Community Service

Deadline nears for nominations for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

Nominations for the Bay Village Community Council’s 2014 Bay Village citizen of the year and project of the year awards are due by Friday, Jan. 10.

Selections of recipients will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards. A reception in honor of the recipient and project will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.

Although nominations for Project of the Year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation and special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.07.2014

Village Foundation annouces available funding

The Village Foundation is now accepting requests for funds to be granted for specific projects of local civic and non-profit organizations. Proposals are due Monday, March 3, and awards are expected to be announced on May 26 at the Foundation’s Memorial Day celebration. Awards may range from $500-$3,000.

The Foundation is primarily interested in capital projects that improve the quality of life in Bay Village. Projects must be responsive to community needs. Support for programs may also be considered. Reporting requirements from previous awards must be met before the Village Foundation will consider a subsequent funding application.

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Volume 6, Issue 1, Posted 10:01 AM, 01.07.2014

Bay Food Ministry, a quarter-century of service

The Bay Food Ministry is beginning its 25th year of service as a local food pantry. Founded in 1989 as a joint venture ministry of Bay Presbyterian Church, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Saint Raphael Catholic Church, BFM today operates out of Bay Presbyterian Church. 

Clients of BFM all fall under State of Ohio income guidelines and include families with children, seniors – including several residing in the Knickerbocker Apartments, single parents and individuals who have found themselves in challenging situations. Food distribution day is held on the last Friday of each month, with clients receiving a three-day supply of food.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:53 AM, 12.10.2013

Donate to those in need at this time of giving

Over the years, the small in number, but large on helping and caring, Outreach Team of Unity Spiritual Center Westlake, have donated to many charitable organizations. Among them have been Malachi House where wish-list items were collected and donated at "Christmas in July."

In addition, we've collected items from the wish-list of Laura's Home, sponsored a diaper drive, distributed turkeys and hams on the near West Side of Cleveland, donated to three animal sanctuaries through a Pet Blessing, tutored reading in elementary schools, and collected clothing and personal necessities for Lutheran Men's Ministries.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:50 AM, 12.10.2013

Westlake Kiwanis welcomes new family member, K-Kids at Parkside

The Westlake Kiwanis family welcomed a new member when a K-Kids Club was chartered at Parkside Intermediate School. The Club was chartered through the efforts of Kiwanians Joanne Clancy and Bonnie Smith who will be advisors, along with cooperation of Parkside's principal, Mark Bregar. 

The Kiwanis K-Kids program opens avenues of service and development to elementary school children around the world. In the more than 1,200 K-Kids clubs, children learn the value of helping others, the importance of teamwork and the benefits of leadership.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:52 AM, 12.10.2013

Give back by fixing up bikes for tikes

Thanks to all the people who stopped by the Village Bicycle Cooperative on Dec. 8 to make bracelets, votive candle holders and star ornaments from unusable bike parts. It was a great way to socialize and utilize the bike parts that have been donated by generous people. 

If you are interested in learning more about bicycle maintenance and repair, a great way to do so is by starting on children's bicycles. Under the skilled help of the VBC technicians, you will learn quickly. It is also a great way to give back during the holiday season because the refurbished bicycles will be donated to the Salvation Army and St. Raphael’s Church to be given to needy children. Village Bicycle Cooperative has donated 21 bikes in the last three weeks to charitable organizations.

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:39 AM, 12.10.2013

Porter Library tree glitters with gold

The lobby of Westlake Porter Public Library is glowing brightly with a beautiful holiday tree. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, the Westlake Garden Club came to the library with boxes and bags of ornaments and materials to decorate the tree. The garden club is winding down a yearlong 50th anniversary celebration – a Golden Anniversary. 

It seemed appropriate that the theme of this year’s tree is “golden” items from nature. In addition to hundreds of white lights, there are gold balls, bows, leaves, pine cones, acorns, pears, apples and swans, with white hydrangeas and baby’s breath garland. This is the second year the garden club has decorated a tree and according to library director Andrew Mangels, i

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Volume 5, Issue 25, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.10.2013

Service: It's simply history

For those who have gone to bed hungry and thought it was just during the Depression, know that it happens today in every community. Hardship situations exist through unemployment, underemployment, disability, or for those older, a fixed income that cannot support the costs of housing, food, prescriptions, etc.

