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Koomar recaps 2018, looks ahead to busy year in annual speech

For Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar, 2017 was spent transitioning to the office after being appointed by his peers on City Council and then running for election to a full term; 2018 was a year for defining a path forward. Koomar shared his vision, as well as the progress that has been made, with residents in his annual State of the City address Feb. 27 at the Dwyer Center.

On an administrative level, the year was marked by restructuring in almost every department, the most significant likely being the law and building departments. Mark Barbour replaced longtime law director Gary Ebert in June. Much of 2018 was spent preparing to bring the building department back in-house, after it was outsourced to SAFEbuilt in 2013.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.05.2019

Bay library design progresses

Representatives from the Cuyahoga County Public Library and HBM Architects visited Bay Village to present an update of the design process for the new branch library. Exterior and interior renderings, as well as site plans, were shared with the Cahoon Park trustees – the mayor and members of City Council – during the Feb. 4 council meeting.

This was the first public glimpse of design drafts since last March. Those were rejected amid residents’ concerns that the architecture didn’t fit in with the style and structure of other buildings in the city.

CCPL then restarted the process by hiring a new architecture firm and engaging in more substantive discussions with the public. The library system held several input sessions with the community, students and branch staff to help provide guidance to the new team of architects.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:24 AM, 02.19.2019

Love for Bay Village earns Tom Phillips honor of Citizen of the Year

Bay Village Community Council names Dwyer Center's BV60+ program the Project of the Year

For a man who has dedicated much of his time and effort to preserving the history of Bay Village, it seems fitting that Thomas Phillips' name will now be recorded in the history books as well. Tom, who has been an active member of the city’s historical society for 27 years, was recently selected as 2019 Citizen of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

Tom served as president of the Bay Village Historical Society from 1992-1995, followed by 17 years as treasurer. He has been director of the Osborn Learning Center since 1995, and represents the historical society as treasurer for the Northeastern Ohio Intermuseum Council. Tom was also one of four volunteers who coordinated the Bay Village bicentennial celebration in 2010.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:35 AM, 01.22.2019

Westlake Community Police Academy accepting applications

Westlake residents and employees of Westlake companies can discover how a police department runs and learn more about the jobs of patrol officers, detectives and civilian staff members during the Westlake Police Department’s annual Community Police Academy. The Westlake Police Department is accepting applications for the Community Police Academy through Friday, Feb. 15.

Participants will receive hands-on experience in crime scene processing, self-defense and firearms instruction. Additional topics include patrol and traffic operations, S.W.A.T. and advancements in law enforcement technology. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and express concerns on pertinent issues.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.22.2019

Connecting for Kids to honor five residents at fundraiser

Connecting for Kids will honor five individuals at its carnival-themed annual fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6-11 p.m. at Ahern Catering & Banquet Center, 726 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake. In addition to a grand raffle featuring Indians Club Seats, a silent auction and other raffles, the event will feature a new room of carnival games plus traditional carnival fare such as cotton candy and popcorn. Tickets are $65 per person; visit connectingforkids.org/2019Fundraiser for more information.

Kind Kid Winners

The Kind Kid award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers. This year, Connecting for Kids is excited to recognize two Kind Kids: Elizabeth Carroll of Westlake and Ella Kloppman of Highland Heights.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.22.2019

Youth Challenge announces leadership transition

The Youth Challenge (YC) board of trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher J. Garr as CEO, effective Feb. 4. Garr replaces founder and Executive Director, Mary Sue Tanis, who is transitioning into a new role as Director of Planned Giving for the Westlake non-profit. The announcement follows an 18-month search conducted by the Youth Challenge board of trustees and members of the board of advisors.

As YC’s long-time Director of Program Services, Garr brings years of experience in leadership, adapted sports and inclusion for people with physical disabilities. Garr believes that adapted sports and art, with a focus on fun and friendship, is a conduit for participants and volunteers alike to become leaders, advocates, stewards and innovators in the field of human dignity. Prior to his time at Youth Challenge, Garr taught high school social studies and English. He got his start at YC as a volunteer in middle school.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 10:08 AM, 01.22.2019

The Bay Village Foundation announces funding available for community projects

Now that the holidays are behind us and all of the gifts have been given and returned, The Bay Village Foundation and its trustees want to remind organizations that we are now receiving applications for our 2019 Community Grant Program. Grants of up to $5,000 can be awarded.

