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St. Raphael's unveils transformed church

The new St. Raphael’s church on Dover Center Road in Bay Village. A dedication Mass will be celebrated on Aug. 22, with a community open house on Aug. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Photo by Denny Wendell

The new church for St Raphael Parish will be dedicated as part of a special Mass on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. The Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, will preside and consecrate the church. Reverend Timothy W. Gareau, pastor, will concelebrate. 

The new building is fan-shaped with a capacity of 1,100 and continues to front on Dover Center Road. The ceremonial entrance will be on the north side of the building. The stained glass windows, crucifix, tabernacle and main altar are from the old church and all of the remaining marble from the old church has been repurposed and incorporated into the new church. A chapel will hold about 75 people. A community room that accommodates functions for up to 200 people was also built.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

Westlake celebrates flower power

Mayor Dennis Clough presents Rita Briggs with this year's Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” Award at the Aug. 12 ceremony.

Westlake held its annual gala for greenery Aug. 12, as gardeners from across the city came together for the presentation of this year’s Westlake in Bloom contest awards. Eighty-one residents and businesses competed in 11 categories, ranging from window boxes and patios to entire yards and institutional landscaping, as well as the Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens and Hilliard Boulevard flower boxes.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 11:02 AM, 08.18.2015

Bay Village turns out in support of young girl

Participants in the Mile for Molly walk the path at Bradley Road Park in Bay Village on Aug. 4. Photo by Jim Erlandson

As we've seen time and again, our amazing Bay Village community bands together when one of us is in need. That spirit was on full display Aug. 4 for “The Mile for Molly” fundraiser at Bradley Road Park. Hoping for a crowd of 50 people, we instead had nearly 400 walkers come out to enjoy the beautiful summer evening, walk the Mile for Molly, indulge in some pizza and win some great prizes! I could say that we were surprised by the turnout, but with a community like ours, what else should I expect?

We were blessed with the appearance of a special guest, Miss Molly herself! As per usual, Molly was the added sunshine to an already beautiful day. Her small but mighty 7-year-old self has been fighting Acute Lymphatic Leukemia since the end of June. The strength of her family, the doctors and staff at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, much anonymous assistance and many selfless people, including the organization Little Heroes, have helped immensely.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.18.2015

New Westlake Jewish center to host High Holiday services in September

Rabbi Mendel and Devorah Jacobs are the directors of the new Chabad Center in Westlake.

The local Jewish population has a new place to congregate with the opening of a Jewish center in Westlake, serving the western suburbs of Cleveland. “Chabad of the West Side” is now in operation, featuring Jewish education for adults and children, and Jewish cultural and social events.

“We are ecstatic about this new milestone,” says Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, who will be directing the center along with his wife, Devorah.

After their marriage in 2014, the couple has taken up this post offered to them by the regional directors of Chabad’s global Jewish outreach movement in Northeast Ohio, Rabbi Leibel and Devorah Alevsky.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.18.2015

Tri-C awards Honors Program Fellowships to Bay Village students

Baylee Briggs

Baylee Briggs and Jenna Haas of Bay Village have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.

Briggs and Haas signed commitment letters with the College during an Aug. 5 ceremony at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at Metropolitan Campus in Cleveland. The scholarships — funded by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation — are valued at up to $4,250 per academic year.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.18.2015

WECPTA to host annual membership drive

The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its annual membership drive event on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 3-5 p.m. The event will be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

The theme for this year’s event is “heroes.” Children’s activities will include a meet-and-greet with community heroes, crafts, balloon animals, games, yummy snacks and much more! While the kids enjoy the specialty entertainment, adults will be able to learn all about the amazing offerings of the WECPTA.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.18.2015

Cutest pet in Westlake sought by historical society

Do you own Westlake's Cutest Pet?

