Community Service

Westlake Food Pantry flips script on curbside pickup

While many of us are supporting local restaurants by taking advantage of their curbside pickup services, the Westlake Food Pantry has flipped the script and is using the curbside pickup concept to benefit locals in need.

The Senior and Community Services Department’s new Friday Curbside Pickup program, supported by a $1,000 grant from the Community West Foundation, offers residents facing economic struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic a new, safe and discreet avenue to utilize the city’s Food Pantry. Friends and family members of residents who are struggling but unable to pickup food items themselves also are encouraged to register to use the program.

It’s a concept that has gained traction in other parts of the country and the Community Services staff in Westlake hopes it can become the norm in Northeast Ohio. Similar events have been organized in the area but not necessarily with plans to run long-term. In Westlake, the Community Services Department intends to continue to keep the program going as long as the demand is there.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Bay Chapter LWV awards scholarships

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters is pleased to announce the Bay High School recipients of the 2020 Good Citizen Scholar Awards: Ellie LaMotte and John Kilbane. These students will be awarded $1,000 each for their college expenses and were selected by the Bay High staff to whom we are grateful.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women suffrage, the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, and the 73rd anniversary of the Bay Village Chapter. As a grassroots organization with nationwide influence, the League firmly believes that each of us can make a difference by demonstrating character, scholarship and leadership.  Our scholarship winners embody that sentiment.

This memorial scholarship honors two eminent Bay League members: Maxine M. McQuate, a champion of student involvement in government, and George Serb, community historian and peerless citizen activist.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:56 AM, 05.19.2020

Spreading a second round of sunshine to Westlake seniors

The incredibly positive response from recipients of the “100 Bags of Sunshine” initiative in March inspired the Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services to launch a second round with the help of donations from many new sponsors.

As with the first event, staff worked to identify 100 Westlake seniors that could benefit from a spirit lift during this challenging time.

Each bag included homemade cookies, greeting cards, heart-shaped stress balls, multiple puzzle books, adult coloring books, colored pencils, granola snacks, miscellaneous chocolates, pens, pill containers, tea bags and (of course) toilet paper. This time, the note that came with the toilet paper rolls read “You’ve been Tea-p’d!”

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Heroes wear many uniforms ...

Part of a series of articles highlighting local employees going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

... and Dan Kozar wears three! A realtor’s sports jacket, a local grocer’s shirt, and an online shopper’s T-shirt!

Young people have been affected by the coronavirus, too. Many of them have had their career aspirations put on hold. Dan Kozar is no exception.

Over the years, Dan has supplemented his career dreams while working at a local grocery store. I’m sure I’m just one of many who have experienced his amazing “of service” attitude and infectious smile every time we shop.

But what we may not see is his perseverance and drive to achieve his dreams.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:46 AM, 05.19.2020

Donations sought for Senior and Community Services programs

The Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services is working tirelessly to offer virtual programs to keep residents connected and active while also continuing to provide vital social services to those in need.

These difficult times present unprecedented challenges in doing both but our residents can help by making small donations to support these programming efforts.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Westlake Community Services offers virtual programs

The Westlake Senior and Community Services Department is offering new virtual programs to keep residents engaged and to hopefully help them smile. The department is primarily using the Zoom format for the events for which meeting invitations are only emailed to those who are registered.

The department also offers the Senior Strong program, which utilizes a telephone conferencing format.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.19.2020

Serving the community

The first in a series of articles highlighting local employees going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

Heroes wear many uniforms ... and one of those uniforms is a green Cahoon Nursery shirt! Thanks to Jim, Connell and Alec for their outstanding service in this time of social distancing.

Small businesses represents 75% of our economy. Let us not forget all the employees that show up for work and work extremely hard to keep their small business employers afloat during these trying times.

