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tor High School’s National Honor Society to provide complimentary shredding of documents for the com- munity. Those who used the service were asked to donate a non-perish- able food item for the Lake County Salvation Army Food Pantry. Just over 6,500 pounds of docu-


ments were shredded and more than 550 pounds of food was donated. According to representatives from the Salvation Army, this is enough to supply the food pantry for a week.


Unclaimed funds given to local charities Partner Patrick J. Perotti and his


law firm, Dworken & Bernstein, known for its support of cy pres, is awarding unclaimed class-action funds to several local charities. Two recent settlements have provided more than $2 million of additional money to organizations that provide services for citizens with mental or physical handicaps, hunger centers, community redevelopment, educa- tional programs and others. Total distributions to date are more than $22.5 million. Cy pres is when money that a de-


fendant commits for the settlement of a class action is not returned to the defendant because class mem- bers cannot be found. Instead, these funds are directed to charities and non-profits. Dworken & Bernstein, with an of-


fice in Painesville, is the largest law firm in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties with additional offices in downtown Cleveland.


New technology used


in Euclid dentist office Dr. Herbert Orlansky opened a


new dental office at 26300 Euclid Ave., Euclid. His practice empha- sizes periodic and preventative den- tal care, as well as early oral cancer detection, treatment of sleep apnea and cosmetic enhancements. The of- fice’s new luminescent technologi- cal equipment has a unique light and lens that is used to identify potential oral cancer areas in the mouth.


WELW, Great Lakes


Mall start radio show Great Lakes Mall in Mentor and


WELW have teamed up to host an afternoon radio show each week highlighting community organiza- tions and upcoming local events. The show, called Good Afternoon Magazine, is broadcast from the mall from 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays. It can be heard live at 1330 AM and also live or archived at WELW.com.


NON-PROFIT


YMCA Dream House opens for tours The Lake County YMCA 2011


Dream House, 8072 Rainbow Drive in Concord Township’s Nature Pre- serve South, is a 2,700-square-foot home built byW.R. Dawson Con- struction. The 2011 Dream House is open to the public for tours from noon-8 p.m. daily through Aug. 14. Anyone who purchases a tour


ticket will be entered into a drawing to win the home or a $200,000 cash prize. The semifinal drawing for 20 ticket holders will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. The final drawing will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Each of the 20 semi- finalists will choose a key and who- ever has the key that opens the front door wins the house and furnishings or the cash option. Tour tickets are available for $12


each or three for $30 at all Lake County YMCA branches, at the Dream House during tour hours, by phone at 440-354-5656 or online at www.ymcadreamhouse.org.


United Way of Lake allocates $2.1 million The United Way of Lake Coun-


ty’s board recently approved the allocation of $2,102,000 to core programs, Solutions Panels, Youth United Way, 2-1-1 and other com- munity initiatives. Approximately $1,842,000 of this was allocated to core programs. Approximately 8.7 percent has been set aside to offset uncollectable pledges. The funds are distributed to 74


programs across the county, cover- ing five categories: children, senior citizens, basic needs, health services and health counseling. This year saw an increase in requests from the basic needs and senior citizens panels by up to 20 and 7 percent, respectively.


New Life fundraiser brings hope to many The New Life fundraising dinner


at St. Noel Banquet Center in Wil- loughby Hills saw approximately 230 attendees bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items to ben- efitProject Hope for the Homeless, the only emergency homeless shelter in Lake County. The shelter served more than 330 men, women and children in 2010. John and Nor- een DeSantis were recipients of the Blessings Award, given annually to exceptional volunteers.


Lake Health District


launches new website Lake County General Health


District recently launched a new website. The goal of the site is public health education and the welfare of county residents and beyond. It was designed to be user friendly, as well as attractive to the computer-savvy resident with an emphasis on inter- active and social media. The site can be accessed at www.lcghd.org.


Attendees sought for entrepreneur academy Area entrepreneurs looking to start


or build their business can attend the Lakeland Entrepreneurship Academy. Attendees will get infor- mation on how to implement the lat- est best practices in sales, marketing, customer service and many other critical topics. The academy will be from 6:30-9


p.m. Wednesdays from Aug. 31-Nov. 16 at Lakeland Community College. The fee is $365 with a limited number of scholarships available. Learn more at www.lakelandcc.edu/ea.


