2021 season

This holiday season will most likely see smaller gatherings of friends and families but the celebrations and festivities will be in full swing. Many homeowners are taking the opportunity to upgrade older, worn furniture with new, modern and traditional designs. Especially popular this year are upgrades to dining room tables and chairs. Many manufacturers have a variety of new designs that will fit beautifully in any style home. Also, renewed attention to updating guest rooms is popular. It doesn’t take much to transform a basic guest room into a welcoming haven for guests. A new chair, bed or dresser can add that designer touch. Visit Sedlak interiors for a large selection of in-stock and special-order furniture for this holiday season. Get inspired with a newly designed 100,000 sq. ft., 27-gallery showroom. SEDLAK INTERIORS, 34300 Solon Road, Solon, OH. www.sedlakinteriors.com. 440.248.2424.

Leadership Akron celebrates Read Family Difference Maker Award Recipients Leadership Akron is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2020 Read Family Difference Maker Award, the visionaries of the  Diversity on Board  program, Dr. Steve Ash, Roxia Boykin, Dr. Cynthia Capers, Robert DeJournett, Jim Mullen, Ethel Vinson, Bernett Williams, and John Williams.  The individuals honored this year were involved in the design of Diversity on Board, now in its fifth year. The objective of Diversity on Board is to provide leadership development, education, and board placement services to advance minority representation on nonprofit and public boards.  The honorees have also acted as coaches, coach-coordinators, speakers, and facilitators for the program. This

group also plays a significant role in recruiting and selecting individuals who participate in the program. The success of Diversity on Board reflects the commitment and passion of these individuals. “We believe that Greater Akron can only be a thriving community when every voice is welcomed, heard, valued, and treated with respect, and when the Boards of nonprofit organizations reflect the members of our community,” states Barry Dunaway, president of Leadership Akron. “We would highly encourage board chairs and leaders of nonprofit organizations, who want to demonstrate their commitment to making a positive impact on the racial inequities in our community, to consider graduates of the Diversity on Board program to fill open board

positions.” The Read Family Difference Maker Award, created in July 2017, honors the Read family, Roger, Judy and Scott, in recognition of their involvement in advancing the mission and work of Leadership Akron, promoting community leadership, and strengthening the Akron community’s well-being. Each year, the award recognizes an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have been instrumental in expanding the scope or impact of Leadership Akron’s mission and work.  For more information on Leadership Akron or its Diversity on Board program, please visit LeadershipAkron. org.

Cleveland Play House is excited to announce that its 2020-2021 theatrical season will include a series of virtual performances, programs, and special events. Amid the health, safety, and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, Cleveland Play House (CPH) will provide engaging, inspiring, and entertaining programming during its 105th consecutive season of serving the Northeast Ohio community.  CPH Artistic Director Laura Kepley  says, “Since the pandemic began, we have been wrestling with the safety and economic challenges posed by this crisis. We are committed to meeting this moment with creativity, resilience, and compassion for the wellness of our community. We will resume in-person programming when it is safe and possible to do so.” Kepley continues to say, “In the meantime, in this digital season we will bring you the same passion and purpose that appears on our stages, but in the form of unique, interactive stories, events, and experiences. CPH is not going dark—we are going online! This will be a first for Cleveland Play House; but as America’s first regional theatre, I am confident that, if we band together we can rise to this challenge.”  CPH will continue to follow the directives of Governor DeWine and the guidance of the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control to determine when a return to in-theatre performances will become possible.  CPH Managing Director Kevin Moore  says, “CPH has faced many challenges in its 105 years, always rising to the occasion with innovation and resilience. Our virtual 105th season is the latest example of our dedication to building a better community through theatre.”  Patrons who previously registered for the  2020-21 CPH Subscription Season will have their “in-person” subscription applied to the first six CPH productions that are able to be produced in the Allen, Outcalt, or Helen theatre venues at Playhouse Square. The 2020-21 CPH Virtual Season will feature Theatre Thursday, an exciting new program held on the third Thursday of each month through April; a series of “One-Night Only” special events, beginning with CLUEbaret: A Comedic Musical Cabaret in October; New Ground Theatre Festival 2021 in the spring; and much more!  CPH Board Chair Anne Marie Warren states, “My heart is so full to know we’ll be getting back to our stages—albeit virtually. We’re looking forward to this new journey and it’s a great opportunity for our Board to come together and support the theatre through community partnerships and sponsorship opportunities.”  Patrons can view and stream our digital online programming via computer, laptop, Smart TV, tablet, or on a smartphone. Also new for Season 105, patrons can purchase a CPH Digital Pass which will provide “all access” to an array of CPH’s artistic digital offerings. Passes are now on sale at www.clevelandplayhouse.com/subscribe.  CPH is proud to announce today that KeyBank will be the Presenting Sponsor for 2020-21 CPH Virtual Season. Managing Director Kevin Moore says, “We are incredibly grateful to the leadership of KeyBank for their long-standing support of Cleveland Play House’s mission and core values.”