My hubby and I ventured out to Cahoon Nursery for “essential” replacement trees. Not only did Alec respect social distancing, but he managed to answer every question and show us every option while keeping his distance.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.05.2020

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Hunter Darst, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on April 13. His Eagle service project team built a commemorative podium and binder display for deceased veterans of Bay Village. Hunter is a member of the St. Edward High School Class of 2020.  He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study computer engineering.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.05.2020

Good Friday is celebrated in a unique way in Westshore communities

Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year for Catholics. Traditionally, The Passion is read and the Stations of the Cross are prayed at various churches on Good Friday. This year the typical observances would be put on hold because of the stay-at-home order from Governor Mike DeWine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 14 Bay Village, Westlake and Rocky River families created a way to commemorate the journey of Christ and join the community together, while still social distancing through the Driving Stations of the Cross.

The effort was led by Dr. Katie Bekeny-Kelly and her family of Bay Village. She started a text string on April 1, asking each family to volunteer to create some sort of display of the 14 Stations of the Cross for Friday, April 10. The goal was for families and community members to drive by each exhibit and use the Catholic All Year Stations of the Cross devotional to say prayers, read Bible verses, and meditate with the visual model of the path of Jesus.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:05 AM, 04.21.2020

Easter food distribution comes at critical time for local families

Every year around this time, the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department holds its Easter Food Distribution program through which residents in need can make an appointment to receive vital food supplies.

Each family was provided a ticket with a time indicating when to show up to claim their food and received a treasure trove of essentials to take home without having to leave their cars. Families received a free turkey, fresh produce, a flower and other essentials.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 04.21.2020

Community residents and Kiwanis support restaurants and Meals on Wheels

Neighbors are coming together in creative ways to support each other and community organizations during this uncertain time. Westlake Meals on Wheels (WMOW) is partnering with local restaurants and the program has received tremendous support.  Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough endorses the program and feels it can have a positive impact. “Si Senor & Subway are just two of the Westlake businesses that have stepped up to help. I encourage other businesses and volunteers to join us in this great program,” said the Mayor.

Westlake School Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin also expressed support. “Including our local businesses is a great idea to not only provide for our senior citizens, but also support our local businesses.  This is a creative idea to build a win-win relationship,” said Dr. Goggin.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:01 AM, 04.21.2020

100 bags of sunshine

In mid-March, two weeks prior to Governor Mike DeWine's order, the West Shore senior centers proactively suspended all senior activities. That being said, we are all busier than ever creating physically distant avenues to serve the public, especially seniors, during this time of greater need. And, although we have all pared down our services, observing rules on essential versus nonessential employees, we are still open via phone and email, often handling inquiries on a case by case basis.

An obvious need is food. Thankfully we have been hearing that neighbors and families have been dedicated to helping their elder loved ones get the supplies they need and thus limiting unnecessary trips to the store. As for folks who do not have help, we are working with them on a case by case basis. In Westlake, we also operate a food pantry which is available to all Westlake residents in need (regardless of age).  Our food pantry requests have increased by over 25% in these first weeks as so many have faced a loss of income after being laid off.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.07.2020

Bay Village community supports seniors during pandemic

Bay Village is a community that comes together to support those who need help in times of need, and the COVID-19 crisis is definitely one of those times.

As seniors are particularly at risk with the coronavirus, several community programs have been created to help our seniors stay at home to reduce their risk:

  • More than 40 residents have stepped up to volunteer by shopping for groceries or prescriptions, or by making “checking in” phone calls to help with the loneliness that the quarantine brings. Bay Village Community Services is coordinating this effort. Anyone who needs help should call Community Services at 440-899-3442, and we will contact a volunteer to help fill your need.
  • All of the Bay Village churches are reaching out to their congregations to offer similar help. If you are a member of a church and are more comfortable calling them for help, they will be ready.
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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake Kiwanis host program on Safety Town

Olivia Kostecke, director of Safety Town for Westlake, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 25 Westlake Kiwanis meeting. Olivia spoke on the history of Safety Town and their future plans.

