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Westlake to hold public workshop on recreation

Early morning fog rises from the Westlake Recreation Center pond. The city's parks and recreational offerings are part of a master plan review; resident input is sought in an Oct. 21 community workshop. Photo by David Weisbarth

Westlake residents, now is your time to be heard. Many of you have great ideas concerning your city, but simply don’t know how to express them or whom to tell. Now is your time. Your city leaders want to hear from you.

Recently, the City of Westlake embarked on a Master Plan Study for parks  and recreation, and it will be the focus of attention on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. when a community workshop is held at the Recreation Center.

The master plan, which kicked off in May, is being formulated by Brandstetter Carroll Inc. and they are conducting a comprehensive land/facility use management plan. They are working closely with a steering committee comprised of concerned residents.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay Village T-shirts now available

Bay Village employees Curtis Krakowski of the Service Department and Casey Rogozinski of the Rec Department show off the new Bay Village T-shirts. Photo by Denny Wendell

The City of Bay Village is selling T-shirts in five different styles to benefit the Bay Days Fireworks Fund. Sue Kohl, assistant to the the mayor, worked with local graphic artist Christine Rinto on the design and colors for the soon-to-be-popular shirts. The cotton/polyester shirts, available at City Hall, cost $20 for long-sleeve and $15 for short-sleeve and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.

The men's/unisex crewneck styles are white short-sleeve, heather gray short-sleeve and white long-sleeve. The women's scoopneck shirts are heather blue short-sleeve and black long-sleeve; ladies sizes run small so consider sizing up.

Payment is by check or cash only. Purchases may be made at the City Hall receptionist desk Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The shirts will also be available at BAYarts starting Nov. 1. Call 440-899-3416 for information and availability.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 6:31 PM, 10.15.2014

Learn about early Dover Township at Lakeside Cemetery tour

Learn about life in early Dover Township at a tour of Lakeside Cemetery on Sunday, Oct. 26, planned in cooperation by the Bay Village Historical Society and Huntington Playhouse.

Tours will depart at regular intervals from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at both Huntington Playhouse and Lakeside Cemetery. Participants will get a brief history of Huntington Playhouse and a backstage tour. Seven actors will be at Lakeside Cemetery, where they will relate the intriguing stories of seven individuals buried in the cemetery. The historic cemetery is the site of the first burial in what was then Dover Township, 200 years ago.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

Local archaeologist to speak on early stone houses

The Lorenzo Bement house is an early sandstone structure, built around 1840, on what is now Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

Join the Westlake Historical Society as they host a talk by Dr. Roy Larick about early stone houses in the Western Reserve and the geology behind and “beneath” them. Dr. Larick uses Google to create eye-catching maps which make the geology of northeast Ohio accessible to all.

Roy Larick was raised in Euclid, graduated from Ohio University in 1972 and spent 30 years as an archaeologist working around the globe. Dr. Larick returned home in 2001, bringing a long term perspective on change in local landscapes. He now documents natural and cultural change in ecologically sensitive places.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.14.2014

Staying safe in the digital world

Each week seems to bring a new attack in the digital world, aka cyber attack, against companies that hold our sensitive information. With the currency of the digital world being our information, and not greenbacks as in the real world, it will get worse before getting better. Also regulation is still catching up in the digital world requiring breached companies to report the incident sooner than later; it wasn’t always like that in the past.

Technology is just a tool; “people” use the tool following a “process” through which value may be created. After each publicized cyber attack the media usually uncovers and expounds on how the decisions people made, and the process in which the tool was used (or not used), are partially or wholly responsible for the breach of our information.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

BVLA hosts annual football watch fundraiser on Oct. 25

BVLA lacrosse programs have grown to include third and fourth grade boys teams. The Watch Party helps support the group's capital equipment drive. Photo by Matt Nasman 

Bay Village Lacrosse Association (BVLA) will sponsor its third annual “Football Watch Party” fundraiser featuring the Ohio State vs. Penn State game on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Copper Cup, 680 Dover Center Road in Westlake. In addition to the OSU game, there will be a live feed to a local high school football game. 

