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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

In this issue...

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CITY NEWS FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE SOLON ROTARY UPDATE CHAGRIN VALLEY CHORAL UNION

VALUTEXT: GEO-FENCING IN UPTOWN SOLON SOLON REAL ESTATE REVIEW

HISTORY OF SOLON RESCUE AND FIRE: PART

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EXPERIENCE AND NEW GREEN TECHNOLOGY

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WELCOME ROB PREVITE INSURANCE AGENCY

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TO SOLON GRAB A SANDWICH AT WHICH WICH SCHOOLS LEGO LEAGUE MORE THAN JUST PLAYING

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PRESCHOOL FAMILIES A GREAT EARLY CHILDHOOD ENVIRONMENT SOLON ORTHODONTICS OFFERS LATEST

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TECHNOLOGY FOR ORTHODONTICS PATIENTS HEALTH AND WELLNESS TEN NATURAL INGREDIENTS TO CLEAN

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A LITTLE BIT OF GREEN GOES A LONG WAY

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PLAYING GROUNDS

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YOUR WHOLE HOUSE ORGANIZING

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CITIZEN’S OPINION: SOLON NEEDS SAFER INSPIRING CHILDREN’S INSPIRATIONS DANCE THAT’S PLAYFUL!

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RCR RECORDING STUDIO SPRING IS HERE AND SO IS COLOR WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND TOWN

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BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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REAL THOUGHTS, REAL PEOPLE: DOING THE RIGHT THING SWING INTO SPRING AT STRIKE FORCE BASEBALL

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The mission of The Solon Spotlight is to highlight the best aspects of the Solon community with interesting articles and stories about members in the community. The publication will positively display how the city, the schools, and its residents make it one of the best places in the nation to live and work.

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From the Editor... Member of The Solon Chamber of Commerce Publisher and Editor Danielle Rose Contributing Writers Andrea Hill Kamna Jain Scott Picker Bob Shimits Rita Warner Designer and Photo Editor Andrea Hill

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Dear Readers, Everyday I’m shuffling, shuffling things back and forth from one closet to another hidden space. With our theme of spring-cleaning this issue, I have been thinking about house cleaning lately, and the truth is that it is really never ending. There is always more to do and the excuses to explain the mess or not to clean are endless. I am forever apologizing and continually excusing my family’s mess. I tell all my friends that I need a fifteen-minute warning if you are planning on stopping by my house, so that I have a little time to shove toys and random shoes in my front hall closet. All this shuffling and cleaning made me laugh to myself. I was reminded of Erma Bombeck, an American humorist and writer, who would have been 85 this year. She chronicled the ordinary life of a mid-western, suburban housewife with clever comedy. Here’s what Erma had to say about it: “Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven.” “My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?” “Housework is a treadmill from futility to oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and counter productivity.” “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. ” “Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.”

CORRECTION: IN OUR FEBRUARY ISSUE, WE MISSPELLED NICHOLAS SHANER’S NAME IN THE INSIDE BACK PAGE, “SEEN OUT AND ABOUT AROUND SOLON.” WE APOLOGIZE FOR OUR ERROR.

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City News Friends of the Solon Library Book Sale

Do you love books? And do you love a bargain? Enlarge and enrich your personal library for pennies on the dollar at the Friends of the Solon Library Spring Book Sale in April! Thousands of books of all kinds for adults, teens, and children will be on sale in the meeting room of the Solon Branch Library, 34125 Portz Parkway. A wide variety of books, both hard-back and paperback, as well as audiovisual materials such as CDs and DVDs, will be available for purchase. Sometimes, toys, games, and puzzles are also available. Prices are always unbelievably low! The Thursday evening preview sale is for Friends of the Library members only, but non-members can join at the door and shop that evening. The public sale begins on Friday, April 20 and ends Saturday, April 21 with “Bag Day,” when an entire bag of materials is an even bigger bargain

SALE DATES/TIMES: Thursday, April 19 “Members Only” Preview Sale 7:00-9:00 pm Friday, April 20 9:00-5:30 pm

Saturday, April 21 “Bag Day” 9:00 am.-2:00 pm For more information, call the Solon Branch Library at 440.248.8777

Solon Rotary Club Spring updates The Rotary Club of Solon is a dynamic, young club that was chartered in May 2010 and has gained a reputation for building friendships and encouraging goodwill, as well as attracting informative public speakers to their weekly meetings. This month the Club held their Four-Way Speech Contest. Rotarian Bud Thomas and Jennifer Moore, the Solon High School speech and debate coach, organized student participation for this fun event. Four contestants were judged on the content, organization and delivery of their speech. Zach Schwartz spoke about the contest itself as a “pocket philosophy” and wondered if the contest would survive being analyzed by its own criteria. Ashwin Rane (noting he has a disorder of “talking like a car salesman”) discussed talking versus listening and the From left to right, Ashwin Rane, Zach state of political discourse. Schwartz, Kathy Zhang and Liz Eder. Liz Eder

spoke about approaches to education in the wake of “generation boomerang” and how college isn’t the guarantee of a job and career that it used to be. Kathy Zhang spoke about pride and the sense of entitlement which has infiltrated our politics and our lives. After tough deliberations, Ashwin was declared the winner (with Zach as runner up). Meetings are held the first Wednesday Evening: 6:30 pm, Location: Signature of Solon, 39000 Signature Drive, Solon, OH 44139. Additionally, the Second, Third, and Fourth Wednesday Mornings: 7:15 am, Location: Freeway Lanes, 33185 Bainbridge Road, Solon, OH 44139. They are as follows:

March 28: March 31: April 4: April 11: April 14:

Breakfast meeting (Freeway Lanes), General Assembly District Four-Way Speech Contest, Aurora High School Dinner meeting (Signature), with Mayor Susan Drucker Breakfast meeting (Freeway Lanes), General Assembly Rotary District Conference, Cuyahoga Falls

