Community Service

School group visits Westlake for day of service

Christian Community School, an independent, evangelical Christian school that was founded in Westlake in 1994 before expanding to North Eaton, returned to its roots for a day of community service.

Every year, CCS hosts its May Workathon in which students, staff and parents volunteer service hours by forming work teams that go into the community and neighboring communities to witness about Jesus’ love while assisting with projects that clean-up, refurbish, complete yard work, assist the elderly and meet needs.

This year’s Workathon theme was Mission Possible as the school community in work teams went out on Friday, May 4, to make a difference and live their faith through service. An ice cream treat and assembly followed this outstanding day of volunteering.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:39 AM, 05.15.2012

Aqua Girls brave weather for beach cleanup

It rained and rained on our beach cleanup day but that didn’t stop over 100 people coming to help us clean up the beach on April 28. We spent over an hour picking up the trash from the beach. 

We found so much trash and even two tires in the lake! We sorted our trash and tallied up what we collected and also weighed the trash. When I have those results, I will write them in my column for the Observer.

As we were leaving, our community partners told us it was their most successful beach clean up ever.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.01.2012

Westlake celebrates volunteers' service to community

Westlake took part in National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) by honoring local volunteers at a recognition reception held at City Hall on April 19. The ceremony paid tribute to over 50 volunteers for their service to the city of Westlake throughout the past year.

President Richard Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week in 1974 to recognize, inspire and encourage people of all ages to seek out creative ways to get involved in their communities. The Westlake honorees were among the 63 million people who volunteered this year throughout the nation that embodied the energy and power that citizens can bring to their communities.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.01.2012

Members sought for Westshore citizen CB/ham radio club

Remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003? No lights, refrigeration, gas pumps or computers, jammed cell phone lines – until the towers fail, along with weakening water pumps. In an extended power outage there would eventually be no way besides radio to communicate across town or across the region.

We hope and pray this or a more serious scenario never occurs just like we hope not to be in a traffic accident. But we buy insurance for motor vehicle accidents anyway, don’t we? Should we not then establish communication insurance for our families, businesses, government assistance, and supply chains?

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.01.2012

Bay boating volunteer recognized

Hugh Arey was awarded a Letter of Commendation by the National Water Safety Congress on March 2 at the International Water Safety Summit in San Diego. This award was given in recognition of his “contributions to water related educational recreational activities.”

Hugh has been a Bay Village Spirit of America volunteer for 15 years. He is a lifelong sailor and is an excellent teacher in the on-the-water portion of the class. Hugh is an experienced power boating volunteer who teaches young boaters to respect the privilege of operating a powerboat. He lives in Berea and is involved in the Berea Power Squadron. He goes by the nickname of “Oz” as he is known by the over 100 students he has worked with over the years. Hugh at 80-plus years of age is one of the oldest volunteers in the program.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.17.2012

Bay Men's Club 'recycles' sporting goods

The Bay Men's Club recently "recycled" more than 175 pairs of athletic shoes and other sporting goods, and raised more than $500 for scholarships for worthy Bay High students.

The group, under the direction of Sean Riley and Kelly Brewer, collected gently used soccer and other shoes, baseball mitts and other athletic equipment and offered the items for a $5 donation. Equipment not sold was donated to a Lorain County youth association.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 04.03.2012

Bay Sea Scouts win Interlux Waterfront Challenge

Bay Village Sea Scout Ship 41 won the 2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge for the Midwest Region with their marine oil recycling project. This is the second time the Sea Scouts have won the challenge, also taking the national prize in 2008 for their “flotsam scoop” beach clean-up project.

The Sea Scouts are accepting the challenge again in 2012 with a project to address the problem of algae blooms that were a major problem in the western basin of Lake Erie in 2011. Details of the Waterfront Challenge, open to any group interested in maintaining a clean nautical environment can be found at www.waterfrontchallenge.com.

