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Bay Village has highest recycling rate in the county

Recycling and trash containers line a Bay Village street, ready for pick up. Photo by Denny Wendell

Every year, the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District publishes a report to show how recycling efforts by community are adding up. In the just-released report for 2015, Bay Village was at the top of the list for the first time, with a 73.57 percent total recycling rate. This was up from 68.2 percent in 2014. 

The Solid Waste District compiles its figures every year using data reported from each city on the tonnage collected through the community's waste collection, curbside recycling, and yard waste collection programs. The recycling rate signifies the percentage of waste that a city diverts from the landfill by recycling and composting.

This is great news, and shows that Bay Village is doing a fantastic job keeping waste out of the landfill! Westlake readers, please take note: Westlake’s total recycling rate was 35.81 percent in 2015, down slightly from the previous year's 36.27 percent. I challenge you to improve your number! I would love for Westlake to beat Bay Village someday. Bay Villagers, keep up the great work!

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.19.2016

Lost Safety, Lost Home, Lost Dignity

Alassane Fall from the International Services Center Cleveland will present a program on refugees July 24 in Westlake. Photo courtesy Kris Lurz

Lecturer to present the plight of the refugee

Ahh, home. Dorothy said "There's no place like home" in "The Wizard of Oz," "Home Sweet Home" was a cross-stitch boon in the '80s and the dictionary defines home as "the place where one lives permanently."

And then there are the refugees who have no home. They were forced to leave their home country out of fear of persecution, armed conflict and violations of human rights. They didn't leave their home because they chose to – they fled for their lives. Most left their homes with the clothes on their backs and few, if any, possessions. They may have originally thought it would be a short time until things returned to normal but then they recognized they cannot return home because of continued conflict and wars. The refugee stories are ones of desperation with all seeking safety, freedom and the chance to reclaim futures for themselves and their families.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.19.2016

Westlake teachers' contract is adopted

At a special meeting of the Westlake Board of Education on July 19, the Board voted to adopt the newly negotiated contract with the Westlake Teachers Association (WTA).  After more than a year of negotiations, both parties have reached a three-year agreement for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years. On Monday, July 18, WTA members voted to accept the agreement reached by the negotiating committee.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 5:39 PM, 07.19.2016

Bay Village Board of Education approves levy request for November ballot

The Bay Village Board of Education has voted unanimously to put a 5.9 mill operating levy on the Nov. 8 election ballot. The request reflects careful fiscal management that stretched a 2010 levy two years beyond its original four-year projection.

Homeowners would see a tax increase of approximately $17.21 per month (about $207 annually) for each $100,000 of home valuation if the levy passes. It would generate an estimated $3.1 million in additional revenue annually for the school district.

The 5.9 mill levy is to cover increasing costs for utilities, supplies, salaries, transportation, etc. The millage level also reflects the addition of increased instructional technology support and foreign language instruction starting at the elementary school level.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

WestShore Lions Club members let freedom ring

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, left, joined WestShore Lions Club members Kevin and Linda Barrett, David Sacco, assistant aquatics manager Onat Tungac, and Nan Baker in a bell-ringing ceremony at Peterson Pool. Photo by Craig Baker

It was the "Bell Ring Ceremony Heard Throughout the United States" and members of the Westshore Lions Club gathered at Peterson Pool, along with Mayor Dennis Clough, staff, and youth participants, to celebrate the Fourth of July.  

At 2 p.m. sharp a large number of church towers, fire halls, universities, state houses and other bell-ringing institutions simultaneously joined in this national observance. The history is that in 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the "Let Freedom Ring" National Bell Ringing Ceremony.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

Westlake garden receives blessing, new gate

Rev. Dennis Kristof blesses the Westlake community garden at UH St. John Medical Center. Photo by Regina McCarthy

The Westlake Community Garden received its official blessing on a beautiful June 22 evening. Following greetings from Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and Robert David, President of UH St. John Medical Center, the "Canticle of the Sun" was sung by Sister Kendra, and Rev. Dennis Kristof of the UH SJMC ministry team blessed the garden.

A prayer was offered in memory of Frank J. Obey, one of our pioneer gardeners, who passed away suddenly in April at age 86. His fellow gardeners will keep his plot active this year, with crops grown in his memory donated to the Westlake Food Pantry.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.19.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, July 20 (2 p.m.) Building Bricks @ the Library – Grades K-3: Calling all LEGO fans! You bring the imagination and we’ve got the bricks! We’ll work through a few friendly challenges then share our creations. Registration required.