 The Westlake Historical Society is "paws-ing" for the past with our annual Cutest Pet in Westlake contest. If you have the cutest pet in Westlake, please enter him or her in the contest by sending a photo to Cutest Pet Contest, c/o Westlake Historical Society, P.O. Box 45064, Westlake, OH 44145. Dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, birds, fish and even the family ferret can enter. New this year: We will have a separate puppy division for pets under one year old.

We request a $5 dollar donation for each photo submitted. Photos must be received by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8. Photos can be black & white, or color. High resolution photos, please. Limit of two photos per pet. Westlake residents only. Do you need someone to take a photo for you? The historical society has photo volunteers for no charge.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

Life in tune with the church bells

A parishioner reflects on faith and family as St. Raphael's begins a new chapter

When I was 2 years old, my parents made the great migration from the east side of Cleveland to the west side of Cleveland. They bought a home across the street from the church. My father’s explanation for his choice: “So ‘you people’ won’t be late for church.” All his life, he called my mom, my brothers and me “you people.” Were we some distant nomadic tribe that he just happened to stumble on his youth? I never knew.

Life began in our new residence, centered around our church. My dad became an usher; my mom became the director of all the church’s Sunday evening potluck theatre productions, and coach of the football cheerleading squad. Our summer vacations centered around the annual weeklong carnival, where each one of us volunteered.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Berry Pickers

Berry picking wasn't all hard work. In this photo from the Wischmeyer collection, three men from the Village had a little fun posing as female pickers.

Most everyone in Dover Township had a berry patch. Acres of berries and fruit orchards became prevalent with the coming of our German settlers in the 1850s. Apple, peach and cherry orchards sprang up along Walker, Bassett and Bradley roads, where our German farmers settled. Most of the family homes scattered between the farms had small berry patches in their backyards. Well into the 1950s there were berry patches in the Village.

My family's house was in the David Foote apple orchard on Lake Road. We had eight different kinds of apple trees, plus peach trees and cherry trees on our acre. We had gooseberries, currants, quince, strawberries and raspberries in the yard. I remember Mom making jelly, especially currant jelly, and putting the small glass jars out in the backyard under a glass window to cook in the sun. She made many jars of strawberry and raspberry jam from our berries, pouring liquid beeswax on top to seal the jar.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.18.2015

Westlake says 'play ball'

Indians mascot Slider joined more than 50 kids at Clague Park on Aug. 8 for a morning of hitting, catching and running the bases as part of MLB's Play Ball initiative.

On Saturday, Aug. 8, more than 50 kindergarten and pre-K children came to Clague Park to play ball on a beautiful summer day as the city of Westlake hosted Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative. Children had the opportunity to run the bases, hit off a tee and field ground balls. 

As an added bonus, Slider, the mascot of the hometown Cleveland Indians, made an appearance to help the children learn the game of baseball. Slider even picked up a bat, ran the bases and offered tips as only a mascot can.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:41 AM, 08.18.2015

Is This Your Dog? Did You Steal My Bike?

Dillon Forsythe comforts the dog he found near Cahoon Creek. After taking her to the vet and groomer, Dillon is searching for the dog's owner.

My name is Dillon. You may remember me from my previous articles about saving Peanut the dog three years ago. Incredibly, I am back now with another dog story.

Monday evening, Aug. 3, I read a post on a Facebook page that a lost dog was running past the Bayway Cabin, (Kiddie Kollege), and fell 50-feet down a nearby cliff! After reading this, I got on my bike to try and find her. I was going to look where she was last seen by the cabin and walk up the creek from there, but the Lord was pulling me in a different direction. 

I ended up at the bottom of the Cahoon Park sledding hill. Because I was in such a rush, I got off my bike and threw it behind a large bush. I leaped over the creek, and was going to continue alongside it, but again, God led me to hike up the other side of the cliff. At the top, I turned to my left, and within an instant, I saw the dog.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.14.2015

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Senior Center

Several interesting programs will be presented at the Dwyer Senior Center in the coming weeks. To register or for more information, call 440-835-6565.