Event proceeds benefit BVLA to help fund the group’s capital equipment drive and support numerous Bay Village boys and girls lacrosse programs throughout the entire year.

Mike Voll, director of BVLA, said, “In the past four years, we have seen the development of a girls team at the high school level, along with added teams for girls ages fifth through eighth grade. In addition, the boys program has expanded to include third- and fourth-graders. This summer, BVLA also helped host skills camps for players in kindergarten to eighth grade.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.14.2014

Tri-Cís lecture series investigates the aging brain

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will focus on the aging brain at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, as part of its free lecture series, The Year of the Brain.

The program on “The Aging Brain: Keys to Maintaining Memory and Intellectual Vitality” features Dr. Dale Grubb. The lecture is free and open to the public, with no reservation required. The event will take place in the Westshore Campus Atrium, 31001 Clemens Road in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Band Spooktacular to take place Oct. 22

Director Dave Hager conducts the band with a light sabre at the 2013 Spooktacular. Photo by Tom Henderson

The Bay Village Community Band and director Dave “Dr. Doom” Hager and assistant director Tim “The Shiv” Sivik would like to invite all ghosts, goblins, witches, vampires, princesses, cowboys and community members, to the second annual Band Spooktacular Concert on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. This is a special, family-friendly event and we hope you’ll attend.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Unity Spiritual Center welcomes new minister

Unity Spiritual Center's new minister, Rev. Joanne Rowden

After a nearly yearlong search, Unity Spiritual Center welcomes a new senior minister, Reverend Joanne Rowden, on Sunday, Nov. 2. Rev. Rowden is the seventh minister of Westlake's Unity church since it was incorporated in 1964, the previous minister having retired after 17 years in December. Just west of the intersection of Clague and Detroit, Unity Spiritual Center has a six-acre campus with a large outdoor walking labyrinth, a congregation of more than 400, and offers a variety of spiritual and cultural classes and events, as well as Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m.  

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Fall is in the air and so are Kiwanis Pancakes

Westlake Kiwanian Shamus Cusik pours pancake batter at last year's breakfast.

The Westlake Kiwanis Club will be holding a pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The breakfast includes all the pancakes you care to eat, plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. The price is $6; children under 6 eat for free. Corporate sponsorships are available for $50 and include 10 breakfast tickets and advertisement of your business during the breakfast.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.14.2014

Westlake Early Childhood PTA to host preschool fair on Oct. 21

Westlake Early Childhood PTA has taken the hassle out of preschool selection with its annual free Preschool Education Fair. You will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from preschools in surrounding communities including Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Rocky River and North Olmsted. Attendees will be able to speak directly with the preschool staff and pick up information on area programs.

The fair is Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at Parkside Intermediate School, 24525 Hilliard Blvd. in Westlake. The event is free and open to the public.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.14.2014

Freaky Family Fun Night set for Oct. 30

Attention little goblins throughout the area: Please bring your family and friends to the annual Freaky Family Fun Night sponsored by the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments. The silliness will take place on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Apartments, 27100 Knickerbocker Road in Bay Village.

Open to all youngsters, this fun night includes a safe trick-or-treat, balloon animals, cotton candy and more! Your family can join us for dinner at our concession stand where we will be serving hot dogs, chili, homemade cream of potato soup, and other goodies!

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.14.2014

Dover Elementary students implement plan to help classmate

Ethan Kanderski, pictured with his mother, Christine, inspired his classmates to raise money for juvenile diabetes. The Dover Elementary second-graders responded by selling 350 shoe charms, raising $168.

When Kim D’Acunzo’s second-grade class at Dover Elementary School learned about a classmate’s struggle with diabetes, they wanted to help.

Ethan Kanderski was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) in February. When he shared with his classmates that he was participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, his classmates developed an action plan and spent hours making beaded shoe charms and posters.

The second-grade class made daily school announcements and worked until they sold nearly 350 shoe charms, raising $168 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ethan participated in the walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sept. 28.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.14.2014

Local author to appear Oct. 22 at Bay library

When I asked George McNulty the impetus for his novel, "The Trieste Intrigue," he responded, "While I was researching background for a story based upon a sailing venture I took with my wife Peggy in 1981, I discovered a significant contradiction of facts regarding the assassination attempt on John Paul II."