We encourage organizations to begin gathering information for the 2019 program as the deadline for acceptance of applications is Feb. 28. To qualify, program projects must be received by the deadline. Unfortunately, in past years, program applications were received after this deadline and could not be considered. Please be mindful of this requirement.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.08.2019

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Dec. 12, 2018

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Kennedy's office prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayors Kennedy, Clough, Bobst, Summers, Patton and Koomar, along with fiscal officer.

Fiscal Officer’s Report: WCOG can’t receive Federal Equitable Sharing funds for drug enforcement; instead, funds go to Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB).

2019 Budget: Less than 1 percent change from last year. There is some cash balance left due to CERT refocus. Westshore Young Leaders is partially funded. WEB received $190,000 in grants, mainly for salaries. Bay Village applies for these grants – group agreed proposals don’t need WCOG’s approval.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.08.2019

Gary Ebert honored with named ball field

Former Bay Village law director Gary Ebert was honored at the Dec. 17 Bay Village City Council meeting for his decades of service to the city. Mayor Paul Koomar read a lengthy proclamation detailing Ebert’s history in the city and love of baseball before revealing a plaque that will dedicate one of the city’s baseball fields in his honor. After the plaque installation this spring, a field located in Cahoon Memorial Park East will be known as Ebert Field.

“It’s dear to my heart,” Ebert said of the city to which he dedicated so much of his life. “I bleed blue. My heart’s here in Bay Village and always will be, and my whole family’s as well.”

Starting in 1982 as a Ward 4 councilman, Ebert’s public service career spanned 36 years and included more than 30 years as law director and two separate stints as interim mayor.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 10:09 AM, 01.08.2019

Westlake Rec holds winter outdoor display contest

Whether it is a lighted Christmas tree or a snow family, festive yard displays around the city brighten up the holidays for everyone. Unfortunately they will be gone in just a few short weeks. The Westlake Recreation Center intends to preserve some of those sights through its first Winter Display Contest.

"We know that some of our residents express their creativity and invest hours of labor in their displays which delight their families and children of all ages," said Bob DeMinico, director of the Westlake Recreation Department. "We want to specifically showcase family-friendly front yard displays that reflect the true meaning of the season."

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.18.2018

Westlake Toastmasters #497 named President’s Distinguished Club

Westlake Toastmasters #497 walked away from the Toastmasters International District 10 2017-18 Awards with a boatload of winnings. One of 104 clubs in District 10, Westlake Toastmasters #497 club members won 20 awards this year. District 10 named the club itself a President’s Distinguished Club.

Alicia Smith-Kirk, 2017-18 Vice President of Education, won District Director and Triple Crown awards. She also earned a Competent Leader, Dynamic Leadership 1, Competent Communicator, Dynamic Leadership 2, Persuasive Influence 1, Advanced Leader Bronze, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Dynamic Leadership 3 and Persuasive Influence 2 educational awards.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.18.2018

Westlake Meals on Wheels welcomes volunteers, donations

I recently moved to Cleveland and began looking for opportunities to learn about my new community. I found an organization that not only warmly welcomed me but impressed me – Westlake Meals on Wheels (WMOW). The more I learned, the more impressed I became. Here’s what I mean:

  • 43: The number of years WMOW has operated. Started in 1975!
  • 80: The average number of residents currently served.
  • 800: The number of freshly prepared meals each week (2 meals/day, 5 days a week, 80 clients). Yes, that is a weekly number!
  • 170: The number of volunteers cooking, baking, delivering and supporting the WMOW mission
  • 0:  The amount of federal, state or local government funding WMOW receives
  • 100%: The amount of dollars funded through community support. Thank you, Westlake and surrounding communities!