Cleveland Clinic Driving Evaluation Presentation
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m.
Do you ever think you or someone you love should give up driving? The Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program at the Cleveland Clinic is available to evaluate a person's current driving ability, assess driving potential and enable the person to return to safe, independent driving whenever possible. Come learn the details of this important program. Lunch is provided.

Art Appreciation with Bill Minnion
Monday, Aug. 31, 1 p.m.
"Placing Women in Art" – Artists are always looking for inspiration and many have chosen idealized but honest and powerful depictions of women. We will view the innocent, the elegant, the motherly, the femme fatale, the young and the old in portrayals of women from 17th century Vermeer to 21st century Andrew Wyeth. Anecdotal tidbits about the artists will lighten up the discussion.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

A tropical celebration at the Westlake Center

Dale and Jan Henninger enjoy the tropical themed patio party with Director Lydia Gadd (center). Photo by Jennifer Yoo

Back-to-school shopping ads, Cleveland Browns Training Camp, and the final Patio Party at the Westlake Center for Community Services are signs that summer is winding down. 

Our last patio party was a tropical celebration complete with steel drums and a feast to match. While we are still celebrating summer with a Carnival on Aug. 19, our September "Oktoberfest" celebration is just around the corner. The Sept. 9 "Oktoberfest" will be in honor of National Senior Day. We will celebrate with traditional Oktoberfest food, and non-traditional Oktoberfest drink (root beer instead of beer). The Polka Pirates will be on hand to play traditional style Slovenian, Polish and German music. We expect some spontaneous singing and dancing to occur.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

Garden club fundraiser ticket deadline approaching

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to “have lunch with a food critic” on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Call Marie McCarthy at 216-221-6365 for information or a ticket order form. The Westlake Garden Club’s annual fundraiser luncheon will be held at the Westwood Country Club with guest speaker Joe Crea, restaurant and dining editor of the Plain Dealer.

Tickets are $35, advance sale only, and include valet parking. Deadline for ticket purchases is Sept. 17. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to support educational and community programs in the Westshore area.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.18.2015

Shared memories of family vacations

The beauty of the Colorado landscape is a lasting memory from a family vacation. The agony of the hike is another. Photo by RJ Johnson

Vacation is a great time to create family memories. This year we decided to take a hiking vacation in Granby, Colorado. Each day had its own hiking adventure. Because I grew up in Colorado, I knew how to vary our hikes so every hike had its own unique flavor.

The first couple of days consisted of short, relatively flat hikes while our bodies became acclimated to the thinner air at high altitude. The third day was the forced march.

The hike started at a trailhead at about 8,300 feet above sea level. The guidebooks all said the first mile was challenging. Over the first mile we gained 1,000 feet of elevation. This would be like getting on a treadmill and setting it at the highest incline, then putting rocks on the belt at random intervals. To complete the experience you would need to pump air out of the room, and continue pumping the air out as you ascended. Challenging might have been an understatement. “Lung burner” would have been a better description.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.18.2015

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Saturday, Aug. 1 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (2-3 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Sunday, Aug. 2 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 26.

Aug. 3-29 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Show

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

Meet WKYCís Greg Dee at the Bay Village Library

WKYC's Greg Dee will talk about weather and storm safety with kids and teens on Sept. 9 at the Bay Village Library.

Have you ever wondered how a meteorologist determines what the forecast will be? Join us for a family program at the Bay Village Library with WKYC meteorologist Greg Dee. Dee will talk with kids and teens about what goes in to how he makes a forecast and share information about storms and storm safety.

Greg Dee joined the weather team at WKYC in February 2015. He is a native of Connecticut and earned his undergraduate degree in meteorology and master's in geography from Florida State University.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.18.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Students are heading back to school and you may be looking for a way to keep the younger children entertained while their older siblings are at school. Stop by one of the Bay library weekly storytimes, which start back up on Monday, Aug. 31. Please see the list below for days and times.

Also, starting Sept. 8, teens can join us on select days from 3-4 p.m. for our afterschool program, Teen Zone. See below for more details.


