The replacement of the Queenswood Drive bridge over Sperry Creek in Bay Village has started. See the photo gallery of the replacement progress of Black Horse Bridge Construction through April 11, 2019 at:
The Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department was selected for the state’s best project during the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) state conference school exhibits competition, held April 6 in the Buckeye Building of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The event was held in conjunction with the growing MakerX festival.
Students of the Westlake High School T & E Department garnered two state champion titles for their Best of Show awards in two different technology categories, and added the prestigious Zupancic award as well as a Best of Show runner-up award. Winning a state champion title for their Best of Show awards were the following:
The senior team of Ethan Simon, Connor Reis, Robert Fulop and Austin Loosli for their “Multi- Unit Townhouse” and energy-efficient model home design in the Construction/Architecture Technology category. They also captured the Zupancic Award, selected as the single best outstanding project in the entire state of Ohio among all Best of Show winners.
Years ago, Jim, age 50, had back surgery. Two lumbar vertebrae fused, screws placed. Two weeks ago, severe back pain shot down his left knee, knocked him to the floor, curled him into a fetal position.
He’s been to the ER five times. Doctors think it’s his hip, groin or back. He’s frustrated. Last night, for his pain, he bought a jar of CBD (cannabidiol) cream from his masseuse. “This stuff’s flying off the shelf,” she told him.
What’s CBD oil?
Marijuana plants contain hundreds of chemicals. The two big stars: CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD does not produce a “high,” unlike THC.
Westlake resident Deb Myers received the 2019 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from Westlake Porter Public Library at a volunteer recognition event on March 31.
A Reception Desk volunteer since 2002, Myers is one of the first “faces of the library” that visitors see when entering the building. Because of her longevity as a volunteer, Myers is known for her knowledge about the library and her resulting ability to assist patrons. She also volunteers for the Friends of Porter Public Library’s annual Big Book Sale as well as at the Ice Cream Social. She has given close to 2,500 hours of service to the library.
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Saturday, April 27, for its fourth annual Birds of Lake Erie Day sponsored by BakerHostetler.
This year, the Center is presenting two bundles for the day-long event. The “Early Bird” bundle will be geared toward preteens through adults and will begin at 7 a.m. with an optional hike through Huntington Reservation with birding expert Tim Jasinski in search for spring migrants. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Early Bird guests will enjoy an animal presentation, a planetarium show about light pollution and a wildlife rehabilitation report that includes an update on Cleveland’s Lights Out initiative.
In the final play of Clague Playhouse's 2018-2019 season, history meets mystery as the intriguing account of real-life spirit photographer, William H. Mumler, unfolds. Mumler, a popular photographer in the post-Civil War era (when the country was mourning the loss of over 620,000 Americans), built his reputation on his ability to capture images of departed loved ones in the pictures he took of the living who made their way to his studio.
Mumler is aided by his mysterious wife and business is thriving ... until they come under the scrutiny of Inspector Tooker who's determined to expose the couple as the charlatans he believes them to be. But when Tooker sees the photograph Mumler's taken of him, things get a bit more complicated for the inspector ... and a whole lot more interesting for the audience.
Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the West Side community, Chabad of the West Side is inviting all Jewish residents to participate in a community Seder to be held on Friday night, April 19.
The Seder takes participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age-old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a delectable catered dinner paired with a variety of fine imported wines and handmade round "Shmurah" Matzah from Israel.
Tuesday, April 16 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Tablet Tuesday User Group – This group will share tips and tricks with each other about using iPads and Android tablets. Kindle Fire users welcome! Bring your devices. Please register.
Tuesday, April 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Earth Day Origami – Come celebrate Earth Day with us! This program, designed for adult beginners, will teach you how to make a beautiful origami bouquet out of recycled magazines! Please register.
Tuesday, April 16 (7-8:45 p.m.) King of the Moondoggers: Alan Freed and the Birth of Rock and Roll – Follow Alan Freed on his journey to Cleveland and beyond as Rock and Roll is being born. Dance at the Moondog Coronation Ball! This program will include audio clips from 9 early Rock and Roll favorites. Please register.