Safety Town is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Safety Town is a two-week summer learning experience for children entering kindergarten and teaches youngsters street safety and introduces them to the police department as their friend. It was conceived by Westlake Mayor Alexander Roman and Service Director Lloyd Barnes and was opened on June 22, 1970.

The program began behind City Hall and continued there until 1990. In 1990, Safety Town was moved to a location behind Dover Elementary School during the construction of the new police station. It has since been returned to the City Hall complex.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake Kiwanis thanks sponsors

In this time of global pandemic, most volunteer organizations are suffering through their fundraising efforts. The Westlake Kiwanis is no different as they had to cancel their Spring Pancake Breakfast scheduled for March 29. The spring and fall pancake breakfasts fund various projects such as the Westlake Community Holiday Food Drives for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They also support Adopt-a-Family for Christmas, Safety Town and many other projects. We would like to thank companies and individuals, corporate sponsors, for their generous donations and placemats.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.07.2020

Foundation honors Bay residents through bronze plaque program

If you’ve ever walked along the lake in Cahoon Park, you may have noticed a small footbridge lined with bronze plaques. You may even recognize the names engraved on the plaques as some of the city’s finest citizens. Do you have a family member or friend that you wish to honor in this special way?

The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember loved ones for 18 years. The Foundation’s Bronze Plaque Program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life and work of Bay Village residents, living or deceased. The plaques are engraved with personalized text and are installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge in Cahoon Memorial Park.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.03.2020

Aktion Club makes valentines for seniors

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club spent the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Michael's craft store in Westlake creating valentines to be delivered to local assisted living facilities. They were able to create 180 valentines which were delivered on Valentine's Day weekend.

Aktion Club is a Kiwanis Service Club for individuals living with disabilities 18 years of age or older. If you or someone you know meets this criteria and would like to join the club, contact Vic Rutkoski at 216-433-1759.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay High School Key Club holds pizza bake-off

The Bay High School Key Club, along with the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, would like to thank everyone for supporting our most recent fundraiser. Six local vendors provided the pizza with the Key Club membership providing the desserts in an all-you-can-eat extravaganza whose proceeds help us continue our work of supporting those in need throughout our community.

The six vendors – Buca di Beppo, Domino’s, Gina’s, Marco’s, Jet’s and Whole Foods Market – generously served up their finest pies to help us raise funds and have a little fun in determining the winners in various categories of pizza construction. Each of the vendors provided several different varieties of pizza so there was a lot of required eating for the public to vote for what they considered to be the best Pepperoni, Specialty, and People’s Choice Overall.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.18.2020

Village Bicycle Cooperative saddles up for Ohio veterans

The Village Bicycle Cooperative made a special donation of an adult tricycle to our armed services veterans at the independent living facility of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. VBC volunteers Bill Abbott and I loaded the trike on a crisp January morning and headed off on Route 2 to deliver the trike.

There we were greeted by Ashley Matus, OVH recreation coordinator. She told us that this adult tricycle will be "enlisted in service" for the OVH on-premise bicycle club. Adult trikes provide a bridge for those individuals with balance challenges. In these cases, three-wheel cycling transportation is a better and safer solution for recreational and exercise needs.(Cycling, by the way, is one of the best activities for supporting good cardiovascular health.)

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.04.2020

Kiwanis explores opportunities with Meals On Wheels

The Westlake Kiwanis invited Marie Patten-Blatter, Meals on Wheels' executive director, to speak at their Jan. 28 meeting and presented her with a check for the organization. Kiwanis currently delivers meals on the holidays to relieve the regular drivers and even have a member volunteering in the kitchen helping prepare the meals.