He went on to explain that a public statement released by the Italian court at the time stated that Mehmet Ali Agca was considered an "isolated terrorist" who, after gravely wounding Pope John Paul II, was sentenced to life in prison. However subsequent research revealed a privately issued court statement months later that posited "Agca was merely a pawn … an emerging point of a deep conspiracy orchestrated by secret forces."

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to grab those horror movies or books that will help put a fright in your Halloween night. And remember, if you don't see what you're looking for, our librarians will be happy to assist you with ordering the titles you need.

From a Bay Village author presenting and signing his debut novel to a Pied Piper of Hamelin puppet show, the Bay Village Branch Library has a variety of events coming up in the next couple of weeks. Check out the listings below to find details on our upcoming programs.  

If you're looking for some great bargains, the Friends of the Bay Village Library book sale is where you'll want to be, starting Saturday, Oct. 25. Browse the many tables of books, DVDs and CDs and stock up on your reading, viewing or listening materials for the cold months ahead. The sale concludes on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tots Dance and Music – Families with children ages 2-1/2 to 6 years will have a great time dancing and moving to music with bean bags, scarves and more! Get your boogie shoes on and feel the beat! Registration is required. Register each child's name individually.

Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months. Join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.14.2014

Public invited to event honoring Porter Library board president

Westlake Porter Public Library Board President Bob Plantz will be honored with a reception at the library on Oct. 16.

A public reception honoring Westlake Porter Public Library Board President Bob Plantz will take place at the library on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Plantz received the Ohio Library Council’s Trustee Award of Achievement at the organization’s annual convention on Oct. 8. The award recognizes the library trustee or board of trustees that demonstrates distinguished service and innovative leadership within the community and across Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

Learn how to use emotions for personal and professional success

Learn how to regulate your own emotions, manage them in others and make decisions based upon them in an Emotional Intelligence Workshop at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. The workshop will be presented by Kitty Brandal, Ph.D., of Corporate Compass.

Attendees will learn why emotional intelligence is important for businesses, the relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence, how to increase emotional intelligence, and how the brain and emotional intelligence relate. This fun, insightful and educational course will include exercises, so come prepared for hands-on learning.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

DIscuss your favorite TV shows at WPPL

Attention television fans ages 18-39: Do you love "Parks and Recreation" and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? Are you interested in finding some like-minded people to discuss these shows and why they’re not getting the recognition that other shows are? If so, come to Westlake Porter Public Library on Mondays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. for "TV Discussion Group: Where’s the Acclaim?"

To register, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-871-2600. Westlake Porter Public Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.14.2014

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Results-Oriented Resumes – In the current job market, competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes. This workshop will teach you what catches employers’ attention and makes them want to call you.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will go over all the different factors that go into finding the best college fit. Open to both students and parents! Registration begins Oct. 5.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "Meet Me at the Emotional Baggage Claim" by Lisa Scottoline.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "Researching WWI and WWII Military Records," with GeneaBlogger and former OGS trustee, Wally Huskonen

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Ethnic History of Cleveland – David A. Bernatowicz, M.A., of the Tri-C Speakers Bureau will provide a narrative history of the many ethnic groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th century.

Thursday, Oct. 16 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:59 AM, 09.30.2014

Friends of Bay Village Library used book sale Oct. 25-28

The fall used book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will run from Saturday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 28, during regular library hours. The sale closes Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library. Proceeds from the sale support various library activities.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.14.2014

Report: Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Oct. 8

This report is not an official League of Women Voters statement. Official minutes are prepared by Mayor Patton's office and posted on Fairview Park's website.

Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Bobst (Rocky River), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park) and Summers (Lakewood), Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney, Cuyahoga County Council District 1 Representative Dave Greenspan.

RTA: There will be a public meeting about RTA's future on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at RTA headquarters. Lakewood's upgraded transit stations are due to be completed in November.

Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association (CCMCMA): Mayor Sutherland reported that HB5 municipal income tax changes will be taken up by the lame duck Ohio Senate and will require close monitoring to ensure progress. North Royalton Mayor Robert Stefanik is asking the CCMCMA to endorse his letter demanding that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources manage the deer population. Mayors Clough and Sutherland declined to sign this letter, but Mayor Sutherland stated that the ODNR is trying to shift the burden onto homeowners. In Avon Lake, homeowners can request permits from ODNR and the city to cull deer on private property. Mayor Kennedy noted that the Metroparks culls 30-120 deer a year in Bradley Woods. North Olmsted is examining options, including an ordinance similar to Avon Lake's. Rocky River sent residents an advisory on how to discourage deer. Bay Village has had 20 deer-vehicle accidents in the past year.  Mayors Sutherland and Kennedy agreed that aggressive wild turkeys have also been problematic.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.14.2014

Civic groups show that Bay cares

Community organizations promote their groups to visitors at the Bay Library.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, representatives from nearly 30 Bay Village civic groups and nonprofit organizations gathered for the Bay Cares Fall Fest to promote their activities and seek new volunteers. The annual event, presented by the Observer and the Bay Village Branch Library, drew a steady stream of residents of all ages interested in learning how they can give back to the community. A little bribe helped as well; a food truck churned out free doughnuts, courtesy of the Friends of the Bay Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.14.2014

Easy button for stress

STRESS! It can happen to all of us, and it can happen through many different triggers. For example, too much to do and not enough time, kids that won't listen, money that won't stretch far enough, not enough sleep before tomorrow's big meeting, hectic holidays looming ahead, pets not using the litter box. 

Maybe it's time to seriously de-stress. Look your stress straight in the eye and say, "Boy have I got something for you!" There's no magic button here, but endorphins come pretty close. In the language of biochemistry, endorphins are peptides produced by the pituitary gland, and the nervous system. They awaken your body's opiate receptors, creating an analgesic effect. When you exercise your body releases them.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay High presents 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' Oct. 16 and 18

Bay High cast of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," presented at Bay High auditorium on Oct. 16 and 18.

Bay High’s Drama Club will present the classic C.S. Lewis children’s tale, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," on Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 18, 7 p.m. at Bay High Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and sold only at the door; children ages 5 and under are admitted free.

The entire family will enjoy this mythical journey of young siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, who have been sent to the English countryside to escape the bombing in London during World War II. During their stay in London, they uncover a magical wardrobe that sends them to the mystical land of Narnia. In Narnia, the children encounter several magical creatures under the spell of the White Queen. To help the animals in this kingdom, the children must work together with Aslan, the former ruler of Narnia, to break the White Witch’s spell of an endless winter and bring Narnia back to a wondrous land of magic.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.14.2014

Edward Beyer awarded Best of Show in BAYarts exhibition

"Early Morning," a black pastel piece by Edward Beyer, was this year's Best of Show winner in BAYarts' juried exhibition.

BAYarts held their 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition this year. Edward Beyer won the Best of Show award for his black pastel piece, "Early Morning." First place was awarded to Jessica Ramage for her ceramic piece, "Fun & Frills." Second place went to Glenn Morisue with an oil painting titled "Real Housewives of Conneaut." In third place was "The Boat Launch," a photographic piece by Jackson Koch.

Four jury awards were also given out, to Susanne Dotson ("Rte 301 at Homerville," acrylic), Patricia Hannahan Sigmier ("Winter Solstice," watercolor), Jim Osbourne ("Zach in Black," oil) and Darrelle Anne Centuori ("Even Before We Met, I Knew You Were Out There Somewhere," acrylic and ink).

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

Making a case for Kardiac arrest

This year’s schizophrenic edition of the Cleveland Browns has left many recollecting the 1980 version, and with good cause. Anyone with half a brain (which leaves me eminently qualified) can see the similarities between today’s Browns and Coach Sam Rutigliano’s version 34 years earlier.

