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Dairy Queen half-price sale has caught on

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Thanks to the very generous owner of Medina’s Dairy Queen restaurant (the one by Target), our family’s tradition the last number of years has been to have lunch and a Blizzard on New Year’s Eve.
Apparently we are no longer among the select few who knew about the great deal there.
The owner of the restaurant at 133 Northland Drive has shown her appreciation for her customers by offering everything in the store at 50% off between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every New Year’s Eve. Many years, we have had our choice of tables, even for our rather large party of seven.
This year, we arrived later than usual, about 2:15 p.m. (after enjoying a free day at the Medina Community Recreational Center, thanks to a coupon we got in the mail). To our great surprise, the parking lot was…

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Browns’ Mike Bell eager to show what he can do if Peyton Hillis can’t go

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

BEREA – Browns running back Mike Bell has suited up with two teams and played in 14 games this season, but he has only carried the football 42 times.
That number could grow exponentially Sunday when Cleveland hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in its season finale.
Standout starter Peyton Hillis did not practice all week because of sore […]

Browns notes: Coaches know they might not be around next week

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini’s final scheduled press conference of the regular season occurred  Friday morning.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met with the media in the afternoon.
Not surprisingly, the main topic at all three sessions was the same: Will any of them be employed in the same capacity next season?
“(My […]

Emergency contact can be on state ID

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

In 2009, Ohio experienced 298,657 crashes. And of these crashes 74,191 resulted in either injury or death. Often times in a crash it is important that an emergency contact or next of kin can be located due to death or injury that may have occurred.

In 2008, Ohio became on of the first states to make a next of kin registration process available. Any holder of a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or state of Ohio Identification card has the option of providing the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified in the event the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person.

To register a next of kin click here.

Browns coach Eric Mangini expects Monday meeting regarding his future

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

BEREA – Browns coach Eric Mangini said Friday he expects to meet with president Mike Holmgren on Monday to review the season and find out if he returns for a third season.
The Browns (5-10) finish the season Sunday against Pittsburgh at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Steelers (11-4) would clinch the AFC North title with a […]

Toledo sees dozens of air conditioner thefts

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

TOLEDO — Police report thieves have been hot for air conditioners this month in one of Ohio’s largest cities.
Toledo Police Lt. David Schmidt said the thefts likely have something to do with the rising price of copper, commonly found in air conditioning units.
WTOL-TV reports more than two dozen have been stolen in December from Toledo […]


December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mandarin or orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup minced pitted dates
  • 1 (3.1-ounce) disc Mexican or bittersweet chocolate, such as Ibarra, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces*
  • 1 cup whole- milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate (recipe follows)
  • *Can be found in Hispanic and gourmet grocery stores


Whisk together the flour, baking powder, mandarin peel, salt, dates and chocolate in a bowl. Whisk together ricotta, eggs, granulated sugar, and vanilla in another bowl. Mix in the flour mixture to form a chunky batter.

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 350 degrees F. (If you don’t have a thermometer a cube of bread will brown in about 4 minutes.)

Working in batches, gently drop a tablespoon of the batter in the oil and fry, turning occasionally, until deep golden in color, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain.

Dust generously with powdered sugar and serve with Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Immigrant rights shouldn’t co-op the civil-rights movement

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

national-insittue-of-lation-progress4By Esther Cepeda

The Seattle Times 

Editor’s Note – The views and opinions expressed in this article are of those of the author only.  They in no way reflect the views and opinions of or its partners and affiliates.

CHICAGO – It has all the makings of an inspirational tale for the history books: a diverse community of U.S.-born and immigrant Latinos – feeling demonized by one political party’s radically anti-immigrant policies and another’s stepped-up deportations – unites to bring about a long-sought comprehensive immigration-reform plan.

Are we, as some are proclaiming, on the cusp of a Hispanic civil-rights movement? If we are, we have to call it something else: It’s time to retire the appropriation of the term “civil rights movement.” It doesn’t belong to us.

Whether it’s Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois stirring up his base with references to integrating lunch counters, or Fox News’ Glenn Beck wrapping himself in Martin Luther King’s conscientious objection at last summer’s “Restoring Honor” rally, or the debate in the gay African-American community about whether it’s proper to advocate for their issues under the banner of the civil-rights movement, we need to leave the epic struggle to bring full citizenship to Americans who were once held in bondage alone. It belongs to history.

One of my recent columns about a movement to form a third political party for Latinos generated this typically angry note: “I have to speak up, Esther, and be very critical of Rep. Gutierrez’s statement that a Latino uprising over the Dream Act would mirror the American civil-rights movement. The American civil-rights movement was championed by taxpaying citizens of the United States of America, who for generations had been denied the fundamental rights afforded by citizenship and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. This dreadful analogy will engender neither sympathy nor support from the likes of those who marched with and supported Dr. King. On the contrary, they may find it offensive.”

Yes they do. Back in 2006, Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was convicted of Social Security fraud, took sanctuary in a Chicago storefront church with her U.S.-born 7-year-old son for a year to avoid being deported. She famously said, “I’m strong, I’ve learned from Rosa Parks – I’m not going to go to the back of the bus. The law is wrong.” This led to her supporters calling her a Mexican Rosa Parks – and people of all races and ethnicities across the country were infuriated.

Regardless of how respectful or well-intentioned the comparison, there’s really no equivalent to the suffering that African Americans had to overcome. And though some immigrant activists see clear parallels, 30 million U.S.-born Latinos couldn’t rightfully march under a civil-rights banner – their struggles are different.

“I would say we want to walk a fine line between being sensitive to people’s feelings and being doctrinaire,” said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the internationally recognized Montgomery, Ala.-based civil-rights organization. “We tend to use the term civil rights in a universal way but we are on the verge of a new terminology because civil rights, in a strict legal sense, lacks the components of human rights such as the economic right to work.”

Cohen told me that his organization tries to be sensitive to the terminology concerns of some of the very people they advocate for when trying to communicate about issues in the context of today’s cultural and political atmosphere. “We’re more liberal with using the terms ‘civil rights,’ we use it often and in a more universal sense than some advocates like .

“We tell people there’s no hierarchy of oppression, but the bottom line is that language is powerful and there’s always an evolution of language. The work of any civil-rights organization is to communicate well, and when you’re talking to people who may be on the other side of your issues you want to use terms that are familiar to them, but you don’t want to carry unintended consequences so you have to be cognizant of how people respond to you.”

That cognizance must be at the forefront of the minds of leaders who are calling on disillusioned Latinos to work more closely together to realize their immigration-reform hopes in the coming years. It will be an epic struggle, too. And to be a successful one, it will have to be framed as being unique to the issue, all the people of diverse nationalities involved, and to this moment in time – the immigration-rights movement.

 Esther J. Cepeda’s column appears regularly on editorial pages of The Times.

Ohio income taxes going down 4.2 percent in 2011

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

COLUMBUS — Ohioans are about to receive the delayed final round of a five-part income tax cut.
The arrival of the new year will bring state tax rates down by 4.2 percent, completing what was supposed to be a five-year, 21 percent reduction begun in 2005. But it will have taken six years finish the tax […]

Wadsworth’s Tavanello wins close match with Ohio State recruit Erb

December 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

BROADVIEW HTS. — The feature match of the night at the 50th Brecksville Holiday Tournament highlighted now four-time event champion Cam Tessari of Monroeville and Padua’s Andrew Romanchik at 140 pounds.
If there was a 1A bout, it would have been between Wadsworth’s Nick Tavanello and Wapakoneta’s Logan Erb at 215.
Returning state champions in Divisions I […]