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Sexting and cyber-bullying seminar set for Wednesday night at North Royalton High School (live coverage)

10 hours 51 min ago
Partnership for a Healthy North Royalton will present a seminar on sexting and cyber bullying Wednesday night at North Royalton High School. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

City seeks input on Recreation Department programs: Broadview Heights Morning Update

11 hours 51 min ago
The city of Broadview Heights is renewing its recreational programs and wants residents to help by completing an online survey. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Thomas Perciak, in state of city address, expects economic growth but warns of trouble overseas

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:55pm
Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak, during his state-of-the-city address Tuesday, said he expects economic growth in the United States but warned of geopolitical tensions overseas Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

RITA will extend filing deadline for municipal taxes to Monday

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:45pm
The Regional Income Tax Agency will extend its deadline for filing municipal taxes to Monday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Extra, extra! Get your RITA forms here

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:55pm
Northeast Ohio Media Group is providing your RITA forms right here Laura Johnston, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/ljohnsto/index.html
Categories: Local News

Last-minute filers overwhelm RITA computers; agency says cities will work with late filers

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:20pm
Late tax filers are overwhelming the Regional Income Tax Agency's connection to the Internet, prompting long delays or an inability to connect to the website. Bruce Geiselman, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bgeiselman1/index.html
Categories: Local News

Junior Rangers assembling at Cuyahoga Valley National Park: Brecksville Morning Update

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00am
Children interested in becoming Junior Rangers, and those who already are, should attend a National Junior Ranger Day event on Saturday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

At least two taxpayers have success with Regional Income Tax Agency website but online and phone problems persist

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:35am
At least two taxpayers who had trouble filing municipal tax forms on Monday had success early Tuesday. However, the website and phone lines at the Regional Income Tax Agency were still experiencing problems Tuesday morning. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak will deliver state-of-city address Tuesday (live coverage)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:20am
Strongsville Mayor Thomas Perciak will deliver his annual state-of-the-city address at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

City to host paper-shredding party next week: North Royalton Morning Update

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 9:00am
North Royalton will have a paper-shredding event for residents April 26 at the York Road ball fields. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Get the facts on Issue 3: Sun Star Courier Letter to the Editor

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:17am
A letter was recently published on cleveland.com and in our local newspapers suggesting that the school district does not have a plan for construction, competitive bids, or cost estimates for the upcoming bond issue on the May 6 ballot.... Sun News Readers http://connect.cleveland.com/user/sunreaders/index.html
Categories: Local News

Greater Cleveland residents sound off about computer-phone glitches at Regional Income Tax Agency

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 9:00pm
Readers of cleveland.com share their experiences with RITA over the past few days. They have been unable to file their tax returns electronically on the agency's website. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

RITA executive director said he cannot extend municipal tax-filing deadline despite phone and website woes

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 5:55pm
The executive director of the Regional Income Tax Agency said he cannot extend the filing deadline for municipal taxes, despite problems with the agency's website and phones. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Residents from across Greater Cleveland complain about Regional Income Tax Agency's broken website

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:38pm
Greater Cleveland residents are reporting that they are unable to file their tax returns electronically on the Regional Income Tax Agency website. The filing deadline is Tuesday. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

RITA has trouble with phone lines Monday morning as tax deadline looms

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:33pm
The phones lines to the Regional Income Tax Agency were not working Monday morning. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

We can't afford the North Royalton $50 million bond issue: Sun Star Courier Letter to the Editor

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:03am
The North Royalton $50 million school bond issue has had several emotional letters, but I will deal with reality and affordability. Yes, the schools have some needs, but $50 million for 35 years? I don't think so. First, let's... Sun News Readers http://connect.cleveland.com/user/sunreaders/index.html
Categories: Local News

Strongsville senior housing plan coming; law directors in Strongsville and Brecksville well-paid: Best of the beat

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 6:00pm
A developer who proposed senior housing in Strongsville last year has been quiet about his plans lately but city officials say a formal plan might come soon. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News

Law directors among the most powerful suburban officials: Weekend update

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 1:30pm
Community reporters from Northeast Ohio Media Group and The Plain Dealer surveyed 43 cities and villages to find out pay and policies. See how much money your law director makes. Laura Johnston, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/ljohnsto/index.html
Categories: Local News

Roots cause sewer back-ups: The Weekly Fix

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:17am
Roots frequently invade sewer lines and cause back-ups. The only way to remove them is by snaking. The easiest way to access a sanitary sewer or storm sewer is through a clean out, if there is one, but sometimes other strategies are needed. Becky Stager, Home Repair Resource Center http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rstager/index.html
Categories: Local News

Strongsville says goodbye to artist who made sculptures out of nuts and bolts (photo gallery)

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:00am
The children of Strongsville artist Bill Westfall, who died in December after a career of making sculptures from nuts, bolts and other weldable material, will gather his artwork next week and take it to their homes in Texas. Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/bsandric/index.html
Categories: Local News
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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