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Town Criers crown Mr. and Mrs. Westlake

After a several year hiatus, on Sunday, Dec. 3, the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake made its return to Westlake City Hall. Mayor Dennis Clough announced the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake as the rotunda’s holiday lights were fired up up for the first time this season. 

This year’s winners are Cristina and Tery Kennedy.

The Kennedys are active members of the community with heavy involvement in the Westlake City Schools. They are members of various Westlake P.T.A. organizations, Citizens for Westlake Schools, and the Westlake City Schools Strategic Planning Committee.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Herb Guild displays tree at Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Herb Guild Garden Club has entered a tree in the "Glow" display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle. Every year area clubs are invited to decorate Christmas trees at the botanical garden to exhibit to the public during the holiday season. This year's Glow theme, decided by the botanical garden, is Woodland. The Herb Guild picked the sub-theme "Who's Hoo in the Woods" and decorated the tree with many types of owls, using various natural items. 

Visitors can see our tree, as well as other clubs' trees, from now until Dec. 31. The hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-6 p.m. The botanical garden will also be open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults; $12 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online at cbgarden.org or by calling 216-721-1600, ext. 100.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Historical Society president honored

Historical Society President Catherine Flament was recognized for her effort and support in the rejuvenation of the flower beds surrounding the Osborn House and the entrance sign for Rose Hill Museum.

Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Flament with a Community Service Award certificate and pin for her dedication and time directed toward the culmination of this project. This presentation was at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Historical Society.

The garden had been neglected and without a specific plan for many years. Flament received advice, financial support and the assistance of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in the total community effort of this project.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Chambers of commerce salute and thank veterans

Members who served in all branches of the United States military were honored at a Veterans Day luncheon hosted by the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, one of the seven chambers participating in the Power of More Chamber. Veterans received a complimentary champagne lunch from the 100th Bomb Group and a veteran flag pin from event co-host Hospice of the Western Reserve.

The guest speaker and lunch sponsor was Lisa Sebastian, president and owner of Ridge Cleaners, who honored all veterans for their service, including her husband John Sebastian, who served in the Air Force.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 15, 2017

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

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

Absent: Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) wages: 2% increase, beginning 2018. This is the going rate. Mayor Bobst said police get 2.5%.

WEB Budget: 1.08% increase due mostly to wages. Grants pay for 40% of operations. Cities pay the remainder based on population (90%) and home valuation (10%). Mayor Clough wondered how home valuations relate to services provided and suggested a formula based on population and services used. WEB provides a bomb squad, police officers, SWAT, and hazardous materials handling. Westlake has three drug dogs, Lakewood two, and Fairview Park one.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

Kiwanis K-9 fund receives a boost

The Westlake Kiwanis project to provide drug dogs for the Westlake Police Department K-9 fund received a major boost with a donation from ECHO Health Inc. Located in Westlake, ECHO Health is a leading innovator of healthcare payment solutions. Bill Davis, chairman and CEO, presented the Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation Canine Fund with a check for $11,000.

With the increase of drugs and drug-related crimes, the need for more dogs is obvious. These dogs will be used not only by Westlake but other surrounding departments as needed.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Boy Scouts flourishing in Westlake

Boy Scout Troop 225 is out of Westlake, located at St. Bernadette's School. The troop currently has 51 registered scouts, growing consistently every year due to impart from the feeder Pack 225. The scouting program is the most influential program any young boy could go through to become a man. The troop in the past year alone has had four scouts successfully complete their Eagle Scout rank – Austin Wilson, James Von Pless, Connor Hartup and Patrick Byrne.

All are welcome to stop by any meeting to consider joining. The meetings are every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Bernadette's Dempsey Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Teen volunteers awarded for service

The Youth Challenge Volunteer Committee has been named the recipient of the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. The committee, comprised of teen volunteers, received the award at a luncheon on Nov. 3, National Philanthropy Day.

