Community Service

Westlake Kiwanis donation helps provide safer child transport by Westlake EMS squads

The Westlake Kiwanis Club provided the Westlake Fire Department with four Pedi-Mate Child Restraint systems for the emergency squads.

Nationwide, EMS agencies transport approximately 16,000 children every day, according to Dan White of Westlake Lt. Craig Dayton explained, “This system allows the Westlake EMTs a much improved method of securing small children during transport.”  

The Pedi-Mate child restraint system manufactured by Ferno is designed for superior safety. Using a five-point harness, the Pedi-Mate attaches quickly and easily to most cots, securely holding a child up to 40 pounds. A fully adjusting harness system fits each child firmly and provides safe control during transport. The three restraint straps fasten quickly and easily to a stretcher while the quick-release buckles make removal equally convenient.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:55 AM, 12.11.2012

WestShore Lions offer aid to storm damage victims

District Governor Dan Lester presented a disaster relief grant check from the Ohio Lions Foundation to WestShore Lion Club members Kevin Barret, President Al Whitmer and David Sacco at the club's Dec. 3 meeting. The small disaster relief grant check was received after the WestShore Lions Club applied in relationship to the recent storm damages that occurred in Westlake, Bay Village and North Olmsted. As a result of the grant, a limited number of gift cards redeemable to Wal-Mart in the amount of $50, were made available to WestShore individuals to assist with food, bedding, and other needs as deemed necessary by the recipients.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:43 AM, 12.11.2012

Program providing gifts to needy seniors expects increase in requests

Elves for Elders, the popular campaign delivering gifts to needy seniors throughout Cleveland, is gearing up again this holiday season during a time when seniors may need more of the bare necessities to survive.

The Caring Tree Senior Care office serving Cleveland has joined local businesses and retailers to provide presents to seniors who otherwise might not receive a gift this holiday season.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.11.2012

Village Foundation announces guidelines for grant requests

The trustees of the Village Foundation have announced that the Foundation is now accepting requests for funds to be granted for specific projects of local civic and non-profit organizations. Proposals are due March 1, 2013, and awards are expected to be announced on May 27 at the Foundation’s Memorial Day celebration. Awards may range from $500-$3,000.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:40 AM, 12.11.2012

Al Smith receives Kiwanis Hixson Award

On Nov. 20, Al Smith was recognized for his 40-plus years as a member of the Westlake Kiwanis Club. The club donated funds to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project in his name which qualified him to become a fellow in the George F. Hixson Fellowship, named in honor of the first Kiwanis International president. Hixson dedicated 50 years of his life in service to Kiwanis.

Mr. Smith received a commemorative tie tack/lapel pin and two numbered medallions hanging from blue-and-white ribbons, one encased in a walnut box for display, and one to be worn. He was a former teacher, coach and administrator in the Westlake Schools.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.11.2012

Group seeks nominations for Bay Village citizen, project of year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year.

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 11, 2013. Selections will be announced by the Community Council shortly thereafter.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:32 AM, 11.27.2012

Bay Men's Club members assist the needy

Members of the Bay Men's Club volunteered to help their fellow citizens recently by raking and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents.

In cooperation with the city's Community Services Department, the organization dispatched two teams to assist needy Bay Villagers with their fall clean-up chores.

"We are glad to help out any way we can," BMC President Dominic Giovannazzo said. "It's a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help."

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.27.2012

Seniors pitch in to help those in need at Thanksgiving

The Gardens at Westlake senior living community continues to make the community service event they took on three years ago bigger and better each year. They donate canned goods and other non-perishable food items to Westlake families in need.

A large box was decorated and placed in the front lobby at the Gardens and the employees and residents filled the box numerous times with a wide variety of needed items.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:42 AM, 11.27.2012

Friendship and holiday gift giving

The starting line for the holiday shopping season is in view! We are making our lists and scouting the advertised sales starting the Friday after Thanksgiving. We struggle with the challenge of matching the perfect gift to each person on our holiday gift-giving list. Some people with talent and skills are creating gifts for the people you hold in high regard. We are all trying to make sure that we convey to our loved ones how much we value them as part of our lives.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.13.2012

Westlake Kiwanis Club serves the community

The Westlake Kiwanis Club is very active in serving the community. On Nov. 9, ten members of the club spent the morning at the newly opened Ames Family Hospice House off Crocker Road doing a clean up project. On Saturday, Nov. 10, Kiwanis, in cooperation with high school Key Club members, raked yards of seniors and other residents who requested help getting ready for winter. 

