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Heroin still taboo among teens, but is marijuana a stepping stone for risk takers?

By Sue Botos Westshore According to those who knew him, Robby Brandt was a typical teenager with an infectious smile and an appetite for taking risks. Like many teens, Robby experimented with marijuana. But after having his wisdom teeth removed during his sophomore year at Olmsted Falls High School, he became addicted to painkillers. He [...]

Pearl of the Orient celebrates 30 years of bringing authentic Asian cuisine to the West Side

By Sue Botos Rocky River George Hwang, owner of Pearl of the Orient, a mainstay of the Beachcliff Market Square, keeps a plaque reading “Be thankful” on his office desk at the restaurant. “That’s my best motto,” said Hwang, noting in a recent interview that he has had plenty to be thankful for. It’s this [...]

Applications for popular Christmas art market due next month

By Nicole Hennessy Westshore Christmas in July may be a joke of a “holiday,” but for local artists it’s when preparing for December begins. In addition to creating all the crafts and artworks that are purchased as gifts, now is when applications open for the popular Screw Factory Last Minute Market, which takes place each [...]

Hollywood once again shines the spotlight on Rocky River

By Sue Botos Rocky River For the second straight summer, part of Rocky River was turned into a Hollywood set as the cast and crew of the Lifetime Channel movie “With This Ring” came to town for three days of filming last week. Large white trucks housing cast and support staff formed a “base camp” [...]