Please consider joining them for an upcoming event! The Solon Spotlight / 5


Music to your ears: Chagrin valley choral union Founded in 1953, the Chagrin Valley Choral Union, now in its 58th season, is one of the oldest community choruses in Northeast Ohio. This 40 member, non-profit choral group dedicated to providing a unique opportunity for all types of singers and music lovers, CVCU performs a variety of works from the classical choral literature which in the past have included masterworks by Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Rossini, Fauré, Puccini, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi. In his fourth season as CVCU’s Artistic Director, Dr. J.D. Goddard has conducted and served as a clinician for both amateur and professional choruses and orchestras throughout the United States. Twice a regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, he has performed with the Los Angeles Co-Opera Company, San Francisco Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. Dr. Goddard served as the chair of the voice and opera departments at Amarillo College, director of opera and teacher of voice at the University of Akron, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Master Singers, Inc. Chorale of Northeast Ohio. “JD”, as he is affectionately called, has a sincere interest in singers as individuals. With humor and a great deal of patience, he has a unique ability to teach, prepare, and empower amateur singers to perform profound and exciting classical chorale works of outstanding tradition and quality. The Chagrin Valley Choral Union takes pride in its dedication to learning and making music in a family-friendly environment. Singers of all types are most welcome to Sunday afternoon rehearsals at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7196 SOM Center Road (Route 91) in Solon. Contact CVCU President Carol Holub at 440-248-1244 for more information or visit their website at www.chagrinvalleychoralunion.org.

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www.homeinstead.com Valutext: Geo-fencing in uptown solon Mobile couponing and sale updates via cell phone are the newest ways to save money in Solon. ValuText is a location-based, mobile marketing service specifically designed to drive sales and productivity at the shopping center. DDR, which owns and manages 538 shopping centers including Uptown Solon, is offering ValuText to all of the retailers at participating properties. ValuText is currently in effect at the Uptown Solon property. The texting program uses mobile marketing to alert consumers when they are out shopping to retailers’ special promotions. ValuText allows shoppers to connect with desired retailers as they enter the shopping center to avail themselves of real-time sales and promotions. This new ValuText program introduces the idea of mobile couponing through geo-fence technology. ValuText will send immediate offers from retailers within a designated shopping center via text message to opted-in shoppers once they enter a “geofence,” a pre-defined, virtual space established around Uptown Solon. Since geo-fence technology is compatible with 92% of U.S. mobile phones, this program will allow the retailers who participate to reach a large audience. Any customer who has a cell phone capable of receiving texts can opt in. They can text the word ‘value’ to 25787, and then when they are near the Uptown Solon property, they will

receive deals, sales and various discounts within that shopping center. It can be a real time-saver to run one errand in the plaza, and after reading the offers, being able to purchase a needed birthday gift, or even soap for the guest bathroom at a discount. Dawn Marie Lecklikner, Regional Vice President of Shopping Center Marketing, states that “Valutext is unique because it gives extra value to smaller retailers to help them compete in the marketplace, and unlike group couponing platforms, the program does not cost anything to the shopper or retailer.” She also stresses that users, “will only get three offers per month. A link to more offers is included in every message so that you can see all the deals at the shopping center whenever you want to.” You will only get three texts with sale offers per month. It is quick and easy to sign up. Shoppers can simply opt-in with one text. You need not give Valutext confidential information such as name or address. They only request your mobile phone number, e-mail address, and what types of offers you may like. They state that they will never sell or give away your personal information. They claim that they never store or share your location. DDR will donate $2 per ValuText opt-in for those texting a special code to 25787 on or before April 30, 2012. Code value44 will be dedicated to Solon High School PTA and Code value88 to Solon Rotary until the end of April. The Solon Spotlight / 7


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������������������������������������ While 2011 remained a �� challenging year for real estate, there is a ������������������������������������� change on the horizon. Consumer confi dence, job creation, the affordabil��������������������������������������� ity of homes and historical low �������������������������������������� interest rates are playing a pivotal role in ����������������������������������������� strengthening the housing market. ��������������� Housing statistics and the duration of the housing downturn to date ���������������������������������������������� indicate that 2012 may be the year we begin to turn the corner. Nationally ���������������������������������������� existing home sales trended upwards at the end of 2011. �������������������������������������� In SOLON, homes sales����������������������������������� were up as well: 229 homes sold in 2011 ��������������������������������������� versus 202 in 2010. The market improved considerably in the second half of ������������������ 2011 with a 22% increase of closed sales versus the same period in 2010. As it relates to the prices,������������������������������������������ the average sold prices only came down 2.1% in 2011 from 2010, while������������������������������������������� the median prices were up which is a sign �������������������������������������������� that the market is stabilizing and������������������������������������� that higher end priced homes are selling. Overall, the Solon housing market has not incurred as much of a ����������������������������������� drop in prices since the housing crisis started in comparison to many areas in Cuyahoga County. Homes are selling when priced accurately.

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History Of Solon Fire & Rescue - Part 1