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 – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – For children of all ages and a caregiver.


Beginning Sept. 8, the Bay Village Branch Library will host Teen Zone for middle and high school students. The program will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 3-4 p.m. in the meeting room of the library.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.18.2015

Bay Kiwanis donates megaphones to BVFD

Firefighter Neil Perko and Fire Chief Chris Lyons accept the megaphones from Bay Village Kiwanis President Kelly Applegate Baon. Photo by Jim Potter

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has donated two super megaphones to the Bay Village Fire Department. The megaphones have a range of 800 yards. One will be used on the Bay rescue boat and the other will be used in the giant hook-and-ladder truck. Funds for the equipment came from proceeds of the annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Herb Guild awards scholarships

Pictured in photo from left to right are Mrs. Urig, Fran Wilhelm (Herb Guild president), Megan Urig (scholarship recipient), Cathie Conrad (luncheon coordinator), and Mary Kay Filipiak (scholarship committee). Not pictured is scholarship recipient Natasha Daniels. Photo by Bruni Burnett

The Herb Guild Garden Club’s 31st annual scholarship luncheon took place on Aug. 5 at the Avon Oaks Country Club. Two scholarship recipients were each given a $2,000 scholarship. This year’s recipients are Megan Urig, a graduate of Midview High School in Grafton, and Natasha Daniels, a graduate of the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.

Megan will be attending The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College where she will be studying agricultural and animal science. Natasha is attending Johnson and Wales University in North Carolina where she is studying culinary management. Natasha was not present at the luncheon, as she has already started the school year.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.18.2015

Be inquisitive before back-to-school tech shopping

I love the movie "Groundhog Day" where actor Bill Murray, playing a weatherman named Phil, eventually realizes that he is living the same day over and over again. It feels like just yesterday that my wife and I survived the back-to-school gauntlet of getting our son ready for another school year!

Whether you are a proud parent sending your child off to college or your child is starting as high school freshman this fall, tools entrenched in the digital world are increasingly on our back-to-school shopping list.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:36 AM, 08.18.2015

Lost cat

Anny has been missing a few weeks now. Friends of the bay village kennel ask residents to please keep an eye out for her as she has always been an indoor cat. Please call BVPD or her family.

  • Long-Haired Tortise-shell/Calico Female
  • Indoor/Spayed/Front Declawed
  • Squirrel-like, bushy tail
  • Lost from Cahoon/Aberdeen 08/06/15
  • Loved dearly by whole family (even the dog). Incredibly missed!
  • Call/Text (440)213-1017
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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 8:22 PM, 08.15.2015

Unity programs help children 'unfold'

Our children are the future. The other half of the equation is the grown-up part, as adults, as parents and guardians, WE are the future as we guide, educate, vote, and make choices that will create what's ahead for our children with every word we utter, with every decision we make, with every law we consider and vote for or against. 

Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931), co-founder of the Unity Movement wrote, “Our mission is not to entertain children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be 'called out' is to follow the harmonious law of the soul's unfoldment."

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Reflecting on the Bay Village Foundation

Play in Bay project team leader Connie Dieken is pictured with her kids, Spencer, age 6 at the time, and Ali, 3, at the opening of the playground on Dover Center Road 20 years ago. Photo courtesy Connie Dieken

This past May I stepped down as president of the Bay Village Foundation after serving for 9 years. What will I do with the gift of time now available to me? Look no further, I found that there is a reservoir of information in my head, in my files and on my computer that I wish to share.

I had a box of files that came with the job so I began organizing them.The first thing that I came across caught my attention: a blue binder, with the beginning notes and minutes of how the foundation came to be. Here in these notes of 20 years ago, we see a fledgling organization called The Future of Bay. 

