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The Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 60 years of strong advocacy on the part of the city’s business community. It was founded in 1955 for the purpose of “advancing and developing the commercial, industrial, civic, cultural and general interests of the city of Tallmadge and its trade area,” according to the Chamber’s charter. From its humble beginnings as a group with few members who held its first meetings in a garage to the 200-member organization it is today, the Chamber’s goal has not changed: To work for the manufacturing, commercial, service and civic advancement of Tallmadge. Trustee Jim West, a Realtor with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, is a 10-year individual and business member of the Chamber, but he was also involved while working for a former employer. He is also a past president. While the Chamber continues to work toward the same end, he has noticed some differences. “Years ago, their center of attraction was the monthly meetings,” he notes. “There is more outreach now. More networking. And, we continue to find new outreach areas to support local businesses.” Chamber President Bruce Beckwith, owner of Beckwith Heating

& Cooling Inc., joined the Chamber roughly 14 years ago when he moved his family to Tallmadge. Although his business is based in Akron, Beckwith wanted to support the community in which he lived. “I supported Tallmadge and it supported me,” he says, recalling how membership helped him develop both business and personal relationships in the community. Like West, he has seen networking opportunities and outreach efforts grow exponentially over the years. “We have changed some of the functions — we support the city as well as the businesses,” he says. “We hold the monthly luncheons, the Expo (every other year), the Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, the Circle Fest, Santa at the Community Center, Casino Night to raise funds for scholarships, etc.” In keeping with the Chamber’s goal of working for the economic advancement of Tallmadge, the group has also played a large part in conducting a mail campaign to bring a U.S. Post Office to the city (now called the Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Benjamin Jr. Post Office Building honoring the city’s 22-year-old fallen hero) and in voicing opposition to the building of a garbage disposal building within Tallmadge. Whatever the Chamber is focus-

ing on at the time — and it is usually several different things at a time — its touch can be felt throughout the community and beyond. And, as has been voiced by both Beckwith and West, outreach has steadily become a priority for this group of business leaders.

Led by Executive Director Mary Cea for the past eight years, the Chamber has become more involved in the community as a whole, increasing exposure for its members and creating goodwill throughout the town. “We [are very involved] in the community,” says Cea, and her voice brightens when she talks about some of the larger efforts of her group. “I helped start the youth program about four years ago. It is called Adopt a Foster Child and we work with the Tallmadge-based National Youth Advocacy Program who, along with Summit County, help identify foster children who otherwise would not be given Christmas gifts,” she says. At its inception, about 80 kids received gifts as a result of “adoption” by Chamber members. One-hundred and fifty kids currently benefit from the program.

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“Our members are very generous,” says Cea. “It has grown into a good program.” The Chamber also awards donations and scholarships to organizations, schools and students who meet its criteria. Its Casino Night is instrumental in raising funds for these efforts, as well as reverse raffles and other fundraising events that involve the community at large. The Chamber also sponsors the ever-popular Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, the Food Truck Festival at the Tallmadge Recreation Center in June, and the Mayor’s State of the City address in January. “They are very civic-oriented,” observes Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline who, for the past five years has been a member of the Chamber, as mayor. “I have seen more networking happen and more relationships develop,” says Beckwith, who has also welcomed the group’s After Hours social networking events. Comprising Chambers from a variety of surrounding communities, these socials provide members with the opportunity to network beyond Tallmadge’s borders and to help raise awareness of the benefits of working with member companies inside the town they call home. The bi-annual Community Expo is one Tallmadge Express File Photo / The crowd gathers of the Chamber’s original outreach efforts, at the edge of Tallmadge Circle to watch the vehi- drawing visitors from throughout Summit County to the Tallmadge Recreation Center cles and floats participating in the Light Parade.

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ular put on by Hudson-based American Fireworks. The results of the Chamber’s outreach efforts are evident at the Festival. “We have over 100 volunteers from this community,” says Cea. “It’s very rewarding.” The Chamber has really made an effort to increase its visibility and work within the larger community, creating not only good will but also good working relationships with other entities with which it does business. However, the 200 members receive other benefits by joining the organization. Aside from the networking opportunities — of which there are many — there are Worker’s Compensation resources, legislative advocacy and support that are available to member businesses. “We are there to support businesses by watching out for them and working toward the betterment of the business community,” says West. There are group discounts available when exploring options for Worker’s Compensation and unemployment policies as well as a group plan for those small employers wishing to provide healthcare to their employees. “I am all about my members and getting them what they need to be successful,” says Cea. At press time, the executive board, which also includes vice president Mike Carter, treasurer Cheryl Ray, and secretary, Craig Ray, as

