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Bay Village light display takes inspiration to new level

The elaborate lighting display at John Underation’s Maple Drive home began with the gift of Christmas lights that belonged to his friend, Randy Stang. Photo by Denny Wendell

At 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, John Underation turned on the lights of a breathtaking Christmas display at 30629 Maple Drive in Bay Village for its fifth season. Underation began his Christmas decoration obsession when he was offered well-known Bay Village activist Randy Stang’s extensive collection of Christmas lights by Stang’s wife, Jacqueline, the summer after Stang’s untimely death in February 2010.

Underation did not always decorate his house for Christmas. He grew up in Barberton, Ohio, and his family did not decorate. But there was a house in nearby Norton that decorated extravagantly, and had a flying Santa Claus. Underation would visit the house at Christmastime as a child and wanted to have a house like that when he grew up. When he moved to Cleveland with his wife, Kelley, in 2001, Underation decorated discretely with white twinkle lights.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 11:00 AM, 12.01.2015

Dec. 13 candle lighting connects grieving families

Buddha says life is suffering. Some can only imagine the agony of losing a child, while others experience this extreme loss each and every day, some ... every moment. When the pain becomes unbearable, where do you turn, who can help, what can be done? The unbearable can become bearable when your pain evolves into trust, realizing you are not alone, and an entire new family of friends is here for you. Connected by loss, they understand your pain. Tears can fall, but they need not fall in the illusion of solitude. If you are open, they can unfold, and be gently scooped up by caring, earth angels.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 12.01.2015

Playing to Johnny's strengths

Unless you reside under the proverbial rock, you’re painfully aware of Johnny Manziel’s latest, um, “transgressions” with his employer (at least as of this writing, anyway), the Cleveland Browns.

As we all know, the Browns have gone to great lengths to try and keep their young, party-loving quarterback in line. But now, with a fairly large sample size to reflect upon, it appears most will agree that so far the attempts have yielded disappointing results. In other words, it ain’t workin’, gang.

I suggest it’s time to think outside the box with Johnny Manziel.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015

Eyes to the sky for Geminid Meteor Shower

The planetarium at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center hosts programs seven days a week. The You-niverse program will highlight meteors and meteor showers Dec. 7-13.

Turn your eyes to the sky to be a part of the Geminid Meteor Shower. In the dark evening sky of Dec. 13, viewers should be able to witness many “shooting stars,” breathtaking streaks of light.

The Geminid Meteor Shower will be most visible Sunday evening, Dec. 13. No telescopes, binoculars or special equipment are needed. Katy Accetta, planetarium specialist at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, suggests midnight as the ideal time for viewing but says the spectacle should be visible as early as 10 p.m. Meteors will be visible as streaks of light through the air and should be observable throughout the sky, although she suggests looking east. A crescent moon will help by providing a dark night sky.

Meteors are composed of tiny bits of dust and rock left behind by soaring comets. When the Earth passes through this debris, these bits of comet litter penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere and begin to plummet towards the planet. They reach such incredible speeds that they ignite and catch fire.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.01.2015

Wishing tree reveals what families who have children with special needs wish for in 2016

The tree features more than just wishes; it also includes family photos, holiday greetings and messages of support.

"I wish bullies weren’t so mean." "I wish people would accept me, autism and all." "I wish that I could see." These are just some of the wishes that children with special needs have added to the Connecting for Kids Wishing Tree which features more than 300 wishes submitted by area families, community supporters and students. The tree will be on display through the holiday season at Barnes & Noble at Crocker Park in Westlake.

“We wanted to build something amazing in our community and we are so excited to see it all come together,” said Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. “We have two goals with the Wishing Tree. One is to raise awareness in the community about what it’s like to have a child with special needs. The second is to demonstrate that even though a family may have a child who struggles, their wishes are similar to any other family. One parent wrote that her wish is not to have to remind her sons to wash their hands every time they leave the bathroom – I think all parents can relate to that wish.”

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The gas station that put Bay Village on the map

Bill Blaha at the pumps in front of his gas station on Dover Center Road.

When John D. Rockefeller started Standard Oil he realized a need for gas stores for selling his gas and oil. All over Ohio, gas stations began popping up in townships and large cities to supply the demand.

Out in the country, in the little Village of Bay, John D. Rockefeller supplied the gas to a small station built by William Blaha at the intersection of Dover Center and West Oviatt roads. At the time, Dover Center was a dirt road and you drove your car up to the pump, literally, by the side of the road.