In addition to the above numbers that so accurately define the kind-serving, long-standing organization, I would add two phrases, “Independent Living” and “Peace of Mind.” These daily deliveries help to extend the independent living of so many of our neighbors along with the safety checks that help provide peace of mind to their families.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:01 AM, 12.18.2018

Ed and Barb Leszynski named Mr. and Mrs. Westlake

On Sunday, Dec. 2, family and friends huddled inside the Westlake City Hall rotunda to both witness the annual tree lighting and honor Ed and Barb Leszynski as the recipients of the 2019 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake title.

The Leszynskis are involved in a wide array of community service programs. Together they are active members of St. Ladislas Parish, run a food pantry through St. Vincent DePaul and run mass for residents of the Lutheran Home in Westlake. Additional activities include serving dinners at the Ames Family Hospice House, tutoring and reading to children at Dover Elementary School, and involvement with the Westlake Boosters Club while their children were in school.

Ed has served as president of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul for the past six years and is in charge of the hot meal programs that feed more than 200 of Cleveland’s hungry. He and Barb were active for many years in the Westlake/Bay Rotary, with Ed serving as president.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:38 AM, 12.04.2018

Bay Village Foundation letter campaign includes new logo

You may have noticed that a familiar Bay organization has a fresh new look. The Bay Village Foundation’s new logo has been cropping up around town and in your mailbox. The first change was to update the yard signs, race shirts and medals for the annual BVF run on Oct. 20. Next up was to create a new letterhead and forms for the annual fundraising drive, a mailer sent to every Bay Village home.

The new look is part of an effort to refresh the 23-year-old nonprofit organization. Denny Wendell, a graphic designer and BVF trustee, donated his time and expertise to create a new branding package, which includes the logo, and all identity guidelines.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:26 AM, 11.20.2018

VFW announces winners of essay contest

The annual VFW Voice of Democracy (VOD) essay competition for 2018 has been completed. Bay Village VFW Post 9693 was proud to receive four entries this year, two from Bay High School (Khaled R. Hamil and Emma Spirollari), one from Westlake High School (Nicholas Gauntener), and one from St. Joseph High School (Mariana Maddox).

A committee of four, including two VFW members, and one teacher each from Bay High School and Westlake High School, reviewed and judged the entries. Mariana Maddox was the first-place choice. Emma Spirollari placed a close second, with a tie for third place between Khaled Hamil and Nicholas Gauntener.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:18 AM, 12.04.2018

Primed with residents’ input, library system moves forward with Bay Village branch

Lots of natural light. A hangout space for teens. Quiet rooms for reading. Meeting rooms for groups. Honor tradition. Adapt to change. More technology. More books.

Bay Village residents shared their opinions on all aspects of the new library building, exterior and interior, during a second round of community engagement sessions that concluded on Nov. 13.

The sessions were held by Cuyahoga County Public Library to gather public input and ensure that residents felt that their voices were being heard after the first round of planning was scuttled earlier this year. An architectural rendering presented at a public meeting in March was panned on social media and a flood of negative feedback caused CCPL to take a step back and reevaluate the $7.5 million project.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay veterans groups dedicate honor wall

On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Bay VFW Post 9693, Bay American Legion Post 385, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249 dedicated a Veterans Honor Wall at the Dwyer Senior Center. This is the start of what we hope to be a lasting tribute to local veterans.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to the City of Bay Village, Mayor Paul Koomar and City Council, the service department, the recreation department and the Dwyer Center. We also wish to thank The Bay Village Foundation for their generous financial support critical for our initial efforts and the Kiwanis Club for providing funding for some of the work and materials. Finally, we wish to thank the many residents and veterans that joined us in this ceremony. Your presence and appreciation is why we do this.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.20.2018

Bay veterans to be honored with wall of plaques

Bay Village and Westshore veterans organizations (VFW Post 9693, American Legion Post 385 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 249), combined with support from the City of Bay Village, The Bay Village Foundation, and the Bay Village Kiwanis, have joined to establish an ongoing tribute to Bay Village area veterans and established members of the three local veterans organizations.
A Veterans Honor Wall will be dedicated on Saturday, Nov. 10, 11:00 a.m., at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. Bay Village veterans and residents are invited to attend.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.06.2018

Troop 41 awards four Eagle Scouts

Scout Troop 41 of Bay Village held a ceremony on Oct. 28 at Bay Middle School to honor four Scouts who recently earned the Eagle Scout rank. The four recipients were Dylan Gubanyar, Matthew Hengelsberg, Max Schell and Sam Warren.  

