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BAYarts to host the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

Khaki Hermann as Beatrice and Stuart Hoffman as Benedick rehearse a scene from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's production of "Much Ado About Nothing," coming to BAYarts July 21. Photo by Tyson Douglas Rand.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival was created with the mission of providing the people of Cleveland free Shakespeare. Now in its 22nd season, the group will be traveling to the BAYarts campus on Sunday, July 21, 7-9 p.m., to perform "Much Ado About Nothing."

"My friends and family have been going to CSF for years at various venues around the city: Lakewood, Tremont and Cleveland Heights," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "My kids grew up with this tradition and learned how fun and engaging Shakespeare can be; we still look forward to it every year."

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.16.2019

Dover Gardens may be the area's oldest tavern

A photo, supposedly taken in 1876, showing a hickory pole raising in front of the Harvest Home tavern, which is now Dover Gardens. Photo from the Westlake Historical Society collection.

Dover Gardens Tavern has had many lives and now has a new face. The owners recently re-faced the exterior of the landmark at 27402 Detroit Road with new siding.

About five years ago it was questionable if the business and the building would survive after an out of control pick-up truck smashed into the building during a police chase, seriously injuring 13 people. The old timbers held and now the building looks refreshed and ready for many more years of good times for patrons.

The existing building dates to at least 1874 when a hotel and grocery building with a similar footprint is shown in the same location on 66 acres straddling Detroit Road, owned by C. Brenner. The same building is shown on a 1927 plat book with two outbuildings on an 8.78 acre parcel owned by Anton and J. Michelich. Tax records indicate jumps of value in both 1871 and 1881 though the county lists the year built as 1890.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.16.2019

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission that led Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to take humanity’s first steps on the moon. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will offer fun-filled day on Saturday, July 20, to celebrate this remarkable human achievement and look forward to what’s next for human exploration in the Solar System.

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Come for a day of activities and planetarium shows as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing! Learn about this historic event during special shows in Schuele Planetarium. Planetarium specialists will share images from all of the Apollo moon landings and lead hands-on moon activities throughout the Center as we commemorate mankind’s footprint in the solar system. For all ages. Fee: $10/person.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.16.2019

Library Storywalk celebration will take place on July 24 at Westlake Recreation Center

The Westlake Porter Public Library Storywalk at the Westlake Recreation Center will be opened with a special celebration on Wednesday, July 24, starting at 6:30 p.m. Special VIP readers will be stationed along the path to read parts of the story to walkers, and refreshments will be served. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy this new attraction.

“The Storywalk promotes early literacy, exercise and community engagement,” said Library Director Andrew Mangels. “We believe this will be an extremely popular attraction for our citizens.”

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 1:32 PM, 07.16.2019

The days when nicknames ruled baseball

I was having a heated discussion with a friend the other day about the merits of the 2019 Indians. He was ranting on and on about how good the Indians were, but  – now don’t get me wrong, I’m excited at the level they’ve played with all the injuries, too – I was trying to be ever-so-realistic in pointing out that the competition hasn’t exactly been “world class” the last month or so.

Not to be swayed, he continued babbling about our pitching and the “potent” Tribe offense. Seriously, when a marginal (at best) hitter like Roberto Perez goes Johnny Bench and has 16 dingers at the All-Star break, that’s great – but let’s not anoint him MVP just yet, okay?

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.16.2019

Bay High's Aaron Ereditario to lead Bay Middle School

Aaron Ereditario is the new principal at Bay Middle School.

The Bay Village Board of Education approved the selection of Aaron Ereditario, currently assistant principal at Bay High School, to replace Sean McAndrews as principal of Bay Middle School. McAndrews announced his retirement earlier in June.

While at Bay High, Ereditario worked closely with teachers, parents and support staff to improve progress in every aspect of the student experience, from learning to discipline to their mental health. He was the lead organizer of the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model, a system that recognizes and supports positive interpersonal skills that Ereditario believes will serve students well, both in school and in work.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.16.2019

Ramsey Inman is new assistant principal at Bay High School

Ramsey Inman will be assistant principal at Bay High this coming school year.

Ramsey Inman has been named assistant principal at Bay High School.

