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Julie Holland, a librarian at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village, recently released some tagged monarch butterflies that will instinctively migrate to Mexico. Photo by Amy Reed

Normandy Elementary brings international monarch butterfly study to students

Education is best when it is relevant for students, and Normandy Elementary School is using the annual migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico, and their Bay Village rest stop, to make learning about geography and science personal. Bay Village is located right along the monarch butterflies’ migration path, and students frequently see the beautiful-winged insects each fall and spring as the sojourners rest and replenish their nutrition during a journey that can reach 2,500 miles long.

Julie Holland, a Normandy Elementary school librarian, is one of many people who watch for and record monarch butterfly sightings during the migration. She has been raising the butterflies from their eggs for 15 years. She tags and releases hundreds of them as part of an international effort to understand their migratory habits.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Cares event showcases volunteer opportunities

Bay Villagers know that our city is a wonderful place to live, play and raise a family. There’s the beautiful lakeside setting, the friendly people and the small-town feel. Part of the community’s charm are the many residents who volunteer their time with civic groups, clubs and foundations dedicated to maintaining the Bay Village way of life.

If you’re looking to spend a little of your free time giving back to the community, Bay has a group to fit almost any interest. In fact, it can be daunting to research all of them and decide which one(s) to choose.

The Observer and the Bay Village Branch Library are partnering to bring civic organizations and interested volunteers together. On Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the library, the Bay Cares Fall Fest will feature representatives from Bay-based groups with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages.

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 1:50 PM, 09.17.2014

Falling into fun at the Westlake Rec

Fall festivities abound at the Westlake Recreation Center, including the annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Hunt on Oct. 11.

Fall has arrived and the Westlake Recreation Department is ready to go. Three special events are on the calendar so stop on in and register before the leaves fall and you are left holding the rake!

First up is our second annual Spooktacular Scarecrow Contest. For $20 you will receive the wood frame and straw. The rest is up to you. Deadline to register is Oct. 1, and then on Saturday, Oct. 4, you will stop in and pick up your supplies from the Recreation Department. Take them home and get your scarecrow together. Please return your assembled scarecrow to the Recreation Department by Oct. 16 for display and judging.

The annual Fall Festival & Pumpkin Hunt will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center. Come for this fun-filled festival for ages 9 and younger with a pumpkin hunt, face painters, hay rides, refreshments and more fun and games than you can imagine.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay councilman weighs in on deer decisions

Bay Councilman Tom Henderson, center, looks over an aerial map of Walker Road Park with Avon Lake Police Chief Duane Streator, Bay Councilman Dave Tadych, Bay resident Edward Papp and Bay Councilman Steve Lee following a Sept. 16 meeting on Avon Lake’s deer culling ordinance. Photo by Denny Wendell

Deer. For many residents of Bay Village, that word elicits an emotional reaction. Some think of damage to their landscaping or remember when a loved one was injured in a deer-vehicle accident and wonder why the city isn’t “doing something.” Others think of the cute fawns in their back yard last spring or remember the joy of feeding them crabapples and wonder how anyone could ever consider “killing these beautiful creatures.”

It’s an emotional issue, but there are facts and research on the matter about which informed citizens should be aware. One way of framing the discussion is to focus on three key questions: Do we have a problem? If so, what should we do about it? Finally, how do we make sure our choices are safe, effective, and humane?

Do we have a problem?

Experts at the Cleveland Metroparks hold that a “deer problem” exists when the number of deer in a given area exceeds the environment’s ability to support them.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.30.2014

International cast to perform excerpts from Handel's 'Alcina'

CIM's Alison Garrigan designed the costume, sketched above, for Morgana, Alcina's sister.

The FYI: Opera program on Wednesday, Oct. 8, features four talented voices from three countries, who will present an enticing menu of music created by George Frideric Handel almost three centuries ago.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will narrate the convoluted tale of love that Handel’s music relates and music director John Simmons will accompany the voice students at the piano.This exceptional music event takes place at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. 