In the 1970s a group of volunteers recognized the need for holiday food baskets in the city of Westlake. This group served individuals and families identified by the clergy, school personnel and neighbors. In addition to holiday baskets, shoes, coats and other necessary items were also provided through donated funds.

A few years later, the City of Westlake created a department to address the social service needs of the entire community, establishing an assistance program. The department became known as Community Services and includes a year-round emergency food bank, holiday food baskets, Christmas gifts through the Adopt-A-Family program, prescription assistance for older adults, overnight accommodations for victims of domestic violence, and various other assistances. 

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.26.2013

Bay's Holiday Caring and Sharing Program accepting donations

Last year Bay Middle School collected a ton of non-perishable food items for Bay Village Community Services Department’s Holiday Caring and Sharing Program. Other schools, organizations and individuals collected hats, mittens, scarves, paper products, cleaning products, personal care items, gift cards and cash donations for our emergency assistance programs.

In addition to Bay’s Holiday Caring and Sharing Program, the Community Services Department has an “Adopt-A-Family” Program to help Bay families and individuals have a brighter holiday. Families may be “adopted” anonymously by contacting Bay’s Community Services Department. You may also donate to the “Adopt-A-Family” Program by writing a check made payable to the City of Bay Village or donating a gift card(s). If you or someone you know has had a difficult year, please contact Deborah Bock at 899-3409 to see what assistance is available.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.26.2013

Group seeks nominations for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Bay Village citizen of the year and project of the year.

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Selections will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards.

A reception in honor of the recipient and project will be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.

(Although nominations for project of the year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation and special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.)

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.26.2013

When the leaves fall the Kiwanis rake lawns

The Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake High School Key Club joined forces on a recent autumn day to rake leaves for senior citizens in Westlake. This is an annual fall project for the Kiwanis and their Key Club.

The Kiwanis family enjoys working together while providing a needed service for our seniors. This year they worked together raking 21 lawns.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.26.2013

Bay Men's Club aids city residents

Members of the Bay Men’s Club recently 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 Communitiy 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 Chris Edelman said.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.26.2013

A unique way of giving

Village Project has so much to be thankful for as we approach the holiday season. Thanks to over 400 volunteers, generous donors, supportive community organizations and corporations, we are caring for families experiencing cancer in Avon Lake, Bay Village and Rocky River in a newly renovated building. 

Our facility reflects the labor and love of those that made the dream come true: mismatched donated furniture, vibrant assorted floor tiles, refurbished technological equipment and a volunteer wall that gratefully displays the handprints of those who give their time and talent.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.26.2013

The Westshore CERT has Friends in the Community

The goal of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to help citizens prepare for disasters common in the area, to have the skills to capably handle a variety of emergency situations, and to be a vital extension of emergency response services when needs outweigh resources. The goal of Cuyahoga County Council District 1 Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation is to support, promote and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs and services within the Westshore communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.26.2013

An 11-year-old's birthday wish to show kindness to others

“Let’s do random acts of kindness for my birthday party this year!” said, Jules, our eleven-year-old daughter, who immediately began to jot down ideas. I could hardly contain my pride!

So, on an October Saturday in Bay, we filled the neighbor’s van with Jules and her friends – Halle, Anna, Lilly, Kate, Kayla, Steffi and Grace – and set off on our journey. First stop: deliver pizza and muffins to Bay's police and fire stations (the girls even got a sneak peek of the new fire truck!).

Next, bring homemade vases with uplifting notes to The Village Project, a group that provides meals to area cancer patients (the girls were able to put their hand prints on the new facility’s wall, thanks to Executive Director, Barb Harrell). Now, off to pass out roses to residents at Westlake Village nursing home (lots of multi-generational smiles at that stop!).

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.12.2013

Compeer shares fun and games with Westlake seniors

Dorothy’s face lit up with a big smile when she realized she had won the game taught by her Compeer friend, Holly. Dorothy is a member of the Residents’ Club at the Gardens of Westlake senior living facility on Detroit Road. 

“Compeer Together Volunteers,” a supported volunteering group of Compeer at Far West Center, visited the Residents’ Club one recent evening and brought along some games to share with seniors. All members of the Residents’ Club gave Compeer volunteers a warm welcome, and like Dorothy, happily engaged in conversation and games. When our social evening ended all agreed that we would meet again in December.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.12.2013

Village Project quilt squares: community and memory

Have you lost a loved one? Has someone you know lost a family member? Are you a member of a group in our community?