Youth Challenge provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play sports, make friends and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. All programs and transportation are free for participant families.

Established in 2009, the Volunteer Committee is comprised of young leaders who have given 25 or more hours of service to YC. Teen volunteers apply to be on the committee and are chosen by current members based on their leadership skills and commitment to Youth Challenge.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.21.2017

Ceremony recognizes fundraising yard sale

The organizers of last month’s two-day Community Yard Sale in Bay Village were recognized for their volunteerism during the Oct. 30 City Council meeting. Mayor Paul Koomar presented a certificate of appreciation to Annie Nock, who spearheaded the effort, before inviting other volunteers to the floor to present a ceremonial check in the amount of $10,154.73 to Michael Parks, regional director of the American Red Cross. The money will go to a disaster relief fund for victims of the recent hurricanes.

“This shows an incredible amount of effort. Having been to plenty of garage sales, I know that they don’t come in large amounts; they come in quarters and fifty cents at a time, so I realize what kind of effort this is,” said Parks, who also lives in Bay Village. “This kind of generosity just goes to show what a wonderful community we’re blessed to live in.”

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:36 AM, 11.07.2017

The Gathering Place settles into new home

On July 31, The Gathering Place opened doors to the Sandy Borrelli Center inside Cuyahoga Community College Corporate College West. While our staff and volunteers were eager to share our new home with the community, we were also a bit nervous. For eight years we called our previous Westlake space home. Therefore it was important that with the move, we created the same healing environment for the individuals and families seeking our services. We are honored to share that since opening, we have received strong praise and approval from our participants, donors and volunteers.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 11.07.2017

Bay Village Troop 41 celebrates 3 new Eagle Scouts

Bay Village Boy Scout Troop 41 honored three new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony held Oct. 8 at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. Troop scouts, leaders, families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of Eagle Scouts Matthew Gantzer, Dennis Moore and Dennis Risch.

Dr. Edward Horvath of VFW Post 9693 and James Potter and Commander Stan Zeager of American Legion Post 385 read proclamations to the scouts and presented American flags to their parents. Ohio Senator Gayle Manning and Representative Nathan Manning presented proclamations on behalf of the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives, and Councilwoman Nan Baker read a commendation from the Cuyahoga County Council. Bay Village Councilman Paul Vincent and Mayor Bryan Jensen of Avon were also present to offer commendations to the new Eagle Scouts.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 10.17.2017

Connecting for Kids to honor 'Kind Kid'; nominations being accepted

During the month of October, Connecting for Kids will be celebrating kindness with Facebook posts, newsletter articles and website resources that provide families with tips for teaching kindness and compassion to their children. As part of this celebration, the organization is opening up nominations for the Kind Kid Award.

The Kind Kid Award is given to a child under 13 years of age who demonstrates kindness and compassion to peers, two key components of the Connecting for Kids "Beyond the Bench" Buddy Bench Training Program. The nomination should include a specific example(s) of an act(s) of kindness performed by the nominee.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.17.2017

Fire Prevention Week: Know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds

Westlake Fire Department encourages residents to plan escape routes

Consider this scenario: It is 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm blaring and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you and your family don’t have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Home escape planning is so critical. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

“Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said Assistant Chief Mike Freeman of the Westlake Fire Prevention Bureau for the Westlake Fire Department. “Pre-planning is what your family members will use to take action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.”

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.03.2017

Program preserving Westlake's older homes

There will be an information session, held in conjunction with the Westlake Historical Society, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Westlake Recreation Center Community Room regarding the Heritage Home Program.

The City of Westlake continues to partner with the Cleveland Restoration Society in the program. The city pays an annual fee so that Westlake homeowners with homes 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the program. The program includes free technical assistance from a team of highly trained professionals as well as low-interest rehabilitation loans.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.03.2017

Calling all patriots!