The 1980 team started slowly (sound familiar, Browns fans?) by losing three of their first five games, and critics were calling for the removal of Brian Sipe at quarterback in favor of rookie Paul McDonald. Indeed, the offense had sputtered, scoring only 94 points through those first five contests.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

Fashion Choices

There was a time when I was a slave to fashion. Something happened during my freshman year of high school. Jeans and T-shirts were no longer enough.

My high school years were in the decade of Miami Vice. I had a closet filled with linen and 100 percent cotton pants, shirts and jackets. This drove my mother crazy until she decided that if I wanted to wear cotton and linen I had to iron my own clothes. It was a small sacrifice in my mind. I could walk down the halls at school and everyone would notice my impeccable taste.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.14.2014

Helping feral cats and kittens

This lucky kitten, found in a Bay Village garage, was rescued and placed for adoption. Feral cats are often not adoptable, and should be trapped, neutered and returned to their environment.

Last month, a Bay Village police officer asked if I could help a Russell Road resident with a kitten. Responding to its cry, two neighbors pulled a kitten from its hiding place in a cluttered garage, and they didn’t know what to do with it. Bay Village offers no animal control services for cats. 

I took the kitten expecting to quickly place it with a rescue organization, but it is kitten season and all rescues were full. Then the county health department called to ensure that the kitten would be held for 10 days quarantine because the kitten had bitten one of its rescuers. While highly unlikely – the CDC reports only two documented cases of rabies transmission to humans from cats since 1960 – all mammals can contract rabies and it is almost always fatal. However, if the animal is infectious it will become ill or die within 10 days.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.14.2014

We can use your help!

The IRS sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2014 tax filing season. Training classes for new volunteers and prior years’ volunteers alike, will be held in Westlake this coming January.

Because of our federal and state tax code changes each year, all volunteers must attend and pass these IRS-designed classes to be able to move forward with the tax preparation program. The Tax Aide Program begins in February and ends April 15.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

Volunteers and homes are being sought for yard clean-up on Nov. 1

Fall is such a spectacularly beautiful season in leafy Bay Village, and we’re certainly enjoying the peak of it right now. But soon, those beautiful leaves will start piling up in yards around town. The Village Project is offering to rake those leaves, as well as provide assistance with weeding, mulching and other general yard work in exchange for donations to help them continue their mission.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay's Ward 2 and 3 reps host meeting

Bay Village councilmembers Karen Lieske and Paul Vincent held a town hall meeting Sept. 30. Photo by Denny Wendell

On Sept. 30, Bay Village City Council Members Paul Vincent (Ward 2) and Karen Lieske (Ward 3) held a town hall meeting at the Community House. We would like to sincerely thank everyone that came out to discuss the various topics covered that evening. 

We discussed everything from tax revenue to deer control to recording Council meetings. We enjoyed the lively conversation with residents that led to a number of very helpful ideas and we appreciate the many comments about how to improve our beautiful city. We look forward to having another town hall in the very near future and hope to see even more of you there.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:30 AM, 10.14.2014

Lunch with the Westlake Garden Club

More than 200 people gathered at Lakewood Country Club on a sunny September day to “do lunch” with the Westlake Garden Club. The group filled the dining room and overflowed into the bar area. This was the first event that nearly maxed out capacity for the country club since the new clubhouse opened. 

Tables were set with white cloths, black napkins and orange ceramic pumpkins filled with fall flowers, and with the sun filtering through the many windows, it was a perfect setting. Garden Club President Regina McCarthy welcomed everyone and introduced Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. Mayor Clough talked about the importance of organizations such as the garden club in helping make Westlake a beautiful place to live and work.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 9:59 AM, 10.14.2014

Toy drive for pediatric cancer support Oct. 25

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Amazing Grace Foundation will be hosting its ninth annual Toy Drive in memory of Grace Enovitch. The Toy Drive will run from noon to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. New toys, books, and art supplies are being collected to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. There will also be Amazing Grace T-shirts for sale. 

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay community services assistant retires

Shirley Hostetler

The City of Bay Village said goodbye to Shirley Hostetler after 16 years. Shirley retired Oct. 3 from the City, where for the past 12 years she served as assistant to the director of Community Services, manager of the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, and coordinator of Meals on Wheels.

