Community Service

Westlake Meals on Wheels requests help for 'We Care About You' initiative

Westlake Meals on Wheels is pleased to announce a new initiative to provide their recipients with a “We Care About You” bag filled with items to prepare them for the upcoming winter. Meals on Wheels prepares over 600 hot and cold meals Monday through Friday to homebound neighbors who cannot shop and cook for themselves. A majority live alone and may see only their Meals on Wheels driver during the day.

Community organizations in the five communities served by Westlake Meals on Wheels have agreed to assist in collecting non-perishable foods to provide to recipients in the event Meals on Wheels cannot deliver during the winter months ahead. In addition to non-perishable food items, the Westlake High School hockey team will be assembling hygiene kits, and several area churches will be donating blankets and shawls from their “Prayer Shawl” programs.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.05.2019

Village Bicycle Cooperative witnesses greatness

Every now and then, we have a chance to witness greatness. For this story, "greatness" can be defined as the effort of a small group of people providing happiness and reward for others that are less fortunate. At the Village Bicycle Cooperative (VBC) in Bay Village, we were given the opportunity to witness greatness at a Cleveland school.

In late summer, VBC was approached by assistant principal Dave Funk from Marion C. Seltzer School, a Cleveland public school on West 98th Street near Madison Avenue. We were told that an Earn-a-Bike program was created for kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. Here is how it works:

A StarBuck, a Marion C. Seltzer-exclusive dollar, has its principal's image along with its greatness motto: "We Believe in Our Greatness." Kids can earn StarBucks.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:24 AM, 10.15.2019

Westlake Kiwanis officers pass the gavel

Oct. 1 ushers in a new Kiwanis year and the Westlake Kiwanis installed their new officers. Immediate Past President Suzanne Rusnak passed the gavel to incoming President Ray Budoi at their October meeting. Rusnak thanked the club for all their help during her term, helping making it a successful Kiwanis year. Budoi thanked Rusnak for her service.

Budoi laid out his agenda for the coming Kiwanis year, hoping to connect with the local community and to continue to serve the children of Westlake. Please consider joining the Westlake Kiwanis to help serve the youth of Westake.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:20 AM, 10.15.2019

Become an AARP Tax Aide volunteer and help make a difference

The IRS-sponsored AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers for the 2020 tax filing season. AARP Foundation Tax Aides provide free personal income tax assistance and tax form preparation for low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 50+.

During tax season, we set up tax preparation sites, many of them at public libraries and senior centers in the area. Last year, about 30,000 volunteers across the country helped prepare more than 1.5 million free federal tax returns at over 5,000 sites.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:19 AM, 10.15.2019

Kindness is contagious in Bay Village

It has been a tough few months for a lot of people in our country, as the tragedies throughout our nation have affected many communities. But that doesn’t mean that each of us can’t make a positive difference in this world, or at least in our community.

I ran across a blog about kindness written by Chip Gaines of the television show "Fixer Upper." In the blog, Chip challenged his readers to spread kindness throughout their communities, and I thought this was perfect for Bay Village.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:11 AM, 10.01.2019

Bay Kiwanis installs new officers for the 2019-2020 year

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club installed the officers for the coming year at a dinner meeting on Sept. 24. The dinner was held at Mahle’s Restaurant with outgoing President Rich Oldrieve serving as Master of Ceremonies, and former Ohio Division 15 Lt. Governor Matt Rawlings performing the installation of officers.

We would like to recognize and thank the outgoing officers for their help and support during the past year: President Rich Oldrieve, Past President Foster McMasters, President Elect Pat Mosier, Vice President Linda Cleary, Secretary Ed Colleran, and Treasurer Russ Bauknecht. Their work to carry on the mission of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club for another year is appreciated.

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Volume 11, Issue 19, Posted 9:12 AM, 10.01.2019

Westlake Kiwanis wins Golden Spike again

The Westlake Kiwanis gathered with the Bay Village Kiwanis at Buca di Beppo in Westlake on Tuesday, Aug. 27, for food, fellowship and competition.

Every year the Kiwanis clubs of Bay Village and Westlake hold a joint meeting of their members to highlight each club's past year's accomplishments and to plan for upcoming projects. The annual interclub meeting is also a friendly competition to see which organization can have the highest percentage of membership in attendance.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:49 AM, 09.04.2019

Bay grad inducted into boating hall of fame

Nathan Cullinen was formally inducted to the Spirit of America Foundation Youth Boating Hall of Fame on Friday, July 5, at the Bay Village Boat Club. Nate was involved in the Spirit of America youth boating program as a youth and continued to help and teach until he left to attend the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island, after graduating from Bay High in 2015. 