The Sea Scouts will be using part of their $4,500 Waterfront Challenge award to take a field trip to the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island where they will study the ecology of Lake Erie. The scouts will spend two hours on a Science Cruise measuring environmental conditions.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 03.20.2012

Bay Men's Club seeks sporting goods

The Bay Men's Club will be holding a recycled sporting goods sale on Saturday, March 24, at Bay Middle School, and needs your donations. Items sought include soccer and baseball cleats, shin guards, baseball and softball mitts and similar equipment.  

Items can be donated at either Bay Lanes or True Value Hardware in the Bay Square Shopping Center. All will be cleaned and repurposed as a fundraiser for the club's scholarship program. Unsold items will be donated to area youth programs.

For more information call Sean Riley at 440-463-1254 or email sriley31@sbcglobal.net.       

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:47 AM, 03.20.2012

The Village Food Project seeks enthusiastic intern

Thanks to the generosity of two separate donors, The Village Food Project is hiring a part-time, paid summer intern. Serving as the assistant to the executive director, the intern will have a variety of responsibilities, including updating and maintenance of communication vehicles such as the VFP website and Facebook page, assisting in the kitchen and garden and providing support to a number of volunteer areas.

“The fact that the VFP gives high school students the opportunity to serve people living in their own community is phenomenal,” said one donor. “These kids feel empowered and encouraged and look forward to continuing to serve as they enter their college years. Providing a summer internship for a college student supports the emphasis that the VFP puts on investing in youth – what an incredible opportunity for a student!”

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:53 AM, 03.20.2012

Kiwanis Club looking for Westlake Relay sponsors

The Kiwanis Club of Westlake has co-sponsored the Westlake Relays since 1975 and will sponsor the 47th Annual Westlake Relays to be held on May 5 at the Lou Duchez Field behind Westlake High School. Funds for supporting the track meet come from program ads from local businesses and organizations. 

This year the program will include a sponsor page of former and current Westlake track athletes, families and other interested people in order to help with rising costs. The funds will go toward awards the cost of electronic timing, officials and printing costs.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:27 PM, 03.06.2012

Pennies pile up for patients

During Catholic Schools Week, Saint Bernadette School in Westlake collected "Pennies for Patients" as the CSW service project. This FUNraiser supports the ongoing work of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

The goal was simple: 250 pounds of pennies to equal approximately $500. The Saint Bernadette families showed what the school is capable of when reaching out to help others.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 02.21.2012

Pulling together for Ronald McDonald House

We wish to thank all of you who have saved the pull tabs from aluminum cans for Ronald McDonald House. We wanted you to know how great the impact is from such a small effort. The results are astonishing!

Last year, Cleveland’s House made over $9,000. Considering it’s money earned from trash, how special is that?  

Here's how it works: The tabs collected are recycled and top dollar is paid to Ronald McDonald House by a very special recycling company. All you need to do is collect your tabs in a container in a convenient place like by the fridge. Then deliver them to any Ronald McDonald House. Mailing is not an option due to the cost. You can also drop them at one of the following Westlake locations:

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:42 PM, 02.21.2012

Destination Imagination: Beach Clean Up

Do you remember my last article? It was about a fundraiser that my Destination Imagination team did to raise money for our community service project to clean up Huntington Beach. After that fundraiser, our team, The Aqua Girls, decided that we would like to meet with the Bay Village Green Team and the Bay Village City Council. 

Before we met with them, we wrote a presentation to say in front of them. We all wrote different things that we thought were important to tell them about Destination Imagination and our community service project. We are hoping that they will become community partners with us and support our project. If they agree to be community partners with us, we are hoping that they will have advice for us.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:03 AM, 02.07.2012

Rock-N-Bowl II fundraiser scores big for Village Food Project

Rock-N-Bowl II raised approximately $3,400 for the Village Food Project on Jan. 28 at Bay Lanes. In its two years, the Rock-N-Bowl event has raised nearly $7,000 towards this deserving cause. The Westshore community is blessed with caring, generous people.

