Minimize stress and maximize space when downsizing: Talk of the Towns

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – You probably know my favorite resale store, Transitional Design, for their beautiful Broadview Heights store and online auctions. But did you know that Transitional Design also has a services, design and relocation department?

Families value the reassurance that Transitional Design Services can help their loved ones before, during and after moving into their new home. From pre-move preparation and packing to moving and settling in, Transitional Design’s move managers can handle it all.

House clearances are Transitional Design’s most requested customer service. Often the seniors being helped have accumulated items in their homes for 20, 30, 40, 50 or even 60 years.

Here in the Midwest we have basements, garages, attics, sheds…all of which can be filled with treasures salvaged over the years. The task of tidying everything up so the house can be sold can be completely overwhelming.

Transitional Design staff categorizes these items into what can be gifted, what to keep, and what needs to be donated, recycled, or discarded, and then removes the items according to category.

In the design department, Janet, a certified redesigner, is incredibly talented at helping clients’ new homes mirror the look of their current residences, making them feel more comfortable in their new surroundings, which are often quite scaled down.

Janet and Miriam also offer design and floorplanning for those who need help getting their home market ready, as well as assistance with the design of their new home.

Transitional Design recently supported a client who had relocated from her Twinsburg home and into a retirement community. Janet walked in and performed her “magic”. She fitted in with her client by unpacking boxes and putting things away for her, hanging pictures and arranging furniture and decorations to be just right.

Said the satisfied client, “Not a day goes by that I haven’t told someone how wonderful Transitional Design’s service was from downsizing to a big move.”

If you need help with moving, packing, tidying up or interior design, visit for more information. And don’t forget to check out the resale shop and online auctions for great deals.

Friend of Education: North Royalton City Schools recognized North Royalton Elementary School PTA President Kim Ponting as a 2021-22 Friend of Education at the April 11 Board of Education meeting.

This annual award goes to an individual or individuals who make a significant contribution to North Royalton City Schools, inspiring and empowering students, and working to make North Royalton and Broadview Heights a great place to be.

North Royalton City Schools has recognized North Royalton Elementary School PTA President Kim Ponting as a 2021-22 Friend of Education. From left North Royalton Elementary School Headmaster Kirk Pavelich, Ponting and Superintendent Mike Laub. (Photo courtesy of North Royalton City Schools)

During the 2021/22 school year, North Royalton Elementary School faced a host of ‘new’ challenges – new building, new study spaces, new teammates, new schedule, new reading series and the not-so-new ongoing COVID-19 challenges.

Every step of the way, the district was supported by the PTA as they were ready and willing to get involved at any time to provide funds to support new ventures.

As the challenges of COVID-19 began to ease, the schools received numerous requests from teachers regarding the availability of parent volunteers to help with various tasks in the new building. It only takes a phone call or email to request this assistance and numerous names have filled out the Sign Up Genius ready and waiting to take the call.

“Given the daunting task of photographing 1,450 elementary school students in one day for School Picture Day, it was the collaboration with our PTA leadership that made it possible, by being able to recruit enough volunteers to ensure everything went smoothly,” said Principal Kirk Pavelich.

During the long month of March, when staff morale needed a boost, all it took was a partnership with the PTA to bring the Cleveland Cookie Dough Truck to the front of the building where each individual employee could enjoy a cookie dough or ice cream cone – treat.

“Kim was able to bring together the ideas of the volunteer parents from Albion, Royal View and Valley Vista Elementary into a new cohesive entity,” said Superintendent Mike Laub. “We are grateful for their support and volunteer efforts during this pivotal year for our elementary school.”

Green Acres: Greene Acres Community Garden AGM will be held on April 30th at Broadview Heights City Hall, 9543 Broadview Road, second floor. Email Noreen Butano for more information.

Volunteers wanted: Volunteers are needed to help install smoke alarms for local families across northern Ohio, where Red Cross disaster response teams have responded to more than 860 home fires in the current fiscal year — as of July 1, 2021.

The alarm sound The smoke alarm installation and home fire safety events in northern Ohio are part of a national Red Cross initiative in May to install 50,000 free smoke alarms with partners in more than 50 vulnerable communities across the country.

“Sound the Alarm is a meaningful way to be part of a larger movement while also helping local families directly,” said Tim O’Toole, regional disaster preparedness officer for Northern Ohio.

“In just one day, you could be helping save a neighbor’s life by installing smoke alarms – which can halve the risk of dying in an apartment fire.”

People can now register at to install free smoke alarms and share fire safety information with residents during a local event at these dates and locations:

May 12, Cleveland (Collinwood), 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

May 13, Garfield Heights, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

May 14, Cleveland (Old Brooklyn), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m

Volunteers can attend Red Cross events if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as they wear a mask. Masks are required where requested by a homeowner and masks will be provided at every event.

Thanks to generous donations, all services are free and available to people in need. Can’t join the event? Help by donating to the Red Cross at to help people prepare, respond and recover from home fires responsible for most of the disasters in the US, which the Red Cross responds to every eight minutes.

Northern Ohio residents in need of assistance can visit to schedule a free smoke alarm installation during these Red Cross Sound the Alarm events.

During the home visits, Red Cross volunteers and partners will also share information about the causes of home fires, how to avoid them, what to do if a fire starts and how to make an escape plan.

This ‘Sound the Alarm’ event is a crucial part of the national Red Cross house fire campaign which has helped save 1,243 lives since it was launched in October 2014. As part of the campaign in Northern Ohio, the Red Cross and local partners have installed more than 77,000 free smoke alarms and made more than 25,000 homes safer.

Let the communities in Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton know what’s happening with your organization, church, school, business or family. email me

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