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Westlake-Bay Village Rotary hosts annual speech contest

The Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village recently hosted its Spring 2019 "4-Way Test" Speech Contest for high school students. The contest provides a challenging way for students to develop critical thinking, ethical decision making and public speaking skills.

The purpose of the 5-to-7-minute speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s 4-Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. The contest takes place at School, Club and District levels.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:31 AM, 05.21.2019

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) Meeting, April 24, 2019

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

The meeting took place at Women’s Club Pavilion, Lakewood Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Present: Mayors Summers, Lakewood, presiding; Koomar, Bay Village; Patton, Fairview Park; Kennedy, North Olmsted; Bobst, Rocky River; Clough, Westlake

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Nothing of note in financial statements. The new employee in this department, Suzanne, has an accounting background, is “fantastic.” Bay Village is looking at a new finance system.

Old policy (originally created in 1970s) on use of WCOG credit card was reexamined. Auditor’s office doesn’t want people to use personal credit cards for official purchases. They can get card from auditor’s office if they have a purchase order. In Westlake, only directors may have cards for travel; other cards remain in offices until needed. The question is about use of the card to purchase gifts and awards, including birthday and holiday gifts. This is actually a spending policy, not a policy about credit card use. Mayor Bobst moved to restrict card use only to plaques for retirements. Motion was accepted; policy stands so amended.

Commission Reports

RTA: Mayor Clough reported that the State of Ohio is coming up with $70 million in new funding for public transit throughout the state, but we don’t know yet how much will go to RTA. Sen. Dolan and Rep. Greenspan deserve credit for pushing for the funding increase. Clough suggested that the funds be used for capital improvements, so that if funding is cut in future, it won’t affect operating funds. The agency is interviewing potential new directors. A CSU study has been released, and another consultant has come in to study fares. There will be no increase in fares until this study is done. There will be no tax levy for RTA this year. When there is a request for tax increase, it will probably be a sales tax.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:33 AM, 05.21.2019

Ernie Harrell arrested, suspected of being a junk food junkie

For the past few weeks a mystery has been unfolding at the Village Project headquarters in Bay Village. Candy wrappers, empty bags of chips and soda cans have been found lying around the building—stashed behind the couch, crammed under pillows and scattered beneath a coat rack. The staff was shocked and horrified. Everyone knows that preparing healthy, organic and all-natural food is at the cornerstone of VP’s mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care to community members experiencing a cancer crisis. Junk food is strictly prohibited.

The Bay Village Police Department was called onto the case, and this past weekend they apprehended a suspect: Ernie Harrell, Welcome Leader at the Village Project. He was arrested and charged with two counts of littering the VP building with junk food and wrappers. In addition to littering and polluting the environment, the Welcome Leader has also been accused of tainting the VP’s healthy image, which has led to an additional charge of one count of defamation of character. If convicted, Harrell could be facing a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 AM, 05.21.2019

Westlake paramedics treat patients like family

What began as a typical weekday afternoon in April for retired Westlake resident Brian Moran, quickly turned worrisome as he began to experience chest pains while working in the yard. Brian’s wife, Jean, could tell something was wrong and dialed 911, and Westlake first responders were swiftly dispatched to the Morans' residence.

When the Westlake Fire Department arrived, they correctly identified a cardiac event and immediately executed cardiac protocol. In addition to diagnosing Brian’s heart attack, first responders recognized Brian as the father of fellow firefighter Lt. Matt Moran. All of a sudden, a routine emergency response call took on a personal air.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 05.21.2019

UH St. John Medical Center receives straight "A's" in patient safety

University Hospitals St. John Medical Center was recognized again by The Leapfrog Group for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. UH St. John Medical Center has received an “A” grade for safety, and has received an “A” in every grading cycle since 2012 – one of just 41 hospitals in the United States to achieve this honor.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C., based national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “F” to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.21.2019

Bay Village Community Council honors Citizen, Project of the Year

The Bay Village Community Council (BVCC) celebrated the 2019 Citizen of the Year, Tom Phillips, and Project of the Year, the BV60+ program, on April 7 at the Dwyer Center. Pictured are Councilman David Tadych, who presented the proclamations; Tom Phillips; Vicki Sprague, BV60+ coordinator; Tara Wendell, BVCC president; and Jessica Breslin, BVCC vice president.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 10:34 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay Village-themed gifts available

Give graduates, family and friends Bay Village-themed gifts, for sale from the Bay Village Women's Club. Proceeds fund projects and activities in Bay Village.