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any of our children are spending more time at home and less time in the classroom during the pandemic. This has led parents to question, “I’m not a teacher, so what do I do?” The experts have some tips that can help you guide your children through the learning process. “Focus on structure and routine,” Leslie Muha, Junior K-8 Counselor at University School suggested. “If your school is hybrid and some students are in school, mirror their schedule. Set up a work space at home. You want your students to be able to remove themselves from the stress of the day. Set up a chair with a desk so that boundaries don’t become muddied. Establish a day and night routine. Allow time for lunch and recess.” “Zoom fatigue is real. Video calls are draining. For every hour on the computer, take a two to four-minute brain break,” she said. “Family dinner is so important. Go outside and take a walk. Enjoy story time with your children. Sleep and healthy eating are important,” Muha added.

“Be kind to yourself and practice grace. Celebrate the days when things go well and on the rough days, remember that tomorrow is a new day,” she said. “It’s not the primary job of parents to teach. Their job is to model self-care for their children. Trust the school. So, if there are rough spots, know that you can always reach out to the school’s teachers and counselors.” “The first thing you should do when teaching at home

is to pay attention to how you communicate with your children,” Alexandra Franceschini, Department of Learning Services chair at Hathaway Brown School said. “Ask them to show you what they did today and what they learned. It shows you the quality of their work. And, it gives you an overview of their effort and the difficulty of the work. Then, you can talk through problem-solving steps. It helps students maintain a sense of balance when things around them are changing.” “Remote learning is technology. There are ways you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by technology,” she said. “I use the Hide Myself option so that I don’t see my own picture when I am in a Zoom meeting. I find that, if I can see myself, I look at myself more, which is odd. If I can’t see myself, I am concentrating on the other people in the meeting. When you are working with middle schoolers, for example, this is helpful because they are so concerned about how they present to each other.” “Make sure that you have a proper chair. Make sure that you have a drink nearby. Make sure that you have something to keep your hands busy. I always have a pen and a pad of paper nearby to jot down notes,” Franceschini said. “Keep your brain and your body together.” “Procrastination can be a problem when learning at home. We talk about deadlines. Open-ended deadlines can be a detriment,” she noted. “Establish a routine and a cut-off time. We really crave structure. Set a deadline time for assignments and stick to it. Keep reminding the student that their deadline is approaching. If you don’t set a deadline, they could be sitting in front of the computer at 11:30 p.m. with nothing done.” “The students really just want to be back in the classroom. Their parents want the same,” she said. “The students and their parents want permission to approach the teachers and counselors. Any time that you see something that is concerning, sending an email or a message to school is most helpful to us. It is helpful to communicate your concerns. We’re a team in all of this. We don’t want concerns to pile up to the point that they explode. That is a lot harder to fix.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame adds Gucci suit worn by Harry Styles to its collection The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has a new addition to its collection. Today, the Rock Hall added a custom Gucci suit worn by Harry Styles to its Right Here, Right Now exhibit, which explores rock’s most recent chart-topping artists and their musical influences.  Styles wore the suit when he inducted his friend Stevie Nicks into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2019. The pair performed Nicks’ hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” which was originally a duet with Inductee Tom Petty.  In Styles’ induction speech he called Stevie “the magical gypsy godmother who occupies the in-between. It’s a space that can only be hers. She’s a lot like a rock & roll Nina Simone, finding the notes only she can. And by being so unapologetically herself, she gives others permission to do the same, and that is true Stevie.” 

To watch Styles’ performance and speech, or learn more about Inductee Stevie Nicks, visit rockhall.com/ inductees/stevie-nicks. You can also relive great moments from the 2019 Induction Ceremony on the Rock Hall’s YouTube channel.  In addition to Nicks, Styles cites Hall of Fame Inductees Van Morrison, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac and Elvis Presley among his musical influences.  Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Rock Hall continues to add new artifacts open new exhibits, including its 2020 Inductee Exhibit and It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope and Empowerment, both with extended digital experiences at rockhall.com.   The Rock Hall is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST with advance tickets required at rockhall.com.

