Readers' Opinions

Where are all the flags?

As I walked around our neighborhood in Bay Village this past Memorial Day, I was dismayed at how few houses were flying the American flag. Of all the days of the year when Americans – regardless of their political stripe – put out their flags, Memorial Day is one of two days that it should be flown proudly from each home in every town and city.  

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are even more important days of remembrance than Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day and Presidents Day since none would exist if it were not for the nearly 2.5 million Americans who have given their lives; and the millions of others who have served their nation, to first secure every citizen's unalienable rights, and to protect and ensure those rights to the present day from all enemies foreign and domestic.

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Volume 14, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.07.2022

Take a moment to appreciate

I know I am not alone when I say the news makes me sad. For a long time, the news has been a source of continuous negativity, disappointment and concern. I don’t know what is worse – the actual story or how it is presented. Both are equally hard to watch.

It does, however, make you think. Think about how lucky we are to live where we do. If the news provides anything good, it should make us appreciate it. Good things!

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Volume 14, Issue 9, Posted 10:37 AM, 05.03.2022

The whole nine yards

We’ve all heard the saying "The whole nine yards." Maybe you’ve even used it before. Where does the saying come from and what does it mean? Plenty of speculation and plenty of plausible theories exist.

One theory is the saying comes from World War II pilots yelling to the gunners in the back of the plane, “Give ‘em the whole nine yards!” Nine yards was the length of a full belt of ammunition. When they were up against a tough mission, they needed to give everything they had, or the whole nine yards.

Maybe the story is true and maybe it’s not. The real question is: how does the whole nine yards relate to our daily life in the year 2022? It’s quite simple, really. It might not be life or death like it was for a gunner in a World War II plane, but what are you giving 100% effort to?

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:57 AM, 04.05.2022

Drivers should watch for crossing deer

Bay Village is not only home to people but it is home to numerous birds and a few species of squirrels and also quite a few deer. We have had up to four deer visiting our front yard and backyard.

They are hungry nibblers and we don’t mind their visits; that may not be the same when we plant our vegetable garden.

The little herd seem to be cautious as they venture across Wolf Road but we know drivers of cars and trucks must be careful.

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 10:56 AM, 04.05.2022

It used to take work

This might sound a little old school, but it wasn’t long ago when work used to take work. I remember my dad leaving early in the morning to walk to the bus stop, take the bus downtown and then walk from wherever the bus dropped him off to his office. It was work just to get to work.

My father-in-law tells stories of how the Japanese businessmen he dealt with would have him fly halfway around the world just because they wanted to shake his hand and sign the contract in person at the airport. They wanted to see how much he was willing to work for their business.

Today, with pajamas on, we open our laptops, join a Zoom chat and we are in Japan doing the same thing. And it doesn’t take a 38-hour flight.

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Volume 14, Issue 5, Posted 10:29 AM, 03.01.2022

Summer jobs: lessons learned

Snow is still on the ground but spring is right around the corner and, believe it or not, summer will be here soon.

If you are a little older, thoughts of summer probably take you back to memories of hot weather, hanging out with your friends and your first summer job.

Maybe it was lifeguarding, landscaping or even working fast food. You either loved your summer job or you hated it. Either way, it taught you something about yourself.

A summer job can teach you all kinds of things. Handling rejection, dealing with embarrassment, the importance of being on time and it can also build confidence.

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Volume 14, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.15.2022

Life in the bike lane

A cyclist never knows what kind of ride they’ll have as they suit up, throw on their helmet and roll off. It might be a ride where you get a flat tire. It might be a ride where you get caught in an unexpected downpour. Maybe it’s even a ride where you find a wallet or cell phone and begin your own detective work to find the rightful owner or try to find the closest police station to turn it in.

Unfortunately, a cyclist can also find themselves on a ride where they are honked at, yelled at, swerved at and maybe even hit.

Too often rides become cars vs. cyclist.

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Volume 14, Issue 3, Posted 10:15 AM, 02.01.2022

Teaching young people to be good guests

It’s holiday time – a wonderful time of year. Family visits, shopping, creating memories, and traditions are in full swing.  