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest achieved rank in Scouting. In order to reach this rank, each Scout earned a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrated leadership and service within the troop, and designed and implemented a local service project, also known as their Eagle Project.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.06.2018

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center

Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center at 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 announces sponsorship of the USDA-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 3:37 PM, 10.09.2018

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, Sept. 12, 2018

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Kennedy's office prepares official minutes. These minutes have been abridged. For complete minutes, see the LWVGC Westshore Facebook page, facebook.com/lwvgcwestshore.

Present: Mayors Kennedy (North Olmsted), Koomar (Bay Village), Clough (Westlake), Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), and Renee Mahoney, COG Fiscal Officer.

New Business: Julie Morron, RRPD Youth Service Officer and Westshore Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinator, reported on current activities and requested input from COG on direction forward. The question is whether CERT should continue. The volunteer responders are a valuable resource, helping but not replacing first responders with things like traffic control and crowd control at community events. Morron requested support from COG to get fire chiefs involved. They have training and ability to train others. Morron proposes to attend twice per year as liaison and trainer, along with one police chief once a year. She would have fire chiefs paid overtime to do training for 20 people. Individuals can also take free training through FEMA and continuing education courses. She suggested the program leader could rotate annually through the COG. Program has cut costs through COG sponsorship; a little over $16,000/year shared by the 6 cities, about half what it was before. In response to question, Morron described typical volunteers as a wide age group, between 30 years old and retired, who are interested in public safety, want to learn what police do, and want to know how to be prepared  for crisis situations. They like appearing at public events. The Citizen Police Academy could be a feeder organization for CERT.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.16.2018

Connecting for Kids accepting nominations for 'Kind Kid Award'

Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to help others? If so, nominate him or her for the Connecting for Kids "Kind Kid Award."

The Kind Kid Award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers. The nomination should include specific examples of acts of kindness performed by the nominee.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:09 AM, 10.16.2018

Village Project opens Project Shoppe to offer homemade fresh, healthy food and more

Do you wish there was a cute little shop located very close to home in which you could pick up healthy, delicious food and unique specialty items for family enjoyment and gift-giving?

Village Project would like to introduce you to Project Shoppe. In response to folks asking if they could purchase some of the tasty and wholesome foods that VP has shared with their clients, the local nonprofit organization has opened a retail shop in their newly, expanded headquarters building to do just that.

Project Shoppe offers specialty vinegars, granolas, herbed salts and even dog treats made right in the Village Project kitchen with the freshest, organic ingredients. Treat your pooch to Doggie Fresh Breath Treats with parsley and mint from the VP garden and Vegetable Dog Treats with organic veggies, like zucchini, carrots and spinach.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:05 AM, 10.16.2018

St. Paul Westlake celebrates 160th anniversary with seminar series

St. Paul Lutheran Church is presenting a special seminar series in celebration of its 160th anniversary year.

The 160th Anniversary Seminar Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 6, and continues through Saturday, May 4, 2019. Seminars take place from 9 a.m. until noon.

All seminars are free and open to the public, and will be presented in the St. Paul cafeteria. The church is located at 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake. Visitors for the seminar series are asked to park in the lot at the rear of the church.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.02.2018

Oct. 9 is deadline to register to vote in November election

Voters have many important decisions to make in the Nov. 6 General Election. There are federal, state, county and judicial candidates on the ballot. There will also be state and local issues to be decided by voters.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections advises people to be prepared to vote by taking a few simple steps: check their registration status and then select their voting method.

