Community Service

Step forward to give back at Bay Cares event Oct. 10

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, are you looking for activities to keep yourself busy? Maybe you spent some time around Bay Village enjoying all that the community has to offer and would like to become involved.

If so, the third annual Bay Cares Fall Fest can help you find the perfect fit. On Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from many of Bay’s civic groups will set up tables at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road, to share information about their organizations and the volunteer opportunities they offer.

Whether it’s gardening, bicycling, history, art, public safety, democracy, veterans affairs, or providing assistance to those in need, there is a group of friendly folks in Bay Village just waiting for you to join them. Bring the whole family and enjoy free doughnuts and a performance by musicians from the Bay Village Community Band while the kids make fun fall crafts.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.15.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village needs you!

Did you know that 1.2 million people are Rotarians? This international organization works throughout the world to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water to those in need and supply disaster relief.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Westlake /Bay Village provides college scholarships to high school seniors, volunteers to support nursing home and hospice residents, adopts families for the holidays and supports multiple charitable causes.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.01.2015

Westshore CERT class begins Oct. 3

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team is offering free classes on several disaster preparedness topics. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens are welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit westshorecert.org for more program and team information.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.01.2015

Bay Village firefighters raise funds for Village Project

Saturday, June 13, was a warm, and eventually sunny, day, and ended up being nearly perfect for the Bay Village Fire Department's annual open house. Part of the Destination Bay event, our open house drew more than 700 people to the fire station. Visitors had opportunities to check out the fire trucks, sign up for our ReadyNotify emergency communications system, and the ever-popular chance to shoot water from a real fire hose. Residents were also able to sample hot dogs (grilled by our very own firefighters), pizza, and frozen treats donated by local businesses, and were encouraged to make a donation to the Village Project.

A majority of the Bay Village firefighters (and even a few of their families) were on hand that day to help give tours, cook food, answer questions, and help kids “put out the fire.” They collected $296.42 that day, and were very excited to present this money on Aug. 13.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015

Bay Village turns out in support of young girl

As we've seen time and again, our amazing Bay Village community bands together when one of us is in need. That spirit was on full display Aug. 4 for “The Mile for Molly” fundraiser at Bradley Road Park. Hoping for a crowd of 50 people, we instead had nearly 400 walkers come out to enjoy the beautiful summer evening, walk the Mile for Molly, indulge in some pizza and win some great prizes! I could say that we were surprised by the turnout, but with a community like ours, what else should I expect?

We were blessed with the appearance of a special guest, Miss Molly herself! As per usual, Molly was the added sunshine to an already beautiful day. Her small but mighty 7-year-old self has been fighting Acute Lymphatic Leukemia since the end of June. The strength of her family, the doctors and staff at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, much anonymous assistance and many selfless people, including the organization Little Heroes, have helped immensely.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.18.2015

Bay Kiwanis donates megaphones to BVFD

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has donated two super megaphones to the Bay Village Fire Department. The megaphones have a range of 800 yards. One will be used on the Bay rescue boat and the other will be used in the giant hook-and-ladder truck. Funds for the equipment came from proceeds of the annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Reflecting on the Bay Village Foundation

This past May I stepped down as president of the Bay Village Foundation after serving for 9 years. What will I do with the gift of time now available to me? Look no further, I found that there is a reservoir of information in my head, in my files and on my computer that I wish to share.

I had a box of files that came with the job so I began organizing them.The first thing that I came across caught my attention: a blue binder, with the beginning notes and minutes of how the foundation came to be. Here in these notes of 20 years ago, we see a fledgling organization called The Future of Bay. 

Back then Council President Dick Martin suggested a special fund to hold contributions for two groups that were raising funds that for Play in Bay and the addition to the Youth Center. As I looked at the notes of then-secretary, Bonnie Hunt, I saw how the vision of Dick Martin flowed through the work of Bonnie into the action of Gary Ebert, Tom Jelepis and Wayne Reese.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

Princesses enchant for a good cause

An idea was born at the Bay Village Snoball Run this past February when two friends, Stephanie Jordan and Karry O'Brien, both seniors at Bay High School, dressed up as princesses for the event. 