What have you done for democracy lately? Voted in a primary? Check! Attended a candidate forum? Check! Researched a ballot issue? Check! Petitioned your government to end gerrymandering? Huh?

Drawing legislative districts to favor the governing party – aka gerrymandering – is unAmerican. It undermines "one citizen, one vote." It disfavors moderate candidates. It erodes the need to compromise. It destroys democracy.

Ohio has been one of the most-gerrymandered states in America. In 2015, 71.5 percent of us voted to end gerrymandering for the Ohio Legislature. But the Legislature, which wrote the constitutional amendment with its eyes on a different prize, failed to end gerrymandering for United States congressional districts.

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Kiwanians, BVFD aid child burn victims

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village and Bay Village Fire Department are going to try to raise some meaningful money for the care of burned children. And they can do it if you save your used aluminum beverage cans – the ones that usually go into your recycle bin at home. And you can start now. Aluminum cans may be dropped off at the BVFD can corral at the Fire Station, 28100 Wolf Road. The can corral is on the right-hand side, near the end of the entrance driveway (before the parking spaces).

When Jim Potter, Kiwanis Community Service Director, proposed the project to his club, he explained that the can collection point at the fire station would be turned into money going to aid burned children. The Bay Kiwanians agreed to ask their friends and neighbors to turn in aluminum cans and to join with the BVFD in promoting the effort.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.19.2017

Batman comes to Westlake

As some readers may remember, I make a figure of noted comic book characters to display on my front porch each October in celebration of Halloween. These were once made using real pumpkins for the heads but other materials – which last much longer – are now used.

My family of figures include: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Sponge Bob Square Pants, a Minion, The Hulk, Superman, and now (drum roll, please) BATMAN.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough was kind enough to pose with my new creation during a visit to my house. The whole family will be out around the first of October – yes, Superman will be flying again too.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Power of More business expo moves to Westlake

With the growth of the Power of More chambers of commerce, a larger space was needed to accommodate all the members who wanted to participate in the annual business expo. The Gemini Center in Fairview Park had been home for the show since 2011 when it started out as the Fairview Business Showcase. Now, with seven chambers of commerce, the group has outgrown the space.  

The newly built Market Square in the middle of Crocker Park will host this year's event on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 3-6 p.m. Over 100 vendors will participate in this showcase, representing the best of the chamber's businesses.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.06.2017

ECHO Health, Q-Lab winners of Westlake Corporate Challenge

The 11th annual Westlake Corporate Challenge was largest to date, featuring teams from 12 organizations competing in team-building events from July 31 to Aug. 4. The competition, designed for athletes, non-athletes, and everyone in between, provides the  opportunity  for employees of  Westlake-based companies to compete against each other in a variety of events as diverse as cardboard boat-building and racing, sand volleyball, arcade games at Dave & Busters, a poker competition and a cupcake  contest.

Divided into two divisions, this year’s winners were ECHO Health in the Star division and Q-Lab in the Stripes division.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.06.2017

Beauty abounds in Westlake in Bloom contest

The annual Westlake in Bloom competition came to a close on Aug. 9 with an awards ceremony at LaCentre. The top three entrants in each of the 16 categories were treated to a special reception celebrating their efforts. On this night, a long wait blossomed into a memorable experience for one Westlake homeowner.

As picturesque gardens scrolled on the video screens and grinning gardeners made their way one by one through the applauding crowd to receive a plaque and pose for a photo with Mayor Dennis Clough, Carol Stephens waited. Category after category, from Hilliard flower boxes to hotels, small yards to shade gardens, she waited.

Carol had entered the annual community beautification competition years earlier and came in as a runner-up both times. After that, she took a break from the contest. She was proud of her yard, but didn't want to compete against a ringer.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:26 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake Community Police Academy begins Sept. 6

Members of the Westlake community can discover how a police department runs and what the officers are trained to do from patrol officers, detectives and civilian staff members during the Westlake Police Department’s 23rd Community Police Academy. The program is free and a cross section of the community is selected for each class. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 18.