Voters should check their voting information to make sure they are registered at their current address. The deadline to register and/or update voter registrations is on or before Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9:00 p.m. Voter registration is now available online at 443vote.com. Registration cards are available at all public libraries.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.02.2018

Bay United Methodist Church dedicates historical marker

Although rain sprinkles fell, it didn’t dampen the joy and spirit of the day for the Bay United Methodist Church congregation when Pastor Jonathan McCleery, Scott Gregory and Mayor Paul Koomar unveiled the new historical marker for the Dover Lake Shore Methodist Episcopal Church. Spearheaded by Kay Laughlin, church historian, it all came to a conclusion with the unveiling and dedication of the marker during Rally Day, Sunday, Sept. 9.

Laura Russell presented proclamations from the Ohio Historical Connection and Governor John Kasich to the church and Bay Village Historical Society. She remarked about our furthering the knowledge of our state heritage and the governor recognized the Dover Lake Shore Methodist Episcopal Church on how we have encouraged the history of our past as we look to our future.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.18.2018

Learn about proposed county charter amendments on Oct. 6

In Cuyahoga County, talking about a “charter” is a cutting-edge, 21st-century topic, not something from the old English history books. Cuyahoga is one of only two counties in the state that operate under a chartered, elected legislative body instead of three elected commissioners. Voter-approved charters such as Cuyahoga’s need frequent review and revision to keep the administration of county services in conformity with laws and best practices.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., residents can hear about the proposed charter amendments that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. The forum will take place in the Porter Room of Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Charter Review Commission Chair, the Honorable Ronald B. Adrine, will be assisted by other Commission members in describing the proposals and in answering audience questions.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:05 AM, 09.18.2018

Herb Guild announces scholarship winners

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 34th annual scholarship luncheon. Two area students received scholarships, both of whom were present at the luncheon to receive them.

Jessica Mileski is a graduate of Lorain County JVS and Wellington High School and will be attending The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. She will major in agriscience education and will transfer to the main campus in Columbus after two years. 

Tyler Edwards is a graduate of Midview High School. He will also be attending The Ohio State University ATI with a double major in agricultural systems management and agronomy. Both are looking forward to attending college this fall.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:16 AM, 09.05.2018

Brilliant blooms accent another Westlake summer

The streets and neighborhoods of Westlake are awash in color again this summer, as residents and businesses across the city competed in the annual Westlake in Bloom competition. The contest, which wrapped with an awards ceremony at La Centre on Aug. 8, honors the most talented and creative amateur landscapers with a gift certificate to one of Westlake’s nurseries – and more importantly, bragging rights.

Plaques are bestowed to the top three finishers in each of 17 different categories, from small window boxes to entire yards, apartment complexes, nursing homes, churches and businesses. Jim Bedell, the city’s planning director, visits each participating home and business, taking photos to share with a panel of 11 judges that includes avid gardeners, Westlake Garden Club members and master gardeners.

Tracy Mason, whose job includes watering the more than 200 flower boxes lining Hilliard Boulevard, judges that category. Gayle Hill from the Westlake service department is in charge of the Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:52 AM, 08.21.2018

2018 Westlake in Bloom winners

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bonnie Heim

Evergreen Cemetery Fence Gardens
First Place: Shawn Bledsoe and Family, In Memory of Charlotte Bledsoe
Second Place: Bill and Charmine Soeder, The Endress Family
Third Place: Marty Stein, In Memory of Chuck and Peg Stein

Hilliard Boulevard Flower Box
First Place: Kingsville/Westlake Sister Cities
Second Place: A Literary Garden for Our Little Prince
Third Place: The Barone Family

Community Garden
First Place: Lee Ding    
Second Place: Georgine Rak and Audrey McNulty        
Third Place: George Zheng    
Apartment or Condominium Complex Entrance
First Place: Remington Apartments, Detroit Road
Second Place: Sturbridge Square Apartments, Westford Circle
Third Place: Wyndgate Club, Wyndgate Court
Nursing Home/Assisted/Independent Living Facility
First Place: Rae-Ann Suburban Nursing and Rehabilitation, Detroit Road
Second Place: The Belvedere of Westlake, Detroit Road
Third Place: Rae-Ann Westlake Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, Detroit Road

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:45 AM, 08.21.2018

Village Project receives $50,000 grant

Village Project is a grateful recipient of a $50,000 grant from The Black River Education and Wellness Foundation. The funds were presented to Executive Director Barb Harrell on July 31 by Francis Gardner, Joan Mason and Chris Mead.