Nate was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America Sea Scouts Ship 41 in Bay Village. Nate earned the rank of Quartermaster, the highest rank in Sea Scouts, and was also an Eagle Scout in Troop 41. Participating in the induction was Ship 41's adult leader Richard Gash and Spirit of America's coordinator George Christ. Nate is the son of Tim and Heidi Cullinen of Bay Village.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 09.04.2019

Become a mentor and change teenagers' lives

Now there is a new Compeer program for youth, ages 14-17, offered by the Far West Center, a nonprofit community agency providing a variety of mental health services. 

Far West Center has a successful ongoing Compeer program, started in 1989, for adults in recovery. This year Compeer International was awarded a federal grant to promote nationwide mentoring for youth who receive counseling. Our agency, located in Building 4 on the UH St. John Medical Center health campus, became one of the 12 Compeer affiliates to receive funding for a youth mentoring program.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.04.2019

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center honors volunteers of the year

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center recognized Kirsten Wykowski and Paige Burns with volunteer-of-the-year awards at the organization’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Aug. 13.

Each year, the Center celebrates its many volunteers who are vital in helping the Center to fulfill its mission to educate children, families and students and provide wildlife services. Volunteers help with animal care, docent education, family and youth programming, summer camps and more. The Center’s Volunteers of the Year are people who consistently demonstrate teamwork, reliability, responsibility and leadership within the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Volunteer Program.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.20.2019

Westlake Kiwanis tours new elementary school

Westlake Kiwanis members were given a tour of the new Westlake Elementary School by Superintendent Scott Goggin. Scott, a Westlake Kiwanian, mentioned that Kiwanis and the Westlake schools work together on several projects for the benefit of the city's students.

One collaboration is the awarding of scholarships to Westlake High School graduating seniors. The Westlake Kiwanis hopes to expand these scholarships in the future.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.06.2019

Veterans picnic Aug. 24 at American Legion

This year's free All Veterans Picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The picnic is open to all West Shore veterans, active and reserve military, and your immediate family.

The picnic will be held at American Legion Post 385, 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake. The post is just south of the railroad tracks on Cahoon Road. Parking is available in the north gravel lot or the south grass lot. Please do not park in nearby restaurant parking.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.06.2019

Rotary presents Youth Leadership Awards

Westlake-Bay Village Rotary congratulates this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients: John Poole, Natalie Hazapis, Jake Collins (Westlake High School) and Ellie LaMotte (Bay High School). Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is one of Rotary International’s structured programs designed to reach out to the community fostering fellowship and goodwill.

Camp RYLA is a five-day leadership training camp held in June, which focuses on personal and professional development of high school students. Rotary clubs throughout the world are committed to helping shape the leadership skills of today’s youth. RYLA is one way Rotarians achieve this goal. Strong leaders are made, not born. Leadership principles are learned, not inherited.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:16 AM, 08.06.2019

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

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

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

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

Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters wants you

Socialize and learn more about the nonpartisan League of Women Voters Bay Village Chapter at a backyard barbecue on Friday, July 19, from 6-8 p.m. Both women and men are invited.

If you’ve had enough of partisan squabbling and government impasse and would like to see positive changes in our democracy, then the Bay Village Chapter is the place for you.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Darren Vesely, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on June 10. Darren becomes the Troop's 161st Eagle Scout since 1964. For his Eagle service project, Darren's team collected donations and sent care packages to service members through Operation Buckeye.

Visit for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.18.2019

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High students: Meira Simolin, Courtney Brewer, Grace Frey and Sophie Dasko.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. The four students and their families were honored recently at the club’s annual golf outing and pig roast at the Bay Lodge.

Simolin plans on studying biochemistry at Penn State University. Brewer plans to concentrate on psychology at DePaul University. Dasko plans on studying history and pre-law at John Carroll University. Frey plans to study pre-occupational therapy at The Ohio State University.

“The accomplishments of these four recipients, both academically and in other fields, was most impressive,” said Peter Gierosky, scholarship committee chairperson. “The Bay Men's Club is happy to provide this seed money for our leaders of tomorrow.”