Be it 1735 or 2014 love and lovers are a fascinating subject. Handel saw possibilities in the plot set on an enchanted island, ruled by a beautiful sorceress who wins lovers by casting spells over them, prompting a deserted fiancé, determined to recover her man, to infiltrate the island.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.30.2014

Learn about fall garden chores in Herb Guild meeting

Let's celebrate together autumn in all its splendor at The Herb Guild Garden Club's Wednesday, Oct. 8, meeting and program at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. This month's featured program, "Putting Your Garden to Bed: Fall Garden Chores That Make a Difference" by Mary Alice Mastrovito will cover the fall garden chores that make a difference to your gardens longevity, health and success. 

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

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center successfully releases bald eagle

Amy LeMonds, Director of Wildlife at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, opens the cage to release the bald eagle on Sept. 25 in the Huntington Reservation.

Wildlife specialists from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center successfully released a male bald eagle back into the wild on Thursday, Sept. 25.

Initially admitted on Sept. 1, the bird was found weak, unable to stand, dehydrated and underweight. As with most wildlife patients, the cause of the injury or illness is unknown. Initial treatment consisted of fluid, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic therapy. Once stabilized and rehydrated, the animal was transferred to Medina Raptor Center (MRC) for additional conditioning in large flight cages. All caregivers agreed the animal was ready for release and were pleased at its quick response to treatment.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.30.2014

Westlake honors military members

Matthew Michelich, second from left, accepts his military banner from Mayor Dennis Clough during a reception prior to the Sept. 18 City Council meeting. Joining Matthew are his mother, Kim, sister, Katie, and father, Rob. Photo by Denny Wendell

The city of Westlake held its annual military reception prior to the Sept. 18 City Council meeting to recognize the service of Westlake residents serving in the armed forces. The ceremony served as the official retirement of the military banners hanging at the intersection of Dover Center and Hilliard, a tradition that Dave Rencehausen of the city's sign shop began several years ago.

“On behalf of Council, I believe I speak for everyone when I say Westlake has always been proud of the volunteer spirit,” said City Council President Michael Killeen, “and no one shows that volunteer spirit more, or to a greater degree, than our citizens who actually serve us in the armed forces. We are grateful for their service … and whatever we can do to honor them is not enough, but hopefully we show our respect and our admiration.”

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Community Council meets to discuss upcoming events

The Bay Village Community Council met recently to discuss plans for fall and early winter events. The Community Council is made up of representatives from the city’s many community organizations. Following are some of the events discussed at the meeting.

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 sponsors boys and girls state representatives, participates in Eagle Scout Honor Courts, conducts an official flag retirement twice a year, and hosts bingo night at the VA Hospital three times a year. In recognition of the new buildings at Westlake High School, the Legion presented the principal and student body president with a new, full-size, American flag for the school’s flagpole. As part of this year’s Veterans Week program, the Legion will place special markers on the graves of veterans buried at the St. Paul Cemetery in Westlake.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.30.2014

Morning Routine

When Benjamin Franklin rose in the morning, he would wash, address the “Powerful Goodness,” and ask himself, “What good shall I do this day?”

The author P.G. Wodehouse would immediately go to his back porch to exercise, then make his breakfast. While he ate, he would read an adventure or mystery novel.

Other than being successful in their fields, these two men had something in common. Children were not part of their morning routines. If children are part of your morning routine, either Wodehouse’s or Franklin’s routine might sound like heaven, even if Franklin did rise at 5 a.m. every morning.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.30.2014

Community House's future is brighter with recent upgrade

Bay Village Green Team members Pat McGannon, Warren Remein and Brenda O'Reilly replace lightbulbs in the Community House with energy efficient CFLs. Photo by Tara Wendell

On Sept. 24, four members of the Bay Village Green Team gathered to install energy efficient lighting upgrades on the main floor of the historic 132-year-old Community House in Cahoon Park. The Green Team has been conducting its meetings at the Community House for most of its 7-year existence and recently decided to donate the project as a way to thank the city for its support. The project is also a way to show how energy efficiency upgrades can quickly pay for themselves and save money in the long run, even in old structures. 