Traditions are important because they help us to appreciate things. If Covid has given us anything good, it has taught us to appreciate what we have. While we slowly return to a normal life, we have an opportunity to teach our children to be polite and to continue traditions. They will be the ones that pass them on, hopefully. It is essential that we start introducing good behavior practices early with our young people.

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.21.2021

Keeping civility in style

Bay Village is a terrific town. When the Cahoon family arrived in 1810, they had a vision for this community. Being very Christian and hard-working, they lived a very humble and disciplined lifestyle. If you haven’t gotten a chance to visit Rose Hill Museum lately, it’s lovely, and it takes you back to a much simpler time. The Historical Society has done a terrific job preserving the address so that we may authentically experience how they lived.

Bay Village has always been a bit of an anomaly because there is a sense of pride in this community that is unique. We are very proud of the way history and tradition have been maintained and preserved in our town. We are wholesome, civil and friendly to one another. We take care of our neighbors and our seniors, and we value them. We look out for one another and our children, and we want them to experience a childhood.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:25 AM, 11.02.2021

Bicycling to School

Harford County, Maryland, 1956: BelAir Elementary School allowed us to ride our bikes to school, and sometimes, in good weather and with my parents’ permission, I did ride that 3-1/2 miles. I might not still be remembering that, if it weren’t for an accident. 

It was not as bad as a later bike accident in 1963 where both my kid brother Dickie and I were injured. That time an aggressive dog, that I had thought I could outsmart every time, died on the road. Dickie & I went head over heels into a rose bush. The bike that landed on top of us was a 1949 Panther trials bike, 350cc single; the weight of the dog bent its front wheel and the fork with it.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.05.2021

Flight 93 National Memorial

My son, Jeff, and his adult son Alex visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, last week. They had never been there and I had not been there since it had become a park with designed walls – including a visitor center – offering memorials and information on that tragic crash, along with wonderful views of its now grass-covered site. That place where 40 passengers and crew gave their lives to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the improvements and many visitors there that day, it’s just as quiet now as when I visited a year after 9/11.

I flew often when I worked. Jeff, and his brother, Mike, still do in their jobs (at least before the pandemic). We have never worked in high rise buildings, such as those hit by other hijacked planes in New York with so many people in so many offices and stores, making it a bit harder for us to relate to that environment.

However, we know all too well what’s it’s like to wake in the morning and make our way to airports, check in, pass through security, wait in line and then board our planes. All very routine – stow carry-on, buckle up, open newspaper, magazine or book and wait for coffee. Most of us have experienced these things.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:43 AM, 09.08.2021

Glazed Over

I attended the Bay Village School Board meeting on June 28 and left feeling a bit glazed over. I don’t know that I felt good, but not completely bad either about the information presented. Many people took turns at the microphone expressing themselves about their experiences with the Bay Schools. Some good and some concerned. Several used the microphone to describe their interpretation of what was being said at the meeting and ask questions. Some met with applause, and some met with negative rumbles from the crowd. There was definitely an elephant in the room called equity and critical race theory.

The topics brought a good-sized crowd of concerned citizens to the meeting. Some attendees didn’t have children in the Bay Schools. They attended to see what was going on and if our schools were in jeopardy. Our schools are an essential part of our community. They are the reason that many people move to Bay Village. We have great schools, programs and teachers.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.06.2021

Alzheimer's took our dad

Tom and Florence were married for over 60 years. After the death of Florence, Tom was different. Laughing with family and friends had stopped. His behavior was labeled as “grieving” the loss of Florence. After a while, the family had a meeting and Tom decided to move upstairs from his adult children. For a while he was back to his old self, only it didn't last.

Since Tom wasn't complaining the family thought all was well. His son didn't agree. He began to tell anyone who would listen that Dad needed someone to help him. His family accused him of overreacting.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.06.2021

The return of sandlot football

In terms of football, it was a good game but in terms of sportsmanship and fun, it was a great game. Without the players knowing it, “sandlot” ball was reborn.

I took my 7-year-old great-grandson, Stephen, to the field on the Westlake Rec Center property with a small football. As we threw it to each other, a boy or two would ask if they could play with us – of course. And then all the boys asked other boys – and girls – if they wanted to play. As the group got bigger, I retreated to a bench to watch them play.