West Lake Chamber has supply discounts The Western Lake County


Chamber of Commerce has part- nered with Office Depot to provide businesses with a savings program that will help reduce the cost of office supplies. Participants will get 5 per- cent off of the lowest retail price on nearly everything To learn more, con- tact Steve Rogers at 216-212-9835 or steven.rogers@officedepot.com.


GOVERNMENT


Madison area forms improvement group Residents, local business people


and officials from Madison Town- ship and Madison Village have formed the Madison Commu- nity Improvement Corp. (MCIC). MCIC is comprised of members from, and directed by, the private sector of the community. The goals of MCIC are business


and economic development and promotion, support of residents in the Madison community by work-


Painesville resident Kris Advey is one of many volunteers from the Pattie Group cleaning up the Wigs for Kids head- quarters in Westlake.


Volunteers renovate Wigs for Kids property Volunteers from the Russell Township-basedThe Pattie Group recently


did major “spring cleaning” and re-landscaping of the Wigs for Kids head- quarters in Westlake, where the Geauga business has a branch location. The project included clearing leaves and debris, mowing the lawn and


pruning several years of overgrowth from trees and shrubs. The Pattie Group’s volunteers will help to maintain the landscaping.


ing on projects that enhance the lives of those in the community, fundraising to accomplish goals, and special events to bring busi- ness and people together. In addi- tion, the organization has filed for its 501(c)(3) status. Residents and business owners


in the Madison community are welcome to join MCIC and attend board meetings at 6 p.m. the sec- ond Tuesday of each month in the training room at the Madison Vil- lage Fire Station, 33 North Lake Street (State Route 528) in Madi- son Village.


Mentor, county see unemployment decline The unemployment rate for Men-


tor increased 0.1 percent to 6.3 percent in May, and decreased 0.1 percent in Lake County to 6.9 per- cent. Mentor has the lowest unem- ployment rate for any community in Ohio with more than 50,000 in population. The unemployment rate in Ohio increased to 8.5 percent for the comparable period.


SBA LOANS (between May 9-June 8)


nAbsolute Grass


Mentor, $10,000 nBella Cards and Gifts


Burton, $25,000 nChristopher C. Burton


Mentor, $1,739,000 nCreate A Match


Madison, $20,000 nGeauga Coatings


Chardon, $175,000 nMatthews Sign


Mentor, $25,000 nMoving Solutions


Mentor, $250,000 nPat Walsh Design


Willoughby, $50,000 nShowstoppers School of Baton


Wickliffe, $20,000 nTirak Enterprises Hambden Township, $25,000


Businessman guilty of workers’ comp fraud The Ohio Bureau of Workers’


Compensation (BWC) is seeking an injunction against a Pepper Pike man recently sentenced for oper-


ating his business without proper workers’ compensation insurance coverage while his employees filed multiple claims. The injunction would requireAn-


thony Gray, owner of Gray Con- tainer, to discontinue operations until he becomes fully compliant with workers’ compensation law and takes action to repay the more than $600,000 he owes BWC. It is the first time the bureau has sought this type of injunction. Gray allowed his policy to lapse in


September 2006 and, despite repeat- ed attempts by BWC to assist Gray in becoming compliant, he contin- ued operating his business without coverage. Ohio law ensures benefits for the injured workers even if the employer is without coverage, and the money owed will help reimburse BWC for the cost of treating those workers. On May 4, Gray entered a no-con-


test plea and consented to a finding of guilty to two counts of failure to comply with workers’ compensation law. He was sentenced to one year of active probation, ordered to com- plete 80 hours of community work service and sentenced to 90 days of suspended incarceration.


BWC safety grants available to businesses The Ohio Bureau of Workers’


Compensation (BWC) is remind- ing employers that hundreds of Ohio businesses are reducing workplace injuries and creating safer work en- vironments using BWC grants. Dur- ing the past year, BWC has awarded more than $3.3 million in Safety In- tervention Grants. The grant program assists busi-


nesses in purchasing equipment to reduce or eliminate injuries and ill- nesses associated with a particular task or operation. For every dollar an eligible employer spends, it can receive two dollars through the grant program, up to a total BWC payout of $40,000. The program has award- ed $43,864,434 to 1,449 employers since its inception. To learn more about the program or apply online, visit ohiobwc.com.


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