As the holidays approach the club will be involved in helping pass out food baskets at the Westlake Community Center. These are just a few of the activities the club is involved in during the year. Recently the club helped the Westlake Fire Department by purchasing equipment for each rescue squad to adapt the stretchers for small children and infants.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012

Remembering our heroes through Operation Gratitude

Veterans Day reminded me of my son Justin’s Eagle Scout project, and I thought it would be nice to make others aware of Operation Gratitude and their mission. At this time last year, we were trying to beat the holiday deadline as Justin wanted to collect items for care packages for soldiers. 

He did some research and found that Operation Gratitude had a very organized and extensive program with a number of ways to show soldiers, their families, wounded warriors and veterans our gratitude for their service. They collect the items and are able to distribute them appropriately and to those in most need. Many times an officer will identify a particular person who is not receiving communication from home or is in an especially difficult situation, and those requests can be filled by Operation Gratitude and their wonderful staff and volunteers through donations collected from across the country.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.13.2012

Firefighters collect aluminum cans to benefit burned children

All area residents and merchants: Please save and drop off your used aluminum beverage cans at the Bay Village Fire Department to benefit burned children. These aluminum cans really do a lot of good for fire safety education, and for children who are victims of severe burns. The drop-off bin is available for use 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and is in a brick-and-wood enclosure on the east side of the fire station driveway with a large red sign that reads ALUMINUM CAN RECYCLING.

Cans are collected by Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio (ACBC), whose mission is to prevent burn injuries through fire education and to impact the physical and emotional rehabilitation of pediatric burn survivors.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:39 AM, 11.13.2012

Food drive for Bay Food Ministry at Huntington Playhouse

The Metro-West Kiwanis Club with the help of Huntington Playhouse will hold a food drive to benefit the Bay Food Ministry on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the 2 p.m. matinee performance of “The Winter Wonderettes.”

Huntington Playhouse will discount their full-priced tickets for every five non-perishable food items brought in that day. The theatre will deduct increments of $5 off the price of an adult ticket, up to $20. So if five items are brought in, $5 is deducted from the full priced adult ticket. If 10 items are brought in, $10 is deducted and the discount continues at the 15 and 20 item levels as well. No other discounts apply.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012

Robert Kess recognized as West Shore Chamberís 'bright star'

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Bright Star for 2012 was recognized on Oct. 25 at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and annual Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.

Over 50 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize the chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber and their community through membership, sponsorship, economic development, operations and education.”  Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.13.2012

Village Bicycle Cooperative finishes first season of operation

Village Bicycle Cooperative's first summer of operation was a success largely due to all of the amazing people that volunteered time to repair bicycles, instruct residents and participate in community outreach events. We were also able to progress so rapidly because of the generosity of a few residents and all of the people that donated bicycles and accessories. Also, big thanks go to the Green Team, the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, Fairview Cycles and Goodman Group; without the assistance from these organizations we wouldn't have been able to offer any open shop hours.

Some highlights from this summer include offering our first series of classes called the Basics of Maintenance where eight Bay residents were able to learn about maintaining their bicycles. We were able to donate two bicycles to Westlake Relay for Life, many residents were able to purchase safe bicycles for under $100, and we were able to collaborate with Bike Lakewood, The Beck Center, and Mahall's to offer a Ready to Ride Event allowing locals to stop up and have their bicycles checked for safety and have minor repairs made by the six mechanics on hand. We hope to offer more of these types of services both in Bay Village and to other local communities as well.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:33 PM, 10.30.2012

Meet Compeer and Club West at Porter Library on Nov. 5

The Compeer and Club West programs connect adults to their communities. Compeer has an adult mentoring program in which our volunteer mentors encourage adult members to get out and join in community activities. Club West is peer support that assists adults in their path to recovery from the symptoms of mental illness. The majority of our members were involved in various activities, including college studies, employment, technical training and faith groups, prior to onset of a brain chemical imbalance. Compeer and Club West strive to help our members reconnect to these activities and to discover more! 

We are inviting you to come discover our Compeer and Club West Programs on Monday, Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library. Please come and meet us! There are no papers to fill out or questions for you to answer. We will be there being social, having fun and dare I say “having a party” at the library.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:31 PM, 10.30.2012

Give gifts for 'Yanks' through Bay Village American Legion

Members of the Bay Village American Legion, Post #385, have joined with hundreds of other American Legion Posts in Ohio to help make this Christmas memorable for hospitalized veterans. They are doing it by collecting funds for the annual American Legion of Ohio “Gifts for The Yanks Who Gave” program.