By Robert Shimits

The Solon Fire Department was started in 1924 when the Village of Solon purchased a Model T Ford truck with two large chemical tanks, some hose and a dozen or so buckets as equipment. Up until this time the only fire protection was provided by the Chagrin Falls Volunteer Fire Department that had been established in 1897. Since there was no official fire station the Model T was kept in a one car garage added to the side of the old Solon Garage on Bainbridge Rd. where H&H Towing is. The garage was operated at that time by Edwin (Dusty) Rhoads who was the only fireman. During this period anyone that was present at a fire volunteered to help. The Model T wasn’t very efficient but it did help save a number of buildings. In 1927, Clyde Knowles Sr. took over operation of the garage and became the oneman fire department until the volunteer department was organized in 1928 of which Clyde became the first Chief. On August 5th, 1929 the Village passed an ordinance approving the bid of $582.00 from T. E. Bissel of Hudson, Ohio for the purchase of a 1929 Model A Ford Chassis. In 1931, Otto Jiricek was approved by council and became the second Chief of the Fire Department. In June of 1936 a new Darley front mounted pump was purchased and installed on the Model A. The chemical tanks were scrapped and replaced with a water tank. This greatly increased the fire fighting capacity. 1936 also saw the departments first Red Cross first aid instruction. At this time the Police Department responded to injuries and illness calls and transported patients in Police cars to Cleveland hospitals. In 1939, Ed Safranek became the next Chief. The Fire department finally had a home of it’s own with the completion of the WPA project that built the addition to the rear of the old city hall (now The Solon Center For The Arts) The department was housed in a two bay garage that faced SOM Center Rd. In early 1941, they found that by adding a pumper with a 500 gpm pump and certain other equipment they could get a better insurance classification, cutting the insurance rate in the Village substantially. The firefighters put on a drive to get residents to pledge their savings on a three year fire insurance policy toward the cost of a new truck and equipment. In this way they were able to purchase a $9,000 fire truck at no cost to the Village treasury. 1942 saw the department becoming more professional and less like a men’s club with the barring of all beer and liquor from the station. The members were paid $1.00 an hour and the Chief was paid $1.50 per hour when on duty. About this time Ed Flight’s wife Rose became the departments first dispatcher. The fire department phone was moved and she dispatched from their home on Aurora Rd. next to the Solon Motel. Additional Solon Fire and Rescue information will be found in our next issue.

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Steve and Jim Lesko were raised in Solon and are graduates of Solon High School. They founded Crystal Clear Building Services, Inc., a commercial cleaning company, in 1988. With over 40 years of combined cleaning experience, they are now bringing their expertise to the residential client with Crystal Clear Clean Home. Crystal Clear Clean Home relies on new technology and is safer for children, pets and the environment. All cleaning products are natural solutions, derived from plant extracts, and free of chemical additives. According to Steve Lesko, Owner, “We saw a need to provide a home cleaning service that was more powerful, with more cleaning ability and more green to be better for a family’s health and the environment. Our process can take months and even years off a dirty, stained carpet and turn it into a new again, plush oasis to walk on. No more worrying that your children or pets will have adverse reactions to the chemicals other carpet cleaning companies have relied on for years.” “Our investment in the Big Clean Machine (as we call it) was a substantial investment, that we thought was worth it as it related to a totally new, healthy way to clean,” said Jim Lesko, Owner. “Only about a dozen other companies offer this environmentally clean technology throughout the United States.” CCCH is the only company in Ohio to have this technology. The equipment heats fresh water to 300 degrees to eliminate grime, animal dander, allergens and everyday dirt in carpeting, expensive rugs, tile and floors, without using harmful chemicals. A powerful vacuuming element allows floors to dry in less than two hours with no lingering odors or solvents.

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ROB PREVITE

BRINGS HIS INSURANCE AND BENEFIT EXPERTISE TO SOLON When it comes to a person committing themselves to a community, you need to look no further than Solon resident, Rob Previte. Since Rob moved his residence to Solon seven years ago, he has coached five of his kids teams in four different recreational sports. He founded the Solon Rotary Club in the last two years and led the club as the President for 16 months. He is the catalyst to bring to Solon the Solon Rotary “Backyard Games,” a huge all-day fundraiser, to be held on July 22nd in our community park. This event will invite coed teams to Solon from around the country to raise money for local causes and to start the process to raise money for a goal that Rob and his club have to build an amphitheater in the park. Now his latest commitment to the city involves moving his two insurance agencies that have been entrenched in the city of Lyndhurst for the last 21 years, to Solon. Rob is very pleased to have both a personal and business tie to this great community. Rob owns the Rob Previte Agency, which is an Allstate Agency specializing in auto, home, life and business insurance. His agency has also been the leading business insurance writer for Allstate in Ohio for the last 15 years. He is also relocating his employee benefits agency, All Pro Benefits, to Solon, which specializes in employee voluntary benefits and group and individual health insurance. He wants to be a one-stop shop for those who need personal and/or business insurance, or corporate benefits. He takes pride in finding the right solution for all situations. His family life is very busy with his six children: Courtney, age 20, Brittany, age 18, Zachary, age 15, Jeremy, age 13, Gianna age 5, and 10-month-old Marco. Rob’s wife, Rebecca, fully supports him and manages all the day-to-day household operations! All his school children work hard to achieve good grades and all are in the top 10% of their class, including senior Brittany, who is the editor of the Solon High School paper, The Solon Courier. She has contributed to this magazine as a student writer.

Welcome Which Wich To Our Community!

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Rob moved his businesses to Solon’s Historic District at 33549 Solon Road, and opened his office as of March 1st. You may email him at robprevite@allstate.com to discuss your insurance needs or just to ask a general question whether you are a client or not!. He also will be doing a monthly insurance tip in the Solon Spotlight to help all of us stay up on the times. Good luck, Rob, and welcome to the Solon Business Community!

held to high standards: signature house chips, hand-dipped shakes, and just-out-of-the-oven cookies are as superior as the sandwiches. Which Wich is also known for its creative ordering system. Guests use red Sharpies® to mark up pre-printed menus on sandwich bags. The sandwiches are prepared to guests’ exact specifications and delivered in personalized sandwich bags. After they have enjoyed their wiches, guests are encouraged to draw on their bags with the same red Sharpies and hang their “artwork” on the community wall. Readers can like them on Facebook, follow them on twitter, and can also go to www.whichwich.com to join “The Vibe Club” which is the loyalty program. By joining they will receive several special offers throughout the year just for members. Uptown Solon 6025 Kruse Dr # 119 Solon, OH 44139 (440) 248-9424 solon@whichwich.net Opening this Spring! The Solon Spotlight / 11


School News FIRST Lego League is more than just playing with legos By Kamna Jain FIRST Lego League is not just about playing with Legos. It is about so much more. Every September the FIRST Lego League (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) releases a real-world scientific topic. Then the teams go to work. The team consisting of up to ten members, and led by a volunteer coach, embark on the three-pronged process. It consists of three parts which play an equal part in the evaluations by judges. The first is the robot. It is designed of Legos and each team programs their robots using Lego NXT software to accomplish certain missions. This year, for example, the robot had to bring a truck back to base; it had to transfer vegetable from one place to another among other more complicated missions. Each team would be judged on how many points they scored. The second category is core values. Each team must show how well they can work together as well as how each teammate manages different parts of the challenges. They are also judged on how gracious they are within their team and with other teams as well, which is the Gracious Professionalism piece. “We can’t have good progress of the academic piece without the aspect of core values and leadership,” says Nadine Otterman, president of the Solon Engineers’ Club. The third piece is the research. Each year, FIRST releases a worldwide topic to which the team must create an innovative solution to a problem as a part of their project. The past year’s

Nadine Otterman, the president of SEC, showing her pride at a competition.