A total of sixty 13-watt, compact florescent lamps (CFLs) replaced sixty 60-watt incandescent bulbs. That reduced the energy consumption of the lighting from 3,600 watts down to 780 watts without reducing the light output (measured in lumens). In fact, the light output of the new lighting is noticeably brighter. The old incandescent bulbs gave off 780 lumens each and the new CFLs are rated at 900 lumens each.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

Customer Appreciation Week is out of this world at WPPL

Westlake Porter Public Library staff members think their customers are out of this world. That’s why they’re treating them during Customer Appreciation Week, Oct. 5-11. In addition to special space-themed programs for all ages, the library will thank customers for their support and usage with giveaways, cookies, an opportunity to get your photo taken with an “astronaut” and discounts at Portables (show your library card at the Friends-operated gift shop on Oct. 8-10 to get yours!).

Planned programs include:

UFOs and Aliens Discussion Group

Sunday, Oct. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.) – Small group discussion of personal experiences with UFOs and Aliens with Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio and The Cleveland Ufology Project.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:55 AM, 09.30.2014

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Small Group Discussion on Energy Healing with Linda Street – Small group discussion with local author, established spiritual teacher, energy channel and intuitive Linda Street. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Please stop by for free genealogy help!

Wednesday, Oct. 1 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3 (Basics Sessions: 10 & 11:30 a.m.; Advanced Session: 1 p.m.) Connecting for Kids "Teach Me to Play" – For children 3-6 years old. Join us for this hands-on program designed to help parents positively discipline and facilitate playdates. This program is geared toward children struggling in an area of development. You must RSVP to attend. Register by calling 440-250-5563 or at www.connectingforkids.org.

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

Scare up some fun with a good book

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch Library staff and customers will be sharing our suggestions from various genres each month here in the Observer.

October is a great month for readers to curl up with a spooky or scary tale in honor of Halloween. I talked with Bay Village resident sixth-grader Lizzy to check in on her favorite type of chiller. Lizzy’s recommendation is for the series: "Bad Girls Don’t Die" by Katie Alender. The first book is a combination of horror with a haunted Victorian house and the demonic possession of the main character’s sister. Her reading place of choice is in bed under the covers nice and cozy, so that the scary stuff doesn’t seem so frightening!

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:58 AM, 09.30.2014

Upcoming events at Bay Village Branch Library

October is National Book Month, so why not stop by the Bay Village branch library to pick up some books? As the weather cools down, it is the perfect time to cozy up with a great read. While you're here check out one of our programs. We have something for all ages.

Also, please stop by the Bay Cares Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., to learn about the many volunteer opportunities in Bay Village. Take your hobby or interests – gardening, biking, writing, acting, music, democracy, education, history, sustainability, animals and more – to the next level, make new friends and make a difference in our community!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Thursday, Oct. 2 (11 a.m.) Whooo's Ready for School? – Help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school. Explore hands-on alphabet activity stations together to build early reading and writing skills. For ages 4-5 with a caregiver.

Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – Caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

Tuesdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (1:30 p.m.); Thursdays, Oct. 9 and 16 (11:00 a.m.) Preschool Storytime– Caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten) are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.30.2014

Tribe Swishing with re-Bourn roster

It was only about a month ago on these pages I wrote about the premature decline of departed Indians players Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera. I wish the list of disappointments ended there, but unfortunately – much like John Adams’ trusty tom-tom – the beat goes on.

Recall just under two years ago when many of us rejoiced the fact that the burdensome contracts given to such players as Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner had expired, freeing up some cash which would enable the Tribe to hopefully pluck some gems from the free agent market.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.30.2014

Researching WWI and WWII military records

Ken Burns' well done 14-hour documentary “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” aired on PBS beginning on Sept. 14. The series explored the relationship of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, in two-hour segments each night for one week. Most interesting was the historical account of their roles, during World War I and World War II. 

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Village hires new community services director

Leslie Selig, Bay Village's new director of community services

The City of Bay Village has hired Leslie Selig as its new director of community services, replacing Debbie Bock who left in July after accepting a position as head of Rocky River's senior center. Ann Orin served as the department's interim director until Selig's hiring.