As a father walked by with his two sons they were asked to play – they did and their dad was recruited to join too. Another dad, who was watching his son play, also joined in the fun. Each dad, now QBs for each side, then selected their players.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.02.2021

Residents voice opposition to proposed Red Oak subdivision

I love living in Bay Village. It's the people that make a community, first and foremost, but I also love Bay Village for its natural environment; its trees and its creeks, in particular. At a time when centenarian trees are being torn down and climate change presents increasing risk of flooding, I applaud our city government for taking notice and discussing ways to preserve the natural environment in our city. 

For example, Bay Village has a Tree Commission that is, among other things, looking at ordinances passed by other cities to maintain their natural beauty and the environmental advantages afforded by a healthy tree canopy with an eye towards adopting similar ordinances in Bay Village.

It is perplexing to me, then, when the city government is not united in action to prevent development that threatens a wooded lot that also serves as a wetlands adjacent to a protected waterway. I am referring to a proposal that has come before the Bay Village City Council to create a new subdivision, Red Oak Woods 2, on Tuttle Creek.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.18.2021

Please don't ask our children to call you by your first name

When we were young, our parents would introduce us to adults and say, "this is Mr. ____, or this is Miss_____ or Mrs. ____," and we would say "hello Mrs. ______." It was how we showed respect for an adult – someone older than us and had earned the right to be respected. We never thought about calling them by their first names. It would be rude and disrespectful, and our parents would be mortified. The idea of doing this wasn't even on the radar.

Recently someone asked our children to call them by their first name. I know they didn't think anything of it and meant no harm because it has become common. We are raising our children to respect the hierarchy, the chain of command. With a hierarchy, everyone pays their dues and reaps the benefits of respecting, working hard, and experiencing.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:15 AM, 05.18.2021

New library is waste of taxpayer money

The new Bay Village library should serve as a reminder to all how bloated and ignorant our government is. During a global pandemic a town so small as Bay Village has no remorse spending millions of taxpayer dollars on something the community not only has no need for but has a functioning library that perfectly serves the community's needs.

In our technological age especially the need for libraries has been falling to record lows as we can access libraries from the tap of a phone or the click of a computer. Instead of spicing up the website or simply building an addition to our current library, politicians and bureaucrats applaud themselves by spending this absolutely astonishing amount of money on this library.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.20.2021

A prescription guaranteed to work miracles

New Year’s resolutions? Mine will be an easy one to achieve.

I have now lived a number of years at Vitalia Senior Residences in Westlake. Having lived with seniors who are in the majority over the age of 85, I have witnessed one of the saddest tribulations an older person can experience. With the pace of life as it is today, perhaps it is best for older family members to live in an atmosphere conducive to satisfying their desires. I can somewhat accept that thinking with a few question marks.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.19.2021

Resolutions

I was asked if I had made any New Year’s resolutions for the year 2021. In my 89 years, I have made quite a few, kept many, and discarded some.

In 2020, COVID-19 changed our lives and our habits. This year we need more than resolutions – we need a miracle. We need faith in ourselves, faith in the science of medicine, and faith in our country.

We need to think of ways to help others. So often a friend or acquaintance seems to be discouraged. They would benefit by a kind word and a cheerful smile.

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Volume 13, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.19.2021

Raising a lady

Before writing a "how to raise a lady" article, it's essential to take a step back and identify a key individual to the process. This person is crucial and rarely receives any acknowledgment for his role. He's called the dad!

We grew up for most of our lives without our biological dad (our dad passed away); however, we had a good man who filled the role and eventually became our official stepdad.

The dad is the person who shows a girl how to be treated like a lady. He protects her and helps her, and makes her feel safe. He also makes it known verbally and non-verbally what is acceptable. The dad builds confidence and makes a girl feel worth being respected.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.15.2020

Be Respectful

Recently, Governor DeWine put a mandate in place that was not favored by all. He put a new curfew in place in the hopes of potentially slowing the spread of Covid-19. He did not want to close establishments because many businesses would close permanently. Because the virus is not slowing as hoped, additional measures need to take place.

