Thursday, May 16, 2013
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so she can retire at 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren’t keeping up. That means people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly will retire at age 50. How did she do it? She contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many of her fellow Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) did not participate in…
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Facebook page is a place to reminisce about growing up here
Looking for some memories? There's a Facebook page dedicated to the old times in Strongsville You Know You're from Strongsville if . . . is an open group with more than 2,500 members. Some recent (unedited) posts from 'You know you're from Strongsville if . . .' • If you remember the Charlie Chips place on pearl road where we got our cans filled. I find a place on pearl road in parma that carries these chips it is called Chuppa's Market Place. They still taste the same. • You remember the Allen Elementary egg drop. • If you ever had deep dish pizza from Alzonas • You know what getting lost in Seidel's Hay Maze is all about • If you remember Pick N Pay or Fisher's Big Wheel....or even Animal Kins! • Lunches with Mr. Cantlin at Whitney…
Photo is from Cleveland Memory Project
This photo is from The Cleveland Memory Project, a look at Cleveland-area history and a vast photo archive presented by Cleveland State University Libraries. Strongsville Patch will feature more photos over the next few weeks.
Everything you need to know about painting your house: stripping, powerwashing, fixing damaged wood and choosing paint colors. Sponsored by Home Depot.
It’s that time of year again and you’re outside, enjoying your yard. Then you start nosing around — maybe you’re inspecting your plants, or reviewing the condition of your lawn or setting up your sprinklers — and before you know it, reality hits. You need to paint the house. A daunting task. An expensive task. A necessary task—because it's not just about how your house looks, it's about your home's value. Neglect is not an option. Take heart, however. Information and resources have never been more easily available to help you through this project. Know Your Options Your options are to either hire a contractor or paint it yourself. Hiring a contractor is an expensive option, but if it's in your budget and you do the necessary research to…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
From the Appalachian coal mine communities to Uganda, Ohioans are going the extra mile to help their neighbors near and far. Sponsored by Grape Nuts.
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Last year, hundreds of people participated in the event.
Expect to see a bright splash of color at the Strongsville Commons this weekend. The third annual Chalk Walk is planned for May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. Children and teens of all ages (and all communities) are welcome to join in the fun. Chalk is provided. Professional and amateur artists are also seen at this event creating works on canvas using a variety of mediums. For more information, visit the Arts in Strongsville website. Chalk and artist applications are attached to this post in the form of a .pdf.
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Here's a hint: It's the same as previous years
Royalton Road remains Strongsville's accident hotspot, with 320 collisions reported in 2012. But overall crashes decreased last year, as did the number of injuries reported, according to the Strongsville Police Department's annual report. Royalton Road accounted for about 47 percent of the city's accidents last year, with many taking place near the I-71 ramps, the report notes. But the number on Route 82 dropped a little last year -- from 360 in 2011 -- which is a good sign, according to Police Chief Jim Kobak. "It's hard to make a determination about what caused the decrease," Kobak said. But he said a re-timing of signals, coupled with aggressive traffic law enforcement, may have led to a somewhat safer road. Of the 320 accidents …