"We got so much attention being dressed up as princesses that we thought, 'we could turn this into something'," Stephanie said.

And turn it into something they did. This past Fourth of July, The Fairytale Foundation (a non-profit organization) was launched when Stephanie and her friends Abbie Donovan, Lily Conover and Hannah Zacharias dressed up as princesses for a good cause. It wasn't accomplished without a little help though.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village awards scholarships

The Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village has had a long-standing tradition of supporting a graduating senior from each of the club’s high schools with a scholarship of $2,500. Participants are required to complete an application and write an essay pertaining to their plans for college and beyond. 

While the Rotary received many applications this year, two students stood out among the rest. Allison Rizea from Westlake High School and Laura Wilson from Bay High School were each awarded a scholarship. The awards were presented at the weekly Rotary breakfast meeting at the Westwood County Club.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.21.2015

West Shore Chamber lends a hand to Wigs for Kids

July 16 was folding day for West Shore Chamber of Commerce members, Wigs for Kids, in order to prepare for their Day at the Zoo. Many local business members as well as local volunteers spent some time sorting and folding shirts for the big event.

On July 25, you can head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with hundreds of other people who will run, walk and get haircuts to benefit the Wigs for Kids program. If you are interested in starting a team or just spending the day at the Zoo in support, contact Sevasti Tsarnas at stsarnas@wigsforkids.org for more information.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:18 AM, 07.21.2015

New Silver Sneakers classes starting at Bay Senior Center in July

Silver Sneakers Strength and Balance and Tai Chi classes are now available in Bay Village at the Dwyer Senior Center! Those seniors who have Silver Sneakers as part of their Medicare Advantage health plan may attend classes for free! Drop-ins are also welcome.

The Strength and Balance classes will be offered Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning July 7, and Thursdays beginning July 9 at 1 p.m. This class allows participants to have fun and move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are provided for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Instructor is Sheri Lugo, our excellent and long-time Zumba instructor.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.07.2015

Groups join forces to sponsor benefit performance

The Bay Village Garden Club and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board are pleased to co-sponsor a benefit performance of "The Producers" by Mel Brooks. This is a musical about a down-on-his luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant that come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.      

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.07.2015

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men's Club recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High seniors.

The oldest civic organization in the city, the Bay Men's Club holds a variety of fundraisers to raise the moneys for these scholarships.

The recipeints are Molly Klonk, Piotr Kotowski, Andrea Bliscek and Lily Pattyn. Klonk plans to major in art history at the University of Dayton; Kotowski plans to major in accounting at Miami University; Bliscek plans to study music and psychology at Cleveland State University; and Pattyn plans to study middle childhood education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.07.2015

Flag Day and what it means

Flag Day is a special day on which we honor the American flag, and it is held on every June 14. A little background on Flag Day is that on June 14, 1777, the United States switched the flag from the Grand Union flag to the first American flag. This flag had 13 stars to show the 13 colonies and red and white stripes. When more states were added, they had to adjust the flag. Now our flag has 50 stars for the 50 states and 13 red and white stripes to show the original 13 colonies.

Flag Day is not a public holiday except for a few states where it is legal holiday. Every government building and public buildings fly the American flag for this day to show their love for our country. The flag is called Old Glory or the Star-Spangled Banner from the fight of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.16.2015

Last call for Cavs raffle tickets

Time is running out to purchase a raffle ticket that might win you a pair of great seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavs merchandise.

The tickets are being offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fund, the citizen group tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza.

Tickets are only $25 each or five for $100.