Over 240 people gathered at Bay Lanes for an evening of music, dancing and bowling. Money was raised through admission prices. Additionally, Sunnyside Toyota of North Olmsted owner and Bay resident Kirt Frye generously presented a check for $2,500. Toyota Motor Sales USA matched Sunnyside's donation with a check for $2,500. In total, about $8,400 in proceeds were delivered to the Village Food Project for the evening.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:26 AM, 01.31.2012

Sew-a-thon volunteers needed

If sewing is your passion and you enjoy using your skills to give back to others, then please consider joining us!

Hospice of the Western Reserve and Birds of a Feather are hosting a sew-a-thon to create 200 lap blankets for patients with dementia. Made of special textured materials, these blankets are used to promote tactile stimulation.

The sew-a-thon takes place every Wednesday, Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Bring a friend and join us at Birds of a Feather, 25963 Detroit Rd. in Westlake.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:52 PM, 01.24.2012

Bay lymphoma survivor aims to help others facing medical challenges

It is with great excitement that I introduce to the community the Friends From The Start Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing information, services and resources to individuals and their loved ones facing extreme medical challenges. Our initial focus will be Bay Village, Westlake and surrounding suburbs, with an eye to expanding throughout the region as time progresses.

I'd like to explain why my wife, Bev, my family, some dear friends and I are establishing this foundation.

On Aug. 2, 2010, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In mid-2011, I was in the hospital for approximately a month for a bone marrow transplant. It has now been seven months since my transplant, and I am thankfully cancer free.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:19 PM, 01.10.2012

Volunteering offers real health benefits

Happy New Year! Many of us have made a resolution to improve our health in 2012. We know how important a healthy diet and regular exercise are to our physical and mental well-being. Something that may come as new health information to you is how “volunteering” offers benefits to health!

Our Compeer volunteers are always telling us how much they enjoy the time they spend offering friendship to people that need it in order to recover from mental illness. Since these reports are so common I went and did a little online research to find the health benefits of being a volunteer. I found an article written by a chapter of the American Red Cross entitled, “Be Happy, Be Healthy: The Health Benefits of Volunteering.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:37 PM, 01.10.2012

Hoops for Hunger gets bigger every year

In 2009, Rob Hendricks, an eighth-grader at Rocky River Middle School, wanted to find a way to get fellow classmates – and neighboring rival Bay Village – to help the less fortunate in their community. It was from this that Hoops for Hunger was born.

This student-led mission comes together every winter for three weeks to donate food and funds that benefits the Cleveland Foodbank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign.

The culmination of the three-week project is a boys basketball game between Bay Village and Rocky River high schools. In order to get some real exposure, Rob presented his idea to SportsTime Ohio who loved the idea and televises the game annually.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:54 PM, 12.13.2011

Creating an indoor winter wonderland at Lee Burneson Middle School

The students, faculty, parents and visitors to Lee Burneson Middle School on Dover Center Road know that something exciting is going on in the vivarium. The glass-enclosed room is being transformed into a winter wonderland by Don Bowman. 

Don is a familiar sight around the school because he goes there at least once a week to water and care for the plants in the vivarium. Don started planting flowers around the three trees on Dover Center Road in front of the Red Brick School in 2010. It was a problem getting water to the plants, so he asked if he could get water from the vivarium at Lee Burneson and in exchange, he would water the plants in the vivarium. Of course the school said yes, and Don has been at it since.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:51 PM, 12.13.2011

Seniors send bit of Christmas joy to troops overseas

The joys of Christmas are overshadowed by the intense heat, noise, exhaustion and anxiety experienced by our troops stationed in the Middle East. Separated from family and friends, our service personnel may find the holidays the loneliest time of their tour of duty. Surrounded by the unfamiliar, our troops must look for ways to adjust to a foreign lifestyle. How they must long for the comfort and certainty of home.

