Local Rotarians aid Nicaragua’s ‘Children of the Dump’: West Shore Chatter

Estelle Sidler

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River joined Rotarians across the country Aug. 26 by participating in an international service project known as “Children of the Dump.”

Shoe boxes for the Children of the Dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua, were filled with personal care items, clothing, school supplies and age-appropriate games or toys.

Club members also donated money, shopped and purchased needed supplies for the children, as well as preparing and filling the boxes for shipment. Club member Vicki Foster led this year’s initiative. She was supported by 22 club members.

Fifteen shoes boxes were filled for young boys and 20 for young girls. They contained items like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, comb, underwear, flip flops, one outfit of top and pants for girls or an outfit of shirt and pants or shorts for boys, a baseball cap, a doll and toys

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Parents spend more on electronics, desks as prep for remote learning

Estelle Sidler

ALBANY— Parents are still spending during this strange back-to-school season, but they’re buying laptops, computer accessories, internet hot spots and desks in preparation for learning at home.

Whiteboards, noise-canceling headphones, blue light-blocking glasses and even used cars so older students can avoid buses are some of the more unusual items on this year’s list.

Public schools are providing personal protective equipment, including masks and sanitizer, but retailers have also stocked up for the parents who want to send their kids in with a little extra.

Despite millions of students staying home to learn, spending on school supplies is at a record high, according to the National Retail Federation’s survey. What If Media Group, a performance marketing company, found a similar trend: 64 percent of parents are spending the same or more on supplies this year.

“This back-to-school shopping season is dramatically different than in years past,” Amy Lang, senior vice

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Kitchen gadget: Keep your tea hot

Estelle Sidler

Food By


Wambui Kuria

Like an electric kettle, it heats with heating coils and elements (Photo: ebay)

Any chance you are like me and cannot stand a lukewarm cup of coffee or tea? There are times I drink my coffee in a flash and other times I take my sweet time. When I am working, my coffee can stay forgotten for a while. Walking to and from the microwave to heat it takes too much time (call me lazy but when on a roll, a small distraction will break my momentum.)

I went shopping (online as is the current norm) and found the perfect gadget to keep my coffee hot and, best of all, while still in the cup. This beverage warmer is the easiest gadget to use. Like an electric kettle, it heats with heating coils and elements. However, you don’t have to pour your tea out of the

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Nordson Corporation Acquires vivaMOS Ltd., Adding Key Sensor Technology to Test and Inspection Business

Estelle Sidler

Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has acquired vivaMOS Ltd., which designs, develops and fabricates high-end large-area complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for a wide range of X-ray applications. This acquisition builds on Nordson’s strategic objective to enhance its test and inspection capabilities for diverse end markets.

Based in Southampton, U.K., vivaMOS is a leader in its field for high-end large-area CMOS image sensors. The company was established in 2015 as a spinoff from the U.K.’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the aim of commercializing its X-ray image sensors. Its latest generation sensor offers a unique combination of speed, resolution and low-noise performance, enabling a wide range of X-ray applications.

“We have been collaborating closely with vivaMOS for several years, and we are excited about furthering our relationship and welcoming vivaMOS employees to the Nordson family. This acquisition gives Nordson differentiated and leading-edge X-ray sensor technology that will substantially enhance

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