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Participating students watching a robot in action throwing a ball.

topic was food safety and next year the problem teams will research is Senior Solutions. FIRST has been around for many years. “In 1998, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and the LEGO Group’s Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen joined forces to create FIRSTLEGO League (FLL), a powerful program that engages children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology through the FIRST experience. Dean and Kjeld have a shared belief that FLL inspires teams to research, build, and experiment, and by doing so, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology,” according to the FLL website. Children grades K – 12 can participate. There are several categories, Junior FLL which is for children in grades K – 3, FLL which is for children grades 4 – 8, and FTC, First Technical Challenge, and FRC, First Robotic Challenge which is open to students in grades 9 – 12. In the two years that Solon has participated in FIRST, two teams went to the state competition the first year and in its second year, many teams won awards at the district level and one team made it to the state competition for the second time. Two Solon teams, the Monster Maniax, a group of 8 sixth graders and the Awesome Eyeballs, a team of third and fourth graders also applied for the Global Innovation Award. This award, “is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems,” according to the FLL Global Innovation website. The benefits of participating are many. “There is a lot of money out there for scholarships,” says Otterman. “There are a lot of opportunities to win money besides the national tournament.” She adds that many companies will see the ideas that teams present. The next informational meeting will be held April 18. Check the website www.solonstem.org for all the details.


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The Solon Early Childhood pta offers so much to local preschool families The Solon Early Childhood PTA , or SECPTA , provides, organized sports, social get-togethers and educational parenting opportunities. SECPTA is a unit of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) organized for the parents of preschool-age children (birth – 5). Expectant parents are also welcome. SECPTA always welcomes new members from Solon and the surrounding communities. The purpose of the organization is to help parents of preschool-age children better understand their children via qualified resources, educational programs, the sharing of experiences, and social activities. They coordinate fun activities for the children and for parents too! The current SECPTA president, Jacquelyn Frederick, wrote of her personal experience: I recently decided to take on the job as president because I so appreciated what I derived from SECPTA and wanted to help encourage other moms to have the same experience. When I had my son, I really didn’t know many others with small children. From my first meeting to our current SECPTA playgroup three years later, I have made lasting friendships. SECPTA offers many field trip options including factory tours, tours of police and fire stations, skiing at Alpine Valley, and has even visited an alpaca farm. SECPTA also offers opportunities for volunteering and giving back to the community.

On March 27th, they are having parents and kids come in to help decorate cards for troops, through our Operation Write Home Program. Every month we collect needed items for various organizations suggested by our members. SECPTA information The General Membership Meetings are held at the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway. SECPTA general meetings take place the fourth Tuesday of every month: August – May. Free babysitting is provided. Meetings are free and open to the public. . T-ball season beginning on June 5th All games are played at the Solon Recreation T-ball Fields. Any current member‘s child who is age 3 to 5 is eligible to play. There is a special whiffle ball group open to those children who are 2 1⁄2. $20 is required to play, which does include a team t-shirt. Contact Jackie McHugh at tball@solonearlychildhoodpta.com if you have any questions. The deadline for signing up to play will be April 30th. Check out their website www.solonearlychildhoodpta.com for more information.

THE SOLON SATURNS YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM TEACHES AND PROMOTES THE COMPETITIVE GAME OF

SOLON, OHIO TO PREPARE PLAYERS TO BE COMPETITIVE AT THE NEXT LEVEL OF COMPETITION.

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PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PLAYERS TO LEARN AND IMPROVE THEIR TACKLE FOOTBALL SKILLS.

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION NIGHT: MAY 7TH, 7PM AT THE SOLON MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM. CHECK OUT WWW.SOLONSATURNS.COM 14 / The Solon Spotlight

Having fun at a T-ball game is Angela Young, Ella Bardwell, Zachary Frederick; and Aaron Choate.


A Great Early Childhood Environment

If your child is between the ages of three and five and attends, or will attend, a child care center or preschool program, there are important factors you should look for in a school. Below are the top 10 signs of a great preschool. 1. Children spend most of their playing and working with materials or other children. They do not wander aimlessly, and they are not expected to sit quietly for long periods of time. 2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day. Look for assorted building blocks and other construction materials, props for pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time. 3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend all their time with the whole group. 4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and stories dictated by children to teachers. 5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. The natural world of plants and animals and meaningful activities like cooking, taking attendance, or serving snack provide the basis for learning activities. 6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time to

play and explore. Worksheets are used little if at all. 7. Children have an opportunity to play outside every day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for more instructional time. During times of inclement weather, large motor time is provided appropriately indoors. 8. Teachers read books to children individually or in small groups throughout the day, not just at group story time. 9. Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Teachers recognize that children’s different background and experiences mean that they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way. 10. Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure about sending their child to the program. Children are happy to attend; they do not cry regularly or complain of feeling sick. When choosing a preschool for your child, expect the very best. The play and learning atmosphere during the tour should give you a general idea of whether or not your child will be happy, safe, and well-adjusted while attending. Information provided by Play and Prep Preschool. Call today to schedule a tour and see our great school for yourself.

