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U.S. Rep. Fudge Visits Beachwood to Commend Student, Former Staff

Marcia Fudge surprises Council, staff with visit

U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge attended Monday's City Council meeting to commend two members of the Beachwood community.

Ohio's 11th district's congresswoman attended to present an award to Arielle Cohen, a senior who won first place in painting in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.

While Fudge was there, Mayor Merle Gorden arranged for her to help present a commendation to of Warrensville Heights Brad Sellers.

The two thanked Sellers for his tenure as economic development director of Beachwood and congratulated him on his election.

Sellers said that Fudge, a former mayor of Warrensville Heights herself, was the one who introduced him to politics just months after he retired from the NBA.

Cohen will attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh next year, studying psychology and art.

Over 200 students from Ohio's 11th Congressional District applied for the art competition and the winning pieces will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The students will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Until the end of May the work will be at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, located at 1962 Stokes Boulevard in Cleveland.

Nikki Ferrell May 22, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It was great to see Rep. Fudge at the meeting, and congrats to Arielle for her win!
carol schoen May 23, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Really, an engraved plaque with pictures of political allies? It would be quite eye-opening to see how many other times Mayor Merle Gorden has spent taxpayer money to give political cronies plaques to hang in their new offices. It would be nice to see what it says on the uber-fancy engraved plaque and how much it cost the taxpayers.

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