Wednesdays, April 17 and 24 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.
Wednesday, April 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) eBooks, Streaming Music, Digital Movies, and More! – Learn how to access free eBooks and eAudiobooks, digital music, streaming movies and more! Bring your own device. The class will include an open lab. Please register.
Wednesday, April 17 (6-8:45 p.m.) CPR – CPR and AED certification for adult, child and infant. Instruction by certified instructor/paramedic Ken Hehnen. Must be 13 years of age. Please register.
Wednesday, April 17 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Librarian at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, will present "Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library."
Thursday, April 18 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. The class focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.
Thursdays, April 18 and 25 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.
Thursday, April 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Intellectual Property – This is an introduction to the general concepts of protecting various forms of intellectual property including: patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. A general description of the various forms of intellectual property, their purposes, how to legally protect them, and potential shortcomings and risks will be introduced. Please register.
Thursday, April 18 (6:30 p.m., Preschool session) and Friday, April 19 (9:30 a.m., Preschool session; 11:30 a.m., Toddler Session) Teach Me to Play – A play-based program for families and their children (Toddler: ages 18 months-2 years and Preschool: ages 3-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Diverse opportunities for learning are provided, with an emphasis on facilitating communication, practicing social interactions and responding to behaviors in a positive way. The staff coaches families, demonstrates and suggests strategies, responds to questions and provides resources. Register at connectingforkids.org/register or by phone: 440-570-5908.
Saturday, April 20 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) Escape Artists Writers Group – This group meets monthly to provide guidance, encouragement, inspiration and feedback for those looking to improve their writing skills.
Saturday, April 20 (2-3:30 p.m.) Attracting Butterflies, Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators to Your Garden – Join horticulture expert Cynthia Druckenbrod as she shares tips and tricks on how to create a pollinator-friendly garden. Please register.
- Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
- Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
- Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
- Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
- Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
- Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
Wednesday, April 24 (2 p.m.) Bloxels – Get your STEAM juices flowing as you personalize Bloxels' Ugly Sweater Kitty into your very own video game character! Test your creation using the Bloxels app. No prior game building or coding required!
Thursday, April 25 (2 p.m.) Spring Break Movie – For all ages with a caregiver. Visit the library for a special screening of a popular movie. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.
Saturday, May 4 (2 p.m.) Star Wars Day – May the Fourth Be With You! Drop in to celebrate Star Wars Day with Jedi Training activities! Don’t forget to wear your Star Wars gear!
Saturday, May 11 (10 a.m.) Preschool STEAM – Join us for stories and a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity.
Wednesday, April 17 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Hang out with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!
Signs of spring have arrived in Westlake. The days are slowly warming and spring flowers are blooming. If you look closely you will see the new buds on the trees. The spring flowers are poking out of the ground after that long, cold winter. The feel of spring is in the air! With the start of a new baseball season I am optimistic that the Cleveland Indians will do well this year. Hope does "spring" eternal.
Spring also means that it is time for the Westlake Historical Society's Spring Yard Sale. This yearly sale is looked forward to by many. The bargains are plentiful, but the sale also means winter is out of here.
The sale will take place on the lawn of the Clague House Museum on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The rain date will be the following Saturday, May 1.
The Bay Village Community Council (BVCC) celebrated the 2019 Citizen of the Year, Tom Phillips, and Project of the Year, the BV60+ program, on April 7 at the Dwyer Center. Pictured are Councilman David Tadych, who presented the proclamations; Tom Phillips; Vicki Sprague, BV60+ coordinator; Tara Wendell, BVCC president; and Jessica Breslin, BVCC vice president.
Four distinct generations make up the 50-plus community. On any given day, folks from all of these generations can be found at the Westlake Center for Senior & Community Services: The Greatest Generation (people born from 1901-1925), The Silent Generation (1926-1944), The Baby Boomers (1945-1964) and the early part of Generation X (1965-1984).