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Hawken Was Founded to Be Different From its earliest days, Hawken School has been committed to developing both character and intellect. We believe that living meaningful, productive lives requires traits such as compassion, integrity, initiative, confidence, and resilience as well as a commitment to lifelong learning. Our motto of “Fair Play” is displayed in every classroom, encouraging every member of our community not only to be smart, but to be mindful of how we treat others. Hawken was founded as an educationally progressive school, and we remain academically progressive - because that’s what it takes to prepare students to thrive in a changing world. From recognizing the value of a coeducational environment to designing programs, learning spaces, and innovative schedules that support learning by doing, Hawken boldly adapts to and reflects the values of the present to prepare students for a promising future. For more than a decade, Hawken faculty have been creating nationally recognized programs that place stu-

dents in the real world and engage them in solving authentic problems. At Hawken, learning doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. It happens throughout our 300acre campus, at labs, museums, at non-profits across Cleveland, and even in canoes on the rivers of Pennsylvania. The newly-opened Mastery School of Hawken in University Circle for students in grades 9 -12 takes this approach to scale through designing programming built entirely around mastery – the simple notion that learning should be deep, enduring, creative, and transferable. With a focus on hands-on learning, our programs enable students to be active participants in their education. By using an interdisciplinary and experience-based approach whenever possible and appropriate, students dive deeper into subject areas and become immersed in the process of learning and discovery. The best way to learn more about Hawken is to visit. To view our parent visit and open house dates and to RSVP, go to hawken.edu/admission or call 440.423.4446.


Laurel School@Home Continues the ‘Laurel Experience’ During Pandemic In March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage and, just before spring break, it became imminent that students, faculty and staff at Laurel School would need to shift to distance learning. With the help of Laurel’s talented Technology and Library Services team, Laurel used its two-week Spring Break to pivot and launch Laurel School@Home, a robust online learning program to keep students in all divisions, Pre-Primary through Upper School, engaged with their learning through the end of the school year. Laurel School@Home was not designed to replicate the on-campus experience precisely, but it did, in a new way, build on the school’s commitment to challenge

students academically and continue to support positive relationships with all students, an intangible benefit that has long defined the Laurel experience. Each division took an age-appropriate approach to synchronous class meetings via Google Meet and asynchronous learning through reading, hands-on projects and videos. Students remained engaged with school from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in academics, the arts and physical education classes. To replace community events, like programs for parents, school assemblies and traditions, and Commencement, Laurel used its technological resources, public health best practices, and immense amounts of creativity to craft meaningful cel-

Scholarship Program seeking Ohio’s Top Youth Volunteers In this time of disruption due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to celebrate young people making a difference through volunteer service. Through November 10, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) are calling on Ohio youth volunteers to apply for scholarships and national recognition through The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Ohio students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteering within the past 12 months — virtually or otherwise. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com. “More than 25 years ago, we founded The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards to honor young volunteers working to meet the needs of our changing world — a mission that feels especially timely today,” said Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “As life evolves due to COVID-19, young Americans are continuing to address urgent issues facing their communities, and we celebrate their service in hopes that they’ll inspire others to do the same.” “While this is one of the most unusual times in recent history for American students, we know that young volunteers have a long history of rising to the challenges of the moment,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director and CEO of NASSP. “We call on parents, educators and local leaders to join us in celebrating the young volunteers who are innovating and adapting to serve their communities, and setting an important example for their peers in the process.” The top middle level and high school volunteer from

each state and the District of Columbia will be named State Honorees in February. They will receive $1,000 scholarships, engraved silver medallions and an invitation to the program’s national recognition events in early May. In May, the program will name America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2021. Those National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 scholarships, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 Prudential grants for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. Local-level honorees in each state will receive awards ranging from bronze medallions to certificates. Qualifying local honorees also receive President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. Since then, awards have been granted to more than 140,000 middle and high school students across the country at the local, state and national level. Spirit of Community programs are also conducted in Japan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil, where Prudential has significant business operations. For complete details on the 2021 program and the stories of Ohio’s top youth volunteers from years past, visit http://spirit.prudential.com.