In 1914, William Blaha was operating an Edward Foods store in the old Cahoon Store next to the railroad tracks. It being successful, Blaha purchased land to the north of the store at the intersection of West Oviatt and Dover Center Roads with the thought of one day owning his own butcher shop and store. The first building he constructed, however, was a Standard Oil gas station. Standard Oil boasted that they had a "dot’" on their road maps for every township with a pump. When the map came out, the Blaha gas station did not appear on the map. Bill let them know about that, and the next map of Ohio printed had a dot for the Village of Bay.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay Village groups announce annual grants for innovative classroom programs

Bay Village Education Foundation 2015 grant winners, left-to-right: front row, seated -- Bridgit McFarland, Helen Smith, Maria Stansbury, Mary Jo Mahall, Ellie Bricmont (BVEF); back row, standing -- Martha Fisher, Colin Lackey, Nancy McLaughlin, Megan Basel, Robert Dougherty, Darci Sanders (LENSC), Jim Kotora, Brian Reynolds, Char Shryock, Carrie Engelbrecht, Carol Brajdic, Danielle Jeglie, and Susan Bixler (OSU). Not pictured are Jodi Higgins, Diana Lee, Julia Papcke-Russell and Ron Rutt.

The Bay Village Education Foundation (BVEF) awarded nine grants totaling $15,135 for its 2015 classroom grants award program. In partnership with the BVEF, the Bay Village Kiwanis funded three additional grants totaling $2,125.

Grant applications were submitted this fall by Bay Village City School District teachers and other staff members to enrich classroom education. All four Bay Village City School District K-12 buildings received grants.

“I am especially pleased that our collaborations with the Bay Village City School District will result not only in these wonderful classroom enrichment projects, but in alternative funding for other projects as well, based on the district’s goals and budget,” said Ellie Bricmont, chair of the BVEF grants committee. “The grants process has truly become a catalyst for moving the innovative ideas of our educators forward.”

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

The question of sauce or cylinder

Cranberries – should they be in the form of a sauce, or should they be in the shape of a can and sliced in circular blobs of gel? This is largely a question of family culture that emerges around some tables and Thanksgiving. For some families, cranberry sauce is the way to go. After all, the pilgrims at Plymouth did not have canned cranberries. To this, the canned cranberry faction might point out that cranberry sauce was not mentioned as a sauce to serve with meat until 50 years later. 

As long as we are thinking about the first Thanksgiving, let’s remember that lobster was served at the first Thanksgiving feast. If you are a steadfast traditionalist for your Thanksgiving meal, please invite me next year. I love lobster, but can rarely afford to eat lobster. I will even forgive you the lack of cranberries as long as there is butter for the lobster.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 12.01.2015

Read search results before clicking

If I had my druthers, a long-running topic of debate would focus on whether the effects of executing “just Google it” is beneficial or detrimental to our cognition. Just like how coffee/caffeine used to be considered good for you, then bad and then good again recently.

Thus I make my own judgment calls and practice accordingly. For example we continue to teach our son to use a traditional dictionary, instead of Googling a word he doesn’t know. I admit, it is easier to type or dictate a question into the browser and out come the answers ranked in relevance to the question.

Just like anything else the digital world has to offer, we need to be vigilant and practice good usage habits – akin to street smarts – before clicking on a search engine result. Failure to do so increases the chance of becoming a victim in the digital world that has real-world consequences (such as robbing your hard-earned cash).

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.01.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: End, middle and beginning

It's December and the Huntington Playhouse will close this month. One more show is scheduled, "Christmas at Aunt Ida's," then it's time to sell off any remaining items of value, pay some bills, turn off the lights and hand over the keys. The end.

The middle of this story is the end of one story and the beginning of another. 

The announcement came in August to close the theater. The current managing director, Tom Meyrose, decided to continue operation until the end of the year. Meanwhile Bay Village resident John Hnat decided to try and keep community theater alive in his city.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay Village Kiwanis Club holds annual tree sale

Bay Village Kiwanis Club members will assist you in finding that perfect Christmas tree.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Bay Village Kiwanis Club set up its annual Christmas tree sale at the Cahoon Park Gazebo area and began selling trees on Nov. 28.