“The goal of the academy is to increase understanding between the community and the police department that serves it,” said Lt. Mark Krumheuer, one of the academy’s instructors. “The graduates also become more observant as they go about their daily activities which can make the city a safer place.”

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.15.2017

Bay Kiwanis urges bicycle registration

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the Bay Village Police Department, is encouraging all residents with bicycles to register them with the Police Department. Registration is free and will insure that your bicycle will be returned to you if it is lost or stolen and turned in to the police.

Each year, the Police Department retrieves 40 to 60 bicycles that go unclaimed. After holding them for some time, they are donated to the Village Bicycle Cooperative, where volunteers inspect, repair and either sell them in the shop or donate them to recognized charities.

If you have lost a bicycle in the last three months, check with the police department to see if they have it.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.15.2017

Women's Board invites new members to Sept. 6 meeting

September brings the regrouping of many organizations which have taken a break during the summer. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board will hold their first meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Science Center in Bay Village. We always welcome interested persons who would like to join us and learn about our activities which support the Center's mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

If you would like to attend and listen to an update of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's activities and programs by our Executive Director, Catherine Timko, please join us at noon for social time before our meeting at 12:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:15 AM, 08.15.2017

Herb Guild Garden Club awards scholarships

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 33rd annual scholarship luncheon. Three high school graduates received scholarships from the Herb Guild – Katherine Randolph from Berea-Midpark High School, Maggie Lieb from Avon High School and Lorain County JVS, and Atlas Besenfelder from Saint Ignatius.

Katherine will be attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Maggie will be majoring in agricultural education and horticulture at The Ohio State University. Atlas will be attending Allegheny College and majoring in environmental science.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake Fire Department receives award for cardiac care

The Westlake Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The department first received the award in 2016.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Boat Club to honor Don Fridrich with building dedication

Don Fridrich was a member of Bay Boat Club for over 30 years. During that time he served continuously as an officer or trustee. He was serving as a trustee until his death this past December due to an aggressive cancer.

Don loved sailing. For many years he ran sailing races at the Club on Saturdays and Mondays. He helped create Bay Sailing Club, which for many years offered sailing classes for youths and adults in Bay. As the sailing club began acquiring small boats, there was a need for a storage building for those boats.

Don helped draw the plans for the sailing building. He, together with six or eight other sailors, built the sailing building from the ground up.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Safety Town officer to retire

Officer Anna has taught safety to thousands of kids

For the last 15 years, the kindergartners of Westlake have been lucky enough to learn from, and come to love, Community Service Officer Anna Cavender of the Westlake Police Department. Through her work as the administrator and head instructor of Westlake Safety Town and as a Westlake Schools bus driver, she touched many lives.

“I’ll miss the kids most, they’re so cute and they love to learn; they’re like sponges,” said Cavender, reflecting on the nearly 5,000 youngsters she has taught in Safety Town. Many of her past students have returned as student volunteers with the program, giving back to teach the next generation.

The program teaches many aspects of safety to children getting ready to enter school. The classes include street safety, what to do in case of a fire, gun safety, and how to respond in people emergencies. The kindergartners are taught their name, address and phone number, plus how to dial 911.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:18 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay library gathers resident input on new building features

Bay Village residents took advantage of two opportunities to voice their opinions on the design of the new library building during public input sessions this month. The sessions, held at the Dwyer Senior Center on June 7 and the current library building on June 14, featured a “world cafe” approach with stations set up for various aspects of the building’s design.

Each station featured a dozen or more photos of other library buildings – some within the Cuyahoga County Public Library system and others from around the country. Attendees were able to view the examples and point out to CCPL staff and Moody Nolan architects which elements they liked and disliked. Comments were recorded on large notepads and will be considered by the building’s designers.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:17 AM, 06.20.2017

Lions help visually impaired youth attend summer camp

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the Westshore Lions Club, the Cleveland Host Lions Club and the Cleveland Scrappers beep baseball team, 11-year-old Huston Nagy of North Olmsted will be able to go to summer camp at Highbrook Lodge in Chardon.