Since Generation X is just beginning to enter the 50-plus scene, we don't see or hear as much about them. Most of the focus is on The Baby Boomers, as they now constitute more than two-thirds of the 50-plus population.
So why is this important? Critics may say we are going overboard in labeling people, but not if the labels are just intended as generalities to help understand people. As long as we avoid utilizing them as cookie-cutter definitions, I think that they do provide some general guidance in understanding different people of different ages.
According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, just under 1,200 dogs are current on 2019 county dog licenses for both Westlake and Bay Village combined. That is a significant decline from previous years. At this time the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is monitoring communities that are or have become non-compliant with keeping current licenses on dogs.
However, our dog population has not declined with dogs walking in our communities, visible in our parks, animal hospitals and other professional pet care providers caring for new and multiple pet family members.
Alarming is the frustrating and growing presence of "no tags or collar" in animal facilities and on social media.
In my March 5 article that highlighted Windows 7’s impending demise, I mentioned Microsoft’s forthcoming annual subscription option that will provide Windows 7 “Pro” edition users the monthly security updates (up to three additional years) beyond the expiration date. However, there is no such offering for Windows 7 “Home” edition users. To check which edition you have, go to “Start” -> “Control Panel” -> “System.”
A couple of weeks after that article went to press, Microsoft announced the pricing for its Extended Security Updates subscription. Whether burning $350 over three years ($50, $100 and $200 respectively) is a good option or a money pit will depend on your price sensitivity and other personal parameters.
The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in Special Olympics competition. Check in begins at 10 a.m. and the Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.
The event is open to anyone ages 7 and older with special needs. Previous years' events included contestants ranging in age from 7 to 80. There will be seven track events: 25-meter wheelchair race (independent), 50-meter wheelchair race (independent), 25-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 50-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 25-meter independent walk, 25-meter walk and 50-meter dash. The field events will include: softball throw, standing long jump and wheelchair softball throw. Participants may pick up to four events to participate in, two track and two field.
Concerned about our planet? You should be.
The Earth's sustainable resources are no longer in limitless supply and behind the scenes the fragile ecosystem is weakening at an alarming rate.
Consider this: As pollinators, bees play a part in every aspect of the ecosystem. They support the growth of trees, flowers and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for creatures large and small. Bees contribute to complex, interconnected ecosystems that allow a diverse number of different species to co-exist.
The Rocky River “Dummy” Railroad provided a portion of the original route for the Nickel Plate. At least one source says that a “Dummy” Railroad was so called because the steam engine was concealed in a streetcar-type body so that the engine would induce less fear in horses. In these early years streetcars were still pulled by horses so horses were familiar with them.
Other sources say “Dummy” meant the engines were smaller, produced less steam and smoke, and were extremely quiet relative to other types of locomotives. The Rocky River railroad was a narrow-gauge line with a small engine, so this could be possible.
A third theory is that “Dummy” referred to the fact that the engines were not smart enough to turn around (because they had no turn table) so they had to back up for a return trip. This last reason may be the most plausible for the Rocky River line because early maps do not show any way for the train to turn around at either end of the single-track route.
Quicker than I imagined! I love living in Bay Village. But today, I am grateful for living in Bay Village! On March 12, a large Silver Maple came crashing down, covering the corner of Northfield and Longbeach roads. Gratefully, no one was hurt.
Within minutes, Bay’s fire and police departments were on the scene roping off the area for safety. Minutes later, they had the electric company out to disconnect the wires. A few minutes after that, a hefty crew from the Service Department came and efficiently cleaned up every twig of debris.
On Friday, April 19, eight Westside churches will come together to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus; offering a community Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake. This event will focus on the seven last words of Jesus Christ on the cross, as well as Holy Communion. There will be music with a live band, scripture readings and four brief sermonettes.
How do eight churches from a variety of backgrounds and theological persuasions come together? Often pastors are asked, "So what's different about your church?" or "Are you a denomination or independent?" Personally, I prefer to talk about what is the same versus what is different, and that is exactly what this event is all about: coming together to focus on what is the same.