Thanks to the efforts of the West Shore Senior Center's Craft Club, thirty-six members of our armed forces will have their holiday season brightened by eighteen-inch Christmas trees decorated with handcrafted ornaments in shades of red, white and blue. A tiny dove sits on the top of on the tree, symbolizing the peace which our troops hope to achieve in these places so far from home.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:44 PM, 12.13.2011

Village Foundation announces fundraising drive

A letter has been sent to every family in Bay Village asking each household to make a donation this year, no matter how small, to demonstrate support for the many projects being planned for the village. As we mourn the loss of our founder, T. Richard (Dick) Martin, we have a renewed energy to build the foundation into an endowment that matches and exceeds Dick’s dreams for The Village Foundation.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:42 PM, 12.13.2011

Group seeks nominations for Bay Village citizen, project of year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 6, 2012. Selections will be announced by the Community Council shortly thereafter.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:30 PM, 11.29.2011

Bay Men's Club rakes for city's needy

Members of the Bay Men's Club and their children volunteered on a beautiful fall morning recently to rake the leaves and clean the yards of needy Bay Village residents.

The group raked the leaves at the homes of 16 residents, community members who were judged in need of assistance by the city's Department of Community Services.

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 8:22 PM, 11.16.2011

Dine in to help out Meals on Wheels

The Rusty Barrel, a popular neighborhood sports bar and restaurant on Center Ridge Road owned by Rusty Jesset, has begun a new community outreach program as a way to thank the community for its support. During the month of October, Westlake Meals on Wheels will receive 10% of Monday food sales between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Westlake Meals on Wheels has provided continuous service to our community. It is a non-profit, non-governmentally funded service whose purpose is to help people who are unable to prepare meals for themselves due to health or age related problems. Meals on Wheels provides two well-balanced meals a day, one hot and one cold, five days a week.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:19 PM, 10.18.2011

Area hospice looking for volunteers

Innovative Senior Care Hospice (ISC hospice) is the new hospice serving your community. ISC hospice provides a full spectrum of care and support to people facing a life limiting illness. Our mission as a hospice organization is to focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of person’s illness and also to include caregivers as part of the unit of care. This is done in the form of a multidisciplinary (or team) approach to care.

The ISC Hospice team consists of the doctor, nurse, nurse aide, social worker, chaplain and volunteer, all of whom make intermittent visits to the hospice patient and family to ensure they are receiving exceptional care.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:14 PM, 10.18.2011

Reuben Osborn house looks appealing, thanks to area scout

The actions of one area boy scout have benefitted the citizens of Bay Village and the Bay Village Historical Society twice.

A few years ago, young Bill Wolf was walking near the remains of the old electric railway bridge in Bay Village, when he found a ticket dropped by a passenger on the train many years before. Wolf donated that ticket to the Bay Village Historical Society, to be framed and displayed at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and museum.

This past summer, when considering projects for his Eagle Scout designation, Wolf crossed paths with the historical society once again. Wolf and his mother were driving past the Reuben Osborn Learning Center on Lake Road, when they noticed that the building was badly in need of painting. Wolf called Bay Village Historical Society President Carole Roske to discuss his idea of painting the museum.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:08 PM, 09.07.2011

Emergency response team volunteers wanted

Would you know how to help your family and neighbors in the event of a disaster or emergency? The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and much more. The 20-hour adult FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are US citizens, successfully complete training and pass a background check are eligible for team membership.

Training begins Saturday, Oct. 1. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at St. John Medical Center, 29000 Center Ridge Road and the City of Westlake Service Center, 741 Bassett Road, from at 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:25 PM, 09.07.2011

Westlake Junior Women's Club invites new members

The Westlake Junior Women’s Club will have its first meeting of the 2011-2012 season on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wyndgate Clubhouse building, 2570 Wyndgate Court in Westlake. This is a meeting for returning members and is also a special welcome meeting for women who have an interest in joining the club. The first hour of the meeting will be a social time to mix and mingle and learn more about the club and its members.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:00 PM, 08.23.2011

Westlake Garden Club receives Distinction Award

The Westlake Garden Club was honored at the Westlake in Bloom Award Ceremony on August 4 with a Distinction Award for Community Involvement. The garden club has had a presence in the community since 1963, working to educate the residents on environmental issues as well as working to beautify our city through garden projects.