Shirley’s love for seniors, and her dedication to assist them in any way she could made her a beloved member of the Dwyer Center family. Penny Dolski, a volunteer at the center, describes Shirley as “‘a champion of the seniors who needed help. She always listened to them and tried to answer their questions, researching until she found an answer. She was known for tucking little notes and cards in with the meals of the Meals on Wheels she coordinated. We will miss her.”

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.14.2014

Village Project HQ undergoes outdoor transformation

The Village Project's headquarters on West Oviatt Road has been transformed with new landscaping.

As Aristotle observed, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” Everyone knows that the aesthetic beauty of flowers and plants is soothing and healing and elevates the mood of the beholder.

The Village Project’s headquarters in Bay Village recently became a grateful recipient of just such an uplifting gift, courtesy of Maple Leaf Landscaping – lovely, bright, outdoor plantings of mums and other seasonal plants which surround the building on West Oviatt Road.

Julia Shutt of Maple Leaf Landscaping said that her goal with the design was to create a “season of bloom,” with colorful, low maintenance plants that will provide color and bloom in spring, as well as fall.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.14.2014

Learn the tricks for spooky makeup at Bay Library

Katie Lane, a master of Halloween makeup, will visit the Bay Library Oct. 16 to share tricks of the trade with teens.

Katie Lane will be at the Bay Village Branch Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. to demonstrate Halloween makeup application for students in grades 5 and up. She has appeared at various CCPL branches for Zombie Walks and Zombie Days transforming hundreds into The Undead.

Katie Lane grew up adoring Halloween and all things scary and helped with her first haunt in 1994. She was involved in theater before jumping into the world of special effects makeup, set design, costume design and haunted-house acting. Katie has traveled around the country as a consultant, makeup artist and actor for haunted attractions, working with some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.14.2014

Passing of the gavel at Westlake Kiwanis

New Westlake Kiwanis President Russ Milan, left, accepts gavel from outgoing President Norm Resko.

The Westlake Kiwanis held their new officer installation on Sept. 30. Robert Clancy, past Kiwanis Division 14 Lt. Governor, performed the installation ceremonies for the new officers.

Russ Milan, the new President accepted the Presidential Gavel from Norm Resko, who will now be Immediate Past President. George Christ was installed as President Elect, Vic Rutkoski as Secretary and Ray Budoi as Treasurer for the Westlake Kiwanis.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 10.14.2014

Life Choice Hospice seeks companion volunteers

Do you know that volunteering a little of your time can make a significant difference in the care and comfort of a person in hospice care? The volunteers of Life Choice Hospice in Westlake do. They share their time and talents with our patients, families and staff, supporting the Life Choice mission of "Inspiring Life."

More than touching the lives of others, volunteering will enhance the meaning and purpose of your life, too. By making such a vital difference to our patients, you will be fulfilled, experience personal growth and feel appreciated. As a hospice volunteer, you will surely receive as much as you give. Our volunteers often say that caring for our patients is both an honor and a privilege.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:17 AM, 10.14.2014

St. Edward and St. Ignatius unite to benefit those facing cancer

St. Edward and St. Ignatius high schools have long enjoyed tradition-rich histories and a storied rivalry on the west side of Cleveland. Their highly anticipated annual football game, the so-called “Holy War,” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1. This year, the two schools will celebrate the occasion by uniting for a special evening of collegial fun, relaxation and witty repartee (smack talk) to benefit the Village Project, which provides nourishing meals and extended care and service to those experiencing cancer.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.14.2014

Bay's seniors get new wheels

Photo by Ann Orin

Bay Senior Transportation has received two new vehicles, a 14-passenger Ford van to replace the old 2004 vehicle, and a 2014 Ford Taurus to replace a 2007 Chevy Impala. 

These vehicles are used daily to transport Bay residents age 60 or older, as well as disabled residents, to medical appointments, banking and shopping trips to Heinen’s, Giant Eagle and Drug Mart. The van is also used for weekly outings to area restaurants for lunch, or special locations, such as an upcoming trip to Holden Aboretum.

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Volume 6, Issue 21, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.14.2014