The Friends of the Bay Village Library Spring Used Book Sale begins Saturday morning, April 27, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library during regular library hours.
There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.
FYI: Opera, on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, is an exceptional program provided free to the community by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council. It offers an opportunity to hear great music rendered by gifted singers.
Three talented Oberlin Conservatory of Music voice majors will perform musical gems from great composers. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Opera Theater, said that Shawn Roth, tenor, Gabriela Linares, mezzo, and Caitlin Aloia, soprano, will be performing some Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Mozart and a bit of Bernstein.
I wish the Bay Village Historical Society had more information on this family. We know more about the house they lived in.
We can track the Ellenwood family to 28838 Lake Road in 1903 because their daughter, Mrs. George Denison, recalled a conversation about the age of the house with a visiting priest who remarked that his father built it in 1853. (Although, we know this date to be false today. The house was more likely to have been built circa 1830. However, the priest's father could have worked on an addition as there were many added on to the house.)
We do know Mrs. Ellenwood was a very tiny lady as we have a brown satin traveling suit circa 1880s on display at Rose Hill Museum. The Ellenwoods were great travelers. One journey was to London, England, where Mrs. Ellenwood purchased some clothes at Worth & Co.
Westlake High School junior Jack Williams scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.
Jack took the ACT last fall with no preparation, then studied the areas he needed to work on and met with a tutor on Sundays. He intends to study biochemistry in college.
Jack is a member of National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, Leadership Challenge, and the WHS swim and baseball teams. Outside of school he volunteers extensively with Youth Challenge, which provides free adapted sports and recreational activities to young people with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners.
Bay Village City Council took a field trip on Monday, April 8, branching out from council chambers to hold a planning session at the Village Project headquarters on West Oviatt Road. Members of the administration shared highlights from their departments’ recent activities and upcoming projects with Council representatives.
Barb Harrell, Village project’s executive director, gave the city leaders a guided tour of the newly renovated space. The non-profit recently completed an expansion into the adjacent office space that used to house the Thomas & Thomas photography studio. After the tour and public meeting, attendees were treated to a healthy Village project meal of soup and salad.
The Rose Hill Museum reopened for the season on April 14 with a display of Easter holiday items.
Rose Hill Museum, 27715 Lake Road in Bay Village, is open from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. Group tours can be arranged. Phone 440-871-7338.
Bay Village Schools Superintendent Jodie Hausmann, Board of Education President Beth Lally, and treasurer Nicole Spriggs visited residents at the Knickerbocker Apartments recently to talk about how the schools work to serve the "whole child."
Residents said they want to be more involved with the schools, and they would like to attend school events. The administration will be working with them to make it easier to enjoy student performances.
St. Raphael Church, Bay Village, will offer a program called Catholics Coming Home on seven consecutive Wednesday evenings, May 1 through June 12, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics interested in returning to the Catholic Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format.
One former participant of the program stated, “I went to the program not knowing what to expect. Everyone was great! You could share as much or as little depending on your comfort level. I learned about things that made me more of an active participant, instead of just going through the motions.” Join us and reconnect with our Catholic community.
The Bay Village Kiwanis and Bay High School Key Club's annual pancake breakfast has had another successful year. Fundraisers such as the pancake breakfast enable Bay Kiwanis to continue their community service efforts. It takes the support of the local community through their participation in the event to provide those funds. We would like to thank everyone in the community for taking the time out of their busy day to attend.
Our next big fundraiser is Bay Days, coming up July 3 through July 6. See you there.
Sunday, April 7, was very busy in morning Westlake thanks to Hermes and the Westlake Kiwanis Family. The Westlake Spring Fever 4-mile and 2-mile races were put on by Hermes for the benefit of Lakeshore Day Camp and Westlake Kiwanis. The Kiwanis put on a pancake breakfast for the runners and the general public.
The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club held a bake sale at the breakfast, with the Westlake Kiwanis Family Key Club, Builders Club and Aktion Club working together to make the the events run smoothly. There were baked goods, homemade dog treats, raffles and face painting. It was busy morning but a very fun morning.