Several individuals were upset with this decision; they formed what was called a "dance party" outside of the governor's personal home. It was not a fun dance party. It was a loud, obnoxious display of disrespect. Horns were honking into the night, and people were yelling and loud. It was entirely disrespectful for a man who has committed his life to making decisions to keep us safe.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:05 AM, 12.01.2020

How to raise a gentleman

If you follow the news and current events, one observation comes to mind. We are a bit starved for gentlemen and some leadership. My statement is not a political crack on anyone. Repeat my comment is NOT meant to criticize anyone. It is also not meant to sound sexist. This article is about our boys, and I'm looking for "a few good men."

So how do we find them, and better yet, how do we raise them? What needs to be done to improve the number of young men raised with dignity, character, integrity, morals, values, kindness, respect, discipline, and a little empathy?

Before we talk about the steps needed to get started, let's first address why it's important. If we don't teach our young men how to care for others, to think outside of themselves, to practice discipline, and the importance of looking out for others, we are in a world of trouble. These boys are going to grow up and go into a world of much uncertainty. It is our job to prepare them. They will go out on dates, to colleges with countless temptations, into the business world, marriage, fatherhood, and possibly into war. Each of these paths requires a firm backbone, the ability to think of others, and a good sense of self.

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Volume 12, Issue 22, Posted 9:27 AM, 11.17.2020

Broken: A Short Story

Congratulations! A healthy boy was born in the mid 1950s. Although the couple wasn’t allowed to be married, the mother’s parents adopted the baby.

The baby was named Omar, after his great-great-grandfather. Omar was a good baby. His babysitter was his great-great-grandmother, named Big Ma.

Omar turned 5 years old and was registered for kindergarten. The teacher was responsible to fill out forms for students. Students answered the questions while the teacher wrote the answers. Students hesitated before answering. The teacher called Omar’s name. The teacher asked, “Do you live with your parents?” Omar looked around for help. He said, “I live with my grandparents.” The teacher said, “You live in a Broken Home!” Broken made tears come to his eyes. ​I didn’t break anything this morning, ​he thought.

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Volume 12, Issue 21, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.03.2020

A walk in the park

My great-grandson, Stephen, and I walked in Rocky River Reservation one day recently and for a while, returned to the America that once was.

Stephen saw his first gray squirrel as we walked along the river path toward the Nature Center. We passed it to climb the 155 wooden steps up to the top of a big hill overlooking the river. As we made our way up, we received encouraging words from people coming down. Once on top, Stephen, declared, “We did it! An 82-year-old man and a 6-year-old boy did it!” To the amusement and congratulations of others on top.

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Volume 12, Issue 18, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.15.2020

Bicyclists, ring your bell

I lived in a house on West 127th Street in Cleveland for 31 years. One day a former neighbor drove past and saw me outside doing yardwork. "You're still here?" she shouted. "Laurie," I replied, "they'll probably take me out of here in a pine box."

Well, life has a way of throwing you curve balls. Maybe not as wicked as Shane Bieber's tosses, but life-changing at least. In 2011, my wife and I bought a home in Westlake. We stay in the in-law suite, while my daughter, her husband and five children have the other four bedrooms.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.18.2020

How Westlake High School should reopen during a global pandemic

During the rise in COVID-19 cases, reopening school in the fall may force educators to integrate creative solutions. As a recent graduate from Westlake High School, I care deeply about our community, health and education. While I recognize that I am not a qualified health expert, I have outlined below some of my ideas of how our Westlake education system could adapt to the global pandemic. These changes would primarily entail: 1) a more centralized classroom model; 2) prepared lunch delivery service; 3) preservation of the most important values of education. 

I believe that a hybrid model that features both in-person and remote learning would be best. Many high schools are thinking about alternating days students come to school. In addition, I think more drastic changes should be implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19 transmission.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2020

Remembering Aug. 6, 1945

This year we have been marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II – VE Day on May 8, 1945, and VJ Day on Aug. 15, 1945. Japan’s surrender was signed on Sept. 2, 1945, my 8th birthday. However, the dates Aug. 6 and 9 stand out most in my mind even today.