Selig will bring her expertise in working with the elderly to her new position. She owned a senior home care business for the past five years, focused on keeping seniors safe and independent in their homes as long as possible.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.30.2014

Join Bay volunteers in caring for distressed animals

The sweet, skinny, young adult black cat pictured here was recently found abandoned on Huntmere Drive in Bay Village. This is one of multiple cats and kittens that the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel are currently assisting. FOBVK reminds residents to advise the Bay Village Police Department of all animal-related issues.

The city's current kennel only houses dogs, which are transported to the Cuyahoga County Dog Kennel if not claimed. Cats and kittens must fend for themselves on the streets of Bay Village. If you are concerned with the safety of Bay Village's pets, please join us to ensure that the city of Bay Village undertakes the construction of a new kennel.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.30.2014

Bay Kiwanis and BHS Key Club flip for Homecoming pancake breakfast Oct. 12

Jordann Schach and Claire Mercer of BHS Key Club dish up some fancy pancakes! Photo by Anita Bauknecht

Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.

The breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $5 per person ($6 at the door). Children under six eat for free. Advance tickets are available from your favorite Kiwanian, or by contacting Russ Bauknecht at 440-871-9162 or baykiwanis@gmail.com. This year’s tickets are sponsored by McGorray-Hanna Funeral Home.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

WHS has 7 National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Westlake High School students were named 2014 National Merit Semifinalists in the National Merit Program. Less than 1 percent of the 1.5 million high school seniors who took the PSAT in their junior year make it to the semifinal round. The WHS semifinalists, pictured from left, are: Wendy DeFeo, Alan Garber, Kartik Dhinakaran, Ameesh Shah, Aswin Bikkani and Thomas Reusser. (Not pictured: Nicholas Craven)

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.30.2014

Students plant 'pinwheels for peace'

Dover Intermediate School students with their handmade pinwheels.

Students across the country celebrated the annual International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 by creating and displaying colorful pinwheels. In Westlake, students from Dover, Hilliard and Holly Lane elementary schools and Dover Intermediate School created theirs in art classes and "planted" them on the front lawns of their schools. The kindergartners of Westshore Montessori School also decorated pinwheels for their school's lawn. The pinwheels are meant to create a visual public statement about peace.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.30.2014

BAYarts exhibition explores Cleveland's endurance

Julie Cikra's "Migration" is one of the works in her solo show of the same name at BAYarts.

Cleveland is cool again, or didn't you know? Artist Julie Cikra has noticed that Cleveland now has promising potential in the eyes of new generations who are invested in building up the city. For her first solo show, "Migration," Cikra explores this very theme. "I wanted to comment on the state of my resilient, little homestead." And the message presented might surprise some who are still not ready to embrace this plum of a city.

Working out of Cleveland's West Side, Cikra's job puts her in a place that's key to local arts. Since 2010, Cikra has been with BAYarts, and she now holds the title of Education Assistant and Class Registrar. Inspiration has not been difficult to harness in this environment of community love and artistic support.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:43 AM, 09.30.2014

Race through Bay Village in Oct. 18 Heritage Run

The annual Heritage Run through beautiful Bay Village to benefit The Bay Village Foundation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 18. The fifth annual 5K run/1-mile walk begins at Cahoon Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Preregistration is available online at hermescleveland.com for $20; or in person on the day of the race for $25. Packets will be available for pickup on Oct. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at the Community House in Cahoon Memorial Park. Board members will be available at 7:30 a.m. to register walkers and runners and distribute packets.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 09.30.2014

Mum's the word

It's no secret that autumn is the favorite season of a number of Westshore area residents, and it appears that some four-legged community members couldn't agree more! Photo by Kathy Luengo

Psssst ... to let you in on a little personal secret, if asked for a quote to describe a favorite facet of fall, it would have to be, “There’s no such thing as too many mums.”

Choosing from rows of colors, bloom sizes, styles, and shapes from local nurseries or other flower purveyors can be overwhelming.