Inman has served as assistant principal at Cuyahoga Falls High School during the past year and as assistant principal at Shaker Heights High School for three years prior to that. He began his career as a social studies teacher at Bedford High School.

"Ramsey's educational vision encompasses meeting a wide range of student needs in a wide variety of ways, and we were amazed to see he's done them all," said Superintendent Jodie Hausmann. She noted that the interview process was extremely thorough, with more than 100 applying for the position. "There was a consensus with those we talked to that he is a great listener and that we are extremely lucky to have him come to work at Bay High School."

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.16.2019

Red Barn Youth Theater presents two plays

Clague Playhouse's Red Barn Youth Theater will present two one-act plays: "Pajama Party" and "A Guide to the Teenage Zone" on July 26-28.

"Pajama Party" starts off as the usual slumber party, complete with a scary ghost story and a parade of pajama costumes. Then a police car starts prowling the neighborhood in search of the Blue Light Burglar. And then comes the mystery girl! "Pajama Party" is directed by Richie Lynch and the cast features Samantha Doty, Savannah Doty, Laurie Doty, Madison Garver, Olivia Heberlein, Sara Kamrass, Avalon McLaughlin, Aaryaa More, Reilly O’Donnell, Anna Prugh and Eve Prugh.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.16.2019

Taking care of your pet's dental health

Montana and Little Girl show off their pearly whites. Canine dental hygiene is an important part of overall health. Photo by Nancy Brown

"Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health, and dental problems can cause, or be caused by, other health problems," states the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy."

Just like humans, pets are prone to broken teeth, infections, abscesses and periodontal disease. Some pets are born with bad teeth and may require quick surgery to remove puppy teeth that did not fall out on their own.

A routine dental appointment at a veterinary clinic will include blood work to ensure your pet is able to handle anesthesia, oral X-rays if needed, tooth scaling and scraping to remove plaque and any tarter buildup, and finish with a polish. The procedure takes less then an hour unless multiple teeth need to be extracted.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

St. Paul Westlake welcomes new vicar

St. Paul Westlake's new vicar, Chad Bolosan, center, with his wife, Sherry, and Associate Pastor Jeff Smith.

St. Paul Westlake installed a new vicar in services on Sunday, July 14. Vicar Chad Bolosan is eager to get started in his role as pastoral intern.

“It’s a chance to learn from those that have the experience,” he said, referring to St. Paul’s pastoral staff which includes Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. David Buegler, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Young and Associate Pastor Jeffery M. Smith.

Bolosan, 44, and wife, Sherry, are the parents of Annabelle, 8, and twins Emma and Charlotte, 3.

“I fell in love with sharing the gospel, and it’s wonderful seeing it in other people,” he said.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.16.2019

Friends of the Bay Village Library to hold used book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 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, audiobooks 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.

For more information on the book sale, volunteering to help with the sale, or becoming a member of the Friends of the Bay Village Library, visit the library at 502 Cahoon Road or call 440-871-6392.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library


Weekly Storytimes:

  • 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

Tuesdays (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Splash over for stories with the Bay Village Library children’s staff during the 2 p.m. rest period. 

Monday, July 22 (2 p.m.) Monday Movie – Visit the library for special screenings of popular movies. Bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag.

Friday, Aug. 2 (10 a.m.) I'm Ready for School – Ages 5 and 6: Have fun practicing kindergarten skills as we use scissors, identify shapes, work with glue and count. Registration required.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.16.2019

Experience science, technology, engineering, arts and math at Porter Library July 21-27

Kids of all ages are invited to Westlake Porter Public Library to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) concepts in a fun, hands-on way from July 21-27. Have fun learning about the concepts that power our world with these amazing programs!

Sunday, July 21 (3-4 p.m.) Art Smarts: Georgia O’Keefe – Explore works of a well-known artist and then use what you’ve seen to create an art piece of your own! Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (2-3 p.m.) Coding for Kids – Learn computer programming by designing video games that can be shared and played with friends! Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (3-4 p.m.) Robotics for Kids – Pair up to create, program, and animate robots using LEGO bricks then experiment with other kids in friendly competitions. Grades 3-6. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (7-8 p.m.) 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing – Join guest speakers from NASA Glenn Research Center as they commemorate the first manned lunar landing and NASA's Human Exploration of the Moon: Past, Present, and Future. Please register.