Highbrook Lodge is no ordinary camp as Huston is visually impaired. The camp is operated by the Cleveland Sight Center. Totally blind since birth, Huston excels at numerous activities including music and various sport and athletic pursuits as a member of the Westlake Youth Challenge program. Huston's mother, Rebecca Nagy, is a volunteer for Youth Challenge and when the cost to attend Highbrook Lodge proved to be prohibitive for the family, Rebecca contacted the Westshore Lions.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:18 AM, 06.20.2017

Bay Legion to retire flags for Flag Day

The Bay Village American Legion Post 385 will retire old, torn and faded flags on Friday, June 9, at their Post home, 695 Cahoon Road in Westlake. This is part of their Flag Day program.

The flag retirement is conducted in accordance with strict military procedures. Each year the Post retires between 400 and 500 flags.

Citizens can place their flags in the red, white and blue box next to the front door of the Post prior to that date. The Post home is just south of the railroad tracks on Cahoon Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:11 AM, 06.06.2017

WHS senior Sebastian Francesconi receives Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship

Westlake High School senior Sebastian Francesconi was awarded the second annual “Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship” at the Senior Awards Banquet Night.  Francesconi was selected based on his strong academic success, leadership roles, community involvement and athletic success at Westlake – all attributes of Jeffery Marriott, for whom the scholarship honors.

Francesconi earned an impressive 10 varsity letters as a member of the Demons cross country, swimming, and track and field teams, after moving to Westlake his sophomore year. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 4.2 GPA. He will attend Miami University (OH) in the fall where he will join the Redhawks Cross Country and Track team.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.06.2017

Westlake hosts free safety and wellness fair May 20

The City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center are again joining forces to present the annual free Community Safety and Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.

The day begins with a flag ceremony and a color guard of military veterans and safety forces members in recognition of Armed Forces Day and to honor those who keep our communities safe and healthy. The flag to be presented was flown over the U.S. Capitol building with the assistance of U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci.

“Accidents, injuries, illnesses, and drug and alcohol abuse can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families. We remain committed to providing the best emergency and safety services to help those who are affected by them,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, if we can help prevent or reduce the impact of some of those incidents, more people can enjoy a higher quality of life.”

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

In its 100th anniversary year, the Bay Village Women's Club Foundation has surpassed $500,000 total in scholarships awarded to Bay High School graduating seniors since 1936. There are nine current seniors this year receiving $2,500 each toward tuition at their chosen university in 2017. They are Sarah Brumagin, Alisa Busuladzic, Laura Colagiovanni, Maxton Edgerly, Paige Fisher, Nicholas Loufman, Abby Lindway, Emily Taylor and Calvin Mihal. All are members of the National Honor Society.

Sarah Brumagin will be attending Lipscomb University, majoring in musical theatre. She has been president of Thespians at Bay High School as well as captain of the tennis team. She sings in both Show Choir and A Capella Choir.

Alisa Busuladzic will study business and health sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She is the Key Club vice-president and was chairperson of the American Heart Association Walk.

Laura Colagiovanni will be going to The Ohio State University in the fall to major in public affairs. She is involved in Key Club, A Capella Choir, and the yearbook staff at Bay High School.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.16.2017

VFW scholarship winners visit veterans

At the April and May VFW meetings, the winners of the 2017 Voice of Democracy (VOD) and the first recipients of the VFW Military Grant stopped by to greet our members and present their winning essays. VOD is a local, state and national competition. The Military Grant is a first-time award directed at high school seniors going on to a military and college career. The 2018 awards will expand to include Westlake schools.