Play and Prep Preschool

5540 SOM Center Road Solon, Ohio 44139 (440) 248-8562 playandpreppreschool@yahoo.com www.playandpreppreschool.org

Source: http://www.kidsource.com/kidsource/content3/10.signs.preschool.4.html

SOLON ORTHODONTICS OFFERS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FOR ORTHODONTICS PATIENTS

Dr. Philip Bomeli grew up in Solon and graduated from Orange High School. He then graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and received his dental degree and orthodontic training at The Ohio State University. He is a board-certified orthodontic specialist with the American Board of Orthodontics and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, his three young children, and his dogs. He also likes to fish, and is an avid Cleveland sports fan. Dr. Bomeli and his wife Christa chose to return to his hometown to raise their family and opened his business in Solon in July of 2008. The walls of the entire Solon Orthodontics suite are decorated with pictures of his family, who have been involved with Solon’s community life for three generations. His grandfather, Charles J. Smercina, was a longtime public servant and former mayor of Solon. You can expect superb quality throughout your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Bomeli’s use of the latest technological advances and techniques in the field of orthodontics such as: • High-tech alloy wires that move teeth more efficiently and more comfortably than ever before • Clear ceramic braces which provide an aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces • Invisalign® clear aligners that provide an almost-invisiblmethod to straighten your teeth • Digital x-ray imaging, digital photographs, and the latest in

computer diagnostic software to provide you with instant visual input regarding your treatment needs and progress, while allowing for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. They look forward to offering the following courtesies and benefits to you: complimentary initial clinical examination, early morning, evening, and Saturday appointments available, family discounts and treatment cooperation incentive program. Dr. Bomeli and his team at Solon Orthodontics are ready to help you create the smile you deserve. His highly skilled, knowledgeable, and friendly orthodontic team is committed to providing exceptional service to patients and their families. Check out their website at www.solonorthodontics.com or call (440) 349-5885 for a free consultation!

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Health and Wellness Ten Natural Ingredients to Clean Your Whole House It’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning. For most people, there are three different ways to clean your own house: 1. Buy seven different products or so, ranging from window cleaners to stove cleaners, to floor cleaners. Most of these contain toxic chemicals that have been proven to be endocrine-system disruptors. All of these products can cost you a small fortune. 2 .

Buy green cleaners from companies like Seventh Generation or Method. While these products will certainly reduce the toxins you are exposed to, they do cost about the same as regular cleaning products. 3. Buy a few natural ingredients that can clean almost anything. For the price of some vinegar, tea tree oil, baking soda and lemon juice, you can clean your entire house without spreading chemicals onto every surface.

THE BIG TEN

Stock your cupboards with these ten products, and you can clean just about anything:

1.) White vinegar: An antifungal that also kills germs and

bacteria due to its level of acidity. For cloudy glassware, soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Then let sit awhile before rinsing clean. Create your own window cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.

2.) Baking soda: Eliminates odors and works as a gentle

scouring powder. Make your own scouring cleanser by combining baking soda with liquid detergent. Add just enough white distilled vinegar to give it a thick but creamy texture.

3.) Borax: Borax, the common name for the natural mineral

compound sodium borate, eliminates odors, removes dirt, and acts as an antifungal and possible disinfectant. Use with care around children and pets, as it can be toxic if swallowed.

4.) Hydrogen peroxide (3% concentration): A great, nontoxic bleach and stain remover, as well as a proven disinfectant. Whiten whites by adding a cup of peroxide to a load of white laundry to whiten them. Hydrogen peroxide also removes blood stains effectively. 5.) Club soda (fresh): Removes stains and polishes. 6.) Lemon juice: A pleasant-smelling nontoxic bleach, greasecutter, and stain remover.

7.) Tea tree oil: Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the humidifier. This will clean, disinfect and refresh the air.

Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. ~Author Unknown

8.) Corn meal: Great at picking up carpet spills.

Clean rugs and carpets by mixing 1 part baking soda to 2 parts cornstarch. Sprinkle onto carpet or rug, wait five minutes, then vacuum.

9.) Olive oil: Makes an effective furniture polish. 10.) Pure essential oils: Adding all-natural, organic essential oils to your cleaning concoctions can add nice scents to all your housekeeping endeavors. Some, such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass and tea tree oils may also have antibacterial, antifungal or insect-repelling properties.

This information was obtained from www.thegoodhuman.com.

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Organizing 4 U’s SIMPLE Organizing Steps©

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be sure to store similar items together, and store them in an area close to where you will be using them. For example, store the spices closest to the area where you will be preparing your meals. Information that you use frequently should be stored close to where you are sitting at the desk, and the items you useless frequently can be stored further away.

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Enjoy and maintain. Now that you have created homes for your belongings you will know where to find things when you need them. You will also know where they go when you are done. Life gets in the way, and you cannot always put things away immediately. But do set aside time on a regular basis to put things away. Now enjoy your less cluttered environment.

This information was provided by JoEllen Salkin and Muffy Kaesberg, Organizing 4 U,

www.organizing4u.com.

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A Little bit of “GREENs” goes a long way! By Rita Warner, Health Coach Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. What better time to discuss the many benefits of incorporating green, leafy vegetables into your diet? Greens are probably one of the most difficult foods to convince people to eat because of their bold flavor, but they are definitely one of the healthiest foods and should be consumed daily. The benefits of eating greens are many: •prevention of cancer •cleansing of the liver, gallbladder, kidney, and blood •improved circulation •revitalizing and elevating effect on body and spirit •strengthening of the immune system •enhanced health of intestinal flora •reduction of congestion and mucus, especially in the lungs The high nutritional content of greens includes calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K, not to mention fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Not only is there a variety of greens, but a plethora of scrumptious methods of preparing them, making it easy to find a way of enjoying them, no matter how particular you are. You are missing out if you limit yourself to the more common variety of greens such as broccoli or spinach. Bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard and turnip greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion, endive, arugula and mesclun can add richness to your diet and awaken your palate. Recipes for any of these can be found in many food magazines, as well as online. Be careful not to overindulge in spinach, beet greens, or Swiss chard due to their high oxalic acid content, which depletes your bones and teeth of calcium. These vegetables should be cooked with foods high in protein and fat such as tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, butter, animal products or oil to balance out the effect of the oxalic acid. Now that Spring is just around the corner, why not think about doing some spring cleaning of your body and try out a couple new greens. Try them cooked and raw to see which appeals to you; you might be surprised by how great you feel!