Thursday, July 21 (2 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Grades 3-4: Join us to discuss a good book. Copies of the book, "Rescue on the Oregon Trail" by Kate Messner, will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, July 6 and 13 (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, July 6 (2-5 p.m.) Super Smash Bros Tournament – We're going head-to-head in an epic brawl! Test out your skills in Super Smash Bros for Wii U to see who will claim the tops spot and the ultimate prize! FREE pizza, snacks, and drinks will be served! Grades 6-12. Please register.

Wednesdays, July 6 and 13 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 7 and 14 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department 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. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursdays, July 7 and 14 (2-4 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Drop in for a new creation each week! July 7: Zentangle Keychains and Coasters; July 14: Duct Tape Picture Frames. All supplies provided.

Friday, July 8 (10 a.m.-noon) Junior Video Game Creation – Get started making your own video games with Scratch, free software from MIT that you can use at home after the class ends. Bring your flash drive to save your game. Ages 8-10. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:29 AM, 07.06.2016

Porter Library hosts ice cream social on July 25

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library invites you to their annual Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the library. The Social is the culminating event to celebrate the end of the library's Summer Reading Program.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream sundaes will be sold for $1. Come see The Big Daddies Band, have your face painted and join the cakewalk for just 50 cents. Bid on the silent auction, shop all day at the Portables Gift Shop Sidewalk Sale and take advantage of the Half-Price Sale at our used book store, the Book Nook. Musicians will be playing jazz in the Reading Garden so adults can sit and enjoy their ice cream while being entertained.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:42 AM, 07.19.2016

Bay Village Scouts help flood victims while camping in West Virginia

Bay Village Scouts, from left, Zak Hamil, Trevor Coleman, Khaled Hamil, Derek Reid, Dennis Risch and Max Kunze cleaned up flood debris in Richwood, West Virginia. Photo by Todd Kunze

Six area Boy Scouts and their adult guides recently enjoyed a whitewater and zip-line trip to West Virginia. To help victims of recent flooding, the Scouts collected and delivered donations of food and household products along with over $200 in contributions to the Red Cross. 

The group spent the middle of their trip rafting the New River and zip-lining the countryside near Fayetteville. With activities complete, they ventured to Richwood to assist in cleanup of neighborhoods affected by the disaster. Many lessons were learned on the trip!

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

The importance of tolerance

Tolerance is an important characteristic that, with practice, can be learned. As the saying goes, "No man is an island unto himself."

Unless we live a hermetic life, we are destined to come into contact with those who, perhaps, are not like-minded, do not look as we do, think as we do or adhere to the same moral code as ourselves.

Our country has been called a "melting pot." We have always welcomed to our country those who longed for freedom. On paper, welcoming the stranger sounds easy. It is not. We often distrust those we do not know. We cling to those most like ourselves, wary of those different from us.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Bay resident loses life on interurban railway

An interurban trolley is pictured in downtown Cleveland. 

Three years of working on the Lake Shore Electric Interurban made George Sarles an old hand on the trolley system. George worked the early morning express run traveling from downtown Cleveland west through the farmlands, often delivering the early morning newspapers to the outlying areas.

Leaving downtown Cleveland a half hour late on July 30, 1905, the trolley car was running at full throttle down Clifton Boulevard. As it rounded a curve on Clifton slick from a heavy rain the night before, the trolley skidded and jumped the tracks. The front trunks slid off the track causing the car to flip over on its side. George was tossed through the vestibule and out of the car, pinning him underneath. Loose live wires came in touch with him. He was electrocuted and died.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Bay Village Library Used Book Sale

The annual Summer Used Book Sale at the Bay Village Library branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library begins Saturday, July 23, at 9 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library. Proceeds from the sale are used for upcoming library programs and activities. There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, books on tape 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.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016

Bromfield Cafe to open at Porter Library

After a long search, the Westlake Porter Public Library Board of Trustees has announced that a new café will be moving into the space formerly occupied by Picc-A-Deli and Pulley’s at Porter. Owners CJ and Wendy Bromfield hope to open the café in July.

Bromfield Café plans to feature fair trade coffee and tea produced by Puro, a brand that offers coffee from seven fair trade cooperatives in South America. The café will also offer Puro Tea, as well as hot chocolate and other drinks, and small snacks. Bromfield also plans to survey customers to determine what other products they would like to see offered in the café.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016

The more the Browns change, the more they stay the same

I’m sure everyone is familiar with that old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” I don’t know who said it, but whoever coined the phrase most likely was a Cleveland sports fan. At least up until recently.

Look at the changes – and I mean positive changes, folks – regarding the Cavs and Indians over their most recent season. The Cavs stun the world by going out and winning an NBA Championship, and the Indians follow suit by looking like a very good bet to make the postseason. I mean, really, who’d a thunk it?