Marie said they are always looking for volunteers and funding. Visit their website, westlakemealsonwheels.org, to see all the ways you can help. This is their 45th year serving meals to the homebound. They currently serve the communities of Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and Bay Village, providing two meals a day, Monday through Friday, which costs $9 a day. They are currently serving between 63 and 80 people a day. Last year they served over 31,000 meals.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.04.2020

Register now to vote in Ohio's primary

It's time to register for Ohio's March 17 primary election! Remember: whenever you move, you must update your registration. If you're not sure whether your registration is current, check online at boe.cuyahogacounty.us or call 216-443-VOTE (8683).

If you are 17 years old but will turn 18 by General Election Day (Nov. 3), you are eligible to vote in the primary for candidates, but not on issues.

Many voters will have other plans on St. Patrick's Day, so the League of Women Voters encourages everyone to consider voting early. Vote-by-Mail ballot request forms are available at local libraries, as well as through the Board of Elections website and phone line.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Kiwanis encourages support of Aluminum Cans for Burn Victims

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club would again like to encourage individuals and organizations in Bay Village and surrounding communities to join in efforts to aid burned children. When you have a party, fundraiser or event please set up a recycle bin specifically for aluminum cans and simply drop off at the Bay Village Fire Department.

In 2019 ACBC Ohio collected 55,000 pounds of aluminum cans earning $21,000 to assist child victims of burns and promote education. This non-profit is assisted by fire departments of 7 counties of northeast Ohio, including the BVFD. Everyone can help our firefighters be tops in this worthy cause by bringing your empty aluminum cans to the Can Corral, located on the east side of the fire department parking lot at 28100 Wolf Road.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.21.2020

Learning and giving at Bay Village Garden Club

Members of Bay Village Garden Club join together to increase their knowledge of gardening and to give of their time and efforts to share the beauty of nature with the community.

Interesting and informative programs are always on the calendar. We spent the fall learning how to create water-conserving rain gardens and, among other topics, how to grow herbs for teas and remedies.

This year, we’ll be visiting Monet’s Gardens of Giverny through a slide presentation by a local art historian. We’ll learn how to grow the modern perennial cutting garden with an OSU agriculture and natural resources educator. Then we'll find out about the plants that changed the world from a past vice president of horticulture at Cleveland Botanical Gardens. We’ll tour the historical English gardens through the insights of a third-generation nursery owner and we’ll take a field trip to Kingwood Gardens. Plus enjoy a workshop in container gardening. Finally, we’ll discover the new plants for 2020.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Village Kiwanis completes another Christmas tree sale

The  Bay Village Kiwanis Club's 2019 Christmas tree fundraiser was a huge success! A record 300 Christmas trees were sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many thanks to the Bay High School Key Club, their families and the Bay Village firefighters for sacrificing their weekends to help Bay Kiwanis unload the delivery truck, set up the trees, sell and load the trees onto customer vehicles. Bay Kiwanis could not have accomplished our goal without their support.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.21.2020

Soup sale supports Meals on Wheels program

Westlake Meals on Wheels is offering a way to warm your heart and satisfy your appetite, all while supporting the recently introduced "We Care About You" program.

During the first week of December, Meals on Wheels volunteers and community members delivered to recipients four bags of non-perishable food items and a bag of winter supplies and personal items collected and donated by area schools, fire departments, churches and the community at large. It was met with overwhelming appreciation from the recipients. 

“We received so many notes of thanks from our recipients for the items,” said Executive Director Marie Patten-Blatter. “Many of our recipients live alone, and the only person they will see is their Meals on Wheels driver. Our goal is to be able to provide a similar care package throughout the year. The mission of Meals on Wheels is not just delivering a meal, but serving our recipients in other ways as well."