ebrations for students and their families. A Laurel parent of students in Grade 3 and Grade 8 reflected, “My family’s experience with Laurel School@Home has been extraordinary. From day one, my daughters felt connected with their teachers and classmates and were actively engaged in learning. Laurel quickly made minor adjustments as they listened to feedback from students and parents. The communications from the school were excellent; we felt very informed every step of the way. The best part is, although my daughters definitely prefer being in the classroom, they were eager to attend Laurel School@Home every single day and were excited to share what they were learning with

the rest of our family.” While the majority of Laurel students are now back in-person for the 2020-21 school year, Laurel School@Home is a platform that continues to be used for hybrid learning and for families who have chosen remote schooling. It was built around the goals of continuing academic progress to ensure each student is ready for the next grade level, continuing student engagement and interest in learning, and maintaining a sense of community. Laurel faculty continue to deliver a high-quality Laurel education no matter the circumstances the pandemic creates. To explore Laurel School, please visit LaurelSchool. org/Admissions or call 216-464-0946.

PPG Foundation grant brings new chemistry labs to life at Great Lakes Science Center Great Lakes Science Center unveiled its newly renovated laboratory classrooms this morning, thanks to a generous gift from the PPG Foundation, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and an inaugural round of chemistry activities with students from the Science Center’s on-site Learning Lab program. The former Demo Labs on the second floor of the Science Center were completely transformed thanks to a grant from the Pittsburgh-based Foundation into the PPG Labs, featuring upgraded equipment, and new furnishings, flooring, mobile room dividers and PPG paint. “Chemistry is a critical part of understanding science in your everyday life, and a stepping stone to exciting STEM careers of the future,” said Science Center President & CEO Kirsten Ellenbogen. “When Great Lakes Science Center examined gaps in our programming we identified a need to improve our chemistry-based experiences to broaden access and better serve our students and families.” The Science Center knew that improved chemistry education experiences require enhanced, safe laboratory spaces, and reached out to a like-minded community partner, PPG, and its non-profit corporate foundation. PPG has operations throughout Ohio, including paint and coatings facilities in Cleveland and Strongsville. “In an evaluation of our Camp Curiosity programs, chemistry-based summer camp programming outper-

formed nearly every other camp topic in both attendance and student experience,” said Science Center VP of Development Amy Pausche. “It was clear that guests and students wanted more of this type of experience.” “We’re thrilled to partner with the Great Lakes Science Center to share our passion and joy for experimentation with future Cleveland-area inventors,” said Rebecca Liebert, executive vice president, PPG. “Many of the PPG chemists and engineers at our local coatings manufacturing and R&D facilities had an early interest in pursuing STEM learning. We know the great possibilities of discovery and see the PPG Labs as a venue for hands-on, interactive exploration that will help visitors develop, and sustain, an interest in science and open new horizons for STEM-related career fields.” The newly renovated PPG Labs will feature chemistry workshops and will elevate the experience of past programs with the upgraded equipment. Topics could include polymer chemistry, spectrometry, acid/base reactions, and stoichiometry. The new labs will be an inclusive space to accommodate the majority of the Science Center’s educational programs including school field trips, workshops, homeschool lessons, Camp Curiosity sessions and new birthday party experiences. (Editor’s note: The Science Center’s schedule is subject to change, please visit GreatScience.com for up to date hours of operation.)

Cleveland Foundation grant will fund virtual internship program pilot at Lakeland Lakeland Community College received an $85,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to develop and pilot a unique virtual internship program. With remote work capabilities now the norm for many people, the college wants to prepare its students entering today’s workforce with internship experiences that include the ability to do remote work. Typically, students get their introduction to real-world work environments through on-site internships. But because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses closed their offices and shifted to remote work which resulted in no internship opportunities throughout the past months for students. Now that work-from-home has been implemented on such a large scale, employers are willing to explore how to best bring interns into the fold. “We are very grateful for this Cleveland Foundation grant to help move our students’ education forward. Engaging students in experiential learning of all kinds is critical as they move from students to becoming professionals in the workplace,” said Rhonda Butler, interim director for career services and employer relations coordinator at Lakeland. “Virtual internship opportunities for Lakeland students will most certainly provide them with a competitive edge. This type of internship is extremely uncommon in two-year schools, yet the hard and soft skills needed to work remotely have become essential.” The program’s aim is to identify best practices in virtual, or remote, internships that will enhance the experience for both students and employers. As part of the program’s development, Lakeland administrators and faculty will partner with business, government and nonprofit leaders in the community to ensure that the virtual internship program is structured to meet their needs to train the next generation of employees. “In such uncertain times, it is critical that we develop innovative ways for our students to continue to gain the benefits that experiential learning offers, as well as a comprehensive grasp of the skills needed to be productive and responsible while working remotely,” said Butler.