All who purchase raffle tickets are also entered into a separate drawing for a VIP Bay Days package, which includes reserved seating for the fireworks display, complimentary parking, ride tickets, Bay Kiwanis curly fries, a Bay Village T-shirt and more.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015

Westlake Kiwanis present first community service award

The Westlake Kiwanis awarded the first ever William E. Sifritt Community Service Award to Alex Krystynak on Monday, May 18, at Westlake City Hall. Westlake Kiwanis President-elect George Christ presented the award to Alex who is a senior at Westlake High School. Mayor Dennis Clough also presented Alex with a proclamation declaring May 18, 2015, "Alex Krystynak Day" in the city of Westlake. 

Alex is the vice president of Key Club, Scout Weblo Pack 98 assistant leader, a member of the Cleveland Police Outreach Group, photographer for the Westlake High School newspaper, a member of the Westshore Emergency Response Team (CERT), Key Leader and a lifeguard at the Westlake Recreation Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.02.2015

Bay Kiwanians say thanks with yard work for family of lost Huntington Beach hero

Bay Village Kiwanians traveled to Medina recently for a spring yard clean-up work party at the home of Michelle Radke, whose husband, Peter, 42,  lost his life at Huntington Beach a year ago on Memorial Day, in a bid to rescue a drowning 13-year-old out-of-state girl, who was ultimately saved by other swimmers. Michelle is now raising children Hannah, Brynn, Owen and Isaac alone in their Medina home.

To quote from the Ohio Senate resolution honoring Mr. Radke, “Peter Radke’s family can, indeed, be proud of his legacy ... he selflessly swam to help a girl who was experiencing trouble while swimming in Lake Erie, and sadly, he did not return from the water. As demonstrated by this noble act, he gave generously of his time, abilities and enthusiasm far beyond what was required or expected and displayed exemplary humanitarian concerns.”

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.02.2015

Chamber names student achievement award winner

At the May 12 West Shore Chamber of Commerce meeting Aswin Bikkani was named the 2015 Student Achievement Award winner for his volunteer work at Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus.

The Student Achievement Award recognizes business members and the student employees or volunteers that show an exemplary work ethic. The award is presented by the Chamber’s Education Committee and sponsored by First Federal Lakewood which provided a $50 gift card to Aswin in recognition of the award.

Aswin was nominated by Westshore Campus President Terri Pope for his work with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Community College Students. He collaborated with a team to develop and implement a “Health for the Holiday” health and wellness fair for the campus and community.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.02.2015

Two local students recognized with Snider Family Scholarship

Two local students have been recognized for both their service to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and their future potential. Stacy Grossman and Emma Gutierrez were recently awarded the William and Shirley Snider Family Scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarship are required to have a strong academic record and have completed 100 hours of service at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center over a 12-month time period. They must have been accepted to an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in any course of study that would contribute to and further the mission of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.02.2015

Bay Legion to retire flags

As part of the 2015 Flag Day Ceremonies, the Bay Village American Legion Post #385 will retire old, torn or faded flags on Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m. The Post home at 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, next to the White Oaks Restaurant, will be the location of the retirement.

Citizens can place their old flags in the red, white and blue box next to the front door of the Post home. The flags are retired using exacting military procedures. Each year the Post retires over 300 flags as part of their Flag Day and Veterans Day programs.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanis donate special bicycle for seniors

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has donated a special three-wheeled bicycle to the Knickerbocker Apartments for use by its senior citizens. The bike was purchased from Century Cycles and will allow seniors to extend the distances they can travel from the apartments. Now the library, doctor's offices and local merchants are within riding distance for the seniors. This bicycle has a large basket that can carry groceries, books or a special pet. The bicycle project is part of the Kiwanis Community Services Program.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 06.02.2015

Help support 'Trials for Hope' at Cahoon in June

Have you noticed the billboards along our local highways depicting young children with the staggering statistic that one in five does not get enough to eat? Can that be true, here in the United States, in Ohio, in our community? Unfortunately it is the sad fact for thousands of children and adults. So many slip through the safety net and struggle every day to eat, attend to hygiene and other basic needs.