This is the 65th consecutive year the Ohio American Legion is pooling funds from Posts for gifts and activities benefiting veterans in Ohio’s state hospitals, VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and the Ohio Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown. The program’s name is the same as the one initiated by comedian Eddie Cantor during World War II.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:36 PM, 10.30.2012

War of 1812 history remembered

Gerald Marisch received the Spirit of 1812 award from the United States Daughters of 1812, Peter Navarre chapter, for his efforts in preserving the history of the War of 1812 during this bicentennial year, including daily emails to chapter members and other interested individuals with historical facts about the War of 1812. Presenting the award were, from left, Marlene Wilkinson, Deborah Marisch, Jane Baran and Doris Gorgas.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:39 PM, 10.30.2012

BayComm emergency preparedness radio club up and running

I am happy to report that BayComm, a radio group started this year, is now active. We are still looking for additional members, however, to make it truly valuable to the community. The concept is to have a state-of-the-art, battery-operated CB radio on hand when the power goes out and other forms of communication go down. This will provide a link (or “lifeline”) to family members, and others in the community.

No one likes to think about what life would be like if this were to occur, and extend for a month or more, but the reality could very well happen. Being prepared, mentally and physically, is what could save your life. This group is for the benefit of all residents of Bay and the Westshore suburbs, and it requires little or no experience to become an active member.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay Community Service Saturdays!

If you are a senior citizen, or are disabled or ill and need help around your house, Bay Family Services has a free opportunity for you! On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. a group of students will be assisting Bay residents in need. They can do yard cleanup, light household chores, or even just spend some time visiting with you. Please contact Jamie Mahnic at 440-617-7416 or to sign up or inquire further. More dates will be announced in the future. We look forward to serving you!

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.16.2012

Volunteering a great way to help others and improve your resume

Volunteer work is very valuable. Ask any organization that enlists volunteers and they will tell you  “volunteers make it possible to run our world!" In our Compeer Program at Far West Center and in all Compeer programs throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, volunteers help transform peoples’ lives by offering friendship and supportive communication. Did you know that not only is volunteering good for the community and your self-esteem, but it is also a great addition to your resume? 

An article titled “Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume” by Susan J. Ellis, featured at, states “one way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen – someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.”

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.02.2012

Huntington Playhouse director receives Kiwanis honor

The Metro-West Kiwanis Club named Tom Meyrose, managing director of Huntington Playhouse, as their Kiwanian of the year.  The award was given at the club’s officer induction on Sept. 22. Meyrose, a life member of the club, was honored for his work on service projects this past year.

Courtney Kronk was inducted as club president and talked about his plans for the coming year which include a food drive for the Bay Food Ministry with the help of Huntington Playhouse. On Sunday, Nov. 25, Huntington Playhouse will offer discounted tickets to “The Winter Wonderettes” when non-perishable food items are brought in to the theatre for the Bay Food Ministry.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.02.2012

Time to furnish some love

Fall is here again and if you feel the urge to clean out the garage or closets over weekend, consider donating your gently-used furniture and household goods to the Cleveland Furniture Bank.

The Cleveland Furniture Bank is a local non-profit organization which helps thousands of Northeast Ohioans establish a more stable living environment by providing them with basic home furnishings such as a bed, couch and dinette.

Referrals include such situations as: victims of domestic violence fleeing an abusive situation; victims of disasters such as fires, floods and tornadoes; former foster children who’ve reached adulthood; and returning veterans.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.02.2012

Fall CERT classes begin Oct. 6

Last year, I informed my husband that I felt it was necessary for us to both sign up and attend the local CERT training. No, it is not a breath mint, CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. I explained that it was training that all citizens could benefit from.  

Tricia Granfors, the Westshore CERT coordinator, and I reviewed the program and I asked how to sign up. My husband Dave and I completed the application, then waited for the classes to begin.

Five consecutive Saturday mornings may sound like a lot, but the training was great and the time spent actually flew by. Each week various topics were covered from first aid to fire safety. The speakers were both informative and knowledgable and the demonstrations interesting and fun. Once we completed the classes, we were given the opportunity to join the all-volunteeer Westshore CERT team.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.18.2012

Cleveland MetroParks' Nature Tracks coming to Dwyer Center

Cleveland MetroParks' Nature Tracks mobile classroom will be presenting "Year of the Pollinator" at Bay's Dwyer Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. Nature Tracks, designed to expand visitors' knowledge of nature, utilizes SMARTboard technology to foster an understanding and appreciation for our natural environment.  