well as West, had not begun any plans for a 60th anniversary celebration — so many other activities have taken up their time — but Cea said members most likely will celebrate at an upcoming luncheon. It’s all a bit bittersweet for Cea as she announced her retirement, effective Oct. 1. After retiring the first time from Roadway Express after 25 years as an analyst, Cea became somewhat restless during her first year off, eventually taking a position with the Chamber. Her background in fundraising and experience in working with high-level executives made her a natural choice as executive director. But, now it’s time to travel and enjoy time with family, which includes a husband, two daughters and their families, all of whom live in Tallmadge. “It’s been a pleasure working for them,” she says of the Chamber. “We’ve enjoyed a great collaborative effort,” says Kline of the Chamber. “We are working hard to maintain the current economic climate and promote future economic development in the city.” Sixty years of working together and supporting each other certainly has paid off for Tallmadge as it moves further into the 21st century. The Chamber of Commerce, like most organizations, has moved along with the times, evolving and growing into something bigger and better than its founders could have imagined that day in 1955.

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The Tallmadge-Brimfield Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) continues to thrive as an area of economic activity near Tallmadge. According to Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline and Tallmadge Economic Developer Dennis Loughry, the JEDD was established in 2003 out of a contentious situation between the two communities. As a way for Brimfield Township to prevent Tallmadge from continuing to annex land after Tallmadge annexed 255 acres from the township in 1996, the communities formed the partnership for the financial benefit of both. “Not only was Tallmadge annexing, but Kent was annexing as well,” Loughry says. “So Brimfield was getting gobbled up.” The JEDDs Brimfield has with Tallmadge and Kent, which are similar in nature, gave Brimfield the opportunity to remain a township as they are the only areas in which Brimfield is permitted by law to collect income taxes, an essential revenue stream. Today, the Tallmadge-Brimfield JEDD is home to 27 retail, commercial and industrial businesses and is a positive asset to both Tallmadge and Brimfield. According to Loughry, the JEDD collected a total of $910,000 in gross income tax revenue in 2014, which Tallmadge and Brimfield split 50/50. Last year was the first year the JEDD collected income tax at 1 percent, and this year the collection rate is 1.25 percent of gross income tax, or a projected amount of $1.1 million, according to Kline. The rate will stay at 1.25 percent through 2018 before it increases to 1.5 percent for 2019 through 2021 and then to 1.75 percent through 2024. The rate caps at 2 percent thereafter.

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The Cascades of Brimfield, the shopping area on Tallmadge Road in the JEDD, features both national and local retailers, restaurants and businesses that vary in size. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s was the second restaurant behind Applebee’s to open in the The Cascades. “The concept behind the JEDD, where multiple communities cooperate instead of compete, creates a winwin situation both for business and the communities they serve,” says Andy Maimona, who owns Beef ‘O’ Brady’s. “There certainly is room for further expansion, and I credit the developers for taking their time to attract the right mix of businesses instead of simply trying to lease space.” Maimona was one of four partners who built three Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurants in fewer than five years. In 2013, he sold his rights to the Stow and Wadsworth restaurants for sole ownership in the Brimfield location. “The investment group I originally belonged to looked at Hudson, Stow and Green before settling on The Cascades,” Maimona says. “While many factors entered into the final decision, the opportunity to draw from multiple communities, including Brimfield, Tallmadge, Kent, Mogadore and Ellet was a deciding factor. The JEDD certainly created a business-friendly climate.” Another key factor was the presence of Walmart and Lowe’s and the future addition of Kohl’s, as restaurants depend on foot traffic to thrive, he says. “The expansion since we opened

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seven years ago, adding additional restaurants and diverse retail establishments like Ault Chiropractic, makes The Cascades attractive to both customers and businesses looking for a home,” Maimona says. Panera Bread opened earlier this year and created 70 jobs, and Loughry says Chipotle plans to open later this year. According to Newell Rubbermaid spokeswoman Nicole Quinlan, the facility at 212 Progress Blvd. in Brimfield Township, which opened in 2013 as a distribution center, is a $25 million investment in the JEDD. A developer built the facility, which Newell Rubbermaid leases.