Often choices have to be made between paying for utilities, food or personal care items. These neighbors of ours include  the homeless, seniors on fixed incomes, children trapped in dysfunctional families, and others who just are trying to scrape by day by day.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanis place 'Pinwheels For Prevention' along Hilliard

The Westlake Kiwanis is partnering with Providence House in their annual Pinwheels For Prevention event. On May 16, Planting Day in the city of Westlake, the Westlake Kiwanis Family placed pinwheels in the 111 tree boxes along Hilliard Boulevard from Westlake City Hall to the Rocky River border. These pinwheels represent abused children of Cuyahoga County. 

Why Pinwheels for Prevention? For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children," Kiwanis' emphasis is to transform that awareness into action. We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Days fireworks fund offers Cavs tickets, boat club membership

The Bay Days fireworks fundraising group, local citizens tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days fireworks celebration, which is now privately funded, is offering two great raffle prizes: a pair of excellent seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, or a year-long membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of powerboats docked in the Rocky River and at more than 75 other locations nationwide.

The group is also accepting monetary donations so that the Bay Days fourth of July celebration will not be a dud.

The Cavaliers package includes a great pair of tickets to 10 games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies, like a T-shirt, notebook, water bottle and more. The package is valued at more than $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 4.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.19.2015

A home filled with love in Bay Village

Family is everything. Especially to the residents and staff of Fontbonne Home in Bay Village. Begun in 1982 as a “home away from home” for individuals with developmental disabilities, it is currently home to five residents who have been together as a family for most of those 30-plus years. The residence was founded by Sister Genevieve Lane, CSJ, Ph.D., who is now retired.

The residents work together in perfect harmony, sharing chores, cooking and cleaning duties and – just like all siblings – occasionally quibbling. A result of their combined effort is a prominently displayed sign in the living room that tells their story: “Together we make a family.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Kiwanis gifts trash enclosure to Village Project

Village Project executive director Barb Harrell was recently asked what gift she would like from the Kiwanis this year. She replied she did not want a check this year from the group, but would like them to provide an enclosure for their trash barrels. The Village Project has been keeping the trash barrels inside the building and on the hot summer days, the odor can get overwhelming.

The Kiwanis group assigned retired architect Gordon Taylor to sketch out a design that would enclose the four trash and recycling containers. Next, engineer Foster McMasters gave dimensions and estimated materials needed for construction. The materials were purchased and construction began. With assistance of Kiwanis member Allen Waddle and Foster’s son, James, the enclosure was built over four weekends.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.19.2015

Flags offered to Bay residents

Seldom in history have so many given so much for human rights and freedom represented by a piece of cloth.

During the War for Independence, patriots sacrificed their fortunes, their homes, their sons and daughters and even their own lives for a country yet to be formed and represented by a flag.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis groups enjoy Planting Day in Westlake

The Weslake Kiwanis Aktion Club planted their Hilliard Boulevard flower box in blue and yellow – their club colors – as part of the Westlake in Bloom competition. The design was suggested by club member Laura Santamaria. The Aktion Club hopes you stop by to see their display on Hilliard, just off of Dover Center Road.

The WHS Key Club planted their box in front of Westlake High School while the Kiwanis planted their boxes in front of Clague Park.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015

Silver Sneakers exercise programs now at Dwyer Center

Silver Sneakers classes are now available in Bay Village! Those seniors who have Silver Sneakers as part of their Medicare Advantage health plan may attend classes for free!

