Melissa is a native of Connecticut with 20 years of journalism experience. Over her career, she's been a sportswriter, a features writer, a news reporter, an entertainment reporter and a copy editor. She's written about decorating trends, dysfunctional government meetings and cutting horse competitions. Before coming to Patch, Melissa worked at the Plain Dealer and the Chronicle-Telegram. Melissa lives in Avon Lake with her husband, John, and pets Buckwheat (a green iguana) and Mackenzie (a Florida red-bellied turtle). Her loves in life -- outside of John, their families and their pets -- include East Coast pizza, her college alma mater Central Connecticut State University, house stuff like decorating, baking, the Browns and the Boston Red Sox.
Hometown: Southbury, CT.
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Westlake has become a major player in western Cuyahoga County. With American Greetings coming to town, Westlake will be home to one of the major employers in Northeast Ohio. Balancing business development with residential needs is going to be a long-term challenge and opportunity for the city.