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THE SOLON CIVIC CLUB’S 11TH ANNUAL CHARITY FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON WILL BE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 15 AT 1:00 P.M. AT THE HILTON GARDEN INN IN TWINSBURG. (“CHINESE RAFFLE”) AND A 50/50 CASH RAFFLE.

Proceeds from this event go toward scholarships, charitable projects and organizations supported by the Civic Club. TICKETS SHOW

ARE

FOR

ALL

LUNCHEON & FASHION FOR ADULTS AND $15 CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER.

FOR THE

$28

TICKETS ARE ADVANCE PURCHASE

ONLY AND MUST BE RESERVED AND

PAID FOR BY APRIL 9TH. PLEASE CONTACT MARIE DEROIA (440 349-2767) OR PATSY LAPIDUS (440 248-8281) FOR TICKETS.

CITIZEN’S OPINION:

Solon Needs Safer Playing Fields

Byy Scott Picker B Last year, for the sake of children’s health, New York State passed a law banning the use of synthetic lawn pesticides on all public school grounds and playing fields. Cleveland Heights did the same, for the same reason, back in 1995. Solon schools and the city still use toxic pesticides on their grounds. Don’t Solon’s children deserve the same right to not be exposed to toxic chemicals? Throughout the country, locally municipalities are eliminating pesticides and are adopting natural turf care practices. The reasons are clear: lawn pesticides are poisons. Indeed, studies published in the 18 / The Solon Spotlight

Journal of the National Cancer Institute demonstrate that pesticide exposure can increase the risk of childhood leukemia as much as seven times. Other studies show that exposure to pesticides have been associated with asthma, ADHD, birth defects and Parkinson’s disease. Children take in more pesticides relative to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are less able to detoxify toxins. Keep in mind that acute pesticide poisoning symptoms often mimic the flu (headaches, fever, etc.) and thus can go misdiagnosed. Also, several years ago, at a Lake County middle school, 42 sickened students were rushed to the hospital after inhaling fumes from

a weed killer that was used on school grounds. Fortunately, we do not need to rely on toxic chemicals to have beautiful, healthy and affordable school lawns and playing fields. While the chemical approach to turf management is to use toxic petroleum based weed killers, a natural organic approach to landscape management produces healthy soil and turf through proper organic fertilization and avoids the need for pesticides. The key to healthy turf is to build up the soil through organic amendment; this creates turf that is more resistant to weeds and disease. It can also save money. A group of concerned Solon citizens have been meeting to find ways to encourage our city and schools to transition to safe turf practices. For more information on this issue or to join our group please contact Anne Hammond at (440)248-9153 or wieb007@hotmail.com For more detailed information on safe lawns and landscapes, please visit www.beyondpesticidesohio.org


Entertainment

Inspiring Children’s Inspirations - Dance That’s Playful!

Remote Dance found a new home in the heart of SOLON! The studio named “My Dance Place” by Remote Dance is a four-year-old traveling, community dance company. Marissa “Missy” Goad, a 38-year old native of Chagrin Falls, decided to expand her business recently and chose Solon. “The business is just rapidly growing, and I wanted a place for families to GROW with us. We are a super-fun dance production company that brings the dance experience to students...and NOW they also can GROW WITH US at our home studio. Our company is designed to be family friendly. Remote Dance offers fun and unique educational dance programs.” The classes include: group and private lessons, workshops, camps enrichment (play dance and learn program, play groups, field trips, troop badges, team coaching), and special events. They also offer birthday parties, dance parties and private rentals including use of their home studio and Dance Troop. Missy performed and taught for Universal Dance Association and also for Ohio the University dance team. She taught independently in Ohio, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Her extensive experience includes working behind the scenes of Hollywood award shows and variety specials for MTV and other major networks and companies. After teaching for nearly two decades and working in two major entertainment cities, married life with two children motivated Missy Goad enough to re-invent her two trades... dance and production. She came up with Remote Dance where she could bring the dance experience to people - making it a dance education in unique and remote settings, while giving each student a memorable experience. Her company thrives on offering families a nontraditional and fundamental approach to learning the art of dance from teachers who have worked at the top of the industry! Remote Dance is excited to inspire you and your children to the arts!

Having fun during a Hip Hop Class at Remote Dance are Carter Jackson, Skula Whitley, Brooklynn Edwards, Aryanne Ferguson, Marisa Grossberg, Kate Rose and Julia Rose.

Check us out at www.RemoteDance.com

Remote Dance - My Dance Place 32901 Station Street, Suite # 114 Solon, OH 44139 Contact: (216) 256-6759 Marissa@RemoteDance.com

Congratulations to our February coloring contest winner, Alyssa Santora, age 10! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL SUBMISSIONS! The Solon Spotlight / 19


A RECURRING THEME IN MY DISCUSSIONS WITH ARTISTS AND BANDS IS HOW THEY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO RECORD THEIR MUSIC AT A FRIEND’S HOUSE OR ATTEMPTED TO RECORD IT THEMSELVES.

THE COMMON

PROBLEM THESE ARTISTS REPORT TO ME IS THAT THEY NEVER GET THE MUSIC TO SOUND LIKE

THEY WANT IT TO SOUND.

IT WAS MISSING SOMETHING.

1. Equipment - The

quality and purpose of the microphone can make big difference in sound that is recorded. For example, using a high-end vocal microphone for vocals can radically enhance the subtle nuances of a singer’s voice. Using outboard analog gear, including compressors, EQ’s, and pre-amps to warm up the signal and bring out the sounds you are looking for is also very important.

SO WHAT WAS MISSING?