Currently offered are two yoga classes: Floor Yoga at 9 a.m. on Mondays, and Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; and Zumba Gold on Fridays at 9 a.m. Coming in June will be a strength and balance fitness class. Drop-ins are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Dwyer Center at 440-835-6565.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

Apply for low-income support with Benefit Bank

Are you struggling to meet your monthly expenses? Are you unsure of what benefit programs might be available to help you? Representatives from MetroHealth Benefits Enrollment Center will be at the Dwyer Senior Center on Friday, May 15, to complete and submit applications to The Benefit Bank for seniors age 55 and older. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:26 AM, 05.05.2015

Westlake Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years of service

“Meals on Wheels” is a commonly used term for a variety of meal delivery programs nationwide. Although all such programs serve to address the epidemic of elderly malnutrition, each varies in the population served, types of meals provided, fees, delivery methods or sources of funding.

Westlake Meals on Wheels has been providing a vital service in the Westlake community since 1975 thanks to the generosity of a team of more than 60 weekly volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food on their own. Funding for Westlake Meals on Wheels comes from generous personal and corporate donations that subsidize the reasonable fees assessed to recipients. Westlake Meals on Wheels receives no federal, state or local government funding.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Growing to Greatness

The Dwyer Memorial Senior Center stayed open late on Thursday, April 16, to host the monthly meeting of the Westshore Young Leaders Network. The WYLNetwork has been serving the six Westshore communities since 2010. The young leaders are dedicated to implementing strategies aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use while encouraging healthy life choices.

The youth-led initiative was envisioned during a snowy January meeting. The young leaders wanted to bring “spring” to those visiting Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Leslie Selig, Director of Community Services, eagerly accepted the partnership.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay's Fly-A-Flag project resumes

Bay Village’s Fly-A-Flag project is again underway. Three community groups – American Legion Post 385, Bay Kiwanis and Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter DAR – have joined together to supply FREE American flags to Bay residents with limited means or abilities who request them.

This year, the DAR especially recognizes 50 years since the Vietnam War. Flags are offered to Bay Village veterans of that war in heartfelt gratitude.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.07.2015

PGA tour event in Westlake seeks volunteers

Want to rub shoulders with some of the best golfers on the planet? Want to help ensure that a PGA-sponsored tour event that is coming to Westlake runs smoothly?

Then you should volunteer to help out at the upcoming Rust-Oleum Championship golf tournament, set for June 8-14 at the beautiful Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:01 AM, 04.07.2015

K-Kids help animals

The Westlake Kiwanis K-Kids from Dover Intermediate made pull toys for dogs waiting to be adopted at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria. Old T-shirts donated by the Westlake Kiwanis were cut into strips and braided into toys.

K-Kids, a Westlake Kiwanis sponsored service club for elementary students, also organized a drive at the school to collect needed supplies and items for the animal shelter such as pet food, litter, toys and cleaning supplies.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Women's group donates $12,000 to Village Project

As Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen understood the value of teamwork and so does the group known as 100+ Women Who Care.

On the third Thursday of January, April, July and October of each year, more than 100 women from throughout the Cleveland metro area come together for precisely one hour at a hotel near the airport. Their mission is simple: to each contribute $100 to help make a meaningful difference for a deserving charity, non-profit or cause that serves the greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.17.2015

Plaque program honors Bay Village residents

Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts a public ceremony honoring those who have been remembered by friends and family with the installation of a bronze plaque. The personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.

The plaques are installed at the request of family, neighbors and friends at the contribution level of $2,500 or more. The Memorial Day Program is a beautiful outdoor service featuring the String Ensemble of Bay High School and soloist tenor Troy Ayers II. Mr. Ayers will sing Andrea Bocelli’s piece “Time To Say Goodbye.” Television personality Jon Loufman will once again serve as emcee for the event.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.17.2015

Brain health foundation to hold fundraiser

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was set up by Dr. Charlie Farrell, MD, and his daughter Rev. Katie Norris of Westlake a few years ago to help other families caring for family members with dementia at home. In creating the foundation, their mission was to empower those affected by dementia through art care and community outreach to create a supportive community which helps people with dementia enjoy lives of meaning and purpose.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.03.2015

Emergency response training begins Feb. 28

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or the solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens and adults are welcome.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:15 AM, 02.17.2015