The afghan depicts Bay’s historical landmarks. It is 100% cotton and available in three color combinations, for $45. The cookbook, $12, offers a brief history of Bay with illustrations of historical homes and recipes from noted past residents and others. The playing cards, $10, are a double-deck with Bay’s sailboat logo. Wooden landmark replicas, $10-15, are two-dimensional replicas of the Water Tower, Rose Hill, Gazebo or Osborn House.

Call 440-334-7539 or email BayWomensClub@gmail.com.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:15 PM, 05.06.2019

'Party in Paradise' raises funds for Youth Challenge

Cleveland isn't known for its tropical climate in the spring, but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming at the Youth Challenge Annual Benefit & Auction on Saturday, April 13. Close to 300 guests gathered at Ariel International Center in Cleveland to "Party in Paradise" and support YC.

Guests decked out in leis and Hawaiian garb, enjoyed a fun evening with cocktails, live steel drum music, delicious food, fabulous silent auction items, and a Hawaiian vacation raffle.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:14 PM, 05.06.2019

How quickly can Bay clean up a downed tree?

Quicker than I imagined! I love living in Bay Village. But today, I am grateful for living in Bay Village! On March 12, a large Silver Maple came crashing down, covering the corner of Northfield and Longbeach roads. Gratefully, no one was hurt.

Within minutes, Bay’s fire and police departments were on the scene roping off the area for safety. Minutes later, they had the electric company out to disconnect the wires. A few minutes after that, a hefty crew from the Service Department came and efficiently cleaned up every twig of debris.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.16.2019

Bay Kiwanians serving up pancakes April 7

The annual Bay Village Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road, on Sunday, April 7, from 8:00 am to noon. The cost is $7, with children under 6 eating for free. Purchase pre-sale tickets from any of our Kiwanis members for $6.

The ticket price includes pancakes, sausage and beverages. Carry-out is available for those in a hurry. The Fairytale Foundation princesses will be there again this year and there will be crafts for the children.         

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.02.2019

Bay Kiwanis, Legion select delegates for Buckeye Girls State

The American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio sponsors Buckeye Girls State, an annual program designed to educate Ohio’s young women about the rights, responsibilities, privileges and duties of a good citizen. They learn “hands on” about city, county and state government.  

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club, along with the Bay Village American Legion, sponsors two delegates from Bay High School, providing aid to attend the weeklong program. Two alternates are also identified in the event that the delegates cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances. The program is in its 64th year. This year it will be held at the University of Mount Union from June 16-22.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:09 AM, 03.19.2019

Herb Guild scholarship information

The Herb Guild Garden Club is offering a one-time scholarship available to graduating high school seniors as well as Lorain County Community College and Cuyahoga Community College current freshmen or sophomore students.

Applicants must be residents of the state of Ohio and U.S. citizens. International or foreign exchange students are not eligible. Only students with a proposed academic study in Forestry, Botany, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Landscaping, or Culinary Arts are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information contact Mary Kay Filipiak at 440-926-2469.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:14 AM, 03.19.2019

Westlake doctor named to Footpath board

Dr. Amy L. Lee, a pediatric psychologist with Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the past 26 years, has been named to the board of directors of Footpath Foundation, a 4-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all children through discovery of the natural world.

Lee will serve in an advisory role to support program development.

“I am very happy to be joining the Footpath board,” she said. “I share with my fellow board members a commitment to the organization’s mission, including promoting resiliency in youth through experiences in nature, and teaching skills to youth for mindfulness and stress reduction.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:15 AM, 03.19.2019

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 Presidentís 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 residentsí 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