Three Christmas tree varietals are available, including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs and Colorado Spruces. Tree sizes range from 6-10 feet tall. Prices range from $40-$130, depending on size and type. Cash or check is accepted. Delivery is available for a donation.

The tree sale runs through Saturday, Dec. 19, or until sold out. Hours are: Fridays, 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library's “Great Books for Kids” has arrived at the Bay Village branch library just in time for your holiday shopping. Filled with book selections divided by age, it contains summaries of titles for ages birth to 18 years. All of the books featured in Great Books for Kids have been selected by our very own librarians, so you know they’re the very best. Pick up your copy and get great book and gift ideas for the children in your life!


*Weekly storytimes will be on hiatus for month of December. Please join us again in January.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (6:45 p.m.) and Wednesday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m.) Play, Learn and Grow – Children ages birth-5 years and a caregiver are invited to this casual, drop-in play program. Age-appropriate toys will be available for the children while the adults mingle. Check out the many toys available through our library toy catalog that you can take home.

Monday, Dec. 7-Wednesday, Dec. 23 (all day) Make and Take Seasonal Craft – Stop by and make a craft to take home

Tuesday, Dec. 8 (7 p.m.) Hour of Code: Code with Anna & Elsa – Grades 3 & 4. Use code to join Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You'll create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 (7 p.m.) Scratch Digital Animation 101 – Grades 3 & 4. Learn how to create your own digital animation from Scratch! Join us as we explore, create and share our own stories, games, music and art. You must have your own email address.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Nominations due for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 8, and selections will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards.

Although nominations for Project of the Year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation. Special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations. Citizen of the year nominees, either individual or couple, must be Bay Village residents that have provided significant community service without monetary reward.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.01.2015

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee & Chat – Join us as we discuss a topic related to parenting children who struggle. Group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. This month’s topic is "Spiritual Connection: You Are Not Alone." Registration is required at or call 440-250-5563. 

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) Holiday Shopping Online – Learn how to shop online this holiday season using Amazon and eBay. Please register.

Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 (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.

Wednesdays, Dec. 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 10 (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, Dec. 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) WPPL 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 (7- 8 p.m.) Birds, Buildings, Bridges, Barriers & Baseball – Harvey Webster, director of wildlife at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History explores the perils and possibilities for birds in an urban environment and reviews the ways we can work to correct negative impacts of windows, wind turbines, communications towers and more. Please register.

Wednesday, Dec. 2 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Information – Open enrollment ends Dec. 7. Gain a better understanding of Medicare and the differences between Medicare Part A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (Prescription Drug) as well as Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) and Medicare Advantage. Learn how to ensure coverage and avoid penalties. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

BAYarts' Tall Walls exhibit offers easy art shopping

Art from a variety of mediums, including this piece by Chad Cochran, will be displayed for sale in a floor-to-ceiling exhibit at BAYarts through December.

Quite literally using the entire towering expanse of the gallery walls, the BAYarts Tall Walls exhibition will be showcasing generous handfuls of art from many of the organization's artists.

BAYarts Artistic Director, Karen Petkovic, is excited for this inaugural year of the concept. "The idea is that an overflowing amount of art will be filling the walls up to the high ceilings and down to the floors." And there's a large amount of artists who will be supplying the art.

Featured artists include: Chad Cochran, Al Fuchs, Larry Kasperak, Christopher Gray, Mary Burkhardt, Susanne Dotson, Angela Oster, Jack Koch and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

TV nostalgia authors will visit Westlake on Dec. 5

Mike and Janice Olszewski will autograph copies of their new book, "Cleveland TV Tales, Vol. 2," at Barnes & Noble on Dec. 5.

TV nostalgia authors Mike and Janice Olszewski will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of their new book, "Cleveland TV Tales, Vol. 2," on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.
A sequel to the first book, "Cleveland TV Tales," the second volume gives more behind-the-screen stories from the golden age of local television including favorite Cleveland television personalities of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s.

The book includes stories about the rise of glamorous news anchors (including more than one Miss America contestant); late-night horror-movie hosts battling to take over the legacy of the legendary Ghoulardi; the strange, sad saga of the former daytime host who shot himself after a bizarre sex scandal; a weatherman who was a lightning rod for coworkers’ endless practical jokes; the gutsy reporter who interviewed Danny Greene hours before the mobster was blown up in his car; and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015

Porter Library has holiday gifts galore

The Friends of Porter Library will auction off 18 decorated wreaths and trees in the library's lobby. Silent bidding is open through Dec. 12.

