News, notes & opinions: November 2016

Development is part of a local economy’s life blood. The folks at DeHoff Development aren’t content with the growth at the Marketplace at Washington Square, so they’re building more.

DEVELOPMENT HELPS THE ECONOMY

Development is part of a local economy’s life blood.

The folks at DeHoff Development aren’t content with the growth at the Marketplace at Washington Square, so they’re building more. Beth Borda, with DeHoff, confirms a new building is going up between Starbucks and Sonic. We can put the rumors to rest. It will not be a long-awaited Panera that was supposed to be opening in the North Canton area.

The 8,600-square-foot facility going up on the vacant Washington Square land already has a couple of signed leases with Jet’s Pizza (1,472 square feet) and Pet Valu (3,500 square feet). Pet Valu is a newer concept pet store that started in Canada and has spread to the northeastern U.S.

That leaves about 3,600 square feet that Borda said DeHoff is actively negotiating with tenants. “The negotiations are a little more on the restaurant side than the retail side,” she said.

Speaking of development …

There is life again in the shopping plaza in Belden Village that sits off Everhard Road NW not far from the corner of Whipple Avenue NW. It is the plaza that used to be taken up mostly by PatentHealth.

Very few cars ventured into the plaza. I don’t remember seeing it this busy since Gold Circle was there.

Now there is an Earth Fare and a Home Goods. There is a Stein Mart and Kirkland’s. The place is hopping, as it should be.

All those people heading there need a place to eat (that is when Earth Fare isn’t passing out healthy snacks). More business in Belden Village is good for the rest of business in Belden Village. It’s good for the mall, which is undergoing its own renovations and sprucing up itself.

What is important to remember about plaza developments is much of that takes place because of local investment. Deville Development, locally owned, owns the plaza. Sure, Deville is making money off having new tenants. It should. But Deville invested its own money in making the plaza move-in friendly for tenants. That is, in part, how the local economy gets fuel. Think about the jobs created at that plaza by those stores.

Sure, we complain about development, but we really need it.
—Todd Porter

IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH BY GIVING

Want to improve your health? Who wouldn’t, right? There’s a proven way, and at this time of year, there’s no shortage of opportunities.

Give.

Numerous studies have shown that giving improves not only the givers’ mental health but also their physical well-being.

Not bad for spreading around some meaningful dollars or offering up a commodity many find more precious than money: time.

As we approach the end of the year, it’s easy for the requests to become overwhelming. The needs are real, and many organizations are set up to make their pitches around the holidays, when folks tend to be in giving moods.

What can you do?

Do what you can. And don’t think too narrowly. We all have something to give.

Here are a few suggestions completely distinct from writing a check. The only limits are our own imaginations.

Pass along some knowledge to the next generation. Teach new drivers how to check the oil or the tire pressure on their cars. Show a youngster how to shoot a basketball, throw a pass or catch a ball. Tutor a struggling student in math or history. (I’ll proofread anyone’s English assignment; just ask!) Don’t worry if you’re not all that “book smart,” either. Many subjects barely are covered in school anymore, so if you can knit, crochet, quilt, cook, woodwork or paint, you have a talent in demand. Find a way to share it!

You and your kids could rake leaves or shovel snow for a less-able neighbor. Baby-sit for a young couple so they can enjoy a “date night.” Contact a senior center or hospital; there’s always someone who would love a few visitors.

Here’s another option, and a good starting point in our over-stimulated world: Give your undivided attention. Put down the phone. Turn off the television. Talk. Listen.

It’s good to give. You’ll make a difference in someone’s life—and feel better for it.

And I’m serious about the proofreading.
—Rich Desrosiers

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CUTTING THE CORD WORTH THE HASSLE

As I watched a pair of pliers slide down the roof and land in a bush, I wondered if cutting the cord on cable was really worth it.

Two years later, I can say that, yes, it was.

For me, it was as much about price (my cable bill was around $80 a month) as it was about what I was watching, which was nothing. One day, while watching a “Roseanne” rerun that I had seen many times, I wondered why I needed so many channels. I had hours of recorded content that I likely never would watch and hundreds of channels at my fingertips. Still, my common complaint was that “there is nothing on.”

This is about as #firstworldproblems as first world problems can get.

And I’m not alone. About 15 percent of U.S. households that once had cable have cut the cord, according to the Pew Research Center. And that number rises slowly each year as more online streaming options become available.