2. Environment - The rooms used to make the recording need to be acoustically adjusted to dampen the sound within the room and prevent sound from occurring from outside the room. This requires knowledge of acoustics, sound reflection, sound proofing, and room size requirements. 3. People - Experience has shown that by having someone other than the artist involved in producing the final recorded song adds many attributes that would likely be missed. Sometimes simply changing a tone on an electric guitar, the mic placement, knowing which gear to use, or layering additional tracks not covered by other instruments can dramatically improve a final recording.

THE KEY IS TO FIND A RECORDING STUDIO THAT HAS REASONABLE RATES, BUT PROVIDES THE QUALITY WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

MOST PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THERE ARE RECORDING STUDIOS AVAILABLE THAT OFFER QUALITY FOR A LOWER COST. THERE IS ONE.

RIGHT HERE IN SOLON. Rob Crichlow, CEO RCR Recording Studios http:\\rcrrecording.com

SPRING is HERE and so is COLOR! It’s official! Color is one of the key trends for spring. I just returned from New York and there was color everywhere. I spent some time in Barneys which is my favorite NYC shopping locale and it was so refreshing to see splashes of neon and highly saturated brights instead of the usual New York uniform of blacks and other neutrals. This is a trend that you can easily adjust to fit your personal style. For the more timid, try a jolt of highly saturated color on a shoe or handbag. Pair with a more neutral palette for day and dress it up for evening. I love the look of skinny jeans with an easy tee and black or grey blazer with a bright handbag or shoes. Black is an obvious choice for evening and will literally go with any bright color you want to accessorize with. White also works well with brights, especially once the weather gets warmer. I especially love white with bright citrus hues. I picked up some great neon shorts from J.Crew last spring which I will continue to wear this year. If you are feeling even braver, denim companies like J Brand, Rag and Bone, and 20 / The Solon Spotlight

DL1961 are doing jeans in virtually every hue. For those like myself who have no fear when it comes to brights, try a dress in a solid color or one of the fabulous color-blocked options. I have seen lots of vivid digital and floral prints for the season as well and these are also fantastic options for the more adventurous. I love to browse fashion websites and blogs to see how the fashion set are taking the trends from the runway to real life. It is great inspiration and can give you some fresh ideas for incorporating these trends into your daily life. If you choose to go the braver route and take full advantage of all of the amazing bright hues out there, make sure to keep the rest of your palette neutral to avoid sensory overload. Keep the jewelry to a minimum and wear a neutral colored shoe to anchor the look. I always love a nude pair of platforms paired with bright colors because they make legs look a mile long.

Visit www.clevelandstylista.com


What’s going on around town... IX Indoor Amusement Park March 23-April 15, 2012 I-X Center 6200 Riverside Drive Cleveland, OH www.ixamusementpark.com World War II The Movies and the Music. 7:00 pm, April 13, 2012 at Solon Public Library Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Solon Library To register, call (440) 248-8777 or visit cuyahogalibrary.org by April 6, 2011.

The Solon Recreation Department will be hosting the Swim for Diabetes the weekend of April 21 and 22 at the Solon High School Natatorium. For registration information go online to www.dagc.org “The Heart of Caregiving”. Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 1pm - 4:30pm, Our Redeemer Church. Authors and inspirational speakers Annetta Dellinger and Karen Boerger will explore the emotional side of caregiving and provide “tools and tips” to help you. 7196 SOM Center Road For questions or to RSVP for the event call Pat at (440) 439-3839 or email patkosh@sbcglobal.net.

Your Teen, with Tree of Knowledge, presents a Panel Discussion on Executive Function Disorder – Tools for Organizing and Scheduling in High School. April 24, 2012 at The Ratner School (27575 Shaker Boulevard West at Brainard Circle). The Parent Expo begins at 6:00pm and a Panel of Experts Discussion will begin at 7:00pm. To register, go to www.yourteenmag. com/register. The first 100 registrants will be eligible for a Kindle Fire raffle. Come help the City of Solon Service Department “go green” and celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:30am and 1:00pm at the Solon Community Park!

We will be giving away tree seedlings, have info on basic tree care maintenance & landscaping, info on recycling and show off some of the department’s trucks, tractors and other equipment! We will sell and load bags of our finest MULCH** for $2.00 each. $1.00 a bag for Solon Seniors that day ONLY. **Because of the high demand for mulch, there is a limit of 10 bags per car that day and will be sold on a first come, first serve basis to Solon residents only. Call (440) 248-5834 for more info.

classified/Business Directory Clothing/Accessories Holly Kitzmiller Independent Director, Thirty-One Gifts www.mythirtyone. com/hkitzmiller

hskitzmiller@hotmail.com (216) 470-320

Collectibles

Cash for collectibles, buying coins, old signs, toys, telephones, and coin operated machines. Call Bob (216) 410-5503

Exercise/Fitness

Food and Bakery

CrossFit Nexus Call for a FREE intro workout! CrossFitNexus.com Extraordinary results for everyday people! www.CrossFitNexus.com (440) 773-0332

Hopeful Creations Hope Stuart-Makofsky Owner & Founder Hopeful Creations specializes in custom cakes and cupcakes for your special occasion. hopefulcreations@gmail.com (216) 870-6062

Entertainment Firehouse Rock DJ Service Playing your favorite oldies From the ‘50’s to the ‘80’s Reunions, Block Parties, Car Shows Etc. (440) 248-3586

Stacy Hojdar Independent Consultant for The Pampered Chef stacy2023@windstream.net www.pamperedchef. biz/stacyhojdar (330) 405-9487

Pet Needs

Need help with your furry friend? We can help! Pet Walking and Visits Available. Call Nicole and Susan at Happy Tailz (216) 322-5634

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Advertise your services here! Babysitters, bakers, party planners, crafters, tailoring, pet sitters, landscapers, painters, house cleaning services, for rent by owner, selling items, job recruitment or anything that you want to advertise to the Solon community! The Solon Spotlight / 21


Real Thoughts Real People...