According to Joe Soldano, director of Ohio operations for Newell Rubbermaid, the company chose this location for the distribution center because of its close proximity — only seven miles — to its main manufacturing plant in Mogadore, where food storage containers, kitchen accessories and home organization products are made. “The availability of a tract of land large enough to accommodate our current 800,000-square-foot distribution center and anticipated future needs was also a key factor in our decision,” Soldano says. He says the financial incentives the company obtained helped the project along. “The state and local economic development agencies we worked with to develop the Brimfield distribution center and to expand ca-

pacity at the Mogadore manufacturing facility have been an excellent resource for Newell Rubbermaid,” Soldano says. “These resources have included incentives from the Ohio Department of Development as part of this project, for job retention at the distribution center and job expansion at the Mogadore manufacturing facility. One of those incentives was a temporary reduction in real property tax costs from Portage County.” Newell Rubbermaid employs 190 workers at the distribution center in Brimfield, 940 employees at the manufacturing facility in Mogadore, and about 17,000 employees worldwide, according to Quinlan. When Bang Printing acquired Hess Printing Solutions in 2013, the commercial printer agreed to stay in the JEDD and expand its operations,

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which Loughry says retained 200 jobs and secured the company’s commitment to create an additional 100. Taylor Construction relocated to the JEDD from Suffield Township in Portage County in 2014 and brought about 75 jobs with it, and RAB Trucking moved its three companies from Akron to a site that’s both in the JEDD and the city of Tallmadge. This fall, truck accessory manufacturer Aero Industries is planning to relocate one of its sattelite offices from Streetsboro with its 30 jobs. At The Cascades alone, Loughry estimates that more than 800 jobs have been created. When considering the entire JEDD, that estimate jumps to 1,500 to 2,000 jobs created since its inception. Kline and Loughry say the JEDD is positioned for continued success because of its location, zoning, abundance of undeveloped land, and available water and sewer utilities. “When people think of the JEDD, they only think of The Cascades. That area is almost fully developed, probably at least 75 to 80 percent developed,” Kline says. “But the other vacant land on Sunnybrook Road, out on Mogadore Road and all the way up to [Route 43], there’s room for expansion.” The available land in the JEDD is zoned for commercial and industrial, but not residential, Loughry said. “There’s a lot of potential and room for growth,” he said. City officials expect more development to take place in the coming years because the JEDD is near one of the last intersections along the Interstate 76 corridor that’s undeveloped, and the demographics of the area between Portage County and Summit County are favorable. “It’s really a nice central hub for a lot of the area,” Kline says.

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Over the past few years, economic development has picked up throughout Tallmadge, resulting in upgraded, improved and redeveloped commercial and industrial properties. Blighted buildings that sat vacant for years are turning into more productive assets, thanks to the interest of investors, real estate developers, and businesses that are committing to Tallmadge now and in the future. Although development projects are peppered throughout the city, hot spots of recent activity can be found at the Tallmadge Circle, North Avenue and West Avenue. D e n n i s Loughry, economic developer for the city, said some of the increased activity is a result of the rebounding economy, but some of it has to do with the city positioning itself to take advantage of opportunities that come with it. “We tweaked some of our incentives. We pro-

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moted our incentives. And we reduced — by more than half the size— our Design Control District,” Loughry says. “We put a focus on protecting our heritage and preserving it, but by reducing the size of the district, it let us compete with other communities.” The historic district regulates the exteriors of the properties located within it. The city reduced the size of the district in 2012. Mayor Dave Kline says the city has become more business-friendly in order to retain and attract more businesses. “Business retention is key. Keep the ones we have and take care of what we have, and whatever comes our way is an added bonus,” he says. “We run this city as a business. We are a business. We’re a $35 million a year [operating budget for entire city] business, and we’re acting like that,” Kline adds. Economic development is critical because it’s the way the city derives its revenue. “We operate the city of Tallmadge on income tax, so whatever income

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Near the Circle on North Avenue, Cuyahoga Fallsbased Testa Companies is planning a mixed-use city center complex called “The Village at Town Center” on a mostly undeveloped site to the north of City Hall. Plans for the project call for a four-story building with retail on the first floor, apartments catered to seniors on the second and third floors, and market-rate condos on the fourth floor. The development is a town center that also has commercial, medical and professional office components and incorporates the former Tallmadge Middle School, City Hall, police department and banks near the Circle. The developer is expected to come before the city in the coming months with proposals for the second phase of

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The Circle, one of the busiest intersections in Tallmadge and Summit County, according to the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, is one area that’s experienced remarkable turnaround. Tony Jaber brought new life to the landmark building where the Bumpas Drug & Emporium operated for decades before closing in 1997. After the store closed, the property was turned into a fine dining restaurant that closed in 2010. Jaber bought the property two years later, turned the building into a shopping plaza, and re-opened it under the name Bumpas Commons. The shopping plaza has a mix of restaurants and retail businesses. Jaber co-owns the Firehouse Grille & Bar, Cortabella’s Italian Restaurant, and The Venue Banquets with his sister, Tallmadge resident Suzy Genovese. He also co-owns Igloo’s Frozen Yogurt with Pam Skeriotis. Lynette and Mark Ward opened Mocha Chip Coffee Shop in the space where their previous eatery Caffe Italiano closed earlier this year. Jaber also is redeveloping the lot on the Circle that used to be the home of Bob’s Big Boy’s restaurant until it closed its doors in 2007. The planned shopping plaza will feature a bank and food establishments. “That is just a huge plus for the Tallmadge Circle and for the citizens of Tallmadge to have that site cleaned up,” Kline says. “It’s about removing a blight, an eyesore.” Jaber, who lives in Mogadore, says he chose Tallmadge for his projects because he sees tremendous potential in the Circle and envisions what redevelopment there would mean for the rest of the community.

