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Issue Date: June 2009


Rating the Suburbs - Bainbridge Township

Bette Moss, “The Satin Doll,” 80
DJ at WKHR
I’ve been here since 1970 — it was another world.

We had two restaurants,
Nash’s restaurant and the bowling alley, and that’s all you had to eat out here. When you went shopping you had to pack your nightgown and your toothbrush.

I grew up during the
Great Depression, and I used to daydream that I was going to be a movie star with long hair, a disgustingly long fur coat and very glamorous, and of course that didn’t happen. I wanted to be an actress but I also loved radio. I think I’m a natural-born ham is my trouble.

My daughter
had gone down to New Orleans to go to college. She came back and was trying to find something we could do together to reintroduce her back to this area. This school had a radio station, and they advertised in a community calendar that they were going to have classes on a Saturday morning.

I had done
community theater and I thought I was just so cool, and my daughter was a nervous wreck. Then the instructor said, “OK this record is about to come off now and you can talk,” and my first thought was, I must have been out of my mind, why did I think I could do this?

Now we are
surrounded by very expensive homes. The students from the very posh homes go to school with the kids from the farm. It’s a nice mix that way.

We’ve got
a good police department. They’re wonderful. They keep good track of Bainbridge. The EMT is wonderful. You feel very well protected.

They want a picture of you, and here I am, 80 years old, and they’re expecting this 30-something, tall and slender. That’s a bit of a sticky wicket.
Comments:
Saturday, June 06, 2009 11:46:08 AM by Candy
Oh sure, if you like miles of traffic on every corner and have 20 extra minutes to wake up before work so you can sit and wait at lights mthen move here. Truck traffic is abundant if you like fumes too. It is a dirty township. They don't care about the environment.

Also if you like to live where they spray tons of pesticides to poison your water and dogs and youthen sure come on to Bainbridge. Nobody listens to your complaints. The township is crowded. The police and fire are great but that is about all to brag about.
Saturday, September 26, 2009 10:24:16 PM by Andrea
I'm not sure if either of these people have given a good representation if Bainbridge. To touch a bit upon what was said above. It is a growing Town, and it is feeling those growing pains. There are peek hour traffic slow downs (especially during the school year), and any issue on 306 seems to turn everything upside down. Power goes down often, and the drinking water is not good (speaking from my and my neighbor's experiences).

I've only lived here for 3 years, but have yet to have pesticides sprayed along my street like the city where I formally lived. My dog and children are alive and healthy. The schools are excellent, playgrounds are abundant, the library down the road has wonderful children's programs. Parks are everywhere - Fall is splendid around here. The wild life surrounds and amazes us - everything from Cyotes to Owls and Ospray. There is a good mix of housing and income level. Additionally there are early childhood groups and many cultural programs for children from private music classes to Kenston Community programs. There are a few good restuarants in town and others close by in Chagrin Falls. Great shopping all with in a 20 minute drive. Better yet - if you leave your car unlocked it will still be there in the morning. If your garage is left open - only the barn sparrows will swoop in. If you call the police they respond with in minutes. I know people who live in townships without a police force - no thank you!

There however is not a good sense of a town center, roads are dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclers. Sadly the dedication to recycling/environmental issues leaves something to be desired. The town trustees seem unorganized. Additionally I feel the area is a bit transient, but I don't understand why. I consider this a nice bedroom community that is family oriented, and taxes just high enough to hopefully keep the riff-raff out. enough said.

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