While mums are plentiful at nurseries this time of year, mums pushed in carts or hand-carried by smiling customers to waiting cashiers are also spotted at area grocery stores, and it doesn’t stop there. One local hardware store has sported a great-looking outdoor display of rather large, symmetrical specimens suitable for planters on the porch, or for an extra lush landscape display.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

On the edge of the IoT revolution

I hate needles. I like chronograph watches. I am a Type 2 diabetic. These are true sentences about me, but if mentioned without context, can seem unrelated and would make a boring article. But if mentioned during a discussion about “wearable technology” and what “Internet of Things” mean, latter being a more conceptual terminology starting to lap the tech jargon circuit, I can use them to connect the dots.

Let's start by demystifying Internet of Things, “IoT” for short. IoT is a conceptual term starting to lap the tech jargon circuit. It is a concept where all things in the digital world, aka gadgets, have intelligence to communicate with each other. Further this communication between gadgets is possible because of the ever-shrinking computer circuitry, aka “brains” of the gadget, that utilizes the internet to communicate.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.30.2014

Battle of Lake Erie commemorated

Members of the Peter Navarre Chapter of the U.S.D. 1812, from left, Lucy Moon, Deb Marisch, Marlene Wilkinson, Dorothy Laurianti and Doris Gorgas, commemorated the Battle of Lake Erie at the Oliver Hazard Perry statue in Fort Huntington Park.

The Peter Navarre Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812 participated in the annual commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie. A wreath-laying ceremony was held by the Early Settlers Association on Sept. 10, 2014 – the 201st anniversary of the battle.

The event took place at the Oliver Hazard Perry statue in Fort Huntington Park, at the corner of Lakeside Avenue and West Third Street in Cleveland.

The Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is in the final year. The Treaty of Ghent was signed on Christmas Eve 1814, and ratified soon after by the British. Due to lengthy travel time across "the pond," the United States did not ratify the treaty until Feb. 17, 1815, at which time the war officially ended.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:56 AM, 09.30.2014

October is Voter Education Month

If you have the right to vote, you also have the responsibility to research. A listing of voter education resources and links compiled by the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland is available below.

Your Registration, Ballot and Polling Place: See the upper left corner of boe.cuyahogacounty.us to verify your registration, find your polling place, view your ballot, request a vote by mail application, track your ballot, register to vote, and update your address.

Vote by Mail: If you request a Vote by Mail ballot, please use it. If you go to the polls instead, you will have to cast a provisional ballot.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.30.2014

You Have A Choice!

Todd LeVeck

When the race for State House District 16 began in the spring, many voters had never heard of me. I’ve never held an elected office; my life experience has been raising my family, serving my country, teaching kids and paying my bills. But I’ve also been paying attention to what goes on in Columbus. 

What I see are representatives in the Ohio General Assembly who seem to be most interested in taking care of special interests, raising campaign contributions, and furthering their own political careers. I am running for State Representative because I feel that we need a representative who will support our public schools, local governments, seniors and middle-class families.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.30.2014

It's All About Jobs!

Nan Baker

Thank you to the Westlake | Bay Village Observer for giving me the opportunity to share some of the exciting work we've accomplished in this 130th General Assembly. I am serving my sixth year at the Ohio House as your District 16 State Representative representing Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake. 

I currently chair the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee and serve on the Ways and Means and Labor and Commerce Committees. In 2011, we were faced with balancing a budget with an $8 billion budget deficit. Our budget is now balanced and we enacted pro-job legislation, making us now a much stronger, productive Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.30.2014

I Want To Earn Your Vote on Nov. 4

Dave Greenspan

January 1, 2011, was the day in which a voter-supported referendum designed to transform our government from a three-member Board of County Commissioner structure to a County Executive and Council form of representation went into effect. I am honored to serve you on our inaugural County Council. 

This was not the first time that I was elected to serve on an inaugural legislative body. In 2005, I was elected to serve on the first City Council of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This experience and more importantly, this relative experience of forming a new governmental structure has proven invaluable as we forge forward in Cuyahoga County. This experience coupled with my professional executive background has afforded me the tools necessary to effectively represent this district and county.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.30.2014

League of Women Voters offers 'hands-on' voter guide help

What good is an online voter guide if you’re uncertain about how to use it? The Westlake-North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will tackle this dilemma in two public sessions during October.