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Some state powerhouse football teams played here during the 2000s. Some incredibly successful volleyball squads also played here in the 1990s. And some prominent basketball teams achieved a ton of success here, too. But Tallmadge Little League President Tom Headrick wants to make one thing clear when it comes to the place he calls home. “Being born and raised here, I still like to consider myself a football guy,” Headrick said. “But Tallmadge is a baseball town.” And a softball town, too. Thanks to the overwhelming success of Tallmadge Little League baseball and softball teams, the diamond rules the city. Since Tallmadge Little League was incorporated in 1957 (Tallmadge Little League has been around since 1954), both squads reached the Little League World Series. The softball division started in 1975 and reached the World Series for the first time in 1981. Five years later, the team took home gold when it won the World Series’ title. Such success became a tradition. The softball squad went on to reach the World Series in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 2014. The 2014 team made a memorable run with a fourth-place finish in Portland, Ore. The baseball squad also finished fourth in the world in 1974. Nearly 30 years later, the baseball team earned a trip to the 2003 World Series in Williamsport, Pa. “Tallmadge Little League has a really strong tradition ever since it started,” Headrick said. “The two big things that have helped us are [Tallmadge Little League Baseball head coach] Randy Keen’s team in 2003 that went to the World Series and [Tallmadge Little League softball head coach] N i ck D a d i ch’s team last year.”


Headrick, a 1996 Tallmadge graduate, has been the Tallmadge Little League President for the last six years. This year, Tallmadge Little League had close to 40 teams. “We’ve had 500 to 800 kids over the years,” he said. It starts with tee ball for players who are 4 years old and includes teams that go up to age 12. Headrick said Tallmadge Little League has nine tee ball teams. It also has coach pitch squads for baseball and softball. The Challenger Division, which was introduced in 1990, is for physically and mentally challenged athletes. “The two challenger teams have been invited to the state tournament in Toledo,” Headrick said. Headrick said Tallmadge Little League is made up of volunteers and is led by a 12-member executive board. It also features an 11-member softball board and a nine-member baseball board. Tallmadge Little League is the largest volunteer operation in Tallmadge. “None of us get paid,” Headrick said. “Everyone shows up for a couple of meetings each month and a lot of them are coaches. It’s a fulltime job away from their full-time jobs. “You have to love it if you want to do it,” he said. “We’ve had some great, great people who have been with us for a long time.” One of those people was Ray Stein, who passed away last month. Stein was a member of the softball board and also served as the fields’ manager. “Ray had been with us for close to 30 years,” Headrick said. “You don’t replace people like that.” Prior to being president of Tallmadge Little League, Headrick was in charge of operations and was the vice president of tee ball. “I played and coached Tallmadge Little League,” he said. “I’ve been involved with Tallmadge Little League on and off for a long time. I helped coach at The Hole when I was still playing baseball.”

When it comes to Tallmadge Little League, just about everyone plays a role. That’s how serious this stuff is in Tallmadge. “[Tallmadge High School head baseball coach] Kenny Linn is very good at doing camps for the younger kids,” Headrick said. For Headrick, Tallmadge Little League affects his entire family. “I coach my son’s team and I try to help with my daughters when I’m around,” he said. “My wife, Julie, is on

the softball board.” Fortunately, the Little League teams have places to play. And if the usual facilities aren’t available, someone always is willing to lend a helping hand. “The softball teams have used our fields [the Tallmadge Middle School varsity fields] in the past,” Tallmadge High School athletic director Don Seeker said. “I know the baseball team used them for practice. The softball team has played games. [Tallmadge High School head softball coach] Ed [Seeker] coordinates them.” Don Seeker has a little bit of history when it comes to Tallmadge Little League. He played on the 1972 squad that won the first of its eight state championships. “I’m fortunate because I was on the first team to win a state championship and then I was the head coach when the high school team won its only state title [2002],” Seeker said. Don’s younger brother, Jon, has some bragging rights in the family, though. Jon was a left fielder on the 1974 team

that reached the Little League World Series. “Myself and my three brothers all played for the state championship,” Seeker said. Don also got an opportunity to coach his boys when they were playing Little League baseball. “It started in the 1970s and it just steamrolled from there,” Seeker said of Tallmadge Little League. “Tallmadge is defined by baseball and softball and it is definitely known for Little League.” Headrick is grateful for all the support. One way or another, if kids want to get some work on the baseball field or the softball field, Tallmadge has been known to make it happen. “We definitely couldn’t do what we do for the kids without the help of Tallmadge City Schools and volunteers,” Headrick said. “The city and the schools allow us to use the fields.”