Longtime member Kathy Molner has been the driving force behind the garden club’s celebration of Arbor Day at which a tree is planted at various locations around the city. This year, a tree was planted at the Westlake Porter Library.

The garden club also planted and maintains a memory garden at the Westlake Community Services Center. Last year, a tree was planted and a small statue installed in the garden in memory of Lu Walter, who was very active in the garden club and in the community. 

 

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 1:44 PM, 08.26.2011

Donations made to assist the Village Food Project

Community members of all ages are sharing their gifts and talents to insure the success of The Village Food Project (VFP). Recently, Barbara Woodburn and Nancy Glinka stopped by the VFP kitchen with a few of their first- and fourth-grade students to donate two hand mixers. The students purchased the mixers with money raised from the First-Fourth Key Chain Company. The company annually raises money by selling homemade key chains.   

“We sell the key chains for $1.00. They are about five inches long and have different patterns and themes. This year we sold about 1,500,” Westerly student Kolby Johnston shared.

Up to 60 full meals, complete with side dishes and desserts are prepared weekly in the VFP kitchen. Since the Project cooks a wide variety of meals, many types of equipment are required.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:30 PM, 07.26.2011

Village Food Project garden update

The wet spring couldn't stop The Village Food Project (VFP) volunteers from preparing three plots in the Bay Community Organic Garden. Thanks to a variety of generous donations and the hard work of our phenomenal volunteers, the VFP kitchen will receive fresh, organic food later this summer and into the fall. 

The Village Food Project is a non-profit organization completely run by volunteers. The Project’s mission is to come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and support for neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis.  Currently there are over 175 volunteers serving in a variety of roles.

“Our garden volunteers have done a fantastic job despite the inclement weather,” Executive Director Barb Harrell stated. “I continue to be awed by all of our volunteers’ willingness to share their time, talent and resources. We live in a wonderful community.”

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:05 PM, 07.12.2011

KeyBank volunteers help with yard work at Devon Oaks

May 24, 2011, marked the 21st anniversary of KeyBank’s annual “Neighbors Make a Difference Day.” Managers and staff from area KeyBank offices met at Devon Oaks, Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network’s assisted living community in Westlake. The volunteers spent the day weeding, pruning, planting flowers and beautifying the garden areas.

As Devon Oaks and other not-for-profit providers of aging services deal with funding and budget cuts, organizations benefits from involvement of volunteers because the resources of the organization are multiplied through their work. Additional benefits include potential board members that might come from program volunteers. The tasks that volunteers perform and the duties they carry out are several and varied. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:16 PM, 06.14.2011

Bay Village Historical Society honors Laura Petto with scholarship

Laura Petto is the recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship awarded by the Bay Village Historical Society.

The scholarship is awarded to the Bay High senior who has an overarching interest in local history, as determined by teachers at Bay High.

Petto, the daughter of Peter and Anna, will be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she will pursue a double major in government/legal studies and mathematics.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:08 PM, 06.01.2011

Bay senior honored in D.C. for community service

Bay High School senior Joseph Melenick was one of two Ohio students recently honored with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Each year for the past 16 years, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have awarded the top two student volunteers from each state and the District of Columbia with a $1,000 award and a free trip to the nation's capital.

While in Washington, Joe met with Sen. Sherrod Brown, who congratulated him for raising $50,000 for Crohn's disease research.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:12 PM, 06.01.2011

And the bronze award goes to...