While no entries were received for the middle school "Patriot's Pen" essay contest this year, we hope to receive essays from Westlake and Bay high schools and middle schools next year. There are three prizes for each competition.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.16.2017

VFW to hold 'Buddy Poppy' fundraiser this month

Peace comes at a price that our veterans have paid on more than one occasion. Often we all take for granted what our veterans have done. The Veterans of Foreign Wars consistently strive to help our military family but also promote education and awareness in the community through Americanism, POW/MIA awareness, safety, community activities, church and Scout support, and love of our flag and country.

Bay Village VFW Post 9693 has proudly associated with Bay Village, Westlake and the West Shore community fostering a longstanding commitment of helping our veterans, their families and children.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:31 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Village Historical Society receives Village Foundation grant

The Bay Village Historical Society is the recipient of a grant from the Bay Village Foundation.

The grant will be presented on May 29 at the Memorial Day ceremony in Cahoon Memorial Park. The Bay Village Foundation grants support projects that improve the quality of life and benefit the citizens of Bay Village.

The historical society’s historic preservation committee will use the grant money to purchase a computer system, printer, archival storage and a collection and contact management software program, PastPerfect. The application is used by more than 10,000 museums. It will allow Bay Village Historical Society volunteers to properly catalog historical information and to access online records. It will be used to preserve information about the history of Bay Village and to continue to educate the public about the city.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

Bay Village residents to be honored in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will honor the Hawthorne family; Ed Matthews; Robert Thomas; and Herman and Joy Bredenbeck with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge on Monday, May 29. The program will take place at Cahoon Park North under the tent following the Memorial Day observance at the gazebo. Friends of the families and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony and view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge, along with the new memorials.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.02.2017

Cleveland Water's 2016 Water Quality Report now available

Cleveland Water’s annual Water Quality Report provides an overview of our water quality during the past year, including testing results and information.

We know our drinking water is essential to the quality of life of more than 1.4 million people in 80 communities. That’s why we are committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality, drinking water at the turn of a tap any hour of the day.

Our water is constantly monitored and tested. In fact, Cleveland Water consistently exceeds the most stringent water quality standards mandated by state and federal regulations and recommended by drinking water organizations throughout the country.

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Volume 9, Issue 8, Posted 9:55 AM, 04.18.2017

Greenspan holds roundtable on criminal justice

State Rep. Nathan Manning (R-District 55), chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee, joined Rep. Dave Greenspan (R-District 16) for a roundtable discussion at Bay Library on March 20.  Rep. Manning talked about legislation before his committee and answered questions from an audience of five local officials and seven citizens.

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Volume 9, Issue 7, Posted 9:24 AM, 04.04.2017

Westlake schools, city announce land deal

The Westlake City School District and the City of Westlake announced on March 6 an agreement in principle on a joint land exchange and infrastructure improvement deal that best serves the entire community.

After passage of a combined 2.1-mill bond issue and permanent improvement levy, the school district and city agreed to an appraisal process to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to their stakeholders. That process is now complete and paved the way for this agreement.

The agreement, in summary, involves the following:

  • Westlake Schools will take ownership of a 29.4 city-owned acres on Center Ridge Road next to Westlake Porter Public Library to build an elementary school for pre-kindergarten to Grade 4.
  • In exchange, the City of Westlake will take ownership of 42 acres of district-owned property on Bradley Road, as well as the former administration building at the corner of Dover Center Road and Hilliard Boulevard.
  • The district also will sign over the deed to its Parkside property – which houses administrative offices and the Board of Education – to the city. The district will rent the property for $1 per year with a buyback option over the next 10 years. The city retains the right to use the building’s gymnasium, sports fields and auditorium for municipal events during the lease period. The district will maintain the grounds during the lease period.

This agreement is not limited to an exchange of land. The city agreed to fund about $1 million in improvements on Center Ridge Road, including a traffic signal and turning lanes, to accommodate increased traffic. The city also is dramatically reducing permit fees for the new elementary project.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.21.2017