Just about everyone in Tallmadge benefitted from the softball team’s run to a fourth-place finish at the Little World Series last year. “The entire city was behind them,” Headrick said. “I took my two kids to see them. The mayor came out to Oregon.” When everyone returned to Ohio, the party didn’t stop. “We went to Delanie’s and it was packed full of people,” Headrick said. “The Firehouse [Grille and Pub] was packed. It was such a cool thing. The community got behind them so quickly.” The members of the girls team received a lot of recognition in the future months. “It was a really awesome experience for the girls,” Headrick said. “It was something they won’t forget. I was lucky that my kids wanted to go with me.” Obviously, the main attraction in Portland were the games. But other things will stand out forever during the trip to the west coast. “One of the best experiences the girls had was the challenger game,” Headrick said. “They had what they call buddies and the kids got to spend time with those kids, one on one. They would help wheel them around or help a kid throw.” While the trip was enjoyable for everyone involved, the people who were part of this memorable experience had to make major sacrifices. “The effort Nick Dadich put in with those girls — to take time away from his business — says a lot about him as a person,” Headrick said. Randy Keen, who was a member of the 1974 World Series’ team, can relate to the girls team’s success. He was the head baseball coach of the 12-year-old team when Tallmadge reached the World Series 11 years earlier. “When I played, we roomed with the Taiwan team,” Keen said. “In 2003, we were in the same dorm as the Saudi Arabian team. The 2003 team certainly had its 15 seconds of fame.” Sometimes, that fame was a bit overwhelming, according to Keen. “We were the flavor of the day,” he said. “One game, we wore Nike, another day we would wear Reebok and another day, we would wear Adidas. It was crazy the invitations we got.” In fact, Keen and his team had to say no to some offers. “We had to turn down the governor, who wanted to do a proclamation,” Keen said. “We also were invited to throw the first pitch at the [Cleve-


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land] Indians’ game.” When Keen reached the World Series as a player, his father, Randall, was the head coach. Nearly 30 years later, Keen served as the head coach and his son, Matt, who recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, played on the team. “We have three generations of coaching and playing,” Keen said. “At the time, we were the first family to do that.” Keen spent 25 years as a coach before calling it quits a few years after the World Series’ run. He still stays involved in Tallmadge Little League as an umpire. And who knows? A fourth generation of Keens may see some success on the diamond down the road. “I have some grandkids coming up,” Keen said. “When that happens, I may get back in it.” The success was certainly nice for Keen. Not too many people can say they took part in the Little League World Series as a player and a coach. But for Keen, the experience was much more than that. “It’s not just the victories,” he said. “It’s the friendships that were made with my teammates, the kids and the parents. Those are the things that I cherished the most.” All the success has contributed greatly into what Tallmadge Little League has become today. It doesn’t matter what color the leaves are or if there is green grass or snow at your feet: Tallmadge Little League is always open for business. “It’s a year-round operation now ever since we took over the YWCA in 2012,” Headrick said. “We turned it into a training facility. We have a batting cage and a meeting space for kids to learn.” Pitching machines also are in-

cluded, and Tallmadge Little League was able to lease the facility through the city of Tallmadge. “We have year-round instruction for the kids,” Headrick said. “Even if it’s the middle of the winter, the kids are still hitting baseballs and softballs.” The clinics start in November and run through the winter. “They run Monday through Thursday or even Monday through Friday until the end of March,” Headrick said. Tallmadge Little League offers registration every year during the last weekend of January. “The kids are outside April 1 and the regular season runs through June 15 every year,” Headrick said. “After that, we have all-stars.” The all-stars are selected by the managers. The 12 to 15 players — all from Tallmadge Little League teams — are chosen to play more competitive teams. And if the all-stars win their district, state and regional titles, they could reach the Little League World Series in August. “The neat thing for me is whenever I go down to The Hole or Washburn Field to watch the all-stars, I see a lot of people from years past come out,” Headrick said. “You get a lot of history watching those games. “You see parents and grandparents of kids and people who don’t have a kid or a grandkid in the program because they remember playing.” In the long run, though, those who dedicate so much time and energy to Tallmadge Little League will tell you it’s worth every second of it. “In my opinion, Tallmadge Little League is the most storied tradition in youth sports when it comes to Tallmadge,” Headrick said. Headrick said more volunteers are needed. To volunteer for Tallmadge Little League, contact Headrick at 330322-2571 or hhclawncare@aol.com.