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:49 AM, 06.18.2019

Bay resident takes new turn

Loren Dill, a Bay Village resident and member of the North Coast Rotary, recently bought a road bike to ride 600 miles for the benefit of Medical Equipment Supply Abroad (MESA). This Ohio Rotary project collects obsolete, but functioning, medical equipment, supplies and furniture. This could include eyeglasses, crutches, walkers and splints up to ultrasound scanners and dental drills.

Loren raised funds for the non-profit MESA by gathering sponsors for a bike tour of Northwest Ohio from Avon Lake to Port Clinton and back June 14-20. The bike tour goes 60 to 75 miles each day, with riders staying at Norwalk Rotary Club members' homes.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.18.2019

Bay Village Sea Scout meets with governor

Bay Village Sea Scout Phoebe Sutherland, representing Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council, joined other invited scouts from the different program areas of scouting, and visited the Ohio Statehouse to present a “Report to the State.”

On May 16 the scouts spent an hour with Governor Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose, discussing why they enjoy being part of the scouting movement of almost 100,000 scouts in the state. In Ohio, more than 1.1 million service hours to the community were recorded and a total of 198,323 Merit Badges were earned. Of those badges, 19,252 were citizenship related, 28,939 were related to fitness and 17 were STEM related.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:20 AM, 06.04.2019

Westlake Kiwanis Club presents Community Service Award

The Westlake Kiwanis presented the William Sifritt Community Service award to Megan Stewart at their Community Day meeting on May 21 at Buca de Beppo.

Megan's list of volunteering is impressive. She is a volunteer at the Cleveland APL, a Love Volunteer (medical volunteer in Uganda and Ecuador), a peer tutor at Westlake High School and a tutor at Laura's Home women's shelter. Megan also volunteered on the Susan Moran Palmer for Congress campaign, and is volunteering for the Issue 6 campaign.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:25 AM, 06.04.2019

Serve on the West Shore YMCA board of directors

Community minded? Ready to put your ideas and skills into action for a greater goal? George Williams was one such person and, because of his higher purpose, created the YMCA in 1844. Old news? Not really. 

In 2019, the West Shore YMCA is a testament to Williams' vision and fueled by like-minded civic stewards. Like you. Join our nonprofit board and gain the satisfaction of watching your suggestions turn into results – for the benefit of many!

To sign up, call Heidi Gobliersch at 440-871-6885.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.04.2019

Bay women lauded by League of Women Voters of Ohio

Lauren Orrico, from Bay Village, was named the second winner of the Belle Coit Kelton Rising Star Award from the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO). Lauren is currently the Membership and Leadership Development Director of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland (LWVGC) and a member of the Bay Village Chapter. The awards took place May 11 in Columbus at the LWVO Inspire! Gala that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the League. 

In her role with LWVGC, Lauren executed the first-ever all-Greater-Cleveland new member brunch, was the architect of a networking and a "speed dating" program on volunteering, and has worked with Cleveland State University to create the first-ever student chapter. She has her sights set to do the same with Baldwin Wallace University. As an attorney, Lauren helped broker an agreement between Greater Cleveland and the Western Reserve Historical Society for an exhibit to open in spring 2020 tentatively titled "Women and the Struggle for Political Power."

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Hixson award presented to Westlake Kiwanian

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Ray Budoi with the George F. Hixson Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' rich history of generosity. Ray is one of only seven Westlake Kiwanians to receive this award since it was established in 1983.

Ray and his wife, Judy, moved to Westlake in 1988 and Ray joined Kiwanis almost immediately. He served as president and also treasurer for many years. He will always be especially remembered for all the thousands of coins he cleaned and counted from the Crocker Park fountain.

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

Funds available for Bay organizations

The Bay Village Women’s Club is accepting requests for funds up to several hundred dollars to support projects in Bay Village. Bay Village non-profit organizations should send a written letter detailing the requested amount and use of the funds by May 15 to Bay Village Women’s Club, P.O. Box 40433, Bay Village OH 44140 or email

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:15 PM, 05.06.2019

Bay Village Kiwanis Club makes a difference

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has been working hard, as always, to make a difference in the community and in the world. Over the past year Bay Kiwanis has provided funds in excess of $50,000 to help fight poverty and disease, improve the lives of children and adults, and help create the next generation of leaders in our communities. Bay Kiwanis has been providing this kind of support for over 68 years.