I ended up adding Netflix ($10 a month) and Hulu ($8 a month). Netflix is great for movies and to binge watch hundreds of TV series, plus it has original programming, such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Narcos,” “Strangers Things” and “House of Cards,” that make it well worth the price. Hulu is great because it allows you to watch new content that just aired (except CBS shows, which aren’t a part of Hulu). This means that on Monday, we can watch all of the new shows that aired on Sunday.

Finding over-the-air channels
The biggest hassle with cutting the cord is getting over-the-air-channels. They are free, if you can find them. But this also means that at some point in the process, you are going to be up on your roof with your old friend vertigo.

I tried using an indoor TV antenna, but found it only provided a handful of religious channels and The Home Shopping Network. Indoor antennas may be good if you live in a big city or an apartment, but not a good option otherwise. So, I opted for an outdoor antenna ($60) that I mounted on the roof. Since my house already was set up for cable TV, I connected the antenna cable to the existing box on the side of my house. This allowed the signal to run to any part of the house that already had a cable outlet. I needed a signal amplifier ($25) to strengthen the signal within the house so it wasn’t weakened running to several TVs.

The most important tool was tvfool.com, where you can enter your address and find the location of all of the nearby TV signals. With the use of a compass, I was able to aim the antenna in such a way that I could get all of the heavily watched local Cleveland channels (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS) and even a few channels from Youngstown, which was a happy surprise when I discovered they show all of the Pittsburgh Steelers games. Around these parts that might not seem enticing, but rest assured that I am also able to watch the Browns lose each week in raw, high definition, which is noticeably sharper than the compressed HD most people pay for.

In all, we get about 50 channels. Many of those though are religious in nature or The Home Shopping Network. And we get three different PBS affiliates. But we also get a channel that only seems to show “The Drew Carey Show,” so the mix is pretty good.

In the first year, it cost me around $300 to cut the cord (and saved me $660). And that was the first year. Now, I pay $216 a year (for Netflix and Hulu) to watch TV, that’s $744 less than when I had cable.

And, strangely, I am watching more TV than ever.
—Dave Manley

INFORMED VOTES OFFER OUR ONLY HOPE IN THIS ELECTION

I’ve expressed frustration before in this space about this year’s presidential candidates. There are … um … *issues* with both.

But I still have a job to do as an American—vote for one of these *underwhelming* candidates. Plus there’s my day job, which is supervising The Canton Repository’s coverage of this *unique* election. So I’ve worked to try and learn as much as possible about each candidate and try to fight through the often biased *coverage* provided by the national media.

So there I was at Donald Trump’s rally in Canton in September, making a point to listen myself to his *message*, instead of sitting at home absorbing it through the prism of CNN or other national outlets.

My lasting memory of that Trump rally? Unfortunately, it’s the bit that Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” aired a few days later. *Correspondent* Jordan Klepper interviewed some *ill-informed* people outside the Canton Memorial Civic Center. My Facebook page was lighting up for days after that, as *friends* from around the country were making fun of Canton and Trump supporters in general.

It was not a good look, for Canton or for Trump. One *jamoke* in a “Make America Great Again” hat suggested Hillary Clinton has AIDS and Barack Obama was to blame for 9/11. But remember this: Klepper’s job was to get laughs, not do a broad-ranging report of what actually was happening at that rally (check out Repository archived coverage on CantonRep.com for that). So be wary of such reports and the *jamokes* who pop up in them.

For all we know, Klepper talked to 1,000 people and found only three of the ill-informed*. And I’d bet what Trump paid in federal taxes last year that you’ll find plenty of the *ill-informed* at Hillary Clinton rallies, also.

The idea that the future of our democracy could be decided by the *ill-informed* (another word could be *deplorable*) is sobering*, at best. *Depressing*, even.

Then, during the first presidential debate, a light at the end of the tunnel.

The Canton Repository invited some readers from across the political spectrum to watch the debate so the newspaper could report on their reaction. What we found, amidst this *political race* unlike any other, was refreshing: Well-informed, engaging, mature adults talking politics. Every one of them took notes during the debate. Every one of them participated in a vigorous—and civil—discussion before and after the debate. There were plenty of disagreements, but also plenty of respect for differing opinions. Plus the requisite gallows humor.

These informed voters were refreshing. They offered this grizzled editor some hope.

Here’s hoping people like this will decide our future, not the *jamokes* who make us laugh* while watching Comedy Central.
(When I typed *laugh* there, I really meant “head for the hills.”)

* asterisks in this column indicate another word probably is more appropriate, but has been deemed unfit for a family publication such as About magazine.

—Scott Brown

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