Back then Council President Dick Martin suggested a special fund to hold contributions for two groups that were raising funds that for Play in Bay and the addition to the Youth Center. As I looked at the notes of then-secretary, Bonnie Hunt, I saw how the vision of Dick Martin flowed through the work of Bonnie into the action of Gary Ebert, Tom Jelepis and Wayne Reese.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

Women's Board invites new members to Sept. 1 meeting

September brings the regrouping of many organizations which have taken a break during the summer. The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board will hold the first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Science Center in Bay Village. We always welcome interested persons who would like to join us and learn about our activities which support the Center's mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.18.2015

Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra continues at Huntington Playhouse

The cast of "My Way ... A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" at Huntington Playhouse.

Huntington Playhouse is up and running with “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” The very talented cast, which includes Holly Feiler, Jarred Nichols, Keli Schemilpfenig, Tim and Lisa Herzel, sing songs in the Sinatra style in a tribute to “Old Blue Eyes." Over 40 songs are performed including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "All of Me," "I Love Paris" and "New York, New York."

The production runs through Sept. 6 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with senior tickets available on Fridays and the Sunday matinee. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 440-871-8333. Box office hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and opens two hours before each performance.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Business community welcomes new teachers

Dr. Terri Pope, president of the Tri-C Westshore Campus, welcomed new Westlake and Bay Village teachers at the August 11 chamber luncheon. Photo by Denny Wendell

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held their annual Teacher Luncheon on Aug. 11 at LaCentre in Westlake to welcome the new educators joining the Westlake and Bay Village school districts this fall.

The Education Committee, co-chaired by Andrew Mangels, director of Westlake Porter Public Library, and Nancy Ralls, career development coordinator at West Shore Career Tech, presented welcome bags containing items donated from Chamber businesses to 20 Westlake teachers and nine Bay Village teachers. The teachers’ lunches were donated by St. John Medical Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Westlake and West Shore Chamber celebrate dental office opening

Dr. Stephen Woyat cuts the ribbon in front of his new office, joined by members of his family and staff, as well as Mayor Dennis Clough and Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough joined West Shore Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski for the July ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of Dental Care of Westlake on Center Ridge Road. Dr. Steven Woyat, his family and staff invited guests inside afterwards to see the new office and enjoy some refreshments.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.18.2015

Chamber members enjoy a day on the links

The golfers line up and get ready to go!

Avon Oaks Country Club was the venue for this year's West Shore/Fairview Park Chamber golf tournament on Aug. 10. This joint effort between both chambers raised money for the scholarship funds for Westlake, Bay and Fairview Park school districts. 

Thirty foursomes began their scramble with a shotgun start and a delicious box lunch. Throughout the course there were various local sponsors who offered treats, snacks and even a massage from their sponsorship holes. There was no lucky hole-in-one winner this time to take home the new car prize. A brief rainstorm midday brought out the umbrellas but also cut the humidity. 

The day ended with a wonderful dinner and many great prizes that went out to some lucky golfers! Grand prizes were a flat screen television, a Kindle and $1,000 cash. Many other prizes went out from the generous donations of chamber businesses.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.18.2015

Westlake cobbler receives industry's highest award

Glenn DiMauro of The Italian Cobbler in Westlake has been honored by his peers and awarded the prestigious Robert DiRinaldo Grand Silver Cup from the Shoe Service Institute of America. The top prize in an international competition, the Grand Silver Cup has been the most sought-after prize in the shoe repair industry since the 1930s.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

The right to govern ourselves

In response to Mr. Conover’s opinion letter [in the July 21 issue] celebrating the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling: The issue is not do you or I approve or disapprove of same-sex “marriage,” the issue is do we have a Constitutional republic or do we have a tyranny – a majority of nine unelected judges making law for 330 million American citizens? Don’t think for one millisecond that because they did it this time, they won’t do it again and again.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.18.2015

North Coast Healthís Celebration of Caring Gala

North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.

The evening will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction and raffles. Honorary chair for the event is Mrs. Charles Rini, Sr. Event co-chairs are Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin and Carol Sterba. The evening’s goal is to raise $150,000, more than 10 percent of NCH’s annual operating budget, to continue to provide life-saving health care to the medically underserved in our community.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.18.2015