Academically, for the children and students of Bay Village, Kiwanis has provided mentors and funding to the recently established Bay High Robotics Club. Bay Kiwanis hosts the Academic Achievement night where they have awarded scholarships totaling $15,000 to students in pursuit of a college degree.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:16 PM, 05.06.2019

Westlake organizations come together to stop wandering children

Connecting For Kids, Westlake-Bay Village Rotary and Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club worked together to help put a stop to wandering. Connecting for Kids was able to purchase  S.T.O.P. Wandering Kits as a result of a donation from Westlake-Bay Village Rotary. The kits were assembled and packaged by Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club. The kits contain GE door/window alarms, a write-on ID bracelet, four laminated stop sign visuals and a S.TO.P. (Supervise, Teach, Organize, Protect) wandering guide.

No one want to think about the dangers of their child wandering, but as parents or caregivers to a child who wanders it is important to understand what wandering is and why it is dangerous, then take the necessary steps to put a S.T.O.P. to wandering.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.16.2019

Camp supply donations will be collected May 5

You can help Cleveland and Lorain County kids have a great outdoor experience this summer by donating camping supplies or helping volunteers assemble camp kits at an event hosted by Footpath Foundation on Sunday, May 5, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village.

Donations of camping supplies will be accepted from 2-3 p.m. at the center. Volunteers will be assembling camp kits from 2-4 p.m. All are invited to stick around for a family hike at 4 p.m.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.16.2019

Westlake Girl Scout Troop earns Bronze Award

With cooperation from Dover Intermediate School students and staff, Westlake Girl Scout Troop 70081 earned their Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor possible for a Junior Girl Scout and requires over 20 hours of work from each girl.

For their Bronze Award project, they found ways to improve indoor and outdoor recess at Dover Intermediate School. The students have indoor recess during bad weather, very cold or rainy days. At indoor recess they sit at tables and sometimes talk to each other, or watch a movie.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.02.2019

Bay Historical Society awards scholarship

Courtney Brewer has been selected to receive the Bay Village Historical Society’s scholarship for 2020. Brewer is the daughter of Diana and Kelly, who both work in the food-service industry.

Brewer has been a member of the National Honor Society the past two years. She participated in student council, ran cross country, played softball, swam and worked as a lifeguard.

Brewer will be attending DePaul University, majoring in psychology and minoring in education.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.02.2019

Westlake celebrates spirit of charity with 2019 Volunteer Fair

The City of Westlake and Westlake Porter Public Library have partnered to bring an event filled with passion and purpose to the Westlake community. The city’s first Volunteer Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 4-7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

“The desire to make our community a better place is what connects us and fills us with purpose and meaning,” said Lydia Gadd, Director of Senior & Community Services. “Volunteering helps others, but it helps you, too. It helps combat stress, boosts self-esteem and can even teach new skills.”

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.05.2019

Bay Village VFW looking for volunteers

Are you a relative of a veteran and want to honor them? Are you a civilian that has an interest in veteran and community support? Do you have the desire but not an opportunity? VFW Post 9693 wants to help.

The VFW has a formal organization called Auxiliaries that perform these functions. They are a great help for the Posts and communities they support. However, Bay Village VFW Post 9693 does not have the membership to establish a VFW Auxillary, but we do have a need.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2019

American Cancer Society seeking volunteer drivers

When Audrey Saccardi, a Westlake resident, retired from her career at Key Bank a few years back she began to look for volunteer opportunities to help fill her days. She decided to join a team of three other volunteers from Westlake that drive cancer patients to their treatment. This was a no-brainer for Saccardi – she had just finished her own battle with cancer two years earlier.

In February 2014, Saccardi was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Primary Peritoneal and went through a series of chemotherapy, surgery, then chemotherapy again to remove the disease. While she felt lucky to have a sister-in-law nearby who helped drive her to treatments, she noticed that not everyone was so fortunate. She heard hospital staff talking with other patients about transportation options for when they did not have family available to help. This is how she learned about the American Cancer Society’s transportation service called Road To Recovery.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2019

Bay Village Foundation grant deadline nears

The Bay Village Foundation wants to remind organizations that our 2019 Community Grant Application Program is ending soon. Grants of up to $5,000 can be awarded.

We encourage organizations to gather and submit application information for the 2019 program as the deadline for acceptance of applications is Feb. 28.