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library will offer two opportunities this month to take care of some holiday shopping while supporting the library. Through Saturday, Dec. 12, a selection of festive, decorated wreaths and miniature trees will be on display in the library’s lobby and available for bidding in a silent auction. Each item was created and donated by library patrons, and would make a lovely gift or accent to your seasonal home decor.

Portables Gift Shop, also located in the library’s lobby, will hold an open house and jewelry event on Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m., featuring unique jewelry, purses, wraps, gifts and more. All proceeds from the auction and gift shop support Porter Library events and programming.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay High’s Laura Colagiovanni is new Ohio leader for Key Club

Bay High junior Laura Colagiovanni is International Key Club's new Ohio Division Governor.

Bay High junior Laura Colagiovanni is barely into her term as International Key Club's Ohio Division Governor, yet the 16-year-old is already leading the state's Executive Board, overseeing 25 Lieutenant Governors, and mulling over a possible five-year strategic plan for the success of future Ohio Key Club boards.

“It’s truly a pre-professional experience,” said Laura. “I campaigned hard and was elected to the position. I’m running meetings using parliamentary procedure. I’m actually doing things that I’m studying about in AP Government.”

Laura didn’t foresee the leadership opportunities available to her when she signed up for Bay High’s Key Club as a busy freshman cheerleader. She just wanted to help people. She was recruited to become the club’s freshman representative. Once she had the experience of attending leadership meetings and working on projects with upperclassmen, Laura said she had found her niche.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay Village groups share winter plans

Representatives from many of Bay Village's civic groups and nonprofit organizations attended the Community Council meeting on Nov. 18 to share news, notes and events scheduled through January.

BAYarts presents its annual Holiday Shop for unique, handmade local gifts throughout the season: Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays); and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Full winter program guides are available online at

Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has begun their annual collection of donations for the statewide program "Gifts for Yanks." This effort is part of a larger drive of the Ohio American Legion that for over 65 years has pooled funds from local posts to maximize the impact of local gifts providing activities and gifts for veterans in Ohio’s State VA hospitals and other VA centers. Collection bottles have been placed in select businesses in Bay and Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.01.2015

West Shore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 18, 2015

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters; Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Patton (Fairview Park), Kennedy (North Olmsted), and Bobst (Rocky River). Mayors Clough (Westlake) and Summers (Lakewood) were absent. Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney and Fairview Park Fire Chief Raffin also attended.

The mayors provided the following reports:

RTA (Sutherland): There will be an election for representation of mayors on the RTA board.

NOACA (Sutherland): There will be no meeting until mid December.

Land Bank (Kennedy): There are a few projects in the pipeline. More properties are needed for the demonstration fund.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.01.2015

Youth Challenge receives grant for adapted sports equipment

Youth Challenge participant Andy DeJesus and volunteer Kendra Cundiff try out the new boccia equipment that was purchased thanks to a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Youth Challenge has received a $3,200 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 84 grants totaling over $704,732 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.

Youth Challenge used the grant money to purchase ramps and boccia balls to support its boccia team for children and young adults with physical disabilities. Boccia is the adapted form of bocce. YC boccia programs are designed for children and young adults with various physical disabilities to compete on a sports team, many for the first time. The athletes work together with teen volunteers as their sport assistants and take part in local and regional competitions.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

Chamber members enjoy year's final networking breakfast

West Shore and North Coast members Meg Sullivan, Tammy Bertrand, Tina Oprea and Putrri Padbattan enjoy a business networking event.

The final "Business Before Hours" networking breakfast for 2015 was hosted by Peter & Co. Jewelers in Avon Lake. West Shore Chamber members joined this joint chamber event in order to make new connections and increase their business opportunities. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast and one lucky person, Trey Bell from PuroClean, walked off with a $250 jewelry gift certificate for the store.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:48 AM, 12.01.2015

Holiday fun at the Westlake Rec Center

The holidays are fast approaching and 'tis the season to give ... and also have a little fun! On Saturday Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, Black Dog Lacrosse, in conjunction with the Westlake Recreation Department will host its annual Charity Lacrosse Clinic. This clinic will be held in the gym of the Westlake Recreation Center and is open to all boys and girls in grades K-6. There is no fee to participate; however, all participants are required to bring in a FULL grocery bag of dry, nonperishable food items. No expired food, please. These items will be then donated to the Westlake Assistance Program.

