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Fundraiser at Sanctuary on the Green; Networking at D & S Automotive Collision & Restyling


On Thursday evening, September 14th, we first went to "Sanctuary on the Green" to attend a fundraiser for our good friend South Euclid Councilperson Marty Gelfand who is running for a judgeship on the South Euclid Municipal Court.

We could only stay a short while but we liked talking with Mr. Moe Romero, a former councilperson, about the strategy that Councilperson Gelfand should adopt if he wants to win (and we think that his chances are quite good) and, of course, it is always great to encounter former Ohio State Representative Leroy Peterson who is walking encyclopedia on legislative careers and political campaigns in the Cleveland area.

If elected, Councilperson Gelfand told us and it states firmly in his literature that he will "provide a fair forum for all parties...As a judge, I will keep the safety of all people of South Euclid in mind at all times while ensuring a fair place to be heard."

Next, we hurried over to Mentor to attend a "premier" chamber networking event at "D & S Automotive Collision & Restyling" on Tyler Road. Quite a few of the local chambers of commerce took part including the Beachwood chamber, the Mentor Chamber, the Chardon chamber, and the Eastern Lake County chamber.


In the course of the evening, we were addressed by Mr. C.J. Paterniti, the Vice President of "D & S...", who told us that as of November, 2017 his company, which was founded by his father, will have been in business for 40 years. Actually, besides "D & S...", this location is home to three additional businesses pertaining to automotive services especially in the area of supplying vehicles to people of special needs. The other three companies are "M.C. Mobility Services, Inc.", "Defender Auto Glass", and "Ability Van Rentals". 

At least two hundred people stopped off at this event wherein excellent food was provided by "Mama Roberto's" (Sicilian Pizza and Cannoli); "Crosswinds Grill" (assorted charcoterie); "The Cabin" (sushi); and "Fourk" (BLT sliders and tuna tater tacos).


In the course of the evening, we were flattered when we were approached by a friend of ours from the Eastern Lake County chamber who told us that sometime soon she will be hosting an artist from Europe who has been living in Los Angeles and is frustrated by the shortage of good Polish food establishments in that city. Therefore, she wanted to know (since we attend a lot of ethnic events) if we knew of a place where good perogis could be purchased. We thought for a little while and made a call to "St. Stanislaus Church" in Slavic Village to find out who makes the excellent perogis at its annual Polish festival. These perogis are so good that we have to use self-discipline to avoid eating too many. As it turned out they are prepared at "Rudy's Strudel and Bakery" in Parma and we enthusiastically passed on that information because we know for a fact that people of all ethnic backgrounds who visit the Polish festival love them too.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC

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