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Heather Knoll Nursing and Rehabilitation, located at 1134 North Ave., is a third generation, family-owned and operated, skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility. Currently, with 100 dually certified Medicare/Medicaid beds, it offers skilled nursing care (IV therapy, wound care, tracheostomy care, Telemetry, TPN, etc), skilled therapies (physical, occupational and speech) and longterm custodial care to residents. Heather Knoll is in network with most managed care/third party insurances as well. In February 2015, Sprenger Healthcare Systems started a $2.3 million expansion/renovation of Heather Knoll. With this construction, 26 private rehab suites will be added to the facility, which will bring its total to 115 beds, improving Heather Knoll’s offering to 63 private suites for rehab, long-term and hospice care. The new rehab unit will feature pri-

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Summit Villa Care Center is a 75-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center

located in the heart of Tallmadge on 330 Southwest Ave. Summit Villa specializes in short-term rehab, long-term care, respite, dementia and hospice care. Summit Villa Care is part of Consulate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading providers of senior healthcare services, specializing in post-acute care, operating more than 200 centers in 21 states. The facility’s in-house care services include 24-hour skilled nursing care, neurological/stroke/cardiac recovery/ pulmonary/pain management, onsite physician services, occupational, physical and speech therapies, medication management, wound care and IV therapy. Summit Villa Care’s therapy services are designed to improve an individual’s functioning and independence. Its dedicated staff assists patients in regaining strength, endurance, balance and mobility. In many cases, patients return home following a brief rehabilitative stay at the center Amenities include restaurant-style dining, a beauty and barber shop, free cable and Wi-Fi located in all suites, and

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Situated on a hillside in a quiet neighborhood just one mile south of the historic Tallmadge Circle, Essex Healthcare of Tallmadge, located a 563 Colony Park Drive, has been providing quality healthcare services since 1976. A long circular driveway leads to its large, one-story brick and clapboard Colonial-style building with a covered veranda overlooking the parkland in the valley below. Residents enjoy year-round social activities through visits and events to two neighborhood shopping plazas, nearby county parklands and the county fairgrounds. Essex Healthcare is a 117-bed, Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled nursing community that delivers short-term and long-term health care services. Its rehabilitation department provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to residents recovering from prosthetic replacements, strokes and clinically complex medical conditions. Skilled nursing services include advanced wound care, intravenous therapy and total parenteral nutrition and dialysis services. According to its website, Essex is the only community in Tallmadge to provide Alzheimer’s and dementia care in a secure unit. In addition, it offers hospice, palliative and respite care. These services help restore the quality of life to residents and enable them to reach the highest level of independence possible. Amenities offered at Essex Healthcare include private rehab recovery rooms, spacious resident rooms, beauty salon and barber shop, a patio and courtyard and Wi-Fi. A 2011 National Healthcare Association Bronze National Quality Award recipient, Essex Healthcare serves as its residents’ home, as well as a gathering place for family and friends. The facility reflects a welcoming atmosphere displayed by its staff members and throughout the community. Essex Healthcare is a part of Atrium Centers Inc. which manages 41 communities in four states.

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Silver&Fit programs allow participants access to all activities at the rec center, including all exercise classes,” Bozic explained. “We also have social events which are free to SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit members. Also, SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit membership allows participants access to thousands of locations nationwide.” Six certified instructors offer a variety of daily SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit classes that focus on strength, flexibility and coordination. Classes include Building a Better Back, Cardio Circuit, Muscle Strength and Range of Movement, YogaStretch, Form & Function, Stretch and Yoga Basics. Health benefits reported by individuals enrolled in the programs include improved strength, flexibility and even eye-hand coordination. “It’s great to see more and more insurance companies getting on board with the SilverSneakers-type programs,” said Jessica Simons, parks and recreation manager for the city of Tallmadge. “We are always hearing from our members how much their health improves once they start a workout routine. Many have reported better balance, less shortness of breath and needing to take less medication. These reports have been backed by many major studies. We hope to see more insurance companies offering similar programs for all age groups in the future. These are our only bodies and we need to make sure we take care of them.”