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.19.2016

DAR sets Guinness World Record for patriotism

Daughters of the American Revolution set a world record for patriotism with more than 100,000 letters sent to military personnel in one month. Photo courtesy Daughters of the American Revolution

Members of Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated as the National Society DAR set an official Guinness World Record title in patriotism for "Most Letters to Military Personnel Collected in One Month."

The goal of 10,000 letters to active-duty service members was exceeded with a total of 100,904 letters. Individuals could write only one letter each but could solicit participation in the community. All letters were handwritten, stamped and delivered in person to DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the group's Continental Congress annual meeting, this year celebrating DAR's 125th anniversary.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016

Unity to host workshop on coping with grief

Loss and grief are inevitable parts of our lives. How do we grieve the many forms of loss that life brings to us? Is there a right or a wrong way to grieve?

Tears are a common form of expression understood across cultures, particularly when a death occurs. For men, it is still somewhat unacceptable; a quick tear or two seems okay, but not outright sobbing.

Is there a correct length of time to express your grief? Wearing "widow's weeds" is a term for a mourning custom where the woman donned heavy, concealing, black clothing, and veils. Even today, in some countries such as Italy, Greece and Portugal, widows will wear black for the rest of their lives.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.19.2016

Telemedicine for you and me

Telemedicine – using technology to provide clinical health care services – is growing rapidly. The welcome screen on a Cleveland Clinic app promises a "faster, easier" doctor visit via videochat.

Whether you work or stay home to raise a family, getting sick often throws a monkey wrench into your daily routine. As if the aches and pains slowing you down are not enough, trying to fit in 15 minutes of face-to-face time with your family doctor may introduce undue stress as you try to figure out how to accommodate the unexpected.

Unless you are fortunate enough to work or live close to your doctor’s office, you would have to include in your total time calculation: travel time, wait time, actual face time with your doctor, and depending on the doctor’s diagnosis, the time to pick up your medications. Add those up and it becomes an ordeal of an hour or two that you need to squeeze into your day.

My wife recently ran into such conundrum. Unless she missed a note from Dr. Spock that the “teleporter” (from Star Trek fame) is as common as an Uber service, she had to find a way to take close to two hours from her work for what amounted to 15 minutes of time with her doctor. I’m sure many can relate!

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Achievement Centers to receive raffle proceeds from upcoming flea market

The Achievement Centers for Children is pleased to be the recipient of the raffle proceeds from the upcoming Westside Flea, to be held July 23 at 3550 Crocker Road in Westlake. 

The mission of the Achievement Centers for Children is to enable and empower children with disabilities to grow, learn, play and prepare for lifelong achievement in society.  Last year, the Achievement Centers served over 2,300 children, teens and adults with disabilities and their families. The non-profit does its work out in the community and from three locations, including a site in Westlake on Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:45 AM, 07.19.2016

Late summer sports fun in Westlake

Late July and early August signals the annual approach to football season. Be it traditional tackle or the less hectic flag, Westlake has an option for you. The Westlake Youth Football Association offers two divisions of tackle football, 3rd/4th Grade and 5th/6th Grade. The WYFA competes in the Little SWC with teams from Lakewood to Avon, Fairview to Olmsted Falls making up the competition. Westlake Youth Football follows the USA Football Heads Up Program. Tackle football will start with conditioning the week of July 25. Practices then start the week of Aug. 1. Registration is happening right now; visit for more information. 

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.19.2016

Free blood pressure talk at Porter Library

A free presentation on high blood pressure will take place Thursday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. The program presentation is being sponsored by Joshua Tree Senior Living in North Olmsted and in conjunction with the WestShore Lions Club monthly meeting.

Tom Strong, a noted medical lecturer and patient advocate, will be explain non-medical strategies to help reduce and manage blood pressure. Registration is not required, and session will take place shortly after the WestShore Lions Club meeting, with a question and answer period scheduled to follow the informative talk.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:46 AM, 07.19.2016

Westside Christian Academy adds grade levels, new principal

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Westside Christian Academy in Westlake is on its way to providing an education to students from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation. They launched the Upper School in fall 2015, combining the existing grades 7 and 8 with a new grade 9. Grade 10 and a pre-kindergarten class will start this fall. Plans are to add grades 11 and 12 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

To lead the Upper School, WCA announced the hiring of Dr. Bernard J. Mauser, an assistant professor at San Diego Christian College. Dr. Mauser will be teaching and developing the curriculum in his role as principal.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:43 AM, 07.19.2016

Learn about Tri-Cs ESL program at open house in Westlake

Cuyahoga Community College will host an open house for its English as a Second Language (ESL) program from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Corporate College West.

The ESL program serves students whose first language is not English. Participants include students on temporary visas, immigrants from all over the world and native-born U.S. citizens whose first language is not English. Tri-C runs the largest college-credit ESL program in Ohio, with classes available weekdays and evenings.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016