The program is in two parts and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. The first part of the presentation will be held in the Dwyer Center and the remainder will be held in the Nature Tracks mobile classroom. RSVP to 440-835-6565.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:56 AM, 09.05.2012

Are you ready for a 'zombie apocalypse'?

Chances are if you’re ready to battle zombies, you’re ready to handle any emergency or disaster. Community preparedness starts with you, whether it’s for the walking dead, an extended power outage or a severe winter storm.

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.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:49 AM, 09.05.2012

Medicare 101 presentation to be held Sept. 24

If you are eligible, about to become eligible or are already on Medicare but considering changing your carrier, join us for coffee, donuts and information with Cheryl Broadway of Broadway Benefits Consulting. She will discuss topics including eligibility, enrollment of Part A (Hospital Coverage), Part B (Outpatient Coverage), Part C (Medicare Advantage), Part D (Prescription Coverage), as well as answer your questions! 

If you are not able to attend or would like to discuss your individual needs, Cheryl is available on a one-on-one-basis. Call 440-835-6565 to hold your seat at the presentation on Monday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Rd. in Bay Village.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:56 AM, 09.05.2012

Village Food Project celebration recognizes teen volunteers

On July 23, Barb Harrell and The Village Food Project took the opportunity to express their gratitude for the teenage volunteers who are the vital engine for this community service organization. On that evening, a Teen Appreciation Celebration was held at Bay Lanes where the teens had the opportunity to bowl, eat pizza and receive thanks from speakers, including several clients.

The teen volunteers of The Village Food Project help to lighten the load for local families with loved ones battling cancer by preparing organic, nutritious and delicious meals every Tuesday and Wednesday. These meals are then delivered to clients and their families by adult volunteers. The Village Food Project currently serves families in Bay Village and Avon Lake and has been in operation since January 2011.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012

Board of Elections looking for poll workers

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking reliable and civic-minded people to serve as poll workers during the Nov. 6 General Presidential Election.

To help make the public aware of these job opportunities, poll worker applications will be available at over 100 locations throughout the county.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.21.2012

Westshore CERT honored with emergency planning award

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among several Northeast Ohio-area organizations taking top honors this year in the third annual Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence Awards. The BEPPEs recognize organizations that have successfully mitigated a business disruption or proactively prepared to avoid or better respond to a potential disaster with effective business continuity planning. All Northeast Ohio businesses, nonprofits and government agencies were eligible to participate.

Stark Enterprises was also recognized for its leadership in hosting the Westshore Regional CERT’s mass-casualty-incident fullscale exercise at its Crocker Park facility. By working in realistic surroundings, participants were able to gain the necessary experience to react better to a real-life incident.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:57 AM, 08.21.2012

Local group aims to educate residents about benefits of CB radios during emergencies

After holding the emergency communications seminar on July 30, I realize that there are some “perceptions” that I need to adjust, so that residents understand just what it is I am trying to accomplish with this CB radio group, BayComm. First of all, I would like to thank those that did attend, but the attendance was very light.

After listening to some of the questions and concerns from residents, the one thing that comes to mind is that many people think of this as being strictly a “radio club,” and something that will take time and effort to participate in. I realize that the majority of people are not familiar with “citizens band radio” and therefore think “this probably isn’t for me.”

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:30 AM, 08.07.2012

Great Lakes Shipping lectures a success!

The Bay Village Dwyer Memorial Senior Center and the large audience who attended the Great Lakes Shipping lecture series wish to extend their warmest gratitude to Bay Village resident George Ryan for his interesting and informative presentation. 

A retired president of the Great Lakes Carriers' Association and board member of the Great Lakes Historical Society, Mr. Ryan's presentations brought a wealth of information and a unique glimpse into life on the Great Lakes when shipping was a vital part of our history and economy. 

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.24.2012

Students recognized for service to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Two of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's dedicated student volunteers have been named as recipients of the William & Shirley Snider College Scholarship for 2012. Scott Hulver and McKenna Brabenec met the scholarship's eligibility requirements by not only reaching their academic goals but also by each giving over 100 hours of volunteer service to the nonprofit Center over the past 12 months.