This is an introductory clinic for those players new to the game or with less than two years experience. This clinic will focus on stick skills as well as basic passing/team building skills. Bring your lacrosse stick or you may borrow one from us. All participants must be pre-registered in order to attend. Register at the Westlake Recreation Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.01.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Rec


Students will learn how to decorate fun cupcakes! Students will bring home their decorated creation in a carrying case to share with the family. All supplies are included!

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Location: Community House. Fee: $28 (NR: $48).

Holiday Fun Day with Santa

Join us to share some holiday cheer! Visit with Santa, make a holiday craft, face painting, and write a letter to the North Pole!

Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-noon. Location: BMS Community Gym.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay Men's Club members aid neighbors

Bay Men’s Club rakers are, left to right, Dick Majewski, Dwight Clark, Mark Vinick, Doug Gertz, Steve Ernst and Dave Sanson. Photo by Eric Eakin

Members of the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow citizens by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.

Participants included Chris Edelman, Iggy Gannon, John Underation, Peter Gierosky, Dick Majewski, Dwight Clark, Mark Vinick, Doug Gertz, Steve Ernst, Dave Sanson, Dan Gallagher, Mike Shaffer and Eric Eakin.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Jon Lang said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.01.2015

Teens learn leadership tools

The Westshore Young Leaders' annual leadership conference was held recently at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The 2015/16 Westshore Young Leaders Network continues to flourish as they spice up their Leadership Training by welcoming their new partner, Flo Brett, founder and executive director of Effective Leadership Academy, a Beachwood-based nonprofit. ELA partners with schools and youth groups to provide programs that help improve personal and organizational results through action-based team-building strategies, goal achievement, and positive attitude development.

Westlake Recreation Center was the site for the Annual Leadership Training where 100 middle/high school students from the six western suburbs and their school representatives put on their “Leadership Tool Belts” to become better equipped as leaders. Some of the tools in their belts included: putting on a leadership mindset, knowing yourself and your team, tuning up your personality, tackling team challenges and creating a web of influence.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.01.2015

A day that will live in infamy?

Most people know why Feb. 14 is a special day, and March 17, and of course July 4. Most of us know that Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, but few connect it to the armistice – the end of World War I. And when I say to someone on Dec. 7, “Today is a day that will live in infamy,” they respond, “Why?”

Dec. 7, 1941, was the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,500 people died, 1,000 were wounded, and 21 American ships and more than 300 airplanes were damaged or destroyed.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 12.01.2015

'Bone Lady' to visit Westlake

NFL ultimate fan Debra Darnall (aka “The Bone Lady”) will meet-and-greet fans and autograph copies of her new book, "The Bone Lady: Life Lessons Learned as One of Football’s Ultimate Fans – A Memoir” on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

In this unusual new memoir, Darnall tells about the wacky, bumpy and ultimately wonderful ride of self-discovery she found herself on after deciding one day to put on an outrageous costume and start rooting for the Cleveland Browns. The struggling artist suddenly and surprisingly became one of the most visible women in football and a spokesperson for fans of all kinds.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.01.2015

Westlake Kiwanis end November busier than usual

Westlake Kiwanis Key Club members and club advisor Bob Clancy clean up a senior citizen's lawn.

The Westlake Kiwanis, always a busy organization, were busier than usual at the end of November. The Kiwanis and their Westlake Kiwanis Key Club raked and cleaned up 16 senior citizens' lawns. The Kiwanis also donated money for Thanksgiving Baskets for the less fortunate and helped distribute the baskets at the Westlake Community Center. They finished up the month delivering "Meals on Wheels" on Thanksgiving Day, giving the regular drivers a chance to be home with their families. All these projects were in addition to their usual sponsorship of Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids and Aktion Club.

Please consider becoming a Westlake Kiwanian. If you would like to join an active volunteer group and give back to your community on many worthwhile projects, please contact George Christ at 440-871-3980 or

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 12.01.2015

Toiletry drive for those in need

For the fourth consecutive year, North Coast Health is partnering with First Federal Lakewood to collect toiletries for our patients. Basic necessities, like toilet paper, toothbrushes and personal care items, can be expensive. North Coast Health is committed to provide not only top quality care to the medically underserved, but to be able to support basic care needs.

Needed items include the following: new toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, lotion, facial tissues and more. Travel-size products and full-size items are welcomed.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.01.2015