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:35 AM, 01.07.2020

Deadline nears 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. 13. Forms are available at wbvobserver.com, City Hall, the Bay Village Branch Library, and from members of the Bay Village Community Council. Completed forms may be submitted via email to tara@wbvobserver.com or mailed to Bay Village Community Council, 350 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:33 AM, 01.07.2020

Village Bicycle Cooperative’s big holiday donation

Village Bicycle Cooperative, located in the Community House in Bay Village, donated the biggest single one-time donation of reconditioned bicycles in its 8-year history. On Dec. 18, five VBC volunteers braved the winter cold and loaded 40 bicycles on a truck for donation to the Salvation Army from the VBC secondary storage location at BAYarts. Beth Milli, of BAYarts, was there to greet and launch the volunteers on their journey. The VBC volunteers were Susan Schneider, Eric Evanoff, Bob Piccirilli, Bill Abbott and Dave Kett.

The Salvation Army bike donations will serve two important purposes. Some of the bikes are gifts for needy children, bringing them joy during the holiday season. The rest are adult bikes, given to adult Salvation Army clients, that will be to used as transportation to their newfound places of work. In all cases, the bicycles were donated to those in real need who cannot afford them. VBC also included 50 bicycle helmets, acquired through a state grant, and 50 heavy duty bike locks, thanks to assistance from Fairview Cycle. To cap off the day, VBC volunteers assisted in unloading a toy truck delivering gifts for the kids of Salvation Army.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:36 AM, 01.07.2020

Kiwanis Aktion Club contributes to the community

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club recently decorated jelly jars to be given to Westlake Meals on Wheels recipients. The jars were delivered to the Meals on Wheels kitchen just in time to be handed out with the Christmas Eve meal delivery. Aktion Club President Jennifer Rutkoski presented the jars to Marie Patten-Blatter, executive director of Westlake Meals on Wheels.

Aktion Club is a community-service group that provides adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills. Members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:34 AM, 01.07.2020

Westlake resident receives Rotary award

North Coast Rotary President Joe Matuscak recently presented the Paul Harris Fellowship award to fellow club member and Westlake resident Allen G. Porter Sr. during the club's regular meeting in Avon Lake.

The Paul Harris Award is special recognition for contribution of service. It also is awarded for financial gifts to the Rotary Foundation of $1,000 or more. This is the second time Allen has received this award.

Allen has led the cause for recycling medical equipment and supplies for the club.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:33 AM, 01.07.2020

Local hospice family receives gift-card donation

The holidays are full of celebrations, but they can be stressful for family members who are caring for loved ones with an advanced illness. One local business is doing its part to make a difference. Helder Rosa, Vice President of Operations for Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted, visited Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently with a gift to make the season a little warmer for one local family. The dealership donated $350 in gift cards to Giant Eagle and Target.

The gift cards will go to a "sandwich generation" caregiver who is not only taking caring of her children and grandchildren but serving as the primary caregiver for a dying family member.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:36 AM, 01.07.2020

A new year is here! Will you keep your promises?

"Because I said I would" is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. Founded in 2012, we are changing lives through Promise Cards, chapters of volunteers, character education in schools, and awareness campaigns with global reach. Perhaps the world has forgotten the importance of a promise ... we have not.

We are looking for volunteers of all ages and experiences to serve with our organization in Rocky River. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and help us maintain our daily operations. In addition, volunteers bring knowledge, experiences and talents beyond what our professional staff already bring to the organization and its work.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:35 AM, 01.07.2020

Pack 39 Cub Scouts support the Village Project

Cub Scout families from Pack 39 of Bay Village recently collected donations for the Village Project. On Dec. 10, the second-grade Wolf Dens worked with Village Project staff to sort donations and create greeting cards for clients.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:08 AM, 12.17.2019

Loose change charity raises $1,700

The Christmas spirit is alive in Bay Village.

A charity drive at a local business has raised more than $1,700 for children’s toys, infant supplies, household needs and other goods during the holiday season.

While many of the donations came from loose change at Fragapane Bakery at Dover Junction, one man wrote a check for $250.

“I’ve had a good year and I want to pay it forward,” he said.

