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May 2004

Food + Drink

Silver Spoon Awards 2004

It's been a wild ride on the dining scene this past year, a rocketing roller coaster of openings, closings, arrivals, departures and resurrections. See who you, our readers, picked as the best in the biz.

In the CLE

And Another Thing

Battling Average

Fredo LaPonza, one of the everyman finalists on NBC's "Average Joe: Hawaii," sounds off on fame, Fabio and what he's looking for in a long-term relationship.

Confessions of a Poppy Seller

They bloom every Memorial Day weekend outside grocery stores, strip plazas and wherever people congregate: the artificial Buddy Poppy salesman. One member of Solon VFW Post 1863 provides an insider's look at the tradition that has benefited needy and di

Fastlane: Rini Paiva

Rini Paiva, National Inventors Hall of Fame, director of public relations and inductee relations

For Love Or Money

David Palange had a gambling problem and a daughter in desperate need of a transplant. So the Army veteran and former park ranger did what no one expected of him: He stole nearly $200,000 and disappeared.


Moving Up

Newcomers to Lorain County explain what drew them here.

Neighborhood Watch

New Arrival

No Easy Answers

Par Power

For most golfers, the perfect shot carries powers of attraction that rival gravity, pulling us back to the course for another round (no matter how bad the last one was). We've found some notable Clevelanders who reveal what drew them to the game and wha

Pennies Saved

Ron Larsen

He rescues old buildings, guarding Avon's past.

Seen and Heard

Shopping Boom

New retail grows in Avon and Elyria.

Survey Says

The Agenda

The Predator Next Door

In January, a sexual predator moved to Tanglewood Lane. The neighborhood hasn't been the same since.

The Riverwalk

Exhilarating new views in Elyria's Cascade Park

Weapon of Mass Distraction

Funny Times has lampooned modern American society for 19 years now, turning Raymond Lesser's left-leaning humor newspaper into an underground favorite.

What It Costs


Backstage Pass

Cleveland's accessibility is its greatest asset.

Criminal Element

Facing the Music

Local Sounds

Scraping By

"Nickel and Dimed" chronicles the hardships faced daily by America's low-wage earners.

The Foreplay's The Thing

Dating, marriage and sex. You bet there's danger ahead. But as our reviewer and his wife discover, there are also a lot of laughs -- and a few poignant moments -- in the Hanna Theatre production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change."

At Home

The Dream

Lorain County's great experiment, one of Ohio's most environmentally friendly homes, opens in Carlisle Township.


Hue's Clues

Featuring Cleveland's top models, student designers, clothiers and salons, the fourth-annual Cleveland Fashion Show will reveal the season's vibrant fashion palette.

Preppy Revival

Break out that dusty edition of The Preppy Handbook -- and brush up on dainty duds for spring's hottest styles -- with a twist.

Pretty In Pink

Spring accessories to covet

Straight Eye on the Fashionable Guy

The metrosexual boom has fueled an explosion in men's fashion, accessories and grooming products.

Thread Fair

Northeast Ohio's schools of fashion and design have a knack for turning out creative graduates.

Travel & Outdoors

Feathered Finds

If you're a bird, Canada's Point Pelee offers the perfect refueling spot on your northward journey. If you're a birder, that means this is the place to be in May.

Great Lakes Options