Norhan Abdelmaged of Westlake was one of 11 students from Cuyahoga Community College named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team, which comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools.
The All-Ohio Academic Team recognizes student excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Sixty-nine students from across the state were selected for this year’s team on the basis of their outstanding records.
Tri-C had more students named All-Ohio than any other school.
For centuries, Christians around the world have practiced the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. These stations invite participants into the last hours of Jesus' life. It is a powerful practice that allows one to enter into and thereby relive the final hours of Jesus' life.
The traditional stations, however, covers just 20 hours of Jesus' life. There were many other pivotal events in the life of Jesus, and expanding the stations to include these offers a fresh perspective on a traditional practice.
Connecting For Kids, Westlake-Bay Village Rotary and Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club worked together to help put a stop to wandering. Connecting for Kids was able to purchase S.T.O.P. Wandering Kits as a result of a donation from Westlake-Bay Village Rotary. The kits were assembled and packaged by Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club. The kits contain GE door/window alarms, a write-on ID bracelet, four laminated stop sign visuals and a S.TO.P. (Supervise, Teach, Organize, Protect) wandering guide.
No one want to think about the dangers of their child wandering, but as parents or caregivers to a child who wanders it is important to understand what wandering is and why it is dangerous, then take the necessary steps to put a S.T.O.P. to wandering.
What is that flying above Westlake Porter Public Library’s lobby – is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SUPERMAN!
And there’s Spider-Man shooting his webbing, while nearby is Batman. Watching everything is The Hulk, standing tall at over 7-feet, all celebrating Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4. (Free comic books that day too.)
One day our mother started speaking her mind rather directly. She had always spoken her mind but not to this extent. At first, it was shocking. Then it was funny, but then it was shocking again. When asked about it she replied, “I am 'blank' years old and I have earned the right to say what I want.”
Who knew she had so much to say? Usually, she was quite ladylike. If she had something colorful to say, she would soften it a bit. So, what happened?
When does a person reach that point where things start flying out of their mouth, without a thought about how it may sound? It got me thinking about the signs of aging and entering the next phase of our lives. Here are some scenarios, from my perspective, that are sure signs.
One day you’re driving down the street listening to the radio, and a song comes on that you love, but you’re on the old-people station.
A piece of mail comes addressed to you from AARP, and you think someone is playing a joke on you.
The Bay Village Community Council met on March 27 to discuss their group's exciting upcoming events. Here are some highlights.
The Bay Village Green Team is hosting a Community Shredding Day on Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon in the police station parking lot. There is no limit on the amount of paper you can bring; cardboard is also accepted. You do not have to be a Bay resident to bring material for shredding. Habitat for Humanity will also be on site that day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting gently used household items.
The Bay Village Historical Society is holding its 50th annual "Cahoon in June" fine crafts, collectibles and antiques show, in Cahoon Memorial Park on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to "Cahoon in June" is free. There will be a display of antique cars and boats in the park, as well as musical entertainment and food vendors. Rose Hill Museum, Reuben Osborn Learning Center and the Cahoon log cabin will be open. Interested Bay Village community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space. Vendor spaces are also available. Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Visit www.bayhistorical.com for additional information.
Bay Village Kiwanis Club's Academic Achievement Awards will be held Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at the high school. See their website for more details: bayvillage-oh.kiwanisone.org.
St. Paul Westlake has named Christopher Suffredini and Logan Murray as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2019, respectively.
Suffredini is the son of Leslie and Charles Suffredini of Westlake. Murray is the son of Maureen Murray of Avon.
You can help Cleveland and Lorain County kids have a great outdoor experience this summer by donating camping supplies or helping volunteers assemble camp kits at an event hosted by Footpath Foundation on Sunday, May 5, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village.
Donations of camping supplies will be accepted from 2-3 p.m. at the center. Volunteers will be assembling camp kits from 2-4 p.m. All are invited to stick around for a family hike at 4 p.m.