CWRU’s Siegal Lifelong Learning offers Cleveland Civics History Series Register for one or all of these free lectures offered by Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning and co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland History Center. Register for one or all. Click on the titles for more information and registration.  For information on the full series visit https://case.edu/ lifelonglearning/lectures/cleveland-civics-history-series The Mike White Years by the Journalists Who Covered Him Brent Larkin, Plain Dealer; Tom Beres, WKYC-TV (retired); and Leon Bibb, WKYC-TV, WEWS-TV Wednesday, October 21 | 7 p.m. ET The City on the Hill: The Influence of Henry George on Tom L. Johnson and Other Mayors Alexandra W. Lough, Author Thursday, November 19 | 7 p.m. ET Women and Philanthropy: The Monied Women of Cleveland and their Impact Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, CWRU Thursday, December 3 | 7 p.m. ET www.currentsneo.com  October 15, 2020 CURRENTS B9


American Heart Assn. seeks to raise funds for heart and stroke health On October 29, 2020, World Stroke Day, Cleveland CycleNation, an initiative of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, will unite with events across the nation as ONE CYCLENATION. Together, the goal is to raise $1 million and ride one million miles to raise funds and awareness for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. CycleNation is a nationwide movement aimed to empower Americans to get heart and brain healthy, while raising the funds to continue vital community programs that will forever change the course of heart disease and stroke. To get involved, participants should go to cyclenation.org/cleveland. During the month of October, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is asking people to take the four-week distance challenge and track their physical activity miles through the CycleNation app, available through the Apple or Android app stores. Their accomplishments will be celebrated with a livestreamed event featuring Olympic Gold Medalist and stroke survivor Michael Johnson, as well as “This is Us” actor Tim Omundson, also a stroke survivor, on October 29 at 6:30 p.m. EST, as a celebration of World Stroke Day. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recently funded $2.5M to fast track scientific research to better understand the interaction of COVID-19 with heart disease and stroke. Participation and fundraising efforts will help ensure the continued funding of research, support of front-line health care workers and help for those impacted by coronavirus, heart disease and stroke.

Verb Ballets to present ‘Carnival Macabre,’ a cinematic dance-rock experience, Oct. 20 Verb Ballets presents Carnival Macabre with rock guitarist Neil Zaza, a cinematic dance-rock experience, premiering online Friday, October 30, 2020 at 7:00pm EDT. A dance of darkness through classical masterpieces is reimagined through the mind of rock maestro, Zaza. This symphonic rock ballet mixes dark, powerful arrangements of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns, Jenkins, and Albinoni with the fury of a rock concert. Choreographer Antonio Morillo will bring visualization and his passionate choreography to showcase Verb Ballets at its dramatic finest. Together, these artists will create an unforgettable experience to bring forth the spirit of the Halloween season into your home. Carnival Macabre will conjure up the supernatural, beginning with a carnival of souls to take you on a journey. The royal court is brought to order in Prokofiev’s, Dance of the Knights. The dark and foreboding section from Romeo and Juliet and new characters will embody the texture of dramatic and dissonant harmonies. Carnival Macabre, premieres on October 30, 2020 at 7:00pm online. Tickets are $25 and include an encore viewing for 48 hours following the premiere. Tickets can be purchased online at verbballets.org.