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Whether you are looking for a chance to play trivia, catch the latest sports game, savor a sub, or sink your teeth into a steak, the Firehouse Grille and Pub has a lot to offer. The Firehouse, which opened in May 2011, is owned by Suzy Genovese and her brother, Tony Jaber. “It’s a sports bar atmosphere,” Genovese said. “But it is a restaurant first. We are very family friendly.” The Firehouse’s main claim to fame? “We are known as the home of the dollar burger,” Genovese said. “We sell dollar burgers at any time.” There are other types of burgers as well, such as the Ladder Burger: A multi-patty mountain of a burger topped with melted cheese and a variety of condiments. Hamburgers are not the only thing on the menu. Genovese said a popular item is Eli’s Steak, a 12-ounce steak with a family tie. “It’s a New York strip steak, hand cut and served on a sizzling platter,” she said. “My dad, Eli, owned a steakhouse. He used to serve a

steak a lot of people were familiar with.” In all, there is an array of items to suit a range of tastes and appetites, Genovese said. “We have a wide variety, from wraps and burgers to subs,” she said. “We have footlong subs. We have wings, chicken and we have homemade soup.” Throughout the week, Firehouse offers specials, such as half-off appetizers on Thursdays and half-price drinks on Wednesdays from 4 to 9 p.m., Genovese said. Other highlights include karaoke, NTN Trivia, Keno, and more than 30 TV screens, Genovese said. Also, the restaurant periodically hosts li ve music.

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Fresh, authentic Italian food. That’s the focus of Cortabella’s, which opened a year ago, said Suzy Genovese, who co-owns the restaurant with her brother Tony Jaber. This restaurant combines an upscale look with a relaxed atmosphere. One popular feature at the restaurant is its soup, salad and pasta bar, she said. Guests can dine on salad and homemade soup, and enjoy four kinds of pasta mixed with four different types of homemade sauce. “There’s a lot of variety,” she said. “You choose your pasta, you choose your meat and sauce, and the chef will toss it right there for you,” she said. Another highlight is the breakfast and brunch buffet, which is served Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are plenty of items on the menu as well, such as a $3.99 breakfast special which includes two eggs, toast, home fries and bacon. Lunch and dinner options include pork, steaks, and, of course, a variety of Italian dishes. One dish is the Italian Trio, for diners who want a generous sample of Italian fare. The Italian Trio includes tender chicken Parmesan, rich, buttery fettuccine and cheese-topped lasagna.

For wine lovers, the restaurant also has a wine bar. The restaurant hosts a variety of specials through the week, Genovese said. For example, on Tuesdays, Cortabella’s offers $5 pizzas, and on Fridays, guests are offered free pie with an entrée order. On Fridays, the restaurant also offers all-you-can-eat beer-battered fish. “Everything is homemade,” Genovese said. “It’s authentic Italian. We also have steaks, seafood, calzones, pizzas and subs. You definitely don’t leave here hungry.”

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It’s all about family at La Mexicana: from the husband and wife team who opened the restaurant in 2012 to the recipes used. “This is the only northern style Mexican restaurant around here,” said Abril Murphey, who runs the restaurant with her husband, Dan. “Most, if not all, are from the south. The cooking a lot of times is different.” The recipes at La Mexicana are from Murphey’s native home, Monterrey, Mexico, she said. She called the city “one of the most important cities in Mexico.” “It’s like New York,” she said. “Everything is always on the go. Everything needs to be a higher quality.” Running a restaurant is in the blood, Murphey said. “All of my family own restaurants in Monterrey,” she said. “My mom works in the kitchen here, and many of our recipes are from my grandma and grandpa. Most of our recipes are our family recipes.” Murphey called La Mexicana “a community place,” with a blend of American and Mexican style, but authentic Mexican cuisine. “Tallmadge just adopted us,” Murphey said. “Everyone knows everybody. We made a union of both cultures. We celebrate our holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead, but we also celebrated

when Ohio State won.” A popular menu item is a baked potato stuffed with grilled steak or chicken, bacon, mushrooms and topped with cheese sauce, Murphey said. “It’s our No. 1 item,” she said. “If you go to Monterrey, you will see little carts with vendors that sell these potatoes.” Another popular item is chipotle shrimp, which includes pepper, onions and the family’s own chipotle sauce, Murphey said, and chorizo, a spicy Mexican sausage “that is my grandma’s recipe.” Other specialties include a Mexican cheesecake, which Murphey said she makes, and a Mexican cilantro ranch dressing, w h i ch i s homemade.