Would you do the right thing? I am not talking about the John Stossel, 20/20 kind of thing where he sets up hidden cameras and watches to see if people will help a screaming kid or come to the aid of someone who is being discriminated against. I am talking about the situations where the ethical barometer might not work as well. Let me give you an example. I was standing in line at a local store where I was purchasing multiple items. I had three items that were the same and the cashier only charged me for two. Now, while she continued ringing the items up, I was justifying that I was spending over $50 at that store so what difference would $5 make to them. I was thinking that over the years I had spent so much money at that store, and so many times they wouldn’t let me use their store coupons because they were expired or they weren’t applicable. So I felt justified in not saying anything. Then I felt the look from my daughter, I didn’t actually make eye contact with her. She looked at me and looked at the cashier and back again. I knew she was standing there like my conscience telling me what to do. I knew I had no other choice; I said to the cashier, “I think you only charged me for two and not for three.” Immediately I saw my daughter relax and surprisingly I breathed easier also. I didn’t want to set a bad example for her and I really didn’t want to do the wrong thing considering I was, even for a second, tempted to do 22 / The Solon Spotlight

the wrong thing. But I wonder what would I have done had she not been standing there. I know I am not the only one. One of my friends ordered some clothes online for her daughter. In that package, she was expecting a t-shirt among other things. When she received the package, she saw two shirts in place of one. Her daughter became very excited and said they should keep both of them. My friend took a lot of time to think. She would need to drive all the way back to the mall, that would waste her gasoline and time, and it was their mistake. Producing a shirt is very inexpensive and after all the t-shirt was on sale. Would it be worth it to return the shirt? In the end she returned it. And that was the right thing to do. You might be telling me right about now, these examples would be considered stealing so it is obvious, but what about when it isn’t that obvious? I was once dealing with a landscaping company. They didn’t have good customer service. They wouldn’t come on time, they wouldn’t record payments and overall I just wasn’t happy with their service. I received a bill and it said that payment was overdue. I was livid. What kind of company wouldn’t be able to manage simple payment records? I couldn’t believe it. Immediately, I picked up the phone to give them a piece of my mind. The lady who picked up the phone was very calm, almost as if she had dealt with this problem many times

By Kamna Jain

before. I let her have it. I told her that her company was incompetent and listed all the complaints of the poor service we had received and how a company should be able to keep track of the payments that their customers had made. I told her we would no longer need their services. I then called my husband to vent. He asked me what had happened and I repeated the whole story to him. He asked me what the payment was for, and when did the bill arrive, and what were the dates. I was getting annoyed by all of his questions. He said he didn’t think he had made that payment. He checked his records and said for sure he hadn’t made the payments. I had to sit down. I had yelled at that lady for no reason. No what do I do. I could just send the check and not worry about it because I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me. I felt horrible. I knew I had to call her back and apologize. I did. It was very difficult, but it was the right thing to do. Everyone has had situations where they would feel their choice was justified. Maybe someone else wouldn’t have returned that extra shirt or paid for that third item. We have all had moments where we have walked out of a store and we were overcharged or someone has taken advantage of us. So it would seem justifiable that the universe evens things out. I guess the key is that we should all pretend as if someone is standing looking at us and questioning, “Do you think you are going to get away with it?” My conscience always knows.


Game Ready Clinic This 4 week player development program gives you the chance to develop your skill level in all areas of the game with 2 hour sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Program starts April 9th.

Space is limited!

THE BEST GET BETTER EVERYDAY...

LOCATED AT 6565 DAVIS INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY SUITE U IN SOLON

Batting Cages Perfect your swing in one of our four batting cages. Families can have fun by taking turns swinging in the cages in any Cleveland weather! It is fun for all! CALL 440.248.HITS WWW.STRIKEFORCE-BASEBALL.COM

Swing into spring at Strike Force Baseball Academy Take me out to the batting cages! Spring is in the air. Are you “game ready” for that first pitch? Strike Force Baseball Academy is the best-kept secret in town. It has six training tunnels and four batting cages. Each of the six training tunnels is 15-feet-by-70-feet long, offering the perfect place to practice pitching, catching or hitting. Each tunnel rental comes equipped with a pitching mound, a pitching machine and a screen for your protection. Their indoor baseball and softball batting cages have speeds from 30 to 75 miles per hour. Stop in and take a few swings. It is a great way to get ready for the season! Owner, Ken Wilson, has trained 10 professional players and over 100 other players who have received baseball scholarships. His instructors are experienced in every facet of the game of baseball. Some of the instructors are former students of the academy and went on to receive baseball scholarships and other accolades. They are among the best in the area. His dedicated trainers work daily with young athletes encouraging the Strike Force goal: practicing, to get better every day. They are happy to train you or your team to take your game to the next level. They offer semi-private or one-on-one training sessions. While every baseball or softball player must spend time individually training, baseball is still a team sport. The Strike Force Baseball Academy is the official home of one of Northeast Ohio’s most competitive club teams, the Diamond Boys. The

team trains year-round at Strike Force’s facility. This club has been rated as one of the best club teams in the state, and even in the country in Baseball America magazine. The Diamond Boys have teams from ages 10-18 that compete in highly competitive tournaments and leagues. The team is a wonderful opportunity to continue a young player’s development in a competitive environment. Stop in at 6565 Davis Industrial Parkway, Suite U, in Solon or call 440.248.HITS. Check them out at www.strikeforce-baseball.com The Solon Spotlight / 23


Who’s to say what’s more important? Access to technology or access to family? We believe it’s both. After all, studies show patients heal faster when loved ones are close by. Which might explain our hospital’s family-centered design that puts our patients and their families in the center. Then surrounds them with nationally recognized doctors and the region’s most advanced medical technology. Dedicated family areas provide expanded sleeping accommodations and controlled lighting to meet individual patient needs.

Welcome to a whole new way of wellness.

Welcome to the ultimate healing environment. At University Hospitals, our mission is you.

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Located at I-271 and Harvard Road in Beachwood, Ohio

UH Ahuja Medical Center is considered in-network for all major insurance plans in the region. Please visit UHAhuja.org/insurance to view a complete list of insurance plans.

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