Back then my playmates and I were the East 154th Street army ready to protect our neighbors with our toy weapons. When the news broke that the United States bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atomic bombs, we were beside ourselves celebrating our nation’s power that led to the Japanese surrender. We paraded about believing that we had the ultimate weapon to beat any enemy who tried to mess with America.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.04.2020

Career wisdom in the COVID age

In this challenging time of anxiety and discontent I have been reflecting on what I’d suggest to career counseling clients from my almost 40-year counseling experience that goes beyond the same repetition of resume writing, telling stories of your accomplishments, using LinkedIn – all the superficial techniques that ignore the reality of living a soulful life of purpose. So, in this time of lockdown let me propose some looking inward; as Socrates stated, “Know thyself.”

Several years ago a client of mine, Aaron, expressed his desire to “study bio-chemistry, find the  biological origins of disease, make a difference.” When I last saw a brief note about Aaron in an alumni bulletin he was a second-year medical student on the way to turning his vision into reality.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:05 AM, 07.21.2020

Pandemic Memories

I had two wonderful grandmothers growing up but no grandfathers. My father’s father, Frank, died when I was too young to remember him and my mother’s father, Adam Schramm, died decades before I was born. Frank died of old age; Adam died in the “Spanish Flu” pandemic in 1918.

Adam and Grandma Elizabeth had six children in 1918, the youngest just a baby. They lived in a house built by Adam, a carpenter, in 1900, in the Troy Hill community, a German community, overlooking Pittsburgh. My mother was 13 when her father died, her older brother was in training to become a priest, which he would be.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.02.2020

Covid Courtesy

In the midst of this very scary and uncertain time, we fill our days with projects, thoughts and worries about the unknown. Covid has robbed us of many things. I think the biggest thing is our freedoms. Freedom to walk, talk, socialize, travel, put kids on a bus, sit at a bar close to friends, sit in a pew at church, exchange a handshake, and have a good night's sleep.

While we are putting our toes in the water and testing a re-entrance into normalcy, it's essential to remember courtesy and kindness.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.02.2020

Moral ambiguity

On Dec. 12, 2006, in a televised episode concerning violence against homeless people, television personality Dr. Phil brought on Ty Beeson as his first guest. Beeson, known for creating and making millions off of his video series "Bum Fights," where he tapes homeless people fighting each other for small sums of money, showed up on stage dressed at Dr. Phil himself, complete with a bald cap, a suit, and a fake mustache.

In a rare occurrence, the TV host refused to interview his guest, and had him escorted off the stage, calling him despicable for his exploitation of these people. However, as he was leaving the stage, Beeson enforced the point that Dr. Phil himself exploits people on his show too, leading vulnerable people to be exposed to a live television audience, and making their conditions known to the world. Ty Beeson is no saint, but he brought up an interesting point that day on moral ambiguity.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.04.2020

The grocery game winners

Westlake High School senior Henry Levenberg is to be commended for having enough interest in our Westlake community to write his "Reader's Opinion" article about Aldi published in the Jan. 21 Observer.

However, from the perspective of a Westlake resident almost 60 years his senior I do wish to dispute some of his claims. True, when Aldi first appeared in our area people were skeptical of the quality of its offerings and low prices. Take a look now: One cannot stereotype the Aldi shopper as a "lower-class, cigarette-smoking consumer," as Henry wrote that the store's founders had a disagreement over. Aldi draws consumers of all categories: old, young, richer, poorer, immigrants, native-born, etc., precisely because of its lower prices and variety of offerings.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.04.2020

Winners and losers in the grocery game

The retail chains Aldi and Trader Joe’s have always been competitors in the city of Westlake, but many aren’t familiar with these stores’ origins.

In 1946 Germany, brothers Karl and Theo Albrecht founded the grocery store Aldi. In a war-torn country, the idea of a low cost grocery store chain took off and they were soon able to expand. Within four years, their small chain had expanded to 13 stores and the business continued to grow.

As Germany’s economy continued to evolve, tensions began to rise between the two brothers. The final blow occurred in 1960, when the two brothers disputed on whether to sell cigarettes. Both brothers had different ideas on what kind of business – or what kind of problems – that the cigarette-smoking consumer would bring.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:46 AM, 01.21.2020

Proposed Bay Village fence ordinance raises concern

On June 3, two fence proposals were submitted to Bay Village City Council – one to keep the ordinance at 4-foot-high fencing for side or back yards (the way it has been for over 60 years), the other to increase the fence height to 5 feet with 75% transparency (chain link fencing or wrought iron with horizontal or vertical pickets). Four of seven council members, a majority, decided to move forward with 4-foot fencing. Within a week, however, one council member changed his mind and we are now back to the proposal for 5-foot fencing.