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Louise Beckstrom Marries Alex Johnson Louise Lhea Beckstrom married Alex Joseph Johnson June 13, 2020 in a ceremony performed by Rev. Shawn Conoboy at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Aurora, Ohio. A blessing liturgy was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church and the reception was held at Inn Walden in Aurora on August 15, 2020. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Beckstrom of Aurora. She graduated from Aurora High School Magna Cum Laude in 2015 and Cleveland State University Summa Cum Laude in chemical engineering in 2019. She is currently a process engineer at Bescast Inc. in Willoughby. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Johnson of Huron, Ohio. He graduated from Huron High School in 2015 and Cleveland State University Magna Cum Laude in environmental science/biology in 2018. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Cleveland State State University in Public Administration and working at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District as an investigator.  The bride carried a handkerchief the bride’s maternal great-great grandmother crocheted. She wore a Regina Bianca Collection white wedding dress from the Winner in Sharon, PA. The dress is a beautifully full A line wedding gown with re-embroidered lace on tulle on the bodice and skirt. There is a portrait neckline with cap sleeves and the sheer lace back is accented with covered buttons and a chapel train. The bride borrowed her maternal grandmother’s wedding tiara made from seed pearls, iridescent beads and sequins. In addition, the bride wore a royal blue Linde Star Sapphire ring given to her by her mother. The bride’s attire was in keeping with the wedding saying, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” She carried a cascade bouquet that was densely floral containing pink roses, deep pink peonies, stephanotis and cymbidium blooms created by Lowes Greenhouse Florist in Chagrin Falls. According to tradition the bride and her parents cut a ribbon which was placed across the Beckstrom front door, and then proceeded to the wedding ceremony. Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was attended by Alexa Roberts as her Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Angela Grossi, childhood friend of the bride, Christina Johnson, sister of the groom, and Jozy Thompson. Ross Johnson, the bridegroom’s brother, served as Best Man. Groomsmen were Alfred J. Beckstrom, brother of the bride, Sho Tanaka, and Sheen Mil. Ring bearers were Miles, Emmett and Eli Raymond, nephews of the groom. Readers during the two liturgies were Mary Louise Beckstrom, mother of the bride; Ross Johnson, the bridegroom’s brother; Lucia Janoch, cousin of the bride; and Jody Ann Kocsis, godmother and aunt of the bride. Altar servers were Briana Gamez and Grant Thieding, friends of the bride. The vocalist was Darlene Fatica, cousin of the bride. At the reception the couple displayed their parents’, grandparents’, and great grandparents’ wedding pictures. Due to COVID-19 the couple had a short honeymoon to Hocking Hills State Park with a second honeymoon planned to Bermuda in 2021. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are at home in Lyndhurst.


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Sylvan setting enhances the appeal of this luxurious Moreland Hills home for sale

The house has a beautiful, natural and private setting.

By RITA KUEBER A romantic turret, gables, peaked roof and a cupola decorate this welcoming, modern Colonial in an absolutely sylvan setting. The epitome of casual luxury, there is plenty of room for a busy family and executive entertaining, but also cozy nooks inside and outside for private moments as well.  Creatively custom-designed, completely spotless, and move-in ready, the interior of 70 Hunting Trail is enhanced by cutting-edge earth tones of ecru, sandstone, and vanilla, that blend seamlessly into its scenic sloped and forested setting, views of which are available from every room. This is laid-back sophistication at its best – a natural but not rustic feel, a porous veil between inside and outside, and touches of true elegance in all the right places.  The two-story foyer has a curving staircase leading to a gallery. Straight ahead from the front door is an eye-popping living room with a cathedral ceiling, stone fireplace, and Palladian windows that capture the ever-changing scene of the woods just outside, rather like framing living wallpaper. To the left is a formal dining room accented by appealing plum-hued walls. Living and dining rooms are connected to the kitchen suite that has a butler’s pantry. There is also a private library on this level.  The well-designed kitchen offers ample work space, organized around state-of-the-art appliances, plus a work island that doubles as a breakfast bar. To the back, a grand eat-in area has access to the back terrace, and to the left, a cozy hearth room, and a large fireplace. Just outside the kitchen is an outdoor dining area, as well as a covered sitting area with its own stone fireplace. A bonus TV/solarium/sitting room is just past the kitchen. This level also has a spacious laundry/workroom, as well as mudroom, power room and access to the garage and back staircase.  The master suite, also on the main level, is very much a private retreat offering a comfortable sitting area, gracious bedroom that has its own porch, and a luxury bath including a tray ceiling, jetted tub surrounded by windows, two sinks, a walk-in shower and private loo, plus two enormous walk-in closets.  Upstairs, four airy bedrooms each have their own full bath and walk-in closet. This floor also has a bonus room over the garage. Currently used as an exercise room, it could be a studio for art or yoga or a collector’s dream gallery.  The walk-out lower level has a mid-century modern ambiance, and an intriguing industrial-style ceiling. This level could serve as a separate living suite for in-laws, nanny, teens or guests. The suite includes a great room with a large wood-mantel fireplace, a second room for dining, working, office, crafting or sitting, a full kitchen, generous bedroom and full bath. This level also has a temperature-controlled wine room. Access to the lower level is from the back staircase or the patio.  70 Hunting Trail has 10,598 square feet of space on three floors. There are six bedrooms, 6 full baths and 2 half-baths. The house has zoned heating and air conditioning throughout. A four-car garage is attached. Its location off Falls Road, while private, is just minutes from Chagrin Falls as well as convenient to highways, hospi-

The living room has a stacked stone fireplace and cathedral ceiling.