Monday, July 22 (7-8 p.m.) Breakout EDU: Frazioni’s Pizza Parlor – Frazioni has locked all but one of his top secret recipes inside the large box. He can’t remember how to decipher the clues to unlock the box and now he only has 45 minutes until he has to start baking! He needs YOUR help to find the top secret recipes! Grades 3-5. Please register.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.16.2019

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 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, July 16 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately. This month’s topic: "Coping with Fear of the Future."

Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31 (9:30 & 10:15 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.

Wednesdays, July 17, 24 and 31 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 18 and 25  (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 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." Rescheduled from April.

Wednesday, July 17 (7-8 p.m.) Dorm Room Hacks: Cooking for Teens – Learn cooking hacks for the dorm room or at home, in this hands-on cooking class. We will make snacks and desserts to satisfy your hunger. Grades 10-12. Registration begins July 10.

Thursday, July 18 (10-11:30 a.m.) Touching Up Digital Photos – Learn beginner-intermediate level techniques for altering and repairing digital photos, including cropping, adjusting color levels, and removing blemishes. Practice files will be provided, but participants can bring a flash drive with their own photos. Please register.

Thursdays, July 18 and 25 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. While supplies last.

Thursdays, July 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.

Fridays, July 19 and 26 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.02.2019

Troop 41 awards three Eagle Scouts

Robert Curry, Sean Gulley and Darren Vesely were awarded Eagle Scout from Troop 41.

Scout Troop 41 in Bay Village presented its 161st Eagle Scout award June 30 during their ceremony for three Scouts at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church. The three award recipients were Robert Curry, Sean Gulley and Darren Vesely. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest-ranking award in Scouting. A requirement to earn the Eagle Scout rank is planning and completing a local service project.

For his Eagle project, Robert Curry built a hexagonal picnic table out of recycled plastic and a raised flower garden to grow herbs in an outdoor area at The Village Project. Sean Gulley's Eagle project was the installation of a wireless network at Bethesda-on-the-Bay. He installed three wireless access points and connected them to the main office to establish three wireless networks for use by the church. Darren Vesely coordinated with Operation Buckeye to collect donations, assemble and send care packages to our troops overseas for his Eagle project. Darren sent nearly 40 boxes to multiple troop outposts.

Our congratulations go out to these three young men and their families on this outstanding achievement!

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

Stem cells and knee arthritis: ready for prime time?

Piper, 54, plays piano, walks for exercise. Doesn’t own a TV!

You can’t tell by looking at her how knee osteoarthritis (the wear-and-tear kind) dictates even minor movements. In her 20s, Piper played wallyball (it’s volleyball on steroids), diving and bouncing off the walls. Today, rising from a chair, her knees hurt. After a long plane ride, they feel like they’d “explode.”

She takes sulindac (an NSAID, like ibuprofen) daily. This spring, she got a hyaluronic-acid knee injection. Like a miracle, she could walk up and down stairs pain-free. But in two to three weeks, the pain returned.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019

Westlake Schools awarded $17K STEMM grant

The Westlake City School District was awarded a $17,575 Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF) grant to help staff provide students with 21st century skills balanced with substantive subject matter in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine).

The one-year grant – "Utilizing STEMM Problem-Based Teaching and Learning" – will support STEMM professional development for up to 16 math, science and pre-engineering teachers at Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School. Westlake will partner with the Cleveland State University STEMM Education Center to train teachers in project-based learning (PBL) and how to implement projects within the classroom.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:07 AM, 07.16.2019

Hospice of the Western Reserve honors post-World War II veteran

Corporal James "Norris" Jett receives a veteran's pin from hospice volunteer Don Stark, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran.

The Westlake home care team from Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR) honored and thanked Corporal James “Norris” Jett for his military service in post-World War II Europe with a family Veterans Recognition Ceremony at his home recently. The ceremony is part of the nonprofit agency’s Peaceful & Proud program, which pays special tribute to those who have served in the military.

Family, friends and neighbors gathered as HWR volunteer Don Stark, a Vietnam War combat veteran, read a moving passage about what it means to serve, thanked Corporal Jett for his service and presented him with a commemorative veteran’s pin and certificate. He also received a patriotic flag-themed afghan handmade by a Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteer.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.16.2019