Westlake Girl Scout Troop 71047 concluded their Bronze Award project with a May 15 dedication ceremony at Bradley Road Nature Park. The scouts – Gabriela Kosakowski, Kara McNeilly, Kelley Moutoux, Melanie Rence, Vanessa Richards, Emily Steigerwald, Holly Tomkalski and Adrienne Wentling, under the guidance of leaders Linda Tomkalski and Roberta Rence – identified all of the animal inhabitants at the Nature Park as a service to the community. The city’s sign shop printed their research onto signs installed in an information display at the park.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:08 PM, 06.01.2011

Local Blue Star Mothers support troops and each other

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to introduce our group of military moms to those in the community who may not be familiar with us. We are the Blue Star Mothers of America and our chapter is called the Ohio Buckeye Chapter #26.  

BSMA is a tax-exempt organization that has been around since 1942. We meet on the fourth Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (Clifton Post 421) located at 22001 Brookpark Rd., Fairview Park.  

Our organization participates in many activities to support our troops and support each other, which includes letter writing and care packages to our soldiers, family socials, speakers, knitting and sewing projects and community fundraisers.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:43 PM, 05.03.2011

Compeer receives award from NAMI Greater Cleveland

Compeer staff members Jody Bell, Program Peer Support Specialist, and Denise Ayres, Compeer Coordinator, were honored to be the recipients of the Eugene Brudno Memorial Award of NAMI Greater Cleveland on April 13. The honor was one of seven awards presented by Michael Baskin, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Cleveland, in recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations for their work with or on behalf of mental health consumers. 

The Eugene Brudno Memorial Award is given to recognize “the provider or organization that has demonstrated innovative work with peers and/ or families.” Eugene Brudno was one of the founders of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Cleveland. Eugene Brudno and his wife, Irene, dedicated themselves, for many years, to make sure there were quality services for individuals in recovery from mental illness. Their daughter had been diagnosed with mental illness and they worked to help a countless number of individuals and families. NAMI Greater Cleveland established this award to honor Eugene Brudno.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:41 PM, 05.03.2011

Westerly School carnival benefits Bay animal kennel

Each year, the student council and teacher advisors select a recipient for the funds raised at the school carnival. This year, the $300 donation went to the Bay Village Animal Kennel.
 
Westerly teacher and student council advisor Kirsten Thomas explained in a letter to Animal Control Officer Diana Fife that the students chose the kennel because of its importance to the school’s custodian, John Glasmire.

“We are proud of all [his] work and dedication” to the kennel, Thomas wrote to Fife. “To honor his hard work and your good cause, we have donated the money. Thank you for all you do for the animals.”

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.19.2011

Compeer will come to you!

Our dynamic Compeer Program at Far West Center is looking for many adult volunteers to offer friendship to adults recovering from mental illness. Compeer would love to receive more volunteers from our own hometown of Westlake! Also, it would be great to have some Bay Village volunteers sign on board, especially for our second Garden Club season at the Bay Village Community Garden.  Westlake and Bay Village bowlers are invited to be a friend to someone in need of more confidence, and enjoy bowling twice a month with us!

In Compeer, the focus is on friendship and activity, not illness and therapy. At Far West Center we have other exceptional behavioral health services that address illness and treatment needs. Compeer members are adults at a stage of their personal recovery in which it is most beneficial for them to get back out into the community. Members and volunteers go through an application process. Compeer one-to-one friendship matches are done using the selection criteria of the volunteer. Compeer has found that by having the volunteer participate in the match process, matches are more successful.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:33 PM, 04.19.2011

Village Food Project update

We’re off and running! And doing well, thanks to an amazing group of 150 volunteers who willingly share their time and talents with us. Because of our team, The Village Food Project (VFP) is living its mission of coming together as a community of all ages, to love neighbors who are experiencing a cancer crisis by providing nourishing meal deliveries.

After only eight weeks of operation, the VFP kitchen, manned by over 36 teen volunteers and 24 adult supervisors, has served over 375 delicious and nutritious meals. The food is excellent and a true blessing.

One client who receives meals had this to share: "That was five-star, quality food. You have no idea how that meal helped us. I had an extra couple of quality hours to spend with my wife last night since I did not have to deal with cooking, and then cleaning the kitchen."

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:19 PM, 04.05.2011