The Bay Village Foundation is interested in and works to support capital projects and programs that truly improve the quality of community life here in Bay Village. An eligible organization must be located in or provide services to residents within Bay Village. Only tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or programs that have an IRS tax-exempt fiscal agent will qualify for grant awards.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.05.2019

Bay Village civic groups announce plans for fun winter and early spring events

The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 16 to discuss their group's exciting upcoming events.  Here are some highlights. 

Bay Village Community Theater's  “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series begins with Susan Glaspell’s “Suppressed Desires." Performances February 16 at 2 PM at O'Neill’s Healthcare and February 17 at 6 PM at St. Barnabas’ Parkside Hall. Free admission.  Their “Raise a Glass – Raise the Stage! fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 9 from 7 – 10 PM at Sibling Revelry Brewery.  Tickets are $30 and include two drink tickets, food, live entertainment, raffles, and more.  Tickets can be purchased online at 

Bay Village Educational Foundation's annual fundraiser, Creating Opportunities, will be held at Arrabiata's Italian Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 5-8 p.m. It will feature a dinner buffet, open bar, dessert, a silent auction and many fun raffles! Tickets are $60 each. Go to for more details. 

Bay Village Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit community groups for 2019 grants. Applications are available and guidelines are on the Foundation’s website,; the deadline is Feb. 28.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:05 AM, 01.22.2019

Nominations due for annual Bay Village honors

Each year, the Bay Village Community Council honors a worthy Bay Village resident with the title of Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes an individual’s service and dedication to the community. Special projects are also considered for distinction based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

The deadline to nominate a citizen and/or project is Monday, Jan. 14. Forms are available to download (Citizen of the Year | Project of the Year), or to pick up at City Hall, the Bay Village Branch Library, and from members of the Bay Village Community Council. Completed forms may be submitted via email to or mailed to Bay Village Community Council, 350 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:01 AM, 01.08.2019

College Club West scholarship grants available for women, 25 and over

Scholarships grants of up to $3,000 are awarded annually by College Club West to Greater Cleveland women ages 25 or older in a four-year-degree-granting program or graduate program. Recipients are selected based on maturity, academic record, promise, goals and financial need. Applications are due March 18. More information and application at

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:10 AM, 01.22.2019

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle Rank

Robbie Curry, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 10, 2018. Robbie is the Troop's 160th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Robert and Patty Curry of Bay Village.

For his Eagle service project, Robbie's team installed an herb garden and composite picnic table for the Village Project. Visit for more information about Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.08.2019

6 Scouts from Bay Troop 729 earn Eagle rank

It was a busy and productive 2018 for Bay Village's Boy Scout Troop 729 as six young men earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Below is a summary of their Eagle Scout projects.

  • Evan Danielson provided a board for learning and practicing knot-tying at Avon Lake's Miller Park.
  • Liam Kovich assisted the Menlo Park Academy in Cleveland with an inventory program installation for its Little Libraries.
  • Brendon O'Doherty installed a bench at the Prayers for Maria site in Avon.
  • Patrick O'Doherty oversaw the completion of a Sensory Table for an organization in Avon.
  • Drew Ware installed wheelchair picnic tables and garden planters for Our Lady of the Wayside in Avon.
  • Nathaniel Day supervised a nursery project for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village.  

Congratulations to these fine Scouts for their accomplishments in the community!

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

Westlake Kiwanis play Santa's helpers

The Westlake Kiwanis have been relieving the Meals on Wheels regular drivers on special holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, for many years so they may be at home with their families. T

his year was no different except the area has expanded beyond Westlake to Bay Village, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. This service provides a hot meal for individuals who would have otherwise been alone on Christmas.

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

Area organizations help people transition from homelessness

North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild spearheaded a project to provide those who have experienced trauma, or have been homeless, rest a little easier this season. The Guild created 70 lap quilts that were included in bags filled with necessities such as towels, kitchen accessories, soap, etc.

The bags were provided to families at a special event, sponsored by FrontLine Service, to help celebrate the holidays. FrontLine Service reaches out to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to help end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises and overcome trauma. Adding to the festivities, 85 stockings were created to assist Santa as he travels through the area.

In addition, 60 fabric bags were sewn and filled with similar items for individuals transitioning into permanent housing in a new facility sponsored by Frontline. The bags will hopefully provide a bit of comfort and will welcome residents into their new surroundings after being homeless an average of three years.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.18.2018