The Village Project is currently creating six-inch quilt squares to honor and memorialize loved ones, as well as show support for the VP. These squares will help raise funds, ensuring that the VP can continue reaching out to families affected by cancer.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:15 AM, 11.12.2013

Bay Village Community Services Department makes independent living easier

The Bay Village Department of Community Services recognizes that many residents wish to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can. Our goal is to provide programs and services to help make this possible! We provide many services as part of "SMILE: Services Making Independent Living Easier."

Are your children worried about you living alone? Utilizing these services can give you and them peace of mind! The city offers transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands. Meals on Wheels are available for those who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. A Community Care Monitor checks on your well being each day and a lock box is available which allows emergency services to gain access to your home easily in the event you need assistance.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay group looking for 'Neighborhood Ambassadors' to help in an emergency

If you are someone (like myself), who believes that a little preparedness goes a long way, and that the citizens of Bay Village deserve some protection, then let’s talk about a concept that I helped create about a year ago, during a time when the City had just got done reeling from the aftermath of a hurricane that came all the way to Bay Village: the Neighborhood Ambassador Program.

I am a longtime resident of Bay, and have been part of the Auxiliary Police Department for the last 12 years. Last year, I created a group called BayComm, which acts as a network of radio communications amongst residents of the Westshore area, should traditional communications go down. Volunteer membership is growing, as more and more residents realize that there is safety in numbers, and that our infrastructure is aging.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013

PALs in the community

I am a junior at Bay High School and I am working on earning my Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and the goal of the award is to create a service project that will have a lasting impact on her community.

For my project, I wanted to pick an issue that is close to my heart. Since my freshman year, I have been involved in PAL, or “Pupil Assisted Learning.” The PAL program buddies typical teens with a peer that has a disability. Since I have joined, PAL has been my favorite club. I love spending time with these students and getting to know them.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.29.2013

Heritage Run raises funds for Bay projects

In its fourth year, the Village Foundation Heritage Run was held on Saturday, Oct. 19. More than 300 participants came out on a mild, cloudy day to run or walk the streets of Bay Village while raising money for the foundation. Mayor Debbie Sutherland rang the bell to kick off the race and she was on hand to give the awards at the end.

Looking at the crowd, Mayor Sutherland observed, “It is great to see so many runners of all ages come out for a good cause!” The participants ranged in age from one to 80 years old. 

While everyone had fun, none had more fun than the group calling themselves “Team Bride.” Bride-to-be Nikki Smith, of Elyria,  used the occasion as a bachelorette party celebrating her upcoming wedding on Nov. 9 to Brian Kensik.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.29.2013

Kiwanis donates iPads for Westlake classes

The Westlake Aktion Club and the Westlake Kiwanis recently donated iPads for use by the special education classes at Dover Elementary School and Basset Elementary School. The Kiwanis mission is saving the world one child and one community at a time. The Aktion Club is made up of individuals with disabilities age 18 and over and felt the donation of the iPads would help serve their mission.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.15.2013

Village Project yard clean-up

The Village Project is pleased to announce their new location as well as a new fundraising event, a Yard Clean Up! The Village Project has been in their new home, 27378 West Oviatt in Bay Village, since Sept. 24. In order to involve volunteers, spread awareness and pay off renovation expenses they are hosting this fall affair.

Lawn mowing, mulching, weeding, leaf raking, as well as general yard work are the benefits provided. Volunteers will be serving locations in Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River. This great event will occur on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted and suggested at $20 (donations in excess of $20 are tax deductible). Spots need to be reserved by Oct. 24.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.15.2013

Oct. 9 program offers help in aging lifestyle transition

In the city of Westlake, the Community Services Department is all about successful aging. Programs of education, culture, physical activity, health, trips and social enjoyment are all offered through Fifty Plus Programs. Age is valued and experience is applauded as the staff creates solutions that improve the quality of life for mature adults. Although the department agrees that aging is about perspective (yes, age really is just a number) it is also important to recognize the various stages that fill our years and anticipate that next step.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the City of Westlake Community Services Department will offer a very special program which will answer everyone’s questions as they look to a transition: How do I get from where I am today to where I want to be tomorrow? Designed for individuals and families who are considering a change in aging lifestyle for themselves or loved ones, this program addresses multiple needs.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.01.2013

Avoiding the flu

As we delight in the changing colors of leaves, mum plants of purple, yellow and orange, and Halloween candy, costumes and decorations, it is easy to forget that October means the beginning of flu season.

Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It is not to be confused with stomach or intestinal distress.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:31 AM, 10.01.2013

Compeer match celebrates first year of friendship

Steve is 55 years young and has solid bowling skills and enjoys bike riding. He has many interests including sports, history, music and trying new dining experiences. Steve manages a mental illness which resulted in a loss of confidence for him along with depression and isolation from his community. In August 2012 Steve agreed to be matched with a new volunteer in the Compeer Program at Far West Center, Dr. Ron Arndt, for a Compeer Friendship Match.

The Compeer Program at Far West Center matches adult volunteers, one to one, with same-gender adults who are in recovery from mental illness. Dr. Ron’s role as a Compeer volunteer is to provide friendship and supportive encouragement to Steve and to plan opportunities for the two of them to socialize and enjoy community activities. Ron’s commitment, warmth and enthusiasm has truly brought Steve out of his shell and has given Steve many new reasons to smile.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:30 AM, 10.01.2013

Two sisters organize 'Empty Bowls by the Lake' to feed the hungry

Autumn is here – ideal soup weather – and two local women are making it their mission to feed needy families by serving up a smorgasbord of soups from area restaurants and supermarkets. If you’re looking for something delicious to do, save the date for Empty Bowls by the Lake, Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bleser Park in Avon Lake. (Bleser Park is on Electric Blvd. just west of Avon Lake City Hall, 150 Avon-Belden Road.)  

Sisters Laura Kirchner of Avon Lake and Linda Brown of Bay Village are behind the local effort. The event raises money to feed the region’s hungry while allowing participants to enjoy freshly baked bread and more than 20 soups. A $20 donation provides a hand-painted pottery bowl, unlimited soup and bread and live musical entertainment from local artists, including the Avon Electric Orchestra. Admission for children ages 6-12 is $5 (does not include a bowl). Children 5 and under are free. Disposable bowl liners are provided.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:44 AM, 10.01.2013

Addiction awareness community forum Sept. 28

Families Anonymous meets at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake, every Sunday evening at 5:30 pm. As a result of ongoing support to families in the area caught in the chaos of addiction, Jeff Wilkins, along with a steering committee of concerned citizens, is offering a community forum. The forum, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m., will include resource speakers from various agencies and ministries in Westlake and the surrounding communities on the westside of Cuyahoga County. The forum will include a time for Q&A.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:42 AM, 09.04.2013

Hospice volunteer education series

Hospice of the Western Reserve is offering their free volunteer education series on three Saturdays in October and November. Volunteers interested in working with patients should attend all three sessions, while volunteering in non-patient areas and teen volunteering requires only attendance at the first class. The sessions will be hold on Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Nov. 2 and 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Hospice of the Western Reserve, 29101 Health Campus Drive, Westlake. RSVP is required, contact Mary McGowan at 800-707-8922.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.04.2013

Free disaster preparedness training with special invite to veterans

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 begins Saturday, Oct. 5, and is conducted by local safety professionals. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Service Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. 

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.04.2013

Bay Village Kiwanis award over $11K in college scholarships

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club is pleased to announce its 2013 Academic Achievement Scholarship winners.The 52nd annual event was held on July 24 at a dinner in the recipients’ honor.

The awardees, all recent Bay High School graduates, include: Marissa Andreano, Jackson Brothers, Carter Cruse, Rannie Dong, Gail Foster, Ryan Grimm, Nicole Hoover, Taylor Nemetz, Ariana Ortiz, Katelyn Ramella, Megan See, Stephanie Sheppa, Adam Tepper, Ryan Voiers, Fran Zappalla and Kristen Zeuch.

A total of $11,500 in collage scholarships was awarded.

If you would like to learn more about Bay Village Kiwanis, we invite you to be our guest at a Member Social event on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Bay Lodge. Through Kiwanis membership, communities are improved, friendships are made, leadership skills are developed and business contacts are made.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:06 AM, 08.20.2013

Compeer Program thanks the WBV Observer for years of priceless support

The Compeer Program at Far West Center has shared our goals and successes with the community in articles published by the Westlake | Bay Village Observer newspaper beginning in 2010. Time sure does fly by for an active program like Compeer and we are fortunate to have 50 articles that have been promoted by the WBV Observer in print and online! Editor Tara Wendell and the WBV Observer staff continue to offer support to Compeer’s mission to empower adults managing mental illness and assist them in reconnecting with the social network of their communities. 