The Scholarship is named in part for Shirley Snider, a friend of Center founder Elberta Fleming. She worked closely with Elberta to create what is now Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Shirley’s daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Mike Clark, continue to support the Center through their own volunteer service as well as funding this scholarship.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.26.2012

Westlake Eagle Scout project constructs rain barrel garden for elderly residents

Boy scouts from Westlake Troop 208 came together Saturday, June 2, to volunteer service hours for Seamus Dunphy’s Eagle Scout project. His Eagle project was constructing a raised rain barrel garden for the residents of the Emerald Village Assisted Living Community in North Olmsted.

The raised garden will give the elderly residents an opportunity to experience gardening once again. The garden is raised 36 inches off the ground and allows for wheelchair and walkers to fit underneath.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.26.2012

Kiwi Packs project exemplifies Bay Village community service in action

Bay Kiwanis, Community Services, Key Club partner to provide essentials for abused children

Kiwanis Kiwi Packs are an amazing community service project started by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, teaming with members of the Bay High Key Club to provide essentials to foster children throughout Cuyahoga County.

The donated backpacks are filled with items that a child going into foster care can use.  Typically, you would find a soft blanket, toothbrush and toothpaste, hygiene supplies, underwear, coloring or activity book and crayons, and often small toys.

Children are removed from their parents’ homes if a social work investigation reveals that the children are at high risk for abuse and neglect and there is no other way to guarantee the child’s safety in the home. This requires an order from the court and enough evidence substantiating abuse. At this point the children have already suffered a great deal.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 11:32 AM, 06.12.2012

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club recently awarded $6,000 in scholarships to four worthy Bay High graduates.

Chosen from among 19 applicants were Caroline Hall, Shannon Huckelberry, Jaimie Kerka and Kaitlyn McFeeley.

“Each recipient met our criteria of need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership,” BMC scholarship chairperson John Stanton said, “and we are pleased to be able to offer this seed money to their futures.”

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:51 AM, 06.12.2012

St. Raphael Youth Group learns from and helps WWII vet

Between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, the St. Raphael Youth Group helped a widowed World War II and Korean War veteran. His Bay Village lawns, trees and hedges needed a lot of hard work.

The teenagers voluntarily cut the three-foot-high grass, raked it into piles and bagged it. Others trimmed hedges with hand and power tools; others hauled fallen limbs to the street and then cut down many "volunteer" trees around the property.

The best part of it all was the chance for the youth to hear firsthand the stories of a 90-year-old who experienced the battles for freedom; the vet also had the chance to hear a few of the youths' stories and to "supervise" how he used to do that work.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 05.30.2012

Bay Village Waterways Cleanup has record turnout

Now in it sixth year, the Bay Village Waterways Clean-up on May 19 saw the best attendance ever. The weather was picture perfect for more than 100 adults and children that turned out to help clean up Bay waterways.

Mrs. Eryn Sutterlin, Bay High School teacher and sponsor of Project Earth Club, announced that the participants covered four areas of Bay Village including Cahoon Creek, Bay Boat Club, Columbia Park and the Lake Erie shoreline east of Porter Creek, where each group collected bottles, scrap metal, tires, plastic, Styrofoam and more.The city provided trash bags and gloves for use in picking up debris.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.30.2012

Bradley Bay Health Center awards nursing scholarships

Each year John O’Neill, owner of Bradley Bay Health Center, awards a $500 nursing scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are pursing a career in nursing. The applicant must meet certain requirements including a written essay, and teacher recommendations.

This year’s recipients are Meghan Kevesdy, Bay High School; Kayla Smith, Westlake High School; Kelly Sfiligoj, Magnificat High School; and Casey Wilcox, Avon Lake High School.

 Congratulations to all the recipients as they pursue their nursing careers.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:46 AM, 05.15.2012

Tax-time volunteers sought now for next year

Last month, during her state of the city address at a meeting of Rocky River’s Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Pam Bobst gave special thanks to the many community organizations in Rocky River for their ability to provide valuable, and often free, resources and services to residents. I take a big interest in her special “thank you” to the AARP-sponsored Tax-Aide program in Rocky River. I have been part of that volunteer program since 1994.

The free AARP-sponsored federal and state tax preparation program exists in many Westshore cities: Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Lakewood, Rocky River and others. In the Westshore communities alone, we helped well over 5,000 residents with their 2011 federal and state tax preparation in just 77 short days! And, we even file your returns electronically for faster refunds.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:38 AM, 05.15.2012