The proposal would affect the entire city, but was started because one resident complained her dogs kept jumping over her fence. However, the Board of Zoning Appeals has made it clear that the fence ordinance is not meant for animal control or neighbor problems, but to keep the character and charm of the city. Also questionable is that residents on the lake are excluded from the proposed changes, discriminating against the rest of the city whose views are just as important to them.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:40 AM, 06.18.2019

Bay Village City Council members' diverse backgrounds an asset

Bay Village City Council is 17 months into our current complement of members. I am very pleased with the overall legislative body of work completed by Council over this period of time. We've worked through a number of challenging topics and legislative items as a team. City Council reflects a tremendous diversity of skill sets, as my colleagues represent a variety of backgrounds, including private industry expertise, coupled with those having years of public experience.

Speaking of diversity, I am happy with the composition of Council's make-up, our gender balance, range of Council members' ages and seasoning, from those relatively new in their roles to those who have served multiple terms. We have worked very closely, and in open session, with the administration to support a relatively new Bay Village Master Plan and a wave of capital improvement projects, including a new library, newly proposed housing development and a large number of infrastructure road and bridge undertakings.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village in the spring

Spring is knocking on the door waiting to be invited in. It is a great time of year. You know it’s coming when you see bicycles! It represents a rebirth of many favorable, fragrant flowers that make our town scenic. It is a time to think about what a special place Bay Village is as a community.

Heinen’s has lined its entrance with wonderful choices of tulips and hyacinths. The fence at Bay Middle school is lined with bicycles. Soon the soccer fields will be full of different color teams, parents and family friends sitting in the elements in support. 

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Westlake looks to 'pave paradise and put up a parking lot'

Last March I was shocked and saddened over the trees cut down at Clague Park south of the pool. When I saw this destruction of trees, I recalled that Sophronia Clague loved her trees.

As William Robishaw wrote in his book, "You've Come A Long Way Westlake": "One of Sophronia's wishes, expressed in her formal granting of the land to the Village, was that the trees in the "woodlot" should never feel the stroke of an ax. When Hilliard Road was extended through Westlake, Sophronia was nearly heartbroken when the southern edge of the virgin forest was removed to make room for the new roadway. This stipulation by Sophronia explains why a large part of the park bordering the western Hilliard Road entrance remains as natural growth."

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:49 AM, 04.02.2019

Rejection: a high school studentís life

First in a series on getting into college.

It was the third quarter of my junior year, inarguably one of the biggest vertical slopes any high schooler has to face. I remember sitting at my computer with four tabs open.

The second tab was Powerschool, my online report card. After getting a shocking notification on my phone, I decided to double check it on my computer. Maybe it’s a mistake. Perhaps my dreadfully cheap Android phone was playing tricks. But the notification was right – I flunked a physics test.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.05.2019

Emojis and Emotion

It is pretty standard to receive a message with a character or a symbol attached to it these days. The emblem suggests our mood and how we would like the message to be accepted.

It's pretty terrific when you think about it. In the past, we had to rely on the state of mind of the recipient, when the message was delivered. Today, we can attach a simple smiley face or thumbs up or even a personalized Bitmoji to convey our intent. The addition to the message can be beneficial.

When email first appeared as a form of communication, many messages were received out of context because of the wording, delivery style or the recipient's state of mind. Mistakes were made because communicating by email was used instead of a face-to-face conversation.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.19.2019

Westlake's growth has led to more deer sightings

When I was 14-15 years old (1949) we moved to Westlake. A big change from Lakewood. I had a .22 rifle when I was 10 years old, and a shotgun when I was 13, and did a lot of target shooting. 

In Westlake, which was still open country, one could go hunting pheasants, rabbits, and even squirrels in season. I became an excellent shot and never missed what I was shooting at. We had many meals of pheasants and rabbits.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.08.2019