The master bath has a 180° view of the wooded property.

The kitchen offers work and storage space, and also has a hearth/sitting area. tals, shopping and dining. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services 70 Hunting Trail is listed at $2,395,000

at press time. Annual taxes are $45,134. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

A loft space above the garage currently serves as a fitness room.

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Chatham Glen Estates – Novelty, Gourmet Kitchen, Wine Cellar, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths, Linda Grdina-Masten, 216.556.4776, The Susan Delaney Group, Howard Hanna Real Estate.

13350 Ledgebrook Lane, Gorgeous Custom Payne & Payne Built Home Six Years Young! VEENA BHUPALI, Re/Max Traditions, 216.896.9204, 216.598.1477, veenabhupali@remax.net, veenabhupali.remax.com.

Cleveland office market stutters; short- and long-term future cloudy The Greater Cleveland office market was uninspiring during the third quarter of 2020, precipitated by a modest 36,952 square feet of negative net absorption. Total absorption remained in positive territory for the year, however, with an overall net gain of 510,937 square feet from the first three quarters of 2020. The negative absorption increased the market’s vacancy rate by 10 basis points to 16.6 percent for all office properties. One reason that space came back to market was that leases that were signed in the current and prior few quarters dropped, precipitating less occupation in the third quarter. This was coupled with new spaces coming online that outweighed occupation. Overall, the market stayed flatter than expected considering the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the average asking rental rate increased by

$0.15 per square foot (SF) to $18.18/SF for all classes, a result of new spaces coming to market and some landlords increasing rental rates. A silver lining for landlords was that the overall average asking rental rate stayed above $18.00/SF for the last seven quarters. In fact, the overall Class B average asking rental rate climbed by $0.17/SF to $16.83/SF, while the Class A average asking rental rate of $22.38/ SF, up by $0.02/SF from last quarter, remained above $22.00/SF for six of the last seven quarters. The Cleveland office market has showed signs of decline since the start of 2019, and the pandemic has accelerated this tumble, despite a fairly strong start early in the year. Fortunately, office leases are most often multiyear commitments, so despite more employees working from home, the immediate impact was softened, though

will likely be a “slow drip” for many quarters to come, as a result. Despite employees slowly returning to the office this past quarter, the long-term infusion of remote work into daily business and its lasting impact remains a wild card. No commercial property type has been immune to the pandemic, though office space’s employee make-up and function makes it more vulnerable from an impact perspective than others. COVID-19 has continued to force both building owners and occupiers to examine their space needs. After a tumultuous first and second quarter this year, sublease space in Cleveland has followed a growth trend in the office market. As the end of the third quarter approached, Cleveland’s sublease market grew month-bymonth. Overall sublease availability stood at 360,582 square feet as the third quarter ended.

Crafty Mart to virtually host third annual Creative Catapult Crafty Mart, a local non-profit that supports artists, makers, and artisans in the greater Akron area, has announced that its third annual Creative Catapult event is going virtual. The event will take place on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m. via Vimeo on Demand. Tickets can be purchased at craftymart.org/makers or https://ticketstripe.com/2020creativecatapultGA. Ticket sales close on October 16th at midnight. Creative Catapult is a competitive event in which a group of five to seven experienced makers, artists, and artisans compete for a micro-grant of $2000 to invest in their small creative business. Each competitor will deliver a three- to five-minute video pitch to a virtual audience, and the winner will be chosen by popular vote.

Past winners include Dough House Cookies and BrokeNBored. “Creative Catapult is like Shark Tank with a handmade, hometown flair,” said Marissa McClellan, Executive Director of Crafty Mart. “This event is the culmination of many hours of hard work and creative energy and offers an incredible opportunity for these artists and makers to take their business to the next level. We are so thankful to have found a way to preserve this unique experience during an uncertain year.” Everyone who purchases a ticket to this year’s virtual Creative Catapult will receive a Maker Box in the mail with handmade items from the competitors, so they can experience the products first-hand and make an informed

vote while remaining safe at home. Ticket purchasers will also receive a coupon to local eatery NOMZ. Tickets cost $40. Competitors will be chosen from the most recent graduates of Maker Sessions, Crafty Mart’s exclusive creative business curriculum, by jurors Seema Rao, Ace Epps, and Katie Beck. All competitors have spent the past several months learning advanced small business skills, such as branding, online marketing, collaborations, and merchandising, via the Maker Sessions Master Track. The 2020 Maker Sessions were funded by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. To purchase a ticket or learn more about Creative Catapult and the Maker Sessions, visit www.craftymart.org/makers.