Organized 10 years ago by bakery employees Cindy Swartz and Ann Hauck, the fund drive provides money for a shopping trip shortly after Thanksgiving. The group scours advertising supplements for coupons and special prices.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.17.2019

Annual Holiday Caring & Sharing program supports Bay community

The Holiday Caring & Sharing Program, a Bay Village tradition for more than 10 years, is seeking donations to benefit the community in the coming year. There are two ways to contribute to this program:

  • Cash donations for emergency funds for residents in financial need. The City will pay up to $250 to a resident in financial crisis for:
    • Utility bills
    • Rent/mortgage
    • Medical expenses
    • Meals on Wheels subsidies
  •  Gift cards for groceries, gas, drug stores or Target/Walmart are also appreciated

 Donations may be dropped off or mailed to the Bay Village Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. Holiday Caring & Sharing is sponsored by the Bay Village Department of Community Services.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:11 AM, 12.17.2019

Burneson Builders Club adopts family for Christmas

The Burneson Builders Club spent a night of Christmas shopping for their adopted family at Target. The Builders Club raised money for their Christmas shopping spree through fundraising projects such as selling doughnuts in school and a Pie In The Face event.

The Builders Club is a sponsored youth group of the Westlake Kiwanis Club teaching young people leadership and values of community service by caring for others. Other recent projects were collecting candy for U.S. servicemembers overseas and food drives for the Westlake Community Assistance program.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:09 AM, 12.17.2019

Bay basketball teams spread holiday cheer

The Bay basketball teams took their singing talents to the Knickerbocker Senior Center on Dec. 7 to spread holiday cheer. Christmas carols and holiday refreshments were shared with the residents. Nancy Plain, activities director, assisted in coordinating the event.

Varsity head coach Jared Shetzer encourages his athletes to participate in community service events throughout the season, including playing with the Empower Sports group to offer students with Down syndrome the opportunity to play basketball.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:12 AM, 12.17.2019

Westlake Meals on Wheels thanks community for food drive support

Westlake Meals on Wheels serves five communities in the area, and was overwhelmed with the generosity from multiple organizations and the general public that donated to a recent food drive. The goal was to provide Meals on Wheels recipients with a small supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food items in the event Meals on Wheels cannot deliver because of inclement weather.

The fire departments in the five communities served by Meals on Wheels were collection points, and several departments accompanied “elves” that delivered the bags to recipients in their respective communities the first week of December.

Several schools and clubs participated as well. “We were extremely excited to get young people involved in this project,'' said Executive Marie Patten-Blatter. “Our recipients enjoy knowing young people took the time to help.”

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.17.2019

Bay Village VFW membership drive

VFW Post 9693 was established in 1985 by mostly WWII and Korean War veterans. We have lost many of these members.
 
Today we face a difficult challenge – we must keep our membership from slipping below 50. As of today, we have 69 members. However, demographics are not on our side. We still have many WWII and Korean vets, and our Vietnam-era vets are aging as well.
 
We have a good core of younger and youthful members but not 50!

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.17.2019

A Thanksgiving Tradition

The Bay United Methodist Church provides an annual Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments. Members of the church prepare the food and set up, serve, and clean up after the dinner is served.

The turkeys were carved by Paul Koomar, Bay Village mayor, with the assistance of Thom Kerka, Bay United Methodist Church member. The blessing was provided by Rev. Jonathan McCleery, of Bay UMC.

The congregation of the Bay United Methodist Church really look forward to this giving-back event and it is truly appreciated by the residents of the Knickerbocker.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 12.17.2019

Westlake Kiwanis enlists large group of volunteers for kids

The Westlake Kiwanis enlisted a large and diverse group of volunteers for their RePlay For Kids workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Westlake Porter Public Library. There were 25 volunteers present including Westlake Kiwanians, Lakewood Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, Westshore Young Leaders and several walk-ins from the library. They spent the evening adapting new and used toys for children with disabilities. The toys are adapted with switches, making them able to be operated by blowing into a tube or touched by the side of the head.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.19.2019