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Brecksville signs deal with MetroHealth System for outpatient center: 2013 year in review

Sun Star Courier - Sun, 01/05/2014 - 7:00am
MetroHealth System's plan to build an outpatient health center on state Route 82 at Interstate 77 was the top story in Brecksville in 2013. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Strongsville department heads and non-union workers receive 2.5-percent raises

Sun Star Courier - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:15pm
Strongsville's department heads, many of whom make more than $100,000 a year, and non-union workers will receive 2.5 percent increases in 2014. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Strongsville City Council passes more than 80 percent of ordinances on first reading

Sun Star Courier - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:20pm
Strongsville City Council suspended its rules and approved more than 80 percent of its ordinances on first or second reading during the first six months of 2013. It's a widespread practice that happens in other communities but governments watchdogs believe it prevents residents from participating in local government. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Courier Communique: Events in New Year in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, and North Royalton

Sun Star Courier - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:00am
Ingrid Schaefer Sprague Happy New Year to our readers in Brecksville, Broadview Hts., North Royalton, and Strongsville! We already have plenty of events planned for the next couple of months, so let's greet 2014! New Year's Resolutions If finding... Ingrid Schaefer Sprague, Sun News http://connect.cleveland.com/user/issprague/index.html
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Brecksville City Council approves raise for city engineer

Sun Star Courier - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:00am
Brecksville City Council braved a winter storm Thursday night to have its first meeting of 2014. At the meeting, council gave city Engineer Gerald Wise a 2.1-percent raise. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Lindsay Margocs, Strongsville Police Department Dispatcher: Five Questions

Sun Star Courier - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 2:53pm
Lindsay Margocs, Strongsville Police Department Dispatcher: Five Questions Jo Ellen Corrigan, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/joelcorriga/index.html
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Brecksville City Council will swear in new member Thursday night (live coverage)

Sun Star Courier - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 1:10pm
Brecksville City Council will receive a new member at a special meeting Thursday night. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Broadview Heights Morning Update: Trash, phones and seminars

Sun Star Courier - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:00pm
Trash pickup in Broadview Heights will be one day behind this week due to the New Year's holiday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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Brecksville Morning Update: Council, beautification, art

Sun Star Courier - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:00am
New and returning Brecksville City Council members will take the oath of office at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
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CVR Members In The News

CVR Member Robert Smith

A Man For All Seasons

"I don't find happiness in stuff, I find it in being  of service to others whether it is in the community or in a different country. Most stuff is a temporary fix," says CVR member Robert Smith.

And, he should know.  For the past 10 years, Bob has traveled to Honduras on mission trips with his church to help that area which was torn apart by Hurricane Mitch.  Each year, Bob spends 11 days in Honduras and, with the mission team, has: built latrines, built small chapels, worked in orphanages, and built water purification systems.  These systems are essential in preventing disease.

Bob has lived in Brecksville his whole life.  He is married to Lisa, a "soon to be retired" 8th grade math teacher.  The Smiths have three grown children, Emily, who also lives in Brecksville, Hannah, who lives in Toledo and Abram who lives in Brecksville.  The Smiths also have two grandchildren.



Bob graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Hts high and has been a concrete finisher for 35 years.  Bob has been a member of St. Basil's since it opened its doors.  He is a Republican because of what our party stands for, "smaller government, morals and freedom of religion."

A recovering Democrat, he clearly sees that the Obama administration is taking us down a path to socialism.  "Democrats say they are for the working class, but that is a facade."  He goes on to quote Allen West, "Democrats make people enslaved to the government."

Smith lost his parents early in life, but that just gave him more resolve to work hard.  He believes in our capitalist system, "Has a poor guy ever given you a job?"

Since becoming politically aware in the last 10 years, he is flabbergasted that more people don't want to talk about the issues that are going on in this country.  "We have gone from a country of strong individuals to a country of moral relativism.  How did we get here?"

He wonders if people in America just haven't seem enough hardship, which has contributed to complacency.  If more people had seen what he has seen in place like Honduras, maybe they would appreciate our country more.

That is why Bob sees that his conservative values and his charitable work go hand in hand.  And, that is why he is a member of CVR and gives so much of himself to help others in need.

          

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