Howard Hanna announces new manager at Shaker Heights Office Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is pleased to announce that Larry Pope has been named manager of the Howard Hanna Shaker Heights Office. Pope brings many years of sales experience to the Howard Hanna team, including experience in the real estate industry. “We are thrilled to have Larry join us to lead our fabulous group of Sales Associates from our Shaker Heights Team,” said Leah Gibbons, Ohio East Regional Vice President. “I am confident that Larry’s enthusiasm, passion and his track record of success in real estate will continue to foster the growth of our Sales Associates and expand Howard Hanna’s presence in the Shaker Heights market.” “Larry is an asset to our Shaker Heights Office and the surrounding communities. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated consistent strength in areas such as business development, relationship management, and educational training. We are excited to have him on board with our Leadership Team,” added Kristine Burdick, President of Howard Hanna’s Midwest Region. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the #1 familyowned and -operated independent broker in the U.S.A. The full-service real estate company has 325 real estate, mortgage, insurance, title and escrow service offices across 10 states, including Allen Tate Realtors in the Carolinas, with more than 11,000 sales associates and staff, including many of the industry’s top-producing real estate agents. For more information, visit www. HowardHanna.com.

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Contemporary Colonial Lander Road house for sale in Pepper Pike

The house is sited on a convenient but serene 2.5 acres.

By RITA KUEBER This contemporary Colonial, just 20 years young, is a custom Morningstar house, solidly built with several intriguing design elements. Both the first-floor master suite and the formal dining room have pop-out nooks to add depth and texture to the strong lines throughout. Gleaming hardwood floors lead the visitor along tall, tapered hallways on the first floor to the right, the library and master suite, and to the left, kitchen, laundry room, and garage access. Cleverly placed skylights and loads of windows provide natural light in every room, not to mention wall spans that could accommodate an extensive art collection. Set back from the street, a curved driveway creates a curtain of privacy as the visitor lands in the paved courtyard surrounded by white retaining walls. Passing through a wide, welcoming front porch, the foyer acts as a center hall. Straight ahead is a stunning, two-story great room featuring a stone-surround gas fireplace flanked on either side by twin floor-to-ceiling windows. These overlook the backyard, with its trimmed lawn and woods at the back of the property. The great room is open on the left to a jazzy wet bar that has open shelving, and further on, a sumptuous formal dining room including that push-out nook, a lofty, tray ceiling and both recessed lighting and chandeliers. Tucked around the corner is the dazzling all-white kitchen that has Corian counters, ample storage, a work island as well as a long counter/built-in desk. The work area is open to a charming eat-in area, the two spaces unified by a wall of windows running along the length of the kitchen. To the right of the foyer is a spacious, square library accented by a wall of built-in shelves. Further along is the master suite – the bedroom with its unique tray ceiling, that extra nook, his and her walk-in closets, and a private patio. The master bath offers a jetted soaking tub, a separate shower, two vanities, marble flooring and skylights galore. At the top of the stairs on the second level is a cozy sitting/TV loft, a full bath and bedroom. The second bedroom on this level is a self-contained suite that has its own full bath and glassed-in shower. The lower level has a large room that could be a game or media room, or both. An equally long but narrower space is currently a his-and-hers office, but could be a craft center or studio. A separate room with a natural stone floor could be used as a fitness room or workshop. The lower level also has two bedrooms, a small, full

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The stunning great room is open to the formal dining room.

The dining room has a tray ceiling, and is flooded with natural light. kitchen and a full bath. The beauty of this house is its flexibility. It would be easy to live on the main floor and open up the other levels as needed. Given its strong contour, skylights and windows, it’s a kind of blank slate that would be beautiful dressed in strong colors or muted earth tones; augmented

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An all white kitchen has loads of storage and counter space, as well as room for collectibles on a high shelf. by traditional furnishings or succeed with a very modern flair. Similarly, this property could accommodate the new owner’s passions from gardening to outdoor sports or entertaining, another type of blank slate. 2898 Lander has 7,765 square feet on three levels, sited

The glamorous master bath features skylights and a sunken tub, surrounded by white marble. on 2.5 acres, a four-car garage, and central air. It is in the Orange School District. At press time the house is listed at $995,000, and annual taxes of $23,171. For more information or for a private tour, contact Ryan Young at 216378-9618 or Ryan@TheYoungTeam.com. The Young Team is part of Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan.


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