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Often, the roads we take are full of surprises. For Mike and Lynnette Ward, one unexpected detour turned out to be a sweet — and lucrative — surprise. A few years ago, the couple had opened Caffe Italiano, aiming to run a coffee shop. “We were going to have gelato and run this as an Italian coffee shop,” said Mike. There was one small hitch: patrons kept mistaking the coffee place for the Italian restaurant just a few doors down, Mike said. So, Mike said he and Lynnette closed temporarily, and in June reopened as Mocha Chip, planning to sell coffee, pastries, ice cream and candy. However, one item that the Wards had on the menu turned out to be an unexpected hit: Lynnette’s custom cupcakes. “The cupcakes have taken off fast,” Mike said. “Business is already booming. We had a couple of big orders for

them just this morning. Lynnette bakes all of the cupcakes. We’ve already done cupcakes for a half a dozen events at The Venue. Word of mouth spread quickly.” As a result of their sweet success with cupcakes, the Wards decided to scale back on the other pastry offerings to concentrate on their unexpected hit. There are a variety of cupcake flavors; popular requests include strawberry cheesecake, mint chocolate chip, red velvet and chocolate with vanilla butter cream. The cupcakes can be customized for holidays and events, Mike said. However, there also are other offerings on the menu as well, Mike said. One popular feature is Honadle’s Fine Candies, a candy business with its origins in Cuyahoga Falls. “Bob Hohenadel, the grandson of the founder, found his grandparents’ old recipes and started making the candies, but he has no retail space,” Mark said. “We sell the candies here.”

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When Pam Skeriotis opened Igloo’s Frozen Yogurt in May 2013, it was the beginning of a dream for her. “When I was a girl, I always wanted to run my own candy shop,” said Skeriotis, who also runs the Igloo’s in Berea. Igloo’s features a wide variety of frozen yogurt, sorbet and ice cream flavors to satisfy everyone, from those wanting just a scoop of vanilla to those with more adventurous tastes, such as salted caramel, French toast and rootbeer flavors. And for those who like a little extra on their frozen yogurt or ice cream, there’s a choice of more than 80 different toppings, fresh fruit and a dozen different sauces. “ We h a v e t h e m o s t t o p p i n g s around,” Skeriotis said. A new feature Igloo’s just added are Twisters: Yogurt or soft-serve ice cream with toppings mixed in. In the

future, Skeriotis said she hoped to offer hard ice cream. Igloo’s serves cones and bowls of ice cream and frozen yogurt, including homemade waffle bowls. But a popular feature there is the extensive selfserve station, complete with bowls of varying sizes, around a dozen different flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, the toppings and the sauces. The ice cream is then weighed, with the cost being 45 cents per ounce, she said. “It’s a simple concept,” she said. “You come in, you make your ice cream, it gets weighed.” There are other items that Igloo’s offers, for those looking for a cool treat, Skeriotis said. “We also have cakes, and we have penguin pops,’ she said. “We also do catering, and once a year in June we have a Kid’s Day, where we have a balloon lady, giveaways and more. It’s a lot of fun.”

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Sammie’s is owned by longtime Tallmadge residents David and Lynne DeLapa. Indeed, the name comes from David and Lynne’s daughter, Samatha. The decor has several local touches, including framed sports pages focusing on the big moments for the area’s sports teams. The building itself, according to information provided by the bar, was designed to reflect the carriage house style popular in the early 1800s; some of the original wood from a barn that was on that parcel of land in 1824 was incorporated into the decor. The lengthy menu includes a variety of dishes, from appetizers like fried oysters, Buffalo wings and zucchini sticks; soups; hot dogs; grilled chicken and meatball sandwiches; salads, and restaurant specialties such as beef short ribs, Sammie’s Burg and Blue Devil chili. Guests can finish off their afternoon or evening with dessert, such as cheesecake or chocolate nachos. Through the week, Sammie’s offers several specials, such as half off select appetizers on Mondays and Thursdays, beer battered fish and chips for $9.95 on Fridays, and 50 cent wings on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Delanie’s, which first opened its doors in 2002, serves up a variety of food and brews to area residents. One of its claims to fame is it served former Mayor Chris Grimm the first legal beer in the city, when Tallmadge ended its dry status that same year, according to information provided by the restaurant. Highlights include Rana’s Hummus, Samira Skins and Samira’s Bully Fries in appetizers. Wing fans can enjoy their wings with their choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from cool ranch to Afterburner. Those looking for lighter fare can opt for a bowl of soup or one of Delanie’s several salad options. Delanie’s also has a wide selection of hamburgers, such as The Delanie Grille, the Bleu Devil Burger, Sammie Gal and Bubba’s Bacon BBQ Burger, or a sandwich or wrap. Other offerings include quesadillas, steak, fish, shrimp and salmon. Delanie’s also offers several specials through the week, including $5 gyros on Mondays, half off burgers on Thursdays, and all you can eat fish for $9.95 on Fridays.

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