Snow kiting at Edgewater Park (gallery)

Cleveland, OH Yards from the frozen surface of Lake Erie, it is 24 degrees. The 17 mph wind feels like a slap when it hits your face. It stings cheeks and makes eyes water. That is just what Saulius Muliolis of Euclid was hoping for when he headed to Edgewater Park with his skis and his massive […]

Headon for mayor: Sun Messenger Letter to the Editor

I am a concerned resident of Richmond Heights. I have been a resident since 1992. Our current mayor, Dan Ursu, has been mayor for 24 years and has not had an opponent since 1997. I strongly believe that a change in leadership is of the utmost importance to the future of our city. One candidate, […]

Lakewood officials plan Wednesday meeting to discuss Lakewood Hospital’s future: community news

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – City and Lakewood Hospital officials are reminding residents of a Wednesday informational meeting about plans for the hospital and health care in the city, and a charity art auction is on tap for later this week. Lakewood Hospital meeting: The city, Lakewood Hospital Association and the Cleveland Clinic will hold a meeting […]

North Olmsted school board drops National School Boards Association membership to save $4,100

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio – The school district will save $4,100 in 2015 by dropping its membership in the National School Boards Association. Board members were divided 3-2 on whether to drop the membership, but the majority said they wanted to save voters money where possible, especially after they approved an $81-million, 34-year bond issue for […]

Olmsted Township postpones disciplinary hearing for Fire Chief John Rice

OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Township trustees have postponed a disciplinary hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for Fire Chief John Rice. Trustees postponed the hearing at the request of Rice and his attorney, who requested additional time to prepare. Trustees on Jan. 14 scheduled the hearing after receiving a report from a labor consultant who investigated […]

Broadview Heights may appoint new city engineer, keep Eugene Esser under contract (live coverage)

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — The city may soon appoint a new engineer to replace Eugene Esser. Finance Director Molly Regan said Esser is nearing retirement. The city has already hired another engineer, Gary Yelenosky, who would replace him. However, Esser would continue working for the city as a contractor, to provide a smooth transition, under an […]

North Royalton will spend $148,000 on new playground

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – The city will spend $148,000 on a new playground in North Royalton Memorial Park. The playground – with slides, swings, spinners, tunnels, climbing and riding equipment, picnic tables, shelters and tot seats – will replace the deteriorated wooden playground, which the city recently tore down. Some of the new equipment is targeted […]

London, Florida, Southwest and JetBlue top our survey results: favorite destinations, best airlines, where we want to go now

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Plain Dealer and recently asked readers how they’ve responded to the downsizing of United Airlines at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport over the past year. We heard from more than 600 readers, split fairly evenly between those who self-identified as business travelers and leisure travelers. Survey results are not scientific, but they […]

Cancellations mount at Cleveland Hopkins as blizzard gets ready to strike Northeast

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Hopkins International Airport says there have been 36 flight cancellations to New York and other cities as a huge storm barrels up the East Coast. The blizzard, expected to dump two feet or more of snow, will strike Boston Logan International, JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport within hours. Airlines have […]

Cleveland travelers sound off on loss of United Airlines hub on one-year anniversary

CLEVELAND, Ohio — We have suffered delays in Chicago, driven to Detroit to avoid connections, cut up mileage-accumulating credit cards, and cursed CEO Jeff Smisek (repeatedly). And yes, some of us – many of us – have continued to fly on United Airlines. In the 12 months since United announced plans to shutter its hub […]