The free hands-on sessions will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Computer Lab at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Attendees from all local communities will be able to take home a printout of their selections to use as they cast their ballots for the Nov. 4 election.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.30.2014

Village Bicycle Cooperative ride postponed

The History Mystery ("Hi My") Ride schedule for Oct. 4 has been postponed until April 25. However, Village Bicycle Cooperative invites the community to visit us on Oct. 4 for our open shop hours from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and if the weather is pleasant a local rock 'n' roll band will perform.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.30.2014

Get your game on at Porter Library!

Westlake Porter Public Library has a new way for video gamers to get their game on. The library has introduced a revolving video game collection for users. The collection, which includes titles for Wii, PlayStation and Xbox, is made available through the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System, a regional library consortium.

The games available include popular titles such as Just Dance, Super Mario Brothers, Halo, Call of Duty, Batman, Star Wars, Naruto, and many more. The collection will rotate, so different titles will be available every three months.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 09.30.2014

UH announces new physician in Westlake

Dr. John Wolf

University Hospitals announced the addition of John J. Wolf, DO, to the health system’s medical staff. A doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Wolf brings more than 24 years of health care expertise to University Hospitals.

Dr. Wolf practices family medicine as part of Family Medicine Specialists in Westlake. He is clinical associate professor at Ohio University and has special interests in all aspects of family medicine, including preventive medicine, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:44 AM, 09.30.2014

Westshore CERT training starts Oct. 4

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires, outages or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.30.2014

Rotary Club serves meal

Young pianist Ian Healey, front, with members of the Rotary Club, from left: Herb Hoppe, Lynn Rasko, Donna D'Amico, Mario Mastroianni, Carrie Zdilla, Ceceal Mastroianni, Kevin Krantz, Andrew Mangels, Marie Marrali.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, members of the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village had the privilege of serving dinner at the Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. Ames House, owned by Hospice of the Western Reserve, offers comfort care for seriously ill people and their loved ones in peaceful setting. 

In fulfilling its mission of service, Rotary members served over 70 dinners to patients, their families and staff. In addition, piano students, ranging in age from 9 to 14, taught by Ashley Baker of Rhapsody Music Studio, played throughout the dinner.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.30.2014

BAYarts Moondance a night to remember

BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton and Green Team co-chair Brenda O'Reilly with 14 totes of compostable material diverted from the landfill after Moondance.

More than 1,200 guests filled the BAYarts campus in Huntington Reservation on Sept. 13 for the annual Moondance benefit, raising over $90,000 for the non-profit. 

BAYarts is an arts education campus serving greater Cleveland with art classes, exhibition and community. Funds raised by this event make it possible for BAYarts to keep other events free throughout the year, including gallery exhibitions, summer concerts and the annual Art & Music Festival. In 2015, a summer farmer's market will become part of the offerings, and the new ceramics studio will be open for business. 

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:54 AM, 09.30.2014

K-Kids donate to hunger center

Dover Intermediate School K-Kids assemble toiletry bags to donate to St. Patrick's Hunger Center.

Dover Intermediate School K-Kids assembled more than 200 bags filled with a variety of toiletries to donate to St. Patrick’s Hunger Center in Cleveland. About 2,000 sample-sized and hotel toiletries were collected by DIS K-Kids, Westlake Kiwanis and St. Ladislas parish in Westlake. Thirty-eight students met after school to assemble the bags with the help of the Westlake High School Key Club.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:46 AM, 09.30.2014

Author Les Roberts to visit Westlake

Les Roberts

Author Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "Wet Work,”  on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

"Wet Work" is the second novel in a new suspense series by Roberts featuring hit man Dominick Candiotti. Dominick is a dangerous and conflicted assassin who first appeared in "The Strange Death of Father Candy." Fan requests prompted Les to bring the character back for more action.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.30.2014