The opportunity to write for the residents of Westlake, Bay Village and surrounding cities and share our articles is truly priceless support. “Priceless” can refer to no fee for publication which is extremely beneficial to a nonprofit program like Compeer. What is truly meant is that the support the WBV Observer has offered to our Compeer Program from our first meeting in 2010 to the editor’s latest email is exceptional support and indeed “priceless” to us.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.20.2013

Boy Scouts mix it up for older adults

What does a mixture of Boy Scouts and older adults have in common? On Friday, Aug. 16, it was a good time at Westlake Center for Community Services.

Jesus Garcia, a senior at Westlake High School and a member of Westlake Troop 536, enlisted fellow Scouts, his leaders, family and friends to prepare a luncheon of salad, rigatoni and lemonade and added to the mix a short history of Oliver Hazard Perry (The War of 1812 – "Don't Give Up The Ship"), accordion music and specially prepared ice cream sundaes.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.20.2013

Public-private partnership aids Westshore preparedness

As promoted and supported by FEMA, public-private partnerships are a vital element in local and national emergency management. As the FEMA website says, all aspects of a community are needed to “effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster.”

One need for the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC), underscored while supporting our responders during the devastating week of Super Storm Sandy, is generator power. In order to meet that need Cuyahoga County District 1 Council Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation applied to Dominion East Ohio for a grant on behalf of the WSC. The goal of the foundation is to support, promote and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs and services within the Westshore communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.20.2013

Elks Lodge gives grant to D.A.R.E. program

The Lakewood Elks #1350, as part of the national organization The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), was established in Lakewood in 1918. We moved to Westlake 10 years ago and now proudly call the lodge on Center Ridge our permanent home. The Elks were established in 1868 by a group of men hoping to make a difference in their community.

More than 140 years later the impact that this organization has had extends to over one million men and women members and in excess of 2,000 communities across this great nation. The Elks National Foundation (ENF) is the charitable arm of our organization.

The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks' pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.06.2013

Bay Village volunteer fair offers opportunity to give back

Twenty-four civic groups  were on hand at the first Bay Cares Volunteer Fair at the Bay Village Branch Library on Aug. 3. The event, a collaboration between the WBV Observer and Bay Library, allowed visitors to speak with representatives from the myriad non-profit organizations in Bay to find a match with their interests.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.06.2013

Cahoon Park gazebo gets garden upgrade

The Bay Village Garden Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of Bay Village. Each summer our members plant and maintain the welcome signs, two gardens at City Hall, the planters of Dover Center, the Seascape on Lake Road and the garden surrounding the Gazebo in Cahoon Park. 

This summer the club sponsored the building of a stone wall surrounding the gazebo garden. For years there has been a drainage problem that caused the sidewalks to be muddy. The problem has been solved, sidewalks clean, and the area looks fantastic.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:26 AM, 08.06.2013

Compeer volunteering a good fit for college students, retirees

The Compeer Program at Far West Center offers a unique volunteering experience. All that is required in Compeer volunteering is four hours per month, conversation and friendship. Among our group of valuable volunteers are college students with challenging schedules and retirees that schedule around many family and social obligations. Compeer offers individual flexibility in planning volunteer time. Compeer also offers an enriching life experience for both students and seniors alike.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.06.2013

A new home for The Village Project

The Village Project is excited to announce the upcoming renovation of and move to its new home at 27378 West Oviatt Road in Bay Village. 

Over the past two and a half years, The Village Project, formerly known as The Village Food Project, has worked in harmony with individuals, businesses, civic organizations, schools, churches and the city to serve over 6,000 nutritious meals and provide extended care to over 55 families experiencing cancer in the cities of Bay Village and Avon Lake.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.23.2013

Westshore CERT launches new website

The vision of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to be both disaster resistant and disaster resilient. To further that vision and our mission, the WSC has launched a new website,

Originally and graciously hosted by the City of Westlake, the new site was created by and will be hosted by team member Michael Kinder and his company, M&K Kinder Design LLC. Much of the design and content was developed by a committee of team members over the last year.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.09.2013