The Black River Education and Wellness Foundation was organized in 1985 and originally chartered to support the operations of Elyria Memorial Hospital. Since 2014, after Elyria Memorial Hospital was acquired by University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Foundation broadened its mission and purpose beyond the support of just the UH Elyria Medical Center in order to maintain a commitment to the communities who have long been served by EMH and to have a meaningful impact upon health issues in those communities.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.07.2018

Meals on Wheels opens second kitchen, accepting new clients

Westlake Meals on Wheels is thrilled to announce that its second kitchen opened on July 23. This additional location is in the community center in Olmsted Falls.  The nonprofit now can serve even more homebound residents in Westlake, Bay Village and surrounding areas. A hot and a cold meal is made fresh and delivered Monday through Friday. Our drivers also provide a daily well visit.

Meals on Wheels can be used by people of any age recovering from surgery or battling illness, and homebound senior citizens. Residents can sign up for as little as one week.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.07.2018

WHS student selected to serve on Ohio State Fair board

The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. As ambassadors for 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, Grange and Tech Ed, they are able to share their experiences and emphasize the value of the Junior Fair with patrons throughout the 12 days of the Fair.

Kaitlin Willi of Westlake will be representing Technology Education on this year’s Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. Kaitlin’s public speaking, organizational and leadership skills will be an asset to this year’s board. In addition, her communication and hands-on teaching skills will ensure a successful Fair.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:03 AM, 07.17.2018

Shoremen soccer players team up with Youth Challenge

Recently, the Avon Lake High School boys soccer team and participants and volunteers from Youth Challenge joined together to celebrate the Paralympics.

Youth Challenge not only provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners, but the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the National Olympic Committee, designated YC as Paralympic Sport Cleveland.

Four YC Teams – The Vipers, Betty White Killer Clown Memes, Three Pointers, and Nacho but Fantastic Bears – competed at Avon Lake Memorial Field throughout the day in various Paralympic events including tennis, basketball, track & field, and (of course) soccer. Each team was led by YC staff members and two captains from the ALHS soccer team.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 10:04 AM, 07.17.2018

Porter's annual ice cream social will be July 30

Save the date for Monday, July 30, from 6-8 p.m. for the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library's Annual Ice Cream Social! Mitchell's ice cream sundaes will be sold for $1, with the cost being subsidized by the Friends of WPPL. The Big Daddies Band will be back, along with facepainters and a cakewalk.

There will be a half-price used book sale in the Book Nook and a Sidewalk Sale at Portables Gift Shop, located inside the library lobby. Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun and entertainment! We look forward to seeing you.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Westlake chiropractor delivers inspiring keynote speech

Dr. Philip Barry, the owner of Barry Chiropractic Wellness Center in Westlake, was the keynote speaker at the recent open house for Westlake Toastmasters Club 497 at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Dr. Barry's involvement with the club began 22 years ago because he needed to be able to speak publicly. He shared that his fear of public-speaking was so intense that he would rather have jumped out of a plane than give a speech!

The turning point came when he was asked to give a presentation at his church and he completely froze. "I will never put myself in that situation again," said Dr. Barry.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.19.2018

Westlake police, firefighters honored at event

Q-Lab Corporation recently celebrated its third annual Westlake Police and Firefighters Appreciation Day. Held at its Canterbury Road headquarters, the event was organized to honor the men and women who put their lives at risk every day, in support of the local community. 

“Civilized life would be impossible without police protection,” said Doug Grossman, president and CEO of Q-Lab. "The police are required to put themselves in difficult situations in order to protect us. Fire has been destroying lives ever since humans built the first huts out of sticks and thatch. Nowadays, when fire gets out of hand, we, the citizens, can run away – because we know that the firefighters will run toward the danger.”

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.19.2018

Your destination should be Bay Village June 16

Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then “Destination Bay” is the answer.

Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family-friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 16, all around the city. 

Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.

Visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “Passport to Fitness” at Cahoon Park and have it stamped as you travel between the events.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.05.2018